We all encounter stressful situations in our daily lives: a heavy workload, a lot of responsibilities, micro-management, little recognition for the work provided, isolation and a sense of worthlessness during a period of unemployment, chronic illness, financial problems, unsatisfactory relationships, loss of a loved one, loneliness…
If you have unfortunately had very difficult experiences during childhood, resulting in trauma, you also tend to be more responsive to stressors.
If we face too many stressful situations or if they persist in the long run, we may feel overwhelmed and unable to handle them.
Stress will become chronic and will have a devastating effect on our mind and body, especially if we feel powerless to act on stressors.
At some point there will be a risk of burnout, depression, developing addictions, or chronic anxiety.
Stress also affects our heart, immune system, weight, and even the functioning of our brain. It is an inflammatory factor that once settled in our organs can cause diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, degenerative diseases, heart attacks, and strokes.
The good news is that you can learn to manage your stress and achieve mind wellbeing.
One can even transform the feeling of stress into being challenged and energized or being well-rooted and confident.
Although some of our stress response is automatic, we can change the way our brain processes and interprets the stress signal. This is called neuroplasticity or the brain's ability to regenerate and heal itself.
What are the benefits?
By combining conscious movement, yoga postures, and mindfulness meditation techniques, one can learn to hold the feeling of stress at bay and generate a feeling of calmness and well-being.
Yoga at work is a solution to learn techniques that occasion less physical and mental fatigue, with a view to managing inevitable stressors.
Yoga classes are much more than exercise. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the abundant benefits of the practice:
- connect or reconnect with one’s body
- find inner wellbeing
- feel the physical sensations
- feel the emotions
- learn to breathe
- know and accept your body as it is
- take care of yourself
- be humble, regular, and persevering
- cultivate a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle
- improve pain
- have better digestion
1. Yoga and mental wellbeing:
Want to better manage your stress? Learn how to manage it and prevent it from dictating your life?
Yoga is a natural remedy for stress.
Thus, in addition to being good for the body, yoga is also good for the mind. Whatever your needs, desires, yoga will only benefit you. Furthermore, you don't need to be athletic, familiar with a meditation technique, or even accustomed to yoga.
Regulating your stress level through yoga is feasible by everyone.
2. Yoga is a remedy for stress:
Unfortunately, everyone has already been able to experience the effects of stress on their daily lives.
It can ruin our lives when it takes up too much amplitude and is hard to manage. If left unchecked, stress can become a daily ordeal, and seem insurmountable.
With insomnia, anxiety, stress, etc., the damage to body and mind can be consequential. Fortunately, yoga is a real solution to combat stress!
3. How stress works:
A real vicious circle, stress can take us pretty quickly and far in turmoil.
To respond to everyday problems, we either seek to find front-to-back solutions or simply escape.
Little by little, negative emotions invade our minds and come out physically, on the body. Our muscles tense, our bodies power down. Breathing is shallow and faster, and less intensive. We remain on an almost permanent state of alert, to respond to a potential, imminent "danger". The body, as a whole, functions at a deteriorating rate.
The body and mind go into survival mode and the slightest addition of ordeal seems too difficult for us to overcome.
4. How can yoga cure stress?
By working on posture and the mind, yoga proves to be a gentle and effective solution to stress.
It facilitates finding a deep, intensive, and regular breathing.
Yoga draws our attention to the inside, to ourselves, in all serenity and the greatest of tranquillity. By stretching the muscles, always gently, yoga helps to reduce tension and develop one's well-being. It is through all these physical and mental benefits that yoga allows you to genuinely enjoy life, free from stress.