Self-awareness is the key to happy life! And it is all about relaxing, de-stressing and connecting with your soul. As stress has become an inevitable part of our life – from exam routines, dates, interviews, presentation to emotional stress – there is a lot to fight through.
We all react differently to different situations. Identifying the reasons that triggers your stress is the first step to de-stressing. It helps evaluate the underlying problems and devise a good solution to improving on it. One needs to look into their relationships, emotional, mental, and financial life to find out what moves them into stressful moods. The idea is to work on the stressing situations and solve them for life.
Our body systems and physiological processes get activated when there is an acute physical emergency. The ‘stress response’, involves a coordinated but complex system of physiological responses that are called upon as needed.
Continued stress contributes to increased sympathetic functions and raises the blood pressure, which eventually causes too much load on the heart resulting in heart failure. Also, someone exposed to high levels of the stress hormone – cortisol, might become vulnerable to infection or disease because of weakened immune system functioning. The most common stress induced disorders are hypertension, hyper cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, cancers, IBS, peptic ulcers, migraine etc.
Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses with controlled breathing and meditation. Hence, Yoga is a highly effective tool to combat chronic/ continued stress!
De-stressing becomes an essential routine to indulge into for granted self-awareness and happiness! It brings in a sense of calm and peace within. Here are some healthy tips for de-stressing your mind and body with effective Yogic techniques!
This pose improves concentration, balances the body and mind thus providing a calming effect on the overall systems. The yogic tree pose has a direct influence on the third eye (Ajna Chakra) which is also responsible for the pituitary and pineal glands thus helping to balance out the hormone system in the body.
It relieves the stress on the spinal nerves relieving physical stresses and massages the internal organs. It helps to make the spine strong and flexible. Also helps normalize the blood-glucose levels and stimulates the internal organs.
This asana gives a good stretch to the chest, neck and spine. It calms the brain, reducing anxiety, stress and depression
Stress response can be reduced by conscious movement of the diaphragm. Deep breathing causes increased oxygen saturation and reduced carbon dioxide concentration which relaxes the muscles of diaphragm and ribs. It has been found that deep abdominal breathing stimulates the solar plexus; one of the most powerful chakras in the human body. Solar plexus stores the vital energy (hara) and stimulation of this results in chakra cleansing and provide a deeper relaxation. A deep relaxation facilitated by controlled breathing helps to calm down the Autonomic Nervous System which will help lower blood pressure, reduce body’s steroid production, reduce lactic acid build up in the muscles, balances the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, increase insulin production and increase the energy levels. On the other hand, whenever there is increased anxiety, it results in shallow breathing which can in turn change the body’s homeostasis resulting in increased acidity and gases.
The exercise of the Nadisuddhi pranayama produces optimum function to both sides of the brain. The left side of the brain is responsible for logical thinking and the right side is responsible for creative thinking. This practice balances sympathetic and para sympathetic nervous system.
Brahmari is effective in instantly calming down the mind. It is one of the best breathing exercises to free the mind of agitation, frustration or anxiety and get rid of anger to a great extent. A simple technique, it can be practiced anywhere – at work or home and is an instant option to de-stress yourself.
It works on calming the nerves and soothes them especially around the brain and forehead. The humming sound vibrations have a natural calming effect.