Life can be very hectic. I’m sure you find yourself with too many things to go, too many people wanting a piece of you and not much time left for you. If you’re anything like me, then I find it hard to say no. Quite often I don’t actually want to say “no”. I like helping people. It’s just when you get one thing after another, it can sometimes just become too much. It’s then that you’ve crossed the stress threshold.
Stress affects each of us differently. It can really play havoc on our health. It can cause us to be emotional and reach for food, or we might experience different physical reactions. Of course, we usually lash out with those whom we’re closest to, our partners or children.
It’s really important to understand how it affects you. You also need to know when you are starting to reach your stress threshold. It will be different for each of us. You don’t need to get to that point. It’s not worth it. There are many things you can do to rid your body from stress and mentally re-gather.
Yoga is wonderful for de-stressing. It allows your mind to quieten, it gives you time for you, stretches your body and helps you re-connect with yourself. You come out feeling so wonderful afterwards. Your body feels better and your mind less cluttered.
You might be thinking you aren’t very flexible or you can’t quieten your mind. I need to tell you, you’re already over-thinking this. With yoga, you need to just to it. Don’t worry about anyone around you, zone in on yourself. Just do whatever you can do. It’s not a contest and there’s no need to be better than anyone else.
Yoga is almost an escapism, taking you out of the chaos and into the silence. Silence is golden. It just gives you time to do nothing except to honour yourself. With a calm mind, you can focus on the body. Connecting breathe with the body.
Like most people, I hold stress in my body. I need to get it out somehow. I quite enjoy exercising to get rid of the stress, but honestly found nothing has worked better than yoga. It’s now my thing. I need my thing. I need it regularly.
If you haven’t been feeling yourself or have been really stressed of late, find your local yoga class. You’ll never look back. Control stress before it controls you.
Have you tried yoga? What style did you try? What did yoga do for you?