Benefits of yoga and mindfulness for stress and anxiety
We all face stressful situations daily: important work, lots of responsibilities, unrewarding work, isolation and unworthiness in a period of unemployment, chronic illness, financial struggles, unhappy relationships, loss of loved one, loneliness. And if we lived through adverse childhood events or trauma, we tend to be more reactive to present stressors.
If at some point we face too many stressful situations or if a stressful situation lasts a long time, we might feel overwhelmed. Chronic stress has devastating effects on our mind and body, particularly if we feel powerless to change the stressors. We might eventually burn out, feel depressed, develop addictions, or experience chronic anxiety. Stress also affects our heart, our immune system, our weight, and even our brain functioning. Stress can cause inflammation that, once present in our organs, can provoke diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, degenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, or strokes.
The good news is that we can learn to manage our stress and anxiety. We can even transform feeling stressed into feeling challenged and energized, or feeling grounded and self-confident. Although part of our stress response is hardwired and automatic, we can change the way our brain processes and interprets stress. This is called neuroplasticity: the ability of our brain to regenerate and heal itself.
How to manage stress and anxiety with yoga and mindfulness?
By combining conscious movement and mindfulness techniques we can learn how to create distance from feelings of stress and generates a sense of calm and well-being.
Corportate yoga or office yoga is a good way to learn techniques to cope with physical and mental fatigue, as well as manage symptoms of stress.
Yoga is of course much more than a physical exercise. Here are some of the benefits that one can get from practicing:
∞ connect or reconnect our body with your mind
∞ feel the sensations of our body
∞ feel our emotions
∞ learn how to breath properly
∞ discover and accept our body as it is
∞ take care of ourselves
∞ be humble, be habitual and perseverant
∞ cultivate a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle
∞ can improve back problems, digestion and many other conditions
∞ help alleviate stress, tensions…
Mindfulness teaches us to:
∞ focus on the present moment
∞ be present / conscious in every situation
∞ learn to slow down and take breaks
∞ being instead of having
∞ not identify to our thoughts
∞ worry less
∞ replace fear by curiosity and openness
∞ stop controlling
∞ enjoy relationship with ourselves and others
∞ cultivatate kindness and non judgement towards ourselves and others
∞ be really in touch with ourselves and develop our potential