This week I’m very focused on staying sane and keeping my stress levels in check. There is a lot of work to do, a bunch of events, and several major decisions to make. Since I don’t have time for my regular workout schedule I’m focusing on other stress relief options.
I came across this post about quick yoga poses for stress relief on Diets in Review:
Too high?: Your head is buzzing, your body and mind are constantly on the go. You feel overstimulated and burnt out. You put others before yourself to a fault, and your mental and physical health has been neglected. You’re looking to find rest and quiet.
Try: Forward folds (This one is Paschimottanasana, or a basic seated forward fold). They are cooling, quieting, and help create a calm relationship with your breath.
Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. You may slightly elevate your hips on a folded blanket or block if that is more comfortable. Inhale sit nice and tall, reaching your arms up to the sky. Exhale, slowly fold forward at your hips (not your waist). Rest your hands on your shins, ankles, or hold the soles of your feet. Hold for 1-3 minutes. Inhale and slowly rise back up to seated.
Too Low? When life gets overwhelming you tend to shut down and slow down. You’re not sure how to interact with others or face your emotions, so you just don’t. You’re looking for a way to process and open up.
Lie with your back on the floor and your knees slightly bent. Raise your hips high enough to rest your hands underneath your tailbone. Inhale, press your forearms into the floor firmly as you lift your chest and shoulder blades off the ground. Your head and hips stays on the floor, creating an exaggerated arch in your mid- and upper-back. There should be a minimal amount of weight on your head to avoid injury. Hold for 15-30 seconds, breathing smoothly. Exhale, lower down and hug your knees into your chest.
I’m testing these out this week. Maybe you’ll benefit too?