Begin with the right mindset with these poses to keep your cool in tense moments.
With looming deadlines, work demands, piles of laundry, family obligations and countless other directions the swell of life takes us, many of us start the day already in a hole of mounting demands, pressure, and anxiety.
So, what’s a busy person to do?
The answer may be found in taking a brief moment at the beginning of your day for meditating and striking a few relaxing yoga poses that help you reach that thankful, gracious and a fully-aware mindset.
How meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety throughout the day:
According to a recent article in the Washington Post, taking the time to meditate in the morning not only sets your day up to face its challenges, and helps you reduce stress levels, it can also alter your brain.
The article explored a study conducted by Sara Lazar, neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her experiment explored the changes in brain volumes of subjects who’ve never practiced meditation after eight weeks of developing the habit.
Lazar saw “thickening” in four regions of the brain involved with mind wandering, self-relevance, learning, cognition, memory, emotional regulation, perspective, empathy, and compassion.
If you, like countless other adults, are finding yourself in this pattern of wishing the day to be over before it even begins, try these simple poses for a balanced, controlled life of action rather than reaction:
The famous resting state. Rest your knees to the floor and bring your chest to the top of your thighs. Stretch your arms forward and bring your forehead to the floor.
Lie flat on your stomach, arms by your side. Then bend your knees and stretch your hands back to meet your ankles. Lift your upper body and look straight ahead. Hold for 3-5 breaths.
Sit on the floor with your legs crossed. Bring one foot close to the inner-thigh and the opposite foot close to the ankle. Relax your shoulders and lengthen your spine.
Lie on your back and bring both knees into your chest, spreading both arms out by your side. Drop your knees to the left-side of your body, twisting your spine and lower back. Turn your head to face your extended right hand, lengthening your neck.
Repeat on the opposite side.
Throughout these poses, the most important thing to remember is to breathe deeply. Keeping these practices in mind will help you regain control of your emotions and help you start enjoying every moment of your day – starting at its very beginning.