With only a weeks left of 2016 we’re burning out, fast. You’re not alone if your body and mind are tired from working, dealing with the highs and lows of the year and trying to sprint over the finish line to the Christmas season. No one is immune from the burn out trap which can leave us feeling physically and mentally exhausted if we let the tension build in our muscles and give our mind little rest from everyday stresses.
So how can you get your groove back to end 2016 on a high?
“The positive energy we gain from regularly practicing yoga helps create positive attitudes and hormones”
Yoga helps to gently release tension from muscle groups and focuses on breathing to give us a time out from the challenges, frustrations and fears of everyday life. The likes of Arianna Huffington, Hillary Clinton and Richard Branson practice yoga to keep on track physically and mentally. Making it a part of our everyday routine can ease anxiety, stress and even has a positive effect on those suffering depression.
Here’s why yoga should be a to-do list priority.
Yoga helps us relax
Actually, yoga has been found to be more effective than relaxing by watching television or reading a book as it gives mental and physical breathing room from our busy lives. It’s a chance to reset our minds by regularly devoting as little as 10 minutes to focusing on your breath and the moment. A study comparing yoga to other relaxation techniques found that as little as a weekly one hour session of yoga improved participants’ levels of stress, anxiety and quality of life. Those involved in the study reported an improvement in their mental health. By consistently practicing yoga we can shake the burn out and reset our mind. Keeping up the commitment to the practice opens up our energy flow for good things to come and builds our mental resilience to overcome hurdles.
Yoga improves our mindset
A few poses in the morning and even such as Sun Salutations and Warrior Poses can make a difference. By focusing our body and mind on working through poses you’ll experience a stillness and concentration that doesn’t involve fretting about ticking items off your to-do list or the un-read emails waiting for you at work. It helps to enable us to clear our minds and breath when we feel overwhelmed. With tactics like this to combat stress, many people experience an improvement in clear-mindedness, positivity and composure.
Yoga makes us more confident
Yoga helps instil positive thoughts and emotions into those who engage in it as the practice’s spirituality promotes a deeper connection with yourself and an understanding and acceptance of your place in the world. The positive energy we gain from regularly practicing yoga helps create positive attitudes and hormones. It also helps with gratitude, self-discipline. By improving and being able to sink deeper into poses and stretch a little taller our confidence improves as we are encouraged to achieve bigger goals and appreciate what our body can do.
These positive emotions help boost our happiness and health. If you’re stuck in a rut and lacking energy, yoga can help get you back on track and ground your stresses so you can tackle the last few weeks of the year head-first and look after your two most important assets in the process: your body and mind.
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