A great post about how yoga can help alleviate anxiety. I’d add that it often helps sleep patterns regulate. Sleep and anxiety get into a vicious circle and yoga helps to break that cycle in a natural way. Having a good night’s sleep can help gain perspective on things.
Also some gentle back bends to help open the chest where we might feel closed, locked or tight.
We also hold a lot of tension in our digestive system. Inversions like legs up the wall, shoulder stand and head stand can help untie the knots in the intestines.
The biggest thing to avoid if you’re anxious? CAFFEINE! It stimulates the body into a stress response, the fight or flight state. If you’re anxious that is not a state you want to inhabit! If you can’t quit caffeine completely, try other milder forms which may have less of an effect – tea or green tea definitely gets my heart racing less!
Anxiety is a problem that we all experience at some point in our lives for one reason or another. Whether it’s your financial stresses causing you concern or you experience a degree of social anxiety in certain situations, it can cause much bigger problems for you to deal with. When anxiety sets in, it can disrupt no end of things – your sleeping pattern, your diet, even the way you communicate with others as you are put on edge.
Overcoming anxiety can be complex and of course varies depending on the reasons for it and the severity of it. There are some fantastic herbal remedies that can help to alleviate the symptoms but, as with most things, prevention is always better than the cure. Yoga can be such an effective weapon against anxiety that it’s surprising that it is not prescribed long before the doctor reaches for the pills.
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