Physical exercise, even for short periods, is one of the best ways to relieve physical and mental stress. Even a simple walk can boost your endorphophins, which in turn, reduces your stress hormones. No time for a walk? No problem. Many stretching exercises can be done right at your desk. They work well to relieve muscle tension and help clear your mind. Believe it or not, even dancing can improve your mood. So go ahead and kick up your heels! Now that we’ve got your mind in gear, check out these easy-to-do suggestions on how you can give body – and brain – a much needed break!
There are many reasons to learn how to manage your daily stress, mostly because stress generally disrupts our day. But the physical symptoms of stress may be causing bigger problems than just a distraction. This Monday is a perfect opportunity to start incorporating a few simple practices into your day that can stop stress before it affects your physical health.
When February rolls around, many people start to feel symptoms of the winter blues. Stories about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) pop up at the beginning of every winter season when the temperatures drop and the days shrink. But even when the days start getting longer and the end of winter is in sight, people are still dealing with some symptoms that may be disrupting their daily lives. If you’re feeling the winter blues this Monday, here is some advice to take charge of the rest of the season!
You should be dan-cing, yeahhh! Nothing picks up your mood faster than picking up your feet and getting your groove on. It works on every level – relieving stress, building muscle strength, improving balance and just making you feel good all over. A vigorous dance fever always cures the blues and gets you feeling energized. Best of all, we put together an irresistible set of dance tracks to get your whole body thumping and pumping. It’s just below the picture. C’mon, we’re playing your song!
Awaken your inner warrior to feel your strength, focus and determination. This popular yoga pose and its variations will re-energize and rejuvenate you, helping to alleviate stress. As with any exercise, be careful to stretch and warm up properly.
Feel the positive energy stream through your body as you start the week with the “Sun Salutation,” a yoga exercise that stimulates both body and mind. It’s a series of poses that stretch, flex and tone your muscles, while you meditate on calm, uplifting thoughts. Begin each day with the power and optimism of a bright morning sunrise. Try it now.
If you enjoyed last week’s chair yoga instructional video, then sit right back down. New here? Then you’re welcome too. Join Amy Eberhardt, MPH, CYT, LMT, CPMT, a certified integral yoga instructor from NYU Langone Medical Center, as she guides you through another routine to move your joints and remove tension from your body.
Start the week with a wonderful way to reduce stress and energize muscles. You can easily do chair yoga at home or at work whenever you have a few spare minutes. Amy Eberhardt, MPH, CYT, LMT, CPMTa certified integral yoga instructor from NYU Langone Medical Center, will guide you through the moves with a brief and enlightening video.
Why not maximize your time and your effort by doing short spurts of activity throughout the day?
Our body and mind crave balance and rebooting, and one solution takes only a few minutes each hour! It’s called a “mini-refresh.”
Begin the day on the “right side of the bed” without even leaving it!