This week in my yoga classes I taught a yoga set called “Kriya to Throw Off Stress". It was so badly needed.
Every day our brain and nervous system are reacting and responding to all the internal and external things that are happening. Our brain is constantly on the look out for danger. In this mode the sympathetic part of the nervous system is activated.
On a regular basis, our body and mind needs effective relaxation to activate the parasympathetic nervous system so our body and mind can take a break, get some much needed repair and healing done so we can continue coping with our busy lives.
So how do we activate the parasympathetic nervous system so our body and mind can repair and heal? We do this with restorative yoga sets, relaxing Reiki, massage or reflexology sessions, a gentle walk on a beach or quiet country walk, a relaxing Epson Salt bath, listening to free guided meditations on Spotify or YouTube or listening to gentle music. It needs to be enjoyable, affordable and enjoyable!
When we relax deeply, we sleep better, have more energy, are calmer, are easier to be around, can focus better and we enjoy life more! So what can you start trying weekly to help your parasympathetic nervous system to activate?
For stress management and mental health contact Tracy from Relax From Stress Holistic Centre on 086-2202734 or visit www.relaxfromstress.ie.
Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 10 October 2017.
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