Today, everyone is predisposed to a stressful lifestyle, thanks to constant pressure at work, financial burdens, daily life obligations, relationship and family issues, etc.
This constant pressure affects our skills and abilities, emotions, social life, performance at work, relationships, and so on.
In such situations, the hypothalamus in the brain sends some signals to the adrenal glands, to stimulate them to produce adrenal hormones, or cortisol, which is the main stress hormone. cortisol helps the body by suppressing digestive, growth, and reproductive system, which aren’t necessary in a fight or flight situation.
Once the threat has passed, the body’s stress response returns to normal. If you’re often stressed, however, the fight or flight reaction doesn’t pass. Hence, the persistent exposure to cortisol, or any other stress hormone, disrupts the function of your body and could lead to numerous health complications, such as sleep issues, headaches, digestive problems, anxiety, weight gain, heart disease, depression, and concentration issues.
Fortunately, there is an effective way to deal with stress and avoid its negative effects. Yoga has proven to be an excellent way to relax your body and mind, as well as balance emotions.
Here are some simple yoga poses that can be very helpful:
1. Child’s Pose
Kneel on a yoga mat, making sure you’re sitting back on the heels. Hinge forward till your forehead touches the ground. The chest should rest on the thighs.
Afterwards, curl your shoulders. Your hands should remain with palms up, close to your feet. Stay in that position for 5 breaths.