Yoga Your Way Through Work Stress

April 23, 2012  |  

For those of you struggling to keep your stress level down on the job, try a bit of yogic activity! According to Forbes, it’s a great way to maintain your composure and focus at work. When it seems like the office is throwing everything at you at once, stop for a minute and try to implement these ideas.

1. Mediation Break. Forbes reports that just five minutes of mediation a day can change your mood for the rest of the day. Meditation is a proven method to help the body to calm down. For those of you who haven’t practiced yoga before, you can download a meditation app on your smart phone. Meditation can focus on personal or religious beliefs, physical surrounding or your own body. Once you find out what you enjoy focusing on, you can create your own mediation practice.

2. Take A Deep Breath. Practicing deep breathing techniques at work can also lead to a release of stress on the job. Breathe in through the nose, and out through the mouth. This releases stress-reducing hormones like dopamine and serotonin. If you’re fortunate enough to have an office door, shut the door and try to take deep breathing further by focusing your attention on the breath’s movement from your stomach to your chest.

3. Make Time For Reflection. Take a moment in each work day to reflect or read something inspirational, whether it be a prayer, a philosophy or a positive affirmation.

4. Do Yoga! Lastly, aside from the meditation, breathing and reflection, get active with your yoga routine! Some of you may have time for a mid-afternoon yoga class, if you don’t try some chair yoga. Youtube has some great tutorials for this. If you can, try to schedule in some yoga twice a week. Nothing gets the stress down like a bit of physical activity.

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