Here’s a little holiday help for your mind and body!
Since physical tension and emotional stress are inextricably linked, it’s important to utilize both mental and physical stress-relief tools. Think of the mind and body as having a continual conversation – the mind, if thinking stressful thoughts, tells the body to create a fight or flight response (which in turn creates physical tension). The body, if tense, reinforces the mind’s stressful thinking. To fully disconnect this feedback loop, you need to address both the mind and the body.
One of the easiest ways to help release physical tension and calm the mind at the same time is to utilize a variety of breathing techniques. Don’t underestimate the power of the breath to help release physical tension, oxygenate and relax muscles, stop panic thinking, and elevate your emotional state. In this video, I’ve teamed up with my business partner and good friend, yoga teacher Jess Ryan, to show you a fast breathing technique you can use right now. The road to wellness, whether you’re looking for pain relief, weight loss, or emotional well-being, lies in establishing awareness of the conversation between your mind and body. Listen in on the conversation, add your two cents via the breath, and help your mind and body become a solid, healthy team. Look for more breathing techniques from Jess and I in future posts!