Aliza Septimus, PsyD
Do You Suffer From Anxiety? Yoga Can Help!
Life is full of moments that cause us to feel stressed or nervous. Getting up and speaking in front of a large group of people, starting a new school, and trying to ace that important job interview - all of these scenarios can make us fearful, resulting in sleepless nights and performance jitters.
The problem starts when this fear becomes persistent and overwhelming and interferes with everyday life.
Yoga is an effective and natural way to get some relief from symptoms anxiety and stress cause such as trouble sleeping, muscle tensions, and chronic upset stomach.
Why Yoga is Effective in Controlling Anxiety and Symptoms:
1. Yoga Builds Confidence
Anxiety can result from a lack of confidence in our ability to handle negative situations, either real or theoretical, that may arise. We are not so much fearful of public speaking as we are fearful that we are somehow going to "screw up".
Yoga is a major confidence builder because it works to strengthen the body and mind at the same time. The practice includes body postures and breathing techniques, along with ancient meditation approaches. Combined, these practices can help a person feel calm, centered, and able to handle any situation that crops up in their life.
2. Yoga Distracts Your Mind From The Negative Loop
What can you do when your mind seems to be stuck on an endless loop of negative and worrisome thoughts? Distract with other thoughts.
Yoga trains a person to focus their thoughts on the moment, specifically by thinking only of their rhythmic breath. As soon as the mind wanders to its typical negative thinking, the practitioner simply quiets it back to the breath without anger or judgement. Feelings of calmness and acceptance naturally follow intense breath work.
3. Yoga Is Like Your Inner Therapist
Yoga helps you to observe how your mind works. Meditation is simply about paying attention to the thoughts you are having, keeping the thoughts that are helpful and releasing those that are harmful. Yoga and meditation will also help you to train your mind to focus on the positive aspects of your life. When you surround yourself with positivity, the fear of negativity subsides.
Give yoga a try and see if you find it helpful.