We all have them…
Those situations in life that bring our anger and anxiety to the surface for us to observe (but not react to, of course).
And as I sit here and write these words, I’ll admit that I too know exactly how it feels to stand in the middle of one of life’s shitstorms.
It could take on any shape and happen at any time.
Your boss might be a jackass…
Perhaps your kids aren’t taking you seriously.
The bills may show up way before the money to pay them becomes available…
…and on the way to that yucky job you’re forced to keep just so you could afford to put some fast food on the table, someone did something silly on the highway, and from the mass of cars touching one another’s bumpers for miles to come – it looks like you’ll be sitting there for a while.
So when this happens, how do we deal?
Well, if you’re anything like I was a while ago, you probably bang your fists on the steering wheel, toss a LOT of profanity around and throw an all out hissy fit because this life of yours has proven to be a lot of work with very little reward.
However, you and I both know this isn’t the way to handle adversity. This is because we know that underneath it all, we do have the option to choose a response to life’s difficulties – even though doing so can be challenging at first.
The Role of Acceptance
Acceptance is one of those things that leads to a feeling of calmness.
It isn’t submitting to victimization, but instead, it’s seeing what’s taking place in front of you, observing your feelings about it, deciding how you would like to see things play out in the big picture and taking action from this expanded sense of awareness.
When life becomes chaotic, for whatever reason, it helps to take a moment and choose to remain calm.
Instead of feeling powerless, we allow our adrenaline to subside long enough to finally chill out and craft up a deliberate response to the obstacles we face.
There are tools available to help us with this.
The purpose of this article is to share one of these techniques with you today.
The Benefits of Yoga
One of the many benefits of Yoga includes practicing balance and stillness. While Yoga certainly offers us a lot of physical advantages, the truth is, there are certain Yoga poses that can be done while in the midst of a stressful situation to help induce the feelings of calmness necessary to remove (or at least minimize) anxiety.
Everyone knows it’s best to deal with a problem from a calm and deliberate place – especially since doing so can often transform a catastrophe into a gift.
So with this being said, the following Yoga poses are designed to offer you a sense of stillness in an effort to help you deal with life’s stormy moments.
Now while these poses may not be suitable to practice in your car or in public…you can make it a point to remember to try them as soon as you can in an environment that will offer you some space.
Do this often enough and you’ll reap the rewards of knowing how to calm your mind – even when you can’t physically demonstrate the poses.
Lastly, if you have any physical limitations that do not allow you to practice one or more of these poses, don’t force it – but do what you can and practice one that may be more suitable for you.
More often than not, it’s the act of removing yourself mentally and emotionally from a situation that can provide the distance necessary to offer some perspective.
I happen to love Child’s Pose, Legs Up the Wall Pose, Bridge Pose and Extended Triangle Pose.
Yoga is wonderful for the reason’s I’ve described above – but in addition to that, the physical benefits of stretching your muscles and opening up your joints can simply make your overall movement in life easier, more functional and fluid.
The next time you find yourself in the middle of a stressful situation, give these a try.
13 Calming Yoga Poses for Life’s Stormy Moments (Infographic)
If you decide to try any of these out, I’d love to hear about your experiences.
Yoga is a wonderful practice – and suitable for anyone regardless of your level of fitness or ability.
For more information about how Yoga can help to relieve stress and anxiety, check out this article written by Lace Blue-Mclean – a well-qualified instructor who takes her practice seriously.
Have you practiced Yoga for stress relief?
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