HEALTHY HABITS FOR EASTER WEEK
Simple Ways to Manage Stress
"It's not stress that kills us. It's our reaction to it."
Simple Breathing Exercises
You can perform this simple breathing exercise standing up, sitting, or lying down. If you find this exercise difficult or believe it’s making you anxious or panicky, stop for now. Try it again in a day or so and build up the time gradually.
Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Your abdomen should expand, and your chest should rise very little.
Exhale slowly through your mouth. As you blow air out, purse your lips slightly but keep your jaw relaxed. You may hear a soft “whooshing” sound as you exhale.
There are many breathing techniques to help you relax. Ask our BRIO team for additional resources.
3 Yoga Relaxation Poses
Spread your knees as wide as your mat, keeping the tops of your feet on the floor with the big toes touching. Child's Pose is a gentle stretch for the back, hips, thighs, and ankles. It can help relieve back pain.
Find a comfortable, neutral position as you lie on your mat. Lengthen from your neck through your tailbone, open across your chest, and move your shoulder blades away from your spine. Let gravity do the rest. Allow your body to feel heavy; let go and sink into the mat. Notice your thoughts without getting attached to them.
Legs Up The Wall Pose
Sit on the floor with your feet on the ground and your left side against a flat wall. Slowly lower your back to the floor and put your feet flat against the wall. Gently wiggle your body closer to the wall until your sit bones are against the wall and your legs are vertically above you with both legs above your hips. This pose is a great way to release tension, ease stress, and help you unwind.
Asking for HELP can reduce stress
The number one reason people don’t get what they want is because they don’t ask for it. When requesting a change
1) Seek to understand others perspective first.
2) Find and propose a win-win solution.
3) Be direct. Clearly communicate what you need.
4) Seek the best environment for an honest conversation.