🧠 Stress awareness tip: There is much evidence that yoga, tai chi and qigong are effective practices in reducing stress levels. 🧘🏻♀️ Much of the research emphasizes the mind-body connection and the meditative aspects of these activities, linking movement to breath and mindfulness. Other benefits of these practices on stress reduction include—
🌿 Better ability to adapt to stressors
🌿 Increased feelings of confidence, self-esteem and awareness of self
🌿 Increased musculoskeletal activation and awareness
We know that the brain is activated by movement— the brain thrives off of the movement we create. 🧠 Knowing this, introducing a practice focused on the concentration of movements and self-awareness would create a change to our mental state.
Do you practice yoga, tai chi or qigong? If so, what effects have you experienced with your practice?
Sources: Francis, Alisha L., and Rhonda Cross Beemer. “How Does Yoga Reduce Stress? Embodied Cognition and Emotion Highlight the Influence of the Musculoskeletal System.” Complementary therapies in medicine (2019).
Abbott R, Lavretsky H. Tai Chi and Qigong for the treatment and prevention of mental disorders. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2013;36(1):109–119. doi:10.1016/j.psc.2013.01.011 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3917559/