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Are you Stressed?

Let’s do a simple test to find out....

 

1. Feel fatigued & lack energy constantly?                       .......

2. Insomnia & often feel drowsy or sleep disturbances?     .......

3. Stiff neck or head/shoulder/back aches?                      .......

4. Can’t concentrate & forgetful?                                      .......

5. Irritable & mood swings?                                             .......

6. Excessive weight loss/gain?                                        .......

7. Indigestion & lack appetite?                                        .......

8. Drinking water is a waste of time?                                .......

9. Have various bodily complaints w/o medical basis?       .......

10.Desire to be left alone?                                              .......

 

Stress triggers physiological-biochemical reactions in our body. For example, our blood pressure increases, our muscles (including our neck and back muscles) tighten up and we can’t relax.

 

Prolonged stress can cause us to be more prone to injuries and fall prey to dis-ease. A good antidote for stress is to maintain a relaxed mind-body state. Yoga’s emphasis in the art of breathing in conjunction with the flow of yoga poses gifts us with more than physical wellbeing; with yoga, even our mind and emotional health improve.

 

Begin with the end in mind! You want to be well? You want to feel and look better? Set a goal now! How much are you willing to invest in your health: money, time and effort? What will you sacrifice in order to get to a healthier state (less late nights/unhealthy diets)?

 

Write down your plan and excitedly look forward to a stronger, more supple and healthier you! Visualize the ‘new you’: the you that is able to enjoy life better, able to live your dreams passionately, the you that is wholesomely healthy. CHOOSE HEALTH!

 

References

 

Cyralene P. Bryce Pan (2001) for WHO (American Health Organization, World Health Organization. Insights into the Concept of Stress. Retrieved January 27, 2009, from http://www.paho.org/English/ped/stressin1.pdf (and stressin2 and stressin3)

 

Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, Matthew McKay (2000). The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook, 5th ed. USA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.