It's probably not new to you. When we get stressed, our body reacts. Shortness of breath, heart palpitations, stomach cramps, constipation, dizziness, blotchy skin and much more. The list of these symptoms alone is quite impressive and, in part, a picture of illness characteristics when the body is not well.
Observe yourself when you get bad news, a rejection at a job interview, inadequate evaluations in qualifications or certificates or when you prepare something with heart and soul, and you are constantly unsure whether everyone will like it. Which part of your body rules?
There is a simple rule here:
Breath, organs, skin.
If you have your breath under control, other symptoms sometimes go away on their own.
Today, many people do not breathe ideally, even in the so-called resting phase. They tend to breathe too shallowly and too short. This is also due to a lack of movement, less physical exertion and low mindfulness. But when we get anxious, this condition is one of the first symptoms. Sometimes we even hold our breath.
Breathing is one of the essential tools to stay calm or return to calm. This also applies to outbursts of anger, aggression or moments when we are emotionally challenged. The breath can even have a pain-relieving effect.
To bring you back to a moment of calmness,
it is enough to lengthen your inhalation and exhalation consciously. A simple recipe helps.
First, consciously breathe deeply in and out twice. Then count to 6 on the exhalation. Next, inhale "normally", i.e. without any exceptional breath control, and then exhale and count to 8. Then inhale again and count to 4. Next, exhale and count to 8. Inhale and count to 6 and exhale and count to 8. Inhale and count to 8 and exhale while counting to 8 again. Stay in this rhythm: 8 in and 8 out. That is all.
If you are breathing too shallowly, i.e. the breathing volume is relatively small.
The above exercise will get you into a good rhythm. However, you may still not be getting enough air. Then you can imagine your lungs in three areas: Lower lung area, Middle lung area and Upper lung area.
Try to divide your inhalation into three parts: Breathe the first third of your breath into the lower lung area, the second third into the middle lung area and the third part into the upper lung area. Then exhale to 8 and repeat the cycle for 5 minutes.
Your organs have their language.
The heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, and "head" usually make themselves known frequently and clearly. And they respond according to what your body wants to tell you through appropriate symptoms.
First, we must allow ourselves to acknowledge that the body is trying to communicate through signals: Constant overload, emotional tension, little sleep can be causes of the above symptoms, in addition to "real" illnesses. And at this point, it is also important to say that doctors and pharmacists should be your first port of call if you know that the causes are not psychological or emotional.
The help you can give yourself directly is to listen and answer the questions your organs are asking you.
What is on my mind?
Why are things not going well in my life?
What is on my stomach?
What am I having trouble digesting?
What am I taking too long to digest? What gets stuck in me?
What makes me fly off the handle? (Anger)
Or what wants to get out of my skin? (pimples, redness)
What has caused me to lose my elasticity (e.g. sagging skin)?
If you take your time, you can already recognise a lot with particular questions. It is the part of yoga about reflection, meditation and introspection.
YOGA helps you to get things rolling and to get unstuck.
Yoga practice in asanas, physical yoga exercises, is another part of releasing stress. Here you have so many beautiful approaches:
Clear, constantly the same flow that warms your body, gets your heart moving, and brings you into a meditative state. They cleanse you.
Free forms of movement, flow, awakening and developing from moment to moment ground you and strengthen your essential trust.
Strengthening and robust flows are of great help when you have lost your resilience, and strong breath-oriented yoga helps you to channel your life energy.
Some asanas can do you real good for physical symptoms within these flows. For example, a forward fold with legs extended or slightly bent can be good for a headache; twists can stimulate digestion, side stretches can give your heart more space, and spinal waving can give your body some quick heat to sweat something out.
With breathing, meditation and reflection and asana in yoga, you hold a prosperous offer to recognise, acknowledge, face and do something about your panic situations anxiety moments.