The Vibe #35: Easing The Heavy Burden Of Chronic Stress

Read Time: 5 Minutes

In today's fast-moving world, constant stress has become a common enemy.
Especially for women.

It’s in the data:
39.6% of women in the US taking anti-anxiety medications.
Among those taking anti-anxiety medications, 50% also take antidepressant drugs, and 16.1% take anti-insomnia medications 😲

As you try to balance work, family, and personal goals, the tension builds up.
This non-stop pressure doesn't just weigh on your minds.
It sneaks into your nights.

Disrupting your sleep
and planting the seeds for various health problems.

Picture this:
Imagine juggling a full-time job,
managing a household,
and maybe caring for aging parents or staying connected with grown children.

In the middle of this whirlwind of activity -
finding a moment of peace seems like a distant dream.

This stress isn't just a feeling,
it's a physical reaction that can lead to sleepless nights,
a reliance on anti-anxiety medications,
and a perpetual sense of being on edge.

But here's the good news:
returning to calm is possible!

Understanding the root causes of built-up stress
and its effects on our nervous system
is the first step to reclaiming peace.

By acknowledging the constant buzz of the modern world
and our bodies' reactions to it,
we can start to see a way out of the stress maze.

The Solution: Rituals to Peace

The journey back to calm involves adopting relaxation rituals.
Rituals that specifically target and soothe our overactive nervous systems.

Engaging in yoga and mindfulness practices can be particularly helpful,
breaking down stress hormones and easing the body's tension.

Here's how you can include these practices in your daily life:

1. Daily Grounding Meditation:

Start your day with a few moments of meditation.
This doesn't have to be long.
Even sitting quietly for five minutes of meditation can set a peaceful tone for the day.

2. Diffuse Stress with Breathing Techniques:

Learn simple yet effective breathing exercises that you can use anytime, anywhere.

For example the 4-7-8 method:

  • 4 Seconds Inhale: Breathe in quietly through your nose for 4 seconds. 7 Seconds Hold: Hold the breath for a count of 7 seconds.
  • 8 Seconds Exhale: Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound, for 8 seconds.
  • Continue this breathing pattern for four full breaths, or until you feel a sense of calmness.

3. Release Chronic Muscle Tension Through Mindful Movement Like Yoga:

Yoga isn't just about flexibility,
it's a powerful tool for releasing stored tension and calming the mind.

Include a short yoga session in your routine,
focusing on poses that promote relaxation.

Try this yoga routine:

  • Start with child's pose
  • Do a few rounds of cat-cow
  • Sit in butterfly pose
  • Move into forward bend
  • Lay on your back for figure 4 stretch
  • Finish with spinal twist

Ashram members -
Check out the new collection Just Relax waiting for you inside Ashram.
Inside you’ll find 5 rituals.
From meditation, thorough breathing sessions, and relaxing Yin yoga.

The rituals you need to unwind your body and mind from endless stress.

the journey to overcoming constant stress is a personal one,
and it's okay to take it one step at a time.

Celebrate each moment of calm as a victory 🏆
Know that with each breath and movement,
you're moving closer to a more peaceful, balanced life 🧘‍♀️

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