Anxiety is a huge mental stressor. When we feel anxious, our body’s “fight or flight” response kicks in. Fight or flight prepares us to struggle or escape. This response starts in your brain and branches into your nerves and bloodstream, which causes our heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing to speed up. You can experience this response any time—whether it’s during a test you feel nervous about, when something frustrates you, or when you just feel stressed in general.
So what can we do about it? Yoga is recognized as a good stress-relieving practice that can reduce feelings of anxiety. You don’t have to be a yoga master to reap the benefits of practicing yoga. In fact, here is a cool infographic that will show you 7 really easy breathing exercises and yoga poses to help you reduce stress!
Try out the breathing and yoga exercises. What did you think of them? How did you feel afterward? Let us know in the comments. (And keep them in mind for the next time you feel stressed or anxious!)