4 Steps to a Stress-Free Lifestyle in Under 10 Minutes a Day

Are you having trouble calming yourself from stress and anxiety? Well, we all go through this at some point in our day to day lives, don't we?

Yoga is a natural treatment to heal mentally, emotionally and physically. Practicing meditation and yoga every day will help you calm your mind, improve patience level, and help your body in numerous other ways that will only make your life better. So commit to include it in your lifestyle and get ready to meet a modified version of You!

There are no specific criteria to start yoga, just put all your belief in it, show some patience and stay consistent to actually see results overtime.

Meditation

Do you also consider meditation to be a bit boring? Well yeah, it could be boring for some people, but definitely very effective.

Begin with just two minutes of meditation a day!

Overtime, it will help you get hold of your thoughts, remain calm and attract all positive vibes around you which is key. All you need to do it is follow these few simple steps -:

  • Find a quiet and comfortable environment
  • Feel free to put on some calming music
  • Sit comfortably with your legs crossed, hands on your knees, and spine straight on a Yoga Mat 
  • Close your eyes and let your mind wander around thoughts while breathing normally
  • Slowly take a deep breath while expanding your stomach, and then slowly exhale with a beautiful smile on your face, removing all the stress and tension
  • As you continue breathing deeply, bring all your attention towards your breath and continue this for two minutes
  • When your timer rings after two minutes, slowly become aware of your surroundings and open your eyes

Don’t worry if you can’t focus on the first day, as you practice this every day, you will only get better and easily get the hang of it. Once you get comfortable with two minutes, try increasing the duration to reap more benefits. Remember, the key is to do this every day, religiously.

Yoga Poses

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the complicated yoga poses you see online? Don’t let them intimidate you. Let us show you some extremely effective, but easy yoga poses that you can do on daily basis.

Child Pose

  • Sit on your Yoga Mat with your butt on your heels and spine straight
  • Knees spread apart to  shoulder width, and your toes touching each other
  • Take a deep breath in
  • While exhaling bend downwards, placing your chest area between your thighs, forehead touching the floor, and arms extended all the way in the front
  • Spread your fingers
  • Breathe normally in that position for about a minute (You can start with 30 seconds, gradually increasing the duration)
  • To come back up, slowly walk your hands back towards your thighs, and gently put you head up to sit on your heels

Caution –

  • Don’t practice this without consulting your doctor if you have a physical injury
  • Don’t practice this if you are pregnant
  • Stretch as much as you think is your limit, not more than that

Benefits

  • It helps release stress and anxiety causing thoughts
  • Calms you mentally and emotionally
  • Gives a gentle stretch to the hips and thighs
  • Regulates your breath overtime
  • Helps with blood circulation

Practice this every morning to stay fresh, happy and stress-free throughout the day, and right before sleeping at night to get rid of all the worries or negative thoughts to sleep like a baby!

Cat-Cow Pose

  • Put your hands right under your shoulders and your knees under your hips on your Yoga Mat
  • Inhale for the Cow Pose. As you take a breath in, lift your head up, arch your back while engaging your core and hold for a couple of seconds
  • As you exhale for the Cat Pose, curve your spine upwards, chin touching the chest, and pull the stomach towards the spine. Hold for a couple of seconds,
  • Repeat this 5-10 times alternately

Caution

  • Don’t over stretch any part of the body if you are suffering an injury or pain
  • Not recommended if you have wrist injury or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Best to consult your doctor before practicing this if you are pregnant

Benefits

  • Gives a sense of freedom from all the stress
  • Improved ability to focus
  • Stabilizes the mind and emotions
  • Stretching the spine helps with blood circulation to relieve any stress in the back
  • Improves flexibility of the spine
  • Enhances creativity

One powerful pose can get you tons of benefits. Do this every day to see results from within.

Downward Dog

  • Put your hands right under your shoulders and your knees under your hips on your Yoga Mat
  • Stretch your fingers apart to equally distribute your weight
  • While exhaling, slowly lift your knee from the ground, pushing your pelvis upward
  • If you are a beginner, keep the heels off the ground. As you keep practicing this pose, try pushing your heels towards the ground very gently to give a nice stretch to your calves.
  • Breathe normally. You can hold the pose for about 1-3 minutes
  • Slowly exhale while bending your knees and go into the Child Pose for 30 seconds to relax

Caution

Not recommended if

  • You have wrist injuries or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • You have High BP or headaches
  • You are pregnant
  • You have medical concerns (consult your doctor)

Benefits

  • Circulates more blood to your brain (also promotes hair growth)
  • Relieves back pain
  • Calms the mind
  • Helps to strengthen arms and legs
  • Helps reduce fatigue
  • Energizes the entire body
  • Relieves stress and mild depression
  • Stretches the hamstrings, calves and shoulders

Follow these easy steps to do this pose regularly. Start with 1 minute and gradually increase the duration up to 3 minutes as you get better at this.

 

Here you go, now you know exactly what to do to help improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being in less than 10 minutes a day. Yoga is a lifestyle which will only benefit you in the long run. Include these game changing poses in your daily routine to watch the magic happen. Initially, it might be a bit difficult to stick to it, but hey, ask a friend to do it with you so you can keep encouraging each other.

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