For one reason or another, the Holiday Season brings with it higher levels of stress and anxiety than many people suffer from at any other time of the year. Whether it is the thought of gathering together with one’s family or the need to “shop until you drop” to make sure you have the perfect gift for everyone, the hurricane of emotions can be overwhelming. When you find yourself in this perfect storm, Relieving Stress through tai chi can help you to find the calmness that is the eye of the storm and regain your perspective.
Try this Relieving Stress Through Tai Chi Training breathing exercise to help ease your tension:
Of all the lessons you are going to learn when you take Tai Chi classes in Portland, Oregon, the meditative practices may be of the most value in your everyday life. It has been noted by many medical and mental health specialists that stress is responsible for 70% of all illness and it is that sixth leading cause of death. As you may have noticed, the number of deaths among those you know as family or friends seems to go up significantly at this time of year.
All of us seem to have a mental image of what we think the Holidays are supposed to be like and naturally we want everything to be the perfect representation of this mental image. The amount of stress that this creates is not only bad for your mental and emotional wellbeing, in time it becomes equally harmful to your physical wellbeing.
Tai Chi Chuan teaches us to learn to live in the here and now, rather than stressing over what might be. This helps us to find our way to the “eye of the storm” and thus be in a better position to enjoy the holiday season along with our family and friends. Of all that we learn in Tai Chi classes, it is perhaps the breathing exercises that you can use as a meditative practice that will help you weather this particular storm the best.
In all that you do in your daily routine, do not forget to “Breathe”, by taking a few moments out when your stress levels start to climb and filling your lungs all the way from the bottom and then breathing out slowly, you begin to relax. As you relax, your mind will begin to clear and refocus allowing the gathering storm to dissipate without causing any lingering harm and putting you back in control of your life. Remember “Tis the season to be Jolly”, relax, breathe and enjoy it and all that comes with it.
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