Editor's Note: This post is courtesy of contributor Melina Alves in partnership with Well Being Trust and Providence St Joseph Health.
Where do you carry your tension? Have you thought about it? Do you know?
I carry mine in my shoulders and neck. I found this out when I started to notice every time I was really stressed out my neck would tighten up and my shoulders would pinch a little! It got so bad I was going to get massages on a weekly basis! That was getting expensive.
My stress wasn't really going away and now I'm even more stressed about all of the money I was spending on massages (I was single at the time...no honey to massage me! haha).
So I spoke with a friend who is a yoga instructor and she told me that doing yoga would reduce the symptoms I was having and prevent them from coming back!
We linked up with Vanessa Casillas, PsyD with Providence St. Joseph Health who explained the many benefits of yoga.
"In addition to flexibility, yoga is also good for improving muscle tone, weight management, quieting our minds, cardiovascular health and balance," said Casillas.
It is scientifically proven to improve your mental wellbeing by lowering stress and anxiety while building strength! Also...it's free if you want it to be!
A quick search on YouTube and you'll be introduced to thousands of yogis who offer their videos for free! You can even search by specific issues such as "yoga for emotional stability" or "yoga for dealing with stress at work" ...you'll be surprised at how much you can find!
Our partners at Well-Being Trust and Providence St Joseph Health have challenged us to a 21 Day Stress Management Challenge.
Check out tips from Day 1-5 below!
Day 1: Get Outside
Day 2: Laugh
Day 3: Meditation
Day 4: Journaling
Day 5: Me Time
About the guest blogger:
My name is Melina Alves and one of my greatest passions is writing and speaking on how we can balance and manage this wild and chaotic life we lead! I’ve had the blessing to travel the world, learn new cultures, and stretch myself beyond what I thought were my limits. I have been writing for the past few years from short stories to children's books, to screenplays for television and film.
My latest adventure has been partnering with Sasha Horne as project manager of Perks of Ambition, a collective of ambitious influencers who create meaningful content for clients we truly believe in.
Connect with me on http://instagram.com/actingfamous and stay challenged with my blog! www.sunshinebreak.life