It’s like that nagging voice soothing you in the back of your head telling you that if things do get worse you can cut open your wrist and then everything will be okay, but that’s not the worst part. The worst part is you start believing that voice because it’s so comforting. It’s so alluring and it pulls you towards it, and like a small child you follow it.
The everyday wars you’re fighting in your head seem like nothing compared to that voice vibrating in your mind telling you to let it all fade away.
The voice echoing in your mind is your greatest friend as well as your greatest enemy. It’s your most aching wound, and your most alluring cure. The voice tampers with your thoughts and it turns you into something you never thought you would be.
You start becoming that monster you despise and it embraces you and forcibly kisses you and dissolves into you.
I know that voice very well. It’s caged somewhere in the back of my mind and I’m afraid it will rip through all those barriers and it will take a hold of me. I’m scared because I think I’ll submit to it, because I’m tired of fighting. I’m tired of tying it down. Tired of holding back that ocean that so badly wants to drown me. I feel powerless.
“No. Please no.” I beg that voice calling out to me, telling me that the world is too hard to face. Might as well let it all go.
That voice in all honesty gets me through the toughest times. What can be worse than death right? Nothing!
It’s a bad thought but it helps me cope with the panic attacks and the anxiety and the depression. No one understands me except that voice in the back of my head, comforting me, telling me that it’ll all get better.
You’ll embarrass yourself. It’s okay. Just slit your wrist and it’ll all end.
You’re failing at life. It’s okay. Swallow those pills.
Everything is falling apart, don’t worry jump off that bridge.
No one loves you, but it’s okay to pull that trigger.
But would dying hurt just as bad as that moment. Would ending everything solve every problem there is. Temporarily yes. And sometimes all it takes is a moment for that switch to flip.
If you’re in that moment. Take a deep breath. Inhale and then exhale. Think. Talk to someone. Tell them you’re not okay. Talk to me. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Talk to anyone. Go to the hospital. Do whatever you can to save yourself. It’s okay to feel down. It’s okay to feel sad. It’s okay to ask for help. Please don’t let that voice get to you. Let that positive voice in you roar as loud as a lion, even if it makes everyone deaf. Scream if you have to… but never bow down to your demons. You did not fight a million sperms and push through a hole to throw it all away.
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Author: A. Rinum
“Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.”Amit Ray
Yoga is a spiritual, mental and physical discipline. This practice is said to originate from ancient India but is now one of the popular treatment options for anxiety and stress reduction. With an increase in anxiety awareness, it is no surprise that many people are turning towards Yoga to help get their minds right. According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, more than 24 million adults in the united states, practiced yoga in 2013, which is about a 40% increase from 17.8 million in 2008.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a wide-ranging discipline that challenges both body and mind. Yoga reduces anxiety and stress by using a variety of relaxation techniques: visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga poses and breathing techniques.
If you think Yoga is a walk in the park that can be picked up by nearly everybody, then you’re right. Many yoga poses can even be done on a chair.
Nevertheless, there are varying levels of yoga. Associating the word yoga with “easy” is most definitely inaccurate. There are intense yoga positions that require flexibility and muscle strength. There is no shortage of difficult feats in this discipline.
Many people use yoga as their main form of exercise, and take it to the extreme. For instance “hot yoga”, usually done in hot yoga rooms that tend to be humid, temperatures ranging from 80°F-100°F (26.6°C -37°C)
Benefits of Yoga on Anxiety
Anxiety is a mental illness with physical symptoms. Asanas(yoga poses) are used to help reduce the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, especially when facing a panic attack. Yoga can help ease the physical symptoms of anxiety:
- Heart rate
- Tightness in chest
- Muscles stiffness
- Poor posture
Posture and “Straightening” out Your Anxiety
A long-term physical symptom of anxiety is a poor posture. This includes head tilted downwards, which is bad for your spine. The average adult head weighs 10-12 pounds, which may not seem like a great deal, but the effects add up considering how much time is spent looking at our phones and computers. If you have an office job and are looking to improve their posture, check out this article on workplace-ergonomics. The increasing popularity of cell phone use has also been a contributing issue to head alignment and spine health.
Another symptom is raised shoulders, stiff back muscles, and a pelvis that tilts forward. Your feet, pelvis, and head should all be vertically aligned when you are standing. A cool way to check your posture is to stand with your back against the wall. If you have a healthy posture, your feet, back and back of your head should all be making contact with the wall behind you. A healthy spine looks s-shaped when being viewed from the side; However, anxiety-related posture can push the posture of your spine into a C-shape.
Asanas are used to develop a solid posture by including three consistent principles: shoulder blades pulled back, stable core, and keeping your head-up(straight). People practicing yoga can also benefit from the strengthened core muscles; making a healthy posture feel more natural on a daily basis.
How Does Good Posture Help Anxiety?
Posture helps anxiety by influencing the way you self by helping to boost confidence, which then helps to validate positive thoughts you have about yourself. A benefit of yoga that was studied by Richard Pettey, a social psychology professor from Ohio State University.
During this study, participants were tasked with writing down their best and worst qualities. One group was tasked with writing down their qualities while sitting down with a confident posture(straight back, chest out), while the other group wrote down their qualities with a doubtful posture(hunch back, forward slouch)
Poor posture did not have an influence on the number of positive qualities that participants listed about themselves. Although, the group that wrote down their qualities with a confident posture reported more confidence in the positive thoughts they had of themselves.
Yoga Helps Stress
if you have difficulty managing your stress levels, taking a yoga class is something you can incorporate in your daily routine. Yoga has many aspects that help reduce stress. One of these components is your breathing technique
Breathe control is extremely helpful for those struggling with stress and anxiety, considering that one of the common symptoms of anxiety is shallow breathing. Next time you’re in a stressful situation, you may notice that your breathing pattern is rapid and shallow. This isn’t a coincidence.
Taking a deep breath lowers stress in the brain and body. Breathing deeply sends a message to the brain to relax. Also, deep breaths remove the negative effects of rapid and shallow breathing: high heart rate, increased blood pressure, muscle tension. The breathing techniques associated with yoga can help reduce your overall stress.
Have you considered taking a Yoga Class?
With an increase in popularity, yoga has taken over the western world by storm, coming a long way from ancient India. You can most likely find a yoga class at a nearby gym, recreational center or community center. Some people even host free yoga classes at public parks, depending on where you’re located.
The Department of Psychology at Lund University did a study specifically on the effectiveness that gym yoga had on stress and psychological health. The study determined the effects using an 8-week and 16-week consecutive yoga course. Stress levels of participants were measured at a baseline level before they participated in yoga classes
The first group completed a 16-week yoga course, reporting significant decreases in stress levels. The second group didn’t participate in a gym yoga class for the first 8-weeks and then crossed over for the next 8-weeks. The second group still reported a significant decrease in stress levels, showing that yoga has the potential to significantly reduce stress levels in under two months.
5 Yoga Poses
Here is some beginner yoga poses to get started.
If you want to practice yoga from the comfort of your own home, there are plenty of experts willing to walk you through an online yoga session.
Yoga for Anxiety and Stress Walkthrough