You can’t run from stress, but you can learn to manage it.

 

Stress is an inescapable part of everyday life within our high-paced and demanding Western culture. You can find your stress levels rising when deadlines approach, when  fighting traffic,  trying to deal with the queue in a coffee shop, or even during a family feud. Stress is everywhere.
It’s actually good to realise that stress is unlikely to magically disappear, because then we can measure it, manage it, and discover successful stress busting strategies.

 

Good and Bad Stress.

 

As well as the realisation that stress can be managed, another empowering discovery is learning the difference between “eustress” or positive stress and “distress”  or negative stress. This is useful because as we experience stress day to day, we can begin learn when it is useful to feel stressed and when it’s not.

 

Eustress can get us focused, improve our performance and can cause a feeling of excitement in the challenge ahead.
Distress can cause anxiety, feel overwhelming and negatively impact our mental and physical health.

 

I personally found this revelation very beneficial, as there is something that feels intuitively right about good and bad stress. I’m sure you have felt times when you have risen to an occasion due to stress and grown from the experience. You may also have had times where stress has been overwhelming and stopped you from performing. This is the Yin Yang of stress.
You can find out more here: https://www.mentalhelp.net/articles/types-of-stressors-eustress-vs-distress/  

 

China has developed powerful disciplines for managing stress.

 

Ancient China historically was one of the most stressful places to live on earth – with war, revolution,  bandits, and shortage of food all contending with each other to create a perfect chaotic cocktail.
However in the midst of this chaos, a handful of enlightened Masters developed mental and physical disciplines that proved very beneficial for their culture at that time in history; disciplines such as meditation, Qigong, and Tai Chi, which I have incorporated into my Infinite Flow Approach for the benefit of our hectic modern lifestyles and syndromes.
And today, right here, I want to give you some quick and easy IFA exercises that will help you manage either eustress or distress and get you back on track toward improved wellness and vitality.

NOTE- These exercises are particularly useful for those with desk bound jobs.
Disclaimer- Always consult your doctor before undertaking any kind of exercise routine.  

 

Movement 1 – The Bird

 

This is an excellent movement when you feel excess stress and tension building in your body.
I also included this movement in a recent blog posting tackling anxiety which you can find here:
https://www.infiniteflow.co.uk/3-powerful-qigong-tips-for-managing-anxiety/
Benefits:

 

  • Breath out stress
  • Stretching and flexing the spine, (especially useful if you’ve been sitting all day) 
  • Getting your blood flowing

 

Instructions:
Stand up and take 3 quality breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth
Now you can gently bend forwards at the waist, remember don’t bounce, stretch or strain yourself, just gently lean forwards.
Slowly rise up, bend backwards, while also slightly bending your knees and breath out making and audible “ahhhhhh” sound while open your opening your arms skyward. Repeat this 5-10 times

 

 

Movement 2 – “Emperor Surveys Troops”

 

If you are hunched over a desk all day and you feel tension building, this is a great movement.

Benefits:

  • Opens the chest and lungs
  • Improves posture
  • Clears the mind

 

Instructions:
Stand up and take 3 quality breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Now interlock your fingers behind your back and push your hands down so that you feel your chest open and spine straighten.
Maintaining this position take a stroll for 2-4 minutes enjoying breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth.  

 

Movement 3 – The Swing

A hugely popular movement in the parks of Asia for releasing tension and maintaining a supple spine
Benefits:

 

  • Release stress and tension
  • Opening the upper back and shoulders
  • Stimulate a feeling of flow in the body

 

Instructions:
Stand up and take 3 quality breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Step out with feet facing forwards and about a shoulders width apart.
Gently begin to turn the waist left and right, allowing your arms to swing freely by your sides. Work on releasing tension through your arms and upper body as you turn side to side, your arms will swing due to the centrifugal force generated in turning the waist. train for 2-4 minutes.  

 

Anyplace, anytime

 

These exercises can be performed wherever there is space to lay a buffalo, which means space enough to swing your arms around freely. This makes the movements highly accessible during the course of a working day. Many of my clients will stand up from a desk and perform these movements in a working day to stay fresh and energised.
Whenever you observe tension building in the shoulders or over thinking impacting your mind,

 

  1. Stand up
  2. Breath
  3. Perform one of these exercises

 

And feel instantly better.
Best
Robin
p.s. Finally,  If you won’t to truly tackle the issues raised in this post head on, you can work with me one to one, find my coaching page here:
https://www.infiniteflow.co.uk/coaching/