DeStress Monday’s Most Popular Practices of 2020
The year 2020 is finally coming to an end, and it can’t come soon enough! To prepare you for a healthy and happy new year, we are sharing our most popular DeStress Monday articles from 2020. These are the practices readers like you turned to again and again to start your week feeling relaxed and refreshed; and we have collected them all here in one neat package for your convenience and reading pleasure.
This Monday, let’s get ready for 2021 with a renewed commitment to staying calm, focused, and stress-free.
Stress can prevent you from reaching your goals; don’t let it! Use the 5-4-3-2-1 coping technique to ease your state of mind so that you can get through stressful moments. By using your five senses, you can focus on the present moment and avoid the negative thoughts in the way of your progress.
Among its many benefits, yoga can be ideal for reducing stress and anxiety while improving strength and flexibility. Begin your day with Sun Salutation, or Surya Namaskar — an honoring of the sun through a series of positions. As the backbone of most yoga traditions, it stretches every part of the body.
You don’t need a vacation to relax—all you need are your lungs. That’s because deep abdominal breathing has been scientifically shown to reduce stress. And the best part is you can do it anytime and anywhere to calm your mind and body. Just time your breath to the rhythm of these animated breathing graphics; you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel afterwards.
The best thing you can do during a hectic day is simply stop. When you feel overwhelmed, taking just 60 seconds for a breath can do wonders. To get the most out of your minute, use one of our audio meditation aids with ambient calming sounds and come out feeling refreshed.