Stressed Out?

I’ve been moving – as in, I moved my home – so I’ve been a bit of a stress monkey (yes, me, the yoga therapist­­—I get stressed too).
What does a yoga therapist do with stress?

Here are a few of my coping strategies:

  • I keep my meditation practice going, even inserting a few extra moments here and there, especially when the going gets intense
  • I nap. Even if I don’t fall asleep. It’s like meditation in a comfy position
  • I remind myself that this period will pass and to give myself and others compassion and lovingkindness as often as possible.
  • Baths. Even short, shallow baths . . .  it’s a moment to just be quiet and still
  • I focus on my breath when the going gets tough, especially the exhalations (slightly elongating those).

Even when the stress gets kicked up a few more notches . . .  my boyfriend (who I moved in with) injured his knee. Bad. Like, surgery bad.
So I’m doing lots of conscious breathing as I cart trays of food up and down the stairs, around all the boxes, and over the complaining cat (this move is stressful for him too).
I hope you’re having a less stressful time. But if you are feeling challenged, try something from the list. I hope it helps!

Published by Michelle

Michelle Stortz, C-IAYT, ERYT500, MFA, is a certified yoga therapist specializing in yoga for cancer and chronic illness. She teaches in numerous medical settings throughout the Philadelphia area. Michelle also teaches mindful meditation. She has been studying in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition for the past 15 years and has also trained in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction curriculum. She leads retreats and group classes and works with individuals in private sessions.

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