If you are like most of us, stress is a pretty common occurrence in your life. Life can be overwhelming some days and sometimes you need some quick strategies to regroup, re-energize and maybe refocus your energy toward something more positive.
You don’t have to be in our Pilates studio to find that relaxed, energized feeling that you get during one of your Pilates sessions. One of the great things about your Pilates practice is that you can take away some simple ideas and concepts and apply them to your everyday life to feel a big difference. Here’s a quick list of our favorite Pilates ways to release stress!
1. Breathe. You’ve heard it before I’m sure. Just taking a moment to yourself and taking a few deep mindful breaths can really change how your body is feeling. And you can do this anywhere without anyone else even realizing what you are doing. Simply take 5 conscious breaths where all you are doing is breathing and noticing how the breath feels in your body. It’s as simple as that!
2. Move. Take a movement break from whatever you are doing. Do your favorite stretch, dance, sway your arms, do your hundreds or whatever you are comfortable doing. Our bodies are designed to move and when we take a moment to listen to our bodies and do some gentle movements that feel good it changes our perspective and can really boost your mood!
3. Concentrate on someone else. This could be petting your cat, listening to your child tell a story or just saying hi to a stranger and asking about their day. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in ourselves and whatever we have going on that we forget about everyone else we share the world with. Connecting with others puts our lives into perspective and allows us to make a difference in others’ lives.