Every morning, I roll right out of bed and onto a pretty pastel tapestry that sits just below my mattress. It looks like a rug, but it’s actually a yoga mat. We often think of getting motivated as a high-energy vibe. But I’ve found I work a lot more effectively if I offer myself just the opposite. A quiet, slow-moving session of gentle yoga works wonders.
It’s super easy. Just pull up a five-minute yoga session on your phone, and gift yourself a slowdown. Whether you roll right out of bed and onto your yoga mat or stop in the middle of a busy workday to breathe, a quick five-minute session of gentle yoga can refocus your mind, calm nerves, and zap stress so you can get more done with less anxiety. It also gets your body into a new flow, which is a great way to stop procrastinating and start moving toward something you really want or need to do.
Not sure if you really need a slowdown? A study of 131 people revealed that 10 weeks of yoga helped reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga also helped improve quality of life and mental health when used alone or alongside other methods of alleviating stress, such as meditation.