Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental illness in the United States? Last year, over 18% of adults reported that they'd been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in the previous 12 year. And these are just the documented cases…beyond this, many cases go undiagnosed, and some individuals experience situational anxiety as well.
Situational anxiety, or a state of apprehension, discomfort, and anxiety precipitated by the experience of new or changed situations or events, is often untreated due to its occasional and variable nature. But that doesn’t mean that you need to live with it. In fact, yoga can be an excellent method for coping with situational anxiety or to supplement treatment of a diagnosed anxiety disorder.
As shown by a 2009 Harvard study, practicing yoga decreases signs of physiological arousal, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure, thereby reducing overall stress symptoms. As a result, regularly practicing yoga, breathing, and meditation techniques can help you stay calmer in your daily life, especially as stressful situations arise. If you’re experiencing anxiety or stress, try out these ten poses that reduce stress and support mental health.
Keep in mind that there is a critical difference between situational stress and anxiety and an anxiety disorder that may require medical or psychological treatment. If you think that what you’re experiencing is more than situational anxiety, review these signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders. If you experience these any or all of these symptoms frequently, don’t hesitate to seek the help that you need.