Practical Tips to Manage Your Stress Right Now


How would you rate your stress level on a scale of one to ten right now? What could you do today to decrease that number by 2 points on that scale?

It is important to be aware of our state of stress and how it can affect us both mind and body. We all have stress in our lives, both good and bad. Good stress is referred to as eustress, and is any situation that gives us a feeling of joy or euphoria. Bad stress is referred to as distress, and is any situation that causes a perceived threat to one’s mind, body, spirit, or emotions.

We cannot eliminate stress, but we do want to manage it with some positive coping skills and relaxation techniques.

Many people “get by” without addressing their stress, but over time it may lead to some chronic health issues down the track. Stress can have negative effects on our blood pressure, immune system, and increase muscle tension just to name a few. It is estimated that 80%of all visits

3 Tips to Help Improve Home Health Exercise Compliance In Physical Therapy

One of the biggest challenges that a physical therapist will confront in home health is educating the patient on the importance of being compliant with the exercise program that is prescribed.

Patients and the caregivers first have to understand the importance of why you have been assigned as a rehabilitation professional, to help in improving their independence and quality of life.

There are several tips that a physical therapist can use to help improve exercise compliance in the home.

Make Sure The Patient And Caregivers Have Input Into Their Rehabilitation Goals.

Most physical therapists will tell you that this is a given and that it should be done on every evaluation. However, that may not always be the case as I have seen in my 19 years of working in the field. To help anyone become more involved in their physical well-being, it is recommended that patient has a say in what they want to achieve and not so much in what we in physical therapy think they should achieve.

If someone is actively involved in their healthcare and quality of life, there is a better chance they

Effective Tips For Mindfulness Meditation

A lot of people today really struggle with juggling work and personal life. And as a result, they become stressed and lack the energy to think better. That’s what stress does; it depletes you or robs you of the joy to live through life in a mindful and positive way. If you’re ready to gain control of your life back and regain order and joy, opting for mindfulness meditation is one strategy to try. Experts share some of their best stress-relieving moves and breathing exercises, so check them out here.

Try bringing your awareness to the physical sensation what stress feels like in your body, where do you feel it, how does your body tell you that it’s stressed rather than pushing stress away. Let your attention rest there with gentleness and kindness, noticing how stress is not static but moves closer and then further away as you bring your attention to it. Shift your attention to your feet. Assuming a comfortable posture, notice how your feet feel as they connect with the floor. You might notice pressure against certain

Tips On How To Overcome Fear In Yoga

Fear shows up most times when you practice yoga. Although the job of fear is to keep us safe as well as out of danger, but in most cases, our fear can stop us from advancing or going deeper in yoga. We cannot escape fear, because it occurs naturally. We cannot also predict when and how fear will show up when we practice yoga, but we can simply use it as a tool for insight as well as transformation.

The most important question right now is how can we conquer fear? Most people approach their fears as something the y should examine and not something they should run from. By following these few steps, you can conquer your fears both on and off your yoga mat.

Identify the fear in you

The first way you can tackle fear perfectly is to identify your fear. Try as much as possible to write them down. You should also observe and document your thoughts about these fears and do well to note your physical reactions to them. Continue to explore, contemplate on it, and document it till you will find out the root cause of your fears. Continue to dwell on it until you discover exactly

Yoga Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Starting any new fitness programs requires attention and dedication. This is especially true of yoga. It is often thought of as easy as and less intense than aerobic exercise. Yoga benefits are quite the same with other exercise types; but just like any other exercise, it is crucial to start slowly… Think of “Baby Steps”.

Deciding to make yoga as your daily exercise is already your first step. Like anything physical, yoga does carry the risk of injury if it’s not done properly. Following yoga tips address how to protect your body while nurturing it at the same time. You have nothing to lose, research the history and the essence of Yoga, and its huge benefits to our everyday lives. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of yoga:

-Be Peaceful: Yoga’s primary goal is peace of mind, fit body, increased flexibility and improved health.
-Be Inclusive:Yoga is a user-friendly activity. It is not only for adults. Children can also use yoga as their daily exercise.
-Be Aware:Yoga requires self-awareness and attention to your well-being.
-Be Silly: Being overly self-conscious and critical is counterproductive in yoga and in life. Have fun! I’ve tried it, it’s effective.
-Be Sensitive:

Maintaining Life Long Fitness After Physical Therapy

After having gone through a dedicated physical therapy program for either a medical event such as low back surgery or, stroke or, an elective surgery like knee or hip replacement, now is the time when you are released from physical therapy to springboard into a dedicated fitness program to not only help get you back to where you were physically but, to improve your overall fitness levels.

Transitioning from physical rehabilitation to a fitness program can be done through several methods however, getting professional advice to help smooth out the process is recommended.

Your prior level of health and fitness will determine your starting point. It is advisable that if you have any questions on how to start an effective and efficient exercise program that you seek further instructions from either you’re attending Physical Therapist or a Certified Personal Trainer that has credentials in working with older adults.

Many Physical Therapy clinics today for instance, have a continual health and fitness program that is guided by their staff that you can transfer over to after physical therapy discharge. In this way, you can be assured that you will receive clear and concise and most of all, safe exercise programs that will benefit you

Give Yourself A Boost At Work With These Simple, Refreshing Tips

Continued concentration over long periods required in the modern workplace can be demanding on your mind and your body. The stress and fatigue felt by many of us can impact our work performance – and lead to ongoing stress and exhaustion when you get home.

However taking a short break to complete a few simple yoga postures at your desk can help to relieve stress and tiredness and refresh you for another work session.

Office yoga – part 1

Start by vigorously rubbing your hands together until you feel warmth on your palms. Place your hands on your face with your palms cupping your eyes and your fingers on your forehead – making sure that no light gets to your eyes. Hold your hands here with your eyes open and relaxed to relieve eye muscle tensions and eye strain related headaches.

Nadi Shodhana (alternate breathing)

Sit comfortably in your chair with your back tall and straight. Hold your right hand in front of your face with the middle two fingers resting between your eyebrows. Your thumb should be above your right nostril and your ring finger above the left. Close your right nostril with your thumb and breathe in slowly and silently through your left

5 Ways to Stay Motivated During Physical Therapy

After an injury or surgery, it is quite common to find your ability to move is limited, or that you have less functional strength and mobility than you had prior to the event. Often in these cases, your general medicine doctor will prescribe physical therapy to help you re-learn proper movement patterns as well as regain your strength, flexibility, range of motion, endurance, and general physical independence.

When faced with your first physical or occupational therapy session you may experience nervous or excited emotions due to the fact that this will be a new experience for you. However, you will soon learn that therapy sessions typically consist of a lot of strenuous, physical work. The procedures, treatments, and exercises you undergo while in therapy may be strenuous, and at times even mildly painful. Here are five tips for staying motivated to get through your therapy sessions.

Understand Motivation

Motivation is a complex subject, but in short, everyone is motivated differently based on their genetic, social and cultural backgrounds. While something may motivate you, it may not necessarily motivate other people as well. The important thing is to understand specifically why you want to undergo therapy. Do you want to restore your mobility and

Tips On How Newbies Can Enjoy Their Yoga Classes

Should yoga be practiced on a competitive atmosphere? In my opinion, I do not think it should. Yoga is not a practice one can engage in without a course. It is a journey, which is infinite. Just the way we eat food to survive, we also need good physical workout to stay strong. The only difference between food and yoga is that the effort of not eating at all or not meeting the body’s nutritional requirement, occurs in a short term while the effect from not exercising, occur in the future.

You must do everything within your power to keep fit. There are different yoga poses you can try. You can perform them at any location that suits you. It does not matter the yoga pose you are performing or the location, the most important thing is venturing into it in the first place. Regular practice provides enormous benefits to people. This is why yoga instructors would always encourage their students to practice regularly. The benefits are already there, all that is required of you is to key into it by doing your yoga pose right away.

The question now is how can someone enjoy his or her yoga classes?

Keep it fun


Meditation And Its Potential Health Benefits

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years in the eastern cultures and many of their healers believe that it has significant benefits to your health and wellbeing. There are many different types and forms of meditation and it can get quite complicated. Perhaps it is best at the start to stick with a simple approach as there are many very easy exercises you can do almost anywhere and anytime.

So what is meditation and what is its ultimate purpose? Well, the simplest definition may be that it is the pursuit of a quiet mind. Many people believe that a silent mind is also the least stressful and also may have great health benefits. Each day more people discover meditation and report great health benefits as far as a greater sense of wellbeing however there are few official scientific studies done to verify the effectiveness of meditation.

In fact, many scientists are just beginning to research the correlation between meditation and improved health. There are however many peer reviewed articles that have been published on the relationship between meditation and reducing stress or decreased symptoms of disease.

So it does require some faith on your part to at least try some meditative practices

Tips For Maintaining Good Yoga Positions

Yoga has many amazing benefits and all of the positions and poses each has it’s own benefit. Yoga also helps to improve posture which in turn gives you many benefits including a much healthier body.

Many people have very bad postures which have gradually gotten worse over the years without them even noticing. By getting and maintaining a good posture you will strengthen your back muscles and have amazing health benefits.

Practising yoga regularly can help to maintain good posture as well as increase your strength and flexibility throughout your body as a whole. When starting out, some yoga poses may seem difficult, but with practise you will find them easier and easier and you will certainly feel the benefits from them.

Here are a few tips on how you can maintain good yoga positions. Being able to execute the positions in the proper manner will give you the fullest benefits from each pose.

Stand with the base of your big toes touching and your heels should be slightly apart. Then life and spread your toes slowly and also the balls of your feet, and then lay them softly down on the floor. Next, try rocking yourself back and forth and then from side