A Truly Helpful Stress Management Tool - Karen Salmansohn

A Truly Helpful Stress Management Tool

A therapist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience.

As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired:

“How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied…

 “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued…

“The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

Want to lower your stress? Remember to lower that glass!

So…how to lower it?

Here’s a simple breathing exercise (below) which I learned in Ishta Yoga Teacher Training – it’s called Nadi Shodhana Pranayama.

Even doing a few minutes of Nadi Shodhan Pranayama can help release whatever’s stuck in mind and heart – and thereby also your body.

This breathing tool is named Nadi Shodhana Pranayama because it’s known for clearing out blocked energy channels.

nadi = subtle energy channel

shodhan = cleaning, purification

pranayama = breathing technique

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How To Do This Stress Management Tool:

  1. Sit in a cozy position on a yoga mat (or floor) with your spine straight and shoulders relaxed. If you need, sit straight up against a wall to help keep your spine erect. Close your eyes. Relax your face, so you’re gently smiling.
  2. Put your left hand on the left knee, palm up – so as to feel/send energy from/to the universe.
  3. Make a peace sign with your right hand – then put those 2 fingers above the brow – where the third eye is located.
  4. Next, place the ring finger on your right hand onto your left nostril (right above the nostril, where the bone is).
  5. Next up, place the thumb from this right hand on the right nostril (again, where the bone is).
  6. Get ready to use your ring finger and thumb to open and close each of these nostrils!
  7. Press your thumb on the right nostril. Breathe out gently through the left nostril.
  8. Next breathe in from the left nostril and press the left nostril gently with the ring finger. Remove the right thumb from the right nostril – and breathe out from the right nostril.
  9. Next up, breathe in from the right nostril and exhale from the left.
  10. Continue inhaling and exhaling from these alternate nostrils.
  11. After each exhalation, remember to breathe in from the same nostril from which you exhaled.
  12. Keep taking long, deep, easy breaths – using no effort – until you feel a sense of release and relief.

Benefits Of Nadi Shodhan Pranayama:
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  • Calms and clears the mind – releasing accumulated stress. Basically, it helps you to stop your busy chattering monkey mind – and develop a monk mind instead! It helps you to put down that metaphorical glass.
  • MRI Research shows it harmonizes the left and right hemispheres of your brain – which represent both your logical and emotional sides – bringing them into a communicative, happy union!
  • Helps balance the nadis – which are the subtle energy channels in the body – thereby unclogging both your mind and body from tension – creating a smooth flow of prana (life force)/
  • Helps with circulatory issues – releasing energy throughout the body.
  • Maintains body temperature.

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Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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