Happy New Year everyone! What a great year 2017 will be for all of us. I am excited for bigger, better and more beautiful things. I really do believe in the good things coming.
Gab, Ollie and I have started this new year in Australia, road tripping along the east coast. So far its been a great adventure, with many meet ups with friends, plenty of wining and dining and exploring the beautiful coastline. We have been experiencing so much gorgeousness; the countryside, the koalas, the never ending beaches and generally having a great time.
The reason we are enjoying this holiday so much is because of the preparation that went into it. I’m talking months of working, saving, quiet nights at home and compromises to get here. We had our mortgage to think about, bills to pay, a baby to support and tax to plan for. The last thing we wanted for this trip was to think about was how much we were spending, nor whether we could cover the mortgage when we got back. As a yoga teacher and a gardener, we only get paid the hours we work, so no work equals no pay making planning a must! There is nothing worse than those sleepless nights that come when our finances are not in order.
For no particular reason, money is not usually a topic covered on Plume Yoga. However as form of energy, an incredibly grounded one at that, it is important that we understand it and manage it to the best of our abilities. Because when we don’t, the stress that comes can be incredibly destructive. I have recently learnt more about this when contacted by Jenny, a lady who is passionate about helping adults beat financial stress after family related financial issues lead her to discover the power of yoga and meditation.
Jenny explains that financial stress can strike at any time of life however it is common in our thirties and forties due to paying off mortgages and supporting young families. The effects of this stress can be both physical and mental, with symptoms such as insomnia, chest pains and lethargy.
So to combat financial stress, especially after the expenses of the holidays, Jenny gives us her top five tips to manage money related worry.
The aim of meditation is to find inner peace through connection with your own self. Practicing meditation does not have to involve uncomfortable positions such as lotus. Instead, simply find a quiet and comfortable place to sit and close your eyes. By concentrating solely on taking long, slow breaths the body and mind begin to calm down and stress can slip away.
As we go about life, bad experiences, hurt feelings and stressful events can get caught in our physical bodies and never properly released. This in turn can create illness, injury and the suboptimal running of our bodies. Certain poses in our asana practice allow this negativity to exit the body. Camel pose, for example, is a great position to release stress and allow the body to open up. A regular practice encourages a more supple, strong, physical body and a more in tune mind, which helps us to deal with stressful situations, in real time, more effectively.
Seek professional help:
We don’t always have all the answers and at times of stress, seeing the picture clearly can often be even more challenging. Seeing a financial professional, understanding your options and making a plan of attack can reduce stress almost immediately. There are many resources available, like this one.
When we are stressed, we are at a higher risk of disease and injury. Eating a healthy diet allows the body to ward off infections, produce more energy, improves concentration and allows us to feel a higher level of wellbeing. So cut down on the bad fats, eat more fruit and veg and be aware of how much protein your body is receiving.
If you are not already active, ease into regular and gentle exercise, building it up as your body becomes fitter and stronger. Walk several times per week, or try cycling or running. It is great aerobic fitness and an effective way to reduce stress. Gentler activities such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi or dancing can also be very stress relieving.
What do you find helps to reduce financial stress? Please leave us a comment below!
Jenny is sharing her own individual advice and views. This is not an advertisement or the opinion of the owner of this site. In saying that, Plume Yoga full supports healthy, active lifestyles with as little stress as possible!