Your body’s stress response system is made more efficient through regular exercise, rest, proper diet and a healthy lifestyle. Often times we get so caught up in life that we don’t even realize we are stressing until something pushes us over the edge and we fall apart. Take a moment each day (5 to 10 minutes at least!) to sit quietly and let your mind rest. If the past or future won’t allow you to stay in the moment, focus on this alternating nostril breathing drill to decompress and de-stress.

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Alternate nostril breathing drill

Fold your index and middle finger (2nd and 3rd fingers) towards your palm on your right hand. Then place your left thumb under your right nostril to ‘tap’ it up. Inhale from the left nostril to the count of four. Gently pinch the left nostril with the right ring finger (4th finger) to the count of 16. And release your thumb and exhale through the right nostril for 8. Now inhale through the right nostril for 4. Hold for 16. Exhale through the left nostril for 8. Repeat for several minutes.

This exercise balances the brain’s serotonin, the chemical that regulates happiness. The pattern of inhalation (4, 16, 8) means that the air is pushed down to the bottom of the lungs and more toxins are released on exhalation. You will feel relaxed after this exercise, particularly in the shoulder area, and may experience heightened perception.

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How much stress are you under? Take a stress test HERE.

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Read the “10 commandments for a stress free life“! I found it very useful.

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Gumsaba Boot Camp Class schedule Wednesday 8/28/13:

 

5:30AM Sunrise Danville Womens only class – Coach Sarah – Strong and Sexy

 

6AM Sunup Moraga Womens only Class – Coach Briana – Cardio HIIT It

 

8:15AM Sunrise Moraga Womens only Class – Coach Briana – Cardio HIIT It

 

9AM Sunshine Walnut Creek Womens only class – Coach Michelle – Strong and Sexy

 

11AM Cytosport Co-ed boot camp lite Benicia – Coach Michelle (private class) TRX

 

12PM Cytosport Co-ed boot camp Benicia – Coach Michelle (private class) TRX