Posts under tag: Stress Relief

The Art of Unplugging

The idea of unplugging is great in theory, but certainly difficult in practice. We are constantly bombarded with emails, texts, push notifications – it’s easy to feel spread thin, and like our attention is never our own. That’s why we love to take every opportunity we can to remind you to take a moment. Take a beat. Reflect on all that you are. Because you are enough.

When was the last time you didn’t look at a screen for an hour? 2 hours? A full day? We are so plugged in, it’s easy to forget that looking at a screen 24/7 isn’t great for us, physically or mentally. Perhaps start by taking note of your habits: do you pick up your phone as soon as you wake up? Before you even sip some water or say good morning to your loved ones? Acknowledging a habit is the first step to making change. Tomorrow morning, maybe have a glass of water, wash your face, take the dog out, and THEN pick up that phone.

After reading this, close your laptop, put your phone down. Step outside if you can. Take a deep breath, in through your nose, out through your mouth. AAAHHHH. Isn’t that nice? In the week ahead, try paying attention to your screen time; see if unplugging a little more than usual helps reduce those feelings of self-comparison and FOMO that social media so infamously creates. Observe how small conscious acts can truly change the way you *feel.*

We can’t wait to unplug with you in class this week!

An Easy Tip for Some Stress Relief

Feeling stressed? Write it down!

One way to combat that feeling of overwhelm and stress that sometimes creeps up on us Monday mornings? WRITE IT DOWN! Our thoughts can feel much more intense when they are running around unchecked in our heads. So instead of kicking off your week in a state of reaction, try to start it in a state of intention.

Take a minute this morning to get intentional about your day. Write down some of those thoughts and feelings that may be jostling around inside of you. See how it feels to read them back on paper. Do they feel as heavy? Are you able to create some distance between yourself and those thoughts and feelings?

Now take a moment to write down how you want this day to feel. Get clear about your intentions for your time. Write down what you’re going to do today and the feeling and attitude with which you would like to do it.

Taking a moment to pause, get clear, and write down how we want our days to feel helps us breathe intention into each moment. We no longer feel trapped in a reactionary cycle of our arising thoughts. We can participate in our lives with clarity and presence.

Maintain that mental clarity by joining us at one of our classes in SF!

Why Breathing Exercises Work for Stress Relief

In stressful situations, we know to “take deep breaths” to calm down. But why? In this post we break down the science of your breath.

One of the most important aspects of our Chorus technique is the active breathing practice we incorporate which helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Does that sound like a foreign language to you? Honestly us too, so we’ll explain.

The sympathetic nervous system is in charge of regulating bodily systems like heart rate, blood pressure, pupil dilation, etc. It gets activated during physical activity, which is great! It can also get activated as a response to stressful situations or thoughts, which can be not as great. It’s not ideal to have a text or email or a meeting increase our heart rate high enough to make us feel like we’re running a sprint. And it’s actually not great for our brain to constantly be activating the sympathetic nervous system during low stake moments. Enter the parasympathetic response!

Our parasympathetic nervous system is in charge of decreasing our heart rate and blood pressure in order to stimulate relaxation, sleep, and calm. And guess what activates this system? That’s right – your breath! The age old advice to just breathe during stressful situations is actually scientifically sound. Deep, focused breaths turn our parasympathetic system on, assisting us in accessing that peaceful meditative state.

The way we breathe in Chorus helps to calm the sympathetic nervous system and activate the parasympathetic nervous system, dropping us quickly into that relaxed state where we can experience relief from stress and anxiety, mental clarity, and prepare ourselves for a sound night of sleep.

To experience this first hand, join one of our San Francisco classes, and we’ll show you everything you need to know!

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