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The coronavirus pandemic has brought along a host of other health problems. There have been reports of increasing cases of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts among young adults from around the world amid the pandemic. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found a threefold increase in the percentage of Americans reporting symptoms of anxiety disorder and fourfold increase in the symptoms of depressive disorder in 2020 compared to the previous year. The findings were published on August 13 in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Are you struggling with anxiety? Try yoga nidra. Don't worry! This style of yoga does not require you to hold poses in a heated room. You just have to relax on a mat and chill out. A 45-minute yoga nidra session can give you the benefit of a peaceful three-hour nap.
Meditation and yoga nidra often lumped together, but they are actually two different practices. Research has suggested that yoga nidra is more effective in reducing anxiety than meditation. Yoga nidra helps in reducing both cognitive and physiological symptoms of anxiety.
Yoga nidra involves lying down and move into a deep state of conscious awareness sleep. Meditation, on the other hand, requires you to sit and stay in a waking state of consciousness while focusing the mind and allowing thoughts to come and go.
This style of yoga works with the autonomic nervous system that regulates heartbeat, breathing, digestion and blood flow. Meditation mainly calms the sympathetic or fight-or-flight response. The yoga nidra activates the pineal gland and promotes release of the hormone melatonin a powerful antioxidant that can help manage immune function, blood pressure, cortisol levels and induce restful sleep.
The best part about yoga nidra is that you don't need fancy equipment and it can be done at home with the help of YouTube or a meditation app.
Lie flat on your back on a yoga mat or a blanket with a bolster supporting you from the low back to the head. You can also practice yoga nidra in a recliner or even in bed. Do it for 15 or 20 minutes in the beginning and work your way up. Practice yoga nidra at nighttime so that you can sleep tight. Now follow the following stages of yoga nidra to beat anxiety.
Slowly transition back to your waking life and pause for a moment to feel grateful for taking this time for yourself.
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