Yoga for holiday shopping stress
Battling the crowds on and after Black Friday can be stressful - but you can actually use yoga to de-stress, even if you’re in the middle of a crowded store.
Judi Bar is a yoga therapist at Cleveland Clinic. She says if you start stressing out in the middle of all the holiday hustle and bustle, try standing on one foot.
Bar says the idea is to disengage the “fight or flight” feeling you may be experiencing because you must focus to balance. You only have to lift your foot about an inch off the floor to feel the effect.
She says the subtle movement is enough to get your mind off of the long lines and disgruntled shoppers around you and get you to focus on something else, which should help to calm you.
She says another thing you can try while standing in line is clenching your fists, tightening your muscles...and then relaxing.
Bar says to practice these techniques before you head out to the stores, so you’re prepared to use them.
She says something as simple as bending over and touching your toes can help promote blood flow to the brain and provide a calming effect.