The Madonna guide to relaxation
Stress is a fact of life in the modern world, and pop stars aren’t always renowned for finding healthy ways to blow off steam.
Enter Madonna, who has found fitness and relaxation through yoga. She told People magazine that she was once addicted to it, practicing seven days a week:
“I could’ve been a member of Cirque du Soleil. It got to the point where I didn’t have a glass of wine and I had to go to bed early because everything was around my yoga.”
While that might be a bit extreme, there is evidence to suggest that yoga is good for alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression. This from the Harvard Medical School Newsletter:
In a German study published in 2005, 24 women who described themselves as “emotionally distressed” took two 90-minute yoga classes a week for three months. Women in a control group maintained their normal activities and were asked not to begin an exercise or stress-reduction program during the study period.
At the end of three months, women in the yoga group reported improvements in perceived stress, depression, anxiety, energy, fatigue, and well-being. Depression scores improved by 50%, anxiety scores by 30%, and overall well-being scores by 65%. Initial complaints of headaches, back pain, and poor sleep quality also resolved much more often in the yoga group than in the control group.
Everyone has different ways of coping with stress, and finding ways to relax. Maybe the Madonna method is not the right one for you. Perhaps you might find it easier to talk to someone about how to manage your stress and learn different methods of coping so you can create your own toolbox.
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