Updated: May 27
It's a pretty well known fact that Yoga is good for your mental health as is any form of exercise but Yoga is so much more than just a physical practice. I know through my own personal experience how yoga can transform your mental health and today I want to speak specifically to Anxiety. Symptoms of anxiety can vary from person to person, day to day and I know that what works for one person may not always work for another, all I can share is from my personal point of view using my own experiences as a reference.
The anxiety I suffered as a result of Postpartum Psychosis could vary wildly from mild to extreme with no two days ever the same. From waking up in the morning feeling or being physically sick at the thought of facing the day ahead to cancelling plans because of anxious thoughts, suffering from irritability, stomach churning, a busy mind full of racing thoughts, unable to sit still or concentrate and a body so rigid and tense it aches crying out for relief. Symptoms that affect your everyday life and your ability to function. While I was in hospital I was given medication like diazepam to ease the symptoms I was experiencing. For me though I found the after effects of these drugs to be worse than the symptoms, which usually left me needing to take another pill to counteract the side effects creating a vicious cycle. Thankfully there are practices out there that can help, relief doesn't need to come in the form of a prescription from your doctor.