If you have been undergoing a similar situation and do not know where to find a solution, we get it. You might be going through a bad burnout spell. When all you want to do is crash down on the bed and never get up, there is one thing that might help. And believe it or not, it involves you lying down.
What is the difference between burnout and stress?
First, it is very important to realise that burnout and stress are both very different things. Mental breakdown, especially in the corporate world is fairly common. When you face immense stress and get “drained”, you drive your body to a point of exhaustion, just when you cannot move an inch ahead and basically do anything. This is also accompanied by a state of emotional and mental tiredness and may even lead to chronic depression. This is what experts refer to as a burnout, which is facing an intense level of stress. More than 24% of people worldwide report battling a burnout, adding that they feel pressured, a pain around their shoulders, around the forehead and the eyes. This can be fatal and even lead to a cardiac problem, if not dealt with.
We have a simple and effective solution for your pain. Just when you cannot think of getting out of bed yet again, we suggest you to actually lie down and relax. No, we are not kidding! Practising a yoga pose, viparita karani, which is more commonly known as the ‘legs up the wall’ pose can be very helpful in such stressful situations.
All you have to do is form an ‘L-shape’ or simply throw your legs up the wall. Viparita Karani, which basically translates into “inverted action”. The benefits of yoga and exercise in de-stressing your mind and centring the chakras is widely known of and this yogasana is one of the many examples of the same. When you really cannot think about bending down or even walking a few steps to recharge your body, lying down Viparita Karani can do real wonders for your mental health. The best thing? You can do this anytime and anywhere!
Viparita Karani basically focusses on inverting the typical body actions when we do the usual sitting and standing. Basically, by inverting the body, this yoga pose focusses on reversing the actions and let out any negativity and stress. When you put your legs up the wall and elevate your hips a little, the blood flow increases and reaches almost all organs of the body. This yoga asana is also good to treat reproductive and fertility problems. When the blood flow goes towards the head, it recharges nerve connections and boosts dopamine production, making you feel less exhausted and more positive. Hence, this is an easy 10-minute hack to deal with any kind of fatigue, exhaustion or burnout.
How to perform this asana?
-Lay a yoga mat or a blanket on the floor. Now sit down, turning your side towards the wall.
-Slowly, swing your legs against the wall by moving your hip and pelvis a little. Do not attempt to do the complete step at once, especially if you are a beginner.
-When you get into the position, make sure that you do not let a lot of stress on your lower back and hamstring muscles.
-Try to elevate your hip muscles a little. Let your head rest comfortably. The slight elevation will give a boost to your blood flow and lead to more benefits.
-Stay in this position for a minimum of 5-15 minutes. It will take a little time to get used to but once you master it, there will be no going back.