5 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

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Dealing with stress and anxiety? You’re not alone.

In the United States, over 70 percent of adults say they deal with daily stress and anxiety every single day! While it’s not possible to totally eradicate stress and anxiety from life there are many tips and tricks to implement into a daily routine that will help alleviate sensations and give you a chance to relax.

Five ways to relieve stress and anxiety

Exercise – Beneficial in so many ways, daily movement is key for lowering stress hormones and boosting those feel good juices known as endorphins. Find an activity you love that gets the blood pumping without high impact repetitions to the joints – Pilates is always recommended!

Sip tea – Green tea contains antioxidants that boost serotonin and reduce anxiety.

Light your favorite candleMoody Girl Candle Company has some fantastic, soothing candle scents. Find them in our studio lobby and take one home!

Start a journal – Keep track of your day and moods by writing everything down – a bullet journal is a great tool for encouraging creativity while also managing stress.

Spend time with friends or family – Whether you surround yourself with friends at Pilates X in Long Beach or you take time to have lunch with family, having supportive and motivating people around is always a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.

Want to schedule in a session at Pilates X? Visit us and check out our Long Beach Pilates studio!

Does Pilates Boost Your Immune System?

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It’s that time of year again – pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters and yummy-smelling candles – which is one reason why so many love the cooler weather but there’s the inevitable downside that comes along with it: increased chances of catching the cold or flu!

Feeling under the weather is a real drag – not only does it make us feel yucky but it gets us out of a routine and then takes time to build strength back up and get on our feet. Luckily, in addition to the conventional methods of boosting the immune system (like wholesome diet, vitamins + minerals) there’s something else you can do to enhance your immune system: Pilates!

Pilates Moves for Boosting the Immune System

That’s right! Sticking to your weekly routine of Pilates classes encourages your body and lymphatic system to work at more optimal levels, increasing blood flow and stimulating the lymph nodes to do a better job at filtering things we want to keep out of the body’s system. Here are just a few Pilates moves you can do daily to keep your immune system in tip-top shape this season:

Spine curls
Knee circles
The hundreds
Side reaching
Arm and shoulder drops

Not sure how to do these moves? Check in with your Pilates X instructor for tips on how to do these moves properly at home and in the studio.

Want to schedule in a session at Pilates X? Visit us and check out our Long Beach Pilates studio!

4 Simple Ways to Unwind at Night

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It’s the end of a long day – you’ve had so much on your plate that all you want to do is get home to relax and unwind.

The only trouble is once you attempt to sit down and relax there’s a tidal wave of thoughts running through your mind. Things you didn’t finish today, the mountain of tasks already on your list for tomorrow – it’s never-ending!

How to Unwind at Night

Stress and anxiety is pretty much a facet of life now but it doesn’t have to take over. Here are four simple ideas you can implement into your daily routine that will help you unwind at night:

Exercise – Is it too hard to exercise in the morning? An evening workout relieves built-up stress and tension within the body. Pilates is wonderful for physical health as well as mental health (you get an hour to tune out those outside distractions!), making it beneficial inside the studio and throughout the rest of your day.

Be mindful – You spend all day problem-solving and getting things done. Even if it’s 10 minutes a day, spend time before bed to just be. Listen to your breath, enjoy a meditation podcast or just spend time outside enjoying fresh air without your phone or other distractions.

Take a warm shower – Before bed, hop into the tub or shower for a good, warm soak. Warm showers and baths have been proven to relax muscles and relieve stress, making them perfect before settling into bed.

Plan self-care time – Everything else is added to your calendar, why not schedule in some self-care time? Block out an amount of time you feel comfortable with in your calendar so you can stretch, meditate or just commit to hitting your favorite Pilates class!

Want to schedule in a session at Pilates X? Visit us and check out our Long Beach Pilates studio!