Tai Chi

Consider doing tai chi if you are looking to reduce stress. It is sometimes referred to meditation in motion because it offers gentle movements and connects the mind and body. Tai chi was originally developed in China for self-defense and then evolved into a gracious form of exercise that is now used as a way to reduce stress.

It is a self paced system of gentle exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the other without stopping to allow the body to constantly be moving. There are many different styles that are taught. Some may focus on health and maintenance while others may focus on the martial arts aspects. There are more than 100 possible movements and positions with Tai Chi that all include rhythmic patterns of movement that’s coordinated with breathing to help you find inner calmness. Tai chi is inexpensive and requires no special equipment and can be done either alone or in a group.

Evidence has shown that there other benefits of doing tai chi other than reducing stress. For example, it reduces anxiety and depression, improves balance and flexibility, reduces falls in older adults, improves sleep quality, lowers blood pressure, and increases your energy and overall well being. So give it a try if you’re feeling stressed out! This simple workout can be a cure to your stress!

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