In these past three weeks, I’ve been reminded daily of the usefulness of the tools I teach others. The mornings I spend even a little bit of time on my mat moving, breathing and/or giving myself Reiki, I manage better. The days I get outside for even a short walk, I feel more stable.
By contrast, the days when the anxiety meter creeps into the orange zone, I remember that I didn’t take time to practice, or haven’t yet made it outside, or haven’t paused to feel my weight and my breath.
Gentle movement, breathing, and mindfulness exercises aren’t just about addressing our physical aches and pains. These tools go directly to the source – our nervous systems – to help manage our emotions and energy, as well.
So I’m sending these gentle reminders to use the tools you have:
- Take movement breaks when you can.
- Step outside if possible. And if not, find a window where you can gaze at the sky. Take 10 deep, slow breaths.
- Notice your feet, seat, or whatever part of you is in contact with the ground. Let gravity hold you.
- Open your arms, rotate palms forward, and allow your chest to gently open.
- Feel this.
- Allow breath to gently stretch you from the inside.
Breath, hydration, and gentle movement are all available tools to help manage this stay at home time.
Be gentle with yourself. This is hard. I’m sending the resources below, in case you find them useful.
Not sure what to stretch, or how to address a certain sore spot? On my Resources page, you’ll find:
- Video clips from my appearances on Mass Appeal, demonstrating simple stretches we can use in every day life.
- Links to my Problem Solving Stretches column, which ran last year in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
- An audio download guided meditation to use at bedtime or anytime.
You can also join me live for online yoga classes through Serenity Yoga in South Hadley. Learn more…
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