1. Stretch: Take a couple of minutes out of your day to connect with your body. If you know how to do Sun Salutations, it’s perfect for stretching the body and connecting with the breath. Allow your breath to guide you in and out of each pose and become fully aware of what your body needs in each moment.
Foam Rollers work great as well and if you are willing to get creative with ways to stretch out the body, possibilities are endless.
Head to shoulder exercises are perfect for stretching out the neck and top of the shoulders. Bring your right ear towards your right shoulder, slowly stretch your left hand out and away from you to intensify the stretch. Breathe. Repeat on the other side.
2. Self Massage: I know coming to see me is ideal 😉 however, until then, it’s nice to soothe aching muscles with your favorite scented lotion or oil. Not only will you relax your body, you’ll awaken your senses for the ultimate full body experience. Start at your toes and work your way up the legs, sides of the body, arm, back, neck and shoulders. Take your time and enjoy! This will allow you to take your mind off of your daily task just for a moment.
3. Dance: Turn up the music and move your body to your favorite song! That’ll put a smile on your face, for sure!! I bet all of your endorphins are going wild just thinking about it 🙂
4. Drink two additional glasses (of WATER!!) : Water is that little magic potion we all too often ignore: it relieves fatigue, clears skin, detoxes your body, improves digestion, and prevents cramps. And yet we often forget to hydrate, or hydrate so little we get headaches as a result. Not only will drinking two glasses of water help you hydrate, it will also give you much-needed time to get away from your technological devices and focus on your surroundings.
Drink the water slowly and savour the break from you work before you dive back into it. Take it in slow sips if you need to, and be sure to follow this tip regularly to met your daily requirement of H2O. Try to follow the sensation of the water as it trickles down your throat as this will help you take your mind off of the stress and daily chaos of your life for a few seconds. Not a big water fan? Add in a little squeeze of fresh lemon or lime to add a touch of flavor. Better yet, grab a jug of water and put some sliced fruit such as strawberries and mint for a delightful way to get your water in.
5. Call a friend: At a time where connectivity options are abundant, it’s funny how disconnected we actually are. The troubles of everyday life can be exhausting and drain us of all the time and willingness to socialize beyond what is absolutely necessary. During our free time there are personal things we need to tend to that make socializing take a back seat. But to truly care for ourselves, we need to nurture social and emotional aspects as well.
While it’s easy to pick up your phone and send a text, take ten minutes out of your day to chat with a friend or family member. You benefit just as much as they do. Simply talk about your day and maintain the feeling of being connected. Your support system can help relieve stress and help you to maintain a healthy mindset through your shared bond.
Do you plan on trying any of these self care activities? Let’s connect Shanti Lifestyle