Tensions Are High: 4 Methods to Decompress
Let's be honest, tensions are high right now. We can all feel it. On top of being in the middle of a pandemic, we are all patiently and sometimes not so patiently waiting for the results of the election. All of this stress can cause a variety of effects on the body. Some of you may be experiencing a range of symptoms from anxiety to depression or muscle tension and pain. It's so important to make sure we are all taking time for self-care right now. Here are just a few self-care tips and techniques that may be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to bringing a bit of sanity and balance back into our lives.
1) Epsom Salt Baths: Epsom salt has magnesium in it which helps to release tense muscles, reduces pain and helps the whole body relax. Add 2 cups to your bath and soak for at least 20min. Want to increase the effectiveness of the experience? Light some candles and put on some relaxing music.
2) Conscious Breathing: Take 5 to 10 min a day to simply sit and breath can make all of the difference. When we're stressed we tend to have a more shallow breathe. If this persists over time the body interprets this as we are in danger or running away from the tiger. To counter act this take 5 to 10min to slow down your breath. Inhale deeply and slowly for 4 counts into your lower diaphragm allowing your stomach to expand. Exhale slowly and deeply for 4 counts allowing your stomach and diaphragm to contract.
3) Purposeful Movement: Take 20 to 30 min a day to incorporate some type of relaxing purposeful movement. Incorporate whatever activities you find relaxing. I personally enjoy yoga, tai chi, & Qi Gong. Other relaxing purposeful movement could include a walk, working in the yard or any form of exercise you love.
4) Meditation: 10 to 20min a day of meditation is a wonderful way to reset the mind, body & spirit and set an intention for the day. If you're new to meditation then perhaps a guided meditation on youtube will be beneficial. Play around with meditation techniques to find what works for you (i.e. guided meditation, listening to music, sitting in nature, sitting vs. laying down, focusing on a positive phrase or mantra "I am love" etc.)
May you be happy, may you be well, may you be safe, may you be peaceful.
Love and Gratitude,