Updated: Dec 9, 2020
In this time of 2020, we have a lot going on. Holiday stress, COVID affecting the world, times of unrest and uncertainty, quarantine and the regular day to day.
I'll be honest....I get caught up in it too.
Part of my personal yoga practice is to be aware of this, and find ways to give myself a quick release in addition to the nice gooey stretch.
Here is a quick list of techniques I like to rotate through to help relax....maybe there's one here that resonates with you. Try one, try two, try them all and see what works :-).
Take time away from social media - no need to see all of the negative all day.
Take a yoga class - there are so many options: online, personal or a studio that might be open with limited class size.
Take a walk - get outside (if the weather permits), get some fresh air, let your skin feel the sunshine.
Turn down the lights - light a candle, turn on your diffuser, play some calming sounds or chill music (there are so many stations on Spotify) and close your eyes.
Take the opportunity for self care - give yourself a manicure or pedicure, try a mask, or give yourself a sugarscrub in the shower to help relax your mind.
Read a book - get off the internet and pick up a good old fashioned book. I find nothing helps me relax quite like turning the pages of an old favorite or a new story.
Take a moment of gratitude - recognize those things that you do have right now and take a moment to say thank you out loud for those.