Tip 38 for #40DaysOfSelfCare is REJUVENATE.
Knowing how to rest and rejuvenate the body and mind is key to living a life of vitality and ease. Stress is a fact of life. It’s impossible to avoid stress. So it’s key to know how to manage stress when it bombards our lives.
Our daily choices regarding self-care either stress or nurture the nervous system. Choosing more activities that nourish the nervous system, allows us to recover more quickly when we encounter stress. The keep it light and right program versus the fight or flight reaction.
When I feel shaken and stirred up from too much travel, multi-tasking, or work overload, I turn down the volume with these mellow down easy activities that rejuvenate my body and mind.
1. Ocean plunge and float. Seawater is an amazing stress antidote. It naturally gets us to slow up and mellow down easy. When I dive in the ocean I feel the powers of surrender. The waves remind me I am not in control of things and the saltwater reassures me I am totally supported in every aspect of my life. James Nester recently wrote an article for The Surfer’s Journal about the rejuvenating benefits of ocean dips and dives. The moment the body plunges into the water, one’s heart rate slows by 25% and brainwaves shift into a meditative state. Not near the ocean? Splashing cool water on the face has similar affects.
2. Adirondack Chair Time-Out. When little kids have emotional meltdowns, adults put them in a time-out chair. Before I get even close to a meltdown, I plop down in my Adirondack chair and kick my legs up. Elevating the legs while sitting (or full-on legs up the wall pose) lowers the heart rate and rejuvenates the cardiovascular system.
3. Snail watching. Snails are gurus of slow and simple. They frequent my garden space. The other morning one was nestled in my running shoe. He reminded me to do less running around and do more nesting and resting.
4. Bedtime routine. One of our earlier posts was about an Ayurvedic bedtime routine. There’s a difference between sleep and rest. Most people don’t experience rejuvenating sleep. Read my sleep tips article that recently went gangbusters on the lululemon blog.
5. Breathe. Pranayama is the vacuum cleaner of emotions and best friend of your nervous system. I love the stress reducing and revitalizing effects of Bellows Breath. Learn how to do it on my blog.
Seek the slow grooves today and enjoy a lifelong mellow mood.
Today’s Self-Care Adventure: Two suggestions. The first one lessens the stress input to the mind-body. The second helps one recover from stress. 1. Minimize multi-tasking. During waits in lines at bank or grocery store, avoid jumping on your smartphone. Instead, practice deep breathing or close your eyes for a moment and daydream. 2. Get a cozy outside chair. A chair that beckons a seductive “come hither and sit a spell.”