2020 has brought a lot of changes to our lives (I’m sure you don’t need reminding!) and with the steady relaxation of restrictions we are continually adapting and making new routines or slowly returning to those we used to know.
But if you have felt the stresses and strains of these past few months then here are a few simple tricks to implement into your day to help you relax and switch off for a short while. Let me know how you get on.
Firstly relax, release your jaw and shoulders and take some deep breaths. Breathe in for 7 and out for 11, repeat this for a few rounds to calm and relax your body and mind.
Water, infuse it with orange and rosemary for a Mediterranean headspace, blueberry and mint for fatigue or lemon to invigorate.
Make a conscious effort to drink more; it will also get you moving more if you are working from home with all the loo trips!
Move. Stretch, walk, jog; whatever you can make time for. Give your shoulders a good roll, stretch your arms, hands, legs and toes and notice the difference.
Step outside, view the nature around you, barefoot if you can. Ground yourself, listen to the sounds and smells of the outside world. But don't forget your umbrella and towel today!
Massage. Add in a massage to your face cleansing routine, or rub your hands or feet. If any area feels more sensitive or nicer to work on then spend longer on that area. Acupressure points are also great to use yourself and can help with symptoms such as headaches. You’ll find some of these on my Instagram page!
Rest. Make sure to switch off from work and do something you enjoy. Reading, watching TV, walking your dog, cooking, whatever it may be. Rest is important, it is productive. Repeat this.
Notice or write down 3 moments of joy from your day. What made you smile, your coffee? A text you received? An ’eye smile’ over the top of someone’s mask? It could be anything that made you smile or feel good.
These are not new ideas but how many of these ideas do you do regularly?
See how many you can fit in today.