To experience stress is to be human. We can't avoid stress and challenges altogether. But what if stress and anxiety take over your life? What if you constantly feel overwhelmed and unsafe, and even the slightest stress takes you off balance?
Are you rushing to finalise things at work and home before long-awaited summer holiday? Or are you taking things easy? If not, you will be forced to. Last week I have been forced to slow down. I want to share with you my experience of slowing down and the strategies that helped me.
Yoga is a terrific way to relax before bedtime. But not all yoga postures are equal when it comes to relaxation. You need to know which yoga postures will relax you; otherwise, you might become even more active and awake.
What is your favourite way to relax? Is it to read a book? Or take a walk? Or have dinner with your friends? My favourite way is to relax by doing nothing at all, or seemingly nothing. I like to meditate for 15-20 minutes to relax consciously.
What nourishes you? This is the question that you should take really seriously and find the answer for yourself. Nourishing yourself means to do things that give you energy and nurture you. Think about a flower or a house plant: they need water from time to time to be alive, so do you!
I used to start my mornings with checking my work e-mails or unloading a dishwasher with intention to feel active and productive. Now I'm a strong believer that mornings should start with loving kindness and self-care to create more focus, energy and flow for the rest of the day. Read about my simple morning rituals.
Yoga nidra is great to reduce stress and anxiety. If I want to recharge myself during the day or unwind in the evening, yoga nidra is my go-to remedy. I would like to share why I use yoga nidra regularly and how it helps me to relax, calm down and be energized, especially during lockdown.