“Your heart is your compass. Give it everything it needs to guide you toward love.”
4 techniques to ground, rest and restore.
Turn all notifications off on your phone
Let go of the need to instantly respond. This means removing all those beeps, alerts and buzzes that steal our attention immediately towards our phones and into a digital word where everyone expects instant responses but practice being without this. It might feel hard at first, it’s a weaning process, to stop that reflux of instantly reaching and responding or to check for notifications while waiting in a line or sitting alone. See what even simply keeping your phone on silent can do. Notice how much more you can connect with the people in your non-digital world & more fully when you choose to connect digitally, when these instant response reflexes are no longer filling up your day.
Prioritise your own happiness
You know how on inflight videos they instruct you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting children? We need to treat our general lives like this too. We will be better mums, dads, friends, co-workers, sisters and brothers if we are in balance. To be of service to others we first must take care of ourselves. It is not a selfish act to allow yourself time to nourish your own mind and body.
Put your legs up the wall
In other words, do some restorative yoga. Trust us this is the nicest thing to do. Even though stopping and being still can be the hardest thing for us to do in our go-go world, we really need to allow ourselves this time to be still. Resting and restoring makes us more productive in the long run.
Viparita Karani or Legs Up The Wall Pose is good for ailments like anxiety, digestion, headache, blood pressure, mild depression and perfect before bed to help sleep. .. Find out how to
Make yourself comfortable, your head, spine and pelvis resting on the floor a with your lower back and pelvis as close to the wall as you can, then extend your legs up the wall. Use a bolster or pillow under the back if it helps. Keep warm; so cover yourself in a blanket if needed. Arms rest loosely by your side or place one heart on your belly and one hand on your heart to help bring awareness to your breath and heartbeat. Spend 5-10 minuets here focusing on lengthening and deepening your inhales and exhales. Let your body get heavy, let each exhale soften your body further. If the mind wanders to other thoughts, that’s ok, gently guide it back to focus on the breath and your softening body. Extract yourself from the pose by gently sliding your legs down, hug your knees into your chest and roll out to your side.
Make a personal rest and restore list
Do not be mistaken; this is not a to-do list! When you feel your balance going off kilter, when you feel your stress rising, when you feel tired, or anxious, or sad or whatever you’re feeling this is your go to list of things you love doing that will help you relax. Once you have relaxed your brain shifts from a narrow, perhaps inward perspective to an outward bigger picture perspective and this can help with clarity, creativity and calm.
If you need some ideas for your list here are some we have on ours:
- Phone goes onto flight mode
- Take 5 deep breaths
- Do a handstand or downward dog pose (hands and feet on ground make you body into a pyramid)
- Use essential oils or a calming spray (of course we do enjoy our Sleep Welle calming mist)
- Light a candle and meditate
- Go outside, maybe the beach or a garden
- Make a cup of tea and drink it while doing nothing else
- Listen to a favourite song or the entire album if your need more time