Note: This post is the first in a series of posts I am creating called Yoga for Anxious Times. This series is designed to give you simple and short practices to help you ground, center and rest in times where you are feeling anxious. You will be able to find more in the series by typing Yoga For Anxious Times in the search bar.
We live in a busy high-stress world. Often rushing from one thing to another, this is day to day life for so many of us. So we are often existing in a state of a dis-regulation with our nervous system. We are often already on High Alert!
So then, when life throws a curveball like natural disasters, economic struggles and viruses, or more personal situations like illness, divorce or the death of friends or family we don’t have any resiliency left to cope with these tough times.
High levels of stress can be linked to every major illness whether it be heart disease, stroke, cancer the list goes on and on.
Not to mention our mental health. Anxiety and depression are rampant.
We are often on our last nerve which means we are not able to be patient, loving nor kind to ourselves, our loved ones, our communities and the greater world at large.
Most of us spend too much time in our Sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, freeze or fawn) and not enough time in our Parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest or tend and befriend) and this wreaks havoc on our health.
We can consciously and deliberately spend time nurturing our parasympathetic nervous system as part of our self-care routine. To improve our physical, mental and spiritual well-being, to relieve stress and nurture ourselves before things get out of hand with our health.
This video is a tool to help you do just that!
You could use this before bed to improve your sleep, in the morning to start your day off calm or anytime throughout the day if you are feeling anxious or ungrounded.
Grab yourself lots of pillows and blankets, or a Yoga Bolster if you have one, an eye pillow or washcloth to cover your eyes with and join me for some deep rest.