1. “All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good.”
Repeat these words to yourself. You feel out of sorts because you’re not your usual self. Don’t discredit your feelings, acknowledge and accept them. After all, you are human who feels emotions.
Don’t judge yourself, but rather embrace this time and know that this too shall pass.
2. Take a day off.
Do it. Take time for yourself and do something that makes you happy. Or maybe, if you’re naturally a “busy” person, rather do nothing. Whatever it is that you do, have fun and enjoy yourself. When you return to your everyday schedule the next day, you will feel lighter and ready to take on the day!
3. Turn the mind off.
Try meditating for 10 minutes. Sit comfortably, with your knees lower than your hips, and your spine long. Take a few deep belly breaths and extend the inhales and exhales. Focus on the breath and still the mind.
4. Let you inner child be free!
Be silly with your friends and family, and don’t take yourself so seriously.
Our world is filled with electronic distractions. Try and switch them off. Don’t check your phone or answer your emails, turn off your TV and your radio. Try this for at least half a day, and then maybe for an entire day. Be present. See how you feel afterwards.
6. Smile and LAUGH!
Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief.
Put on your favourite funny movie or tell jokes with your friends. Laugh for as many minutes at a time as you can. You will feel lighter.
7. Practice YOGA
By stimulating certain glands, yoga causes your brain to release mood-altering chemicals. Do these poses to balance your mind and body. For all, hold the position for a few breaths, release, and repeat.
Bored: Downward Dog
Place your hands on the floor about shoulder-width apart, hands spread wide, fingertips gripping into the mat. Place your feet hip-width distance apart, heels pressing into the ground, tail-bone pointing to the sky. Your body looks like an inverted L.
Kneel with your legs hip-distance apart, toes pointing back. Draw your belly in and drop your tailbone down. Place your hands on your lower back and squeeze your elbows together. Lift your chest up, lead with the back of the heart and lean back.
It grounds you by rooting your feet to the floor, and it also relaxes your harbouring back. With palms in prayer pose and with your feet wider than hip-width apart, turn your toes out 45 degrees and squat. Lift your chest up as your tailbone drops down.
Insecure: Warrior II Pose
This takes up lots of space and makes you feel bigger. With feet wide apart, extend your arms open to the side. Turn your left foot out and right foot facing forward, toward the top of the mat. Bend your right knee 90 degrees, stacking the knee directly over the ankle and look over your extended right fingertips. Switch legs, repeat.
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