STRETCH & REST CARE for the wellness warrior
Did you Make Space last month to slow down for rest?
If decluttering didn’t help turn on your rest & relax mode, you can try a different strategy: Move Your Body.
Movement can help prepare your brain & body for rest. It’s the cue that it’s safe to calm down.
Think about a yoga class.
Most start with movement poses and end with relaxation poses or meditation.
Moving your body first can help it calm & slow down.
What kind of movement?
Every BODY is different. You have to experiment and play with different moves to see which ones help you turn on your rest & relax mode.
Tune into your body. What kind of movement does it need to slow down?
It might need to shake, shout, sing, or stretch it out for just a few minutes before you rest.
Or it might need to complete a stress cycle with 20-60 minutes of physical activity.
Moving your body is the best way to complete a stress cycle and signal to the brain the threat (real or not) is over and it’s OK to calm down.
Find something your body loves moving and doing before resting- running, jogging, walking, dancing, cycling, swimming, rowing, Yoga, Pilates, paddling, rock climbing- anything that feels good & triggers your rest & relax mode.
Listen to your body. It’ll tell you what moves it needs to slow down. It’ll not only feel calmer but also help you tap into more of your intuitive, creative, and happiness vibes.
Move & Play before you Rest & see how your body responds.
P.S. Want 4 more moves to help trigger your rest & relax mode? Check out this FIT Blog.
Mollie Miller, PT