It’s been a year of integration and adjustment as we’ve all had to come to terms with living with Covid. And while there have been shifts this past year in getting back to a somewhat “normal” lifestyle in most countries around the world, Covid has left fallouts for many of us.
As a highly sensitive, introvert, I knew some of the big guns needed to be reintroduced this past year and I wanted to share some of what I engaged in to stay healthy and energized.
Each of these activities are activators of the parasympathetic nervous system and create a “relaxation response” – the place from which your body can do its innate healing work. Take any that resonate with you and try them out for yourself.
1️⃣ Restarting float tank sessions at City Cave here in Australia.
With 400 kgs of Epsom salts in a small pool all to yourself, this is one of my major go to “relaxation response” activities
2️⃣ Continuing to engage in yin yoga and yoga nidra
3️⃣ Sitting quietly and connecting with my cat, Indigo.
4️⃣ Binge watching the comedy “Fisk” with Aussie comedic legend, Kitty Flanagan, which you can find on IVIEW here in Australia.
Laughing is one of nature’s best medicines!
5️⃣ Lying down on the ground, rolling massage balls around my back.
The little prongs on each ball providing a healing, acupressure effect in the body.
6️⃣ Regularly playing binural beats and solfeggio tunes in the car / at home / on walks.
7️⃣ Re-engaging with ocean dips every week.
Hello healing nature!
8️⃣ Regularly practicing Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique).
Tapping key acupressure points activates the parasympathetic nervous system.
A few years back, I wrote about the profound effect, tapping had on my debilitating hay fever symptoms during my burnout recovery phase. You can check that post out HERE.
9️⃣ Regularly engaging in a conscious relaxation and “letting go” process. This involves consciously relaxing all parts of the body starting with the face and working your way down to your feet. (I will record this practice for you in the coming months).
🔟 Gentle / medium exercise bike rides.
FINALLY……. While this is a little different to my list of things above, I didn’t want to miss this out. This past year I read two incredibly inspiring biographies. Both are absolute page turners – for both sporting lovers and those who are captivated by the resilience of the human spirit.
Unbreakable: Jelena Dokic
Lisa Curry “Lisa: A memoir – 60 years of life, love & loss.”
Not to be missed – go check them out for yourself.
And as always, if you’re ready to activate your next steps in your burnout recovery, I invite you to claim your FREE 3 part video series “Break Free From Burnout” which you can find HERE.
With love and ease,