I decided to push the envelope a little bit and went hiking. If this had been last year, I would’ve complained about my back and how stiff I felt but yoga has really helped me. Not just with meditating but my back as well. I didn’t feel stiff at all yesterday! I’m so thankful that I was able to see this view:
You know those weeks that cause you to constantly be on the go? Those weeks you feel like you’re just going through the motions until your next day off? Well, there’s nothing wrong with being busy but there is something wrong with being “burned out”. You’ve experienced the “burned out” feeling if when you wake up after a full night’s rest you still feel exhausted. I encourage you to take a break now and then to breathe. Here’s how I keep myself rested:
1. Get Eight Hours of Sleep!
I know what you are thinking: “I don’t need that much” or ” I don’t have time.” Research suggests that we do need eight hours of sleep (depending on your age) to fully function and feel energized. Try having a thirty minute wind down period before you go to bed. I usually do this by just lying in bed without any distractions (ex: phone and television).
I try to take ten deep breathes before bed. When you breathe deeply, you’re relaxing which brings me to my next tip.
Yoga not only helps my back but it helps me relax. If you don’t do yoga regularly, start off simple with this move. My friend fell asleep doing this during yoga one day.
When we are overbooked, that only promotes exhaustion. I know we are all busy but if you have to say no to book club once in a while because you need to catch up on rest, it’s okay ( this one is for me).
Of course there are other things you can do and I know these tips may not work for everyone..I am by no means a doctor. The purpose of this post is to promote positive energy by feeling energized 🙂