There is no doubt that we live in a high driven anxiety culture; where everything is at stake. Everything now a days feels like it's a trigger: dating, career, diet, clothing, friendship. Paranoia is a common diagnosis and "stress" is a household term.
In the wake of this era of forward thinking in politics and innovation in technology, we-- the human beans--are all burned out and over stimulated, feeling all things at once. Over the past few years, I have experience utter exhaustion and my mind is on autopilot, high intense mode. There are not enough moments to breathe and pause.
1. Body Scan and Breathing:
Brings you back into your body (sometimes our minds can sweep us away)
Enhances our ability to control our bodies through stillness. This can benefit future practice of high level motor skills.
Calms down the nervous system
Forces you to not think of anything other than your physical engagement
Helps if its guided, but it becomes all the more powerful when you learn to do this on your own!
How do I start?
Start with a deep inhales and exhales; slow breaths in and out the nose
Move towards a natural breath
Begin to notice parts of your body from feet, to your pelvis, your abdomen, your chest and shoulders, back of the neck, jaw, and crown of your head