I, just like you, am not having the easiest time dealing with everything that’s going on right now. I never thought that we would experience such a pandemic and just how impactful the effects were going to be. Practicing social distancing hasn’t been the easiest thing to do, but since it is absolutely necessary right now, I’ve turned to my usual ways of unplugging and de-stressing to help get me through this. I’m sure you can all use a little peace and sense of calmness right now as we try to find a silver lining to all of this. Whether you’re struggling with the aftermath of our current global crisis or you just want to find a way to spend your “me time”, these are the ways I unplug and manage it all.
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Meditation has had such a positive impact in my life. Seriously, all of my role models swear by meditation as do some of the most successful people in the world! As an entrepreneur and mom of five, I obviously have so much going on all of the time and meditation is one way for me to stay balanced. Meditating helps bring clarity and peace into my life, and I think we can all agree that we need both now more than ever. If you’re not sure on how to get started on meditating, try downloading an app such as Headspace or Calm to get you started. You can do some short meditations throughout the day or start your morning with a longer one.
My life has changed ever since being introduced to chiropractor and somatic energy practitioner, Dr. John Amaral. He works with a variety of different public figures using his energy healing techniques, and you probably remember his episode of the Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow. As humans, we all have this “fight or flight” nature instilled in us, but Amaral’s technique is used to heal physical injuries, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. In the end, you reach new levels of energy, clarity, and fulfillment to live your life more consciously and better overall. I know that everyone won’t have the opportunity to meet with Amaral in person, but you can learn so much from the podcasts he’s featured on and his Netflix special with Gwyneth.
One practice that I can’t get enough of is smudging sage at home. I’ve gotten into it more recently and I’m able to literally feel the benefits as I’m doing it. Whenever the energy is intense or just “off”, I turn to smudging sage. It’s also something I like to do when there’s a clean slate in my life that’s about to start, such as a new moon. So, why do I do this? If you’re big on energy like me, then you’d make the effort to clear any negativity from your space and the air around you. Sage is incredibly purifying, with many people referring to it as “nature’s antidepressant”, and I couldn’t agree more. It not only improves my mood and soothes stress, it also works to cleanse and empower everything around me. I find the scent to be so uplifting and relaxing, and anyone can do this at home. All you’ll need is a bundle of sage, some matches, and a bowl to capture ash.
I’m constantly making the effort to live a healthy and conscious life, and I really found this balance once I started doing yoga. Practicing a yoga flow is definitely one of my favorite ways to unplug and feel rejuvenated before tackling the rest of my day. I know it sounds cliche, but yoga has genuinely made me a happier person. It’s improved my sleep, helps me focus better, balance my metabolism, regulates my energy, and so much more. Now that we’re all social distancing, it’s the perfect time to try some at-home yoga flows to start your day. Click HERE for a link to my yoga mat 🙂
Music has an overall effect on the body. This is because music brings up a range of emotions depending on what you’re listening to, and some relaxing tunes can really help shift my entire mood. No matter which music streaming you prefer, turn on a soothing playlist to help make you more centered. If you’re feeling creative, try putting together your own playlist with songs and sounds that make you feel more relaxed, unplugged, and most importantly, happy.
Yes, I love creating my art just as much as my kids do! Sitting down and painting, whether it’s with friends, family, or by myself is a great way for me to disconnect from everything else. If you think about it, creating your own art requires your full attention and you have no choice other than to unplug and focus on what you’re doing (and only what you’re doing). I’ve hosted a few canvas-painting girls’ night and it’s the perfect way to have some “us” time and hitting pause on the other things in life. Click *here* for art supplies that I love!!
I’m sure you’ve seen so many people talking about journaling as of late, and I personally think it’s a great daily practice to try. I know that a lot of people get confused on where to start or the “right” way to write in a journal, and the truth is that there’s no right way at all. This is an opportunity to let your thoughts flow freely, no matter how personal they are. For me, writing in a daily gratitude journal is my favorite. Sometimes we can get lost in all of the noise and lose sight of all the positive things around us, especially now, and a little reminder doesn’t hurt. Write down five things you’re grateful for each day and watch how your perspective changes!