4 Ways to De-stress and Connect With Your Body

Whether it’s work, running errands, or trying to maintain an active social life, our lives seem to bustle by in a flurry these days. Without much of a bink, weeks turn into months, and the months seem to fly by as we try and stay on top of our unending list of tasks and to-dos. It can feel like a lot for your mind and body to juggle.

Because of all these constant demands on your shoulders, it’s understandable why you may feel like life is passing you by and you’re completely disconnected,  just going through the motions.

If you’re short on time but could benefit from a few simple steps to get re-grounded, look no further. Here are four ways you can start connecting with your body:

1. Walk Barefoot

Think of the last time you were outside on a beautiful, sunny day and felt that irresistible urge to run through the grass barefoot.

While some may consider it a bit “out there,” walking barefoot is a powerful way to ground yourself. Doing so can help you feel connected and calm. And as an added bonus, some people have even reported how this simple practice has helped alleviate their anxiety or depression.

2. Try New Ways to Move Your Body

If you’re into yoga, try running. If you’re into kickboxing, give belly dancing a go.

Changing up how you move is a playful way to connect with different parts of your body that may not get much attention in your day-to-day workouts. Plus, moving your body is a powerful way to get out of your head and experience that mood-boosting goodness from your exercised-released endorphins.

3. Stretch in the Mornings and Evenings

Few things feel better than a good stretch. But gentle stretching gives you so much more than that! It also activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which helps release tension, gets your digestion system going, and promotes feelings of calm.

So, if you need to unwind before or after a stressful day, look no further than a good stretch.

4. Scan Your Body

Want to know what’s really going on in your body? Try doing a body scan – a mindfulness practice that helps to center and reground you. It helps you tune in with what’s going on inside of you – physically and mentally.

Start by laying down and taking a few deep, relaxing breaths. Focus on your feet and pay attention to where they are in space and what sensations you notice. Then, tune in to your calves, thighs, and hips. Slowly work your way up your body, from your toes to the top of your head. Pay attention to your bones, muscles, and blood flow. Notice how it feels to touch the floor and hear your own breath move in and out of your lungs.

Before long, your body will begin to relax and the feelings of stress will be a thing of the past. Take your time and be sure to savor the quietness of the moment.

Connect With Your Body Today

You have a lot going on in your life. With all that’s on your plate, finding time to really get in touch with your inner self can be a challenge. Try out one of these four powerful tips today and see how it can help you feel a little more connected and in control.

You and your body deserve it!

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