Everyone is running scared and feels like their freedom has blown out the window never to return.
Logically, we know that is incorrect but the feeling body says otherwise as we sit nervously watching a video, reading, cleaning the house, pulling weeds and just about anything else to avoid the thoughts of wishing we could get in the car and head for our friends and family or just a store, hoping to restore sanity during this Covid 19 breakout.
Here is where yoga and meditation come through if you give them a chance.
Here is where your breath needs to slow down allowing peace and harmony to reign.
The parasympathetic system of the body needs to override the sympathetic system of fight or flight.
Yoga practices, including quiet asana, slow breathing, meditation, and guided imagery, increase activation of the PNS and lead to mental relaxation. (Yoga Journal)
Sitting quietly, close your eyes and allow your shoulders to relax, now begin to listen to your breathing. Is it ragged, fast, or slow and calm?
If you are sitting at a table or desk, take off your shoes and place your feet squarely on the floor or perhaps you are sitting on the floor on a cushion or blanket. Hands on your knees - Take 3 deep breaths.
After you breathe - Repeat in your mind or out loud – I am safe. I am safe. I am safe.
Check in again with your breath…better? Maybe but if not, repeat until it is slower, and you feel safe.
Anytime during the day, come back to this simple practice. Use it before going to bed at night.
Yoga balances the nervous system and is not to decreases the sympathetic stimulation but to increase the parasympathetic response.
Some Good Foods and Nutrients:
Calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, olives, celery, Yogi Tea (see recipe), bananas, flax seed oil and fish oil.