Avoid Burn Out
Do you ever have that moment where you walk into a room and wonder why you’re there? What is it that you were looking for? How about that moment where making a choice seems to be impossible and you just want to sit down and cry? Or my favorite - everything you try just seems to fall apart at the seams.
Our plate is more than full and yet we feel that there is no choice but to keep going. As we keep going and dropping things along the way, we keep our fingers crossed that nothing will break, but it usually does. We can only juggle so much at a time. Pushing so hard makes us more susceptible to breaking down ourselves - maybe through illness, great fatigue, or lack of inspiration.
This is a signal that we have pushed beyond our limits and are moving into distress. We become so stretched, it’s impossible to do anything well.
At this point I question, how can I keep moving forward in a graceful manner?
Taking a break to prioritize what’s most important can be helpful. One of the best things we can do, to avoid breaking down and getting sick, is to listen to that deep cry coming from within. That cry that tells us to rest, pause, and heal.
What can we do? Or better yet, how can we “be”?
Chill Out with Restorative Yoga
There is a practice called Restorative Yoga. It is designed to help us when we are feeling exhausted, overworked, distressed, and uninspired. These are yoga poses that help us rest and relax deeply. We are supported by props, there is no effort, no movement, and we have an opportunity to calm the mind. We can even do these poses when we are recovering from an illness or a great sadness.
So this restorative yoga, what’s it all about?
It’s a practice of deliberate stillness. We lie down over a set of props (blankets, pillows, yoga blocks, or belts), and we allow the physical body to settle. Tension and stress in the muscles start to melt away. We tune in to the rhythm of our breath and allow the sound of the breath to bring us more inward. We become more aware of our thoughts. And using the breath we can release the thoughts that no longer serve us, allowing them to float to the sun. And then visualize the beautiful golden light of the sun washing over us and filling us with that wonderful feeling of warmth and love.
I would love to share with you one of my favorite restorative poses. It’s great to do on those days where long hours were spent sitting or standing.
Legs Up The Wall
This a gentle inversion pose where the legs are higher than the heart. Listed below are 5 different ways you can try this pose at home. From a very simple form with only the wall as a prop to using many yoga props.
I have videos for getting into and out of this pose at the bottom of the post! Check it out :)
Getting Into the Pose
Sit sideways, with your right hip and shoulder, next to a wall. Lean back on your elbows and slowly swing your legs up the wall as you maneuver your torso onto the floor.
Your hips can be very close to the wall if the backs of your legs feel nice and open. If you feel tension in the back of your legs, scooch away from the wall a few inches until you feel completely comfortable.
Rest here anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Listen to your body and come out of the pose when you’re ready. If you’re new to this, 5 minutes will be more than enough.
Come down the same way you went up into the pose. Bend your legs, roll to your side. Pause on your side for a few breaths. Then slowly come up to seated.