You are sitting at your desk in the middle of the day and your eyes are starting to give. You look out the window and wish you were outside instead.
I know I have that feeling once in awhile. I’ve been really focusing on trying to be healthier lately. Mindfulness, healthfulness, and rest all intertwine when it comes to being a happier and healthier creative.
So I thought I’d put together a post filled with ways you can find time to workout, do yoga, breathing, and other relaxation techniques that can help you feel more balanced throughout your days.
Yoga & Stretches For Your Days
1. Are your fingers tired? Give them a break.
Are you spending a lot of time at the computer/keyboard typing? I definitely am. Here’s a simple exercise to loosen up those fingers.
2. Get your wrists moving.
If your wrists get sore throughout the day, then you’ll love this. It feels amazing!
3. Refresh your posture and breathing at work.
Ever feel like you are a step away from turning into the Hunchback of Notre Dame when your at work? Here are some stretches for that:
4. Are you feeling stressed?
Deadlines are fast approaching you, people keep adding things to your to do list, and you also have to run errands after work. This all adds stress to your life. Take a couple moments to let go of the stress by doing this stretching exercise. You could even get a blanket out in the park and then stretch it out. These relaxation techniques will solve the stress issues:
5. Maybe stretch at your desk.
Somedays it’s hard to get away from your desk. (Even though I recommend that you always try to get away for good chunks where you can get some steps in.) These will help you stretch it out if you sit a lot throughout the day.
6. Yoga breathing to awaken your creativity?
Follow these breathing exercises to bring in more creativity:
7. Get rid of tension and stress before bedtime with bedtime yoga.
Doing so, will help you get rid of stiffness. Try stretch it out before bed and after you wake up in the morning.
8. Try sneak in a morning yoga session.
This will get your day started in the right direction. It’s also a good way to make sure you aren’t stiff in the morning.
9. Get rid of tension by rolling it out.
Do you hold a lot of tension in your neck, shoulders, and back? If so, you should look into getting a foam roller. I love mine. They are amazing. I have two. It’s almost like having your own personal back masseuse, which is awesome right? I always try to foam roll my neck and back in the morning and at night. The actual foam roller exercise starts at 2:17.
Mindfulness Practices To Relax Your Mind And Help You Get More Creative
In order to create awesome things, we need to be able to relax and recharge our minds so we can continue to create and work at the speed that we currently are.
I’ve collected some awesome sites that have some calming music and meditation noises below, just for you.
A note about music: Can you work with music that has lyrics? I really can’t, so I focus on instrumental soundtracks, classical music, and nature sounds. And while at work sometimes I need to just tune out everything so that I can listen to my mind. Our world is so busy and loud that sometimes you forget to listen to—yourself.
Marie Forleo’s Meditation Practice – Make sure you download her mp3. It’s very relaxing.
Calm – This has a variety of nature sounds that you can listen to.
If you don’t take care of yourself, life won’t be as easy. That means physically and mentally. Give yourself some self-love. You deserve it.