I am going to confess something I don't usually like to share: I went and had a good ol' crying jag.
Earlier this week, I was stressing out over some things. Some big, a lot small. I was with some friends - supportive, wonderful, kind friends - and before I knew it, tears started to fall. I didn't realize until that moment how hard I had been holding on to some things.
One of those sweet friends hugged me tight and then took me by the shoulders and said, "You must remember to breathe. Really breathe. Drawing in deep and letting it go."
Yeah, I most definitely had not been doing that. In fact, in that moment, I realized my shoulders were hunched tight around my ears and I felt tension in my chest (and not just because I had been crying). She went on to ask me what I needed to do to take care of myself and gently reminded me that a good night's sleep, exercise, and eating well were three of the best things I could do. And breathe. And to reach out when I felt overwhelmed.
She couldn't have nailed the truth any better if I would have given her a nail and a hammer.
We have to take care of ourselves. And we don't have to do it alone.
So I found this series of daily stress-relieving yoga poses to help me remember to breathe. To take 5 minutes to let go.
To take care of me.
Now when I feel my shoulders start to creep up, when I feel that annoyance and frustration, that stress, I am taking that moment to breathe. In and out. Deep breaths.
And I'm reaching out to supportive, good people. Thank the Creator for them.
Stress Relief: One Yoga Pose a Day
Happy Saturday, friends. Breathe deep and take good care of yourself today.
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