No-Energy-Required Self-Care

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My massage clients tell me over and over again that they would take better care of themselves, but they don’t have the time or the energy.

Last week, we talked about how to find time to do that thing you really want to do. So, you’ve found 10 minutes, but you’re exhausted.

Might as well just scroll through Facebook? But you know that’s not going to help.

My favorite self care for when you have no energy, but you want to do something that will actually nourish you is to just lie on the ground*. In yoga, we call this Savasana

Allow your legs to fall open to the side**.

Arms at the side. Palms facing up.

Tuck the chin slightly to lengthen the back of the neck.

Close your eyes.

Allow your body to be heavy. Completely supported by the Earth beneath you.

Do nothing. Just be. For as long as you are able.

When you are ready to come out of the pose, moving slowly:  

Reach your arms over head for a full body stretch.

Hug your knees into chest. 

Roll to the right side. 

Push up to a comfortable seat with the eyes still closed. 

Take a deep breath in.

Sigh it out. Ahhh.

*If you have difficulty getting up and down off the ground, no worries. You can practice in a chair that supports your back, neck, and head.

**If you have low back pain, try bending the knees and placing the feet flat on the floor. Walk the feet out a bit wider than your hips. Allow the knees to fall toward each other. If you experience pain in the pose, slowly come out of the pose and consult with your yoga teacher or medical professional.