Hello 2022 and hello holiday hangover! Girls, I am tired, slightly disoriented today. Not sure where to begin after two weeks in limbo. Sleep schedule off, eating ALL the foods, drinking ALL the drinks, Lot's of Netflix, lots of family. It has literally taken me two hours to start this blog post!! Can you relate? So here is what I have decided....I'm going to embrace the SLOW, the transition back.
Our health depends on it!
We have to stop rushing. During transitions, our nervous system is very fragile. Really, slowing down is crucial for our health, especially during menopause.
Want to know five simple things you can do to slow down, stress less, transition into the new year? I got you!
Five Ways to Slowly Transition into the New Year (or any time)
1. Practice Restorative Yoga....
or sprinkle it into your flow, adding moments of stillness and restorative postures helps reset and restore your nervous system. May favorite poses are supported child's pose and supported fish.
2. Prioritize and Take more breaks....
give yourself permission to work a little, rest a little on repeat. It's okay to be a little less productive during transition times. ALL the things don't have to be completed this week, you've got 365 days! Do a quick brain dump of the things and then prioritize the top two. This helps me see that everything on my list isn't urgent and I can move a little slower.
3. Drink lots of water...
if you drank more alcohol than usual, or ate sweet and salty foods, your skin and body will thank you. I'll be keeping a huge cup filled and by my side this next week. I'm also adding lemon, lime and some LiquidIV (my new favorite hydration secret, check out my favorite things page)
because breath and movement is paramount for a healthy nervous system. Take three deep breaths before you get out of bed. Stop every hour, sit up and take ten counted breathes, or heck get up, walk outside and breath in some fresh air.
Give yourself permission to get into bed earlier (those dishes can wait, seriously). Take a short nap before dinner, or just stretch our on the couch and shut your eyes for 10 minutes. Put your feet up the wall after work or heck, anytime really. It's a great signal to your nervous system to quiet down.
And here's a bonus one....
Don't beat yourself up, if some things don't get accomplished. Remember, most things can wait. Slow down. Your nervous system will thank you.
Happy 2022, friends!
Registered Yoga Teacher, Menopause Doula, health and wellness explorer, self care expert focused on empowering women over forty with tools for loving the midlife journey