Last weekend didn’t really have the mental success that I was hoping for, but it definitely brought about some physical positives.
My aim was to add “meditative stretching” and I think the lack of signicant mental benefit that I felt was partly because I didn’t do the meditative part properly, especially before bed. I knew that I should have started getting ready for bed earlier so that I would have more time to set aside for stretching for a good, relaxed ten minutes. I even could have listened to soothing music while stretching. Instead, I went to bed late on Saturday and Sunday night and was too tired and rushed about getting to bed to give myself the time and space I needed.
I did make sure that I stretched every morning and evening, though. I found that doing my physio back stretches in the evening helped me feel more comfortable in bed, which is always a good thing. In the mornings I found that I preferred doing ten minutes of the few yoga poses* I know, which are also very stretchifying for my back and shoulders. Since I often feel lazy in the mornings, I actually found that it felt more energising to have my body feel loose and relaxed for the day. I’ve actually managed to do at least a five-minute yoga session most mornings this week and am planning to do one once I’ve finished blogging.
Trying to drop tension was a little harder. There were times when I was driving or sitting around and my strategy of breathing into tense areas and breathing out the tension to relax them wasn’t effective enough when I was busy. Increased awareness of when my shoulders are hunched and my body stuck in tense, awkward positions was helpful, though, because I found myself applying that during the week. Without providing huge changes, it certainly didn’t hurt keep an eye on my posture and body tension.