Weekend 3 Review – Warriors, dogs and cats*

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.

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About Zaiene

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life I am inspired by so many different ideals of how to live a happy, fulfilled and productive life but struggle to get around to it. Large scale changes are intimidating and difficult to sustain, so this is my bite-sized life experiment. Each week*, I will find one thing in my life to drop and one thing to add. I will try to drop things that have a negative, unhealthy or over-absorbing effect on my life. I will try to add things that will have a positive, healthy, empowering or useful effect on my life. The experiment is to see whether I can cope with these changes and whether they really do improve my life. *(I began it as each weekend, as a less intimidating challenge. After about ten months, I felt that I wanted whole-week - well, Monday-to-Friday - challenges.)
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