Less stress, more savasana

I have always lead a busy, hectic lifestyle.  But ask any of my friends and they will tell you that I would be there for them any time they needed me.  As Amanda, one of my bridesmaids said during her speech at my wedding “She will make the time for you.  No matter how many other schemes and things she’s got going on, she will always make the time for her friends and family.” and I thought that was such a lovely thing to say.  It’s a running joke between my friends just how busy I am, how many different activities I take part in and how many events I manage to attend but it does come at a cost.  I mentioned in my post on Wednesday about just how busy this year had become already and how I had sacrificed my place at the Great North Run in order to feel more on top of things.

September OM Yoga magazine

This month in OM Yoga magazine there was an article entitled ‘Less Stress, More Savasana’ which caught my attention.  Written by Paula Hines, she tells of the day when she burst into tears after returning from a run with a friend for no apparent reason.  She realised her tears had come from not giving enough time to herself and finding it harder to wind down without feeling guilty.  This is something I can definitely relate to.  I find my days tend to be non-stop 100mph busy quests and when I get the opportunity to slow down or recharge the guilt sets in and I find myself doing housework or volunteering for other things.

OM Yoga September issue

Paula decided to lay down for 20 minutes and discovered that she felt a lot better for doing so.  She is embarking on a full year, 365 days of savasana (a yoga pose whereby you lie on your back, relaxed and free from tension) challenge with some of the benefits of savanasa being; a lower blood pressure, stress relief, calming a busy mind and improved sleep quality.  You are invited to join her on her challenge (details on her website).

Although I shall not be taking 20 minutes savasana each day I have begun making more time for myself this month, and have been religiously working through Dannii’s plank challenge, making time to stretch daily (I WILL touch my toes by Christmas!) and plan on incorporating a few minutes savasana every other day.  I am prone to letting stress get on top of me and bottling everything up so this seems like a great way to unwind each day before bed, allowing me to sleep a little easier.

**(I was given a free copy of the magazine in return for this post.)

How do you like to unwind from the stresses of day-to-day life?

6 thoughts on “Less stress, more savasana

  1. Om Yoga magazine is really good. Especially for someone like me who’s only just gotten into yoga. It’s nice to read a fitness magazine not about running haha.
    I unwind from stresses by reading. I go to bed and just read my book, even if it’s just like 10minutes. I find I get nice and sleepy and chilled out. Taking my mind out of the worries in my head (like, omg I’m supposed to run a marathon in less than 13 days…) and I live someone else’s life in the book for a bit is perfect. Though I am also loving my Wednesday night yoga sessions too. So chilled out but also quite tough!

    1. I’ve only just started getting into yoga as well. I know what you mean about reading a magazine that’s not running! I find a lot of the articles in running magazines I’ve already read before, or at least something very similar. I tend to read blogs for my running hit nowadays!

    1. If I’m feeling stressed I find that I can’t concentrate on a book and end up reading the same section over and over again to take it all in. I do love reading in the mornings during school holidays though. It helps me to start the day off nice and relaxed.

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