Are you feeling off balance? You aren’t alone. As we move towards greater freedoms, we have to adapt towards seeing the world in a new way, and interacting in it differently. We have to acknowledge the painful losses and the reassuring gains during this past a year of pandemic. We are in transition.

Getting in touch with your senses and having a practice that connects you to your body will help you get out of your head, bring you into the present moment and find a sense of balance once more.

Here are 10 ideas inspired by yoga – and suitable for everyone. See what works best for you.

1. Let out a big sigh! As soon as you notice you are out of balance, there is something wanting to be released. Very often I don’t realize how tense I am until I sigh. Its has an immediate relaxing affect.

2. Take several deep breaths, allowing yourself to feel fresh energy entering your body and stale energy being released. Feel renewed with each inhale, and refreshed with each exhale. If possible, connect movement with your breath by moving your arms out and up on the inhale and then down on the exhale.

3. Close your eyes and scan your body in your mind. Notice where you are holding tension. As you notice it, imagine sending your breath there and let the area soften. Breathe into each tense area and be mindful of the relaxation taking place.

4. Stretch. Standing tall reach for the sky and come on to your toes. Breath fully all the way into your belly. Release your heels back down on an exhale and repeat as often as it feels good.

5. Listen to music. Find a song or melody that’s either enlivening or calming, depending on your mood and what you most need.

6. Put your feet up – literally. Try moving to a wall and then raising your legs and resting them on the wall. Bring your hips as coo to the wall as you can. Make yourself  comfortable with a pillow under your neck. You can bring your legs over a chair and let your legs rest there.

7. Smell a favorite smell. It can be useful to carry an essential oil or scent with you. Experiment with a citrus scent, lavender, or mint to see what feels most refreshing.

8. Dim the lights and light a candle. Gives your eyes a rest from the screen or wherever you’ve been focusing. Let the soft light and flicker soothe you.

9. Lie down with a gentle back support, and  a blanket or pillow supporting your head. Allow your shoulders to relax. Feel your ribs and the space around your heart gently opening as you inhale and relax as you exhale. Rest here for several minutes.

10.  Ground yourself. Take your shoes off.  Notice the four corners of each foot and then wiggle your toes for several moments. Notice how your feet are making contact with the ground and imagine sending down roots through the soles of your feet and deep into the earth. As you inhale, imagine drawing up strength and nourishment through these roots and into your whole body. I hope you enjoy these mindful moments to nourish and replenish.

p.s. Print this off and keep the list handy – I do!

14 comments on “Feeling Off Balance?

  1. What a fabulous list Val! Thank you — I shall print it off.

    And I love to sprinkle Lemongrass oil on my pillow for that very reason!

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  2. Lemongrass oil is a nice touch! Youโ€™ve reminded me I have an oil diffuser I can use to ease my allergies right now ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’›

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  3. Excellent suggestions, Val.

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  4. Val, thank you for this list of useful tips. I will be putting it to use right away. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. What a wonderful list, Val. I just took a blogging break and did a lot of these things. It’s was wonderful. I think we have to remember (I have to remember) to sometimes shut down the electronics and make the time. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. A beautiful practice for life Va! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Dear Val,
    thanks for your funny pictures, we love most this with the book case.
    These grounding and relaxing exercises we allways did in the hotels in the evening when travelling around the world for business – by the way combined with sauna. I helped staying grounded.
    Thanks for sharing.
    The Fab Four of Cley
    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Great tips for staying grounded and bringing awareness back to the present moment. Just stopping whatever I’m doing and taking several deep breathes works for me (from all the years of chronic pain, shallow breathing trying to reduce the pain and so on).

    I’ve developed a bad habit of shallow breathing.

    Interestingly enough, this shows up every time I go to the local hospital E.R. with severe symptoms (heart or allergy attack). After attaching the usual BP and oxygen monitor, the oxygen monitoring machine keeps beeping as my oxygen saturation falls way below normal. I have to (literally) concentrate on taking deep breathes to stop the machine beeping and bring my oxygen levels back to normal.

    A couple of drops of Lavender oil on each wrist is a great relaxant too.

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