Burnout - the product of mental, emotional and often physical exhaustion that comes from experiencing high levels of stress for prolonged periods. Stress in itself is not inherently a harmful thing in a short term sense, and is even an inevitable element of our work and personal lives. It is a vital warning system from the body that alerts you when the brain perceives a potential threat. Healthy levels of stress assist you in accomplishing tasks and even boost memory. But there can come a time when stress becomes problematic and you have exhausted your ability to cope. When the brain becomes flooded with stress and anxiety for too long, burnout occurs. While burnout can take many forms, it indicates one thing - your lifestyle is unsustainable. So what can we do to prevent it?
Why do we Stretch?
✖️Stretching helps to increase range of motion and to open the body,
✖️Releasing any tension in the muscles,
✖️Relaxes the mind.
Energy balancing stretching is primarily about embodiment - (Nourishment, Movement, Presence, Sensuality, Nature) and exploring different ways that you can be more “in your body.”
Being in the body, inhabiting it, feeling it, sensing it, knowing it, being curious about it, noticing it, exploring all the sensations of bodily existence, and letting the body speak to you on its own terms.
This last fortnight I've been working with various clients on different ways to address adrenal fatigue. Hormones are imbalanced, the body can suffer from hypoglycemia, a weakened immune system, foggy thinking and quite often depression. In order to overcome adrenal fatigue you need to follow a well thought out recovery exercise programme but the following two stretching exercises are great grounding starting points - put on some relaxing music and try to tune into what feels good when you move in your body.
Legs Up the Wall:
▫️Lie on your back with the edge of your bum touching a wall.
▫️Feel free to elevate your hips with a pillow if more comfortable.
▫️Walk your feet up the wall until your legs are fully extended.
▫️Try to relax.
▫️When you notice your mind wandering (it will) try to be an observer of your thoughts. As though you were watching yourself from a distance. Having music helps as you can focus on the beat. No crazy dubstep tunes though please 😬🤔
▫️Stay in this position anywhere from 2-15 minutes.
▫️Lie on back, bring knees up for 45 degrees.
▫️Push hips up so that your shoulders, hips and knees are in a straight line. Keep shins vertical.
▫️Slowly drop pelvis back down, as low as you comfortably can and then bring hips back up to ceiling.
▫️10 second hold / 10 second relax.
▫️Don't forget to breathe 👀 this exercise is predominantly about the breathing.
▫️Aim to do this 10 times.