During this time of year many of us have felt sluggish and possibly under the weather.
While the sudden (and not to mention drastic) drop in temperature play a role in these feelings, it would be wrong to fully blame our health on the weather and seasonal change. What can we be doing to help our bodies acclimate to the change and avoid feelings of illness and sluggishness?
The answer is rest.
And by rest I don’t mean you should sit on the couch and binge watching Stranger Things while stuffing your face with chips and Talenti ice cream.
Although days that involve binge watching Netflix are nice (but only every once in a while),active rest is what will help you overcome the seasonal change by proactively helping your immune and nervous systems.
What is active rest?
Actively resting is putting your body and mind in a position to recover and rebuild.
How can I actively rest?
Restorative yoga is an ideal way to actively rest. In restorative yoga, we place our bodies in a variety of supported positions to allow the muscles to slowly stretch and relax. A focus will be placed on the breath – with long inhales and exhales to relax the body and keep the heart rate at a calm and consistent tempo. These practices, performed together, actively rest the entirety of your being.
Restorative yoga has been proven to benefit:
- Parasympathetic nervous system
Other ways to actively rest include foam rolling, meditating, and practicing pranayama.
Active rest should be performed at least twice a week but during changing or busy times of the year, we might consider actively resting five times a week to fully benefit the body and mind.