Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the stuff you need to accomplish in your day? Sometimes I write myself lists, but those lists make feel so overwhelmed that I “lose” my list and watch Netflix for hours on end.
A better way to help yourself feel not so overwhelmed?
You can literally do this pose anywhere you are standing (still-preferably), like the grocery store line!
Plant your feet firmly on the ground, take a pause to sink into your feet and feel all parts of your foot on the ground. Imagine picking up marbles with your toes to add in some nice tension feet, then soften your toes and feet and let them melt into the ground. Next focus on your hips, make sure they are over your knees and ankles, and that you have a slight bend to your knees. Allow your shoulders to press towards the floor away from your ears, do not force your shoulders down if you have been sitting with a forward posture all day, allow your shoulders to move as they are able. Take in three deep breaths and know that you are grounded and strong and can make it through your list.
In this pose you have just been working on postural stability, body awareness, increasing sensory input to the proprioceptive system, and attempting to calm the vestibular system by remaining still. When individuals are overstimulated and/or overwhelmed the proprioceptive system is an OT’s go to in order to regulate the whole body, as proprioceptive input has been found to be the most effective for calming.
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