We’re all about strengthening our superpowers – whether it’s using nutrition, movement or mindfulness. Here’s our top 5 fast-tracks to feeling great in a really short amount of time – because sometimes life can get in the way of that.
Stop what you’re doing and take a minute to do one of the following. We guarantee you’ll feel that much more amazing once you’ve finished.
1. Take 10 breaths.
Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing – breathe. Reset your mind from all the thoughts of the day and just count you breaths for a bit. It will take a minute, and is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce feelings of stress or anxiety. Too much food at lunch? Deep breathing will get more oxygen into your body and facilitate the digestive process. Watch your cells energize.
2. Sip some lemon water.
When we get too caught up in the stress of the day, and allow ourselves to get frustrated, it can actually have an effect on our livers. TCM recognizes agitation and anger as a symptom of liver energy imbalance. Sipping some lemon water throughout your day can aid in gently detoxifying the liver, hydrating the body and can boost the brain. We personally have fallen in love with adding 1/4 of our Longevity Tonic to a mug of hot water. Feels like total heaven as it warms the body!
3. Write down 5 things you are grateful for.
Gratitude is probably the most under prescribed medicines – but we value it as one of the biggest wellness tools there are. It is scientifically proven that experiencing gratitude can significantly reduce depression, and increase happiness and empathy. Studies have also shown that gratitude can improve self-esteem, mental resilience and contribute to adopting a more health-centric lifestyle.
4. Touch your toes.
Flip your head upside down into uttanasana pose. Shift your perspective, and clear your head for a minute. This simple pose has been proven to do a lot more than just stretching the hamstrings. It’s benefits include strengthening and relieving tension in the spine, calming the mind and nerves, improving digestion, reducing anxiety and fatigue. We love how forward folds encourage introspection, too – sometimes we need to take a break from all the noise around us and just go in for a minute.
5. Send someone a love note.
Psychology studies have proven shown that Sending a loving text was even more strongly related to relationship satisfaction than simply receiving one! So text something sweet to the one you love or to that friend you are grateful for. Expressing affection can help strengthen relationships and reinforce feelings of love and appreciation. Do it with a smile on your face, if you aren’t already – smiling has been scientifically proven as an effective way reduce stress and improve wellbeing!