Tag Archives: Stress Reduction

Mind Body Scan to Reconnect to You and Reduce Tension

Mind Body Scan to Reconnect to You and Reduce Tension

When you think about “reducing stress” do you dream of a massage, facial, glass of wine, day or week at the spa, watching a movie?  Often times the things we think will help us reduce our stress can actually cause MORE stress as its one more thing to schedule into our day or week.

The easiest stress reducers are the ones you can do anytime, any where.

Mind-body scans are now being taught in elementary schools as ways to re-connect to the body.  They take just minutes to complete and can be done anywhere.

School Age Body Scan

School Age Body Scan

 

By scanning the body you can identify areas of tension, pain, resistance or stress.  You can see where you may need to pay more attention during a workout, or breathe deep into that area to allow it to relax and release what is “stuck”.

How it works?

Lay down with your body relaxed. Starting at your toes and slowly working your way up your body, check in with yourself. How is that area feeling? Ask it to release any tension. Ask it to relax and let go.

Work your way up to the top of your head.

Then lay there focusing on breathing deep into your belly for a few minutes or till ready to get up. (insert photo)

I love the way I feel after a 5-minute body scan.  More energized and aware of what is going on within my body.  Areas that I need to stretch or that I’ve been clenching and need to relax that I wasn’t even aware of!

Body Scan

Body Scan

To learn more about body scan, their use in schools and to experience a self-guided scan, go here: http://www.mindfulschools.org/resources/explore-mindful-resources/

2 Minutes to More Energy and Less Stress

2 Minutes to More Energy and Less Stress

Do you find yourself reaching for a double expresso at 3pm?  Does a candy bar call your name right before lunch?  Are you yawning your way through another day desperately trying to keep your eyes open as you drive your kids to yet another activity? I’ve been there and have reached for way too manyContinue Reading

5 Ways Stress Can Make You Healthier AND Happier

5 Ways Stress Can Make You Healthier AND Happier

This past summer was one of the most stressful I’ve ever experienced.  We had moved from Okinawa Japan back to my home state of Massachusetts.  We arrived with nothing but a few suitcases, the clothes we were wearing and a few boxes I had shipped home. And so began weeks of: getting cell phones, cars,Continue Reading

Want More Energy Throughout Your Day – Work In vs. Work Out

Want More Energy Throughout Your Day – Work In vs. Work Out

As busy women we often want to make the most out of our exercise time.  This causes us to push our workouts to the max with lots of high intensity exercise.  Unfortunately, this can leave us MORE stressed, MORE depleted, MORE tired and ultimately, lead to weight gain, fatigue and injury.  The exact opposite ofContinue Reading

It Took Over 2 Years…..But the Result Was Beautiful!

It Took Over 2 Years…..But the Result Was Beautiful!

I’m not here to talk to you about New Year Resolutions….bah! I’m not going to talk fitness, exercise, weight loss, food, diets, stress reduction, sleep, lifestyle change….nope not gonna do it! I do want to talk to you about….a flower. 3 years ago this week, my two youngest daughters and I were trying to killContinue Reading

A Workout Plan For The Busy Woman

A Workout Plan For The Busy Woman

The Holiday season is upon us and regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan or Kwanzaa, the time between November and December can be hectic.  And that’s an understatement! In addition to the daily responsibilities of life there are parties, decorating, wrapping, shopping, extra cooking or baking, additional church services, shipping, hiding the wrappedContinue Reading

Want to DeStress, Head Outside This Fall

Want to DeStress, Head Outside This Fall

Its a cool, crisp fall like morning.  I’m exhausted.  The girls had me up all night.  Nothing major, just little kids who couldn’t sleep.  Add in that I’m stressed from moving, new work commitments and Jim having to travel more in the next couple of months than we had thought.  My mind is racing.  SleepContinue Reading

Take Two Rs and Call Me in The Morning

Rest and Recharge By Jocelyn Martin I often find it funny when my clients give me the double take because I’ve told them to take a “rest” day.  Or when my Mommy Recess clients, give a big exhale of relief at the end of class when I tell them to take a moment for themselvesContinue Reading

The Do Anywhere 1 Step Stress Reducer

Breathe…Just Breathe By Jocelyn Martin Ever wonder why most group instructors or trainers end classes or sessions with deep breathing? No, we’re not finding ways to waste those last few minutes!  Well, ok, sometimes. We’re usually doing one of two things or both: •Trying to elicit a stress release response •Teaching you HOW to breatheContinue Reading