In this time of pandemic, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by anxiety and stress. Especially since now we have gone to a new period of confinement…
So if you feel that depression or anxiety are watching you, here are 4 activities to practice as you please and without fuss to relax and live better this New Year’s Eve completely frappadingue. Come on, take care guys!
1. Start with meditation
Meditation can be an excellent way to help you live better this second period of confinement. It is a powerful tool always at hand (or rather in mind) that is used to ease the mind and improve the management of our emotions. Meditation allows you to step back and relieve daily stress . So how do you learn to meditate?
There is no universal recipe. But you can start by getting into a comfortable position with your eyes closed or half closed. Then, to each his own method. The most classic is to listen to your breath to focus on the present moment. If you want support, you can opt for guided meditation. There are many smartphone apps dedicated to the practice of meditation. Namatata is particularly interesting for beginners.
2. Practice self-massage
Self-massage is another tool to integrate into your daily routine to relax during this period of confinement. It is a time dedicated to oneself to take care of the body and the mind. Like meditation, self-massage allows you to let go , to refocus on the present moment. For example, you can set up a self-massage ritual during the day for between 5 and 20 minutes. It can even be combined with music, a meditation session or a nice hot bath for a moment of pure relaxation.
In fact, self-massage allows you to benefit from the same benefits as a massage therapy treatment. Reduces muscle tension and calms the nervous system reducing the effects of stress on the body. Also, if you have a hard time finding the arms of Morpheus, keep in mind that self-massage also helps improve the quality of sleep.
To practice self-massage, all you have to do is equip yourself with… hands full of fingers! Then just make small delicate pressures putting all your love. In addition, you can take advantage of this massage to nourish your skin with a body balm or vegetable oil hidden in your cabinets (olive oil will do you good). Finally, know that there are many very interesting accessories to practice self-massage. For example, scalp massagers, brushes, massage balls or rollers that you can surely find in the supermarket.
3. Try origami
Origami is an oriental art born in China but truly developed as an art in its own right by the Japanese. The term «ORIGAMI» is the contraction of the Japanese verb «ORU» which means «fold» and the noun «KAMI» which means «paper». It consists of making, from a simple sheet of paper, a succession of folds until representative figures are obtained. It may seem a bit simple to you, but think again… Indeed, if the art of folding is within everyone’s reach, he also knows how to be very fussy and technical when it comes to figures.
It is an excellent creative and recreational activity for mental health. she allows you to escape by spirit and find inner peace. For a moment, you suspend time. You are immersed in this activity and it allows you to better handle the mental chatter and vague emotions that drag you down.
The practice of origami encourages spiritual awakening and thus proves to be very effective in combating anxiety, sleep disorders and depression. All it takes is a square sheet of paper and a healthy dose of patience! Please note that a multitude of tutorials are available on YouTube.
4. Listen ASMR
Last relaxing activity to practice at will during this re (confinement), listening to ASMR! It is the acronym for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response”, which means in French “peak autonomous sensorielle response”. In a nutshell, this refers to each individual’s own reaction when he is confronted with external elements.
It is a very fashionable audiovisual relaxation technique , especially on the YouTube platform. It consists of producing all kinds of relaxing sounds, bewitching whispers and sounds of mouths. ASMR can help you reduce your stress level, make it easier to fall asleep, and improve the quality of your sleep. Know that there is something for everyone… but not all of us are receptive! To find out, just listen to it. All you need is your old smartphone (or tablet) and a pair of headphones!
That’s it with this you are ready for contention season 2.
And you then, how would you describe the end of 2020 in one word?