Spring transitions

Here are 6 thing you can add to your spring routine that will help navigate life transitions as we adjust to the “new normal”.

Dealing with Life Transitions

In the past year we’ve all had to go through major life transitions. Whether this be a loss or change of job, working from home, dealing with grief or feeling isolated. With spring right around the corner it’s time to get out of the Covid funk and re-focus on all the positive things coming our way!

Dealing with life transitions

1. Meditation

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help manage stress, anxiety and depression.

2. Movement

Exercise will help you stay well by helping your lymphatic system. It doesn’t matter what form of exercise you do, all that matters is that you MOVE YOUR BODY and do it daily! Studies show exercise to not only help us physically but it helps us maintain mental fitness as well. Exercise releases endorphins in the brain, which in turn cause us to have what is commonly known as a “natural high”. It’s the feeling you get at the end of a yoga class when you’re completely relaxed. So get off the couch, and take a class on Sadhana Live!

3. Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is about using mindfulness to reach a state of full attention to your experiences, cravings, and physical cues. Mindful eating involves:

  • eating slowly and without distraction
  • distinguishing between true hunger and non-hunger triggers for eating
  • engaging your senses by noticing colors, smells, sounds, textures, and flavors
  • noticing the effects food has on your emotions
  • appreciating your food

These things allow you to replace automatic thoughts and reactions with more conscious, healthier responses.

4. Less Screen Time

If you’re currently working from home, you’re probably staring at your computer screen for long periods of time each day. While an electronic device’s screen may not seem like a potential health hazard, it can cause serious discomfort and sleep issues. Here are three ways limiting screen time can help improve your health and productivity.

  • It can reduce eyestrain. Staring at a screen all day may lead to Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Consider using the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • It can help prevent headaches. Do yourself a favor and occasionally take a break from your computer screen—grab some tea or head out on a walk for some fresh air.
  • It can improve your sleep. The blue light emitted from electronic devices has been shown to negatively impact your natural sleep hormones.

5. Indulge in Self Care

Self-care isn’t just for Saturdays! Try to do something nice for yourself several times a week. Take a bath, read a book, listen to music or cook your favourite food. Do or whatever it is that you consider “down time”.

6. Spend time outside

Fresh air, sun, trees. Nature is a magical thing, and according to some studies, can have strong healing powers — such as improving mood, boosting the immune system and decreasing stress! Make it a priority to get outside for a walk, jog or to simply soak up some vitamin D.