FULL BODY Stretch your body before you even start to stand up! Take a deep cleansing breath before you get out of bed then stand up out of bed on your next deep inhale. This will help your body prepare for movement and gently begin each day.
SPINE: Alpha Chimp pose first thing in the morning. As soon as you are out of bed. Lift both arms above your head and open your fingers wide. Reach up. If you feel stable enough, try and go up onto the balls of your feet. This will get your testosterone flowing (yes, testosterone, for everyone!) and help you feel in control and ready to face your day. Power pose!
HANDS:As you are washing your hands after using the restroom, take the time to massage your fingers and your hands.You should be washing your hands for 20-40s in warm water so use that time to give some love to your finger joints and your hands (particularly that strong muscle between your thumb and index!)
FEET: As you sit at your desk, life one foot and then the other rotating your ankle and flexing then pointing your toes. Then switch to the opposite foot. This will increase circulation in your feet and legs!
-Bedroom: Try having a small basket for lotions and oils next to your bed on your nightstand. This will serve to consolidate your lotions in one place and to remind you to take some time to love yourself every day! Rub a dime size dollop of lavender scented lotion into your arms before you head off to dreamland, this will help deepen your breathing and let you focus on rest instead of your to-do list!
-Entryway: The never-ending quest for an organized and beautiful entry console can be more easily solved than you think. Carefully pick out two baskets or trays for your entryway table or console. Keys in one basket, miscellaneous in the other! These containers will help make the moment that you arrive home less stressful. As soon you as you get home you need to start unwinding and relaxing: seeing a pile of clutter will be counterproductive!
-Kitchen: Take the time to pick out a few containers for your kitchen for your dried goods. Opening a cabinet to see a nice clean line of air-tight containers with your flour, lentils, rice and sugar will help calm the mind before you start to prepare a meal!
Choose a small side table or nightstand to serve as the base of your Peace Corner. This will be a place in your home where you can go to breathe and calm yourself in the face of stress or regular life anxiety.
Place a framed picture of a place that you associate with happiness or a very strong positive memory. This can be a family photo or an image of a park, a beach or any happy place for you!
Add objects that you find visually beautiful and soothing. A few examples might be seashells from a particularly memorable trip to the beach, a smooth rock from a hiking trip, a souvenir from a trip to a new country or even a well-designed perfume bottle.
Pick out a candle or some incense that you enjoy. Scent is a powerful tool that you can use to help calm and center yourself if you are feeling overwhelmed or just a bit stressed out. Having a few bottles of essential oil in your peace corner can be helpful as well, especially if you are lucky enough to have an aroma infuser to truly immerse yourself in the restorative smells of lavender or gardenia.
Last (but most definitely not least!), remember to pick out a comfortable pillow or bolster so you have a soft and welcoming surface to sit on when you are taking advantage of your peace corner! The idea is to create a space that is a refuge, a sanctuary from the fast-paced, fight or flight of everyday life. Take a deep even breath in through your nose and let yourself let out a deep sigh as you exhale through your mouth. Peace.