I had an old professor in graduate school talk about times we might “get slimed”. Getting slimed is anytime you leave an interaction with someone and even though they might feel great but you just feel...slimed.
As a highly sensitive and empathetic person, I have spent my entire life trying to navigate what to do when I feel like I have been slimed. My absolute favorite tool to use for these moments is an Energy Bath.
An Energy Bath comes from a Qi Gong technique that can be used to move and discharge energy from the body. This can be practiced in between sessions, after a stressful meeting or exchange with someone.
To me, if I am sensitive enough to pick up on something, I am sensitive enough to release it. This reframe has been incredibly empowering for me on my own healing journey and I hope you find it supportive. To practice this tool with me, please check out this video of an Energy Bath practice.
If you enjoyed this tool, feel free to check out my upcoming online course, Self-Care for Social Workers! I have included over 4 hours of yoga, breathwork, mediation and somatic exercises for self-care to prevent burnout and build resilience!
We know that stress can have a big impact on our ability to sleep. As we are currently moving through a highly stressful and uncertain time in our world right now, I wanted to share some resources and tips to help you sleep and feel better.
As many as 40% of adults in the U.S. experience some type of insomnia every year. When you don’t have a restful night's sleep, it can have an effect on your mood, health, longevity, family and even your job. Yoga facilitates sleep by reducing stress, anxiety, and arousal — all known causes of poor sleep.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School looked at how a daily yoga practice might affect sleep for people with insomnia and found broad improvements to measurements of sleep quality and quantity. These findings suggest that a regular yoga practice can improve multiple areas of your life at once. For example, yoga can help improve your sleep, which in turn gives you more energy and focus during your day. (Harvard Medical School)
Here is a free short video on one of my favorite yoga practices to do before going to sleep.
Relaxation techniques before bed have been shown to improve sleep quality and are another common technique used to treat insomnia. Creating a bedtime routine can help signal to the body and mind that all activity is done for the day and it is time to rest.
My top 3 sleep support tips are:
If you enjoyed these resources, check out my upcoming online course called Self-Care for Social Workers. In this course I dive deeper into sleep support tips, yoga videos, breathing practices and guided meditations for reducing stress, improving sleep and preventing burnout. The course starts September 18th and you can read more about the course by clicking here!
So, whether you are struggling with insomnia or you are simply looking to improve your sleep, I hope you found these resources helpful. Please share this with anyone you know who could use a little sleep support right now and I'd love to hear how these tools are working for you by commenting below!
May we all love the life we live...