Live Whole Health Self-care episode #12: Body Scan
There are days when many of us may feel an increased sense of anxiety and stress. This can be a normal response when our routines are disrupted and information changes from day to day. This can also create a sense of fear. Many times, it is the anticipation of what may or may not happen that can contribute to this stress as well. Body scan is taking the time to pause, breathe, and notice how your body is responding to stress and fear. It can be helpful in bringing those sensations back down to a calm level.
By intentionally calming each part of your body, you may notice your heart rate and your breathing rate coming down as well. These are welcome changes that signal your body is returning to a more balanced state. This practice can help you bring your awareness back to the present moment, and many times, it can help to alleviate some of that anticipatory fear you may be feeling.
Lowering tension and stress can also boost your immune system by decreasing inflammation. Healthy immune systems have a stronger chance at fighting infections.
You have the power to do this type of a body scan anytime, anywhere. Make it a part of your routine today!
What does connection mean to you? Sometimes we might feel connected to other people, nature, or something else bigger than ourselves. Other times we might feel disconnected. In these times, it can be helpful to reconnect with our body and mind.