Hello beloved ones,
I am not one to start an email with negativity and stress, yet today I do want to face it head on looking at the data with radically honesty and personal reflection. We are seven months into this global pandemic reality, RBG has been replaced in whiplash speed by Amy Comey Barrett confirmed to the Supreme Court , and our election is six only days away. The US economy is facing a tsunami of long-term unemployment as millions who lost jobs early in the pandemic remain out of work six months later and job losses increasingly turn permanent. Need I go on?
The stress of pandemic is impacting all of us in different ways and at different times. A recent NPR article states that we are seeing sleepless nights, hair loss and cracked teeth as pandemic stress takes its toll. Front line workers, poll workers, college students, teens/young kiddos, parents & families, racial/ethnic minorities, and unpaid adult caregivers are some of the main populations impacted.
Why do I elevate this information? Because it's real. SO real in fact I am one who is personally experiencing sleepless nights, brittle hair breakage/loss AND I just went to the dentist this week; two fractures in one tooth and I now need a crown. Seriously, I cannot make this business up. And this is just about me personally, nothing of what I know to be true of the struggle of my family, friends, and people with which I work. People are struggling all over! Though only I can share my own story, I do this humbly and transparently, so you know you are not alone.
What is the good news?
What is the good news? What is the remedy? I only teach that which I need to learn most, so join me tonight for Week 2 of our 'Sweet Sleep & Dreams' four week series. Yoga nidra and gentle/restorative yoga are the focus. We all need to allow ourselves spaciousness, graciousness, and the gift of time to restore our bodies, minds, and hearts. Calming down our nervous systems that are functioning in overdrive is critical. Caring for our precious selves is the only way we will make it through with our physical health and mental wellbeing in tact.
According to the National Institutes of Health:
"Quality sleep- and getting enough of it at the right time- is as essential to survival as food and water. Without sleep you cannot form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories, and it's harder to concentrate and respond quickly. Sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other. In fact, your brain and body stay remarkably active while you sleep. Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake. "
The long and short: sleep is not a choice. It is essential to overall health & daily functionality.
How do we actually get more quality sleep? Though there are many inputs into getting a good night's sleep, there are proven ways that help support you. Movement and breath are huge; yoga, walking, biking, anything that moves your body, gets you breathing, into your body & out of your head. This allows us the opportunity to shut off the mind for a moment and silence the chatterbox between our ears! Meditation is also key to calming an active mind which is directly connected to our bodies. When our mind slows, our body can relax, rest, and restore.
Join me tonight to practice just those tools; movement, breath, and meditation. We will breathe slowly & deeply, move gently and mindfully, and rest peacefully & with ease. This is critical for your self-care and overall health & wellbeing. Please prioritize YOU!
See you on the mat soon.
Yours in ease & zzzzz's,
Sweet Sleep & Dreams Week 3 w/ Dana
November 4, 2020- 3:30PT | 6:30ET
Sweet Sleep & Dreams Week 4 w/ Dana
November 11, 2020- 3:30PT | 6:30ET
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