Friday, May 21

Today is Friday, May 21, 2021. Noticing where there is abundance. So much to appreciate.

During the month of May, we are focusing on routines.  Routines can anchor us, decrease stress, foster creativity, prioritize self-care, and allow time to pursue our passions!  This week we look at routines to boost you during your active hours, when you are working or studying or practicing.

To thrive, it helps to have routines to interrupt sedentariness throughout the day. 

        • Before you pick up the phone or device, if you are seated, stand up and stretch up and lift your chin up and lower your shoulders before you sit back down.
        • Amplify a short break by stepping outside, taking a walk or even just looking out the window at the sky while taking deep belly breaths feeling the air move in and out of your body.
        • When you are transitioning from one virtual meeting or class to another, get up from your chair and step out of the room, shake out your arms and legs, stretch and return to start the next thing.
        • See if you can have walking meetings or take the phone call while standing and pacing.
        • Every time you stand up, do a wall push up or two.

Photo by Ja Ma

Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat: 

“I am [*Name*].  I am open to the positive energy around me. I appreciate myself and others as I connect with love and kindness. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness and compassion to all people including me. Together, we can do great things.”

A quote by Wayne Dyer, “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”

Use this Mindfulness Activity to Re-energize your Body and Mind:  

    • Straighten your spine. Roll your shoulders back and down, smile to yourself, & relax your jaw.
    • Take slow deep belly breaths, allowing your stomach to rise with each breath in and relax with each breath out. You may find that each breath gets better and better. Allow your shoulders to relax on each exhale.
    • Cross your arms across your chest, hands on opposite shoulders, giving yourself a big hug.
    • While still holding your shoulders, bring your chin to your chest and let gravity pull down on your elbows and release the back of your shoulders into a gentle stretch.
    • Release your arms, uncurl, roll your shoulders back, open your palms out. Bring your chin up and smile.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

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