I just had a brainstorm. What do these things have in common?
- Lying in a hammock.
- Soaking in the bathtub.
- Floating on a raft in a pool or natural body of water.
- Watching clouds.
- Taking a nap.
- Getting a massage.
- Doing restorative yoga poses.
All of them are done either lying down or reclining, and all of them are restful, restorative, self-soothing activities.
Lying down/reclining probably activates our neurology and chemistry to induce relaxation and create a natural high.
I spent some time this past weekend out in nature, lying on my yoga mat with my head propped enough to see and hear my teacher teach, yet able to gaze up into the gorgeous fresh green canopy overhead.
I found it so much more relaxing than sitting.
If you are really in need of shedding some stress, plan on doing some of these things!