Whoa...something is cooking this week. It's seeming like everyone I encounter is having a stressful, emotional, or all-around intense week (or two). It's actually been an odd week for me, too. I had a few incredible bursts of clarity and creativity followed by a day or two of the hamster wheel in my mind running non-stop. Whenever that happens for me, I do the equivalent of stop, drop and roll -- I stop, sit, breathe, and get into my body (which sometimes involves me ditching the sitting step).
Engage and Discharge
When I notice a build up of energy or thoughts, I go into discharge mode. I do that by getting my body into the game. That can look like anything from dancing to drumming music, simple movement to breath (usually for me that's arms up above my head or out to the side on inhale and coming back to my sides or down to center on the exhale), a quick Kundalini kriya (Anger Release, Stress Buster for Head Clearing, Let Go, Sexy Back Har), some calming breathing (Dragon/Anger Breath, One Minute Breath, Sut Kriya), some good ole air punching, or my favorite -- full body shaking.
Once I've discharged, I'll lie down and consciously soften my body. Sometimes before I do that, I'll do three rounds of tensing my whole body and holding an inhale and then fully relaxing on the exhale. From there I'll move to one of these postures:
By the time I'm done, I'm feeling calmer, more centered and focused, and more open.
So if you're having a bad day or week or a bad moment, give it a try.