I love to take a walk to get myself present and to wind my mind down. Sometimes being active and getting the body moving, while very simple, is incredibly grounding. I have my own yoga practice, and I love to do cardio as well – I'm also a spinning instructor. These things help me to keep my head on straight.
Mainly, I try to bring balance into my life. I schedule "me" time because just like everyone else, I need to unwind. I try to remember to take it easy and breathe. Everything is going to get done. And no one thing is going to make or break me.
Many of our readers are likely reading this as they sit at a desk, perhaps at work. Do you recommend any quick, office-friendly exercises or yoga poses so they can sneak some exercise into their workday?
Yes, you can do a seated pigeon position by just crossing your ankle over your knee, which will stretch the outer hip. Also from a seat, you can forward fold your whole body so that your belly is resting on your thighs – that's a wonderful stretch. A great abdominal exercise is bracing yourself in the chair and pressing down, using your arms, in order to lift your butt off the chair and feet off the floor – Ellen DeGeneres style!
Also, a five-minute dance party in the office never hurt anybody. Or even a short lunchtime walk will lift spirits and improve happiness. I actually work with the staff of the "Chelsea Lately" show, and they get a yoga break instead of a coffee break.