By Janice Lipman
Our modern-day lifestyle can be truly hectic and stressful, and Frank is not immune. He tries to start the day with a meditation practice, but he too sometimes falls prey to emails that need to be answered, social media that needs attending to (yes, he does his own!), etcetera, etcetera before heading to the office. Frank’s schedule can be crazy, so what does he do to stay sane and balanced and decompress at the end of his day?
One of his favorite ways is to rest in a restorative yoga pose. Restorative yoga uses props like blankets and bolsters to help support the body and maintain its correct position without straining, allowing the body to completely relax. Ten to 15 minutes really rejuvenates him, allowing him to feel rested and restored after a long day.
Music is also a great source of pleasure for Frank, and whether he’s at home, in the car, or in the office, music is always playing. Our bodies contain an automatic mechanism that syncs up with external rhythms, pulses, or beats — a phenomenon known as entrainment — so listening to music can have a direct impact on how we feel. Frank’s favorite chill-out music is reggae, which pulses around 60 beats per minute — ideal for helping to induce alpha states, the same relaxed response meditation induces. So whenever he wants to unwind, out come the Bob Marley CDs.
A good laugh is another outlet for Frank. Laughter stimulates chemical changes in the brain that help buffer our bodies against the cumulative effects of stress.
It releases tension in the muscles of the face, neck, shoulders, and abdomen — all areas where we tend to hold lots of tension. So who makes Frank laugh the most? Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, and Bill Maher on Real Time.
Sticking to these three activities really does make an enormous difference in keeping Frank mellow and able to deal with life’s stresses.