It's Like These Stress Reduction Strategies Were Tailor-Made For Gemini Season
Here, the AstroTwins consult with astrologer and wellness alchemist Stephanie Gailing, M.S., to break down the top wellness practices to try during Gemini season, which will last until June 21.
The Sun streams through Gemini (May 20–June 21), helping you tap into the communicative, agile, and youthful qualities that this sign represents. During this monthlong cycle, you may be feeling connection and your intellectual curiosity piqued. Using the following self-care strategies, you can fine-tune your well-being, foster vitality, and reduce stress.
Gemini wellness mantras:
- I'll adapt.
- My curiosity will lead me to the answer.
- My mind and body are connected.
Gemini stress-reducing allies:
- Lighthearted perspective
How to care for your body during Gemini season.
In wellness astrology, aspects of your anatomy align with the zodiac signs. Those that are associated with Gemini include the lungs, nervous system, and arms, shoulders, wrists, and fingers.
1. Inhale and exhale.
If you have asthma or frequent respiratory colds, try limiting your intake of dairy foods and food additives, as these can increase mucus production and exacerbate bronchial symptoms. Pay attention to your breathing, too. Be sure it's deep and rhythmic. If it's shallow, you may experience reduced energy, a foggy mind, and anxiety. You could explore your connection to breath with meditation. Working through repressed grief, for example, can improve your breath and your well-being, physically and emotionally (in Chinese medicine, the lungs are associated with grief).
2. Allay accidents.
While multitasking reflects the active and restless energy of the times, it's not necessarily the best recipe for safety. This is especially true when an activity involves moving objects, such as driving, which should be done as a concentrated activity. No matter how badly you want to call someone or check Facebook—don't! Even walking and texting can lead to accidents if you fail to notice a ditch in the sidewalk or a car in the intersection. What's worse is mindlessness takes us away from being present. Try to stop and notice the beauty of the environment. The phone can wait. Make an effort to practice being present in mind and body.
3. Eat regularly and flexibly.
Something distracts us or consumes attention, and the next thing you know, you've forgotten to eat. When we skip meals, our blood sugar drops. Listen to your body's reminders that it needs nourishment. Try to make your meals interesting so you don't feel like you're simply checking something off your to-do list. Mix up mealtimes, perhaps a 90-minute window to enjoy your fare with a book or the outdoors. Forget about the traditional "three squares" and design your day's meals to fit your lifestyle, even if that means mini meals throughout.
4. Slow your roll.
Eating too fast yields indigestion and a less-than-optimal absorption of nutrients, which may leave you feeling depleted of physical and mental energy. Practicing mindful eating can make mealtimes more enjoyable. Also try meals composed of a spectrum of different colors, tastes, and textures to inspire the desire to want to savor every bite.
Gemini season self-care ideas.
Flower Essences: White chestnut and cerato
To calm mind chatter and curtail looping thoughts, try white chestnut flower essence. It's also great for curbing the pre-sleep mind circles that can keep you up at night. Connect to your inner voice and boost its volume, especially when you feel stifled or muffled, with cerato.
Spa Treatments: Manicure
Your hands are responsible for many activities: writing, physical uses, meeting and greeting people. Give your hands a little TLC for all their hard work with a manicure. It doesn't need to be time-consuming or expensive; go for an express treatment. Treat yourself to a few additional minutes of massage if that's an option to help further relax your muscles and improve circulation.
Relaxation Practices: Journaling, games, and puzzles
Whether you write in prose form, jot down phrases or keywords, express yourself in poetry, or draw, journaling can be a relaxing (not to mention, informative) exercise. Treat yourself to a new journal to get inspired. If you're looking for an exercise that can help hone your thoughts, try non-dominant handwriting.
It may sound paradoxical but things that enliven our minds may also relax them during Gemini season. So if you're looking for a way to unwind, invite some friends over for game night. For times you want to be alone, try a crossword or Sudoku puzzle, or play a game of solitaire for a more meditative experience.