Actor, singer and mental health advocate Alyson Stoner have found perhaps one of the best ways to circumvent the common time trap of hectic weekdays. The 29-year-old pro dancer and Disney Channel alum shared her favorite wellness hacks as this year’s keynote speaker Chronic event in New York. Chronicwhich took place on May 19, is an annual convention hosted by speaker and self-love guru Nitika Chopra which highlights and celebrates the shared experiences of people with chronic conditions and disabilities through brand activations, panel discussions and creative activities such as live mural and free manicures.
The Importance of Daily ‘Micro-Resets’, According to Alyson Stoner
After addressing the Chronicon audience, Stoner answered questions about her wellness journey and digital wellness platform, genius of movement. Co-founded by Stoner and his sister Correy O’Nealthe platform offers users an affordable and holistic way to improve their well-being by providing on-demand access to classes taught by fitness instructors, psychologists and meditation coaches.
During her work with the Movement Genius team, Stoner says she’s learned a slew of stress relief hacks and a number of ways to fit movement into her busy schedule. One such trick is to use transitional moments in your day, like your daily commute or your mid-afternoon break, to do what she calls a “micro reset.”
Stoner uses these micro-resets to perform a self-check of her physical, mental, and emotional well-being on days when she cannot dedicate a full hour to self-care. From there, Stoner can decide what his body and mind need most, whether it’s a quick 10-minute workout or a stress-relieving phone call with a friend. “It helped me blend into the day in a natural way,” Stoner says.
In order to find out what her mind and body need most, Stoner uses three questions to guide how she uses her transition times throughout the day.
3 Questions Alyson Stoner Asks About “Micro Resets”
1. “If my mind and body were a percentage of battery, what would my capacity be?”
Are you working at 100% right now or do you feel like you’re dropping below 20%? Stoner uses this question to decide whether or not she has the capacity to take on more tasks in her day and determine what her mind and body need to recharge.
“If it’s about, no, I just don’t have the physical energy to add that on top of everything else, so I know it’s about energy,” Stoner says of find time for fitness.
2. “If my thoughts went from 0 to 100, how fast would I be right now?” »
Do you feel like you still got about a million things to do SO not much time? This question can help you gauge your level of stress and anxiety throughout the day and help you determine if your plate is too full or not. If your thoughts are racing at 85 out of 100, ask yourself what the sources of your racing mind are and consider what tasks you might be putting off until another day.
3. “If my mood was a color, what color do I feel?”
Are you red with fire of anger? How about a deep, contemplative blue? For some, associating emotions with colors may be easier than describing the complexity of your feelings. We usually associate bright, fun colors like hot pink with happiness (dopaminergic dressing, anyone?) and dark dark colors like navy with sadness. If you’re having trouble figuring out what emotion you’re feeling, close your eyes and imagine which color best reflects your mood.
“These three questions help me check and orient where I am at this point,” says Stoner. She adds that, while simple, these questions reveal her state of mind, her energy levels, and what her body and mind might need more of. From there, she says, you can make an informed decision about how best to use transitional moments throughout the day and create unused pockets of time to take care of yourself.
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