Body scanning is a meditative technique that lets the mind wander, searching the body, looking for areas that are holding tension. If you regularly scan your body, over time, it can reveal patterns in where, and how, you hold onto stress.
Relaxation is an important part of self-care. We all experience stress, and need to incorporate techniques to counter its impact on our bodies into our daily routines.
One way to get a great night's sleep is to go to bed, and wake up, at the same time every day. Many people drastically change their sleep habits from day to day, or between weekdays and weekends. Our bodies would prefer a predictable routine.
Our body is typically reacting to stress long before we're consciously aware of it. As we become more adept at observing ourselves, we cultivate our ability to identify the early signs of stress. Regular meditation increases our awareness of both physical sensations, and the ways that our mind and body interact.
Yoga isn't, as sometimes perceived, "just an hour of stretching". It builds strength, improves posture, aids in digestion, and yes, it will improve your range of motion. But that's listing just a handful of the numerous physical benefits...