While Mercury's retrograde this summer might have the power to complicate things for us, it's much more manageable than some doomsday tales suggest. From Jul. 26 to Aug. 18, Mercury will appear to move in a backward motion, creating a consistent tension that is known to manifest situational obstacles, and physical stresses. Typically, most zodiac signs can tell Mercury is in retrograde because everyone's lives essentially seem like they're not functioning properly, and everyday tasks seem to be littered with unforeseen complications. But by practicing some Mercury retrograde self-care rituals, we can all limit the extent to which the retrograde effects us. It's totally possible to fight back against planetary motion; we're a lot stronger than we give ourselves credit for.
Being proactive about self preservation and your mental health during any retrograde is of paramount importance, but that kind of work is not always intuitive. So, offering some tips on how to more easily do this, yogi and lifestyle guru Andrea Curry tells Bustle there are simple ways to stay grounded, focused, healthy, stable, and calm during Mercury's retrograde. Curry has a knack for creating easy-to-follow rituals that enable us to be less reactive and more balanced.
Here are some of her suggestions that you can try at home, in the office, or in your special retrograde safety bunker: