Renewal for the Mind and Body
In our busy lives filled with family and work obligations as well as daily stressors, it is easy for us to forget to take the time to renew our bodies and our minds. But renew we must – for this is the key to restoring and maintaining balance of our physical, mental and emotional well being.
“Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.” ~Joan Borysenko
Without continuous renewal of these three aspects of yourself on a regular basis, you will eventually succumb to the negative reactions caused by stress: anxiety, anger, disappointments, regret and feeling overwhelmed. The proven way of reversing this is to begin to incorporate de-stressing activities and mindsets into your daily life.
Some examples of these are:
Revitalize – disconnect yourself from all electronic devices and distractions. Schedule blocks of time for yourself during the week so you can relax your mind and body…take a peaceful walk outside and breathe in the fresh air. Meditate in a quiet room in your house or do a relaxing activity that makes you feel happy.
Appreciation – Take a few minutes each day to remind yourself how much you appreciate (and are grateful for) the positive things in your life. Declare to yourself how you have the spiritual and emotional strength to overcome any obstacles or stressors you encounter in your daily life – believe the affirmations that you make.
Laughter – Be sure to incorporate humor and silliness into your life as much as possible! Studies show that when a person laughs and is experiencing true joy, their body releases oxytocin – a hormone that neutralizes the effect that the stress hormone cortisol has on the body and mind. Watching comedies, talking with people who make you laugh or reading a funny book are ways to get you laughing and smiling!
Thought processes and activities to renew yourself are very beneficial to your mental, physical and emotional well-being. It is important to take care of yourself so you can enjoy life to its fullest while equipping yourself to handle any curve balls that life throws your way.