We often push ourselves during the day, to the point where we may feel fatigued, stressed, tense, frustrated or rushed. While moving through our day; engaging in daily tasks, demands, and deadlines; we tend to put ourselves in overdrive mode. This affects the mind and body at the same time. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, the body sends signals to you, perhaps it’s time to listen. Know your limits.
We must be reminded that even though our bodies and minds work very hard, we are not machines. We are living and breathing cells that need to be nourished and cared for. There are times when we just need to shut it down, unplug, rest and recharge. Easier said than done…right?
If during the day you are feeling this tension, and your mind is clouded, take a few moments for yourself. Ten minutes can make a huge difference in the way your body feels, and the way your mind is working.
• Step away and drink a cool glass of water.
• Eat a healthy snack.
• Take a ten-minute power nap.
• Step outside and breathe in some fresh air and get natural sunlight.
These are just a few ideas that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Don’t say “I DON’T HAVE TIME”. It’s essential that you MAKE TIME. You will find that you can become more productive when you’ve recharged your mind and body.
Anything that you can do to change your daily routine will bring about freshness for the day following.
Make it fun and mix things up a bit. Make a “to do” list, and “don’t do it” (deliberately). Sing along with some of your favorite music; sing loud! Take a nature walk and allow the warmth of the sun to shine upon your face. Dance…dance some more, as you keep your body moving, bringing out your inner-child.
A good night’s sleep is also essential to your well-being. But before trying to retire for the evening, you must empty your mental pocket. Schedule tomorrow’s activities, so you need not worry or think about them today. Relax and unwind, while you remind yourself of the days accomplishments. Now; unplug from the tedious day’s activities. Quiet your mind, and enjoy some relaxation exercises which includes tensing and relaxing each muscle in your body from head to toe. As you begin to feel each muscle in your body relax, your mind will soon follow. Remember that your body wants to sleep as much as you do. Relax, dream sweetly, and know that tomorrow is another day.
~ Jill Lee, Ph.D.
“He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.” ~ Benjamin Franklin