Modern life is fraught with stress, tension, and anxiety. Exacerbated by the need to do-it-all when it comes to work, family, and personal life, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hectic breakneck pace life seems to come at you these days. Not to mention that technology keeps you plugged in and on-the-go 24/7, it’s no wonder that paying attention your mind body connection or the ability to focus on your own health and wellness has taken a backseat.
In order to cultivate your mind and body connection, it’s important to figure out how to take some time just for you. To grant mental space to your thoughts for moments of reflection, meditation, and appreciation, here are a few tips to help you nurture your individual spirit:
We don’t really mean for you to actually get lost, but at Elements Gilbert Studio, we think that there’s nothing better than spending a beautiful day outdoors away from the bustle of the regular week. Whether you set aside time on the weekend, early in the morning, or late in the evening, taking a hike, a walk, a jog on a new route can help stimulate your brain and empower you to feel grounded. As creatures of habit, it can be easy to take the same route, what we propose instead is to take unexpected turns around your neighborhood, stroll down new streets, and take a moment to absorb new surroundings. This combined with fresh air can help alleviate stress and anxiety while giving a boost to your creative brain.
Instead of getting sucked into the blue light of television, computer screens, kindles or nooks, smartphones, and other technological advancements, try reading a regular book. More and more studies are coming out showing the benefits of reading print. In fact, one recent study boasts its ability to reduce stress by up to 68%. Not only a stress reducer, reading a book can also help boost qualities such as empathy, quality of sleep, comprehension, and more. Additional information on the many benefits of reading available: http://mic.com/articles/99408/science-has-great-news-for-people-who-read-actual-books
Another excellent way you can help to foster mindfulness is by paying attention to your breath. From nostril breathing to abdominal breathing, there are many different ways you can lend intentional attention to how your body inhales and exhales. Boosting your capacity to calm your central nervous system, breath work can help curb stress levels, give you time to pause and reflect, lower your blood pressure, and help you achieve relaxation. Setting aside five to ten minutes each day to concentrate on your breath helps to establish your ability to self-sooth when the going gets tough!
Regardless of what your day-to-day life brings, establishing healthy boundaries can help you feel more centered and grounded so that when the unexpected things do crop up, and they will, you know how to navigate with patience and a sense of peace that doesn’t leave you ruffled, harried, or stressed out!