“Finding Peace” Friday – What relaxes you? (Day 4)
It’s the weekend and you have been grinding HARD. Especially if you downloaded the “Rise and Grind” audio file from Day 2. There is just something about a person with an actor-like voice yelling in your ear that could either motivate you or make you pull out your headphones and blurt out a few cuss words:) But it’s Friday and for many, “it’s been a long week.” We ended our week with a one-hour power yoga session hosted by Larisa (Thank you Larisa for waking up with us). We all need relaxation and yoga is a great way to find peace within yourself. Sometimes just holding a rest position on your yoga mat may be your only time for peace and quiet, so don’t feel ashamed if you fall asleep….we’ll wake you or if you’re at home, you’ll eventually wake up:)
So we encourage you to find that peaceful exercise and incorporate it into your lifestyle. It could be a daily task like reading a chapter in a book; to sitting in a quiet area and practicing your breathing. When faced with numerous responsibilities and avoidable stresses like this government shutdown, work tasks or even the demands of an illness, relaxation techniques may take a back seat in your life. But that means you might miss out on the health benefits of relaxation. Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms by:
- Slowing your heart rate (we are an overstimulated society)
- Lowering blood pressure
- Slowing your breathing rate
- Increasing blood flow to major muscles
- Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
- Improving concentration
- Reducing anger and frustration
- Boosting confidence to handle problems
To get the most benefit, use YOUR relaxation technique along with other positive coping methods, such as daily exercise, getting enough sleep, and reaching out to supportive family and friends. Anything to keep calm in these times is encouraged, but you have to take a step back and evaluate your stresses and how you handle them. There are guided imagery techniques that you can try such as using “mental images” to help you escape from the everyday stresses of life. Did you know that using mental images can create harmony between the mind and body? It can, because visualization using guided imagery often include placing yourself inside a mental picture of a calm and relaxing image based on your thoughts. It can help you overcome anger, fear and even depression.
There is also “body image” techniques where you sit in a comfortable, quiet place. Close your eyes and concentrate on the feeling of your body by slowly taking a mental inventory of each part of your body. Become aware of the tension and relaxation in your body. While focusing on your body, you should begin to notice your body relaxing more and more as you concentrate. Think about your body image, how you feel about your body and accept your body as it is. Think of a part of your body that makes you happy and allow this feeling to transcend to the body as a whole. Try using positive reinforcement by verbalizing that you are okay, but if you’re among others, not too loud:)
Just know that there are ways to deal with stress and you have to make a conscious decision to fix it. It’s a daily walk and no one knows YOU like YOU should know yourself.
Yours in health,
Hardbody Outdoor Fitness, LLC