Hi, my friends! I hope this post finds you all well during these fast times. One way to stay grounded is by keeping our mind and bodies healthy–and that’s what I’m here to talk with you all about today. Namely, meditation, yoga, and nutrition for a healthy mind and body. Let’s get started!
Breath work is essential for relaxation and managing stress levels. Our breath is connected to our nervous system, so when we’re anxious or stressed, our breathing gets SHALLOWER. This then reinforces the fight-or-flight response in our brain, making us even more stressed! But if we can focus on taking DEEPER breaths, it sends a message to our brain that everything is okay, and we can start to relax. Try this: Inhale for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of four, exhale for a count of four. Repeat this until you feel your body start to relax.
There are many different ways to meditate, so find the one that works best for you. You can try sitting in silence with your eyes closed and focusing on your breath (as per the breathing exercise above), or you can try a guided meditation. There are also walking meditations, where you focus on each step and the sensation of your feet hitting the ground. Experiment until you find the method that helps you to clear your mind the best.
Organic and natural foods help keep our minds and bodies healthy by reducing exposure to toxins and chemicals.
Processed foods are full of sugar, artificial ingredients, unhealthy fats–the list goes on. Eat whole foods as much as possible: fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains. These will give your body the nutrients it needs to function at its best.
Finally, spend time in nature! We evolved outdoors, so our brains operate best when we’re surrounded by nature. Studies have shown that time in nature lowers stress levels, reduces anxiety and depression, improves sleep quality… the list goes on. So get outside whenever you can! Even if it’s just for a quick walk around the block.
I pray these tips help you to create a healthy mind and body! Meditation, yoga, and nutrition are all great ways to improve your health–so why not give them a try?
And don’t forget about spending time in nature–it does wonders for our mental health. If you have any tips of your own, please share them in the comments below! Stay safe and well, my friends!