If last week was about taking stock, then it’s only right that this week is about refilling the inventory.
We’ve analyzed where we are, and are looking where we want to go. This is the time to plan out the route to get there.
Following the structure of last week’s post, we will walk you to some simple solutions for comforting your BODY, MIND and SPIRIT.
We will end today looking to the future not with dread, but in hope!
Drink More Water
If you aren’t drinking between 30 and 50 oz of water a day - and statistics show that most of you don’t - start now!
Drinking around 8 8oz. glasses of water a day can significantly improve a weakened body and boost stunted energy levels. That’s not all it’s good for either. It can also help you:
Maintain a healthy weight
Reduce blood pressure
- Flush toxins
We should note - when calculating your water intake, coffee and soda don’t count!
Get Better Sleep
We also asked you how much sleep you get each night.
Ideally, you need to be aiming for between 7 and 9 hours. Your sleep also needs to be uninterrupted, allowing you to engage in a healthy REM cycle.
So many of us are concerned with being productive in our waking hours that we forget the importance of our sleep.
Prioritizing a good night’s rest can yield benefits such as:
A more effective immune system
An ability to maintain a healthy weight
- Reduced stress and an improved mood
It doesn’t matter how busy you are - it is imperative to find time for physical activity as we look to change the amount of pain and discomfort that you feel in your body.
The Mayo Clinic recommends around 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week.
As counter-intuitive as it sounds, while exercise may wear you out in the short term, the long-term benefits have been shown to drastically increase energy levels.
Many of us struggle with joint pain, and exercise has shown to significantly improve flexibility.
Engage in Daily Meditation
Last week, we offered you the space to step into a meditative state. How did that feel? For many of us, slowing down so much will be quite a foreign concept.
If you want to change how pain shows up in your life, engaging in a regular meditative practice can be a useful tool.
Various studies show that meditation positively impacts the way pain features in the lives of meditators. When meditating, MRI scans show that activity within the parts of the brain that control pain significantly lessens.
Our perception of pain is entirely connected to our state of mind. Thus, engaging in a practice like this has been shown to help:
- Alleviate anxiety
- Lengthen attention spans,
- Reduce stress.
Address Your Trauma
Meditation is also a great way to be self-reflective and stay self-aware.
Last week we asked you to use your meditation to start assessing traumatic events that have happened in your life and then observing how your outlook on life changed as a result of those events.
Meditation is not only very effective in helping us make these observations, but also in providing a space for people to then look deeper into themselves to find solutions to a cynical outlook that has manifested.
Others will find meditation too solitary a state to deal with these feelings. That’s okay - becoming aware of them is the most important part. Once you are aware, there are a myriad of ways you can address these feelings.
Whether it’s finding a therapist or talking with a family member, there are people available for everyone to talk to. In some cases, moving on from trauma can be about finding joy in the present, which is discussed in the next section.
The mind has a direct relationship to pain. Massage the mind, you will massage your pain.
So what separates “MIND” and “SPIRIT?”
Think of “MIND” being responsible for our emotional burdens, while the Spirit is instead responsible for our joie de vivre! Don’t let its flamboyancy mislead you - maintaining a healthy zest for living can mitigate a lot of pain.
Speak Your Mind
An easy way to start boosting your spirit is by simply speaking your mind.
Many of us, out of fear of confrontation, keep our true thoughts hidden from others.
We are not advocating against kindness - we should always strive for that. It’s not about hurting the feelings of others. It’s about feeling as though you can be transparent with those around you. It’s not necessarily what you say, but how you say it.
Speak your mind, but say it in the kindest way you can. This will:
- Help you feel more like yourself
- Improve your relationship with others
- Diminish resentment towards others
Do Something You Like
Earlier on, we mentioned getting daily exercise. This is something different.
While you may enjoy exercising, it is something that is already necessary to living a healthy life. This is about finding a hobby that yields no capital gain - that you engage in simply because it puts a smile on your face.
Taking time for yourself is as important (if not, more so) as taking time for others.
Engaging in activities that hold genuine interest to us floods us with positivity and boosts our general well-being.
Something as simple as building a model railway, writing in a journal, or starting a garden can really help us cope with the stresses of life and the pain that the stress brings.
Next year, prioritize self-care and living your best life.
As with much of life, the solutions often lie within ourselves.
Worship Your Body
Massage Your Mind
Feed Your Spirit
Let’s make 2020 a year of feeling like ourselves again!