A physical workout regime should be paired with a mental workout that leans on the mind-body connection and heals both, simultaneously. Here are some mind-nourishing, mental health-boosting exercises that you can start today and start reaping the benefits immediately.
The form of this meditative state is up to you. Whatever floats your boat is fine, as long as you ensure that you quiet your mind and refrain from verbal expression – yes, we mean talking – for 30 to 60 minutes a day.
You may choose a more active version, such as a quiet walk, or opt for this type of mental cleanse:
Pick a quiet spot and try being physically still – you may sit down or lie down, it’s up to you – for 15 to 30 minutes. Do not worry about your thoughts. They will come, many in fact, but your goal here is to accept them and not feel burdened by them. That is all. Concentrate on the quiet and lack of movement. Breathe normally.
Once you’ve done this exercise a few times and have become comfortable with the soothing effect it’ll have on your mind, spruce it up by asking for a moment of clarity, once you exit your quiet space.
Before entering your quiet zone, make a mental note to yourself that you would like to have a certain area of your life highlighted and your ‘next move’ brought to your attention, once your daily mental cleanse is completed.
The results will astound you.
Thanks… thanks a lot!
It’s all about the Gratitude Attitude.
Yes, the very one where you fully connect with sense of gratitude for the many blessings that you have in your life: from the air you breathe to the food in your refrigerator to that new, amazing designer dress you’ve been yearning for and is now sitting in your closet.
The idea here is to squeeze out the negative thoughts from you mind, by filling it with positive ones, which feeling grateful produces. While you should feel grateful at all times, the best way to initiate this exercise is to have a little thanks-moment in the morning as you awake and at night, before you get ready to catch some Zzz’s. Once this becomes your routine, you will find yourself having gratitude-filled thoughts throughout the day which will not only make you feel good, but will improve your physical and mental state for the long haul.
See it, believe it, be it!
This is quite a powerful tool.
The first notion to grasp when it comes to visualizations, is that your mind in a tool, but you are not your mind.
Visualization is a technique that relies on self-hypnosis to help foster healing based on positive images and self-suggestion. The goal here is to have these self-projected images affect our mind and body in a positive manner, through to all-powerful mind-body connection.
Pick a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down, and ensure that you feel safe and undisturbed.
Relax your thoughts and your breathing and concentrate on the rhythm of your breaths, as you allow yourself to enter a sort of daydream state, where you will visualize your desired goal, state of being, an episode of your own life that you wish would occur. Do so as vividly as you possibly can. Feel the textures, smell the scents that surround you and, most importantly, feel the sensations and the emotions that are propelled by this visualized state of your subconscious. Let this wishful thinking trip work its magic as you allow yourself to feel its benefits as you are living it out in your mind.
While you’re doing this, your hypothalamus, (the part of your brain that links your nervous and your endocrine systems, thus controlling your body temperature, hunger, blood sugar levels, adrenal and pituitary glands, heart, lung, digestive and circulatory systems) acts as a transformer of emotions into a physical response.