Stressful, demanding jobs for many people is a badge of honor. For others it’s simply unwanted stress. Either way, stress is harmful to your health. It’s responsible for weight gain, poor sleep and leaves you feeling tired at the end of the day. Here are 3 simple ways to calm your body and mind throughout the day and increase your energy!
But first, why am I talking about calming your body and mind?
We all want to have more energy right? We all want to feel so great that we leap out of bed with fat smiles ready to greet the day with applause.
But how can we even get this energy boost without first making space for it in our bodies and minds?
Think of calming your body and mind like tilling the soil and planting the seeds before they SPROUT with abundant energy like magic bean stalks that reach for the sky! Because that’s all you will be doing here—making space for new energy to flow!
So what are my 3 easy ways to calm your body and your mind?
Sit in a chair and put both your feet firmly on the ground, sit up straight with your shoulders pulled back to open your heart, close your eyes and take ten full, slow, DEEP breaths in and out… in and out… in and out…Slowly fill the lungs to the count of 7, hold it for 3 and exhale counting to 5.
Now, when you open your eyes NOTICE how different your body feels. Do you feel calmer? Clearer? More relaxed?
Well that was STEP 1! Now that you have calmed your body, are you ready for STEP 2? Don’t worry… it’s just as easy…
You’ve heard of positive affirmations right?
Well I believe they actually work! Why? Because your body is not going to do what you tell it to do unless your mind believes it first! (Or you trick your mind into believing it)
Think of a short, sweet sentence that I like to call your motivational MANTRA so that you can instantly become your own energy-boosting guru.
Here are some ENERGIZING examples to get you started:
- As I relax, I feel my body becoming more and more energized!
- My mind is calm, my body relax, I trust the life process.
- My stress is being washed away and replaced with excitement.
- I embrace a healthy, energized body.
Choose one that resonates with you or change up the words, write it on a sticky note and stick it on top of your computer or bathroom mirror. Then read it or memorize it and say it out loud to yourself six times today and just watch what happens…
How will calming my body and mind give me more energy?
Let me put it this way… water will not flow well through a blocked up pipe. Similarly, your energy or life force is not going to flow well if you’re all tensed up, agitated or on guard.
Why? Because that’s the way our minds work! They start to believe what we tell them to believe. It really is that simple.
Get physical! Commit to regular exercise for up to an hour at least 5 days per week. You’ll feel like you traded in your old body for a new one. Weight lifting, speed walking or walking briskly, biking, swimming, tennis, yoga are all excellent ways to not only keep your body in shape, but to also relax.
So, with STEP 1, you are learning to quiet your mind, calm your own nervous system and SAVE energy for you to use later when you really need it!
With STEP 2 you will be amazed at the results over time if you say your mantra over and over again. You may even find that by the end of day one your mind will start to believe it and your body will follow!
And with STEP 3, commit to regular exercise and you’re mind will relax and you’ll feel energized and healthier.