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It's pretty common for many of us to want to get the best bargain we can. Unfortunately, most of us pass up the best bargain there is, especially when it comes to our health.
Since 2001, August 15th has been coined as National Relaxation Day, but with all the benefits that come with taking a moment to unplug, why not expand this into a daily practice.
Unplug to Recharge
Yep! this may be literal for many in our technological driven world. This also means taking time to slow down the racing of the mind.
The best approach to unplug is what works best for you. Below are just some key components and tips to get you started.
- Step away from all technology: ear buds, computers, TV, i-pads, cell phones etc… - Set a timer 15 minutes (especially in the beginning) so that you don’t become anxious wondering how long you have to be in this uncomfortable space - Create a space that allows for mental solitude. This could be...
in the office with blinds shut
walking outside during non-rush hour
sitting in the yard
simply sitting or lying down somewhere in your home
stroke the fur of your pet
have a solo car drive
or engage in concentrated movement (like Pilates :)
Be Intentional with Your Time
Our minds are one of the busiest active parts of our life! Below are some practices to help the mind find solitude - and relaxation.
If able to sit or lie down, have the eyes closed with a focus on the breathe moving in and out of the chest. One can even count the breathe time in and out; such as a slow 2 breathe count in and a slow 6 breathe count out.
If your solitude requires safety, such as walking or driving a car, focus on a particular sound such as the breeze, birds singing or the lack of sound while driving in the car.
A moment to unplug does not just mean a mind of silence.
Ellen Langer, a psychology professor at Harvard University whose studies mindfulness has associated mindfulness to be:
“...more about concentration: the ability to quiet your mind, focus your attention on the present, and dismiss any distractions that come your way.” One of the key principles to a grounded Pilates practice is concentration. A Pilates private or group session with CoeDynamics, whether online or at the Redondo Beach studio, encourages focus on breath, body alignment and movement - leaving no room for a racing mind.
Recognized Health Benefits to Unplugging
lowering blood pressure
improves concentration productivity and creativity
reduces cortisol (heart health #1)
supports weight control (this goes along with balancing hormones)
improves/eliminates insomnia (this is HUGE!!! lack of sleep is one of the main contributors to dis-health! The mind is powerful drug in itself and it can either work its best for you or against you – the nice thing is – you get to choose)
Making the World a Better Place,
One Stress-less Mind at a Time
a less-raced mind is a better listening ear a less-raced mind is more observant a less-raced mind thinks before it speaks a less-raced mind is a calming and welcoming environment
Tracy Coe, CPT-PMA, C-QRA Functional Health & Nutrition Practitioner CoeDynamics
Tracy Coe is a certified QRA functional health and nutrition practitioner who’s passion is to support the community in educating and providing professional documented and researched options of whole foods, cleansing, and toxicity prevention to support short/long term health and vitality for the individual and family. For more information email email@example.com or call 424.903.3104
References - https://ellenlanger.com/books-2/ - Carlson LE, Speca M, Faris P, Patel KD. One year pre-post intervention follow-up of psychological, immune, endocrine and blood pressure outcomes of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in breast and prostate cancer outpatients. Brain Behav Immun. 2007;21:1038–1049 - Carlson LE, Speca M, Patel KD, Goodey E. Mindfulness-based stress reduction in relation to quality of life, mood, symptoms of stress, and immune parameters in breast and prostate cancer outpatients. Psychosom Med. 2003;65:571–581. - Brand S, Holsboer-Trachsler E, Naranjo JR, Schmidt S. Influence of Mindfulness Practice on Cortisol and Sleep in Long-Term and Short-Term Meditators. Neuropsychobiology. 2012;65:109–118 - Janetti Marotta, Ph.D., psychologist and author of “A Fertile Path: Guiding the Journey with Mindfulness and Compassion” - https://www.westonaprice.org/podcast/mental-health-burnout/
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