Enjoy this inspiring article by Sheila Olson of fitsheila.com.
Sheila hits on the key points of relaxation and great tips for creating a divine meditation space for you.
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Only about 20 percent of Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week, but scientists and researchers continue to find compelling evidence that justifies making the time to incorporate fitness into your daily routine.
Pushing yourself to the max feels good, and while it’s important to take care of your physical body with activity and exercise, it’s equally important to balance that fitness with overall self-care that includes your mind, too.
To be truly well-balanced in body and mind, you should view fitness and self-care as two sides of the same coin.
So how can you balance fitness and self-care together?
Looking for more ideas that blend the two? Add a five-minute stretching routine before bedtime, try a team sport, or exercise with a group of friends. Researchers have also discovered that bike riding and other activities that require motor skills keep the brain’s white matter fiber elements functioning smoothly.
Creating a relaxing regimen
Relaxation is an integral and critical part of self-care because it calms the body and the mind. Incorporate whatever you enjoy that helps you to de-stress after a long day, stop your mind from racing and reset your mind into each day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Some people enjoy pursuing hobbies, whether needlecrafts such as knitting or crochet, or relaxing with adult coloring books that facilitate a meditative state.
Prioritize getting quality sleep, too—whether it’s adding room-darkening curtains, a noise machine, splurging on super-soft sheets or a high-quality pillow. A well-rested person greets the morning with more enthusiasm than someone who’s tossed and turned all night.
Power down before bedtime by turning off electronics, soaking in a warm bath, keeping a journal, escaping into a good book, listening to soothing music, drinking a mug of warm herb tea or milk, doing stretches or yoga, or meditating.
Creating a meditation space in your home
While it’s true that you can meditate just about anywhere, creating a special place dedicated specifically to that purpose rarely requires much space. The right spot provides the perfect environment for you to relax your mind and release the stress and tension of daily life while seeking clarity and balance.
Walk through your home and find the area where you feel warm, safe and welcome. It could be the corner of a room, a little out-building meant for that purpose, a spot in the attic or a rarely used guest room.
Your private meditation space should feature:
Fitness and self-care aren’t mutually exclusive
Take a walk over lunch, remove distractions including television or social media when you workout so you can focus fully on feeling the burn, playing with the kids, or your pets to relieve stress.
Incorporate activity that you enjoy and brings you fulfillment into each day. When you stretch, strengthen, and get your heart pumping, you’ll feel better, happier and more connected.
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