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Use Your Mind to Restore Your Body

August 28, 2016

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When we exert our body, including our mental capacities, the stress hormone cortisol is released. We end up feeling sore, stiff and depleted. 

Use Your Mind to Restore Your Body

To remedy the situation, we need to find a way to decrease the levels of cortisol quickly. Induce the production of hormones that have a relaxing effect on us. Believe it or not, there are ways of releasing tension from our muscles and stiff neck that don’t involve massage and cold ice. They can be done using our mind alone.

Here is how:

Be amazed by nature

 

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New studies have found that being out in the nature has a positive effect on our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing since it affects us on a molecular level. Namely, when we experience beauty, vastness, a sense of self-diminishment and greater perspective in pleasant natural settings, we are usually awed. This feeling of awe is directly connected to the decrease of a molecule called IL-6. It creates inflammation in our body. When we run, jog or hike in beautiful nature, we are less likely to be sore and more likely to feel energized and refreshed.


Be informed, be equipped

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Your body can be your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on how well you can use it to your advantage. Get well informed and do everything properly, including running, nutrition, hydration, injury prevention and recuperation. Prevention is the best medicine, so be well advised not to exert yourself in extreme weather conditions.

In the summer, you can avoid the heat by running in the evening or at night, just make sure you wear high quality reflective gear in order to stay safe. Stay well hydrated, which means taking in sufficient amounts of water and having a bottle of water with you at all times. Bring fruit and a salty snack to make up for lost electrolytes. When you are a friend to your body, it will be a friend in return.


Use meditation techniques

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Our minds are so powerful that they can produce serotonin and dopamine, two hormones that make us happy and relaxed. The most effective techniques for releasing tension and pain from our bodies are visualizations and breathing exercises.

A good place to start are yoga nidra, pranayama, and especially a yoga exercise called Shavasana which helps you relax all of your body and release all the tension from the body, energetic, emotional and physical. Another simple method is to just lie down flat on the bed. Imagine being washed with bright white light for a few minutes, until you feel your energy is recharged.


Recharge by focusing on the positive

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After you have cleansed your energy and your body feels lighter, you can also infuse it with fresh new energy. Just close your eyes and focus on imagining your body feeling comfortable and energized. Imagine your cells sparkling with bright nourishing light and rejoicing to be alive. Think of things that make you happy. Remember the feeling this produces in your body, try to memorize it and come back to it often. Praise yourself for your achievement, talk to your body and your cells and thank them, send them love and gratitude, our cells have their own form of consciousness and you will feel the effects immediately.


We are powerful beings and our minds are the driving force behind our lives. If you respect your body’s limits and try to learn and consistently apply some of the above mentioned skills, you will soon see the changes in the way your body responds to exertion and the way it aids rejuvenation. Remember, practice makes perfect! 


This is a guest post by Emma Lawson.

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Emma Lawson is a passionate writer, online article editor and a health enthusiast. In her spare time, she likes to do research, and write articles to create awareness regarding healthy lifestyle. She also strives to suggest innovative home remedies that can help you to lead a quality and long life.

 


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15 Comments

  • Reply Kimberly C. August 29, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I totally believe that the mind, body and health are closely related. I take Yoga regularly and it’s amazing the relaxing, no-stress feeling afterward, just by meditating, stretching, breathing and internalizing. Love this post. Can’t wait to read more.

  • Reply Stella the Travelerette August 29, 2016 at 11:08 am

    These are all good pieces of advice. I have always enjoyed walking in nature, especially the woods. It really does help restore the mind. More recently I have tried focusing on the positive instead of the negative and that has been very helpful too.

  • Reply Johna August 29, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Love these tips! When I try to restore my body/mind I like to travel somewhere peaceful like the park or the beach. Really helps me! 😀

  • Reply grace August 29, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Great tips! I badly need these. You know, when the world turns you upside down, you just need some time away. And it’s good to know that we have these simple things to refocus bad situation into a good one. It’s true that we can be amaze by what nature can do, but since I can’t just go out and find those greens, meditation works well for me nowadays to keep that sanity in tact. Hahaha

  • Reply ROBERT LEE August 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Beautifully written by Emma, and I think I can add one more. Always be in the company of people who are positive. I cannot overstate the importance of being with people who will pull you up rather than pull you down.

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  • Reply Dominic Barrios August 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    These are great reminders on how to restore our mind and body to its true state. When I want to sort my mind, I always take a long walk in our village after dinner. I do it not because of exercise but because I just want to make my mind wander and talk to God and myself. Doing that makes me feel rested and comforted because I’ve sorted out all the worries and concerns on my mind.

  • Reply Sriparna August 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Well said indeed! To have a great mind, is to have the best life! I meditate quite a lot, and work out (no gym) as well. It really does set your body right for the entire day! Very well captured points on looking as the positives of life! Negative is just so easy to get…

  • Reply sabine August 30, 2016 at 2:26 am

    Meditation and focussing on the positive things is so important. I totally agree. I use to meditate by listening to music while closing my eyes. I always try to see the positive things in life, especially when I go through hard things in life.

  • Reply Angelie Pangilinan August 30, 2016 at 6:15 am

    When I feel drained from too much stress, my go-to solution is to reconnect with nature. I’d take shorts works on a street with lots of trees and it will instantly boost my mood up. And yes, focusing on the positive is definitely an amazing way to restore one’s body.

  • Reply Bluedreamer August 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Just like they said, it’s a mind over matter… the more you think you are being stress, then you be… these are great ways to relieve stress and I think I badly need them after such very exhausting week I had, i feel so tired and restless

  • Reply Sydney Fashion Hunter August 31, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    What an uplifting post Emma. Connecting with nature is so important and I feel drawn to water. There is something so relaxing about listening to running water or swimming in a perfect blue ocean. Even if I can’t get to the beach spending just a few moments out I. The fresh air of my backyard makes me instantly feel better

  • Reply Freelancer Rene September 1, 2016 at 3:49 am

    this is really helpful… every once in a while when I am stressed, I do meditation.. I have researched this also, that thinking positive will eventually help your body feel and grow better…

  • Reply Bernardo Rancho December 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Absolutely fascinating. I also had a neck injury many years ago that was excruciatingly painful for years, I began to dislike taking the painkillers I had relied on, and decided to ‘compartmentalise’ my pain so that it no longer defined me, I was sick of being ruled by it. My change of attitude stopped me feeling a victim and I learned to manage the pain, helped by relaxation techniques and transcendental meditation to stop the muscle spasms. I would take painkillers on very bad days, and they would work as I was no longer resistant to them. When I get chest pain I go into a deeply relaxed state and it goes away in about ten seconds.

  • Reply Ana Rose | Roads and Pages February 20, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Absolutely true! I love restoring the energy in my body from traveling too. Aside from that, reading is another thing that makes me feel alive. In fact, I bought a book last Saturday on how to manage my time wisely. I also love reading books that inspire me to live life to its fullest.

  • Reply Katherine May 15, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Aside from the things mentioned, I believe that cells change based on your vibration and thus you can talk to your body. 🙂 Other people suggest different methods such as doing certain meditation techniques, which is a bit similar to the one you mentioned about washing the body with white light, but more detailed and specific. As for myself, I try to eat healthy food, rest when my body tells me to and commune regularly with nature.

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