Summer Time…Are you ready to THRIVE!

 

Are you ready to wrap your arms around summer time and refresh your body, mind and spirit? Summer is a great time to spend reflecting and refreshing yourself before the holiday’s come rushing at us.

As women we are often out of balance because we are always busy taking care of everyone else and everything else, we forget to maintain our balance. When we are out of balance we find ourselves getting sick, irritated, frustrated and in some cases even depressed.

In order to take care of all that we manage each day it is important to keep our mind, body and spirit in balance. Sometimes it is a simple shift that will balance us out and other times we need a full refresh. Let’s start with 10 things you can do to balance in each of the areas:

  1. Get quiet. Find a place in your home and create a special quiet spot. This is a space designed for you only and family knows if you enter that space to allow you the time to regenerate. In this space place things you love (photos, blankets, flowers, journal, relaxing music, etc). Make sure you have a comfortable place to sit.
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    Each day spend 10-30 minutes in YOUR quiet space relaxing, not running through your head that list of what needs to be done. You can close your eyes, do some breathing exercises…just relax.
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  2. Take a walk. Taking a 15-30 minute walk will refresh you, no cell phone calls on the walk just you and nature. Walk at a slow to moderate pace and enjoy the nature around you. If you love to sing, sing a song while you walk.
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  3. Stretch your body. This is important especially if you sit all day behind a computer screen. When you are feeling fatigued or irritated, stand and stretch. This will help release some of the tension from your body by spending 5-10 minutes each day stretching. If you love yoga this is a great place to try a few stretching poses as well.
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  4. Drink water. Our bodies are mostly made of water, so in order to keep it running we have to add water into it. No, soda is NOT water. I like to add some lemon to my water, it adds a little flavor to it, plus the smell of lemon is rejuvenating.
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  5. Eat whole foods. When I say eat whole foods it means to eat things as they grow. For example your food choices should contain only one ingredient, a strawberry should be just strawberry. Basically stay away from processed (per made/packaged) foods. When we eat processed foods all the chemicals in them can affect our body and brains in a negative way.
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    Select vegetables that are fresh or frozen fresh, that way you are not getting the chemicals from canned or processed ones. I usually dish up a plate that is 2/3 vegetables and 1/3 protein.If you eat a lot of fast food, try cutting back a meal or two a week. You will find you feel more and more amazing by eating something you made over a hamburger from a fast food joint.
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  6. Pray. There is something about seeking God when you need balance that is totally amazing. I often will ask God what He wants me to do, sometimes it is changing direction and sometimes it is to be still. I love going before God because He already knows what I need, so if the prayer is silent I am still covered since He knows what is off balance.
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    Sometimes in our weeping God’s hand will comfort us, which releases whatever the issue was that held us back. Basically let go and let God.
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  7. Exercise. Exercise is the best way to combat depression. Get up and get moving. Exercise can help balanceout the mind and the body. Keep it moderate while you are re-balancing yourself and remember to stretch before and after.
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    I personally love boxing workouts. They re-energize me and I feel so empowered at the same time. For fun you could even get yourself a pair of bright pink boxing gloves to use while you workout. I use my Wii Fit for boxing and I love it.
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  8. Music. You know the old saying “music soothes the savage beast?” It is true by listing to worship or a upbeat instrumental music (it is okay to sing along with it) the mind, body and spirit will come back into balance.
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    They have done tests at NASA around the impact of music can bring to those totally stressed out. They found that music can release stress and increase productivity. Probably why some of us like to work with music, we are calmer and more focused.
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  9. Positive Affirmations. How many times a day are you hard on yourself? How many times have you used really negative words to describe yourself? Time for that to shift!
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    Grab a marker and some post-its or index cards, and write positive words on them that you will place all around your home and desk. Put them in drawers you open daily, on the bathroom mirror, in your car, in your wallet….etc. Then repeat the daily when you see them.
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    Use words like: “I am enough”, “I am beautiful”, “I will choose joy”, etc. Always start it with “I am”, or “I will.” You have to own it and say it like you mean it…out loud! After time you will begin to believe it and live it daily.
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  10. Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine! When you laugh you engage endorphin’s which in turn help you heal and balance your mind, body and spirit. Watch a comedy and laugh out loud, meet with some friends and tell jokes. My laughter comes from my dogs, they do some of the craziest things that make me laugh. Just laugh, laugh from your belly!

Then listen to your body, it will tell you what is out of balance and then take action to restore the balance. We have to practice self-care so we can be of service in our lives where we are called to serve. What is your body telling you today?

Remember: Healthy Mind + Healthy Body + Healthy Spirit = A Healthy Life!

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