Are you living life in a state of flow and ease? Or do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, troubled by your past, anxious about your future, and concerned over your health? If the latter is true, it might be a sign that you need to recharge your body and mind.
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How Do I Recharge Myself – Body & Mind?
A mind and body recharge isn’t something that can be achieved in a day. To recharge your body and mind fully is a constant process, however, there are various activities that will help you reboot your system and experience that state of flow and ease that comes only with a healthy, nourished mind and body.
Here are 10 ways to recharge your body and mind:
1. Spend Time in Nature
Birds chirping, a gentle breeze, leaves rustling… There’s not much better than spending time immersed in the beauty of nature.
Spending time in nature is perhaps the most effective way to recharge your body and mind. Participants in David Suzuki Foundation’s 30×30 Nature Challenge reported an increase in positive emotions and vitality and a decrease in negative emotions.
In addition, there are a whole host of scientifically-proven benefits of spending time in nature, including:
- Reduces stress
- Reduces inflammation
- Boosts immune system
- Decreases risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduces risk of type II diabetes
- Improves sleep
2. Move Your Body
When you move your body, your brain produces “feel-good” chemicals known as endorphins. Endorphins inhibit pain signals and produce a feeling of euphoria. Have you ever heard of a “runner’s high?” That’s what they’re talking about.
When your goal is to recharge your body and mind through movement, practicing a mindful form of movement such as yoga, dancing, or tai chi is a great option. Beyond the physical benefits, mind-body exercise like yoga improves mental clarity, eases stress, and promotes relaxation.
3. Start a Gratitude Journal
Start recognizing and appreciating the sacred in every day by starting a gratitude journal.
Have you ever noticed that when you focus on the negative and challenging aspects of your life, you can’t help but feel negative, depressed, or overwhelmed?
The opposite is also true – practicing gratitude by focusing on, and being thankful for, the good in your life puts your mind in a positive state.
4. Expand Your Consciousness
Increasing your awareness and expanding your consciousness is an important part of a mind-body recharge.
Expanding your consciousness refers to a heightened awareness of your spiritual self and the energetic nature of all that surrounds us. It means looking outside of yourself and recognizing that there is more to life than our physical past and future.
Taking time to consciously connect with your inner self is an essential factor in recharging yourself, and meditation is one of the best ways to do that.
Meditation expands your consciousness, brings your mind and body back into alignment, and connects you to a power that is higher than yourself. In addition, meditation teaches you to live in the present, consciously aware of the beauty that surrounds you.
6. Express Yourself Creatively
You may think you’re the least creative person on earth but the truth is, everyone is creative. You may not be the next Rembrandt, but that’s not the point of expressing yourself creatively.
Creative expression allows you to tap into that special thing that makes you, you. It provides you with a temporary escape from the sometimes overwhelming reality of life and a chance to express yourself without fear of judgment.
There are many ways you can express yourself creatively, including:
7. Treat Your Body Like a Temple
Your body is a temple and if you’re not treating it like one, now is the time to start. Showing your body the love it deserves, nourishing it, and enjoying the feeling of optimal health allows you the space to focus on your spiritual health.
Start getting in the habit of regular exercise, eating an abundance of nourishing, whole foods, meditating, avoiding artificial ingredients, and setting aside time for self-care activities.
8. Start a Mindful Morning Routine
Having a morning routine allows you to start your day with intention and sets the tone for the entire day. In the words of Catherine Pulsifer – if we have the attitude that it’s going to be a great day it usually is.
A good day requires preparation, a solid foundation, and a positive mindset from the get-go and one of the most effective ways to do that is to follow a mindful morning routine.
Instead of starting your day in a chaotic fashion that ends with you racing out of the door so you’re not late for work, learn how to manage your time and provide yourself with the opportunity to ease into your day with a sense of calm and relaxation.
9. Learn Something New
Challenging your brain by learning something new strengthens your neural connections, keeps your mind active, sparks enthusiasm, and increases your self-satisfaction.
In addition, it allows you to become a better version of yourself, increases your confidence, and expands your awareness.
When you volunteer your time to help others, you’re also helping yourself. Not only does volunteering benefit the community or organization you are assisting, it also allows you experience a greater sense of purpose, a feeling of belonging, and the satisfaction that comes with working towards a higher good.
There are organizations for virtually every cause that are always looking for volunteers but don’t discount the simple ways you can volunteer to serve others. Offering to provide a meal to a new mom, mow the lawn of an elderly neighbor, organizing a yard sale for charity, or coaching a children’s sports team are all rewarding ways to give back to your community.
If you feel like your inner battery has gone flat, it’s time to recharge your body and mind. Spend time doing this on a regular basis by incorporating these practices into your daily life.