We can often become overwhelmed with life and begin to feel weighed down enough that even our exercise routine becomes a chore. Or if you are over-training it can also become difficult to find the motivation to keep going. In the following guest blog post from Dr. Moshe Lewis, he suggests ways to rejuvenate yourself, get back on track with your exercise routine and feel good about it.
7 Ways to Elevate Your Perspective
Here are some simple, inexpensive ideas that can help to rejuvenate your body and your mood allowing you to stay motivated.
1. Treat Yourself to a Massage
Even if going to a spa is out of the budget, there are chair and hand held massagers available at stores like Wal-Mart and Target that can be used in the comfort of your own living room. If it’s just too cold to go outside, the next best thing to a massage is a hot bubble bath with some soothing music in the background as this helps to increase the blood flow to muscles and allows you to relax. Music itself can be a relaxing way of helping you take your mind off your worries as it is the universal language of emotions. From timeless classics to contemporary jazz, indie to fusion the secret is to turn the volume down so low that it is almost imperceptible. This little trick allows you to focus on listening and helps silence racing thoughts.
2. Unwind with a Relaxing Walk
Chronic stress can produce too much cortisol, a hormone that can ramp up appetite — and lead to overeating. A simple exercise like walking, just 30 minutes a day helps to incorporate a great way to to minimize gaining weight and stress reduction all in one.
3. Treat Yourself to a Little R&R
Nap time. Too little sleep causes slowed metabolism and increased appetite — risking overeating, unhealthy food choices, and inactivity. Most of us don’t get enough rest and curling up with a good book, having some hot cider or tea before lying down can help us fall asleep faster when one is just too stressed to relax.
4. Keep Finances in Check
Cutting your expenses is a good idea for any time of the year. Studies show that financial stress is one of the main reasons adults worry. This concern can be transmitted to your kids. While most kids don’t bear the financial responsibility of their parents, they can often sense something is wrong. Drink water instead of coffee and sugary beverages. Don’t plan to make any large purchases on credit until you are out of debt. Lastly, pay yourself first, even if it’s only a dollar a week which you should put into an account at your local credit union to avoid fees.
5. Go Zen
Take up Restorative Yoga, Tai Chi or Meditation! These mind body strategies incorporate improving posture, relaxing and stretching to improve balance and coordination while simultaneously decreasing stress. Take time to breathe deeply and say a prayer, or just sit down in a quiet place and simply meditate with relative peace and quiet.
6. Release Inner Tension
Never underestimate the power of a good sex life and reconnecting with your significant other. Enough said.
7. Take Time to Laugh
Comedy is good for the soul. Whether its rented movies, downloaded comedy sketches or even going to improv or karaoke, a good laugh goes a long way. Consider taking your kids or young family members hiking, bicycling, or skating and keeping everyone engaged in a lighthearted physical activity. Laughter lowers stress hormones and improves blood flow, which increases your energy levels. The more energy you have, the less likely you’ll be to be overwhelmed by depression that sometimes comes with the winter season.
How do you rejuvenate yourself during intense training to find the energy to keep going?