With the current coronavirus pandemic, now more than ever is an important time to reflect on what is and isn’t helpful to our health.
Many of us will have spent much of this year (other than that important exercise time), being cooped up indoors.
‘So just how detrimental can this be to our health’?
It is proven that staying indoors too much actually affects our immune system as we lack the access to normal microbes that help to build our important defence system.
Staying indoors too much also affects our natural circadian rhythm that controls our innate sleep-wake cycle. This is because of the lack of natural sunlight that enables our body to adjust naturally.
Spending time in nature however has the opposite effect as being in nature naturally relaxes us, improving our overall mood and mental health.
One great example of this is forest therapy (shinrin-yoku) which in Japan is now offered as a part of health prescription and advised for overall health improvement.
Results have actually shown that two hours of mindful exploration in a forest can reduce blood pressure, lower stress levels and improve concentration and memory.
Pretty amazing results for some enjoyable time in nature.
Whilst working with personal training and coaching clients we often do our session outdoors in parks and it always enhances the positive effect, as clients feel much more relaxed as well as reporting feeling more positive than when just in the gym or training at home.
Overall if we can make a concertive effort to spend more time in nature we will find it having a positive effect on all areas of our life by leading us to feel healthier and happier thus leading to a healthier society. Spending time in nature also provides a great sanctuary for when times get difficult, of which we all have these.
Please don’t just take my word for it. Give it a try for yourself. Try setting in your schedule regular times each week in which you can spend time in nature and see for yourself what a difference it can make.
Enjoy connecting with the beauty of nature and the natural sounds and you may even discover more about yourself.
‘Nature itself is the best physician’ – Hippocrates
Never let anyone tell you, you can’t do something Others may try to knock you down, To throw you out Or wear you down But its up to you No matter what To be the one Who keeps going To be the one; who keeps believing ♡
~ M. L Adams
Just a little inspiration for your goals this year. Life is a way of being, ensure you’re being what you want to be, and doing what you want to be doing 💗 Happy New Year 2021 💗
Life can be challenging at times and seem to be filled with setbacks especially in such recent times as some of us may have experienced.
What are some of the ways you can deal with such times effectively in order to overcome them?
The following is some of the ways I have found to be useful to apply in such times;
Take each day step by step-do what you can.
Set mini goals- nothing too big.
Check off those important things you’ve done and recognise your efforts.
Create a gratitude list- every morning and/or evening- list all the things you are grateful for.
Practice being present- be aware of your surroundings- focus in on the sights and sounds.
Find ways to channel your energy- exercise regularly and do what you enjoy.
Connect with others and support and encourage them too.
Spend time in nature.
Have faith- all things change and we always overcome.
All of the above are ways that you can manage in the here and now, as some difficulties can make it hard to look ahead. It is with the daily steps however that things always improve and you can overcome any setback.
Stay strong and focused ♡
‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.’ – Martin Luther King
The power of focus is one of the greatest powers we have and when we are aware, it can be directed towards that what is greatest for us.
Our attention is always directed somewhere, however we either choose to direct it where we want to, or it is directed for us. Wherever our attention is directed it is far greater if this is as much a concious choice as possible.
There are many possibilities in life and many perceptions and once we are aware of the power of focus we can have it work for us rather than against us. As what we focus towards is what we will see and experience.
From experiencing the ups and downs of directed and misdirected focus I’ve put together 5 top tips in applying the power of focus in your life. I hope you find them helpful and allow it to work some magic for you.
Focus on what you want – too often we can be led astray either by others, outside forces or our own undisciplined mind and begin to focus on things we do not want. Train your mind to focus on what you want and then you will experience more of this.
Discipline – We have to train our minds to get them to work for us. We can do this through various ways such as meditation, visualisation, affirmations and more. By doing this we are choosing to direct our mind rather than be easily influenced by outside forces.
Feeling – Our feelings are a great indicator of our dominant focus points. Observe how you feel and redirect your mind where needed and necessary.
Association – Those who we associate with have a powerful influence on our focus. Energy transfers, so choose your company wisely, be around those that you can be positively influenced by and where you can also have a positive influence.
Diet and exercise – what we put in to our bodies is as important as our minds. The exercise we do will also affect our focus as the body affects the mind and vice versa. Be mindful of both the food you take in and the exercise you do as this will either positively or negatively affect you, the states generated and subsequently the outcomes.
I hope you find the above tips useful especially as we are now approaching the end of lockdown and we can use this as a time to reset and refocus. Make sure it is you who is in charge of it 🙂