Typically when we celebrate the New Year, were excited for the new beginning and typically most of us at least make one resolution to ourselves to be our best selves. It could be weight loss, bucket list items, find love, exercise more, eat less, work more/less, typically these resolutions fail, and with a few week or months we are back to our old habits.
This year let’s make all make the resolution to promote restoration to our current lives, implementing small and manageable changes that impact your overall health and well-being. Tending and maintaining our nervous system is how I can help you, here are some tips that can assist in living up to our true and best selves.
When you think of restoration, you think of restoring or bringing back to life.
All of those paint a wonderful picture as to what goes on in your body every minute of every day.
Your body is a house under constant construction from the top of your head to the tip of your nose… 24-7-365. Always renovating and repairing itself. We cannot see the constant buzz of healing and reorganization. We cannot see the enzymes, hormones, cells, antibodies that are in constant motion. These chemicals (and that is what your body is, a beaker full of simultaneous chemical reactions)… cleaning up dead and debris cells. They are always cleaning up and laying down new cells. Out with the old and in with the new. This continuous action is under direct control of the nerve system. As a chiropractor we are in the restoration business. The nerve system is the master system. The master FOREMAN on the job, director of all healing at all times. It never sleeps. Healing in your body is directly related to how well your nerve system is able to communicate and direct the component parts to do their job. Connection = Power = Restoration When there is interference in your nerve system; the messages of healing are diminished and reduced. We still heal and function… but not at the highest level.
For us to express life, healing and restoration at the highest level we have to be connected to the power within.
This power is accessible to us all! It is within each of us! We are amazing beings with huge potential.
Here are keys to full and complete daily restoration:
1. Sleep – Wonderful sleep is a full restorer. Early to bed, early to rise is a proverb that has a lot of merit. A tip is to set your timer to go to bed 30 minutes earlier than you normally do. In the bed room have no technology or TV. This will allow a blissful and restorative rest. A good night’s sleep is very important for a healthy body and mind.
2. Journaling – Find a beautiful book to put your daily thoughts in. Journaling allows us to connect to our inner self. Promoting self-awareness, gratitude, creativity and goal setting, organizing your day/week/month. Journaling restores our thoughts to those of healing, growth, repair and action.
3. Meditation – Meditation does not have to been done cross legged on the floor, it could be done lying down in Shavasana (yoga corps pose) whichever way that is most comfortable for you, though you don’t want to fall asleep! Meditation is suggested to be done at the same time every day. 10 minutes in the morning of blissful reconnection. What a great way to start your morning routine! Quiet your mind, focus on your breath. No Technology. Bring awareness to your thoughts that come in, acknowledge the thought, and allow them to pass by, focus on your breath. Meditation is proven to have many positive impacts on our health, emotions, healing, immune system, stress reduction. It is also a great example for the loved ones around you, to see what great time and care you put into yourself so you can be good to those around you.
4. Daily exercise – Restoration of our body comes to us through movement. Did you know that not moving a joint for 24 hours cause break down of the muscles, and 48 hours bone degeneration starts to develop. This is why movement to sore joints and bones is vital for life! Movement of any kind; It can be anything from yoga, to high intensity workouts, Whatever feels good to you to keep that body moving that circulates positive chemicals and reduce inflammation? All you need is Thirty minutes per day for a great start. This can be walking to and from work, taking the stairs not the elevator, a walk with the kids, throwing the ball around at the park! Being mindful of daily activity of any sort and make attainable goals in order to be active for life! There is no limit as to how you can get the body moving.
5. Be Mindful of Your Thoughts – As we restore every day we are affected and often driven by our minds and feelings. When we keep our minds and thoughts positive, we continually feed the body healthy patterns. Imagine what happens to our bodies when we focus on the negative. The body receives vibration from our thoughts. When you think positive your body restores with new healthier cells. When we find ourselves in negative mindset or thoughts it is important to acknowledge to thought and choose not to own or continue that thought process in order to protect your mind of the damage of negativity. Keeping a log of our thoughts and feelings is a good idea.
6. Start each day new – Closing the book on the day that was and opening a new chapter for the next day is a great way to restore our body and mind. Holding on to the past or worrying about the future holds tension, resentment and anger. These feelings do not add to the body. When we release old negative habits and feelings and transform them to feeling of care, compassion and appreciation we literally begin again. Starting the day with a daily affirmation and setting intention for the day, even if it is to make today better than yesterday, small changes such as this, can bring great change to our lives.
7. Drink more water – did you know you can save yourself 200 calories a day by drinking a glass of water before you reach for a snack? Water isn’t just delicious; it is vital for life! Infused water is one of the easiest ways to get more nutrients without even really trying. Seriously, all you have to do is dump fruit in a pitcher and add water, and enjoy! We all know how water is vital for life, mixing it up and exploring new flavors with health and beauty boosting properties of commonly used ingredients like lemon, berries and ginger.
8. Add ‘life’ to your environment – Did you know that having house plants in your house can have a positive effect on your overall health? So a natural way to ensure a better quality of sleep is to fill your home with beautiful flowers and plants. House plants will not only improve your sleep, but also will help with the overall health.
9. Restorative Yoga – Making time for you on a daily basis can be as easy as laying down. Restorative yoga Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative class, or practice at home, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in a session. It is a completely different experience than most contemporary yoga, as you use supports to support your body and promotes restoration. This time that you take for yourself you can find to be very rejuvenating and may see other benefits in your life do to this daily/weekly practice.
Finding balance in our lives and ensuring all of our needs are met such as healthy minds, bodies, hearts and nervous systems. It is important to a healthy life to be well adjusted, supported, and striving to be the best you, you can be. New Years is not about changing one big piece of the puzzle, it’s about striving to find balance. Follow us on Facebook for tips and links to finding your favorite tips.
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