What I am trying to impress upon you is that there are swings in our lives, and the emotions that go along with the swings in any direction get affected. Our emotions are affected by the hormones, the central nervous system and the brain are the hub for the hormone releases. Many of our glands and organs also participate in the wondrous endocrine system too. How can we see the glass as half full, mentally, when the shit hits the fan?
Here is what I do:
I slow down my breathing. I inhale for 3, exhale for 6. Then I move on to 4 and 8, etc. It really does engage the rest and recovery system in the body, called the parasympathetic nervous system.
I go to nature for a walk. Fear seems to subside when I am in nature. The plants, animals, and air refresh my mind and body. The energy, sound waves, sights, and smells from the outdoor world do affect our mental well being.
I stretch. Whether a formal stretching class or a personal time for stretching is in your wheelhouse, just do it! Your body needs this component to complement the other movements we do in our lives. This will help us grow older with strength, flexibility, agility, and a sense of inner calm. We need this so much right now, in the time of uncertainty on so many levels.
Silence. Sitting with oneself in silence, even for a few minutes a day, will help us tune into our inner selves, and know we are okay. I focus on my inhales and exhales, observing the physical sensations on my upper lip, the moustache area.
I hope this has helped your journey!
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