Unmanaged stress is a huge driver for a multitude of symptoms, as well as, chronic disease. The culture we live in is a constant barrage of stress from the time we open our eyes every day. Your lifestyle choices are wildly important to have the ability to manage your stress. From nursing your body with nutrient rich food, moving your body in a life-giving way, and getting adequate sleep. Each of these works to create balance, strength, and health in your body. It is also extremely important to incorporate daily practices that put your body and your mind in position to manage the daily stresses of life so that you can thrive through stress instead of just survive.
This week, try to create a “Zen Morning Practice”. What this looks like is 15-20 minutes of intentional time where you are preparing your heart, mind, and body for the day. This may include any combination of:
- Movement such as a short walk or restorative yoga practice
- Deep Breathing. Make your exhales longer than your inhales.
- Meditation, the Calm and Head Space app are great options to use.
- Gratitude Journaling
Over the last few years, I have found such value in my “Zen Morning Practice”. It changes depending on my “season”, but regardless of what I am doing, having 15-20 minutes of intention daily has proved to be very helpful with regards to my patience and tolerance of myself and my family. Currently, I am alternating daily between 15 minutes of yoga and a Bible study I am doing through my church. Following my practice, I feel energized and ready to start my day!
By Gene Blake, NP