This is not the normal type of topic I write about in my blog posts, but I felt pulled to write on this topic today.
I’ve talked to friends, clients, and family this week who are feeling sad, overwhelmed, and uneasy about the world these days. Between Las Vegas, the hurricanes and their aftermath, and just the overall state of the world these days, it seems to be taking it’s toll on many of us.
Now, I’ll say this before digging in… at Barb’s Fit For Life I don’t get into politics or political debates on events in the world.
Instead, my intention today is to cover the aftermath of how many of us are feeling with the state of things right now.
From talking with friends, clients, and family this week, I know there’s a heightened anxiety for many of us in this country right now.
I’m feeling it too.
And this heightened anxiety can take it’s toll on us in ways we may not realize.
It may cause us to feel stress, or even feel reflective. It may make us hug our family tighter, or vent our anger and fears on social media.
We may even pray more, question more, and wonder why all of this is happening.
Most of all, it may make us feel unbalanced, stressed, and uneasy.
MINDSET, FITNESS, AND SELF CARE GO HAND-IN-HAND
You may be wondering… but this is a health and fitness blog, what does this have to do with health and fitness?
Our mindset and stress levels have EVERYTHING to do with good health.
When we feel stressed our hormones get out of wack. The stress hormone, cortisol, has a huge impact on health, and our emotional responses.
This week I’d like to share some of my favorite restorative activities to help us all feel more balanced and on track.
MY FAVORITE RESTORATIVE, SELF-CARE ACTIVITIES
1) Talk Therapy
You don’t need to go to traditional “therapy” to get the benefits of talking it out. Sharing your feelings, fears or frustrations with those close to you has multiple benefits. Talk with someone you care about today.
Donate money, give blood, whatever you feel you can best do to give back. This not only helps those in need, but it can help us too. Often we feel powerless, but coming together to help others in their time of need can make a change for the better and, in turn, is a method of self-care for us as we process these events.
3) Restorative Exercise
Leisure walking, yoga, breathing exercises, stretching, and more may not make a huge impact from a calorie-burning standpoint (which is why this method of exercise doesn’t often get the attention it deserves), but these types of exercises make a HUGE benefit from a hormonal and stress-reduction standpoint. They help us feel balanced and restored!
Both can be restorative and can help us feel more at ease and in touch with something greater than ourselves.
5) Get Away (Mentally and/or Physically)
Sometimes it just helps to “get away.” Whether it’s reading a book, going to the movies or even on a much-needed vacation, getting away is often what’s needed when we start to feel overwhelmed.
In addition, getting away may mean turning off the news for a bit or choosing to NOT read all the news stories you see all day. Yes, be engaged enough to know what’s happening, but listening to the same news story repeatedly may be a huge contributor to your stress.
6) You Time
Need some time alone? Sometimes we all need some time on our own to recharge. Especially if you are a fellow introvert like me. 🙂 Take some time to step away and be on your own when you need it.
7) Hobbies and Activities That Make You Feel Good
Do you have a hobby or activity you like to do on a regular basis? Maybe it’s writing, knitting, hiking, pottery, painting, sports, photography, or something else? Hobbies are a great way to get away, feel creative and reduce stress levels.
One of my clients took up pottery as a hobby, as is in the process of learning how to create beautiful bowls. Pottery and other hobbies are a great form of self-care. She was kind enough to let me share a photo of her latest projects with you!
One of my favorite hobbies is photographing the universe with my telescope. Here’s my recent picture of Saturn this week. Connecting with the universe in this way gives me a bit of a “cosmic perspective” and helps me feel connected with something greater than ourselves.
Do you have a self-care method you love not mentioned here? Or can you relate to the feelings in today’s message?
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p.s. If you do feel called to give this week, an organization I support is One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief. You can connect to their donation page here.