Need help relaxing or concentrating? Here are some ways to focus & recharge your batteries –
Meditation: Meditation is when you empty your mind of chatter, concerns, thoughts, noise for the purpose of relaxation, spiritual connection and/or development. Meditation can also be a deep concentration on just one object, idea, or thing or feeling with the intention for mental development, clarity, sense of inner balance, contemplation. Meditation is a time to just stop; to just be. Deep relaxation rejuvenates the body, calms the mind and reconnects the spirit for healing.
Pilates: Pilates is a conditioning exercise program that improves muscle control, flexibility, coordination, alignment, strength, balance, tone and even breathing. It is often used for rehabilitation in hospitals and clinics, for athletic training, in dance studios, as well as, health clubs for overall core conditioning workouts. Pilates is a great because it is a non-high impact exercise that works on the body while being gentle on joints and helps release tension.
Play: Most people are so overworked, overstressed and over scheduled, they have lost all the spice and juice of living a playful and passionate life. You should rediscover the things that give you authentic pleasure. Find time for the things you love. Use play time as a way to rejuvenate and reenergize your authentic soul.
Positive Thinking: This is the process of intentionally directing your thoughts to positive things. Psychologist estimate that the average person has about 60,000 thoughts per day but it’s estimated that approximately 95% of those thoughts are repetitive and 80% of those thoughts are negative. You can’t control every thought that goes through your mind, but you are to hold yourself accountable for the thoughts you allow to wallow and take up residence in your mind. You have to make a conscious effort to cancel out and eliminate the negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts that propel you forward and make you feel positive.
Prayer: Prayer is the practice of communing with God, who is our creator. Prayer is your spiritual connection to Him. You can engage in prayer anywhere, anytime & God is always listening.
Religion: For some religion involves a physical place such as a church or a synagogue. For others, they may choose to worship in their hearts, choosing a spiritual connection over a formalized religion. Whichever you choose, it’s important to establish a connection to develop your faith.
Self-help Books: There is a plethora of self-help books, personal growth, and inspirational books that are very helpful. If you can learn even 1 new idea, technology or method to improve your life, then it was worth it.
Self-help Tapes/CD’s: You can buy self-help tapes/CDs for every possible phobia, problem, illness, challenge etc. These tapes/CDs reinforce and inform you of possible solutions, techniques, methods of improving in any area you seek advice. Auditory reinforcement is a great way to transform your limiting beliefs. You can also create tapes in your own voice (you can use a classical or soothing musical background). Listening in your own voice adds an extra dimension of intensity, urgency and creditability. It is also a low cost-effective alternative to store bought tapes/CDs. Also, when it is your own voice that you are continually hearing, the voice-recognition aspect of listening to your own voice makes it more natural, credible, and acceptable to process and assimilate.
Spiritual Retreats: A retreat is a great way to get away from the daily chronicles of irritation and noise pollution you are exposed to. Spiritual retreats are a mini sanctuary for the soul to recoup and regroup. It is a great way to get reconnected with the essence of who you are and with nature.
Tai Chi: Tai Chi is a Taoist martial art form of meditation that is done in movement. It uses mental concentration, breathing, and a series of slow, fluid, graceful body movements. Tai Chi can be practiced for meditation and health. Some of the meditative and health benefits include relaxing and deepening breathing, quieting the mind, aid in digestion, regulating the heart, muscular, neurological, glandular and organic functions. It is an overall graceful, enriching, harmonious, and meditative way to nourish the mind, body and spirit.
Visualization: Is a powerful subconscious technique, where you create vivid positive mental picture of a desired outcome in order to manifest it in the material world. The more it evokes the senses, stimulates the imagination, and the richer and more vivid it is; the better. Visualization is about faithfully holding a vivid, positive mental picture of what you want with the wholehearted expectation that it is being manifested, even as you are visualizing it. Visualization ideally should be done while in a relaxed manner, performed regularly, with lots of emotional intensity, and with the expectation and belief that it is being manifested.
Yoga: Yoga is a series of exercises that encompasses breathing exercises, poses, body movements, the lifting and manipulations of internal organs, the locking of body orifices, and cleansing techniques. It has many emotional, physiological, mental and spiritual benefits. Yoga is a great way to strengthen and stretch the body while improving mastery over your mind and body to alter your state of consciousness. Yoga facilitates the alignment and unity of the mind, body, and spirit.