You've had those days, right? Your mind is in a frenzy, you're stressed, and maybe you feel overwhelmed. Guess what, so are millions of other people around you. The stress monster lurks in the shadows of millions of lives, often with devastating consequences.
Stress affects the mind in sinister ways that generally result in mental health issues like mood swings, anxiety, depression, memory loss, and loss of motivation. If left untreated, the little gremlin can even affect our physical well-being affecting our heart, blood, brain, and muscles.
Yes, looks like the little demon wreaks havoc on many lives. The good news is that there is a sure fire way to not only stop the pest, but to totally short circuit its power over us.
Here's the deal.
First, you need to make sure that you're eating right, and not just the right food, which you should, but also, the right number of meals and in the right quantities. Everyone is a little different so you'll be the best person to determine the frequency and quantity of your meals. As to the quality, there very little debate about that. A whole organic diet void of processed foods, sugars, and chemicals has the best effect on the body.
Next, you need to look any personal issues that might open the door to that pesky stress creature. Once you identify any situation face it head on. Deal with it. Ask yourself, what is the worst that can happen? Don't exaggerate the answer, be realistic, and begin to view alternate answers. You'd be surprised at how many ways there are to look at things. This technique can also trigger your mind to come up with solutions. Subconsciously, your mind will also go to work on the issue. Who knows, maybe in a week or two things will become resolved.
Ideally, you want to be at peace with anything. After all, there only a few things we can control in life, the rest we just have to accept in Christ Jesus, then just be at peace.
Okay with the basics out of the way, let's get down to business...
The Perfect Balance To A Healthy Mind and Body
You need to exercise both your mind and body, and each compliments the other. When God created you He created you as a whole and complete person. So we must focus on the entire package, mind and body.
If you exercise regularly, you'll be the first to admit that missing a few days will cause to feel "down". That's because there are many biological processes that stimulate a domino effect of good chemistry in the body - namely endorphins and endocannabinoids.
These tiny molecules are produce by our brain during a rigorous workout like running or aerobic exercise. According to licensed psychotherapist Mariel Diaz, mental health benefits from the release of this neurochemistry improve mood, memory, and concentration while reducing pain. And the collateral effect is less physical pain, less stress, good cardiovascular health, stronger bones and muscles, and positive weight management.
These naturally occurring "feel good" chemistry in the body goes far beyond just making us feel good. Yes sir. They actually have an effect on how we think and feel. The importance of these little bits of sunshine have even garnered the attention of the National Institutes of Health.
So a physical exercise regimen is important to your mental health. Once you find a rhythm in your activity, stick to it. The best way to stick to a daily exercise discipline is to incorporate a variety of workouts. One day it could be walking a few miles, another jogging, another weight training, another yoga or tai chi. Your body was designed to benefits the most from a multitude of physical activities. So mix it up.
And the perfect adjunct to any physical training is meditation.
Once your brain and body are shiny and clean from your workouts and good diet, you're ready to pursue the perfect healthy balance.
For the faithful, Christian meditation is the way of releasing stress, gaining clarity, and practicing devotional prayer. But there's more. Christian mediation helps the cognitive process of the brain, normalizes heart rate, stabilizes blood pressure, changes mood, and fights the mind gremlins.
Incorporate 15 to 20 minutes of Christian meditation into your routine and you can optimize mind and body health. The best thing about the practice is an ever deepening relationship with God and others based on love, kindness, compassion, and peace. Need I say more?
Well, time to get started. Whatever goals you set for yourself you're sure to discover how transformative these new habits really. Test, asses, learn, and refine. Soon you'll be a temple that shines brilliantly with God's love and peace. Amen.