Monday, October 10, 2011

Mind-Body Connection

I've been struggling lately with low energy levels.  Caffeine is a temporary fix, but I wonder what the cause is, what I can do to change things.  As much as it seems to be a physical issue, I feel like there is something deeper--something mental or emotional or maybe even spiritual--that holds the answer I need.

My mom sent an article to me and my sisters about five things that can contribute to a shortened attention span.  The reasons include a mix of physical, mental and environmental causes for loss of focus.

- Technology overload
- Lack of sleep
- Poor job satisfaction
- Too much stress
- Too little exercise

But in reading through the five items, I also realized these can cause more than concentration problems.  Just like during my yoga practice, the mental and the physical of everyday life are closely linked.  This strong mind-body connection means things that affect our minds also have an impact on our bodies--influencing energy levels, digestion, weight, and a whole lot of other physical aspects.

If I want to boost my energy levels (and I'll admit, lose some of the weight I have gradually gained over the past year), I can address those things that influence my mind--and in turn, I'll be able to make changes to my body. 

- I can power down and not be connected to the computer, my cell phone, and everything else electronic 24/7.
- I can go to bed at a reasonable time and do my best to sleep through the night (another problem I've been having!).
- I can focus on the positive during my workday and savor my accomplishments, big and small. 
- I can stay calm and make time to relax and rejuvenate.
- I can incorporate more exercise into my routine through regular yoga and walking.

More focus, more energy--and maybe even a little less weight--would be a wonderful result.

Oh, and let's not forget to stop and smell the roses from time to time...

Thanks, Scott, for this sweet surprise... pink roses to celebrate 16 months of marriage!


7 comments:

  1. Scott is so thoughtful!! You CAN do it! Love you!

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  2. You sound like me! Glad I'm not alone. These tips are great - the kind that I know, but I need to be reminded of once in awhile. ;)

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