This post is Part 2 of the previous post: "When It All Feels Too Much"
Add 2 more "Spirit Refreshers" to your daily routine and settle into an Oasis of Calm. Enjoy!
Let Nature Nurture:
No matter where you are, at home or work, going outside invokes a natural relaxation response. Step outside and turn your attention toward something in nature. This can be something small—a leaf, a flower, an insect— or large, like the landscape. Focus intentionally to truly see what is in front of you. Notice the details—colors, shapes, textures, smells. Studies indicate that people who take nature breaks throughout the day are less stressed, produce more, and use both the right and left hemispheres of their brain more effectively. Our relaxation response comes 50% more quickly when we are out-of-doors rather than if we stay inside. Knowing this, consider taking your coffee break or lunch hour outside; let Mother Nature nurture you on all levels.
Replenish your physical reserves by getting a drink. Health experts say we should be drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day. As the pace of our day increases, many of us literally forget to drink water. National statistics on the reported frequency of dehydration bear this out. If you are feeling sluggish, lightheaded (even dizzy), unable to focus, recall information or get a task completed, drink water. You may be dehydrated. Caffeinated beverages don’t count for water intake. In fact, their caffeine or sodium content depletes the body. Stick with water or juice to restore your energy.
Stay tuned! More techniques for Spiritual Restoration coming in a few days!
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