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Restore, Repair & Rebalance

RESTORE, REPAIR & REBALANCE
ORGANS THAT WILL LOVE THIS DAY: YOUR WHOLE BODY!
YOU MAY FEEL BENEFITS TO: ACHES AND PAINS; ANXIETY AND TENSION; ENERGY LEVELS; BRAIN FOG

We are all familiar with the pressure to work hard! Messages urging us to try harder, work smarter, achieve more, are constantly present. What is less often aired is the need for rest to balance the activity. Think about your heart – it has a rest in between each beat! Without both the beat and the rest, you’d cease to function.

So, much as it benefits you to consider your activity levels, it’s also important to plan out your rest time. How best to care for yourself, giving your body the chance to restore, repair and recharge?

I’m going to recommend three things: Let go; Sleep better; Support your body.

LET GO…

Of obligations! OK, you can’t ditch all of them, particularly if you have dependent family or work responsibilities; but often we are putting time and effort into things that are not really necessary. A good clue to use is whether your heart plummets at the thought of the task ahead. If it does, step back and think about what might happen if you don’t do it – and try to be objective about whether that end result is really quite so terrible.

REAL LIFE

Mary (real person but not her real name!) ran several committees for clubs and groups. She hated every minute of this work, which was voluntary and took up heaps of her time; but she felt that she couldn’t give it up because no one else seemed keen to take over. Eventually an illness forced her to stop the work, and she realised that other solutions were found in her absence – and she sensibly didn’t go back to the drudgery!

What would you like to do, for you? Escape to a book, a walk, a mindfulness course? It’s easier to continue a habit than to initiate a change, so once you’ve made the first step, you’ll find the momentum is on your side. Guilt, as I’ve said previously, is not a good motivation. Find joy in saying no.

Social media can be great when the messages are positive and of interest but a constant stream of anger, confrontation and 24/7 coverage of developing news is a recipe for being on edge. Take the opportunity to relax, because no-one will be thanking you for the rage you feel after spending time on their social media feed. It’s your time, not theirs. Enjoy!

SLEEP BETTER

Good sleep is an essential cornerstone of health, both mental and physical – and we’ll be looking at this in more detail on Day 8. Poor sleep is a contributing factor to high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, low mood and anxiety. It also makes pain management harder and causes us to postpone seeing friends. Recently, sleep apnoea (where obstructed breathing disturbs sleep) has been linked to night time sweating, nocturia (needing a wee in the night) and atrial fibrillation (racing heart). Sleep apnoea needs to be assessed initially by night time monitoring, so discuss this with your doctor.

If you commit to being more active, as recommended earlier, you’ll need to allow the body to adapt and strengthen. It isn’t the activity that causes improvement, it’s the rest that follows, with good sleep helping your fitness to progress all the faster.

A question I always ask is ‘how often do you dream?’ because dreaming occurs in a very deep sleep state. If you’re not a dreamer, you’re perhaps not sleeping deeply enough.

SUPPORT YOUR BODY

Tiredness and frazzled nerves always benefit from rest, something typically in short supply. In the summer, we ‘rest’ by travelling for hours and hours and drinking lots of coffee. In the winter break, we ‘rest’ by frantically shopping, catering and getting stuck in traffic. If my advice to ‘Let go’ is a step too far this year, try some A.Vogel Balance Mineral Drink to help release energy and reduce tiredness and fatigue. I find the minerals within Balance Mineral Drink help me unwind after exercise, and lead to better sleep when my body is stressed.

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