By Elise Wark, LoSoCal Guest Blogger
If you look up the word vitality in the dictionary, you’ll see the following definition: the state of being strong & active, having energy, life, vibrancy, passion and drive. Sounds like something we could all use more of in life, right?
Increasing your vitality in life may be the secret to living a more connected, successful and meaningful life. Yet how do you get there? Where do you even start? Building a life full of vitality doesn’t have to add to your stress or overwhelm, interrupt your already busy schedule, take hours out of your day or even require you to necessarily DO more!
Today, I’m sharing 5 simple, yet effective, tips that you can begin implementing into your life TODAY to increase your own vitality. Because you DO already possess the innate ability to heal yourself, you DESERVE to live a life full of vitality and you CAN start today!
Tip #1: Get grounded
We live in sunny SoCal where the vitamin D flows free and the beach is our backyard. So get outside! Take a few moments to your shoes off and place your bare feet in the grass and feel the sensations within your body: you’ll probably notice an immediate shift from stress to relaxation. This concept is called grounding and is now scientifically proven to shift your nervous system into a relaxed state simply by sharing the Earth’s energetic vibrations!
Tip #2: Move your joints
Your joints are the foundation of your entire body, where bones, muscles & tissue connect & where all movement is initiated. Your joints are what allow you to walk, run, sit, jump, bend over, stand up, lie down, get up out of bed; ANYTHING you do requires a (healthy) joint to initiate that movement. When you have healthy, strong joints, you live in less physical pain, you’re able to get out of bed in the morning with no pain or stiffness, you are able to sit at your desk all day with less discomfort. You get an almost instant boost in your physical vitality simply by improving your joint health!
Tip #3: Learn how to breathe
Have you ever watched your breath throughout the day? Most of the day, especially when you’re stressed & overwhelmed, you’ll notice that your breath is caught in your chest through short, sharp inhales & exhales. For an instant release, press the breath down into the belly, allowing only the belly to expand on an inhale and fall on your exhale. You’ll notice an instant calming effect because you’re getting more oxygen in with each breath. For a deeper experience, keep the breath in the belly and count to 3 on an inhale (belly expands) and extend to a 6 count on the exhale (belly falls). This will instantly reboot the nervous system out of fight or flight mode and into it’s resting state.
Tip #4: Relax Your Nervous System
Your nervous system is the communication highway that connects your body and mind and carries signals back and forth. Because we live in world full of stress, work, obligations, responsibilities, etc our nervous system is constantly on overdrive. In order for your body and mind to heal, the nervous system must be in a resting state (parasympathetic mode). Here are a couple simple ways to reset your nervous system: get grounded and breathe (see above examples), go for a walk & focus on the sensations within your body instead of the thoughts in your mind. Or finally, practice mindfulness throughout your day (perhaps on your walk or just sitting silently). Take a moment to simply observe the thoughts that are coming up; try not to judge them or analyze them. Instead ask yourself “are these thoughts serving me? Can they be released?” Once you step outside of your thoughts, you can then replenish your mind with spaciousness, deeper intellect, creativity and even peace.
Tip #5: Lean into your emotions
Emotions are simply energy in motion and always show up to serve a purpose. Emotions are created by thoughts and just want to be tended to and acknowledged. When an emotion gets suppressed or ignored, it gets stored in the body and at some point (whether immediately or over time) will manifest itself physically, whether through pain, tension or tight muscles, illness or simply by an overreaction. So the next time, you get a flood of feeling or sensation in your body, chest or stomach (as an emotion is coming up), I challenge you to actually lean into the emotion (instead of turning away from it). Ask the emotion why it’s there, allow it to flow through your body, observe it, make friends with it even. You may be surprised at how quickly that emotion dissipates once it’s acknowledged or even what it’s there to teach you.
Cheers to your vitality, friends!
For more information on these vitality practices, email Elise directly at email@example.com or sign up for her free 5-day online course (www.illuminatemovement.com).
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Hello, my name is Karen Vazquez. I have lived in Southern California for over thirty years. I realized about four years ago that it was time for me to give back to this wonderful community by supporting local SoCal businesses, performers, restaurants, spas, boutiques, fitness studios, farmers markets and more. My support shines through here by highlighting these fabulous local SoCal spots. You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter, PInterest and LinkedIn. I will be featuring many local destinations in the area that have been my personal favorites for years and am currently recruiting guest bloggers to expand the voice of LoSoCal. I have had guest bloggers in the past, but aim to incorporate local SoCal bloggers on a regular basis as a fun, creative and collaborative way to connect with the community here. Essentially, LoSoCal is a community blog, and it is meant to be resource to locals in this area and visitors from around the world. Please like or follow LoSoCal on the social media business pages and tell your contacts about the blog. Thanks for stopping by...
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