Blog posts of '2020' 'May'

Mindful relaxation!

Now more than ever, health is at the forefront of everyone's mind. Many Doctors are encouraged to stay home, wash hands often, and to keep active.
All are very doable, mostly when practicing mindfulness. When practicing mindfulness, it becomes habitual to your daily routine.

Why, mindfulness? It may take some work with some individuals and come easy for others. Mindfulness is all about clear thinking, positive growth, observing through an open, nonjudgemental mind, and being aware of yourself and others around you.

Take a moment in your new routine to take a deep breath, calm your body, starting from your toes, gradually go up to your scalp and 1 muscle area at a time. Be sure you are comfortable in a chair. Slowly take in a deep breath down to the bottom of the lungs through your nose and exhale through your mouth slowly as well. Each time you breathe in, start with toes, then, legs, torso, chest, then shoulders. Relax your lower extremities first, helps feel lighter as you progress upward. As tension releases, you can also aim at specific areas, like your forearm from typing, fingers pounding the keyboard, and shoulders rising holding tensing from the striking of the keys. Each focus area, release the tension by peacefully clearing your mind of stress or tension. Need more focused areas, then focus on your head, your neck, cheeks, eyes, forehead, then lastly, the scalp. 

Now that your muscles are relaxed, go workout, and start your day with vigor!