How to give your mind and body the love it deserves


The endless loop of work, sleep, and more work is easy to get caught up in. Your body cries in outrage after a while and demands that you pay heed to its needs. There’s some rest your body and mind deserve. Its fine to “take days off” in your search for hyper-visibility and general awakening with that in mind. But that doesn’t mean that you have to take a break from the solid foundation you’ve developed for self-love. Without the fear of feeling frustrated, challenged, or tired, there are a million little ways of giving your body some affection.

Here are few safe and subtle ways to make your daily schedule a bit more self-loving:

Incorporate yoga into your life: Yoga teaches us a healthy life to lead. This stimulates imagination, focus and sharpens our memory. Our mental wellbeing decreases in the hustle and bustle of modern life. Yoga, however, avoids the condition and increases endurance, the strength of the muscles and mental health.

A study found that practising yoga enhances memory and IQ on a regular basis. Our concentration and attention are disrupted by our modern lifestyle every day, such as computers, mobile phones, TV and social media. It improves response time and teamwork. Constant breathing exercises lead to relaxation.

It lowers blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. It plays a major role in improving the body. It also helps to keep the body flexible. Our lives are becoming more manageable through yoga. This enhances the posture of the joints of the knee, hip joints and bones of the thigh.

Therefore, practise yoga on a daily basis in your modern lifestyle to maximise your physical and mental health. It can help to relieve physical and mental stress.

Quick meditation in the morning: Every morning, a fast five or ten-minute meditation will help to calm your mind for the busy day ahead. Before you start making plans for the day, take a few moments to relax. Think of all the things for which you are grateful and give yourself some good inspiration.

Meditation’s psychological effects are far-reaching and the longer you practise, the more advantages you feel. Advantages include:

  • Improved skill and memory for learning;
  • Improved concentration and focus;
  • Higher trust in personal ability;
  • Heightened productivity;
  • Enhanced mood and stability of emotions;
  • Anxiety and stress decreased;
  • Decreased anger;
  • Increased happiness

As well as the many psychological benefits, a surprising number of physical benefits are also observed, such as:

  • Physical stress decreased;
  • Lower blood pressure;
  • Immune System Reinforced;
  • Slowing of the mechanism of ageing;
  • A higher level of energy;
  • Enhanced quality of sleep;

Decreased brain activity associated with psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and Alzheimer’s disease; and decreased brain activity associated with clinical disorders such as:

Reduced physical signs of stress and anxiety, such as issues with digestion, sleep, headaches or tension in the muscles.

Maintain a journal and read more: A therapeutic practice is writing. You can compose your feelings, fears, appreciation, or something else comes to mind in just a few minutes. Before you go to sleep, keep the journal near your bed and make a habit of writing a few paragraphs or even phrases every night.

Once in a while, we all need to escape from the pressing concerns of fact. Get away from your computer and pick up a book in your favourite genre or a hobby magazine on your next lunch break. Reading is a calming experience that allows us to avoid our life’s stresses.

Indulge in skincare: The skin protects the body against the many viruses and bacteria to which you are exposed every day. It also protects you from the rays of the sun, especially ultraviolet rays that can harm cells. When exposed to the sun, healthy skin absorbs vitamin D, and for many body functions, vitamin D is necessary. Because your skin plays such an important role in protecting your body, you should keep it as healthy as you can.

These daily activities will minimise issues with skin health:

Drink plenty of water: Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. It will take a toll on your skin the moment you are dehydrated, causing it to look rusty, flaky, saggy and loose.

Keeping skin healthy: To have the vitamins and minerals your skin requires, follow a balanced diet. For the best results, stick with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.

Opt for Clean Beauty Products: Any product that is non-toxic is termed as clean. It is safe for you and the environment. Opt for brands like be minimalist which has products free from toxic ingredients like parabens, fragrances, etc, and which target all skincare issues in a highly efficient and affordable way. They focus on transparency so you know exactly what you’re getting. Forest Essentials is another brand which targets your everyday skin issues with its all-natural products derived from plant extracts. They are also clean and free from harmful chemicals.

Unplug from technology and schedule time for yourself: After waking up, people prefer to pick up their phone first thing. Work starts then. Checking the email leads to answering the email, and it’s time to get up and get ready for work before you know it. Until you have given yourself time to prepare for the day, leave the electronics alone. Make time for breakfast and save the email for the end of your morning routine (the most important meal of the day).

We usually don’t plan time for ourselves as we fill out our schedules for the day. We recall important calls, meetings, and deadlines for conferences. You will start filling out the time blocks of your regular calendar schedule for yourself next time. Schedule time for some exercise in the morning. Schedule some time to see friends in the evening.

Your most important assets are your body and mind. They both need to be kept in good shape to get through each day. By doing any of the activities listed above, remember to give yourself a tune-up every day. Schedule time for yourself and you will be thanked by your mind and body.

 -Ananya Singh

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