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Working on the Mind and Body

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yesterday I blogged on Perspective. Today I thought I would talk about why I need to work on my "mind" as well as my body. Believe it or not, it always helps with my Perspective when I do this!

This time of the year is always VERY difficult for me! First of all I HATE cold weather! The hotter and more humid the better I feel. Secondly, the lack of sun can just spiral me into a deep depression! Been there, done that! Of course, this state of mind wreaks havoc with my Perspective on even then littlest things in my life!

In additon to my seasonal issues, a few years ago I had some personal issues that were making me miserable and I knew I could not change the issues around me but could work on changing how I deal with the issues so I started to see a counselor. The issues that I had that drove me to seek her guidance has resolved but I keep seeing her! I need to continue to keep the mind healthy so the body can thrive. Just think what could happen if I let the seasonal depression get to me...I would eat more, exercise less and gain weight. My BP would not be perfect and my cholesterol could go up...what good am I doing my body?

Just last week I had a visit with my physician. I went to see him for several different reasons, none serious. I had ended up getting sick right before I went to see him and he checked me for my illness. It only ended up being a viral infection that did clear up in a couple of days but when I asked him about my scheduled session with the personal trainer the next day he told me to cancel the sessions. I then asked him if he thought going to my yoga class would be okay and he said, and I quote: " Absolutely, yoga will not only help with streching the muscles and reducing the aches but it will also work on the mind, which in turn will help heal your body more quickly". Wow...

Now lets talk about yoga. Me and yoga, who would have thought? I used to think that only very limber flexible people could do yoga and also thought that there was really no benefit to this form of exercise. If I was going to work out I was going to bang it out on a treadmill or lift some weights! Well, I was sure fooled. Yoga can be a hard physical workout depending on what you put into it! But the real benefits I have seen are that it has helped me get in tune with my body, better know my limitations and it has even allowed me to find things about my body that I did not know I could do! In addition to all that, it really works on allowing me to take 90 minutes out of my week to just turn my brain off and let it be still. The peace that I feel when I get out of the class is amazing, and then I go to the gym and my body can do so many more things that it could have done if I had ended up at the gym as soon as I jumped out of bed!

Just one last thought, I used to think it was selfish to take so much time for me...but I know that because I do take this time I am a better person, I can give more to those around me and I am happy which rubs off on others!!
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