We're in the heart of winter across most of the US and it's down right cold up. My friends and clients in SoCal...I swear you live on another planet! As an avid athlete and runner, consecutive days of "feels like" -18F has led me to dig deep into other physical practices and workouts other than running and skiing, because bundling up isn't "cute" or fun anymore. When I do bundle up I feel like Mr. Stay Puft from Ghostbusters. It's literally a survival tool at these temps. It's sort of stressful.
Speaking of stress, I geeked out on a concept called "Active Rest" last year. Active rest is all about moving your body to encourage regulation and overall wellness: mind, body, heart and soul. Whether it's running, yin yoga, pilates, or whatever forms of movement and exercise you do, active rest help you have an active lifestyle, because you love to move...and it feels really good. Move because you love to move, and active rest inspires you to get out.
Active rest plays a major role in the wellness and wellbeing of your emotional body, as well as your physical body. If cold temps keep you from getting out of the door, think about what moving your body will do your overall wellbeing. For the emotional body, active rest nurtures the "heart" in these ways:
- It builds up your resilience (if you want to know more on building resilience read here).
- Shunts the chemicals in your body that feed stress and delivers more regulatory and relaxing hormones.
- Builds new pathways in your brain while you form new habits, also decreasing stress and anxiety.
- Helps you lose weight.
- Helps elongate shortened muscles (the ones you get from carrying babies and such).
- Increases your desire to be productive, creative, and enjoy your work.
- Allows you to live with more flow.
- Takes toxins that live in your soul body or cellular tissues and flushes them out two ways regularly: 1) through sweat and 2) impact or movement flushes out your lymph system allowing your organs to function properly, including your heart and brain.
- Reduces stress (I think I need to type this three or more times, because stress is one of the top factors that drive moms to anxiety attacks and panic disorders other than not eating enough food).
The emotional wellbeing of parents positively affects the way your children grow up and develop. A lot of us are well aware of this statement. However, when children ages 8-18 were asked if they had one wish for their parents, the overarching answer was for their parents to be less stressed. They know when you're stressed, guys, more than you might let on to believe.
Be active for your health, and also to grant your kids their one wish. Learn to regulate your stress and emotional system with active rest; and help calm your sympathetic nervous system (fight-or-flight, regulates heart rate and prepares body for action) and activate your parasympathetic nervous system (the one that activates ease and good vibes, as well as releases enzymes for healthy digestion).
So Mother Lovers, how are you going to regulate your emotional health with active rest this week? I want to hear from you, let me know in the comments.
I hope you have a beautiful and moving week in all your adventures. Sending you a big hug!