Are you stressed or exhausted or do you have the feeling that there are simply not enough hours in the day? Your body is probably trying to slow you down for even a few minutes. Experts say that taking time for reflection creates an environment to balance the mind, body and spirit.

How to balance the mind, body and spirit

Establishing a healthy dialogue with our thoughts helps us move from imbalance to balance. And when we are in an optimal state of dynamic balance, we naturally tend to listen to our bodies calmly and make decisions that support balance, happiness and well-being. The following tips will help you create a positive feedback loop and create a balance of mind, body, and spirit.

Take 15 minutes a day to be calm and at peace

  • Get up before the rest of the family in the house or stay awake until the end of the day, when everyone is asleep.
  • Sit near a window or in the kitchen with a cup of tea or a suitable infusion to your liking , in a recliner just before going to bed.
  • Release emotional toxins. Many of us harbor emotional toxicity in the form of raw anger, hurt, or disappointment. This unprocessed residue from the past contributes to toxicity in our body and must be removed. You can start by asking yourself, “What am I holding from the past that no longer serves me in the present?”
  • Go for a walk alone or with someone you trust, at lunchtime or sometime during the day or afternoon / evening. But if it’s a busy day, maybe find a quiet corner where you can close your eyes and visualize the serenity in your life.
  • Performing controlled breathing exercises brings the most important and free benefits that life can give you.
  • Move your body. Participate in daily exercise. Regular exercise offers incredible benefits for your body and mind. Drs. William Evans and Irwin Rosenberg of Tufts University have documented the powerful effect of exercise on many of the biomarkers of aging, including muscle mass, strength, aerobic capacity, bone density, and cholesterol.
  • Take time for a good night’s sleep. Restful sleep is the essential key to health and vital energy. When you are well rested, you can approach stressful situations more calmly, but sleep is so often neglected or undervalued.
  • Cultivate loving relationships. Research shows that a good social support network has numerous benefits for physical and mental health. You can avoid feeling lonely, isolated or inadequate, you feel good about yourself and you can deal with stress better.
  • Enjoy a good laugh at least once a day . From a scientific point of view, laughter is an elegant mind-body phenomenon that reduces the production of stress hormones and stimulates the immune system . Researchers in Japan found that people with rheumatoid arthritis who watched a comic story experienced a significant decrease in their pain and stress hormone levels, and an improvement in their immune system response.

Once you’ve found your “holy” place or activity, relax. Enjoying the sights and sounds around you as you relax and embrace the silence. If you find that you need something to focus on, focus on the rhythm of your breathing. Try to forget your surroundings and your body, mind and spirit will be balanced, while putting stress aside.

This can be difficult for some people. Be patient with yourself and keep practicing. This technique has a way of cleaning and relaxing that will make you be more in contact with your mind, creating the necessary space and balance in your world.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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