How to Make the Most of New Freedoms
By Sandy Schroeder
Right now most of us are thankful that we can move ahead with more activity and new freedoms. Now it may just be a question of what to do first.
Many health researchers are suggesting a three-pronged approach for everyone. Shed stress as you go. Stay active and look for new avenues.
If you can relate, you may have a lot of pent-up stress that you need to release. Here are a few ways to let all of that tension go.
Shed Stress as You Go
Try a new activity each week - Talk with family and friends and start planning some weekend excursions. Short drives, all-day biking, camping and wilderness hikes could work to get everyone going. Or learn a new sport with your child and spend some time practicing during the week.
Stand up and move - If you and your family have fallen into a groove of sitting all day and then landing on the couch in the evening, it's time to try some new things.
Let in some laughter - Break out your favorite funny movies and pass the popcorn. Laughter relaxes the body and lifts the spirit.
Use your breath to regroup - Whenever you feel sad or anxious, step away and find a quiet spot. Close your eyes, sit quietly and breathe deeply concentrating on your breath. As you inhale and exhale, all of that tension can drop back.
Turn up the tunes - Keep your favorite guitar, jazz or songs playing to set the mood and lift your spirit.
Get outside - Early in the morning, after lunch or later in the evening, short walks with your dog and your kids will put everything into a more positive perspective.
Stay as Active as Possible
Stay active and enjoy the difference - Researchers tell us staying active may be one of the most important habits that we can and should establish. Think about your day and pick natural spots to get outside and get moving. When your activities feel as natural as brushing your teeth, you may have won the battle. Making exercise a natural part of every day will pay off with lower weight, lower blood pressure, more energy and better moods.
- Do early morning runs
- Add stretches to your workday with hourly breaks
- Try a new yoga or tai chi class
- Bike more and drive less
- Always use the stairs
- Making walking a daily must
- Join an active group that hikes or bikes
- Find a workout buddy for support
- Get your kids involved and help them practice
- Volunteer to help with your kids' soccer or basketball games.
The more activities you generate, the more ways you will find to stay active.
Look for New Avenues
As things keep improving it may be time to spot opportunities with key questions. Are there people who need your help? Is your family ready for all of the changes? What can you do to make the most of the new freedoms?
Whatever you do, it is sure to pay off. Enjoy.
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