Very often we discuss activities that you can do to help you stay fit, stay healthy, and stay on top of your wellness. We live in a world of constant do-ing. Now, since my interest is in your best possible health, I wanted to share how important it is to focus on your OWN stuff. Give yourself time to unwind, unplug, and un-do.
Yeah, I know you have to get ready for winter...
The folks over at Lifehacker have a great article about (and cool pictures!) the positive effects of meditiation, it's ability to focus you on your singular task, and to relax the brain. Yeah, it's like stretching for the synapses. You see, with stress and anxiety, the brain stays very active- kinda like mental push-ups. This does burn calories, but just as with regular exercise, using your brain should be within limits and get it some good rest.
There has even been some studies that chillaxing is one of the best ways to improve worker output and reduce health care costs. The Economist has a great piece on the mental market of 'mindfulness' and you can read the article here. There's thought of paying for people to just take a yoga class because it will cost insurers less money if employees are idle and relaxed.
A meditation block using a verse from Psalms
However, modern 'mindfulness' has become part of the quick fix self-help movement. It's important to understand that meditation has been used for centuries to focus people on their tasks and alleviate their stress. One of the best methods is to focus on an inspirational passage (like the one featured above). Focus on your OWN business, take charge of your life, and relax your brain. Your body will thank you.