One of the most important things we can do to take care of ourselves, and in turn others, is to mentally “unpack”. Humans get jammed up with the everyday tasks, to do lists, problems and whatever else is taking up space in our heads. In order to function with clarity and walk with more confidence and grace we need to unwind and clear our heads.
Meditation is a wonderful way of doing this. I heard someone recently compare it to when you delete items from your phone or computer and it starts running a lot faster. A brilliant analogy. But, there are many other ways to accomplish this that you may find more effective. I am not that good at mediation. I try to do it for a 10 minutes (even 2 minutes makes a difference) each night but sometimes that doesn’t happen or I just can’t seem to relax enough to get into the zone.
Here are some other ways you can “mentally unpack” that might be helpful:
- Yoga. Focusing on different poses and breath work help to get your mind focused.
- Read a good novel. This is fairly simple, but getting your mind hooked on an intriguing story can make you forget about life’s problems.
- Acupuncture. Many people I’ve spoken to who have trouble with meditation find acupuncture to be a great alternative.
- Cooking. Find a recipe that you’ve never tried before and throw yourself into the process of making it.
- Exercise. My tried and true method, when all else fails getting in a good workout always makes me feel better about the world.
I’m happy to announce that I will be partnering with nutrition specialist, Lisa Caldwell, to help give you the best nutrition advice possible during our 8 to Great challenge. She’s here to help answer any questions you have about how you can eat healthier. So please send along any questions you have to Hilary@ugobabyfitness.com or you can of course reach me on Insta, twitter and FB @ugobabyfitness.
Here’s more about Lisa…
Lisa Caldwell has been in love with food, cooking and nutrition since she can remember.
Her desire to perform at an optimum level in all of her athletic endeavors started when she was young, leading her to study food and nutrition on her own. She obtained a B. S. in Human Foods and Nutrition from the University of Maine, Orono, ME. She explored the culinary world and rose to the rank of Executive Pastry Chef at Resorts and Hotels. Due to these experiences and years spent traveling for the sake of food, she now works as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market and within the Greater Boston Area.
Her primary objective is Nutrition Education and has partnered with the likes of Massachusetts Hospital Association, Tufts University School of Public Health, Google, Central Rock Gym’s “The Heist” and the Boston Rock Gym “Social Outcast” events. Opportunities such as these have increased the awareness of how food contributes to our athletic performance as well as our overall health.
Lisa can be found training at the Metro Rock Gym, Everett and cooking at Whole Foods Market on River St, Cambridge, MA .