7 Ways to Reconnect With Your Body + Mind

We have all experienced the feelings of burnout; pushing ourselves past the point of exhaustion and letting the daily stresses take its toll on our bodies and minds. I know personally, I hit that point last week. Self care has become more of a priority to many, but are you doing true self care? Although painting your nails and doing a face mask might make you feel good, is it truly helping your well being? Are you taking the come to really reconnect with your body and mind each day?

If you’re feeling extreme overwhelm or exhaustion,  here are seven ways you can quiet your mind, find order in your life, and truly reconnect with your body and mind.

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1. Indulge in some much needed quiet/alone time

Most of us spend a good portion of our day scrolling online. Whether this be social media, news, emails, etc. We are always consuming content of some kind. When was the last time you took a break? Regardless if the content you’re consuming is positive or not, it’s good to take time to disconnect fully and spend time time by yourself.

Dim the lights, light a candle, put your phone away, and sit with yourself. Journal if you feel called to do so. It’s amazing how good we can feel after some spending some quiet, alone time to reconnect with ourselves.

Take some time to untangle your feelings. It’s rejuvenating.

 

2. Spend more time outside in nature

When was the last time you went for a walk or hike outside the city? When did you last see a sunset or sunrise? How about the last time you felt the grass between your toes? When was the last time you breathed in fresh air that wasn’t polluted with car fumes and other toxic gasses?

If you live in the country side, you’re truly one of the lucky ones. Enjoy every minute of the nature that surrounds you, and don’t take it for granted. If, like me, you’re a city dweller, take some time on the weekend to go visit your nearest park or hiking trail.

Use nature to help ground yourself. Letting your bare feet touch the ground is an amazing sensation that will automatically reduce your stress, increase your mood and reconnect with your inner being.

 

3. Get back to basics

Water. Food. Movement. Sleep.

Do you incorporate all of these four into your daily routines? How are you eating? Are you feeling your body with nutritious foods? Are you drinking enough water? Moving your body each day? Are you sleeping well, and for an adequate amount of time? Ask yourself these questions. If the answer is no, consider adjusting appropriately.

 

4. Move your body

It’s been proven that moving your body each day reduces stress (cortisol) levels and improves your mood. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout at the gym. Something as simple as going for a walk around the block or in the local park will do. Try to aim for 10,000 steps each day. Make it a challenge with your friends if that feels more motivating for you.

 

5. Breath work

This may sound self explanatory; we spend all day breathing, don’t we? But when was the last time you noticed your breathing? Are you breathing fast and shallow, or slow and deep? Have you taken a deep breath today?

Something as simple as the 4-7-8 breathing technique can calm you down, release stress, and be an excellent way to reconnect with your body. The concept is to breathe in for four seconds, hold for seven seconds, and then release for eight seconds. This really encourages you to focus on each breath. This is easy to do wherever you are, so it can be done anytime you need it.

 

6. Consume consciously

Think about the last meal that you consumed. Where did you eat it? Were you in your car? In front of the television? At a dining table? Did you actually focus on each bite or sip, or was your mind occupied with external stimuli?

Next time you’re eating or drinking, focus on what you’re consuming. If you’re eating, focus on the food in your mouth. Chew it well. Feel it go down your throat. Focus on the delicious taste. Know you’re nourishing your body and feel good about it.

 

7. Reduce your screen time

When was the last time you were screen free for an extended period of time? For me personally, it’s only when I’m asleep. It’s a problem, and I know that. I’m working on it.

If you’re able to take a tech free day each week, it can be incredibly beneficial. You may need a screen for work, but I promise you that you don’t need to spend hours each day watching Netflix. Your mind (and eyes) will thank you.

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