When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. —Tecumseh
Mental exercises help build new brain cells and strengthen the connections between them, which is why I find it beneficial to challenge the brain with new activities every week. This week’s mental workout is about learning to be aware of life around you and the life within you.
What To Do
When you step outside today, before heading to your destination, take a moment to embrace the day. No matter what the weather – clouds, snow, rain, storm, fog or clear – remind yourself that the sun and starts are always shining, whether you can see them or not. Take in a deep breath, allow the day to sink in and let out a long exhale before taking on the world.
Why To Do It
Most of us are so accustomed to breathing high up in our lungs, which is what the body does when it’s in panic or stress mode. That can lead to the feeling of having a “tight chest.” Belly breathing helps you to breathe with ease – it loosens tense muscles, takes in more oxygen, and reduces blood pleasure, which calms you. By bringing awareness to your day and your breathe, you can improve your mood, elevate your health, and be more in touch with the most force of life outside of you and within you.