Well, here we are: Part 5/5 on 4 Free Ways To Improve Your Health! Let’s recap what we’ve covered so far:
So what’s in Part 5?
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On The Spot Wellness
What does on-the-spot wellness look like?
It can take many forms, which thankfully, doesn’t need to include sweating through your shirt!
Think of on-the-spot wellness as an activity carried out for a specific, health benefit. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do actions such as jogging on the spot, burpees, or skipping on the spot. I’m saying be open to beneficial actions including ankle rotations, shoulder rotations, twisting at the hips, taking a moment to pause and breathe deeply or touch your toes.
The idea of a concentrated work out being the optimal method to proper health is well engrained, though not the only means to sustained health. Throughout our day, taking just 15 seconds to calm the breath or stretch our muscles will do wonders both in the moment and over the long run!
For example, when teaching English in China, each Kindergarten class had a brief introduction session. Given the children were approximately 92cm, and I’m 182cm, I’d need to bend over to be at their eye level. Instead of curling over, I stood in modified yoga poses such as Stand Half Forward Bend or Warrior 1. This helped me see eye-to-eye and opened up my hamstrings!
What’s your favourite way to stretch or work out on the spot? Let me know in the comments!
Huh? How is giving related to instantly improving your health?
What a great question. Thankfully, it’s been the topic of many studies over the last several years. Here are a few articles you’ll find interesting, which benefits such as a boost of energy, increased happiness, improved mental state and more:
I can also attest to the wonderful affects of giving. It’s an amazing way to instantly feel better and promote confidence. Nervous about an upcoming event? Give $5 to a homeless person you see on the way and it’ll disappear. Whether giving change to a homeless person in Toronto, making donations online, or sharing my food with people in India, I’ve noticed giving is cyclical — when done without expectation.
If you’re having a rough patch, try to understand this is a reflection of what’s happening inside you and an opportunity to demonstrate your faith in the cycle. Tight on funds? Feeling lonely? Uncertain about a decision? Give money, time, possessions or your services to others to kickstart the cycle of prosperity, kindness and opportunity.
You can call it BS, you can say karma isn’t real, you can make all kinds scoffs, I’m simply sharing from my personal experiences around the world. Give freely, expect nothing, keep your heart open and the most wonderful, mind-blowing, exciting opportunities will unknowingly be handed to you! Start small, have faith and keep working your way up.
Give some loose change to a homeless person -- SMILE while doing it, next time you see them. Only have $5, $10? Give it anyways!
Let me know how you feel after doing this action step.
Have you seen any unexpected benefits in your life after freely giving? Share you stories in the comments below!
Hug A Tree
It’s true, I am a tree-hugger. In both the literally and figurative sense. Crazy right? Wanting to save the very living things that let us breathe, I must be going out of my mind lol. I didn’t appreciate nature until I started experiencing it for myself — and seeing how brutually we destroy the elements which give us life (air, earth, water).
While some say “tree-hugger” as an obstacle or nuisance, literally hugging a tree provides a TON of benefits (aside from the overall benefits of nature), here are four:
Read more about the benefits of hugging trees on Collective Evolution!
Simply being near trees has a similar benefits, but actually hugging them has provided me with a lower heart rate, slower breathing, a clear mind, more compassion and a stronger feeling of connectedness. It’s a common notion in the West each of us is our own island. Isolated. Singular. A sole survivor. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We are very much intertwined through each other, nature and a wholesome collective. Hug a tree — you’ll understand.
“Why is dancing on this list?” you ask?
There are a variety of physical benefits, such as increased memory, weight loss, socializing, flexibility and heart health which you can read about here. There are much more important benefits to your psychological health from my experience!
During my yoga teacher training (YTT) in Rishikesh, India I underwent A Month of Transformation.
Each day, we would finish classes with one of a couple different dance styles. Many times this would include standing on a blanket, shutting the lights off, closing the eyes and freely dancing in your space.
By the end of the month, we were dancing gleefully across the floor, lights on, eyes open and doing so whenever the instructor randomly told us. Sometimes, he’d be mid-lecture and ask us to start!
The psychological undoing of not conforming to others expectations, releasing the fear and worry of what others might think, while learning to laugh alongside friends has brought positive change throughout my life.
If you know me, you know dancing isn’t something I’d do. However, I took a leap of faith one night in Nha Trang, Viet Nam when I went out to a club. Read about my breaking the barrier story, involving a bunny, here (start reading on the page after the large beach/mountain photo)!
Do you have any stories involving overcoming barriers and dance? Share them in the comments!
Next week, I’ll have Solo Trip Report 48 published — stay tuned. The following week, I’ll have new health content to check out!
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