A Breath of Fresh Air
Updated: Sep 6, 2022
There's a notable difference that takes place between the time guests arrive and depart from their stay. They appear refreshed, happy, and more vibrant, and often note the change in how they feel, saying they never want to leave. Is it the fresh air, the divine beauty of this land, or the time together, or all of the above? Whatever it is, we hope you too experience the same when you come visit, and leave feeling a little lighter, like a breath of fresh air!
Deep conscious breathing techniques not only help to reduce stress but also stimulate the flow of blood and lymph throughout the body, increasing blood flow to the brain and organs, and improving immune system function.
Some exercises induce deep breathing naturally, including some forms of yoga; also beneficial are fast walking and running during which air is pumped in and out of the lungs at an increased rate.
Healing the Mind, Body & Soul
There are many things we can do to help the mind body and soul. Here are but a few:
1. Get physical: Make time to exercise, be it walking, dancing or running. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days a week. This can be as easy as just walking part of the way to the office, or the grocery store. A dog is often a better walking partner than an exercise buddy. Choose an activity you enjoy; if you're having fun, you're more likely to stick with it.
2. Let the sun shine in: Try to get at least 20 minutes of daily sun exposure (torso, arms and legs) without sunscreen, preferably at noon in the summer (but take care to avoid sunburns!). This will boost your body's natural production of Vitamin D. As an alternative: discuss the option of taking a Vitamin D3 supplement with your doctor.
3. Banish bad chemicals: Avoid exposure to common household contaminants. You should air our your dry-cleaning for two hours before storing or wearing it; use organic cleaning products (or wear gloves); don't heat liquids or food in hard plastics; avoid cosmetics with parabens and phthalates; don't use chemical pesticides in your house or garden; replace your scratched Teflon pans; filter your tap water (or used bottled water) if you live in a contaminated area; don't keep your cell phone close to you when it is turned on.
4. Reach Out: Reach out to at least two friends for support (logistical and emotional) during times of stress, take time to be together in person as much as possible where you can.
5. Remember to breathe: Learn a basic breathing relaxation technique to let out some steam whenever you start to feel stressed.
6. Get involved: Find out how you can best give something back to your local community, then give it.
7. Cultivate happiness like a garden: Make sure you do one thing you love for yourself on most days (it doesn't have to take long!).