Got stress build-up? Here’s a simple solution.

This week I went grocery shopping, spoke with a friend on the phone, and filled up my car with gas. Normally these activities would not be stressful, but these days they are because the concerns about the coronavirus hang over everything. 

Each stressor is like putting a bit of air in the balloon until you are carrying so much tension, you are ready to explode. This is Alarm mode. In Alarm mode, your body is putting its energy into getting ready to move so you can take care of a threat to your safety and well-being. It does this so that you can get back to Recharge mode, the state where your body heals, repairs, and defends against illnesses.  

Daily life is keeping us in Alarm mode almost constantly, but we need to spend more time in Recharge mode so we can stay safe and well right now. One of the most effective ways to get back to Recharge mode is to move, but many of our common solutions to stress don’t require us to move our bodies. Plus, moving is often not convenient or comfortable. What’s needed is a solution that involves both mind and body and that you can use right away when an alarm is triggered. This solution is a Recharge Pause. 

A Recharge Pause is when you move in a specific way to restore calm in your mind and body. It is based on a blend of the sciences of mindfulness, mindset, and movement. There are three simple steps;

  • First, because Alarm mode is most often triggered by thoughts about the past or future, bring your attention to what is happening in this moment, without judging, just noticing.
  • Second, move smart, in the way your body is designed, so moving does not add to stress, but leaves you feeling better. The foundation of this is in the center of your body. Watch my smart core videos to learn how.  
  • Last, set your mind to noticing how your body feels as you move, so your body informs your mind that you are okay, helping to calm the alarm and get you back to recharge mode.

Throughout the pandemic, I will be sharing simple Recharge Pauses with you. Our first Recharge Pause is called Calm and Confident. 

Sprinkling your day with Recharge Pauses gives you a there-when-you-need-it way to let air out of the ballon before stress builds up in your mind and body.

Bottom Line: A Recharge Pause is when you move your body in a specific way to get you back to the state where health and well-being happen. This week, spend more time in Recharge by practicing being Calm and Confident in your mind and body. Next week , we’ll continue to explore how mindfulness, movement, and mindset work together to keep you healthy and well.

To learn more about the science behind Recharge Pauses, go to the ExercisingWELL.com Free Resources page.

Stay WELL,

Janet

P.S. Exercising WELL members learn how to turn different types of exercise into Recharge Pauses, so exercise reduces stress and leaves them feeling more confident about their health and less worried about their ability to stay motivated. Now is a great time to start Exercising WELL. Click here to take advantage of the reduced membership rates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the most important things you can do right now

Beyond hand washing and limiting community events, the most powerful thing you can do right now is keep yourself well, physically and mentally. Stress reduces your body’s defenses. Because the stress response prepares your body for movement, the antidote to stress is movement, but only if that movement is not stress-producing.

The need for movement that is calming is especially important for people with medical issues that make typical types of exercise difficult or impossible. 

That is why during this pandemic I am offering a 30% reduced rate on the Exercising WELL membership.  

With this easy-to-use online program, you can exercise at home, in a way that helps you feel better, reduces stress, and returns your body to a state where your immune system can help protect you from illness.

Go to ExercisingWELL.com and use the coupon code STAYWELL.   Feel free to share this with someone you know who could use the protective power of exercise right now.  

Whether you are a member or not, please keep in mind, I am just an email away to support you and answer questions about how to use movement to stay well.  

Keep Moving and Stay Well,

Janet

The three types of exercise; simplified and motivating

This week’s exercise smart tip gives you a way to rethink doing cardio, lifting weights and stretching so exercise is something your brain is more motivated to do and keep doing.

 

Do you know someone who could use tips for making exercise more motivating?  Share it with them now and let’s spread the word about how to move smart feel better and stay motivated.  

What exercises are right for you?

With all the exercises out there, how do you choose? What will give you the results you really want? Learn the science-based way to choose, based on the way your body was designed. The bonus is, your motivation is more likely to last too! Find out how in this Exercising WELL tip of the week.

Check out the FREE Resources page on ExercisingWELL.com to start clarifying your core Why and Real Life Results so choosing what to do is more time efficient and naturally motivating.

Unleashing Your Natural Motivation for Exercising

With all great reasons to exercise, why are we not more motivated?  Because reasons like heart health and weight loss don’t connect exercise strongly enough to our natural motivation to do what we love, with those we love.  Check out how this natural motivation was unleashed for one client recently,  and learn how you can unleash your natural motivation for exercising too in the Exercising WELL tip of the week.