Mental Fitness implications to physical wellness KIM ALTON HW420-02 KAPLAN UNIVERSITY
Introduction: As our minds race with thought and self conversation keeping every word positive is a challenge we all face. Training the mind to rest helps to develop a greater sense of calming that is focused and clear. The more we practice becoming mentally fit the better our health will become.
Mind your Mental Fitness: Strengthen Emotional Happiness Studies show that relaxation techniques provide lasting results in:
So many benefits in creating positive emotions, brain activity, happiness and Memory all being done with relaxation techniques (Dacher, 2006) So many benefits to reducing stress, anxiety, negative emotions and depression again using relaxation techniques (Dacher, 2006)
We gradually learn that our body is vital and ever changing!(Dacher, 2006).
Mind your Mental Fitness:Strengthen Spiritual ComfortRainbow Relaxation Techniques to Happiness (Crime of the century)
Find your favorite comfortable spot to relax in
Focus your attention on your breathing, nice and slow
Let wandering thoughts go as you exhale & feel your body relax
Rainbow meditation is your imagination to let yourself relax
Imagine a beam of light, the colors of the rainbow
Base of your spine is the color red with a beam of light, it is grounded , say to yourself I feel grounded
The spot above the belly button is an Orange light & is the feeling of being centered say to yourself, I feel Centered
Upper stomach area, a beam of bright yellow light the feeling of being loved ~ Say to yourself I feel Loved, slow deep breath, I feel loved
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Upper chest above the heart is emerald green parallel to yellow & orange. Share positive feelings with anyone you choose. Symbolic thoughts of love, wish someone well. Say to yourself I choose to love. Slow deep breath, I choose to love
From your throat aqua blue beam of light in front of you with yellow & orange, represents a meaningful purpose in your life , will power and creativity accomplishments in life goals, slow deep breath & say my life has a meaningful purpose, again, slow deep breathe
Forehead, above your nose & between your eye is indigo blue a beam of light shooting up is balance within yourself, tapping into your conscious & unconscious, it is body wisdom, say to yourself I feel balanced, exhale , I feel balanced.
Crown of your head big circular light beam of violet, projecting up represents the bigger part of the universe, connected with the earth, friends, family, nature & say to yourself ~ I feel connected, breathe deep and slow, I feel connected
Relaxation Techniques to Happiness continued... Although these colors are separated bring them back together, & surround your body in a brilliant white light. Think to yourself how calm & relaxed your body is. My body is calm & relaxed, again. Feel it. Very peaceful, lock this feeling into your memory bank to bring back this feeling when you are stressed and full of tension for a sense of homeostasis, Felling very energized. Aware of your surrounding and what you are going to do with the rest of your days, very slowly open your eyes, stretch arms and shoulders, take your time you can sit up till fully awake into a state of consciousness. (Crime of the century) Red– Grounding ~ I Feel Grounded ~ From the base of your SpineOrange – Centered ~ I Feel Centered Orange ~ Below your belly button of the lower stomach Yellow– Feeling Loved / Will Power ~ I Feel Loved ~ From your upper stomachGreen– Opening your Heart to Love ~ I Choose To Love ~ From your chest, over your heart Aqua Blue - Intention / Intuition ~ My Life has a Meaningful Purpose from your throat Indigo Blue– Balance ~ I Feel Balanced ~ From the foreheadViolet – Connected ~ I Feel Connected ~ From the top of your head White ~ My Body Is Calm & Relaxed
An Exercise of Meditation Meditation is to center the body creating balance. Find your relaxation, find your calm, get your feet back on the ground and experience the clarity you deserve! Red– GroundingOrange – CenteredYellow– Feeling Loved / WillGreen– Opening your heart to loveAqua- Intention / IntuitionDark Blue– BalanceViolet - Connected www.kushs.net/kaplan/HW420/TheCrimeOfTheCentury.mp3 Click on Hyperlink to get started Click on the Picture & get started “Crime Of The Century”
Mental Exercise: Relaxation Techniques To intentionally create a mind body connection in order to build the immune system. With Mental Imagery the mind can alter many of the physiological functions of the body. If we can learn to control our thoughts , feelings, and visual images and melt away the negative emotions that occupy our mind, we than have the ability to transform our mind in a new path to health, happiness and wholeness. It’s essential to knowingly create the change to develop a fulfilled inner life (Dacher, 2006)
Cultivating Mental Fitness By Mark Herringshaw Prayer can be rich when it's simple and spontaneous. In fact, we can pray anywhere, at any time. It doesn't require lofty language in a sacred space. All we need to do is see our ordinary moments as the perfect occasions for communicating with God, then speak from our heart. Confidence – believe in yourself Focus- concentrate on the task at hand Motivation- keep up with the challenge Courage- having fear but acting as if you don’t Composure- strength and endurance Resiliency- see your goal to the end By Ralph Jean-Paul
Mental Happiness and Health Physical Exercise Yoga Walking in the woods Running Gardening Studies show that to often people think “I feel lonely” Loneliness is a symptom that can lead to isolation and alienation all precursors to physical heart disease, including emotional and spiritual heart disease. Using the pain of negative thoughts can be motivation to change in life style that enhances life instead of being self destructive (Schlitz, pg. 311). Love Spend time with Family Spend time with Friends Doing something nice for someone Make new friends Meditate Intentional Breathing Prayer Keep a journal Recognize your Blessing & write them down Homeostasis Eat more raw whole foods Get 7 hours sleep every night Drink water Exercise the brain with learning Get out in the sunshine Actively participating in life & its many wonders creates a happy existence.
Conclusion Integral Health is taking charge of your own health this includes Mental Health. It will take us along a path that is truly holistic, evolutionary, intentional, person centered and dynamic (Dacher, pg. 3). Mental fitness is creating an inner well being through mind, body and spiritual practices. Setting the stage for health happiness, and wholeness to create the balance that life intended and is already within. Cultivating our inner self decreases the chances of disease and promotes homeostasis. To intentionally create a mind body connection in order to build the immune system.