Exercise (Movement) and Meditation (Stillness)
The two core health essentials during a lockdown for your mental health.
Today’s message is a simple way of maintaining a good habit for your mental health through lockdowns and other trauma effects of Covid19.
Exercise and meditation go together.
If you do one but not the other, you are losing a lot of benefit that you could be receiving for your mental and physical health.
I notice many people often do one of the two really well and neglect the other. There are the people who exercise a lot and are physically fit and energised, but are anxious and cannot sit still in a room. Then there are the people who meditate really well and deep but are depressed and slow moving, finding it hard to act when needed in the world, hiding from the world.
Those who exercise a lot, tend to be the extroverts in the world, and those who meditate a lot, tend to be the introverts in the world. This is their super power.
With Covid right now, both of those super powers are very much needed – together. Doing both is very beneficial and will help greatly in keeping you mentally stable and healthy through these lockdowns and world covid trauma.
So it is good to ask the two most basic questions each day –
Q1. Have I exercised/moved enough?
Q2. Have I meditated/centered myself enough?
Doing both, you are helping reduce any excess anxiety and any excess depression brought on by the ongoing effects of Covid19.
One, helps reduce the trauma effects of the fight/flight response. The other the trauma effects of the freeze response. One connects you to the world, the other, connects you to yourself.
One helps you go in, one helps you come out. Both of the in-and-out movements are necessary for a healthy stable mind in times of trauma, instability and change.
So which one were you missing today?
Always make time for both each day.