Most people spend so much time sitting at a desk for hours at a time due to the nature of our work. Because of this, people aren’t nearly as active as they should be. Think back to when you were a young child. Electronics weren’t as mainstream then as they are now, so many children spent much of their time outside playing with friends. This is something that today’s youth has gotten away from because of the rise in video games, social media, and electronics. Children aren’t the only ones that have been impacted by new electronics, though. We as adults spend more time on phones, tablets, and computers and, thus, less time outside with friends and family. Part of your recovery is making sure you are active. Continue reading to learn more about how you can move mindfully in your recovery.
Channel Your Inner Child
In your childhood, you probably spent lots of time outside. Whether it be playing sports, doing on an outdoor hobby, or simply hanging out with friends, you probably spent more time outside than you do now. Of course, it’s normal to spend less time outside playing and relaxing as an adult because you now have new obligations, like working a regular job that has you sitting at a desk for most of the day. You, however, must carve out time for yourself to be outdoors. Even if it’s half an hour, channel your inner child, and allow yourself to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.
Once you’ve gotten yourself outside, let go of any expectations. Allow yourself to move freely. If you have children or grandchildren, or even a young sibling, play tag with them or a game that keeps you moving. If you’d rather do something that has a slower pace, try doing yoga outside. This gives you lots of movement and is naturally a very mindful exercise. Doing yoga in the fresh air gives you the ability to feel the sun on your skin and the wind in your face. These things help you feel alive. Engage all of your senses and be in the moment. Keep in mind that moving mindfully doesn’t mean that you have to go out and do a strenuous exercise for hours on end. Mindful moving meaning that you are letting go of expectations and allowing your body to move freely.
The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you implement mindful movement into your daily recovery routine. Call us today at (844) 413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you and get you the help you need today!