One of the most common complaints I hear from patients is that they are feeling worn down and tired. They feel they just don’t have the energy they used to have. This can be a symptom of many medical diseases that need to be checked out by your doctor. However, if those are checked and everything comes back normal, there are other things you can do to get that energy back!
Let’s take a look at the average American lifestyle for a moment…it can be summed up in four words: sedentary, poor diet and stressed. Do you see that in your own life? How do we expect our bodies to function properly when we fill them with unhealthy foods and become so sedentary that even a walk through the grocery store can be difficult . And, when our minds are racing constantly with thoughts related to stress in our lives (“I need to get up earlier to get more done” “My house is a disaster” “My job is taking up too much of my time” “My family is driving me crazy!”) it puts stress on our bodies as well. Our minds never slow down and just rest. If our minds are not rejuvenated daily, our body will not be either, especially if it’s already struggling to overcome the fuel we are feeding it.
You cannot expect your body to feel energized unless you are caring for it properly. It may hang in there for a while, but eventually it will catch up to you and you will begin to feel worn down. I notice that for many people who feel that way, it’s because they ARE worn down. Give your body a break and stop expecting it to function at 100% when you’re only giving it 1%.
Get active, cut the trash out of your diet and find a way to de-clutter your mind. Your body will thank you for it.
Practicing yoga has already been shown to have a positive effect on the overall health of patients with a variety of illnesses including anxiety, depression, cancer and heart failure. Now, a new study by Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy that was presented at the annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology shows yoga can reduce episodes of irregular heart beats in patients with atrial fibrillation. Dr. Lakkireddy was prompted to study this when he witnessed the improvement in a patient who practiced yoga regularly. Patients in the study participated in a yoga program (which included breathing exercises, yoga postures, meditation and relaxation) three times a week and decreased their irregular heart beat episodes from 2.6 to 1.4. More importantly, they reported an improved quality of life, decreased anxiety and depression.
Here’s another example of how clearing your mind of stress can lead to a healthier body. It’s amazing to me how our physical body is so directly impacted by our mental health. Yoga is just one way to work on improving your mental health. Find what works for you and stick with it…your body will appreciate it!