For this last installment of my March theme, Restoration is the Foundation for A Sweet Life, I actually am not going to talk about sleep. Instead, I am going to focus on other restorative processes that are important for vibrant health.
If we go back and look at our definition of restoration we find it is: “the act of restoring; renewal, revival or reestablishment; the state or fact of being restored.” So anything we do that helps us re-establish health can be considered a restoring process. I wanted to highlight a few more for you here.
Restoring your Soul
I want to also emphasize that there is a spiritual component to the restoration process too! In fact, it might be the most important part of the restoration process.
Have you ever watched young children? They are full of joy. They find contentment and wonder in the smallest things. Climbing in and out of an empty box can be the greatest fun!
As human beings, we come into this world full of joy. Somehow with all the challenges of the world, we forget that we are supposed to live in joy! This is why it is so important to take the time to restore yourself, restore your soul. When you set aside, for a moment, all the responsibilities that weigh you down, you can find a place of freedom.
The simplest way to do this is to just find a few minutes to connect with yourself through deep breathing. Find a comfortable seat, close your eyes and breathe in and out. Focus on your breathing for 1 minute. It is a quick restoration process. Here is an article for a 1-minute breathing exercise.
If you have more time then breath for longer, connect with your source, pray, meditate, take a long hot relaxing bath. Find a way to let your responsibilities go and relax at least once a week. Once a day is even better.
Be in Nature
There is something that happens when you are out in nature walking and taking in the sights and sounds around you. Breathing fresh air deeply and fully in and out of your lungs is a process of resetting your nervous system, your lungs, and your brain. The colors in nature have a calming impact too.
Food and Restoration
What we put into our mouths has a tremendous effect on our body's ability to restore itself too. Not only is it important what we put in our mouth's but when and how much too. Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that eating breakfast reduces the risk of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and metabolic conditions. You can read more about that here.
Restoration is essential for repair and renewal of our bodies and our spirits. Sleep is one of the most important restorative processes. And don’t forget there are other restorative practices that can make a difference in your life as well!
I hope that you are inspired by my monthly themes. If you are, then share these emails with others and encourage them to be inspired as well.
To Your One Sweet Life,