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 Relaxing Activities

Water shape of heart Artwork by hernan pauccara pacco.

What relaxing activities make up your days? The importance of routine comforting activities, especially during the pandemic, is necessary for your health and well-being.

In the book, Into the Magic Shop by Neurosurgeon James Doty, he states, " The pattern of heart rhythms known as heart rate variability (HRV) is a reflection of our inner emotional state. Researchers are able to analyze how the heart and nervous system respond to stress and emotions. Feelings of love and compassion are associated with an increase in HRV, and when we feel insecurity, anger, or frustration, our HRV decreases." A decreased HRV harms your body and wears down your natural resilience.

Further research shows the heart to be an organ of intelligence, with its own profound influence not only from our brain but on our brain, our emotions, our reasoning, and our choices. Rather than passively waiting for instructions from the brain, the heart not only thinks for itself but sends out signals to the rest of the body.

For me the book reinforced our need to honor our feelings and ensure that we are in a state of calm as often as possible.

Hence, if you want more relaxation, you can improve your emotional state by aligning it with positive feelings of compassion, kindness, and peace. Are you wondering what activity you can do to improve your own wellbeing?

Focused breathing, soaking in a warm tub, listening to soothing music, and doodling are a few ways to create more calmness in your life. You can also practice the I Relax Meditative Movement™ which incorporates physical movements with the breath and spoken affirmations. A 2017 University of Minnesota research study found this technique reduces anxiety, depression and fatigue while improving emotional and functional wellbeing. Participants also stated they felt calmer and relaxed at a deeper level. The most common feedback I receive is that practicing any movement brings more relaxation.

The free I Relax Meditative Movement™ is featured on our website for the month of April. Visit to see if you can add this 2–3 minute activity to your daily living so you can feel more peaceful and relaxed.

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