Well, there’s only 26 days until Summer…so let’s keep up with our daily Spirit, Mind & Body Checklist. Again, I have to thank the National YMCA, founded in 1844 in London, England, for the credit for bringing the Spirit, Mind & Body focus to the mainstream.¹
So, remember — there’s no better way to keep your body in balance than to check each of those 3 boxes daily.
With only 26 days left till Summer…we’ve got to get going!²
First, let’s check that Spirit box.
Most of you would agree that Prayer/Meditation is good for you. But, did you know that benefits of Prayer/Meditation have been studied scientifically?
Prayer was considered a positive factor in recent studies, and several positive effects of prayer on health were identified: reducing the anxiety of mothers of children with cancer; reducing the level of concern of the participants who believe in a solution to their problem; and providing for the improved physical functioning of patients who believe in prayer.³
***Now let’s consider the Mind.
Did you know that staying a life-long learner has been associated with better brain function as we age?
Challenging your brain with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them. Pursuing a hobby or learning a new skill; read; join a book group; play chess or bridge; write your life story; do crossword or jigsaw puzzles; take a class; pursue music or art; design a new garden layout. Keep on learning.⁴
***Well, let’s close with the Body!
With Summer just around the corner, let’s remember to keep our bodies hydrated. More than half your body weight comes from water. So, if your levels are off, it can show up in a surprising number of ways. Mild dehydration can make you feel tired, give you a headache, and even affect your mood and focus.
A couple things to consider:
Is Thirst a Sign I’m Dehydrated?
Yes, but no need to panic. By the time you get the urge to quench your thirst, you’re already a little dehydrated. As long as you pay attention and snag a drink when your body tells you to, it’s not a problem.
Should I Drink 8 Cups a Day?
This old rule has zero science behind it. But it’s fine as a rough guide. The amount you need to drink depends on how active you are, where you live, and your overall health. If you’re not sure you’re drinking enough, check the color of your pee. Clear or pale yellow means you’re all set. Darker means you need to drink up.
Tips for Staying Hydrated
If you just can’t remember to drink enough water, look for ways to build it into your day. Make water your go-to drink. Tip a glass at and between each meal or set a reminder on your phone to have a glass every hour.⁵
Well…that’s the Spirit, Mind & Body checklist for this week.
Remember, at Conizo, we not only want you to live well in every season of life…we want you live well with a Spirit, Mind & Body focus. Be sure to stop by our Conizo.com page to check out the latest in resources, information and experiences to help live that well-lived life.⁶
Thanks for stopping by…live well!
YMCA of the USA, https://www.ymca.net/
The Old Farmer’s Almanac, https://www.almanac.com/
Religion, The Effects of Prayer on Patients’ Health; A Systematic Review, file:///Users/donpeslis/Downloads/religions-07-00011.pdf
Harvard health Publishing, 7 Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp at Any Age, https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/7-ways-to-keep-your-memory-sharp-at-any-age
Conizo Living & Wellness, www.Conizo.com