Move It So You Don’t Lose It
Facts as Facts
As easy as it is to speculate on what might happen in our lives, when we are devastated by illness, financial ruin, divorce, politics, and so on, it seems best to stick with the facts. “Facts as Facts,” is a maxim of Japanese Psychiatrist, Dr. Shoma Morita. Of course, it is natural and even helpful to look ahead, like the Stoics, to have some options in our back pocket. We just don’t want to linger there, putting our lives on hold. Thus, the advice to rein our minds in, when they go galloping through the fields like wild stallions, is useful. Of course, this can be easier said than done.
However, one of the ways that has consistently proven to be helpful when we are suffering from angst, fear, uncertainty, and discouragement is to do physical things. We are better off to work in the garden or clean a cupboard than tackle paperwork. Moving our bodies is a way to release adrenaline and when we have the satisfaction of bagging all those fallen leaves, we have the extra bonus of surveying our beautiful handiwork. And when it is one of those crisp, clear, blue-sky kind of days – well, that is a bonus. When the going is tough consider the things, you can do that require you to move.”
That was from an article written by Trudy Boyle in an issue ofTodo Institute’s newsletter. I am finding that I am continually reminded of the importance of moving for mental, emotional, physical well being. Even the smallest of movements like wiggling our ankles can have a positive effect. The one aspect that especially hits home with me is how important moving is to brain health. Everything I have read by neuroscientists, neurosurgeons cites the number one factor in maintaining brain health throughout life is movement. The scientists all say that we don’t need to be going to gyms or having big work out regimens. Any movement will be beneficial. Go for a walk, garden, house cleaning (which may not be very appealing unless we can view it as exercise), take stairs instead of elevators when possible. Just about anything that involves some movement is good for us. Here’s to keeping sharp. Guess I will clean the bathroom. How about you?
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