Rejuvenation is one of the four pillars of health that we work with here at Living with The Spirit. It is the pillar that focuses on rest, recovery, and longevity. Rejuvenation is an essential part that allows for the other three pillars of nutrition, movement, and emotional balance to flourish and prosper.
In this article, we will introduce you to a holistic approach that allows you to bring rejuvenation into your lifestyle in a big way! We will provide you with both theoretical understanding and a practical approach today.
So let’s get started, shall we!
An easy way to understand the importance of rejuvenation and what it means is to look at it from the perspective of aging. If we live a stressful and unhealthy life, we will invariably age quickly. This also means that living a mindful, self-empowering, and balanced holistic lifestyle will allow us to age with more harmony.
Simply put, a healthy lifestyle brings longevity.
Most people live a modern lifestyle at a high pace, but already aware and understand that health and well-being is of great importance. The difficulty is more often to balance the two in a way where it is possible to thrive. Many of us often face this challenge with a feeling of not enough time, low energy level, and various amounts of stress.
It might be difficult to spend hours per day on nutrition, exercise, and emotional work. If only we had more time, more energy, and more harmony in our lives. Then we could take on all these challenges of living a holistic lifestyle, which we know is the best choice for us long term.
But where to find this time, energy, and harmony to be able to create and design a lifestyle that truly empowers us?
This is where the rejuvenation pillar comes to the rescue. If you are struggling with low energy, feeling stressed, or feel imbalanced emotionally, then consciously focusing on rejuvenation is what will allow you to make the changes you know would help you.
But how to do it practically? Here is how it works! 🙂
The main thing we need to do is to make rejuvenation a priority. If you don’t put rejuvenation into the forefront of your life, then it will never gain the traction it needs to be able to lift your overall energy up.
Make sure to not overlook this crucial point, you have to remember to make rejuvenation part of your day to day routine. Only a couple of minutes per day will make a difference.
The trick is to start slowly but surely and then expand on a healthy routine step by step. To do this effectively you need to be clear on what rejuvenation means as a personal practice.
We can divide practicing rejuvenation into three areas. Each of these three areas will allow you to cultivate more energy, waste less energy, and create healthy routines.
When these three areas are implemented as part of your lifestyle then your vitality will begin to return.
These three areas are:
- Active Rejuvenation
- Creating Healthy Routines
- Passive Rest and Recovery
The first area, active rejuvenation, means to have an energy cultivation practice that leaves you more energized, clear, and harmonious. Traditional physical exercise is essential for a healthy happy life, but it doesn’t necessarily replenish the kind of energy levels we are talking about here. The type of energy cultivation practices we recommend stems mainly from the orient.
Meditation and other types of breathwork are good examples of energy cultivation practices well suited for rejuvenation. These practices, though quite gentle and soft, are an active experience. We are using our awareness to look inwards and land in our body and being.
This shift of attention inwards brings about a balancing and harmonizing effect.
When we practice active rejuvenation daily, we learn to relax better, calm the mind, and resolve negative emotions all at the same time. This has the dual effect of allowing us to restore our energy more effectively, leading to increased overall vitality, while also releasing unnecessary tension.
The easiest place to start active rejuvenation for most people is meditation.
Meditation will help you increase your mental fortitude, emotional balance, and release negativity. This is a powerful practice that is often overlooked as the benefits can be hard to see. A good way to look at meditation is that it is an exercise in learning to relax and release the built-up tension of the mind.
Just as you need to reboot your computer now and then when it gets slow, the mind sometimes needs a quick reset for you to feel fresh and clear.
As little as 5 minutes of meditation, 2-3 times per day, can have a tremendous effect on your vitality and overall well-being.
Watch: Guided Meditation Practice with Simba and Sara (5min)
Creating Healthy Routines
The second area of rejuvenation comes down to having simple and grounding routines. Having a daily scheduled time, even as little as 15 minutes, can have a big impact on the rest of your day. This is a way for you to prioritize your own well being and strategically make your personal work part of your day
Having a set morning routine is a fantastic way to ensure you are actively rejuvenating daily. A morning routine is a way for you to start your way out the best way possible. Just as a warm-up and having a plan for a workout, you want to be centered and with a sense of purpose when you walk out of the front door.
An example of a morning routine is to set the alarm clock 30-60 minutes before you usually wake up. The intention here is to prioritize your personal development and well-being, which will be most beneficial for you and others long term. This might mean some short-term sacrifice but it will pay off greatly in the long run.
We recommend starting your day off with something that surprises and activates the body. Yoga, push/pull-ups, or a morning walk/run are easy ways to activate yourself first thing in the morning. If you can also combine this with a brief meditation in the morning, then that is perfect.
Then follow this up with the healthiest and most energizing breakfast you can think of.
While you are having your breakfast take a few minutes and plan out your day. Ask yourself some simple questions and write them down.
- What do you want to accomplish today?
- What are some of the common pitfalls or situations you want to avoid?
- How can I approach this day with a purposeful and constructive outlook?
This is such a simple way to set a new tone and feel for your day. And the beauty of this kind of morning routine is that it has some surprising benefits. It is not uncommon for our clients to feel a boost in motivation, inspiration, and drive even on the first day of trying this.
It also serves as a kind of safety net when we are having a challenging morning. The tougher the morning, the more beneficial the routine will be. It is amazing how a morning that could have ruined an entire day is completely turned around from the simple practice of a morning routine.
Now you are as ready as you can be for whatever the day brings!
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Passive Rest and Recovery
The third area focuses mainly on sleep and sleeping patterns. This is a big subject where we can struggle with a wide variety of issues. If we are not sleeping long enough, deeply enough, or harmoniously enough then we won’t be able to recover sufficiently.
We have noticed one thing that seems to be, if not the biggest issue for our client, then at least the second or third, and that is the mind.
When the mind is overactive, or even hyperactive, then we often have difficulty falling asleep and reaching deep undisturbed sleep. This comes about from overthinking not allowing us to fall asleep, worry & anxiety disturbing us during the night, or even nightmares waking us up at random.
Look at it this way, after a busy day your nervous system often becomes overly active, emotions have accumulated, and the mind is whirling.
The mind and emotions are closely linked together, so by working on calming the mind, then we also calm our emotions. This is why we recommended an evening breathwork routine as a way to unwind at the end of the day.
Practicing breathwork before sleep allows for body, mind and spirit to unwind and cool down.
For those of you that struggle with sleep we suggest you try one of our breathwork practices. This is similar to the meditation practice but with a slightly different focus.
The type of breathwork we teach here at Living with The Spirit focuses primarily on emotional balance by working with the sympathetic nervous system and the fight or flight response
This allows you to release undue accumulated stress that might be causing your sleep issues. This helps you fall asleep easier and reach deeper states of sleep with more ease.
You can use this 5 min guided breathwork session about half an hour or so before going to sleep.
Watch: Guided Breathwork Session with Sara and Simba (5min)
Putting It All Together
We recommend you put together three vital pieces to create a functional and fun rejuvenation structure in your life.
We invite you to create a morning routine together with the free guided meditation and evening routine with the free breathwork practices here in the article. This will ensure that you are practicing and integrating rejuvenation as part of your lifestyle.
Try this daily for 1-3 weeks, and you will be amazed what a difference it will make in your overall energy levels.
This structure is something you can keep building on to begin designing your own holistic lifestyle. A holistic lifestyle that supports you throughout the day and brings your absolute best self to the surface every day.
And we want to remind you that it is on the difficult days that this holistic routine, the meditation and breathwork combo, will help you the most.
We hope you like this article, and feel free to write us an email with any questions or book a free consultation with us! We are happy to guide you forward on your health journey.
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