U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

04/01/2024 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/01/2024 14:51

Live Whole Health #215: It’s all inside you

Life can be chaotic! We rush around to get "it" all done and never realize that "it" is never all done! In those moments of stress, where do you go for peace? Inside!

It's all inside you… the inner resource of peace and quiet that is missing in the outside world. How do you access that well of peacefulness? It takes practice.

In this 10-minute iRest® yoga nidra practice, Marcy Newman, DACM, RN, will guide you through a gentle practice that will help you to relax and let go of life's concerns.

Pausing to relax is good for our health. To tune in to what is going on with us, we need to stop every so often take a "breather." What do our senses tell us is going on around us? Is our body in pain? What is our mood like? Are there any symptoms calling for our attention? If we notice these sorts of things, we can do something about them. It can help us catch health issues at the early stages. Other benefits of pausing to relax include:

  • Increasing focus
  • Boosting awareness to make healthy choices
  • Reducing stress
  • Helping to maintain interest and energy level
  • Making it possible for you to do better work after you take the pause
  • Decreasing your risk of the types of injuries that can happen to a person if they lose focus, like overuse injuries

We set goals for our diet, exercise, careers and many other areas in our lives, but do we think to set goals for rest and recharge? If relaxation is a challenge for you, think about ways that you can set some goals to give yourself more down-time.

If you want to get started on your Whole Health journey, check out the new Live Whole Health mobile app. The app allows you to complete a Personal Health Inventory, set goals, track your progress and more.