We’re nearing the end of winter and the beginning of spring, which is considered a time of renewal and rebirth. What better moment than now to focus on rejuvenating ourselves?
If you’re ready to shake off winter (and all the stressors that may have happened during it), we’re ready to join you in the Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate challenge, powered by Humana. This 10 day challenge designed to energize nurses through a balance of both physical activity and meditation. Let’s renew our energy — together.
One day, your challenge might be to get moving. The next day, it might be to slow down and meditate. The goal is for all participants to finish the challenge feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and reenergized.
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How are you doing in the challenge?
I enjoyed this challenge and the blend of content and suggested activities it contained. It was a good reminder that sometimes changing things up helps achieve a well rounded wellbeing routine that can prevent that feeling of getting “into a rut” and gives you more tools to incorporate into the day as you need them whether that is a quick energy boost or a few minutes to rest and recharge.
Today the last day of the ten day challenge I really enjoyed the challenge. In the morning I rode my stationary bike for 5 minutes, stretch for 5 minutes then supine marches with abdominal brace 30 seconds x3 then rested for 90 seconds, sit to stand for 30 seconds x 3, supine resisted elbow flex ion with dumbbell one lb 15 reps x 2 feet together balance eyes closed for 30 seconds x3 serratus anterior wall slides 10reps x 2. In the evening relax with soft music for 30 minutes while relaxing in my recliner. Taking time out for yourself though out the day is wonderful and deserved.
Today I meditated for 20 minutes
closed my eyes turned on some soft music and let my mind go blank while laying on my back. Felt so good when I woke up, when my alarm went off 🎍🧘🏿♂️
Today I tried Yoga for the first time I’m loving the spiritual healing I felt. Relaxed and at peace. This my new end of the day event. Me and my cat together 🙏
I 💕 🧘♀️ - One practice that holistically lifts the body, mind and spirit.
I'm rediscovering yoga again and gradually finding that moment when the rhythmic movement of the body, synchronized breath work, and the clearing of the mind's chaos come together and create a feeling of balance between positive energy and calm.
Appreciated these links as I have tried various online videos to guide me but found some new ones to try here.
When looking for my Guided Meditation resources a few days ago I came across a link for an article outlining “7 Sanskrit Mantras for Meditation & Gratitude”
#1 in particular resonated for me - perhaps one will be helpful for some of you also.
"1. Dhanya Vad: I feel gratitude.
When I'm grateful, I find grace. By looking for the blessings in my life, I open up a space of light in every experience; I open up the path for grace to flow. I make room in the middle of everything for gratitude."
I became a fan of the quick energy bursts and they are great for people who say they “don't have time” to fit in a work out. You can google “5 minute HIIT” and there are a list of videos you can use that are all different and find the ones that you enjoy most.
I pair it with 5 mins of stretching.
So 3 mins to stretch,
5 minutes of bursts - 45 secs full out effort with 15 secs rest x 5 then
2 minutes to stretch.
If you have an extra 5 minutes do 2 rounds of bursts before cooling down stretches.
If you want to change up the timing, you can also do
1 minute full out x 2 … 1 minute rest … 1 minute x 2 full out
and repeat more rounds for time available.
Today I rode my bike for 7 minutes and
marched in place for 10 minutes did squats for 90 seconds and arm lifts with one lb dumb bell for 90 seconds
balance with chair for 60 second x 3
@karenwoundnurse2 That's a nice way to combine a range of physical activities for cardio strength and balance!
For the past year I have been working out with classes I find in YouTube. I love it because it keeps the activity fresh and new. I generally follow the same teachers/groups so it's almost like going to a real gym and seeing the same people each time. It helps keep me engaged.
@ChristiM I would have been lost without the virtual online classes for the past 2 years - it gives you the variety but helps meet that group energy that I miss not being in person at my old group classes.
I loved this day free choice to exercise I picked 10 minute sit in chair exercise on YouTube which was great. work out was very challenging and I really enjoy the time. Great day