Sanity is defined as the quality or state of being sane; especially soundness or health of mind. Sanity comes from the Latin word Sanitas. (Merriam-webster.com/dictionary)
There are many ways to keep sane in this insane world. Previously I mentioned flexibility and the ability to change.
Another way to keep sane is to move. The act of moving, whether it’s up a steep mountain, along a sidewalk or inside a mall has healing properties. Aerobics, dancing, cycling, running, swimming and walking helps :
- Increase energy
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Keep depression at bay
- Increase self-esteem
- Elevate your mood
- Lighten your load (mentally and physically)
- Improve sleep
For me movement is a huge part of my world.
Walking and talking is even better and makes for an easy conversation. The ability to share stories, offer comments and learn from others during a walk are benefits that last much longer than the act. When the movement takes place outside there are other elements that add to a good frame of mind. Elements might include fresh air, cloud movement, landscape, people-watching, children at play, artists at work, and more.
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve expressed words of gratitude when I was out walking. There’s a feeling of freedom and appreciation for the world around me when I am moving.
The words that spill so easily from me soothe my heart and calm my soul.
“Thank you so much for this wonderful day…
~For this sunshine
~For the open sky
~For strong legs to help me climb
~For my friend who agreed to join me.”
And then there are times when walking alone works best. It allows me time for introspection, problem-solving, ideas for new blog topics, planning, praying and they all help lighten my load.
Movement is a good thing. It’s a reminder that I am alive. It’s a reminder to take care of this precious body of mine. It’s a reminder to say Thank You.
Thank you for reading, feel free to add your thoughts and ideas on what works for you.
For now – ITS TIME TO DANCE. Turn on video below and move that body!
(We should both be dancin’, yeah!)
- Choosing Sanity: Flexibility (margekatherine.com)
- If you need a reason to walk,…listen up (margekatherine.com)
- Mental Benefits of Walking (www.arthritistoday.org)
- Exercise for Mental Health (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
- Walking (medicinenet.com)
- 34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer (wakingtimes.com)
- Why Running Does Not Get You Healthy (liveto110.com)
- Does Bad Posture Cause Back Pain? (bettermovement.org)