Let’s be honest, staying fit was hard even before quarantine began. When we talk about being healthy and fit, we don’t mean running on a treadmill for 2 hours until you feel like you burnt off the double-bacon cheeseburger, fries, and milkshake you had for dinner last night. We’re engaging in a discourse that involves our mental, spiritual, and physical health. Most importantly, we want to share some of Oregon Farm Brokers family tips on how to live your best life.
Let’s talk about our brain and the “self.” When discussing self, we are directing the conversation towards ourselves. It’s important to acknowledge the intimate time and space we have within our thoughts, and what type of message we are giving ourselves. Mainstream advertisements often confuse us trying to illustrate a depiction of what we should be rather than who we are. For this reason, it’s incredibly vital to acknowledge the things the body does for us: the body breathes, writes, moves, tastes, and laughs. Everyone has unique talents, beauty, and, unfortunately, their problems even if they aren’t transparent. It’s important to remind ourselves daily of our self-worth. There are different mediums in which that can be accomplished: journaling, sticky notes on your mirror that say “I’m kind of a badass,” or simply doing things that make you happy.
Physical exercise, yikes. There’s a common misconception that exercise is a dreadful experience comparable to running a marathon or being an Olympic heavyweight lifter. The reality is, exercise is what you make out of it. The purpose of exercise is to get active, move your muscles, and break a sweat. One of Oregon Farm Brokers’ favorite exercise is talking a long walk and listening to a podcast; we recommend Crime Junkie. Another colleague mentioned playing outdoors with their children. Exercise does not only serve to build memories, but it is also a strategic method to combat disease. That’s right; being active 30 minutes a day for five days a week can prevent diseases: heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and more! Another fun fact is when you exercise, and your body releases chemicals called endorphins. The endorphin receptors interact with your brain and reduce your perception of pain. Additionally, they trigger positive feelings in the body. There’s a benefit to exercise and various ways to get active.
Spirituality is defined as the concept of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. It’s a very broad concept and allows room for diverse perspectives. Unlike religion, where people worship a specific God or follow explicit guidelines, spirituality is a practice where one connects to an entity more significant than themselves. While many people argue that spirituality is a journey to the meaning of life, at Oregon Farm Brokers, we believe this concept is an umbrella term for all people who find meaning in something. If you haven’t felt a sense of spirituality, we recommend meditation and getting in touch with our body: the sights, smells, taste, and feels. Another excellent method is stepping outside and feeling the planet that nourishes not only our body but our lives beyond us.
We are unsure of how long this quarantine will last, but we do hope that at this time, we can all learn new ways to think about the self, exercise, and find spirituality. Take care, and we will see you next month on the Oregon Farm Brokers Blog.