"Finding Hope Through Movement: How Grief Can Lead to a New Beginning"
Have you ever experienced the power of movement in your life? I can attest that movement has been life-changing for me through my grief, and I believe it can be for you too!
When I was younger, I didn't understand the importance of movement. I thought that as long as I wasn't bedridden, I was fine. I was never the athletic kind either, ok I paid for the membership and never went, ha. That all changed when I lost Zach. It was like I had an instant health and movement decline on top of grieving. I had to choose life, and I had to choose to take my own health more seriously. That quality of living was important. Have you ever felt like your health was declining, but you didn't know where to start?
Y'all, I had no idea where to start. Truly, it was like I could not move, I couldn't bend, I could barely bend and touch the tops of kneecaps. My body was pulled together like lock tight had been poured in. I can even feel the sensation come back as I type my words. Grief is nasty and it wants to steal all the joy from you - but you can't let it. So what you do is, you use your grief to reform you! Have you ever felt like grief was trying to steal all the joy from you? Okay, today is the day it stops and you take charge!
I knew I needed to change, you know when you just know, and God was my only help. I had failed myself all 48 years. And so, I started moving more and praying. At first, it was just small things like chasing around the dog, I called it Lottie-size. Oh, and doing some light stretching in the morning. But eventually, it turned into something more. Now, movement is an integral part of my life, and it has completely transformed my well-being - mind, body, and soul. Have you ever started something small and seen it turn into a major part of your life?
Sooooo, if you're struggling with your own health for whatever reason or worried about declining fitness levels as you age, know that it's never too late to start moving more. Trust me, your future self will thank you for it! Have you been worried about your health and fitness levels lately?
Movement is essential to a healthy lifestyle and can lead to lessons that go beyond physical health. Movement, such as a daily walk, can help reduce depression, stress, and anxiety while also acting as a form of self-care and meditation. Such activities allow our mind and body to be in the same place and have profound calming effects on our emotions. Furthermore, movement helps us tone, strengthen, and condition our bodies, keeping us strong and fit both mentally and physically. Therefore it's important for us to prioritize physical activity for both mental and physical well-being. The mind is fascinating to me, keep reading.
When I began to move more frequently, courageously, and consciously in my life, I started to feel an empowered sense of strength. Movement unlocked the courage within me to not only trust that I could make changes in my life but also enable me to actually see those changes. Releasing tension through stretching, dancing, and paddleboarding have all connected me with my own body, making me feel both mentally and physically strong. I stand taller now! Have you ever experienced a sense of empowerment through movement?
I now deeply believe that movement truly has the power to change lives for the better, and this transformation has given me faith in prayer and mindfulness habits that are mind-blowing for me. Y'all, listen, it sounds crazy - I know - but I can think better when I take a break to listen to music and dance and surrender thoughts to God.
In conclusion, movement is an essential part of a healthy and fulfilling life, and I am proof of that. By making small changes and incorporating movement into my daily routine, I have transformed my physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on your own relationship with movement and how you can incorporate it into your life. Start small, be kind to yourself, and remember that it's never too late to make a positive change. Let's move together and support each other as a community, and use the power of movement to uplift ourselves and each other. Remember, we are all in this together. Grab the guide here.
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