Updated: Feb 8
Movement is it something that we do every single day of our lives, from even before we are born. It is an integral part of who we are and our experience in this world, but how often do you think about how you move, or checking to see if you are moving well?
We know that there is a mind-body connection and according to Eric Jensen in his book 'Teaching with the Brain in Mind', (2nd Edition) the majority of neuroscientists would agree that movement and cognition are powerfully connected. He also states that “the part of the brain that processes movement is the same part of the brain that processes learning” - the cerebellum. There are over 33,000 scientific articles about exercise benefits from the MEDLINE database. A key factor is oxygen, blood flow and movement, the brain requires oxygen, an increase in blood flow brings more oxygen and we can create more blood flow through movement.
What is a balanced state?
Balance is “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” (source: Lexico.com, 2019). When we are considering our 'state', that can refer to our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual state. We are amazing in our abilities to adapt, change and grow, and the communication and interaction between everything - mind-body-spirit both within and around us - all provide information which is digested.
Reactions and changes then occur to keep us alive, to bring us back towards an equilibrium -stop-go, repair-build, safe-unsafe - there are so many and all that information goes through our nervous system.
In her book The MELT Method, Sue Hitzmann refers to the Neurocore as “a stabilizing system that supports, protects, responds and grounds us without our conscious control. It enables us to maintain whole-body balance while ensuring our organs are protected. The core system is governed by the Autopilot, or neurofascial system.”
Moving from a balanced state
“Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” Zig Ziglar
Knowing that more movement is important and that we have mechanisms within us for stability, let’s take the opportunity to prepare and support ourselves to give us the best opportunities for success.
Here are some simple steps.
Know how to assess and recognise the signs and symptoms of imbalance for you - be that mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual.
Create change to bring things back towards a balanced state.
Review the impact of the changes and understand what differences have they made for you.
Take a moment to celebrate and absorb the benefits and success of the changes.
Here are 4 ways I can help you to create change.
Here are 4 ways you can help yourself to create change
Create the ideal external environment – calm, uplifting, energising or inspiring space to work, move or be in – clear clutter, fresh air
Calm or stimulate your senses - music, movement, scents, meditation
Connect with nature – go out into nature, walk, garden, bring plants into your home
Make a list - Recognise the differences these changes make for you and write it down so you have a list of go-tos to support and help yourself. Why not share your ideas and inspire others?
Need some inspiration? Here are a some of mine:
• Meeting up weekly with a friend
• Doing puzzles with my husband
Find your balanced state
Understand more about your balance from our short video about your body and your balance
Build on what you've learnt by following our short 10 minute 'Let's get moving' exercise video!