Jan 31, 2021
Quoting from my book: Recovering and Healing After the Narcissist:
"Walking is an excellent all-around exercise. As you walk you observe everything at close range---trees, grasses, wildflowers, sprouting seeds, thick hedges, tangled weeds, mud, flowing water, abandoned spider webs, tiny nets of insects and birdsong. With each step you become more grounded to the earth and gain a sense of stability."
"Cardiovascular exercise in the form that works for you--cycling, rowing, climbing, walking, running, walking---releases endorphins, powerful brain chemicals that boost the immune system, help us sleep better naturally, give us more energy and have a profound effect on stabilizing our mods. Cardiovascular exercise oxygenates the entire body, relaxes frayed nerves and slows down obsessive thoughts. After cardiovascular exercise the calming part of the nervous system, the parasympathetic, takes over. It communicates to the body, mind and psyche that feelings of deep relaxation ar now active throughout every neuron and cell. "
"Learning to breathe diaphragmatically and practicing it refularly maintains a consistent feeling of security and steadiness throughout the body, mind and psyche."
"An innovative way to immerse yourself in the parasympathetic nervous system is to create "blue zones" within your living space. Surrounding yourself with variations of the color blue activates a soothing response inside of us. Blue, in its limitless varieties, embraces us with exquisite healing beauty."