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Daily Encouragement for 4-10-2024

Imagine yourself preparing to go to the gym. Each day is a chance to push yourself just a little bit further, to grow by 1%. Stretching, often overlooked or dreaded, is a simple yet powerful tool. I’m here to encourage you to stretch yourself, both mentally and physically. Scientifically, we know that stretching releases endorphins, reducing stress hormones and boosting mood and mental well-being. It’s a stress-buster. Did you know that tense muscles are often a physical sign of stress? Your body keeps the score. Stretching can relieve muscle tension, leading to relaxation and a calmer mind. It also promotes deep breathing, triggering the body’s relaxation response and reducing anxiety.
Today, I encourage you to explore how stretching can enhance mood and emotional regulation. Emotional regulation is vital for your day-to-day success. You can choose to live in a mindless, stressful, bitter, or chaotic place, or you can choose a growth mindset, a calm presence of mind, a forward-thinking attitude, or an observant place.
Did you know that stretching can improve cognitive function? Increased blood flow to the brain during stretching delivers oxygen and nutrients, enhancing cognitive performance and mental clarity. Additionally, stretching reduces muscle tension that can contribute to headaches and migraines, thus improving focus and concentration.
We’ve talked about the importance of sleep and circadian rhythm health. Stretching before bedtime can be a game-changer for your sleep quality. A simple stretching routine prepares your body for rest, improving sleep onset. Better sleep quality leads to improved mood, cognitive function, and overall mental well-being. So, why not give it a try?
 Since we know that stretching is beneficial for physical and mental well-being, please consider trading your before-bed scrolling or watching TV for stretching. Wait for your body and mind to thank you. Remember: your joy is YOUR job.

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