5 activities to pump energy into the body and the mind

1. Tai Chi

The full name, Tai Chi Chuan means “supreme ultimate force”. It involves slow, flowing, sequential movements, which heighten your state of awareness and inner peace. Ma Yueh Liang, the founder of Wu-style taijiquan, a popular form of Tai Chi, believes:
There is no mystique to Tai Chi Chuan. What is difficult is the perseverance. It took me ten years to discover my chi, but thirty years to learn how to use it. Once you see the benefit, you won’t want to stop.”

2. Yoga

Simply put, Yoga is a series of stretches, which strengthens your core muscles, increases flexibility and creates balance throughout the body. World-renowned Yoga teacher and philosopher, Sharon Gannon believes:
You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.”

3. Painting

If painting is something you enjoy doing, then making time for it is essential. Painting can give way to much self-reflection and can leave you feeling calm and inspired. To quote Picasso, “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

4. Running

Running may not be for everyone, but if you do enjoy running then setting the time aside to do it is important for your mental and physical well-being. Monte Davis, a professional runner, says:
Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it’s hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clear headedness that follow a long run.”

5. Hiking

Hiking can be a wonderfully enlightening journey – overcoming obstacles and reaching the top to look over a breathtaking view is an experience that many get addicted to. Bernard Amy, a Lebanese mountaineer and writer poetically describes what climbing means to her.

The aim of the mountaineer, if he wishes to be an artist in the full sense of word, is neither escape nor ‘the search for the absolute’ as some have claimed, but rather seek that place where “the mystic remains silent and the poets start to speak towards men.”

These are just a handful of the many activities one can do after work and that can feed your body and mind. Ideally, you should choose something that you are passionate about, that will help you reduce stress and can boost your inspiration.