If you live in Pennsylvania, you know it is known as the Keystone State due to its central location in the original 13 colonies. In addition, Pennsylvania has been the key creator in the development of the U.S., with three of our most important documents being written here: the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Gettysburg Address.
While Pennsylvania most certainly holds historical importance, it also holds the key to a balanced mind, body, and spirit. While we most often focus on the physical aspect of wellness, it is important that all three of these areas of wellness are in sync. Read on for ways to heal in the great state of Pennsylvania.
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For the Mind and Spirit
An unbalanced mind and spirit can leave you feeling stressed and anxious, and without the proper tools to combat it, the feelings may get worse. If all your time and energy is spent worrying about today’s tasks or how you are possibly going to get that work project done on time, you aren’t giving yourself enough time to unwind and feel a sense of connection with yourself and the world around you. How can you, when your brain is going 90 miles a minute? The key to a healthy mind and spirit is a balance that comes from actively seeking out time to disconnect and emotionally rest.
To jumpstart the relaxation, spend the day walking around the Morris Arboretum. With more than 12,000 plants, and a website that tells you exactly what will be in bloom during your visit, you are sure to have a camera-worthy experience. Bring a blanket and find a quiet space amongst the greenery to declutter your mind via meditation, journaling, or drawing. If you are up for a little mind-body combo, visit Kings Gap State Park or Colonel Denning State Park for activities ranging from hiking, camping, and horseback riding, to ice-fishing and ice-skating.
For the Body
Your body is the vessel that carries you through life, but it requires maintenance to continue functioning correctly. An unbalanced body could lead to a weakened immune system and physical symptoms such as weight fluctuations, fatigue, depression, and changes in physical strength and ability. Take care of your body by eating fruits and vegetables (find your nearest farmer’s market), and find opportunities to get in some exercise. For the latter, Zenbusiness recommends starting out small and gradually increasing your workout times and level of intensity.
To get some steps in, spend the day at Fairmount Park — but once you see how big it is (2,050 acres to be exact) and the number of activities it houses, you’ll quickly realize you’ll need more than a day to see all it has to offer! Start by visiting the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo, and bring along the kids for a healthy and fun family outing. While you have the kids up and going, head over to the Please Touch Museum and check out the interactive exhibits. (It’ll be a nice change to finally be able to tell your child, “You can look AND touch!”) If you can manage a day out alone or with an adult companion, visit the Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, but try to coincide your visit with their bi-monthly tea ceremony demonstrations. After you’ve had your fill of the park, spend some time learning about the history of your state with a tour of the Gettysburg National Military Park or grab a well-deserved bar of famous chocolate at Hershey Park after spending the day riding rides in the amusement park.
Take a moment and think about the last time you truly put time and effort into your mind, body, and spirit. If it takes you more than a few seconds, it’s time to use the destinations and activities around you to give yourself the TLC you need and deserve right here in the Keystone State.
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