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How to Relax, Recharge, and Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Spirit - Eastern and Western Ways

Updated on April 21, 2012

A Good Life is a Balanced Life

A vibrant life is a measure of good health. Pleasure from the things we do, and positive energy both given and received are a few of the ingredients we all need for our overall well being.

We live busy and hectic day to day routines that often interfere with achieving a balance in our lives. Some of us forget to add this balance. Some of us don’t know how to do it. There are simple therapeutic methods we can apply to ourselves that will give us a renewed sense of who we are, and what we need to make things better.

People who practice Eastern philosophies understand that well being comes from a balanced life. Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chrakra and Ayurveda are some examples of therapies that teach harmony, and how to rebalance our energies in line with nature and our innate selves.

Self Reflection and Re-Energizing Yourself

There is no one set of rules that can be applied to everyone.  We all have different personalities and different issues and scenarios going on in our lives. So before we put together some ideas of how to improve our life’s situation, we need to know ourselves by defining our personality.
What is your basic disposition? Are you easy going and relaxed, or hot tempered and impatient.
What is going on in your life right now? Are you overwhelmed, did you just have a major life change, are you anxious or relieved about something?

Depending on what what is going on, combined with your personality style you might need to be re-energized or you might need some calming to help re-balance yourself. You might want to consider more self reflection or to seek help from others. To help gain a new sense of self renewal here are some ideas:

  • take it slow
  • let go
  • get to know

Setting Ourselves Up for Stress

Take It Slow - In the course of a day, our list of things to do is usually way longer than the hours we have in a day. We often expect to get more things done than are realistically possible.  At the end of the day, we rarely look at what we accomplished, we may instead feel unfulfilled for the things we didn’t get done. Sometimes we don’t get the things accomplished, because we were not focused, or we got distracted. Sometimes we  procrastinate doing the things we know we need to do. Sometimes we underestimate how long something can take. Often times we put too many things on our list of things to do. We have inadvertantly set ourselves up for failure. We may feel unfulfilled and incomplete because we didn’t achieve all we wanted to. All these things weigh on our mind and add stress to our day.

There are ways to de-stress and relax.

  • take the time to congratulate yourself for what you did get done
  • however long your list is, make it smaller
  • set realistic and small achievable milestones
  • take note of what you did do
  • relax with a cup of herbal tea
  • give yourself some quiet time
  • do some deep breathing
  • do something kind for yourself
  • take a warm bath  and if you like bubbles use them
  • give yourself some alone time
  • get plenty of sleep

The Things that Weigh Us Down, Hold Us Back

Let It Go
Within our mind, body, and spirit our thoughts, anxieties, burdens, and anticipations weigh us down. We have a lot of things that are on our minds. Sometimes the patterns and habits we get into sap our energy and hold us back. Emotional stagnation weakens our spirit and drains our energy.

  • unclutter your space
  • it is okay to do things to the best of your ability - let go of perfection
  • exercise to release pent up energy
  • self talk about things that may be holding you back
  • sing like nobody is listening
  • dance like nobody is watching
  • get a massage to release the tension in your muscles
  • take a way
  • draw a picture, do something creative and use your imagination
  • get out of your routine
  • step away from our electronic devices

Fulfillment from Your Passions

Get to Know
You can recharge yourself. Your passions and the things that give you fulfillment can stimulate your senses and excite your inner being. When you are doing something that brings you satisfaction, you feel younger, more energetic, more excited about your day. You can give yourself things to look forward to when it is something you truly like
  • spend time with the people and pets who are important to you
  • do something you have never done before
  • find meaning in the things you are doing
  • be true to yourself
  • join a community involving your interest or your hobby
  • take the time each day to pay yourself a compliment
  • accept that change is stressful and be kind to yourself
  • schedule time for you to do something you really like to do
  • enjoy and take pleasure in who you are - value yourself (even if it is for the littlest thing)

What are the different ways Eastern philosophies achieve balance?

Eastern techniques for self renewal

  • Chakra
  • Ayurveda
  • TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)


Chakra is a way to integrate the body, mind and emotions. lt comes from the Buddhist, Tantric, and Hindu traditions. Although references have been found in Jewish texts and the Kabbalah, in Egyptian, Christian and Islamic writings too. It means disc or wheel from ancient Sanskrit. There are 7 main chakras or centers in the body that are associated with specific organs, nerve pulses, and endocrine glands. Chakra techniques are thought to have originated in the second century B.C.E. In the past, chakras were focused to create higher level of consciousness. Today, chakras are used to help us be more grounded by bringing the energies within our body and connect us to the world. Reiki, yoga, crystal gem therapy, Tai Chi, Qigong, aromatherapy and Eastern martial arts are part of chakra focused therapy. 

Chakras were introduced in the West about 100 years ago. Chakras are a way to tap into our pure life energy, for healing, balance, and rejuvenation. Chakra can be a very powerful experience, and wonderful transformative work can be accomplished with a knowledgeable and qualified teacher. Chakra can renew your energy and inspire great things within yourself. You can learn to connect to an undiscovered energy that can radiate outward to light a new path for yourself.


Ayurveda is a healing technique from India, going back thousands of years.It is an ancient philosophy that reconnects the self to nature and all that nature created. Ayurveda means knowledge of truth and refers to the science of life. Ayurveda is designed to bring the body, mind and spirit into harmony to create balance, health and long life. Emotional, physical, and mental problems can be traced to an imbalance in the Doshas (the three energies circulating in the body). The basic ideas behind the Ayurvedic approach is to purify the body and rebalance these three energies (doshas).
  • Panchakarma (cleansing) helps the body re-balance for better mental clarity.
  • Meditation
  • Herbs to improve digestion and eliminate toxins.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

TCM - Traditional Chinese Medicine is over 5,000 years old is a complete medical system that applies the laws of nature to the laws of the human body . TCM treats the illness and its basic cause, not the symptoms. It is a holistic approach that considers emotions, physical, and spiritual aspects of a person as one, instead of disconnected parts. They system is based on vital energy or Qi (pronounced chee) .The main techniques used in TCM are:
  • accupunture which helps Qi flow freely
  • accupressure - rebalances the flow of energy in the body
  • qigong  (gaining energy from simple movement and breathing techniques)  
  • use of herbs formulated to support and strengthen organs      
  • healing through certain foods based on its energy substance, not necessarily the nutritional value.  
  • consideration of emotions and their connection to the organs within the body and how it influences our health

Ignite the Source Inside You

The Western philosophy to regaining balance, energy and a renewed self is often looked from a psychological or medicinal approach. Counseling, therapy, and self improvement techniques are often used to gain a better understanding of our habits and patterns.  Sometimes people will seek a doctor’s prescription for anti anxiety or anti depression pill so they can refocus themselves.  In Western medicine, the symptoms are treated, but the cause may not be addressed. This can sometimes have the effect of other things being out of balance.

Most Eastern techniques and philosophies look to treat the body as a whole and believe that some toxins and other causes of the body being out of balance have been there for many years. Their philosophy is to cleanse and rebalance so the system can recharge and rejuvenate itself.

There are many choices that exist to renew your spirit, re-awaken a passion, and recharge yourself. You don’t have to just exist. You can live and thrive and flourish. Ignite the source of your energy and fire up your soul. New and exciting things await you from both Eastern and Western sources of renewal and relaxation techniques.

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      6 years ago

      I accustomed to receive at the top of lifestyle but these days We have built up some sort of level of resistance.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      8 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @toknowinfo...The body knows best is good advice.

      Thanks for sharing this most informative Hub on methods such as Chakras and Ayurveda, of which I knew nothing before today, and general well-being through balance.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Dim, Thanks for your kind words. I am glad you found this hub so helpful. I appreciate you becoming my newest fan too.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Wonderful hub. Very, very helpful.

      Than you.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Sue, Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed this article. Looks like we could take some relaxation tips from your dog.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for another good hub. Very informative.

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      8 years ago

      Hi Chs, I am happy you came by to read and comment. I hope this hub gives you some helpful tips. Thanks for the compliments of the layout.

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      8 years ago from Ireland

      The layout of your hub is well defined and enjoyable. I like the combinations methods of east and west. We need all the help we can get.

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      8 years ago

      Hi Kathi, I loved your story. Of course I would, it is about pets. So maybe i should try some other music and see if your cats approve.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Cog, I try to offer any ideas that will help us de-stress and regain a balance in our lives. Thanks for the up votes.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi B, I am glad you felt relaxed and rejuventated from this article. I find when I visit your creative hubs, your writing does that to me too. Glad i could reciprocate.

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      8 years ago

      Hi Pdog, I am glad you came back for another visit. I totally got what you were saying the first time and agree with you. Intellect and instinct are two different things, and I think we all need to look inward to gain greater self knowledge. I am enjoying what you are adding to these comments. It is always nice to see you and have a higher level discussion.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Kash, As always, you make my day when you stop by. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Jis, Thank you for stopping by. I am glad you added your contribution to the comments section. I am glad this article enlightened you. I appreciate you sharing this with others.

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      8 years ago

      Hi Amillar, I am always glad to see you. It makes me happy to know you enjoyed this article. If there is any particular self help info you would like me to write about, let me know. I take requests.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Aris, It is nice to see you again. I hope you will be able to use these tips when you need them. Thanks for commenting.

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      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I was listening to the video and really trying to zone out and meditate to the music when my cat started acting up. He wanted out, I don't think he liked the Then my other cat's ears were going bonkers twitch'n back and forth. Well, that was the end of that! Thought I'd share that funny story with you. I enjoyed it even though they didn't!

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      getting rid of stress is so important....thanks for sharing ideas that help rejuvenate and ease your stress levels....voted up

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      After reading and enjoying this Hub of yours Toknowinfo, I can say I am so Relaxed and Rejuvinated...really good advice...lots to think about and try!

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      8 years ago

      I came back to this because I felt my comment did not fully explain. I did not want to seem deprecating of the mind. It is getting the balance right of mind and body - what we sense when we use our body (sight,sound,smell,hearing,feelings). You meet people, for example, who are not "in the here and now" their senses are not operating but their minds are - a kind of retracted existence made from what the mind is thinking rather than what the body is sensing. Processing using both gives us a higher form of knowledge, I think. Thanks for this awesome hub ToKnowInfo.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi toknowinfo, great advice and options to help us learn how to relax, recharge and rejuvenate .

      Awesome and vote up !!!

    • Jisblessed profile image


      8 years ago

      I like this hub. God is concern with us being whole, spirit soul and body. I think a little of each may make up the whole. I enjoyed and was enlightened by it and will share with others.

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      8 years ago from Scotland, UK

      Oh yes, this is good advice. I like your self-help hubs. I would definitely rather get to the root of the problem than take a pill.

      Up and useful.

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      Aris Budianto 

      8 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

      Amazing, 3 steps that make us fresh and it works well

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Stephanie, Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed this hub. It is good to know the different options we can choose from to help us heal and improve ourselves.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Great Hub! I really enjoyed your comparison of Eastern and Western ways to rejuvenate your mind and body -- there's much to be said for all the techniques.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Pdog, I agree, some things don't need our brains involved. Listening to our bodies, as you said, is more important in many instances. Thanks for adding your input.

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      8 years ago

      Descartes said I think therefore I am which became the Western emphasis whereas eastern philosophy has traditionally not separated mind from body - what you are feeling is more real than thinking if that makes sense. Listening to our bodies needs before the mind has a chance to intervene is sometimes best - body often knows best makes sense to me.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi JP, Thanks for your great comments. They add a lot to this hub. It is so true about the Eastern approach. In addition to it being a spiritual healing, it is meant to treat the body with a balanced system. So that if one part of the body is being treated, there is another part that correlates to it, and the body remains in balance.

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      JP Carlos 

      8 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Taking it slow is something I have to work at. Just to add, each chakra represents an emotion or mental state. So it's a way to heal physical, emotional and psychological concerns as well. Eastern methods are becoming popular but I hope they're not reduced to some get-well-quick remedies. It's spiritual healing more than just quick fixes. Thanks for the hub.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Simone, Thanks for your take on the Eastern vs Western approaches. I am glad you took the time to read and comment.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, Eastern methods rock. Much more effective than just medicating and seeing professionals, I imagine! At least when it comes to finding a second wind in life. When it comes to more... medical things... I think I'm still much more for the Western ways! Interesting Hub. Thanks for writing it!

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi thehemu, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am glad you liked the hub.

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      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Really Great Hub. Thanks for sharing.


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