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Love Yourself…Restore Yourself! That is your Valentines Gift :)

February 11, 2011

Why is it in these first two months of winter do we always feel so sluggish and unenergized???  Does Starbucks change all their coffee to decafinated…do sleep fairies suck all your energy from you while you are tucked up in bed?  no…its not true…but it could be the stresses manifesting after the holiday season, or how about the lack of sunlight during those supposed “daylight hours.”

Here are a couple of options when thinking of how you are going to zing yourself back into life again…

1)  Exercise…yes I’m pusher (can I say that?!)…I believe that you need to move in order to get those endorphins recharged.  aim for 30 min a day. NOT only your metabolic conditioning classes 🙂 I encourage long walks and hiking, enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the beautiful surroundings we have here, again you are moving and enjoying 2 feel good pleasures!

2)  Take a nap…not in class…but yes…power nap.  Now I’m not saying get stuck under those covers for 24 hrs( unless you are with your loved one 🙂 (can I say that?!), but certainly listen to your body…when it says the batteries are dead they usually are…recharge!

3) Speaking of recharge …. spend time with a someone special, spouse, friend child, family memeber, go for a tea, movie or something fun that you know WILL recharge YOU!! Do it FOR YOU!

3)  Get your Vitamin D!!!…take time to get outside…walk at least 15 minutes per day OUTSIDE in daylight hours…talk to your health professional about vitamin d supplements and checking your D levels.

4)  Get off the sugar, gluten and grain train 🙂 .  I know I know…..

5) Take the time to clean your kitchen cupboards and fridge, rid yourself of all the processed food that weighs you down during the week…go on do it now!  

6) Take pride in yourself this month, be proud of all your achievements present and past…make a list of all the great qualities you hold...ask someone to describe you in one word…you will be surprised by what you hear!

7) GET a HUG or Give one! ( your boss maybe!)   A study by University of North Carolina researchers found that hugs increase the “bonding” hormone oxytocin ( you know I’m about hormone balancing) and decrease the risk of heart disease. Hugs have been shown to reduce heart rates, improve overall moods, lower blood pressure, increase nerve activity, and a host of other beneficial effects. After all, what better way to celebrate Valentines’ Day than with a friendly hug. Of course, remember that not everyone likes to be hugged, and always ask before giving a hug to someone who you may not be sure wants a hug. In closing, remember the simple things in life that can make such a difference, and the hug is definitely one of them. Did I mention I LOVE HUGS!!

We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth
—Virginia Satir, family therapist
 
8) Learn to meditate or take a yoga class  🙂  This is what I’m working on in my life, I’m looking forward to learning to be still  🙂
  Though meditation is usually recognized as a largely spiritual practice, it also has many health benefits. The yoga and meditation techniques are being implemented in management of life threatening diseases; in transformation of molecular and genetic structure; in reversal of mental illnesses, in accelerated learning programs, in perceptions and communications beyond the physical, in solving problems and atomic and nuclear physics; in gaining better ecological understanding; in management of lifestyle and future world problems.
Some benefits of meditation are:
 
  • It lowers oxygen consumption.
  • It decreases respiratory rate.
  • It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
  • Increases exercise tolerance in heart patients.
  • Leads to a deeper level of relaxation.
  • Good for people with high blood pressure as it brings the B.P. to normal.
  • Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
  • Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension) and headaches.
  • Builds self-confidence.
  • It increases serotonin production which influences mood and behaviour. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
  • Helps in chronic diseases like allergies , arthritis etc.
  • Reduces Pre- menstrual Syndrome.
  • Helps in post-operative healing.
  • Enhances the immune system.
  • Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress.

 

There you have it, instead of a chocolate fest this Valentines you can do so much more for your beautiful “self”.

O.K. enjoy some wonderful 80% (or higher) dark chocolate also, I know I will, IF that brings you some zing in your life!!

Happy Valentines Day Fitters! Know you are loved always 🙂

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. laura permalink
    February 21, 2011 12:06 pm

    You are too cute! I love hugs too!

    • February 21, 2011 1:33 pm

      I think it is a part of our RAW group now Laura!
      Work hard, rejuvenate with our group hug!
      1-RAW
      2-RAW
      3-RAW!

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