Spring Revitalization!

Howdy! After about a solid week of feeling horrible, I’m on the up and up and ready to get back at this. While i will do an update later in the day with general information, I want to talk about something that just came to me.

Since i was sick and in a “low energy” mood for about a week, i figure i may not have been, or currently am, facing the same situation. The seasons are changing and everyone’s allergies are starting to spring up – and that is in addition to the various emotions we feel on a day-to-day basis regarding the loss of our loved ones. Taking all of that into account, lets look at some websites to see what we can do to feel better this spring/summer season!

(Note: Anything Italicized and Bold is from another website)

Try a new diet: Remember the saying “You are what you eat?” That holds true throughout our entire lives. If you are feeling a bit out of place, what you eat might be a good thing to look at first. Here are a couple tips from http://www.healthhappinessmag.com/component/content/article/35-tips/335-revitalization-tips.html about eating:

 ” “Replace a cup of coffee with juice!”

Start your day gently by drinking a glass full of boiling water, added with the juice of half a lemon, a pinch of cayenne pepper and a touch of honey to taste. Rather than cause palpitations, such as in the case coffee, this drink will detoxify your system. The lemon acts as a pacemaker, its energizing power is due to the concentration of vitamins C, B and E, magnesium, calcium and folic acid. It also contains antioxidants that reduce the aging process. In addition, it protects the lining of the stomach, stimulates the action of the liver and pancreas, and helps reduce cholesterol.

“Eat early and often!”

If you skip lunch, it may make you feel weak in the middle of the afternoon. Upon your return home, you’ll be hungry and then your body will not be able to compensate for nutrients that will be lost throughout the day and you will eat dinner like an ogre. To optimize nutrient intake and maintain a healthy metabolism, it is better to distribute the food intake in three meals, light to moderate, and supplement them with healthy snacks as needed. This allows us to avoid overloading our body to have a greater choice and thus to promote better nutritional status. Also, it helps to avoid overeating at dinner.””

Another interesting article i found talks about reorganizing your house to create a better household energy. Here is a snippet from a yahoo health article (http://health.yahoo.net/experts/drmao/spring-

“Here is how to effectively use the elements for optimum health:

• South – correlates with fire and represents your passion, emotion, and connection with people. Make sure the area is well lit, open and airy—and the color in this section is red.

• Center – corresponds to earth and your personal nourishment. Make this area peaceful, spacious, and a welcoming for gatherings of people—and use yellow.

• East – matches up with wood and embodies your creativity and ability to grow. This area calls for lots of living plants, items made from wood and the color green.

• West – relates to metal, representing your self-expression. Use white in this area and feature solid, grounded objects like rocks, crystals or glass.

• North – corresponds to water, symbolizing your faith and inner strength. Dark blue or black is the color for this area; place a fountain here.

Here is an example of how you might put it all together with color and element. The family room may have a round metal-framed table (metal), a festive floor lamp (fire), cushioned walnut chairs (wood), walls painted yellow (earth), and a decorative fountain (water) bubbling in the north section.

Now that your home is in tiptop shape, you may want to see to your body. With special herbal preparations, you can detoxify and balance. To keep all five elements healthy and get a whole body tune-up, try a balanced combination of 44 traditional Chinese herbs that support healthy function of the bodily systems, the Five Elements of Health Formula.”

Maybe, for some of you, working on a relationship you have can give you the kick start you need. Here is an article from examiner.com (http://www.examiner.com/article/relationship-revitalization-tips-for-2010) about the subject:

1) Listen to your spouse. One of the biggest complaints among couples is in regard to listeningto one another. Listening involves a great deal more than opening your ears to hear someone’s voice. It involves truly trying to understand what the person is trying to convey to you. A mere nod of the head or a pat response means that you are not practicing good listening skills. If you are truly listening to your spouse, you will ask questions, respond to what is being said in a truly caring and empathetic manner. It may mean turning off the TV set for 5 minutes or stopping what you are doing, but the rewards of letting your spouse know you care enough to truly listen will be well worth any inconvenience.

2) Have fun together. So often couples get so caught up in the day to day routines of work, bills and family obligations that they forget to take the time just to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Start having a regular date every week. It will give you something to look forward to and need not cost a lot of money. It may be a walk in the park, sharing a cup of coffee at Starbucks, or kicking back on the living room sofa watching a funny movie with a tub of popcorn.

3) Take an interest in what interests your spouse. This doesn’t mean you have to start doing everything your spouse does. Just because your wife enjoys the arts doesn’t mean that you ever will. You may be more of a sports enthusiast. Still, take the time to learn a bit about what your spouse is interested in. It will help to connect you on a different level, and it will also show your spouse that you are willing to learn about something different simply because she is interested in it. You may even come to discover that you enjoy it too!

Another thing i noticed on multiple websites was the importance of sleep to how we live. Here is something taken from Harvard’s Health website (http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/importance_of_sleep_and_health) stressing the benifits of sleep:

  • Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
  • Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
  • Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
  • Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
  • Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
  • Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

Hopefully these tips will be able to get you away from the duldrums of a new season. If you have any tips you would like to share, be sure to comment on the link to the story on the Facebook page!

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