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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Quotes and health tip of the day... 12/3/13

He who hurries can not walk with dignity. 
     ~ Chinese Proverb

Savor your time and listen to yourself very closely.
     ~ Doreen Virtue 

Feels to me like a day to let go of routine 
and let yourself be free, if only internally 
– let life happen – my hunch is it'll like that.
     ~ Stephen Russell

Health Tip: 
Top 10 ways to boost energy 
throughout the day ~ Carolanne Wright

Humor - Laughter really is the best medicine when it comes to boosting energy. Blood pressure and oxygen utilization are improved with a hearty belly laugh, which in turn perks up your day.

Gratitude - Upon waking, focus for a few minutes on all the good things in life. This positive infusion will start the day on the right foot and reduce fatigue-promoting stress.

Sunlight - While most of us tend to spend much of our lives under artificial lighting, 10 minutes or so of natural sunlight can make a world of difference in energy levels. Even sitting by a sunny window will help.

Warm up - When we are cold, the body takes this as a signal to sleep. If you are feeling chilly, throw on extra clothing or increase the heat.

Get moving - Exercise is one of the finest ways to avoid fatigue. Studies have shown that brisk movement in the morning maintains energy levels throughout the day - for up to nine hours.

Stimulating scents - If we need a boost during the day, certain essential oils can help. Lemon is one of the best. One study demonstrated that the oil significantly improved participants' mood. And when we are happy, we have more energy.

Chia seeds - Forgo the afternoon shot of espresso and sustain zest with this ancient Aztec power seed. Loaded with vitamins, fiber and protein, you won't experience energy crashes with chia.

Water - Considering that even mild dehydration promotes sleepiness, try a glass or two of water when fatigue strikes. Better yet, hydrate throughout the day to avoid the problem altogether.

Power nap - Grabbing a bit of quick shut-eye is a sure-fire way to beat an afternoon slump. Aim for 10-30 minutes. Keep in mind that napping longer than 45 minutes will increase lethargy.

Stand up - Sitting hunched over a computer for hours on end restricts the diaphragm and encourages shallow breathing, leading to drowsiness and brain-fog. By taking frequent breaks to stand, stretch and breath, we encourage heightened clarity and energy.

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