Yes, it certainly does…
Here are some of my recommendations to keep yourself at your best.
Drink plenty of good, pure water throughout the day. How much is enough?
Take your weight in pounds and divide that number by 2. This is the minimum number of ounces you should have in a 24 hour period.
Add extra with strenuous activity, hot weather. Also, for every 8 oz caffeinated or alcoholic drinks consumed, add an extra 16 oz of water needed for that day.
Move your body. Get on your bike. Do some dancing. Take a walk.
If that’s too strenuous for your physical situation, do some “pretend walking” by lifting your heels while sitting. Alternate left, right, left, just as if you’re walking. Get some cross-crawl benefit by touching your knee that’s raised with the opposite hand with each “step.”
Find some way to use those muscles!
No judgement here. We do what we can.
Breathe. Does this sound silly? Of course you’re breathing.
But are you breathing correctly so that you can get enough oxygen to function well, and throw off the other gases your body doesn’t need? <<< this means they are considered toxic as far as your body is concerned.
Most adults are shallow breathers, only using the very tippy-top part of their lungs.
When you breathe the way your body was designed to, your belly will expand, rather than your shoulders and chest going up. If you have trouble doing this, try it lying down, tummy relaxed. Slow, deep breath, then release. Doesn’t that feel good?
Now all you need is to just translate these movements to an upright position.
When you were young, did your mama tell you that you need to sleep so you can grow?
Well, it’s kinda true.
Your body’s cleanup and construction crews do a lot of work at night. And they don’t like being distracted.
So if they’re having to take care of stuff they’re supposed to do in your waking hours, the detox and rebuilding work gets pushed back. To tomorrow. And like the song says, “Tomorrow Never Comes.”
Eat as “organic” as you can manage.
Organically raised food has been shown in study after study to contain more nutrition than conventionally farmed produce and meat. (And though it’s not guaranteed, it’s very likely that organic, grass-fed or wild-caught animals have been treated more kindly, too).
Reduce your caffeine and sugar.
Hey, you knew it was coming…. When you’re tired, the temptation is to use stimulants so you can get stuff done, or even just feel awake. But that “heavenly combination” that’s made Starbucks a household word is not your friend (not helpful for you separately, either. Sorry).
If you feel like you NEED that extra boost of oomph, it’s likely that your adrenals are already depleted. Using caffeine is like whipping a horse that’s down. And your pancreas? Don’t EVEN get me started on the screwed-up insulin cycles I see almost daily.
And please, don’t substitute with artificial sweeteners. They are even worse than sugar.
Addictive, too. You may have to wean yourself off them if you’ve been using them awhile.
Listen to music that is uplifting to you.
This might be spiritual music, or it could be golden-oldies, or classical, or hip-hop. Whatever makes YOU feel good is the correct choice.
PLEASE try to stay away from songs with words that are depressing or hate-filled. These will pull your frequency down and that is NOT helpful.
Not always easy, but well worth it, I promise. Girl Scout’s Honor.
This may be forgiving others because they don’t understand your situation.
Maybe it’s forgiving yourself because you haven’t been able to give your loved ones the attention they deserve.
If you’re human, living on Planet Earth, you have stuff you can forgive.
If you have a problem with (or block against) forgiveness, please understand that forgiving doesn’t excuse someone for bad behavior. But it DOES relieve the “forgiver” of carrying around the burden of that bad behavior. Yeah… take a load off!
Another one that can seem difficult, but once you get started, it can really flow.
Even when you’re having a horrible day, there is bound to be something you can be thankful for. It may be a very small or seemingly insignificant thing. Everything counts!
I was working with a client once that absolutely could not find one single solitary thing to be grateful for in her life. After many suggestions of possibilities, we finally found something:
“My husband shaved today and he looked real nice.”
Well, at least it’s a start! 😀
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