Week Three – Managing snacking
Most of us probably don't need convincing that stress can take its toll on our overall health; start by putting a bounce in your step this spring with these quick-fix energy boosters to keep you full of the joys of life. Having fun and enjoying life are important to increase our health, vitality and longevity.
Just take a Deep Breathe – In most Alternative Medicine, one of the most important ways to encourage energy or 'qi' is to simply breathe slow and deep. Stress and bad lifestyle choices are some of the reasons why a healthy supplement of oxygen doesn’t quite reach the bottom of our lungs so make sure you're getting your full allowance by practicing breathing from you diaphragm.
If you are at work, remember to take a 60 second break. Stop what you are doing, close your eyes and breathe deeply; stand up and stretch; drink a glass of water. Doing this will help to re energise you.
Kick start your Energy - Feeling good doesn't have to mean exhausting yourself in a routine and scheduled workout; as long as you are enjoying some kind of activity that gets the blood pumping, be sure to exercise at least 30 minutes a day or 2-3 times each week for 1-2 hours. Take care not to overdo it.
Enjoy your Life - Studies repeatedly demonstrate the health benefits of socialising with fa mily and friends. Those people with a healthy social network enjoy their lives than those who routinely isolate themselves.
De - Clutter your Mind- Switch off your active mind and relax. Find ways that will help you to unwind. Whether it is pottering in the garden or starting a new hobby; it is essential to find time for yourself. You can also put time aside and enjoy a much-needed massage for an hour.
Meditation Exercises–Meditation comes in various arts and guises and is usually a mastered therapy; exercising the Mind, Body and/or Soul . There are lots of different ways to meditate, from sitting in the garden, seeking one to one tuition or simply joining a class within your community centre.
Keep Hydrated – Are you drinking enough water? You should be aiming to drink around two litres of pure water a day but herbal teas are also beneficial.
Stop Snacking - Challenge yourself to replace at least one unhealthy snack with a healthier one. Before bed, for example, eat a piece of fruit instead of sugary cereal. Instead of chips and dip, try cut-up veggies with hummus.
The Sole! – Take time to look after your feet and give yourself a foot massage or book yourself an appointment with a trained Reflexologist. A qualified Practitioner will trigger reflexology points on your feet that are connected energetically to other parts of your body. By massaging these points, this Therapy encourages and increases energy to flow more smoothly and boost your wellbeing.
Infusion Remedies - Flower Remedies are a great instant fix when you're feeling not quite yourself and slightly jaded or out of sorts. They are a great way to enhance your energy.
Supplement Yourself! - Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance found in every cell in the body and helps to play a role in the production of the amino acid which the body naturally produces in the brain, heart and kidneys and helps to build energy, stamina and strength.
“Go ahead and put this challenge to the Test and invest in boosting your vitality…..”
Article by Mamuna Arshad – Cosmetic/Aesthetic, Lifestyle Specialist & SPORTS/COMPS Lecturer
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