What’s the first thing you did when you woke up this morning?
Did you roll over and check your smartphone, or open up your laptop? Well I definably have been guilty of this many, many days. In fact, for a few years I’d say. Until I realized, wait, whatever is there can wait an hour. First I stopped that habit but still did a quick scan to see if there was anything urgent to tend to. But then I realized hey, I think I can wait. And I think I can start my mornings much, much better.
The first thing I do or see in the morning should be peaceful. This will set my tone for the entire day. There may be challenges during my day, but I started the day with the peace and positivity, and it’s almost like an arsenal I have with me.
So gone are the days of rolling over and checking email, laying in bed and scrolling down social media, surfing the web even before breakfast.
Now it starts with 5 minutes of meditation, still in bed. Then I open my window and get some fresh air in. I get up, make my bed, drink some lemon water and take a quick shower. Then I make sure I eat. All this sounds basic but just doing these BEFORE getting bogged on my laptop has made a word of a difference in my life.
I don’t do the same exact things every single day. I mix it up. But not on the list is smartphone or laptop.
Some people may feel pressured not to reveal that they experience tremendous stress among all the holiday cheer during this time of year. Whether you’re buying presents, dealing with demanding friends, relatives or resisting cravings, the demands of these things can have you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and stressed. However, you can stay both healthy and properly manage your stress during the holiday season by overcoming these typical seasonal challenges.
When you eat too much , it’s one of the mains things that can make you feel annoyed and sickly, not to mention – your guilt begins to bother you about what you just ate. But don’t worry, you can still partake in your normal holiday activities without actually hurting your self. Rather than snacking on sweets and assorted snacks, get yourself a small sampler dish with one or two bites of your favorite food. This makes it easier for you to keep note of how much you’re eating, and you also get to enjoy a variety of your favorite foods. When it comes to supper, fill most of your plate with healthy foods like vegetables and salad and smaller portions of foods like stuffing and beef without consuming down too many calories.
Avoiding sugar, soft drinks , eggnog, and alcohol is also another good way to save your calories Also think about doing walks after a meal or early morning jogs during this time as a show of discipline to yourself.
Relationships with your Family
Almost everybody has a relative at their family gathering that acts other than ‘civilized’, but don’t let that person(s) cause you to avoid your quality family time together. If ,for some reason, you have a relative or friend that you haven’t communicated with in a while or had some past issues with, try giving them a call before and during the actual holidays to touchbase and attempt to reconcile.
Hosting a Gathering
Hosting a gathering can definitely be stressful, especially family gatherings. If you decide to cook at your place, make sure to plan in advance the people who will help you cook and the others who will help you clean. In addition, try taking breaks either during the cooking process or the cleaning process so that you can also socialize. Also ensure to prepare some of your foods a day or two prior and keep it in the refrigerator so that you get a head start. If you plan to have guest staying in your place, post signs of house rules throughout the house. Although you may have guest, every day spend sometime to yourself by going on a walk , reading or taking a nap. It will help reduce your stress.
Gifts and Finances
Let the holiday season drain your account? Its best that before the holiday season begins, make a seasonal budget to guide you. Talk openly to your friends and family about the gufts they may want, rather than taking too much time and money on things they don’t want or will never use. If you have a large family, maybe try planning gift exchanges instead of buying a gift for every single person and suggest together on a price limits for gifts. Lastly, consider the expense of holiday foods and other ancillary cost and attempt to plan among family and friends who buys commonly costly items.
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Throughout time, humans have strolled, sat, stood, and slept on the ground—the skin of our bodies touching the skin of the Earth—oblivious to the fact that such physical contact transfers natural electrical energy to the body. The Earth, you see, is an electrical planet, and you are a bioelectrical being living on an electrical planet. Your body functions electrically. Your heart and nervous system are prime examples. Emerging science reveals that direct contact with the ground allows you to receive an energy infusion, compliments of Mother Earth.
“Earthing” also called “grounding” stems from the idea that in modern city life we no longer have direct physical contact with the Earth, and therefore are losing out on purported health benefits of exchanging electrons with the surface of our planet.
Grounding or Earthing is defined as placing one’s bare feet on the ground whether it be dirt, grass, sand or concrete (especially when humid or wet). When you ground to the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs.
The Earth is a natural source of electrons and subtle electrical fields. When in direct contact with the Earth, your body becomes suffused with negative charged free electrons and equalizes to the same electric energy level as the earth.
According to emerging research, Earthing can be beneficial in:
Reducing inflammation by defusing excess positive electrons
Reducing chronic pain
Lowering stress and promoting calmness by reducing stress hormones.
Normalizing biological rhythms including circadian rhythm
Improving blood pressure and blood flow
Relieving muscle tension and headache
Lessens menstrual and female hormone symptoms
Speeds healing- used in some places to prevent bed sores
Can eliminate jet lag
Protecting the body from EMFs
Shortens recovery time from injury or athletic activity
Reducing or eliminating snoring
Helping support adrenal health
Reconnect to the Earth!
Please note that none of the information here constitutes medical advice in any way, or claims cure or treatment of any medical condition. Always consult a medical doctor regarding any personal health issues.
Kshamica Nimalasuriya MD, MPH is a Preventive Medicine Physician involved with merging Media with Health, Open-Source Education, Herbal Medicine, Fitness, Nutrition, Wellness, and Love. She works on many initiatives bridging the global digital divide of health care education.
Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Not all stress is bad. All animals have a stress response, and it can be life-saving. But chronic stress can cause both physical and mental harm.
There are at least three different types of stress:
Routine stress related to the pressures of work, family, and other daily responsibilities
Stress brought about by a sudden negative change, such as losing a job, divorce, or illness
Traumatic stress, which happens when you are in danger of being seriously hurt or killed. Examples include a major accident, war, assault, or a natural disaster. This type of stress can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Different people may feel stress in different ways. Some people experience digestive symptoms. Others may have headaches, sleeplessness, depressed mood, anger, and irritability. People under chronic stress get more frequent and severe viral infections, such as the flu or common cold. Vaccines, such as the flu shot, are less effective for them.
Some people cope with stress more effectively than others. It’s important to know your limits when it comes to stress, so you can avoid more serious health effects.
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