Ten Healthful Ways to Create Less Stress and More Energy

Oh, to have a seven year old's energy (and flexibility!)

Face it, life can be str essful. You do your best to pay the bills, keep your relationships going, raise happy kids, and still find time to exercise.  It’s not always easy, is it?  I’ll tell you a secret: it gets so much easier when you know these ten steps.  I’m going to share with you ten ways to feel less stressed and more energetic.

  1. Keep your bedroom pitch black when you sleep.  When you remove all light stimulus (even from a clock or nightlight,) you get better REM sleep which makes you feel more rested.  If you can’t make your room dark, wear an eye mask.
  2. Drink a glass of lemon water as soon as you wake up.  This helps the body alkalize, helping everything from digestion to immune function.
  3. Do some form of morning meditation or prayer.  This will actually help you keep your thoughts more clear during the day and you will get better rest later that night.
  4. Eat protein for breakfast.  Eggs in the morning, for example, will give you more sustained energy than that bagel, muffin or croissant. It really doesn’t take too long to scramble an egg and the concerns about eggs and cholesterol are disproven.
  5. Move your body mid-day.  If you can’t get a workout in, run up the stairs a few times, do ten pushups or a couple downward-dogs (it’s a yoga move!) or a few jumping jacks.  Movement is life.  If you’re not moving, you’re degenerating.  Sitting at a computer all day (or in a car commuting) zaps your energy. Find a way to move!
  6. Get your laptop computer set up ergonomically.  This might mean buying a separate keyboard and mouse so when you type your elbows can stay close to your body. Set the computer on a stand so that the screen is level with your eyes. This helps with elbow pain, neck strain and overall energy.
  7. Cut the chemical junk out of your diet.  Stay away from processed sugars and flours.  These empty calories often just get wrapped in mucous in your body and stored as fat.  If you don’t know what the ingredient is on the label (or can’t pronounce it,) then it’s better to just not eat it.
  8. Learn to prepare greens.  Dark leafy greens like kale and chard are some of the most energy producing nutrient-rich foods you can eat.  Make them a regular part of your diet.
  9. Keep your nerve system clear.   A healthy spine and nerve system keeps the messages between your brain and body from being disrupted.  Regular wellness chiropractic is a great tool for keeping energy high and the body healthy.
  10. Go to bed on time.  Getting to sleep early (by 10:30pm at the latest) maximizes the healing quality of sleep.  Sleeping from ten pm to five am for example, will yield more healing and energy than going to bed past midnight and sleeping until noon.  Going to bed early and getting up early is a smart way to efficiently create health.

With these steps, one plus one equals three.  The more you do, the more your body and mind thank you.  Take an action today!


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