How NOT to Get Sick This Winter Season (And Feel Well Instead)

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Keep yourself even healthier and energized this holiday season by remembering these

5 Simple Body Health Essentials:

  1. WATER! Water makes up 75% of our entire body and when we do an insufficient job of staying WELL hydrated then we start to notice our skin, eyes, nasal passages, lips, and lungs feel really dry and painful. How much water are you drinking and eating through fresh fruits and vegetables each day? Aim to drink a minimum of half your body weight IN OUNCES of water. As always implied, increase hydration during exercise, cold weather exposure, and during any illness. Example for a person who weighs 150lbs, they would drink around 75oz of water daily.
  2. FRESH AIR! Step outside and take the opportunity to breathe in deep and exhale into the cool, crisp, winter air. When you do this, you can feel an immediate sense of peace and maybe even a moment of joy in just the act of BEING PRESENT, this mindfulness then sends signals to your body letting it know that all is right in the world IN THIS MOMENT HERE.
  3. SUNSHINE! Open the blinds, the drapes, and let all that beautiful winter sunshine in! All that beautiful, natural divine light touches our skin and stimulates our eyes! Seasonal Affective Disorder and Depression have been linked to deficient Vitamin D, melatonin, and even a gut microflora imbalance. Keep your moments of sadness at bay, by taking in as much outside light as you can! You can combine Air and Light (along with your now UNBUSY schedule) by taking a walk outside.
  4. MOVE YOUR BODY! Moving your body helps keep your blood moving and organs free from congestion, which improves mood and energy levels. Find what makes your body move and your Heart smile, maybe it’s a walk, shoveling snow, sledding, skiing, or maybe it’s dancing around your living room with your kids before bed! The more you can move your body in a meaningful way, the closer you come to overall mind, body, and spirit balance.
  5. REST! Probably the one most forgotten about until we actually end up under the weather. Resting often, especially during the Winter season, will keep your body’s stress level more in rhythm with the energy of the season. This time of year for those of us in the cooler climates actually feel a lack of energy that is completely normal considering our evolutionary biology suggests that even we too have hibernation tendencies in our genes. So instead of fitting in all the things on your To-Do list, choose the Top 3-5 Priority for the day and give yourself some time to rest every day. Log off, power down, close your eyes, and put your feet up. Just breathe deeply and slowly, focusing on how your breath fills your belly with each inhale and falls with each exhale. Rest without getting something else done is KEY.

A balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and proteins, in addition to these five simple essentials, can greatly enhance your sense of wellness, support your immune defenses, and improve your overall satisfaction with life!

Looking for a delicious winter recipe to try? Give my Winter Radish & Kale Salad a try this holiday season!

What are some other ways you are focusing on doing this season to stay healthy? We would love read more innate wisdom! Leave your perspective and wisdom below!

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How NOT to Get Overwhelmed This Holiday Season (And Feel Joy Instead)

Who is most at risk for falling ill this holiday season?  Busy people. That’s who get ill with the colds, flus, pneumonias, and other common winter time ailments. The number one thing we can do for ourselves to support our bodies during a naturally cold, dry, and dark, not to mention also a joyous, exciting, and full of festivities season, is to UNBUSY our minds! Seriously. It’s THAT simple. Sometimes not doing anything feels like doing something! Enjoying the cancelled plans, traffic delay, or long line at the store by just TAKING IT ALL IN!

Unbusy Mind

When our mental space between our ears and above our nose is full of lists, judgements, worries, anxiety, and our physical space experiences headaches, sinus troubles, vision trouble, dry scalp, and brittle hair, you WILL experience a dip in your body’s natural defenses against illness. Your body is following the control of the mind, the mind is sending high-stress signals to the rest of the body, and immediately the body goes into Survival mode. Your digestive system goes into overdrive so it can store as much energy as it can; in the form of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, which all eventually break down into glucose, vitamins, and amino acids. With all the attention and energy flowing into the gastrointestinal tract, your immune system takes a BIG hit.

When we allow the “busyness” of the season to take over our minds, we begin to experience weight gain, sleep disruptions, mood changes, and other physical ailments, all of which can be directly related to an imbalance between your mental and physical vibrations. Our mind, body, and spirit vibrates out of sync, but when we are in sync we experience feelings of peace, acceptance, happiness, and joy. The most important thing (above diet and rest at number 2 and 3) is to unbusy your life. Take your To-Do List and circle the absolute fewest priorities for the day or the week, and place everything under the “If I Get to It, I Get to It List.”

When you unbusy your life, you choose to unbusy your mind!

In any given moment, take a few deep breaths and ask your mind this question:

“What am I actually doing right now?”

Answer yourself by relaxing, letting go of tension, and ENJOYING the moment you are in NOW – it’s the doing, the people, the talking, the view, listening to the sounds of kids yelling, screaming, crying, laughing, giggling, WHATEVER it is that you are doing in that moment and FEEL how all seems right in the world, in this moment right here. And give yourself an opportunity to actually FEEL THE PEACE no matter what kind of “chaos” is going on around you.

I hope you find my perspective and wisdom helpful. May your moments be merry and bright this season!  Leave your perspectives and wisdom below!