I speak from experience. My body is a tell-tale sign when I'm worn out -- and I've also taken the time through meditation and yoga to listen to my body's signals and signs for when it's time to take a brief intermission. When I don't, by the end of the day, I feel like sickness goes into remission and I could sleep for a week.
In case I forgot to mention, I've been sick with viral bronchitis so this has been a focus subject for these last couple weeks. So, trust me, I've got some good little tips for you to help you stay on track on the TLC Train. We're going to touch on a few seasonal things for the brisk autumn help you celebrate the time of fall instead of dread the cold and allergy part.
Let's knock out the basics:
Ahhh, the time of day when everything could seem too good to be true or a lost cause before your feet hit the floor. To start off, whenever you do get out of bed (give yourself some time, don't jump or rush if you don't have to, it is your life) -- grab some slippers and a drink! Drinking an herbal tea or concoction with Apple Cider Vinegar is a great way to wake up the digestive and metabolic systems to kick start your engine for burning calories. A lot of us hate breakfast, but even eating a protein bar, 250 calories along with a drink can do wonders for you throughout the day. You will have more energy, less cravings, and better focus eating something in the morning.
Ever wake up with a shit ton of thoughts in your head, and no one to talk to -- or your partner is still blissfully asleep with no chance of waking up yet? Sometimes the brain is just like a little kid in the morning -- it wants to get up and play, pester, and poke you with every thought possible -- so a playground of thought kids bombarding you when you get up... AHH!!! How to sort through without going insane, before coffee has been poured?!? One word: Journal. Writing when you get up, or starting "Morning Pages" is an incredibly therapeutic way to get the thought kids sorted before class is in session. You will notice as you write a little each day, when you write, sometimes solutions to your issues find themselves being written down on the page before you realize it. You have become your very own therapist and problem solver, plus you rid yourself of any potential mis-communication. I stress on how important getting proper nutrition in your system and sorting through your thoughts before continuing your day, you will notice a difference on how you perceive the rest of the day. :)
Because who doesn't like curling up falling asleep to a movie... after eating a huge dinner... and drinking... we all have these nights, and while they are very necessary for our sanity to indulge sometimes, it's not practical for staying in a peak of health and mental balance. If you have a hard time falling asleep at night (you're not alone) sometimes it takes a ritual of your making to help ease your brain to la-la land. For me personally, I stop ingesting caffeine and food at least 3 hours before I think about going to bed. Haven't been the most devout, but hey, I try my best. Stretching, yoga, a hot bath, or night pages work well too, if you work better pouring your thoughts out at night. A little toke on marijuana if also an amazing stress melter, easing away tension and relaxing your entire being in a state of comfort. Just, don't get up and go to the kitchen... Another, is your environment in your bedroom -- do you eat, work, watch tv, or do anything that is not soothing? A bedroom is a place of peace, intimacy, and solitude. A place where your mind knows it can go to escape the world and be in your own space. So, make it so. No one needs a tv set right by their bed. Once you are ready for bed, washing your face and brushing your teeth and hair are wonderful things to do for the day to come feeling cleaner and healthier. Try to let your body rest for at least 8 hours. With the world we live in, for a lot of us this is impossible, so meditating and taking a few 20 minute cat naps during the day will also help your body in the long run... ZzzZzzZzzZzzzz...
Ok, so now that we've covered the basics of morning and night (if I went on about the day time that wouldn't be fair as everyone's day is different) here are some little seasonal tips and tricks for you to feel your best!
SELF MASSAGE FOR CELLULITE
Cellulite occurs when toxins cause fat cells to swell and become trapped in the connective layer of tissue under the skin, resulting in a dimpled effect. Massage can help reduce the appearance of cellulite by boosting circulation, which helps flush our tixins, improving the elasticity of the connective tissue.
Tips for reducing: drink 6-8 cups of water a day to flush out toxins
avoid caffeine and tobacco
body brush regularly to boost blood flow to the skin
1. Tap your cupped hand over the entire thigh area (concentrated area) and repeat at least 10 times.
2. Perform one-handed kneading by pushing and squeezing the flesh between your fingers and thumb, then releasing it. Work up and down the thigh. Repeat at least 10 times.
3. Place your hand flat against your thigh and shake it, sending vibrations through it. Shake for at least one minute.
Slough away dead skin cells to reveal smooth, healthy ski with a soothing exfoliator. Regular scrubbing and buffing helps eliminate dry scaly patches and gives the skin a warm glow.
Exfoliation tips: try to exfoliate at least once every two weeks
exfoliate focusing on elbows, knees, and any hard of callused areas on the feet
do not exfoliate areas with severe acne, this may cause scarring, and no one wants that.
Walnut Scrub: powdered walnut shell polishes and refines skin. Before grinding, break shells into smaller pieces with a hammer.You will need: 3 tablespoons powdered walnut shell or 10 walnut shells finely ground in a coffee grinder
1/4 oil such as sweet almond, grapeseed, or sunflower
5 drops cinnamon oil
Mis all ingredients in a bowl, massage over areas, leave on fr a few minutes and scrub off with a towel, or in the shower.
The lymphatic system is one of the body's garbage disposal systems; it filters waste matter and bacteria from the blood. Lymph fluid circulates through the system, relying on breathing and muscle movement to flow, but massage also stimulates it. Use no oil or lotion for this massage, and apply very light pressure; the intention is to "sweep" toxins towards the lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, elbows, groin, and knees. This is a great massage for you and your partner as it requires hands on, all over experience ;)
1. Begin with the person lying on their stomah and start gently stroking long in the direction of the back of the knee. Keep your fingers together and hand flat, repeat 3 times.
2. Lift -- apply firm pressure 3-4 seconds then grasp the flesh as you pull upward. Move up the calf, repeating the pressing and pulling action. At the back of the knee, trail back down to the ankle and repeat lifting action, working up the leg 2 more times.
3. Start at the ankle again and use the one-handed kneading technique, begin by squeezing and pulling the flesh between your thumb and fingers.
4. Rather than releasing the flesh, slide your fingers foward and flick your hand away from the body as if to "sweep" toxins up the leg. Repeat working up the back of the leg, head down and trail up repeating 2 more times. Control the flicking action with your wrist, like flicking a bug away.
Working up to the thigh...
5. Move to the thigh and repeat the last 4 steps, starting with light long stroking, then performing lifting and kneading. Work from the knee, to the butt 3 times for each stroke. Then repeat on the other leg.
6. Move to the arm, and bend it slightly so that the palm faces upward and the arm is flat. Repeat steps 1-4 on the underside of the lower arm, working up the arm to the elbow 3 times for each stroke. Then move up the arm, repeating steps 1-4 on the underside of the upper arm, working from the inside of the elbow to the shoulder.
7. Turn the person over onto their back and place a towel or small pillow under the neck for comfort. Starting back at the ankle, work up toward the knee, performing light long stroking, lifting, and kneading 3 times each.
8. Move to the top of the body, gently turn the head to the right and stroke from the base of the skull to the bottom of the neck in a smooth movement, repeat 3 times.
9.Work down the neck, performing lifting. With your fingers, tucked under the neck and your thumb on the side, apply gentle pressure, then very lightly grasp and squeeze. At the base of the neck, trail your fingers back up and repeat lifting, working down the neck 2 more times.
10. Finally, perform a two-step sweeping and flicking action down the neck. Begin by gliding your fingers down the back of the neck.
11. Flick your hand upward as if to brush away toxins. Repeat this sweeping and flicking stroke, working down to the base of the neck. Then trail your fingers back up to the base of the skull and work down the neck 2 more times. Finish by performing several sweeping long strokes down the neck. Then turn the head to the left and repeat steps 8-11 on the right side of the neck. Finish by gently turning the head to the center.
MELT AWAY HEADACHES
Headaches can be caused by factors such as muscles tension, allergic reaction, hormones, suqinting, and sinus problems, but most common cause is stress. With today's hectic schedules, it's not surprsing that 90% of North American adults have experienced a tension headache.
Self-Help for headaches: sensitivity to certain foods and additives can cause headaches. Try eliminating the following from your diet and then gradually re-introducing them: alcohol, aspartame, caffeine, chocolate, and MSG
Try deep breathing into a paper bag, inhaling air contains increased levels of carbon dioxide helps to relax you.
There is so much information on self care out there, in innumerable different forms and techniques. The fun part is finding what works specifically for your body and your mind. Keep this in mind: IT'S YOUR BODY -- what may work for one person may not work for you. Like any great experience in life, you never know what fits or what you like until you try.
I challenge you to try something different, nurturing for yourself this week. Whether it be trying to get to bed an hour earlier, write your thoughts down during morning coffee, or just by taking in a deep breath to relax during times of stress. Taking an extra step to help yourself through one of the planet's most difficult season to transition through, give yourself a hand. Stay healthy. If you find all of this somewhat interesting and would like to know further, I enjoy Larry Costa's "Massage Mind & Body" book, his homeopathic techniques are simple, easy, and flexible to customize to your needs. Of course, google is pretty good at finding this shit for you too.
Might I even go further to suggest putting on some earphones and listening to 10-20 minutes of Isochronic Tones, or Binaural Beats. Google it.
One more thing: don't forget, a very important Full Moon/Super Moon is coming up on Novermber 6th, 2014. During this time, it is the best and most beneficial time to meditate on your goals, what you would like to manifest for your future this coming year. We do this twice a year, in the fall and spring; there are special items and earthly tools to utilize to enhance your meditations. If you are interested, I can guide you to one of my favorite treasure shops. <3
Love yourself. Trust yourself. Be yourself.