So Christmas is nearly over and we've wished the New Year in with lots of love, positivity, hope and good intentions. I hope you all had a good time with your loved ones.
I kind of overdid it – especially on all the mince pies, cheese and chocolate! It was delicious but now I’m feeling a bit sluggish, slow and tired…and a bit snappy, dare I say it!
As a woman in my 40s, with two very energetic young boys aged 5 and 8, I have worked really hard over the last year and a half to get my energy back up from where it was, after having kids knocked the stuffing out of me (excuse the Christmas pun)! I’ve done this using food, sleep, relaxation techniques, supplements to support my battered adrenals, getting rid of a hidden bacterial infection and boosting my liver and gut health. This is also the exact process I work through with my clients.
How many of us continue to go through life not feeling as good or energetic as we want to? Feeling slightly under the weather, out of whack, sub-optimal is very common for a lot of us, if not all the time then some of the time. We learn how to adapt to feeling like this - often using coffee and sugary drinks to prop us up - because there’s certainly plenty of other people around us who also don’t feel their best a lot of the time.
So we assume it's normal and put it down to ‘getting older’ or ‘having kids’ or 'being stressed'. But what if it it's not normal, only common? What if it's a message from your body saying all is not well. It’s the body’s way of trying to get our attention, to put things right.
Have you ever stopped to think of what having more energy and feeling better would do for you? Imagine ditching the daily slumps and brain fog. How about waking up feeling rested and energized, going through your day alert, light and bright, feeling good in your body, enjoying clarity of mind and consistency of mood? I try my best to strive for this. I don't always manage it, but when I do, I just want more...and more.
So, for anyone wanting to get the energy and vitality back into your life here are some suggestions for the New Year:
Eat more veg: try to fill a third of your plate at every meal, with dark green vegetables. They’re the ones most densely packed with nutrients. Or try green smoothies as a snack.
Get more quality sleep: make a pact to get to bed at least 30 minutes earlier that you normally do and switch off all your tech at least an hour before going to bed.
Move: I know it’s winter but make sure you move. Moving helps you de-stress, lose weight and balance your blood sugar. Walking, cycling, swimming, dancing…anything that gets your heart rate up is good. Every little counts.
Reduce your stress. Don’t just let stress get the better of you and your health. Actively do something about de-stressing, starting by putting yourself top of the priority list. From breathing, to meditation, gratitudes, exercise, stretching, just starting to say ‘No’ when you need to – all make a difference.
If you really want to go for it in 2016 and kick butt with your health and energy, as I have done, I invite you to take advantage of the free 45-minute Discovery Session I offer on skype. To find out more, click here to book a session.