I’ve put together twelve tips for putting the “HAPPY” back into Your “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” after the loss of a loved one. Check out my ELEVENTH tip on how to get your endorphins going and get a little pep back in your step.

 

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Many people struggle to find happiness. There’s a reason there are shelves full of self-help books and TV channels flooded with products and people bent on selling you the next thing to boost your self esteem and create more happiness in your life.

And while plenty of this stuff might work wonders for people, it’s awfully important to understand that happiness isn’t entirely dependent on these products, or even the advice of experts and gurus.

One scientifically proven pathway to increased happiness is as simple as this: exercise!

There is a chemical, physiological link between your physical wellbeing and your mental wellbeing, and eventually, neglecting physical health will take its toll on happiness.

Not only do we get tremendous rushes of those “feel good” chemicals when we put some strain on our bodies, but studies also show that people who exercise feel better (more confident) about their bodies, regardless of any physical changes resulting from that exercise.

There really is something to the idea of “getting your blood pumping” that manifests in tangible boosts to happiness. Exercise relieves stress, gets oxygen moving through the body, and just makes us feel better about being in our own skin.

The best part about all of this – there’s no magic number or formula, no rigorous routine you’re supposed to follow to exercise your way to happiness. Instead, just start moving!

Even just walking for 15 or 20 minutes will stimulate brain activity and release endorphins. The amount of exercise you get is entirely up to you, just know that there’s more at stake than shedding a few pounds.

Really, we don’t even need to think of it as “exercise” (which can have all sorts of negative, potentially stressful associations with gym memberships, diets, routines, and all of that) – instead, focus on movement.

Take a bike ride, go for a walk, play a sport, play with your dog, wrestle around with the kids, play a Wii or Kinect, climb a hill, go for a swim – just enjoy yourself and get your body moving. It will do wonders for your mind and soul.

 

Day 23 – Body Detox

Day 23!  Today is all about noticing what you put your body through as well as what  you put into your body on a daily basis.  Gone are the days of toiling on the farm and eating exclusively what you can grow for yourself – thank goodness!  However, now our society has gone to another extreme of little to no exercise and potentially a fast food diet or a diet filled with processed ingredients and chemicals – yuck!

Moderation has ALWAYS been my motto.  Even as a younger person if I heard a sweeping statement like, “Eggs are bad for you, don’t eat them.”  I instinctively knew that this was not true for me.  I just heard on The Dr. Oz Show that, “An egg a day, is good for you, especially eating the yolk.”  Talk about radically different ideas!  I love eggs, and I eat one 2 -3 times a week.  They have excellent protein and my body feels good after I eat one.  Really, YOU know what is good for you and what doesn’t work for you.  It’s all about listening to your inner guide.  Sometimes this inner guide gets silenced, so now would be a good time to take some time and allow this guide to be heard.  Sit quietly and ask your body what foods would be best to nourish your body this week and then follow this advice.  Let me know how you are feeling!  ~Blessings, Lisa

Earth: Day 23 – Body Detox

There is a powerful correlation between your mind, your body, your spirit, and your emotions.  If your body is sluggish and stagnant, it is easier to feel sluggish and stagnant.  When your body is vibrant and singing with life force energy, your spirit soars.

Modern life is often toxic to the soul.  In addition to the stress of constantly hurrying and being busy, we also don’t always take time to eat in a leisurely way … we grab fast food, chug it down, don’t taste it, and run onto the next thing.  Much of our water and air is polluted, and much of our food has been produced using pesticides and chemicals.  To maintain a healthy environment for your soul it is valuable to periodically detoxify your body.

Affirmation for the Day: My mind, body, and spirit are clear channels for Love …(Kindness / God / Goddess / Creator / Light / Universal Life Force).

 

Today: Breathe deeply.  Drink lots of water.  Eat lightly.  Eat fresh food that has life force.  Walk, dance, move your body, and stretch.

Level 1:  Dry Brush Your Skin!

Dry brushing your skin has been called a miracle technique.  It is a quick, easy, inexpensive, and highly effective way to help detoxify your body.  Within a few days your skin will glow and your entire body will be stimulated.

Detoxifying by skin brushing does three things to help cleanse your body:

1.  It stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps detoxify your body.

2.  It sloughs off dead cells so your skin can breathe.  In fact, if your skin were completely covered so it couldn’t breathe (with paint, for example), after awhile your body would start to suffocate.  The pores in your skin are absolutely necessary to help oxygenate your body.

3.  Dry brushing allows for greater release of perspiration because it unclogs pores that are covered with dry skin.  (Perspiration has a similar chemical composition to urine; hence the skin has been called the “third kidney” because it releases the body’s waste products.)

Dry brush just before you shower with (optimally) a natural fiber brush.  Start at your feet and work your way up your body brushing lightly over your neck and face.  If you don’t have a brush, then a rough towel can be effective.  Use brisk, vigorous, rubbing movements with your towel and then shower to slough off all the dead skin.  Ideally, end with a brisk cold rinse.

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