February is American Heart Month
Energy Boost Essentials * February 2012
Reading * Eating & Drinking * Doing
Did you know that February is “American Heart Month?” Nothing gets our blood pumping and our energy balancing better than this month’s energy boosting essentials. Try them for yourself and see if you don’t feel better Fast!
Read to inspire your heart and mind, then sleep in peace with the angels. One of the best ways to transition from the energy of day into the peace and slumber of night is with an exceptional, inspirational read. A key to regaining your energy is quality sleep.
To help recharge and re-balance your adrenal glands you must sleep eight hours a day AND be in bed, asleep, by 10:00 p.m. (Ten P.M.)
This month, try one of more of these feel-good, do good books:
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin with its companion, The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record
Next, I recommend, The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times
If you’d like a more extensive listing, please feel free to visit the Fatigue Be Gone library.
Note: If you have difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep, click here for sleep remedies that have worked for me!
Eat and Drink to Boost Your Energy and Feel Better – Fast!
I must give a HUGE thank you to my good friend Russ Merrill Continue reading
Walks off the lbs and pack on the energy and the TLC!
Energy Boost Secret: Walk pups in need and you’ll loose LBS while gaining the energy you need!
I have three doctors. My left leg, my right leg and my dog.
– Viveca Stone-Berry
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways I’ve found to boost my energy, physically and emotionally, is by volunteering as a dog-walker at my local shelter. I call it an “energy-boost secret” because so few people seem to know about it!
While it is no secret that exercise is essential to boost our energy and maintain our brain-power, we who battle fatigue also know how easy it is to bail out of the commitment we make to ourselves, even to our friend who is expecting us at the gym … When you’re tired all the time the couch looks huge and comfy and the gym is so far, far away. One tomorrow leads to the next …
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Do “exercise” and “Monday” belong in the same sentence? Well – for the past six months exercise hasn’t seemed to fit into any particular day of my week. Am I looking forward to this? No. No way. Bleh. Why me? Tomorrow would work better. Morning works better for me than afternoon. I have too much to do today. I am too tired to work out today.
I think I have pretty run through my usual gamut of excuses. From this point they would start to repeat and get a little whiner and a little more shrill.
I have a fantasy in which I love to exercise. Then there is the past-tense fantasy where I love-d to exercise. Whereas I certainly do enjoy certain types of exercise much more than others (Salsa dancing, bicycle riding around the coast in Newport, R.I.) I am basically a lazy person. Give me a couch and a good book and a bowl of ice cream and I am in heaven. My fondest memories from my childhood involve stacks of books, a comfortable perch and snacks. Oreos and milk anyone?
Anyway today is not about me giving in to my loveable lazy self. It is about a New Year,a happy and energy boosting New Year. And, it is about me doing more of what is good for me vs. what feels good to me!
The inspiration behind this “Exercise on Mondays – Always” resolution is a book I want to recommend to one and all:
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
The author is Gretchen Rubin, a woman after my own heart. Without this resolution she’d be on the couch next to me (and you?!) Her year of happiness begins with boosting her own energy in the month of January. Two ways she does this is by launching this exercise practice and committing to going to sleep earlier.
Could going to sleep earlier – like now – be a good excuse to postpone the inevitable? No – I’ll go. Soon, after I’ve done it often enough I may actually start to look forward to it and to Mondays.
Miraculous Health Benefits of doing the right things, together.
Walking is, simply put, too much to do for those of us under the spell of adrenal fatigue. Not only is our get-up-and-go gone, other companion side affects keep us couch bound. Fatigue aside, feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and depression make it easy to cancel outings with friends and exercise dates with anyone, especially ourselves. I am speaking from experience.
What jumpstarted my walking program? Two unstoppable reasons — my local shelter needed volunteers to walk dogs and I knew I had to get out of the house, make new friends, smell the roses and all that jazz.
The results were nothing short of miraculous.
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Dog Walking and Dog Carrying
I began dog walking at my neighborhood SPCA four years ago. I had recently relocated to a new town and was in the throes of recovering from an adrenal imbalance called adrenal fatigue. Volunteering a mere two hours a week pawing around with pups seemed like the perfect way to make new friends, get a little more exercise, and feed my adrenal glands the “fun” endorphins.
Long story short – dog walking rebooted my physical and emotional well-being. My time slot was Wednesday afternoons from two to four p.m. Unlike the gym, this was a date I never missed. How could I when my brown-eyed, furry, exercise buddies were counting on me? I could walk in there feeling exhausted, with a migraine, or simply feeling blue. I’d always walk out with a smile and a volunteer’s high. (Yes, it’s real.)
I wasn’t looking to lose weight but dog walking did that too. In the first month I lost seven pounds! Since then I’ve read numerous articles about the benefits of a varied pace walking program. The pups led me through this naturally. I’d walk slowly with a senior Labrador Continue reading