5 Ways to Get Energized!
Has the weather got you into a slump? Gray skies translating into gray thoughts?
Ida Abdalkhani says that 1 in 2 of us are struggling to be happy. While there is nothing wrong with feeling a little gray, there are processes in our body that are boosted when we are excited or feeling happy. Try out these five simple ways to boost your body’s functionality and reclaim your time a la Maxine Waters style.
Laugher increases blood flow and boosts brain power. Did you know that your body and mind cannot tell the difference between fake and real laughter? Try an easy laughing meditation where you center your breath and laugh yourself into positivity! Follow along with an informative and fun exercise with Inda Abdalkhani https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HJG63EXCmw
Eat Warm or Hot Foods
Have you ever used the word, Hangry? Typically, when we wait until we are an 8 or 9 on the hunger scale, we get less than happy about the situation we are in. Eating when we are at a 7 out of 10 on the hunger scale allows the inner workings of our body, like our digestion, to balance out and our emotions to stabilize. Eating a meal free of sugar and caffeine also helps us get out of the blood sugar rollercoaster which requires more energy from your body to breakdown and process the the foods you are consuming. Need ideas for what to eat? Check out recipes from Leanne Brown's GOOD AND CHEAP, EAT WELL ON $4/DAY here: https://cookbooks.leannebrown.com/good-and-cheap.pdf
Spend Time Outside (even when bundled up)
If you are not climbing Mt. Everest, going outside usually relieves stress. Just 5-10 minutes intentionally outside each day breathing, people watching, feeling fresh air and the sun can impact our bodies. Stress puts an extreme amount of pressure on our bodies and can disrupt processes vital to restoring energy like digestion and sleep. Try a walking meditation on the Insight Timer app.
Do Movement that Makes You Sweaty
Moving our bodies in ways that make sense for us and ways that we enjoy are helpful for increasing blood circulation and alleviating stress and tension that we carry. Do you like to dance while waiting for the train? Do you like to take extra long walks? Is it finally time to cook that meal that will require you to open your kitchen window? Grove with us to Ray BLK's song, Patience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnXiFZfTB0I&list=PLctJRUyRTAZMCCmaGiOTShvC6ktE_fpoN&index=27
Giving compliments or acknowledging the efforts of others is a form of nourishment for our bodies and souls. Nourish yourself by appreciating someone in a text, picture, video or in person in a genuine way that makes you both send happy energy through your bodies. Need ideas on how to appreciate someone? Check out this list of ways to bring gratitude into a classroom and get inspired https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/gratitude_activities_for_the_classroom