Bless you Dear Friends, have you ever come home from work and collapsed on the settee from sheer exhaustion? In today’s Moment of Calm post, Five Fabulous Ways To Avoid Burn-Out And Feel Calmer Every Day we look at five simple activities you can do to boost your energy, strengthen your immune system and help you feel calmer every day; which means you can go about your day in a more peaceful and purposeful way.
Some Habits Are Hard To Break…
As a Wise Woman you know the effect stress has on your body and health, yet after spending years of caring for everyone else and constantly rushing and pushing yourself to do more as you tick everything off your to-do list; learning to relax and take care of yourself may feel alien and unnatural. Don’t worry; help is on its way.
Here are five simple tips to help you avoid the negative effects of stress and feel calmer every day
1. Have a Smoothie for Breakfast and Sprinkle Spirulina into the Mix
My favourite morning smoothie is a blend of avocado, a small handful of spinach leaves or kale, a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, chia seeds and small apple. Adding a teaspoon of Spirulina increases the goodness you get from your drink.
Spirulina has one of the highest protein contents of all natural foods. It contains 60 percent complete protein (meat consists of only about 20 – 25 percent complete protein). Spirulina is packed with iron, calcium, fibre, vitamin C and amino acids. Spirulina helps to manage blood sugar levels and cravings. It helps the body to detox and as it is so nutritious gives you a natural energy boost.
2. Breathe Deeply
Throughout your day take deep yogic breaths especially when you feel anxious and worried at the length of your To-Do list. Simply rest your hands on your lap, sit up straight and breathe in slowly and fully through your nose for a count of three and slowly breathe out through your nose. Repeat 3-5 times. You will feel energised, calm and refocused.
3. Ditch Your Morning Coffee And Sip Water Throughout The Day
Instead of your usual early morning cuppa, a simple way to instantly energise your body, is to start the day with a warm cup of water mixed with the juice of half a fresh lemon. And as a bonus, add a few slices of the rest of the lemon to a bottle of water, slip it into your handbag and instead of reaching for your usual fizzy high sugar drink, sip your bottled lemon water throughout your day.
Sustain your Energy
4. Eat Foods which Nurture, Nourish and Sustain your Energy
If you are looking for a way to reduce stress and naturally boost your energy ensure your diet is nutrient dense, rich in quality protein and snack on low glycaemia foods, e.g oatcakes, brazil and walnuts, to prevent blood sugar imbalances and loss of energy and motivation. I always carry a packets of oatcakes, nuts or an apple in my handbag when out-and-about, that way I am less likely to be tempted to snack on something which is devoid of goodness and gives me a short sharp energy spike. Also, supplement your diet with good quality organic nutritional supplements, especially magnesium, vitamin C and B vitamins. Magnesium is known as the “calming mineral” and can be found in dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts
When you start to feel crabby and irritable…pause, tune in and s-m-i-l-e. Become aware of your thoughts, when you notice a negative thought, smile, take a slow steady breath in and out through your nose, acknowledge the thought and the effect it has on your body, you may notice a tightening of your chest, shortness of breath or even a dull pain in your head, these are triggers that your body is going into “stress mode”. To change this state and reduce the attachment to the thought, quietly say to yourself “ I only allow positive thoughts to flow through my heart”. Keep repeating this thought and focusing on your breath until you feel calmer.
Moment-of-Calm Take Away Tip
Just for today, choose one of the above five tips- smile; eat foods which nurture, nourish and sustain your energy; ditch your morning coffee and sip water throughout the day, breathe deeply or have a smoothie for breakfast and sprinkle Spirulina into the mix and, make a conscience effort that for the next 3-5 days this activity will be your instant go-to-stress-relief resource. As usual, we love your feedback. Let us know what number you will do in the comment box below. Thank you.
And finally, to bring today’s Moment of Calm post to a close, may you be healthy, may you be strong and may the light of divine insight and calm flow effortlessly through you.