Wednesday, January 23, 2008

10 Ways to Jump Start Your Day

Before Getting Out of Bed:

1. Express Gratitude…
Take a moment to send a few mental Thank You’s out into the world…for seeing another day, for family and friends, for having your health, your job, a roof over your head, or for whatever you situation may be. Realizing you are already living in a blessed state of being, helps to energize your day.

2. Thump the Thymus:

The next three suggestions are adapted from Donna Eden’s book Energy Medicine and should be part of everyone’s daily routine to help strengthen and energize the body. The thymus gland contributes to the development of a strong, healthy immune system. By tapping on this area first thing in the morning, and then a few more times throughout the day, we are keeping this gland stimulated. So where is the thymus? Picture Tarzan pounding the center of his chest, what he really was doing was activating the thymus before moving into action. Take a page out of his book to start the energy flowing into your day.

3. Rub the K-27 Points:
The K-27 points are very special points on the body! These points are also used in EFT (emotional freedom technique) to activate the energy system to flow in the correct direction. K-27 will help to strengthen the immune system, improve concentration and alertness. To find K-27 (which is the endpoint of the Kidney meridian) place your fingers at the ends of the collarbone, then slide fingers toward the middle of the collarbone, then drop down about an inch. You will feel a slight indentation. The points often hurt when first stimulated, but this decreases as they are regularly worked. Tapping or rubbing these particular spots will send a wake up message to the brain to adjust your energy so you feel more alert. Getting drowsy during the mid-afternoon meeting with the boss? Work these points!

4. Activate the Spleen Points:
These are neurolympathic points on your spleen meridian, which like the two above will help boost the immune system, energize the body, and balance blood chemistry. How can I locate these points? They are the depression between the 7th and 8th rib, just below the level of the breastbone or sternum. Move your hands beneath your breasts, straight under the nipples, then move down over the next rib. Just like the points mentioned above, they may hurt when being stimulated if not done regularly.

Now Get out of Bed and Continue With…..

5. Dry Brush Your Skin:
Before hopping into the shower, get into the habit of doing a dry brushing of your skin. This technique has numerous benefits such as helping with detoxification, stimulating circulation, increasing cell renewal, cleaning the lymph system, and strengthening immunity to name a few. Using a long handled brush with natural bristles (no synthetic please!), begin to brush the skin. Keeping the brush dry, begin at the feet, and work your way up toward the heart. With vigorous strokes, brush in a circular manner, covering all areas of the body until you reach the heart area. Then begin at the head, and work down, again toward the heart, covering the rest of the body. By the time you are finished, your shower will be for cleansing and not for waking you up.

6. Shower Visualization:
As you wash yourself physically in the shower, try a visualization to clean the energy field that surrounds you (your aura) containing psychic debris. Visualize a light coming through the showerhead along with the water, I like to picture a vibrant violet light. As the light touches the body, imagine it burns off or transmutes any energetic waste that is clinging to your aura, the water will then wash away the subtle particles as they loosen their grip. By the end of the shower, you feel very refreshed!

7. Oil Up:
Once you step out of the shower, all tingly now from each of the prior steps, oil up with one of the best skin conditioners- natural organic coconut oil. When applied topically to the skin, coconut oil helps to keep the skin well moisturized, young,healthy and free of disease. Add coconut oil to your diet and watch the health benefits multiply. End your day by slathering coconut oil onto the skin at night and your youthful looks will be the envy of many.

8. Ditch the Java:
Instead of starting your morning with a cup of coffee, replace it with a hot cup of water containing non-filtered apple cider vinegar and raw honey, 2 tablespoons of each. It is important that this is organic, non-filtered apple cider vinegar to reap the health benefits. Although it may not sound appetizing, it really is not a difficult drink to ingest and becomes quite likeable. Some of the benefits include helping to make you more regular by relieving constipation, improving the texture of the skin, assists in alleviating rashes, plus it makes you feel refreshed and ready to go!

9. Breakfastize!
Defined: The act of creating a simple, easy, well-balanced, nutritious meal to start the day. Remember this is THE MOST important meal of the day. I like to remember this by the following quote “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a lord, and dine like a pauper.” Shipping breakfast slows down general body functioning such as metabolism and then remains low for the rest of the day making it harder for your body to use up the energy from the foods you eat later on.

10. Oxygenate Your Body
This seems so simple, yet we tend to miss this one so many times—to breathe deeply. How many of you reading this now are breathing with small shallow breaths? Come on now, raise your hand, I know who you are! When you find yourself needing that extra burst of energy BREATHE! Take a deep breathe in to the slow count of 3....hold to the slow count of 3.... exhale to the slow count of 3. Do this with focus and intention for a few minutes, then recheck your energy level. If you have done this correctly you've succeeded in truly jump starting your day. With deep breath you are both increasing your vitality while reducing tension.

Now,
Walk in Gratitude through Your Day...More Energized....More Alive!

2 comments:

Jackie said...

I must try this as I am not a morning person and really need a good jump start to get me going.

Susan Anderson said...

I have never been a morning person either, but find that using some of these techniques really gets me up and going...and most days I don't end up talking myself out of going to the gym..which has always been something I have been real good at doing. Susan