Here are things my family and I have come across that really work for us! I hope you find it useful,
Dorothy, M and R
Things That Work:
- Maca powder in your daily smoothie
-Alkaline or other purified water
-Tea with a little caffeine – white/green
-Gynostemma (tea) – to balance you, whatever you need in regards to energy – SpringDragon seems to be the purest source
-Exercise (seriously, even just a daily walk), stretching, yoga
-Don’t oversleep (7.5-8 hours a night, max)
-decrease dairy and sugar in your diet
-deep breathing through your nose
-track your food intake and sleep for 1 month, see if your energy level has a pattern to it
-if you need caffeine, avoid sugary drinks. Try green tea which also has a lot of antioxidants
-take a nap! 20 minutes and you’ll be good as new.
-Don’t feel guilty. It’s an energy suck.
-watch a great comedy. Laughing makes everything seem easier
-turn on some fun music.
-DANCE! and if you don’t feel like dancing, dance like you don’t feel like dancing. If you feel tired, dance like you are tired. If you feel sad, dance like you’re sad. I swear, it makes me laugh at myself every time and that I get a lot of energy from laughing at myself.
-hug someone. Tell someone that you love them. They’ll brighten up and so will you. Sympathetic joy is wonderful.
-Treat yourself to something that will make you feel good. Spend money on a healthy treat or on a yoga class. You are worth it.
For aches and pains:
-MSM powder (or capsules)
-Zheng gu Shei – a Chinese medicinal rub that starts at your bone marrow and heals outwardly
-Magnesium – http://www.activationproducts.com/bewell-buzz-magnesium.html?AFFID=53213
-Hot water bottle
-Tiger’s balm (rubbed onto sore spots)
-White flower essence (for headaches rub a tiny amount onto temples or neck)
-Peppermint oil (for headaches rub a tiny amount onto temples or neck)
-Ginger for upset stomach
-Clove Oil for tooth pain
-Lessen/give up foods that promote inflammation: dairy, caffeine, un-sprouted grains, etc….
-Eating mostly alkaline
-Hot bath with epsom salts
-reduce amount of time seated or in front of screens
-work on posture when you notice it
-get acupuncture for specific or overall problems.
-go to a chiropractor as needed
-don’t be a martyr. Take a pain killer when needed! No need to suffer!!!
-watch the pain. It changes. It shifts. Sometimes pain is not where you think it is. Try to get an overall sense of the pain. What does it feel like? Does it have a form? Does it feel sticky, shaky, stuck, hard? Sometimes locating it and giving it form helps somehow.
For appearance (skin, form) and health:
-Aloe (to drink)
-vitamin E added to your (natural) oils with cacao butter or coconut oil
-pink clay for my (previously) dry skin
-Lots of water
-rubbing an ice cube on your face (to close pores, reduce inflammation)
-dry skin massage
–have a salve handy that can be used on scrapes, scars, wrinkles etc.
-A good night’s sleep
-periodic fasting and colon cleansing
-Eating mostly alkaline (lots of greens)
-stop using over the counter acne treatments – only natural products
-have a salve handy that can be used on scrapes, scars, wrinkles etc.
-stop eating 2+ hours before bedtime. It actually makes you lose or maintain your weight!
-don’t look in the mirror so much.
-remember “no one thinks about you as much as you think they do!”
-remember “It’s none of your business what other people think of you.”
-remember, it doesn’t matter what you look like, it’s what you FEEL like.
-if you feel ugly, overweight, tired, etc. what’s the worst that could happen? Someone judges you? We all do that all the time. It’s gone in a second. And if they continue to judge you that’s their problem. Not yours. They have to carry that judging weight with them. Live free from your appearance.
For The Immune System/Warding off Sickness:
-2500 mg.+ Vitamin C powder
-lots of water, herbal teas
-plenty of sleep, exercise and good food
-vent your emotional worries to a friend, diary, or counselor
-don’t overwork your will power. Let yourself indulge sometimes!
-don’t rush the healing process (emotional, physical, mental, etc)
-reduce unnecessary stresses. Write a list of your worries and mark off the unimportant ones and the ones you personally can’t solve.
-watch a crappy movie, curl up on the couch, and eat some chocolate!! Take care of yourself.
-drinking lots of water
-lavender tea or spray
-drinking lots of water
-not eating before bedtime
-not eating before bedtime
-making a list of things that need to get done tomorrow (once they are out of your head and on a paper, let them rest there)
-going over your day in your head and seeing where you could be more compassionate (letting go of the day after you’ve done that)
-writing down your dreams
-reduce all light in your bedroom. Even small lights affect sleep
-spray lavender on your pillows (5-10 drops of lavender essential oil with 1/2c water). It will make you breath deep and relax
-make a ritual of turning the lights low, taking a bath, brushing your teeth and geting ready for bed in a darker environment (candles)
-have Sleepytime tea before bedtime
-make sure your bed is comfortable! Get the right pillow, luxurious sheets and you’ll look forward to bed time.
-have a bit of airflow near you – an open window or a fan can make you continue to breath deep throughout the night
-have pillows all around you. Snuggle with them. move them around and don’t be afraid to get totally comfortable.
For Depression/Hormonal Balance/Emotions
- ginkgo biloba tincture and tea – improves memory and brain function, promotes longevity
- angelica root tincture and tea for PMS
- nettle tinctures and tea for PMS
- chamomile, comfry, yarrow and marshmallow root tincture or tea for inflammation and calming of the nervous system
- avoid estrogen high foods – soy milk, tofu, etc
–Gynostemma (tea) – to balance you, whatever you need in regards to hormones- SpringDragon seems to be the purest source.
- exercise, yoga, tai chi, walking
-counting my blessings
- meditation/breathing in the moment
- get out in the sun
- vent to friends and family. Don’t be afraid to tell someone you are depressed. There is no shame in it. Depression is a universal emotion. We all feel it to varying degrees. Hiding it won’t help.
- don’t brush off your feelings. Experience them. If you feel depressed, allow yourself to feel it. Avoidance doesn’t solve anything
- exercise. Hard! Push yourself and you’ll build confidence and sleep well. Plus you’ll feel more energy and release endorphins
- treat yourself well.
- see a counselor. Sometimes it helps to have someone trained to listen to you and hear what you are saying
- journal. notice if you get depressed around certain times of year
- reduce stress from any place you can
- make a list of your outside pressures and see what you can get rid of
- Say yes to people’s invitations. Getting out of the house can do a world of difference. Don’t be afraid to ask others to hang out.
- Emotions are the physical manifestation of thoughts. Meditate on your emotions. Don’t try to change them. Just observe. Where in your body do you feel it? Does it have form? What does it feel like? Watch how it shifts.
- Reduce dairy and sugar around hormone swings.
- get a massage, get acupuncture, or go sit in a sauna. Pamper yourself and don’t over-exhaust your willpower.
- go for a walk. It’s been proven to alleviate stress and calm the central nervous system. Watch your right foot step. Watch your left foot step. Concentrate on your breath and your steps. Lets everything else pass by.
- take a long hot bath, light candles, and drip a few drops of lavendar essential oil in there.
- practice dep breathing
- practice yoga. Especially Iyengar’s poses for emotional stability (work your way up to these times and ALWAYS use supportive props):
Down dog (supported) 3-5 mins,
legs up wall (w/soles together) 3-5 mins,
fish (supported) 3 mins,
shoulder stand (supported) 5 minutes,
plow (supported) 5 minutes,
supported bridge 3-5 min,
legs up wall (supported) 3-5 min,
supported forward bend 5 min,
wide leg stretch (supported) 3-5 minutes,
butterfly (supported) 3 minutes,
corpse pose (supported) 5 min.