Are you feeling refreshed??? Has winter been long and have you felt cooped up in the house? This has been a stressful time for most of the world, due to the worldwide pandemic quarantines, lockdowns, and shelter-in-place edicts. Now that winter is over and states are opening up, it is time to spring into action and get refreshed!
I am in need of refreshing!!! How about you?
9 Ways to Refresh...
1. Beauty Sleep
Our body still needs beauty sleep, which are the hours before midnight. Those hours set the stage for the body working to heal itself after midnight.
Generally, we need about eight hours of sleep a night and timing of that sleep is also important. Our bodies can usually adjust about 1 hour either way over a 24 hour period. So, staying up late just because it is the weekend can take days for your body to recover.
2. Enjoy the Season's Fresh Bounty
From spring through fall there is a steady flow of fiber rich fresh fruits and vegetables. The fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutrient dense foods available at this time of year, added to beauty sleep, can provide the body with nutrients to make those repairs.
What about picky eaters? Having children help grow, harvest, and prepare food increases their likelihood of enjoying vegetables. Try different recipes. Sometimes, when one recipe does not work another recipe becomes a family standby.
3. Get enough pure water.
Most of us just do not drink enough water. Our bodies need lots of water. When there is not enough water coming into the body, the body retains water and the liver picks up the slack for the kidneys; which takes away from what the liver needs to do. Pure water helps remove waste and toxins from the body. It also helps cool the body and can help with weight loss.
How much should a person drink? It depends on size, weight, how active a person is, and how hot it is. We need at least 1/2 ounce of water for every pound of body weight. This includes water in foods. At first, as water is increased, so do bathroom visits. As the body adjusts and releases the water retained, this improves over time. High activity and high heat may increase water needs.
4. Get Outside
Do you have a nature deficit? Sunshine, fresh-air, nature's sounds, and green surroundings are so healing and healing to the body and the mind.
In the Northern Hemisphere, if you live North of Phoenix, from October through April, the sun's angle results in people not being able to make vitamin D3 from the sun. Just 20 minutes unfiltered sun between 10 AM and 2 PM from April to October is all you need. Build up your stores over the season, because the half-life of D3 is a month. So, even if you spent the summer outside, by mid to late winter your D3 levels could be low. Vitamin D3 is a vital part of our immune system, tends to be anti-inflammatory, and can help protect our lungs and body from some of the worst effects of respiratory viruses.
5. Move your Body
I believe that God created the human body to move and act. While some cannot move due to accident, disease, or birth, most of us can and should move. We live in a sedentary society. We just plain sit too much!
In the morning, it is great to gently stretch before getting out of bed. I just keep my feet in the L position, toes pointing straight up. I have cramped my feet, when I pointed my feet. Getting out of bed and gently working through the body stretching can be invigorating.
As the weather warms, walks through the neighborhood, enjoying the greening and flowering going on is refreshing.
Building up that walking to handle a hike is great.
I know when I am working hard, if I will stop and walk around the block I am refreshed and can work better. This is good for children too! And it can help them when they are studying.
6. Refreshing Bath
I do not know about you, but I am a shower person. Well, with one exception, a nice detox bath! Sitting in a dry sauna can cause you to sweat out toxins, but I find a detox bath more enjoyable!
Epson Salts are not salt, but magnesium sulfate. In 1900, most Americans got enough magnesium through their diet and modern standard American diet has about 1/2 that. My aunt told me that if I could not take the magnesium orally, her generation used an Epson Salt bath. Magnesium is used in hundreds of metabolic processes. The sulfate helps detox the body. In the past, when I have been gifted going to a spa, they always had me drink water before detoxing. Use 1-1/2 cup Epson Salts for adults 100-150 lbs. and 2 cups for adults over 150 Lbs. Due to the bath drawing out toxins, you will need to drink water before and after the bath.
When I was sick with the flu in 2016, I found myself not eating much. At one point, a health coach friend suggested an Epson Salt bath. I took a 30-minute, hot Epson Salt bath with a teaspoon of ground ginger and a stick of cinnamon. I was pretty weak, so my husband prepared the bath for me, helped me into the bath, waited there while I soaked, and then helped me out of the bath when I was finished. Interestingly, after the bath, I began to turn the corner and began to recover. Whether just a happy coincident or not, I felt replenished and refreshed.
Other people add baking soda, vinegar, sea salt, and essential oils for their immune boosting, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, as well as, the nutrients it provides the skin and their other refreshing properties. If you add essential oils, be careful getting out, the tub can be slippery.
I have used baking soda alone, when not sick, and it left me feeling amazingly refreshed!
Take time and measures this week and every week to refresh! You and your family will be glad you did.
Learn some song and hymns that lift your mood. I find that singing out loud and with full heart, quickly lightens most frustrations and just changes the entire mood and can refresh you. One day while driving my daughter realized I was not in a good mood. She began to sing a song from my youth and knew I would join her. When we were done, she smiled and said, "There, you feel better, don't you?" Honestly, whatever got me in a funk was gone.
Laughing is good for you. Look for the humor in situations. Write down funny things that happen to you. Also, write down funny jokes and plays on words. Or just simply laugh a laugh! At first you feel silly, then you laugh about laughing, then you just laugh. It will lift your mood and refresh you.
9. Be Grateful
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
I Thessalonians 5: 16-18
Studies have shown that being grateful relieves stress and refreshes us. Take time to look for the good, even in stressful or distressing circumstances. Then speak that gratitude. Pray that gratitude. God loves it when we are grateful! As you focus on gratitude, you will be refreshed and renewed.
Take time and measures to refresh, this week and every week! You and your family will be glad you did.
What are some ways you refresh and renew?
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