Recharging Your Batteries in the New Year

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Recharging Your Batteries in the New Year

Here are a few simple resolutions that can help you face the New Year with a little more drive, energy and yes…well-being.

SONY DSC SONY DSC[/caption]Most of us hit the wall sometime during the holidays. Stress, fatigue, overload. Here are a few simple resolutions that can help you face the New Year with a little more drive, energy and yes… well-being.

I will eat less sugar. In the short run, sugar gives a quick lift and can boost your sensation of well being. (this is the miracle of chocolate) In the long run, it causes humans to rev high, then burn out fast. Taking in less complex, processed sugar foods will not only positively impact your weight, it will help curb the mood swings, ‘crash and burn’ symptoms, and the general dragging feeling people have after a holiday full of sugar-loaded indulgence.

I will stretch more. Everybody knows the benefits of exercise. But an age-old secret (ask any yogi) to higher overall energy is to work your muscles in ways that loosen, break up lactic acid and bring blood into the area. Stretching is the most underrated form of preventative health, and the benefits of doing some mat work, yoga, pilates, etc will literally change your body in very positive ways.

I will stand up straighter. A lot of us slump. Both standing and sitting. Believe it or not, this restricts your lung capacity and actually cuts down on the oxygen you are getting. Putting your shoulders back, ‘leading with your heart’ and sticking your butt out a little takes tension out of your lower back, gives your ribcage the proper room to expand and actually causes a mood shift you can feel.

I will add one hour to my sleep schedule. It makes a huge difference. And while there are a thousand and one excuses why you can’t manage it, the benefits are enormous. Sleep is not only for rest, it’s also for repair. Giving your body a little more time to revamp by giving it a little more time to relax, affects everything from mental state to physical stamina.

I will speak more slowly. You’ll find that you actually think more clearly and react more reasonably to stressful situations. Stressed people tend to speak fast and breathlessly; by slowing down your speech you’ll also appear less anxious and more in control of any situation.

I will go outside more often. Grandma had it right with that stuff about the healing power of fresh air. Even five minutes on a balcony or terrace can be rejuvenating. Don’t let bad weather or a crazy schedule get in the way. Going outdoors is a physical change, an environmental change, a mood change. It works.

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