The holidays are my favorite time of the year, when I am not stressed to meet deadlines, fighting a wicked cold, trying to outsmart even the savviest professional shopper, and appearing jovial throughout the gloomiest of frigid days! Woohoo, that was cathartic. So, how should we prepare for the holidays?
Prayer or meditation opens your mind and allows you to release and shrug off the weight of daily doldrums. Walking to and from a neighbor’s house to say “hello”, stimulates endorphin production to help ease bodily aches and elevate your mood. By reducing cortisol levels, you are making your heart healthier and reducing your risk for osteoporosis. Your body thanks you!
Did you know the above tips also help reduce adrenaline levels, which tend to be over the top, in us high energy, anxious Type A personalities? If you know a child or adult who is battling attention deficit disorder (ADD)or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), share these tidbits with them as well.
On to detoxing our bodies… you are what you eat and [drink]! Some of you may remember the elephant posters in school cafeterias back in the 1970’s with this slogan. I, of course, took it to mean I had the potential to become an elephant. Not the intention of the American Dietary Association. I believe they were thinking more along the lines of not replacing molasses for motor oil in your car’s engine.
Although the intentions of the “healthier” fast-food establishments are to provide daily nutritional meals, fresh vegetables are rarely on their menus. Hence, too many of us are lacking in our daily magnesium intake. Why magnesium? Your heart, bones, and brain will thank you. A time-released high-absorbency magnesium vitamin is best, which I have found at Jigsaw Health.com. Of course, consult with a medical professional before taking my advice.
Here’s to a happier and healthier you! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you all!
Michelle Doscher, PhD