Why is it Key to Relax and How to?

Why is it Key to Relax and How to
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Why is it important to Relax and Tips on How to?

We are living times where everything is happening so fast. We are bombarded with media, messages, emails, constantly and it feels that everything carries a sense of urgency.

I got used to having to respond to every message or email I got almost immediately, having to run from one task to the next and always feeling that I was behind and not doing enough. It can be exhausting and I’m sure you know what I mean.

If we are constantly pushing ourselves to do more, must probably our stress levels are high and with it our cortisol.

Cortisol is the fight or flight hormone. It was extremely handy when we had to run from a tiger chasing us back a few thousand years ago. However, nowadays the tiger is the phone, the bills to pay, the email, the unhappy boss yelling, and so on.

And because those stimuli nowadays are almost constantly on, our Cortisol levels are always up.

So, what happens when we are stressed and Cortisol is high? 

When our fight or flight response is on, our body shuts down or compromises certain systems that are not useful when running away from the tiger, like the reproductive system, digestion, and detoxification.

This has multiple consequences for our health, especially when stress and high cortisol levels are chronically high.

Health issues related to high stress and cortisol are lower immune system, infertility issues, digestion problems, overweight, headaches, and many others.

This should be enough reason to consider reducing stress and add some relaxation during your day! 

So, how to relax? In a smart way

For many, this can be challenging, especially when having to deal with the feeling of not doing enough or staying behind.

But, please consider that you are doing it for your health. Also, I have found that relaxation done smartly can make you even more productive and certainly smarter.

Here are my 4 tips to relax during your day.

Start your day with a Morning Routine

I’m a big fan of morning routines. I like to start my day with 20 min of breathing practices and 5-10 min of visualization and mental preparation of my day. I follow it with a good breakfast high in proteins and fat, which keeps me satiated for many hours and keeps my brain working at its best.

Breathwork practice
My daily breathwork practice is my life savior!

Consider having in your morning routine some movement, meditation, hydration, good nutrition, and don’t check your phone for at least 1 hour after you have woken up. You can check my article about Best Morning Routine for a Great day.

Take Breaks During Work

I have found that working for around 1,5 hrs is the perfect time for me to stay inspired and productive. So, I try to take 15 min breaks in between. I go for a walk, have something to eat, tune into nature, or even go for an exercise session.

Choose something nourishing, calming, and relaxing. Avoid looking at the phone or any other screens. Connect with somebody, have a chat, distract yourself.

This way, when going back to work, you’ll be refreshed, filled with ideas, and ready to give it your all for another 1,5 hrs.

Keep nights for calming down and sleeping

During the night is the best time to let your body recover and restore. And if we do a few things, we can ensure to make the most out of it.

First, start by slowing down at least 3 to 4 hrs before going to sleep. Do things that you enjoy. Share quality time with your family and friends, read a book, stretch, take a bath, etc. Minimize phone usage and blue light in general, especially 1 hr before going to sleep. Use dim lights and create a calming atmosphere at home.

Night lights bedroom
Use dim lights at least 1 hr before going to sleep. Make your room as cozy as possible

At home, we like to put calm music and use dim lights. We also start talking at a lower volume and avoid playing active games with our kids 1 hr before putting them to sleep. We take showers, go to the sauna, use comfy clothes, and spend quality time together as a family.

And to ensure a good quality sleep check my article on How to Improve Sleep Quality?

Schedule unplugging time

Make sure to make time for longer breaks from the routine. It can be called holidays or unplugging time.

The main thing here is that you take yourself away from the day to day routine, keep the phone and computer away and preferably go somewhere else than your home.

When we change scenery our brains automatically let go of the ongoing day to day tasks and it becomes much easier to relax. 

Try to choose a place that brings you calmness, nature is great. And make an effort to be mostly with yourself. These are precious moments to reflect, reconnect, get inspired, make decisions, and so on.

Woman Relaxing
Take time to reconnect with yourself, reflect, envision, and mostly rest!

Follow these tips and keep in mind the effects that stress has on your body, and make sure you carve time to relax. This will not only improve your health but will make you a more productive, inspired, and happier person.

I hope you find this useful and if you need any help to make your Healthy Habits stick please contact me. I would be honored to guide you in your journey to a longer, happier, and smarter life!

Until next time, chill!

Daniel

Green Smoothie

Morning Routine: Start by Alkalising your body!

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Morning Routine: Start by Alkalising your body!

I’m a big fan of Mourning Routines! I believe that the way we start our day sets us for a great day or not such a great day.

A big part of my morning routine is to alkalize the body which for me it means to rehydrate and refill the system with plenty of water, vitamins, and minerals that are used during sleeping.

When we sleep we can lose up to 1 lt of water per night. We spend 7-8 hours (hopefully) in bed usually without drinking and our body continues to do all of its vital functions, plus, repairs and detox itself. Like magic, right!

During this process water, vitamins and minerals are used. And that is why in the morning we feel thirsty and even mildly dehydrated.

There are a few things that we can do the day before to make sure we have a better night’s sleep, check out my blog about How to Improve Sleep Quality Naturally?

However, when you wake up, follow the following steps to rehydrate and alkalize yourself to get ready for a great day!

Drink water as soon as you wake up

As soon as you wake up drink between 500 ml (17 oz.) to 1 lt (34 oz.) of room temperature water. I like to have a water bottle ready close to my bed so it the first thing that I see and do when I wake up.

If you can, drink your water in front of natural light. This will help your melatonin levels to go down and you will feel awake faster.

Fruits and Water Bottle
Start your day with 1 lt. (34 oz.) of room temperature water!

Get your greens in

After you have hydrated yourself with water, make sure to get the vitamins and minerals that your body needs and that will boost the way you feel during your day.

There are different ways to do this and you can choose your favorite one depending on your taste and the time you have available in the mornings:

1. Green Smoothie: 

In a blender mix your favorite greens, I usually like kale and spinach, add 1 or 2 fruit portions for taste. Here you can also add some good fats, like coconut oil, chia seeds or MCT oil. And if you want to make it a full breakfast, add also some protein powder and you are ready to go!

Make sure to use a good blender. My favorite is the Vitamix 5200. It will make your smoothie experience so much nicer!

2. Green Juice

Similarly to the green smoothie, you can pack a bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables in a green juice. The difference is that in the green juice you don’t get the fiber. But, if you use a slow juicer (this is my favorite one!) you can be sure you are getting the most out or your fruits and vegetables.

I like to use a mix of greens like kale, spinach, cucumber, and celery. Add 1 or 2 portions of fruit for taste (apples and/or oranges are great) and a piece of fresh ginger. This is a simple recipe that tastes good and will give your whole body the boost needed to start the day.

Green Juice
My favorite way to start the day! Fresh green juice packed with all the vitamins and minerals I need!

3. Spirulina/Chlorella or Green Powders

I always prefer fresh and raw fruits and vegetables, but sometimes access and/or time can be compromised to make a smoothie or juice, so green powders come handy.

Green algae’s like spirulina and chlorella are extremely rich in vitamins and minerals plus they have a high content of chlorophyll which is the best natural detoxifier. The only handicap is their taste. 

To drink your spirulina or chlorella in powder form (tablets are also available) mix it with lemon juice and water and it will go down easier. Start with 1/2 tsp of powder and increase the quantity bit by bit once you get used to the flavor. 

Another great option is ready mixed green powders like Amazing Grass ones. They have all the greens that you need plus fruits and vegetable powders which make the taste friendlier. You just need to mix them with a glass of water and that’s it!

Avoid or Delay your Cup of Coffee

It is the habit of many to start the day with a cup of coffee, as fast as possible. Even if you feel awake after your cup of joe, this will dehydrate your body even more after your night sleep.

Coffee is a natural diuretic, which will make you pee more. Therefore you’ll lose more vitamins and minerals and as a consequence extend further the feelings of dehydration after the night sleep. With time you can even compromise your health and body’s natural functioning just by sticking to your coffee habit.

Try instead following the two tips above first and wait for at least 90 min after waiting up before having your first cup of coffee. 

And if you haven’t ever tried to quit coffee, I would encourage you to give it a try!

This could be the answer to many health and mental issues that many people encounter, like mood swings, lack of energy, difficulty falling as sleep, headaches, loss of sex drive, and so much more.

I’ve been there, so I know how it feels! If you are willing to put to rest your cup of coffee, go and check my blog on 5 tips to Quit Coffee and Avoid Withdrawal Symptoms.

There you have it! Start your morning by hydrating and alkalizing yourself and you will see a major impact in the way you feel and the way you think during your day!

And if you have trouble getting your healthy habits to stick and/or have specific desires and needs to improve your health and well-being, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Wishing you a great day or night ahead!

Daniel

Sunrise

Best morning routine for a great day

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What is the best morning routine to have a great day?

How you spend your first couple of hours of the day is your choice. However, the way you do it has an immediate effect on how your day will turn out!

What you do the first hour or two of your day will set the tone for the day you will be having. So, it makes sense to take a little extra effort to choose wisely how we spend those first hours of the day.

You probably have experienced this when starting your days looking at your phone, for example, reading the news, or getting an unfriendly message from your boss, and getting the first negative thoughts in your head. After this happens it’s so much harder to shake the bad feeling away and therefor one negative thought triggers the next one and down the rabbit hole, you go! 

The good news is that we can experience our mornings differently by creating habits that set our days to be happier, calmer and more productive. 

For over 10 years I have been waking up early and have always started my day with some routine or practice that helps me to pre-pave my day to make it a great one!

These are the best habits that I have found work well to set my mind and body for the day.

Start by drinking water:

First thing is to hydrate your body from the night. Try to aim to drink 1 Lt (34 oz) of room temperature water. This will wake you up and make you feel refreshed almost instantly. I like to have a nice water bottle ready next to my bed as a reminder.

If you need an extra wake up help, wash your face with chilled water.

Appreciation:

Starting your day by appreciating the good things in your life is an easy way to increase the chances of having a great day. I usually like to do this in bed, just after waking up, as a way of warming up my mind and getting ready to get out of bed. 

If you find this one difficult, start with the most obvious ones. Appreciate your bed, your pillow, the roof on top of your head, and you’ll see that after a few ones, the momentum carries on and many more will come to your mind.

If you like writing and journalling, doing an appreciation list is also a great way to connect to that feeling of being grateful for what you already have in your life.

Meditate, breathe or contemplate:

The benefits of meditation and introspective practices are broad and well known. The main purpose of this moment as part of your morning routine is to reset your mind.

During this moment you will clear the train of thoughts that you might have carried from the previous day. You connect to the present moment, through the breath, sound, sensations, or your favorite meditation technique. 

If you want to learn to meditate, check my previous blog post here. 

After your meditation, it is a perfect moment to pre-pave your day. Think about how you want your day to unfold. Imagine the great things you will achieve, the great news you will receive and so on. This is the time to visualize your amazing future life ahead!

Meditating
My morning Meditation and Breathing practice is my anchor for the day!

Move and stretch:

Take a moment to stretch your body. Awaken all the joints and muscles. If you are a very active person you can do a few push-ups to increase the blood flow or you can just be gentle and open your physical body for a great day ahead.

Drink and/or eat:

Having rich micronutrient foods in the morning through green smoothies or juices increase mental clarity and also improves the way the body feels.

If you exercise regularly, also a protein-rich breakfast can be beneficial to get your engine going with stable energy throughout the day. 

If you eat and/or drink in the morning, consider that the first meal of the day is the most important one. Your body is the cleanest and the emptiest, therefore it is the most receptive to nutrients. Eat clean nutritious foods of your preference.

If you want to learn more about What to eat? Check out this blog post that I wrote.

Green Smoothie
The greener the better! Start your day with Micronutrient rich foods!

Don’t check your phone: 

This one is probably the most important one! Make sure you don’t see your phone until after your morning routine and your mind is ready to tackle whatever comes your way. 

Going through this morning routing should take you between one and two hours. So, make sure you set enough time so you don’t have to rush through it. Instead, make it a special moment for yourself. 

Because you are the most important person in your world, take the time for yourself to prepare for your great day! 

Remember that our habits make who we are as persons. And our morning habits are the foundation of the quality of the day we will experience. And if we repeat these morning habits morning after morning and we keep having a great day after a great day, guess what?!? We will have a great life!

So, until next time wake up and choose right!

Daniel

P.S. If you need help to implement some healthy habits in your life, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m offering Free 15 min consultations to get you started on a Healthier Lifestyle path.