Spring is here, but do you feel lack lustre and less than full of vitality? If it’s been a long hard Winter, your energy reserves and mood may be rather low and in need of a boost.
Whatever you feel as Spring bursts forth, there are many ways you can begin to make the most of this season of renewal. Here is our “Spring-time Action Plan” to reawaken your senses and ensure that your energy and vitality are truly reflective of this special time of year!
Deep sleep and true replenishment
Most of us simply get too little, good quality sleep. This can be because we don’t allow ourselves enough time for the sleep we need, or we get disturbed, or suffer from sleeping problems. These issues can leave us feeling particularly low after Winter, when Vitamin D levels are also depleted due to the lack of sunlight. To help recharge your batteries try the following:-
Review your sleep pattern. If you regularly get 5 or 6 hours sleep make a special effort to get 7 or 8 hours each night for 2 weeks. Record your daytime energy levels, scoring am and pm out of 10, to help you get assess the effects.
Try getting outside for your lunch hour to stoke up those Vitamin D levels – although our bodies produce more Vitamin D in the sunlight, we do still produce some even if it’s not hot and sunny. If it’s not possible to get out in the middle of the day try going for an early evening walk.
If your sleep pattern is disturbed by a baby for instance, try and ensure you get a midday sleep when they do! Or, if at work try a power nap! Try having a few nights “off” if not breast feeding, by sharing the burden with your partner at the weekend, or by asking for help from another family member or friend. A few nights unbroken sleep each week can make a tremendous difference!
If you are simply a very light sleeper invest in some of the new light-weight spongy ear plugs! They are easy to wear and help block out background sounds that could be preventing you from enjoying the deeper level of unbroken sleep that you require.
If you have worries or concerns and find it difficult to “switch off, aromatherapy could be hugely beneficial. Try essential oils vaporised in your bedroom, in a relaxing bath/foot bath before bed, or in a pulse point massage oil to help you wind down. Here are some aromatherapy blends to try for a more restful night’s sleep:
Freedom from exercise
Many of us put up with aches, pains, lethargy and mood fluctuations, when we could easily free ourselves from what we often blame on our “age and stage” in life. Our bodies need activity to stay strong, healthy and energised. Many of us “slow down” as result of a reducing amount of physical activity and exercise, and think it’s just a scenario we have to “put-up with” as we get older. This is a really “locked-in” way of viewing our ageing process, which is both untrue and contributes massively to “premature ageing”.
We only have to look at Asian countries where exercise such as Qigong and Tai Chi are practiced as a matter of course. The parks are full of young and old alike practicing their art with similarly lithe and toned bodies.
Consider those who engage in long distance walking or cycling in later life – they often look and feel more youthful than those who have danced for a living. Our bodies respond well to long term physical activity, as long as it follows the “train not strain” principle.
So investing in regular exercise needs to be part of your Spring-time strategy. Try a 6 week programme of different forms of exercise to boost your energy and vitality. Most of us will also notice a real change in how we begin to think and feel more positive, as our natural neuro-chemical production gets stimulated too. Find something you can commit to with a friend, as you are more likely to get into the regular habits that will lead to all those health benefits, and if you get stiff, sore or suffer a few aches and pains to begin with here’s a few soothing, pain-relieving aromatherapy blends to ease you on your way:
Relaxation and refreshment
“Time out” is the key. Keep away from too many repeating cycles; reinvention is the key to a healthy balance in life and can lead to a huge energy boost – as easy as a breath of fresh air! Many of us feel lethargic and de-energised due to boredom and a lack of anything to strive for or get excited about, and others are ground down by financial pressure and “just about managing”! If this sounds familiar, try the following:
Create a wish list of “time out” with friends/family which doesn’t have to cost much but is about allowing the time not to be gobbled up by the mundane.
Look at a career boost; retraining could stop you straining to make ends meet. If you don’t think you can afford the time or the course you may be surprised. The company you work for may sponsor you if they can see you want to improve, and some training can take place whilst you are still being paid! There are also grants available if you want to re-train or set up your own business.
Taking time out is vital, no matter how busy you are, to give your body permission to let go, unwind and recharge. Massage is one of THE best ways to achieve this – especially if it’s combined with Reiki. If you can’t afford a professional massage consider ordering one of Base Formula’s aromatherapy kits, and start by giving yourself a regular foot massage at the end of the day (or enlist the help of family and friends). You can also vaporise the essential oils and take regular aromatherapy baths to help you relax and unwind. Try the following blends:
Also look at getting some of your “time out” in nature. The wilder and more remote the area, the more restorative the impact will be. Go walking on the coast or near large expanses of water – preferably running water (waterfalls or fast moving river) – and you can boost your body by breathing in all those negative ions. Wild places also tend to be more free of EMR (Electro Magnetic Radiation) that many of us are now bombarded by (from computers, mobile phones, aerials and electrical sub stations etc).
Stimulation and restoration
“A change is as good as a rest”. It’s SO true! What we often mistake for physical tiredness is mental lethargy; our systems thrive on change, even whilst we often resist it. So, write your “Wish List”. Try to dream and envision your goals afresh each Spring, and remember that your mind is like a magnet; whatever you focus on the most you get more of! If you are struggling to recreate your new beginning, read Ekhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”, or Stuart Wilde’s “Miracles”.
Mind Body Detox
Your energy can sometimes be held back by physical congestion. Indications can be cellulite, poor skin condition, digestive bloating, addiction to sugar/caffeine, tiredness upon waking and low immunity. To help, try the following:
Herbs: Drink detox herb teas and reduce artificial stimulants. Lemon, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage and Nettle are ideal choices.
Essential oils: Regular aromatherapy massage can really help detoxification. Try:
Reiki healing: A good Reiki Master can scan your energy field and help you understand what balance your chakras are reflecting; helping increase your awareness and then assisting with re-balancing and restoration.
Vodder: A Lymphatic Drainage Technique which is gentle and profoundly detoxifying. It is very powerful and particularly indicated for those who suffer from oedema, cellulite, hormonal imbalance and PMT/Menopausal symptoms.
Nutritional boosters: If your diet is poor, consider seeing a nutritionist, or read up on Super foods and healthy eating to give your body the boost it needs to spring into action!