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The energy of the mind is the essence of life - Aristotle

>> 23 January 2009

Although the days are getting longer again, the winter blues is still looming.

Here are some energy booster tips to get your body through winter. For a healthy body speaks of a healthy mind.

  1. Dream body:
    Looking for a way to empty your head, get back into shape and trim your body? Start to run. After some weeks of training you will have no problem running 5 kms.

  2. Little by little:
    Paying bills, cleaning, ironing... Don't leave those chores until the weekend when they will take up your free (family) time and get you frustrated. A half hour every day is the solution. It gives the work structure, keeps your closets organised and gives you a good feeling.

  3. An apple a day...:
    Each occasion is good to set your teeth into a healthy apple full of vitamines. Get your company to have a basket full at reception for employees every morning.

  4. Talk positive:
    Avoid negative sentences. You will realise that people not only listen to you better but that your message comes across as well. Say 'If you agree with this.' instead of 'If you don't mind'. 'Could you stay on the line please.' instead of 'Do not hang up please.'

  5. Energy wash:
    After a busy day take the time for a relaxing bath or revitalising shower. Concentrate on the water, the feel on our skin, the sounds of it splashing. Close your eyes. Really be there and enjoy.

  6. Green energy:
    Green tea has many advantages for your health. The drink prevents tiredness, improves concentration and simulates our brain. After you make your cup of tea, let the teabags cool off and use them on your eyes.

  7. Massage minute:
    Place your index and middle finger in the middle of your forehead and rub slowly towards the outside. Repeat as often as possible.

  8. Feel lighter:
    Winter depression often happens in autumn or winter when days become shorter. You can prevent light forms of depression if you try to benefit as much as possible from the (day)light. So go outside for a walk.

  9. Omega here and omega there:
    Did you know that our brains consist of 60% of fats, of which 20% essential fatty acids? That explains why the famous omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids improve brain function and fight depression. You find them in flaxseed oil, nut oils, soja oil and products that contain these oils (such as bread for example).

  10. Wondrous water:
    A beauty product that prevents aging. A drink that quietens our hungry feeling and cleans the body. Water not only quenches your thirst. Drink before you feel thirsty. Add bubbles if you find still water bland.

  11. Umbrella breathing:
    Whenever you feel stressed try a few moments of umbrella breathing: close your eyes, arms loose along your body. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose and let your lungs expand and your arms lift slightly. Imagine an umbrella opening. Hold for a few seconds. Breathe out through your mouth, empty your lungs, lower your arms. Close the umbrella. Hold for a few seconds and repeat a few times until you feel fresh and calm again.


Daphne 23 January 2009 at 17:05  

Hi Mimi (I hope that's the right way to address you since I couldn't find an About page),

Great points about the little things we can do to cheer ourselves up. I fully second the Energy Wash idea - a good shower does wonders for my spirits and does indeed provide an energy boost.

I'm also working on the Wondrous Water one.

Mark 23 January 2009 at 20:08  

Excellent advice that everyone can use! Thank-you.

Jay 24 January 2009 at 02:19  

I love umbrella breathing! It reminds me of a tai-chi method I learned of many years that pushes out the bad chi, and breathes in good chi. You can feel the good energy entering your body- it is very cool. :-)

Jocelyn 25 January 2009 at 07:46  

Those are useful tips we could always go back to whenever we have those blues. thanks :-)

MindFul MiMi 25 January 2009 at 21:56  

@ Daphne: Thanks for pointing that out to me. Something must have slipped, but the About page is back.
If we take care of our bodies, our minds will do fine too.

@ Mark and Linda: You're welcome. Thanks for visiting.

@ Jay: yes, when I first learned about this one I found it helpful, especially because the word umbrella describes it so well. Sometimes exercises are described in a manner that makes your head hurt :-)

@ Jocelyn: Feel free to return here when you have the blues. I hope my posts will be uplifting you.

Cali-delights 30 January 2009 at 15:58  

You make me feel positive just by reading this :) Thanks for the tips

MindFul MiMi 30 January 2009 at 17:04  

@ A Khudori Soleh: Salam and welcome. Glad you liked what you found. Come back often.

@ Cali-delights: You are welcome - glad I could make you feel positive.

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