Mindful Ways to Manage the Flu

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Mindful Ways to Manage the Flu
It’s inevitable. The flu or a simple cold. And there’s no cure. Some are mild and some are wild. So often what people do is pump themselves with over the counter drugs. And I get it, oh man that stuff is fast and seductive, finally relief. I’m at the tail end right now and I stared at that night time cold pill I bought with heart eyes because it’s quick and easy. I do it every damn time. I waste money on it when I’m weak and NEVER take it. I look at the ingredients and wonder…why do adults or children for that matter need a dye in it for color? I don’t care what color it is, it’s not going to excite me that it’s colored. And children hate medicine anyway and are so pissed they have to take it they would probably never notice if it were clear or not. Soy in it and 17 other things I can’t pronounce. I think of my poor weeping liver and how hard it will have to work to process everything, when it’s super power energies could be used to be healing my body. I do have to say in my opinion from just the liver standpoint alone, sometimes over the counter medications can actually increase the duration of the sickness. I am going to offer you some alternatives for staying more comfortable and speeding recovery. Although short term it takes more dedication,money, and time to execute, long term you are winning. You miss less work and spend less on medication, doctors appointments, and possible negative side effects from all the chemicals in them that too little care about because it’s so far off. But it’s real, and it’s happening in an alarming amount of people with chronic illness and cancers.
We take them in the day to power through work or whatever it is, some of us crazies even take them to get a workout in, when we should be RESTING. “We know that heavy exertion causes a transient downturn in immune function that can last from a few hours to a day,” says Nieman, a professor of health and exercise science. “During heavy, prolonged physical exertion, he adds, stress hormone levels such as cortisol rise, causing immune cells to function less efficiently. During this downturn, if you have a virus, it will multiply at a higher rate and make you sick.”

Our bodies should be directing the energy it does have into fighting whatever has incepted us. Especially when you have a fever!! If your temp is up why would you raise it?! There’s a fine line though, once you are feeling better we know that moderate exercise BOOSTS the immune system. Get to know your body and when you’re well enough to ease back in.
I’m really bad at resting even though I know all of this. Last time I got sick and this time around I actually am doing it, resting and boy what a game changer LOL. I’m going to bullet a few things that hopefully persuade you to take care of your incredibly amazing body in a more mindful way.
I stayed comfortable and put other band aids on in a different way than OTC drugs. Always check with your doctor and use your own judgement. This is just one woman’s journey, works for me.

Cocktails and Shots!!! Yay!!-preventing,easing symptoms, and shortening duration
No you don’t get to drink whiskey like the old remedies back in the day. There are so many different kinds of concoctions for different symptoms but I call this my one stop shop. I make it but you can buy something similar at any juice shop. I make a bulk batch, save in a big jar and do a shot glass full three times a day at FIRST signs and during. It lasts three days. Toss after if you haven’t finished, but do! Shake the jar before you pour a new shot. Mix these all together.
1 cup raw apple cider vinegar-good for coughs, sore throat,congestion,probiotics(only if raw), allergies, lack of energy
1 cup lemon juice- blood purifier, detoxifies liver, kidneys, vitamin C, fights infection
2-3 large nobs crushed ginger(squeeze out juice)-kills bacteria, eases throat pain and inflammation,combats fever and chills, cleanses blood, eases pain, helps congestion.
3 crushed cloves of garlic(squeeze out juice)-fights infection,viruses, parasites,fungi, bacteria, and yeast. Increases circulation, strengthens white blood cells, and boosts immunity.
2 tsp horseradish – clears your nose,lower blood pressure, alleviate respiratory conditions,anti cancer affects by helping process carcinogens,relieves sinus discomfort,..this perennial plant deserves its own post…stay tuned
10 drops of oil of oregano(not oregano oil)- early cold and sore throat defense, antibacterial, antiviral,anti fungal, relieves sinus discomfort
1tsp cayenne-treats fever,poor circulation, digestive complaints like bloating and nausea, inflammation, sore throat,headaches, and is a great expectorant.
2 tsp turmeric- attacks bacterial infection and virus especially respiratory,relieves pain, anti-inflammatory, relieves water retention
1 tsp Himalayan salt – balances PH,improves hydration with trace minerals reducing muscle cramps,improves mineral status in the body,helps balance blood sugar,balances hormones,acts as an antihistamine

Headache, body aches, sleeplessness-
Water water water for headaches! Essential oils like lavender and peppermint can aid in relieving headaches, releasing sinus pressure, relaxing you and helping you sleep. You can diffuse it in the air or rub on your temples and under your nose. Warm(not hot) baths,DIY head massage and massage in general can help with headache, body aches and sleeping. I recommend Yoga Tuneup balls for self massage. Cucumbers on your eyes can help headaches too. I also soothe myself into slumber with chamomile tea, also great on a sore throats. Meditation works wonders for me, I YouTube guided mediation.And when it gets really difficult to sleep I will use melatonin. Out like a light.

So I’m taking a bath, cucumbers on my eyes, peppermint under my nose, and lavender on my temples. After I’m nice and relaxed from the bath, I make a tea, take half a melatonin dose and self massage on my yoga mat, listening to my mediation. I’m lucky if I make it to the bed.
I managed to completely get through the flu with no OTC drugs, and actually come out more rejuvenated than ever on the other side.

True Love

I heard a few people talking in the store the other day about Valentine’s Day. They said they were just going to treat themselves, love themselves and drink as much wine and eat as much chocolate as they wanted. I just wonder why often times we( I’m including myself) celebrate ourselves with indulging in this way. I mean I’ve got to be honest, when I’m over eating, or drinking, or saying “ugh I’m just not going to do my laundry etc.” it’s usually because I feel like shit about something. I say as I’ve eaten three packs of bevita biscuits while writing that I found in my bag from a plane. Who the hell eats those anyway ha!! Apparently me. I just shoved them in mindlessly because I’m feeling anxious about other things. And it’s not actually doing me any good anyway. I’m just going to feel pissed off and pressured at some point. But I have created a balance and I know my limits and I’m also willing to suffer the consequence of feeling like a zombie later from eating crap. It’s not going to derail me and this is from A LOT of practice doing GOOD things for myself and being mindful. Once you have the awareness it’s hard to let yourself fall too far down the hole. I’m offering you an alternative to love yourself for Valentine’s Day. (Whatever Valentine’s Day means anyway, it was an excuse to write this) I come from a black heart of “I hate feelings.” No longer the case. Even when they suck I learn. If we can try to commit to becoming aware of the feeling and embrace it I promise you, you will get SOMETHING out of it. Good or bad, you learn. And feelings aren’t permanent. Isn’t that awesome to know when they are horrible! And humbling to know when you’re on cloud 9? Feed your body, mind, and spirit well and it will take care of you when you feel out of balance. It’s a muscle to be healthy, use it often and it has memory in times of need. Take care of your inner world as well. When we acknowledge that changes, challenges, and hardships are there to deepen us, to remind us that we do get second chances, and that we are each made up of love, compassion, and healing, something remarkable happens. And you drink wine and each chocolate for far different reasons than loathing or any other negative attachment .

1.DO give piece of your heart, allow yourself to be vulnerable. You get hurt, guess what you never get it back but other experiences will refill it. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable evokes creativity, emotion, and promotes growth.

2.Pay it forward. By helping others, we actually help ourselves, too. Lending a hand not only boosts mental health, but may also lead to a longer life . Volunteering also positively affects self-confidence, self-esteem, and general wellbeing.

3. Take a nap. Don’t feel guilty. Unless you nap as a crutch. Get your ass up and go for a 30 minute walk and focus on your breathing. Both recharge you.

4. Make a date with yourself. #CornyAF!! Whatever, be alone and enjoy it. I do a two hour guided mediation(especially if I’m fighting it) once a month and a Korean Body Scrub after at some weird place and I love it. You don’t have time. Please. I’m busy as shit. But it’s important to my well being so I prioritize it.

5.Become a bookworm.
Research suggests that reading on a regular basis keeps the mind sharp as it ages, and reading fiction in particular makes for more creativity and a more open mind. Cracking open a book may also improve sleep and make us more empathetic.

6. Invest in cooking classes, dancing classes, a new workout, therapy, a workshop, whatever. You are your best investment. If you’re not happy you’re no good to anyone else.

7. Practice mindful eating. Instead of counting calories and agonizing over whether or not you consumed too many carbs. Just eat right and if you have a feeling don’t eat and if you do, move on. You’re never going to be perfect at this and kudos if you are.

8. Get enough sleep!! Figure it out. Everything is “figuroutable”

9. Meditate. Do I really have to go into why this is sooooo good for you?

10. Get a massage, get outta town, get it on. Whatever it is. Something that feels good and you can let go for a minute.

11. Oh, last but not least, make your frickin bed. Easy. Sets a tone for the day.

Week 1 Mind*Body*Fit-Balance and Strength: Awareness and goals

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.~Buddha

Week one of six.

Day one workout https://grokker.com/fitness/video/hiit-1-strength-and-balance/56b3bc0630878aae2e9538fc
Keep it simple. Week one, lifestyle and habits. This is a very general guide just to get you thinking. DO IT. How can I get the results I want and make them last? Self esteem is huge so put some time into yourself.
• Define your goal. The second part of this is to incorporate ten minutes of meditation at least in to your day. I suggest in the morning first thing. There are a ton of meditation videos on Grokker.com or you can easily download an app that will guide you and time you.
• Make a list of things you’ve been putting off. Dentist, doc, unresolved issues etc. Right action increase self esteem. Self esteem increase chance of healthy living success.
• Commit
• Identify triggers that tempt you to stray or give yourself permission to stray. Awareness is step one in making better choices.
• Buddy system. Find someone to hold you accountable and check in with. I can be your buddy:) strength in numbers, get some friends on board
• Commit, did I say that?
• Measure your success by how you feel and fit in your clothes. Depending on your goal measure yourself instead of weighing, better yet don’t do either and gage your progress by how you feel.
• This is not a diet. It’s changing your lives.
• Be realistic with your goals
• Get enough sleep.
• Eliminate processed foods.
• Increase vegetables and lean proteins
• Choose activities that will encourage a healthy lifestyle not tempt you to stray.
• Make a list of things not serving you and causing undue stress.

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