- Move. If you’ve been sitting at your desk in front of the computer all day, or if you’re just feeling stuck in a rut, it’s time to get up and get your blood pumping. If you’re in the office and can’t get outside, run in place, jump rope, sprint up and down your office stairs, turn on the Rocky soundtrack and shadowbox to Eye of the Tiger, or dance it out to my girl, Carly Rae Jepson’s ‘Call Me Maybe.’ Studies have shown that just ten minutes of cardiovascular exercise is enough to release feel good endorphins and get oxygenated blood to your brain. Exercise also releases adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine. These chemicals work together to pack a major feel good punch. Slap a smile on your face, get outside for a brisk walk and soak up some sunlight for a double the endorphin rush.
- Sing. This may be a little trickier if you’re in a cubicle situation, but if you’re willing to face down the crazy stares you’ll get from co-workers when you’re belting out “Walking on Sunshine” you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have shown that the emotions aroused by joyful music have a healthy effect on blood vessel function. Pick an up tempo song, pay attention to the lyrics and sing it like no one is listening. When you’re finished, close your eyes, take a deep breath and sit quietly absorbing the increase in your body’s vibration. Feel the buzzing in your fingertips, the humming of energy in your throat and the crown of your head. *If you don’t have the space to sing out loud, simply take a few minutes to listen actively to the lyrics and melody of a joyful song. You’ll be amazed how great you feel after immersing yourself in positive music.
- Shower. Cold water washes away negative emotional energy and brings you right to where you are in the present moment. Hydrotherapy helps improve circulation, boosts white blood cell activity, dissolves tension, brings more blood flow to your organs, helps your body detox and balances hormones. When you get home from work, turn the shower on luke warm, hop in and allow your body to adjust to the temperature. Bring the water up to cold for one minute. Turn it back to warm for a minute, then repeat with the cold water. As a resident of Southern California, I’ve made it my mission to avoid being cold. I despise being cold. It was not easy to convince me to do this one, but once I started with cold showers, I found that it works. My energy and spirits lifted instantly. It helps to repeat a mantra in your mind: ‘this too shall pass’ or ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ while the freezing water pours on your skin. Good luck and ‘Wahe Guru!’
After spending over 114 cumulative days living on a deserted island as a Survivor contestant, I developed a torrid love affair with a brown skinned, hard, fuzzy…coconut. Leaving my man behind me to return to my life in Los Angeles when the game ended was bittersweet. I knew my natural island beauty would fade once I returned to the harsh pollutants in the water, air, lotions and makeup of the mainland. The thought of losing the clarity I’d gained in my skin, the brightness of the whites of my eyes and teeth and the sweet, delicious scented moisture in my skin and hair was enough to make a girl want to quit the city altogether.
As I contemplated the direction of my life, a new thought entered my mind. What if I just seek out coconut oil, in a jar, from the health food store? Could it really be that easy to get the glowy skin and glossy hair I’d grown accustomed to on the island?
Yes. It is.
Coconut oil is the miracle moisturizer you’ve been seeking, my friends. Stiff arm old man winter with a jar of the good stuff and you will know what all the fuss is about. Slather coconut oil on your skin after a hot shower. Dab a little on your palms and run it through your hair before bed.
Shake things up even more and try cooking with coconut oil for healthy, flavorful dishes.
My favorite brand is Healthy Foods Now Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I also like Barlean’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Find it at your nearest Whole Foods or here on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Barleans-Organic-Oils-Coconut-16-Ounce/