Sweet Dreams

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Are there days you wake up still feeling tired?

Do you have days where all day you’re feeling exhausted?

Think the solution is to pour another cup of coffee? Think again!

 

The 8 (hopefully) hours you aren’t running around busy with all the things that come with life your body is rejuvenating for the next day through sleep. The problem comes when our bodies are deprived from those hours of rejuvenation.

 

If this is sounding familiar don’t worry, you are not alone. Nearly 40 million American men and women suffer from sleep disorders. Interestingly enough more women are impacted by sleep disorders than men.  

 

Your initial reaction might be to look directly at the problem in front of you. You have been waking up and still feeling tired, you think maybe it’s the pillow, your mattress is uncomfortable, or even you went to bed too late. I urge you to think of the problem from a more holistic view. If you know me there should be no surprise there! When we look at sleep disorders or people who are suffering from tiredness through Chinese medicine we start to uncover the underlying deep imbalance. While I highly recommend working with a trained professional to see the best results I want to leave you with two major tips that you can start implementing today.

 

The first tip and one of the most important aspects of sleep, a routine. This means waking up and going to sleep at the same time each day is important, this allows your sleep cycles to reset. Now don’t hate me for this next part, but each day means weekends too! Waking up at different times each day can really take a toll on your sleep patterns. So if you wake up Monday-Friday at 6am then set the clock for that time on Saturday and Sunday. This may sound dreadful but you will start to notice the impact a routine can have on your overall energy levels.

 

The next tip I’d like to leave you with is to take a look at your overall body. While sleep is a major part of your energy bank there are other areas that can make serious withdrawals or deposits. If we go back to the holistic viewpoint of mind, body, spirit we can start looking at the other factors that could be influencing our energy levels. For instance, are you overly stressed at work, do you find your mind racing every time you have a second to think? Or do you have daily or weekly practices that refill you, some people refer to these as hobbies or passion projects. Like it or not this all feeds into your energy.

 

This can be a lot to take in all at once, I recommend starting with a sleep routine. Then consulting with someone who can help you look at the big picture. I promise once you shift from being tired, exhausted, or just feeling like you don’t have as much energy as you’d like to someone who can do everything they wanted in a day and not have moments where they “gosh I’m tired” you’ll never want to go back!
Sweet dreams!

The Leaky Tub

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Are there days you get so tired you’re not sure how you’ll get everything done?

 

Well, you are not alone!

 

Take a look at one of my clients. She is a busy woman. Balancing work and raising 2 children that afternoon slump was an all too familiar part of her life.  She believed this was because she wasn’t taking good enough care of her body.  So she started to focus there.  She ate a clean diet, made sure she got enough sleep, and exercised. Yet, she was still running straight into that wall of exhaustion every afternoon no matter how much time she focused on her physical well being.  

 

Now if this is sounding familiar, don’t worry. Most people believe that our energy is directly related to our physical body. But, did you know there are five different keys that influence the energy that sustains your life? We are needing to look at our self and our energy from a holistic viewpoint. Taking the body, mind, and spirit approach.

 

I am an acupuncturist and have studied the five elements for over 20 years.  What I have found is that our bodies are not the only part that can be out of balance, making us fatigued and overwhelmed.  I am going to give you a little insight on my interpretation of what is needed to feel and live a vibrant life.

 

There are five elements to your energy.  

  1. Your physical body
  2. Your mind
  3. The way you invasion yourself and how you want to be and feel
  4. The way you interact with your life and world
  5. Your passion and creativity.

 

If you are off kilter or out of balance in any of these areas you will be losing energy. Picture a bathtub full of water and a plug that won’t seal, water is constantly going to be going down the drain.  To have the energy that fills you, that keeps you going all day long and them some you have to create harmony in each one of these areas.  You have got to seal the plug.

 

When we sat down and looked at the energy elements for my client it was clear that how she was interacting with her world was off balance.  She was one of those women who had a hard time with boundaries. (I imagine there are a few of you that can relate.)  She did not know how to say no. She was constantly doing more than her share at work and at home and telling herself to keep digging deeper to get it done.  

 

I helped her work through this struggle with my exclusive Five Element Regain Your Energy System and she plugged up her leaking drain and recaptured her energy. She is no longer running out of steam in the afternoon. She is bringing all areas of herself into balance and as a result enjoying a very vibrant life.

 

You need to realize that we are more than just our body. Your physical body plays an enormous role in your overall energy but it is not the only element. You need to support all areas of your body, mind, and spirit to have energy that does not run out.
It is miserable sitting in a leaking bath so why would you put up with that kind of annoyance in your everyday life?