Summer Heart Opening & Energy Boosting Tips (Part Three revised)
Energy can be low during the summer especially toward the middle and end. Doing some summer heart opening yoga poses and using energy boosting tips can help restore balance.
**In the last two posts on summer and opening the heart/chest, I discussed the imbalances of heat during the summer. Some people can experience low energy during the summer due to all the activity and warmer weather. Others can experience excessive heat within the body and feel agitated. To learn more see part one and part two on Summer Heart Opening Yoga Sequence.**
In this post, I will discuss various ways to help the mind and home environment in order to bring balance to excessive heat. When there is extra heat in the body it can be thrown out of balance. The excessive heat of summer can cause a person to be more agitated or have more intense feelings about things. The opposite can also happen. Energy stores can be low during this time because people tend to be more active in the warmer months as well as there are more social gatherings.
Finding balance is important
There are some nutritional elements to create more harmony within the mind and body. Many people talk about or have read about food being medicine. As a holistic nutritionist and a person who has experienced many digestive problems, I fully support this school of thought. Eating the right foods and cutting the foods that create inflammation and stress in the body is important for overall health and homeostasis. Below are some ideas for how to help balance the body through food.
Lemon: Lemon is acidic in nature however when it enters the body it helps to alkalize or neutralize. Adding lemon to water or meals can help get your daily intake. Lemons offer a huge amount of vitamin c and fiber. It helps to detoxify and rejuvenate the body as well as as can improve mood.
Coconut Water: Drinking coconut water throughout the day restores lost electrolytes. It also gives the body folate, calcium and selenium. Restoring energy to the body but also acting as a cooling agent.
Aloe Vera: Rubbing aloe on the skin can help to cool the body and reduce inflammation. Ingesting aloe vera juice can improve digestion and balances pH in the body.
Watermelon: Eating watermelon can also increase water in the body which will help hydrate. Staying hydrated helps to balance the body.
Environmental elements are important to restore and maintain balance. Controlling your home environment is a little easier than other places like work or school however below are some ideas on how to keep all areas as stress free as possible. These elements can increase that balance that the body and mind is craving during high heat seasons.
Room/house temperature: Keeping the temperature lower when you are experiencing excessive heat can help. this will act as a cooling agent to keep the body temperature lower. Making the room/home environment more comfortable will also improve concentration because they body won't be sweating or trying to cool off.
Lights: Turning the lights down or keeping the lights low can help keep stimulation low. When the body is highly stimulated it can increase heat production.
Soak: Soaking your feet in cool water or taking a swim in cool water can help to reduce stress and heat. Add some epsom salt to your tub which can help to detoxify the body. This can help improve mood as well because the body feels lighter and more clarified.
Acupressure: Acupressure is an ancient Chinese tradition in which two pressure points on the body are activated. The large intestine and governing vessel pressure points help release heat within the body.
Lemon: The scent of lemon can help improve mood. Using candles or incense that has a citrus sent can boost mood and energy if your feeling depleted or tired. Try citrus scented lotion or oil to instantly gain energy.
Meditation or Breathing: Taking a few breaths, even as little as five to ten, can help to calm the body and mind. When breathing is slower it allows the body to experience a soothing effect. Focus on either matching inhales with exhales or exhaling for a few seconds longer. When our bodies experience stress the fight of flight response kicks in. Breathing becomes quicker and shallower. When trying to stay calm and collected, slowing the breath and focusing on the present (a goal for meditation) can increase clarity as well as ease within the mind and body.
Not too long ago, I had a job I didn't enjoy and often created unneeded stress. My body became inflamed and I found myself exhausted and negative many days of the week. Realizing that some of the stress and dissatisfaction with my job came from my negativity, I found taking a few moments through out the day to breathe quietly helped me stay a little calmer. Finding other things like great tasting water (lemon added) or having quiet music or lowered lights also helped me unwind and stay calm.
Experimenting and finding what works for you to restore balance is the most important thing. Reducing stressors and focusing on things that make you happy and calm is what will aid in balance. If you want to know more or have no idea where to start visit my website, contact me or leave a comment. My goal is to help people live their best life by creating harmon with food, mind and body awareness and tap into the innate knowledge we all have.
Disclaimer: The information on this website (Alt Yoga Vibe) is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for medical treatment or hands on instruction. If you are experiencing any severe pain or symptoms, please consult a healthcare practitioner.
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