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Healthier (and Happier) This Summer


Try grounding. Grounding, or earthing, is an easy way to create health daily.  You simply put your bare feet on the earth and walk around barefoot. If you can't walk barefoot where you live, just get outside.


Take a road trip. Road trips are a BLAST! Grab a friend or loved one that you enjoy spending time with. I have my best ideas behind the wheel. Great childhood memories when grandparents threw all us grandkids in the wagon and we took off for a day trip somewhere.


Eat outside.  In many cultures, people eat outside all year.  There is something so relaxing about long lunches where you can just watch people or the clouds go by.  And, this relaxed state actually lowers cortisol and enhances your digestion. Spending a lot of time in an office with artificial light, and eating outdoors in the sunshine is a great way to enhance your mood.  Try a picnic in the park or simply move your family dinner out to the porch. 


Soak up some Vitamin D.  I always recommend getting natural Vitamin D from sunlight whenever you can.  Now, that does not mean I want to you go bake in the sun. But try to get 30 minutes of sunlight on your skin before 10 am or after 3-4 pm


Withdraw from mainstream media. The best way to be healthy this summer, and any time of year, is to pay attention to what’s in front of you. Watching the news— or TV in general—allows you to get distracted by something that is happening halfway around the world. It can also negatively influence your spending habits, suck you dry of your mental energy, and in the case of excessive TV watching, can lead to obesity.


A daily meditation practice can improve your health significantly. Most people think of meditation as a stress-reduction technique. It’s true! Any health condition that is worsened by stress (which is all of them!) can be helped with meditation. Regular meditation is associated with reduced cortisol levels, weight loss, decreased anxiety, lower heart rate, and even less pain. You don’t need to go to a fancy retreat or a yoga studio to mediate. And your practice does not have to be a long or involved ritual. Just sit with your eyes closed and focus on your breath for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes before you go to bed. This will benefit your health.


**Remember***

Support is the secret sauce to success. You don't have to go it alone. Support, Plan, and Succeed!




~To Your Health

Tara

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