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Staying Healthy at Work

It can be difficult to maintain a health regimen when you are working full time and are constantly on the go.

Our root chakras are usually taxed throughout the workweek – this is the chakra that fuels our physical body and gives us energy.

Here are some tips to keep you and your root chakra on track during the workweek:

1. Prepare Your Meals At Home
Even though we live in an era where healthy meal options are becoming more readily available, the best way to control our diet is to prepare our own meals. This way we can be completely in charge of the ingredients and know exactly what we’re consuming.

I find this to be especially important for those monitoring their sugar intake – natural or otherwise. It’s common for a lot of outside “healthy options” such as salads and stir-fry dishes to have sauces that are loaded with sugar. In addition, while you may think having a salad is a healthy choice, if it contains veggies that are on the dirty dozen list, it’s best that they be consumed organic. Preparing your own salad at home will ensure that your greens are organic and your dressing is healthy.

To save on time, consider
– Pre-washing any veggies you plan to use for juicing or making salads
– Making batches of different salad dressings to use throughout the week
– Pre-making sauces (e.g. pasta or stir fry sauces) and freezing them
– Creating a meal plan so that you can have the necessary ingredients available when you need them

2. Stock a Drawer at Work with Healthy Snacks & Sweets
I have a drawer at work where I keep my healthy snacks. I am particularly fond of coconut chips, naturally sweetened organic granola bars, organic dark chocolate and healthy protein bars for when I need something a little more substantial. Keeping these snacks on hand will resist any urges you have for going to a local coffee shop and choosing an unhealthy baked good.

3. Brew Organic Coffee
I’ve started to brew organic coffee in my office. This is a far healthier option than coffee prepared by your local Starbucks. If you don’t want to brew a large amount, you can always use a French press to brew a cup just for yourself. For more on regular coffee and its toxicity, click here.

4. Stay Hydrated During the Day
A lot of offices have poor circulation and tend to be pretty dry, so it’s really important to stay hydrated. I was able to ask my office to install a reverse osmosis filtration system so we could consume healthy filtered water throughout the day.

You can also store your office fridge with healthy beverages such as coconut water and keep healthy herbal teas in your snack drawer. For more on healthy herbal teas, click here.

5. Stay Active During Breaks
We all spend way too much time sitting at our desks. Try to get into the swing of taking a short walk during lunch or at some point during the workday – the fresh air will do wonders for you.

You can also try to implement some gentle exercise, such as yoga. My office converts our boardroom into a yoga studio for 20 minutes three times a week during the lunch hour. We switch on a yoga app that is connected to the boardroom TV – it’s a wonderful way to de-stress and stretch out our stiff muscles.

A healthy lifestyle does take a lot of work and a strong commitment – but when your skin is glowing and you feel energized, it’s a small price to pay. The key is to stay organized and take joy in nourishing yourself. 🙂

The Healing Benefits of Floating

If someone asked you to submerge yourself in an isolation tank filled with salt water for a full hour in complete darkness, would you do it?

I did and it was great.

Floating or flotation therapy is a new wellness trend for those who are stressed or anxious and need an escape from their daily lives and overactive minds.

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This is how it works – you enter into a tank with sea salt water and lie down. Since there is so much salt, you float (and will not sink). You can use a pillow for neck support or you can float without one. Background music plays to set the mood. Then the lights begin to fade and you are left in complete darkness. Since the water comes up to your ears, all external noise is blocked.

According to scientific literature, there is a drop in the brain’s electrical activity and induction of theta brain waves, which are associated with deep relaxation. The parts of your brain that are associated with spatial awareness, such as your parietal lobe, decrease in activity. You literally feel like you’re in space, floating away.

You know that space between your thoughts where all the magic happens? Where you gain creative insight, clarity, and faith? That gets amplified in the process of floating. You are so relaxed, your mind shuts up and that space between your thoughts becomes more accessible to you.

In fact, the facility I attended left a journal beside the float tank for people to use afterwards, in case they wanted to record any creative insights from their floating session.

Floating & Energy Healing

Salt is incredibly cleansing for your energy fields. I always recommend that people who lead busy/stressful lives take sea salt baths at least once a week.

Floating is different from taking a sea salt bath because it’s a more intense version – you have way more salt, which also causes you to float and you spend a longer time in the water. This allows for a really deep, energetic cleanse.

Spending time in water is very nourishing for the sacral chakra, which is the energy center associated with creativity, sexuality and emotions. So if you’re looking for some balance in any of those areas, floating would be a great healing option for you.

My Experience

I loved the very beginning of my float. I chose to listen to nature sounds for the first three minutes and it felt so surreal. I just felt like I was floating away in space and had no idea of where I was.

As I am a person with an overactive mind, it took some time for it to slow down but it eventually did – probably because of all that salt that my body was soaking up. I was so relaxed.

I set the intention of gaining insight for my own personal healing and played around with my energy fields to find blocks and release them.

Afterwards, I came out feeling deeply relaxed and emotionally balanced. My friend noticed a glow about my face and I felt it. Later in the day, my family commented on how “zen” I appeared. I’m usually on the go all the time and found myself wanting to just sit and relax.

A day later, I feel really rested, rejuvenated and balanced. I wouldn’t hesitate to sign up for another floating session in the future

Consider floating if you:
– are stressed, anxious or burnt out
– are seeking clarity or insight in a particular area of your life
– feel emotionally imbalanced and want to remove energy blocks
– feel like you can benefit from a sense of deep physical relaxation
– want to tap into your intuition or creativity
– want your energy fields to glow and be strong

Let me know if you try it out and what your experience was like. 🙂

Healing in January

January tends to be a difficult month for many of us – as the holiday spirit comes to an end, we’re forced to confront our bills, diet, and return to some parts of our lives that may not be completely satisfying or where we would like them to be.

The chakra that tends to be the most distorted in January is the sacral chakra – this is the energy center associated with our emotions and food choices. It’s very feminine in nature but every chakra has a yin/yang balance that is necessary for it to function effectively and the sacral chakra tends to become too yin due to over-indulging during the holidays.

Here are some ways to heal this chakra and your overall energy system in January:

  1. Detox – cut out or drastically reduce refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol and any other irritants to your system. Step up on your organic veggies, fruits and water intake. Try consuming natural detox beverages like lemon water and cayenne or ginger tea and apple cider vinegar.
  1. Exercise – get moving. If you weren’t active during the holidays, there can be an excess of yin in your system that makes you feel more sluggish and slowed down. Exercising can assist in bringing forth more yang to balance your body and energy fields.
  1. Meditate – this will assist you in better handling any stress or anxieties that might come up as you contemplate moving forward in the new year.
  1. Create a visualization board or list of goals – include things that you would like to accomplish or that keep you motivated. It could include trips you want to take or things you’d like to manifest for yourself. I personally like creating a visualization board or book because you can include pictures – visual representations are known to more readily influence the subconscious mind and engage the law of attraction.
  1. Get energy healing – especially if you are having a hard time breaking through holiday habits or are anxious about the New Year and need some clarity on moving forward.
  1. Spend time relaxing – the holidays can be hectic and you may need some “me time” to do things like reading or going to a spa for a relaxing massage. Feed your spirit.
  1. Be patient with yourself – whatever your goals are coming out of the holidays, be patient with yourself. Remember it’s about progress, not perfection.