Then the day after Thanksgiving we have to start shopping for gifts for Christmas – we must remember the mailman, our kid’s teacher, and the office secretary. All of the people who have been so faithful and supportive all year-long deserve a special blessing!
Then we look up and it’s New Year’s Eve with all the Black Tie events and special church Watch Night services.
Next it’s twelve mid-night and New Year’s Day and we call around to family and friends to see who’s cooking gumbo, black eye peas and rice!
The end of the year holidays are a blast – and to really enjoy them requires energy and “being in the moment”, as Oprah says.
“I just read a wonderful article on how to restore your energy by Dr. Jacob Teitelbam entitled Vitality 101 “, says Dr. Sue. The author outlined three steps that we should follow:
- Step 1 – Nourish Your Body – by eating five servings of fruit and vegetables each day, whole grains and cooking lean meat and fish in olive oil. Also we need to limit sugar, white flour, and red meat. Dr. Teitelbaum recommends simply adding a powdered drink mix to our daily diet so that we can get all of our vitamins, minerals and amino acids so that we can have “great energy all through the day”!
- Step 2 –Rebalance and Refresh Your Body – if you are experiencing stress due to “doing too much”, Dr. Teitelbum recommends that you sleep 10 to 12 hours each night during the winter as our ancestors did. I know that 10 hours of sleep sounds like a bit much – but you will be surprised at how much better you will feel once you experience this.
- Step 3 –Revive Your Spirit – Dr. Teitelbaum says that a recent survey found that a certain percentage of the group had energy to spare, and some were happier with their work life than others. The study found that the “happy” individuals shared a “full and active life after the work day was done”. It’s more important that we enjoy our life after work by adding some extracurricular activities that we enjoy, such as a young adult church group; coaching our kid’s football league; or playing golf with friends.
The author ends with a quote by Joseph Campbell: …”we need to follow our bliss. Campbell wrote beautifully and encouragingly for us to live the life that we ought to be living and to enjoy that refreshment, that life within us, all the time.”
I just love this article!
For more information go to Ask the Doctor, www.ATDonline.org, published in 2003 by Enzymatic Therapy, Inc., and revised December, 2008.
Also check-out the author’s best-selling books, From Fatigued to Fantastic (Penguin Putnam, 2007) and Three Steps to Happiness: Healing Through Joy (Deva Press, 2003).