365 ways to energize – a daily companion to living with health, purpose, and joy

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DAy 76Yesterday, I wrote about various ways to become and stay focused.

What I did not mention was the link between focus and hydration. We all know that our body consists of 70 percent water. That percentage is even larger in our brain. Our brain consists of as much as 85 percent water and depends on a daily good intake of water in order to keep fueled and energized!

According to research, most people drink way too little water for their brain to function optimally. What about you? Are you drinking enough water?

Lack of focus can be linked to dehydration. Also “brain fog,” memory, sleep issues, anger, headaches, depression, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), ADD (attention deficit disorder), are connected to drinking too little water!

Not only do our brain need water to function optimally, even our nervous system needs water and our digestion works much more better when we drink enough. Water is also great for our skin.

To only drink glass after glass of cold water might not seem appetizing. Therefore it is easy to go for juice, coffee, tea or soft drinks. However none of those drinks hydrate us optimally, rather the opposite. We need to drink water of high quality preferably! Filtered water is mostly better than your tap water. Bottled water from glass bottles is great – not from plastic bottles as these carry toxins.

I have a morning routine that I can recommend. I begin my morning drinking two large glasses of warm water. I mix cold water with tea water. Warm water helps me drink more and it also feels good in my stomach. Lately I have added a teaspoon of bio honey, as it supports digestion and the skin further. I always carry a bottle of water with me everywhere I go, and I drink regularly and before I get thirsty.

When you are showing sign of being thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Therefore, get into the habit of drinking water every hour or so. Your brain and body will get thrilled when you do.

You find out how much you need to drink per day by measuring:

Your body weight in kg X33ml= daily water requirement

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How intense is your life?

DAy 72I know well how it feels to live “on the edge.” I have most of my life valued “doing” over “being,” as I love to be engaged and active. However, when I squeeze too much into my life, I do not have a much fun. The more activities I try to pack into my days, and the more I rush – the less quality of life I have, because I cannot absorb and tune in to the people around me and what else is going on.

When we live at our edge, we live with an intensity that stresses the mind and body, and we disconnect from the voice of our soul. When we live with high intensity, we do not pick up clues and nuances from the people and the environment around us.

In the past I did not have the capacity to step back and review my life from the outside, with a “helicopter perspective”. I could not see that the intensity and speed, in which I lived my life, did not add true quality. I missed out on a lot. I was spinning for years not knowing how to live in another way. I was blinded by my own habitual routines of doing too much too fast. And I still fall into this old bad habit from time to time.

In the last years I have developed various strategies to slow down. My energy is more calm and focused. When I slow down I open up to life’s beauty; I feel greater appreciation and gratitude for all the lovely people in my life, and I notice and live much more in harmony my surrounding.

I will share in a later post more about what I do to guard my inner peace, but the biggest shift came when I had the big aha moment that I actually was in charge of creating my own reality and that I nobody but me could change my life for me. I understood that I had to explore and find out what I needed in order to live with more peace and harmony and that I could sometimes stop, say no, and take time out.


Wardrobe Clean-Out

Day 64The words ‘clear-out’ or ‘clean-out’ carries lightness – don’t you think!

If you are the type that only keeps things in your closet that you use, and are good at regularly sorting things out, then you do not need to read on.

However, if you have the tendency of keeping clothes and shoes, which you have not used for a long time and might not even fit you anymore – you are not alone and perhaps want to read on.

I have had a bit of an issue in the ‘past’ separating myself from my clothes. I have kept clothes and shoes that I don’t like or use, thinking that I might begin to enjoy them again later, that they might get back in style if I just wait long enough.

Mostly these clothes have been cluttering my wardrobe and made it difficult for me to sort through quickly and find something to wear – as it has been hard to see past the old clothes.

So why do we keep these clothes and shoes despite not having used them for years?

We may have our different reasons. For me, I do not like waste, and it has felt like waste to let go of these clothes. I have also worried that I would regret giving away clothes that I perhaps would miss and want to use again.

A closet full of clothes, which you only use a fraction of, is energy draining. To arrive in the morning to a closet filled with clothes that are too small, too big, perhaps have stains, holes or are totally out of style, does not give you inspiration and a boost. It is not a good positive way to start the day.

Therefore, it was a real blessing to meet Alison, a woman who professionally helps people to find their personal style and colours and even helps clearing closet clutter. She helped me review all my clothes and shoes to see how I could combine and use my clothes in a new way, as well as clear out what did not suit my body, or had colours that did nothing for me. With her help I have been able to separate myself from some clothes and create a ‘new’ wardrobe with my old clothes. Adding a few more pieces gave my wardrobe a face-lift, and I much more enjoy getting dressed in the morning.

We did a major clean out last spring. Alison stopped by again today and we got rid of some more clothes that I have not used in the past year.

It is such a pleasure to look into my closet now and choose from things I like and enjoy wearing. It gives me the spring in my step that I need to live life well.