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Natural Tick prevention tips in the Hamptons

IMG_4968Eastern Long Island is at High Risk for Lyme Disease. May through September are the highest risk months due to intense nymphal activity. Make sure you are taking the proper steps for tick prevention! Below is some information from lectures I have been to in Sag Harbor with Lyme literate doctors and my own research.


Ticks hate the scent of lavender. Use soaps, detergents, shampoo,etc. Put dryer sheets in kids pockets. I really like Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. This soap made out of all natural ingredients and is very versatile. See this soap’s multipe uses at the end of this article.

  • For Laundry- 1/3 cup soap in large load. Add 1/2 cup vinegar in rise cycle
  • Body Wash: one small squirt applied to wet hands or loofah
  • For Shaving
  • Other uses for Dr. Bronner Lavender Soap (good to have this smell in your home)
    • All Purpose Cleaner: add 1/4 cup of soap to quart of water in spray bottle
    • Dishes: Dilute 1:10 with water for hand-washed dishes.
    • Fruit & Veggie Wash: A dash in bowl f water to remove reside
  • Use dried lavender sachets in clothing drawers.

  • Treat your shoes. Your feet is where ticks usually first come in contact with you.
    • Spray BUG OFF on your shoes & you can also use it as an air freshener, on your bedroom sheets and pillow, in your hair body spray and clothing spray. When applying to your skin, shake well before EACH spray. Spray into hands and then run onto skin. When applying to hair, clothes etc: Shake well before EACH spray and spray. BUG OFF is non greasy so is perfect for this!
  • For a stronger clothing repellent- use permethrin (use monthly) to ward off ticks and killing any that come in contact with your clothing. You can purchase impregnated permethrin clothing or do it yourself. This is not all natural.
  • Avoid sitting on the ground or on stone walls. Avoid where ticks live: tall grasses, stay in the center of paths, etc.
  • If you are going in a wooded area, wear pants and sneakers. Tuck socks into pants.

Tips for the yard:

  • Wood Chip Border: Ticks will rarely cross a 3 foot wood chip border, use liberally around your property
  • Cedar Mulch & Bags of Cypress. Buy Both and Mix them
  • INSECTICIDES: Treat your property with a product called “Damminix”. This consists of cardboard tubes containing cotton balls that have been dipped in insecticide. Place these tubes around your property in the wooded areas and below shrubs.
  • Mice transmit the most ticks that make people sick. Prevent Mice with these tips:
    • Use Damminix and Permethrin on cotton balls. Use cotton balls in/near mice burrows around yard.
  • Prevent Deer from entering property with a tall fence
  • Remove wood piles, rock walls, and bird feeders as these attract tick-carrying animals and can increase the risk of acquiring Lyme.
  • A 3-foot wood chip border around your yard helps prevent tick spread.
  • Get your yard sprayed. There are companies in the Hamptons and other parts of Long Island offering Organic Pesticides
  • Plant Lavender plants around your yard.

 

 

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Earthing/Grounding

Now that Spring is here, do you have any new goals set in accordance with the nice weather? Have you ever heard of Grounding or Earthing? One of my goals for the spring is to spend at least 15 minutes a day in nature on the days  I am not in the city. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀

What is Earthing?

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO, walking barefoot on the earth can have many benefits. The body can obtain electrons by being in contact with the Earth. These electrons have antioxidant effects which can reduce inflammation in the body & can make the immune system function optimally. When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface) the earth’s electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. Modern lifestyle separates humans from physical contact with the earth. Research suggests that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and a lack of well being. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀

Some other benefits include: IMG-2793

  • Reducing chronic pain
  • Improving sleep
  • Relieving muscle tension and headaches.
  • Improving menstrual and female hormone symptoms
  • Speeding the healing process.
  • Improve blood pressure and cardiovascular arrhythmias
  • Improve autoimmune conditions

Allegedly, many on the Tour de France,(e.g. Lance Armstrong) used an earthing recovery bag to speed recovery and increase their quality of sleep while on this endurance race.

It make sense that the more humans are connected to nature, the better we feel.  This is true for me. Do you think this could be one of the reasons people sleep better while at the beach? ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀

There are reviews on amazon from the book “Earthing, The Most Important Health Discovery Ever” which I read through. People wrote about how grounding has changed them for the better. If you are interested, consider reading through some!


References:

Chevalier, et al. “Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons.” Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Hindawi, 12 Jan. 2012, www.hindawi.com/journals/jeph/2012/291541/?hc_location=ufi.

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Chromotherapy/Color Therapy

How appealing does this Infrared Sauna look right now in this cold April New York weather? Have you ever heard of Color Therapy or Chromotherapy? Chromotherapy is used in NAO Wellness’s Infrared Saunas in order for users to reap benefits of both the sauna and chromotherapy at the same time. NAO Wellness is a wellness sanctuary located on a beautiful street in the West Village. They offer nutrition counseling and food intolerance testing, reiki, chiropractic care, host wellness workshops and events, have infrared saunas and are currently working on a room for sound healing and other holistic services. IMG-2851

There are so many benefits of using an Infrared Sauna alone including detoxification, muscle and joint pain relief, increase of circulation, reduce inflammation, lowering of blood pressure, weight loss and skin purification. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Infrared Saunas  you can check out my previous post here.

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Chromotherapy is a method of treatment that uses the colors of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases. It has health, emotional and cosmetic benefits.

Ancient observation chromotherapy is a centuries-old concept. It was practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, China and by the Mayans. The Egyptians utilized sunlight as well as color for healing. Color has been investigated as medicine since 2000 BC.

Color psychology and medicine were substantially tested by Robert Gerard, Ph.D., of UCLA in the 1950’s. He analyzed the area of light, color and their psychophysiological imprints. He tested the reactions of the entire body with colored light beamed onto the skin of the subject. Gerard’s data showed that all colors affect the human both psychologically and physiologically.

Warm colors: Warm colors showed a consistently pronounced pattern of stimulation. Warm colors helped those with reactive depression or neurasthenia. They increased muscle tone or blood pressure in hypertensive individuals.  Exposure to warm colors increased respiratory movements, frequency of eye blinks, cortical activation and palmar conductance (arousal of the autonomic nervous system).

Cool colors:  Cool colors showed a consistent pattern of relaxation.  Anxious subjects were calmed by these cooler colors, lowering blood pressure, providing relief from tension, alleviating muscle spasms and reducing eye blink frequency. They also proved to be an aid for insomnia.

If you are interested in reading more about the specific light color benefits, check out the image below. In the sauna, you have the choice to choose a color to stick with or you can have the light system rotating automatically through each color during your session.

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References:

Azeemi, Samina T. Yousuf, and Mohsin Raza. “A Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2, no. 4, 2 Dec. 2005, pp. 481–488., doi:10.1093/ecam/neh137.

NAO Wellness. “Infrared Sauna.” NAO Wellness, naowellness.com/.

 

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Flow State: Harnessing Altered States To Achieve Excellence

Recently, I sat in on a lecture at The Farm Soho, in New York City, hosted by Vitamin R Studios. With seven panelists we spoke about “flow state”, which could be more commonly understood as being “in the zone”.

With so many distractions today, especially with the technology of cell phones, computers and social media, I find it more difficult now than it was before these technological advances to be able to stay fully focused.

Flow is a mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the tasks at hand or activity.

Speakers at the event included: David Straus – Tech CEO, Author and Fortune 500 Purpose Coach, Nitin Ron – Dr. of Neonatology, Expert Surgeon on Premature Babies, Meditation Researcher. Casey Supple – Award Winning Fundraiser, Global Philanthropy-Super-Connector and Meditation Teacher, Anita Teresa Boeninger – Founder of the Sex & Medicine Summit and the Embodied Femme and Justin Ritchie – Professional Poker Player turned Master Yoga Teacher and Whole-Life Mentor Exploring Neuroscientific Consciousness.

Dr. Nitin Ron was asked what is flow state for you?

Nitin explains the process of when he is called into the Intensive Care Unit in the operating room of premature babies and saves a baby that was born without a heartbeat. In the moment of taking the laryngoscope to see the very tiny vocal cords and inserting the premature baby breathing tube (which is 1mm by 1mm) into the vocal cords, he is in his flow state. If he misses, by 1mm, he will not succeed. During this process, he takes a deep breath and releases all attachment of failure and success and is just in the moment. He states that there is no distinction between him and the baby, that he is one with the baby. The moment that he gives back a baby with a heart beat to their mother, there is one second the mother looks at him with utter love and utter surrender. This is the flow state that people need to be in.

Nitin was asked, what puts you in a flow state? One way Nitin is able to achieve flow state is by having utter self acceptance of himself. Trying to discover himself in the Himalayan cave for 10 days. He climbed this mountain 4 times. He isolated himself in the cave in the process of trying to discover himself. He mentioned how one of the scariest things in the world while being the cave is yourself. While being in the cave alone, he went into the deepest places of his mind. There has to be utter self surrender and utter self acceptance of yourself. The biggest lesson he learned this time in the Himalayas was about self compassion. If you can not love yourself, you cannot love others.

Another way Nitin is able to help him achieve flow state is by expressing love and compassion. While meditating, there was a wild mountain dog, (closer to the wolf family than the dog family) in the Himalayan mountains next to him growling. Nitin calmed him down by putting his hands on his shoulders. The dog stayed with him for 10 days and protected him from the mountain bears. He explains that if you have love this will break every boundary and barrier.

A third way Nitin is able to be in a flow state is by putting an active effort in appreciating being in the present moment. He explains that most of us could possibly learn this principle from premature babies. He states how around six weeks of being in the ICU, the babies tend to let out a large, genuine smile. They don’t think “oh i am a premature baby”. Instead, are living in the moment. Nitin advises to not let the past come into the present because it is water under the bridge. Learn from your past but after that, let go.

You can check out the full video here:

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Reiki for Healing

Reiki is a spiritual, vibrational healing art used to promote balance in the human body with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true, a person’s body and mind are in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes blocked, it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

A Reiki session is typically 60-90 minutes. Prior to the session, The Reiki Practitioner and client will usually discuss any particular problem or issue they are experiencing and ask them what they are hoping to achieve from their session. The last Reiki session I went to was a little over a year ago. Prior to the session, the practitioner mixed cards which I then pulled out from the deck. These cards were supposed to be relevant to my life. The cards I pulled are the ones shown on the photo to the right. We also went over the different chakras of the body and meanings associated with each.

During the session, the client will rest comfortably on a massage table on their back with their shoes removed. The Practitioner may apply a light touch during the session, hold their hands slightly above your body. A recipient of Reiki might feel a warming sensation or a tingling during the session or nothing at all but sheer relaxation. I had a large sense of emotion during the session and while the practitioners hands were hovering over me, I felt a heavy push of energy from her hands. The practitioner went over each chakra & my throat chakra felt specifically heavy. I also did Reiki a year prior to that a few times with a different practitioner and I felt very relaxed during the session and almost fell asleep.  This Reiki practitioner in particular was supposedly psychic. During the session she was speaking to me about whatever came to her while putting her hands over my body. A lot of it did not make sense at the time, but looking back, some of the things she was saying makes more sense now. I felt very overwhelmed after the session.

Reiki is a tool for stress reduction, relaxation and wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing.

It is interesting, I was watching this video on Reiki and it asks if you have a headache, stomach ache, or pain elsewhere most people’s reaction is to place their hands on the corresponding area.”Reiki amplifies and intensifies the power of touch”.

Our bodies are made up of energy. We exist in a universe of energy. This concept may be hard to understand for some people at first because we aren’t really taught this in school. However, everything in this world is essentially energy. For example, the difference between hot and cold water is energy right?

This photo was taken at Goddess Sanctuary & Spa in Mineola, Long Island. They also have Full & New Moon Meditation classes. If you go to my Instagram, @dshamptonorganics to this photo you can see some informative comments of people commenting about their (positive) experience with reiki.

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CBD Pills

Finally tried CBD pills. What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two main ingredients in the marijuana plant. Both CBD and THC belong to a unique class of compounds known as cannabinoids.

THC is best known for being the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. CBD, however, is non-psychoactive, meaning CBD can’t get you high. While disappointing to recreational users, this unique feature of CBD is what makes it so appealing as a medicine.

 

Naturally containing less than .3% THC, the hemp plant contains a multitude of nutrient rich terpenes, phytonutrients and cannabinoids.

Research seems to indicate that introducing hemp-derived cannabinoids such as CBD might help one’s ECS function more properly and efficiently and help regulate vital biological functions such as sleep, appetitie, pain, modulation, mood enhancement, sexual activity & more.

After taking a pill, I my body felt more relaxed and zen. For me, it seems like a good pill to take before bed.

Ananda Hemp works directly with the DEA and Kentucky Department of Agriculture in strict accordance with section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This allows them to sell and transport their products in all 50 states, legally. They are vertically integrated hemp producers in the USA and rigorously test and certify all products from seed to sale.

I also have used CBD oil topically (as seen in photo on the right). My friend made my a topical oil lotion mixed with coconut oil and some other ingredients beneficial to the skin. I am not sure if I noticed a difference, but something like this might need to be applied many times a day or may need to be of higher potency. For example, Voltaren gel, a topical prescription pain cream is recommended to be applied 6x a day.

I know some people personally who use this to treat chronic pain. Does anyone else take CBD pills or use a topical oil? How do you like them?

Here is the link to Ananda Hemp for CBD pills.


References:

1. Mead, Alice. “The Legal Status of Cannabis (marijuana) and Cannabidiol (CBD) under U.S. Law.” Epilepsy & Behavior 70 (2017): 288-91. Web.

2. Ananda Hemp

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Himalayan Salt Lamp

FullSizeRender(4)What are Himalayan Salt Lamps? They are lamps made from Himalayan Salt with a small light inside. I love my new Himalayan Salt Lamp by Levoit made from the deep underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan located on the western edge of the Himalayan Mountains.

Himalayan Salt Lamps supposedly can be of help with many things. After doing my research, I think these lamps are the perfect lamp to turn on before bed and/or to have on your night stand. Keep reading to find out why!

Himalayan Salt Lamps supposedly have many benefits from helping with allergies, to having positive health effects due to negative ions. I decided to focus on the soothing color light benefits because this seems to me the most realistically beneficial aspect of a Himalayan Salt Lamp given its size.

Research has shown that different colors of light affect the body in different ways. What is the science behind this? According to Harvard Medical School Publications, “Blue Light Has a Dark Side”, before artificial lighting, the sun was the major source of lighting, and people spent their evenings in darkness or with some candle light.

Blue light, or the light from modern day technology like cell phones computers and TVS can disrupt sleep hormones when used after sunset. This is because the blue light interferes with the circadian rhythm, or the body’s biological clock. Research shows that it may contribute to the causation of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Keep in mind, blue wavelengths are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood. Living in New York City, it is hard to get away from the blue light.

Salt lamps, on the other hand, offer a warm orange glow, similar to the hues found in a campfire or by candlelight. Makes sense right? They are a great light source for the evening and can even be used as a night light while reading without negatively affecting sleep.

Himalyan Salt Lamps may also help boost mood and energy levels, especially for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder. The soft orange hues are one of the soothing colors often used to calm mood and increase focus.

When looking for a Himalayan Salt Lamp, they must be from the Himalayan Mountains like this one. There are some fake lamps on the market. Levoit is certified and has the certification paper online and when receiving.


Himalayan Salt Lamps also emit Negative Ions.

Both positive and negative ions in the air. An ion is an atom or molecule in which the total number of electrons is not equal to the total number of protons, giving the atom a net positive or negative electrical charge.The positive or negative charge makes ions able to move and bond easily.

Negative ions occur more often in nature and they are mainly created by lightening storms, waterfalls, ocean waves and sunlight. Running water is considered nature’s greatest source of negative ions. An excessive amount of positively charged ions surrounding you is believed to contribute to a lack of energy, anxiety and irritability.

Do you feel refreshed after being caught in a rain shower or after swimming in the ocean? I always feel at my best after hopping out of the ocean in the Hamptons. The negative ions could be one of the reasons why according to Dr. Zach Bush. He mentioned this on a podcast I recently listened to “On Air with Ella” called ” Bacteria, C-Sections & Why your Probiotics Isin’t Working”.

Since positive ions are often created by electronic devices like computers, TVs, microwaves, and even vacuum cleaners and can often exacerbate problems like allergies, stress and sleep trouble. Negative ions can neutralize positive ions (they bond together) and help cleanse the air. The amount of negative ions emitted from these lamps seems to be small and I am not sure if it would make a large difference, but some people claim the lamps do help with symptoms like allergy and more.

 


References

Publications, Harvard Health. “Blue Light Has a Dark Side.” Harvard Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 July 2017.

“Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).” EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, 11 July 2017. Web. 11 July 2017.

Bush, Zach, Dr. “Bacteria, C-Sections & Why Your Probiotics Isin’t Working”.” On Air With Ella. 29 Apr. 2017. Podcast. 

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Squatting or Sitting? The correct posture in the Loo

 

Did you know that anatomically humans are designed to squat to eliminate? While squatting, the human body is at the ideal angle to straighten the colon for better elimination. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Western style toilets are designed for people to eliminate while sitting down on the toilet. In the seated angle, a kink is caused in the colon that makes it more difficult to go to the bathroom. (See “seated position” photo) This leaves unwanted body waste and toxins left in the colon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀image1Step and Go is designed to mirror the angle and efficiency of natural squatting. It is simply placed under the toilet (as seen in below photo).

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Step and Go helps with:

🔹Hemorrhoids- Hemorrhoids are inflamed, swollen anal varicose veins due to pushing excessively to get those hard stools to pass. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀

🔹Colon disease- Eliminating frequently and completely helps maintain good colon health. Many studies show that fecal buildup in the colon can cause many diseases including colon cancer.

🔹Constipation- Constipation happens when there are hard, dry stools present. This can be caused by not having enough fiber or water in our diets along with improper toilet posture, not allowing us to eliminate completely.

🔹Appendicitis & Colitis

In an uncontrolled, unpublished study by the Mayo Clinic by Adil Bharucha M.B.B.S. M.D. it was suggested that a footstool improved bowel symptoms in 98% of 153 constipated participants. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀

I guess countries which have solely a hole in the floor instead of a toilet have a method to their madness.

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References:

“A Study of the Use of a Squatting Assist Device in Patients with Constipation.” Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 June 2017.

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The Warrior Mindset: Become Your Own Therapist with Subconscious Rewiring

I attended a very informative event this week “The Warrior Mindset” with Counselor and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Kelly Armatage, at The Farm Soho. This was hosted by Vitamin R,  who hosts wellness events open to the public throughout the city.

Vitamin R also brings innovative leadership experts to corporations to improve their culture and improve employee wellness.

Throughout the two hour class, Kelly went over methods to help the class think like a Warrior, rather than think like a Victim.Some of the key differences between thinking like a Warrior and a Victim include:

Victim

  • Believes others are to blame for the pain

  • Live in frustration, sadness, anger, self-hate

  • Habits: over-giving, anger, codependency, lack, fear, passive-aggression, conflict, toxicity

  • Loves drama

  • Not aware of their power, thoughts, emotions and habits. Spiritually unaware.

Warrior

  • Are responsible for their life experience.

  • Resonate in confidence, compassion, self-love

  • Habits- self love, assertiveness, understanding, co-operation, respect, goal achievement

  • Have a CREATOR approach towards life

  • Knows there is a reason and life lesson behind all adversity

She taught us that we can learn how to think like a warrior because our thought patterns are learned and can be relearned. A neural pathway is a learned behavior. It is a highway in the brain that have been used so many times. People get a “high” when they carry out an act that is trained by their neural pathways. This could be a bad habit, like binge eating, or a good habit, like eating healthy. Our habits are trained on a neural pathway.

Kelly went through two different mind exercises with two volunteers in the class. The first volunteer went through a Cognitive Rewiring Technique to help her have optimistic thoughts on about a job search that was stressing her out. The second volunteer also was seeking a new job and went through a technique created by Kelly called the A.S.K Technique. This technique can be found on her website here.

Some other key points that I liked that were spoken about in the class were:

  • Heal the past with acceptance. Acceptance of the past creates acceptance of yourself today. Forgive yourself and your past. Do not judge yourself or your past.
  • Everyone is doing the best they can. You have the choice to either teach people how to treat you OR you can get distance from them.
  • When you remove resentful energy toward people, people will THEN change around us.
  • Manifest from the heart, not the mind. Once your heart opens, you will start to have things happen that you want to happen.

After the class, I had a feeling of empowerment and felt a sense of control over my life.

Check out my Instagram @dshamptonorganics for more.

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5 Tips to Spring Clean your Soul before Summer

We have a little over a month of Spring time, the season of new beginnings. Take full advantage of Spring  by accomplishing these five suggestions below from The Neijing and Marie Kondo. The Neijing is one of the most vital texts in Daoism (or Taoism) & considered one of the fundamental backbones of Chinese Medicine. It is written from the perspective of Huang Di, known as The Yellow Emperor who retired in the third millennium BCE. Marie Kondo is a famous Japanese professional organizational consultant.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀

  1. Go to bed early & wake up early

  2. Take walks to enjoy the fresh air

Huang Di said, “The three months of the spring season bring about the revitalization of all things in nature. It is the time of birth. This is when heaven and earth are reborn. During this season it is advisable to retire early, arise early also, and go walking in order to absorb the fresh, invigorating energy. Since this is the season in which the universal energy begins anew and rejuvenates, one should attempt to correspond to it directly by being open and unsuppressed, both physically and emotionally.”

If you are having trouble going to bed earlier here are some tips:

  • Have an incentive to get into bed, such as a good book you are excited about reading.
  • Light a candle or diffuse some essential oils scented with lavender which smells good and helps you relax
  • Make you bed in the morning, that way your bed is more enticing to get into
  • Get into bed and listen to a relaxing meditation. Insight Timer is a good app or Louise Hay on YouTube.

   3. Exercise more frequently (if you were hibernating in the winter)

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“On the physical level it is good to exercise more frequently and wear loose-fitting clothing. This is the time to do stretching exercises to loosen up the tendons and muscles. Emotionally, it is good to develop equanimity. This is because spring is the season of the liver, and indulgence in anger, frustration, depression, sadness, or any excess emotion can injure the liver”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀

Spring is the beginning of things, when the energy should be kept open and fluid; summer opens up further into an exchange or communication between internal and external energies; in the fall it is important to conserve; finally, the winter is dominated by the storage of energy.”

      5. Get organized

If you haven’t done your spring cleaning yet, now is the time! Spring is all about new beginnings and is the perfect time to get organized and de-clutter your house/apartment which also helps to de-clutter your mind.
I read the book “The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up” by a professional Japanese Organizing Consultant, Marie Kondo. After I got rid of unused items and organized my items, I was inspired to get organized in other areas of my life. Ex: writing down to-do lists and being more consistent with calendar items. Writing to-do items seemed to make me less stressed without the pressure of having to remember so many things.
The idea behind Kondo’s method of tidying up is to only keep items that give us joy and toss items that do not genuinely give us joy. ⠀⠀⠀
It works! When I am in my bed about to go to sleep and my room is clean, clutter free and filled with items and clothes that I really like and respect, I feel calmer and happier. When I have items I am holding on to that I am not excited about having, it is like having extra baggage or weight added to my room, which I feel when I am around these objects.
Kondo recommends for people to go through this process by themselves in order to fully get a good feeling from the purge. I did feel a sense of relief when cleaning out my items. If you are not great at organizing, It is a good idea to go through your items on your own, as Kondo recommends and to get a professional to help organize. If you are in NYC or Long Island, check out Jamie Horderly. Below is an impressive before and after example of Jamie’s work.

              

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    AFTER