Practice Being Positive
Agree with a friend that for one week, neither of you will complain but rather focus on the good things in your lives. You may find it hard at the beginning and probably expect quite a bit of silence but you’ll notice that focusing on the positive will make you feel better. Not to mention the fact that you’ll build a stronger immune system and in the long run you’ll catch fewer colds! Remember, your life-cup is half full, not half empty.
Live With Your Eyes Wide Open
Color equals life. Breathe in the shades of the mountains, sky, landscapes and cityscape. Hear the sounds of leaves rustling, waves crashing, the smell of soil and the texture of bark. Create joy wherever you are and tell jokes, dress colorfully, pick flowers, or plant new ones and let them to grow. Love every minute!
Enjoy Relaxing Tea
You may already know the calming effects of chamomile tea but have you sipped on a steaming cup of delicious passion flower, lavender, licorice, or even catnip tea? They all work well to r-e-l-a-x you. To get the benefits of herbs, use loose leaf tea (1 teaspoon per cup of hot water) or tea bags, and steep for about 10 minutes and enjoy!
On The Move
In as little as 15 minutes you can have more energy and a greater sense of calm with a simple short stroll outside or even on a treadmill. Researches at Iowa State University asked 20 men and women (average age of 53) to walk on a treadmill for 15 minutes. Participants answered questionnaires before, during and after walking. After each 15-minutes walk, participants reported feeling more energetic, calmer and in a better mood. Bonus: Walking helps to reduce body weight, lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes. Grab your shoes and head out for a stroll, skip, jump rope or get serious and pump some weights!
Let Your Ears Move You
Music will encourage you to exercise and will increase your pleasure while doing the activity of your choice. More than just a motivator, music will bust away your blues, improve your mood and increase your self-esteem. With your mood elevated and a new healthy self-esteem, your energy levels will rise giving you the feeling of euphoria and you will go about your day with less effort.
Have Better Sex
It’s important to spend more time in the bedroom and I’m not talking about sleeping! Because of stress, poor nutrition and aging, many women and men find their desire for sex taking second place for their new interest in sleeping more often. The main cause of diminished libido is low hormone levels (testosterone in men and estrogen in women). According to Cynthia Watson, M.D. who is the author of Love Potions: A Guide to Aphrodisiacs and Sexual Pleasures, poor nutrition and stress can cause a drop in hormones. For women who experience menopause, the ovaries no longer produce hormones. A loss of desire should never be accepted as inevitable. However, Dr. Watson says, “Sexual vitality is about more than just having good sex. It’s about how you approach life. It’s about being excited, vital and taking part!” So make sure you get her mindset right and get your butt in the bedroom to have some fun times with your significant other!
For women, the balance between estrogen, progesterone and testosterone equal their degree of sexual desire. Good nutrition, supplemented with a quality multivitamin, combined with stress reduction can help to balance everything out so you can optimize your hormone levels and increase your libido to have a great sex life!