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This Month's Well-Being ePostcard • December 15, 2019, revised (original, January 15, 2015)
If you subscribe (Do it now) to Bruce's monthly Well-Being ePostcard, you will have already received useful entries like this month's (edited here into a somewhat longer, more comprehensive version) to help you feel healthy, clear and energized, and to gain momentum as this year closes and a new one develops:
SUBJECT: A Concise Checklist to Empower You with Well-Being... Now and All Year Ahead
I wish you Happy Healthy Holidays! With all the potential joys, this time can also be a whirlwind. Is yours filled past the brim with overdoing, overspending and overeating? Maybe a bit much partying, shopping, traveling or gathering with family/co-workers/friends? (Or maybe there's an unsettling absence of some of these activities?)
When January rolls in after all this, many people feel unfocused and hit the brakes, lost in the cold and dark that accompany the new year.
But being in an internal haze is the last thing your well-being needs during these colder months. While honoring and enjoying the spirit of relative stillness that winter encourages, it is also vitally important to keep yourself strong and clear through intentional continuity, personal upkeep and positive self-reflection. Refocusing now helps you affirm activities, behaviors and mindsets that protect, enhance and deepen your incomparably valuable well-being.
Use this checklist to help carry you during this cold, dark transition time... through the season and all year long:
Keep up with regular massage. There's no sense listing this one last-but-not least, when good bodywork stands out in these times (just as it did eons ago to Hippocrates, the "father of modern medicine") as a healthy, fundamental way for your body, mind and energy to
Many of my clients rely on their appointments as the moments they know they will come back home to themselves (and receive some healthy, much-wanted renovation while they're at it!).
Eat well. This includes not only the what, but also when, how much, how vital and how consciously. I'll cover this in more depth another time, but meanwhile be sure to center yourself before eating, chew well and let your senses fully enjoy! (Quick tip: During cold weather many people thrive with more warm, well-cooked roots, tubers and grains and fewer raw foods.)
Attend to your moisture and temperature needs. It seems wise to drink enough fluids, but avoid over-diluting digestive enzymes at mealtime. Go easy on caffeine, sweeteners and alcohol. Avoid overheating and overcooling yourself. Humidify an overly dry home. Wear layers outdoors. Snugly covering the back of your neck in cold and/or wind may prevent respiratory colds, according to Chinese medicine.
Enjoy some aerobic exercise to keep everything moving and to prevent stagnation; plus other movements that balance and bring awareness, such as yoga or tai chi. Maintain or develop needed strength. Have you been doing the planks that I wrote to you about in past ePostcards?
Stretch your body physically; then stretch your mind as well! You absolutely can teach "old dogs" new tricks, skills and attitudes.
Breathe. Explore yoga pranayama, breath meditation or just counting or watching your breaths. (If your breathing isn't absolutely full and free and you are in/near New York, please book some sessions to address this through bodywork and coaching.)
Balance active and social time with quiet time. Harmonize work, play and focused effort with rest, sleep and self-reflection. Let go of pushing, as you are able. Attend to your sleep-time care.
Spend at least some moments in witness mode. Someone/something within you watches with equanimity as thoughts, beliefs, feelings and sensations flow by. Make use of meditation, focusing or other self-awareness activity.
Begin, renew or maintain a practice of gratitude. This is such an easy, potent and proven well-being booster. For more support, read this.
Allow yourself a life-enhancing attitude of wonder, fascination, curiosity and playfulness toward your body, mind and feelings and toward your challenges. Can this attitude supersede fear, anxiety, worry, torpor, boredom, habituation, willfulness, avoidance and pessimism? I think so... Let's find out!... Who's in?!
On your cosmic balance sheet, take wise care of your finances, seek ways to be of service – both by design and impromptu, and spend money on things you believe in; pay it forward; help build a planet you love and be the change you wish to see.
• It would mean so much to me for you to say (in an email, by phone or during your session meeting) whether this well-being checklist serves you and, if so, how you apply it and benefit from it.
• Please know that this is offered for educational and motivational purposes, based on extensive study, observation, professional and personal experience and a sense of service, but without formal allopathic medical training. I never diagnose, prescribe or treat. Do not hesitate to consult a medical professional to pursue any specific health concern.
• You have options to further pursue (with me, if you like) how these practices can personally support you – in person or with a pre-arranged phone or Skype call. Just ask.
I wish you all the best always and hope your year's end and the new one soon to blossom will be overflowing with vibrant health, happiness, prosperity, fulfillment, ease and delight... and feeling good in so many ways.
Many blessings and blissings,
© Jan 2015, Dec 2019 Bruce Markow
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Announcing A New Location • January 1, 2011
Bruce Markow's massage & bodywork sanctuary has happily moved down the road, barely two half-blocks and across the street, to an even more welcoming space for you to feel, become and be your best. A place for life-enhancing Transformation Touch.
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