Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Healthful Indulgence: Day 3

Morning Indulgence: Do ten to fifteen minutes of light, awakening stretches. Let your body fall naturally in place as you stay in tune with how your you're feeling. Breathe through each posture of which you engage. Following your stretching, take the time to get out your old blender and make yourself a fresh-fruit smoothie. Notice the vibrant color and sweet taste of your morning meal, as you focus on taking slow sips of enjoyment.

Mid-Afternoon Indulgence: Go for an afternoon jog. As you run, focus on your surroundings, your energy levels, and a positive mantra of which you repeat, rather than letting your pace or the distance of the run absorb your thoughts. Afterwards, lay down for at least 5-10 minutes in the grass (weather permitting), relaxing and feeling good about yourself as you soak in the afternoon warmth. Enjoy a few walnuts or other nut of your choice as a great pick-me-up, getting you ready for the rest of your day's endeavors.

Evening Indulgence: After returning from work, school, etc. do a fifteen minute relaxation. Lie on the ground, focusing solely on taking deep breathes and relaxing each individual part of your body. If you'd like, place your legs straight up against a wall as you lie on you back. As thoughts flow in and out of your head, just simply let them pass by, being careful not to get to tangled up on one single thought. Notice how fully recharged you feel after a short period of relaxation.

Final Indulgence: Prepare a cup of calming chamomile tea, adding a little naturally sweet, B-vitamin-packed honey if desired. Pick up a good book that you've been meaning to start/finish, or a favorite magazine of your choice. Engage in subconsciously strengthening your mind through an hour or so of joyful reading.

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