Healthy Living, Mystic Monday, Real Life

Grounding through the Summer Buzz

daisies-1307650_1920I’m a summer child. My birthday is just one week before the solstice, and the summer is when I come fully alive. I love the heat. I love long, languid days and soft, humid nights. I love sunshine, and light, and bright colors. Someone once likened me to a butterfly; saying that I break out of a cocoon and become someone else as the sun takes hold. I’m naturally light and airy. The air signs dominate my astrological chart, and my Ayurvedic sign is Vata. Because of these things, the heat of summer is the perfect balance for me. But the constant INERTIA of the warmer, more active seasons can also be a huge drain on my energy.

Grounding is easy in the fall and winter months, when the seasons virtually call us to do that very thing. We stay inside, we take long baths or cozy up and read by a fire. We snuggle up in our little burrows and draw inward. In contrast, summer invites us to sprawl. We go-go-go until we run out of juice, and then rest a bit and do it all over again. But that can lead to feeling overwhelmed, underprepared, exhausted, or even just scatterbrained.

Here are my five simple tips that can help you feel instantly more grounded, even through the buzz of the summer season:
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Announcements, Astrology, Mystic Monday, Real Life

The Chaos Before Balance

I have been remiss at blogging lately.  A lot of things have been shifting and realigning around me, and when that happens, I’ve learned to just let go of the reins and trust that balance will return.  It makes sense that life would feel chaotic right now.

We are approaching a major astrological power-punch.  This year, the new moon (time to set intentions, manifest, create) in March is not only a supermoon (one of 6 times this year where the moon is as close as it can get to earth), but it also falls on the Spring Equinox.  This rare trifecta is also occurring just as the moon is completing its dance around the zodiac and leaves the last degree of Pisces.  This has astrologers buzzing about BIG THINGS about to happen, on a global, community, and personal level. Continue reading “The Chaos Before Balance”

Healthy Living, Real Life

Holistic Health Hacks for Writers: Kicking Joe to the Curb

This is the second post in a series of Holistic Health Hacks for Writers (or any desk jockey).  If you want to catch up, read the first post on how to combat living in an indoor cave here.

Quick review:

WRITING = BUTT IN CHAIR
BUTT IN CHAIR = BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

In the first post, I mentioned the Holy Trinity to romance writers everywhere: coffee, chocolate, and wine.  Unfortunately, none of those are healthy for you in large quantities.  So, without further ado, let’s talk about how your good friend Joe is trapping you in a health-eroding cycle.

I haven't had my coffee yet, don't make me kill you.
Does this sound familiar?

Problem: Caffeine Dependence

Maybe you’re thinking right now, “Oh HELL NO – I’m not giving up coffee!!!  This chick is whack!” Hold your caffeine-fueled horses – I’ve got nothing against coffee.  It’s packed full of antioxidants and has been shown to be protective of your health…in moderation. Do I need to tell you why too much is bad?  It dehydrates you and taxes your adrenal glands (two little-known lumps on top of our kidneys that basically control our energy, blood sugar levels, and circadian rhythms).

The fact is, caffeine is a drug. It’s a neurological stimulant.  It works by blocking a “sleepy” receptor in your brain so that all your “awake” chemicals stay at unnaturally high levels. Just like with any other neuro-system drug, your brain senses this hiccup and finds a work-around to get things back in balance. The result is a higher tolerance, effects that have a shorter duration, and if you quit… RED ALERT! Anyone who wakes up (or wakes up next to) a morning zombie/grump can attest that withdrawls are not fun.  The good news is you CAN kick the caffeine crutch and even wake up alert and happy without a chemical assist.
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