Tips For More Energy

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Georgie says, your body is the only vehicle you have been given for this ride called “Life.” Taking good care of your body will ensure a longer, happier ride and flow.

The following tips integrate your Body, Mind, and Spirit, which are all required to maintain a healthy, happy body in life, home and work.

  1. Healthy diet and nutrition – Health care practitioners will tell you that you have to provide your physical body with high quality fuel if you want it to run properly. Eat a healthy, chemical-free diet high in vital nutrients. Take the herbal and vitamin supplements that will support you in your good health, always ask your doctor first or let them know, very important
  2. Get adequate rest – Get the appropriate amount of uninterrupted sleep you need to engage your REM patterns. REM sleep is your nervous system’s way of healing and refueling your body. Also, if you’re feeling overly sluggish, take a short nap or sit and rest. Chronic sleep and sluggishness problems should be reported to your health care provider.
  3. Stay focused in the present moment – Feelings of regret or worry about a past event, or worry and anxiety about an upcoming future event are not only a waste of your precious life time. They also add stress to the body, which makes you more susceptible to disease. Stay present and focused on the beauty and gifts this moment is offering you!
  4. Just do it! Exercise – Exercise is known to help you live a longer and healthier life. The body needs to stay in action and movement. Move it, or lose it!
  5. Mental exercise and stimulation – A healthy physical body includes a sound and sharp mind. Keep challenging your mind to expand, grow, learn, experience, decipher, and explore. Use it, or lose it!
  6. Meditate – Not only is meditation simple and fun, it also has been known to reduce your heart rate, reduce your stress level, help you become present in this moment, increase your feelings of peace, serenity, joy, and spiritual faith. This all does the body good!
  7. Surround yourself with a great support system (family, friends) – Keep yourself surrounded from every side with positive-minded, healthy people who are on YOUR team – People who will care for, support, love, respect, and appreciate you.
  8. Laugh often – Recent studies are showing the significance of how laughter, fun, and mirth help keep people healthy, as well as heal sick bodies. Everyone really is a unique, hilarious person. Look for the hilarity in every situation and keep laughing.
  9. Keep your thoughts positive – What you put out does come back. So if you want to feel and look great, monitor your thoughts closely to ensure that you are thinking only positive, forwarding thoughts. If you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, simply turn them around into positive thoughts.
  10. Deal with your emotions. Do not stifle them – If you are avoiding dealing with any emotions that have cropped up in your life, what do you think you are doing to your poor body? It has to store this emotional energy somewhere. Face your feelings and express them in a healthy way, and whatever you do, stop stuffing them down in to an oozing, black hole of ill healt

At first its never easy to add new habits to your world, but stick with it and you will do a great job in no time and see, feel, and look all brand new.

Thank you for reading.

George Durocher

Wellbeing Tips For Summer 2015

10172738_10152418506221133_7737306647789773244_nEvidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.

If you approach them with an open mind and try them out, you can judge the results yourself and enjoy your summer time, tips are a great way to get you started and going for the best summer ever. Have fun and enjoy summer 2015.

 

  • connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.

 

  • be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.

 

  • keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike

 

  • give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.

 

  • be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”, and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

 

Thank you for reading.

George Durocher

2015 Summer Tips.

cropped-011.jpgWell indeed its summer this coming June 2015 and I thought to share some tips with you to have a healthy and safe summer, I hope everyone has fun and remember to let the good times roll and flow, summer is a time for family and friends and your own r & r as well, be safe, have fun and enjoy a few smiles, summer goes by fast and waste no time.

Always apply suncream

It is important to use a suncream lotion of at least SPF 30 in order to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. For sensitive skin, a mineral-based sunscreen is best. Don’t sit in the sun in peak hours between 10am and 4pm in order to minimize UV radiation. If you are planning to be out in the sun for a long period of time, reapply suncream every two to three hours.

Drink plenty of water

During the hot summer months, heat and sweat can leave your body dehydrated. A lack of water is harmful to your body and can also make you crave food when you’re not actually hungry. It is incredibly important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least eight to nine glasses of water a day. Bored of water? Add some low calorific flavoring to water such as a piece of fruit, or opt for healthy alternatives like green tea or coconut water.

Keep up the exercise regime

Before you hide those running shoes in the wardrobe, remember summer exercise doesn’t have to stop because of the rising temperatures. Instead of working out outside, change your exercise plan and take it indoors. Join a gym, take up a step class, or get a group of friends around for an afternoon of exercise DVDs.

Get wet

Summer is the perfect time of year to get wet! Boring runs in the cold wintery weather can be swapped for a summer swim at your local pool or gym. Start by swimming for 10 minutes and increase the time over the following weeks by doing front crawl, breaststroke or backstroke to mix up your cardio workout. A 30 minute session of this full body workout will burn almost 400 calories! If swimming laps isn’t your thing, join a water aerobics class or create your own aerobic workout with jumping jacks, marching and jogging in water

            Take up a new hobby 

Summer is the perfect time to take up a new activity. Gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and will actually help you burn some calories! Planting a herb garden is a fantastic way of getting your hands dirty, having quick access to some healthy flavours for your summer meals and, if you have kids, get them involved in playing outside.

If gardening isn’t your thing, get some inspiration from Wimbledon and try your hand at some tennis or golf. Pilates is the perfect alternative for some alone time in the garden. Roll out a towel and have some fun trying out planks and some breathing techniques in the sun

Thank you for reading

George Durocher

A New Day

Snapshot_20111029_56Indeed spring is flowing and going, we all want to be happy within our life, home and work, I have 3 tips for you to enjoy and of course there are many great tips out there in the world, we must open our hearts/minds for our own happiness to flow.

Surround yourself with others who are happy.
If you are around angry, depressed or sad people, it will transfer to you. You can’t help it. But if you’re around people who are happy, that will also transfer to you. You’ll also learn their habits, and learn to react the way they do when something bad happens. Slowly weed out the negative influences on your life and replace them with positive ones.

Think solutions.
Instead of thinking about problems, move to the next step: how to solve it. When someone says to me, “Oh, this is so hard,” or “Oh, I can’t seem to do this,” or “Man, we don’t have any more of that,” I just ask them, “Well, what’s the solution?” If you develop solution-oriented thinking, you’ll be much happier.

Treat yourself.
Take a few minutes each day to give yourself a little treat, whether that’s something like chocolate or berries, or a bubble bath, or walking barefoot in the grass, or taking a nap. Whatever it is, treat yourself. You deserve it

So next time you feel stress, sad, blah, think of some ways to move you forward and to enjoy your day, all it takes is one step at a time and a few good tips.

Thank you for reading

George Durocher

Change Is Good

120Indeed April 2015 is about change and how to take back your life this spring time, spring time is here and now and we all have a few new changes to make to let go of the winter blues.

Here is how you can change your life in 20 minutes, step by step and it only works, if you put some energy into it.

  1. Clear all distractions. Turn off the phone, the TV, the computer. Lock your door, and go to a quiet place.
  2. Sit down comfortably at a desk or table, with a blank piece of paper and a pen in front of you.
  3. Set a timer for 20 minutes.
  4. Go. Write down 100 things you want to do. Or careers you want to have. Or people you would like to meet. The sky is the limit.
  5. Don’t be realistic. Dream big. Write down the craziest things you can think of, as well as the things that you don’t even think bear mentioning because they are so simple. Write it all down.
  6. Work quickly. 20 minutes isn’t very long, and you have 100 items to get through, if you can. Don’t think about whether or not to write down an idea — just write. Write everything that comes to mind, even if it doesn’t make sense. Just keep on writing, and don’t stop until that timer goes off, I enjoy this one myself.

Something happens after about 10 or 15 minutes if you employ the exercise to its full potential. You stop caring about what specifically the ideas are, and you start to release an inner creativity that may have been locked away for a while. In an effort to get through 100 things in 20 minutes.

Remember change is never easy for anyone, but if you do have a very hard time doing it, do contact someone you trust for help, like a life coach or counselor to help you get started and on your path for a happy life/work/home balance and change.

Thank you for reading.

George Durocher

10 Important Walking Tips For Spring 2015

Untitled 6705One more month till spring time 2015 and I enjoy a good walk daily and thought to share some tips with you to help you get started.

Here are 10 tips to ensure your walking is an enjoyable and healthy experience.

  1. Wear a broad brimmed hat and sunglasses, and use a broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 15+ on any exposed skin. Avoid the hottest times of the day and keep to shaded areas.
  2. Wear light, loose, comfortable clothing and well cushioned, flat-soled shoes.
  3. Always let someone know where you’re going and your expected time of return.
  4. Walk steadily, concentrating on a steady heel to toe action, letting your arms swing freely by your sides. After a while you’ll develop the rhythm and stride most natural for your weight and height.
  5. If you’re going on a long or strenuous walk, drink water before you start, and carry a supply with you, especially in hot weather. A small backpack is useful for carrying water, sunglasses, sunscreen and other useful items.
  6. If your breathing becomes uncomfortable, slow down, but try not to stop completely if you have been walking briskly. Sudden stopping can cause a feeling of dizziness as oxygenated blood drops with gravity away from your brain.
  7. In cold weather a hat prevents heat loss from your head.
  8. Avoid walking immediately after meals and don’t walk if you have a fever or bad cold.
  9. If you’re walking in the dark, wear light coloured clothing so motorists can easily see you.
  10. You may feel sore in the early stages of your program, as your body adjusts to new demands being placed upon it. As your body adapts, the soreness will decrease. In addition, stretching before and after exercise can help minimise soreness.

Thank you for reading and remember to stand tall and walk forward, you can do it and it does a body/mind good.

George Durocher

Tips For A Loving Heart

WakLockMaleSmIndeed its all about the heart at the end of your day,

Here are some heart healthy tips for your ticker :)

  1. Quit smoking now. Twelve months after quitting, your increased risk of dying from heart disease will be half that of a continuing smoker.
  2. Improve your diet. Include wholegrain cereals, legumes, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts in your diet and lower your risk of heart disease.
  3. Exercise regularly. Walk briskly for 30 minutes a day and reduce your risk of heart attack by one third.
  4. Maintain your friendships. People with supportive friendship networks are at less risk of heart disease.
  5. Eat more fish. Oily fish like tuna, sardines or salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and will boost your good cholesterol.
  6. Switch your chocolate choice. Switch from milk chocolate to dark chocolate. When eaten in moderation, dark chocolate is good for your heart.
  7. Limit your alcohol. It is recommended you limit yourself to no more than two standard glasses of alcohol a day if you are a man, or one glass a day if you are a woman, be wise and safe.
  8. Avoid salty and high sodium foods. Don’t add salt when preparing or eating your meals.
  9. Have a diabetes test. Uncontrolled diabetes can damage your artery walls and contribute to heart disease.
  10. Make fitness fun. Choose activities that combine exercise and socialising like pilates, water aerobics, dancing, cycling or yoga.

I hope these tips help you and please remember to smile, laugh, play, it does a body/mind good.

Thank you for reading

George Durocher

Tips For A Healthy New Year 2015

photo-21.jpgIndeed, its that time of year again for a new you, a new self, a new, new, new, it is 2015 already and goodbye 2014, here are a few tips to get you started and going forward with your goals, if you have them in place or not. 

1. Find Your Motivation

What is motivating you to lose weight? Do you want to look better in your clothes, feel more energetic, or simply improve your health? Get clear about what you want, and then use that to inspire you throughout your journey.

2. Have a Plan

If you were to go on a long road trip, you wouldn’t just jump in the car and go. If you did, you’d arrive hungry, tired, and fatigued. That’s the same way you’d feel if you jumped into a whole new lifestyle with no planning. Before January 1st arrives, outline the changes you want to implement and decide how you’ll fit them into your schedule. Keep in mind that it may be best to take steps rather than tackle everything at once.

3. Make Goals

Goals help measure progress. If you don’t know where you want to end up, you won’t really know how to get there. When making your goals, you need to make SMART goals:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

For example, a SMART goal would be something like, “I will walk for 15 minutes 3 days for one week.” Or, “I will prepare one new healthy

I hope these tips help you, if you are wanting any help, please don;t be shy to contact me for advice and my services.

Thank you & Happy New Year 2015

George Durocher

Holistic Wellness Counselor/CPCA-RPC/CCPCP/LifeSkills Coach