The Best Thing for Your Health and Happiness Right Now

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Finding it more difficult to get up in the morning?

Feeling the pull to watch more TV and to stay in?

Or maybe you have been sick because your body has already demanded you slow down?

I am giving you permission to follow your body’s instincts and to give into rest.

Most of you are used to pushing yourself to get things done, and I admire you for that, but Winter is the season to refuel on rest and inspiration. It’s actually healthier and will give your body and psyche what it needs to more easily manifest what you want in the Spring and Summer if you give yourself a break right now.

Chinese Medicine doctors recommend you sleep more, eat and drink warm, nourishing foods, and expose yourself to inspiring art or books to restore your body’s energy reserves and to re-inspire your spirit.

Pushing against your body’s natural tendency to slow down right now will actually be working against yourself and the natural flow of energy present this season.

The healthiest people in the world follow this prescription and honor it with national pride.

Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah, like a football cheer in a Scandinavian accent) is the Danish word for cozy. It is also a national manifesto, nay, an obsession expressed in the constant pursuit of homespun pleasures involving candlelight, fires, fuzzy knitted socks, porridge, coffee, cake and other people.

Denmark frequently tops lists of the happiest countries in the world, in surveys conducted by the United Nations, among other organizations, consistently beating its Scandinavian cousins, Sweden and Norway – as well as the United States, which hovers around 13th place. While all three Nordic countries share happiness boosters like small populations and the attendant boons of a welfare state (free education, subsidized child care, and other generous social supports), what distinguishes Denmark is its quest for hygge.

Mark Rosenthal, New York Times

So, how about taking the advice of both Chinese Medicine and the happiest countries in the world, and get cozy and rest this weekend?

Is this permission enough?

And, try this Calming Exercise at night before bed. I have been doing this before bed, as I watch TV, regularly and having amazingly restful and rejuvenating sleeps.I find I also have an overall greater sense of calm during my days too.

Most of my clients have needed this work over the last week.
This exercise takes under 5 minutes, and you can really feel it;)

Much love and peace!

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Lara Riggio is an Energy Effect Coach, based in her Central Park Energy Center at Columbus Circle.  Her goal is to get your body’s energy, your intentions, and your actions into alignment, all supporting the same desired effect.