Women's Holistic Health Coach
Jennifer Rose Lazinsk, CHC, OTR/L

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When was the last time you walked barefoot outside and connected to Mother Earth???

 February 20, 2013

By Jennifer Lazinsk, Holistic Health Coach for Women

 

Ever since I can remember I have longed to be outside with my shoes off. I can even remember leaving a friend's home on a blustery 30 degree day in January and receiving a call from her while I was ten minutes into my drive, “Uh, Jennifer, you forgot your shoes!”  I hadn’t even noticed that I was barefoot!!

Until I learned about something called ‘Earthing’ or, as it’s also called, ‘Grounding’, I thought that my desire to run around outside, in all weather conditions, barefoot, was a bit different (or, some may say, odd), but I never gave it too much thought.  But when I began to read about and understand the health benefits of Earthing, I then understood that this desire was an innate desire of my body to receive the balancing and healing benefits of the earth.

The fact is that we live on a planet alive with natural energies.  Our planet is like a battery that is continually being replenished by solar radiation, lightning, and heat from its core.  The rhythmic pulsations of energy flow through and keep global life running in rhythm and balance for all creatures living on land or sea.  The simple contact with the earth when the skin of your body touches the skin of the earth transfers a natural electrical signal to you!

Have you ever noticed the subtle tingling or sensation of warmth rising from your feet during a barefoot stroll on a sandy beach or grassy field glistening with the morning dew?  These are the Earth’s energizing frequencies!!   We now know that this electrical connection from the Earth maintains the order of our own bodily frequencies.  Unfortunately, though,  we have lost our connection and have become separated from Mother Earth, and although you probably have never thought about it, your physical, spiritual and emotional health may be suffering because of this disconnect, and in more ways than you can even imagine!

So take as many walks as you can in the woods or on the path less traveled, and remember to make the effort to take off your shoes and wade in the glistening water on a Spring, Summer, Autumn (or even Winter) day. Veer off the rocky road to, instead, walk the dirt strewn path with your feet unencumbered by your running shoes (even for just 15 minutes!). The next time you see your lush lawn shimmering with rain from the night before, choose the path of our ancestors in days gone by, slow down and kick off the barrier that keeps you disconnected from the amazing life and health giving gift right below your feet.......... and ENJOY the rewards!!!!!!

 

Find a Hobby and Have Some Fun! All Work and No Play . . .

By Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD

Polar bears do it. So do Nobel Prize winners, romantic couples, and fun-lovers in London, Beijing, and Lapland. We're talking about play . . . swapping your endless to-do list for some spontaneous, giggly downtime. We've been watching a flurry of research that underscores something we both believe in: Fun isn't just for kids. It packs big benefits for your health, mood, mind, job, and -- most important -- relationships.

Best of all, you don't have to unearth your circa-1968 skateboard to get into the zone. (Oh, you want to? Go for it.) Anything counts, from enjoying a silly moment with your spouse to taking an afternoon walk in the woods to cooking up something crazy in the kitchen. As long as you're floating free, happy, and totally absorbed, you're in playland (and taking a mini vacation from deadlines, bills, and your crazy-busy schedule).

These days, though, most of us don't spend enough time in that happy place. All work and no play doesn't just make Jack (and Jill) a dull boy (girl). It also negates something that's hardwired into the human psyche, say "play experts" (there's now a National Institute for Play, a semiannual scientific conference about play, and a scientific publication called the American Journal of Play . . . who knew?). You may have read about a dig in Pakistan where 10% of the artifacts from a 4,000-year-old city were in some way related to fun. Or maybe you've heard about a new theory that Stone Age humans were able to hunt, gather, and live in groups because they played together in the same way we do today in childhood kickball or grown-up tennis: sharing plenty of laughter, friendly competition, and cooperation.

"Okay, docs," we hear you saying, "enough with the history. Bring on the fun." It's coming. We just want to hit home how important play is, whether you're 2, 32, or 92. People who play more live longer, feel happier, think faster, and have better memories. Taking your first Zumba class, rocking out privately with your air guitar, hiking with your best four-legged friend, taking a girls (or guys) weekend trip, or whatever your bliss is, physical play keeps your brain young. It also eases job strain, connects you with others, and makes you laugh (which can make your RealAge as much as 8 years younger). And for those who feel like they don't get their full quota of childhood fun, it also gives you a second shot. 

So how can a busy grown-up cut loose and play? Let's see:

  • Find your inner artist. Haul out your water-color set, old sewing machine, or woodworking tools. As long as you're having a good time with no high-pressure expectations, it's play.
  • Turn your workout into play. Try calorie burners that you loved as a kid: Hula-Hoop or jump rope (both work off 200 to 380 calories in 30 minutes); play Frank Zappa or Elvis while you pedal your exercise bike; turn your walk into a nature hike and tune in to the breeze, the scents, and the birds.
  • Grin on the job. If you're lucky enough to do work you love, enjoy it to the hilt. Laugh, be creative, get absorbed. When we YOU Docs are collaborating on a book, we laugh so hard while on the phone, our wives have to pick us up off the floor.
  • Take over the playground. Forward-thinking folks in Beijing, London, Finland, and elsewhere are building playgrounds for adults to exercise on. Until they are built here, use what you've got. Try turning the equipment at your local fun spot into an obstacle course. Climb, balance, swing, slide . . . repeat! Dr. Mike's wife, Nancy, so firmly believes in play, she turned down jewelry and asked for a new basketball backboard and hoop for a 60+ birthday present. 
  • Make sure the kids in your life play, too -- and join in sometimes. Unstructured play builds brains, boosts the connection between you and your children, and may lead to healthier eating and exercise habits when those kids are adults. Let 'em run around in the backyard or at the park -- then, follow their lead.
  • Rekindle the spark with your spouse. Couples are more playful together than friends, a fact that can get pushed aside by a mortgage, three kids, and two car payments. Get goofy together, do the things that used to make you laugh, make time for a foot massage and see where it leads.

ENJOY SOME FUN TODAY!!! MAKE IT YOUR PRIORITY!!
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