Monthly Archives: February 2011

Personal rhythm

Every person has their own rhythm; sleep, energy, hormonal cycles, digestion, that greatly influences performance.  Most writers I know write in the wee hours of morning or late at night when all is quiet and there are no interruptions, many athletes prefer to train in the morning. Some people are full of energy in the evenings and some in the mornings. Daily life schedule is usually fixed, no matter how our rhythms look, and this can sometimes become an enormous stressor.

Many people experience sleeping-problems; they can’t fall asleep in the evening, wake up at strange times, are tired upon waking in the morning… Often it is related to their specific sleep-patterns or rhythms. The same goes for our “daily cycles”; our energy moves in waves and at certain times during the day we have “dips” when we feel tired or un-focused. Over time this can lead to tension and stress.

Most people aren’t even aware of their own patterns, they fight a loosing battle trying to fit into a schedule of work, over time getting depleted and stressed. By learning our patterns or rhythms, we can enhance our performance by time-management and scheduling. So how do we learn our patterns?

Keep a diary for 1-4 weeks where you note your findings:

  • Sleep: When do you get tired in the evening? When do you feel comfortable getting up? How many hours do you need to sleep?
  • “Dips”: Pay attention to when this happens during the day and how often. Note the time.
  • Digestion: How do you feel comfortable with eating? What time? How many times? How much? How long does it take you to digest?
  • Hormones (more obvious for women): Menstrual cycles; how do they affect your performance?

After a certain amount of time, you will notice a pattern in your diary; this would be your basic energy-rhythm. By knowing your pattern you can also fit it with the life you are living. You need to teach yourself to function optimally.

Balance your sleep:

  • Energetic in the evenings, tired in the morning? Do something; take a walk or exercise, prepare for the next day so morning flows easy (get your clothes out, clean the kitchen, pack your bag). Then go to bed. Keep your room dark and cool. Maybe a calming tea or a bath will help.
  • Tired in the evenings, energetic in the morning? Get to bed earlier and get up earlier. Do your exercise in the morning, your daily preparation as well.
  • Waking up in the night at the same hour? When this is caused by stress it is usually very negative; worry, angst, a sense of doom and extremely black thoughts. Then stress-management is a must. If it is “only” waking up it could be that you have left your deep sleep and moved into dream time. Stay relaxed, breath deeply and stay with your dream. Research shows that to remember a dream, we need to wake up after it and stay awake 1-3 minutes, whis means that we wake up many times during the night without being aware of it, usually we just fall asleep again.
  • When you constantly feel exhausted after a nights sleep there is usually stress involved; your brain is not resting and you probably have problems accessing your deep sleep state. Stress-management is needed.
  • Heavy or large meals, alcohol, sugars and black/green tea/ coffee in the evening will influence your sleep negatively.

“Dips”: When you have found the rhythm, use the “dip-time” for de-stress by taking a break, a few minutes is usually enough: Drink water (not coffee), move around a bit, do some deep breathing. A friend of mine goes running or walking in the stairs… whatever suits you. Just move!

Digestion:

  • When do you need your main meal? Morning, noon, afternoon? This is different for everybody.
  • How do you react on what you eat? Maybe you need to change your eating habits? The body needs more time to digest a heavy meal such as steak, pasta, greasy food. If you feel heavy and tired after eating, chances are that you are eating the wrong stuff. Always move after meals; take a walk.
  • How often do you need sustenance such as a fruit? (NOT sugary stuff)

Hormones:

Ladies, we are NOT slaves under our hormones!!!

  • PMS: irritation, anger? Get fish-oil capsules. Use breathing techniques, balancing essential oils, exercise.

We are made for physical movement; to optimize our performance we need to move many times during the day. This will balance hormones, sleep, digestion, mental clarity and moods. MOVE MOVE MOVE!!!

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Pediatricians warn about seizures from energy drinks, but not vaccines

Very readable article. Food for thought, especially for all you parents out there. It is good to get informed on stuff before you use it…

http://www.naturalnews.com/031330_energy_drinks_seizures.html

THE POWER OF BELIEF

I have talked earlier about how belief-systems can influence, not only our behavior but also our health. A few times I have had clients with, sometimes serious, dis-ease. During the course of treatments this changed. I don’t look to “heal” people, that’s not my business, but I help them to understand themselves and their reactions better and along the way they heal themselves, once they find balance and peace within. If a person seriously believes that his/her problem will create more ill-health, it will. And they will constantly be waiting for it.

I worked with a man who had a heart-condition; his heart would start racing out of control. It all started at a difficult time in his life and each time he saw his doctor he was told that this would get worse and probably kill him. He was on double medication and the doctor was pressing him about getting operated with a 50/50 chance of recovery. During the months that he saw me the occurrence of his heart racing dropped little by little and he stopped one of the medicines on his own. (I never meddle with people’s meds, that is between them and their doctors.) We worked with the original cause, his stress-management and talked about what he experienced – making him aware of himself and his reactions. When his heart sometimes would start racing, he could bring it down with simple relaxation-techniques, such as breathing. Still his doctor told him his condition would get worse and eventually kill him. The guy just stopped believing it, because he could feel himself getting better and found that he could control his problem when it would arise.

We believe what we are told, especially if the person who tells us is somebody we give authority.

The power of belief is much used within sports, for example; Part of coaching is strengthening the winning belief. You can run faster and jump higher. Much work goes into visualisation and mind-movies, creating the idea of success in the individual. This goes for all situations in life; if you truly believe you can succeed, you probably will. Every time we say “I can’t do that”, we obviously won’t be able to. But do you remember the time when you wanted to do something so badly that you could “taste” it? And how it became possible? This is what I am talking about. Everything is possible! Belief starts in the head and we need to stoke it, make it burn high. That is when we will succeed. Don’t listen to all the negative remarks, just stick to your belief and go for it! It’s all about your personal power.