Sunday, August 21, 2016

Use Energy from Green to Refresh You and Your Home

Today I’ll share tips and ideas to demonstrate how the color Green and its corresponding Feng Shui Element/Wood helps rejuvenate your living space and you.

"Exposure to Neighborhood Green Space and Mental Health: Evidence from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin," a recent study published online by the National Institute of Health (NIH) revealed that people who lived close to green space had lower rates of anxiety, depression, and poor physical health than those who lived nearer to the concrete jungle. Updated 4/8/19

Keep in mind that no matter where you live, by using your imagination and ingenuity, you can feel like you're filled with the green energy of a meadow or a trip into the country. Read on and discover how simple and economical it is to satisfy your need for green.

Certain shades of green have psychological impact on the mind as they stimulate energy for improved health and well-being. Think of bright Kelly green. Does it remind you of St. Patrick’s Day or something else? What about dark or forest green? Does that hue make you feel reassured and grounded?

There are neat ways to tap into green energy to refresh your home's d├ęcor, and enliven body, mind, and spirit. Greens color your world and may be as close as your plant stand or garden. Start by making a  study of each individual petal of a jade or other house plant. If you prefer, glance out your window at an evergreen or green shrub, green vegetable, or tree (wood and green) and study it closely. Observe how many shades of green you can find. If you see no green anywhere, take in the greens from pictures like the one right below.

 Try this green mindfulness technique to quiet your mind and absorb potent green energy. It's fun to playfully visualize how green can color your body. Sit, lie down, or stand in a relaxed pose as you say: I allow the harmonizing, relaxing energies of green plants and vegetation to invigorate me or to travel to that place in my body that needs nourishment. I breathe in refreshing green colors and breathe out stress. I breathe in seeds for change and breathe out outmoded behavior. I breathe in joy and release dis-ease.  I breathe in love and release fear. Then, say aloud... Green energies are always there for me. I enjoy using green in my daily living, because it helps me breathe deeply, come fully back into myself , and grow and thrive.

Another idea that helps to increase the amount of green in your life, is to transform stuff that's on hand in new ways. Place one of your house plants alongside your computer or tablet. Set the monitor screen to green. This trick works. Green plants and green screens help you work at your electronic devices with less eye strain. Plan to write with a green marker in your journal or when writing a to-do list. Green reminds you to go with the green flow and do one thing at a time.

Notice if your mood improves, as you increase the amount of green household items in your home. This color can establish or maintain a pathway for renewal, expansion, and flexibility. 

Display green towels or wooden items like a bamboo soap dish or towel stand in your bathroom to restore energy. Adding wood in the bathroom, boosts your sense of grounding, especially if it runs vertically (up and down). Both green and wood promotes willingness to take good care of yourself. Awaken your senses with a relaxing soak in your tub, scented with pure essential eucalyptus oil. This tree sourced oil soothes tense muscles and clears your mind, as it washes your cares down the drain. It's no wonder many spas use green and wooden items in their decorating schemes. 

Reserve a spot on the wall for a photo or painting of a green landscape. Cleanse and "green" the air by placing a Boston fern in your bedroom or other room. Use a green rug in the mud room and in those places where you want to encourage positive energy  to enter your home. 

Find a green hued paint that appeals to you. Pick up a paint brush, and paint your home office. Green is a good color to gaze at or imagine, when you feel anxious, stressed, or worry about money coming in. When you include green in your decorating plan, it helps money circulate for you.

Research indicates that of all the greens, spring green is most accepted and appreciated by both sexes. It broadcasts new growth, balance, good health, and abundance. 

"Introduce touches of green into your living space to enliven, balance, and increase your sense of abundance in your life. "
Nancy Andres

Now that I've shown you how to renew your living space with green, I'm making a special request. Please take a moment to order a copy of my colorful self-care journal, Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss. It's a effective way to journal your way to greater self-awareness, and support the work I do. I don't have ads or affiliate links in my posts, and sales of the book help cover some of the expense of running this blog.

Colors of Joy is a 12 week journal program that uses color energy activities to help women explore relationship issues, nourish secret longings, and discover how to live more joyfully. 

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Why We Need to Eat Orange Fruits and Veggies Daily

These butterflies remind me of how vibrant and eye-catching the color orange is. When orange appears in the orange/yellow pigment of vegetables and fruits like carrots, cantaloupe, and tangerines, it means that produce item is loaded with beta-carotene (retinol), a precursor of vitamin A. Beta-carotene in itself isn't an essential nutrient, but vitamin A is. The human body is designed to covert the beta carotene in acorn squash, oranges, sweet potatoes, and other orange/yellow produce into vitamin A. 

Vitamin A keeps skin healthy, and supports our immune system. Vitamin A is important for good eye health and vision. Substances in orange pigmented fruits and vegetables also work with calcium and magnesium to maintain bone and joint health. Look below. I've detailed three examples of orange-colored produce and important ways each can improve your health and well-being. 

Eat Orange Veggies and Fruits Daily

Cantaloupe is an excellent source of both vitamin C and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). It’s a good source of potassium and a host of B vitamins (B1, B3, B6, and folate) as well as vitamin K, magnesium, and fiber. If you eat the seeds of the cantaloupe, they provide omega-3 fat in the form of alpha-linolenic acid. Cantaloupe has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well. Many heart-related problems start out with chronic unwanted inflammation and chronic oxidative stress. 

Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene. A large study conducted in the Netherlands and reported in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that people who eat at least 25 grams or more of carrots daily (with 25 grams being less than one-quarter of a cup), had significantly lower risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). In the group of participants who ate 50 to 75-grams or more a day, people greatly reduced their risk of CHD. 

Tangerines, also known as mandarin oranges, are a citrus fruit with many nutritious elements, including flavonoids, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, and potassium. These components contribute to well-being by helping to stabilize cell DNA in your skin (anti-Cancer), to strengthening bones, safeguarding eyesight, and protecting your heart. Tangerines pack even more vitamin A and iron than oranges, although they contain slightly less vitamin C. 

       See This Delicious List of Orange and Yellow Fruits and Veggies

Mandarin Oranges
Yellow Peppers
Yellow Onions
Yellow Potatoes
Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Yellow Summer Squash
Sweet Potatoes and Yams

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