Of course, nowadays, you need to be social, even if you’re a naturally introverted person. You need to be on your phone often and you need to check emails.
Plus, if your goal is to serve lots of people — as I do — you need to be active on such social media platforms as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagream, and, of course, on your blog, if you have one.
But what if you’re feeling burn out after facing and meeting lots of deadlines, pursuing additional training, writing a book or online course, and gearing up to serve even more people than before?
Should you continue to post regularly to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and your blog when you feel a need to unplug so you can refresh, recover and recuperate?
I contend that at least twice a year, You Need a Social Media Vacation.
And that’s what I’m now doing in the next week. What’s so cool with our world’s amazing technology is that you can post things in advance.
Now, what if you’ve endured a family crisis such the terminally illness of a parent, sibling or spouse, the breakup of your long-term marriage, or the death of a cherished loved one?
Then you really need time off.
Discover 11 of many benefits of taking a Social Media Vacation:
Stress is one of the biggest reasons that people pig out on sugary, fatty, salty treats or processed carbs, which, of course, pack on the pounds.
It’s also one of my favorites.
Just keep a little lavender whenever you’re on the go, and when stress strikes, just inhale deeply. That’s it!
Ancient Romans used the lavender plant to scent their bathwater while other cultures have historically used it to treat depression, irritability, and insomnia. Research now shows us that lavender’s aroma can greatly diminish stress, which, as you may well know, is a prime trigger for food cravings.
The Scientific Evidence: As always, before I share a tactic, my researchers and I track down a study, which validates it. So check out the fascinating research on this super-simple Sniff Away Your Stress Tool.
Most of you may associate red with the color of love (think, Valentine’s Day), but I invite you to get and cherish a heart-shaped, pink rose quartz, which has been hailed as a powerful healing crystal and as the love Stone.
Rose quartz can be your powerful ally in a number of ways.
To begin, it can have a calming, peaceful, soothing effect—which, of course, is far better than the temporary high you can get from sweets or quickie carbs.
What’s more, although most people think red is best for your Valentine, the color pink is also associated with love. (Naturally, it’s affiliated with breast cancer awareness, too.)
When you see pink, you evoke healing, sweetness, and safety, experts say.
“Focusing on pink is a way to do something healing and loving for yourself,” suggests herbalist and nutritional consultant Brigitte Mars.
Think about it. When do you eat sugary foods? Sure enough, you may use sweets as a substitute for love, as many of you have confided in me.
If you’d like to feel love — whether or not you have a special someone this Valentine’s Day — I invite you to rely on rose quartz.
Rose quartz also has been hailed for its ability to to help “open your heart to give and receive love” and to encourage you to “forgive others and especially yourself.”
Crystal and metaphysical experts also recommend:
This week’s Crush Your Cravings tip is so darn easy that you can do it anywhere, any time. Like most tactics I share, this one is incredibly simple. Otherwise, you may not want to do it, right?
The the next time a craving for candies, cookies or chips strikes, just drink one or two glasses of water and wait five minutes to a half-hour before eating. Yes, it’s that easy!
Bear in mind that despite its simplicity, this tool — as with all the Cravings-Crushing techniques I share — is based on solid science.
Plus, this tactic is very powerful.
Of course, you already know that drinking ample water offers many health benefits.
For those of you with weight issues, you need to know that drinking water before eating a meal or snack can reduce your cravings and appetite.
And what happens when you have less cravings?
You eat less, and you lose weight. Just check out the fascinating science:
- Drinking water before meals can help with weight loss in overweight dieting women.
- One study showed that drinking water a half hour before meals increased weight loss by 44 percent over 3 months.
Your Cravings-Crushing Takeaway: This tactic is so darn easy! Just drink water before you even put food in your mouth. Doing so may reduce your cravings for sweets, carbs and other fattening foods so you’ll ramp up your weight loss.
Join the Cravings Conversation: How has drinking water shut down your cravings and accelerated weight loss? Tell us how it worked for you.
Find out about how gluten and carbs from renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D., author of the fabulous book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain’s Silent Killers, who appeared on my Gab with the Gurus Show.
Dr. Perlmutter — a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition — has come to recognition for blowing the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long — grains are destroying your brain.
On this Gab with the Gurus show — a listener favorite — you’ll discover how:
- You can choose not to become diabetic by cutting back on carbs and eating more fat.
- Wheat bread is higher on the Glycemic Index than a candy bar, pure sugar or white bread.
- Even whole grains are dangerous.
- You can grow new brain cells at any age.
- Even so-called healthy carbs such as whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, and depression.
- Eating grains can make you gain weight.
- The more overweight you are, the more rapidly your brain will shrink.
- To recognize hidden sources of carbs.
- There’s a little-known connection between ADHD and grains.
- High blood sugar increases your risk for dementia, for which there’s no current medical fix.
- Fats are healthy and how diabetes soared three-fold when people began to cut out fat.
- Exercise can help your brain.
- Your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol.
- 10 percent of those with schizophrenia can be cured without drugs by going gluten-free.
- You can take control of your “smart genes” through smart dietary choices and lifestyle habits.
To tune into the show either live or later, go here.
Join the Conversation: What was your biggest Ahah?
Do you ever have challenges making your own decisions? For instance, do you want to know foods are best for your body, whether you should kick sugar gradually or cold turkey, or what project should be your # 1 focus?
I invite you to come up with your personalized answers by seeing what one of three top gurus recommend.
Who are your favorite living gurus?
Who are your go-to Biblical or religious figures?
Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my new Friday Favorites Feature.
I’m a fan of so many wonderful things and people that at the end of every week, I’ll share information about one amazing, healthy, uplifting treat –one that’s sugar-free, of course.
Right now, I’m trying to decide which of My Favorite Things I’ll share in my first column.
I couldn’t make up my mind for this first week.
So, for now, share some of your Favorite Things. What should I feature here?
Guidelines: In order to maintain my journalistic ethics and integrity, for now, I won’t accept samples without paying for them, but I invite suggestions for awesome products to suggest.