Instead I started searching for productivity advice on YouTube. I watched a toned man in his early thirties with a shaved head, talking about his battle with procrastination. Then more videos, and more men. I'm wearing the Dior sunglasses I picked out that day from a clearance rack, and my dark, thick hair is perfectly straight-ironed. Zoe says it's my blue eyes combined with the dark hair that really makes my face pop on screen. She's probably right, but I figure I look like the popular girls at any high school. Tall, but not too tall. Thin, but not too skinny. I think that's why the vlog gets so many hits -- I'm approachable. Like a new best friend who tells you what to wear and how to look good wearing it. After all, everyone deserves to see the fruits of our shopping trips and not have to ask where we bought stuff, Zoe had said that day, but only to me, because we weren't filming yet. It's really a win-win. You're a snob, I told her. In our fast-paced modern-day life we seem to have become distanced from this concept. As life has become more `man-made' we have lost touch with the power of nature, with a natural rhythm, an ebb and a flow, a wax and a wane, and at the same time, our intuition, our insight and our inner powers. We have swapped ritual for routine. We have forgotten that there is a time to grow and a time to rest, a time of high-energy activity and a time to be still, gather and pause. We have tried to make life linear, but that's not the way it is. We have forgotten that we too are part of nature and that nature is cyclic and in a constant state of flow; But we can take back control.

Lunar Living brings us home to ourselves, our dreams and visions and goals, month after month. Working with the magic of the moon is a tool of immense self-awareness, self-care, nourishment, empowerment, manifestation and purpose. Below are some of the many ways that Lunar Living and the moon will weave their magic into your life. Perhaps on one day do a dance class, on another day do some strength training, and another day take a bike ride with the kids. Stay active and always bear in mind that being sedentary and static will work against you 100 per cent. The little things make a difference: get off the bus one stop early; Be active - not hyperactive - and feel free to experiment. The article is a blueprint, intended to give you an appetite for exercise of whatever kind suits you best. I am a fitness professional, but even I've had to experiment with different things because I get bored. I needed to find something I absolutely loved doing that would get me out of bed. Always use your head as well as your body. Have a good chat with yourself, explore lots of ways to get yourself (and keep yourself) moving, and find out what really works for you. My plan has a carefully designed structure involving nutrition and fitness to help you develop a healthy mind-body balance. In 1601, The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion was published. This encyclopedic text, the most significant article of this time period, compiled all existing works on acupuncture. It described and illustrated meridians and point locations, as well as point functions, and it became the basis of all modern-day educational textarticles on acupuncture. Decline and Resurgence In the mid-1800s, European missionaries began arriving in China, bringing with them new ideas about science and the body. These missionaries introduced new medical interventions, ideas about sanitation, and surgical techniques that had, until then, been completely unknown in China. The introduction of these concepts made a huge impact on public health, and they slowly began to eclipse the popularity of Chinese medicine.

In 1929, in an effort to continue modernization and gain international status, China's national committee on public health voted to completely abolish Chinese medicine. While never completely abandoned, acupuncture remained unpopular (and somewhat taboo) until 1949, when the Communist Party took over under the leadership of Mao Zedong, who hoped to unite China behind its traditional values. Over the next decade, he advocated for the use of both Western and Chinese medicine. Because I couldn't pass a math or language class, had never taken the SAT, and had never gotten an associate's degree, I nearly fainted when I got the acceptance letter. It was a miracle: I would be a student on the campus of a highly selective, privately owned university. Every day I was there it was like I'd won the lottery, but some days I felt like an academic fraud for being there. I kept waiting for campus security to come and tap me on the shoulder and say, Young man, we've looked over your records, and it's apparent you don't belong here, before dragging me kicking and screaming off campus. I kept thinking, How long do I have before they figure out I can't even tell time on a hand clock? I decided early on in college that I wanted to become a social worker. My dream was to be able to help kids who struggle like I did growing up, and this goal helped me fight on as I realized that my university course load was far heavier than any I had struggled to manage at the community college. Every day was an exhausting battle to keep my head above water. I woke up every morning at two a. I attended classes during the day, and in the afternoons I worked in a hot window-production warehouse as the cleaning guy. Because of this, whenever I speak to a group of creatives at a company or conference, or sit with anyone one-on-one in a coaching session, I challenge them to adopt the goal of being prolific, brilliant, and healthy: Prolific + Brilliant + Healthy=producing great work consistently and in a sustainable way This is the most effective way to live and work. It means producing a large volume of high-quality work over long periods of time. In my experience, most creatives consistently perform very well in two of these areas, but are lacking at least one of them. For instance, Prolific + Brilliant - Healthy=Burnout While the overstressed, gasping for air worker is the celebrated hero of office folklore, for the creative, being one of these is simply not a realistic and sustainable way to do great work. Many creatives sacrifice their long-term viability on the altar of short-term productivity;

They find that they can no longer sustain their pace and that their ideas--which were once plentiful and brilliant--have dried up. The common term for this is burnout, and unfortunately, it doesn't just affect our work. Creatives who struggle with burnout find it infiltrating their home life, relationships, and personal projects as well. well-documented biological event, this response is shared by humans and animals and is extremely helpful when the individual faces physical danger. common terminology, the adrenaline gets flowing. the problem can be solved through flight-or-fight, the solution itself dissipates the stress; However, when stress is caused by a problem that cannot be solved through such a response, the impacts extend for longer periods and may ultimately result in crippling or fatal diseases. Stressful situations may become deadly very rapidly. The following is typical of the way our bodies react. When the brain receives a danger signal, it flashes messages throughout the body. Hormones are secreted. The circulatory system reacts immediately, preparing us to fight or run. Blood pressure and heart rate increase. They are always sudden, painful, involuntary muscle contractions, and they are the most common problem in leg muscles. Have you ever been virtually frozen by the piercing pain of a Charlie horse? Cramps usually occur when a muscle is overworked from a long period of exercise or physical labor, and they especially occur if you are dehydrated. The best advice to prevent a muscle cramp is to stretch out the muscle and to be sure to hydrate prior to engaging in strenuous activity. you get a cramp, the best medicine is to stretch the cramped muscle and gently rub it to help it relax. you get a calf cramp, try to put your weight on your cramped leg while bending your knee slightly and rub your knotted calf muscle. SPORTS INJURIES

injuries happen to people of all ages while participating in a range of sports and activities that place exertion on different parts of the body. strains, dislocations, and breaks cause varying degrees of disability when they happen and as they heal. the ability to heal from injuries changes across our life span. Avoid the potential awkwardness of a coffee break but take the time to chat for a little while before making a polite escape? You have been asked by your boss to brief the department about a new project you have been working on. Find the prospect of presenting a little frightening but ask a close colleague and friend to work with you for moral support? Agree enthusiastically and feel confident presenting your project to the group? After all you ARE the expert on this project! Decide that the thought of presenting is terrifying. To avoid anxiety and sleepless nights you come up with a persuasive argument for avoiding it at all costs? Find presenting a project to colleagues is easy and quite enjoyable for you. After all you get to show off one of your achievements? You have decided to attend a weekend self-development workshop and the trainer asks for a volunteer to take part in a demonstration for the group. It is what minds do. When you notice this happening, gently bring your awareness back to your experience of breathing. With your next inhalation, see if you can allow your breath to gradually slow, extending the in-breath and allowing it to be slower, deeper, and longer. As much as you can, breathe slowly, smoothly, and evenly. Feel the in-breath for a count of four to five seconds, hold for a moment, and release the out-breath for four to five seconds. Take a few moments to experiment to find a pace that feels right. Stay with the even, slow rhythm.