1. Going to Sleep Earlier:
When we don’t have electricity we tend to go to bed earlier. For some of us this is a blessing as ideal sleep patterns called circadian rhythms or your biological clock, is 10pm to bed and 6am to wake. You will notice your sleep quality is better if you stick to this time frame as well as your physical repair and psychological repair is optimal. Physical repair happens between 10pm and 2am therefore, for cellular renewal, sports enthusiasts or those recovering from injuries, it is essential to get these hours of shut eye in. For those wishing to improve their memory or overall mental clarity and sharpness, you’ll benefit from the latter part of the night as 2am-6am is when that is all taking place.
2. Less Electromagnetic Stress:
No T.V., computer, iPhone, iPad, or laptop—no problem! All of these items emit electromagnetic waves. The human body is not designed to interact with them so a break gives our bodies a rest and gets us back to functioning on our own energy fields. For those who wish to learn more methods about removing the electromagnetic effects on the body, practicing tai chi is a step in the right direction. Donna Eden has created some energy exercises that address this also.
3. Eating Less Cooked Food
We take for granted most days that we get to purchase our groceries a few times a week and keep the food in the refrigerator for the following few days until we are ready to consume it. Well, with no electricity we tend to think meal to meal instead. I myself don’t do the canned and packaged food hurricane stock up thing at all. Instead I choose fruits and veggies than can sit out for a while and still last such as apples, unripe bananas, carrots and avocadoes left over from Fay’s blow—and combine these with raw nuts or nut butters. I did stock up on about three nights of dinners and kept them cool and loads of bottled water. Once the storm passed I found myself heading to the grocery store daily to pick up fresh food and only buying enough for a twenty four hour period. I was eating more raw foods since cooking was not an option. Eating raw food is great for the body. The enzymes are alive in the food and aid in the digestive process. Raw food is nutrient dense and makes your skin glow, nails grow and hair shines.
4. More Movement
Preparing for the high winds gets us moving more. That includes racing around clearing office or work site contents to safer areas as well as home indoor and outdoor preparation. I was lugging computers, weights, tables, chairs and anything of value to less vulnerable areas, taped loads of windows, then proceeded to help my Mom clear all her plant pots and furniture from outside to inside and put up the storm shutters. Post hurricane clean up uses just as many muscle groups cleaning windows, walls and placing everything back in its original spot.
5. Cold Showers
For those of you who are lucky enough to be on Watlington Water lines you might not have electricity but you do have water, cold water, but still water!! This is huge as I’ve experienced hurricanes as a child and we didn’t have running water. Cold showers need a bit of getting used to but once you’re in just keep telling yourself “this is so good for me!” Cold showers produce more white blood cells which are good for your immune system, as well as higher concentrations of plasma, T helper cell and lymphocytes. Cold water regulates your internal temperature and it is a hermetic stressor which improves health. Cold showers also improve blood circulation between organs and skin, wakes up the body and improves your mood by stimulating noradrenaline secretion in the brain which helps mood disorders like depression. The best part of the chilly liquid is it is a metabolism booster by forcing your body temperature to re-regulate continually, therefore utilizing more calories.
Written by Caroline Tee
Owner of Horizon Health and registered C.H.E.K. Practitioner