Energy medicine for baby boomer brains — article by Scott Keith
Posted Mar 11 2010 12:00am
We all know about the Monday blahs. You either play, relax, or do chores over the weekend, then Monday comes. Simply put, it’s hard to get back to the office. But if you experience the blahs throughout the week, it may be time to snap out of your funk. A doctor in Beverly Hills, California stresses Energy Medicine, a form of complementary medicine aimed at keeping the body’s energies flowing evenly and steadily without interruption.
The idea, according to Dr. Thom Lobe, founder and Medical Director of Beneveda Medical Center in Southern California, is to help patients overcome illness and enjoy optimal health. Lobe, who believes in both Eastern and Western medicine, says there are ways Energy Medicine techniques can help you at home and at the office.
Lobe, who has over 30 years experience in traditional and alternative medicine and has written over 200 books, says “people have lost their reserve capacity.” In today’s society, says Lobe, we are bombarded with stressful events. “Constant stress depletes us.” Another problem is related to high-tech. We aren’t connecting with each other, thanks to devices such as Blackberries and computers. Says Lobe, “people need other people, interaction feeds us…we can’t live in isolation, although some of us try to.”
Another factor to consider, according to Lobe, is how our right brain and left brain works. We can actually exercise our brain. “Most of us are left brain…we intellectualize, we do our jobs with our left brain. The right brain is the more creative side.” Lobe says, in order to gain more energy, we need to exercise the other side of the brain. He suggests a simple exercise: At your desk, take a piece of paper and draw your computer upside down. This works your right brain and allows the left brain to relax and re-charge. Doing this for five to ten minutes every couple of hours will give you an energy boost and lead to better productivity.
If you still need an energy boost, consider a mini-break. Says Lobe, “We have this tremendous burst of activity of creativity in our brain (work capacity), then we spend it. We have to allow it to recharge. To do that, it requires us to take a break from our task for about 15 to 20 minutes out of every 90 to 120 minutes.” This will help you become more productive and less tired at the end of the day. A mini-break, adds Lobe, could be as simple as getting up from the desk and going for a drink of water or a cup of coffee. Or, perhaps a bathroom break followed by a brief walk outside. Lobe says there’s actually software, called DeskActive, that will help you in this task.
When you’re analyzing your blah feelings, examine your food intake. Lobe says “We have an epidemic of what we call the metabolic syndrome these days. People aren’t getting enough exercise. They’re overweight…eating all the wrong foods…all your metabolic functions begin to deteriorate and you don’t function well.” Lobe suggests a protein-filled breakfast of eggs, fruits and cereal (such as oatmeal). A mid-day snack could include string cheese or a hard-boiled egg. A light lunch might be a tuna salad, light on mayonnaise. For dinner, ease up on the carbs.
Lobe suggests that you stay away from salt, sugar, white flour, white bread, processed foods and fried foods. To boost your energy, get exercise, fresh air and sunshine. For baby boomers, and men and women of all ages, Lobe says, “The most important asset you have is your health…pay attention to what you eat and how you live, because it’s the only body you have.”