Cultivating wellness wisdom is a life long journey and commitment. We are so lucky to be living in an age where science has advanced so much to help us understand how our human bodies work and how we can take care of it for optimal health. There is no-one easy fix to live life well. But there is one thing you can definitely do to get yourself on the right path to wellness. It’s going to sound kind of simple. But here it goes…get to know yourself! Looking around at other people won’t get you very far. You are unique and understanding your bio-individuality is the key to unlocking what works best for your mind, body, and spirit. All the books I feature at World Wise Beauty have been about this central core idea. The part can never be well, unless the whole is well. So let’s learn to love all the parts and embrace our holistic nature.
This month the Wise Guru series features a returning author and expert to World Wise Beauty, Dr. Michael Breus. He is known as The Sleep Doctor and now has a new book titled Energize! It will be officially released December 14th so you’ll want to pre-order now! The tagline of the book is ‘go from dragging ass to kicking it in 30 days’ Now that’s a call to action we can all get on board with it! The Wise Gurus I select for World Wise Beauty offer inspiration, wisdom, and tools to help us with our wellness journey and Dr. Breus fits this bill perfectly. I hope you enjoy the Q&A and learn more about your bio-individuality! You’ll be surprised to discover just how unique you really are. Energize! is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio! Have a fun and energetic holiday and remember ‘no-one can live your life as well as you”!
Laura Connolly, Founder & Producer of World Wise Beauty
Lauroly Q- Welcome back Dr. Breus. It’s been a couple of years since I featured your first book “The Power of When’ and I am excited about sharing your latest book ‘ENERGIZE’. Why don’t we refresh and review what chronotypes are and why you teamed up with co-author Stacey Griffith to write this book. I would have never made the connection between body-type and chronotype, so please help us to connect the dots.
Lauroly Q- What I found so interesting is you even have a section on emotional compatibility for the types in relationships. It is hard to imagine how a Lion and a Wolf manage to get along, but I am sure they are a more common union than I might think. How do people honor their personal wellness needs when their chronotypes are so different?
Lauroly Q- We can’t really change our body types but is our chronotype a fixed genetic trait too? I ask this because half the world is comprised of women, and all women go through perimenopause and menopause. In this life stage fluctuating hormones can affect our sleep patterns. How much of our chronotype is shaped by life circumstance, life changes, and conditioning?
Lauroly Q- Why is it important to understand the concepts of resting energy and moving energy? I love how you unpack the causes of exhaustion and energy drains in the book. I don’t think people realize how so many lifestyle factors contribute to or deteriorate the quality of our energy and sleep.
- Resting energy
- Moving energy
- Emotional Energy
- Eating Energy
Resting energy is not what you think. It’s not just about sleep, but also about learning how to take time out of your day for PRODUCTIVE REST, this is a quick break in your day, where you remove all stimulus for 15-25 min, and having this break, actually gives you energy (change of focus, stand up, stretch, and use different energy). Some people meditate, some nap, some just zone out, but resting does provide a break to recharge.
Moving energy was also interesting. A body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest tends to stay at rest. When you push hard on a bike pedal, for a few rounds, it begins to use its own momentum to then get faster and faster. Your body is the same way, we get you to move by doing the 5 x 5 movements, and it prevents you from staying in a seated (stagnant) position for too long. Sitting for extended periods of time seems to zap energy, not conserve it.
Emotional Energy is one of my favorites because once you identify your emotional UPS, you can deploy them anytime you want in almost any situation. As an example, if you are feeling energetically low, or you know a particular time of day is tough for you, you can schedule in a laugh, act of kindness, or listen to a favorite tune and recharge! Eating energy, is all about intermittent fasting, and keeping ourselves from getting too de-energized with foods that don’t help us (high sugar, caffeine, alcohol, high fat, high carbs), or eating at times when eating takes energy (knowing your chronotype can teach you WHEN to fast), not gives it.
Lauroly Closing- Thank you so much for joining me here at World Wise Beauty. I am so appreciative of your work and research. I will leave it up to the readers to decide what their chronobiology is. Lots of good quizzes in the book to help them discover! I believe even if you don’t fit the descriptions of one type exactly my readers will learn so much about holistic wellness and they’re bound to energize their life with all the great guidance you share in this book.
Dr. Breus Closing: I could not agree more, ENERGIZE! is about how to create a balanced lifestyle by personalizing your routine based on your genetics (chronotype and body type). Its literally the blueprint to consistent, positive, focused, daily energy. Thank you, Laura for the opportunity to address your audience once again and your support of my work. It means the world to me.