#11: Rediscover Your Fire this holiday season

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#11: Rediscover your fire this festive season
Welcome to issue #11 of The Power Up, the new curated email magazine from Man Body Spirit. 

Every day I scour the Internet in search of wisdom, habits, inspiration and practical solutions to help improve the mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing of our readers, curating the best bits together in this neat little package – and delivered direct to your inbox. 

In each edition I’ll bring you handpicked thought leadership, videos, podcasts, action-orientated tips and more relating to 21st century masculinity, conscious living, holistic health & sustainable lifestyles.  

As we enter the festive season and work and social demands increase exponentially, it’s more important than ever to take care of ourselves. So in this week’s issue are some useful reminders of how to do that in amongst the madness. 

Enjoy.
We’ve reached peak wellness and much of it is nonsense. Here’s what works.
Have we reached peak Wellness? As this article lays out, “in Silicon Valley, techies are swooning over tarot-card readers. In New York, you can hook up to a “detox” IV at a lounge.”  

Meanwhile, companies like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop promote “8 Crystals For Better Energy” and a detox-delivery meal kit, complete with “nutritional supplements, probiotics, detox and beauty tinctures, and beauty and detox teas.” 

With every passing week there seems to be a new hot trend to combat the demands of modern life. Western society, it seems, has gone Wellness crazy. 
So with so many new concepts flying around, it can be hard to know where to start or who to trust. 

This piece aims to cut through the BS and refocus us on some of the timeless tried and tested health and wellbeing practices that have stood the test of time. 
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Mind
How to cut through indecision & overthinking: zen habits
If, like me, you sometimes find yourself struggling to make decisions, this article from the brilliant Leo Babuta could be of help. 

Leo explains why apparently smart people can sometimes find themselves stuck with a case of ‘analysis paralysis’. And suggests a simple and highly practical solution to cut through the indecision and overthinking with action. 
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Body
The best morning exercises to do when you get out of bed
As highlighted in the first article above, movement of our bodies is central to living a healthy life. But that doesn’t have to mean a regimented gym routine, punishing Crossfit or forcing yourself to go running throughout winter.  

Some mornings it can be as simple as moving through these eight highly effective exercises that will prime your body for the day ahead, and decrease your risk of injury if/when you do hit things a little harder, as well as carrying a range of other health-related benefits. 

None of the straightforward movements require any equipment, nor will they exhaust you before the day has begun. They are scientifically proven to limber and enliven your body, which is just what we need, especially in these winter months. 
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Spirit
How to rediscover an inspired life when you’ve lost your fire
Why, sometimes does it feel like we’ve lost our spark? That we’re missing our inner drive, lacking energy for action, or our minds seem less sharp. 

What’s really going on? And what actions can we take to re-stoke our fire, and feel vibrant, energised and inspired once more?

This article looks at some of the symptoms and possible causes, and provides some insightful guidance on practical steps we can take to get us back firing on all cylinders once again.  
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Bonus content
Podcast: Why don’t Men talk?
When MC and poet Dizraeli had a breakdown last year he found it hard to talk about what was going on, and he also found little support from other men when he did reach out.  

Thankfully he eventually found help, but as he explains in this podcast interview on the Gender Knot, the experience left him with a determination to explore why more men don’t talk about our mental health, and how to get us to open up and communicate more honestly. 

In an interesting discussion, Dizraeli discusses how traditional masculinity leaves little room to explore our inner lives, or even with the language to describe our emotions.  
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The Man Body Spirit Gift Guide
There’s nothing like the warm fuzzy feeling you get from gifting somebody something that they really appreciate.

And whilst I wish that Christmas wasn’t quite so much of a capitalist shopping-fest, there is something I love about sharing a gift that shows someone how much you appreciate them. 

It’s my hope that, given the growing awareness of environmental issues such as climate change and plastic waste, more people will be making more conscious choices with their gift buying this year. And if you are one of them, this list is designed for you. 

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for friends, family, or even yourself, here are some gift ideas that won’t compromise your conscious and sustainable values, and will also help boost your or your friends’ mental, physical, and spiritual health. 
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Make 2020 Your best year yet
Rediscover your passion, revitalise your lifestyle and begin your transformation 

In The Power Up Your Life Workbook I walk you through the tried and tested steps I took to get my life back on track after a period of personal tragedy and lack of direction. 

These simple-to-follow exercises helped me reconnect with my purpose, gain confidence, focus and renewed energy, giving me a much greater sense of contentment, freedom & conviction as a result. 

The workbook is a free download I’ve created to help others understand themselves better and create a foundation for personal growth. 

I’d love it if you downloaded it and gave it a try, 
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Thanks for reading, I hope you found some great value within this week’s edition. If so, please pass on a recommendation to your friends. If not, then please give me feedback on what more you would like to see. See you next time, Adam.
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