How You Get Your Energy to Rise

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April 2024 Issue
Energy Express by Marilynn Preston

And what, Dear Reader, is your part in this joyful blossoming? It's rejoicing in your own human nature—knowing that when the seasons shift and change, so can you.

Spring is the time for fresh starts and new beginnings, especially when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle. Like plants to the light, we all desire more energy, more growth, and greater productivity.

But how do we get there?

Dr. Elson Haas's timeless book, "Staying Healthy with the Seasons," is a great source of inspiration.

"The beginning of spring was March 19th, the time of the spring equinox, when day equals night," he writes. "For the next six months daylight, the sun and yang principle, will be dominating our lives.

"You may now feel a new spark and power, and be filled with inspiration and energy to act upon your ideas."

(Yes, this sounds like something you'd find inside a fortune cookie, but never mind. There's good stuff here.)

"(Spring) is the time for planting," Haas reminds us. "New growth in our lives, relationships, and work is stimulated now as well. We and nature will flourish this season."

So let me plant a few seeds to help you flourish this spring and inspire your own new growth:


Knowing that spring is the perfect time for new beginnings is one thing. Experiencing it is another. Take an hour or a day this week to reconnect to nature, in all her season-changing glory.

Spend some quiet time at a park, at the beach, near the water, or in a garden. Notice everything around you. Breathe.

Think about one change that would make you feel more alive, ease your stress, add to your happiness.

Do you want a better relationship with food? A stronger core? Greater satisfaction at work?

Write down just one goal as a way of marking the moment. When you tap into nature and seasonal change, you tap into something bigger than yourself. That connection will help you make lifestyle changes that last.


Don't question why a springtime fitness journal is sacrosanct. Just do it! Make an entry every day, based on the goal you wrote down after your commune with nature.

Don't judge, don't censor. Simply keep track of the day and anything else that relates to achieving your goal, including your feelings, your successes.

Read it over in 3 months, just before summer begins. When you see how far you've come, you'll have the strength and confidence to keep going. And that is exactly how change happens.


This spring, decide to strengthen your connection to your favorite physical activity. If it's running, work with a trainer, try some new terrain or add interval training to your routine. If it's dancing, learn some new steps or switch from salsa to tango. If it's golf, concentrate on getting out of the sand or becoming a better putter.

If you don't have a favorite physical activity—What?—please find one! There's a sport for everyone. Aikido? Badminton? MahJong? Diving?

If nothing else thrills you, I invite you to find a great yoga teacher and move into it, slowly and deeply. Give yourself three months of just showing up. For sure your energy will rise.


Let the spring of 2024 be the season you shift away from old patterns of eating that make you unhealthy, unhappy,
and overweight.

No gimmicks, no fads, no aping the latest trend to go Paleo. Find your own path, according to your own biochemistry, your own nutritional needs.

Give yourself permission to stop dieting, now and forever. Instead, root down deep and come up with a more satisfying way of eating that focuses on eating tasty real food.

For sure, do a springtime kitchen makeover. If you're reading this, you can read labels. Get rid of processed food-like items with long lists of suspect ingredients. Eat clean. You can! You must! You will!

I like to call it the song of the robin.



“Who are you inside? You are continually creating your life;
be aware of this, and dance and play the tune that you are!”
— Elson M. Hass, M.D. —

Marilynn Preston is the author of Energy Express, America's longest-running healthy lifestyle column. Her book All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being is available on Amazon and elsewhere. For more on personal well-being, visit 
© 2024 Energy Express, Ltd.

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