Reclaiming Your Time and Energy

TAKE A BRIEF INVENTORY OF YOURSELF AT THIS VERY MOMENT…

  • Are you content with your life?
  • Are you easy to anger or upset?
  • Do you find it hard to stick to a healthy diet?
  • Do you get sick often and do you heal slowly?

Believe it or not, sleep, digestion and attitude are implicated in all of these questions, according to groundbreaking research conducted over the past few years.

By improving your sleep — a state where we spend approximately a third of our lives, the rest of your life improves as well.

By feeding the gut biome — a delicately aligned microscopics community of bacteria, protozoa and natural organisms which reside in and communicate with the body’s gastrointestinal (GI) track — you strengthen the body’s ability to sustain itself.

And by boosting performance on top of that, the difficult becomes easier to bear.

Problem is, the constant thrum of anxiety and fear in our collective atmosphere works to disrupt our body’s ability to properly function. In the US alone, a third of adults say they get less than the recommended amount of sleep, even before this period — a key reason why the CDC labeled sleep deprivation a public health crisis in 2011. In turn, the mounting stress and lack of sleep leads to an improper dietary response and diminished emotional endurance. Screen life, light pollution, and the drumbeat of confusing, hope-deprived messages have removed us from the cycles of nature that synchronizes with proper rest, digestion and performance.

Regaining Control

To fight against anxiety and torpor, you can’t fight against nature. You need to embrace it. That means adopting an outlook on life which embraces eight fundamental pillars of health:

Nature

Nature can truly heal us at this moment, which is why we’re thankful local governments have relaxed their restrictions on public parks and forests. With adequate social distancing, forest bathing can prove essential for one’s well-being.

Music

Let’s face it: without the live streaming being done by our nation’s musicians, the Quarantine would have been much harder to bear. We’ve partnered up with online live music portal Jam in the Van to support their musicians during this trying time, and highly recommend you boogie on over to their YouTube for performances by the Marcus King Band, Dustbowl Revival, Lola Kirke and many others.

Food

Let food be thy medicine, indeed. We at Medicine Box routinely publish food and beverage recipes on our blog, and have crafted our Happy Belly formulary to aid the body’s metabolism. Combined with a proper diet, our diet recommendations can make all the difference in your day.

Mindfulness

Right now, we are constantly reminded that the virus is in control. Mindfulness exercises allow us to take that power back from the anxiety and fear while still maintaining awareness. This skillset has never been more important.

Collaboration

Pooling resources and skillsets are vital in all manner of crisis, even in a time of social distancing. Our team at Medicine Box has telecommuted since its onset, and have achieved some pretty strong successes as a team even without physically teaming up.

Community

We’re all starved for it. And we can still give it to each other, even with the added work needed to maintain it. For those of us in business, our added labor is to provide not just products, but a feedback and community resources through our own social media presences that speak personally to your needs. Reach out!

Recovery

Everybody is in recovery from something. For our CEO Brian Chaplin, it’s drugs and alcohol. But everyone who survives this moment will need to recover somehow. Through Medicine Box’s products and its Full Moon Mentoring program, Medicine Box vows to do its duty.

We welcome you into our family of peace and well-being.

We at Medicine Box post frequently on our blog about these subjects, and for those looking for more personalized consulting, we also offer up Full Moon Connection. But for all of those looking to consummate this lifestyle, we offer you the 1CaB suite of healing formulations:

  • Equanimity for a restful lifestyle
  • Happy Belly, which nourishes and optimizes the gut
  • Total Performance, harnessing the power of mushrooms, herbs and hemp for your vitality.

So welcome to Medicine Box, and all the resources we have to offer. We welcome you into our family of peace and well-being.

Sleep Tips

Even if you’re using our Equanimity formulation for sleep, it also helps to pair with a lifestyle that prioritizes restfulness. Like any worthwhile endeavor, good sleep takes practice and discipline. But it will always pay off.

Maintain consistent sleep patterns

Some dedicated sleep cadets set an alarm BEFORE bedtime to indicate it’s time to sleep, not just when they wake up!

Keep a cool atmosphere

Ensure a cool atmosphere in your sleep chamber — at least 60-67°. During sleep your body temperature will drop significantly in keeping with your circadian rhythms, and lowering (or raising) the temperature will facilitate the shift into sleep. (Hot showers/baths before bed can also help.)

Avoid caffeine and nicotine

Your body removes caffeine, which can be found in chocolate, some teas, colas, and coffee, eight hours after you’ve ingested it.

Avoid alcohol before bedtime

Nightcap traditions notwithstanding, alcohol can rob you of precious REM sleep.

Avoid large servings

Avoid large meals and beverage servings in general. Too much food can cause indigestion, and overdrinking means you’ll be visiting the bathroom in the middle of the night, especially if you’re a senior.

Watch for medications

Some may disrupt your sleep, Check with your pharmacist or primary care physician and ask about their affects on your sleep.

Be mindful about your naps

Daytime naps work, but try to avoid napping after 3 p.m., or otherwise you will throw off your sleep schedule.

Relax/wind down before bed

This can involve meditation, reading a book or writing in a journal. While gentle, “yin”-based yoga can be practiced, no strenuous exercise should be attempted less than 2-3 hours before bedtime.

Limit light emissions

Maintain a dark, cool, gadget-free bed with no blue light-emitting devices, such as laptops, tablets or cellular phones. Look into programs which dim screen brightness intensity in accordance with the light (or lack thereof) in the sky.

Get out in the sun

Get sunlight exposure at some point during the day for at least an hour and dim lights before bedtime.

Don’t lie in bed awake

Your body adjusts naturally to your environment as a sleeping zone, so if you wake up and stay up for more than 20 minutes, move to another portion of the house, and return when you’re ready to sleep