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Debra Locker is an award-winning communications professional as well as an expert on living a beautiful, well-rounded life. For 17 years, she has successfully held positions in public relations & journalism while following her passions of visiting spas worldwide and creating an amazing collection of beauty products!

In 2008, Debra created Locker Public Relations . Based in Kentucky, this award-winning, boutique firm focuses on luxury lifestyles including skin care, spas and eco products. Named the 2010 Small Business Champion of the Year for Kentucky & the Southeast by the Small Business Administration, Debra leads placements in notable media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, MSNBC, FOX, Good Housekeeping, and RachaelRay.com. Debra also speaks internationally on public relations and is a published expert on communications.

In her 20’s, Debra worked as a television reporter & producer throughout the southeast at stations in Lexington & Louisville, Ky.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Charlotte. Debra continues to use her broadcast skills in voice-over work for television and radio.

An avid community volunteer, Debra is very active in the Junior League of Lexington; is a Board Member of the Lexington Children’s Theatre; an Advisor to the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority; and is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

Put The Pep Back Into Your Step: Advice From A Destination Spa Professional

Has “get up and go” gone out the door? Are you worn out and weary? Do you want to lie under a blanket until spring? Pep up ladies, there are plenty of simple steps you can take to make 2012 an energized year.

Photo Credit: The Oaks at Ojai

We are all tired every now and then. However, there’s more to a lack of energy than may meet they eye. Chronic fatigue is a huge health risk:

  • 50% of adults who seek medical treatment complain of feeling tired all the time (AdrenalFatigueBeGone.blogspot).
  • Sleepiness affects the daily activities of 40% of adults, say sleep experts at Stanford University.
  • Women across the U.S. named fatigue a top five health concern in WebMD’s Year in Health survey (2010).

Natural health and well being expert Debra Koerner and the world’s leading destination spas are leading the charge to put the pep back into your step for 2012. “Every magazine I picked up over the holidays addressed how a lack of energy is becoming an epidemic problem,” says Koerner, who is also the executive director of the Destination Spa Group.

With 22 locations from Phuket to Illinois, all Destination Spa Group® members offer a complementary balance of fitness, healthy cuisine, life-enhancing programs and relaxing spa services. “I have experienced amazing, re-energizing transformations at Destination Spas and want to share some of the tips I’ve picked up,” adds Koerner, who suggests we replete our energetic resources in 2012 by…

  • Starting the year with a full medical assessment to eliminate medical concerns.
  • Taking your vitamins. Chronic fatigue almost guarantees that some of your vitamin levels are low, especially Vitamin D.
  • Incorporating more natural movement into your life. Stand up and stretch several times during the day. Take the stairs. Use half of your lunch break to go on a walk.
  • Easing into sleep by taking a warm bath, reading, spraying essential oils on your pillows and sheets (lavender promotes rest) and stop eating/drinking a few hours before you hit the hay.
  • Reducing drama. Koerner adds, “Nothing can zap your strength quicker than holding onto anger and allowing drama to run havoc. Have difficult conversations early-on to ward off the draining effects of drama later.”
  • Watching your caffeine and sugar intake. Caffeine and sugar wreak havoc on your adrenals and give that “crash” feeling, which causes cravings. Try “half caff” for a while. Replace half the sugar you use in tea and coffee with stevia, which is an all-natural herbal sweetener.

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