Learn the love of taking time out and really tuning in to tuning out. In this frenetic rushed life of ours, we are up and at it, work and life combined, rush, rush, rush way to often. We may stop for a quick bite, then we seem to go all day until dusk. Once we do finally get to sit down and relax, what to do we do? The relaxation of life these days seems to be non-existent. So maybe we need to understand what down time means-in order to do it.
Does it mean sitting and watching the television and zoning out? Does it involve grabbing the phone and staring and scrolling aimlessly through the screen on facebook? Does it mean that we need to be somewhere where we catch up on twitter, Instagram, the News, the gossip for the day before so we dont think we are missing out. More and more people need their techno fix to feel part of this world. For some people……That may be so. and, if that is the happy way that you generally finish your day, then enjoy.
But for genuine Down time to be enjoyed and understood……. it is just that. Put those devices down….for a period of time……Simple. Try connecting once again with something else that used to matter to you -before technology became ingrained in us all. This dosent have to be for the whole day (however – wouldn’t that be great) but an organised period of time to make a difference. Say, start with 2 hours-see how you go. Try some type of other activity that encourages the mind and spirit to smile. So when we think again of times that connective values mattered to us -we might be reminded of things from the past. Such as;
Reading a long lost novel under a shady tree near the waters edge.
Potting a flower or herb in the garden.
Ride a motorbike along the seaside.
Go for a journey on a train.
Reconnect with an old friend. (2 hours is a good time for a cuppa)
Doodle and make pictures with pencils or crayons.
Ride a horse.
There are loads of ideas, once you start to think and connect with the old you and what you enjoyed before you just sat stagnating on a phone. Above are just some of my nostalgic memories. Make a list for your self from your past. What about something you’ve always wanted to do. Start by freeing up your time and go and inquire about them.
My all time favorite-without any phone or devices is to fish on a beach (catching or not) until the sun dies down over the horizon and watching the water roll in rhythmically. I can stay there content for days.
I know that it is entirely necessary in this day and age to be involved, especially with work nowadays, to have to deal with computers, Iphones etc. But are we losing touch with the world as we knew it? Yes I think we are. A practice of downtime may connect you happily with something you once did that gave you great joy-and you didn’t realise you had lost it.
Down time is your time to take time -for you…….
Little Health Tip
Short But Sweet tip for the day. Flax seed contain fiber and Omega -3 fatty acids which are beneficial to health.
When you care for elderly people in the community, you can learn a lot in life. It is not meant to be anything other than an observation, however Observe I do. You realize people get lonely. Genuinely lonely. It dosent mean they dont get contact……its just that they are so happy to see a person and speak to a person – that they just chatter. They chatter the whole time (which is great), but you realize they are trying to shove a weeks worth of talking in to the 30 minutes you have to care for them. After talking an awful lot, they do ask about my day, – I never care about that. I just love hearing them talk about their significant highlights of their day. Like, how they saw the sun come up by them self, and the formed icicles on the back lawn melt before their eyes….how the rabbits new babies came out to feed. How much does this person love and enjoy the simple tings in life…..now they have time to do it-they do it by themselves….how sad.
So I am there to be a carer, simply put, to stop this person from being a burden on the health care system, to stay in their home longer (by them self) and some do it happily. So you stand, support, help and shower a person who has had a stroke. This person lives by herself, alone, with all acceptable aids. (self sufficient) she eagerly awaits for the company and hired help to arrive, chirping and laughing as you struggle up the stairs to greet her. She is a bright (ex-academic) older woman who struggles daily in a roughly adjusted wheelchair and added ramps to get around her house. It drives me crazy. We talk about any ailment we might have (headaches etc) -and yet their struggles are insurmountable and exaggerated and gross, yet there are no complaints. Their daily needs are 10 fold of mine or anyone else. So they struggle through every day holding onto what little dignity they have left.
And so these people teach me every day.
Possessions mean nothing. I look around my comfortable house and realize that even though I have enjoyed accumulating and travelling to get these ornaments, pictures, dust collectors they are nothing unless there is a reality of someone else to enjoy them with later on.
Reach out to someone…..anyone. Selfishness is easy. A person who goes out of their way for another is someone who has taken the time to care. A phone call. A quick Cuppa. Drop off some bread and make sure that person sees someone. You have no idea how happy it will make their heart.
Wait Patiently, Smile, Listen, Repeat, Often…..
And finally, it is not hard to watch these older determined friendly people go about their business day to day while they wait for a call, letter, email, visit – They are used to it. They dont mind. however, I am Not. I am the one struggling with the forgotten. I am the one that never wants to be waiting for a carer to come and allow me 30 minutes to chatter aimlessly to fill in time. One day we will all be there. The Forgotten ones were once US………….
How’s the Weather……
Feel the Warm
They say that the weather can influence people with how they behave and how they feel. Doctors now believe that differing weather conditions and change in climate can and does in fact affect our well being, albeit our health.
Some people appear to be affected differently to others, but it is obvious to most that fresh clean air and a beautiful sunny day can have an invigoration quality.
Sunshine …… Surveys have been shown that those people reportedly in good or ill health had felt better when days were sunny rather than when the sky was overcast. Doctors and psychologists have now recognised a conditions called Seasonal affective Disorder (SAD)that alters peoples perception and mood alongside the type of weather experienced. During periods of where there is little natural daylight or a lot of cloud coverage, people express moods of being lethargic and depressed. These moods seem to differ and lift as the longer days commence and once normal sunshine hours extend. It is also noted that sunshine helps with the function of vitamin D. This is helpful in people prone to weak and brittle bones. Spring weather creates opportunities to improve tha lethargic feeling and help drive away depression after the long winter months. Seeing and feeling the warmer weather encourages you to get active. (more…)
Meditate on it………..
Is life full of noisy cars, busy people, screaming kids, barking dogs and slamming doors. Has the stress level reached the peak and do you sometimes feel you’d like to pack up and move to a quiet mountain in China. Well in this day and age I dont think you are the only one. Life has become a full bodied well rounded event that seems to be flying quickly past us. Of course you cant stop time – however you can slow it down a little and take time to reflect.
It is when we are at our stressed – out worst, our lives can reflect the same – stressed out. The concept of looking after ourselves involves many facets. One is the body and its encompassing wellness. Feed and nourish this amazing temple and keep it active, and in kind it will display talents beyond compare. The other very important part to consider, which fairly well oversees the temple (body) is the Mind and all that goes with it. In order to sooth the overactive, overzealous, over excited and often over-tired mind sometimes means……Stop, Pause, Listen……..
To promote good mental health it is imperative to be good to your mind. By practicing Meditation and using it often, it can relax – and bring a central soothe to your soul. What does that mean, you say?
Meditation tools – good to know sponsored by Louise Hay…..
Well, in the 1970’s medical researchers at Harvard University Massachusetts studied Indian Transcendental Meditation. They found that the deep “relaxation Response” from meditating, is a deeper rest than rest from sleeping. Sixty per cent accounts for stress related visits to the doctor and as a result of this, many become solved by taking unnecessary medication. As a result there has been a shift in thinking about how we take medication and its long term affects, and whether we would be better served to look at alternatives such as meditation to solve some of the stresses attached to life.
Take up the relaxation challenge. (Whats the worst that can happen)
If its muscle tone you’re lacking and when waving those arms there is a recurring – self wave of skin and flab that has a mind of its own – then it has to be suggested that some small weight strategy may need to take place. Moving our muscles with a little bit more…. Oomph – when exercising, encourages them to become toned and firmer and optimizes a better look. Exercise needs to be safe and effective when using weight/hydraulic driven machines and there are some important strategies to follow.
You need to make a choice as to whether you will use free weights or machines. There are a lot of types of equipment available and hype with the introduction of new fads, so it is wise to consider what you would like to spend your money and time on first. Home gym, public gym, small to big weights, hydraulics, resistant training, arm weights and so much more. Female only gyms are just a Google away.
Once you have decided what it is that you will use to improve those muscles then it is time to get started.
When committed, your first couple of sessions should include enough exercise to exact the type of regime you will use every workout – along with the number of repetitions. ( ie 20 hydraulic reps x bicep- triceps curls. A good example of this is with women’s exercise and a 30 minute workout at Curves. (Female only gym) You need to make sure that is is a safe and clean area where you are to exercise because balance and space help optimize your workout. Getting someone to support and show you how to use machines is important. Maybe go with a friend for motivation. Once you get into a routine it becomes a normal part of life.
To enhance the ability and improve muscle integrity all over includes a whole body workout. The stamina requires that you use lots of different muscles. When you attend exercise the balance needs to be for an improved output of cardio and large and small muscle building.
Make an effort to understand the different muscle groups and how your exercise regime will improve them.
Get an initial weigh and measure along with BMI (Body Mass Index) and Body fat reading so you can track your progress. It does help for you to see some form of progress, however, make sure you are not checking those scales ever day. Once a week or month is sufficient.
Make it a time for yourself to put health on the top of the priority list. You will find the benefits far out way that sagging look you were trying to pull off for years. It only takes half an hour three to four times a week to see and feel the difference. The outcome far out-ways the current status quo.
If you are feeling fifty plus, or just approaching that milestone where working your job is no more physically demanding than turning on a computer and playing with the mouse, then your not alone. It is also a grim reminder that only a major health scare will be the only means to get oneself off their dairy air. It could be well over due to remind yourself that you are subject to the same rules as everyone else and that person looking in the mirror and slipping slightly and looking old….is you. You can no longer make excuses. Fifty four percent of all Australians exercise occasionally, however this is not frequent enough to improve general health or weight. (Clafin 2016)
In fact, if you are a woman, exercise itself may be more than important to you. Women tend to have a lot more generalized problems than men with some of the chronic illnesses like heart disease, osteoarthritis, autoimmune diseases, depression and obesity. Problems begin to rear their head near menopause. The great news is that you can help prevent or slow down the onset by regular exercising.
For starters, find some exercise you enjoy and that has regular weight-bearing resistance training associated with it. If you start to make your lifestyle physical-now, it will remain a habit with you and you will find that the benefits far out way any alternative. You will also find that if you continue on this amazing fit journey, you can be climbing mountains and hiking rocky roads way into your twilight years while your friends maybe rocking chair bound. (I’m building a great picture for you already right!) Only one thing to do. Get those sand shoes/sneakers out of the cupboard and put them on.
Walking and jogging can be great for the body and the mind. Getting our into the open spaces and fresh air has a lot of pluses. however if you would like more strength in your arms and your chest and would like to improve the muscle dexterity in your overall body, then you may want to visit and do a more specific based exercise at a gym.
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The meaning of Relapse is (A backwards step or worsening condition-a setback)
Relating this to a health issue like “exercise and eating,” would mean that a person has attained a certain level or maintained weight for a period of time. In order to appreciated that healthy position and weight loss then that person has achieved good level of maintenance . Relapse would mean that person has regressed and possibly one could be eating badly once again, bingeing and overeating, had no physical activity at all and a result – Relapsed.
People who go into maintenance and have changed a bad behavior have one or more relapses along the way. This is sometimes typical of how people use behavior change. It can be a dangerous step backwards for some people (ie users of drugs can relapse and find themselves back in the same old arena) but for others it can be short lived.
It is not favourable to relapse.It is important to recognisable within a change process that relapse comes with pitfalls. Some of these can be:
A strong desire to go back to old habits
A need to be more compulsive than before
A lack of Caring
Self Esteem issues (feeling no good about yourself)
People who relapse also feel they have slipped and ruined every thing they have attempted to date. This is not true. It has been proven in studies (Di Clemente 1982) that it does help to know how and where and when the person relapsed and Why? This is good to note as the issues can be worked on and lessons can be learnt from them. So if the relapse is only for a short period of time the upside of this can be :
Learn from the reason the person relapsed
Take steps to avoid the area in which relapse occurred
Come through the process and become stronger
And try try again.
There is no magic potion for relapse, just the desire to get back up and try again with new found knowledge that has been gained – hopefully stronger. Easier said than done………or not. There is always a reason to try again.