Music Reflection Mondays #22 – Relaxation Tips

Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!  I hope all is well with each of you.

We all know Monday is the start of the work week and for many it could be a very taxing day.  The good news is, at the end of it all we have an opportunity to unwind, clear our minds from the all the stress and issues of the day.  It’s almost like pressing the reset button to refresh your mind. 🙂

Pondering on everything that went wrong during the day would only further stress you out and could even trigger a headache maybe even loss of appetite.  We don’t want that! How we go about releasing that tension and clearing a path in our minds so we can actually de-stress and start tomorrow with fresh eyes and a cool and clear mind is critical.

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There are many things you can do but not everything will work for everyone and some techniques are more effective on some people than others.  Some relaxation tips include:

  • Long bath with soothing music
  • Listen to music on your way home
  • Exercise while listening to music
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Art therapy – getting in touch with your creative side can do wonders for relieving stress and increasing your happiness.
  • Dancing
  • Aromatherapy
  • Yoga
  • Deep slow breaths
  • A visit to the spa for some pampering 🙂
  • Getting adequate sleep is crucial
  • Talk about what’s troubling you – it’s healthier for you to share your thoughts and feelings than to have it bottled up inside.  If you don’t the pressure will continue to build until your mind and body can’t take it anymore and negatively releases it. I pity the poor soul who walks into that hurricane.

Try the different options until you find something that works for you.  It is easy to say “leave work at work” but when stuff happens that leaves you emotionally charged long after work it is easier said than done.

I have found that getting my mind and body into the music I’m listening to helps me clear my mind and it works for non-work related issues as well.  I sing along and that takes my mind off whatever is bothering me. A long shower, an occasional spa visit, aromatherapy,  a good night’s sleep and talking to someone can make a big difference in how you feel.

Some music I enjoy include:

Have a wonderful night and feel free to make your music suggestions in comments below. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

Health and Wellness Fridays – Strengthening the Immune System

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  I hope that all is well.

Today I would like to talk about things we can use and do that naturally help to strengthen our immune systems.

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The immune system is our bodies defence mechanism that helps fight and protect us from diseases.  The demands on our immune system are great and as such giving it an extra boost from time to time is a good way to help ensure that it can perform at its best.

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Here are some things we can DO and USE to help strengthen our immune system.

  1. Eat healthy servings of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
  2. Reduce alcohol consumption.
  3. Avoid tobacco smoke.
  4. Consume friendly bacteria – such as probiotics to your diet.
  5. Get enough sleep.
  6. Manage stress levels.
  7. Eat garlic – preferably uncooked
  8. Reduce sugar intake
  9. Get some sun – vitamin D
  10. Get immunized
  11. Drink more herbal teas – green tea, peppermint, elderberry and ginger.
  12. Invest in a good multivitamin supplement to support our diet.
  13. Consider introducing immune-enhancing herbs such as Echinacea, ginseng, ginger, astragalus root
  14. Get active – moderate exercise
  15. Expose ourselves a little – when we are exposed to germs our bodies learn how to fight them and how to better protect us in the future. Don’t go looking for germs but you can try using plain soap instead of antibacterial gels, soaps and lotions from time to time.

WE are our ultimately our bodies primary defence against diseases. So let’s do what we can to help our bodies better PROTECT us.

What do you do to help your immune system perform at its best?  Can you make any recommendations? Feel free to make your suggestions below.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have an amazing weekend! 🙂

 

 

Sources:

NaturalSociety.com

Motherearthnews.com

 

 

 

Health and Wellness Fridays: Lifestyle

Welcome back dear friends to Health and Wellness Fridays! 🙂 Thank God we persevered and made it.  After a long, hectic week Fridays just seem to make everything easier.

This week my post is a little different to what I would normally do.  Why you ask?  Well, health and wellness is not just about what we eat but also how we care for and treat our bodies as well.

It is important that we not only nourish our bodies with food but also do things that help care for our bodies.  I’m a firm believer in “prevention is better than cure.”

Here are some things we can do to help care for our bodies outside of eating properly.

Getting a proper night’s rest – did you know that the average adult between the ages of 18 -60 years needs about 7 or more hours of sleep per night?

Get active – it is important to get your body moving so running, dancing, swimming, walking, cardio exercise, cycling, tennis whatever form you choose it is a step in the right direction.

Knowing when to stop and rest – this is sometimes easier said than done at times but the body gives us signs when it is tired and sometimes we ignore them.  It is important that we get proper rest to ensure that we are able to function at our best both mentally and physically.

Get regular check-ups.  We don’t have to wait to become ill to visit our healthcare provider.  Schedule a check-up to make sure that you are truly performing at your best.

Maintain proper oral hygiene. Visit your dentist. Taking care of our teeth would be cheaper that ordering new ones. 🙂

Have your eyes tested to ensure that they are healthy and functioning properly.

Read and research the ingredients of the products you use.   Some of those ingredients found in everyday products research has shown can do more damage than good.  Click here to learn more.

Find healthy forms of relaxation for both the mind and body.  Some people use yoga, meditation, music, others even have a spa day while some take up sports.  Whatever helps you relax and find peace of mind, body and spirit do it.  We all face stressful situations in life some have more than others but not having a healthy way to cope can result in you becoming ill or worse resulting in a nervous breakdown if not addressed and handled properly.

Reduce and end negativity – we sometimes underestimate how toxic negative people and negative thinking can be on our overall well-being.  Take control of your life. Be the pencil and eraser, add what you want and remove what you don’t.

Last but by no means least believe that YOU are worth the investment.

These are just a few of my suggestions.  I know life can be hectic and it is difficult to keep track of everything all the time.  I fall short sometimes but I don’t let it get me down I just get back on the path and keep moving forward and that’s what you should do as well.  Beating ourselves up about what we didn’t do does not make it better.  Instead focus on what you are going to do to make it right.

Our bodies can only give back what we put into it.   If we give it 20% it would give back 20%, if we give it 60% then we get back 60% and so on. Create a balance between what you put into your body and how you care for it externally as well.    The time, effort and resources we invest now may help us in the future by reducing our risks for various types of diseases and illnesses.

Health and Wellness is therefore a lifestyle.  What we choose to do and not do in regards to our health and overall well-being has consequences in both the short-term and the long-term which consequences are you prepared to live with?

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great night and a wonderful weekend!:)

 

Healthy is not a number but a lifestyle

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As women it seems our weight is always an issue not only for ourselves but more so for those around us.   We’re either too big or too thin.  If we’re in the middle, we need to tone up.  Everybody has their own idea as what sexy and beautiful should look like and wonder why we’re not trying to get with the programme.

Some of us have come to terms with our bodies and our differences and have chosen to tell such people “to piss off or mind your own business”.  Nobody likes to be constantly compared or reminded that they don’t match the world’s ideal body type.  We’re all different and we should embrace our differences regardless of whether we’re a XS, S, M, L,  XL, XXL, XXXL or higher.

I’m not totally satisfied with my weight and I’ve procrastinated about doing something about it.  The decision to do something about it comes from my discomfort about how I feel at times.  Oh yes, I have my noise makers who so freely point out that I’m not as small as I used to be but I try not to let their words bother me.  I often have to point out that they too have much-needed work to be done in their own lives and suggest they focus on getting their own act together. Amen! 🙂

My goal is not to make myself pleasing or more pleasing for others but rather to get healthier because it is in my best interest to do so.  If my getting healthier through improving my eating habits and getting more active results in some weight loss and dropping a few inches here and there and better health overall – then great!

I found in the past that I just lacked the drive to actually follow through with the workout routines and diets.  It’s hard to lose weight on your own unless you have a strong will. Now with a change in my attitude and a different outlook on life I have come up with the following for 2017.

I made the following promises to myself:

1. I’m going to focus on getting healthier such as eating and juicing more fruits and vegetables.

2. I’m going to start slow and not be too drastic in my eating decisions. Be realistic.

3. I’m going to follow through with this and I’m not going to give up.

4. I’m going to stop making excuses.

5. Try and recruit other people interested in achieving the same goals.  This way we are able to support and motivate each other.

6. Get more active. Go walking, jogging, running, climbing stairs, dancing, buy some weights or maybe even a bike. Either way, I need to be doing more than I’m doing now.

7. I’m not going to let other people’s negativity impact on how I see and feel about myself.

So let’s forget about our weight and focus on being healthy. Let’s do things that help our bodies not hurt them. Ultimately, it’s about balance, moderation and self-control.

I am making a promise to love myself more by taking better care of my body inside and out.  Do you love yourself enough to make those tough decisions?

 

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