Saturday, February 4, 2017

Going out of busyness...

Honestly this list could go on and on...

     We need to just simplify. How is it that we get so caught up in things that we allow our souls to get so cluttered. Makes me think of a quote from the movie The Brothers Bloom where one of the characters told the other she believed he was constipated in his soul. Too graphic for you? So sorry...welcome to my blog. #keepinitreal

Public Service Announcement: I also do not condone the watching of the aforementioned movie if you are easily offended HA!
     So for me in 2017 I want to simplify; allowing the simple things to keep me holding on. Life will be much easier. With all the clutter, the "constipation", it causes unnecessary stress and tension that can lead to a feeling of being lost. For me, it will also cause me to (figuratively) hold on to things so tightly that eventually I will lose my grip and free fall. Thus falling into a state in which further causes confusion and doubt, among many other things. A grip so tight it will also lead to callouses, cramps, fear, etc. So why hold so tightly?

     Below are two of my favorite quotes that amazingly are 100% applicable to this post.

"All relationships grow or wither in proportion to the DEPTH of communication that takes place." - Preston Morrison 

"Busyness sabotages intimacy in relationships." - Misti Floyd Presley

     So, to reiterate, this is a year where I choose to be more intentional about going deeper with the amazing people God has placed in my life. I guess due to my extremely extroverted self that once I am home from work, the gym, church, etc. I just kind of isolate. Not that alone time and decompression is always bad, most things in moderation are effectually very healthy. I just feel I need to utilize the connections I have in life and go to a deeper level to some extent. If you know me at all you know connection with people is very important to me and I realize I could do an even better job of it. So I declare it is time to ingest some fiber for my soul and freely give and receive of my self and others.

     Well as far wholly original content it has been a while, I realize that. Hopefully 2017 will also comprise of more writing whereas I have always found it to be therapeutic and I love when I have received calls, emails, or texts from others that my blog post has encouraged someone. What a great feeling that God use my words to impact others in a positive way!

     So with all that being said Happy New year to you all (albeit late) and if you think of me then feel free to pray for my soul :) And I hope and pray that in 2017 anyone reading this will also start living and dreaming accordingly.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Journaling for Self-Reflection

     Well, here we go with day three of my non-original content. Ironically, this post is  about journaling which could also be called blogging. I find it kind of humorous and I can assure you I had not read ahead so I had no idea this topic was coming. I guess I really should get back into this regularly writing gig haha

     When you begin journaling and reflecting on yourself, you may experience the following

  • Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.
  • Know yourself better. By writing regularly you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.
  • Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.
  • Solve problems more effectively. Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
  • Resolve disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict.
     Think of your journaling time as personal relaxation and self-reflection time. Write in a
place that's relaxing and soothing. Look forward to your journaling time, and know that
you're doing something good for your mind and body. Taking time to reflect sparks
ideas, allows you to reassess your priorities, and can help you identify goals.

Tips to help you get started with journaling:

Make it easy. Keep a pen and paper handy at all times so that when you want to jot down your thoughts, you can. You can also keep a journal in a computer file.

Try to write every day. Set aside a few minutes in your schedule each day to jot down all of your thoughts for the day. Reflecting before bed is a great time to release your thoughts before resting.

Write quickly. This frees your brain from “should” and other blocks to successful journaling.

Write whatever feels right. Let the words flow freely without worrying about spelling mistakes or what other people might think.

Incorporate gratitude, joy and optimism. Writing about the good things helps you achieve greater emotional well-being.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mind-Body Wellness

     Good morning! This is day two of my non-original content I am posting that is coming from Just hoping, again, to inspire and educate at least one person on health and fitness. 

     I am hoping to begin writing again soon whereas I think we can all use an additional outlet. Anyway, I hope someone finds this information I am sharing today useful. 

What is the mind-body connection?

     Your mind and body are powerful allies. How you think can affect how you feel. And how you feel can affect your thinking.
     An example of this mind-body connection is how your body responds to stress. Constant worry and stress over jobs, finances, or other problems can cause tense muscles, pain, headaches, and stomach problems. It may also lead to high blood pressure or other serious problems.footnote1footnote2
     On the other hand, constant pain or a health problem like heart disease can affect your emotions. You might become depressed, anxious, and stressed, which could affect how well you treat, manage, or cope with your illness.
     But your mind can have a positive effect on your health, too. Having a positive outlook on life might help you better handle pain or stress and stay healthier than someone who is less hopeful.

How do your thoughts and feelings affect your health?

     Your brain produces substances that can improve your health. These substances include endorphins, which are natural painkillers, and gamma globulin, which strengthens your immune system.
     Research shows that what your brain produces depends in part on your thoughts, feelings, and expectations. If you're sick but you have hope and a positive attitude and you believe that you'll get better, your brain is likely to produce chemicals that will boost your body's healing power.footnote3
     Negative thoughts and emotions can keep your brain from producing some of the chemicals that help your body heal. But this doesn't mean you should blame yourself for getting sick or feeling down about a health problem. Some illnesses are beyond your control. But your thoughts and state of mind are resources you can use to get better.

How does stress affect you?

     How you handle stress has an effect on your health.
     When you're stressed or anxious, your body reacts as if it is under attack. Your body releases hormones that speed up your heart rate and breathing, increase blood pressure, and make your muscles tense. This physical reaction is called the fight-or-flight stress response.
     This stress reaction is good if you need to avoid an accident or other danger. But if you constantly feel stressed, your body's natural fight-or-flight response lasts too long and your blood pressure may stay high. This is bad for your heart. Stress can also affect your emotions. It can make you feel moody, tense, upset, or depressed.
     But when you are able to relax your mind and body, your body stops producing the hormones that create stress. The feelings of stress ease, and you return to a state of calm, both physically and mentally.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Get Regular Exercise for Mental Health

     So I realize that I have not posted anything to my blog in a very long time. Well, as you all know life gets in the way and the last few weeks/months I have just not been feeling like doing much of anything above and beyond just being. My next few posts are not original material, but I just thought I would share the information and maybe it will help or motivate someone. 

     Exercise is about more than keeping in shape. It also can help with your emotional and mental health. Exercise can help you improve your self-esteem, keep your mind off problems, and give you a sense of control. In general, people who are fit have less anxietydepression, and stress than people who are not active.
     Research suggests that exercise can help specific mental health problems. Exercise may help prevent depression from coming back (relapse) and improve symptoms of mild depression.footnote1

Be safe while you exercise

     Moderate exercise is safe for most people, but it's a good idea to talk with your doctor before increasing your activity. Anyone age 65 or older should talk with a doctor before exercise.
·     Start slowly, and gradually increase how much you exercise.
·     Stop exercising if you have severe pain, especially chest pain, or severe problems breathing. Talk with your doctor about these symptoms.
·     People who are likely to have high anxiety or panic may have an episode during exercise because of the buildup of certain body chemicals (such as lactic acid) from exercise. If you have any problems during exercise, talk with your doctor.

Tips for being active

     It can be hard to be active when you feel depressed or anxious or have a mental health problem. But activity can help you feel better, so do your best to find a way to be active. It is fine to start with small steps. You can build up from a few minutes a day.
·     Don't overdo it. Start with simple exercises, such as walking, bicycling, swimming, or jogging.
·     Warm up your muscles for about 5 minutes before you start exercising. To do this, you can walk, slowly move your arms and legs, or do simple muscle stretches.
·     Use the talk-sing test to see whether you're exercising at the right pace.
§   If you can talk during exercise, you're doing fine.
§   If you can sing during exercise, you can exercise a little faster or harder.
§   If you are not able to talk, you're probably exercising too hard. Slow down a bit.
·     Cool down for 5 to 10 minutes after you exercise. It's okay to do some stretching exercises during cool-down.
·     Drink water before, during, and after exercise.
·     You can make daily activities part of your exercise program. You can:
§   Walk to work or to do errands.
§   Push a lawn mower, rake leaves, or shovel snow.
§   Vacuum or sweep.
§   Play actively with your children, or walk the dog.
     Do your best to slowly work up to moderate activity for at least 2½ hours a week. Moderate activity means things like brisk walking, brisk cycling, or shooting baskets. But any activities—including daily chores—that raise your heart rate can be included. Find a pace that is comfortable. You can be active in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week.
     If you have problems exercising on your own, ask someone to exercise with you or join an exercise group or health club.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

YOU...yes you are so powerful!

     Believing, caring, encouragement, kindness, etc.

     These aforementioned actions can change the world! Do you not believe me?Have you ever complimented someone to see them immediately light up with joy and gratitude? What if we were more consistent in this. Using our words to build up rather than tear down?

     I would love if anyone reading this would commit to a 30 day challenge. Heck even just do it the remaining nine days of January and tell me what you see. 

    Keep in mind you are encouraged and welcome to go far above and beyond what I ask of you. However, if you choose you can start small as I lay out in the forthcoming sentences.

    Choose one individual and tell them something encouraging everyday. This can be in person, via text, through a phone call, Hangout (or Facetime or Skype), or however you choose. Again if you choose more than one person, go for it! Or if you choose to encourage them numerous times per day, go for it!

    Now watch the shift in that individual. See what happens. And the fact of the matter is that you can use this philosophy to build up one person or many. And if more of us did this more often you could build up an entire group, or neighborhood, or community, or more! This could become an epidemic pandemic, go viral, and have an exponential and global impact. Whether you believe this or is truth and I believe. 

     Some of you may be saying to yourselves that your past make you undeserving. Well, get past your past and just try it out. Heck some of you may just need to choose yourself as the one you encourage...yeah that is correct yourself. So stand in the mirror in the morning and look into that mirror and encourage yourself. 

    I wish I could better convey how much I believe in this and the tears of joy it brings to my face and the joy it brings to my heart. I also wish I could practice what I preach daily. So pray that I will.