Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Here is a great article to help you learn to stay positive if you're having a bit of a tough time staying there.
Aside from the discipline that staying healthy takes, a positive mindset is sure to keep things light. In addition to restricting calories and being more physically active, find ways to let the sunshine in your day. A healthy lifestyle is about regenerating healing so seek out positive triggers that will appeal to your senses when youíre down. When you fall off the wagon or experience temptation, use these devices to relax you and inspire you to move forward.
My nephew has one of the most infectious laughs. I donít think I can stay sad about anything when I hear it. What is that for you? Does your brother tell a funny story you canít get enough of, or is there a line from a movie that takes you out of a rut in seconds? Maybe youíre away from home; get a recording of your Momís voice to play back when youíre homesick. Whatever happiness sounds like to you, record it on your smart phone or create an mp3. Play it intermittently when youíre down or just for kicks. You might have affirmations about your goal weight or size that you need to hear as well. A personal touch is the most important aspect of recording happiness. Sometimes itís hard to talk about negative feelings, and having recorded happiness easily accessible can reassure you without your having to explain yourself to someone.
See or Experience Nature
Your 9 to 5 doesnít come with a personal masseuse, but you can create an environment of release by setting up visuals that can take you away from the stress of your day. If you can, commit to actually experiencing nature regularly as well. Fall foliage is upon us in America, so take a drive. If leaves arenít your thing, there are sites that will allow you to watch slideshows, video or still photos of some of the worldís most beautiful places. Whether itís a desktop program, pictures in a frame, or nature DVDs, get watching. Goal weight pictures are nice, but when you didnít lose as much as you thought you would the previous week, that picture might upset you. Pictures of nature, be it a beach, waterfall, or garden, have been proven to improve relaxation and reduce stress.
You may not be the next Picasso, but the process of making art can improve your mood. Be it music, photography, painting, crochet or writing, find an outlet that will allow you some much needed freedom. What we eat is one of the only things we have complete control over and that can be a bad thing for emotional eaters. Instead wield your control over a paintbrush or pencil. You can go the class route, or simply set up a place in your home where you can create after buying your own kit. Another good outlet for thoughts and feelings is keeping a sketchbook. Like a diary, you can express yourself with sketches instead of words. These stress relievers may seem unrelated to diet and exercise, but keeping your stress levels down will help you make rational decisions when it comes to your health which will help you live a longer happier existence.
Saturday, October 08, 2011
I am asking for prayers for a very special friend. His name is Matthew. His life is a mess right now. He's struggling to stay sober. His roommate asked him to leave their place by the end of this week. Matt does not have a phone, so I can't call him. I have no idea where he is or if he is OK. Please pray that he is safe and sober; and that God leads him to call me or to stop by my place. I really need to know he is OK. Thank you so much.
Friday, September 23, 2011
How are you all? It's been a while since I've had the time to sit and write you updates about my own life. I am so busy these days I am, literally, overwhelmed. It's all good, but never the less I have way too much on my plate.
I was on the bus the other day, and that guy I like so much got on. I wanted so much to go sit with him, but I didn't. Maybe one day I'll work up my nerve to talk with him. Right now, I'd give just about anything for him to invite me to be on his FB friends list! lol But I doubt that will happen. I want so badly to talk to him.
Anyway... I had one bad week recently because of my meds. My PDoc upped my meds to the next version up of one of the prescriptions that I already take. It was supposed to step up the benefits of the old one. Except, it didn't. It backfired. So Doc said to quit. NOW! Except... I couldn't go back to the old one for a week. That week in between was nasty. But I'm leveling out now. I never thought I'd say this but since I finally went back on my meds a year ago, things have changed for me a lot. The therapy that I've done and I am currently doing as well has helped me a lot. I am learning so much about my health issues that I didn't know before.
I'm also getting some help finally for my childhood traumas.... professional help from someone who can gear my therapy to deal with those things specifically. On top of that, I'm meeting with the pastor every week. He's awesome. He's my greatest confident now.
I also made a new friend at church. I'm helping him get a new place to live closer to the church, so he can continue to go on a regular basis. He's a writer as well. We're hoping to work on something together.
I'm getting great response from my new website venture. I'm having fun with it. One of my new therapists is friends with the editor of a Christian magazine. She's written her friend suggesting that they publish something for me. I haven't heard anything back yet, but that's OK. I'm getting so many great compliments that I'm happy just with that. Mostly I'm happy that the readers are touched by what I write.
The pastor of our church that I've told you about before... that moved away. Everyone was just so in love with him. Well, I had an opportunity a couple times recently to chat with him! I saw him once, and chatted on the phone with him another time. But I chat on the phone now & then with him anyway 'cause I volunteer in the church office and he calls there now & then.
I have a therapy program that keeps me at the hospital for 1 full day & 2 half days per week. I'm volunteering in the church office 2 days per week. I'm in a small group, another bible study and a 3rd bible study that will start in 2 weeks. Plus I work on some Sundays in the Welcome Centre ministry. I do the Community Board and Give & Take ministry. Plus a couple weeks ago I was invited to join the Decorating team. I have homework for some of my therapy groups. Next week will be even busier 'cause the regular office administrator will be out of the office for most, if not all week. I will have to do my regular duties plus do the bulletin for Sunday. Plus some Sunday's I have a therapy appointment before church, which I do with my therapist in the pastors office before service. I try my best to work out, but it doesn't seem to be happening on a regular basis just 'cause of the time.
I'm still fighting to bring my doggie home, but he's adjusted so very well, that I would hate to move him again. He's old and blind, with some health issues. Where he's living now is good for him and he is so very loved. I get to see him now & then, but not often.
Despite all that I have on my calendar, over all I'm doing very well most of the time. I just need more time. Either that I need an assistant. The Bipolar seems to be under control. Life is going well. I'm liking my life. I love my new apartment.... except in a week or so it'll be a year since I moved in, so on that note, I guess it's not so new, though it feels like it is; just 'cause this past year has whizzed by so fast.
OK... I think I'll stop rambling now. I just felt like chatting with you all.
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