Posted in Awareness, Bone Health, boredom, covid19, Eat Healthy, exercise, Health, Healthier, Heart Health, Life

Trying To Protect Our Health & Becoming Unhealthy

Another day of self-isolating, which means it’s potentially another day of sitting indoors restlessly taking yet another Zoom class, practicing social distancing from the frig.

Prolonged sitting is an unavoidable reality for many. And with us spending more time inside, as the pandemic continues, it’s inevitable that we’re spending even more time being sedentary.

We are staying home more we’re trying to protect our health but all this sitting, eating , isolation is making us unhealthy in other ways.

Excessive sitting can lead to depression, chronic pain and increased risk of physical injury, according to research. That’s why it’s important for us to become aware of our sitting habits and do what we can to counteract them now before we conform and resort to eating , boredom as our new norm and then your pants won’t fit.

I understand its hard to stay home, we end up sitting around, but hey you don’t have to.

Check out the links below

Stay safe-Stay healthy-And use caution and practice social distance when heading out

 

Here is a great Link about Sitting and the Dangers

https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/ss/slideshow-sitting-health

 

I really like videos of Bob and Brad – Leslie Sansone and Shaun T

 

7 Necessary Stretches for the Inflexible! Complete Beginners Flexibility Routine by Bob and Brad

https://youtu.be/W0thJZtUgrA

 

Stretches – Daily Stretch Routine for Beginners Using a Towel and a Chair.

https://youtu.be/2x8O_mpvY68

 

Basic Beginner Cardio Workout

https://youtu.be/_7yB-UcF3-s

 

10 minute Cize work out – Shaun T

https://youtu.be/TmzgZoY7O1A

 

Walk Away The Pounds 1 Mile | Walk at Home – Leslie Sansone – 1 mile at home

https://youtu.be/ECxnTuzZ614

2 Mile Walk – from the 4 Mile Power Walk Workout – Leslie Sansone

https://youtu.be/p2ggHwtb-Zg

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Walking at Home American Heart Association 3 Mile Walk – Leslie Sansone

https://youtu.be/DYuw4f1c4xs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Awareness, Inflammation, Life, Pain

Food – Inflammation and Pain – Part 3

Part 3 of 4

What is pain?

Pain occurs when something hurts, causing an uncomfortable or unpleasant feeling. The presence of pain often means that something is wrong. Each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain.

 

Chronic or acute inflammation

These are the two types of inflammation that differ in how quickly symptoms escalate and how long they last.

 

Acute pain usually comes on suddenly and is caused by something specific. It is sharp in quality. Acute pain usually does not last longer than six months. It goes away when there is no longer an underlying cause for the pain. Causes of acute pain include:

  • Surgery
  • Broken bones
  • Dental work
  • Burns or cuts
  • Labor and childbirth

After acute pain goes away, a person can go on with life as usual.

Chronic pain is pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months. This type of pain can continue even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed or gone away. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Some people suffer chronic pain even when there is no past injury or apparent body damage. Chronic pain is linked to conditions including:

  • Headache
  • Arthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Cancer
  • Nerve pain
  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia pain

People who have chronic pain can have physical effects that are stressful on the body. These include tense muscles, limited ability to move around, a lack of energy, and appetite changes. Emotional effects of chronic pain include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such a fear might limit a person’s ability to return to their regular work or leisure activities.

 

 

Fast facts on inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection to remove harmful stimuli and begin the healing process.

Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response.

Infections, wounds, and any damage to tissue would not be able to heal without an inflammatory response.

 

 

Chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases and conditions, including some cancers and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Is inflammation painful?

When people have inflammation, it often hurts.

 

People will feel pain, stiffness, discomfort, distress, and even agony, depending on the severity of the inflammation.

 

The type of pain varies. It can be described as constant and steady, throbbing and pulsating, stabbing, or pinching.

 

Inflammation primarily causes pain because the swelling pushes against the sensitive nerve endings.

 

This sends pain signals to the brain.

Other biochemical processes also occur during inflammation. They affect how nerves behave, and this can enhance pain.

 

Anti-inflammatory medications

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be taken to alleviate the pain caused by inflammation.

They counteract an enzyme that contributes to inflammation. This either prevents or reduces pain.

Examples of NSAIDs include naproxen, ibuprofen, and aspirin, which are available to purchase online

 

They say avoid the long-term use of NSAIDs unless advised by a doctor. They increase a person’s risk of stomach ulcers, which can result in severe, life-threatening bleeding.

 

 

NSAIDs may also worsen asthma symptoms, cause kidney damage, and increase the risk of having a stroke or heart attack

 

 

Acetaminophen, such as paracetamol or Tylenol, can reduce pain without affecting the inflammation. But to much can harm liver.

 

They may be ideal for those wishing to treat just the pain while allowing the healing factor of the inflammation to run its course

 

Corticosteroids

 

Corticosteroids, such as cortisol, are a class of steroid hormones that prevent a number of mechanisms involved in inflammation.

But they do have risks.

 

There are two sets of corticosteroids:

Glucocorticoids: These are prescribed for a range of conditions, including:

arthritis

temporal arteritis

dermatitis

inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)

systemic lupus

hepatitis

asthma

allergic reactions

sarcoidosis

Creams and ointments may be prescribed for inflammation of the skin, eyes, lungs, bowels, and nose.

Mineralocorticoids: These are used to treat cerebral salt wasting, and to replace important hormones for patients with adrenal insufficiency.

The side effects of corticosteroids are more likely if taken by mouth. Taking them with inhalers or injections can reduce the risk.

Inhaled medications, such as those used long-term to treat asthma, raise the risk of developing oral thrush. Rinsing the mouth out with water after each use can help prevent oral thrush.

Glucocorticoids can also cause Cushing’s syndrome, while mineralocorticoids can cause high blood pressure, low blood potassium levels, connective tissue weakness, and problems with the levels of acids and alkalis in body tissue.

 

Steroids also cause Osteonecrosis a painful condition that effects the bones and joints

 

Creams with steroids have been known to thin skin also.

 

Steroid injections like kenalog can also harm cartilage in knee or joints.

Can also make pain worse.

 

See my posts on Osteonecrosis here.

 

Osteonecrosis Link

 

 

Herbs for inflammation

Discuss any possible use of herbal supplements with a doctor. Never just start taking anything without the consent of your family doctor or orthopedic: Risk of drug interactions

 

 

Harpagophytum procumbens: Also known as devil’s claw, wood spider, or grapple plant, this herb comes from South Africa and is related to sesame plants. Some research has shown it may have anti-inflammatory properties.

 

 

Hyssop: This is mixed with other herbs, such as licorice, for the treatment of some lung conditions, including inflammation. The essential oils of hyssop can lead to life-threatening convulsions in laboratory animals. Caution is advised.

 

 

 

Ginger: This has been used for hundreds of years to treat dyspepsia, constipation, colic, and other gastrointestinal problems, as well as rheumatoid arthritis pain. Ginger may be purchased online in supplement form.

 

 

 

Turmeric: Current research is looking into the possible beneficial effects of turmeric in treating arthritis, Alzheimer’s , and some other inflammatory conditions.

 

Curcumin, a substance found in turmeric, is being invested for the treatment of several illnesses and disorders, including inflammation. But it’s known to thin the blood. Talk to your doctor !!!

 

 

Cannabis: This contains a cannabinoid called cannabichromene, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. However, cannabis is not legal in many places.

 

Remember

There are several foods that can have been shown to help reduce the risk of inflammation, including:

olive oil

tomatoes

nuts, such as walnuts and almonds

leafy greens, including spinach and kale

fatty fish, such as salmon and mackerel

fruit, including blueberries and oranges

Avoid eating foods that aggravate inflammation, including:

fried foods, including French fries

white bread, pastry, and other foods that contain refined carbohydrates

soda and sugary drinks

red meat

margarine and lard

While these dietary solutions do not alone hold the key to controlling inflammation, they can help prime the immune system to react in a measured way.

 

 

Anti-inflammatory diet

To reduce levels of inflammation, aim for an overall healthy diet. If you’re looking for an eating plan that closely follows the tenets of anti-inflammatory eating, consider the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils.

 

Or a plant based Vegan lifestyle

 

Or a flexitarian lifestyle mostly plant based but on occasion will eat fish, chicken turkey and rarely beef lamb or pork.

 

In addition to lowering inflammation, a more natural, less processed diet can have noticeable effects on your physical and emotional health.

 

I noticed after we went to a mostly plant based lifestyle if we or I needed a break or just thought we wanted so old favorites, certain things you noticed afterwards more tired- or if a restaurant used way to much salt ( which most do).

 

A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.

 

 

HBO Hyperbaric Oxygen is also great at helping to lower inflammation in the body, help wounds heal,

 

Some are fda approved and some not. But let’s face it the fda isn’t the quickest area of government .

I will do a post on HBOT this weekend

Because we all could benefit from using it in my own opinion. It’s a shame it’s not very affordable, especially if it’s not on the fda approved list….. yet

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned part 4 coming soon.

 

Posted in Life

You being offended is offensive

I cannot believe that people are insisting on songs old songs now be banned from radio.

Or cartoons and holiday shows no longer air.

Why do people read so much into everything today? Is our society that sensitive?

And really they are lyrics to a song!!

Have you ever heard some other lyrics? From say

Eminem a Song called KIM.

Ice Cube – Straight Outta Compton?

DMX – X is coming?

Nas – Shoot em up?

Or how about

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ You Got Lucky

Pat Benatar’s Love Is a Battlefield

R.E.M.’s Losing My Religion

Sound garden Blow Up the Outside World

Eddie Money’s The Love in Your Eyes

Google any one of those songs and you or someone will be appalled or shocked at the words.

If you think about about them.

Others not so much.

Now the song – baby it’s cold outside is offensive

How about Rock a bye baby?

Humpty Dumpty ?

Books or Movies

The Graduate

50 Shades of Grey

Video Games

Many violent ones and suggestive

You hear nothing about the violent , let’s shoot em up, woman hating music that is mostly rap but we ban songs like baby it’s cold outside.

Ya know it’s called artist expression

And when you hear a song it doesn’t mean they are rapist, killers, wife beaters, victims.

It’s a song!

Seems like everyone is offended by something.

Stop being so sensitive to every little thing I am so sick of people being or saying they are offended by a song , a movie, a book.

Turn the channel,don’t see the movie and please don’t waste your money on a book that offends you.

But leave shit alone for us that are not so easily offended.

It took one woman to get prayer out of school

And now one person started raising a stink over an old holiday song.

You are ruining my freedom, freedom to hear what I want to read what I want and watch what I want.

What’s next my favorite Christmas movie elf will be removed from tv? Or edited? Because baby it’s cold outside is sung in the movie?

Surely we are all aware of the First Amendment, and if you are not then you are probably one of the people I am referring to throughout my post.

What happened to freedom of speech? It is nearly impossible to speak freely without at least one person taking offense to what you have to say.

We should be able to discuss facts and opinions openly without having to worry about offending someone.

Clint Eastwood once said, “I wish America was more concerned about offending God and less concerned about offending people.”

We all like to voice our opinions, and the last thing we should have to worry about is offending someone. How so many people become so narcissistic to the point where they cannot even tolerate someone’s opinion being different than their own?

I should not have to start or end a statement with “no offense.” We all have the right to our own opinion and being offended does not make you right.

You can believe that your opinion is better than someone else’s, but that does not mean you are right and the other person’s is wrong.

I want historical statues back up

I wasn’t songs to remain on radios

I want people to have a different opinion than mine.

There’s a difference in an opinion and debate and just being a over sensitive whiner or bully.

We don’t think the same so suddenly you feel I’m wrong .

For everyone who doesn’t like something there will be someone who likes it.

So move on….. not everything has to has a hidden agenda or meaning.

Did people forget about respect? Are people that self-absorbed ?

What happened that all of a sudden everyone is offended by the slightest words?

It almost seems like people go out of their way to find something to be offended by.

It is no one’s fault but your own if you are offended.

Stop all the censorship and wanting to ban everything because you are offended.

Posted in Life

Don’t Get Lost In A Relationship

I see so many people today losing who they are in relationships. So much so you cannot even recognize the person they once were.

How do you find the balance between giving to your partner and holding onto yourself in the process?

Here’s a list of a few ways to date someone you’re really, really into without losing yourself. And don’t try to change someone else to suit your cookie cutter idea of the perfect mate…..

And NEVER settle for someone who talks to you with disrespect or calls you names. You deserve better.

1. Do Spend time with family without your partner. Your family and friends love you and maybe you haven’t spent some quality time with them lately , go have dinner with mom , dad, or an aunt or grandma, grandpa. Take them to a movie. Show them how much you love and appreciate them.

2. Do Identify hobbies and interests that you don’t share — and keep doing them. You and your significant other are not going to enjoy all the same activities.

Don’t stop nurturing your pottery skills just because your partner doesn’t especially love ceramics. It’s important to support each other’s interests — even and maybe especially when they aren’t shared. You may live the gym and your partner may like it dislike the gym, thats’s ok too.

3. Do Map out plans for your future irrespective of your significant other. It’s fine to make plans with your partner and even discuss a possible future together, but it’s just as important to establish for yourself what you want out of your life and career and work toward the things you want in your personal life. Spend some time charting short-term and long-term goals that have nothing to do with your significant other.

4. Do Remember that you don’t have to experience everything with him or her. That movie you’ve been looking forward to is finally coming out? A friend in another city invited you to visit for a weekend? Have a chance to go skydiving for the first time? It’s tempting to invite your partner to come along, but realize that you don’t need to experience these things with him or her, especially if it’s something you’ve been wanting to do since long before you met. It’s okay to enjoy them by yourself or with friends — you’re not required to share. Spend time a part is healthy. Don’t suffocate a relationship and don’t allow anyone to suffocate you.

5. Don’t Become too dependent. Being in a relationship doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to taking care of yourself and your own feelings. It’s easy to look to your partner to shelter you from the world and distract you when everything else makes you want to crawl into a hole, but continue to fight your own battles. It’s nice to have someone who wants to comfort you, and it’s perfectly all right to let him or her, but make sure you don’t “need “it.

6. Don’t talk about your relationship nonstop. You do not want to be the person who brings every conversation with friends back to the time your partner said this or did that. Chances are you saw, talked to, texted, Skyped FaceTime with,Your time with friends and family is an opportunity to discuss other things.

7. Don’t talk to each other all the time. If you’re in constant contact with your partner throughout the day, what are you going to talk about when you actually see each other? Leave some topics for when you meet up for dinner or come back home to each other or talk on the phone at night. Also, you can’t live your own life if you’re always talking to someone else.

8. Don’t Depend on the other person to complete you. “Jerry Maguire” was a movie. Fiction. In reality, your partner should make you happy, not make you whole.

9. Don’t Go immediately from one relationship to another. We all know that person who never seems to take any time for herself between breakups to grieve, mend and remember who she or he is independent of the person who was such a huge part of their lives for however long. Don’t use relationships as an excuse to never focus on yourself, your flaws or your personal growth. It sounds schlocky, but liking who you are is important. If you don’t, it’s worth working on a) being kinder to yourself and b) becoming a person you love. The fact that someone else loves you doesn’t rescue you from the project of loving yourself.

10. Don’t Neglect other important relationships. If you have plans with family or your friends, don’t flake last minute to stay in with your significant other. A good relationship will definitely withstand you taking the time to honor commitments to people outside it. And remember family is always there for you. So don’t neglect them.

11. Don’t Let the status of your relationship affect your whole outlook. It’s never fun or easy when you and your partner fight, but do your best to compartmentalize. The less you let what’s going on in your relationship affect your work, friendships and interaction with family, the better. If the state of your relationship entirely determines your mood, then you are probably too consumed by it.

12. Don’t Let your significant other suddenly start changing you. If you always worn pink lipstick 👄 suddenly they don’t want you to wear it, or make up, or they don’t want you to cut your hair this is not acceptable in any relationship.

13. Don’t Let anyone verbally become abusive to you, causing you self doubt or causing you to feel bad or less of yourself. And make sure you don’t treat others that way either.

14. Don’t go drowning your sorrows or problems with alcohol or drugs. That won’t solve a thing , in fact it just make you depressed and thinking unclear.

A great song

I heard this song on CMA’s last night and loved it.

Song : Miss Me More

Song by Kelsea Ballerini and lyrics.

I retired my red lipstick ’cause you said you didn’t like it

I didn’t wear my high heel shoes

‘Cause I couldn’t be taller than you

I didn’t wanna lose my friends, but now it’s hard to even find them

It’s what you wanted, ain’t it?

It’s what you wanted

I thought I’d miss you (when it ended)

I thought it hurt me (but it didn’t)

I thought I’d miss you

I thought I’d miss you

But I miss me more

I miss my own beat, to my own snare drum

I miss me more

Miss my own sheets in the bed I made up

I forgot I had dreams, I forgot I had wings

Forgot who I was before I ever kissed you

Yeah, I thought I’d miss you

But I miss me more (I miss me more)

I put on my old records that I hid in the back of the closet

And I turn them up to ten

And then I played them all again

I found…

Posted in Blessed, God, Life, Life Lessons, Madea, Trees, Wisdom

The Wise Words Of Madea

One of Madea’s comedy bits is about understanding relationships. Using the analogy of a trees, “Madea” says that some people are like leaves, some are like the branches on a tree and, then there are those friends who are our roots. Read this: Madea shares how to understand relationships.

Most people are like leaves.

When the wind blows they go to one side of the tree and then the wind blows the other way they are on the other side. They are totally unstable. All they do is take from the tree and only give shade. When the seasons change they wither and fall off the tree. But don’t be angry with them; this is who they are. God put them in your life just for a season.

Some people are like branches on the tree but watch out for them.

They make you think they are your friends but the minute you step out, they break and leave you.

Oh, but God bless  those folks who are the roots.

But find two or three people who are your roots. They are there to help you live and give stability to your life. A tree may have one thousand branches but just a few roots. Hold on to these people.

The lesson is to be able to let people and relationships go.

And learn how to be alone and first love yourself.  You cannot others until you learn to love yourself. you should learn to be at peace with yourself and others. Get rid of the dysfunction and let people go who continue to create drama and dysfunction in your life.

 

1. It’s okay to be depressed and cry for a minute, but don’t stay there too long. Get up and get on with your life. If somebody wants to walk out of your life, let them go. Whatever they are running after, they will see what they had but by then it’ll be too late.
2. Years down the road, you’ll be saying – WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?
3. Some people come into your life to teach you something.
4. Some people are like leaves, branches or the roots of the tree. Make sure you know who are the roots.
5. It won’t be easy, but it would get easier when you learn to love yourself.
6. People need to learn to be by themselves. How are you going to be someone else if you can’t be with yourself?
7. Only 2 places where you will have peace – the grave and your house. Make sure you have peace in your house.
8. This one’s my favorite – Some people come into your life for a lifetime, some come for a season. You’ve got to know which is which…

 

 

 

 

Tyler Perry says

I have this tree analogy when I think of people in my life, be it friends, family, acquaintances, employees, co-workers, whomever…They are all placed inside what I call my tree test. It goes like this:

LEAF PEOPLE
Some people come into your life and they are like leaves on a tree. They are only there for a season. You can’t depend on them or count on them because they are weak and only there to give you shade. Like leaves, they are there to take what they need and as soon as it gets cold or a wind blows in your life they are gone. You can’t be angry at them, it’s just who they are.

BRANCH PEOPLE
There are some people who come into your life and they are like branches on a tree. They are stronger than leaves, but you have to be careful with them. They will stick around through most seasons, but if you go through a storm or two in your life it’s possible that you could lose them. Most times they break away when it’s tough. Although they are stronger than leaves, you have to test them out before you run out there and put all your weight on them. In most cases they can’t handle too much weight. But again, you can’t be mad with them, it’s just who they are.

ROOT PEOPLE
If you can find some people in your life who are like the roots of a tree then you have found something special. Like the roots of a tree, they are hard to find because they are not trying to be seen. Their only job is to hold you up and help you live a strong and healthy life. If you thrive, they are happy. They stay low key and don’t let the world know that they are there. And if you go through an awful storm they will hold you up. Their job is to hold you up, come what may, and to nourish you, feed you and water you.

Just as a tree has many limbs and many leaves, there are few roots. Look at your own life. How many leaves, branches and roots do you have? What are you in other people’s lives?

THANK GOD FOR THE ROOTS!

~ I fall, I rise. I make mistakes. I live, I learn. I’ve been hurt, but I’m alive. I’m human, I am not perfect, but I’m thankful.

Posted in Bible, Blessed, Grateful, Happiness, Joy, Life

Holding Onto Joy In The Midst Of Suffering

For many of us, life is hard. Our daily circumstances seem to conspire to try to rob us of our happiness and more importantly our joy our inner joy.

Maybe you’re stuck in a job that you do not like and doesn’t pay enough to cover your bills or maybe your unemployed or on disability.

Maybe your facing health issues that drain you both physically and mentally daily, maybe you’re struggling with a health problem that makes it difficult to do even the most basic everyday activities.

Maybe you’re in a difficult marriage or have a strained relationship with a family member.

Maybe you’re just trying to follow Jesus, but the people around you tease you and make fun of you for being a Christian. Or even for believing in God.

In the midst of all this negative reality experiencing a constant, deep, and long lasting joy can seem often impossible.

You may even feel unworthy of Gods joy because your not perfect and have done things displeasing to God. We all would fit in that category. But God Loves us as we are flaws and all. He doesn’t expect perfection he just wants us to love him as he loves us.

The bible repeatedly talks about experiencing a kind of joy that transcends all our circumstances.

Jesus told his disciples that he wanted them to experience the fullness of his joy in their lives John 14:11

The apostle Paul calls believers to “Rejoice always” 1 Thes 5:16

But how is that possible?

Paul wrote a letter to the Philippians that is saturated with joy. Even as he suffered.

Sixteen times in just four chapters Paul uses words like rejoice or joy to describe what our state of mind or general attitude should be as Christians.

And he writes this letter in the midst of his own difficult circumstances and suffering .

He was under house arrest in Rome, living in an apartment chained to a different soldier every few hours. Then on top of this he had a three year prison sentence.

So by the time he wrote to the Philippians, he had been in Roman custody for several years. Yet rather than allow his circumstances to drive him to despair, he experienced deep joy and pleaded with the Philippians to share in his joy.

Are you the same person when your going through good times as in bad?

Are you the same when your going through difficulties, disappointments illness or pain is your conduct the same? Is your attitude the same?

Is the pain , suffering or distress seen all over your face?

Do you find yourself less friendly?

How’s your temperament?

Are you appearing to be a different person?

Are you less kind?

Do you let hard-times get you down?

Do you tend to also bring others down?

Are you less friendly always seeing the negative vs looking for the positive?

Are you only happy when everything is going your way?

Are you the same person sick as when you are well?

You say you trust Jesus but do you really? You say your a believer but are you honestly?

Are you struggling in hard times, How does sorrow or illness or physical or emotional pain cause you to respond?

Are you wiped out?

Feel like throwing in the towel?

Are you the same when things go right as when things go wrong?

What happened to your faith?

It’s it these times you need to hold on to it more than ever

What happened to your relationship with Jesus?

That relationship doesn’t change.

Maybe you just don’t know the difference between happiness and joy.

Look at

Philippians 4:1-4

We are to stand firm in the lord.

Rejoice in the Lord always !

Many people sometimes have all the reason in the world to be unhappy but are not.

There are people struggling with pain every single day, day in day out pain,people struggling with and illness fighting every day to survive and live one more day.

We have to understand there is a difference in joy and happiness.

Sure we’re not happy about our situation but we need to remain joyous in the Lord and in our heart. As he will see us through.

When we are struggling we need to stop being so critical of others and judge-mental.

Stop nit picking-and finding fault in what others do. Be grateful they are in your life.

Be grateful for what God has done for you, tell the world how good God has been to you.

See the glass half full vs half empty.

You know when Paul wrote that verse above and Phillipians he had all the reason to be upset and bitter.

He was in a prison, probably tortured and thought he’d be put to death.

But instead of losing himself in the negative he held on to his faith more than ever.

He told everyone how good the Lord was to him.

Read Philippians 4:1-4 again

It says live in harmony, stand firm in the Lord and rejoice in him always. Not when things are smooth and all is perfect but always. In the good and not so good times.

Somehow in those conditions he writes about being joyous in the Lord.

See Paul knew just how to handle his situation he was joyful he had triumphant joy!

He knew no matter what the Lord was with him .

He was not allowing his faith to be shaken. If anything he became stronger.

What will it take for you to have joy in your life?

How are you handling your situation?

Joy is what lives within us. It gets us through the hard times. Joy depends on your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Happiness depends on our circumstances , what you have, what has you.

There is a huge difference in joy and happiness.

To me Joy is that feeling I get knowing no matter what I am going through I have God by my side, It’s unchanging. Never shaken. Joy is a – God – feeling.

Happiness is what I feel if I would get a raise, or my circumstances. Happiness is lighthearted feeling. Happy when I see family.

Most of the times we allow circumstances to determine our feelings , our mood, if we’re happy or sad ,mad or glad nice to be around or just a downer.

But we have to stop that.

We have to stand and rely on our faith more than ever especially in hard times. When we have faith sealed we know that no matter what happens to us in our life what ever we face we have joy and contentment.

Don’t be trapped by your circumstances.

If you look Paul never said he was unhappy, he was accepting and chose to be content in prison sharing the word of God and rejoicing in the Lord. He didn’t dwell on the fact he was locked in a prison cell.

He had unshakable faith and joy.

Have you seen people who get all squirmy in hard times?

Yet some people can go through many more hard times and be unshakable.?

The difference is when things get tough the unshakable go to prayer and thank God in the good and in the hard times.

This is when we grow. This is when we have to rely on our faith and the foundation of our life.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love joy peace goodness kindness and it’s overflowing.

Many think God has left them in hard times. He hasn’t , he is right where he always been-you just have to thank him the same in the hard times as well as the good.

Stop dwelling on the negativity in your life and get back to thanking God for all you do have.

And you will be triumphant.

Your happiness may change based on your family friends circumstances in life illness,a new job, a new outfit.

Your Joy will remain the same because our relationship with God is the same. He hasn’t left us we have forgotten him by dwelling on our circumstances.

Look now at

1 Peter 1:3-8 he also suffered yet kept strong in faith and joy.

1 Peter 1:7 your faith is more precious than gold.

Do you have Joy?

Do you have a relationship with the Lord?

I do ! I know God changed me years ago and I know no matter what I face his love for me is the same and my love for him is the change.

If you would like to have a relationship with the Lord

Say

Jesus I want to have a relationship with you , come into my heart and guide me through the hard times as well as the good . I want you as my lord and savior.

Forgive me of my sins and help me to be better.

If you said this prayer you are now born again.

Seek out a good bible based church.And start reading the word of god. Go into nature look at the wonders God created you can always feel his love when in nature . For me I get a peace a calmness as I look in awe at the amazing world we have. The trees, the sun, sky , clouds,flowers.

Listen to your footsteps as you walk or if in a wheelchair listen to the air.

If you are blind hear the beauty if your deaf see the beauty if you are both feel the beauty. It’s all around us. Feel the joy of the presence of God in our life.

May you have a blessed and joyous day.

photo take by me @ Millcreek Park at Newport Lake.

October 2018

There are 2 Ministers I just love to listen to

Rev.Charles Stanley

And

Rev. David Jeremiah

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WEGOHealth Awards and How to Nominate Others

I’m honored to say I’ve been nominated for the #WEGOHealthAwards! These awards seek to recognize Patient Leaders who are making an impact with their advocacy. Learn more – nominate today.

Here’s how you can also nominate others who educate, advocate and make a difference!

Click link below

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Think about the advocates and influencers you see leading Facebook groups, blogging about their health journey, speaking up and giving insights to healthcare companies, presenting on national stages, and running Twitter chats.

Patient Leaders have started non-profits, published podcast episodes, and authored books – there is no shortage of Patient Leaders’ contributions to the world, so let’s recognize as many of them as we can for their talents, contributions, and commitment.

Feel free to add their names and web info also in my comment section! And they can get some recognition here to !

Have a Great Day Everyone

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Bones

It still looks like winter out in NE Ohio today even though it’s

07 April 2018.

This is what I woke up to . But I also woke up to pain as well. I mean every bone in my body hurts today.

It’s weird hearing the birds of spring singing away while there is a fresh 3 inches of snow on the ground.

Still be chilled to the bone during winter and now spring is bad for the bones , very little sun, less exercise outdoors, and the drastic swings in the temperature are also painful. One day it’s rainy and 50 today it’s snowy and 30.

I try to stay moving in spite of the weather by riding my recumbent bike.

But I would really like to get outside and breath some fresh air.

On average Ohio has 60 sunny days a year and about 90 partly sunny days a year ( I think that’s a bit high as well)

And Orlando Florida has 233 sunny days a year. That’s a big difference.

No wonder why we have to take vitamin D supplements here.

I’d still prefer to get my vitamin D the natural way.

Less sun means that your body is making less Vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced when sunlight hits the skin and triggers a series of chemical reactions to produce Vitamin D.

People like me in northern latitudes with less year round sun exposure have to be very mindful of the fact that our bodies do not produce this essential vitamin in large enough quantities. In order to counteract the lack of sunlight, more Vitamin D supplements should be consumed during the winter months in order to keep the bones healthy and strong.

A healthy balanced diet will help you build strong bones from an early age and maintain them throughout your life.

We need sufficient calcium to strengthen our bones and vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium.

Poor bone health can cause conditions such as rickets and osteoporosis and increase the risk of breaking a bone from a fall later in life.

You should be able to get all the nutrients you need for healthy bones by eating healthy.

A good diet is only one of the building blocks for healthy bones, we need physical activity and a little bit of weight lifting.

Food for Strong Bones

A healthy balanced diet will help you build strong bones from an early age and maintain them throughout your life.

You need sufficient calcium to strengthen your bones and vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium.

Poor bone health can cause conditions such as rickets and osteoporosis and increase the risk of breaking a bone from a fall.

Requirements

Adults need 700mg of calcium a day. You should be able to get all the calcium you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.

Good sources of calcium include:

• milk, cheese,yogurt eggs and other dairy foods

• green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and okra, collards,asparagus, artichokes , peas.

• soybeans

• tofu

• nuts

• fish like tuna and salmon and also fish where you eat the bones, such as sardines and pilchards

Although spinach might appear to contain a lot of calcium, it also contains oxalic acid, which reduces calcium absorption, and it is therefore not a good source of calcium.

It is difficult to get all the vitamin D we need from our diet and we get most of our vitamin D from the action of the sun on our skin.

Winter and early springs temperatures can bring on a gloomy mood, sending your body into chronic stress and that triggers the production of cortisol . Cortisol destroyer of bone

Clouds the mood buster.

So yes I can’t wait for sun and warmer temperatures

Warm weather improves more than just your mood.

It turns out that warm, sunny weather actually boosts brain function in multiple ways. The study found that the more time people spent outdoors in the spring, the better their memory, cognitive function, and mood.

So I am anxiously awaiting spring to finally arrive. My bones will be so glad when the weather gets warmer.

At least the Sun is out today.

Just remember if you have bone problems take care of yourself and eat healthy.

I will probably have a heating pad on my knee later but for now I am just going to try and keep busy.

And enjoying the beautiful winter/spring day hopefully for the day until next winter.

#Osteonecrosis

#Osteoarthritis

#Spondylolisthesis

#BoneHealth

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Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

I love this anytime of the year but especially when it’s cold wet and rainy out.

It’s so comforting and warming. It’s the kind of chowder that warms the bones.

I also have a vegan version I will also post.

Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into a small dice

3 cups diced peeled sweet potato

1 cup russet potato peeled and diced

1 carrot diced

2 medium shallots, sliced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small red bell pepper, diced

1-2 stalks celery chopped

2-3 sprigs fresh thyme

1 sprig fresh sage

1 bay leaf

punch of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons yellow curry powder

3 -4 cups corn, drained either fresh frozen or canned .

1 can of beans either navy, kidney your choice

4-5 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

1/4 cup minced chives

Directions

In a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the bacon and cook until crispy and most of the fat is rendered, about 8 minutes. Set the bacon aside for later use, leaving 1/2 or all of the fat in the pot now add celery and carrot cook 2 minutes.

In the same pot over medium heat, saute the sweet potato, shallots, garlic and bell pepper, stirring frequently, until the shallots are tender and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the thyme, sage and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the flour and curry to the vegetables and stir until incorporated. Cook for another 2 minutes.Important that you do this and cook out flour curry mix for 2 minutes or it’s pasty in this recipe and we don’t want pasty.

Add the corn, chicken stock, sherry vinegar. Bring to a low simmer and cook, covered, until the sweet potato is tender, another 20 to 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Now add cream. Cook 2 minutes. Once you add cream don’t bring to a boil as it will break cream.

Plate into individual bowls and garnish with the crispy bacon and chives.

Top with chives

parsley or cilantro

If you have left overs reheat on low until hot not boiling.

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Lent : Fast and Feast : A Spiritual Journey

Tomorrow … The day that starts Lent many often give up candy, cookies, smoking, drinking.

You don’t have to just limit it to food

I have heard many comments about what people are giving up for Lent. It has been traditional to fast during Lent, often from a certain food or substance.

When I was growing up we didn’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent. I still don’t. And for my family and the catholic school I attended in elementary school it was a time of reflection.

Lent is a blessed time: we can slow down and actively reflect on our spiritual journey. We can change the course of our life.

This year I was fascinated with the number of people who either said they were giving up Facebook Twitter and Snapchat for Lent or were cutting back on the amount of time they spent on Social Media

. I am curious, how does fasting from Facebook Snapchat and Twitter deepen your relationship with God? (Seriously, I am curious. If you did this, please write back to me and tell me.)

I can imagine that maybe the time that you save because you are not looking at FB and Twitter, Snapchat could be used for other things, like prayer, meditation, or sacred reading.

Are there other ways fasting from FB deepens your faith?

I use social media to raise awareness for several things I advocate for.

So I feel I am educating others, so I won’t give that up.

The point, it seems, is to give up something that is important to you.

The purpose, though, is to draw closer to God. To deepen or have a relationship with God.

If your Lenten fast doesn’t put you on your knees in prayer or truly challenge you to be better it probably isn’t really a fast.

Whether you are a religious person, or you just consider yourself spiritual, this list is a challenge for everyone.

Every day I will try but I know it’s going to be hard and that’s a good thing it will make me so much aware of exactly how I need to work on myself. I encourage you to try it as well.

Below is a list I saw posted on line and I am sharing it with you.

The Fast and Feast

Fast from being negative and thinking less of yourself. Feast on God made you in his image .

Fast from judging others. Feast in the Christ who dwells within them.

Fast from emphasis on differences. Feast on the Spirit that unites.

Fast from words that pollute. Feast on phrases that purify.

Fast from discontent. Feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger. Feast on patience.

Fast from gossip. Feast on purposeful silence.

Fast from pessimism. Feast on optimism.

Fast from worry. Feast on trust.

Fast from complaining. Feast on appreciation.

Fast from negativism. Feast on affirmation.

Fast from personal anxiety. Feast on unceasing prayer.

Fast from hostility. Feast on nonviolence.

Fast from bitterness. Feast on forgiveness.

Fast from self-concern. Feast on compassion for others.

Fast from discouragement. Feast on hope.

Fast from lethargy. Feast on enthusiasm.

Fast from suspicion. Feast on truth.

Fast from thoughts that weaken. Feast on promises that inspire.

Fast from the darkness of sin. Feast on the light of Christ.

Enjoy Lent and the beautiful spiritual journey that begins

14 February 2018

To

29 March 2018

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Here’s more ideas especially for Teens and College Students

What you should really give up for Lent:

1. Snacking between meals.

2. Cracking your knuckles.

3. Plumber’s crack.

4. Instagram filters.

5. Being a backseat driver.

6. Speeding

7. Texting and driving.

8. Thinking the world owes you.

9. Using emojis to avoid talking about your true feelings.

10.Talking about true feelings through text instead of in person.

11.Not inviting your friends to Mass and Life Night because your afraid it will hurt your reputation.

12.Rolling your eyes at your parents.

13.Spitting out your gum on the street, parking lot, sidewalk.

14.Wishing for someone else’s life, relationship, or possessions.

15.Complaining.

16. The phrase, “I can’t even.”

17. Only talking to Jesus when you need something.He would like to hear from you all the time in happy and unhappy times.

18. Only talking to Jesus when you “feel” like it.

19. Wearing clothes that are too tight and draw attention only to your body.

20. Pride. Instead pray the Litany of Humility every day.

21. Being selfish. Do the dishes don’t toss them in the sink.

22. Greed. Don’t buy anything besides the essentials during Lent. Food. Lent Companion.

23. Laziness. Give up sleeping all day or zoning on TV and commit to going for a walk or run every day.

24. Gossip.

25. Impure thoughts and actions, fast from eating between meals and from sweets. Train your body to be obedient to your will.

26. Saying “God” or “Jesus” outside of a prayer, memorize Ephesians 4:29 and repeat it on the hour, every hour during the day.

27. If you lie stop it, the truth will set you free.

28. Stop doing dumb stuff that gets you in trouble neither parents or possibly the law.

29. If you’re complacent, take up Zumba.

30. Help around the house without being asked.

31. If you’re addicted to porn, sign up for CovenantEyes.com.

32. If you occasionally look at porn, sign up for CovenantEyes.com.

33. If you’re an emotional eater, keep a food/feelings journal and find your triggers.

34. If you’re wasteful, volunteer once a week at a soup kitchen.

35. If you have road rage, don’t drive.

36. Just kidding. See #28.

37. If you don’t trust God, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day. Never heard of it? Google it.

38. If you’re judgmental, pray for every person you see.

39. If you’re vain, give up makeup or your mirror.

40. If you have no idea what sins you struggle with, do an examination of conscience every night.

41. Listen to Fr. Mike’s podcasts. He’s cool

42. Give up tanning. You so pret-taaaayyy… alread-aaayyy.

43. Forgetting to water your plants

44. Fake cleaning your room.

45. Using the word “can’t.”

46. Using the word I’m sick of ….

47. Using words that don’t glorify God. See #26.

48. Bad jokes.

49. Trolling online.

50. Being sarcastic.

51. But that’s impossible for you so forget it.

52. Oh my gosh I need to stop being sarcastic. Pray for me.

53. Do back to back to back novenas for the Life Teen Staff and Missionaries.

54. Pizza.

55. Gluten

56. Talking about your special diet to get attention.

57. Texting the opposite sex to get attention.

58. Sexting.

59. Sending snapchats of strangers.

60. Stop ignoring your future career goals

61.Stop thinking all your friends got your back… they don’t

62. Stop thinking your parents suck.

63. Not apologizing when you should because it’s hard to admit you’re wrong.

64. Making excuses to not go to daily Mass.

65. Thinking about food all during daily Mass.

66. Eating donuts as a reward after daily Mass.

67. Sugar and/or creamer in your coffee.

68. Drinking more than 1 cup of coffee.

69. Underage drinking. You could get alcohol poisoning and die.

70. Energy drinks.They aren’t good for you anyway

71. Soda.

72. Stop doing all dugs that are prescribed to you. You could become addicted or die.

73. Buying spiritual books and not reading them

74. Leaving Facebook and/or Twitter open while you’re doing homework.

75. Checking your phone every 2 minutes. (LOL. You know it’s 30 seconds.)

76. Opening the fridge just to look at the same stuff that’s been there all day.

77. Telling yourself you’re fat.

78. And stupid. And anything less than the truth that you’re an amazing beloved child of God.

79. Leaving lights on.

80. Pulling the victim card when things go wrong.

81. Being embarrassed when you need help from a therapist in order to live a happy, full life.

82. Not going to counseling or therapy because you think it means you’re weak. Your strong

83. Staying closed off to the glory of God’s presence around you all day ‘ery day.

84. Refusing to recognize God in your neighbor.

85. And God in your family. Even the most annoying members. God loves them. How will you?

86. Hiding your faith from those around you. It’s Lent. Share what God is doing in your life these 40 days.

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Relax and Help Pain & Anxiety Through Various Techniques

I used to be stressed all the time. Especially when trying to manage life with one or two chronic conditions.

Now it’s occasional stress and pain all depends…..

But I have found some relief and I believe it’s because I have learned to relax using a variety of methods. My favorite is breathing 4-7-8 I read about this from Dr Andrew Weil .

This is followed by the five-step procedure listed below:

1 Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.

2 Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.

3 Hold your breath for a count of seven.

4 Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.

5 This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

Dr Andrew Weil emphasizes the most important part of this process is holding your breath for eight seconds. This is because keeping the breath in will allow oxygen to fill your lungs and then circulate throughout the body. It is this that produces a relaxing effect in the body.

I personally find it relaxing and you can use it anytime you feel stress and or anxiety.

I’ve tried a few things and this is the topic for today.

Daily I use

I use breathing 4-7-8i

I also am grateful for everything

Weekly

EFT Tapping (more about that below)

I also practice mindful meditation a few days a week when I walk especially.

I want to share with you ways that helped me, and maybe they can help you.

Make sure you get the ok from your doctor before starting anything new.

Relaxation Techniques
Using the Relaxation Response to Relieve Stress

For many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress that add to disease and poor health. To effectively combat stress, we need to activate our body’s natural relaxation response.

You can do this by learning and practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, and yoga.

Adding one or all of these activities into your life can help really reduce your everyday stress, and it will boost your mood, and improve your mental focus and physical health.

What is the relaxation response?
When stress overwhelms your nervous system, your body is flooded with chemicals that prepare you for “fight or flight.

Your stress response can be lifesaving in emergency situations where you need to act quickly. But when it’s constantly activated by the stresses of everyday life, it can wear your body down and take a toll on your-health both physical and emotional.

I was at my Naturopath’s a few months ago and she did what she called tapping. I felt this sense of peace and relief, like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulder.

If you’re like me and many other people, you feel trapped, whether it’s due to daily stress , work or school stress, family stress , stress that comes with having a chronic condition etc…we all can get caught in this cycle. The Stress Cycle

You’re tired of feeling sad, depressed, anxious, discontent, and unwell. You’re sick of the expensive and ineffective treatments. You’re fed up with relinquishing the power over your health and happiness to doctors.

You want to be your best, living a life that is filled with peacefulness, joy, and fulfillment, from day to day and moment to moment.

Tapping

Meditation

Yoga

Deep Breathing

These can all help I will post some links below to help you learn more.

No one can avoid all stress, but you can learn to how to counteract its detrimental effects in the body mind and spirit.

The relaxation response puts the brakes on stress and brings your body and mind back into a state of equilibrium.

When the relaxation response is activated, your:
heart rate slows down
breathing becomes slower and deeper
blood pressure drops or stabilizes
muscles relax
blood flow to the brain increases

In addition to its calming physical effects, the relaxation response also increases energy and focus, combats illness, relieves aches and pains, heightens problem-solving abilities, and boosts motivation and productivity. Best of all, anyone can reap these benefits with regular practice.

There is no single relaxation technique that is best for everyone. The right relaxation technique is the one that resonates with you, fits your lifestyle, and is able to focus your mind and interrupt your everyday thoughts to elicit the relaxation response.

You may even find that alternating or combining different techniques provide the best results.
How you react to stress may also influence the relaxation technique that works best for you:

The “fight” response. If you tend to become angry, agitated, or keyed up under stress, you may respond best to stress relief activities that quiet you down, such as meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, or guided imagery.

The “flight” response. If you tend to become depressed, withdrawn, or spaced out under stress, you may respond best to stress relief activities that areenergize your nervous system, such as rhythmic exercise, massage, mindfulness, or power yoga.

The immobilization response. If you’ve experienced some type of trauma and tend to “freeze” or become “stuck” under stress, your challenge is to first rouse your nervous system to a fight or flight response (above) so you can employ the applicable stress relief techniques. To do this, choose physical activity that engages both your arms and legs, such as running, dancing, or tai chi, and perform it mindfully, focusing on the sensations in your limbs as you move.

Deep breathing
With its focus on full, cleansing breaths, deep breathing is a simple yet powerful relaxation technique. It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels in check. Deep breathing is the cornerstone of many other relaxation practices, too, and can be combined with other relaxing elements such as aromatherapy and music. All you really need is a few minutes and a place to stretch out.

How to practice deep breathing

The key to deep breathing is to breathe deeply from the abdomen, getting as much fresh air as possible in your lungs. When you take deep breaths from the abdomen, rather than shallow breaths from your upper chest, you inhale more oxygen. The more oxygen you get, the less tense, short of breath, and anxious you feel.
Sit comfortably with your back straight. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
Breathe in through your nose. The hand on your stomach should rise. The hand on your chest should move very little.
Exhale through your mouth, pushing out as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. The hand on your stomach should move in as you exhale, but your other hand should move very little.
Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to inhale enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls. Count slowly as you exhale.
If you find it difficult breathing from your abdomen while sitting up, try lying down. Put a small book on your stomach, and breathe so that the book rises as you inhale and falls as you exhale.

Mindfulness meditation
Rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, mindfulness meditation switches the focus to what’s happening right now, enabling you to be fully engaged in the present moment.

By focusing your attention on a single repetitive action, such as your breathing, other forms of mindfulness meditation encourage you to follow and then release internal thoughts or sensations. Mindfulness can also be applied to activities such as walking, exercising, or eating.
A basic mindfulness exercise:
1. Sit on a straight-backed chair or cross-legged on the floor.
2. Focus on an aspect of your breathing, such as the sensation of air flowing into your nostrils and out of your mouth, or your belly rising and falling.
3. Once you’ve narrowed your concentration in this way, begin to widen your focus. Become aware of sounds, sensations, and thoughts.
4. Embrace and consider each thought or sensation without judging it good or bad. If your mind starts to race, return your focus to your breathing. Then expand your awareness again.

Rhythmic movement and mindful exercise
The idea of exercising may not sound particularly soothing, but rhythmic exercise that gets you into a flow of repetitive movement can be very relaxing. Examples include:
Running
Walking
Swimming
Dancing
Rowing
Climbing
For maximum stress relief, add mindfulness to your workout
While simply engaging in rhythmic exercise will help you relieve stress, if you add a mindfulness component on top, you’ll get even more benefit.
As with meditation, mindful exercise requires being fully engaged in the present moment—paying attention to how your body feels right now, rather than your daily worries or concerns. In order to “turn off” your thoughts, focus on the sensations in your limbs and how your breathing complements your movement.
If you’re walking or running, for example, focus on the sensation of your feet touching the ground, the rhythm of your breath, and the feeling of the wind against your face. If your mind wanders to other thoughts, gently return to focusing on your breathing and movement.
Visualization
Visualization, or guided imagery, is a variation on traditional meditation that involves imagining a scene in which you feel at peace, free to let go of all tension and anxiety. Choose whatever setting is most calming to you, whether it’s a tropical beach, a favorite childhood spot, or a quiet wooded glen.
You can practice visualization on your own or with a therapist (or an audio recording of a therapist) guiding you through the imagery. You can also choose to do your visualization in silence or use listening aids, such as soothing music or a sound machine or recording that matches your chosen setting—the sound of ocean waves if you’ve chosen a beach, for example.
Practicing visualization
Close your eyes and imagine your restful place. Picture it as vividly as you can—everything you can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel.

Just “looking” at it like you would a photograph is not enough. Visualization works best if you incorporate as many sensory details as possible.
For example, if you are thinking about a dock on a quiet lake:
See the rise or set
Hear the birds singing
Smell the pine trees
Feel the cool water on your bare feet
Taste the fresh, clean air
Enjoy the feeling of your worries drifting away as you slowly explore your restful place. When you are ready, gently open your eyes and come back to the present.
Don’t worry if you sometimes zone out or lose track of where you are during a visualization session. This is normal. You may also experience feelings of heaviness in your limbs, muscle twitches, or yawning. Again, these are normal responses.
Yoga and tai chi
Yoga involves a series of both moving and stationary poses, combined with deep breathing. As well as reducing anxiety and stress, yoga can also improve flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina. Since injuries can happen when yoga is practiced incorrectly, it’s best to learn by attending group classes, hiring a private teacher, or at least following video instructions. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can practice alone or with others, tailoring your practice as you see fit.

If you’re unsure whether a specific yoga class is appropriate for stress relief, call the studio or ask the teacher.
Tai chi
If you’ve seen a group of people in the park slowly moving in synch, you’ve probably witnessed tai chi. Tai chi is a self-paced, non-competitive series of slow, flowing body movements. By focusing your mind on the movements and your breathing, you keep your attention on the present, which clears the mind and leads to a relaxed state.
Tai chi is a safe, low-impact option for people of all ages and fitness levels, including older adults and those recovering from injuries. As with yoga, it’s best learned in a class or from a private instructor. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can practice alone or with others.
Self-massage
You’re probably already aware how much a professional massage at a spa or health club can help reduce stress, relieve pain, and ease muscle tension. What you may not be aware of is that you can experience many of the same benefits at home or work by practicing self-massage—or trading massages with a loved one.
Try taking a few minutes to massage yourself at your desk between tasks, on the couch at the end of a hectic day, or in bed to help you unwind before sleep. To enhance relaxation, you can use aromatic oil, scented lotion, or combine self-message with mindfulness or deep breathing techniques.

Start a regular relaxation practice
Learning the basics of these relaxation techniques takes regular practice to truly harness their stress-relieving power.

Most stress experts recommend setting aside at least 10 to 20 minutes a day for your relaxation practice I mean we surely can find 10 minutes….If you’d like to maximize the benefits, work toward 30 minutes to an hour…I am still working on this myself. I’m good for 15 minutes.

Tips for making relaxation techniques part of your life
Set aside time in your daily schedule. If possible, schedule a set time once or twice a day for your practice.

If your schedule is already packed, remember that many relaxation techniques can be practiced while you’re doing other things.

Try meditating while commuting on the bus or train, taking a yoga or tai chi break at lunchtime, or practicing mindful walking while exercising your dog.

Just don’t practice this stuff when you’re sleepy. These techniques are so relaxing that they can make you very sleepy I have fallen asleep many times when learning to meditate or use sounds to help me relax.

However, you will get the most benefit if you practice when you’re fully alert.

Expect ups and downs. Don’t be discouraged if you skip a few days or even a few weeks. Just keep trying.

If you exercise, improve the relaxation benefits by adopting mindfulness, try focusing your attention on your body. If you’re resistance training, for example, focus on coordinating your breathing with your movements and pay attention to how your body feels.

Now tapping this provides relief from chronic pain, emotional problems, disorders, addictions, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical diseases. I read Tapping is newly set to revolutionize the field of health and wellness, the healing concepts that it’s based upon have been in practice in Eastern medicine for over 5,000 years.

Like acupuncture and acupressure, Tapping is a set of techniques which utilize the body’s energy meridian points. You can stimulate these meridian points by tapping on them with your fingertips – literally tapping into your body’s own energy and healing power.

The basic technique requires you to focus on the negative emotion at hand: a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you. While maintaining your mental focus on this issue, use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 12 of the body’s meridian points.

Tapping on these meridian points – while concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion – will access your body’s energy, restoring it to a balanced state.

You may be wondering about these meridians.

Put simply, energy circulates through your body along a specific network of channels. You can tap into this energy at any point along the system.

This concept comes from the doctrines of traditional Chinese medicine, which referred to the body’s energy as “ch’i.” In ancient times, the Chinese discovered 100 meridian points. They also discovered that by stimulating these meridian points, they could heal.

Call it energy, call it the Source, call it life force, call it ch’i… Whatever you want to call it, it works.

In some ways, Tapping is similar to acupuncture.

Like Tapping, acupuncture achieves healing through stimulating the body’s meridians and energy flow.

However, unlike Tapping, acupuncture involves needles! “No needles” is definitely one of the advantages of Tapping.

Here is a video of how to begin tapping to ease pain another video is to help anxiety

For Pain Relief. https://youtu.be/5hYE0Wt4Sxs,

https://youtu.be/tQRQn1NpkzA ,

Tapping PainRelief

Pain relief Tap version 2

All About EFT Tapping https://youtu.be/ZfZBHWSbrsg

Tapping helps to heal-many parts of your life TEDx

TEDx Tapping https://youtu.be/ZfZBHWSbrsg

Some other links for meditation

Meditation For Pain https://youtu.be/r3qBlVfPzXo

Tibetan Sounds Meditation https://youtu.be/RgqxZU6_qOY

Help chronic pain and disease https://youtu.be/gaY4m00wXpw

Yoga for beginners with disabilities Yoga if disabled https://youtu.be/tyeMFy9KkTY

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Walking With God

Make sure you are doing what is important to God—not just what is important to everyone else you know.

We gave a tendency to worry more about what other people think vs what God thinks

From an early age we work to get the approval from others,whether it was proving to our parents that we could ride a bike without training wheels, or struggling to get that C to an A.

Through the years it can become a problem for us as it can cripple us emotionally and spiritually.

We need to get to the point where we don’t care what the media says, how colleagues feel about us, or live in state of constant fear or agony of what others think.

The other person is not going to worry about it, or stay awake at night upset that you’re offended. You can’t be responsible for other people’s words, actions, or decisions as hurtful as they can be.

We all want to be congratulated for a job well-done from even acquaintances, but what happens when they don’t, or you are not acknowledged in some way.

Some think it’s painful not to always be told great job ….. for me personally I learned a long time ago you can’t please everyone and more often it’s our family and friends that seem to be the most critical.

They always feel the need to judge you in some way.

But learn to regroup, refocus, and rise above petty people, sin, and caring what others think of you.

They don’t really know your story, but Christ does.

So, where do we begin and do we need to take ownership?

Look if you are working hard doing or trying to do the right thing , being a good citizen, being kind, respectful to all people. And taking good care of yourself . Be proud of yourself and always strive to do better. But realize you will never please everyone.

Maybe just don’t worry so much about those critical people in your life and certainly lose those who are bad for you. You know those few co workers or friends that egg you on to do shit that you know is wrong or unproductive or unprofessional.

It’s really better to mind your own business and focus on work or school verses having to be someone your not.

In Philippians 4:6-7, we are told to relax, and go to God for relief and strength. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Our minds can dictate our feelings and vice-versa, so every time we are worried about what others think switch to a scripture, prayer or praise.

You can say “I trust the God not my feelings.”

Add your name to a scripture. It can really personalize it and help you grow closer to the Lord.

1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your [insert your name] anxieties on Him, because He cares for you [insert your name].”

Worrying about what others think is human, but when it’s to a point where our joy is being choked, then we need to become proactive, not reactive.

Take people out of your courtroom of justice, and offer them to God, and also humble yourself.  It’s simply not worth it for your health, or hindering your walk

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Happy New Year

May Light always surround you;

Hope kindle and rebound you.

May your Hurts turn to Healing;

Your Heart embrace Feeling.

May Wounds become Wisdom;

Every Kindness a Prism.

May Laughter infect you;

Your Passion resurrect you.

May Goodness inspire

your Deepest Desires.

May you remember to always love yourself and know you are made in the eyes of God.

May you always be kind to others.

May you always be the best person you can be.

May you always think before you act.

May good godly people enter your life and those who are not godly exit

Through all that you Reach For,

May your arms Never Tire.

Remember

Don’t Drink and Drive & Don’t Drive Buzzed

May you have A

Happy Healthy Joyful and Prosperous New Year