“Life is now. It is never too late or too early. Right now is a good time” – Anonymous
There is an extra Monday this month so I decided to write a “Bonus Blog”. I hope you enjoy it.
When you think about it even with all the conveniences we have in today’s world life still isn’t so easy. As a matter of fact a number of the so called conveniences kind of make it harder or at least a bit more complex. There simply doesn’t seem to be enough time for all we want to pack in a day, a week or a month. We don’t appear to have the time we want for our families, relationships, communities and sadly not even enough for our own health. Life seems to be becoming far too complicated. It is time for some balance and simplicity. This blog is about giving you some ideas to find that balance. Hopefully you will find my suggestions simple and enjoyable. The goal here is not to put another “brick on your back” quite the contrary, I just want you to think about how you might apply one or more of the ideas that follow as positive actions you can take to gain the elusive balance you may be seeking with the rest of us. It is time to change your mindset and rediscover the balance that is missing or at least lacking in your life.
So, here goes, some simple easy to do things that will hopefully bring some calm, focus and ultimately more balance in life.
Take to play with your dog if you have one. If you don’t have one borrow one or walk with a neighbor or relative who has one. Enjoy the pleasure that the pooch has and at the same time the cardiovascular activity that will have positive impact on your heart. Consider this studies have indicated that petting a dog lowers blood pressure. Exercise, appreciation and a furry friend to boot. You will thank bowser for sharing good health with you.
Take time to stretch. Do it, not only because it will feel really good, but it will have an additional benefit of keeping you flexible. It has been proven that regular stretching can lead to weight loss. In fact stretching can help turn your body into a bonafide “fat burning” machine and at the same it can help you manage your stress.
Commit to drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. When you drink enough water you’ll notice something else, too – the return of real, appropriate thirst. Water is your friend.
Take the stairs and become familiar with the advantages of regularly walking up several flights of stairs a day. Your gluteus maximus and quadriceps can become toned in a matter days. Days!, a good investment and good pay off don’t you think? If you stick with it your heart and lungs will eventually benefit as well. Too boot, you will be acting “green” saving electricity by not using an elevator.
Jump in a puddle, preferably a mud puddle. When you do remember how much fun it was when you were a kid. Now no one is telling you not to so do it, now and do several times and smile. If you are concerned and won’t let the kid inside you come out to play, consider this the hopping motion is good for the legs and laughing is good exercise for those sagging face muscles. Go get wet!
Remember the original plot of the Seinfeld show, it was to be about “nothing” and it made Jerry Seinfeld a multi millionaire and a internationally known celebrity. Now it’s your turn. Simply sit down somewhere soothing, calm and off the beaten track if you can and be alone. Turn off your cellphone, computer, the radio and television and let your mind go blank. I challenge you to visit this place as often as is reasonable and as often as you like. Stay as long as you can
Whistling is a good thing for your heart and lungs as well as your soul. Music lightens the load, the mood and your heart. Scientists tell us that whistling can help to lower your blood pressure and even reduce your stress level by reducing the release of stress hormones. So take some time to whistle while you work or play and take your mind off your problems.
Take some time to rekindle a vanishing artform, write a letter. Share your thoughts feeling and ideas with a friend or loved one. It is wonderful to receive a handwritten letter as it happens so infrequently in today’s world of email, texting, electronic greeting cards and voicemail. I can’t think a better or more intimate way to reach out and truly connect with someone important in your life. As one of my grandkids says when I don’t send a handwritten note or card on a regular basis, “grandpa, I miss your hand”.
Call your mother, do it now don’t wait. I guarantee you won’t regret it. I am proud to say I called my mom every weekend from the time I was 30 until she passed away 30 years later. Think about it, who knows you better than your mom. I guarantee you one of the toughest days of my life was the weekend after she passed away and I picked up the phone to call and suddenly realized that the cycle of life had completed itself and I could no longer talk to her. So scan the room now and if you see a phone, pick it up and call your mother. Remember that the cycle of life doesn’t allow for do overs.
One last thought make certain you enjoy a whole lot of “kicks and giggles” Whether it is roller skating, going sledding, walking in the woods with a 5 year old or flying a kite. Do something you get a “kick out of” or that bring a giggle to your face. Any of these things can cause you a good case of euphoria, reduce stress and blood pressure and simply make you feel better. Start a contagious, non fattening virus that won’t get you thrown in jail. Giggle and invite the world to giggle with you!!
“If you have something to say to a loved one, don’t wait until tomorrow. Too later comes sooner than later.” -Nick Welton