How are you doing these days? I’m asking about your emotional, physical and spiritual self. Not just at this time of year, but especially during the holiday season, we are so concerned with everyone else, that we tend to neglect our own health. We don’t get the proper amount of sleep needed to ward off those nasty germs, and we skimp on eating the good foods that help keep our immune system strong enough to keep fighting for us.
So how are you? Let’s go over a quick checklist of the most common areas of our health we let fall by the wayside. Let’s make sure you are up to the job of maintaining a healthy life that makes and keeps you happy.
Physical – This is the part of us that suffers the most because all the other areas of our being play a part in it. How are you doing with:
Eating – This is the best time to start cutting out, or at least down, on those sugary snacks and gooey goodies. I know it’s hard, trust me, but it is oh so necessary. Staying healthy, looking and feeling good, counts on it. Increase your soup and juice intake to help with this. (Note – if you eat store bought soup, try to get ‘Reduced Sodium’. When buying juices, opt for the ‘No Sugar Added’ choices)
Exercise – Even if you don’t follow a regular workout schedule, just a few easy stretches, for a minimum of 5-10 minutes each day, will help get and keep your juices flowing. This will help fight off many of the common illnesses that prey on weak bodies during the winter months.
Dress warm – You don’t have to buy a $200 coat to make sure you stay warm during the winter months. That same $200 can buy you a couple of coats, hats, scarves and gloves. As a single mom for many years, stretching my pennies was second nature during the winter months. Who wants to be called from work to pick a sick kid up from school, right?
This could be a happy holiday season for each and every person, whether you’re ready for it or not. Last week, we talked about the depression that is the norm for many people, season after season. Read the article, “Not Looking Forward To The Holidays,” to get great info on how you can, or help a loved one, cope with the onset of depression that accompanies the colder weather and all the holiday traditions involved.
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This post is an extension of last week’s article. We will go into more ways to help replace those feelings of depression, or at least make them much less painful and hindering. There are many articles that discuss the different steps you can take to help release some of the stress that brings on the depression. I’ve compiled a list of suggestions from a few articles below. If you know someone who experiences S.A.D., please share this information with them. This is an especially hard time of year for approximately 10 million Americans. So let’s take one step at a time to get in a fantabulous mood… holidays or not! Here are a few activities you can incorporate into your daily routine, that can help you get over this hump:
Believe it or not, the holidays are actually the least favorite time of year for about 10-20% of Americans, according to FamilyDoctor.org. Just like birthdays, anniversaries and other significant dates, “the holidays,” can mean a (long) period of time that makes people want to crawl in their shell, for a few weeks, until a week or two after New Year’s. This can be a stressful time for the individual, but even more disturbing for their family and friends. Why? Because they simply don’t understand what’s “wrong.” with their loved one. In this post I’ll give you some tips on how to cope a little easier with this time of year, it will also give you suggestions on how you can help a loved one deal with the holidays and come out a bit more joyous, if for nothing else, but just about life.
So, why do people get depressed, or even angry, during this time of year? The reasons can vary as much as the different colors of the rainbow. However, the most common reasons are:
Pressure to spend money they don’t really have, oftentimes creating more debt
The idea that you have to attend group functions to celebrate the holidays
No family or friends to celebrate with and unable to travel to see them
And the list goes on and on. There are as many depression-provoking events and thoughts as there are churches in Atlanta, Ga! Not to make light of the situation, but to stress how wide the spectrum of reasons, causing this state of mind, can be.
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According to Dr. Ken Duckworth, MD, Medical Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, referring to people suffering with depression of any type, “They’re just straight up miserable, and that’s not only for people with clinical depression.” (WebMD’s article, “25 Ways to Find Joy and Balance During the Holiday.” If you’re just not the social butterfly and prefer spending the holidays alone, there isnothing wrong with that! I can certainly relate and I’ve never been diagnosed with any type of depression. People are so quick to put a label on individuals who don’t “fit it with the norm.” Don’t believe the hype! You are just fine 🙂
This week we’ll discuss the spiritual side of personal development. This is the final post in a 3-part series and hopefully, will tie all the parts in for you. If you’re just seeing this blog post and have no idea what I’m talking about, I urge you to back track and read the first two blog posts in this series:
First, I need to make it perfectly clear that, although I am a Christian, when I say, “spiritual”, I am referring to whatever it is, that you subscribe to, that makes you move mountains. It may be religion. It may be a number of many other things. So, I’m referring to that thing. With that being said, if you are not at peace, or aligned with the spiritual side of your being, everything else in your life, mental and physical, will be off-center as well. Do you agree?
So, what does it take to develop your spiritual side? After doing a bit of research on the topic, I found an excerpt of a book that is based on exactly what I want to relay to you in this blog post. I recommend you read, “The Stages of Spiritual Growth,” by M. Scott Peck, M.D. and Abridged by Richard Schwartz. In this section of the book, it breaks down the stages of spiritual development. I will focus on the four main stages:
You’ve made it to the long-term goals post… CONGRATULATIONS! Either you are actively working toward achieving your short, mid or long-term goals or you’re already toasting the great leaps and bounds you’ve made in accomplishing your long-term goals. In either case, here’s a big hi-five to you!
If you haven’t read the posts preceding this one, please click on the following links to get caught up:
Define your “Why” and keep it in front of you at all times
Ok, long-term goal setting may be the hardest, when you get started with your goal strategies, simply because they are set for so far away. Most people have no clue where they’ll be in 5 years. If you have or know a teenager, ask them every few months where they plan to be in 5 years. See how often it changes?
It is imperative that you break your long-term goal down. This is where your short and mid-term goals come from. Here’s an example of a financial goal: (Please remember that we are not financial experts or advisors):
Now, on to this week’s post about mid-term goals… why we need to set them and what progress we should see in our lives, once we successfully achieve them. Setting mid-term goals is relative to your long-term goals as setting short-term goals is to your mid-term goals. They are the smaller steps you need to take, in order to reach your next level of goals… short-term < mid-term < long-term. Each is relative to, and dependent upon, the other being achieved.
So we discussed setting and achieving short-term goals last week. It is very important to study that step if you’ve never attempted to set goals before. Well, if you have set short-term, mid-term and long-term goals before but, maybe didn’t see the progress you had hoped for, this post should be of great value to you. So, what makes mid-term goals so important? The main reason is that, if you set and achieved your short-term goals… CONGRATULATIONS! That hurdle, in and of itself, is a great accomplishment. Give yourself a big pat on the back 🙂 Realize, you just surpassed 92% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions and stop by January 20th!
Hopefully you’re in a good habit of eating healthy and getting good exercise on a regular basis. Even if not to lose weight, just to stay in shape. I, unfortunately, am not the best eater and do not get to exercise often. Driving and riding in a truck for 20+ hours a day, makes it really hard to stay on track with doing what’s right. I try to incorporate my chair exercises while I’m driving but, keeping safety in mind, don’t get to do them but so often. So, I have created some goals that I need to start working toward. I am proud to say that I’ve already started taking baby steps toward achieving them.
I’m writing this post, for me and for you, in case getting started or staying motivated seems a bit too daunting. This is all in an effort to reach our peak state of physical health, which has a direct result on our mental health, right? Even if your goal has nothing to do with physical health, but maybe finances or parenting, I think you’ll find great value in this 3-part series on goal setting. If you haven’t read last week’s post, “Life Transformation: Developing a Pre-Goal Setting Mindset,” I suggest you read that, just so you get some advice on how and why we set goals in the first place.
So, let’s get started with the short-term goal part of the equation. I think this is the most important stage because it’s those little wins that help keep us going in the right direction. Your short-term goals should be quickly and easily attainable. This would include changing one small bad habit, like cutting down your soda intake or trading a half hour of watching tv for taking a look at your bank statement and monthly budget. For me, I’m cutting down my coffee consumption and getting a good stretch in a couple times a day instead of a couple times a week. I’ve not completely cut coffee out, but have reduced my intake from 60 ozs to 40 ozs in the past two weeks… YEAH!!
If you read last week’s blog post, “So Long Summer: A Personal Gripe With a Twist,” you know that i am gearing up to make a couple of major changes in my own life. The biggest change will be to live a much healthier lifestyle… eating better, exercising, etc. I’m no stranger to taking on this particular hurdle.The only real challenge here for me, as with most people in my position, is to practice the healthier lifestyle on acontinuous basis. I’ve lost 30+ pounds twice in my lifetime (not including post-pregnancy) and 20+ pounds a few other times. Needless to say, weight control is the biggest obstacle I face on a daily basis. Thankfully I was raised by a vegetarian and was an athlete much longer than I was, well… not so athletic. I know how to do it. It’s just a matter of getting it done!
Although the major change in my life is to be more mindful of my food-intake and step up my exercising regime, there are different areas where people choose to improve in their own life. Do any of these sound familiar: (Found on statisticbrain.com)
Lose weight – this is the #1 New Year’s Resolution every year!
Get organized – this is #2 and, yes, on my list as well
#3 is to spend less and save more – although this is not on my list, I actively work to improve my finances
“Now it’s time to say ‘Goodbye’ to all our family…”
Yes, I’m a bit annoyed that, these days, it’s anyone’s guess as to when you’ll need to bring a jacket or sweater on your trip. Of course, this depends on where you’re located. So if you’re in Puerto Rico or some other tropical paradise… yeah, I’m hating on you! Lol Thankfully, it’s been quite toasty just about everywhere these last couple of weeks. Trust me, I’m soaking it all in. Unfortunately, the Back to School season is followed by just about every person in my household celebrating a birthday (August, September, October and November), then topped off by “The Holidays”. In my world, we fast-forward past the Fall season quick, fast and in a hurry!
However, I am one who believes “the cup is half full” in any and every situation. I’d like to think I stay ahead of certain recurring issues. Even though I don’t get a complete jump on the situation, I feel confident that I can at least minimize the negative effects of the Winter. What comes with the Winter and The Holidays? For many of us (yes, I know I’m not in this alone)… staying indoors much more and eating too much! Read entire post
You know I always have some outrageous, yet true, stories to share with you. Well this week has been an over-the-top roller coaster of a week TO SAY THE LEAST! The issues actually started a week ago, Thursday, so it’s been a hell-acious eleven days. As most of you probably know by now, my bread-and-butter business is a small trucking company that my husband, Mike, and I own and operate. We run as a “team”, meraning we usually cover about 4-5000 miles per week. For the past 5 months we’d been on a sweet run under contract that paid quite nicely… same money, less miles. Pump the breaks! That all came to a halt and jolt very abruptly. Boy oh boy… abruptly is putting it mildly.
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So on that particular Thursday, our dispatcher says, “Hey, we haven’t been given the loads for next week yet. We’re meeting with their head ups in the morning so be patient with me while I find out what’s going on.” Well, Friday morning turned into Tuesday morning. Mike and I have been trucking long enough to know that contracts change with the wind, so trailer hunting we go. We finally find one Wednesday that’s finally ready to roll on Thursday. We pickup a load Thursday heading to Laredo, Tx and we’re off! Read entire post