Crazy Time

Stress is the trash of modern life — we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life. ~Terri Guillemets

How true!  I have been seriously working on keeping my stress level down and not letting it get the best of me.  Working on it, but not always achieving it!  I’m finding that yoga, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and drinking water (and occasionally some wine!) helps a lot.

In this post I want to address sleep.  I’m sure no one is surprised to learn that most adults do not get enough sleep on a nightly basis.   Lack of sleep is a serious problem.  As this chart, developed by the American Psychological Association shows, lack of sleep (less than 8 hours a night), in addition to contributing to poor health, leads to feeling irritable and overwhelmed, loss of motivation, impatience especially with loved ones at home.  and to increased stress*!

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*http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/sleep.aspx

But taking an occasional nap could help lessen the effects of sleep deprivation including reducing stress.  A recent study found that, “napping could restore bio-markers of neuroendocrine and immune health to normal levels”.  This is important in stress reduction as it is the neuroendocrine system that controls the fight or flight response which when activated causes us to feel “stressed out”.

Of course it isn’t always convenient or even possible to sleep 8 hours a night or nap in the afternoon, but it is a goal for which we should strive!

 

*http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/sleep.aspx

Time to Clean Out the Closet!

As the seasons change, it is time to clean out my closet and switch from winter sweaters to lighter clothing. Personally I like doing the clothes switch in the Spring and Fall.  Unfortunately,there are many items of clothing that get unpacked in the Spring, and then packed up again in the fall year after year.  I’m hesitant about getting rid of things I don’t wear.  I’m sure you know what I mean; even through I haven’t worn it in 3 years, I might suddenly need it, or it could come back in style, or, it was expensive, maybe I’ll give it to someone, etc.  For example.  I have 5 white long sleeve button down shirts hanging in my closet.  Unfortunately I don’t wear any of them…but I might, so year after year they go into the bin, only to come out again next season!

But this year, I am going to try to live by these words:

Opening your closet

A Balanced Life

I’ve written about living a balanced life in earlier posts, but I really think this quote by international yoga teacher Rachel Brathen sums it up beautifully.

balance is key...

Friends

This little cartoon really spoke to my heart.  Whenever I spend time with a friend, I realize just how important the relationship is.  A friend can be someone you grew up with, a neighbor, a work colleague, even the person you chat with weekly at the dry cleaner or grocery store! Without our friends, life would be very lonely indeed.

I always try to keep in touch with friends through cards, Facebook, a quick coffee, and even dinner out.  How we communicate isn’t important, but reinforcing the connection is.  Who can you reach out to today?

Friends you meet on your path

Back to the Gym!

I started this blog 6 years ago in February, 2010 with a simple post titled, I Went to the gym today.  The point of the post was that after a few years hiatus from exercise (and 20 pounds), I was going to use this blog as motivation to get back to a fitness centered life, a hopefully encourage others to do so as well.  It worked.

Over the past six years I went to the gym. started running, practiced yoga, and changed my diet.  I became stronger and fit and even lowered my cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides .

But alas, even the best laid plans…

In July, a medical issue side-lined me and, my exercise had been limited to walking my dog a few times a day.  This may sound like more exercise than it is as my dog is small and our walks are slow saunters around the block!  But movement is movement!

So here I find myself very happy and excited that, I went to the gym again.  I rejoined  Planet Fitness and have been there 3 times in the past week.  I’m coming back, and I’ll be blogging again too.  So far, so good