Healthy Heart and Healthy Mind

10

Feb
2014
Posted By : Sally Dee 0 Comment
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A Healthy Heart and Healthy Mind

What makes a heart healthy?

The science is out that to have a healthy heart, we have to move our bodies with exercise, we have to manage our weight with proper nutrition, and we have to quit smoking. But what else makes for a healthy heart? As a therapist, I often see people that have these things going well in their life, yet their hearts are not full and content. Here are some things you can do to keep your heart healthy and strong above and beyond the physical:

Process sadness and grief

At some point in all of our lives, we will each experience sadness and grief. To process through these emotions, first we must identify and acknowledge what we are feeling. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone about what you are feeling. Holding onto negative emotions is very toxic. Talking through it with someone and being able to process though it will make a world of difference in your life.

Release stress

A small dose of stress can be good reminder of all the important things that need to be done, but stress does serious damage to our mind and bodies. It is important to release stress before we feel overwhelmed and run down. So do something that you like- go outside for a walk or a run, light candles in your room, or join a group exercise class. You can also give meditation a try. It is a wonderful tool that will help you to release the negative thinking from your life.

Live in the moment

Emily Dickinson said, “Forever is composed of nows.” The little moments are the big moments. Set time aside to experience self- realization and self- confidence. Being happy and content in your life is an attitude of knowing that the negative moments will pass and allowing the happy ones to consume your life.

Breathe deeply

It’s amazing how only a few minutes of deep breathing can change your mood. Breathing is essential to keeping calm and maintaining sanity. Daily and normal tasks can be overwhelming to our nervous system, such as sitting in traffic and making deadlines. It’s important that to take deep, rhythmic breaths giving yourself time to think through whatever is occurring in your life.

Make peace with your heart, feeling free to live in the moment, and love without limits. It is the only one you get in this lifetime!

Daily Routine Building Tips

27

Aug
2013
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Daily Routine Tips

Daily Routine Tips

Daily Routines Building Tips

Do you feel like your workload is overflowing and you just can’t seem to catch up? In today’s society of double income households, late hours spent at work, and kids’ after school activities, each day can feel like a constant run in a hamster wheel. While you can’t change all the demands in your day, you can take some control before you lose it and feel ‘scatterbrained’ or ‘absentminded’.

Daily routines are beneficial for finding balance within our lives. Developing a routine of daily tasks will improve your ability to focus and manage your time efficiently.  If you are a parent, developing a weekly plan is especially important. Creating a daily routine for the family builds a sense of safety and security for children and reduces stress for the parent. Here are 10 ways to bring a sense of structure to your day building peace and ease:

  1. Begin by sitting down and writing a list of daily tasks. Everything you do-even the smallest ones.
  2. Find shortcuts in these daily tasks. Once you see the layout of your tasks, you can decide if some tasks should be grouped together, eliminated, or shortened
  3. Decide on an adequate amount of time that should be allotted for completing each task.
  4. Prepare for the day ahead in advance. Make lunches the night before, big servings of dinner that you can freeze or re-use in another way, or extra pancakes on the weekend.
  5. Develop morning routines and nighttime routines.
  6. Plan time for activities that are fun and facilitate bonding.
  7. Plan out time for quiet time. Children need this just as much as parents do.
  8. Get your children to help and cooperate by discussing with them why it is important to complete each task every day.
  9. Create a checklist for children to follow.
  10. Stick to the plan so everyone knows what is expected. You could even set up a reward system on Fridays for everyone following the plan, such as ice-cream out after school.

Time management will help you become more organized and improve your efficiency. You will find yourself more resourceful and innovative in your daily routine when you are not running yourself down so much. And by sticking with a plan, there is more time for creativity and relaxation. The plan works great for parents and for the children. When children know what to expect, they gain a sense of stability and structure. Even children with ADD/ADHD benefit greatly from having a daily routine. Get off the hamster wheel and enjoy your day more!