Challenges Allow my Abilities to Shine.

Challenges are a welcome part of my life. Others may avoid challenges and view them negatively. I enjoy a good challenge.

When life is easy, I become stagnant. Challenge gives me the opportunity to grow as a person. I move closer to becoming the best possible version of myself when I face, and overcome, obstacles.

Challenges provide the opportunity to learn. There is wisdom in every challenge. I learn a valuable lesson each time I struggle. Challenges make me more intelligent and intellectually capable. I am able to extract the wisdom from each and every challenge.

Facing a challenge makes me stronger. I have more mental stamina and grit because of the obstacles I have faced. I feel confident I can overcome any challenge because of the struggles I have overcome in the past.

I look forward to challenges. My abilities grow when I am challenged. Difficult times bring my abilities to the surface where they can shine. I keep my eyes open for new challenges that can add to my skill set. Challenges sharpen my skills and hone my mindset.

Today, I welcome new challenges into my life. I look forward to overcoming the demanding situations that present themselves today. Challenges allow my abilities to shine.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. What is the greatest challenge I’m facing right now? What can I gain from overcoming it?
  2. What challenges have I have avoided in the past? How would my life be different if I had faced those challenges?
  3. What are the challenges I can see on the horizon? How can I prepare for them?

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As the holidays get closer, I set setting my goals for the new year and reflect on:

1. What has been accomplished this far?

2. What was the hardest accomplishment to change?

3. What I need to do to change for a better me?

I start rejoicing in excitment; what joy’s to come. As I listen to my voice messages, there was one from a friend that past away this year.

Voice messages to me is a moment in time that one was thinking of or wanted to get a hold of you. I have not delete it because it reminds me of good times we shared. Holidays are not the same without my friend.

However, I live as if my friend was here playing video game or debuting on sports. My goal is to always stay connected with people. Yesterday has past.

Today has come to plan for tomorrow. So, what have you done to be thankful for the things you have?

Be reminded on what is yet to come.

Change Happens

Style, Personality and Growth.

It is subject to change.

Everyday is a new day. Change is inevitable. It goes with or without you. A New day comes. Day to Night…. Morning to Evening; Some people live routinely, spontaneously or just plan for the day.

How do you deal with change? Sometimes people want control over change. Dictact the probability of the putcome. However, change occurs with or without our consent. Crazy, right? It could be as simple as a update, predicting the stock market or wanting your child to behave.

Today, Tomorrow and Evermore to Come.

Honesty and Integrity is one of the values my parents taught growing up. If we could not address in person; my sisters had to call it go to there house or meet up somewhere. Overall, there was a change happening, I was raised to be up front.

Change can change the outlook on yourself worth. This year, experience of change: Change can affect you directly or indirectly. It can be a unpredicted source of negative and positive influence on yourself and others. But people will remember how you responded.

Yep… That was the good days!

A 5-Minute Guide to Turmeric and Your Health

*Disclaimer* Consult your Doctor before making changes to your health.

Is turmeric a magical super spice or just the latest food fad? It has played a major role in Eastern medicine for thousands of years and now it’s showing up in supermarkets and research journals worldwide.

If you like Indian food, you’ve probably been eating turmeric regularly. It’s a main ingredient in curry, and it gives mustard its golden color. It’s closely related to ginger and has a bitter flavor.

Research on its health benefits is still in the early stages, but evidence is building for some popular claims. If you like natural products that can enhance your wellbeing, look at what turmeric can do for you.

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“I’m just keeping the faith. I continue to eat well, take turmeric, cayenne pepper, milk and honey, and exercise my eye muscles frequently.”
― Traci Medford-Rosow

Benefits of Turmeric:

Reduce inflammation. Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin that appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies suggest that it controls arthritis pain as well as ibuprofen.

Strengthen bones. Certain forms of turmeric may even help preserve bone mass. The National Institute of Health is investigating whether it can provide protection from osteoporosis.

Manage cholesterol. Some experts already recommend turmeric for lowering unhealthy LDL cholesterol and increasing healthy HDL cholesterol. It’s especially helpful with a diet low in saturated fats and high in soluble fiber.

Quit sneezing. Do you have a cold that won’t go away? Turmeric may relieve symptoms such as runny noses and congestion. Helps depression. Turmeric also shows promise for managing depression. That’s because mood disorders may involve inflammation as well as changes in brain chemicals.

Stay updated. On the other hand, results are mixed when it comes to serious conditions such as cancer and diabetes. Your doctor can advise you on the latest findings and what they mean for you.

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“Each spice has a special day to it. For turmeric it is Sunday, when light drips fat and butter-colored into the bins to be soaked up glowing, when you pray to the nine planets for love and luck.”
― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices

Ways to Use Turmeric:

Boost digestion. Unfortunately, our bodies are not very effective at absorbing turmeric. You can aid digestion by consuming it with black pepper and fatty foods like oil.

Wash up. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, turmeric may make your skin look and feel younger. Check labels to find turmeric in soap and cosmetics or find recipes online for making your own products.

Smell nice. Do you like woody and earthy scents? You can find turmeric in some perfumes or as an essential oil for your aroma therapy.

Safety Issues:

Go natural. There appears to be little risk when you use turmeric in the traditional ways. That includes eating it, drinking it, and applying it to your skin. You can add turmeric to salad dressings and scrambled eggs or sip it like tea. Keep in mind that even a little turmeric can stain your skin bright orange.

Watch for side effects. The most common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, and upset stomach. They occur mostly in those who are sensitive to one or more varieties of curcumin or those who use turmeric in large amounts over a long period of time.

Avoid complications. There are certain conditions that make it inadvisable to use turmeric. That includes being pregnant or breastfeeding or having gallbladder issues. If you’re having surgery, stop taking turmeric at least two weeks in advance because it may interfere with blood clotting.

See your doctor. While turmeric is generally considered safe, it’s important to talk with your doctor about any alternative or supplemental medicines you’re thinking about using. Your physician can advise you about whether they’re appropriate for you and explain any possible interactions.

While turmeric needs to be studied further, early evidence suggests that it’s safe and beneficial for reducing inflammation and helping to relieve related conditions such as osteoarthritis. Try it for yourself by adding a pinch to your favorite dishes or shopping for products with turmeric on the label.

Disclaimer: Content is reference purposes and is not a substitute for advice from a licensed health-care professional. You should not rely solely on this content, and assumes no liability for inaccuracies. Always read labels and directions before using a product. Statements regarding products have not been evaluated by the FDA, and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Therefore, we do not diagnose illness or prescribe pharmaceuticals. None of the information offered here is intended to replace any program that your medical physician has prescribed for you, nor does it conflict with any pharmaceutical medication you are taking.

I am Healthy, Whole, and Complete

I am healthy, whole, and complete.

I am enough just as I am. It is a beautiful feeling to know that I am enough. I am free of the need to prove anything to myself or to anyone else.

I confidently greet each day as it arrives with a smile on my face. Everyone that crosses my path is amazed by my attitude and warmth.

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Though I am continuously working to improve myself, I am very content as I am. I am interested in fully understanding all of my talents. I want to know my full potential.

I associate only with kind and supportive people who help me to feel good about myself.

I am enough. I have enough. I do enough each day to satisfy myself and to help make the world a better place.

I am a unique individual. I am one of a kind. My unique attributes are a big part of what makes me special.

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I love these parts of me. I allow the world to see them. I magnify them, because they are uniquely me. I serve as a model of a healthy, whole, and complete person.

I was born complete. I am complete. I have always been complete. Anytime I feel that I am insufficient, I remind myself that completeness is my very nature. It is everyone’s nature.

Today, I enjoy just being myself. I marvel at the person I have always been. I feel vibrant and full of health. I am healthy, whole, and complete.

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Self-Reflection Questions:

1. What are my three greatest qualities?
2. What is unique about me?
3. In what ways do I hold myself back? Why?

 

Who Else Wants to Break the Snooze Button Habit?

The snooze button may seem like your friend, but your relationship is probably toxic. Your alarm clock could be interfering with the quality and quantity of your sleep.

What happens to your brain when you keep hitting the snooze button each morning? You experience several stages of sleep throughout the night. Towards morning, the percentage of rapid eye movement or REM sleep increases. That’s when you dream and enjoy more restorative effects.

“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep”
― Albert Camus

That’s also when you’re likely to hit the snooze button and interrupt the cycle. As a result, you tend to feel groggy and that sleep inertia can continue for hours.

Say goodbye to your snooze button and say hello to pleasant dreams. Try these tips for waking up more naturally.

How to Quit the Snooze Button Habit:

1. Make a commitment. Are you short-changing yourself on sleep so you can work late hours or watch Netflix? Remember that chronic fatigue can contribute to weight gain, heart conditions, and other health issues. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep a night.


2. Keep your distance. Put the snooze button out of reach. Move your alarm clock or phone off your nightstand and place them across the room.


3. Budget your time. Do you set your alarm early so you can press snooze several times? Calculate how much time you really need in the morning and eliminate that leeway.


4. Plan a treat. Dangle a reward that will make you want to throw off the covers. Eat a delicious breakfast with grilled fish and fresh berries. Sign up for an early yoga or spin class before work.


5. Seek support. Let your family know what you’re doing. Cats and dogs can also be very persuasive when they want you to open your eyes.


6. Try an app. Sleep apps tend to be inaccurate because individual sleep patterns vary so widely. However, they can help you to be more aware of your behavior, especially while you’re trying to change your habits.


7. Vary the sounds. Maybe you’re so used to your alarm that you turn it off without even realizing what you’re doing. Use different sounds to capture your attention. You may also want to experiment with devices that use light or vibrations.


8. Deal with relapses. A long-standing snooze habit can take time to break. Be patient and grateful for gradual progress.


9. Talk with your doctor. What if you’re sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night and still having trouble waking up naturally? See your doctor to discuss whether you might have a sleep disorder.


“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

Additional Tips for Restful Sleep:

1. Be consistent. Giving your mind and body sufficient rest is the most effective way to break the snooze button habit. Go to bed and rise at the same time each day as much as possible, even on weekends and holidays.


2. Block out noise. If the neighbor’s stereo is keeping you up, buy a fan or white noise machine. Look for comfortable ear plugs if you need more help.


3. Adjust the lights. Exposure to morning light changes your hormone levels. You’ll find it easier to wake up in the morning and fall asleep at night.


4. Turn off electronics. Bright lights and exciting movies stimulate your brain. Turn off the TV and other devices at least one to two hours before bed.

The next time you’re tempted to hit the snooze button, ask yourself if increasing your chances of a long and active life is more important than 9 minutes of fragmented sleep.

A consistent sleep schedule and other simple habits can help you wake up feeling fresh and enjoy each day more.

“There are no ordinary cats.”
― Colette

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Does Your Income Affect Your Health?

“All the money in the world can’t buy you back good health.” Reba McEntire 

Our level of income directly affects our health. Did you know that? How much money you make helps to determine how healthy you will be. Doesn’t really make sense, if you don’t’ look at the broader picture. For example…In the big picture view: you are educated, have a degree, and are exposed to tons of information during your college years. You are exposed to health classes, athletes, and all sorts of professional people who already understand the importance of health in your life.

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“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” Buddha 

You’ve graduate college. Your income is nice, and you have the opportunity to purchase magazines, health and fitness (of course). Can you see how your education and intelligence levels affect your health? This example is a generalization; All you have to do is observe yourself verses some one whom does not have the  same advantages of health. Sad but true. Standard of living and health are directly related.

“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” Anne Wilson Schaef 

The availability of better care, whether it is through better company paid insurance, life in a metropolitan area versus rural area, or simply being able to afford a more specialized doctor when the situation warrants. In most cases, higher income families live in more populated areas, with access to better doctors and larger medical facilities. Often their employers have nurses or doctors that are retained, if not on staff, as emergencies warrant.

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“People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding. I am now working on an initiative to create awareness

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“Dogs never bite me. Just Humans” – Marilyn Monroe

 

The Quality of Life: Is Health Important?

As a matter of fact, all responsible persons should take the time to educate themselves, and their children, about the benefits of healthy eating. Learning to eat for life in a health conscious way is one of the best guarantees for a long and fulfilling life. The quality of our lives is as important as the quantity to most individuals, but because of debilitating of not feeling well. We are often forced to make a decision and choose between quality and quantity.

Thanks to the advancements in modern medicine, the average person’s life span can now exceeds seventy years. If you stop to think, that’s quite a long time to walk around on this earth. Along with the wonderful life expectancy increases, we have the detrimental effects of overeating and unhealthy eating. It seems that as we advance in one area, we regress in others.

 

The issue of obesity brings this debate to the forefront:

  • The first question I always ask, is how did we get here?
  • What kind of quality life can someone have because of their weight?
  • How did we go from one of the most physically fit nations, to just wallowing in our weight?

The answer lies in our lack of education about the weight gaining, process, and a lack of concern about our children learning how to eat and exercise correctly. Today, we must determine:

  • How much nourishment
  • Physical exercise is needed, and
  • How best to accomplish those goals.

The question raised in the title of this article, would have a resounding YES as the answer. The life you choose to lead, no matter what your field of interest, your level of education, or your level of income, your life is tremendously affected by your health. Maintaining your health is one of the most important things you can do as an individual; to enjoy what time you have on this earth. It is also one of the most important things you can do for you family. As we become an older population, and our life expectancy increases, do we want to become burdens on our children? Or do we want our time with our children in our retirement years to be something we and they have enjoyed?

There are so many things to do in life that allow us to enjoy the fruits of our labor. All of these options can be cut short if we haven’t taken the time to take care of ourselves.

Calorie, nutritional, physical, and educational needs are now information we should understand. There is massive amounts of information available to help educate and to help you make good health choices, no matter what the age group. However, we encourage you to visit a licensed medial physician (doctor). Quality of life is as important making healthy decisions to living a meaningful life:

  • Education of the healthy choices we can make,
  • Make the right healthy choices, and
  • Living life to the fullest should be the ultimate goal of every person live.

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“Health is correlated with quality of life. If you get regular physical activity, have social connections, control your cholesterol, keep your blood pressure at a normal level, don’t smoke – these things can make an enormous difference not only in how long you live, but how much you enjoy your life in those years.” Tom Frieden 

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Do We Need Meditation?

“Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.” Anonymous

Meditation, an exercise recommended for everyone, but especially those of us with hectic, stressful lifestyles, is defined as an engagement in contemplation, especially of a spiritual or devotional nature. Meditation has been shown to relieve stress, and promote overall good health, by simply reflecting upon our day, and finding happiness within ourselves. This and other mind exercises help us to keep our mind fit, and functioning at top performance levels. But up until the last twenty years, meditation was something the western world new little about. Is it necessary for our health? Or have we just come up with a new fad, to fill up the empty hours of our day?


“The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a center of peace.”
J. Donald Walters

Well, the empty hours don’t exist for most of us. Quite frankly, without the opportunity to reflect and relax, I would quite possibly go completely mad. Our spirituality and meditation practices are the tools we have available to keep our mind as fit as we keep our bodies. The mind is a complicated and versatile machine, but it can become overwhelmed and unable to function correctly, if we don’t take the time to keep it cared for.

Our mind has varying levels of operation, known as brain waves. As we pass through the different stages of our day, we enter various stages of brain wave activity. The brain uses this tool as one way to allow us time to rest our busy mind, and cope with all the pieces of information we’ve received, a way to kind of “mind file” for the day.


“Meditation is being in tune with our inner energy source.” Anonymous

Modern alternative health and holistic healers believe in the power of the energy that flows through our bodies; this energy radiates from our mind as well. It is believed to be the chief from of transportation for our body’s nervous system to carry out communication. Breathing techniques, music, aromas, and candle therapy are all ways we utilize the opportunities to reflect on our day, allow our mind to rest and replenish itself for further use. But are these methods keeping us mentally fit? Yes, it does help to keep us mentally fit.

The great benefit in meditation; the mind’s ability to transform itself into a vehicle for higher awareness. Meditation is a way for us to become aware of the fact that there is more to our being than just our physical activity. We have so much more potential locked away in our mind, resources that we never tap into until we have the chance to quiet the mind, quiet our surroundings and open the door to the possibilities we don’t examine on a day to day basis.


“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.”
Katherine Dunham

In our meditative state, thoughts that never have the opportunity to be heard during the bustle of the day are afforded the opportunity to come forward and be heard. Every step that we take is a step in some direction for our life. The opportunity to set our own destiny, develop our manifestation of what we believe our life should be, is the opportunity meditation provides. Every action we’ve ever taken started as a thought. The thought was then brought into reality by our action on that thought. So are we able to produce new thoughts, new possibilities, in this time of quiet reflection.

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