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True or False: Weekends are like Rainbows…

Author John Shirley has said: “Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them”.  Do you agree?

The correct response to my question is unique to you.  And your answer may largely depend [Read more…]

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Exposing a Quiet Threat to Self-Esteem

How is a thief exposed?  Usually his or her identity comes into focus when we realize that something of value has been taken from us.  A successful thief stays in business by pulling the wool over our eyes, and keeping our attention in the dark.  Maybe the thief starts out taking small bits of what we possess [Read more…]

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How to Take Care of Yourself – Overlooked Steps

When we were little, sometimes a band-aid and a kiss were all we needed to make a boo-boo go away.   Solutions were simple.   Sadly, solutions aren’t always so simple for anxiety, depression, and all the other things that hound us as we grow up.

But what if there were some simple things we could all do to give each of us a healthier mental edge?  

Three basic contributors of brain health are often overlooked:  sleep, a good diet, and regular exercise. [1]  Healing things happen while we sleep: most of the production of our neurotransmitters and brain cells occurs while we get shut eye. [2]  To maximize the healing process, establish a calming bedtime routine: reduce evening consumption of caffeine and other stimulants,  stop using digital devices about 1-2 hours before bedtime, and choose quiet activities that help your mind and body unwind. [3]  Since the body has to process whatever we put into it, eat well and regularly, balance food groups, and try to avoid excessive sugar and stimulants to help diminish mood swings.   Last but not least, aerobic exercise releases endorphins that promote brain growth as well as counteract a down mood.

So now we have 3 ways to take care of ourselves and nudge us towards a mentally healthier future:  sleep, a good diet, and regular exercise.  They don’t provide a panacea, but they may give us a leg up.

How are you challenged to take better care of yourself?

 


[1] Daniel Siegel, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (New York, NY: Bantam Books, 2010), 87.

[2] Margaret Wehrenberg,  The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques (New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008), 47-48.

[3] Siegel, 88

 

 

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Mindful Monday Tip #4: How Do You Use Your Financial Resources?

 

Becoming mindful of money in a plastic age is a worthy goal.  Money is a top cause of stress for about 75% of adult Americans (American Psychological Association).  Clearly too many of us seem to experience stress and anxiety about how much money we lack. Yet how often are we truly aware of how we use  money?  In their Anthem “For the Love of Money”, the O’Jays declared that “money is the root of all evil”, but the Bible says that “love of money is a root of all sorts of evil” (1Timothy 6:10, NASB).  While the O’Jays’ declaration resonates with some people, I think the ancient writer was on to something: how we use money can be a source of all kinds of trouble – especially if we use it mindlessly.  So this week’s tip is about becoming aware of how you use your financial resources.

Mindful Monday Tip #4: Mind your Money

  1. For one week, keep a record of each purchase you make: cash, credit/debit card, or check.
  2. Record the date, amount of purchase, and what you bought (without changing your habits).
  3. Do this with curiosity and without judgement.
Becoming mindful of how you use money is a first step to creating financial change and reducing financial stress.
 
What might you discover when you become more aware of your spending habits?
 
If you try this tip and find it helpful, please let me know on my Facebook page or leave a comment here.     

 

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