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It’s Contagious

Attitudes are contagious. Make yours worth catching. – Unknown

I had never really thought about attitudes as being contagious.  Even when I was presented with proof time and again, I never got the hint.  When my children were very young, and I woke up in a bad mood, chances are, they’d be in a bad mood too.  I just figured it was a thing.  I never thought they were taking their cues from me.  But the were.

I finally figured it out when I started teaching.  I’m human, I have moods, good ones, bad ones and indifferent ones.  I work very hard to keep my bad moods away from my students, and I’m usually pretty successful.  I’ve actually become quite good at figuring out what has put me in a mood, and flipping it to be more positive.  A couple of years ago, I had a student in my first period class that was always in a bad mood.  No matter what was going on and what was happening, their mood was horrible, and it started to impact me.  My moods would get worse, and it would color my whole day.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but his attitude was contagious.

I started figuring it out when the student stopped coming to school (sadly that happens a lot), and when they stopped coming, the mood in the room changed, the contagion was gone.  And my good attitude spread to the remaining kids. That was a lesson too.  Attitudes are contagious, but its easier for a bad attitude to spread than it is for a good attitude.  That’s kind of sad.

I was actually very happy when that student started coming back to school because I doubled my efforts to be positive around them, and upbeat and I continued to try and figure out why they were always in such a bad mood.  That student graduated, but the lesson’s I learned have stayed with me.  Attitudes are contagious, and that is something I’m never going to forget.  Bad attitudes are more contagious.  I’m not sure why but it just means I need to double up on the positive vibes when I’m faced with a negative attitude coming at me.

Attitudes are contagious, so when you have a good one, spread it to the world.

A Little Extra

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Unknown

I filled you in a couple of weeks ago about what was going on in my life.  In the past 3 months, I have had a chest x-ray, two ultrasounds, 2 cat scans, a biopsy, a pet scan and so much blood work that I’m surprised I have any blood left.  During all this time, when I should have been extraordinary, I have been so ordinary that it isn’t even funny.  There are so many things I could be doing to improve my health, but I haven’t been doing them. What I have been doing is wallowing, and that ‘s not good.

I think a lot of us give our all to whatever it is we’re doing, be it working or playing, but we have to go beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary, and that means giving more than what we normally give.  I have not been doing that, but I’m going to.  The thing is, you’re not going to change anything unless you give that little extra.  You do have to change things, but you don’t have to change everything.  Start small.  Start with one change.

That’s what I’m doing, for several reasons.  I want to be in control of my life, and above all, I don’t want to be ordinary.  Anybody can be ordinary.  I’m making the decision to be extraordinary, and you should to.  Make the decision to give a little extra to what you’re doing and move from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

 

What’s Been Going On

This was originally posted on my personal blog Well Color Me

V=Back in December, I got sick. I thought it was just a sinus infection. The doctor gave me meds and it went away. All was well in my world, or so I thought. Less than a month later, the sinus infection along with a horrible cough was back. The doctors were reluctant to give me another antibiotic, which I get, because they don’t want to over prescribe. They gave me cough medicine with codeine, and Benzonatate, neither of which did jack for my cough.

I was miserable, people I work with were sick of listening to me cough all day long, and my family was over hearing me cough all night long. Back to the doctor I went and they decided that another antibiotic was indeed in order. Again, it worked and all was well in my world.

Until the cough came back with a vengeance. Nothing was touching this cough. I ate cough drop after cough drop, I tried using a neti pot, over the counter cough remedies and home remedies. And still my cough remained, so back to the doctor I went.

They decided that the best course of treatment was a steroid, coupled with a chest x-ray. My chest had been clear all through this, but they just wanted to make sure. So I took the steroid and I had the chest x-ray. It was a miracle, the steroid worked and my cough went away. But then the call came – my lymph nodes were enlarged and they wanted to do a CAT scan.

So I scheduled the CAT scan and had the necessary blood work done for that – or so I thought. The phlebotomist who drew the blood did a crappy job and I had a bruise and a lump on my arm that could probably be seen from outer space. My students kept asking who bit me, it was that bad. I also got my cough back which resulted in another round of steroids. And as I found out the day of the CAT scan, she didn’t run the right tests. I was ready to walk out then and there because I did not want more blood drawn, but the nice tech at the CAT scan place drew some blood before she hooked up the IV I needed and ran the test really quick.

The cat scan was painless and done very quickly and the results came fairly quickly as well. Yes my lymph nodes were enlarged and my doctor referred me to someone for a biopsy. Now I was starting to get scared. They were tossing out words like lymphoma and another word I had never head of, sarcoidosis. My doctor sent me to another doctor. I went for the appointment and the next thing I know they’re escorting me to another doctor in the hospital who wants to see me right away. “But don’t worry, nothing is really wrong,” they said. “We’re just going to walk you right over there.” Yeah, that freaked me out. I met with the nice doctor and he decided that the biopsy was going to be done next week. “It’s not really a big deal but we want to get it done right away.” Sorry, but all this stuff happining fast screamed big deal to me, but hey, what do I know, right? Anyhow, the biopsy was scheduled and I was quietly freaking out.

I had the biopsy, and the doctor told me I’d probably get the results in 5 to 7 days. I also got another a funnerific cough courtesy of the endoscopy tube shoved down my throat. I was quite surprised when the doctor called me the next night to give me the results. I was confident all along that it wasn’t lymphoma, and I was right. But it is sarcoidosis. He also heard my delightful cough and prescribed another round of steroids. I should be ballooning up like Violet Beauregard from Willie Wonka fame any time now.

After I got my new script filled, I did what any other person in my position would have done. I took to the interwebs to find information. I went to intelligent sites like Mayo Clinic and Web MD but then I made a HUGE mistake and I turned to facebook and looked for support groups. I thought I would find a lot of information from people dealing with the same thing, and there was some good information, but there was also a lot of poor me and boo hoo and I’m so miserable. I get it. I really do. I’m feeling all whiney and boo hooey myself, but I refuse to get in a funk about this. I’m a huge proponent of positive thinking, and I do believe that your mental outlook can go a long way toward repairing your body.

So where I stand right now is in a sea of uncertainty. I don’t know who I’m supposed to be seeing for treatment, I don’t know what type of sarcoidosis I have – apparently there are many different types. I don’t know anything other than I’m on a steroid. I don’t like not knowing anything, but that’s where I am right now. I guess I’ll be reaching out to my doctor to find out what is next in this process of healing and getting this disease into remission. I’ve been slacking a bit on my diet, my doctor actually said just to wait until I got the biopsy dealt with and school was out, because my stress level has been sky high. She didn’t see any point in worrying about keto and macros and all that because I was just stressing out more.

I know that eating healthy will be good and exercising is good, and eliminating stress is also good. However, it’s hard to exercise when you are coughing up a storm, and stress, well I’m a magnet for stress, but I’m still going to try. It’s small baby steps. Like I’m not doing serious keto and I’m not counting macros, but I’m not going to eat french fries and potato chips all day every day. I can’t do hard core exercise right now, but I can walk, and if I have to stop and cough, so be it. As far as the stress goes – I really just need this school year to be done. That is a big part of my stress right there for reasons I won’t go into here, but anyone who knows me knows what I’m talking about!

I have this disease, but this disease does not have me.

Holistic approach for the wellness of a body, mind, and soul

Holistic approach for the wellness of a body, mind, and soul

by Lena Hemsworth – Lifestyle Blogger

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The holistic approach to life has many definitions, but all of them have one thing in common. You’re focusing on improving all aspects of your life and looking at the big picture. Instead of treating the symptoms, you’re getting to the root of each problem and transforming your life as you go. If you try the holistic approach, you’re bound to improve your physical and mental health beyond recognition.

We are made to move. Unfortunately, the life of an average person in modern society revolves around sitting and laying down. Your body aches to feel

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the adrenaline rush of exercise, your heart aches to pump blood, and your mind needs exercise to produce happy hormones. If you truly love your body, you will give it an outlet.

Any kind of exercise is good exercise. From yoga to jogging to intense workouts, your body will be thankful. It will process stress better, become stronger, and be almost invincible to disease and viruses.

 

2. Daily meditation

In a world that is a storm of chaos and stress, your best weapon can be the calm you carry within. Though it may seem buried deep, each and every one of us possesses this serenity which can ward of evil. All you have to do is tap into this power with meditation. By searching deep within yourself, you’ll come to realize many things about who you are and how and why you react to things.

Daily meditation will help you relax more easily and deal with every challenge daily life throws at you. Your subconscious is your friend, and mediation can help you unlock this friendship and use it for good. You will become a steady rock, unmovable in the storm, unwilling to break, and strong enough to get through any issue you may face.

3. Healthy eating

The path to optimal health can’t be achieved without proper nutrition. What you put in your body greatly affects your cognitive function, as well as your other bodily functions. How vital and healthy you are, depends mostly on the kind of things you put into your body.

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Australians have taken this a step further, as they realized each person can have different dietary preferences that work for them best. This belief is so widely spread, that you can even find a Sydney wellness center which offers meal planning services through naturopathy. Though some may regard it as a pseudoscience, naturopathy can have real and positive results. When used correctly, it is the number one thing that helps you understand how your body processes food. Thanks to this practice, many have found peace in nutrition and are now living much healthier lives.

4. Positive thinking

Your mind is like a garden, there are flowers and weeds. The flowers represent the positive thoughts you have about yourself and your environment, while the weeds are the negative thoughts which have the potential to eat away your beautiful mind garden. In order to have a healthy mind, you’ll need to focus on getting rid of the weeds.

Finding positive things about yourself and the world you live in is more of a skill than anything else. You’ll need to work hard to see the bright side, but the more you do it, the easier it will become. Until finally, one day, your primary response to a situation will be an optimistic view. This is how you’ll know that your mind garden is flourishing with the most beautiful flowers taking center stage.

Conclusion

There are many aspects of the holistic approach, so you should try to introduce one after another, gradually, to your life. You’re bound to be much happier and more energized, as well as more positive and mindful. Taking care of your body breeds positive effects for your mind. In the same way, optimal physical and mental health cleanse and purify your soul like nothing else.

 

Love Yourself First

Love Yourself First

Helen Bradford

 

As Louise L. Hay once said: “Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.” However, loving yourself requires effort, not just words. It may seem challenging though, especially considering how hectic our lives can be. Juggling with work, family, and many other obligations can leave us neglecting ourselves. It’s time to change the game and give yourself some much-needed TLC. It doesn’t require any groundbreaking transformations. On the contrary, adopting these few self-care habits will give you a healthy body and a healthy mind.

1. Getting started.

Self-discipline is the key when it comes to physical activity. Most of us make the decision to start exercising rather easily, but when it comes to putting it to practice, well… it’s another story. A good idea is to make a workout schedule. Keep track of your activities (and energy levels) for a week. This will give you insight into what times work best for you. Our energy levels are usually highest in the morning so that would be a good time for more intense workouts. However, if you see it as a way to vent out after a busy day at work then you’ll dedicate time to it in the evening. Take baby steps and be realistic when making your schedule. This will help you to stay focused and motivated.

2. Make your home gym-friendly.

For some people, taking trips to the nearby gym can sometimes be discouraging. If you are one those people who aren’t keen on working out with a bunch of strangers, don’t give up just yet. A great alternative is to bring a gym to your home. You can make some room in your home or a garage and turn it into your own private gym. Next, you’ll need to put in some Cyberfit gym equipment or similar high-quality fitness items. If you do your research, you’ll find that many shops offer great home gym packages. This way, you’ll enjoy exercising in the privacy of your own home and ensure good physical and mental health.

3. Moody no more.

No matter the intensity of the workout, people generally feel better after a workout. Many studies have shown the connection between physical activity and better mental health. One of the reasons is that physical activity produces endorphins or so-called “feel-good” chemicals. What’s more, it increases blood flow to the brain and lowers the blood pressure and cholesterol. It reduces stress and helps you sleep better. Exercising regularly indeed does wonders for your brain. Better concentration and increased cognitive functions are just some of the benefits physical activity has on your brain. In the end, boosting your energy levels you’ll boost your mood, too.

4. Give your self-esteem a boost.

Taking care of your body is maybe the easiest way to love yourself. Aside from the numerous benefits exercising has on your overall health, it also makes you look good. And by doing that, your confidence levels increase. If you’re persistent, the results will be your biggest motivation and not only that. If you used to have chronic pain in your neck or lower back, you’ll be thrilled to find out that sitting all day at the office isn’t a nightmare anymore. Yes, working out will strengthen your core muscles but it will enhance some other skills of yours. Mastering self-discipline at the gym will transfer to work, and healthier mind means better productivity, too.

5. Stay motivated.

Staying on point with your workout routine may not always go so smoothly. There will be days when even getting up in the morning seems like a challenge. If that happens, try not to avoid your workout completely. Alter it, adjust its intensity to your current state, but don’t skip it. Even a short walk or a bike ride can elevate your mood. Having the support of your family and friends can help you stay motivated. However, it’s best to learn how to do that by yourself. Not only will this bring you independence, but it will also boost your self-esteem and mental health. Stay persistent and whenever you feel like you’re about to fail, remembering the reason you started will keep you going.

Other people may not always be there when you need help and support, but the only person that actually matters will, and that’s you. Loving yourself doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Taking care of your body can be a fantastic start that will lead to a leaner body, better mood, and most importantly – sharp and healthy mind.

It’s a Good Thing

Remember that being alone doesn’t always mean being lonely; it can be a beautiful experience of finding your creativity, your heartfelt feelings, and the calm and quiet peace deep inside you. – Anonymous

There are some people that dread being alone, but I think it’s a good thing.  I’m not talking about loneliness, nobody wants to feel like that. I’m talking about being alone, by yourself and becoming aware of who you are.  In this crazy busy day and age, that’s a good thing.  Think about it, we are constantly being bombarded by news and information. We can be reached 24/7 via cell phone and email, and most of us check social media several times a day.  We are never alone.

There is a big push now about mindfulness.  Very simply put, it’s being aware of yourself, your thoughts and your feelings in the present moment.  That’s not a bad thing, in fact, it’s a good thing.  But you can’t be very mindful of yourself if you’re constantly surrounded by people and activity.  Sometimes, you just need to be alone to get in touch with who you are and what you’re feeling.

Take time to get in touch with who you are and how your feeling.  Shut off the outside world for a while and be alone with yourself.  Being lonely isn’t a good thing but being alone is different. It’s a good thing. It gives you an opportunity to get to know a very amazing person – yourself.

It Takes Time

Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

I am not a patient person.  I want what I want, and I usually want it right away.  But sometimes, it takes time for things to fall into place.  An acorn that is planted in the ground isn’t going to grow into a mighty oak, just because we try and will it.  There is a rhythm to things, and sometimes we just have to let that rhythm play out.

It’s logical, and on a certain level, it’s something that people understand, but understanding, and accepting are two different things.  In today’s society, we get immediate gratification.  Post a status on Facebook and get likes right away.  Want to talk to someone, shoot them a text, and chances are they’ll answer right away.  We get used to getting it all right now.  But sometimes it takes time, and when it does, it’s hard.

Cultivate a patient attitude.  Learn to wait.  Learn to sit back and enjoy the down time without a phone in your hand and or a computer giving you instant answers.  Develop patience and learn to wait for things to unfold in a natural manner.  Sometimes it takes time for things to come to fruition.  Have the wisdom and the knowledge to accept that.

Don’t Compare

Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success. – William J. H. Boetcker

When you walk into a room full of people, what is the first thing you do? I compare what I’m wearing to everybody else.  I judge my outfit against theirs and usually come up lacking in my own mind.  I compare my hair, and my weight and usually come up with all my points in the negative column.  I constantly tell myself don’t compare myself to others and I constantly find myself doing it.

Not just clothing, and any other outward appearances, but everything.  I think most of us compare ourselves to others and find ourselves lacking, even thought it’s not true.  It’s not true because there is no comparison, so don’t do it. Don’t compare yourself to others.  If yo must compare, compare yourself to you.  Look at where you were, and how far you’ve come.  Look at the growth you’ve had, look at how far you’ve come from where you were.

John Donne said that comparisons are odious, and it’s true.  You shouldn’t compare yourselves against anybody else because you are unique, your situation is unique, as is theirs.  Don’t compare, but if you must, compare yourself to you.  Look at what you’ve accomplished, and build upon it.  Use your successes as a launching pad to bigger and better things.  There is no comparison, there is only you!

Put the Past Away

My Mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on. – Forrest Gump

The movie Forrest Gump is filled with things that Forrest’s mama told him, and while everybody knows that ‘Life is like a box of chocolate,” I think this quote is the best piece of advice Mrs. Gump gave us.  You have to put the past away.  You have to just let go before you can move on to bigger and better.

There are countless quotes about leaving the past where it belongs, and in fact, the title comes from the Third Eye Blind song, Jumper.  If so many people are saying to put the past away, I’m guessing it has to be super good advice.  Think about it, the past is like an anchor, holding on to you and dragging you down, when where you want to go is forward.  You need to let go of that anchor and start moving toward your future.

Figure out what is holding you back, or who is holding you back, and why. Or maybe it’s you.  Maybe you’re the one that’s holding on to the past, but it’s time to let go.  You need to figure it out so you can cut the times and put the past away.  Don’t stay stuck in the past, let it go and move on to a bigger and better future.  The one you’ve been dreaming about.

 

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