Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Day 30: Find Refreshment in Spiritual Things

Day 30: Find Refreshment in Spiritual Things- In today's hectic world that is full of stresses from everywhere you turn you need to find a place you can be refreshed.  Getting together with family and friends can be refreshing.  But, the activities you do at those times can be very important. 
Talk about spiritual things that refresh and build up the person.  Wise King Solomon declared: "With a man there is nothing better than that he should eat and indeed drink and cause his soul to see good because of his hard work." Eccl. 2:24

Our gatherings not only refresh the soul but also strengthen our bond of love with family and friends as we get to know them better.  It is best to keep the gathering small in order to get to know ones better and contribute to a memorable and up building occasion.  Do bible research together or read a part out of the Bible and each one has a part.

Research topics that you are unfamiliar with. For example, do you know God's name?  It appears over 7,000 times in the original manuscripts, but it has been replaced with GOD or LORD.  Why did they take the name of God out of the Bible?  When did they first start replacing his name with these titles?  Where does God's name appear in the Bible?  Why do you need to know and use God's name?

Those are just some of the questions you can ask and do research on to build one another up in these stressful times. 

Day 29: Visualization- With Your Minds Eye- I love to see myself as I will be in God's new order after he has rid the earth of all those ruining it and the wicked.  I find that when I awake in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep right away that is the perfect time to visualize where I will be in his purpose for the earth. Having a perfect body, perfect glowing health and exploring every corner of this earth.

It's a great feeling looking ahead to those times and it gives me strong faith and a hope that I know will be fulfilled.  I think about where I want to live, by the sea or mountains.  What kind of house we will build. What I will plant and how  the yard will be landscaped.  Each time I imagine something different.
I also visualize us keeping our life simple day by day to accomplish just having the necessities of life. I know that if we keep putting first God's kingdom and his righteousness he will provide for our daily needs.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 29: Visualize- In Your Minds Eye

Day 29: Visualize-in your minds eye. See yourself as you want your life to be.  Stop just thinking about it and talking about it- See it!

Visualization is a tool that can help give your life shape and substance.  It's what dreams are made of.  Simply visualize what you want in your mind's eye-a new job, place to live, better relationships, better health, whatever.  Make it as real and specific as possible.

When you do, you are placing yourself in that new setting and that you will settle for nothing less.  Be a doer not just a hearer only.

Day 28:  Work Softer- I was forced into a slower pace 5 years ago when my health failed to live up to my expectations.  I can't even turn fast or my head will swim and I'll feel awful for minutes and have to sit down.  So, I go at a steady slow pace.  I think about what I need to do and then get all my ducks in a row, so to speak and begin the task at hand.

I'm one of those people that sees the mountain and breaks it down into smaller hills that I can manage and get to work organizing it the way I want it to be.  Some, will see the mountain and just leave it because they can't see the end result or they just don't like hard work.  But, clutter effects your mind and causes you stress.  So, don't leave it, clean it up one baby step at a time.  That doesn't mean working for 10 minutes today and 10 minutes next week.  That means working 10 minutes every hour if need be, according to your energy and strength to get the task done.

That is how I approach my tasks.  I work on them in the morning when I have the most energy.  Then, by afternoon I sit and do things while I'm resting like crocheting or sorting through those piles of junk mail and papers that need to be filed.
By evening I've taken a nap and finish my day with my family eating dinner and watching a movie or Bible tape and a little more hand work.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 28: Work Softer

Day 28: Work Softer- Don't work harder, work softer!  There's no reason to race through your day, gritting your teeth and tensing your muscles.  Believe it or not, you can accomplish more when you move more slowly, thoughtfully.

Conserve your energy for the things that matter most.  Spend as much time planning as doing.  Learn to go with the flow-and to enjoy the journey. 

"When Stress Becomes an Enemy"
"What if your body is constantly revved up?  Your muscles remain tense, your pulse rate nd blood pressure stay high, and elevated levels of cholesterol, fats, sugars, hormones and other chemical linger in the blood.  Prolonged elevated levels of such chemicals-meant for short, intense, and infrequent bursts of activity-eventually damage important body organs. With what consequences?

You may begin experiencing backaches, headaches, muscle spasms of the neck, and muscle tension.  According to doctors, those symptoms are often related to chronic stress.  Ongoing stress can hamper creativity and productivity, as well as erode enthusiasm and damage interpersonal relationships.  It can also lead to irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and esophageal spasms.  Th consequences of chronic stress may even be more serious.  Stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, cardiovascular problems, and diabetes may be caused by or made worse by prolonged stress." quoted from Awake! journal June 2010

"Because of the secretion of cortisol in long-term stress," writes Van der Merwe, "fat tends to accumulate around the abdomen and back."  Skin disorder, such as eczema and psoriasis, are associated with - or aggravated-stress."

Day 27: Take A Walk- For me going outside in the summer heat in Florida is out of the question, unless absolutely necessary.  So, I do my walking inside my house. I open the doors of each room so I have easy access and walk for up to 10 minutes at a time.  I move my arms slowly up and down and think of a relaxing park filled with flowers and birds and children playing and laughing.

By the time I'm finished I feel relaxed and calmer.  Ready, to continue my day in a more tranquil mood.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 27: Take A Walk

Day 27: Take A Walk- When you are feeling stressed or having a tense moment talk a walk. Get out of the house if you can or go to the mall or Walmart. Anywhere to get your mind off yourself and relax.  Looking at nature just automatically brings a calm to your being.
Let go of all the tension, frustrations and anxieties that can slip into your day.  Sing or hum or even whistle your favorite tune.  Take along a portable radio with earphones or your I-pod.
The walk and the music will do you good and get your mind on something that will change your mood to the better.

Day 26: Get to bed early- My bedtime has changed drastically over the last five years due to my health issues.  I started with 9 p.m. and that stayed pretty much the same until about a year ago. I have improved to the point that I can stay up until 10 p.m. now. Wahoo! My family loves it and so do I.
And, boy do I ever feel better when I can sleep straight through to 8 or 9 a.m.  I take a product by Neuro Science called Neurotransmitters that balance the serotonin and other chemicals in the brain.
My brain chemistry was disrupted by the Lyme disease and this natural product has literally given me back my ability to read, talk on the phone, stand loud noices, stand bright light and sleep.

You can have a simple urine and saliva test that will establish what is in need of balancing in the brain.  The lab is run by Blue Cross and Blue Shield in CA. So lots of insurance companies will pay for the test.  I have one once a year to see where I'm at and the results always show an improvement.

I would highly recommend everyone getting the test and taking the product. It is safe for even children and effective. It is something you have to take permanetly to keep yourself balanced.  It can help ADD and AD/HD in children and adults alike. 
You can order the test from http://www.ovitaminpro.com/  they also provide the product at the lowest price available. I order from them all the time.  I do not get any money from your purchase, this is just information I want to pass on because I know how vital it is for everyone. Especially, for those under stress.

My daughter started on the product after her testing two years ago. We were in a car accident and that impact effects the brain chemistry.  She also has a problem with staying focused and the Neuro Science Formula's have improved her thinking and retention abilities for work.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Day 26: Get to Bed Early

Day 26: Get to bed a little earlier than usual.  For some of us sleep is the only down time.  And, some don't even get enough sleep.  Studies show that getting to bed before 10 p.m. is the most benefical for the brain and body.  After that the body doesn't rest the same and you'll wake up feeling it.

Try this, once a week go to bed 30 minutes earlier than you normally would.  Don't take a book or watch tv in bed. This is the brains time to rest.  Turn off the lights and get to sleep!

You'll notice the next morning how much that extra 30 minutes made.  Try to increase the time until you can get to bed before 10 p.m and see if you don't thank yourself for doing it.
You'll feel fresh as a daisy, raring to go.

Day 25: Take Five- For me I start my day by reading from my book called;  "Examining the Scriptures Daily" that is taken from our study articles from the past year.  This gives us a reminder of what we've studied in the congregation's bible study every Sunday.
It's the greatest spiritual food put together for us so that we can keep ourselves focused and stay awake to the times we're living in and how close we are to the promises found in the Bible.

Then, before bed I reread the scripture and the surrounding chapter's so that I go to bed with a connection with my God. It's like wrapping myself in a warm blanket and feeling I'm loved.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 25: Take Five

Day 25: Take Five- This is not putting yourself on a time out. This is taking five precious minutes at the beginning of each day an at the end of the day to read something inspirational: uplifting quotations, a passage from the Bible or other religious text or even a book that you find inspiring.

Read slowly, thoughtfully-with heart.  Again, meditate on what you are reading so it can give you that inner calm and peace.  Let the words enter in your mind and effect you heart to bring you comfort, joy and insight.

Day 24: Journaling- I have several journals for different subjects.  I find that I usually make time to write in them once a week.  I like to read what I've written a week or so before to see where I've been and where I am now.  It reminds me of self and brings me a connection of my accomplishments.

I think out of all the things I do with my hands making things brings me the most inner feeling of accomplishment. Writing my accomplishments down is a permanent reminder of what I've done with my time.  A farmfriend sent me a knitting/crochet journal.  I started keeping a log of what I make and there is a place to add a picture. That I like, because some of my things I sell or give to friends. This way I can remember what I've made.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 24: Journaling

Day 24: Journaling- I've talked about making a list, making a scrapbook and now make or buy a journal.  Journaling is a great antidote to stress.  That's because it gets out your true deep thoughts and feelings, and brings out your most precious dreams.

Make journaling a daily or weekly habit.  Buy a special pen or make up a fancy one yourself with some pretty paper or fabric and just glue it around the pen. Tie some ribbon at the end and you've got your special journaling pen.

Don't cross out or erase, just let the thoughts flow across the page. It's your book so who cares if you change your mind on a matter, you can write that down too.  We change our feelings on things as we mature and grow in wisdom day by day and year by year.

For me my journaling is best done at night before I go to bed.  It helps me get things off my mind so I can sleep better.

Day 23: Make Your Own Soundtrack- I need to make another cd from Walmart. I made one about a year ago with so many great songs I'd remembered from my childhood that my mother would play and from my favorite movies.
I'm making a list of the songs I liked from different movies and then I'm going to make my next one for my reducing stress journey.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Day 23: Make Your Own Soundtrack

Day 23: Make Your Own Soundtrack- These days you can make a cd of all of your favorite songs instead of having to buy the whole cd and skip songs you don't like.  I made up one of my favorite songs on http://www.walmart.com/  it costs little to do and you can add as many songs as you choose.

Start your day with music that makes you glad to be alive.  Choose music that makes you smile or dance, or that reminds yo of special people, places and occasions.

Bring it with you in the car. Let it lift you above the routines of the everyday life. Sing along that gives you even more feelings of happiness.

Day 22: Bible Study and Research- I have a Bible textbook on the book of Revelation.  It gives a verse by verse explanation of each chapter.  It is fantastic!  I wouldn't be without it.  Most people I talk to always ask me about the book of Revelation and what it all means.  I always give them a copy of this wonderful textbook and they are so thankful. 

When you have the right tools, Bible study can be fun and easy.  It is hard work that pays off in the end with everlasting results.  I say hard because it takes discipline to read it each week and meditate on what you've read so you don't forget the most important parts.

It's like having your favorite meal once a week and thinking back at how you enjoyed making it and and eating it. So make time for Bible study and meditate on what you've learned daily. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Day 22: Bible Study and Research

Day 22: Bible Study and Research- When you read the bible it does help reduce stress by bringing you closer to God. But, studying and researching different sections you are reading about does wonders to get your mind off yourself.  And, that is our goal to keep our minds positive and filled with positive beneficial things.

Supplies You'll Need: Bible Concordance, Reference Bible,  a Mini Bible Encyclopedia, and a Bible in Modern English.
The source that I use is free even the shipping is free at http://www.watchtower.org/ and they have many Bible textbooks as well that I find extremely beneficial in my studies.

Let's start with one scriptures that discuss the changes God will bring about on the earth. You draw your own conclusions. I am a trained Bible instructor so you may feel free to ask any questions you have if you don't understand or if it is a new discovery than what you have known all your life.
This is intended for benefiting and building us up during these hard times. It is not intended to become a debate on beliefs. So, please keep that in mind with your comments.
I will post my research each day and you do the same with yours. I will give further scriptural references to explain a specific topic. Let's keep this fun!

Topic #1- Revelation 21:4- "He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore."
Let's start with the first reference in that verse is the word tear. It gives two other scriptures to refer to. First, Isaiah 65:19 and Revelation 7:17. From Isaiah it refers you to Jeremiah 31:12, Isaiah 35:10 and back to Revelation 21:4. From Revelation 7:17 refers to Isaiah 25:8. From Isaiah 25:8 refers you back to Isaiah 35:30, Revelation 21:4 and  7:17.

So, you see how the scriptures teach by scriptures. And, of course you need someone trained in scripture to explain how to use a reference Bible and how to understand the time period it is refering to. Which all of these are refering to the time when those living now who God deems worthy to survive his coming "great day" and those who will be resurrected in the future will experience these blessings.
But, let's just take one step at a time. Do your research and let me know how you do tomorrow. If you can't find any of the supplies email me and I will send them to you free.

Day 21: Qualities That Reduce Stress: I take each quality in Galatians 5: 22,23 and research them one by one in the scriptures using the above formula and with scriptural articles found in my Bible journals that discussed these over the years. I find it helps me discipline myself to work on the aspect of each qualitiy I'm lacking in in some way.
Due to my Lyme disease causing a disruption in my moods and thinking I find that I get upset more easally with my loved ones over the smallest of things. That just aggrevate my mind and cause me to loose my calm, cool and normally collected state of mind.
I think my childhood is coming back to haunt me in that respect. My father was always yelling at us for every little thing we did.
 I don't yell but my temper changes quickly and I hate that. I used to be so in control of my emotions. So, the only thing I've found to help combat this is doing bible research on that quality. And of course, lots of prayers for holy spirit to bring me a calm and mild temper.
I find to the minute I feel my emotions starting to change I look for a humours way to say something to make myself calm down.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 21:Qualities That Reduce Stress

Day 21-Qualities That Reduce Stress- How can a quality reduce stress you may ask; A medical doctor explains the value of applying such Bible teachings as found at Galatians 5:22, 23, especially helpful in today's world to reduce stress. "Dealing respectfuly with people:, he says, "is a big stress reliever."

What are these qualities? Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness and self-control, which are called "the fruitage of God's spirit."  The Bible also helps us cultivate modesty, which means having a moderate estimate of our abilities. Micah 6:8

As hard as this may be to cultivate, we may need to learn when and how to say no to demands that exceed what we realistically can handle. One way to adopt these qualities is to not expect perfection of yourself or others. Ecclesiastes 7:16

Day 20: Meditate- I love to read the Bible and I subscribe to Bible journals that teach us how to apply scriptures in our life to be happier servants of God in these difficult last days.  I find that when I meditate on these articles and the scriptures that I have read brings me the most peace and calmness of anything else I've tried.
They are always filled with timely articles of current events to help people cope with today's hardships and articles of other Christian's who have faced difficulities in their life and how they coped by applying Bible principles.
In fact the June issue of this year was based on how to relief stress.  And, it's not just based on secular knowledge it gives you the Bible scriptures so you can turn to God for help directly.
The July issue is based on the unemplyment issue and give tips of how to live on less income. This is a power packed article with great tips and again scriptures to help you to cope with a loss of reduced income.  I've applies their suggestions in our family and they really work and have helped us to be happier and look for ways to cope with living on less income nowadays.
Just ask me if you'd like these issues, I have extra copies I'd be glad to send to you.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 20: Meditate

Day 20: Meditate- Meditation can take many forms. You can just relax with the room quiet and just think of restfull and peaceful surroundings. Don't let your mind wander, but focus on things that bring your inner peace to the forefront of your mind.

Bring back scriptures that make you happy and think of a bright future ahead. Think of good expereinces with loved ones you shared in the past.

Don't worry about what you will accomplish in those few quiet moments-just go with the flow. Let your thoughts take you to a better place and enjoy the peace from within.

Day 19: Set the Table- I posted a picture of a table setting I did for our last tea party. Today, I got out one of my bright white with pink tableclothes and set the table with my vintage 50's center piece. After looking at it I said it just doesn't go with that cheerful tablecloth.
So I looked in my kitchen and found a crystal bowl with colorful flower design that did the trick.
That's one spot in the house that I can change weekly to a new theme that makes me feel happy and gives me lots of enjoyment coming up with new ideas and center pieces. And, it doesn't cost me anything for the new decorations, I just look in my china cabinet for new pieces that I havn't had out since my last party.
Set the table for yourself once in a while even if you're not having guests for dinner.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day 19:Set the Table

Day 19: Set the Table-A pretty table can transform a meal into a special event.  Why save your pretty dishes for company or special occassions?  Why restrict candles or flowers t infrequent romantic dinners?

Get out that favorite tablecloth, the good flatware, the delicate crystal dishes.  Use placemats and cloth napkins to add color and flair, and serving bowls and table decorations to elevate even the most ordinary of meals.

Live-in style!

Day 18: Take a Nap! For me taking a nap is a daily requirement. By 4 o'clock my brain is getting slower and I'll get a headache and start to feel awful. So, I just nap and within an hour I'm fresh enough to make dinner and relax for the evening with the family.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Day 18:Take A Nap

Day 18: Take A Nap- You don't have to be a kid to take a nap.  A quick nap after lunch or before dinner will relax and recharge your body and mind. Even if you can't sleep, the very act ofclosing your eyse can work wonders.

Let your body dictate how long you sleep. If you work take a 10-15 minute nap on your lunch break. Set the alarm on your cell phone to wake you up. When you open your eyes, you'll feel ready to start the rest of your day anew.

Day 17: Eat Right For Your Type- Like I was saying yesterday, I follow the "Eat right for your type" (blood) diet. When I first got on the plan it was about 12 years ago. I weighed 170 pounds from a second pregnancy, but had a miscarriage. A friend of mine started the plan and told me about it. Since, I wanted to loose the weight I started his suggestions for my blood type and became active exercising (walking, bike riding and tennis). In four months I lost down to 140 pounds and kept at that weight and never gained back what I lost.
My overall health improved and I felt better than I had my whole life.

So give it a try and see how much better you feel and find out what your perfect weight should be.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Day 17: Eat Right For Your Type

Day 17: Eat Right For Your Type- There is a book by Dr. D'Adamo called "Eat Right For Your Blood Type" and I follow it with good results. Now, you can also pay for an expensive blood test that will tell you the foods you are allergic to or should avoid, but this can change over time.
I have found that after having skin testing  to only a few foods that are the most popular or the ones I ate the most that I was tested for I was not allergic to them. So, after comparting the tests with his diet for my blood type "O" I have felt better and had more energy.

Giving your body the right fuel it needs to work effecienty makes all the difference in how you feel and look. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and a low-fat diet is best. Eat 5 small meals a day instead of 3 big ones. Drink plenty of water, usually 8-10 8 ounce glasses a day to keep yourself hydrated and to cleanse your system.

Don't deny yourself treats, but remember- a healthy body that serves you well through the years is the biggest treat of all. So, make the snacks healthy ones. Use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Day 16: Take the Day Off- For me this is a regular happening. I am home daily and can control my surroundings. If I feel like no noise I just don't have any. If I want to call a friend and talk I do.  I turn the ringer down or off on the phone and take a nap daily.
Whatever, the situation for that day is what determines my activity level and noise level.
On Mondays, I have the house cleaned by a friend, so on that day I know I have to be dressed and ready for activity during most of my day.  The rest of the week is quiet and I can go at my own pace. I love the peace and quiet when I'm home alone.
It wasn't always a welcomed thing and I had to learn to adjust to the new changes in my life.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Day 16: Take the Day Off

Day 16: Take the Day Off- Wouldn't it be nice to wake up without having anything to do? If all you had to do was be?  Well, why not make that day today? Take a "mental health" day. Let your loved ones or friends know that you'll be off-duty for an hour or two, or maybe five or six.

The world will go on spinning, but, at least for a while, you won't have to spin with it. Put on a relaxation tape and just chill-out. Turn the ringer off on the phone and let yourself discover your inner peace of mind. It really helps reduce stress.

Day 15: Start a Scrapbook- I have lots of family and friend event scrapbooks. They are all sizes and filled with pictures and journaling of what we did and where we were at the time. I have a wedding album, a vacation album, a friends album, and a gardening album. So, now I'm going to add to that collection and start a Reducing Stress Journey Album and include all the cards and pictures of gifts I've received since I started on this journey.  It will be my special place to go and reflect how loved I am and that I'm not alone. I never want to forget all the special people who helped me get through this new adventure in yet another one of life's challenges.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Day 15: Start a Scrapbook

Day 15: Start a Scrapbook- Here's another fine way to reduce stress and have fun at the same time. Collect the things you love doing: clip pictures from events you've attended or vacation places you've been or would like to go to. Anything that has a special appeal for you, start collecting them and put them in your "reducing stress" scrapbook.

Every time you add to it, take the time to scan through it at all the things you love that bring you happiness and give you a purpose in life. Start with a small 8x8 scrapbook kit that comes with all the papers, stickers and embellishments. That way it won't stress you to come up with color ideas or worrying about everything needing to be matching just so.
Start a vacation scrapbook or a gardening scrapbook. Just be creative and have fun with it. Don't let it be perfect, let it be you. Just go with the flow.

Go through old photo books and take out the ones you want to go in your new scrapbook. The possibilities are endless at how you lay out each page. Make it fun and different. Try to work outside the lines. Scrap outside the box.

Day 14: Getting Rid of Fears- In the last five years, I'd have to say my fear factor went off the charts because of my health going from normal chronic illnesses to major uncurable illnesses. I woke up one morning around 5 a.m. and my life changed from calm and normal to a living nightmare all in a matter of seconds.
I'd just gone to the bathroom and back when all you know what broke loose.  For the next 6 months I didn't know if I'd live or die. The doctors did not know what was wrong with me and just sent me home to die. Obviously, I didn't because here I am 5 years later still alive.
A dear friend told me about a homeopathic doctor that might be able to help me. Well, she was more than right. I was in a wheel chair and could bearly sit up because I was so weak. My body was shutting down organ by organ and I had lost 40 pounds in 6 months.
From that first visit I got my life back one day at a time. But, the fear of getting up out of bed during the night terrified me more than if someone had a gun to my head. I would have taken the gun over the unknown of would I keep having these awful attacks of burning up on fire and shaking uncontrollable for hours. With each attack I would loose weight.
But, thank God, and I do mean it was because of him that I managed to live through all this, that as the years went by and the attacks came less and less often and the weight finally stopped dropping off and started to go up that my fear finally started to subside.
I actually pray evertime I get up and make it back to bed safe and sound. And, I've been doing that nonstop for the last five years, faithfully.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Day 14: Getting Rid Of Fears

Day 14: Getting Rid Of Fears- Fear isn't something to fear. It is something to understand, so it can become a tool for achieving your dreams.

Fear, you see, is a placemark that takes note of where your pages of resistance lie. It also is a natural response when you journey to uncharted territory in life. It is going outside your comfort zone.

So don't try to run away from fear, meet it headon. Listen to what your fears are trying to tell you about yourself. Only then can you move forward in life and follow your dreams.

Day 13: DIY Massage- This one I learned years ago from a cable show all about organic living and relaxing. I don't usually massage my feet, but I do like to massage my scalp. I find that it relaxes me the best. At the end of the day I like my daughter to massage my hands right before I go to sleep. And, if my dear husband isn't too tired he'll massage my feet and lower legs. I find that is where most of my tensions end up. It also helps my digestion and circulation.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

DIY Massage

Day 13: DIY Massage- You don't need a professional masseuse to get rid of body tension. A do-it-yourself foot, hand or head massage can work wonders, especially at the end of a busy day.  Your fingers and some body oil are the only equipment you'll need.

Sit comfortably as you gently massage your palms, fingers and backs of your hands. Next up: your toes, arches and heels. Then the scalp: start at the front using both hands with fingertips using gently pressure work your way to the back of the neck and back to the forehead. Literally knead the tension away.

When done, sit quietly for several minutes to gain the full benefits of this relaxing workout.

Day 12: Get Support- That is exactly what I did when I had the report of cancer. I said to myself, you need support from caring people who are understanding and going through or been through tough patches with their health as well. My friends offline and online have been my support group from day one of this reducing stress journey.  You can get through anything if you know you are not alone. "Thank you" to all who are making this journey bearable each day for me. I love you dearly!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Day 12: Get Support

Day 12: Get Support! We all need friendly, supportive souls in our lives, especially when we enter uncharted territory or move in new directions. i.e. new health issue

Seek these folks out. ask for their help. Let them know where you are and where you hope to be.

Check in with them regularly. Better yet, consider forming a  support group of those making similar journeys. Relay yor dreams and fears. Gain strength from your shared adventures in life.

DAY 11: Silence is Golden!  My quiet time is when I'm home alone. I can turn the ringer off on the phone and just relax. I can sew, read a book or just take a nap.  Early morning in the garden is also a time for me to reflect on how good God is and to enjoy all our hard work. Just watching the plants grow gives me such happiness.  I also have a bird feeder and birdbath in the backyard right where I can see the birds and squirrels at play. I just love nature.  We have hundreds of different plants all over the front and back yard. The more flowers the better is my motto.
For my Anniversary we started a rose garden. So, each year I get two new rose bushes to tend and delight at the beautiful colors in bloom and think of my loving family that loves me enough to bring them to me.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Day 11-Silence is Golden

Day 11-Discover the sound of silence. You've heard "silence is golden", well it's true. Shrill alarm clocks, blaring car horns, babbling tv's loud radio's-we are surrounded by noises tha drown out our inner voices. It's time to turn down the volume.

Seek out silence. Create quiet pockets in your life. Turn down the ringer on the phone. Put the cell phone on vibrate. Turn off the car radio. Hang a "DO NOT DISTRUB" sign on your office door.

Give your ears and mind the rest they deserve.

Day 10-Color Your World! I had to do some searching for odor free crayons. Jovi Color makes them and says no odor. So, I'll let you know if they bother me and if that is true or not. Have to order them online, can't find them in any of the stores around where I live.

I have chemical sensitivity disorder, asthma and allergies so anything and everything that smells bothers me. I told my husband if the commercial world says it's odorless I can still smell something chemically in it. I should have a job detecting chemicals in things and get paid to do it. Wouldn't work though since I have to breathe through a mask the minute I step out the door.lol  

I buy coloring books that reflect past history. The Smithsonian and historical communities like St. Augustine, FL or Williamsburg, VA are great places to find coloring books that adults wouldn't mind coloring in.  The pages are thicker and don't have that funny smell the cheaper coloring books for kids have.  I'll have to post on the MJF for my farmgirl friends to go on a coloring book hunt for me; since my traveling days are past me now.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Day 10: Color Your World

Day 10: Color Your World: Become a kid again. Buy yourself a box of crayons and re-experience the joy of having the colors of the rainbow at your fingertips.

Let your creative juices flw. Fill your sheet of paper with colorful pictures or just fill in the page with color. Create new and colorful worlds that are yours for the exploring. Buy grown up coloring books with art themes and make them your own works of art.

This reminds me of when I was a child. Evertime I was sick, which was often, my Dad would bring home a new box of crayons and a coloring book and a bottle of ginger ale. My siblings were always so jealous of me with my stack of books and crayons. Little did they know it came at a high price.

Day 9: Call A Friend:
I am very blessed with a group of friends that I can call whenever I need to talk and have the support to see me through whatever I'm going through at the time.  They know that I'll be there too when they need to talk to me. Being a good listener and giving advise to a friend is an art. Not everyone wants to hear your troubles, but the ones that do, they are keepers. Those are true friends.