An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
CONTINUING ON THE SERIES, HOW THOUGHTS AFFECT OUR HEALTH/BODY? AND ON THE SERIES; GRATITUDE AND HOW IT CHANGES OUR BRAIN TO BE HAPPIER. PLUS, THE BOOK TEN-MINUTE RELAXATION FOR MIND AND BODY.
Happy Weekend to all!
It is time to enjoy the first Saturday of December.
December brings snow and joy for everyone.
This month we will go shopping, send gifts and greeting cards.
So, let us generate December joy in those around you by sharing some Hello cheer.
And as we go into the Christmas mood, our mind-body connection is far more powerful.
This leads us to our new series, how thoughts affect our body/health?
There is some evidence in the literature that people who repress and suppress their emotions, experience a decrease in energy because repressed emotions zap mental energy and hope and lead to health problems described earlier.
Chronic stress from negative feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can upset body’s hormonal balance and deplete the brain chemicals required for feelings of happiness.
The end caps of DNA strands called telomeres, are decreased and this affects our lifespan negatively.
Studies have found that stress and anxiety can be multi-generational as it is passed to the off springs via genes of the parents.
Genes can be regulated with treatment of anxiety, so we see that there is a connection of our thoughts to the composition and regulation of genes.
Hostility and resentment when poorly managed, can lead to cardiovascular disease, digestive disorder, and infections.
In addition, there are so many psychosomatic disorders that develop when the person has stress and anxiety and become obsessed with his or her illnesses.
DECEMBER 3rd, Dan, and I thought on continuing this segment with the series with some fun; What is it about December that is so significant during this month?
Let us Hug Day – December 3, 2022
Let us Hug Day on December 3 celebrates the warmth and comfort of a hug.
Hugs are very versatile.
Many of us hug when we wish to share our happiness with family and friends.
At the same time, hugs are a staple when we are feeling low and need someone to just hold and console us.
Hugs are also the perfect reconciliatory gesture when you want to make up with someone after a fight.
Scientifically, hugs are known to release good hormones that can help lower your blood pressure and stress levels.
There are no clear sources to indicate the origins of Let us Hug Day, but some suggest Kevin Zaborney was the mastermind behind the day.
This is still questionable as Zaborney called the day the National Hugging Day, which falls on January 31.
Baboonery’s holiday is recorded in the famous Chase’s Calendar of Events that also hosts several other unique holidays. '
The idea behind having a National Hugging Day and we assume the same for Let us Hug Day too, was to encourage people to show affection to each other.
Hugging raises people’s spirits by allowing them to feel another person’s warmth and sincerity.
Zaborney did advise to first ask people if they were okay with hugging as nobody likes nonconsensual affection, even if it comes in the form of hugs.
The word ‘hug’ is thought to come from the Old Norse word ‘hugga,’ which means “to comfort.”
Other scholars speculate that the word may have originated from the German word ‘hegen’ that roughly translates to ‘cherish’ or ‘foster.’
In the English language, ‘hug’ is said to have been used somewhere in the 16th century.
While the etymology and history of the word may differ, the emotion behind it has stayed the same since the inception of the act.
Babies, who know nothing about the outside world, reach out to their mothers/fathers for a dose of love and comfort.
In fact, if babies do not receive regular cuddles and hugs from their parents, their relationship tends to take a beating.
Therefore, having daily hugs is a necessary way to maintain relationships.
Moreover, hugs also release the happy hormone called oxytocin, reducing cortisol, which is the stress hormone.
Hugs can also help regulate blood pressure, heartbeats, depression, anxiety, and frustration.
Time is precious and is priceless, so Dan and I will continue each day to pull from a box of 365 inspirational quotes, one quote and share with you.
THE WORLDS OF THOUGHT AND ACTION OVERLAP. WHAT YOU THINK HAS A WAY OF BECOMING TRUE.
Today Dan and I will be continuing the book, Ten-Minute Relaxation, For Mind and Body by Jennie Harding.
Whenever you are feeling under pressure, ten minutes is all you need to relax totally, using tools that are always with you; your senses.
This book is packed full of wonderfully simple ideas and exercises for using sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch and that vital sixth sense of intuition to rebalance your energies and bring you back into harmony with the natural world around you.
Identify your favorite sensory relaxation solutions and combat that stress!
Per Dan and my experience this is another component in keeping ourselves healthy, meditation.
By using your five senses, you can learn to relax in just ten minutes.
CHAPTER 2; THE SENSORY JOURNEY; TOUCH
TOUCH THE ESSENCE OF CARE-
SWITCHING ON THE SENSE-
Ten-minute exercise; BUDDHIST WALKING MEDITATION
This is ideal for outside on a warm summer day, but you can do it indoors.
You need to be barefoot for this exercise.
Simply, you are going to walk slowly around your space, the inside of your home or yard.
All the time, you remain silent.
You breathe regularly and you take your awareness into your feet.
Feel all the different temperatures and textures under your feet.
Cold, warm; these are easy enough.
What is the difference between carpet, wood, tiles, grass, or stone underneath your feet?
Notice the sensations and how you feel, and after ten-minutes sit down and relax.
Think about what you experienced!
Tomorrow, BLINDFOLD TOUCH GAME-
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
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PREVENTION = CURE
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Until Sunday, a person grows most tired while standing still