They who can believe themselves well, will be well.
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.
It is almost the end of the week, plus say hello to December.
Okay it well be officially winter on December 21st.
WINTER IS COMING!
Okay, this is one of Dan and my favorite times of the year.
There is this feeling that floats in among the winter breeze, one that fills you with wonder.
It truly is like a whole other world when winter hits.
But sometimes, it can go by too quickly.
Especially with our fast-paced lives.
So, what can you do to stop and really take in the changing season?
You can say Hello December!
The lights are twinkling.
The snow is flying.
It is time to say hello to December and Thursday!
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?
The topic of effects of thoughts on our mind and body has been very much studied in recent research.
We all entertain thoughts all day long and before we go to bed.
These thoughts are enormously powerful and can affect us in many ways.
Positive thoughts will trigger healthy emotions whereas, negative thoughts will trigger negative emotions and adversely affect our health.
Thoughts serve as internal triggers to cause stress and lead to many illnesses if they become habitual.
Cumulative stress overtime can suppress the immune system and trigger “fight or flight” reaction.
As soon as we imagine a threat in our environment, we tend to have automatic self-talk with scary pictures and images.
This self-talk often stems from our belief system about events, persons, and environment.
Regardless of how thoughts originate, they tend to create a state of panic and affect our nervous system.
Sympathetic nervous system is aroused and as a result, we experience rapid heartbeat, tension in major muscle groups, high blood pressure, diversion of blood circulation from major muscle groups to smaller ones, affecting heart, lung, and brain.
DECEMBER 1st, 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?
Eat a Red Apple Day – December 1, 2022
On Eat a Red Apple Day, December 1, we are honoring our teachers’ favorite desk decor and our doctor’s best time-honored heart-healthy snack all in one crisp bite.
Since 6500 B.C., humans have been enjoying this sweet and delicious self-contained snack.
Each autumn, when this scrumptious fruit is harvested, it fills our local grocery stores and community festivals with glee.
Whether we are bobbing for them, baking them into a pie, or stashing one into our bag for a pick-me-up later, we just cannot get enough of the red apple.
America’s love affair with apples began in the early 19th century with the travels of Johnny Appleseed, who planted trees in states trailing from the East Coast to the Midwest.
Yet these apples were not the sort we are celebrating now, they were small and tart; used primarily for brewing cider.
In 1875, however, the gleaming, sweet, crunchy red fruit we know and love today was discovered in small town Peru, Iowa on a farm owned by Jesse Hiatt when a chance seedling took root.
He carted the flamboyant apple to a fruit show in Missouri after his first true harvest and farmers from around the world were taken by it, wanting to plant trees on their own land.
And thus, the poster child for America’s apples was born, aptly named the Red Delicious Apple.
By the time the Great Depression rolled around, the red apple was ubiquitous all over the nation.
In the face of famine, small communities began to band together to share food and other resources.
Since the apple’s peak harvest season is fall, children often brought them to their teachers at the start of the school year.
To this day, the red apple symbolizes knowledge and education.
The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” which originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales, seems to have crossed the Atlantic in the 1860s to arrive here in America.
What used to be simply an adage was confirmed by doctors in the 2010s as actually being true, considering the high antioxidant benefits of the friendly fruit.
Eat a Red Apple Day falls on December 1, toward the end of the harvest season.
While its origins are unknown, we certainly promote having at least one on this day each year, if only to pay rightful tribute to its cultural and medical importance.
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.
THIS LIFE IS WORTH LIVING, WE CAN SAY; SINCE IT IS WHAT WE MAKE IT.
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 SENSES
Like many of our senses, touch can become switched off through the stresses of everyday life.
We become less attuned to the effects it has because our minds are constantly elsewhere.
Then when we try to be aware of it, we may feel somehow that our responses are slow or even lacking.
Often, our modern work environments do not encourage touch, or stimulate it creatively; plastic, paper, and metal may be all we meet during a day.
Our hands may become unaccustomed to really feeling.
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
Until Friday, great health starts with a great sleep.