The holiday season is drawing near. Does it feel like your life is speeding up?
There is no doubt that we live in an increasingly busy world. More speeding up is not what most of us need!
Last week I shared some self-care reminders that I've picked up from my dog, Princess. So, this week, I thought I'd give my cats some credit too.
There are those who firmly identify themselves as "dog-people" or "cat-people", but my family lives in an mixed household. This has provided me with an equal opportunity to appreciate the distinctions in my pets' approaches to life, and to notice some of the particular habits that serve them well. Here are a few self-care tips from Samantha and Angel that I have found helpful:
Have you found yourself in the habit of constantly checking your phone, tablet, or computer for emails, texts, or other electronic communications? Do you respond to various chimes and ring tones with the same predictability as Pavlov's dog?
For better or worse, modern life has given us a new set of tools that can be wonderful servants, but terrible masters. Many of us can start to feel like we are "reacting" to our lives rather than creating them. Even worse, we can find ourselves distracted by the perceived demands of these virtual communication tools -- and miss out on connecting with the important people who are around us. If we want to live with more mindfulness and intention, we have to set some limits on our electronic tools and develop practices that keep us in the driver's seat.
In the last couple of months there has been a lot of buzz about the new documentary, Fed Up. The film, narrated by Katie Couric, takes a hard look at some of the factors that are driving preventable chronic diseases in our country. It's no secret that we are seeing dramatic increases in chronic metabolic diseases — like obesity, diabetes, lipid disorders and hypertension. But is our approach to dealing with these problems on target? The answers may surprise you.
Obesity gets a lot of attention because it is a visible disease. From the outside, people can't see if someone has diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Obesity can increase someone's risk for these conditions, but it is also important to know that people can be at risk even if they don't have a high body mass index (BMI). Body mass index can be useful information, but it doesn't distinguish between lean and fat tissue. You can actually be "thin on the outside but fat on the inside" (TOFI). In fact, an Italian study published in 2009, found that BMI tended to underestimate someone's risk for metabolic disease.
"So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact.And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act." ~ Dr. Seuss
At Christmas last year, I received a wonderful gift that had been on my "wish-list" for some time. It was a balance board. If you haven't ever seen or tried one out, it is a simple device, but not as easy to master as one might think. It is a short, rectangular board with a non-slip surface on top. On the bottom are strips of wood that create a groove which fits onto a round cylinder that is placed below it. Imagine a plank laid on top of a barrel.
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