Sunday, July 27, 2008

For A Healthy Mind And A Healthy Body, Be Gentle With Yourself.

"A tree has both straight and crooked branches; the symmetry of the tree,"
however, is perfect. Life is balanced like a tree. When you consider
the struggles, difficulties, and sorrows as a part of it,
then you see it as beautiful and perfect.

George M. Lamsa

"If you have known how

to compose your life,
you have done a great
deal more than the
person who knows how
to compose a book.
You have done more
than the one who has
taken cities and empires."

Michael de Montaigne.

Taking yourself too serious can harm your health. This obsession, when every little slight or disappointment becomes a major problem, can sap your energy and deprive you of your health and happiness. It is therefore imperative that you treat yourself gently.

This means you should fall in love with yourself. The ability to fall in love with yourself will give you the insight to follow healthy habits and love your neighbor as yourself. As the saying goes, "charity begins at home." You cannot love your neighbor more than yourself. To be able to follow the above prescription, the following characteristics may help:

  • Learn to laugh at your mistakes. Humor is medicine. Laughing at yourself sometimes is not easy.This will give you an objective look at yourself so you can learn and correct the mistakes. The resulting enhanced self confidence can improve your interactions with your friends and colleagues.
  • Knowing that you're human will set you free to try new things. Suddenly, you want to go back to school to acquire new skills so you can be more productive. You are not afraid to fail as your journey through life is just a process. You're never done until you die. For a healthy mind and body, you need to keep on challenging yourself. The satisfaction you get from completing a project gives you security and boosts your self esteem.
  • Learn form nature. There is nothing that is permanent in this world. Hence be bold and dream great dreams that will propel you to achieve your objectives to enhance your mind and body health.

"For everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal ...
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance ...
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace."

Ecclesiastes, 3:1-8

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Exercise Slows Down Alzheimer's Disease. A Bonus For Your Mind And Body Health

"Exercise alone provides psychological and physical benefits.

However, if you also adopt a strategy that engages your mind while
you exercise, you can get a whole host of psychological benefits fairly

"Movement is a medicine for creating change

in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states."

Carol Welch

Alzheimer's disease wreaks havoc on many old people. Medical research so far has not made any major breakthrough in the treatment of the disease. It is therefore refreshing to see a study published in the journal Neurology about the effects of exercise on the disease.

The study looked at 121 people over 60 years old. About half of them had early stages of the disease. Those with Alzheimer's who were less fit had four times more signs of brain shrinkage than those who were fit.

Other studies have showed that exercise can increase the growth of the hippocampus. During exercise, the brain sends a chemical called BNDF to the brain that causes growth of new cells. Though new cells cannot grow throughout the brain, studies have found that in aging brains some parts of the brain cells rewire themselves
with exercises.

Thus self care is the cornerstone of brain care. Exercise, healthy eating and healthy thoughts can go a long way to keep your mind and body healthy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Medical Schools Recognise The Role Of Spirituality In Mind And Body Health.

Healing does not consist of using the knife or giving pills only. Physicians are recognizing that patients drive their own care. A patient who practices self care by exercising, eating the right food and in touch with the spiritual world will have the resilience to withstand the onslaught of stress which plagues all of us day in day out. By so doing she will give her body chance to heal.

As healers, physicians in training need to be aware that their patient's sickness is mixed with all sorts of guilty feelings and loneliness as well as fear of death. All these feelings have negative effects on healing as they induce stress.

Medical schools are now training the young physicians in the molecular basis of illness as well as in spirituality. This way, the physicians will learn empathy and encourage their patients to be champions of self care so they can develop resilience to help them heal. Please, read on...

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“Psychoanalysis shows the human infant as the passive recipient of love, unable to bear hostility. Development is learning to love actively and to bear rejection.”
Karl Stern

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Manage Your Opportunities To Enhance Your Mind And Body Health.

"Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn't come before."

Shelby Steele

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Thomas A. Edison.

Many people aspire to do more than what they are doing now. They, for example, may want to be able to loose weight, learn new hobbies, have more education so they can apply for the vacant post in their organization and change certain bad habits they have.

For every need, there is a solution that can be found within your reach. However, you have to have faith in yourself. With faith and tenacity, you will find opportunities in areas you never thought of before. People who manage their opportunities have some of the following qualities:

  • They continue learning. Learning new things in their field of work or outside their profession prepares them to be confident and makes it easier for them to seize opportunities when they become available.
  • They are open-minded and flexible and are prepared to work in groups for the common good.
  • They do not procrastinate. Procrastination stifles self development and decreases productivity at work.
  • They have internal locus of control, and hence believe that their actions determine their destiny, instead of some external forces determining their future.
  • They take care of every aspect of their life including social connections, physical health, mental health and spiritual life.

"The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers"

Walter Percy Chrysler.

"There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there's only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen."

Wayne W. Dyer.