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My current choice of addiction is fatty foods.  Not the good ones like Glenda the Good Witch of the East eating healthy fats in walnuts and avocados, but the other one who consumes any variety of cholesterol in snacks and main meals.  Pass the butter please!  Sometimes it’s not what you are eating, but what is eating you.  Hey nurse from the doctors office,  thanks for the wake up call with report my cholesterol lab to be less thean fabulous.  I’m on it!
Past unfortunate memories can deter us from living our lives to their greatest potential.  Some people have a more difficult history than others.  As a nurse, I have listened to many confessions  of good people after family and friends leave the hospital room.  This experience has led me to the conclusion that most are living with too much heaviness.  It’s not an easy thing to do but try taking a break from whatever it is that burdens you.  Rest in the knowledge that none of us are perfect.  Give yourself a break and those around you.
I noticed my mood impacting my energy in most everything I do from walking in the park to climbing steps.  A common way some express their connection between feeling blue and energy in movement is “less spring in the step”. Make a cognitive choice when appropriate to induce more positive energy in your movements... take the advice of the rabbit and get hopping!
The economy and political landscape has induced some to feel like they don’t have many choices.  Working hard does not necessarily produce the best outcome as it did 20 years ago so what is one to do?  Try not letting it consume you if possible, feeling boxed in will take its toll on parts of your life you do have control over.  Baby step suggestions may be the following      Diet:  drink water,    Emotional: Let go   Activity: organize   Rest:  Schedule.  Don’t forget to breathe.
The chore of the day is cleaning up my computer utilizing all kinds of USB ports sticking out of my beloved laptop.  Files, sub-folders, clouds, hard drives, cameras... its chaos.  The interesting thing about cleaning and organinzing is that it can help one feel better and more in control.  Clean Car, Clean House, Clean Mind, Clean Food, Clean Computer. Today, consider taking steps organizing your technology.  It's a fun activity and you never know what fun picutres you may find in the process.
What Snow White didn’t realize is that if she had washed off the apple before eating it she wouldn’t have fallen asleep.  Let’s consider where are food came from.  At the very least, wash what you eat.  Just ask the bald eagles, they will tell you certain pesticides before outlawed, almost eliminated the species.  As for the jealous stepmother, good luck with that.

The past six months have taught me two things I should have learned by now.  1.  I'd rather weather a hurricane with friends than thunder storms by myself.  2.  Just because people throw rocks at me doesn't mean I should throw a mud pie back.  It's better to duck.   When it's really raining... I mean a flip-'no downpoor, find someone to share your umbrella with.  Be encouraged.

-Train Wreck Cosmetics

I recently increased my activity by about 80%.  I was happy about the way my pants no longer cut  off my circulation upon sitting down but not feeling joy about the brain fog rolling in from the high seas with no lighthouse.  Thanks to a tip from a friendly neighborhood dietician, I am feeling better with a considerable stash of trail mix, protein shake and water on my desk.  Be careful with increase of activity and stress without the right  nutrition to accommodate it or you may be at risk for making life altering bad decisions or pass  out.  Move and groove but make sure the tank isn't empty!
As a nurse I have come to realize that much of our communication is conveyed through body language.  We can say "I'm doing great" while our face tells a different story.  I have seen the greatest of fear in a smile and frustration and anger in the calmest of posture.  Conversations can go on and on in our personal and professional lives without a word spoken.  Being aware of body language may help tear down communication blockades in your private and professional life.  It also is a way to see red flags.

Excercise habits.  Small changes in behavior may lead to big changes in behavior.  One or two push-ups may turn into 5, then 8, then a small walk after and the next thing you know you are  at a gym having a blast.  For those with disabilities don't be shy to ask your physical therapist or doctor some easy exercises you can do for your inch-by-inch strategy.  As always, anyone engaging in exercise or activity should consult their healthcare provider for a safe program that is right for you.

Joan Spitz

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