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.
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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.
Boundaries can be perceived as battle grounds when one begins to establish an emotional do-not-cross perimeter. This is unfortunate because without them there can be less than favorable outcomes for both parties involved. First evaluate the pattern of hurtful behavior and what impact if any it has on your state of mind and by extension your health. Depending on the situation try polite conversation or a consult with friend or therapist on the best possible solution. Ultimately there is no shame in protecting your emotional and physical health. Also be open to examine your own words and behaviors. Do they go beyond another's do-not-cross emotional perimeter?
There are several reasons for waking up only to feel you must climb back in bed, among them is sleep apnea. Snoring or periods of cease fire on the breathing followed by gasps or waking up exhausted are symptoms of a potential life threat. If you think you may have sleep apnea, make an appointment with your doctor and ask for a sleep study. If diagnosed with this challenge, one may require a breathing assist machine while sleeping. This intervention will not only reduce chances of serious unfortunate health consequences, it will improve overal sense of well being and joy.
Joan Spitz, CEO