Tag Archive | Well-being

Gelotology!

 

Hi there!

 

“…… Last week Bo and I decided to stay in and
enjoy the evening together.
After having a very pleasant dinner we thought
it would be a great idea to sit closely and enjoy
a good entertaining comedy.

We have always liked the delightful Naked Gun
films, so
we decided to put on the Naked Gun 2 1/2 :
The
Smell of Fear this time, because we knew we
would find it extremely entertaining.

It really was such an enjoyable and amusing
evening;   we kept on laughing for the whole
one and a half hours it was playing.

Watching this fantastic comedy on the television
sitting together on the sofa, it was the best choice
we had made.
It really was such a great way to feel closer to
each other and relieve all stresses of the day……”

” If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane ”
Robert Frost     1874  –  1963

 

Laughing Women

 

Har – De – Har

 

According to numerous studies laughter has
a great number of healing properties.
When we laugh we trigger pleasing, satisfying
and enjoyable feelings that calm and soothe
our body and mind.

Here are the physical and mental health benefits
as well as the social ones of a good laughter:

a)     Releases endorphins relieving any pains
in the body temporarily, and promotes general
well being.

b)     Reduces stress hormones so you can enjoy
overall health and energy.

c)     Enhances positivity, optimism and creativity
so you are able to fight life’s struggles effectively.

d)     Boosts anti ageing hormones improving
health and longevity.

e)     Makes life more enjoyable by releasing serotonin
and making you feel happier;    consequently you
can develop better relationships personally and
professionally.

f)     Improves circulation so you get more oxygen
and nutrients into your cells, as well as helping all
body organs to work more efficiently.

g)     Exercises and tones up the stomach and face
muscles.

h)     Improves the immune system by improving
T Cell production to raise resistance to disease.

i)     Increases resilience so you can become more
successful in your life.

j)     Burns forty ( 40 ) calories a day when laughing
for fifteen minutes ( 15 ) at a time.

 

Bumblebee on flower

 

Fun And Games

 

Laughter is inherited, ingrained and instinctive.
Even if you are not used to laughing or even
smiling in your life, you can learn to do so with
some practice.

The following are ways to start practising:

1)     Smile at people you meet every day any time,
any where.

2)     Associate with playful, fun and happy people.

3)     Bring humour into your conversations
with others.

4)     Watch comedies on the television.

5)     Read funny and humorous books.

6)     Do some silly things from time to time.

7)     Laugh at yourself and your own mistakes.

When you learn to laugh your life will be much
more enjoyable and pleasant.
You will be feeling renewed within yourself and
also with your relationships.

You will then find that lots of new opportunities
will start occurring to you.
You will be feeling much more relaxed, positive
and really happy with yourself and your life.

Do not wait any longer.
Start laughing now to collect all the health benefits.

The human race has only one really effective
weapon and that is laughter “

Mark Twain     1835  –  1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curam Sui!

 

Hi there!

 

…… ” Talk to me about yourself. 
I want to know who you are, and how you
live your life , Sev asked him one day.

I go to my regular work every morning,
and I do some counselling in the evenings.
During the weekends I do a bit of volunteering
work, and
whenever I have some free time
I
usually support people I know
Lex replied smiling.

Then suddenly he stood still.
He had just realised that this hectic way of
living had left him with no time for himself.

With this thought he felt bitter and distressed.
I must take steps to change this self sacrifice
because it’s draining my life he thought
decisively ……

 

Classic Boat Ride

 

Pavlovian Response

 

Self care is an instinctive behaviour in nature,
but it does not exist in the same way in humans.
Individuals need to be willing to learn it and
practice it;   and over time as they are progressing
they will start feeling more comfortable and
relaxed about it.

Self care is taking any actions necessary to improve
your lifestyle and your total wellbeing.
Self care is to take full responsibility for your
pursuits, and honour and respect yourself.

The quest for good health and happiness is not
a selfish hunt.
It means to take care of your own needs, and listen
and pay attention to yourself.

It is something completely individual for every
person, and you should engage in whatever feels
most right for you.
It can change how you see yourself, and show you
new opportunities.

You will set up new habits, which will make you
feel in control of your whole life.
You will have much less stress and you will be
more decisive and resilient.

Also you will be able to look after yourself better
without having to rely on others, and you will
feel more confident to change direction when
things do not work for you any more.

 

Three Girls Dancing The Charleston

 

Get On Line

 

You need to slow down and make space for
relaxing your mind, exercising your body and
taking time for deep thinking and planning.

If you manage these you will have a genuine
and very happy life.
To start prioritising your own needs follow
the steps below:

a)     Determine what self care means to you and
make a full plan in writing.

b)     Practice self awareness to be able to recognise
your actual needs:   physical, emotional, mental
and spiritual.

c)     Identify all these thoughts that are holding
you back from taking care of yourself.

d)     Realise that nothing is perfect, and start
taking small steps towards accomplishing your
ambitions and goals.

e)     Redefine your relationships by placing
boundaries and really stick to them.

f)     Understand that NO is a complete sentence.

 

Bicycle Race

 

Believed Abstraction

 

Here are some fascinating examples of
self care projects, pursuits and special
interests:

1)      Go shopping or window shopping.
2)      Taking photographs.
3)      Nurturing your body.
4)      Going to a mini retreat.
5)      Swimming and sunbathing on the beach.
6)      Reading inspirational books.
7)      Walking or hiking in nature.
8)      Driving and admiring the sights.
9)       Pampering in a day spa.
10)     Watching a film.
11)      De-cluttering your wardrobe.
12)     Growing plants and flowers.
13)      Researching and Writing.
14)      Exercising in a gym.
15)      Baking and cooking health foods.
16)      Being spiritual.
17)      Going out to coffee shops.
18)      Taking short breaks regularly.
19)      Going to the cinema.
20)      Going on holidays.

 

Swaying Girls

 

Turn On Steam

 

Making time and space for yourself is absolutely
critical to your total wellbeing and happiness.

Do something you really love every single day.
Put yourself first and make self care your habit.

Start treasuring yourself now and you will feel
in harmony and very proud.
You will feel healthy, strong, fulfilled and happy.

Make self care a constant and true part of your
daily life.
Do not fear;   give this great gift to yourself now.

Your are No I !!

 

 

 

Salus!

 

Hi there!

 

The Roman Goddess of safety and general
well being.

One of the most ancient goddesses, she was
worshipped from as early as the 4th century BC.

Her temple was founded on the Quirinal Hill,
one of the seven hills of Rome, in 302 BC.

She was honoured with various shrines, baths,
statues, coins, festivals and offerings.

 

Dancing the quickstep

 

Center Of Attention

 

Quality of life is a universal theory that has
many different definitions.

Quality of life is basically our general well being;
it is something deeply and completely personal.

Whatever it is that you feel means quality of
life to you, it is absolutely vital that you pursue
it passionately and fearlessly in order to enjoy
your life’s journey.

You do not need to take extreme or radical
steps to achieve your wishes.
Just make certain that the important parts in
your life are the best and most suitable for you.

Choosing quality of life will help you live
to your topmost values and accomplish your
greatest and meaningful goals.

 

Sailing boat

 

Prime Focus

 

Here are some basic and researched facts, which
mostly correspond with having quality of life:

a)     Achieving a reasonable standard of living.

b)     Living in an acceptable and unpolluted area
providing professional facilities.

c)     Being physically able in every way.

d)     Eating healthy and taking supplements to
support all the body systems.

e)     Avoiding chemicals and medicines.

f)     Respecting and looking after your body, and
listen to its signals.

g)     Sleeping well at night.

h)     Spending your time with the people
you love.

i)     Being creative and having hobbies.

j)     Being in nature and exercise daily.

k)     Being optimistic and having a positive
mental attitude.

l)     Feeling free and being playful.

m)    Being truthful and spiritual.

n)     Being loved and feeling you belong.

 

Wine Bottle & 2 Glasses

 

Tour De force

 

Devise a plan to add the above mentioned
to your life and start living better.

This way you will also be able to face and
manage life’s challenges and surprises.

Set the goals for yourself and build quality
life.

Stay happy!!

 

 

 

 

Animi Motus!

 

Hi there!

 

They were one of the most loveable couples
you could ever see for the last eight months
now, and they had already decided to continue
their life together.

Suddenly when out to dinner he suggested that
they should put all their plans on hold and give
each other space.

I’m not feeling very comfortable lately and I
need some time with myself   he said.
This was completely unexpected and she felt
shocked and tearful.

I can see how upset you are ”  he said and
held her hand while stroking her hair softly.
You can handle this;  you are very strong
he continued looking deeply into her wet eyes.

I know it’s hard to accept right now but it
will get easier with time;  take as long as you
need   he said in his sweet voice and stayed
close to her for the moment………

 

Red flower

 

Hurly – Burly

 

Emotions are a pressing but vital force in
our everyday life.
As humans we have a great
number of emotions,
which sometimes can
affect our well-being and
lead us into 
dangerous and difficult traps.

Obviously we can not ignore the way we feel
but we should express our emotions and
feelings in a healthy and constructive way.

Firstly, in order to be able to keep our emotions
under control we must never be afraid of them,
but only understand them.
If the emotion is suitable for the specific
situation then you do not have to change your
handling, otherwise you must find positive
and effective ways to regulate it.

 

Glittering Water

 

Booted And Spurred

 

Prepare yourself in advance to be able to
keep your emotions under control by
practising the following:

a)     Always try not to be either excessively
excited or heavily depressed about anything.
These are the two extremes you should
always avoid.
Try to be calm and reasonable;   never be
blinded by momentary intense feelings
but always look ahead for the big picture.

b)     As soon as you start feeling too
nervous step back and ask  why .
Then do something else and think deeply
your response.
Take one step at a time to realise the
exact situation and process all information.

c)     Cool down by closing your eyes,
breathing deeply and smiling.
Realise that all this is the energy your
body is releasing, which will soon soften
and go.
Then refocus your mind to what you are
doing or want to do.

 

Golden Crests

 

d)     Always avoid triggers like, emotional
people who always complain about everything
without ever improving themselves, as well
as all negative drama of any kind around
you.

Live in a positive environment to be happy
and in control.

e)     Always try to find solutions to the
problems;   never dwell in the problem itself. 
Always try to be realistic and weigh the pros
and cons 
to any situation.
Make your life easy by using logic at
all times.

f)     Build your emotional confidence by
feeling safe and secure in your life.
Eat well, sleep well, exercise, have the right
people close to you, be close to
nature,
listen to music, surround yourself
with
beautiful objects and have some
status.
All these will make you feel that your
life has purpose.

 

Seaview with Tree

 

Beyond Recall

 

Practise all the above and you will be
able to turn all negative emotions to
positive feelings that will lead to pleasure
and contentment, and make you feel
satisfied and fulfilled.

Always remember and never forget that
emotions are only the body’s energy
that needs to be released.

As soon as you understand this you will
be the master of your emotions and
feelings even under the harshest of
circumstances.

Start immediately without any delay.

 

 

Simplicite!

 

 Hi there!

 

Izzy was living a comfortable middle class flashy life,
in a beautiful house in the
suburbs of this cosmopolitan city.
She had everything she ever wanted — or so she thought.

For a long time now, almost two years, she has been
feeling very stressed.
Every day was a big struggle to stay in control;
and the only therapy she had
found was shopping — and
more
shopping on a daily basis.

Suddenly one morning:  “there has to be a better way of
controlling my anxiety
than this daily waste of time and money”,
she thought.
She decided something needed to change otherwise the
consequences
would be serious soon.

“This is it.  I have to define my values and prioritize
my needs” she thought
decisively.
It was then when she made up her mind to move on with
downsizing all aspects
of her life.  

This included:

her expensive house and car, her designers’ clothes
and shoes her valuable hand made
furniture and
carpets — even this fashionable
neighbourhood she was living.

The journey for a simpler, organised and fulfilling
life had just begun.
She started feeling as if she was taking back the helm of her life.
She decided to sit in the wheel and pursue happiness
instead of appearances!!

 

Simplicite_005 Simplicite_006

 

Joie De La Vie

 

Life is simple but we do seem to try very hard to make
it so complex
and difficult that it becomes almost impossible
to handle.

People decide to downsize for a variety of reasons:
job stress, life change, more
family time.
It means making a conscious
choice towards a different
lifestyle like,
working from home or developing more
interests or even change country of living. 

You must identify what is important to you and simplify
all parts of your life.
This cutting down will give you peace and harmony,
comfort and well-being, space,
mindfulness, joy and
pleasure, happiness and
freedom to be flexible and independent.

 

Simplicite_004 Simplicite_003

 

Secret Du Bonheur

 

The following changes will stop the daily suffering.

 

1)     Honesty:   

Always speak the truth.
Avoid negative gossip and do not lie to yourself and
other people.

 

2)     Acceptance: 

Do not deny the reality of any situation;
accept your choices, what
you want and who you are.

 

3)     Communication:   

To be able to communicate with others you have to
listen to what they say.
Use fewer words and speak less.

 

4)     Commitments:   

Do not find excuses to avoid doing things or meeting
other people.
Plan ahead to avoid stress, and only keep the engagements
which are of greater
value to you.   

 

5)     Focus:   

Reduce the number of  your goals for better success,
and
concentrate to finish one task at a time so you
can be productive.

 

6)     Happiness:   

Think about yourself and what matters to you.
Decide what is
important (actions/people) and focus on
your true values.
Find happiness within.

 

7)     Silence:   

Avoid media, and cut down all relationships that
complicate your life and
distract you from your
own development.
Take time with yourself, be confident, true and natural.

 

8)     Control:   

It is impossible to master everything in life.
Just relax and let things
be.
Slow down whatever you do:  cooking,
eating, walking,
talking, driving, so that
you can enjoy the benefits.

 

9)      Clearance:   

Only buy the items you need in your everyday life,
including food, and
eliminate anything unnecessary
(clothes,
accessories, shoes).
This way you will feel
free and satisfied.

 

10)    Downsize:   

Material possessions complicate our life and take our energy.
Sacrifice luxury for freedom.
Have a comfortable home, the size you actually need,
and savour quality of life.

 

Simplicite_002 Simplicite_001

 

Pleine Conscience

 

A simple life has less worries and responsibilities, and more freedom.
Learn to create a balanced and quiet space in your life and
you will enjoy
priceless benefits like: peace, space, contentment,
awareness,
happiness and personal growth.

Enjoy the simple things.
Whatever the reason there is no better time than the present to
get rid of any excess baggage in every part of your life
and create
space for new opportunities to appear.