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20 Secrets to Happiness or something like that   2 comments

Life can throw you a one- two punch out of the blue.  Last year and early this year was one of those times for me.  Instead of a one- two punch, I got the three-four-five-six punches….. they just kept coming.  How do you get through tough times that keep on coming??  Here’s my current list.  I’m sure it will change over time but so far here’s how I keep smiling:

  1. Staying connected to my Creator–church, prayer, reading the bible, prayer,  did I mention prayer?
  2. Meditation–I’m new at it but it keeps me grounded
  3. Aromatherapy–Joy™ is one of my favorites, it smells great and reminds me to be joyful, it’s my Joy in a bottle
  4. Gratitude Journal–some days the best I could say is “thank you for the sun shining”.  It works, now there’s more to be grateful for
  5. Compliment others
  6. Smile and say hello, in the words of Joel Osteen–“being unhappy won’t change anything for the better”
  7. Random acts of kindness– increases serotonin, get creative, the world needs more kindness
  8. Appreciate moments of silence– Take the oppt to pray or listen to God’s voice, He speaks very quietly
  9. Exercise–burn off the frustration
  10. Go to bed early– it gets the day over
  11. Talk it out– a friend, a therapist, the car, walls, just get it out!!
  12. Reading–words are powerful & meaningful>>affirmations, inspirational quotes, books, other blogs, right now on hooked on Chosen Families
  13. Music– love it>>Classical in the am(makes me smarter), dance music for exercising, gospel for inspiration, relaxing music at night before bed, jazz, country, Christian, reggae, & classical,  somewhere in between.  That’s  a lot of music.  Thank you Pandora.
  14. Work–I happen to have a really great job
  15. Food–Eating healthy–if you want your body to function well you have to fuel it with good, healthy foods.  I feel the difference. Everyday and I mean everyday I need my Luna bars and a handful of nuts.  Don’t feel right without them.  A piece of dark chocolate is also very good
  16. Drink–no not alcohol, TEA.  Hooked on them, now having several cups a day, just discovered the Teavana tea shop  
  17. Get out in nature–I love walks in the woods, staring at a lake or feeling an ocean breeze.  God is there, I can sense His presence
  18. Hobbies-As I tell my kids ” I do actually have a life”.  There’s things I like to do 
  19. Dr. Weil’s Mood Support Formula— very helpful during the wintertime
  20. Stay hopeful for the future–It’s going to get better.  In the words of Louise Hay  “we are never stuck”

What are your keys to happiness?

Blogging every week in 2011   1 comment

I’m new at blogging and so far I love it.  It combines my passion for  talking about health & wellness and writing.

I will be posting a blog at least once a week for all of 2011.

It will be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful.  Check out other bloggers on  The DailyPost with similiar goals.

If you already read my blog, thank you and  I hope you’ll encourage me with comments, likes, and goodwill along the way.

Brenda the Happy Blogger

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Posted March 13, 2011 by SunflowerHW in Wellness

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Be more like a tree   2 comments

I like flowers but I LOVE trees.  And since I’ve moved to Maryland 10 years ago  I love them even more. 

Years ago a friend of mine had a book on trees which at the time I thought was so strange and boring.  But my  mind has completely changed and NOW  I have a book on trees.

Trees are amazing.  We can learn a lot from them. 

 They …..

  • bend
  • breathe
  • grow
  • change
  • give back so others can benefit
  • shelter
  • produce
  • beautify the world

                                                                  

                       Trees are grounded to the earth but reach towards heaven. 

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Resiliency is like a  tree branch bending in the wind, not breaking but bouncing back.

 

Tree Oils–wonderful oils to help you breathe

Lemon

Sandalwood

Cedarwood

Pine

Balsam Fir

Spruce

Cypress

Melaleuca

Posted March 8, 2011 by SunflowerHW in Natural, Wellness

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I’m training for a 5K   4 comments

I know you must be asking yourself “she’s training for a 5K”? Did she mean marathon or even a half-marathon. No I mean a 5K. I’m almost 50 years old and I haven’t run a 5K since I was in my 20s and back then I was slow. But it’s on my list of things to get back into doing. It’s a twofer, get in shape and support a great cause.  It’s Jeremy’s Run to benefit Drugfree. org and the Kolmac Foundation.

The run will be on Memorial Day in Olney, MD,  so I have 3 months to get in shape enough to run ~3.1 miles.   I exercise pretty regularly but running is quite different from walking and gliding on an elliptical.  For me running takes not just physical energy but mental energy. Every step says “stop”.  This time I plan a different physical and mental strategy.  I”ll start out running a 1/2 mile then 1 mile, 1 1/2 miles then 2 miles until I reach 3 miles.  Mentally instead of whining and crying I’ll encourage myself and challenge myself to go further and tell myself  that I feel fine.  My mindset is so different now than it was 20+ years ago.  I criticize myself less and encourage myself more.  

I could walk it but I want to run it, that’s what everybody else is going to do and I want to run while I still can.  My knees still work great and my back feels ok.   I might be slow but as long as I finish  I’ll be happy.

YOU GO GIRL…….

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Posted March 2, 2011 by SunflowerHW in Health, Wellness

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I'm training for a 5K   4 comments

I know you must be asking yourself “she’s training for a 5K”? Did she mean marathon or even a half-marathon. No I mean a 5K. I’m almost 50 years old and I haven’t run a 5K since I was in my 20s and back then I was slow. But it’s on my list of things to get back into doing. It’s a twofer, get in shape and support a great cause.  It’s Jeremy’s Run to benefit Drugfree. org and the Kolmac Foundation.

The run will be on Memorial Day in Olney, MD,  so I have 3 months to get in shape enough to run ~3.1 miles.   I exercise pretty regularly but running is quite different from walking and gliding on an elliptical.  For me running takes not just physical energy but mental energy. Every step says “stop”.  This time I plan a different physical and mental strategy.  I”ll start out running a 1/2 mile then 1 mile, 1 1/2 miles then 2 miles until I reach 3 miles.  Mentally instead of whining and crying I’ll encourage myself and challenge myself to go further and tell myself  that I feel fine.  My mindset is so different now than it was 20+ years ago.  I criticize myself less and encourage myself more.  

I could walk it but I want to run it, that’s what everybody else is going to do and I want to run while I still can.  My knees still work great and my back feels ok.   I might be slow but as long as I finish  I’ll be happy.

YOU GO GIRL…….

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Posted March 2, 2011 by SunflowerHW in Health, Wellness

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Book Review: Can We Live 150 years? by Mikhail Tombak   Leave a comment

When I first heard the title of this book I thought “who would want to live 150 years?”.   Dr. Tombak proposes that we CAN live 150 years based on the way we live.  Full health depends on living in harmony with nature. There’s a complete cycle of energy that last 7 years and it cycles every 22 years (22 X ~7=150). 

He proposes there’s 5 main factors to ill health

  • Neglected spine
  • Incorrect breathing
  • Incorrect diet
  • Lack of internal body hygiene
  • Inability to lead a blissful life

*Respect the basic principles by which our bodies function

Two of my most favorite topics in the book are therapeutic baths and using heat & cold. Therapeutic baths use herbs like sage flowers, chamomile flowers or spruce branches that have soaked in water for a couple of hours and adding them to your bath. Plan to soak for 15-25 minutes.  The other is warm water alternating with cold water showers.  They are helpful for preventing colds.  I swear it helped me tolerate cold weather better.

He is a big fan of fresh vegetable and fruit juices.  He has several recipes with conditions that each recipe is good for.

One of the more interesting sections is on consuming lemons.  He has a formula for consuming 30 lemons in 10 days! He recommends drinking the straight lemon juice, not diluted unless absolutely necessary.  You may mix with honey.

Taking care of oneself is a big theme of this book.   He believes in the role of doctors but encourages people to know how to care for themselves.  And thus he has a ton of folk medicine remedies for a multitude of conditions. Some are strange like eggshell therapy but many are quite believable and doable.

Overall I liked the book.  I found some of the remedies to be a bit daring but he has great ideas about using positivity to live longer.  I can’t say I want to live 150 years but however long I live I want to live well.

 

 

 Available at Amazon.com, click on the book for more info

Posted February 22, 2011 by SunflowerHW in Books, Natural, Wellness

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How to Sleep   Leave a comment

Sleep is better than gold!!  It can’t be bought, stored up or borrowed.  It’s precious. 

Humans have a natural circadian rhythm.  We were made to sleep at night and be awake during the day.   One of the roles of the hormone cortisol is to wake us up. It peaks about an hour before sunrise and falls in the evening when the sun goes down.

 How can you improve your sleep and wake up feeling refreshed?

  • go to bed as early as you can and wake up as early as you can, keep in rhythm with daylight and nightfall
  • get sunlight into your eyes as soon as possible, step outside for a few minutes before you leave the house, open all the curtains, blinds or shades, turn on the lights in your house
  • do the reverse at night, keep lights low and noise low
  • make your bedroom as dark as possible, comfortable room temperature
  • stop eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime
  • stay hydrated during the day, 
  • practice living in the here and now, leave work problems at work, they don’t pay you when you get home so don’t give them  any more of your time
  • 30 minutes before bed, have a routine, listen to relaxing music, take a warm bath, read, write a letter,  but no tv or internet
  • try aromatherapy oils  like Lavender, Peace & Calming® or Valerian

When needed take a natural supplement like Melatonin (short term), Valerian Root with passion flower,  Sleepesssence™ or herbal teas,  Kava Stress from Yogi™ or  SleepyTime from Celestial Seasonings®.

The National Sleep Foundation has more great  tips for getting a good night’s sleep. And Lights Out is one of the most informative books on sleep and how it relates to health conditions like diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

 

                                   

  Sleep in peace

Posted February 17, 2011 by SunflowerHW in Healing, Health, Natural, Wellness, Women

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