Yes, I’m just saying again. Of course we want to be in the very cool group/not the just plain cool group, so let’s learn the new “IN” word. The new word is atheleisure. It is a combo of athlete and leisure, and has nothing to do with either one, of course. With people staying home more from events and gatherings, and working from home, and just plain vegging out, we need a description of what we have on, right? So there it is. We are not working out, nor are we at leisure. It is all something completely different, hence the new word. Our clothing, even though it may be old sneakers and sweats, has a name. Now we can relax and not worry about words like sloppy or grubby. We are dressed in our atheleisure wear! Thank me later, very cool friends!
How many times have we read that cross word puzzles, jig saw puzzles, Sudoku, jelly fish supplements and coloring with colored pencils will keep us sharp and on the ball? Mental decline is one of the most feared aspects of the aging process. Well, I have read several articles recently that sort of put those theories to rest. No, I do not mean that those things are wrong or not productive, I only mean that there is a lot more to it than that. Surprise, Surprise. It is never easy is it?
As it turns out, and to keep it simple, the best way to keep your brain sharp is the same way you keep your heart healthy and the same way you prevent stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and just about everything else. So, let’s talk Risk Factors!
I just read an article by Laura Williamson on USA Today Network that made me really stop and think about health advice. It all seems to sound the same, right? Well, maybe there is a reason-maybe we should all be doing the same things! Get ready for a not surprise-eat healthy foods and watch your weight, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, drink only in moderation, watch your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, etc. What is good for body health is also good for brain health-who knew?
Ok, I JUST read the latest research on coffee in the medical section of Readers Digest. The science on coffee has been all over the place, and now the latest thinking is that there are many health benefits to coffee. Recommended intake-No more than 3 cups. If you are a big coffee drinker, think about it and check out some of the research and maybe consider a cup of decaf instead of that fourth cup.
I know that free advice is worth what you pay for it, but I am going to give you some anyway. We all do, right? So, here goes.
We are in different and difficult times. Don’t let it beat you. Get up, take a shower, and get dressed. Yes, just do it. This is not hard. I will also add that you can/should/might want to have a cup of coffee or tea and eat some breakfast. Read the paper or some on line news. Good or bad, the news is there and it is good to be informed.
I could go on and on about taking each day as it is given to us, but for now just do it-get up, take a shower, get dressed and get on with it!!
Always Wear Your Mask!
Cold, snowing, raining, foggy, windy, no place to go, mad at the kids, home alone with bad TV, no face book friends…….What else could go wrong??? Well, what could be wrong is attitude. There must be something to do that is productive, and uplifting. I read my tablet or a book. I walk outside, regardless of weather, I call someone I know, I do a laundry or re-arrange my stuff just for fun, and so on and so on.
All I am saying is that only YOU are responsible for what you make of each day that is given to you. Get out of bed, take a shower, get dressed and face it.
If people are rude to you it shows who THEY are, not who YOU are!
Think about it!
I did it! I took my own advice. I usually do take my own advice. I would not generally give advice unless I was prepared to take it myself, mind you. This time though I did it big time. I am always saying that YOU should get up, get dressed and have a good useful day even though times are not particularly conducive to doing this right now. Well, I did it today. I got up, got dressed and just cleaned the hell out of my house.
I vacuumed, Windexed, Pledged, used Comet in my bathrooms, did my hardwood floors with a steamer, did the laundry, changed the sheets, and on and on. I started at about 8:30 in the morning and finished around 5 ish in the afternoon. . It felt soooo good. Deep cleaning is not particularly fun, but these days I feel it is more and more necessary. It is one of those things that can make a difference. Wear your mask, wash your hands, clean your surroundings!
Lately, I have seen soooo many Tee-Shirts with hilarious sayings that I have decided to share. What brought this on? Well, you may ask. This morning my husband and I started to look through one of those catalogues that come in the mail and they had a Tee-Shirt section that had us both in stitches. OK, so we were pretty hard up for a laugh-and who isn’t these days- but honestly, I will share a couple of them and then ask YOU to also share those you think are funny and we will see where we go with this. Thanks in advance for sharing.
Do something really nice for yourself, OK, this may not seem at first like it is something special just for you, but please trust me, it is and after a few days you will love it and wonder why you have not been doing it all of your life.
DO A 10 MINUTE TIDY
Before you go to bed, and in your clothing, not your jammies, do all of the following and take no more than 10 minutes.
- Put stuff away.
- Quickly run the vacuum, or do the carpet sweeper or turn on Rumba.
- Give the kitchen counters a swipe and put stuff in the dishwasher.
- Look around and spend your remaining minutes with a feather duster or arrange/re-arrange so that the look of your space appeals to you.
I promise when you wake up in the morning you will have a much happier day The more you do this the easier it becomes, the more you get done in your 10 minutes, and the more you find yourself looking forward to not only the little job itself, but the result every morning. Remember, 10 minutes only. Let me know how this goes for you.