Finding an uninjected spot is hard. My belly hurts at times and pressing against something hurts.
My sugars are still not level. I have to work harder at it.
I am happy (manic right now)
I am content
I am wise
I am going to find the perfect place to live and be able to afford it
I am healthy
I am pain free.
Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh
-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses
-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems
12 Things That Happen When You Start To Keep Calm – by LifeHack
Sally was a frazzled, exhausted, overweight insomniac. Turning 50 was not quite what she expected. Menopause had caused her hormones to go on strike resulting in severe night sweats, hot flushes and weight gain. Sally was tired of her crazy life and begged me for advice to find peace and calm in her tumultuous life.
If left unchecked, this type of stress that goes on for a long period is a triple whammy for weight gain–it increases your appetite, it makes you hold onto the fat, and it interferes with your willpower to implement a healthy lifestyle.
Bringing calm into your life is easier than you think. You do not have to meditate for an hour each day or attend an expensive resort. It does take a little effort on your behalf but the results will be amazing if you incorporate a few minor changes.
Let’s focus on what will happen when you approach life’s challenges and keep calm:
Stress is a contributing factor to menopause weight gain, as well as weight gain at any other time in our lives. In the days when our ancestors’ stress was due to fighting or in the midst of famine, their bodies adapted by learning to store fat supplies for the long haul. Nowadays, many people are chronically stressed by life crises and work-life demands, therefore are prone to getting an extra layer of “visceral fat” in the belly area.
When you keep calm, you will begin to lose that excess weight.
When you are chronically stressed, you crave “comfort foods,” such as a bag of potato chips or a tub of ice cream. These foods tend to be easy to eat, highly processed, and high in fat, sugar, or salt. Stress interferes with your brain’s reward system, causing you to crave easy to grab comfort foods.
When you keep calm you will be more relaxed and therefore not as likely to crave foods.
Chronic stress leads to high levels of inflammation in the body. Researchers found that chronic stress changes gene activity of immune cells before they enter the bloodstream so that they’re ready to fight infection or trauma–even when there is no infection or trauma to fight. This leads to increased inflammation.
If you have any ailment due to inflammation such as arthritis, heart disease and early signs of aging, when you keep calm you will keep these symptoms at bay.
When the body finds peace and calm you will find it a breeze to not only fall asleep, but also stay asleep throughout the night.
No more waking up in the middle of the night. No more worries keeping you awake at night.
When you keep calm, you will wake up refreshed and relaxed.
At a recent school event for my 12-year-old son, I was stressing out. It was an event where my son, who had built a solar car, and was competing against other schools.
Be careful of the car! Don’t do this; don’t do that.
My son was getting stressed and I was making a fool of myself. I removed myself from the situation. I entrusted my son with his teachers, who know just how to work with teenage boys. I went off and found a coffee shop and chilled out.
An hour later I returned to a happy child who thanked me for trusting him and leaving him to work on his solar car.
When you keep calm, your family will be more relaxed around you.
When you are stressed, your body needs magnesium to help relax the muscles. If you are constantly stressed, magnesium levels can become very low and can result in muscle spasms.
When you keep calm, you will find the muscle spams will decrease or disappear altogether.
Following on from point number 6, decreased magnesium can lead to constipation. When you have regular bowel motions this has an add on effect with every point covered in this article.
When you keep calm, you will achieve regular bowel motions and will be a much happier person to be with as a result.
Once Sally made a few adjustments in her frazzled life, she became a happier person. As corny as it might sound, happy people attract happy people into their lives, creating an even happier environment.
When you start to keep calm, you will be a happier person, which is great for you and for your family and friends.
When you are calm your mind will be able to process instructions in an organised manner.
Sally noticed that once she was not so frazzled, she was able to decrease the time spent each morning showering, attending to her make-up and fixing her hair. When she was frazzled, the lipstick would not go on correctly and had to be adjusted or the shampoo bottle would explode at the wrong time, leaving a mess to be cleaned up.
When she was calm, Sally found that mishaps were not as common.
When you find calm, you will achieve more in your day.
Headaches are frequently caused by anxiety. Anxiety puts a considerable amount of stress on the body, and can lead to headaches.
When you keep calm, you put less stress in the brain. If you are prone to headaches these will decrease or disappear altogether.
When the liver is under stress, it is not able to filter alcohol to its optimum capacity. When you find calm in your life your liver will be better equipped to do its job properly. This is of particular concern for women when they reach menopause. Hormonal nightmare and stress is a potent combination leading to a decreased liver functioning.
When you find calm, so will your liver.
Say no more. A confident person is the envy of all.
When you find peace in your life, you will radiate confidence and those around you will want to know your secret.
Published on LifeHack.org
John Lennon was a rare and special man.
Apart from composing some of the world’s most iconic songs as a solo artist, such as “Give Peace a Chance,” “Working Class Hero” and “Imagine,” he was also the co-founder of the legendary pop band The Beatles. The Beatles remains the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music to date.
But, what was most striking about John was that he was more influenced by peace and harmony than by living an affluent life. That is not something you can easily attribute to many contemporary musicians. John’s words in his music, writings, interviews and on films were delivered with a marked acerbic wit that stirred emotions and inspired millions around the world.
Although John’s life was short (he was assassinated in New York by a crazed fan at age 40), his words remain immortal – a testament that he was more than just a musician. If you don’t quite believe us, here are 35 of his most memorable quotes to inspire you and celebrate this great man’s life. Enjoy.
If you are a knitter or would like to learn it seems there are definite good things to knitting for mental health. Maybe that is my problem. I can’t knit.
Check out the article above.