Wednesday, July 11, 2012
(Picture is of the Little Missouri River in my area)
It seems that just being out in nature does your body, mind and soul some good. According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the closer you live to nature, the healthier you're likely to be. People who lived within 1 kilometer of a park or a wooded area experienced less anxiety and depression than those who lived farther away from green space. Other studies by researchers in England and Sweden have found that joggers who exercise in a natural green setting with trees, foliage and landscape views, feel more restored, and less anxious, angry and depressed than those runners who burn the same amount of calories in gyms or other urban settings. So even if you have to drive a few miles to find a little green, it's worth it!
So what is it about nature that makes us so much healthier? being outside increases our Vitamin D intake. Vitamin D is known to prevent cancer, hormonal problems, obesity, and inflammation, and promotes a healthy immune systeym. . And sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D. . Being in a natural setting can also help increase your quality of sleep, as studies show that natural sunlight helps set the body's internal clock that tells us when to eat and sleep, and normalizes hormonal functions that occur at specific times of the day.
Enjoying the outdoors also gives us a break from technology and the on-the-run lifestyle to which we're all so accustomed. When we're outside, we have a clearer, more focused mindset to hang out with friends, or spend some quiet time alone or even play with a pet.
Make being outside a ritual. Go for a morning or evening walk every day. And if you have one, bring your dog.
Try gardening. From a planting vegetable garden to planting a few flowers, both activities get you outside regularly and communing with nature.
Take vacations in beautiful natural places.
Find a trail. Whether hiking or biking is your speed, there are trails around the country for you to explore.
Sit outside. We're always so on-the-go. The next time you need a break, try sitting outside quietly and just appreciate the natural beauty around you! Notice the scents, sights and sounds as you sit quietly and focus on the moment.
Go to a local park.
Commit to the outdoors, rain or shine.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The state motto of my state is called the Natural State..
Being in the middle of the USA people don't realize what a jewel we have. We have only one large city and it isn't even considered a large city by many standards.
But we have lots of rivers and lakes which are so natural and clear and many of them are cold as ice. We have 2 small mountain ranges...the Ozarks and the Ouachitas (where I live) we also border the Mississippi river. Our land forms here run from swamps, mountains, rolling hills, and flat farmland.
We have diverse natureal resources....oil, natural gas, crystal mines, the only diamond mine in the USA, shale and slate mills, and crystal clear and clean water which is shipped all over the world.
Our capitol building in Little Rock was the model for the one in Washington DC
..we have tons of industry here from chicken and pork processing to the headquarters of Walmarts corporation and other corporations.
But we are known as the natural state for all these reasons..we have a natural environment and a natural habitat and wildlife.
Monday, July 09, 2012
I read an article here on SP that someone had put up on Woman's Day Magazine has put in their magazine over the years to reduce stress...there was something like 72..so what I did was just put up the 1st 10 with my comments..
1 | Take three deep breaths—5 seconds in, 5 seconds out—to slow your heart rate and the pace of your stress hormones. April 2010 (I do this myself and it does seem to slow your heart rate..And one thing I'm trying to do is to learn to breathe better when I exercise or walk and to breathe deeply with my diaphram instead of my belly)
2 | Copy a cat: Stretch and then shake it out. February 1963 (I have watch our little dog that sometimes acts like a cat and first thing she does when she gets up in the morning is stretch..I've begun to stretch when I first get up and it helps to start my day.)
3 | Sing a favorite song. You'll breathe more fully and the increased oxygen will do your body good. May 2000 (I sometimes put on my favorite CD and sing along..and since most of the time noone hears me but me than I will sing at the top of my lungs.
4 | Hang your head forward as if it were a heavy ball, then move it slowly to the side, back, side and front. Repeat. Circle around twice in the opposite direction. July 1975 (I do stretch my neck and roll it around especially when I'm sitting too long. )
5 | Sit up straight. When your shoulders are back, you open up your chest and breathe more freely. April 2010 (My mom was a stickler for standing with correct posture and now back doctors are telling us the same thing..sit up straight and stand up straight..watch your stride.)
6 | Hold the hand of someone you love. Skin-to-skin touch is calming. September 2011 (I think it is why I love massages..we all need that touch..pets help also.Loving on a pet is almsot as good)
7 | Pop a piece of gum. Chewing loosens your jaw, where you often store stress. November 2003 (Since I've been trying to remove sugar from my diet, I now chew sugar free mint gum..and it really helps me not to want to snack as well as calms my nerves)
8 | Take a mental break—focus on a photo of a loved one, a goal or a favorite place. April 2010 (Taking a walk helps as well...it gives me a metal break from things I think I should be doing)
9 | At work, walk over to someone's desk to talk, go to the watercooler, force yourself to move. It will relieve physical tension. May 1984 (being retired now, I can't do this but I do get up from the computer or if I'm sitting somewhere..I get up and move..Change location and just standing helps to make my blood flow better)
10 | Smooth on hand lotion. The smell and feel is wonderfully distracting. February 2006 (Don't forget the feet...in the summer when wearing sandals, our feet dry out so always smooth on lotion on my feet at nights after my bath..I used hand lotion all day and I keep a bottle in different places all over the house to make it convenient.)
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