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Practicing Mindfulness

What is it?

A state of present and personal awareness which encompasses cognitive, emotional, and sensory functions to empower an individual to respond productively to the demands of daily life.

It is not a religion, a silver bullet or a short-term solution.

Why?

Mindfulness has shown to:

  • Improve life satisfaction
  • Decrease emotional exhaustion
  • Cope with situations and changes
  • And combat stress

How?

Exercise 1: Breath control

  • Inhale slowly while counting mentally 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Hold your breath and mentally count 4 seconds
  • Exhale slowly while counting mentally 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • And finally rest mentally for 4 seconds before re-starting the inhalation cycle.

Exercise 2: Meditation

  • Create a regular time and space that is free of external distractions
  • Start with 5 minute and gradually increase up to 30 minutes
  • Choose a comfortable sitting position with the feet touching the ground/grass
  • Sit up straight, shoulder square, tongue resting on the roof of the palate, eyes closed
  • Start with deep breathing till you achieve a comfortable rhythm
  • Focus on one part of body where the breath feels prominent: (like nostril, diaphragm, throat)
  • Maintain attention to the breath
  • If mind wanders, accept it and keep returning your attention to our breathing
  • When timer rings, give thanks to the universe, rub palms vigorously and gently apply the warmth to your eyes and face and gently open your eyes

Resource:

Wandering mind not a happy mind – Harvard Gazette


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Happiness Secrets

Things to teach our kids:

Before you say something bad, think about those who can’t talk and say something back.

Before you complain about the taste or variety of your food, remember there are starving people in the world.

Before you yell at your partner, think of how lonely some people feel as they go to sleep in an empty bed.

Before you complain about the state of things today, think about all the people who never got to see this day.Before you get upset because the house is a mess, remember that there are people who don’t have a roof over their head.

Before you let traffic and long commutes irritate you, think about how fortunate you are to have a job and a car.

Before you point an accusing finger at someone, remember that you’re not perfect, and you make mistakes too.

And the most important rule of them all:

Before you let a depressing thought ruin your mood, put a smile on your face and be thankful you’re alive!

Source: Internet & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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CAN SOMEONE SUGGEST A WAY OUT OF THIS?

A 2012 study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that higher patient satisfaction was associated with higher spending on overall health care and prescription drugs.

Case in point? Antibiotics.

Dashing off an antibiotic prescription is a win-win for some docs & patients. It saves time for docs and makes patients happy.

However, while takes two minutes to write a prescription, it takes 10 to 15 minutes to explain why you don’t need an antibiotic or why you should do the wait-and-watch or try-a natural approach.

These approaches take time and don’t necessarily make parents happy immediately.

What’s more, overuse of antibiotics is linked to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Each year in the U.S., at least two million people become ill because of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So, how does doctor please his patient, keep cost low and yet not resort to quick fixes and more testing?

Thoughts?


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Written by a 90 year old Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your friends and family will take care of you when you are sick.. Give them your time.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy clothes. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift."