Healthy Alone Time

Do you take time to be alone?  Maybe a retreat or just a quiet walk?  I have done this many times and it has always been beneficial although I must admit that my alone time tends to be a great deal of prayer time. Here’s a good post from MakeItUltra about healthy alone time. Give it a try!

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Audio version available | Click here “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~ Aristotle When was the last time you had a day to yourself? If you are like most people it was probably a while ago. We live in a world where we are constantly […]

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Calm Down! 

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IMG_0138Do spend any time around children? They tend to be little balls of energy that can explode at any moment. I think adults are the same but usually low key. In my experience, yelling at children to calm down doesn’t work very well – go figure.

Recently I stumbled upon this article:  50 calm-down ideas to try with kids of all ages. Our children are adults now but we do have three grand babies and I am testing these ideas out on them. The upside is, if they fail horribly, I just get to go home and let mom figure it out. Actually, I haven’t tried or even seriously reviewed all of the ideas but a few jumped out to me. If you’re willing and able, maybe give some a try and let me know how it goes.

And here’s another thought: it says for kids of all ages. Perhaps they are good for us adults, too. Anyway, here are the handful I have tried so far:

The Meeting

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One of my favourite authors had a picture given to her of the great reunion that is coming soon.  I did a little editing for length.

“(At the second coming) The living righteous are changed “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” At the voice of God they were glorified; now they are made immortal and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air. Angels “gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Little children are borne by holy angels to their mothers’ arms. Friends long separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of gladness ascend together to the City of God.

Before entering the City of God, the Saviour bestows upon His followers the emblems of victory and invests them with the insignia of their royal state… Upon the heads of the overcomers, Jesus with His own right hand places the crown of glory. For each there is a crown, bearing his own “new name” (Revelation 2:17), and the inscription, “Holiness to the Lord.”

As the ransomed ones are welcomed to the City of God, there rings out upon the air an exultant cry of adoration. The two Adams are about to meet. The Son of God is standing with outstretched arms to receive the father of our race—the being whom He created, who sinned against his Maker, and for whose sin the marks of the crucifixion are borne upon the Saviour’s form. As Adam discerns the prints of the cruel nails, he does not fall upon the bosom of his Lord, but in humiliation casts himself at His feet, crying: “Worthy, worthy is the Lamb that was slain!” Tenderly the Saviour lifts him up and bids him look once more upon the Eden home from which he has so long been exiled.

The Saviour leads him to the tree of life and plucks the glorious fruit and bids him eat. He looks about him and beholds a multitude of his family redeemed, standing in the Paradise of God. Then he casts his glittering crown at the feet of Jesus and, falling upon His breast, embraces the Redeemer. The family of Adam take up the strain, “Worthy, worthy, worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and lives again!” and cast their crowns at the Saviour’s feet as they bow before Him in adoration.

This reunion is witnessed by the angels who wept at the fall of Adam and rejoiced when Jesus, after His resurrection, ascended to heaven, having opened the grave for all who should believe on His name. Now they behold the work of redemption accomplished, and they unite their voices in the song of praise.”

Would you like to be there?

Glory

Dissociative Identity Disorder

As I expand my understanding of mental health I have to admit that I know nothing about Dissociative Identity Disorder. This post from MakeItUltra was a helpful overview and I hope you find it beneficial.

Written by Eric C., MA., PhD Candidate Audio version available | Click here Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder is a complex psychological disorder, which is difficult to diagnose and controversial. It is characterized by severe episodes of dissociation. Dissociative behavior can be divided into two categories: detachment and compartmentalization. Detachment is […]

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Barely Meaningful Information

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If you’re trying to be healthy, it’s likely you have been told or have figured out your BMI or Body Mass Index. BMI is calculated by taking a person’s weight in kilograms (kg) divided by his or her height in meters squared. For those of you in the USA, I realize you’re probably thinking kilo-whats?? Sorry for going metric on you but that’s just way it is.

Anyway, BMI is used for all sorts of determinations – medical procedures, insurance, and so on. But here’s the thing…

It’s Barely Meaningful Information.

If you’ve been looking at your BMI and beating yourself up you need to know that it doesn’t tell you anything real about yourself. Should you consider a healthier more active lifestyle? Maybe. Maybe you’re okay as you are right now. The point is, don’t let your BMI mess with your head.

Check out this short video on the truth about BMI.

Step Outside – From BeautyBeyondBones

This is another great post from BeautyBeyondBones. There’s the start of the post below, The one thing she wrote that caught me was:

“Often times, I’d catch myself getting inside my own head. I’d be feeling annoyed or exhausted, or emotionally spent and frazzled with absolutely zero patience left, and God would remind me to step outside myself.”

Give the whole post a read.

 

Well, here we are, trudging through May. Somehow, we’re already on the second week, and if you’re feeling like time is traveling at breakneck speed, then get in line. I’ve received a lot of messages from thoughtful, lovely humans asking how my mom is doing in her stroke recovery. And, honestly, she’s doing amazing. She […]

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Laughter – MakeItUltra

Who doesn’t appreciate a good joke? Here’s short article discussing how healthy laughter is. If you’re brave enough, I would be interested in your all time favourite clean joke, favourite comedy, or favourite comic strip. Leave a comment!

“Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.” ~Unknown 1900 BC The worlds oldest recorded joke dates back to 1900 BC. This joke proves that toilet humor has been around for a very long time along with mankind’s need to laugh. We live in a […]

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Busting 8 Myths

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I believe that there’s plenty of evidence that a plant based diet is healthiest and actually is good for mental health, too. As I was making the transition to a mostly meat diet to a plant based diet I had to wade through a lot of myths. Fortunately for you, I just came across a short article called Top 8 Myths About Eating Vegan, Busted by Naomi Imatome-Yun that covers the main ones. You’re welcome.

Here are some highlights:

MYTH: It’s hard to get enough protein on a plant-based diet.

MYTH: There is no proof that a plant-based diet is healthier than other diets.

MYTH: You’ll get weak and frail on a vegan diet.

 

MYTH: We need milk and dairy products for strong bones.

 

If you haven’t tried going plant based, I suggest you give it a try for a few weeks or even a month. See what happens.

 

Emotional Vampires – MakeItUltra

Here’s an interesting post on Emotional Vampires. I’m not sure that I have encountered a person like this but I think the principles are important for any kind of toxic or abusive person.  Here’s a quote:

“It is important to be decisive, direct and non-reactive when dealing with emotional vampires. Remember, emotional vampires can be quite charming. Establishing boundaries early will help. But, don’t be afraid to set a new precedent with an emotional vampire, even if you know they will react negatively. Set an intention that you will not be an emotional prisoner to anyone.”

How to Deal with Emotional Vampires