I continue to read the word “uncertain” in headlines– whether the articles relate to the economy, politics, employment, travel, conferences, our culture, or the future of humanity. Highly emotive words, especially in repetition, have an impact on our perception of the world around us, our health, and our well-being.
Take a moment to reflect on the things for which you can be certain. Here are just a few:
You are important.
There is only one you, and you matter to more people than you will ever know.
You may feel exhausted, but you’re still here. That makes you resilient.
Paying attention to your health mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually is time well spent.
Considering others, listening to them, and humbly asking encouraging people to help you grow are noble and worthy pursuits. Seek out encouraging friendships, and invest in being an encouraging friend to others.
The bottom line: you can be CERTAIN that investing in taking care of yourself and those around you is a good investment– today and in the future.
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A stroke occurs when your brain is not receiving the blood that it needs. When a person is having a stroke, s/he may or may not be aware that something is off. If the person experiencing a stroke receives proper medical care fast enough, then their chances increase for recuperating from or surviving this event. For this reason, it is important that everyone knows how to recognize the warning signs of a stroke so that they can act F.A.S.T.
F – is for FACE. Ask the person to smile, and see if their face is symmetrical or if one side droops.
A – is for ARMS. Ask the person to raise their arms. Is one arm weak? Are they unable to lift it, or does it sag?
S – is for SPEECH. Ask the person to say a simple phrase like “My name is Mike.” Is their speech slurred, slow, strange, or altered in any way that is unusual for them?
T– is for TIME. If you suspect that you or someone around you is having a stroke, don’t wait. Call 9-1-1 immediately so that medical professionals can get the person to a hospital right away.
For further reading, check out this article. If you think that you or someone around you is experiencing an emergency, dial 9-1-1. The opinions stated in this blog post are not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your physicians before incorporating new foods into your diet or making any lifestyle changes.
Autumn weather is usually pleasant and mild— making it a great time to practice yoga outdoors. After your asana, taking a walk is one way that you can welcome mindful awareness. It’s no secret that when our thoughts are racing, we can feel stressed. Walking outdoors can help you restore balance between your mind and body. The rhythm of walking can help you clear your mind, order your thoughts, and bring awareness to the present. It can even aid in unlocking creativity or helping you see how to overcome obstacles.
In addition to helping balance the connection between your mind, body, and spirit (in Sanskrit: the purusha and prakriti) here are 10 physical benefits of walking.
It could help improve your mood, help you feel relaxed, or lower your blood pressure.
You may experience better sleep.
It could help your immunity.
When you walk, the cadence between your right- and left-body can benefit your brain.
You could feel less hungry, which may be beneficial if you are trying to lose weight.
Walking has been proven to be good for your heart.
It may help you maintain bone density.
As you age, walking can help you keep a broader range of motion than if you are sedentary.
It may help you avoid developing varicose veins.
Walking and sharing thoughts with a friend (4-legged or 2-legged!) can also help us feel more connected to those we love!