Archive for November, 2013

Are You Doing All You Can To Stop Brain Drain?

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The brain is a living organ.  Just like every other organ in your body it has a certain life span.  For those among you who take pride in your health may the following suggestions be already in your repertoire of health maintenance. If not read on.  Those of you who may not be so diligent in taking care of your health needs please come on board and focus on the engine in your head that drives every other facet of your being.

The Baby Boomer generation continues to be one that “wants it all” and generally does what it takes to live life with gusto. If you are of that generation, are you living out that stereotype?  Others of you who are conscious of your brain’s well being, what might you be doing to maximize brain functioning?

You may be aware that your brain is not as sharp as it used to be. You may have memory, information processing, or other brain related issues. What can be done?  Research on the brain is going on at an accelerated pace due to new information, brain imaging, and other insights.  I would like to share some of the resulting recommendations with you.

  1. Lower stress: You have heard the expression “Stress kills” have you not.  Well it is true. Stress, hypertension, kills off brain cells.  Find various stress reducing methods for yourself.
  2. Stimulate your intellect: Research is clear that people with higher education and/or a life style that involves complex brain activity have lower incidence of dementia.
  3. Socialize: Having an active social life appears to have a positive effect on mood and cognitive skills. Try to hang out with positive people.
  4. Learn brain training exercises: You might be surprised how much you can train your brain which then in fact controls your life. One of these is consistently thinking positive thoughts, while eliminating the negative. Focus on being grateful.
  5. Exercise: Regular exercise creates new neural connections in the brain.
  6. Healthy diet and weight: the food we eat affects brain health and weight management.  My favorite food blogger is a woman named Brittany.  Her inspirational ideas, complete with salivating pictures, is “ahealthysliceoflife.com”.  Check it out.
  7. Have meaning, purpose, excitement, and stimulation in your life.
  8. Orgasm regularly: Stress is lowered, pleasurable feelings are experienced.
  9. Enjoy music: Mood will be uplifted.
  10. Consult an appropriate medical or psychological specialist for regular check ups regarding your physical, mental, emotional, and relational well being.

There are other things you can do.  You may want to exercise your brain by researching on the internet for such elucidation.  I welcome any further insights you glean because I can assure you that by having a Father facing Alzheimer’s disease at age fifty five, I am motivated to do all I can to keep my brain functioning to the best of its ability!

“The unexamined life is not worth living”     Socrates

Are You A Person Who Celebrates Well?

Friday, November 1st, 2013

“Celebrate what you want to see more of”. Thomas J. Peters

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate”.  Oprah Winfrey

Recently Sherry and I celebrated our thirty fifth wedding anniversary (we married when we reached puberty!). We went to a wonderful ocean get away where we enjoyed the beach, golfing, and quality cuisine. We exchanged romantic cards and words and hoisted a glass of champagne. Our love was joyfully celebrated!

Having experienced this wonderful celebration got me to thinking about how important it is to   CELEBRATE for a full participation in life. Such an act is a joyful and connecting experience.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “celebrate” this way. 1. To do something special, enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc… . 2. To praise someone or something.

As I reflected on what opportunities exist to celebrate, many came to mind. I will list a few.

  1. A birthday. 2. A wedding anniversary. 3. Birth of a child. 4. The life of a deceased. 5. A career promotion or salary increase. 6. Overcoming a health problem. 7. A success in a sporting activity. 8. A religious service. 9. Retirement. 10. Getting a new home/car/boat. 11. Making it through a challenging day!

I’m sure there are many other occasions to celebrate. These come to mind as I write this. Which ones, Respected Reader, do you celebrate? Are there others worthy of such an endeavor?

Perhaps a more profound question is whether you are a celebrative person? Do you look for opportunities to celebrate?  If not, why not?

When we celebrate we smile, we reach out to another, we invite others to join in. (Who doesn’t smile when a person is blowing out the candles on the birthday cake? Who doesn’t clap on the occasion when a server sings “happy birthday” to a patron in the restaurant?).

In summary, the reason for this writing is to raise your awareness to the possibility of celebrating occasions in your life and sending celebrative congratulations to others who have reason to celebrate. A phone call, card, Facebook all are ways to say “I celebrate personally and with you on this occasion”!

“The unexamined life is not worth living”    Socrates