Wednesday, February 24, 2016
But when it comes to our health there's no disparity in what level we'd like. The better, the better.
I've come to a point in my life when things can start to fall apart. My peers and I know we can fight the good fight all we want, but there's no denying as time goes on now, our bodies just aren't going to be quite what they used to be. Bones can get brittle, hearts can get tired, which will translate to less than ideal health.
However, from the time I recognized my health was going to take a little extra work, I've tried to follow the advice of poet Dylan Thomas and not go gently into the dark night. I've educated myself on wise, healthy choices and have listened when I can (want to). To this end, gone are many things I enjoyed over the years (the weekly potato chip night for example) in favour of a lot of things I don't (fruit and vegetables).
Generally, though, I've adopted the belief that I can do battle against the process with new weapons rather than sacrifice everything (cheese, chocolate and wine). Otherwise, why bother? Life is short.
So, a little yoga strengthens my body and bones while improving balance and flexibility. My morning smoothie packs plenty of protein and antioxidant power. I walk rather than drive to work letting the car be the idle one. And I've discovered the benefits of essential oils which have helped me fight everything from SAD to the common cold.
Another practice to which I'm faithful is my avoidance of pharmaceuticals. I'm a firm believer that unless there's no other option, stay away from medications. It's been my experience that you only tend to buy in to a whole new whack of troubles when you start popping pills.
That said, medicine and the professionals who dole it out, are very important to our continued good health. I've never argued when my doctor has recommended a test be done, whether routine or to try and find an underlying cause. I have regular checkups and recognize that there are many illnesses and disorders that can't be helped by 'natural' means. My goal is simply to try and delay or thwart the former by utilizing the latter.
So, with these thoughts in mind on this Wellness Wednesday, I've sourced out some great healthcare photos — from the traditional to the holistic.
iCLIPART.com Medical Photos
iPHOTOS.com Healthy Life Photos
Clipart.com Health Photos
Monday, February 22, 2016
There was time between household tasks to enjoy the company of family and friends, as well as time for relaxation on Sunday, typically unheard of at our house. I therefore took advantage of the opportunity by catching up on some reading.
Sadly it was only when preparing supper, gazing out the window as daylight was fading into early twilight, that I realized I should have spent a little of that down time outdoors. Because in addition to all the other good parts of the weekend, this winter one was highlighted by unseasonable warmth and sunshine.
It's not as if I didn't know it. Had I not been in such a hurry earlier that day, it would have sunk into my consciousness that this was a lovely day to spend outside, balmy and sunny, more like late March.
Had I not, too, during a conversation at the grocery store earlier, been so distracted by the promise that a quick completion of tasks would leave me time to sit down with my book, I would have picked up on the hint that this might be a good day suited more to outside fun. An acquaintance at the checkout, mentioned to me that her little one had, upon stepping out of the door, said it felt like Easter.
Out of the mouths of babes I thought as I headed home. I noticed the air really did have a spring quality, as did my step. The feeling of lightness in my body, however, didn't reach the brain, and I rushed through the rest of the day's duties eagerly anticipating an hour of time for me and Stephen King.
So, yes, as I gazed out the window at day's end I experienced some regret. Not that I would have passed up a spell spent curled in my comfy chair, but I did wish I had wandered out into the fresh hour for at least a bit of the time.
Letting the feeling wash over me, I accepted it, then moved on, though. What's past is past, what's done is done. I had a perfect weekend, arriving at work Monday with batteries recharged.
And thanks to the grocery store conversation, my mind is now on spring and Easter. Here are some terrific floral Easter illustrations to keep the thoughts on track:
iCLIPART.com Floral Easter Illustrations
Clipart.com Floral Easter Illustrations
ClickArt Online Floral Easter Illustrations