Today, I am very thankful for my good health. In December last year, I came down with a mild case of pneumonia. By no means was I hospital material, but I was definitely an over-exhausted, coughing mess. So fingers crossed that this season is going better. In this post, I'll share some health tips and other related things... reminders for myself and anyone reading. ;)
Avoid germs. Wear gloves so you don't have to touch every door handle. Wash your hands. Sanitize your phone and other petri-dish-inclined things (purses, computer keyboards, etc.)
Eat well. Stock up on vitamin-rich foods. Keep the sugar consumption in check. This is very hard, I know, when there's pecan pie and pumpkin spice lattes to be enjoyed. Haha.
Exercise. At the very least, 20 minutes of physical activity a day. A brisk walk usually does the trick. If it's too bitterly cold outside, we can do stair sprints or crunches from the comfort of our own home.
Protect your down time. Even if that means saying no to every other thing that comes up. It's tempting to act superhuman and try to please everyone, but remember, you're of no help to anybody if you yourself are physically/mentally/emotionally shot.
And that brings me to the next thing to be thankful for...
There is nothing like a slow, easy-going day. Saturday tends to be that for me. Sleep in 'til 9, bake, practice piano, watch a movie, snuggle with Pruitt. Of course, there are basic chores to accomplish too, like catching up on laundry and getting things in order for the next week. But it's refreshing to have some time to actually think, as opposed to the "move, move, MOVE!" mindset of the weekdays.
Laughter is the best medicine, as they say. Here's a fun blurb from Mayo Clinic describing the short-term and long-term effects of laughter. And get this.. it can actually benefit the immune system!
If you're looking for some great humor, watch some clips of Dry Bar Comedy, Jeanne Robertson, or Tim Hawkins. They are all outrageously funny (and not filthy or vulgar, like so many of the modern comedians.)
What are you thankful for today?
'Til next time,