Do what you need to do and enjoy life as it happens.
I spent some time yesterday with my neurologist reviewing the results of my brain scans and mental function tests. All the news was good, no medical concerns and my function tests were great. He is a good guy so we even talked about the reality of an aging brain.
As you may know I often find it difficult to quickly bring up the names of even close friends. My conversations don’t flow as well as they once did as I slow down searching for the right word. Bottom line, he said ”You’re are doing great, live with it.”
And you know what I really am. So rather than dwelling on trying to be what I once was I can concentrate on enjoying what I am now.
Here is something I saved that offers some tips on enjoying who we are.
Taking Care of You . . . 25 Great Ways To Self-Nurture
by Terri R. Marshall, CHSMS
Self-nurturing is taking care of yourself. Many people put themselves at the bottom of their own list of priorities. The result is burnout, exhaustion and resentment. We are unable to be at our best if we don’t take time out for ourselves to rest, relax and renew.
Self-nurturing does not have to be difficult or overly time-consuming. Anything that helps us feel more positive and joyful is self-nurturing. Below is a list of 25 ideas, but don’t limit yourself. Think about simple pleasures that speak to you personally and incorporate them into your life each and every day.
- Be Grateful (Keep a Gratitude Journal . . . write down 5 things you are grateful for each day)
- Practice Relaxation Techniques/Relaxation Therapy
- Surround Yourself with Positive People (Choose people who help you grow and thrive, Re-connect with loved ones with whom you’ve lost touch)
- Practice Kindness and Compassion (Remember to help and pray for others)
- Give Praise and Let Go of Criticism
- Visualize (Choose where you want to be vs. where you are for your visualizations)
- Do Not Complain (Learn to let it go)
- Listen to Music You Enjoy (and if you can, dance)
- Exercise (Choose something you really enjoy, why not try a type of mind/body/spirit exercise like yoga, tai chi or qi gong?)
- Volunteer and Donate (Promote a cycle of goodwill; pay it forward)
- Learn Proper Self-Care (Get enough sleep, detoxify, eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water . . . learn to listen to your body)
- Create a Comfort Drawer for Yourself (fill it with goodies you love including favorite teas, bubble bath, magazines, the sky’s the limit!)
- Seek New Experiences and Knowledge (why not try a holistic therapy such as acupuncture or that store you’ve always wanted to go in, but never took the time)
- Follow Your Bliss (Use your creativity, gifts and talents . . .begin a hobby or career you are passionate about)
- Have Great Sex (Especially Tantric/Sacred Sex or a romantic evening with that special someone)
- Read a Good Book or Watch a Great Movie (Why not try reading some poetry?)
- Laugh (Laughter truly is the best medicine)
- Seek Solitude (Meditate, go within and get creative, try a fun excursion by yourself)
- Use Positive Affirmations (Make a conscious choice to be happy)
- Take A Long, Hot Bath (Add soft music and candlelight for ambience or some relaxing aromatherapy Lavender . . . simply add a couple of drops of Lavender essential oil)
- Spend Time with Your Pet(s)
- Have a Cup of Your Favorite Coffee or Tea (Chamomile Tea is especially relaxing; avoid caffeine before bed)
- Get Out in Nature (Try a walking meditation in the warm sunshine, spending time near the water, cloudwatching or enjoying a beautiful sunset)
- Get a Massage (Touch can be very healing)
- Remember the Purpose of Life is Joy!
Today I will do something just for the fun of it. I will find something to do thats just for me, and I wont worry about what I should be doing. I will learn how to make myself feel good and enjoy life to the fullest.
Jill and Nadine were having lunch and Nadine looked a little upset.
“What’s wrong?” asked Jill.
“I’m really worried about myself,” Nadine said forlornly. “My memory has always been a source of quiet pride to me, but lately it’s been failing me. I’m having a hard time remembering things from the mundane to the major.”
“I wouldn’t worry too much about it,” Jill said consolingly, “sounds like you’ll forget all about it tomorrow.”
I was shopping at the supermarket today and I saw a package of Turkey Bacon. What’s up with that?? Makes me wonder WHAT is going on at that farm?
In a small town in the Old Country, the Rabbi died. His widow, the Rebbetzin, was so disconsolate that the people of the town decided that she ought to get married again. But the town was so small that the only eligible bachelor was the town butcher. The poor Rebbetzin was somewhat dismayed because she had been wed to a scholar, and the butcher had no great formal education. However, she was lonely, so she agreed, and they were married.
After the marriage, Friday came. She went to the mikvah (a Jewish ritual bath to get rid of impurities). Then, she went home to prepare to light the candles. The butcher leaned over to her and said, “My mother told me that after the mikvah and before lighting the candles, it’s a mitzvah to have sex.” So they did.
She lit the candles. He leaned over again and said, My father told me that after lighting the candles it’s good to have sex.” So they did.
They went to bed after prayers to get ready for Shabbos. When they awoke he said to her, “My grandmother said that before you go to the synagogue it’s a mitzvah to have sex.” So they did.
After praying all morning, they came home to rest; and again he whispers in her ear, “My grandfather says after praying it’s a mitzvah to have sex.” So they did.
On Sunday she went out to shop for food and met a friend who asked, “Nu, so how is the new husband?” She replied, “Well, he is no scholar; but he comes from a wonderful family.”
The question is not “Do I have the gifts and strengths that I need for my life,” but “Am I seeking to discover my gifts and strengths?”
She said: I was self-conscious about going to the gym, because I thought the pounds I had put on would make me stand out among the spandex-clad regulars.
I chose a treadmill way in the back corner so I’d be inconspicuous. However, as I exercised, my worst fears came true. At least a dozen people turned to stare at me periodically. I thought it might be my imagination, but then one woman even squinted to get a better look. Imagine!
Completely mortified, I stepped off the machine and started to leave.
When I turned around to see if I left my towel back there, I realized that the gym’s only wall clock had been hanging just inches above my head.
“Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns -the pains and problems they cause you – and enjoy life”
Bernard Kelvin Clive
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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