Hurry up and wait

by John Vine
by John Vine

Most people’s lives are hectic at times.

Sometimes even downright stressful.

At times like these I like to remember a quote from Bob Proctor – “You do not need to slow down, you need to calm down”.

Easier said than done? Yes, but believe it or not, this is something which can learned and then put into practice.

Once you can effectively ‘calm down’ at will, life becomes much easier to handle and hence a whole lot more enjoyable.

I have found that there two secrets to being able to ‘calm down’. First, make sure to be getting enough good quality sleep. I do not think it can be emphasized too much, just how important this is.

Secondly, research and learn one of the many relaxation/meditation techniques, which are readily available.

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My own experience of this started when I discovered transcendental meditation (TM) and learned to meditate effectively using a personal mantra. This particular method would be difficult to learn properly without individual, personal instruction, but I found the effort of attending classes worthwhile.

For those unable, or unwilling to seek out formal meditation training, there are many excellent opportunities available, as audio lessons and courses online.

Some time ago, Oprah joined forces with Deepack Chopra to produce a series, which I thought was particularly worthwhile.

I really would urge anyone, who wants to live a happier healthier life, to find a relaxation method which suits them and make it a regular part of their routine.

Eating Well and Staying Happy

by John Vine
by John Vine

That these two ideas are very closely linked should be obvious.

Unfortunately, mistakes in your diet can sometimes take a long time to do any damage which is noticeable.

In contrast, too much sugar taken in too quickly soon makes its presence felt. Similarly, if your diet does not contain enough of the right type of fibre, your bowels will not move as frequently as is necessary to keep you healthy.

I believe statistics show us that the problems caused by too little fibre are far more common than would be expected; the effects of retaining waste in the body longer than necessary can be serious as well as unpleasant.

Those are just two examples of why it is wise to educate yourself about what you eat.

For those with the most common of all dietary problems – excess weight – a multi billion industry is there to take advantage.

There is probably more mis-information and downright deception about how to lose weight than just about any subject on earth.

One only has to see the unfortunates in the fast food queue, waddling back to their tables with double burgers, fries etc., along with a ‘diet drink’. Many of them could probably give you a long explanation of how their hormone problems cause them to gain weight.

Some of them are stupid, yes, but the food industry giants are so clever, with their marketing of near-worthless food-like substances, many can hardly be blamed for being taken in.

There is probably no such thing as the perfect diet. All we can do is educate ourselves to the degree

thpost-itsat we can use our food intake to stay fit and healthy, while doing as little damage as possible.

In these days of widely available information, this should be something which is within the capabilities of any moderately well educated person.

Here at healthy happy in later life, our mission is to make available some of the latest thinking, along with timeless wisdom passed down through generations.

Keeping the ‘food leg’ of our table in balance will give us all the opportunity to live long happy lives.

The hidden magic of simply going for a walk

by John Vine
by John Vine

It would be difficult to count all the benefits of this, the simplest and most easily accessible form of taking some exercise.

Doctors and fitness experts can all wax lyrical, about how regular brisk walking will improve and maintain so many aspects of our physical health.

What is less obvious, are the difficult-to-quantify advantages, which walking provides, courtesy of the almost magical mind-body connection.

For those who are fortunate like me, walking in the immediate neighbourhood brings close proximity with nature. Woodlands, birds and small animals etc. present many and varied views and experiences, throughout the four seasons.

Being a part of this beautiful and wondrous creation, can only pour positive effects onto whatever personal situation I might find myself in.

When countryside is not readily accessible, most towns and cities can offer some areas and times of relative peace, in which to get away from the day’s hurly-burly.

happy-hikingIn the course of half an hour or so, good days can easily turn into great ones, while bad days certainly improve – sometimes becoming good ones before I have even realised.

There has even been research which shows that those who are prone to unhappiness, through depression and anxiety, can relieve their symptoms significantly – and thus feel much better, with regular walking.

An appropriate amount of exercise is a vital part of keeping our healthy life in balance. I suggest that you use any opportunity to include relaxing walks in your schedule – particularly if you believe you are ‘too busy’ to do so!

Stay healthy longer with regular restful sleep

by John Vine
by John Vine

Healthy Aging needs a good night’s sleep – every night!

As we grow older, we need to stay active to keep our bodies and system in shape. The older a person gets the less our bodies seem to want to function, so keeping it in shape is very important for all of us.

Sleeping well is very important to all of us as we are aging. Aging brings on a different sleep patterns and we need to learn how to control it, so when it is time to sleep we sleep well. It is normal as we age that it becomes harder to get a good night’s sleep and feel rested when we wake up. Sleeping is every bit as important as our diet and exercise activities.

Did you know that it can be more difficult for woman to sleep, more so than men in their aging years?In general, women have more tendencies to feel stressed out and they sometimes are just too busy to get themselves into an effective exercise routine.

If you do not get enough sleep at night, it will reduce your alertness during the day, because you are tired. Long periods of sleepless nights can cause high blood pressure and is not good for the heart either.

There are many reasons why some people can’t achieve a restful night’s sleep. Sometimes you might sleep, but it is only a light sleep and we do need to have some deep restful sleep. Sometimes you may awaken during the night from pain, perhaps caused by arthritis. Sometimes you may experience heartburn, which causes you to get less sleep.

Snoring or feeling depressed sometimes can also cause you to lose sleep. You may have a stressful day followed by the lack of sleep. Muscles spasms can also cause a person to lose sleep.

Some ways to reduce the problems that cause you to lose sleep.

Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine can cause us to lose sleep. Try drinking less in the couple of hours before bed, and stop smoking. Smoking not only harmful to sleep-wordcloudyour body but it can cause you to lose sleep.

Excessive noise in the house, the TV or radio in the bedroom are some more reasons that can keep us from sleeping properly. Don’t try to go to bed and watch TV or listen to the radio – this could well keep you awake longer.

You can learn to enjoy exercises to reduce muscles spasms and/or arthritic symptoms. You should also reduce eating unhealthy foods that cause heartburn, or drinking caffeine-based substances before you go to bed, to improve your sleeping pattern.

Do you have a pet that sleeps with you? Even though you think they are giving you comfort, it could cause you to lose that precious sleep you need. You may not realize it but every time your pet moves,maybe snores, you can hear this while sleeping. Maybe you might have to get your pet a bed and let him sleep on the floor next to you. If you have allergies, your pet may be the cause, which can make you lose sleep as well.

Napping during the day can be a good idea, but too long a sleep can disrupt your pattern and make it more difficult to get to sleep at bed time. Before you lie down to rest, you could also consider drinking a small warm glass of milk. Studies have shown that warm milk can help a person to relax.

Whatever it takes, make sure you get the best sleep you can – the effort will really pay off.