Clutter

Clutter

I recently watched a documentary on clutter.  First of all, I must admit that I was pleased that I don’t have the level of clutter in the houses that were shown.  These were typical American homes; however, these weren’t hoarders, just the usual clutter that we’ve probably all seen.  You know, where you can’t walk anywhere except in the ally-ways that have been made.  None of these houses looked like that.  So, they weren’t talking about the extreme clutter.  Just the mostly normal amount of clutter that most families live with on a daily basis.

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However, while I was watching the documentary I was wondering what the effect on people is from just having the “normal” amount of American clutter.  Some of the information that I found includes weight-gain, stress, sleeping problems and anxiety.  This I can believe, since even though I don’t have the amount of clutter I saw in some of those houses, I do have more than my fair share – and it drives me crazy.

While I have no ambition to become a minimalist, I do want to stream-line my life.  I know that I’ve got too much.  Who really needs thirty or so journals? Well, apparently, I do, since I keep buying them.  Or how about twenty or so plastic and stainless steel drinking bottles?  Yes, even though I’ve gone through them, gotten rid of a bunch, somehow, I’ve managed to end up with more of them.  Seriously people?  Do we really need more?

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So, my project for the next few months so going to be getting rid of the clutter.  Have you done this?  How did it work out for you?  And, if you accomplished this goal, have you seen any differences in how you feel?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

Staying Positive

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While I try really hard to stay positive, and maintain the momentum while moving toward my goals, I occasionally get side-tracked with depression.  This has been the case for a few weeks now.  I have discussed how I have some people in my life who are extremely negative.  Most of the time I ignore this negativity, but there are times when it’s just too aggressive to ignore.

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I know the famous quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that no one can make you feel inferior without your permission.  However good a quote it may be, sometimes it’s just a quote.  After wallowing in my own sadness, I’ve begun the long climb back up the well of despair and am beginning to see the light again.  I understand that I need to just put all my focus on what I’m doing, continue doing it, and ignore the negativity bearers.  While I know this, it’s not always easy to put into practice.

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So, here I am, fighting toward the light.  I hope that all of you continue on toward your goals no matter what other people have to throw at you.

 

Stress, What is it Good For?

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We’ve all been told that stress is extremely bad for us, especially long-term stress.  The high blood pressure, the rapid breathing, the clammy hands, the shot of adrenaline that can leave us shaking in its wake.  All these things are really really bad for us, or so we’ve been told.  I recently watched Kelly McGonigal’s Ted Talk, and she made me rethink what I thought I knew about stress.

https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend?language=en#t-123462

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In the studies that McGonigal talks about, subjects were simply informed that stress was actually good for them.  That’s all.  They believed that contrary to what they thought they knew, stress was good for them.  The blood pumping through their veins was so they could think better; the adrenaline was getting them ready to respond to what was going on around them.  Once these subjects really believed this, their bodies reactions to stress changed.  So, if we believe that stress is bad for us, we can die from it.  If we believe that it’s not bad for our health, we don’t die from it.  Our beliefs can change our bodies reactions, making me think of the Buddhist teaching that we are what we think. Our body is a system, so if we can change our thinking about stress, we can change our reactions to it.  This actually gives me a great deal of hope.  I really can control my reactions, and so can you.  Make sure you watch the video, since McGonigal has fantastic things to say, and then work on changing your thinking.  You may just save your own life.

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Attending Free Seminars

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I must admit, I love the Internet.  There are so many good things on here.  Of course I don’t really look at any of the crap that’s out there, instead I try to stick with the positive.  I’ve been attending my first free seminar on becoming an entrepreneur.  I was unaware of the time it would take, so my goals last week were not accomplished.  However, I did learn a lot of really good things, so the take-away has been great.  My major problem was that I didn’t even turn on my computer last Tuesday, so I had to listen to both Tuesday and Wednesday speakers on Wednesday.  This set me back on my goals, and left me feeling really unsettled.  By Thursday, I realized that I was learning a lot of new, really important things, and that I would just have to let my goals go for the time being.  Luckily the seminar has ended, and I’ll be able to concentrate on my goals.

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However, even though this process left me feeling a little bit shaken since I’ve realized all the things that I don’t know, it also showed me that I should take advantage of the all great information that’s out there for free.  I’ve learned really great stuff, and found new places to find even more information.  I do know that I’ll use these resources in the future, and the whole process has left me a lot more informed than I was before.

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So, if you don’t know something, make sure you look around for free information before you purchase an expensive package not knowing if it will indeed help you.  There are so many resources out there that have great information.  Take advantage of them, and keep on learning.

 

Fighting for Positivity

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Sometimes it can feel like in order to survive I need to hide in my bed, under the covers.  I’m sure that I’m not the only person who sometimes feels like this.  I’ve said before that some of the people in my life are extremely negative.  They can also go out of their way to try to make me as negative as they are.  Since staying positive is not a default position for me, it can be a trial.  However, I’m trying my hardest to remain as positive as a can.  So, that being said, here are some of my favorite quotes I often read in order to remain as positive as I can.

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The Best Sleeping Position

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One of my goals this year was to get more sleep.  I’ve recently come across some information regarding the “best” position to sleep in.  It seems that some scientific evidence points to the fact that sleeping on your left side is the best for your body.  Apparently, the theory that sleeping on your left side is best for your health and sleep stems from the ancient mind/health/body belief called Ayurveda.  Ayurveda originated in India, and is the belief that the mind and body are connected, and the mind has the ability to heal and transform the body.  As I’m sure you know, this belief system has been scientifically studied, and is thought to be true.  All the different body systems are connected, including the mind.

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So, sleeping on our left sides seems to have a variety of benefits.  First of all, it benefits the lymphatic system by helping to filter out waste and fluid through the lymph nodes.  Also, this sleep position helps to drain waste material from the brain. Science has found that sleeping on your right-side can decrease the lymphatic system’s ability to filter waste and fluid.  Sleeping on your left side also helps with digestion by helping food waste move through the large intestine and into the colon more easily, keeping you from having bowel problems.

Some other benefits of sleeping on your left side include keeping your heart healthy by again helping the lymphatic system drain.  Pregnant women are encouraged to sleep on their left side in order to improve blood circulation to the heart, relieve pressure on their backs and increase blood flow to their livers, uterus, kidneys and fetus.  If you suffer from acid reflux, sleeping on your left side can reduce these symptoms because the stomach is on the left side.  This position keeps the acid in the stomach.

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I’ve been trying to sleep on my left side more often.  My husband snores exceedingly loudly, and since he sleeps to the left of me, often on his right side, this usually ends up with him snoring in my ear.  I’ve been trying to get him to sleep on his left side also.  What side do you sleep on?  Have you noticed any difference in quality of sleep when you sleep on your left side?  Let me know in the comments below.

http://www.lifehack.org/356391/this-why-you-should-sleep-your-left-side-backed-science

 

Finding Motivation to Create Personal Change

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Okay, so we’ve made goals and resolutions for the New Year.  Now comes the hard work to actually commit to change.  Change is hard.  It’s uncomfortable, it’s scary, and it can hurt.  I know that I’ve been doing things in the same way for years, and now when it comes time to change what has become comfortable, easy and normal, I don’t want to!  I know all the “bad” things that can happen if I don’t change.  My life, which I’m not happy with, won’t change, it will continue on the same safe path for the rest of my life.  That fact has finally become so upsetting to me, that I am now finding the motivation to begin my change.  I feel much more enthusiastic and looking forward to the changes that I want to make.

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So, now that I’m committed, my question is how do I stay on the path?  This time (yes, like many people I’ve been here before) is that this time I’ve been using affirmations like my life depends on it – and, in a way I believe that is true – that my actual life does depend on it.  Every year I get older, and every time I stop trying, it just gets harder and longer to make the physical changes that I want to make.  It also gets more difficult to make the emotional changes also.  My belief in myself was at an all-time low before I started with the affirmations.  I had been beaten down (not physically, but emotionally) by some of the people in my life.  They had me convinced that I was pretty worthless.  I still feel that way sometimes, but not as much as I did before.  I’m still fighting the battle, but it’s getting a little easier ever since I started with the affirmations.  Say it often enough, and you’ll begin to believe it.

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I hope that I’ve given some of you hope.  This was a difficult post to write…I like to pretend that my life is all sunshine and roses, and that if we believe it, we can achieve it.  Deep down, I really think that way, however, there is a huge bridge to cross between belief and achievement.  My hope is that you, too, are on that bridge fighting for your personal changes with me.

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