Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Always Listen to Your Body

This is a lesson I became even more aware of this past week or so while recovering from illness. I've gotten more tired as a result of all this and have been feeling a need to get to bed earlier and on some days to sleep later than usual. I have been slowly getting better the last few days and have found that more rest helps.   It's been a rough beginning of the year, but it's getting better. 

From MeMD:

“Listen to your body” is advice that nearly everyone has heard at one point or another, but it’s a sentiment that is easier said than done. For many people, perceptions on health and nutrition come from outside sources—nutritional fads, generic medical advice, or even tips from eccentric celebrities. Instead, we should be focusing on what our bodies need, and that can be a difficult task if you don’t know how to listen to the signals that your body is giving you. To help you tune in and gain a better understanding of what’s best for your unique needs, take a look at the situations below in which you should always listen to what your body is trying to say.
When You’re Worn Too Thin Suffering from fatigue is not uncommon, nor is attempting to push through the fatigue with an added dose of caffeine and willpower. Unfortunately, favoring constant productivity over proper rest and relaxation can cause both immediate and long-term problems. In the short-term, you might find yourself overwhelmed with anxiety, feeling irritable or ready to snap at any given moment. Over time, this stress can take a heavy toll on all aspects of your health; plus, it is more likely that you will experience an accident or major health problem that could put all of your responsibilities on hold. While it may not always be easy to let go of a few of the chores on your to-do list, you should always know when to simply take a step back and enjoy some quiet time to yourself.

When You’re in Pain Much like fatigue, pain is often ignored by those who are suffering. Whether you are coping with chronic or recurring pain, excessive soreness during your workout, or the aftermath of an injury that has not had time to heal, you should not let pain take over your life. This is especially true during exercise. Often, the “no pain, no gain” mentality is taken way out of context, so weekend warriors and professional athletes alike push too hard and end up with acute injuries or long-term damage to their bodies.

When You Feel Sluggish Let’s say you get plenty of sleep every night, but you are still feeling tired or constantly worn down. In this situation, your body might be telling you that you need to focus on your primary source of energy: Your diet. Nutrition can be a minefield of misinformation, but there is no mistaking the signs that you aren’t eating right—sluggishness, frequent illnesses, unexpected weight gain or loss, or frequent junk food cravings. To pinpoint better eating habits for your body, first focus on eating only when you really need to. Eat exclusively when you are hungry, and take your time so that you stop when you are full, not stuffed. From here, you might pay more attention to how you feel after you eat. When you aren’t satisfied or replenished by a meal, think about what was in it that could be taking a toll on your physical wellness.

When You’re Right It can take some time to develop healthy habits by listening to the signals your body is providing you, but there are times when you might simply know that you are right. Those gut feeling moments when you sense you are in danger, you’re making a big life decision, or you’re in a high-pressure situation are often best handled by your instincts, so you should definitely listen to what your body is telling you now more than ever. 

I tend to feel tired so often that I will need a nap. I have trouble getting exercise, though. Not much of a walker and not the outdoor type, but just don't think I can afford the gym (don't like to stay home all the time).  I need to work on this more :)
Again, I have found that more sleep has helped me feel better as I recover from the illness that started my year.  Whenever you feel tired, get some rest. It will make you feel better.

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Book to Movie Reading Challenge

The Book to Movie challenge I did the last few years was ended early last year because of a lack of participation.  Another blog decided to create a new challenge for this format.  I will try for Level 1B. Click link to sign up and see more details.

Gather Together and Read

According to my internet searching, it seems that there are over 30 books being made into movies this year. That seemed like a fairly accurate amount, but I'm sure there could be more. For this challenge, I'm going to go with that number. However, challenge participants are welcome to present any new ones they find for consideration.

Here is what I am reading:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Older I Get...

...the more something like a birthday becomes meaningless. To me, mine (which was yesterday) was just another reminder  that I'm just getting older. Having been sick, as well as going through foul weather where I live didn't put me in much of a celebratory mode. But I got plenty well wishes on Facebook yesterday. And when I let the others at the center I attend and work at know yesterday, they sang "Happy Birthday" to me. Still I wish I could have had an "extra-special day" somehow.

I’m Not Getting Old I’m Getting Better – Birthday Quote
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Yes, I have heard this phrase before.  And as I came home from my psychiatrist appointment today I wondered, "Better at what?" I still have feelings of inferiority, thinking others have had things better than I have. Yesterday, I began to feel that writing a memoir wasn't a good idea if you're not famous, even though I've been working on it nearly a year now.  Just more depression setting in.

I'm feeling OK now, I guess I can say.

How do birthdays come to you as you get older?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 Horror Reading Challenge

I was pretty sure I was done signing up for challenges until I learned the Horror Challenge is on again by a new host blog. Right now, I'll shoot for the first level, but will see if I can go over. Sign up here.

First of all are the Challenge Badges, which you will win by completing the highest number of books for that level. I will list them below and they will be e-mailed to you at the conclusion of the challenge.


Neophyte of Coolthulhu’s Temple:  Read and review 1-7 horror books to receive the Neophyte badge

Initiate of Coolthulhu’s Temple:     Read and review 8-15 horror books to receive the Initiate badge

Oracle of Coolthulhu’s Temple:       Read and review 20-25 horror books to receive the Oracle  badge

MYSTERY BADGE     Read and review 50+ horror books in the 2017 Horror Reading Challenge to receive a special Coolthulhu-approved badge demonstrating your tentacle-awesomeness.

Here is what I am reading:

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Gradually Getting Back Into the Mode

Having been sick for the first days of the new year has kept me from getting into my writing and blogging, but now I'm getting better. Still coughing as of now, but gradually getting back into the mode.

I haven't gotten too far behind on my reading, though I haven't been able to finish my current  book as soon as I'd hoped (hoping by tomorrow). It's my second one for this year. As far as signing up for challenges goes, I think I may be done doing so now. There is still no word on the Nonfiction, Translation and Southern Challenges.  I enjoyed these ones, but if they don't get offered, then that's just fine with me. I keep seeing checklist challenges, but I really don't need anymore of those, as the categories just get repetitive. I'm already in several other challenges, so I think that will be enough.

Once I start feeling even better, I hope to get some info for the project idea I have been proposing for our art class and I want to find a recipe for on of our cooking days this month.

And I just got picked by the 2106 Full House Challenge to get a $30 Amazon gift card by e-mail. I guess this will be my birthday present:-)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Quiz: How Did Your Year Rate?

Yes, this is a bit accurate.  Getting  new computer, a new job and beginning writing my memoir--now those are what went well for me.

You Had an Average Year
While you had some setbacks, your year also brought some good things.
All in all, things mostly evened out. That's just how life works.
Focus on what went well for you - and what you can improve.
A new year is a perfect reason to give yourself a fresh start!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

How I Began the New Year

I've not been yet posting because I had to start the new year off sick :( It seems to be going around  where I live. I had to reschedule my psychiatrist appointment originally for tomorrow for next Thursday.  It's been years since I've been sick like this and as always, being sick is no fun.  I'm hoping I'll be over it by next week.

How has everyone else's new year been so far? Is anyone else getting sick in their neck of the woods? If so, I hope you get better soon.

Once I get better, I will get back to blogging and trying to write.  Over Christmas vacation, I bought the story cubes mentioned in this post at Walgreen's.  Meanwhile, I've just finished my first book of the year and have just begun reading another. Maybe I'll try writing in my notebook in bed.  I have the feeling I won't make it to work on Friday.