Getting Out From Under When You’re Overwhelmed

Motivational

Overwhelmed

The past two weeks have been crazy hectic – In fact, the days seemed to be in competition with one another. Trying to see which could pile on the most “to dos,” “gotta get this dones,” and “don’t forget about thats.” It was a close race, but the favored Mondays won.

My husband and I were interviewed by a reporter for the Owensboro newspaper – he was doing a story on just how much time you can spend in a coffeehouse before they start charging you rent….and thought I’d be the one to ask.

Just kidding. It was for a story on our Blog Network. We met him, where else, at a local coffeehouse (Beyond the Brim). The next day, the photographer came to our home and took our picture. I tried to scare him off by aligning him with dentists and snakes – but he didn’t take the bait….just the pictures. Something you should know about me – I HATE having my picture taken!!! You’d think I’d be used to it, I mean – I was an only child and literally grew up with flashlights going off around me…”She’s playing with her toes – get it!,” “She’s drinking from her Mighty Dog sippy cup – get it!,” “She’s running off and hiding from the talking Bozo doll – get it!” (That demon doll could scare photographers, snakes, and dentists…..Hmmm, why didn’t I think of that?)

Anyway, on top of everything else I had going, I had to look over every blog and website with a fine tooth comb – update the About page, etc.

I’m also in the middle of trying to get two of our newest blogs going strong. They’re entertainment blogs (One for Keira Knightley, my favoritest actress and one for Jessica and Ashlee Simpson – one of my favoritest amusements in life is seeing what these two get into and out of. It’s better than most tv shows.)

In addition – I’m currently building three other blogs, for different people. All of the above, of course, sits right alongside the normal daily workload. The funny thing is, I love it! The busier I am, the happier I am. I got up at 5:15 yesterday morning to get a jump on the day and it dawned on me – I’m at a happier place right now than I’ve probably ever been.

All the business is fulfilling and rewarding. The only problem is that I”m extremely hard on myself – at the end of the day, I tend to look at what I didn’t get done or what I didn’t get to. I keep a list with each day’s goals, check-marking them as they’re accomplished. I always put the work I’m doing for others at the top, followed by my own websites, blogs, and writings. (If one of my blogs goes several days without a post, my reader friends know – She’s up to something, give her a few days, she’ll resurface… )

When there are some goals left that have to carry over to the next day – it weighs on me. Sometimes I can’t even get to sleep because I see them there in the dark asking me why they didn’t get done. (Hate that..)

One day last week I tried something new – I forced myself to stop looking at and focusing on the unmarked goals and to focus, instead, on the things that got done. Turns out there are always a great deal of them! That was comforting to know – and I’ve really let up on myself. I can’t say I like it when something has to carry over to the next day, but I can’t say that it weighs on me anymore. Now I just think, “I’ll get it tomorrow.”

If you’re one of those people who try to do it all, and kick yourself when it all doesn’t get done – try looking at Got Dones rather than the Didn’t Get Dones. A pat on the back feels so much better than a kick on the shin.

Make each moment count double,
~Joi

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Stressed Out? Sing!

Mental Fitness

I’ve always known that belting out loud along with the radio felt good – now there are actually people looking into singing as therapy. Click HERE to check out the article.

Talk about hitting a good note!

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Every Tomorrow is a Vision of Hope

Inspiration, Quotations

“Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.” -Anonymous

The quote above is as powerful as it is pretty. If we could wrap our minds around its truth, the mind boggles at just how much we could get done. It’s kind of like driving a car: If we keep looking in the rearview mirror, we’re liable to plow right into something we hadn’t planned on plowing into. Yet if we look too far ahead, the same thing’s going to happen.

There’s a lot to be said for living in the moment. You don’t borrow worries, you don’t live in the shadows of regret, and you don’t plow into things.

Make each moment count double,
~Joi

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Massage Therapy for Depression

Mental Fitness, Relaxation

A recent review of more than a dozen massage studiesconducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine concludes that massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety. It does so by affecting the body’s biochemistry.

In a group of studies which included about 500 men, women, and children with depression or stress problems, researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in participants before and immediately after massage. Massage therapy lowered levels by up to 53%.

Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.

Speaking from experience, a good massage therapist can work wonders. After a car wreck messed my back up, a chiropractor put me back together – or at least it seemed that way! The chiropractor’s daughter, a “Core Massage Therapist,” was in business with her and my visits to her did as much for my back as the adjustments did. I also noticed that on the days I received massages, I was more relaxed than on other days. There was quite a bit of stress surrounding the accident – my car was totaled, the insurance agency of the other driver…the one in the wrong…. was a separate pain in a separate location, plus being in pain causes its own kind of stress. However, on the days I was in the massage therapist’s hands – none of that seemed to matter nearly as much.

To find a qualified massage therapist, visit The American Massage Therapy Association. Or check with your local chiropractic offices, they often have massage therapists on staff.

Make each moment count double,
~Joi

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Something to Think About

Inspiration, Quotations

“I find it interresting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God’s will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at commensurate speed.” -Maya Angelou

I was working on a few posts about Maya Angelou for Self Help Daily when I came across the quote above.

Cuts right to the heart, doesn’t it?!?! How many times do we hear people angrily demand, “How could God allow this?!” Yet we rarely ever hear the same people verbally pat Him on the back or credit Him for the beautiful things in the world, or for the miracles that take place every minute of the day.

It reminds me of when God delivered the Hebrews from bondage (No, dear daughters, your mother wasn’t there – I’ve READ about it.), they were satifsied with Him for a little while UNTIL they got hungry. Then they were outraged! He fed them, and again they were content for a while. Then they got hungry again – and again they lashed out! We think about the Hebrews and kind of shake our heads in amazement….and, yet —-

Make each prayer count double – especially the prayers of gratitude,
~Joi

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How Your Diet Can Affect Mental Decline

Mental Fitness

I came across a really interesting article this morning. I was actually looking for a “Fishy” article about heart health for another blog when I saw a link about “copper and fats” and mental decline.

The article deals with a fascinating, and eye-opening, study done with men and women who were over 65. I’ve no idea why, exactly, they only studied individuals over this age, but irregardless the information is VERY interesting…..and very relevant. The dos and the don’ts DON’T have age limits – it’s advice we should all put into practice right away.

Just like our physical health, our mental health is determined by what we put into our bodies. And this particular article points out a few things that had never, ever occurred to me. To be honest, I’ve never given copper a second thought! Here’s the link>>>>

Make each bite count,
~Joi

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The Hard Facts About Alzheimer’s

Mental Fitness, Motivational

It seems like every day I read about a new study being done on Alzheimer’s. With all the attention being paid to this disease, I’m optimistic that scientists will one day be able to diagnose the disease much earlier, treat the symptoms more effectively, and maybe (God willing), even find a cure for it. Until then, it pays to stay on top of the information we’re being provided. And when the experts tell us things that we can do and should do to increase our chances of never suffering from Alzheimer’s, we should move Heaven and earth to do as they say.

Recent studies show that drinking juice (vegetable and/or fruit) seems to protect people from the disease. Add this to the other suggestions we’ve learned about: Eating a low-calorie diet, staying intellectually active, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, getting plenty of exercise, and….be still my heart….drinking coffee.

One of the best things we can all do, however, is to STAY INFORMED. Don’t skim over medical stories that you think will never affect you – Rather, read them front to back to learn what you can do to make sure they never will affect you.

Facts about Alzheimer’s:

  • The best estimate is that 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, although the number probably will rise as the population ages.
  • Scientists don’t know exactly what causes Alzheimer’s, but they think many factors can affect each person differently.
  • Though Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, age is a primary factor. Alzheimer’s usually doesn’t appear until after age 60. About 5 percent of people ages 65 to 74 have the disease, but the percentage jumps to nearly half after age 85.
  • Generally, if members of your family have had Alzheimer’s, you are more likely to be at risk. For example, researchers know that early-onset Alzheimer’s, a rare form that strikes between ages 30 and 60, is inherited. Doctors think a number of genetic mutations and variations can increase risk, but they haven’t been identified yet.
  • Alzheimer’s develops slowly and can begin to appear as forgetfulness. however most people with mild forgetfulness don’t have Alzheimer’s.
  • For now the only way to definitely diagnose Alzheimer’s is to examine brain tissue after a person dies. However, at specialized centers – such as the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging – experts can use specialized cognitive testing to accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s in about 90 percent of cases.
  • Drugs sometimes can slow symptoms in the early and middle stages of the disease, but there is no cure. Yet.

(Source: National Institute on Aging.)

Make each moment count double,
~Joi

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Crossword Puzzles, Fish and Tuning Out

Mental Fitness

What do crossword puzzles, fish, and turning off your television have in common? They’re three steps that lead to a better memory and stronger mind. According to an Australian study, people who work crossword puzzles, eat fish at least once a week, and watch less television than the norm have stronger memories and recall skills.

The study involved 30,000 people. Guess the Idiot Box is still, pretty much, the Idiot Box….but I’d wager that a lot of that has to do with what’s being watched.

Make each step count double,
~Joi

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Weekend Links

Mental Fitness, Motivational

Feelin' the weekend!

Geez, this week seemed like it would go on forever – I truly never thought Saturday would get here.

I just posted a post over on Self Help Daily – I was going to post it here also, but I figure it’s much easier to just link to it. The post is titled Six Weeks to a Better Life and it has some pretty cool information in it. I hope you’ll check it out.

Also, I’ve been reading alot about the troubling epidemic of depression in college kids. I love this age group of kids – it breaks my heart to think of any of them battling depression. Here’s an important link: Lessons From College. The article contains plenty of other links to great articles and information.

If you’re lucky enough to have young people in your life, be sure they know they can always talk to you – and that you’ll listen without judging, yelling, or dominating the conversation. They need to know you’ll always be there for them and that your ears are theirs.

Make each weekend moment count double – that’s what they’re for!
~Joi

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Green Tea on the Brain

Mental Fitness

Those of us who are interested and invested in Mental Fitness should really start courting Green tea. No, it’s not as sexy as coffee – even though I love Green Tea, myself (almost as much as coffee), I won’t pretend that it is. Not for one minute. But it’s so intelligent and has such a great personality – you look past its plainness. It just requires a little “make-up” – honey, lemon, sugar….more honey, more lemon, more sugar…

It’s becomming increasingly obvious that Green Tea is worth our time and efforts, however. I’ve written about its benefits on this particular blog – as well as Self Help Daily, Chinese Wisdom, and Get Cooking (I’m actually a very busy press agent for the stuff.) Green Tea and White Tea, for that matter, have become the equivalent of liquid vitamins around our house. Tea packs so many health benefits, it’d be almost foolish NOT to keep lots of varieties around.

Back to Green Tea’s Mental Health benefits: Findings from a Japanese study – published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – showed that people who drink green tea regularly may have sharper minds than those who don’t drink green tea. Participants in the study took tests of mental status including memory, orientation, ability to follow commands, and attention.

How much Green Tea does it take? Researchers found that those who drank at least two cups of Green Tea a day performed the best in the study.

Just another reason to get to know Green Tea better. Go ahead, ask it out – you just might fall in love (or at least like) !

Make each healthy habit count double,
~Joi

>>>If you’re looking to familiarize yourself with Green Tea, Green Passion from Boca Java would be the PERFECT tea to start with.

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