Archive | May 6, 2013

Coping skills make you younger and healthier

So says Dr John.

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Seeing the bright things of life and laughing boosts your immune system. Kisses and hugs increase the antibody response. Whereas unhappy or depressed people have depressed immune systems.

Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of is the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. (Thanks Wikipedia.) Our brain and emotions affect, not only our immune system, but our whole body. Our heart, our digestive system, our lungs, our sex drive, our hormones.

We all face stress. Of course, we all react differently to it.

The best way to be is to have strong resilience and know that there are ways to deal with problems, without panic or negativity. Don’t internalize, don’t become aggressive, but work out what is important and what you can do to deal with issues and put the problems away when enough time has been spent on them.

And, of course, take time to do the things that give you pleasure. Boosts the immune system, boosts the emotional resilience, boosts the ability to deal with stress.

Smell the roses, carpe diem, call it what you will.

Now time for today’s log:

  • 1. Did I have a laugh today?
  • Yes.

  • 2. Did I give someone a hug today?
  • Yes, husband and son.

  • 3. Did I go some deep breathing?
  • No, I am not doing well at this.

  • 4. Did I do a relaxation activity, such as read a book, have a bath, light a candle, dream, call someone and have a chat, sit in the sun?
  • Went for a very slow walk (bad back precludes walking at my normal pace) and had two glasses of wine. Latter is for medicinal purposes – bad back and all.

  • 5. Did I do something good for someone else or be nice to someone?
  • Yes, it’s my job. Lol.

    Today’s decluttered item = as part of my use-it-up push, I used up this little tube of bath wash from some hotel. It has sat in the bathroom cabinet for a few years. A nice treat – a deep bubble bath – and less clutter. Win, win.

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