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Triple A To The Rescue! January 22, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Health & Wellness.

Woodstock-&-SnoopyWhen your car breaks down, it’s Triple A to the rescue.  If your life bogs down, you can also turn to AAA for help:

Action Alleviates Anxiety

Sometimes a small change has a tremendous impact on our mental outlook:

* Exercise is a great stress buster.  Go for a brisk walk.  Boost your heart rate while lowering your stress and anxiety levels.

* Take the dog and/or kids to the park or playground.  Play tag, dodge ball, or monkey in the middle.  Get on with it.  Live Life Now.

* Offer to take nursing home residents in wheelchairs for outings around the neighborhood.  Walk dogs at the local shelter.  Volunteering two hours per week can reduce stress and provide other feel good benefits.

* Join a tai chi or yoga group in the park.  Meditative movements help melt anxiety.  Sunshine is a mood booster.

* Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff ~ Swap out one negative thought a day for a more positive thought.

* Catch up with friends.  Peel an orange.  Read a book.  Don’t let life slip through your fingers.  

* Be mindful.  Pay attention.  Awake and aware, we walk, pause, listen, reflect, know, and see the world anew ~ bright, fragrant, alive.

Life is a tapestry of textures.  Enjoy it!  Make your life come true.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Rainee - January 22, 2014

Lots of great advice there Nancy :-). When I was living away from home in 2003 and didn’t know many people, I volunteered to work at a nursing home (at weekends) with dementia residents. I used to take them out for walks and chat about all sorts of inane stuff. It was really rewarding.

nrhatch - January 22, 2014

Thanks, Rainee. That sounds like a great volunteer opportunity ~ a win win for all concerned (as long as you don’t end up assigned to some cantankerous old sourpuss). 😛

When we took Aunt Edie out and about in her wheelchair for some fresh air, it was a pleasant change of pace for her and lots of rewarding feel good feelings for us.

2. Pix Under the Oaks - January 22, 2014

Yes! Yes! yes!!! and yes! Keep mind busy on something fun or gets your mind off of self, always works for me. Scrabble is good if I can get CH to play!

nrhatch - January 22, 2014

We are happier when we have just enough “to do” so we don’t have time “to dwell.”

I love Scrabble! If the weather is not good the day we get together, we should play a game (or two).

3. ericjbaker - January 22, 2014

Doing something to help the less fortunate can even cheer up a curmudgeon like me. Imagine what it can do for a normal person!

nrhatch - January 22, 2014

Good to know that even curmudgeons benefit from “doing good.” (Even if I don’t believe you’re really a curmudgeon . . . yet). 😛

4. diannegray - January 22, 2014

I like helping people, Nancy. Visiting my mother in the nursing home I realised how many elderly people need a little light in their lives. Some of them sit there for days (weeks/months) with no visitors and it breaks my heart. Over Christmas my sister and I bought a Christmas song CD and sang along with them. It was a wonderful experience 😀

nrhatch - January 22, 2014

How wonderful . . . for them and you! We used to sing carols at nursing homes every Christmas when I was a kid. The seniors loved it and so did we. Maybe I need to get back into the saddle.

5. Don - January 22, 2014

There’s nothing like being in the presence of suffering and assisting where you can.More than anything else it gives perspective and takes you right out of yourself.

nrhatch - January 22, 2014

There are so many ways to feel that our time here has been “well spent” . . . and so many ways to feel we’ve frittered it away.

Here’s to spending our time wisely. 😀

6. Three Well Beings - January 23, 2014

I went to my yoga class tonight! I sit in an office a good portion of every day and if i didn’t do something to “untwist” and stretch the physical stress would just pile on. It’s amazing to me how in yoga class by releasing the body I also release the mind. It is so important to me!

nrhatch - January 24, 2014

The Mind-Body connection is strong. Yoga is perfect to release stress from both.

Twisting into a pretzel to iron out the kinks may seem counter-intuitive . . . but the proof is in the downward facing dog. :mrgreen:

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