Archive for August, 2011
Another important thing I have learned from The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, is that we have to focus on happiness. Keeping ourselves in a constant state of joy takes practice. We need to notice unhappy, negative thoughts when they pop up, and then immediately think of a happy memory, or anything that makes us feel good.
This way, we attract more good things and happiness to us. One thing that truly brings me joy is to snuggle with my husband in our Hatteras Hammocks double hammock. It is truly the simple things in life that can bring the most happiness! When we need a happy feeling, we can recall these memories to put us on the right path of receiving more.
As I was relaxing, for a short while today, in my Pawleys Island rope hammock, I was listening to The Secret by Rhonda Byrne on audio book. I enjoy the audiobooks, for the times when I am sleepy, and just want to lay in my hammock with my eyes closed! This is a very insightful book and I am enjoying it! They were talking about taking care of ourselves, Number #1, so that we are able to take care of Number #2.
This is something I have always believed and tried to do. If we use ourselves up taking care of everything and everyone, we are empty, dry, and unhappy. We need to replenish our spirit daily with relaxation, pleasurable activities, or whatever makes us happy. Even a short period of time, if that is all we have, will do. This way, we have more to give others, and we are pleasant to be with.
Football season is less than a month away! Tailgating in the parking lot before the big game can be just as much fun as the game itself! There are some elaborate “camps” that people set up, with generators and all kinds of food!
The Green Eggs and Hammocks tailgating trailer hitch stand hooks onto your trailer hitch and holds two hammock chairs. It is just a lot of fun. Seeing people’s reaction to this unique stand is half the fun!
Irene, or the farthest fringes of her, visited us during the night. I see she took a branch down from one of the maple trees. This makes me a little sad, but I know we were so much more fortunate than millions of other people. We may have an open spot in our shade, but at least we still have the tree!
I was horrified to see that I left a favorite hanging hammock chair out! I must have gotten sidetracked yesterday watching The Weather Channel! I was so happy to see it weathered the storm quite well. I’m sure it was blowing and whipping around, though! My son said he wishes he would have been in it, but I am relieved he wasn’t!
Here, where I live, it is the day before the first hurricane of 2011 comes to cause us a little trouble. However, she has started her course today in North Carolina. We won’t get hit as hard as some unfortunate people, however, I’m not taking chances with the wind we are expecting tonight and tomorrow!
I went around this morning collecting the hammocks and hammock chairs hanging from the trees in the backyard. I also took my Hatteras Hammocks cushioned double swing down and inside. I don’t want it to become a parachute when the outer reaches of this huge hurricane reach us. I am very protective of my back yard haven and want to maintain it as long as the season will allow me to!
I guess this will conclude my healthy lifestyle series for now. Of course, I will still get a blog on here and there! I hope I have given you some simple ways to improve your health. Remember, it is the small changes that lead to big benefits. Try one new healthy habit each week if it makes it easier.
Above all, remember that you are a special person, and only you can take care of you! You care for others best when you have properly cared for yourself. It is not a selfish act. It is a necessary act. When you are healthy, you are happy, then you help others around you to be happy! Keep taking that rest time in your favorite hammock or hammock swing! Best of luck!
Yesterday, I talked about the power of sleep, and getting more of it. For most people, it may mean going to bed earlier. But, perhaps you can’t do that or have an odd work schedule. This is where the power of a nap comes in. They are very helpful to us! Naps refresh us and restore our spirits!
I recently read the book Permission to Nap by Jill Murphy Long. I highly recommend it. It gave me a new perspective on napping. I used to feel like I was being lazy or non-productive. But now I am dreaming of getting myself one of the Outback Chair Company Balance Coves. I think I would curl up in there and sleep like a baby bird! It reminds me of a nest!
When we think of being healthier, most of us think of eating better foods and exercising, but one part of being healthy that is quite simple, yet we many of us don’t do, is getting the proper amount of rest daily. I am guilty of this. I get so involved in things I am doing, work and play, and, before I realize it, it is late!
I am going to start practicing what I am preaching here and be more aware of the time in the evening so that I start winding down earlier. Rest is so important to our bodies and all organs and our brains function better with enough sleep. You know how much you need, as we are all different in the requirements of sleep. Set up a hammock or hammock chair in your home to spend some “winding down” time in, prior to bedtime. Personally, I have a hammock chair stand in the corner of my bedroom! Start loving your body! Give it plenty of rest. It will thank you with better health!
Did you know that your positive attitude can make you healthier? It’s true! When you always try to look on the positive side of everything, you start to cause a shift in what comes to you. Your consciousness helps to bring about positive changes. The more aware you become of this, the more positive things start happening.
You will be surprised once you start practicing this, and it does take practice. It is so easy to slip into our grouchy attitudes and negativity. That isn’t doing us any good! Positive thinking can improve our health because it makes us happier. Starting with a bright and colorful hammock, like this bright Mayan hammock, can be a start!
I have found that, for me, eating healthier is the most successful when I plan meals. I take about a half of an hour to an hour each week. I sit in my hammock chair with a few selected cookbooks and a tablet. I write down what I want to make, then the groceries I know I need.
Then I check the pantry and my refrigerator to be sure. I also keep a small calendar in my kitchen just for meal planning. I write the meal or planned leftovers in the appropriate dates. This keeps me more organized and it prevents me from just resorting to quick, junky food or ordering a pizza from lack of planning. Trying this idea may help you too!