Living Healthy – Online!

Living Healthy in Today’s World is getting tougher and tougher.

Living healthy online is just as important as it is in the real world.

Many of us grew up long before computers were part of everyday life.  Our idea of high tech was that new color television that we only had the opportunity to watch at our grandmother’s house. And no one had more than one television in their home!

Why, that was just a silly thought.  Who would even imagine such a thing?

Thing have changed immensely.

Now, our young people can hardly carry on a conversation in person. They prefer to text each other rather than to talk face to face…even when they are sitting at the same table in a restaurant or cafeteria at school.

We so seldom get “real mail” that is not a bill or an advertisement that when it does arrive on our birthday, it is worthy of a huge “thank you” to the sender.  Probably appreciated as much as any other “real” gift.

The things that we used to take for granted about what and who and where was safe are being shattered left and right.  For example, let’s look at a few of the events in the news recently.

1.  Churches have been considered sacred and safe for centuries. During many wars, the churches were spared the ravages of war, because both sides of the war agreed that they were off limits.  This week, in the news, an absolutly awful event happened after the perpetrator had spent about an hour in Bible study inside a church with his eventual nine victims.  This event has shaken the very foundation of the idea of what is “safe” in our world any more.

2. The red cross has been the symbol of hospitals for many decades, if not centuries.  In wartime, the red cross on the top of a tent (or on the side of a vehicle) meant that there were wounded and health care providers there and that it was not a fair target. Of course, more than once, the enemy has decided to take advantage of that to demoralize the troops on the other side by attacking the weak and wounded at their most vulnerable.  After all, if there is no one available to patch you up and give you morphine, how willing will you be to take the risks inherent in an encounter with the enemy, right?

I am a Registered Nurse and have worked in health care for about four decades.  It was very sobering — after all that time — to have to read and sign that I had read it — a policy and procedure for what to do in case a gunman should happen into my work place.  While it had occurred to me that perhaps someone might come looking for the drugs I had access to while at work, I never really considered all the other dangers that lurked — just waiting for the moment to present themselves.

When I was in the US Army Nurse Corps, we did train to be ready to carry weapons if we were in a field hospital and needed to defend our patients.  However, it never occurred to me that the same situation might ever arise when not on the battle field.  Maybe I should start wearing a flak jacket to work, eh?

3.  Then comes the topic of today’s post, online safety. As we have become more and more used to “being connected” via the internet, the wireless/mobile phone network, instant messaging, face time, Skype, email, Facebook, Instagram, etc. we must become more diligent in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe and secure.

For starters, are you aware that for each photo that you post to Instagram, the date, time, and location that the photo was taken can be retrieved online by anyone who happens to know where to look?  (It really is not that hard!)  So when you take those pics of your adorable children and post them online for all the world to see, what information are you giving to the pediphile that lives just outside the legal distance from a school, nursey school, or childcare center and happens to live two doors down and across the back yard from you?  When you post the departure pics of your trip or your departure or arrival at your destination when you leave on a vacation or business trip, what info have you just supplied to that burglar that was planning his/her next hit?

What about that young pre/teen who spends so much time alone in his/her room talking to friends online?  How are those conversations going anyway?  Are these friendly conversations about school and making plans to go the mall after school?  Or is there harsh teasing that turns into harassment?  That eventually leads to depression, anger, and suicide/homocide?

Perhaps you think that I am being overly dramatic.  Or an alarmist. Or a “glass half empty” kind of person.

However, if you think back over the last several years, we have witnessed — if not in person, at least via the news media — the senseless killing of students and teachers in elementary and high school — by fellow or former classmates/students who had been harassed by other students and/or authority figures in their lives.  Schools were once considered a place to learn and to make lifelong friends.  Now they are simply a place to survive.  If you happen to learn something, all the better.  But getting out alive at the end of each day is considered success in more schools than we would care to admit.

When you are online — or teaching your children, parents, grandparents to navigate the internet, it is very important to relay the following tips to stay safe and healthy online:

1.  Never give information online that you would not give to a complete stranger in person.

2. Never say anything online that you would not want your mother/father/pastor/priest/favorite teacher to know you said.

3.  Always remember that there is a live person on the other side of that screen reading/hearing only your words.  They have no non-verbal communication to clue them in to the more subtle aspects of communication such as tone of voice, body language, facial expressions, and more. Be sure to read through your message before you send it looking for ways to “soften” the language. Feeling are a lot easier to hurt than they are to repair.

4.  Look out for each other online. Be aware of what others may be saying about your friends and defend them if they need someone to stand up for them. Support them when someone decides to “beat them up” online…or threatens to do so in the physical sense. Make the adults aware and call the police if necessary to keep everyone safe in the situation.

5.  While this next one is a common practice online, please protect yourself and DON’T do it!  Never pretend to be someone you are not.  If you are 13 years old, don’t pretend to be 21 so you can talk to the older guys/gals.  Such practices tend to lead down dangerous roads from which you may or may not return.

6.  Never agree to meet someone alone in real life that you met online…even if you have chatted with them for months.  If you buy something on a local yard sale site, take someone with you to complete the transaction and arrange to meet in a highly populated public place (restaurant, school, etc.) where there is security highly visible.

Staying safe is part of Living Healthy.  Safety online is part of Living Healthy, too!

Take what you have learned today and keep living healthy online!

Until next time,

Zona

Stress Management Tips and Techniques to De-Stress

Stress Management Tips and Techniques to De-Stress

Stress management is something that everyone needs on an everyday basis. We all get stressed.

The common tips and techniques recommended to de-stress are:

  • prayer
  • meditation
  • deep breathing
  • relaxation
  • watching the sunset (sunrise)
  • taking time to smell the roses
  • enjoying a hobby
  • exercise

Something that may help with stress management is something old that has been used for centuries in Asia. Something that is worth giving it a try.  There are no side effects to worry about. It is non-addicting (at least in the physical sense of the word).  And who knows?  It just may be the missing tool in your stress management toolbox.

So what is it?

The Chakra 7 Tower of Power

The Chakra 7 Tower of Power
The Chakra 7 Tower of Power

The Chakra 7 Tower of Power is made of  Orgonite.

Dr. Wilhem Reich, who rediscovered orgonite early in the 20th century, claimed that orgonite was an ancient “cosmic energy.” The term “orgone” has been used interchangably with vril, prana, frequencies, chi,  love, mana, light, magic, and true source energy. He claimed that it effected everything from life in the known universe to the color of the sky and even gravity. In a sense, it is part of the energy life force that connects everything and everyone.

Follow Dr. Reich’s rediscovery, a movement of other Orgone students and creators began and grew.

Orgonite devices are created with the intent to emit an Orgone Field that will absorb and change bad and negative energies in to good and positive energies.  Intent for the use of Orgonite plays a role in how it works.  Jewelry may be worn to shield the wearer from negative Orgone. However, at the same time, it is claimed to boost its wearer’s inner Chi to a level of higher vibration, love and inner energy.

The powerful effects of Orgonite that have been recorded to include:

  • calmer home and work area
  • increased blood circulation
  • turns negative energy into positive energy
  • helps plants to grow better
  • mental clarity
  • improved sleep
  • helps control mood swings
  • detoxifies water
  • deepens meditation
  • slows aging
  • re-aligns Chakras
  • protects against EMF, EMR and EMP
  • empowers prayer
  • stabilizes concentration
  • improves focus

Knowing all the potential benefits, creators have been producing a variety of items claiming orgonite benefits including bracelets, necklaces with pendants, wands for use by reiki practitioners, charms, keychains, and earrings.  More elaborate, more inclusive items utilize multiple elements that may contribute to the beneficial effects.

The Chakra 7 Tower of Power is made of three (3) different levels of density in the mineral/metal matrix’s. Each matrix is made up of a combination of forty-five (45) minerals and six (6)  metals. The outer layer has stone layers and copper layers you can see in the pic.

What makes the Chakra 7 Tower of Power unique is its core.

As seen in the pic it is a seven (7) Chakra Stone Core as to meet each individual Chakra’s vibration and tune them all together for perfect resonance. It is approximately 9 inches tall and 2.75 inches wide at its base. A total of 12 hours of Chakra Binaural Beats and over 24 hours of Reiki Work have gone into this piece. Keep it in a work place or close to your mediation/sleep area for best effect.

From the above description, can you see how you could benefit from the Chakra 7 Tower of Power for stress management?

Order yours today at youfeelingbetter.com

 

Stress Management for Healthy Living

Stress Management for Healthy Living

One of the most important factors in long-term healthy living is learning good stress management skills.

Does anyone else find it strange that when we were little bitty, we learned to walk and talk and read and write and count and…and…tec. But no one seemed to think it is necessary to teach us skills to manage our stress?

Was it because they didn’t know how? Didn’t they think it was relevant? Did they think we wouldn’t have any stress? Were they never taught stress management skills either?

Actually, it was probably a combination of all of those things plus others.

No matter why we managed to reach the age we are without learning good skills to manage stress, it still remains that stress management can either make or break a person‘s health. We all manage our stress one way or another. It is just a matter of how healthy our choices are.

Examples of Stress Management Techniques

Some commonly used stress management techniques are ones that are not so healthy. These include smoking, drinking alcohol, using drugs (both legal and illegal). Chewing tobacco and and smoking “wacky tobacky” would be in this category, too.

Other ways to handle stress fall into behaviors such as bullying or promiscuity. Not so obvious would workaholics and micromanagers (or “control freaks”).

Some behaviors we use to cope are not necessarily unhealthy. They just are coping techniques that we have developed over the years because they seemed to worked. These include:

  • timidity
  • nervous habits such as
  • drumming fingers
  • running fingers through our hair
  • placing our tongue to one side of our mouth during a test
  • twirling hair around a finger
  • tapping a ffot

Sometimes children will pull out hair from their eyebrows or pick their nose.

Some seemingly okay behaviors can have effects on our physical health ranging from mild discomfort to severe. These would include things like the following:

  • high blood pressure
  • stomach ulcers
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • stomach aches
  • heart attacks
  • strokes
  • TIAs (mini-strokes)

What coping techniques do you think would lead to these sorts of physical outcomes?

The most likely ones in which we keep our thoughts and feelings stuffed deep inside with no way to let energyespecially negative energy out!

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

So what are some healthy ways to cope?

Some of the obvious ones are activities to burn off pent-up energy. Such as:

  • sports
  • other active hobbies like:
    • yard work
    • gardening
    • hiking
    • taking a walk.

There‘re more relaxing pastimes such as:

  • reading
  • bird watching
  • watching a good movie
  • getting a massage
  • meditating.

Many people deal with stress by talking a friend or a counselor about their problems.

Other people find great emotional and spiritual support through prayer, participating in worship of God or nature.

Many hobbies help to relieve stress (though I think others may actually create it…but that is for another post). To mention a few:

  • knitting
  • crocheting
  • needlepoint
  • sewing
  • fishing
  • working jigsaw puzzles or Sudoku puzzles
  • writing poetry
  • journal writing
  • storytelling.


My favorite of all of these is Sudoku.*  What is your favorite stress reliever? (Post your favorite stress management technique below.)

*As a special treat for my loyal readers (and fellow Sudoku lovers), I have opened a new section of my website. It includes Sudoku puzzles, and Sudoku coffee cups and Sudoku tee shirts and anything else Sudoku that I can locate. Please, if you know of any Sudoku gift suppliers or website owners, please post them below!

Thanks for reading.

Have an awesome day!

Christmas Yard Art is Coming!

Christmas is Coming!

 

Christmas is coming in FIVE months and FIVE days until Christmas!

But who is counting, right?Christmas Day

Well, I am, obviously.

Why?

Because this year my grandbabies will be the perfect age to really make Christmas fun!  They will be four-years-old and two-years-old. Such wonderful, magical ages!

Watching their eyes light up when they see a house outlined in Christmas lights is such a joy to behold!  They are so easily transported from the North Pole at one house to Bethlehem at the next.  The transition is seamless for them.

That is why my husband and I have gradually started increasing the outdoor Christmas decorations on the house and in and around the front yard each year for the last few years. Somehow becoming grandparents was the spark we needed to light the Christmas yard art fire in our veins!

The first year I had found a candy cane at a huge discount at a previous after-Christmas sale. Using that as inspiration, I described to my husband what I wanted.  He took the description and the prototype and went out to his shop.

He figured out how many of them it would take to serve as “posts” for a Christmas “fence” made of Christmas lights. A couple of weeks later, he had designed a pattern, cut out thirty-five candy canes, and painted them red and white striped. Fortunately, we live in the Deep South so the ground was not frozen when it was time to put them in the ground.Christmas Yard Art

Setting them about twenty-four inches apart, I measured and laid them out. Hubby came along behind and pounded them into the ground. Next came the outdoor lights that we draped from one to the next. And ~ viola! ~ the front yard turned into a winter wonderland when the sun went down!

Every year since then, we have outlined the front yard with candy canes and lights.

Since then, we have added signs that line the path to the front door,

Christmas Yard Art

and a trio of angels…

Yard Art

Yard Art

 

 

 

 

This year, we plan to add a nativity scene with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.  I will post photos when we set up everything in November.

Since that first year, Hubby has used a pattern that we found online.  It usually takes him just a few hours to assemble the needed materials, cut out the figures, and be ready to start painting them.  He always does at least a couple of coats of paint so they will stay looking good until the twelfth day of Christmas.

 

DIY Solar Panels – Can They Really Save You Money on Your Power Bill?

DIY Solar Panels

DIY Solar Panels – Can They Really Save You Money on Your Power Bill?

I just found the coolest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) instructions online!  It is a very detailed set of instructions on how to make your own solar panels. By making your own solar panels, you can lower your electric bill. And who doesn’t want to reduce what you pay to the power company, right?

Especially at this time of year!  Here is it in the 80s, 90s, and even over 100 some days with lows in the 70s and 80s. Humidity is close to 100% all the time.  This is NOT the time to skimp on using the air conditioner (AC)!

When that power bill arrives and it is nearly double what it was in the spring when we had neither AC nor heat on, it is a bit jarring to the senses. You know what I mean?

Here’s the thing. My husband is an excellent handyman!  He just completed a remodel of our master bathroom. It looks awesome!

Before that, he designed and built a headboard and foot board for our bed. That new bed would probably cost about $4000 or more – if you could even find a design close to it.  This is the first “real” bed we have had in 33 years of marriage.  The rest of the time the mattress and box springs just sat “naked” on those metal frames.

Before that he built a beautiful entertainment center…when the new large screen TV wouldn’t fit in the old one. Visitors to our home have asked where we bought it and are flabbergasted when we tell them who made it.

There have been numerous other projects. And he has mastered each and every one of them.

My point being – he can do really difficult things. He can:

  • design and plan the project
  • make the buy list
  • shop for best prices.

He can do just about anything. Remodeling, building, designing, landscaping, woodworking, and electrical. He can knock out walls, put down new flooring, put up ceiling fans, hang drywall, spackle and paint with the best of them.

So I am totally convinced that he can carry out a step-by-step set of instructions on how to build solar panels. These instructions include:

  • the tools needed
  • the buy list
  • exactly what to do with each and every thing on this list

to build a set of solar panels.

It’s not that we have any more electrical needs than anyone else.  It is simply that the monthly cost of electricity has gone up like everything else.  Our power bill is probably our second highest monthly bill – right behind the mortgage.  If we could reduce/eliminate it without spending an arm and a leg, it would probably be worth it, don’t you agree?

According to the video that talked about the DIY solar panels, that guy was able to cut his family’s electric bill by about $100 per month. And that was with just two solar panels.

Since it costs about $98 to make one panel that means the breakeven point for those first two panels would be two months.

Everything after that would true savings.  If a third one was added, it would likely completely eliminate the power bill most months.  Wouldn’t that be awesome!!!

Now, you see, we live in hurricane country. What that means – for those who have never had the “pleasure” – is power outages. For me the worst part of a hurricane is watching food spoil. Food spoils because the refrigerator/freezer has no power. After all, we can eat only so much food in a day, right? And the food in the freezer is all thawing at once.

It doesn’t do much good to invite the neighbors for a cookout. They are all having the same problem.

What if:

  • we had enough stored power to get through the power outage?
  • it didn’t matter how long the power was out?
  • we could still have our own solar-generated
  • we had stored power for the household.

Imagine a hot shower and a cold drink while everyone else on the street iDIY Solar Panelss still having cold showers and a lukewarm drink…not such a pretty picture, is it?

Guess it might be time to invite the neighbors to use the shower and offer them a cold drink, eh?

Anyway, I will keep you posted on my progress in getting hubby convinced that he should spend his afternoon making a solar panel…and lowering our power bill.

Check out the video I am talking about, and start saving on your power bill on your next day off:

http://bit.ly/13c7guR