A long time ago I posted a link to this little song. Pondering stress has me convinced I need to post it again; the beauty of a silly song being – it just makes you feel good.
A lovely friend sensed I was feeling rather low. I’ve had a rough couple of days; as if causing several thousand dollars damage to a parked car with our company vehicle wasn’t enough – I came down with a brutal cold; the first cold of the season that leaves you shivering under six blankets, still shaking like a newborn kitten as you reach for the box of Kleenex. At times life tries to suffocate you with buckets of nonsense – pinning you down with wave after wave of in your face “deal with it” crap. Often all it takes to snap out of it is the gesture of a friend; someone with the power to gently snap you out of your funk. Thank you Rena, you put a smile on my face and compel me to share your words.
A Great Lesson on Stress:
A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, “Half empty or half full?’ She fooled them all. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry ours burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”
“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practised. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Pick them up again tomorrow if you must.
1 * Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!
2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4 * Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled.
5 * If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8 * Never buy a car you can’t push.
9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
10 * Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
11 * Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.
13 * When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colours, but they all have to live in the same box.
18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
20 *Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate!*
Today someone asked me if I liked you. I laughed, and said, “Ha! That’s funny!! I absolutely LOVE that woman!! She’s funny, caring, crazy as heck, sweet, beautiful, she’s reading this email right now & I love her!!”
Send this to ten ladies you love!! & I better be one!!!!
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says~~ “Oh Crap, She’s up!”
The Japanese practice shirin-yoku, which translates into ” forest bathing”. A form of preventative medicine, 48 official “forest therapy” trails are managed by Japan’s Forest Agency. Within the next 10 years the goal is to increase that number to 100. It’s no secret that Japanese culture reveres nature; they just might be on to something.
Ponder this – In 2008 the world crossed a line; more people lived in urban environments than rural settings. Research indicates mankind has become more aggressive, self absorbed, depressed, distracted, fatter, and less able to rely on their cognitive abilities since the introduction of the internet. On average Americans are estimated to spend at least 8 hours a day looking at electronic screens.
Back to forest therapy; research shows that mother nature has some tricks up her sleeve. A group of Tokyo businessmen spent 3 days hiking in the woods. Blood tests showed their NK (white blood cell count, – important immune system and cancer fighters) was up by 40%, and after a month was still increased by 15%. The same group tested after urban walks showed no increase in NK count. Even one day immersed in nature increased short term memory, dropped blood pressure, and led to an increased feeling of “well being”. Nay sayers can argue these benefits resulted from nothing more than simple stress release – fair enough, but explain the NK count.
Qing Li of the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo attributes it to phytoncides (scents) released by trees, in particular pines. Evergreens and other trees give off pinenes, limonenes, in total up to 100 “enes” to play with our minds. Science can’t explain it; at least not in any terms other than understanding that they stimulate our brains.
We can’t explain why Lemmings jump to their death, Sand Tiger sharks only give birth to 2 offspring because the bad ass couple ate the other embryos while still in the womb, or raccoons mate for life – and it doesn’t matter. Nature knows how to keep a delicate balance. People aren’t supposed to live without nature; sequestered in cities, medicating themselves in desperate attempts to “feel better”.
Click on the link, read the story, then get off your city chair and smell a pine tree.