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Dance for Relaxation Improve Your Health

model dancingWith summer upon us we should all be looking for fun things to do with friends.  How about dancing? Have you danced lately?  Dance for relaxation improve your health.

Caregivers work tirelessly and need time to relax and recharge their spirits.  Dance has powerful healing effects on the mind, body and emotions.  Dance movements provide healing benefits that help to keep you calm.  Dance is a great way to help keep you in shape.

Here are 10 reasons to participate in dance

  1. You enjoy yourself through dance and keep physically fit. Dance exercises your body to allow for increased circulation. It helps burn calories away while improving your stamina
  1. confidence danceWhen you dance you increase your confidence and self esteem through freedom of movement. Dance elevates your mood by raising your endorphin levels. This allows you to heal stress and depression.  It helps to establish your self-confidence and self-discipline. It improves the harmony between your mind and body, resulting in a sense of well-being.
  2. Dance provides a way to keep your muscles toned your joints healthy and enhances your strength and flexibility. It helps to keep your joints lubricated for the prevention of arthritis
  3. balanced dance postureDance improves your posture and balance. It is a great way to keep your Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System in good shape by improving the connection of your body to your mind.
  4. Dance makes you happy as your personality shines through your expression.
  5. You meet new people and make new friends.  Friends help you grow, make you laugh and support you as you learn.
  6. You improve your overall health.  Dancing has no cultural barriers. People from every corner of the world, with different ideologies, meet on the dance floor. Cultural interaction improves your health by expanding your mind and sharing your spirit!
  1. dance balanceDance improves your balance. Balancing yourself in one position may be easy, but balancing in the numerous types of positions involved in dancing is much more difficult. Dancers have mastered the ability to balance themselves in a number of positions. This strengthens your stabilizer muscles, while protecting your core keeping you less prone to injury in your daily live.
  2. dance to boost memorythDance improves your memory by making you recall steps, routines and dance patterns. This is a great mental exercise for your brain. The big benefit is that increasing mental exercise keeps your mind young, quick, alert and open.
  3. Dance is fun. It encourages good grooming for better health.

This summer, take a load off, go dancing and have much fun.  Embrace time set aside for doing whatever you wish to do.  Go dancing and stay forever young.

Natural Healers Humour and Laughter

Caregivers are often first in the line of fire and endure a tremendous amount of stress.  We can use natural strategies to keep calm and collected.  Humour and laughter are two of the best and easiest ways to lkde-stress.  Neither of these actions cost anything and comes naturally with little effort.  It is much easier to laugh than to cry or get angry.

child laughingLaughter is natural therapy that relaxes your mind and body.  It works like a charm every time and it cost nothing to simply laugh.  Laughter does a world good for your body.

One of my very favourite things to do is to laugh.  Laughter helps me to stay calm and remain grounded.  The more I laugh the better I am able to cope with my many challenges.  Many years ago, a co worker laugh bagbrought a laughing bag to work.  When we were stressed out having to prepare rushed assignments we took time out to play the laughing bag.  After a few minutes of continuous, belly laughing it’s amazing how we were able to get the job done on time.

I learned that I could not function and produce great results under stress.  I learned to be easier on myself and in doing so I will accomplish better results when in a relaxed state of mind.

What makes laughter so good for us?

Laughter brings many benefits to the body in many different ways.  Here are some benefits of laughing.

 

  1. living longerLive longer

According to some recent research published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, elderly optimistic people, those who expected good things to happen (rather than bad things), were less likely to die than pessimists. In fact, among the 65-85 year-old study participants, those who were most optimistic were 55 percent less likely to die from all causes than the most pessimistic people.

 

  1. elderly socializingSocialize and Laugh with others

When we laugh with others rather than laugh alone not only do we enjoy the laughter we create an opportunity for others to laugh and immediately we all forget about the stresses and disappointments we are facing.  Laughter is therefore positive and powerful in maintaining your health.

  1. people make me laughCreate opportunities to laugh

Hang out with funny people that make you laugh and whose company you enjoy

Go walking with friends that are light hearted, funny and enjoy a good laugh

Watch a funny movie

Have lunch with a funny friend

 

When dealing with difficult times no one wants additional stress.  Keep your mind and body as relaxed as you possibly can.

Try incorporating more humour and play into your daily life.  This can have a positive effect on your love relationships as well as your connections with co-workers, family members and friends.   When you incorporate humour and laughter in relationships you will

  • be spontaneousBe more spontaneous. Humour gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.
  • Let go of defensiveness. Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts.
  • Release inhibitions. Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.
  • Express your true feelings. Allow suppressed emotions to rise to the surface.

A good way to bring more humour into your life is to have a pet.  Pets bring more laughter and joy to our lives and, in addition having a pet is good for your mental and physical health.   Studies show that pets can protect you depression, stress, and even heart disease.

count your blessingsIt’s never too late to introduce something new to our lives so let’s begin:

  • Count your blessings. Write a list of the good things in your life for which you are grateful.  Focus on them.
  • Flash a smile to people that cross your path.  Smiling is the beginning of laughter and like laughter, it is contagious.
  • If you hear laughter move in that direction, seek it out. It might present an opportunity for you to share in a laugh as well
  • Spend time with people that laugh on purpose. People that laugh easily both at themselves and at life’s absurdities. People that find humour in everyday events.
  • Bring humour into conversations. Ask if anyone has a funny story they wish to share.

 

people make me laugh 1How do I develop a sense of humour you might ask?

For starters you take yourself less seriously; lighten up and choose to laugh rather than to cry and panic.  When faced with situations that seem to be so bad at that moment taking a time out to evaluate the problem often times brings a clearer perspective.  In the end you realize that the problem was not all that bad.  Try to lessen your stress.  Do not allow stress to stand in the way of your humour and laughter.   Breathe deeply and relax and laugh.

World MS Day May 25 2016

ms awarenessFor some MS families life is emotionally draining, for others life is probably normal or as close to normal as can be.  Everyone handles this horrendous disease differently.

No one wants to be inflicted with MS of any kind.  This disease brings enormous suffering to families that care for loved ones and as we celebrate another year of World MS Day, I wish to bring awareness to the suffering of spouses and children in this MS journey.

 

 

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MS families are empathetic to the MS suffer and become so involved in taking care of their loved ones often times they neglect their own health.  This gallant effort of selflessness negatively impacts the caregiver’s health and the family is no further ahead.

 

When a family is impacted by chronic or serious illness one of the most important areas of concern should be that of the primary caregiver’s health.  Therefore, it is imperative caregiver spouseto seek advice from professionals, in the area of care giving.  Be reminded that experience is the greatest teacher and people who have walked the walk can talk the talk; they understand. Get informed, ask questions, listen and learn.   Most importantly, apply the knowledge learned so as to bring about a healthy balance for the benefit of the entire family.

 

MS present such complexities that the MS sufferer can be shattered by the diagnosis for fear of the unknown.  For this reason alone the caregiver must be in a position to apply the knowledge learned, become engaged, reach out, ask ask for helpfor help so you can take care of yourself.

MS is a major concern for the whole family.  I pray that MS will soon be a disease of the past and that everyone will be blessed with the gift of life to live MS free.

 

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In recognition of World MS Day, May 25, 2016 we all hope for a cure.  It can’t come too soon

How Many Calories are Burned Walking

MS Walk 1I walked in support of the Annual Mandarin Walk to fund ongoing research for Multiple Sclerosis.  The walk  took place on Sunday May 1, 2016, throughout York Region, inclusive, Richmond Hill/Aurora/Thornhill; Markham; Woodbridge and Newmarket locations.

We had inclement weather from beginning to end of the 5k walk, nonetheless, it did not dampen our spirits.  I was energized as I remind myself of Human heart pumpinghow many calories are burned walking plus the health benefits, for instance, the opportunity to keep my heart pumping and my circulation flowing that was good enough for me to walk in the rain.

In addition, the efforts of countless numbers of volunteers that come together and give so freely of their time and talents are greatly admired and appreciated.  As I started my route, there was a volunteer standing in the rain cooking hotdogs for our lunch on return of the walkers and volunteers.

 

young people cheering

 

There were young people standing in the rain exuberantly cheering us on and providing water and fruit for the walkers.  The energy was simply amazing and infectuous.

 

 

 

thank you volunteers

In recognition to all the participants, the volunteers, walkers, sponsors, caregivers and care receivers, I salute you all.  You help to make a tremendous difference in our world.  In spite of the inclement weather it was the largest crowd I ever saw in attendance at the York Region MS Walk location at 11099 Bathurst Street, Richmond Hill ON.

As the spouse of an MS sufferer, I am especially grateful for all the contributions and help extended in support of helping people with special needs.  I wish to verbalize a heartfelt thank you for your involvement in supporting MS research.

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It is through ongoing research that a cure will hopefully be discovered and bring an end to MS.  We hope and pray for the best results.