Tuesday rant: Sleep n Sprains

Not enough sleep makes me grouchy as hell and generally not on top form which makes me frustrated.  Some lucky people seem to be able to have 3-5hrs sleep a night and still whizz around sprightly – #jealousmuch.  8 hours a night I need, I do love sleep though, it’s a much better world inside my dreams than it is here. 🙂

Anyway, in addition to my sleep deprivation my sprained ankle has STILL not healed properly.  I should get it checked out.  It seems that doing anything more than walking on it makes it painful and uncomfortable…annoying is an understatement.  In case food stuffs have something to do with it, I found this cool link in my mailbox this morning from mindbodygreen that I thought I’d share:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-18643/11-ways-youre-inadvertently-causing-inflammation.html

And while I’m on the links, here is one on the importance of sleep: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

I’m off for an early night… night All..

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Who likes the dentist?

I sure as hell don’t.  I haven’t been for years and in my bright brain I thought, hmmm well, I’ll take baby steps towards going and I’ll start with the hygienist… that should be a relatively short, brief introductory into getting in that chair.

Ok so I may be a big wuss but I came out traumatised!

First of all I hate that chair.  Second of all, why the hell do they always use appliances that make that high pitched whining noise that echoes around your head?  They’re the sort of tools you’ve only seen on those dodgy sci-fi movies where you know something bad is gonna happen – and slowly. HATE that sound.  Thirdly, my mouth doesn’t open that wide and who the hell keeps their mouth open that long anyway?  All the while pretty much drowning in your own spit because the lil sucker thing is so not doing its job.

And to top it off?

We ran out of time!  Yup.  Scale and polish and we didn’t even finish scaling!! So I have to go back again. Waaaaaaaa

Lesson learned – don’t use Corsodyl.  My gums sometimes bleed so I tried it out BAD IDEA apparently that sh*t stains your teeth and gets into all the tiny crevices so your hygienist has a job getting it all off.  Brilliant.  It’s going straight in the bin.

Anyone feel like nothing is right?  Using the wrong toothbrush.  Using the wrong toothpaste.  Don’t use toothpaste it’s got fluoride.  Got the non-fluoride toothpaste now my teeth are worse. Don’t use mouthwash it’s got alcohol in it.  Do use mouthwash just without alcohol but it’s got fluoride.  No but fluoride is good it prevents cavities.  No it doesn’t it causes them. Floss. Don’t floss.  Eat. Don’t eat certain things. Don’t smoke.  Don’t drink.  Everything is bad. AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGH.

And at the end of it all we probably still have to go to the dentist because we’re all getting older, there’s wear and tear and when / if something gets so painful, we’ll be drudging ourselves along to the place we hate most.

Seriously though – can they not do something about the look and feel of the room ?  Make it more welcoming – putting on those massive shades and lying back with that bright round light in our face does not make us think we’re on a beach relaxing. At least get some tools that don’t make a sound?  Play some music?  Something?!

*sigh* why can’t I just have perfect teeth n gums?

I’m going to lie down.

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Healthy mind – Healthy body

Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘diet’ and ‘fitness’ side of health but something that is often overlooked is the state of mind, it seems though that more recently it is hitting the spotlight more frequently.

From my point of view state of mind is the starting point for everything else going on.  A lot of things can affect our state of mind, outside influences as well as ourselves.

I am always keen to find new ways to influence my state of mind – I obviously realise it’s unrealistic to expect to be in a happy euphoric state all the time but I sure as hell would prefer to lean more on that side of the scale than be miserable and depressed – why should one more realistic than the other?

I think the key is, as much as it sometimes doesn’t feel like it, you’re in control of your mind.

Remember you’re in control.

Remember to give yourself permission to say no to things that you know are just no good for you.

Remember you deserve to be happy.

Believe it.

Live it.

Use the force!

I had one of those ‘Duh, of course’ moments today.

I watched a Ted Talks short video today on ‘how to stop screwing yourself over’.

One of the points to come out of it is that to create changes in our lives, to create the new habits and come off autopilot in our lives we have to force ourselves to start with.  We simply won’t feel like doing what we have set out to do every day but then who feels like coming out of our comfort zone when it is so, well, comfortable?

I mentioned in an earlier blog about how I’m looking to find ways to be a ‘morning’ person as it’s something I struggle with.  I want to attempt to see if I can change this, I had in my mind that I would find fancy schmancy ways which I would find inspiring and have me leaping out of bed with a huge grin on my face…

Mel Robbins, in the Ted Talks video, puts it a little more bluntly.  Put the alarm on 30 mins earlier than intended and when it goes off whip the covers off and stand up.  This sounds like utter hell for me.  However, Robbins has a point – while we grew up we had our parents tell us (or nag us) to do the things we didn’t feel like doing but should do.  Now, we have to do that for ourselves – we can choose not to – however, by not doing some of these key things and just allowing ourselves to continue on autopilot or ‘snoozing’ we’re missing out on so much.

Robbins also mentioned a 5 second rule – that if no action is taken within 5 seconds of having a thought of doing something out of the norm or your comfort zone that the brain puts a halt to it and the moment has passed.  How much are we missing out on?  And who wants to miss out?!

I feel like I have already been using ‘the force’ by doing my daily blog, ensuring I am eating and drinking healthily every day and doing exercise – and now I need to spread it further into my life.

May the force be with you!

Sometimes the well runs dry – and that’s okay.

I wanted to write something well thought out or have something substantial to say today but nothing has come to me.  I had a good long think and I read a few other blogs for inspiration but still nothing came.  I started to get frustrated but instead I have decided it’s okay – that this note will be it.  That the point of this blog for me is to ensure that I consciously think about what I am doing each day to move towards the life that I want for myself. And that is something I am succeeding in.  I am present, focused and I still do at least one thing each day which is a step in that direction.

So if you feel that sometimes no matter how hard you try it just isn’t happening – give yourself a break, it’s okay.

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Lean on me

Don’t ever feel you’re alone.

Sometimes it feels like no matter how much we tell ourselves everything is going to be okay, how many affirmations or prayers we do – it’s not enough.  When times become hard it’s easy to let ourselves slip and we can end up shutting ourselves off.  Don’t.

Everyone needs support.  It’s important to have support around you, for circumstances life can bring or even that new challenge you’re trying out.  Find your support – it can be from your family, friends, loved ones, social networks or groups but get that around you. Don’t ever feel alone.

And when times do get tough don’t be afraid to reach out, ask for support or help.  Sometimes that’s the hardest thing – but do it and it might surprise you – not only that, it will give you a new lease of energy where you thought you had none.  Sometimes you just need someone else to tell you “everything is going to be ok”, “you can do this” and “I’m here for you”.

I am so very thankful that I have family, friends and loved ones around me that give me support when I need it.  Some can tell from my tone of voice that I need those words of encouragement, sometimes I have to ask for help and yet I am always blown away at the full support, help and guidance they give me.  I am so grateful and lucky to have that.

You can have it too – don’t ever feel alone in anything – just reach out, maybe you’ll be surprised.

Sometimes you need somebody to lean on, Bill Withers sings it beautifully:  http://youtu.be/N5jlPL1tNDY

Stay strong, keep going and don’t give up.