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The Antidote for Worry Is…

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“Gratitude is the enemy of worry and can transform common days into thanks-giving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
– William Arthur Ward

Point to Ponder:
Does thinking about your Thanksgiving plans make you more stressed out or excited?

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

While listening to the radio last weekend, the DJ’s were discussing the topic of Thanksgiving and how “the powers that be” are sadly having success at making Thanksgiving a thing of the past. They were speaking to the fact that as soon as Halloween ends, the focus unfortunately isn’t on Thanksgiving, but the commercialism of Christmas. And the question then posed was, “What happened to Thanksgiving?”

I think most people would agree that Thanksgiving is likely one of the best holidays, simply because it’s simple. To the point of one of the DJ’s, truly observing Thanksgiving — and not passing over it — is a necessity, as this holiday is one of the few opportunities we have to *pause,* actually rest and focus on family, friends, and gratitude. Sadly, most stores are starting “black Friday” on Thanksgiving Day afternoon, as early as 4:00 p.m!  Seriously, this ticks me off, but we consumers are the ones with the control. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, “Just because we can doesn’t mean we should”.

To take the importance of thanks-giving and the Thanksgiving holiday one step further, we physically, spiritually and mentally need this time because too much of our life is filled with the stressors of anxiety, worry and fear. Believe it or not, gratitude is the antidote for all of these!

“Researchers from Harvard found that anxiety and fear destroy the proteins at the end of our chromosomes called telomeres, which dramatically speeds up the aging process. Furthermore, researchers at the University of Chicago found that when people write their positive feelings and what they are grateful for, they significantly lowered their levels of worry and harmful cortisol levels. And, it raised their performance on tests of memory and critical skills by 10-15%.” (Anchor, Shawn. Success Magazine)

Cortisol is a life-sustaining adrenalin hormone that is naturally produced as a result of all good and bad stress. (AdrenalFatigue.org) However, consistent stress produces too much cortisol, which negatively impacts our health and overall quality of life in many ways, including:

  • impaired cognitive performance
  • poor thyroid function
  • blood sugar imbalance
  • decreased bone density
  • sleep disruption
  • decreased muscle mass
  • elevated blood pressure
  • lowered immune function
  • increased abdominal fat (which is linked to heart disease, stroke, and other health issues)

Furthermore, continual stress makes our bodies secrete too much cortisol and adrenalin, and adrenal fatigue sets in. This contributes to:

  • brain fog
  • mild depression
  • blood sugar imbalance
  • fatigue
  • sleep disruption
  • low blood pressure
  • lowered immune function
  • inflammation (which science is learning can cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, autoimmune disease and other health conditions)

Despite the temptations to be busy over the Thanksgiving holiday, I encourage you to embrace it as the holiday of gratitude, spending time with the people you love and giving your body, mind and spirit the necessary time of renewal. When allowing ourselves the time and opportunity to be in a continual state of gratitude, our worries will disappear, your heart will sing and your health, quality of life and the people we love will reap the benefits. Truly, truly our health is our greatest wealth and feeling your best is the most wonderful gift you can give during the holidays and every day of your life.

For a beautiful and emotional display that our best days come from people and not things, check out the video below and Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Action Item:
Over Thanksgiving, resist the temptation to be busy and instead focus on spending time with the people you love and giving your body, mind and spirit a necessary time of rest and renewal.

The Next Best Thing

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We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.  ~ Frederick Keonig

Point To Ponder:
Are you in pursuit of the next best thing or latest and greatest cutting edge advantage on life? If so, remember that attitude is everything and most all of your needs, wants and blessings are near by.

Action Items:
Body- Appreciate your body for it’s unique and special qualities while avoiding the pitfall of comparison.

Mind- Practice contentment by creating a list of all of your blessings. Then, begin each day by reading this list, while also keeping it in a location that will allow you to see it regularly.

Spirit- Slow down this week and allow your spirit to experience the joys of exchanging a smile, opening a door and doing something nice for someone else, without the expectation of receiving anything in return.

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

In an effort to fill my life with as much motivation and positive thinking as possible, I subscribe to inspirational and spiritual email services, read nurturing books, surround myself with “light-giving” people and of course exercise outdoors. One of the email newsletters I receive is called Simple Truths, and several times a week they send quotes, short videos and exerts from their books. Just this week I scrolled through one of the newsletters titled “Attitude is Everything.” Honestly, because this message has been drilled into my brain since as far back as I can remember, I initially disregarded it, as I knew it wasn’t going to be new information. This was “old hat” and the reality is that I was looking for cutting- edge wisdom- the latest and greatest that would knock my socks off.

Never-the-less, I reluctantly played the encouraging video and as I suspected there was nothing new. I had read and listened to these words hundreds of times… However, because it was ageless wisdom and my life is consistently evolving, it blew my socks off, again! The words were relevant and a necessary way of thinking and living. I immediately became re-inspired and humbled, and it dawned on me that my way of thinking is the same thing that led Eve down the path of destruction. I was looking for the next best thing, the shiny and juicy red apple that would give me an advantage in life, but the truth is that the old and simple stuff was plenty good. In addition, good and bad habits are formed upon repetition and because the substance of the following inspiration by Simple Truth is vital to keeping a positive state of mind, I will continue to read, share, and try my best to live it. Here is what they suggest:

Wait to Worry- Only 8% of what we worry about comes true.

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.
~ Charles Spurgeon

Keep an Attitude of Gratitude- Count your blessings and jot them down.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward

Your Health is Your Wealth- If you lose your health you lost everything. Take time to exercise, catch up on your sleep and eat well.

One of the main qualities it takes to be successful is energy….it may be the only thing.
~ Katharine Hepburn

Joy Boomerangs- Do something for someone else….the good you do boomerangs back to you!

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. ~ Booker T. Washington

Learn to Say “No”- We have limits to our time, energy and interests.

If we always say ‘yes,’ we run a greater danger of severing relationships than if we refuse right away. ~ Vicki Hitzges

Understand the Power of Discipline- If you discipline yourself today, you’ll enjoy your life tomorrow.

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Surround Yourself with Positive People- Find people who will challenge you, believe in you, and inspire you to improve.

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. ~ David Viscott

All in all, I do think it is important to be open to learning and exploring new things. Knowledge is power and a key component of growth, however I also believe that most humans struggle with contentment which keeps us chasing the next best thing and in a perpetual state of lack and unappreciation. Therefore, as we continue to seek new information, opportunities, and adventure, remember to keep it simple. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Most often our most sacred treasures are right under our noses, much like the video of the week below. In an attempt to find an inspirational video, I ran across this amazing website called improveverywhere.com, which features an improv group out of New York City who basically go around spreading joy… or at least that’s the way I interpreted it. The concept is basic yet hysterical, and having fun and regular laughter is definitely a necessary component to maintaining a positive attitude. Watch and tell us what you think!

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