Monday?! Do you like Mondays?? “Mon” (my) Day! Recuperating from the week-ends’ busy activity?! Migraine Monday? Meditative Monday? Marvelous Monday? or Manic Monday? (The Bangles come to mind.) Hope You, my Readers, are having a Marvelous Monday!:)
After my long book-of-a-post, was meditating about what could i possibly share of an uplifting, light nature…something fun and/or educational. Thought perhaps of giving you a link to a kid’s story written a while back. Chuck Brown are you out there??…FYI: that’s not the title, but the voice artist who brought, Petie’s Peanut Butter Pizza to life. What a Voice! I wonder how many kids have listened and enjoyed the story through the years? Do you know Mr. Brown? He will “light up your brain!”:)
Anyway, our son was going through an eating phase. Peanut butter. Loved the stuff and not much else. Hubby and I home cook food for our kids daily. We believe in the benefits of family meal time!:) We always try to expose the kids to a variety of healthy food. They like quinoa, eggplant, spinach, hummus, stuffed jalapenos, various veggies and fish, etc. Oh and pizza!:) They enjoy cooking with us as well and trips to the health food/organic store with Dad. (It can be pretty expensive for families to eat healthy–we try the best we can afford.) What about your family? So “thankful” to have food to feed my kids. My heart breaks for less-fortunate folks/families who go hungry!:( Can’t we all SHARE!:)
Hubby likes to feed our brain while we eat (i.e. sharing encouraging points and things for us to read/discuss together as a family). This helps us stay close and grow spiritually/emotionally/academically as a family unit. When/if eating alone, usually reading/contemplating/thinking deeply while eating. I view it as a healthy habit. Feeding my mind/body same time.
Our son was a bit older than most kids before he tried “fast” food. Our kids don’t have it often…so, it’s kinda “treat” for them when/if they do. My son does not drink soda at all. i don’t. Hubby and daughters occasionally. Do you drink soda or tonic (is what we called it up North)? I’m really not a drinker as in alcohol or soda, we all know the negative impact on the body and mind with overindulgence! Can’t we have a good time without bad consequences to our body/mind?! As a little guy, my son inspired me to write stories for him including the above-mentioned one about peanut butter.
Uh-oh, enough small talk, back to the day’s topic: Monday! (determined not to write a book today, but probably will!:)
MIGRAINE Monday: Do you suffer from Migraine? i do! (Maybe, that’s what one gets for caring/worrying tooooo much! and not enough sleep!) Living life with a sense of urgency, realizing/appreciating don’t know how much “time” i have to accomplish my life’s work…and be with my family–none of us know exactly–keeps me away from procrastination, danger, frivolous pursuits (and sleep at times). I have “passionate” drive not ambition (there is a difference)! (Acquiring money and/or possessions/prominence is not my driving force.) My goal: have a positive (loving) impact on any life “daily” either through my speech, writing or deeds (volunteer work or otherwise)…will make every effort!:)
Check it out:
The journal Emergency Medicine says: “Patients with migraine inherit a uniquely sensitive nervous system, which can be disrupted by numerous life events, such as sleep deprivation, strong odors, traveling, skipping meals, stress, and changes in hormone levels.”
Here’s a summary of tips from the article: “Migraine what can You do about it?”
- Keep a diary. This may help you identify your personal triggers i.e. certain foods or circumstances that provoke an attack.
- Experts recommend a regular sleep pattern for 7 days a week.
- Avoid skipping meals.
- Avoid change in caffeine consumption: limit 2 cups of coffee.
Each person’s case is different. Lorraine discovered that her migraine attacks matched her monthly cycle. “Around mid-cycle,” she says, “any excess activity or stimulus—hard work, heat or cold, loud noise, even spicy food—would bring on a migraine attack. So I aim for calm and moderation during this time.” Joyce, who has endured migraine attacks for more than 60 years, states, “I have found that oranges, pineapples, and red wine immediately provoke a migraine attack, so I avoid them.”~Migraine what can You do about it?
Migraine sufferers have options. (Some use enzymes.) Emergency Medicine concludes: “With the availability of new and improved migraine medications, there is no reason for patients to continue to suffer.”
MANIC Monday: Do you have a family member living with Bipolar Disorder? Yes, my Hubby of 21 years!
Bipolar Disorder can make or break a relationship. No question: The illness causes suffering, but it can also have benefits. People with Bipolar are often the most creative, engaging, intelligent, life-affirming people around, and their zest for life is contagious. You can easily fall in love with them.” ~Bipolar Disorder for Dummies 2nd edition by Candida Fink, MD and Joe Kraynak, page 21.
Totally LOVE this positive description of People with Bipolar!!:) THANK YOU so MUCH Dr. Fink and Mr. Kraynak. I can attest to its accuracy–it definitely describes my hubby (and other people we know)! Yes, your loved one suffers and you,the partner/caregiver, suffer in another way…however, it is so important to separate the “true” person/personality from the illness. Love the person, hate the illness! The illness is the enemy not your loved one!:) Battle against Bipolar not each other!:)
Hubby, Chato Stewart’s, Bipolar Bio is on page 215 “Problem solving through “self” education”…
“I’m a problem solver…no, not the mathematician sort and not some thug you hire to rough up a troublemaker. That’s not me! I’m a problem solver who likes to use his mind to figure out solutions–whether the problem is mechanical, as with a friend’s vehicle, or emotional. I listen closely, question what’s really going on, and then try to come up with possible fixes. So when I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, my very first thought was, “How can I solve this problem?” Not long after that, I started to realize that Bipolar Disorder wasn’t the problem. The real problem was how I viewed it.“
“For me, education is key. I’m not just talking about education through books, blogs, and websites, although those sources are all valuable, too. I had to get educated about myself. That was the only way to solve the problem I was facing. I had to take myself out of the equation as “the victim” and look at Bipolar Disorder objectively as a chemical imbalance. When I took the time to learn about myself and how BD was affecting my life, I was able to map out a course to recovery.”
“It was important for me to realize that I’m not living with a character flaw. It’s a mood disorder caused by chemicals in my brain. The simple solution is never the simplest treatment. So the first part of solving my Bipolar problem was open and honest communication with loved ones; the second part was seeking professional help–through therapy, medications, or cognitive approaches. A final element was to find what works and stick to it.“~Bipolar Disorder for Dummies 2nd Edition, Chapter 14: Solving Problems and Resolving Conflict, page 215.
So whether you have a Migraine or your Manic, meditatively consider: Monday is what you make it! You got the power:
MAKE YOURS MARVELOUS! 🙂
“Do not hold back good from those to whom it is owing, when it happens to be in the power of your hand to do [it]”~ Proverb 3:27