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Blue Hoodie, Black Jeans & Brain Books: Clothing the Body, Clothing the Mind

shutterstock_110989019Blue hoodie, black jeans…books, books, books and more books…what more does one really need??…

(a bottle of wild cherry water?)…hunckered down during Tropical storm Andrea and Tornado warning/watch at my local library.

We make certain clothing choices (when it comes to extreme weather) to protect our body. With what do we protect our mind? How do we clothe it? and why?

Extreme weather does affect one’s mental well-being. Keeping kids calm is a challenge when they hear scary weather reports by accident…i try NOT to expose them to much news these days or ever! (Tornado threats scare them.)

Mr. Safety, my Hubby, who is VERY safety conscious and protective of us…decided we should still attend a local library program the kids were looking forward to (today 6/6/13)…will keep them busy and mind off things…plus, at this little library the kids section is upstairs…which most of our area/neighborhood is a flood zone and just in case…we would be safe from any storm surge there, for sure. Hoping all my readers are SAFE!:)

2013-06-06 12.58.28 twister gameWhat irony and humor i find in…my kids being (mentally, emotionally, physically) occupied playing of all games: “twister” (at the library) during a tornado warning! 🙂 Boy, aren’t there so many games in life that tie you up in knots. (i.e. Untie the ‘nots’ or knots. Break free from being enslaved by falsehoods/lies… the nots as in NOT true…and IF you accept/believe it–it will hurt You.)

i HOPE & PRAY no one was seriously injured today because of weather conditions anywhere! The very first storm of hurricane season hits land…of course, some places are experiencing storm damage, flooding. Thankfully not us. (SORRY if You are…experiencing any damage from anything that happened to go wrong for You today…Please, remember tomorrow has the potential for WONDERFUL!:)

Potential for Wonderful…that’s a positive attitude, eh? Let’s try looking at situations and people like that! Starting now…🙂

Some titles caught my eye: Change Your Brain Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert. Phsysics for Dummies by Steven Holzner, Phd, The Family Intervention Guide to Mental Illness by Bodie Morey and Kim T. Mueser, PH.D., Medical Myths that can Kill You and 101 Truths that will save, extend, and improve your life…WOW!:) You know i’m into truth and extending life…haven’t read the whole book yet…this interested me…excerpts under section “News You Can Use“…

A good laugh is good for your heart. That’s the word from researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Watching a funny film may increase blood flow to the heart by up to 50 per cent. Other medical experts say laughing a hundred times a day gives the same cardio results as working out for twenty minutes.

{Any body want to test that out please and get back to me?…does anyone really keep track of how many times they laugh a day??! How about working out and laughing at the same time? 🙂 Well, i’m all for working out and laughter…why not? combine the two? (slightly snarky tone)} in case you were curious–i’m standing at my computer and giggling as i compose this.

Eating just one daily serving of whole grains can help lower high blood pressure, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Examples of whole grains include corn, oats, popcorn, brown rice, whole rye, barley, buckwheat, and quinoa. The secret is to stay away from refined and processed breads. {There You have it folks…watch a funny movie and eat some popcorn…feel better!:)}

Here’s a ‘Truth’ according to the the book: Medical Myths that can Kill You and 101 Truths that will save, extend, and improve your life:

There is one organ that does not forget your pack-a-day-habit. It’s true that the sooner you quit smoking, the sooner your body begins to forgive you. Within eight hours of quitting, the nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood reduce by half, oxygen levels return to normal, and your circulation improves. In twenty-four hours carbon monoxide and nicotine are eliminated from your body, and in forty-eight hours the decline in lung function and excess risk of lung cancer halts. One year after quitting, your risk of a heart attack reduces by half compared with that of a smoker. After being smoke-free for fifteen years, your risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.

But unlike your heart or lungs, your colon is not so forgiving. Researchers have discovered that smoking creates a type of genetic damage known as microsatellite instability (MSI) that leads to colon cancer. MSI interferes with the ability of cells to repair damaged DNA, a process crucial to preventing damaged cells from turning cancerous. This research shows us that things we do can actually cause genetic changes in cells that may initiate a tumor. It is one more reason to STOP SMOKING-and all the more reason to be watchful and conscientious about screening for this common cancer.

{i’ve never smoked so, it’s hard for me to understand the draw to smoking/why any one would begin and so, it’s difficult for me to understand how some find it hard to stop…but i understand why someone would want to stop…and i encourage any of my readers who are “trying” to quit…don’t give up & with support and skills: You can Stop!:)

EnJOYed this “Recipe for Supportive, Low-Stress Communication with Someone Who has a Mental Illness

  • Listen, just listen.
  • Don’t overload the conversation with your input.
  • Speak calmly, without heightened emotions.
  • Speak clearly and use simple words.
  • Be direct.
  • Don’t argue.
  • Show understanding, hope, and positive feelings.

This recipe can be helpful to everyone in your family, but your relative’s symptoms make it particularly important for you to use these skills. ~The Family Intervention Guide to Mental Illness

These points remind me of an ancient scripture that sums it up well:

“Every man must be swift about hearing, slow about speaking, slow about wrath;” (James 1:19)

Obviously, i should apply this point now…& shut up & listen up!:) Our choices can protect us. Our choices can endanger us. The words we choose can hurt or heal, help or harm. It’s important what we feed our body, what we feed our mind.

Check this out from: Change Your Brain Change Your Body, use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted:

The Brain is the most complex organ in the Universe. Respect it.

Protect Your Brain. Be conscious of how precious it is to you and your loved ones.

One prescription does not work for everyone–we are all unique and you need to understand how your personal brain functions.

  • Negative Thinking…We have conducted studies that show that focusing on the things you don’t like lowers brain activity, causes your heart to beat faster, increases blood pressure, and negatively affects many systems in your body. Negative thinking can also sabotage your efforts to lose weight, start an exercise program, or quit smoking.
  • Eat a Good Diet. Getting good nutrition is essential to good brain function and to a better body. A healthy diet includes lean protein, fruit, vegetables, nuts and healthy fats like olive oil. Studies show your brain works better if you eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
  • Practice Gratitude. When you focus on what you love, your brain works better, you are more coordinated, and you feel better. Write down five things you are grateful for every day. In just three weeks you will notice a significant positive difference in your level of happiness.
  • Relax. Learning how to counteract stress and calm your body helps your brain work better, puts you in a better mood, reduces high blood pressure, and protects you from disease.
  • Treat Mental Disorders. A strong link between mental disorders and physical illnesses and conditions has been well established. Treating mental conditions improves brain function and general health and well-being.

5 Things i’m grateful for today:

Breathing, blinking, thinking, living, loving. What 5 things are You grateful for today?

Here’s a little tidbit from Phsysics for Dummies 1, 2nd edition page 291: How the Elephant got its ears: A physics lesson in body design:

As bodies become larger, their volume grows faster than their surface area. Cooling a larger body becomes more difficult because for every unit of volume of the body, there’s less surface area through which the heat can escape. This idea also applies to animals, and it partly explains why the elephant needs such large ears. Because an elephant has such a large body, it has lots of heat to conduct through its body and then from its skin to the air; but relative to its large volume, the elephant doesn’t have much surface area through which to conduct heat. So the elephant sports two great big ears, with a large surface area, through which to conduct away its heat.

Saw Sweet Sight…on way home: Make Way for Ducklings 🙂

2013-06-06 15.32.17 mama duck and babies

2013-06-06 15.32.10 Make way for Ducklings 2

 This clothing protects the brain/body no matter what:

“Clothe yourselves with the tender affections of compassion, kindness, lowliness of mind, mildness, and long-suffering. . . . Clothe yourselves with love, for it is a perfect bond of union.” (Col. 3:8, 12-14)

PEACE to YOU & Have a NICE Day–no matter what the weather!🙂


Blue Hoodie, Black Jeans & Brain Books: Clothing the Body, Clothing the Mind

Joan Winifred

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Winifred, J. (2013). Blue Hoodie, Black Jeans & Brain Books: Clothing the Body, Clothing the Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 25, 2019, from


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