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5 Easy Steps…

… to keep your cool.

 

It is surprisingly easy to lose your cool, and to react to minor stresses and to irritating people.
However, most of us would rather feel relaxed and in control, and the following guidelines can
help us reach this goal.

1. Keep things in perspective: Often we catastrophise or over-react when the issue or
offense is insignificant. Here, it is best to force yourself to take a balanced approach and remind
yourself, “it’s minor, and not worth the energy!”

2. Visualise yourself coping: Take a few deep breaths and let your feelings settle down. Draw
a mental picture of a calm, unflustered “you”, who takes their time to respond and is able to
cope. Then, in a calm, low voice – with a few well chosen words – respond as you would like, so
you maintain your self-respect.

3. Be aware of your triggers: When someone pushes our buttons we generally react.
However, if we know what those are then we can regain control, and can practice how to cope
when our feelings are stirred. Also, if we’re tired or hungry, feeling cold, or over-stretched then
we’re much more likely to over-react.

4. Create a calm environment: Stay one step ahead by preparing yourself for inevitable
setbacks and infuriating people. For example, play some music in the car, or take a walk during
lunch, or keep some photos in your office of the people that you love.

5. Distract yourself: When you feel the pressure building, or you start to ruminate, think of
something that’s amusing, or a fun event you’ve planned.
These are just a few suggestions to help you stay detached so that stresses and people don’t
make you lose your cool.
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Wii Tennis

693. -51.

It’s been twenty-two days since I last played. Clearly, I’ve suffered some atrophy. Bad kitty! Lol

Wii Tennis

 

 

 

744. -5.

 

 

 

Not a bad score. I would like to do some boxing, but some little boy who shall remain nameless finally broke the nunchuk through little-kid-carelessness.

 

 

 

/sigh

 

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Wii Tennis (Photo credit: katielips)

 

The Last Time: Ocean

English: Pacific Ocean beach at Ona Beach Stat...

English: Pacific Ocean beach at Ona Beach State Park south of Newport in the U.S. state of Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The last time I was at the ocean, it was a little bittersweet because I knew it would most likely be a long time before I’d again walk on a true beach. It was also a very beautiful day, and windy too; the sun shone on the water spectacularly, making the waves sparkle and dazzling my eyes.

D, Z, and I walked along the water’s edge, scattering a multitude of seagulls as we tried to stay on the grassy patches. We soon came upon a stony obstacle, a natural pile of big rocks, small boulders really, and we had to climb over them to continue on our way. It was a little hair-raising, and yet exhilarating. Once we were safely over them, we resumed our stroll, following more grassy patches that became larger and divided by tide pool entrances. We finally came to a body of water too wide for us to cross and so we turned back along the path to home.

All in all, it was a pleasant excursion, despite the cranky five-year-old doing his best to drive his parents batty. I must say, he very nearly succeeded.

Wii Sports Tennis

749. +31.

What One Simple Thing Makes Kids Smarter

How Exercise Boosts Brain Function

Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage. Animal tests have also illustrated that during exercise, their nerve cells release proteins known as neurotrophic factors. One in particular, called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health, and has a direct benefit on brain functions, including learning. Further, exercise provides protective effects to your brain through:

  • The production of nerve-protecting compounds
  • Greater blood flow to your brain
  • Improved development and survival of neurons
  • Decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases

Other Health Benefits of Regular Exercise

There’s absolutely no doubt that kids need exercise, and that most kids aren’t getting enough. Less than one-third of kids aged 6 to 17 get at least 20 minutes of daily exercise in one form or another. This is tragic, considering the multitude of short- and long-term health benefits your child can gain from a regular exercise regimen, including:

  • Reduced risk of diabetes and pre-diabetes
  • Improved sleep
  • Stronger bones
  • Reduced restlessness or hyperactivity; helps decrease symptoms of ADHD
  • Improved immune system function
  • Improved mood
  • Weight loss
  • Increased energy levels

Read More: What One Simple Thing Makes Kids Smarter

Wii Tennis

Last week: 723. +48.

Just now: 718. -5.

Wii Boxing

149. +74.

Tennis usually works to distract and relax me, to work away the aches and sore muscles, but not today. I tried yoga (mixed with assorted strength exercises) in Wii Fit, to no avail. Still tense and cranky. On to boxing! Turns out I just needed to punch air, and I knocked that computer character on his virtual ass!

Exhilaration, and exhaustion. At least now I’m sore for a reason.

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