What Can I Do To Improve My Health?

If you want to develop great health, don’t procrastinate. Instead, start implementing wellness techniques that are known to promote physical and mental well-being. Below are three strategies that can help you start improving your level of health right now:

1. Focus On Dental Health.

One great way to improve your level of wellness is by focusing on dental health. This step is important because it empowers you to decrease your susceptibility to a wide range of diseases, including gingivitis. Also note that people who practice great dental health tend to have better overall health. If you find yourself in need of Brooklyn dental implants, note that the professionals of Park Slope Dentist can assist you. Before you agree to purchase dental services from anyone, make sure that you do background research on the provider to ensure that she or he is reputable.

2. Invest In A Monthly Massage.

Another strategy you can implement to improve your health is investing in a monthly massage. Taking this step will help improve your level of wellness in many ways. First, massages are known to boost immunity and optimize weight management by improving your metabolism. Another benefit of massages is that they help release toxins from your body. Some of the other wellness benefits include clearer thinking, better sleep, and enhanced functioning of the circulatory system. To ensure that you find the ideal massage therapist, make sure that you go online and do some internet research regarding the individual’s background. You may want to read through a wide range of the therapist’s online reviews to ensure that the individual is known for offering exemplary, effective services.

3. Hire A Personal Trainer.

As many health experts know, the majority of Americans don’t obtain the recommended amount of physical activity. This sedentary mode of living has a profoundly negative impact on health. For example, failing to engage in regular physical activity can make you more susceptible to a wide range of diseases, including obesity and depression. On the other hand, exercising regularly can help you lose weight, enhance your metabolism, and improve your digestion. One way to gain the motivation necessary to exercise consistently is by hiring a personal trainer. This individual will put together a customized workout routine that will enable you to address and resolve your specific health and fitness issues!

Summing It All Up

Getting healthy doesn’t have to be hard. To make great health a reality in your life, you simply need to become systematic in your approach to wellness. You can utilize the data found in this quick reference guide to keep yourself on the path to optimal health!

Looking Back and Looking Forward

2016, has been a year of GROWTH for me. Not being a people person, God brought many people into my life and they came in all shapes and sizes. God gave me a part time tutoring job which helped me earn and pay for our family’s needs, but in turn, it gave me an opportunity to teach young children and help them in their studies. I pray that I was able to impart more than just academic skills but life skills as well. He also allowed me to become a Family Advisor for Homeschool Global. My main role was to come along side homeschooling families and help them in their homeschool journey. I also meet with them once a quarter to do portfolio reviews.

I had a hard time finding balance since I needed to meet with so many families, whether online or real time during portfolio reviews and also go to my tutorial job.  My children’s homeschooling lessons were a bit affected, especially my 4th grader so we are looking forward to being able to find balance and see if I can continue being a FA without sacrificing the homeschooling of my own children.

As 2017 starts, my children and I did our annual tradition of “looking back” and “looking forward”… we listed down what we loved about 2016 and what we look forward to in 2017. This has been our annual tradition for the past 3 years and I believe that this has helped my family to be closer and to pursue goals  together.

This 2017, SIMPLIFY is my keyword. I need to simplify my life and to pursue what really matters. Keep things simple. Don’t spend time, energy and resources on unnecessary matters. In the end, I want to draw closer to Jesus, in every aspect of my life.

 

Making Hard Decisions

After much prayers and discussions, we have finally decided to let our daughter stop attending ballet classes. It was a difficult decision to make since she has been taking ballet classes for the past 6 years now with Acts Manila. We’ve seen her grow, not just in dance but moreso in her character. She showed determination – even when it was hard to go to classes, she wouldn’t absent herself from class if possible. She showed perseverance – even when the routine was hard, she kept at it until she got it. She showed care and love to everyone in her ballet class.

This was definitely a hard decision to make but I knew that we had to make it. Financial, logistical and lifestyle issues are our main concerns. We couldn’t afford any longer to keep sending her to classes because ballet is truly an expensive art. From shoes, tights, costumes, exams, recitals and competitions – we just couldn’t keep up anymore. Of course my daughter was sad, but after discussing it together, we knew this was the best decision. The season has come for us to leave ballet.

We also realized that she is truly gifted in visual arts. We wanted her to explore that side as well so that she can fully bloom with the gifts that God has given her.

Before we made this decision, these blog articles  helped me through this decision: “Because when Jesus asks us to do something hard, he walks the difficult road with us” from the post When Jesus Asks You To Do Something Hard from We Are That Family. Another encouragement was from Concerning Change and Bacon Gouda Sandwiches.

I took this time as a way of teaching my child to make hard decisions in life. There will be days when we need to make changes in our life. It may not “feel right” but we prayed together, we considered circumstances and consulted our family members. I believe that through this change in our life, we had a lot of “teachable moments” as we discussed what God wanted us to do and what we are doing next.

I believe that  God will have something else for her. As we wait for new opportunities and new friends that God will bring to her life, we are praying and keeping our eyes open.

Choices in Life

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Life is all about choices. What to eat when you wake up, what to wear for the day, what to read, what to spend your money on, what to pursue, who to hang out with, what to do and it goes on and on. Our choices are based on what we deem is important in our life. So to make wise choices, we need to understand what is our priorities in life. To figure out what should be our priority or what is important, we need to understand our values and our identity. Just as the sail sets the ship’s course, our identity will anchor us and set our course in life.

How we see ourselves – our identity – is of utmost importance. While we were children, we often believe who we are based on what our parents or loved ones tell us and made us feel. As we grow through our teenage years, we believe we are who are peers say we are. As young adults, we see ourselves through the experiences we’ve had during our childhood and what the world sees in us.

But these can all be subjective – meaning, it varies on our family background, childhood experiences and life situations. As we grow though, we learn that our life on earth is not smooth sailing and people around us are not perfect. They can be unreliable or unjust so if we base our identity on them, we will have a very distorted view of ourselves.

Knowing this, we must reach out to the one who created us and loved us since the beginning of time. The Lord Jesus Christ has always loved us, no matter how bad or how good we were. He first loved us and that is enough to anchor our lives on Him. He is the first and the last. He is all powerful, ever faithful, just and loving. If we look at ourselves through His loving eyes, we are sinners who were saved by His blood. Therefore, we are His.

Whatever is important to Him, it will be important to me. Whatever is valuable to Him, it will be my priority in life. My choices will now align with His will.

I can think of no better way to live this life. By making wise choices, through the wisdom that the Lord has given me. I pray that you will also make wise choices so that your everyday matters in the perspective of our eternity.

Missed Opportunity of Extending Kindness

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Yesterday morning, I was in a coffee shop. While I was there, a mom with 2 kids came in as well. Her younger child kept crying and at first, it was just fine but eventually, it irritated me. I was thinking how when my 2 kids were younger, we didn’t stay in coffee shops because I knew they would cause noise and we often stayed outdoors. Anyway, they eventually left the coffee shop later on and I had my peace and quiet.

This morning, I suddenly remembered the young mom on the coffee shop and I asked for forgiveness from the Lord. I knew how hard it is to take care of a baby and another child and instead of being understanding and helpful to the mom, I was being self-righteous. I felt ashamed of what I did (or didn’t do) and asked the Lord for forgiveness and prayed for the young mom.

I have often read blog posts about being kind to other moms, especially those with young children because I personally know how hard it is during those times. If I could have been more caring and sensitive, I would have asked her if there is anything I could do or maybe even bought her food to eat or coffee to drink. But I was selfish and I missed my chance.

I openly shared this experience to my children. Hopefully, we all learned from that missed opportunity. When the Lord brings another opportunity for me, I hope I will be ready to extend kindness, especially to young moms.

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