We are being challenged in all parts of our lives.
This is the time to show our best potential.
Remember, a piece of coal under pressure produces a diamond.
We already know practices that keep us at our best – a healthy diet, exercising, financial awareness, enjoying the company of a family pet and physical mindfulness.
- When we breathe in, our diaphragm – the main muscle used for breathing – contracts and moves downward, allowing our lungs to expand into our chest. Meanwhile, the muscles between our ribs contract to pull our rib cage upward giving our chest cavity space. This allows oxygen we inhale to pass into our bloodstream. We feel relaxed.
- Eating a well-prepared, healthy diet in a mindful manner allows our digestive system the opportunity to absorb the nutrients it needs to fuel the exchanges to keep us healthy. Sitting at the table and eating a meal with our family is a good thing.
- People who cook at home at least six times a week take in fewer calories, less salt, and save about $100 a month compared to those who eat out that often. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
- 36.5% of U.S. households own a dog while 30.4% own a cat. Owning a pet is important in terms of getting people out of bed in the morning and engaging in routines but also connecting them with others. This is particularly important today when some people who are isolated may be prone to feelings of depression.
- Staring loving into our pooch’s eyes raises our body’s levels of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that promotes mindfulness. Sharing our home with a pet gives us comfort.
- A study in Health Affairs found that 4 million Americans – 1 in 6 Americans – have past-due health care bills on their credit report, a debt totaling $81 billion. (18% of the GDP). This study also concluded that when families routinely set aside a little over $250 they are less likely to miss these payments. We are struggling but we do pay our bills.
- A WebMD article referring to an AHA study indicates that exercising can slow the aging process by up to 9 years. 1 in 4 adults meet the recommended exercise guidelines of 30 minutes a day of moderate aerobic activity five days a week. That’s up from less than 1 in 5 a decade ago. (CDC) Exercising daily inside our home is a great idea.
So, we’re doing things right; we’re working well under pressure – we’re on our way to being diamonds.
We’ll get through this challenging time together. In the distance, I see a very large, brilliant, sparkling diamond glistening in the sun.