Once you feel the joy of receiving your shining new AARP card, reflecting on life is just inevitable. Yes! You are only as old as you feel and while I personally am working on my health habits, I think it is also good to reflect on your emotional health.
I made a commitment about six years ago to control the amount of negative news in my life. You also made the first effort here by choosing to read the Trib! Here are some other ideas I use to help me to put into practice good emotional health and perhaps you will also find these useful, too:
● Listen to music. I find positive music playing in the car, my home and at work to be a great source of uplifting spirit.
● Practice gratitude. Appreciating people for anything they may do to help during my day is always my goal, some days more successfully practiced than others.
● Pray. No matter what denomination, prayerful reflection is a great way to start the day and does work in so many ways.
● Watch motivating videos. Every Friday, I select TED.com talks that describe new innovations, survivors of challenges and insights into nature and I feel new inspiration.
● Give hugs. I am working on getting better with this. I am that “awkward” hugger but hugs really matter when you need them.
● Disconnect. I turn off the devices in the evening every night, it just feels good to talk to people.
● Connect with animals. There is nothing better than a good snuggle with a fur ball. I feel happy just thinking about it!
● Smile. A smile is a simple but powerful tool. Even on the toughest day, if I can smile, it all works out just fine.
● Have positive reminders. Fill your mind and home and work with positive reminders and motivational signs…it works.
● Appreciate life and nature. By noticing what you are thinking about and what beauty is in the sky or on the lake or in the woods, serenity just automatically follows.
● Enjoy the journey. I learned this summer to take one day at a time and go with the flow and it all works out how it should anyway.
● Plan ahead. Organize and plan what you are doing daily and then enjoying the moment (above) comes even more easy!
● Choose words carefully. Be selective with your words. If you have nothing good to say, don’t say it! I really try to speak less and listen more.
● Study positive people. I study how other people I enjoy being around interact with others and take time to note what I find admirable about them. Then every time I see them, it is my reminder to be more “like them”.
It is time now to disconnect and reconnect by practicing some newly found healthy habits by going for a walk! Enjoy a beautiful fall day!
Kathy Kane is business manager and co-publisher of the Trenton Trib. Contact her at email@example.com or (734) 676-0850. Comments and story ideas also can be mailed to the Trib at P.O. Box 213, Trenton, MI 48183, or emailed to the info@ address. Visit the Trib online at www.trentontrib.com.