Sunday, February 15, 2009

Infinite Ways to Wellness

It seems that every person I know...both in my professional and personal incredily stressed, super busy, exhausted, and pushed to the limit. While all the magazines and professionals tell us to slow down, relax, and take care of ourselves, we continue to forge ahead at break-neck speed and with break-back loads. But what's a person to do when life is coming at them from every direction? An economic crisis hangs over our heads. Work and family responsibilities increase. Stresses mount. And there simply aren't enough hours in the day any more. Well I've recently joined a program via my employer's Health and Well-Being (HWB) initiative titled "Infinite Ways to Wellness" which encourages participants to focus on improving six key areas of personal wellness: Intellectual, Emotional, Physical, Spiritual, Occupational and Social. I've just started the program, and thus my weekly log of activities.

It's interesting (and quite an eye opener) to realize just how much (or how little) I do for my own wellness in some of those areas. The program asks us to list what we do each week for our emotional wellness? physical wellness? social or intellectual wellness? As a part-time student, my coursework each week helps me to work on my intellectual health . And I'm also (through the same group) training to run/walk a 5K marathon in April so that motivates me to work on my physical health. But what about the others? The HWB group has provided lots of examples of things we can do under each category and they've encouraged us to come up with our own. The ultimate goal at the end of the12-week program, of course, is a more well-balanced, healthy (and happy) life. And I'm all for that. Aren't we all? I'll keep you posted as to how it goes. But for now, let's just say that I need to work on my emotional, occupational, social, and spiritual wellness.

So, take time to think about what you can do each day this week for your own personal wellness. How about a 10-minute stroll, or perhaps it's 10 minutes to yourself for quiet reflection, or maybe it's 10 minutes listening to your favorite blues songs? Whatever it is, try to shoot for 10 minutes each day...ok maybe just 5 minutes to start out...of your own personal wellness time. And fill that time with something you really enjoy. Good luck!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super Bowl Sunday round up....

Go Big Ben and the Steelers!! The hubby and I just returned a few hours ago from an anniversary weekend away, it's half-time and the Steelers are winning. Life is good. Real good. It would be better if my Bengals were playing the Cardinals instead, but alas, they are not. And sadly, it looks like it may be a while before we make the Superbowl. So...Go Steelers!

And here's the round up for this week...

1. Last year's Tom Petty performance was infinitely better than this year's Bruce Springsteen. Tom rocked! Bruce sounds like he is just barely going to make it through the current song. Someone get that man some oxygen...STAT! He probably should have skipped trying to climb atop that piano.
2. I laughed out loud at the commercial where the office worker suggests eliminating BudLight at meetings to cut costs and his colleagues promptly throw him out the window..chair and all! Now that's funny stuff.
3. Jennifer Hudson looked and sounded amazing singing the National Anthem. She nailed it beautifully...her voice is just glorious.
4. Being married five years feels good. It doesn't hurt that my hubby is a sweetheart of a guy, and the years are flying by. It certainly doesn't seem like five years. Did I mention this already? Life is good.
5. The older I get and the more winters I spend in Ohio, the more I understand having a seasonal home in Florida. I really do.
6. And finally, just a bit about this mind-boggling $900 billion stimulus package that's working it's way through our government. I'm worried. Really worried. I'm concerned that these bail-out and stimulus packages are going to help but a scant few. It's sure to create bigger government and loads of "projects" but it will do very little to fix the actual problems. Bail-outs and stimulus packages cannot do what should be one....and that's to make absolutely certain that people at all levels of the economic puzzle learn their lessons. Save more, spend less. Don't bite off more than you can chew (or pay back). Reform loaning practices. If you loan to people who can't pay you back, then you must suffer the consequences. If you bought more house than you can afford, you deserve to lose it. If you have amassed large credit card debt, well guess what, you are responsible for paying it back. If that means you have to scale back your lifestyle, then do it. I think the economy, businesses, and our individual lifestyles need to suffer the consequences of our actions and then our economy will then rebuild strength on its own. Without government interference and "stimulus." Strong companies will survive, weak companies will not. As it should be. If we don't do it that way, if instead we are all rescued, bailed out, and stimulated, then none of us will learn anything. None of us and nothing will really change. And that's not going to help us. At all.

And on that note, I'm headed off to work on my taxes. :) Happy February everyone!