10 Minutes of Daily Reflection

10 Minutes of Daily Reflection

The pandemic and other world events have dramatically impacted everyone’s lives and created lots of stress. Now, more than ever, it’s important to take care of our bodies and minds. Shalom Lamm says that taking 10 minutes a day for quiet introspection and reflection can dramatically increase our feelings of well-being and peace. Below are some simple suggestions to begin a reflection practice.

Gratitude 

Ten minutes of gratitude can improve our psychological well-being. It can increase our self-esteem. It can improve our relationships, because those who express their gratitude are more likely to see their friends through positive eyes, and are more likely to work through any difficulties that might arise. It can also make us more spiritual, optimistic, and more giving. Gratitude can make us less materialistic because it makes us appreciate what we already have.

It can even help improve our physical well-being. It can help to reduce depressive symptoms, improve sleep and reduce blood pressure. In one study, participants who expressed gratitude were even more likely to exercise!

Explore a New Idea

Take ten minutes to write down thoughts about a new idea. It can be as complicated as a new business plan, or as simple as a new recipe. It’s important to take time to use our imagination. Thinking outside of our day-to-day realities gives us something to look forward to and can help build creative-thinking. We never know what we’re capable of until we try. Write down three thoughts about this new idea. Write down three things that are exciting about it. Follow this with five details about the idea. Finish up with a list of next steps. Often, generating new ideas leads to even more new ideas.

Highlights of the Day

Taking ten minutes to reflect on the highlights of our day is a great way to increase our appreciation of life. Think about (or write down) things that were enjoyable; things that were challenging; a person that did or said something nice; something yummy; something funny, or sad, or meaningful. With all of the things that make up our day, it’s easy to speed through it without really noticing what’s going on.

Think About Goals

 Shalom Lamm encourages us to spend some time each day thinking about our goals. Setting goals gives us something to look forward to; it keeps us moving forward. Some people need goals to give their lives direction. Each day, we can take some time to write down the steps we took towards meeting those goals. Maybe it was doing some research, or setting aside a little money, or talking about our goals with a trusted friend. Even just thinking about these goals is taking a positive step towards reaching them.

Find Joy in the Moment

Sometimes it’s important to just stop and in the moment. Look around. Take in the smells, the sights, the people. Is there something funny, or pretty that we may not have noticed if we’d just kept going?

Probiotic Health

Probiotic Health

Probiotic health is heavily underrated. A probiotic is bacteria that is like and good for you. It is especially great for the digestive system because it is helpful in keeping guts healthy. Our bodies are filled with good and bad bacterias. This is what keeps our immune systems going and they have many other benefits as well. The two types of probiotics are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. Lactobacillus is the most common and it is found in fermented foods, like yogurt. It helps with bowel movements and those who cannot digest lactose products. Bifidobacterium is found in some dairy products and eases irritable bowel syndrome. The yeast that is found in these probiotics is saccharomyces boulardii. They both immensely help in gut movement. Not only are they great for digestion but also skin conditions, urinary health, preventing allergies, and even dental hygiene. They can be found in many different forms like tablets, capsules, gummy, power, and liquid. Gastrointestinal illness is very important for people to maintain. In addition to taking probiotics, if people want to have better gut health, then working out should also be part of a person’s schedule. The addition of working out to taking probiotics is extremely beneficial. The moment of the body is very good for joints and muscles. Probiotics work best when a person is active because the body naturally moves the bowels after a workout. This can induce the number of healthy bacteria that gets dispersed in the boy. Many people question whether probiotics should be taken with or without food. It’s best to take some before a meal. The most important aspect to focus on is consistency. Not taking a probiotic a few days in a row can highly disrupt the progress the body makes.  This is because the body is constantly taking what we insert into it and using it or converting it as energy. It’s obvious that before taking a probiotic, one should contact their health specialist to ensure it is not going to harm them in any way. Probiotics are usually harmless but some of the ingredients can hurt people who haven’t had their allergy tests done. Before taking a probiotic, drinking or eating something with probiotic bacteria in it might be the more suitable option. For example, sourdough bread, dairy products, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso soup, and soy tempeh. These foods are filled with probiotics and if there is any negative reaction to them, it’s best to talk to a professional. Alex Djerassi suggests researching the brand you buy before purchasing it. Some brands differ in the make and there probiotics in different ways. There are brands like HUM Nutrition, Primal Gut, Love Wellness, Primal Harvest, Athletic Greens, 1MD Official, MenoLabsm The Nue Co, and so much more. 

Do Doctors Recommend Wearing Masks?

Do Doctors Recommend Wearing Masks?

Doctors from all over the world are recommending wearing masks. It is critical for people to protect themselves in this type of environment. Many states have permitted people to choose whether or not they should be able to wear masks. If so, why are doctors like Benjamin Harow wearing a mask in the hospital? Many people seem to be confused as to why masks are valued so highly. Since COVID-19 is an airborne illness, masks have the ability to cover a person’s nose and mouth from breathing it in. Of course, there are other ways, like touching someone, to get sick but it is more contagious via close conversation with a person. That is another reason why social distancing is so important. That in addition to earning a mask is very helpful in a given situation. The virus can be fatal, especially for those of other ages.That is why wearing masks out of the interest of others is highly recommended by doctors and even lawyers. 

Many people find this a controversial topic. However, this is a matter of life and death. If a person is asymptomatic to coronavirus they can still spread it. That means, next time they go to a grocery store without a mask, a nice, sweet old lady will be in harm’s way. What is the point of hurting people based on selfish intent? Doctors, nurses, frontline workers, all wear them to protect people and themselves. It shouldn’t be an issue for people to help their communities by being responsible and proactive. 

Doctors understand the amendment right and the value of livery and freedom to do what people want. However, in a public setting, these masks need to be worn to safeguard people, especially children, and elders. Benjamin Harow agrees that wearing a mask is very important. The virus is airborne and people need to take that into consideration. There can be so many deaths that are avoided. It is simply too dangerous of illness to trifle with. As liberating it is to take it off at home, it is important to put the value of other human lives first. The particles that are floating in the air are filled with different bacterias and dust. That being said, we are constantly breathing in air that might be somewhat polluted. By wearing a mask, a person, and until healthy habits and practices. Children growing up in this era will hopefully have a greater understanding of why doctors recommend wearing masks. It takes a community and national effort to fight this virus. Without the assistance of every American, there will be no progress. It is time to put the people in our communities first and not engage in the unnecessary activity. The sooner people give up their luxuries the sooner more people will experience them. As a team, this virus can be conquered as it has been in many other parts of the world. Other counties are now mask-free because of their positive works to fight the virus together and for the greater good.