Daily Check List for a Better Life:
How I overcome Depression, Anxiety, Sadness, Frustration, Fear, Insecurity and a Bad Attitude.
Greetings! Life is hard-- really hard-- for everyone. And then every once in a while we get hit with something so bad we think we'll never survive it.
Probably my worst nightmare was a number of years ago when one of my sons was killed in a car crash. At one point I was so low that they put me on medication. That lasted one day. I got worse.
I learned that answers & solutions to life's big hits are not in a pill. Medication never gets to the source of the pain.
My solution has served me well for over 30 years now. It's based on my personal experience & has nothing to do with anyone's scientific studies or theories.
As I had to do, you must own your stuff. And conquer it yourself. I know it will work because if I can do it- so can you.
Daily Check List for a Better Life:
Make your bed-
Accomplish the 1st task of the day. If you can't get the little things right, you'll never get the big ones right. I got this from a US Navy SEALs Admiral.
Read one chapter from the Book of Psalms Out Loud-
Please skip this one if you're not a believer. It not about religion, really. We all need to hear the Wisdom of the Ages. I can't tell you how mad at God I was after my son died.
Read one section of the New Testament Out Loud-
Please skip this one if you're not a believer. Getting insight into what Jesus was all about will at least help you understand your crazed Christian friends. And he was called the Prince of Peace & Peace is something we all need.
Deep, intentional, focused breathing rejuvenates every cell in your being. I like Wim Hof's method. It's quick & effective. 30 quick deep breaths without a full exhale. Empty yourself of air & stay empty as long as you can. Inhale one big breath & hold as long as you can. Repeat the entire cycle 2 more times.
Cold water rinse off-
This is my wimpy version of all the ice bath & cryogenics that is popular. At the end of a nice hot shower, turn the pressure down low and turn the temp down to cold. Let the water run over you (I have it aimed at my chest) for 15 seconds, build up to 1 minute. You will have an awesome glow for at least an hour afterward. I hate being cold. The effects of this are just the opposite. The process is counter-intuitive but very effective.
Read one chapter of a real book-
Get something that will Inspire or Motivate or Instruct you. Hold it in your hands. Don't rush through it. Pause and think about things. Underline what jumps out at you. Even if you only read 1 sentence that is profound, it can brighten your entire day.
Affirm positive things-
On a small piece of paper write down your goals. Also, write down the answer to the question 'Who are you?' Carry that piece of paper with you- everywhere. Whenever your thinking gets dark or you feel defeated, read what is on the paper. Use it as often as needed. Don't leave home without it.
Love on people instead of judging them-
This might the hardest thing on the list. Fight to get it right as often as you can.
Get the blood pumping at least 3 times a day-
Use a SandDune Stepper for 5-7 minutes 3 times a day. Not only does it get your blood pumping to all your joints & work against the negative effects of sitting for long periods, it lifts your mood. As an alternative there are other movements one can do without a Dune such as our Spinal Hygiene series or upper and lower body neurologic In-Balance protocols.
Don't be a victim of processed foods or familial eating habits. The foods you eat can either add to your health & sense of well being or take away from it. A body that has to work overtime to digest is a stressed out body. Eat to nourish, repair and energize. Don't let old habits ruin your health and add to life's regular problems. If you think you know how to eat but are in terrible shape or have to be on medications then 'you really don't have a clue'.
Humble yourself. It's okay to need help. Seek out someone who exudes health & wellness not some 'expert' who does not look like they are taking their own advice. An older person would be a better choice here since the cumulative effect of what they believe will be visible. Be open to wisdom in this area.
Keep it pure. No sugar, no artificial sweeteners or flavorings or colorings. Be aware of how one becomes dehydrated. Dehydration makes the body feel stiff, de-energized and sluggish.
It's easy to stay hydrated.
My personal pet peeve- folks who walk around with a huge jug of water. Drink when you are thirsty. Too much water flushes out valuable minerals.
We all know the saying 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'. Actually an apple a day (or 2 of if you drink dehydrating beverages) is a much more efficient and healthful way to stay hydrated.
Put something positive in your head just before you shut the light out at night-
This is critical since your subconscious mind never sleeps. It keeps working. Giving it something positive & uplifting to work on through the night will yield a higher quality sleep.
Maybe it's that book you are reading or a quote from a favorite author or a prayer or a poem.
Try it out. Watch a scary movie followed by the day's news and go to sleep one night then see how you feel in the morning. The next night try my suggestion.
Don't leave this off your checklist.
Please note that this is a serious list. I am not trivializing serious mental conditions. It has been my experience that in all medical matters a holistic approach always yields better results.
Everything in the human body is connected. Unless it is blunt force trauma, I have found that where you feel hurt is not the origin or source of your pain.
Following this Daily Check List will help you to better 'own your health'. You will be empowered, strengthened and girded up. You will not get sick as often and if you do get sick or injured, you will recover faster.
Once you have taken command of yourself then you can enjoy true happiness. For to have true happiness we must be strong enough to reach beyond ourselves. It's been posted on each refrigerator I've had for the last 35 years- The Secret of Happiness? Find a Hurt & Heal It.
Get outside yourself and really live.
As my old friend David DeNotaris always says- Make It a Great Day!....
Physical training is essential to improve scoliosis. How Yoga for Scoliosis classes with curve specific scoliosis exercises can help.
by Jane DoCampo, C-IAYT
I read so often in scoliosis forums and support groups about people who have undergone bracing or surgery to treat their scoliosis, but next to nothing about the importance of training the body to improve itself alongside these treatments. I find that many people who have tried a brace or surgery to correct their scoliosis still experience pain and discomfort. I feel very strongly that every doctor or physical therapist who treats someone with scoliosis should encourage them to practice curve specific exercises. Just as we learn a job, a sport, an instrument, or any other skill, a person with scoliosis needs to:
Learn essential skills to improve awareness, coordination, and proprioception, and to build strength.
Yoga for Scoliosis with curve specific training can help people with scoliosis to relieve pain and improve body posture in the long term. It is crucial to:
1. Move the curve in and move the concavity out
Your skilled Yoga for Scoliosis teacher can bring your attention to the location of your curves and give you exercises to contract and build strength in muscles that are over-lengthened, fatigued, and weakened around the curve. Different exercises will expand and build strength in muscles on your concave side that are shortened, underutilized, and also weak. This way, you can develop enough strength to restrain the progression of your scoliotic pattern and begin to reverse it while relieving aggravated muscles.
2. Elongate to decompress the spine
Besides working with your lateral curves, you can learn actions to move out of hyper-kyphosis or hyper-lordosis, which are compressive in either the front or back of the spine, and build enough strength and knowledge to maintain a more neutral lengthened spine. These interventions can reduce muscle strain, the entrapment of nerves, wear and tear on joints (and remember the spine is a series of joints), and improve organ function.
3. Recognize how the rotation of your spine is affecting your whole body
Scoliosis can create pain and wear and tear in the neck, shoulders, back, chest, pelvis, knees, and feet. Learn to de-rotate the spine and train your musculature to support better positioning from head to toe to find relief.
4. Empower yourself with the right tools
Yoga for Scoliosis classes teach you life long skills which, with consistent effort and correct action, can be applied to all your activities to improve your quality of life.
Braces and surgery are passive treatments and will not teach your body how to address the underlying momentum of scoliosis—a lifelong condition. Braces and surgery should always be paired with appropriate training of the body and mind—Yoga for Scoliosis can help!
Jane DoCampo is the co-owner of My Back and Body Clinic in Woodcliff Lake, NJ www.MyBackandBodyClinic.com where she offers private sessions and small group backcare classes to improve scoliosis, herniation and back pain. She is a certified Yoga Therapist, to teach backcare and wall ropes classes by Alison West of Yoga Union Backcare, Scoliosis and Therapy Center, NYC where she is also a member of the teaching faculty.
by Jane DoCampo
Many of us share this story: We attend a yoga class or two, return with increasing regularity, and soon make room in our lives for our practice. (Some of us even organize our lives around our practice.) It’s something we can’t pinpoint at first, but we recognize its goodness, the way we feel after practice, and it keeps us coming back.
Yoga is endlessly fascinating asking us to coordinate our body parts into a vast array of shapes and examine our possible resistance (physical or mental) to said shapes. There is the excitement of feeling stronger and progressing as gradually we gain understanding of opposing energetic forces, inner & outer body awareness, how our breath mobilizes the body and makes the whole practice a moving meditation.
I moved through this progression over years, eventually becoming a teacher of students of all ability levels, striving for more clarity and precision in my teaching, working to keep my students safe and aligned (and safety is a challenge for so many reasons: a student could have innate postural imbalances that aren’t being properly addressed as they practice leading to injury; they may push ahead into a shape before they have all the information to proceed knowledgeably; they may be working in a way that creates instability when what everyone needs is stability, etc.).
And then I began studying with Alison West of Yoga Union, NYC and learned the Ropes! Wall ropes are an unmatchable teaching tool. They are a speed course to greater understanding, strength and refinement of the asana practice. In the hands of a skillful teacher, they retrain your body, your proprioception and correct imbalances. Ropes let you feel with great clarity the intent behind each pose and keep your body safe in increasingly deeper shapes. You feel even better after a ropes practice because you’ve tractioned your spine and avoided working in habitual, negative postural patterns. And when you practice out of the ropes, you take that knowledge with you for a safer, more productive practice.
For beginning and advanced practitioners, those, like myself, working with herniation or scoliosis, athletes who become imbalanced from playing a one-sided sport, or those recovering from other injuries, wall ropes are a wonderful tool to inform and work productively to improve their backs and entire bodies and stay as strong as you want to be! I see remarkable results in my students and feel limited when I’m teaching without this equipment.
Jane DoCampo is the co-owner of My Back and Body Clinic in Woodcliff Lake, NJ www.MyBackandBodyClinic.com where she offers backcare classes to improve scoliosis, herniation and back pain. She is certified to teach backcare and wall ropes classes by Alison West of Yoga Union Backcare, Scoliosis and Therapy Center, NYC where she is also a member of the teaching faculty.
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