Positive Thinking! It’s How Healthy Aging Starts!

How to think positive

Many people wander the earth believing they the lack the strength and power to achieve their goals.

This negative mechanism holds them down. You can gain motivation and live healthier, by simply telling yourself “I can do it.”

Anything you put your mind to, you can do it if you want to.

How to tell self I can do it:

Just say today I am going for a short walk.

Tomorrow I will walk a little longer then the first day.

You have to be in control of your thoughts, actions, behaviors, etc by building your power of the mind.

Nevertheless, if you do not put your mind to it and you decide that you do not want to become active, and then you are only living a life filled with shortcomings.

Your negative reflections will defeat the purpose of getting your thoughts in control.

Saying I will do it later, is another negative reflection. This is called procrastination, which leads to laziness.

Laziness leads to weak muscles and joints, which gradually builds up to medical problems.

Take control of your thoughts. If you want to do something bad enough you will do what you have to do to get where you want to be.

You need to make a goal and stick to it.

Create plans that help you to reach your goals, and take action each day to achieve.

When you give up, it is a sign that you lack faith in self and is a clear indication of weakness.

You need faith to stay strong. As well as positive thinking to strive.

Good results:

Having a positive attitude will give you a jump start to a healthier life.

Keep on pushing.

Do not stop once you get started instead go until you reach your goal.

When times get hard and you don’t think you can go on just remember I –can- do – this always keep your head up and mind open.

Don’t dwell on something you can’t change, rather focus on the things you have power to change.

How to continue positive living:

To stay positive you have to admit your feelings and express them.
If you feel depressed or frustrated, just say it aloud.

There is nothing wrong with showing emotions, providing you do not beat up your best friend physically to express those emotions.

Stay in control and express what you feel.

You have to talk about how you feel and don’t blame your self but try to figure out why you are so depressed or frustrated.

Failing to discover your intentions or reasons will reduce your control, especially if you do not understand what you need or want.

Do not worry about the cause, rather find your wants and needs and the cause will come to you.

Here is some pointers that might help you to get where you want to be.

You have to look for a good role model and become acquainted with their way of thinking positive.

Try to talk positive and avoid negative talk.

Seek some support from friends and family.
Reward your self with a massage or listen to your favorite music.

Make a plan and stay with it no matter what.

Just remember you can do whatever you want to do and keep your mind set for the good things and not the bad things.

This will make you feel better and make you a happier person.

If you’re happy, you will have a healthier life.

Don’t forget to create a goal. Don’t make the goal so high that you won’t be able to keep it, but make it so that you can meet your goals.

Did “Somebody” (not the wife, life partner, person stuck with living with you) call you a Pack Rat?

For those of us who admit we’re pack rats usually live in the dream world of I’ll Use That One day! hate to get rid of our stuff because we’ll need that down the road.

The main problem for us pack rats is that we know we’re going to do something with all the stuff he or she accumulates.

Being a good organizer does not necessarily mean you have to get rid of everything you have, but it does mean keeping things in an organized and orderly fashion so that when the time does come to use it, you’ll be able to find it.

For those of us in denial or so called “Organized” pack rats usually find space to store our stuff in one place, ah like a monthly storage bill.

A “disorganized” pack rat can become overwhelmed by ‘stuff’ and their family life and mental health can suffer as a result. Between me and you organized or disorganized pack rat?

Really?

Ideally, a pack rat should strive to keep those things that are truly important, discard the wreckage, and maybe if you dare, have a yard sale once in a while. Sometimes rehab is worse than the injury.

It’s very difficult for a pack rat to break the habit of hoarding and keeping things. If you have a family member who is a pack rat, offer to help them weed through their belongings and get a handle on the situation.

If you are the packrat, it’s time you asked yourself some honest questions.

Make the process of weeding through things as pleasant as possible. Most likely you’ll be able to have a huge yard sale, or some community organization will benefit greatly from the donation of your unneeded items.

I’m sure that “Somebody”, is more than ready to help! Take a picture before you start. The before picture as it were. So you’ll know how much you’ve accomplished when the pain is over.

After you’ve purged your excess stuff, work on developing a long-term organizational goal that will send up a red flag to warn you if you are beginning down that road again.

Take a picture of your house after the purge, and look at the before and the after pictures every time you think you’re starting to slip back into pack rat mode.

Remember how hard you worked to get rid of the excess and the feeling of accomplishment afterwards.

Keep on top of the clutter so the clutter doesn’t overwhelm you in the end again.

Turn yourself into that “Somebody”!

Procrastination

Organize The Clutter at Home!

Every year, tons of material that could be recycled aren’t, and end up cluttering our already overwhelmed dumps, waterways and roadsides. We think it’s a difficult undertaking to organize the cluttering in your home.

An easy step is to start recycling in your own home!

With some creativity and commitment, it can be easier to do than you think. You’ll feel better about doing your part to care for the environment as a result, too. It also supplements my son’s income, meaning he’s staying out of my pocket.

Find a convenient place in your home or apartment for the recycling center. It doesn’t take much room for your recyclables. The garage, a storage closet, corner of the kitchen, or under your kitchen sink all make great locations.

Find and clearly label containers in which to store your recycled materials. Plastic buckets, storage containers or even trash cans work great depending on the amount of room you have available.

Get everyone who lives at home actively involved in the recycling process. Especially all the kids, including for many of us the twenty somethings. Make sure they all are aware of what products can be recycled and how.

While the kids are cleaning their rooms, teach them to be on the lookout for recyclable material lying around the house, and encourage them to place it in the proper storage bins.

Encourage them to come up with ideas for reducing the amount of recycled material that’s consumed by your household. Take them along with you to the recycling center in your neighborhood so they can witness the process firsthand.

Show them how they can reuse recyclable materials in their own organizational efforts at home. Perhaps a large cardboard box can double as a bin for all their shoes, or a coffee can be re-purposed as a penny bank.

When they learn that money that can be both saved and earned from recycling and reusing products, they will have developed an environmentally healthy and thrifty habit for life.

Procrastination

Making the Most of Your Workday

Chaos and a hectic pace seem to be par for the course in most anyone’s workday, and it can turn your workday upside down if you let it.

However, with some careful planning, efficient scheduling and well-developed work habits, your workday can smoothly sail along.

Planning your workday actually starts the previous evening.
Take a few moments before you leave work to jot down important meetings, phone calls that need to be made or returned, ideas or concerns that need to be discussed with your supervisors or co-workers, or other notes to yourself about projects you’re working on or clients you’re currently working with.

That way, it’ll be right there for you to see the next morning, and it’ll make getting into the swing of things much easier.

You should stay on top of your both your desktop and electronic inboxes.

Check e-mail when you arrive, and immediately sort each message into an appropriate folder.

Even if you don’t have time to deal with the contents of a message or even read it fully, sort it for later action.

Sort through and organize regular mail and correspondence as well, and organize into piles for later action if necessary.

Make sure you come back to these at the end of the day and take any appropriate action or you can at that time.

Try to make it a habit of responding promptly to all mail requesting a timely response.

Check through these inboxes during the course of the workday as well.

Return or make your most urgent and important phone calls early in the day. Like you, most people are more likely to be at their desks during this time.

Get in tune with your personal energy level and schedule.

If you have more energy at the beginning of the day, tackle your toughest projects then. If your energy level dips after lunch, take care of filing, e-mailing or other general tasks at this time.

At the end of the day, return to your checklist and prepare for tomorrow. Review your checklist and cross off completed items.
Move any pending items to tomorrow’s to-do list.

Utilize both an electronic and wall or desk calendar to keep track of deadlines, meetings, and appointments.

If your day allows, try to work on those long-term projects a bit so that as their deadlines approach you won’t feel so pressured or rushed.

Most importantly, take a break. Don’t get into the habit of having your lunch at your desk or cutting your breaks short.

A walk during your break and time away from your desk to recharge are probably the most important things you can do for yourself to recharge your battery, clear your mind and prepare to tackle the tasks at hand more productively and efficiently.

Avoid Avoiding

Procrastination can creep in and easily become a habit. Once it does, it can erode your capacity to function effectively. But, breaking a habit is no easy thing to do, let alone face starting. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a constant work in progress.

Once you accept that procrastination could exist and it’s something, you know you’ve needed to deal with, but found a way to procrastinate out of doing it. Ever notice the easy, painless stuff gets taken care of, but the difficult, hard, painful stuff, can so easily be procrastinated away.

At least for me anyway. Let’s take a doctor or dentist visit for example. Hate them, put them off until the last-minute or my wife has driven me into compliance, (I’ll let you guess which one is the real motivator) and then I suffer the consequences. Which at my age can become costly?

So once you have become compliant, and you also feel enough is enough, be gentle with yourself. It can be so ingrained in us, that we don’t fully recognize all the ways we actually procrastinate.

Start out by taking a large or complicated task and breaking it down into smaller parts that you can accomplish easier. It’s important to bear in mind that the most difficult or complex tasks are simply just a series of smaller jobs.

Make a verbal commitment to someone else about improving your time management skills and your desire to avoid procrastinating. Even if you live alone, all our time is not our own. So we need to involve the people close to us so they are aware of what we are trying to do and hopefully be supportive. Allow others to become involved in your efforts by reviewing your progress, helping you set deadlines and evaluating your results. This will most likely create a commitment on your part to fulfill the expectations they’ve set for you. I should interject, as with anything, be care who you choose to share intimate things with.

Sit down and map out a plan to manage your time more effectively. By breaking it down into smaller chunks makes it easier to meet deadlines. When a deadline is looming, make sure you allot time each day to work on the project so it doesn’t sneak up on you in the final hours or days. Learn to ask for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed or overworked.

Reward yourself for good behavior and accomplished goals. Don’t wait until you’ve accomplished the ultimate goal, but reward yourself for your successes along the way. Make sure the reward is something you like to do.

Treat yourself to the newest book by your favorite author and take the time to read it. Indulge in bubble baths or relaxing music.

If you’ve gotten into the habit of working late, make sure you develop a new habit of going home on time each night. It may be listed last, but I believe it’s one of the most important if not the most important SPEND TIME WITH THOSE CLOSE TO YOU!

By making a commitment to avoid the avoiding, we’ll soon be well on our way to finding more time and finding ourselves more relaxed, productive and less stressed in the process.