Take Time Out To Sit And Rest!

 

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This week I have noticed how tired I am, so dreadfully tired. My body has been demanding that I take time out to rest. Yet I have been feeling guilty about my lack of productivity. Life so fast these days, sometimes I am scared to stop because their might be too much catching up to do. Or worse still take time out to rest; oh no that is just being super lazy. Well my body is demanding I laze about and rest.

 

My wake up call came yesterday! The universe showed me its wisdom. Firstly I ran into a lady who was so tired, she stated she was tired, she looked tired and I could feel her tired energy as I stood beside her. Secondly another lady was telling me how being stressed had resulted in her illness, she has been unwell for weeks now. Finally my Mum told me I sounded tired on the phone, she can always tell those sorts of things. So I listen, because pushing through the tiredness is only going to make me sick and unhappy. No I don’t want to be the Unhappy Suburban Chick, so I had better rest and relax.

 

I breathe in———– rest.

I breathe out———- relax.

 

It is sometimes a struggle for me to say no to things. A struggle to balance obligations and those things I want to do. Sometimes it a struggle to accept that I am so imperfect, that I have flaws, and that I struggle with year 8 Mathematics. Mr. Serious told me I don’t know much. These days I go about my content with my imperfections, and try to and enjoy my ordinary everyday life. These days I acknowledge the importance of taking time out to rest.

 

I enjoy my armchair, I enjoy my music, I enjoy reading and sipping cups of tea and I enjoy my guided meditations. Sometimes I enjoy simply sitting and gazing out the window. Sometimes it is a walk in the park. If I choose I can always find a way to stop, and find time in my day to rest and relax.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

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The Waiting Room


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Today I started the morning in panic mode. My young Mighty Mouse had a cardiology appointment at the hospital. Now my son has lots of appointments for lots of different things. I am a grateful for his good health at the moment, and grateful for his amazing quality of life. Still he has some health issues that need to be managed and monitored.
 So that means lots of different doctors appointments and clinics. Some our outpatients clinics that don’t need referrals.Some are specialist that we have ongoing referrals for. Then there is this one clinic that sort of outpatients/specialist that needs a new referral every twelve months.
This morning I realised it was that clinic and no I didn’t have a referral. So panic stations, to my relief my one of the doctors at my son’s family medical clinic has organised a  referral for him. It is not easy co-ordinating  my son’s medical management.  The system doesn’t make it easy, after all I am just a Mum not a case manager or events co-ordinator which would probably suit this role better than just mummy skills.
So here are my Mummy tips for the long wait in the waiting room: Take something interesting to do!
  • iPads, DS NIntendo, Game boy ( Kids will happily spend two hours playing computer games)
  • Books and Magazines ( The long wait is the perfect time to catch up on some reading)
  • Podcasts ( You could probably listen to one or two podcasts during your wait time)
  • Music put the head phones in and listen to your favourite music.

I love technology it has made the long wait in the waiting room so much more enjoyable. I remember a time when you had to take books, and toys along and kids would get so bored they were driven to naughtiness. Whilst those hours of naughty screaming kids resulted in  me having a throbbing headache that required Panadol. I often think they should just have referral, X-rays, medicare card, and most importantly bring some form of entertainment to occupy yourself and child during the long wait clearly documented on the appointment letter. That way we would all be prepared, and the long wait could simply be a time to relax and be entertained.

Resources on the web:
This was the only site I could find with any practical and fun ideas.
Wishing you all a wonderful day

Taking Time Out!

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Taking time out is so much easier when you home environment allows such possibilities. My days are busy attending to my kids, attending to the house, and running around after others. I try to take time out each day to journal my thoughts and ideas on the page. Having a comfy chair in a nice quiet cosy spot, the sweet smell of a burning candle, the gentle crackling that it makes, and the beauty of some flowers that add instant colour to the room all get me in the mood. It is the favourite cup and saucer calling with a hot brewed tea in, waiting to be consumed with delight. It is the quietness, that allows me to quieten my thoughts and focus on the positive. It is that powerful idea, that it is ok, it is essential to just take time out. From the external environment of my home to the internal environment of my thoughts, it becomes easy for me to take time out.

So does your environment and attitude encourage you to take time out?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

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Ten Blessings!

 

 

So many photo's of animals. My son kept saying: "Mum, take a photo of that!" So I did.

So many photo’s of animals. My son kept saying: “Mum, take a photo of that!” So I did.

Some gorgeous winters days and also some really cold and wet ones. It has been good to get the boys back to school. I really enjoy the school holidays, however so hard to keep them off the computers and TV’s. I have also started back at the gym after a five-week break. By the end of the five weeks I was really missing my favourite classes so it felt good to go back. As the water workout instructor stated ‘exercise is not a chore it is a luxury’. So I am planning to fill my weeks up with lots of luxurious exercise classes like Yoga and Sh’bam. During the week I had the opportunity to attend a Toastmasters Humorous and Table Topics Contest, which was very entertaining. Whilst also taking the advise of my yoga teacher, to “Relax”, by taking time out to relax each day. Whilst Mighty Mouse and myself had an adventure visit to the Melbourne Museum, whilst Hubby , Mr Serious, and my brother went of to a gaming exhibition.

Dinosaurs at the Museum.

Dinosaurs at the Museum.

My Ten Blessings for this week are as follows:

  1. Firstly  I am so blessed for all the wonderful helpful people who I encountered during the week. The lady from the council who helped with my sons RAP for kids programme. For the lady at Australian Hearing who helped me organise an appointment to update my son’s RF settings. For the teacher who is running the english essay writing tutorials which my eldest son can attend. For my other son’s school setting up speech therapy and fine motor skills for him to attend. 
  2. I am so blessed for all the Yoga and Sh’bam classes I was able to indulge in during the week. Such wonderful self-care activities.
  3. I am so blessed for my clients at work, even though they were going through some serious health issues they all managed to have positive outlooks and enjoyed a good laugh with me. I particularly loved the comment that an 80-year-old man told me that he was hoping to win the Power Ball first prize so he would never have to worry about money again. There is always something to look forward to even if it is a ticket in Power Ball.
  4. I am so blessed to discover two possum’s sleeping in hollow trees, on my walking adventure with Mighty Mouse through the Carlton Gardens doing some possum spotting.
  5. I am so blessed to spend some discovery time with young Mighty Mouse at the Melbourne Museum and IMAX theatres.  He had a wonderful time dragging me around from display to display. He was so happy and excited. I love being around him when he is like that, it is so contagious and makes me feel so happy and joyful too.
  6. I am so blessed to have conversations on the phone with my mother, I may not get to see her all the time, but I can speak to her often.
  7. I am so blessed for such a comfy warm bed that on these cold mornings I don’t want to get out it. Thankfully I have an effective heater that warms the house up just enough, so as I can motivate myself to leave my lovely comfy warm bed and get up and dressed for the day.
  8. I am so blessed for my body working so well, it allows me to do the things I want to do in my life and makes me feel so alive, plus it even lets me touch my toes. 
  9. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to drive my husband’s car home in the traffic, it feels a big car for me and driving it is really out of my comfort zone. However it was good to know I could handle it. 
  10. I am blessed to be able to cuddle up with our dog Little Miss Popularity on Friday night and watch a family movie. 
Animals at the Museum, my son's favourite display!

Animals at the Museum, my son’s favourite display!

 

Once again so many things to feel blessed for, and to remind me that life is really so abundant, full and exciting. This week I hope to continue to be grateful to all the people who are helpful and are supportive.  The world just becomes more friendlier when I notice all the wonderful people I come across in my everyday moments.

 

What was your ten blessings for the week or day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day and week ahead.

 

 

Ten Blessings

ten blessingIt has been a busy few days working. Finally a day off, to relax and catch my breath.

This weeks ten blessings are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed to find more wonderful books from the library to read.
  2. I am so blessed for the appreciation showed for my hard work and effort, at my paid job. Sometimes I have to put that extra effort in to things that really mater, because I always want a good outcome.
  3. I am so blessed to be able to afford to take Mighty Mouse to speech therapy, and spend time with him developing his language repertoire.
  4. I am so blessed that I could sleep on the weekend, and rest up before going to work. It makes a difference being well rested.
  5. I am so blessed to have an abundance of food, and to be able to enjoy yummy meals each night, when so many people go without.
  6. I am so blessed to receive a thank-you for a small voluntary job I did. I really felt the appreciation in her email.
  7. I am so blessed for the comfy bed I sleep on, I really enjoy my nights sleep, being curled up in a comfy bed on a cold winter’s night is just the best thing ever.
  8. I am so blessed that my husband is so clever, and put up my hooks so they were strong enough to hold up my big heavy bags.
  9. I am so blessed that it was just a bit of moisture in our gas pipe causing the problem and it quickly resolved so I can still use our heater. I really hate being cold.
  10. I am so blessed  to enjoy conversations with my boys. They tell me nothing if I ask, however if I stop and listen I find out quiet a lot at the most random times.

Well it has been another wonderful week, which included Toastmasters, working, family and even time at home caring for my home, family and self. Life is truly abundant and full of wonderful moments.

What was your ten blessings for the week or day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day and week ahead.

Ten Blessings!

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It has been a week of healing for my son. A week of cooking lots of different soups for him to help him recover. Each day gets stronger and stronger. His surgery site is healing well, so we are happy about that. This has meant life has been very quiet couple of weeks mostly spending time at home, resting, catching up on sleep, watching movies, reading and doctor’s appointments.When life seems a little tough it seems extra important to be grateful for all the good things in life.

 

 This weeks my ten blessings are as follows:

 

 

  1. I am so blessed to find out my son loves soup, all different types of soup. He has been such a fussy eater when it comes to eating vegetables. Know I have found the answer, soup.
  2. I am so blessed to go for a walk out along the lake in the rain to find I had the lake all too myself, and a bonus was the sun came out for a while and made me feel so good. It was such a beautiful pick me up
  3. I am so blessed that my son’s doctor appointment went well and his surgery appears to have gone well.
  4. I am so blessed to find out my other son is going well at school, getting reasonable marks, and trying really hard. He got good remarks from his teachers so that is a good thing.
  5. I am so blessed to enjoy some beautiful guided meditations and classes on mindfulness which I found on the internet.
  6. I am so blessed that my Mum rings up to see how we are going, and is always willing to help out if we need her.
  7. I am so blessed to be able to spend a morning having a coffee with my son who was enjoying a chocolate milk shake, it was nice to get out of the house for a while.
  8. I am so blessed to be able to have time to sit and read with my son and watch movies with him, he has such an infectious laugh.
  9. I am so blessed to have lovely warm pyjamas, it has been so cold lately
  10. I am so blessed to have a lovely warming candle that brings warmth to my table at dinner time when I light it, and also to have a beautiful bunch of flowers that my Dad gave me from his garden.

There is always so many things to be grateful each day, however these are the things that stand out for my week.   

Aromatherapy Favourites Simple and Easy.

oil burner

So busy not time to do anything so I thought a quick post about self-care would be appropriate.

 

 

For many years I have possessed the most useful aromatherapy book, Health Scents by Alan Hayes. A book about aromatherapy for health and healing.

I feel that aromatherapy can be a very affordable way to care for a health. It is a simple way to focus our mood and let our natural body heal itself. It is easy to just take a pill however I think sometimes we can avoid the pills by using so aromatherapy especially for self-care and health maintenance.

Here are some simple combinations to use in the bath. Just dilute 10 drops of  essential oil into 40 mls of carrier oil such as almond oil, store in an air tight bottle and keep in a dark cupboard to protect from light and sun. You can get special bottle but they cost a lot more.

Just add 10 drops of your favourite combination mixtures to your bath. I like to use my in a carrier oil like above as this infuses into my bath better and gives just the right strength of the aroma. I don’t like to aroma to be too overpowering.  I just add the 10 drops of mixture under a running tap of hot water into the bath.

A couple of my favourite combinations from the book are as follows:

Revitalise Combination.

5 drops of bergamot essential oil

5 drops of ylang – ylang essential oil

 

Relax and Unwind Combination

5 drops of lavender essential oil

5 drops of rosewood essential oil

Insomnia

Then just one final simple and easy trick for a good night sleep is to place one drop of lavender oil on a piece of cotton wool or hanky and place it under the pillow slip, this can help you relax and drift of to sleep.

Warning

Use oils with common sense, and always be careful about what oils you use if you are pregnant or have allergies. Don’t put essential oils directly onto your skin remember to dilute them in an appropriate amount of carrier oil.

Disclaimer

I am only a novice in aromatherapy, and only know what I have learned over the years on the subject from my interest in it as a hobby. I have found many helpful books and have learnt about the subject from short workshops. This information is not expert advice.

 

What would I like to Start.

not happy

 

Today I woke up walked into the kitchen to be greeted by ants. Ants on my floor, my benches, my rubbish bin everywhere. As I stood there they were climbing up my legs. I was not impressed, I was angry and I hate ants. So whilst I got the boys ready for school I cleaned up ants. To say I was in a bad mood is an understatement. I stomped, screamed, yelled and was in a totally bad mood. I completed my bad mood with a visit to Coles to buy insect spray. Then I came home on the war path and blasted those ants and their entry spots with copious amounts of insect spray. I would like to say I won, but this is a long battle, I even get ants in my shower, but taking over my kitchen has meant they have gone to far this time.

It so hot day and night, I feel tired and drained of energy. I seemed to be getting behind on my blog post, however I should be able to catch up on the weekend.

Mondays NaBloPoMo challenge on risk question is: What would you love to start?

Oh how big and scary this question is for me. Well I guess I would love to start working in the area of wellness and health promotion. I   have worked in the area of health care and sickness now for about 25 years. However I have notice the focus is on illness and cure. I have a desire to focus on lifestyle and wellbeing. I just have no idea where to start and how to go about it. I think health promotion is the biggest way we can make a difference in affluent societies like Australia. I have be trying to focus a lot on my own health and wellbeing in the last 12 months. I have so much to learn and so many more changes to make. I can be critical of my own efforts however I think lots of small efforts add up. Today I drank my green juice, ate a healthy lunch and tea. Unfortunately I also had a glass of coke, one chocolate biscuit and two glasses of wine. Well there is a saying you teach what you need to learn. I did attend a Yoga and Relaxation class so that is a plus for my health. So that is my dilemma , however I do know the risks of not looking after your health are not good, in-fact they sort of suck. I don’t want to be sick and miserable or sick and dead. I want to respect my body and look after it, it is the vehicle I exist in that allows me to take care of my family, enjoy life, do my work, and contribute to the world.  I like the idea of avoidance, I want to be the  90 year old who is still going for daily walks and living at home.

Wishing you all a wonderful day and I hope the ants stay out of my house.

Self-Care

Caring for myself helps me be better able to care for others.

Some of my self-care practices for today.

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Sipping tea and saying positive affirmations.( 5 minutes)

 

Artists Way

 

Penning words, thoughts and dreams in my journal, doing morning pages (30 minutes)

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Listening to relaxing music through out the day as I  did my worked.

 

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A lunch time walk around the lake with my beautiful dog Little Miss Popularity.(1 hour)

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Lunch at the fountain during my walk, enjoying the view and my food.

Infusing my life with such wonderful self-care practices revitalises me, making me feel refreshed and leave me with the feeling that life is wonderful.

What self-care practices did you do today?  Please leave a comment I would love to read your thoughts.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Creating a Daily Yoga Practice.

I have noticed that I am quite inconsistent when it comes to doing my Yoga practice. I just love going to my classes however when life gets in the way or just those days away from my class I am not doing my Yoga. So I was inspired by a video by Jamie Ridler, and have decided to create my own daily Yoga practice. So November is Yoga Challenge month for me, I am going to do Yoga every day in November.

Here is Jamie Ridler inspiring video, which is quite short and can be found on You Tube.

So I created my own Journal page for my Yoga Practice

My Yoga journal page

I had lots of fun creating my page. For some incentive I found some great stickers to reward myself with after I had done my Yoga practice each day. These cute Yoga Cats stickers only cost me $2 at an Uncle Bucks Store. It is amazing I have never notice them before it was just by chance that I came across them the day I decided to do a Yoga Challenge for November.

Cute Yoga Cat stickers

Developing a Yoga practice about this month is about a lot of things, it is about developing discipline, stretching myself and working on balance.

It includes doing Yoga at classes and Yoga at home, in-fact I hope to do a combination. So far I have noticed that some days I am more balanced than others. I am more able to identify when my back is getting stiff and sore before it becomes a problem.  I have also noticed that doing Yoga is making my back stronger and more flexible. I have a few back issues from injuries at work many years ago before No-Lift policies and equipment were introduced into nursing.

I have been consistent doing my Yoga everyday for the last 6 days and giving myself a cute Yoga Cats sticker each day!

Do you have a practice or habit that you would like to work on?

How will you go about putting that practice or habit into action?

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