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Be Courageous! Change is an Action Word

There’s something wonderfully comforting about knowing what comes next. The feel of your favorite chair as you relax and unwind. The smell of morning coffee. That familiar smile of a friend. A fresh, tart bite of a Granny Smith apple. Or the soft flow of notes in a sweet song. Touch. Smell. Sight. Taste. Sound. Life according to you. But what happens when, in a single moment or series of moments, life as you know it suddenly changes?

Your first impulse is resistance. Even good change pushes us outside our routine, beyond our “control zone”. New can be exhilarating. However, if that something new is negative, it feels more like a roller coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns, chugging to the top and cascading to the bottom. You know – the scary parts where your stomach caves in and your breath gets sucked away. You just want the ride to end! The last thing you need? Someone telling you to just embrace the change and go with the flow until “normal” comes around again. What if it doesn’t?

Seize the challenge! Adopt the attitude of sage psychologist and writer William James who blatantly dares us “To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.” Not simply flowing but doing. In other words, just go boldly forward!

Look, even the definition of change is characterized as dynamic. To move, to take, to transform from one thing to another. The act of becoming different. Interestingly, change also means to lay aside, abandon or leave one thing for another. Sometimes you have to shake off the old “comfortable” and let your senses be tested. Reintroduce yourself to life! A funny thing happens when you press on and take that leap of faith. You find resilience, an ableness to persevere, new friends that grace your journey and a gratitude for the “you” that still remains. You conquer the roller coaster, raise up your arms and scream in victory.

What does being courageous take? Through the years, Health Points has published a series of reader stories. You’ll find them online in our Roller CoasterTyH Health Library. In these stories, you’ll encounter people who had that moment of change, some for the worse before the better. But they found the audacity and strength within themselves to be bigger than what was happening to them. They redefined their “normal”. It can happen to you. Who knows? Maybe the next inspiring story you read will be your own.

Trust & Let Go!

Trust & Let Go

Most of our readers know I am not one to make new year’s resolutions. I believe you make your life one day at a time, one moment at a time, one decision at a time. But the change of a calendar page is as good a starting point as any, whether it is to a new month or a new year.

Season to season. Winter holds secrets it tells only to spring, passing along a ritual of unfolding that marvels the eye. Bare, dark trees to a bloom of leaves. Will it be a promise of apples? Sweet cherry blossoms? Or simply a nest for a grateful family of birds and a haven for squirrels. Like nature, so too the human spirit goes through its season of change, perhaps from the dark to the light. From broken to healing. New growth beyond its present hibernation. Life’s mystery lying just beneath the cold and the hidden.

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Sometimes You Lose…

Margy

I have often been accused of wearing rose colored glasses, a bit on the optimistic side and borderline on ignoring reality. That’s what dreamers do, walk on the sunny side of the street. Maybe it’s because hope is a fragile thing and requires constant reminding that everything is going to be all right.

In the real world, it may not be all right. In the real world, if you don’t know something, it could hurt you. That’s why I am so passionate about knowing all I can about my health and what I can do to change when things need changing. That’s why I want to help others do the same. New research, new tests. Newer therapies. Continue reading

Low Vitamin D3 Linked to Disrupted Sleep

The more you learn about vitamin D3, site the more impressed you should be!

Although its known to help build bones, and jumping sheep (smaller) modify pain and is important as a pro-hormone precursor, researchers have also linked low vitamin D3 levels with sleep issues since 2009. Subsequent studies continued to look at vitamin D3 to assess how low, normal and therapeutic levels influence sleep, improve sleep time and quality. Continue reading