Not many Americans who are now entering their retirement years are like Martha Stewart. She’s 71 and still physically, mentally and socially fit.
What’s her secrets?
Martha Stewart is an American business magnate, author, magazine publisher, and television personality. She was inspired by her mother who lived into her 90s and was healthy until right away before she died. She said that she always wonders what she’s doing to stay healthy.
Her book is very personal and inspirational resource for aging well and caring for others. She shares her experiences, tips, solution, advice and her success stories in maintaining strong health.
Martha Stewart compares aging to a bonsai tree, which is revered in Japan and, with proper care, blooms as it ages. Here are Stewart's "10 Golden Rules" for staying psycally and mentally fit into and beyond middle age:
• Eat well
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Stay physically active
• Get quality sleep
• Wear sunscreen
• Collaborate with a good primary care doctor regularly
• Find your passion
• Connect with others
• Stop complaining — change what you can, and accept what you cannot
• Stay curious
In her 71 she doesn't think about age much at all because she said she has so much to do, so many things to accomplish, and so much to look forward to.
The morning isn’t an awful time of the day when you know the ideal ways to start it. Many people might still have problem to get out of bed with their eyes still closed and try to stumble around in order to get ready to start another day.
How do you usually start your day?
Starting your morning right is one of the most important links in the chain of a balanced life. Here are a few tips that might be helpful for you.
Get enough sleep. Stop watching TV too much or checking your social media sites. Going to bed early will make you get enough sleep.
Get enough sleep. Seriously, I didn’t make a mistake by repeating this. Most people need about 8 hours of sleep.
Start your day with a shower. A nice hot shower is the best way to wake up in the morning and there is simply nothing else that I can say about it.
Start your day with music. What kind of music do you like? Classical, rock, party tunes, country … whatever it is, play it to make you feel good.
Do not watch TV or read a newspaper. Don’t fill up your fresh mind after a good night with negative information about economy, politics or any news that make you down.
Exercise. Morning exercise is always good for your body before you get busy with your activities. Walking, stretching, cycling, and yoga can be your morning exercises.
Eat a balanced breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip it.
Do not make email your morning priority. If the first thing in the morning you rush to your computer then you will miss those precious minutes that you can spend doing your morning exercises, fixing your breakfast and enjoying your life.
Hang an inspiring morning picture in front of your bed. For example a huge picture of your wedding. You can pick either a picture that will make you feel happy in the morning.
Practice positive thinking. Try thinking of something good like “The weather is great today, I will definitely go for a walk during lunch,” “It’s so wonderful that I am healthy and happy with my family”. Start your day positive and your days will be much happier and less stressful than they’ve been before.
What do you think? You will notice your life will change positively and less stressful in just a few months if you find the ideal ways to start your day.
Any different thoughts that you want to share? Comment please!
Photographs are such a joy. They have powers to improve our outlook on life.
Cameras and phones have evolved to make taking photos so much easier. In her blog, Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling book The Happiness Project mentioned 7 reasons why photography can boost happiness:
1. Photos remind us of the people, places, and activities we love.
2. Photos help us remember the past.
3. Photos can save space while preserving memories.
4. A photo of something can sometimes replace the thing itself.
5. Photographs allow us to look after things you love.
6. Taking photos maintains creativity.
7. Taking photographs can act as a diary.
What has been forgotten by Rubin? What are some other ways that photos can boost your happiness?
How do you get a kid to eat spinach? With this recipe!
2 cups crushed seasoned stuffing
1 cup finely chopped onion
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 tbsp chicken broth
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
2 packages (10 oz each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
In a large bowl, combine everything but the spinach. Then stir in the spinach until blended. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place on a cooking-spray coated baking sheet and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
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