Truths of Life
In the game of life, we often find ourselves with more downs than ups. More sad moments than happy moments. The truth is we usually wait with hope for something to just happen, things to just change direction and only get better. Sometimes we need some tough love to open our eyes to the harsh truths that make us stronger.
“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” -Abraham Maslow
Truths That Will Make You Stronger
Life Isn’t Fair
We spend the majority of our lives waiting; waiting for something to happen, waiting for something to begin, waiting for something to end. Nothing comes simple. Luck isn’t what brings success, but rather hard work is what turns dreams into a plan and that plan a reality. Wake up every morning with the mindset of going further than you did yesterday.
Only Person That Can Make You Stronger is You
External influences can boost your mood, but for how long can others sustain your happiness? The origin of happiness comes from your relationship with yourself. Have a date for yourself and discover things that you have not before. The bottom line is; in the long run, nothing matters more than the way you feel about who you are on the inside.
The World Owes You Nothing
You can be the most intelligent person in the world, the funniest, and be the most attractive, but if no one is aware of these traits, you’ll get nothing out of them. We all feel entitled as if the universe owes us something? Listen. You are left with two options; either you continuously feel sorry for yourself because you deserve more or you step into the world, and you take what is attributed to you. Take a hint, which choice do successful people take? Be grateful. Be humble. Conquer your day. Being alive and healthy is a privilege.
There May be no Tomorrow
Death is a part of life. Nothing can prepare us for the earth-shattering feeling of losing a loved one. The truth is, this very moment you have someone planning something for tomorrow without actualizing the possibility of not having a tomorrow. Spend your time intelligently and appreciate the present moment. Don’t put off making that phone call, or visiting your family members that you haven’t seen in a while.
Not Everyone Will Support You
You can’t pose meaning to everyone and everything. Unfortunately, in life, there isn’t a shortage of haters, doubters, and Debbie Downers. You know that lasting happiness comes from you, therefore, trust your instincts and forget about the people that doubt you. In this society, we are always worried about gratification from others. Forget them. Concentrate on doing what you know in your heart is just.
You Can’t Control Everything
We all know those people that have a tight grip and micro-manage each situation. Letting go sometimes is the best option, as it’ll give an opportunity to grow, and allow for things to unfold as they are meant to be. I’ve sometimes learned that the events that are least planned turn out better than the events that are planned to the T. This doesn’t mean that you should have the mentality for everything of “wait and hope.” Still put in 100% dedication, but relinquish your grip and trust the universe which will make things right.
Failure is Inevitable
We may fail a few times and it devastates us. We quickly judge seeing ourselves as failures. The truth is, you are too hard on yourself. Whatever your aim is in life, you’ll never be 100% sure it will work, but you can 100% guarantee nothing will work if you don’t put in an effort. Look at the positive note of failure. It makes you learn a lesson, build strength, gain experience, and increase your chances of achieving the goal you set out to complete.
Information is Not Knowledge
The information does not equal true knowledge. Knowledge can only be achieved through direct experience. The first-hand experience that you expose yourself to will genuinely help you understand what is meant by the information. An example was learning how to start IV’s on patients. I can read a manual 100 times on the technique, even descriptions of the feeling when you’ve hit the vein. The information only gave me an understanding, until I do the task hands-on I will achieve knowledge, reasoning, and intuition.
Nobody is Too Busy
Guy or a girl never responded to you? How many times were you going to do something and told yourself “I will just do it later”? It is just a matter of priority. If you haven’t got a text/call from someone, it’s because they deliberately chose not to answer. People that tell you I don’t have time are simply telling you “You are not important.” Harsh truth but the sooner you learn this, the sooner you’ll make time for the people that share equal importance. Everyone has time; it’s just a matter of priority.
You Will Never be 100% Ready
We have always been told to make a decision when 100% ready. “Be ready before making the big decision.” Our parents protected us from ideas and truths we were not prepared to learn about. We have been conditioned to be thoroughly committed and ready before making the right decision. The fact is, nobody feels 100% when an opportunity arises. Waiting for the perfect moment will never happen because only experiences and lessons will prepare you for what is next in life. The most significant moments in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zone.
When an opportunity arises will you be the person that accepts the challenge of growth, or step back into safety?
Staying Healthy in Winter
Wintertime is associated with sickness and uncomfortably cold weather. Not everyone lives in a warm climate, and some of us don’t mind the winter season. Being a native Chicagoan I’d like to give you a few tips on getting through winter.
What to do to Stay Healthy During Winter
INCREASE YOUR VITAMIN C
According to Mayo Clinic, the daily recommended intake of vitamin C is 90 mg, with the upper limit of 2,000. Don’t be afraid to hit that upper limit. Vitamin C is water-soluble, so you’ll filter out whatever your body does not use. Vitamin C is the building block of your immune system, making sure you get enough daily is crucial to staying healthy. IV doses of vitamin C have been shown to cure certain cancers, so you can only imagine how valuable it is to your body.
WASH YOUR HANDS AND COVER YOUR MOUTH
I’m sure that is what you tell your kids but do you do it as much as you should? About 40% to 60% of people admit to not washing their hands, and roughly the same amount does not cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing. Instead, you should wash and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds and use your arm to cover your mouth. Don’t be part of the problem, do the simple hygiene routine that can stop the spread of infection.
TURN IN EARLY
Getting enough sleep is an essential aspect of staying healthy. Inconsistency in sleep and sleep deprivation decreases immune cells in your body. When it’s time to fight a virus, your body is weaker, leading you to get sick more easily. Knocking out early will give you more energy to tackle the next day’s challenges. Plus, there is nothing more comforting during a cold night than snuggling up in a warm blanket and falling asleep.
Our skin gets dried out more frequently during winter. It is essential to keep your skin healthy and happy. Moisturizer helps treat damaged skin. Skin is our first barrier against germs, make sure it is hydrated and satisfied. It just feels right having healthy skin.
DRESS FOR THE WEATHER
Hoodie and short-season are over; you may be able to get away with it in fall but not winter. Keeping your body warm promotes circulation. Why put yourself through the trouble of feeling colder than you should. Not dressing appropriately causes your body to focus on internally staying warm. This takes away from your body’s ability to fight germs. If you don’t like winter don’t make it worse for yourself, dress warmly.
Winter can be rough and uncomfortable, especially when you’re not used to them. Staying healthy during this season is especially important because this is the time most people are getting sick. It is crucial to take plenty of vitamin C, wash your hands, and cover your mouth, get plenty of rest, moisturize, and dress warmly.
Why Not All Stress Bad
How do you view stress?
If you were to ask the first person you see about their view on stress they will most likely say It’s bad. We associate stress with increased heart disease, poor mental health, and in a chronic state, it can do great damage to your quality of life. Now imagine where you would be in life without it. As bad of a reputation as we have built up for stress, it is the drive that leads to our accomplishments. Stress, when it’s temporary and well managed, gives us the opportunity to vision, innovate, and create.
When you start to think about the physiology of stress you feel an increase in heart rate, an increase in breathing, and a decrease in appetite. For a brief time, it is beneficial because it increases blood and oxygen to your brain along with vital organs. This stress process is what puts the image in imagination. That’s where the light bulb turns on and ideas come to existence.
The stress response is also called the fight or flight response. The exact mechanism is the stimulation of our sympathetic nervous system. This course of action leads to the physiological changes our bodies exhibit during a stressful period. It is our body’s natural response to stepping outside of our comfort zone and our adaptation in times of unpredictability.
Adrenaline and noradrenaline are the main hormones released during times of stress. These hormones are the cause of the changes listed below. Another hormone released during stress is oxytocin, also referred to as the “love hormone”. It has been associated with the ability of an individual to open up and bond with others during stressful periods. Everyone has been behind in a group project, but eventually, the group syncs together, and their business is accomplished.
The reason your eyes dilate during the night is to allow more light to enter. During stress, ocular dilation occurs allowing the brain to capture more of the environment. When visual capacity increases you’re better able to process what is going on. The efficiency of discerning a situation is increased.
Relaxes Bronchi, Accelerates Heart rate
To better explain this I’ll shed some basic human anatomy on this, bronchi are passages for air to enter the lungs. By relaxing they are able to hold more air, leading to an increase in oxygen. Temporary acceleration in our heart rate is beneficial, the keyword being “temporary”. If your resting heart rate is consistently above 100 that is not a sign of good health, but that is a whole different subject altogether. That interim increase in heart rate allows more oxygen to enter the brain. This jolt of oxygen supplied by the lungs and heart contributes to a more proficient thought process and increases mental capability.
Increase glucose production and release
Glucose is fuel for our bodies. Long-term effects of increased glucose are harmful and should not be sustained, it can lead to diabetes. However, a brief spike in glucose permits cells to absorb more energy and work harder. When cells work harder you work harder. Maybe this temporary rush is what you need to get through that term paper or corporate presentation. It is unfortunately followed by a crash in which you may feel tired. but hey, at least the hard part’s over.
Before you affiliate all negativity with stress, think about it. In no notion am I promoting stress or wishing lots of stress on any human being. I want you to consider that this is a physical sign and feeling of change that your body is promoting. Maybe you just need to get things done or put yourself in a better situation. Don’t associate this stressful period with a barrier, think of it as your body helping you. Your body is facilitating change. It increases brain activity by providing it with an increased supply of oxygen and fuel. Use this temporary benefit and accomplish a goal or the task at hand. Consider it a natural pre-workout and let your aspirations become an actuality. After all, a response is what you make of it.
Why Drink a Gallon of Water a Day
Drinking a gallon of water a day seems like a chore
Normally people don’t drink close to a gallon of water a day and many aren’t aware of the benefits it possesses. To start off, our body is made up of about 60% water. With such a large water-to-body ratio, why aren’t we drinking enough water?
Water is so beneficial, so easy, so free, yet so easily overlooked. If you have frequent headaches, are constipated, or are always hungry, water might be the answer for you. I used to suffer from frequent headaches and my only relief was 200mg of ibuprofen. If people think headaches are “normal” and just pop a pill to relieve the symptoms, then you are wrong. It can be a multitude of other factors but it’s important to treat the most common underlying cause of dehydration!
So do you literally have to drink a gallon a day?
The answer is no. Medline recommends 8 (8oz) glasses a day, and others suggest taking your weight into consideration. To be honest, you can’t overdo drinking water because anything excess will simply be excreted by the kidneys a.k.a peeing a lot! For example, a person that weighs 160 pounds should drink 5 water bottles, which is a little less than 3/4 of a gallon.
Proper hydration is key for optimal health, not consuming enough can lead to serious complications, including but not limited to dehydration. All of our organs and cells need water to function.
Benefits of water include:
Increase in energy & relieves fatigue
- Our brain is mostly made up of water. Drinking plenty of water helps you think, focus, and be more alert. After about 2 weeks of being on top of my water intake, I realized when waking up I was less dependent on coffee for that mental boost of energy.
Promotes weight loss
- Drink a glass of water before your meal and see how much less you consume. Water helps keep you full and reduces hunger by acting as an appetite suppressant in a zero-calorie package.
Flushes out toxins
- Water helps the body get rid of toxins through sweat and urination, which also reduces your risk of kidney stones and UTIs (Urinary Tract Infection). Speaking of flush… You’ll be heading to the bathroom more often.
Improves skin complexion
- Hydration prevents dryness, and wrinkles, reduces blemishes, and it’s the best anti-aging product around! I noticed with regular consumption of water I relied less on lotion to keep my skin moisturized
Boosts immune system
- Your immune system functions best when your muscles and organs are functioning at optimum. A clear system is a clean system.
Prevents cramps & Sprains
- Proper hydration keeps your joints lubricated and muscles elastic. The cause of muscle cramps is not exactly known. It is thought to be caused by many things such as overuse, staying in one position for too long, electrolyte dysfunction, and of course, the main one is dehydration.
With the perks water has, why not give a daily gallon of water a try? You can always start with less and build your way to the recommended water intake. Be ready to feel more focused, energized, and less hungry. Ultimately small changes in your life will help you become a better version of yourself.