Falling in love with life again

Don’t you just love it when you hear a baby’s genuine belly laugh? Or when you see children in awe of something new they just discovered? Our little ones learn more about life every single day, and they LOVE it. They can’t get enough it! They absorb every bit of new information like a sponge. Everything is exciting to them. Yet, not everything is rosy in a child’s world. They fall and hurt themselves. They lose toys. Adults set rules for them that they don’t like. Often they don’t get what they want. And yet, they are happy.

I think we can learn a lot from our children. We, too, can learn to love life again! Let’s not get discouraged by our failures and hardships but use them as valuable lessons. Let’s wake up every day with a smile and be grateful for another day we get to spend on this planet.

In other words: revive your inner child and enjoy life!

Life is beautiful

Since there is a depression-related suicide in the news (RIP Robin Williams), I thought I would take the time to write about an alternative to taking your life. If you’re deeply depressed, like this famous actor appears to have been, the thought of committing suicide has probably crossed your mind at least once or twice. It seems like an “easy” solution to all your problems, all your pain. Indeed, it looks very attractive. No more suffering – poof. But is this really what you want? Leaving your loved ones behind mourning? Never reaching your goals? Never finding out what could have been, had you endured life a little longer? The more questions you ask, the more you see that suicide is a bad choice. It does not solve your problems. It’s an avoidance tactic. You have to do the opposite… take your life into your hands, take responsibility. Easier said than done, I know. You have to start by breaking your negative thought patterns. The more bad thoughts you foster, the worse your life seems to be. However, even if you’re stuck in a bad situation, this is no justification to become depressed. What appears to be the end of the world to you, could in fact be a blessing in disguise and a new opportunity to start living the life of your dreams. Instead of focusing on everything that’s wrong and painful, look for everything that is good in your life. Look in every nook and cranny. Pick up the crumbs of hope in your life and feast on them. If your life is miserable, do something about it. You’re the only one who can. Sometimes all it takes is a change of perspective, a change of attitude. Surround yourself with happy people, watch kittens on YouTube, and by all means, do what you love. Life is short, don’t make it any shorter than it has to be.

Can Seaweed Save Us?

There are thousands of varieties of seaweed on this planet, many of which are very nutritious and healing for the human body. Some of the better known seaweeds are nori, dulse and kelp.

Now what exactly makes seaweed so amazing? Here is your answer, short and simple:

“Sea vegetables provide all 56 minerals and trace elements required for your body’s physiological functions in quantities greatly exceeding those of land plants”

In other words, you could survive on seaweed alone!

The health benefits of seaweed have been known for centuries. It has been used to treat  depression, memory loss, low libido, radiation poisoning, and much more. It truly is amazing!

So why not include this healthy food in your diet? Whether it is in the form of nori rolls, dulse flakes or kelp noodles. You can add all kinds of sauces and spreads to make seaweed more tasty if you don’t like its natural flavour.

Be adventurous and try out new recipes, such as this one:

Raw Vegan Sushi

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 6 sheets of dried nori seaweed (un-toasted)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup julienned cucumber slivers
  • 1/2 to 1 cup julienned carrots slivers
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup thin-slices avocado
  • 2 to 3 cups sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli, clover, etc.)
  • Soy sauce, sushi vinegar or miso to taste (or any vegan dressing)
  • 1 cup of water (to seal the edge of the nori sheet to the roll)

References:

- The Health Benefits of Seaweed

- SeaWeed FAQs

- Raw Vegan Sushi

Postpartum Depression

There is a significant number of women who suffer from postpartum depression. It might not be very obvious at first, especially since sleep deprivation is hard on all new parents and therefore a certain degree of unhappiness is to be expected. However, if it goes further than that and you feel disconnected, can’t seem to bond with your newborn and maybe even feel resentful, you might have a problem with depression.
But there is hope! You can try to cure your PPD naturally.
These are some quick tips:

- Consume Omega 3 fatty acids
– Get plenty of sunshine or try bright light therapy
– Exercise (20-30 minutes a day should suffice)
– Take folic acid

And always remember that you’re blessed with an amazingly cute and fascinating newborn who soon you will love more than anything else…

Rewire Your Brain

 

What if I could just teach myself to think positively every time unpleasant feelings come up? Wouldn’t that be an enormous relief?

It is much more realistic than you might think. A Stanford study showed some very interesting results regarding the rewiring of brains to prevent depression. You can read the article here.

While this particular study focused only on 10- to 14-year-old girls, I believe anyone would benefit from rewiring their brains to react better to negative situations. Since stress can cause diseases such as depression, training your brain not to overreact to negative stimuli would be extremely beneficial.

How to do this? Think of pleasant experiences every time bad feelings start to creep up on you. It sounds very simple, and indeed it is.

 

 

Walking Barefoot

Walking barefoot is a wonderful thing. It grounds us and connects us to Mother Earth. In fact, it is very natural, and yet most of us confine our feet in shoes. Often those shoes are way too tight causing all kinds of problems, some of which we might not even associate with wearing shoes. But why suffer? Go barefoot and enjoy life instead!

There are numerous health benefits:

- better circulation

- more strength

- better posture

- less inflammation

- less stress

- and many more

Walking barefoot is an amazing experience. You will feel all kinds of sensations: hot and cold; soft and rough; wet and dry – you name it. Furthermore, it makes you more conscious of the present moment, which is something all of us need to be better at. Too often we drift into the past or the future and totally miss what’s going on right now in the present.

When you first start out, it is best to limit your barefoot walking to a short time, say 5 – 10 minutes a day. We are so used to wearing shoes all the time that our feet are quite weak. If you overdo it in the beginning, your feet will probably get sore. So ease into it and enjoy the daily progress.

 Your feet will thank you!

Getting Out of Bed

There are times when it is extremely difficult to get out of bed. And I’m not talking about those times when you’re still tired because you stayed up too long. I mean those mornings when you don’t feel motivated to do anything. Those mornings when you would rather not go back to reality, but stay in your dream world. All of us have experienced these moments, and for some it is a daily battle.

So what do you do when you find yourself in this situation? Are there any steps that might spark motivation?

This is what I recommend:

  • Smile. Yes, it’s very simple, but it does help.
  • Be grateful for waking up and being given the opportunity to live another day.
  • Think of all the fun things you could do today.
  • Count to 10 and then force yourself to get up.
  • Make sure your alarm clock is out of reach so you have to get up.

What do you do to motivate yourself?