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Simply Suggestive

Sunday, April 06, 2014 Kenny Muzzey

It’s hard not to feel good right now. The dark unrelenting monochromatic grey colour scheme that made up the wintery wasteland is slowly yielding to a reluctant spring littered with calming blue skies, warm breezes, and more earthy tones. After such a brutal winter, spring fever has been sweeping the Midwest and even the nation.

However, if it is not one thing it is another. Soon we will grow unappreciative of the increasing temperatures, longer days, and outdoor activities that we currently so greatly desire. Similar to how your tush seems to fit flawlessly into that sweet spot on the couch, you will eventually find your mind within a similar groove, a mental rut.

When the extraordinary begins to feel ordinary you have to shake things up. A sure fire way to avoid feeling blue is get out and get some exercise. Get outdoors and run, bike, do some strenuous yard work because there is no denying it, physical activity makes both our body and mind feel exceptional. The harder you work, the better; at some point your body releases endorphins which act as a natural pain killer. Compile that with the knowledge that you are getting into better shape and again, it is hard not to feel good. If you can, run a 5K, there are so many options in the warmer months. These races usually take place in the morning, seven, eight am and after completing one you feel phenomenal the rest of the day.

Physical activity is one thing, but we also have to keep our mind sharp too. Do whatever it is you do to keep learning, read a book, watch a movie, or listen to music. Any concepts you have learned can then be connected to the world around you, it is always interesting to see theory in progress.

When you are in a store and paying, try to figure out how much change you will get back, use your mind more than a calculator. Again, keep it sharp, the mind needs exercise just like the body, or it too will become bloated with useless garbage. You’d be surprised how much of a toll regular use of a calculator can take on your brain. Technology has made our lives easier; conversely, it has made our minds weaker. Spellcheck, I am the self-proclaim world’s worst speller and spellcheck has not helped. But before correcting the word try to sound it out yourself. Take a shot and try to fix it yourself, follow up with the spellcheck. It’s not just math or spelling either…. There is an art to everything, mowing the lawn, packing away groceries, commuting through traffic. Learn from everything you take part in, learn the most efficient way to do your daily activities, and learn how to improve yourself.

“Every day, once a day, give
yourself a present. Don't plan it. Don't wait for it. Just let it happen.” stated Special Agent Dale Cooper in the 90’s serial drama Twin Peaks. And that is great advice. A cup of coffee, take the advice of your inner child, go for a run, buy that album you have been eyeballing, it is really that simple. Treat yourself to something small every day. Treat yourself as well as you treat others in your life.

Finally, simple things, that I do to improve my well-being, get plenty of rest, take a nap if needed! I try to avoid sugar at all costs, drink insane amounts of water, laugh as much as possible, smile, smile, smile, and smile some more! And last of all, show positivity, and think positively, because positive attracts positive. So again, smile, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

~KM~Halfstack Blogger & Photographer

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