Each of my kids had their own lullaby that I would sing to them nightly. Granted I'm not a great singer, but the soft soothing sounds helped to lull them into sleep every time. Seems what moms have known for years is being substantiated by research.
Mind Body & Spirit
Remember that little girl who bounded through the day wearing a bikini, a glitter-frosted tutu, a superhero cape, a fire chief helmet and rain boots – all at the same time?
She was ready for anything. Nothing got in her way. She could stomp a mud puddle dry and twirl like there was no tomorrow. She thought she could fly – with or without her cape or those fancy fairy wings she flounced around in.
Somewhere along the way, she tossed aside the cape and tucked away those wings. Heaven help you, mom, if you think it would be cute to show her friends a photo from those days. Especially if there are any boys in sight. And NEVER should you EVER even think of posting a photo from those days on Facebook or other social media site.
I saw it, and heard others talking about it too – that magical stretch the other day when the sun came out, turning the bleak February landscape into glistening wonderland.
I parked my car by the Ohio River, just sat there, and drank in the sun for about an hour. The silver ice-coated branches, glittering like diamonds against the blue sky, lifted my winter-weary spirits.
It’s not your imagination if a shot of sunshine seems to brighten your outlook this time of year. In fact, if you feel particularly down, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
There was a time when my day wasn’t complete without a trip to the gym, a brisk walk, a run or a bike ride. I went dancing every weekend, zipped around on rollerblades and even used exercise videos.
But lately, the only exercise I manage to squeeze in is isometrics while carpooling the kids. So I’m a bit reluctant when heading to a Pilates class at the YMCA.
Reducing stress can promote better heart health
The body — specifically the heart — has a defined reaction to stress. Your body’s “fight or flight” response is nature’s way of helping you cope with stressful situations. However, prolonged or frequent high stress levels can be dangerous for your heart health.
Part of the body’s stress reaction is the secretion of adrenaline, a hormone that can cause your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise.
I’ll be honest. I’m a fitness fad junkie. I will try almost any new workout trend at least once. But that’s typically the extent of it. Apparently I have a fear of commitment when it comes to an exercise routine. So when a friend asked me to go to a “barre” class with her, I agreed but didn’t think it would amount to anything long-term. I have to say, though, I’m hooked!
You’re driving down the road when suddenly a perfect song comes on the radio — a song that captures the true essence of your emotions.
Heartbreak, happiness, hopefulness — whatever you’re feeling — that song is exactly what you need to hear. You jack up the volume, join in on the chorus and even pound out the drum beat on your steering wheel. And though the guy in the next lane may give you a funny look, it’s OK. Musical interludes like this could be just what the doctor ordered.
You’ve sung “Auld Lang Syne,” the confetti is cleaned up and you know what’s next: making that New Year’s resolution. Many of us will resolve to better ourselves this January, but unfortunately, most of us won’t stick with it. This year, make a commitment to improving your health. It’s not as difficult as you might think.
This is the No. 1 New Year’s resolution in the United States. The key to success is to set small, realistic goals. If you are looking for overnight success, you will be let down and unmotivated to continue.
Originating before the written word and perhaps even before language, music has a long and varied history. While the purpose, theme and sound have changed over time, the appeal remains. And today, music even serves as a mode of therapy.
Because music is familiar and predictable, it has a way of evoking feelings of safety and security. It can motivate and inspire. It has no cultural or language barriers. That’s why music therapy can assist with healing.
Finding that perfect holiday gift can be a challenge. This holiday season, give up the endless searching for something out of the ordinary, something the recipient doesn’t already have. Consider giving the gift of good health.