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December 20, 2016

Okay, you knew that.  We have all suffered from pessimism, from depression.  When it’s hard to breathe, it is all too easy to fall into the pit of self-pity.  Sometimes you just have to get all honked off about your lung issues and wallow around in a black funk for a while.  It’s only natural.


However, you may not have known that your pessimism may well be making your conditions worse.  It may lead you closer to Alzheimer’s, it may in fact shorten your life!


Studies have shown that optimism can drastically improve your health and your longevity.  You kinda knew that, too, but how do you remain optimistic when your need help to breathe, when your activities are limited?  Actually, there are several methods that have proven effective.


Yoga focuses on relaxation and the reduction of stress.  Stress, from whatever source, is a killer.  It can cause so many problems, both physical and psychological, including heart problems, cognitive problems, and yes, depression.


Meditation also enforces relaxation and a sense of peace.  Pick a quiet time and place and concentrate on deep breathing and the loosening of your muscles.  If you happen to drift off into a nap, as I do, where’s the harm?


If you are spiritual, the sense of community and activities of your place of worship can help to improve your attitude.  If you worship at home, the simple act of prayer reassures you that you are following a path of optimism.


Uncle Jim & Aunt Mary


Jim Nelson

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