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I know that if I skip my daily qigong exercises, eat foods that disagree with me, forget to drink enough water or try to burn the candle at both ends I end up tired, fractious and unable to function properly. So this quote by baseball player Leon Brown is particularly relevant for me ~ and for Nurturing Thursday!

Look after yourself!

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“Nurturing Thursday’ is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. If you would like to learn more about it please visit her site.

 

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We’ve been experiencing more gale force winds and higher rainfall than usual on the island this winter. Last night’s storm chased empty flowerpots around the Kitchen Courtyard, up~ended the washing whirligig and kept me awake for hours. 😦

So today I’m taking heed of these words, posted on Facebook by ‘the rockstar and Indiana Jones of the superfoods and longevity universe’ David Wolfe. (How could anyone not take the advice of a gourmet chocolatier, passionate about the ‘….health giving and mystical properties of dark, organic chocolate’?)

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This enchanting scene inspires me to look forward to less turbulent times when I’ll be able to sun~worship in said courtyard ~ quite possibly partaking of a few mouthfuls of dark, organic chocolate (but not looking quite so ethereal!)

But with temperatures outside plummeting, I’ll settle for snuggling up with a mug of organic cocoa, warm and cosy indoors!

Whether it’s blowing a hooley, pouring with rain or the middle of summer where you are today, you have permission to put the cares of the world to one side, while you nurture yourself and recharge ~ with or without chocolate! 🙂

Nurturing Thursday was created by Becca Givens ~ to bring a shot of uplifting positivity to the blogosphere. Please visit her inspiring blog, On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea

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I’ve been riding high on a wave of wellbeing lately, so I was hoping to write about my new exercise routine today. 

But on Tuesday I woke up aching all over, with a sore throat and fuzzy head. I sincerely hoped that this was due to hay fever or ‘something that’s going round’, not another painful auto~immune ‘flare~up’.

I couldn’t pinpoint what might have caused such a set~back, except that ~ ironically ~ feeling so much better has allowed me to be more active. Maybe I’d over~stretched myself in a fit of enthusiasm? I decided to step up my tried and tested anti~inflammatory measures ~ these make sense anyway, whatever the cause of my discomfort.

  
 I prepared a stew crammed with veg, in the slow cooker and a juce of celery, apple and root ginger. These go a long way towards meeting my ‘9~a~day’ total. (Yes, that’s right ~ NINE portions of fruit and veg, plus a clove of garlic every day.) Thankfully I love them, or keeping this up would be quite a struggle and ~ particularly with regards to the garlic ~ it’s a good job that my man loves me! 

  
Tart Cherry Extract has natural analgesic and anti~inflammatory properties without any unpleasant side effects. It’s one of those tastes you either love or hate ~ it can be diluted it with water to make it a little less sour but then there’s more of it to get down! I actually prefer it neat and took three 5ml spoonfuls a day for several months, as a complimentay supplement. It alleviated my symptoms so well that I actually forgot take it regularly ~ but I’m back on schedule now. 

  
I can also treat myself to a glass of red wine and a square of very dark chocolate in the evening, with a clear conscience, (as long as the cocoa beans are ethically sourced, without the use of child slave labour.) But I have to remember that while ‘a little warms, too much burns’ ~ alcohol and sugar in excess will cause inflammation.

I found all of the above recommendations and more, in the book ‘Anti Inflammatory Diet’ by Victoria Lane. I’m not yet following it to the letter, there’s a lot of information to get to grips with ~ but I am making more conscious food choices and the measures I am taking have definitely had a positive effect on my symptoms and energy levels. They also meet with the approval of my GP, a great supporter of holistic and preventative therapies, who has encouraged me to pay attention to the messages my body sends me. 

So I’ve listened and have been giving it what it was asking for: common sense nurturing and plenty of rest

And I’m already feeling the benefit: my sore throat has cleared up and ~ although my joints are still sore and itchy ~ I’m optimistic that they’ll soon become more flexible again! 

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N.b. Please note that I’m not advocating the above measures as an alternative to prescribed medical treatment. I am following them after thorough consultation with my doctor and I would advise anyone who might be interested in them to do the same. 

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 
Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 
Crowing Crone Joss 
Inside the Mind of Isadora 
Laurie’s Notes 
Pocket Perspectives 
Mazeepuran 
Tea and Paper 
Meg Evans 
Bowl of Cherries 
Hugmamma

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This is my first post of the year, so let me start by wishing everyone Peace, Harmony, Laughter and Love for 2015 (and beyond!)

And, as it’s Nurturing Thursday, I’m sharing these words of encouragement and self~care.
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Conquering Fear Spiritually

Happy New Year! 🙂

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

Mazeepuran

Tea and Paper

Meg Evans

Bowl of Cherries

Hugmamma

Busy Doing Nothing?

Although it’s Monday morning and the start of a busy working week, I’m not going anywhere. I’ve been made redundant.

The birth rate on the Island has been steadily declining so there are fewer pupils enrolling in our schools. As a result the College, where I worked part~time, has had to make swingeing cutbacks and my post got the chop. It no longer exists, that’s it, there’s no going back!

I don’t particularly rate my chances of finding another suitable part-time job at my age, in the current economic climate ~ particularly as I’m still recovering from a work~related injury. I would never have voluntarily resigned from this one ~ I had hoped to continue for a few more years. One of our colleagues didn’t retire until her 80th birthday and, though I might not have lasted that long, you never know!

And now we never will. That decision has been made for me and although I won’t receive a state pension for a while, I’m now retired. But I’m not bitter. Seriously. This is the best thing that could have happened, right now.

In her later years, when I asked my mother what she’d been up to, she’d often start singing:
‘I’m busy doing nothing,
Working the whole day through,
Trying to find lots of things not to do.
I’m busy going nowhere, isn’t it such a crime?
I’d like to be unhapp~y but I never do have the time!’
(I thought it was just a nonsense rhyme until I googled it. It’s featured in the 1949 film, ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’, with Bing Crosby, her favourite actor.)

Back then I didn’t appreciate the irony behind her super~cheerful renditions. I even wondered if she was embellishing the truth, to prevent me from worrying about her being on her own and lonely. But I’m beginning to realise that she was too busy to be miserable ~ doing whatever she pleased, when she felt like it: solving the crossword in the Telegraph, pottering about her home and garden, visiting and entertaining friends and having whimsical conversations with Billy the budgie. (He once shouted that it was raining and she hurried outside to bring her washing in from the line, only to realise he was fibbing. But when she scolded him he hung his head, told her that he loved her and pleaded for a ‘great big kiss’, so all was forgiven!)

That she was happy with this stage of life ~ the happiest I can ever remember her being ~ has been quite a stunning revelation. And it’s inspiring!

So am I going to be ‘busy doing nothing’? I don’t think so. I’ve had 13 weeks to get my head around the luxury of never having to clock on again. And there are plenty of worthy pastimes I could sign up for. Volunteer work, clubs, classes, re~writing that ratings~busting novel, which obsessed me until 17,000 words zapped into the void, when my computer crashed. As you can see, I’m not short of ideas ~ I could occupy myself so thoroughly, that I’d wonder how I ever had time go to work!

I’ve spent a lifetime in support roles ~ personally and professionally ~ so I won’t be signing up for noble causes, at this stage ~ maybe later, who knows?

I have to start supporting my own needs and wishes: re~igniting my dreams and passions, which have taken a bit of a battering lately. It seems selfish when you’re in the habit of putting others first but if I don’t do it now, I know I’ll always regret it.

So, here’s to a contented retirement! For the moment I’m just going with the flow ~ I wonder where that might lead me?

I’ll let you know.
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Today ‘Nurturing Thursday’ host, Becca Givens, has featured a quote about self~care. When I read it this morning I LOL’ed at the synchronicity ~ I’d already decided to post this as my contribution:

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Great minds, eh, Becca?

Don’t you just love it when that happens? 😉

Becca Givens is author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, (the more, the merrier!) please press this link.

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives