Childhood is life.

Childhood is life.

I learn so much from my interactions with others and sometimes come across ideas that completely transform my perspective.

Thank you Dr Sne for these thought-provoking words.

“When else but in childhood are we just content with who we are?

It’s in this innocent yet complete acceptance that there is true contentment.

In adult life we limit our behaviour and mute our speech to fit what the social norm accepts, but in this are we truly showing our best selves and revealing who we really are??”

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Express yourself and your children will follow

Express yourself and your children will follow

At work, I will often ask the children that I meet to draw me a picture. Any picture. This simple activity gives me an incredible insight into a child’s life. For a moment, I see a glimpse of their life. I am forced to see what they see.

As a parent, engaging in play helps me to leap out of my comfort zone and see my children through their eyes, not mine.

The truth is, we are our most expressive as children. We don’t hide behind cloaks or curtains. We are candid. Adults, driven out of the need to be non-judgemental, will often avoid things that they feel will make others feel uncomfortable.

Remember, you can bite your tongue and avoid saying certain things, but the eyes don’t lie. Be mindful that your thoughts have a way of making themselves known. It is often better to speak and be challenged, than to say nothing and let your actions and body gestures speak for you.

Being mindful of your thoughts will help you to see the world through a lens of kindness, and so your words will naturally align. Yes, you may well find that some things just shouldn’t be said. That’s okay. Rather than letting your thoughts fester, perhaps share them with someone you trust and allow them to evolve.

Today, I challenge you to express yourself. Embrace creativity. Draw, write, sculpt, photograph, speak, debate, present, paint, travel, imagine, explore, connect, share, follow, lead, adventure and expand to the outer realms of the universe, and inner depths of your heart, body, mind and soul.

Find a safe space. Let go. Help your children to understand that it is always okay to communicate in a healthy, productive and positive manner. It is always okay to speak up. It is okay if we make mistakes as long as we commit to reflecting upon them and becoming more informed and self-aware.

One of our most important challenges as parents is to create a platform for our children to be curious and inquisitive, always. We can not do this unless we learn to process our thoughts, express ourselves with authenticity, and do things that are creative and different.

The definition of insanity is to do the same thing, again and again, and expect different results.

Today, why not try something different?

#dailymeditation #musings #art #creativity #parenting #expression #love #selfcare #therapy #calm #livewell #eatmovebreathe

Live Well with Dr Saini

 

5 Health Mistakes You’re Making Before 9am

5 Health Mistakes You’re Making Before 9am

by Kim Hayes, AARP, June 5, 2017 | full article

Getting the right start to the day is about much more than being extra productive at work; it could also benefit your health. Here are five mistakes you might be making every morning.

Before Getting Out of Bed

Mistake 1: Rushing to rise

While some of us want to jump up and attack the day full throttle, a more leisurely approach may be better for your body. By getting out of bed immediately you could strain your back muscle, which have been resting in one place all night, Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute, told the Huffington Post. Before rising, he suggests, bring your knees (one at a time) to your chest to warm up the muscles and get your blood flowing.

Mistake 2: Grabbing your cellphone

When you roll over and grab your cellphone first thing in the morning, you may be adding to your stress levels by reminding yourself of deadlines and unanswered emails before you have even stepped out of bed. “When we wake up in the morning and turn our phone over to see a list of notifications — it frames the experience of ‘waking up in the morning’ around a menu of ‘all the things I’ve missed since yesterday,'” Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist for Google, wrote for the online platform Medium. Additionally, a Future Work Centre survey of nearly 2,000 people in the U.K. found that email notifications are linked to higher feelings of anxiety.

During Your Morning Routine

Mistake 3: Staying in the dark

It can be tempting to leave the blinds drawn and keep your cozy nighttime cocoon for as long as possible. But researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine found in a 2014 study that early morning natural light exposure is associated with lower body fat. This is possibly due to a reset of our body’s circadian rhythm which could boost metabolism. A quick walk outdoors is ideal, but if you’re pressed for time, at least open your shades to stream in the morning sun.

Mistake 4: Skipping a glass of water

You’ve been sleeping all night and your body may have become dehydrated, so it is important to refuel with a serving of water first thing. Staying hydrated also helps to aid digestion and metabolism, Angela Lemond, national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told USA Today recently. “It also helps with moving the lower bowels for regularity in the mornings,” she says.

Before Leaving the House

Mistake 5: Skipping breakfast

Consuming more calories earlier in the day may reduce the odds of a heart attack, stroke or other circulatory system problems, according to the American Heart Association. And don’t forget to include proteins with every meal, including breakfast, as they are linked to having less body fat and other health benefits. , cottage cheese and hard-boiled good sources of breakfast protein.

Bonus tip

Try to avoid hitting that snooze alarm. While we slumber, our brain runs through five stages of sleep that last 90 minutes each. When you fall asleep after hitting the snooze button, “you’re setting yourself up for another sleep cycle that you have no chance of finishing,” Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of Arizona’s Sleep Disorders Center of Prescott Valley, told Business Insider. Instead, set your alarm for the actual time you need to get up so that you are not disrupting your sleep rhythms.

Transitioning your baby to bottle feeds

Transitioning your baby to bottle feeds

Bottle refusal can be very distressing. Sucking milk from a bottle is a new experience for babies that have been previously exclusively breast fed. It requires different mouth and tongue movements than breastfeeding, so it may take your baby a little time to get used to the change. Here are a few pointers that may help

1. Timing

There is no perfect time of the day to introduce the bottle. Some parents find a bottle feed at the end of an evening breast feed can be a good start. Others find that their baby is more likely to want to be comforted and settled at night, so may be more successful introducing a feed earlier in the day.

Try establishing a consistent routine over a period of a few days. Your baby needs time to get used to new things, so stick with the same time, nipple, bottle, and feeding technique for a while before trying something new.

2. Temperament

Parents are very good at sensing when their kids are unwell. Similarly, babies are very good at detecting parental anxiety, frustration or concern. Remember, feeding is supposed to be comforting and enjoyable for both of you. Smile, sing and take your time to ease everybody into it. If you find yourself stressing out, take a step back, breathe, and try again a bit later.

3. Teat

I. Try a slow-flow nipple. A regular nipple may discharge milk too quickly, causing your baby to gag. If this happens, replace her nipple with a slow-flow one to see if that helps.

II. Consider using a bottle nipple similar to your baby’s pacifier. If she is used to sucking on a latex pacifier, use a latex bottle nipple (rather than a silicone one). Warm the nipple with water to make it more enjoyable.

III. Put some breast milk on the nipple. When your baby tastes it, she may start sucking to get more.

IV. Let your baby play with the nipple so she can become familiar with it. If she chews, let her for now. She may start sucking on it with with time.

4. Try again

Your baby may reject the bottle initially. This is expected. Be consistent with your routine and keep trying. If your baby shakes her head or arches away from the bottle, settle your baby and move out of sight. After a few moments, return to cuddle and try again. Maintain a positive attitude. If you do need to go back to breastfeeding, try to wait about five minutes first. Going back to breastfeeding too quickly may encourage your baby to establish a pattern of crying in order to get what she wants.

5. Texture

Bottle milk tastes and feels different to breast milk. For babies that are old enough to have solids, introducing solids can make changing to bottle feeds easier as a baby becomes used to new textures.

6. Team (dad)

Babies are smart enough to know that you are the source of their breast milk. Babies will often refuse to drink from the bottle if Mum is holding them, as they know that they could be getting breast milk instead. Asking Dad or someone else to help may assist your baby to get past the refusal stage.

7. Talk (to your GP)

Sometimes, there may be other reasons your child is refusing the bottle. It may be worth seeing your GP for a check up if the above strategies do not work, or if you have any concerns.

#Friday Gratitude, Mindfulness and Meditation

#Friday Gratitude, Mindfulness and Meditation

It’s Friday.

Start the day grateful. Celebrate your small wins this week, and take a moment to breathe. It’s okay to reflect on your losses. Try not to get caught up in them.

Remember. Good times, bad times, all times, shall pass.

Live in the moment.

Life isn’t good or bad.

Life just is.

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