A gut reaction may be no way; but if you take the time to ask yourself your reason for saying “no” it will help you see your unwritten rules on the subject.
It can be challenging to think rationally when our loved ones are not well, so for many of us, the decision-making process will be a journey. Be kind and patient with yourself as you travel this journey. But when you are ready, it is important for you to assess how your decisions impact you in this moment and beyond.
Purim merriment is upon us. As we laugh and feel joy, we are inviting in health and well being. Can you feel it?
The hamentashen, the grape juice, and the masquerading
The Megillah reading and the festive groggers as we boo the name of Haman and recount the story of how Esther became queen of Persia and successfully thwarted Haman’s plan to commit genocide against the Jews.
The ensuing celebrations in appreciation of life!
Laughter, gratitude, and celebrating across generations with loved ones and neighbors make a great recipe for wellness! For all those joyful ingredients, dayenu*! Read more
Rosh Hashana is just around the corner. A time for reflection. A time to celebrate what is working well in our lives and take note of our opportunities for continuous improvement.
I have observed that as many of the Boomers reflect on the year, they can see they’ve been wonderful parents, grandparents and children; often times while juggling careers and more. Wow! Take a moment and breathe in all the amazing light you’ve given to your family and your community.
But now the next question—how do you replenish that light that you give and give? Can you run on empty? The answer is, of course, NO! So… Why do so many Boomers feel guilty when they carve out time for their own wellness? Read more
Editor’s Note: Joining our network of contributors is Dr. Shoshana Nock, an optometrist in Houston specializing in vision issues of concern to Baby Boomers.
One of the unfortunate side effects of growing older is the weakening of one’s health, since you are more likely to develop health and vision problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration (ARMD), and other conditions. These problems can cause a dramatic reduction and/or loss of vision.
Since, we only get one set of eyes and we use them every day, it is important we look after them. Read more
The answer is YES.
This article was originally posted on FueltheBodyWell.com, but since my Mom–a Jewish Grandmother and care-taker to her father and father-in-law, was the “tester”, there may be many readers of Jewish Sacred Aging that are also wondering if you can get fit working out in 10-minutes a day.
My Mom and I started out in February by asking the question, can you get fit from working out for 10 minutes a day. And 2 ½ months later, we have the answer. In addition to the pounds and inches, the other success of trying the 10-minute trainer is that now working out for “just 10-minutes” has become a regular part of my Mom’s routine. Here’s how she did it…
Editor’s Note: This is part two of an excellent review of how stress affects our lives and our health. Part I is available here.
Donald M. Friedman, MD
This part of the column deals with living in the present moment as a way to deal with stress. It is actually very difficult for many of us to live in the present moment. We either get so focused on the past or so concerned about what’s going to happen in the future or both. But being or living in the moment can so increase not only our awareness of what is happening in our immediate surroundings, but also our awareness of ourselves, i.e. our thoughts and emotions and our bodies. Our society is so goal oriented that we are always focused on doing, being busy accomplishing and producing results. We forget, or in some cases never learned, how to just “be.”
Passover is a wonderful time of year to clean our external and internal spaces. For many of us, we already carve out the time to clean our kitchens in preparation for the holiday. And we already eliminate certain foods. Can we add an intention of “wellness” to that tradition and still remain connected to the religious significance of Passover? As a Reform Jewess, I feel empowered to ask the question.
Passover already prescribes a ritual cleaning of our external space, a week of conscious eating, spiritual contemplation, and connection to family and community. Read more
Editor’s Note: This is part one of an excellent review of how stress affects our lives and our health. Part II is available here.
Donald M. Friedman, MD
Stress is definitely a part of our lives. It is often unavoidable and can sometimes be overwhelming. As life has become more complicated, especially in this age of new technology, stress can certainly play more of a role in how we think, how we act, and how we feel.
Cha-cha-cha-chia! Yes, the same seeds that are the subject of those hilarious informercials for Chia Pets are also a superfood.
Chia seeds are an outstanding source of omega-3, dietary fiber, calcium, and iron. What does that mean for someone looking for a low-calorie energy boost during the day? Read more
With the winter holidays behind us, it is time to get back into our routines. The transition back into routine takes some effort, which makes now a particularly important time to nurture ourselves. It is a challenge to prioritize ourselves when there is so much to do and so many depending on us. But when we are kind to ourselves, we have more health and vitality to share with those that are depending on us.
Staying in harmony with our bodies’ messages is a wonderful way to nurture ourselves during the transition back into routine. Here are a couple of ways we can do that: Read more