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More Than One Basket

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Good morning! I hope this post finds you well and feeling optimistic about your life!

I want to tell you about a few things that have been helpful to me, speaking of feeling optimistic. If you have experienced times when it feels like the difficulty level of everything in your world seems to go up dramatically, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

First though, you realize that I am not a doctor and am not giving a prescription. The decisions you make for your health are your responsibility and yours alone.

So a word today about depression.

The risk factors as given by the American Psychiatric Association are:

  • Biochemistry: Differences in certain chemicals in the brain may contribute to symptoms of depression.
  • Genetics: Depression can run in families. For example, if one identical twin has depression, the other has a 70 percent chance of having the illness sometime in life.
  • Personality: People with low self-esteem, who are easily overwhelmed by stress, or who are generally pessimistic appear to be more likely to experience depression.
  • Environmental factors: Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse or poverty may make some people more vulnerable to depression.

A holistic approach to dealing with depression then would be dealing with and improving as many of these risk factors as possible for the best possible, long-term solution.

Many of these issues can be life-long challenges that require a lot of determination to overcome. But even small changes toward greater health in these areas can make a massive difference!

It also means that they are difficult if not impossible to pull apart! Nature and nurture are working ’round the clock influencing each other! At every decision point, your genetics and your environment (and what you have learned to do to survive in that environment) are interacting and creating reality as you know it.

Much of what is published here at Lioness is about doing our best with these factors as they play into our daily family life. Declarations for instance, are a tool used to retrain our beliefs about ourselves and our situations. Working to care for ourselves so that we can care for our families makes all the difference in the world when it comes to abuse, neglect, poverty (of mind heart and home).

I’ll also add that chemically speaking, there are things you can do to improve and balance that risk factor. I wouldn’t recommend trying any supplementation while using prescription drugs. If you consult with the doctor that is prescribing them, who knows about the side-effects and behavior of those chemicals, then together you might add something else in to get the effects you desire. But always use common sense and caution when you are learning to help yourself.

Here are a few things that have helped me that I have wanted to share with you in case you might find them helpful too. {I am grateful to the friends and practitioners who told me about their success with alternative approaches to the imbalance I have experienced at times. So grateful!}

First, 5-HTP.

Wikipedia says it this way:

“5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), also known as oxitriptan, is a naturally occurring amino acid and chemical precursor as well as a metabolic intermediatein the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin.”

and this,

“5-HTP is sold over the counter in the United StatesCanada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom as a dietary supplement for use as an antidepressantappetite suppressant, and sleep aid. It is also marketed in many European countries for the indication of major depression under the trade names Cincofarm, Levothym, Levotonine, Oxyfan, Telesol, Tript-OH, and Triptum.[1]

A 2002 review concluded that although the data evaluated suggests that 5-HTP is more effective than placebo in the treatment of depression, the evidence was insufficient to be conclusive due to a severe lack of high quality research.[2] More and larger studies are needed to determine if 5-HTP is truly effective in treating depression.”

You can continue to read about this supplement and see what you think. For me, it has been very helpful in helping me maintain greater balance, better sleep and generally feel more at ease.

Second, SAM-e.

This from the Mayo Clinic:

“-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe) is a compound found naturally in the body. SAMe helps produce and regulate hormones and maintain cell membranes.

A synthetic version of SAMe is available as a dietary supplement in the U.S. In Europe, SAMe is a prescription drug.

SAMe can be taken orally, intravenously or through a muscular injection. People generally use SAMe to treat osteoarthritis, liver disease and depression. However, SAMe can also interact with antidepressant medications.”

Certainly read further if this sounds like something you want to pursue. For me, I have felt greater balance, less anxiety and generally expending less energy trying to coach, comfort or pursuade myself to be calm and relax. Like I said earlier, the difficulty of every day life has gone down and what a lovely thing that is.

Another supplement that is a big player for many of us moms is magnesium.

I’ve tried many different brands and have found that the one most effective for me is Source Naturals magnesium malate in capsules.

Source Naturals Magnesium Malate 625mg, Supports Muscles and Energy Production,200 Capsules

Taken twice a day, I feel calmer, sleep better and digestion functions better too. Magnesium has also made a big difference in my body’s ability to produce energy. Cells require magnesium to produce energy, so if you are deficient, magnesium may be a help to you.

Combined with your best efforts to regulate the every day stresses in your life, doing your best to eat a healthful diet, remaining active and doing things that you enjoy doing, supplements can be a game-changer too.

I hope you are well my friend.

Please take good care of yourself today!

Love,

Jacque

Spam

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Nope, not in a tin can. The kind that comes to your inbox! A parable if you will…

I’ve been amazed, as I’ve mentioned before, at the immoral sludge that lands in my spam folder. Who spends their lives writing or producing this stuff? Why? What is the point? I don’t understand it, but I’ve spent time deleting each one, ignoring them while getting them gone.

So, imagine my delight, when one day a while ago, I discovered that I could select a “bulk-action” to delete all of the garbley-gook from each “author” and see 20 messages disappear at once! Now it takes a short time for me to clean that file out in comparison to deleting each one individually. What used to consume five precious minutes, now only requires less than one!

So I ask you, what other time might be spent cleaning the proverbial house that could be shortened and far less painful?

How do you tesseract beyond the temptation to become discouraged or hateful or resentful and angry?

We fold the fabric of time and leap over the distance by declaring that we choose to handle the difficulty with God’s help and in His way. The moment that declaration and petition is made, heaven rushes in to aid and bless us! Negativity melts away and peace comes in. The desire to be defensive or contentious leaves and in it’s place a true sense of our own ownership in the creation of the challenging situation…and strength to bear the truth of our responsibility! No one person is to blame for any interpersonal struggle. We are co-creating and evolving our relationships in every moment, so much so that the end result cannot be cut apart, the bad divvied to one party and the good to another.

By being open to God’s way of seeing and by leaving judgement to Him, we can “delete 20 negatives” in one flail swoop, by cutting down the time we spend arguing or contending with ourselves or others!

May we look to His power, in those critical moments, to heal our thinking errors and our spiritual ailments.

We are here to have joy. We claim it in part by learning to defer our judgement of a situation by asking for divine guidance instead of putting up our defenses and our fists.

I send you my love and confidence that you are capable of moving forward in your life and of steadily growing into more and more light and goodness.

One subtle choice at a time.

Be well.

Jacque

P.S. Maybe some of the inspiration you receive will be to seek out someone who can help you see your life and relationships more clearly. I am so grateful for those gifted folks who have and are filling that role for me!

 

Rehearse It

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“I am creating a beautiful life!”
“I treat myself with respect.”
“I love my life!”
“I am constantly learning.”
“I love and accept myself.”

Be well my friend, body and soul.

Love,

Jacque

Fasting

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Do you ever feel the need to take a break, large or small, from the things that may be driving you or constantly leaving you feeling empty, sick or discouraged?

Junk food? Media? Games? Negativity and sarcasm?

Hey, what a wonderful idea!

Sometimes we have to be on the outside of a habit looking back to see what influence it really is or has been.

If you feel it’s time for a break, I hope you won’t lose any time taking it!

You can reclaim more of your time, health and optimism by taking such decisive action.

And isn’t it amazing how just making the decision gives you a surge of energy?

Love to you today! Never forget, you are needed and loved.

Sincerely,

Jacque

P.S. Want to make progress toward greater happiness faster? Experts say, change your environment by spending time with positive, forward moving people and you will experience swifter motion forward too!

P.P.S. Please consider joining Lioness seminar starting up on June 16th! Wonderful women supporting one another is a beautiful thing! The things we can accomplish with support–the sky’s the limit!

Apple Chicken Salad

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This was a good one. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a try!

Spinach
Cucumbers apples (these were gala)
Pecan halves
Chicken, marinated in Italian dressing and barbecued

For the dressing I used:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/8-1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs honey
1/2 tsp Real salt
a drizzle of sesame oil {which makes all the difference!}

Salads like this make a really nice and filling lunch.

I hope you are well and taking great care of yourself!

Love,

Jacque