Queen Bee QT: How Sitting Too Much Will Kill You (And 12 Ways to Live Longer)
We’ve all heard that sitting is the new smoking by now, right?
We’ve all heard that sitting is the new smoking by now, right?
“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” ~Dalai Lama
Over the years, various researchers have published studies that prove it – the fact is that optimists live longer, achieve more and generally enjoy greater happiness and health.
(If you’re NOT an optimist, you probably just thought, “Oh, great – another reason I’m gonna die!”)
But stick with me, friend – and hey, I’ve got good news for you. Even if you tend to see the glass as half empty, you can tap into the power of positivity by simply learning to be more optimistic.
Why should you bother?
While a recent study says that being optimistic can change everything from your health to how long you life, it also says something a whole lot more specific – and something I’ve thought for a long time.
It turns out that, according to reports, researchers and doctors are now actually prescribing optimism and positive thinking for cancer patients. WHAT? Yes.
Even nurses who work in cancer hospitals are being specially trained to keep the atmosphere and their behavior positive at work in order to best foster the positive, healing energy for their patients.
“Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include increased life span, lower rates of depression, lower levels of distress, greater resistance to the common cold, better psychological and physical well-being, reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and better coping skills during hardships and times of stress.” ~The Mayo Clinic
While researchers say they’re not sure why it works, it does.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “one theory is that having a positive outlook enables people to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on the body.”
Of course, the fact is that when you’re a happy person, you tend to live a healthier life, right?
Either way, I can attest to the fact that being optimistic and keeping my thoughts in check have made a seriously positive difference in my own life.
Be Happy, Get Healthy: Optimism 101
So how do you start being more optimistic? Apparently, part of it has to do with who you are biologically (who knew?).
Supposedly, psychologists believe that about 50% of your optimist quotient is determined at birth.
So, even if that’s true, you’re still half full (yes, I AM an optimist!). Anyway, that still leaves the remaining 50% of your “self” that you can work on.
So how do you do THAT?
You knew I wouldn’t leave you hanging, didn’t you? It’s not so hard! Try giving yourself a little bit of training in optimism! That’s right. Train yourself to become more hopeful.
Ready? Here it is: your complete guide to becoming an all-out optimist!
You can complete most of these steps instantly, and a few require a little more time.
Instant Changes for Becoming More Optimistic
1. Get your grin on! Your facial muscles communicate with your brain. Putting on a smile will make you look and feel more cheerful.
2. Create a distraction. When you find yourself dwelling on the size of your thighs or how slowly traffic is moving, switch your attention to something more entertaining. Sing show tunes or remember romantic moments with your spouse.
3. Never let go of the ‘bone.’ Study your dog. Especially when he’s got a bone. And remember that dogs will often keep returning to the spot on the sidewalk where they found a burger wrapper last June. Let man’s best friend inspire you to hold on to your dreams, right?
4. Count your blessings. Gratitude reinforces optimism. Wake up each morning thinking about what you’re thankful for. Write a gratitude list and post it near your desk where you can see it all day.
5. Challenge your assumptions. You know what happens when you assume, right? You make an “ass” out of “u and me.” Ha! But seriously, though. You can transform your self-talk by arguing the opposing side when you start to criticize yourself. Remember to run a reality check because unpleasant events tend to make a stronger impression than positive ones. The day your hot water heater broke stands out more than all the years it worked fine.
6. Build on your strengths. Studies also show that using your core strengths will cause you to view your future more favorably. If your friends rave about your watercolors, enter a group exhibition. Apply your aptitude with numbers to tutoring children in math.
7. Focus on solutions. Put your energy into overcoming challenges rather than STRESSING THE HELL OUT about how much can go wrong. So you need a new transmission? Big deal. One step at a time – first, find a mechanic and then look at your budget. Step, step, step – solution. You can do this!
8. Exercise daily. Hey now, you’re an all star. Go play! Physical activity is good for your mind as well as your body. A vigorous workout will brighten your outlook. Play competitive sports or sign up for a dance class.
9. Practice mindfulness. Trying to make yourself happier tends to backfire, but there is a better way. Engage fully with whatever you’re doing. As you increase your awareness and act from your heart, even tedious tasks become more meaningful and rewarding.
Go the Long-Haul: Optimism Tips to Carry You Through Your Life
1. Marry an optimist. Hope is contagious. An idealistic spouse sets a good example and encourages harmony. If neither of you is optimistic, you and your partner can work on becoming more optimistic together and find friends who will be good role models.
2. Adjust your explanatory style. When optimists receive disappointing news, they usually view it as temporary and attribute it to external causes. Lighten up if you’re taking the weather personally and remember the rain will end. It’s good to hold yourself accountable for behavior you can change, but avoid beating yourself up.
3. Plan ahead. Feeling in control also helps to boost optimism. Clarify your goals and strategies to makes it easier to anticipate obstacles and persevere. As your successes add up, the process will become more automatic.
So, this one seems like a no-brainer to me. Just put on your fancy rose-colored glasses and strut on the sunny side of the street. Being more optimistic is likely to extend your life and help you to enjoy those extra years more – and I don’t know about you, but for me? Being happy is what it’s all about. Why not do whatever you can to stay that way, safely and health-consciously?
Guest Post Contributed by Ray Lehigh, Medifast
Have you ever looked at that gorgeous woman on television and envied her hourglass figure? Have you wondered what she does to stay trim and fit?
Have you also thought that it wasn’t within your reach to achieve that milestone?
If you are a working woman, juggling deadlines and dirty dishes on a daily basis, you probably feel like you just don’t have time to live a healthy lifestyle sometimes.
You might feel like you can never get the ideal body you want. And it doesn’t seem to matter if you work or stay-at-home, really.
The scary truth is that both sets of women, working and stay-at-home moms, or at least a large percentage of both, lead similarly sedentary lifestyles.
While the woman at home might lounge on the couch in the middle of a tiring day, the one at work is seated behind a desk, crunching numbers and attending meetings. Both scenarios are not ideal when it comes to fitness and overall health.
However, there are some ways to ensure that you get into shape and stay in shape, even with a busy workday looming ahead. The trick is to get into a lifestyle change rather than a quick-fix solution to a specific health issue.
Need help getting started? Check out these fitness tips for working women.
Fitness Tips for Working Women: Walk It Out
Walking is a surefire way to burn off the calories. You don’t have time for a walking routine? No problem. Walk while you talk. If you have to take a phone call, make sure you’re walking back and forth. You’d be surprised at how many steps you would take on an hour-long conference call.
Fitness Tips for Working Women: Stretch It Out
Stretch your limbs any time you can. We sit for so many hours behind a desk that we don’t even realize how numb our extremities become. For every hour spent at the computer, stretch your arms above your head for two minutes. Similarly, go for a short walk every hour or two, to keep the circulation going.
Fitness Tips for Working Women: Don’t Starve Yourself
Never skip your breakfast. It is very easy for the early-morning rush to overwhelm you and it becomes easy to grab a burger on the way to work. Stop, pause, breathe and set time aside for a hearty breakfast. It fuels you up to tackle the challenges of the day. Also, stock up on healthy snacks which you can access in the middle of a busy schedule. A fistful of nuts, dry fruits or a peanut butter sandwich is perfect for those mid-morning cravings without adding on the pounds.
Fitness Tips for Working Women: Tone It Up
Are you too busy to visit the gym? No problem. Pick up a couple of 500 ml bottles and use them as dumbbells at work. Use that tea break to do a few arm lifts and curls which will tone those muscles and work on the upper body strength.
Fitness Tips for Working Women: Drink Your Water
You’ve heard this one before. You’ve read about it in every fitness journal possible and you’ve heard the doctor tell you this each time you visit him for that yearly check up. Drink plenty of water. Water keeps you hydrated, feeling younger and more energized to take on the demands of a home/work balance.
These are not complete options when it comes to a sound mind and body. But they are a great way to start or get into a routine to set that lifestyle clock. Slowly, you can add more ideas into your day; an hour of exercise, a restricted diet or an evening of yoga. The point is, take those baby steps towards a fitter you, then you can jog your way into a hearty middle age.
About the Author
Ray Lehigh is a person with great passion for writing; he has written many articles on different topics like Medifast. You can look out for more on his other blogs related to health and beauty.