THE DAILY GIFT OF MEDITATION

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the verb ‘meditate’ as: to focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes, or as a method of relaxation.

There are many different meditation techniques, including: transcendental meditation, prayer, Zen meditation, and Buddhist meditation. Some methods require the body to be absolutely still, or to be moved with controlled deliberation, while other types allow for free movement of the body. While the methods are different, the end goal of all types of meditation is to lead to a mind that is at peace and free from stress by the use of quiet contemplation and reflection. For many, meditation is part of their daily routine.

If practiced regularly, meditation can bring about healing of both the body and the mind.

One of the physical benefits of meditation is a decrease in blood pressure. In addition there can be an improvement in breathing due to the increase of air flow that gets to the lungs.  Practitioners also find that their resting heart rate is lower which takes some of the stress of the heart. Meditation is also said to promote a youthful appearance, and help in chronic diseases such as allergies and arthritis. It can also help in post-operative healing, enhance the immune system by increasing the activity of ‘natural-killer’ cells and reduce the action of viruses.

Ladies may find it reduces pre-menstrual tension, and because evidence shows that chemicals in the body that are associated with stress are lower in practitioners, it can be said to lead to less anxiety for all. Some find it helps decrease depression. This is because it has been found to increase serotonin production which influences mood and behaviour.

Those who meditate say they become less bothered by little things which they previously magnified and turned into serious things. Through meditation, they learn to detach and live in the here and now, rather than worrying about the past or future.

ref: focus-magazines

Practitioners also find that meditation improves their memory and levels of concentration. This makes them more productive. A further benefit is known as ‘Knowledge of Self.’ Meditation allows a deeper understanding of our inner self and some feel that through meditation they gain a better understanding of their life’s purpose and become more self-confident.

the goal of meditation isn't to control your thoughts, it's to stop your thoughts controlling you.

REACHED A PEAK IN YOUR SPORT PERFORMANCE? Here are a few factors that you should consider

Whether playing football in the garden or competing in competitions, sports provide you with a number of benefits both physically and mentally. From improving your self-confidence, to improving cardiovascular health, to simply being a bit of friendly fun, sports can significantly impact your life. Your success and extent of achievements however is dependent on many factors, again, both mentally and physically; it is therefore important to consider as many factors as possible as potential causes if you feel your performance is lagging

Muscular strength and endurance - Every single action in sports, however big or small involves the movement of your muscles.  You can improve your muscular strength and endurance by practicing your particular sport, as well as working out in the weight room. Studies show performing workouts with heavier weight and a lower number of repetitions are better for strength, while working with moderate weight and higher numbers of repetitions is preferable for muscular endurance.

Cardiovascular capacity - Your heart, which is part of your cardiovascular system, is a crucial muscle, because it ensures that oxygenated blood reaches muscles throughout your body that help you run, jump and throw. To improve your cardiovascular capacity, perform cardio exercises such as running, swimming, aerobics or even dancing.

Confidence - Being confident in yourself, your teammates and your skills is sometimes said to be the single most important mental factor in sports performance. Having confidence will give you a positive attitude and help you visualize and achieve success. If you are not confident that you can beat your opponents or improve upon your previous performance, your negativity may prove you right.

Strategic thinking - Thinking strategically means you understand how players interact on the field or court and how you can employ plays that will help you defeat your opponents. By anticipating the moves of your opponents and reacting to plays as they develop, you can greatly improve your chances of winning.

Injury - Whether it is a small niggling injury or something more worrying, continuing to practice your sport could be putting a negative strain on your body and increasing the time it will take to heal! It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to sports injuries so it is important to seek the help of a chiropractor, a sports masseuse or an alternative treatment.

YOU’RE ENJOYING THE HEAT, BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR FEET?

There are more sweat glands per inch in our feet than anywhere else in the body. The function of these sweat glands is to keep the skin moist and supple and regulate your temperature when the weather is hot, if you have an unnaturally high temperature or while exercising.

When the temperatures rise, people tend to pay more attention to ensuring that their skin is protected from the sun’s harsh rays. While this is very important to do, there is one major part of your body you cannot forget to protect--your feet. Many people neglect the health of their feet because they tend to worry about every other part of their body first. However, this can prove to be a big mistake, as many issues begin from the ground up. In some cases, sweaty feet can lead to athlete’s foot or blisters, and bumps and scratches from wearing flipflops may lead to something more if ignored.

Keep the following tips in mind this summer in order to keep your feet healthy and safe:

•Avoid walking barefoot, no matter how comfortable it may be. If you are barefoot, you increase your chances for sunburn, infection, warts, ringworm, athlete’s foot, and other injuries.

•Be careful when getting a pedicure, as an unsafe pedicure can lead to nail fungus, warts, and infections.

•Wear the right footwear, no matter how tempting a flip flop may seem. Open-toed shoes can leave you susceptible to many injuries, which can be sustained from splinters, bottle caps, glass, coral, etc. You should also wear water shoes anytime you go into open water, such as the ocean or a lake.

•Drinking water can decrease swelling in the feat.         

•If injured, don’t wait--get to a medical professional immediately.

When should I see someone about sweaty feet?

If you experience any foot care issues which do not resolve themselves naturally or through routine foot care within three weeks, it is recommended to seek the help of a healthcare professional.

Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, has a lot to do with how the sweat glands in the feet work. With 250,000 sweat glands, feet do tend to sweat more than other parts of the body, but with a good hygiene routine few people should suffer from the embarrassment that it may cause.

To make an appointment for general foot health, diabetic foot health, nail surgery and sports/activity advise with our podiatrist/chiropodist, call us on 02415 471947

 

ref: https://www.seattlefootdoctor.com/

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