In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “IMHO.”
The co-pilot of a Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps sent the plane into its doomed descent “intentionally”, according to French investigators.
He was alone in the cockpit when he initiated the plane’s dive and refused to allow the captain back through the cockpit door, they said. Speculation over the reasons for his actions has centred around the co-pilot’s mental wellbeing.
The German A320 Airbus flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf came down in a remote mountain valley in France on Tuesday 24 March, killing all 150 people on board.
Reading this only one thing came to my mind…..the importance of ”minding your mind”.
Such a powerful organ….the mind. It can make you or break you. Any negative thought and wham you are gone. And any positive thought and you will rule the world. I know the mind plays games and no amount of money or fame can cure it. Look at the classic examples of Marilyn Monroe and more recently a great actor known for his comic roles….Robin Williams. Why and what led them to end their lives? They say depression, I say it is more about closetting yourself. Open up to your near and dear ones.
Another thing of great importance is the need of keeping your mind actively active at all times. I know it sounds weird…but having an active mind is one thing and actually working on involving the mind is another. Think about going away from negative thoughts consciously. It helps.
Third if at any time the above things do not work…then seek professional help. One should not shy away from going to a shrink it even going for medication. After all you only live once…and it is your duty to help yourself. If you won’t, nobody else can.
So get up and smell the coffee dear. Get a reality check. Don’t give up on yourself.
Age is just a number they say. Ok, done. You may grow old in body but not in mind. Fine.Your body may ache, the mind may forget and you may be depressed…but age is just a number Ok, agreed.
There are benefits and drawbacks.
You can get away with murder. No not literally,but there are many situations where many concessions are awarded to the senior citizens.
- Train and plane tickets are cheaper.
- You shall always be offered seats in a public place.
- You can conveniently afford to forget birthdays,anniversaries ….blame it on senile dementia. So you can forget to give gifts.
- Your birthdays will be celebrated with great pomp and show.
- Dress up a little and post your picture on social media sites. You will surely receive more than 100 likes, leave aside the compliments.
- Go for a morning walk,control your diabetes, and you will always be complimented on being so well maintained.
- Write a blog and you will always be a successful blogger, for very few of your age manage to do it.
- You shall receive innumerable gifts, as now you even have grandchildren.
- You can relax and enjoy all family events secretly sipping your wine, as you are too old to do anything else.
- Sleeping during the day is a luxury you can indulge in, as you have insomnia.
- Can say no to sex anytime you are not in a mood…after all your age doesn’t allow it!
- You can ogle at the younger lot without suspicion….maybe he /she reminds you of your granddaughter/grandson.(you can hug them too.)
So I think aching bones, wrinkles, dementia and insomnia are a very small price to pay for all the great benefits listed above.
HAPPY OLD AGE
Sad? Blame it on the weather! Yes it is that time of the year when the sunny summer is gradually giving way to autumn. Less sun, shorter days and a nip in the air may dull your spirits. That is what is called the Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) Though it may really be severe in some people, most of us just feel the listlessness because of less sun.Of course for us women it may also be because it is that time of the month! But do not let your spirits down. There is a way to get over it. So here are some of my fool proof ways to get over the seasonal blues.
1) Go out in the sun.
Put your sunblock on and step out in the sun. Strangely the indoors become extremely dreary at this time of the year.Take it as a nice opportunity to flaunt those designer shades. Not to mention the Vitamin D you get from venturing out .
2) Do some form of exercise.
Be it a walk in the park, swimming or a nice run around the block. Any form of exercise will make you feel better especially if it is an outdoor activity.Exercise releases the happy hormones called the endorphins which elevate your mood.
Yoga is also a great mood elevator. Try doing laughter yoga with friends. Laughter is so infectious that you will laugh your blues away.
3) Eat right, Eat often.
Chocolate,carbs,bananas,tea,spinach and leafy greens,walnuts, oily fish like salmon and fruits all help in relieving stress and help in alleviating depression.
Make sure you are not consuming processed carbs like pizzas, burgers etc.These cause the blood sugar levels to plummet thus causing cravings.
Have 5-6 small meals a day instead of 3 large ones.
Add to it lots of water and you are good to go.
All these foods maintain your blood sugar levels and keep you happy ,not to mention the added advantage of helping maintain your weight!
4) Wear color.
Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. – Pablo Picasso
Wear Blue for relaxation.Red for romance and Purple for creativity.
So now go girl you have another reason to wear what you want .
5) Wear Red nail paint.
I personally love red nail paint. If your workplace is conservative, at least paint your toe nails red if not your fingers.
6) Get a blow dry.
For me that is the ultimate mood lifter. The lure of a good blow dry is hard to miss. With coiffed hair not much goes into getting ready and you definitely need less makeup.
7) Stay around happy people.
Need I say more?
8) Indulge in some Retail Therapy. (Emotional Shopping)
Hit the stores and the malls with your favorite gal pals….go shopping! But in moderation. You go overboard and you swing right back into depression.
9) Hear good music.
Music is uplifting.For instance I love all Maroon 5 tracks.
10) Watch a funny movie.
The whole exercise of getting ready and going to the movies with your friends is awesome. You get out, you dress up and you see people around having a good time. All this is pretty infectious and makes you come out of the dumps.
That was my list of things I do to make myself happy. What about you gorgeous people out there? I invite more suggestions so that we can have a separate post with all of your ideas and names featuring there. BUCK UP.
Waiting for your inputs.
Be happy always.