Too Tired to be Inspired

Are you feeling rather tired lately?  Has your “get up and go” just “got up and went”?  Do you feel like, if you ran on battery power, that your battery is badly in need of a charge?

 

 

Are you too tired to be inspired?

 

If so, then it might be time to pause and take a look at what is happening with you.  There are some questions you can ask yourself to get start “getting a handle” on what has you so wiped out.

 

Is this a recent development?

Sometimes it helps to come up with a time line of how long you have felt this way.  Then you can see if any new stress started near that time.  Or perhaps there was a change in medication?  Maybe there was a life event such as an operation, a birth, a death, a separation or divorce.  The time line is important for making sense of what is happening to you.

 

Are you currently experiencing an unusual amount of stress?

Stress can cause all sorts of symptoms.  Headaches, body aches, depression, anxiety, insomnia, heart palpitations, mood swings, and general tiredness and malaise are some symptoms that might be exhibited during times of increased stress.

 

Though stress can’t always be avoided; there are some things that may help; such as physical exercise (like walking or riding bike), relaxation techniques, deep breathing, meditation and prayer.

 

Are you feeling physically ill?

Physical illness can cause a general tiredness and malaise.  If you suffer from allergies or sinus problems; you may feel very tired and wiped out.  Chronic pain can also be a trigger for lack of energy and enthusiasm.  Depression can be a cause of chronic lack of energy; or a symptom of something else that is going on in your life.

 

Are you depressed?

Depression can be the cause of a variety of symptoms similar to the ones caused by stress.  Everyone has a sad day once in a while; but depression is different.  It goes beyond normal sadness and can last for months or years.  It interferes with every aspect of the depressed individual’s life.

 

Depression can destroy relationships, families, marriages, and it may even take a life through suicide or homicide.  If you suspect you are depressed, please see a doctor and talk about what you are feeling.  Perhaps counseling or medications could be helpful.

 

 

What are you eating?

There is a saying that goes “Garbage in, garbage out”.  If you desire to be healthy, it is important to eat healthy foods. 

If you filled the gas tank in your car with water instead of gasoline, you wouldn’t get very far, would you?  If you mixed water with the gas; your car engine would most likely start to miss, sputter or stop. 

You need pure gasoline for your car to run smoothly, and you need good, healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables for your body to run smoothly.

 

What are you drinking?

Everyone knows it is also important to pay attention to what we eat; but many don’t pay attention to what they drink. 

Too much alcohol can be a depressant, and make one tired and unmotivated.  Highly sugered drinks such as fruit juices and soda may cause a little energy spike; but it is usually quickly followed by a let down or crash. 

The best drink for your body is water.  You can infuse it with lemon or fresh fruit or mix with a small amount of baking soda or apple cider vinegar for better hydration.

 

Have you started taking a new medication?

There are side effects with many medications; and they often include tiredness or drowsiness.  They can sometimes cause us to be bloated or constipated.  Some medications cause a general unwell feeling that causes us to lose our energy. 

 

Read the labels and check for side effects and drug interactions.  Ask your doctor if any of the medications you are taking could be the cause of your lack of energy and motivation.

Are you getting enough sleep?

Getting enough sleep is crucial to our overall health and well being.  As we get older, we require more sleep; but our ability to get a good nights sleep may be changing for the worse. 

 

We may have trouble falling asleep; or trouble staying asleep.  Our sleep may be interrupted by frequent trips to the bathroom.  Chronic pain may interfere with our sleep patterns.  For some tips to a better nights sleep; please see my post:

Better Sleep – Better Life

 

Are you taking a new supplement?

Supplements may side effects, too.  They usually aren’t as severe as they are with prescription medications; but they could cause some symptoms.  Do research before taking a new supplement, and make sure your doctor knows.

 

 

However, B12 can be beneficial as far as feeling tired is concerned.  Taking a B complex with C can help with energy.  I notice the difference if I run out and don’t take mine for a few days.  Here is what I take.

 

 

Have you lost your motivation?

Feeling physically tired or emotionally distressed can deplete your motivation.  Sometimes we just feel immobilized and feel like we can’t do what needs done. 

The best thing to do in this situation is just find something small and DO IT.  If you do something, no matter how small or insignificant; it will help motivate you to do another small task; and eventually you will find yourself tackling the larger ones.

Make a list in order of importance.  Then select a quick or easy task to complete.  When it is done, cross it off the list.  This seemingly insignificant action will make you feel like you have accomplished something.  With each crossed off task; you will feel your motivation returning.  Try it and see.  You may find some tips in these posts:

 

Organize, Prioritize and Minimize

Ten Personality Traits That Hold You Back

 

When was your last physical?

It is important to get regular physical examinations; especially as we get older.  Your physician may be able to diagnose some problem you are having and treat it accordingly.  Underlying illnesses are sometimes found by routine blood tests, etc.  If found and treated early ; diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease take less of a toll on our body.

I hope you have found something within this post that will give you understanding, and the motivation to conquer your tiredness.

It is my desire to inspire you to complete small steps, one at a time, leading ever upward toward the fulfillment of your goals.

 

Please feel free to leave a comment or a question in the comment section below.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Nutritional Content in Bananas – Surprising!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all love bananas.  They are so sweet and juicy, with that delectable “one of a kind flavor”.  We are sometimes told that they are high in calories and sugar content; and hardly ever told how nutritious they really are.  I find the nutritional content in bananas surprising!  That’s why I am sharing some of the information I’ve collected with you.

 

Bananas are not actually grown on trees.  The plants they grow on are classified as an herb.  It is the largest herb in the world.  The bunches they grow in are called hands, and each banana is called a finger.  Each hand has about 10 to 20 fingers.  Which gives a new meaning to “yellow fingers”.

 

There are many different kinds of bananas.  The kind we usually find in supermarkets are called Cavendish and usually are imported from South America and Latin America.

 

The banana plants grow from bulbs.  They are in the same family as palms, lilies and orchids.  They can grow to be 25 feet high.  The leaves may get to be 2 feet wide and 9 feet long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About 75% of the weight of a banana is water.  Bananas have no cholesterol, no fat and no sodium.  But what they do have is fiber, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6.

 

  • Fiber keeps you full longer.  High fiber foods are good for your heart and may help with weight loss.

  • Potassium keeps the brain alert and regulates blood pressure and heartbeat.

  • Low sodium and high potassium are good for lowering blood pressure.

  • Eating bananas may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

  • High iron content helps fight anemia.

  • B6 and amino acid tryptophan help your body produce serotonin, which helps depression.

  • Amino acids aid digestion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana peels are edible if cooked.  I saw on Dr. Oz, that you can boil a banana with the skins on and then drink the juice for relief from bloating and gas, and for a better night’s sleep.  I tried the drink.  It was ok.  Then I mashed the bananas and ate them.  They were better.

 

Bananas ripen best if picked when they are green.  I usually buy my bananas on the green side; because of their short shelf life.  Over ripe bananas contain more sugar; so I prefer to eat them when just barely ripe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over ripe bananas can be used to make delicious banana bread.  Yummm! 

 

Find a banana bread recipe here:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20144/banana-banana-bread/

 

If my bananas are getting a little too ripe, I use them in smoothies.  I love chocolate, banana and peanut butter smoothies.

 

Bananas can be peeled and frozen.  They make delicious healthy treats in their frozen state.  For use in smoothies; they are like using banana ice cubes.  Some people make a banana ice cream substitute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate covered frozen banana bites

 

Who doesn’t love a peanut butter and banana sandwich?  Don’t you love to cut up a banana on your breakfast cereal?  How about a banana split dessert?

 

They are an easy and natural baby food.  Just peel and mash.  Babies will eat them and enjoy the sweet flavor.

 

They add sweetness to your fruit salad; and combine well with jello dishes.  There are many wonderful tasting desserts that sport bananas as an important ingredient.  I love banana cream pie.

 

If I were to give you recipes for even a few of the delicious desserts that can be made with bananas; you would be overwhelmed with how many ways to prepare and combine this delectable fruit.  (Actually, I hear bananas are classified as a berry)

 

However, I will give you my version of a chocolate, banana and peanut butter smoothie:

 

1 banana

1 apple with or without peel

Chocolate protein powder (to taste and desired chocolate)

1/2 cup of coconut water or milk (more if needed)

Vanilla yogurt (if desired)

1 tsp vanilla flavoring

1/2 cup of peanut butter

6 ice cubes or crushed ice

 

Put all ingredients except the ice cubes into blender and blend until smooth.  Add more liquid if needed.  Add ice cubes 2 at a time and blend between.  Pour into your glass and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Peels

 

  • Rub the inside of a banana peel on poison ivy or mosquito bites.  The oil helps the itching.

  • Rub the inside of a banana peel on burns or scrapes.  It helps with pain, swelling and infection.

  • Tape a piece of peel over a wart each night; the potassium contained in the peel will make the wart go away in a week or two.

  • Rub the inside of the banana peel on your teeth each night for a natural whitener.

  • Rub the inside of a banana peel on the leaves of plants to shine.

  • Rub the inside of a banana peel on leather shoes and polish with a soft cloth.

  • Use in compost or cut up and put directly in your garden soil.  They fertilize because of their high potassium and phosphorous content.  (Another use for over ripe bananas)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The banana is definitely a super fruit (or berry).  Not only does it taste delicious; but it’s also packed with nutrients.  It is healthy, delicious and versatile.

 

Some people are allergic to bananas, however. It may be related to the latex-fruit allergy syndrome.  It is a reaction to a specific protein in bananas.  The symptoms include headaches and stomach cramps.  These people should avoid eating bananas.

 

The rest of us are free to indulge and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Come again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.

 

Please feel free to contribute your own thoughts about bananas in the comment section. 

 

At your service,

Jeannie

Images courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

 


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Honor thy Mother Father Scripture – Happy Mother’s Day

 

This Sunday is Mother’s Day.  That’s the day most of us decide we will obey the verse below; at least where our mother is concerned.  But shouldn’t we be doing that every day?

 

Exodus 20:12 – Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

 

 

Do you honor your mother?  Do you treat her with respect every day?  Do you visit her, talk on the telephone, or text?  Do you make her a part of your life?  Are you there for her when she needs a helping hand?  Do you let her know that you love and appreciate her?

 

 

Mother’s Day is the day we set aside to “honor our mothers”.  Most of us get our mother a card, or flowers, or take her out for a meal.  At the very least, we give her a call to let her know we are thinking about her.  But what about the rest of the year?  How long does it go between your phone calls and visits?  Are you too busy to bother with her the other 364 days of the year?

 

 

Granted, some mothers are too busy, too.  But you won’t always have your mother.  Most of us live long enough to experience the loss, in death, of our mothers.  When your mother dies, it is too late to call; she’s no longer as close as the phone.  You can buy flowers for her funeral; but she would have enjoyed them while she was still alive.

 

 

You can’t take her out to eat after she has gone to Heaven.  Physically, she is no longer present with us.  Spiritually, she is waiting for us in Heaven.  Once our beloved mother has crossed that threshold; we can no longer do any of the things for her that we wish we would have done while she was alive.

 

 

Honor your mother every day.  You will never regret the time you spent cultivating your relationship with your mother. 

 

You will only regret what you wish you would have done, but didn’t.

 

 

I am quite certain you won’t look back, thinking you spent too much time with her.  And you won’t regret any of the things you did to help her.  Instead you will look back on these things with loving memories.

 

 

If there are any regrets;

they are usually because of what

we didn’t do with, or for our mothers,

that we could have done. 

 

We may regret not taking of our time to visit more.  There may be regrets over things we did or said that hurt them; or that we didn’t show them how much we loved them.  But we won’t regret any of the ways we took the time to “honor our mothers”.

 

 

My mother is gone now.  She lived to be 97.  I had the privilege of taking care of my mother and dad in their home until they died.  I will never regret the time I forfeited to take care of them.  I won’t say it was easy.  There were times when it was stressful and hard. 

 

                            My parents

 

It was difficult watching them go downhill and need more and more care.  I then had the task of finding caring and competent caretakers to assist with their care. 

 

 

I prayed a lot for wisdom, strength, and understanding during that time; but I don’t regret one minute of time I gave toward their care.  I only regret what I could have done better, or handled a different way; or what I should have done; but didn’t.

 

 

I have been remembering my mother these last couple weeks before Mother’s Day and wishing she were still here.  But that is not to be.  She won’t come back to me; but I will go to be reunited with her one day in Heaven. 

 

 

I started thinking about how many things remind me of her, and how much I still think about her.  I wrote a poem for her called “My Mother Still Lives”.  You can read it in this blog:

 

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/jeanbrickley/blog/honor-your-mother

 

I also wrote a song and sang it in church last Sunday.  It is called “Happy Mother’s Day in Heaven”.  I wish I could share it with you; but it wouldn’t be the same without the music.  The chorus is “Happy Mother’s Day in Heaven is my wish for you, Happy Mother’s Day in Heaven; I’ll always love you”.

 

 

 

If your mother is still alive; please take the time to honor her on Mother’s Day and the other 364 days of the year, too.  You won’t always have her physically with you.  She could die tomorrow.  Honor her now, while she is still physically present with you.  You won’t regret it.

 

 

 

This post is to honor all mothers this Mother’s Day! 

 

Happy Mother’s Day

to Every Mother Everywhere!

 

 

At your service,

Jeannie

Check out this post about grandparenting:

Grandchildren Keep us Young

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Enjoy Outdoor Living

It’s spring!

 

The long, cold winter is over. It’s time to start enjoying outdoor living. Once again, there are leaves on the trees. Spring flowers are dotting the landscape with bursts of color. The grass is green and growing.

 

I can almost hear some of you saying, “Yes the grass is green and growing; but that means I have to mow again”.

 

Unfortunately mowing the lawn does intrude on enjoying the spring and summer weather; unless you love to do it. (my dad used to love to mow) If you have some extra money laying around; you could pay someone to mow for you. If you still have children at home you could resort to forced labor to get the chore done.

 

Mowing:

 

I don’t share my dad’s love of mowing. But neither do I like to look at an unkempt lawn; especially after the neighbor mows, revealing a startling demarcation line that shows me I need to mow NOW!

 

I don’t have a lot of money laying around to hire someone; nor do I still have children at home to force the chore upon. I am also reasonably able bodied, despite my age. Eventually I run out of excuses and JUST GO MOW!

 

I have an old push mower that sometimes decides it isn’t going to mow when I want to. The rebellious machine decides it isn’t going to start. I fill it with gas, check the oil, clean out the old grass, and push that little gas button a few more times. Then start yanking on that coiled string again. (Pulling that string over and over, is the bane of my existence)

 

All this TLC sometimes convinces “the mule” to start, and other times causes it to “flood” and become more rebellious. In which case; I revert to my parenting days, and just walk away for a while.

 

After my mower (the mule) sits in the corner (of the shed) for about a half hour or so; thinking over how it has behaved; it usually takes pity on my already hassled and tired body, and starts! Half of the chore of mowing is over. The dreaded mower start has been completed. Now I begin the hot, sweaty and dirty job of actually cutting the grass. But, just look at part of the finished product!  Doesn’t it look nice?

 

 

 

Gardening:

 

I do like to garden, in spite of the tole it takes on my body. There is something about planting and watching the vegetables grow that appeals to my creative nature. I love being able to walk to the garden and pick fresh vegetables to bring in and prepare, or give away if there is extra.

 

This year I plan to plant most of the vegetables I did last year. Lettuce, onions, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, swiss chard and/or green beans or some kind of squash. Maybe I will add cucumbers this year. They tend to take up room in my garden plot that I don’t have to spare. Also they produce so many cukes that I can’t use them before they get bad.

 

I usually plant around the middle of May; so it is time I should be preparing the soil. I already bought some plants. Some of the tender vegetable plants are more frost resistant. I’ve learned that pepper plants freeze easily; so I will buy the plants later and plant later to prevent freezing. Here is my garden from last year.

 

 

Some people prefer container gardening.  Even though I tend to think this is the way I should go; I have been putting off the change for years.  If you are interested in this kind of gardening.  It requires an initial investment of money and time; but should pay of in convenience in the long run.  Here is a relatively cheap container garden I found at Amazon if you are a member of Amazon Prime:

 

 

Decorating with flowers:

 

Growing flowers is another hobby I enjoy. The colorful blooms brighten my day when I walk outside. I like to plant impatience along the side of my house. They fill out and bloom all summer long. I hate to see them go when the winter frosts start.

 

 

I also started a little above ground perennial garden. It should get better each year. I will make changes as I need to. Some perennials spread so much that they threaten to overtake the whole bed. In that case; I have to find them a new home.  The picture below has some annuals (petunias) and pots to fill in for the first year.

 

 

I love to decorate the front of my house with potted flowers. They are so beautiful. My favorites are petunias. They bloom all summer long.

 

 

Home Improvement:

 

Each year after the weather improves, I like to complete a home improvement project, or two, before frost comes back on the scene. Last summer I painted my shutters and hired a contractor to build a front porch.

 

 

 

I also painted my old porch swing. It was very porous and I soon found that trying to paint with spray paint was a waste of time and money. It just wouldn’t cover.  I had to get out the brush and fill the cracks with several coats of enamel paint. I asked the contractor hang my newly painted swing for me. If you don’t want to go to the trouble, work and expense to paint an old swing; but would like a porch swing; here is an alternative:

 

 

I love swinging on the porch swing with my great granddaughter, Isabella. She is nine months old. We take turns saying “Whee” over and over again. I just bought it a new cushion; so now it is the best dressed swing around!

 

 

BREAKFAST AT THE BISTRO

 

I enjoy drinking a morning cup of coffee or eating a meal outside on a beautiful day. I find a bistro table and two chairs just right for one or two people to enjoy this summer pleasure. They are compact, beautiful, and will withstand the weather. This is a relatively inexpensive one I found at Amazon. Isn’t it pretty?

 

 

Or if you are a member of Amazon Prime

 

 

Picnic Time:

 

In July I host a “get together” with friends who used to help with the care of my parents. If you like to have picnics or reunions; you will need a larger picnic table or two. They may also come in handy for displaying yard sale goods.

 

If you enjoy having yard sales; it is a great way of getting rid of your “junk” that may be another person’s treasure. I found a couple tables at Amazon that may fit your need:

 

 

Please take note that the second table is sold alone; and doesn’t include the chairs as the picture shows.

 

Swimming

 

Some people enjoy cooling themselves in a pool of water on a hot summer day. I am one of them. There is a couple of options to enjoy this summer pleasure. You can pack up and head off for the nearest beach or swimming pool; or you can buy a pool of your own to enjoy the pleasure without leaving your property.

 

Pool parties are a lot of fun; if you like to entertain. You don’t have to go to the expense of an in ground pool. There are many options for cheaper above ground models that come with everything you need to get started.  This bargain is also for members of Amazon Prime.

 

 

In this post I have given you some examples of how I enjoy outdoor living; and presented you with some investments you can make to enjoy it more.

 

What are your spring and summer pastimes? How do you enjoy outdoor living? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

 

Please feel free to use the comment section to contribute to this discussion, or for any questions you may have about this post.

 

Thanks for visiting. I hope you come back soon. I love company, and my door is always open.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

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