Hello fellow retirees and other cherished friends.
I have promised to take you along on my journey since my first affiliation with Wealthy Affiliate. I am writing to let you know that I have just celebrated one year with Wealthy Affiliate and earned a year dedication badge.
I invite you to come along with me as I go back in time to figure out what I have learned and accomplished in one year at Wealthy Affiliate.
Previously, I had written about some of my other milestones in the following posts.
I remember when I first started here. I was very much a newborn baby to Affiliate Marketing. I knew a little about the computer; but next to nothing about working online. First of all (just like a newborn baby), I had no idea how much there was to learn, or how much time I would actually need to put into a baby website.
However, by the 4th day of my lessons, I was creating a new website. A baby raising a baby. 🙂 But I was so excited! I created a website! I expectantly went about the business of getting some pages written on my brand new website.
I learned how to write my own posts; and got busy with the task of content. I ran in to obstacles from time to time, and sometimes received help from the community. Other times I figured it out for myself by trial and error. Just like a baby learning to walk; I fall down and get back up again and again. I am still learning day by day, lesson by lesson. I fall less, and I am walking better than ever before.
Getting involved in the Wealthy Affiliate community was very much a blessing for me. Having recently lost my parents, whom I had been taking care of, left a void that the community filled for me. It is amazing talking to people from all over the world. There are some who just remain acquaintances, and others become close friends; but it has been a positive experience for me.
As I began writing blogs on the WA site; I could see my writing improving. And reading other people’s posts was both enjoyable and informative. Time passed quickly and I gained more and more followers. And my ranking continued to fall. It seemed to go quickly down from 200 to 100 as you can see in the following posts.
Nearing the end of 2016, with my website, WA community and my own preparations for the holidays; I began to feel overwhelmed.
My rank had fallen below 50; due to my involvement in the community. But I found I was spending more and more time on the WA community site, and less on my lessons, my website, and my life. I knew I would have to step back. This post tells the story.
I found I needed to take a little time off from the community. For a while I turned off most of my email notifications and concentrated on my lessons and website. During that time, my ranking went up to a little above 100. Recently I have been spending a little more time on the WA community site in an effort to bring it back down. I am currently ranked at 91. I hope, with a little time, to bring it down below 50 again.
I also took some time for a vacation to Germany, (where I visited my great grandchildren twins), with a stop off in Paris. You can view my post about this vacation if you are interested.
After recovering from my vacation, I plunged back in. I have been writing a post a week. I would prefer to be writing 2 or 3; but at least I am steady with one post a week. I currently have 70 posts (counting this one) and 3 pages of content on my website. My website and I are no longer babies; but toddlers.
I have learned how to put my posts on social media; even though I experienced fear at the thought. I had never used social media before. I still have much to learn and should be sharing much more; but one step at a time. The great thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that you can learn at your own pace.
I am well aware that there are many members who have moved forward much faster than me; but that is okay. Slowly and steadily a determined turtle won over the speeding, hopping bunny. I’m hoping that I will be the determined turtle, slowly but steadily moving toward my dream.
There are currently 104 posts on the WA community site that I have written and published. I have learned a lot about writing from composing these little blogs, and reading other member’s blogs. I have gained confidence from other members liking and commenting on my creations.
It has been quite a journey. I have absorbed a vast amount of information, even though I am moving through my lessons like a turtle. I wanted to finish my Certification courses before I was here a year; but it’s okay that I haven’t. I will soon be finished. I am on Course 5, which is the last course. Then I will start working on Boot Camp again.
Fear held me back from creating a training for a long time. I felt most of the things I knew about had been covered over and over again. I had a struggle coming up with a subject; but I did. I created my first training. I should be creating another one soon. Here it is, if it is of interest to you.
What I am trying to tell you is this: If I can come in as a newborn baby to internet affiliate marketing and learn what I have learned, and accomplished what I have accomplished; then so can you! And probably much faster and better than me. 🙂
If you would like to start this journey for yourself, today is the day. There is no need to wait. You could be on your own journey to fulfilling your dreams.
You can continue to follow me on my journey, or you can start for free at Wealthy Affiliate. Just click below to get started. Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Make it count for something. Learn, grow, gain friends and confidence and use your creative side at Wealthy Affiliate.
If you have questions or comments pertaining to this post; please use the comment section below. Your thoughts are important to me, and I will answer all comments in a timely manner.
Come back again soon. My door is always open and I love company!
Immune system: A complex system that is responsible for
distinguishing a person from everything foreign to him or her and for protecting his or her body against infections and foreign substances.
How to improve your immune system.
Get sufficient rest
It is important to get enough sleep each night for overall health. Most people require 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night. It is also important to take rests from our labors periodically; especially as we get older.
Exercise comes easily to most healthy young people. Sometimes we tend to exercise less as we get older; because we have more aches and pains and less energy. But it is even more important to get regular exercise as we age. We may have to change how we do some exercises or substitute more age appropriate exercises for our routines; but exercise is so important.
Eat a balanced diet
It is important to eat healthy as we get older. We should be including lots of leafy green vegetables, and other colorful vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds and beans (legumes).
As we add the healthy natural foods; we can limit our intake of sweet and salty snacks. If you have diabetes or heart problems, this is even more important. If you are prone to yeast infections, remember that yeast feeds on sugar.
Remember to drink plenty of water and other liquids. Water flushes out impurities and helps our kidneys function better. Infusing your water with lemon or other fruits makes your water intake even healthier.
Getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine can also improve our mental and physical health. Taking a brisk walk outside can improve our mood as well as our physical health.
The vitamin D found in sunshine is very important to our immune systems. It has long been known for it’s role in healthy bones and teeth; but it has been found to also play a role in helping our immune system. A vitamin D deficiency can predispose you to a number of diseases and viruses.
While the best way to get our vitamins and minerals is from our diet; as we get older, we may not absorb the nutrients as well as we did in our younger days. There are many supplements that can have a positive affect on your immune system.
Many of us don’t get enough sunshine; especially as we grow older. While we can get vitamin D from food sources; taking a vitamin D supplement is also recommended.
The Vitamin D Council recommends that healthy adults take 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily — more if they get little or no sun exposure.
Vitamin C has long been known to aid the immune system fight colds, flu and infections. It is crucial to the detoxification of the body.
The recommended daily dosage for vitamin C is at least 75 mg daily for women and 90 mg for men.
Magnesium helps control inflammation, regulate blood sugar, stabilize our nervous system, and regulates blood pressure, among other benefits.
What kind of magnesium should I take?
Magnesium comes in many forms. The most commonly sold in pharmacies is magnesium oxide. It has a poor absorption rate as compared to some of the others. Magnesium citrate is the most popular because it is inexpensive and easily absorbed.
Most places recommend a starting dose of 300 to 400mg daily. However, this may not be enough for maximum immune system repair. My advice would be to start out with this dosage. If you notice very loose bowels or diarrhea, stay at that dose. If you notice no side effects, you can gradually increase to 500mg.
Oregano oil contains antibacterial properties because it contains thymol and carvacrol, which can defend us against bacteria. It may also stimulate the production of white blood cells and speed up the metabolism. Oregano oil also contains Omega 3 fatty acids which can improve heart health. It may also be used to combat sinus and respiratory infections.
Oregano oil can be used in several ways. Gel Caplets should be 400 to 500mg daily.
Oregano oil may also be used sublingually. Place 2 or 3 drops under tongue, up 3 times a day. May be mixed with olive oil or coconut oil to prevent burning.
Oregano oil may be used for sinuses. 2 or 3 drops in water brought to a boil. Take off burner and inhale steam. You can use a towel draped over your head to keep steam in.
Take Probiotics for gut health
There are good bacteria and bad bacteria in our gut. When this balance is disturbed by some health condition, or an overgrowth of yeast; it predisposes us to many health problems. Taking a good probiotic can help your body keep these bacteria in a proper balance. Accidopholis is the one most taken; but you may benefit from taking one with a broader base of live bacteria.
Take cold showers
The website www:/Lifehackers.org/ states 5 health benefits of taking cold showers.
1. Burn belly fat
2. Boost recovery after exercise
3. Increase mood and alertness
4. Strengthen immunity and circulation
5. Gives you attractive hair and skin
Cold showers speed up our metabolic rate, which activates our immune system. Then virus-fighting white blood cells are released that will help you to not get sick as often. Cold showers also increase blood circulation; which may help to avoid hypertension and hardening of the arteries.
Starting out with warm water and switching to cold may help lessen the impact of starting with cold. This method may take some getting used to; but the benefits may be worth giving it a try.
I hope this post has shown you some ways to improve your immune system. If you take the ones you think you will be able to implement and try them; I would love to hear your results.
If any of you are already doing some of these things; please use the comment section below to tell us if you have noticed health benefits from what you are doing.
Please use the comment section below to give your thoughts or questions relevant to this post. Thank you. I love comments and will answer them all as time permits.
Come again soon. I post weekly, so there will something new here for you to read. I love company, and my door is always open.
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Please check with your doctor before taking any of the supplements mentioned in this post. The opinions contained in this post are my own and what I found by researching the web. Consult a medical professional before implementing any changes in your health care based on this post.
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You retired with an expectation of life being so much better. But what happened? Why are you just sitting in front of your television? What happened that has caused you to be retired and bored?
The first few weeks of retirement were great. You basked in the fact that you could sleep in. You loved the fact that you no longer had to fight the traffic and deal with the office drama. Doing what you wanted, when you wanted, was a novelty. But it wore off. Now you wake up thinking, “What will I do today?”
Perhaps you thought you would travel; but realized that the high costs of travel precludes that, on your fixed income.
Or you thought you would have more time for shopping; but lost interest in that when you found your house cluttering up with unnecessary purchases.
Maybe you were thinking of taking up a hobby; but now you can’t decide what might interest you. Perhaps this post would help.
If any of the above sounds familiar; then read on for some possible solutions.
Causes of boredom and possible solutions
Poor health and inaction go together. It is good to have regular checkups to make sure there is nothing seriously wrong.
Many times our poor health has to do with our eating and exercising habits. Those things can be changed. It isn’t easy; but it is worth the effort for the difference in the way we feel.
If you are battling something more serious, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or MS; then you may need to work around your illness. When you are having a bad day; plan for activities to do on a better day. Then when you have a day when you feel better; you already have a plan in place to enjoy your day.
Be sure you have a support system; or someone to help you on the bad days, and someone to enjoy the good days with. If you have grandchildren or great grandchildren; this can be a bright light shining into your life.
If you are depressed, it is hard to force yourself to do anything. But forcing yourself to do something, sometimes brings some relief. You are likely to isolate yourself when you are depressed; but being with supportive friends and family can ease the pain.
Try to reach out a helping hand to someone else. You’ll find your problems seems smaller when you are helping someone else with theirs.
Remember, depression is a temporary problem; no matter how permanent it seems. Seek help and don’t give up hope for a better tomorrow.
Many of us lose loved ones as we grow older. Mourning is a process that we need to go through after a loss. Time doesn’t heal all wounds; but it can lessen the impact the losses have on our lives.
When we are in mourning; it is sometimes hard to have an interest in doing anything. We no longer remember our purpose in life. We are just dwelling in the pain of loss.
It is important to let yourself feel the loss, go through the stages of grief in your own time, and allow yourself some time to heal.
But it is also important to realize that life goes on. Find a new beginning, a new purpose or a new interest. This was the end of this life and the beginning of another for your loved one; but you are still alive here on this earth. Your loved one would want you to go on living. Don’t bury yourself when you bury a loved one.
After the death of my parents; I found my new beginning at Wealthy Affiliate (for a new purpose), and by seeking a deeper relationship with Christ.
When we lose someone who has occupied a very important place in our heart and lives, we are bound to feel lonely for a time. It is a kind of loneliness that doesn’t lesson when we are in a crowd.
But isolating ourselves is not the answer. We must actively seek for a sense of purpose and look for a new passion in life. I needed a new purpose after my parents; who I was taking care of, died within 8 months of each other. I found that and more at Wealthy Affiliate. To learn more click on the link below:
When we are lonely, we can feel that no one really cares about us. This can lead to depression. We need to find something to fill the void.
However trying to fill that void with another person too soon, can lead us in to relationships that we later regret.
Moving into a closer relationship with God at this time can be beneficial. Seeking out a church and becoming involved can be a great source of comfort and sometimes a good support system.
Sometimes we are paralyzed by indecision. What do we want to do? What can we do? Maybe we could get involved in “this”, or maybe “that”.
I want a vacation; but where? What mode of transportation? How much can I spend? Who will go with me?, etc.
I need to improve my eating habits. How will I do that? When will I do that? Tomorrow, next week, next month?
Indecision can become a way of life if we let it. It can cause us to not do anything because of fear of doing the wrong thing.
It may help to remember that a decision is not necessarily right or wrong, so much as it is up to us to make of it what we want from it. Our reaction to the decisions we make is what is important; not what others think of our decision.
Making any decision is better than making no decision.
Writing down a list of pros and cons could help. Talking to those close to you may help. Asking God for help sometimes results in an answer. The most important thing is to “make an educated decision” and then deal with it positively.
Lack of action
Many things can cause us to suffer from inaction. Indecision, depression, mourning, loss, health concerns, loneliness, etc.
The only cure for inaction is ACTION.
It is not so important what you do, as long as you do SOMETHING! Making a list of things you want to do may help. Pick the easiest and quickest thing on the list if you need to; but do something.
Doing one thing can cause you to begin another. As we begin some action, we will stir up confidence to do something else. And remember, today is the only day we can live in, and the best time to start something new.
Lack of faith in God and church family
Not having a relationship with God is sometimes a cause of boredom. It results in us seeing the world we live in only with earthly eyes. However there is another whole dimension out there called the spiritual realm. When we look at our lives through a spiritual lens; it is a much different picture.
Forming a relationship with God is very important.
There are many people who go to church every Sunday; but they have little, or no relationship with God. When hard things happen in their lives; they are unprepared; and sometimes even blame God.
But if we really take the time and effort to get to know God; we realize that He is love, and He cares for us in a way that no earthy person is capable of caring for us. He has promised that He would never leave us or forsake us.
Being involved in a God fearing church can offer a great support system. If you arrive late and leave early; and try to avoid talking to anyone; you will never find that support.
If you smile and show an interest in others, you will build sustaining friendships. As you reach out to support them; they will in turn reach out in support to you.
That’s why God wants us to attend church; because we can uplift, pray for, and encourage each other.
This post is a reflection of some thoughts I have on this subject. If they are any help to you; take and use them. If you have some thoughts or questions pertaining to the subject of being retired and bored; please leave a comment in the comment section below.
I hope this post has helped someone who is bored, depressed, or lacking in faith, to see a way better way; and to have hope for a better future.
Remember, everything in this life is finite. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. So if you are going through a hard circumstance in your life, you can know that it is temporary.
This too shall pass!
Most of the photographs used in this post are courtesy of Pixabay.
The opinions in this post are from the author, and are not meant to be taken as medical or psychiatric advice.