Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Keeping Up With KB

Hi all,

It's been quite a week. My Mammogram results came through as all clear, which was great news.

Mum and Dad returned from their holiday and it was lovely to have a catch up with them and hear about their trip.

There was a big quake in Wellington and I was worried about a friend of ours who lived there. Such a relief when I received a text message saying he'd just moved back to Auckland that very same day.

Loved watching the return of All Black Rugby season. They kicked some Aussie butt and hopefully will do so again next week.



I've written a few articles this week, but not as many as I would have liked. Where does the time go?

Guidelines for healthy living

The best ways to stay healthy

Anyway, hope you are all well.

That's all folks.

Love KB
xxx

Book review: Break No Bones, by Kathy Reichs

Break No Bones is the ninth in the series of thrillers by Kathy Reichs, concerning the life and work of forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan. 



Dr Brennan (also known as Tempe), travels to Southern California as a replacement for a colleague. Tempe finds herself teaching at an archaeological field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground, on the shores of Charleston. While she is working there, a decomposing body is found in a shallow grave. The body has been recently buried and is wrapped in rotted fabric.

The local coroner Emma Rousseau, who is an old friend of Tempe, asks her to stick around to help with the investigation. As Tempe follows the evidence, another body is discovered. The examination of the bones shows the victims died in similar ways. As yet another body is found, Tempe comes to a horrifying conclusion concerning the death of the victims.

During this time, Dr Brennan is juggling an extremely complicated personal life. Her boyfriend, Detective Ryan decides to pay her a visit to spend time with her. Her ex-husband is working on a case involving the disappearance of a local woman and is staying in the same house as Dr Brennan. She struggles with her feelings for both of these men.

Break No Bones contains the fascinating forensic details we have come to expect, an intricately wound plot and characters we have come to know and love. Our heroine becomes more relatable and down to earth as this series continues. At times, I found the forensic details difficult to follow and stomach, but I believe they are a necessary part of the story. Fans of Kathy Reichs will not be disappointed with this well written, page-turning thriller.

Kathy Reichs shares the same profession as her leading lady, Dr Brennan. She is a forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. Her first novel Deja Dead, was a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

The popular TV show ‘Bones’ is based on this bestselling series of books. Being a fan of both the show and the books, I’d say they share few similarities; the forensic aspects and the name of the leading character. If you are a fan of the show, prepare yourself for a much different tone in the books. Both the TV show and the books have their own merits, but I find their styles quite different.

Love KB
xxx

Thursday, 15 August 2013

God made a dog

I love this clip.



Love KB
xxx

Tips for improving your mental health

Mental health refers to overall emotional well-being and is assessed by how an individual deals with stress, relationships, feelings and self-worth.  People who have good mental health lead well-balanced lives, have strong relationships, are confident, content, flexible, find meaning in and love life and enjoy having fun. 

Tips for improving mental health 

Exercise 

Exercise is important as it is a natural way to uplift mood and relieve stress. Experts recommend 30 minutes or more of exercise each day. The exercise doesn’t need to be completed in one season, incorporating it throughout the day will work too. Walking 10,000 steps a day is a great way to achieve this.  



Sleep 

A well rested mind is a more active, less stressed mind. Most individuals need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep may lead to lack of concentration and low moods during the day. 

Work it out 

Working on a puzzle for as little as 5 minutes a day can improve mental functioning. 

Sunshine 

Sunshine improves mood, 10-15 minutes a day is all that is needed. 

Laugh out loud 

Laughter really is the best medicine. Taking in a comedy show or watching a funny DVD can improve mood. 

Self care 

Self care is difficult for some people, but everybody needs time out. Putting time aside each day or even each week to do something enjoyable, does wonders to improve mental health. 

Get out and about 

Spending too much time alone is not good for a person’s mental health. Being more social allows time to confide in and enjoy the company and support of others. Make time for friends and family; consider joining a club or class. 

Care for others 

Caring for others is another great way to care for ourselves. Helping others encourages feelings of happiness and contentment. Many organisations need volunteers to help in their charity work.

Reduce stimulants 

Stimulants such as nicotine and alcohol, can have a negative impact on physical and mental health. 

Reduce stress 

Stress cannot be completely avoided, but managing it effectively is possible. Taking exercise, sleeping and eating well and dealing with problems as they occur, can contribute to the reduction of stress.  

Pets 

Having pets around and taking care of them, improves mood. Pets can provide unconditional love and some pets need exercise which encourages the owner to exercise. Exercising outside with a pet has the additional benefit of being in the sunshine. 

It’s never too late to make changes to improve mental health but if you have concerns, consult a medical professional. 

Friday, 9 August 2013

Keeping Up With KB

Hi all,

Enjoying beautiful weather this past week, maybe Spring is coming early.


In other news, I went for my first Mammogram earlier in the week and it wasn't as bad as I thought. I'd heard different stories ranging from 'a little comfortable' to 'quite painful' and I'm pleased to say, I was in the 'a little uncomfortable' range. The nurse made me feel at ease and it was over really quickly. The hardest part for me was waiting anxiously in the waiting room. Just have to wait for the results now.

I'm really pleased with my article writing this week, I wrote seven articles, four of them were eligible for purchase and out of those four, three were purchased.

Fast ways to fight fatigue

Strategies for playing Scrabble

Health benefits of foot massage

10 ways to life your mood

Tips for balancing daily life

How to protect your hair color in the summer

How to quickly boost energy

Love KB
xxx

Recovering from low self-seteem

Hi all,

Hope you are all well. Here's my article for today...

Self-esteem is a term used to describe how an individual feels about and perceives themselves. A person isn't born with self-esteem; it is something which develops over time from childhood. Self-esteem, or the lack of it, is established by interactions with parents, family members, teachers and other influential people in a child’s life. If a child has low self-esteem, it is quite possible to take these feelings into adulthood and for the self-esteem to worsen.  Low self-esteem may lead to problems with alcohol, drugs, stress, relationships, anxiety and depression.

Pic source : George Hodan


Low self-esteem can stem from:

Having overcritical parents
Experiencing childhood abuse
Having overprotective parents
Parent neglect
Parent rejection
Childhood loss of a parent through death or divorce
Being raised by an addict

How to build self-esteem

Look good

Looking good on the outside makes people feel better on the inside. This doesn’t mean spending a fortune on new clothes. Taking little steps like wearing perfume for the day, wearing a different tie or scarf or getting a haircut will help.

Exercise

Exercising has many health benefits; experiencing these health benefits and reaching exercise goals will improve self-esteem. This can be as easy as taking a thirty minute walk each day.

Set goals

Setting goals and achieving them can do wonders for confidence. Looking back on past goals which have been reached, is another excellent way to do this. If there is a big goal to attain, divide the task into smaller goals and complete in simple steps.

Self nurture

Many people suffering from low self-esteem spend too much time taking care of others instead of themselves. Take a walk, soak in a bath, cook a special meal, talk to a friend or listen to relaxing music. The possibilities are endless.

Find support

Everyone needs a support system to trust and confide in. Ideally this should comprise of at least two or three close friends in addition to family.  If this isn’t possible, there are many places to meet new friends such as clubs, social and support groups.

Avoid negative people

It’s impossible to avoid negative environments or people at all times, but it’s important to be surrounded by positive thoughts and people as often as possible. Being around positive people and places rubs off and can influence a negative mind set.

There are many more ways to build self esteem but recovering from lack of it takes practice, commitment and a good support system.

Love KB
xxx

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