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Jill W.

Jill W.

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    2011

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I am a retired pre-school/kdg teacher. I taught in the CPS for 32 years. I am a five year breast cancer survivor as of June 2012! I am Jewish My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
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    Going to have my hair done. Will practice a quiet mind!veryone have a wonderfilled day! -6 in Chicago! February 28, 2015 at 15:00 UTC

    "Quiet your mind by looking at an object from nature"

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    Busy day! Isaac had to bring his car in for an oil change. Lunch was prepared, laundry is still going! Dinner is Salad and home made meatballs with sauce and spaghetti. Rae has been dropped off and picked up.

    Thank you for the E Judy A and Leigh Ann M. Pictures of Cleo are on FB! My name is Jill Weil.

    Do the butterfly yoga pose: First, sit on the floor with your back straight. Slowly bring the soles of your feet together. Hold on to your ankles, and let your knees drop as close as they can to the floor. Your legs should form a little diamond shape in front of you. Don't force your knees down or pull your feet in toward your groin. Close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths.

    Why it matters

    Yoga helps to promote flexibility, good posture, and relaxation, and it's a type of exercise that doesn't put stress on the joints. The butterfly pose in particular tones the hips and pelvis, and helps the thigh muscles become more flexible. Breathing deeply during the pose stimulates the relaxation response, which helps you feel calm and centered.

    Fun fact

    The butterfly pose is also known as the tailor's pose, so named for the position in which tailors would traditionally sit to sew. February 28, 2015 at 0:28 UTC

    "Sit in the butterfly pose with the soles of your feet together"

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    Phew! Had to reboot the modem today! I try to end computer use befor Rae gets home at 6PM. I do not use the computer all day. I check in for short periods of time during the day. There is more to life than the computer!

    Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Leigh Ann M and I are skipping down the pact trail on day #2

    Tonight, pledge to stop watching TV, playing video games, or looking at your computer or phone at least one hour before you go to bed.

    Why it matters

    Watching your favorite show or catching up on Facebook might be fun right before bed, but it can interrupt your sleep and make for a less restful night. That's because the light and motion from the screen activates the brain and creates an alertness that can keep us awake. Powering down early lets your brain relax and get ready for good rest, and good rest means you'll be better able to deal with whatever challenges the next day throws your way.

    Fun fact

    Giraffes sleep only about 2 hours per day, in short bursts - and all while standing! February 26, 2015 at 14:57 UTC

    "Pledge to end your "screen time" at least 1 hour before bedtime tonight"

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    I had spinach last night. I will try to have some walnuts today. I am relying on all of you to eat that salmon and tuna. I would join you, but due to the fish/shellfish allergy I can't. Enjoy it for me! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Welcome Leigh Ann M to our pact. I will bundle up and walk with you anytime!

    Eat one food today that's full of omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, spinach, broccoli, or cold water fish like tuna and salmon. Try broccoli as a side at dinner, or bite into a tasty tuna-fish sandwich at lunch. Throw some walnuts or spinach leaves into your salad - or add both for a double helping of stress-busting foods!

    Why it matters

    Research studies have shown that omega-3s help to lessen levels of cortisol and other stress hormones in the blood and can provide relief from stress and anxiety. Getting more omega-3s in your diet isn't only tasty, but may help you better deal with daily tensions and stresses, too.

    Fun fact

    The smallest fish in the world is the goby, found in the lakes in the Philippines. In adulthood, the goby rarely grows longer than half an inch. February 25, 2015 at 14:28 UTC

    "Eat 1 stress-busting food with omega-3 fatty acids, like tuna, salmon, walnuts, or spinach"

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    This may cause napping! Have a wonderfilled 2222'sday!

    Find a quiet place with as few distractions as possible, such as a quiet room at home or at work, or an outdoor spot that is serene. Close your eyes, relax, and breathe in and out slowly. Focus on the sensation and the sound of your breathing for five minutes. If you find your mind wandering, consciously bring it back to your breathing.

    Why it matters

    Meditation can give you a sense of calm when you're feeling overwhelmed by demands at work, dealing with stressful situations at home, or juggling a long to-do list. Just taking a few moments to yourself and focusing on something as simple as your breathing can put you in a more relaxed frame of mind. Neuroscientists have even seen the brain waves change in people who are meditating - there is less activity in the stress-prone parts of the brain and more activity in the calmer areas!

    Fun fact

    Schoolchildren in Lelystad, the Netherlands, meditate together twice a day. Teachers report that the children are quieter and perform better on national tests February 24, 2015 at 14:08 UTC

    "Do a mini-meditation: Find a quiet spot, close your eyes, and focus on your breath for 5 minutes"

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      Marcia G. replied February 24, 2015 at 18:53 UTC:

      THANKS FOR THE E AND FOR THINKING OF ME. MORE HUGS M.

    • Susan N.
      Susan N. replied February 25, 2015 at 2:03 UTC:

      Hi Jill ~ May your life be filled with good times and happy memories. May you be blessed with the comfort of love the joy of hope. Beautiful the kindness that lives inside your heart. You are a friend you are a treasure.

      Love,

      Susan

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    DC, it is all me time! Retirement has some perks! It is mostly me and Cleo. It is hard to believe that she is 10 months old! Still in the chewing phase of puppyhood. I think I have given up not wanting a dog. Rae still does not want her. The difference is that I do not walk this dog. Rae has fallen once with her. Isaac and Rae share the walks. Isaac has a job! He is working for A-Z Import/Exports! Full time. He works from 4:00-12! So, now both Jimmy and Isaac are working! Jimmy is working for UPS. They will pay for school. He needs 2 classes for his BA. He would like to go to Law school after that. Both of them are debt free for college so far. Eric has his BA, but will never work due to mental illness. He does live debt free on his own. Brian of blessed memory is gone, but not forgotten. Rae and I are hopeful for the future. Adoption has brought many rewards, but struggles. I think we are headed in the right direction. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Thank you Annette S, Lisa C, and Judy A for the E today! Hugs to all of you!

    Pull out your calendar and block out 30 minutes when you can do whatever you want. Read a good book, catch up with a friend on a phone, just rest and daydream ... whatever makes you happy! You can plan your activity ahead of time - or just see what you're in the mood for when your free 30 minutes come up.

    Why it matters

    Many of us get so busy taking care of family, answering to our employers, completing tasks, and doing chores that we often forget about ourselves. That can lead to feelings of frustration, exhaustion, and the sense that life is out of control. Taking time that's just for you can help you relax, regain balance, and return to the world refreshed. It also means you'll have more energy and a better mental outlook when completing the tasks and chores that you have to do.

    Fun fact

    On the Roman calendar, April owes its name to the Latin "aperire," ("to open"), referring to the month when trees bloom and and flower buds open February 23, 2015 at 17:19 UTC

    "Take out your calendar and plan at least a 30-minute block of "me time" in the next week"

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