I sit writing this blog by the hospital bed of a very sick relative as they sleep, mindful that they are about to undergo major surgery and that the husband of a very close friend, just a few days ago, had to undergo the very same surgery under emergency circumstances. Both these situations have given me cause to reflect on my own wellbeing.
Life is such a precious commodity, and in such finite supply, that we really should use it well and get the best out of it. I say this as someone who could have represented the nation in the ‘World Championships of Worrying’ and carried home a gold medal! Worrying serves no purpose – it only leads to spending time with its best friend, ‘Stress’, and together they make a formidable, not to mention, potentially deadly team!
I have written before about trying not to be such a worrier (it was a habit formed in childhood and passed on to me, along with my hair colour, from my mother!). I haven’t been successful thus far, but if this last week has shown me anything, it’s that I need to be a gold medalist in being stress and worry free. I have been training, it seems, for the wrong competition all this time!
So what can I do? Well, exercise is a good start and I have been back at the gym the last couple of months to assist with that. I used to be a bit of a fitness fanatic, but a back injury almost two years ago meant I haven’t been really able to go for a long time and I think that really showed in my levels of stress. Thank goodness, though, I am back at it and hopefully it is helping.
Diet and nutrition are key as well I think. After all, they do say you are what you eat and if I can manage to eat healthy, nutritious food full of colour and goodness, then that will surely go someway to helping. The quality of the fuel you put in is definitely reflected in the quality of the life you can lead. Strength, stamina, endurance – these are all key in getting through our modern lives. My concern is that I don’t always have time, but that is an excuse I am not willing to make any more. Well, it’s actually an excuse I can’t make any more, not now that I have the Vitamix Professional Series 300.
With its ultra-responsive controls, a quieter motor, and a sleek design, it allows you to quickly and easily prepare restaurant-quality meals from the comfort of your home. This Vitamix also has the most powerful motor of any of their household machines, allowing you to quickly blend virtually any whole-food ingredient with ease.
It works brilliantly in my kitchen and I can’t stop using it. Best of all, I never have to put it away; it’s always out on display and always there when I need it. Because of its low-profile 2.0 litres container, it fits comfortably under my kitchen cabinets as well.
I used to not be able to blend early in the mornings for fear of waking the rest of the house up but the Pro 300 has a much quieter motor than other blenders out there on the market so it means I can be arriving into work for those early morning shifts having had my healthy veg smoothie, ready to face the day!
So that has really helped me to sort out my nutrition, but I also recognise that eliminating stress and worry isn’t going to get done through diet and exercise alone, although they will be a really big help. I acknowledge that I need to take more time to wind down – not the easiest of things to do, given that modern life requires us all to live at such a crazy pace and that we are constantly bombarded by emails and phone calls and notifications from apps and social media, as well as images and noise from televisions and radios. Sometimes we need to switch off and take our minds to a calmer place.
I’ve been using the Rue to Life fragrances from Yankee Candle to help with that. We have a ‘Big Deal’ from Yankee that will allow you to transport yourself to any kind of summer you would like, be it walks in a country meadow or fresh air by the sea.
It contains three large jar candles: Wildflower Blooms, Life’s A Breeze and Peaches and Cream.
‘Life’s A Breeze’ will transport you to a place with cool sea breezes and a whisper of evening air caressing sun-kissed skin, whilst ‘Wildflower Blooms’ will have you remembering summer days walking through meadows and country lanes as your fingers trail across blooms, releasing their sweet perfume. ‘Peaches and Cream’ brings another dimension, the fun of summer, remembering family gatherings and garden parties with ripe summer fruits all sweet and juicy, and the sound of laughter in the air.
All I have to remember to do is take a deep breath, relax and enjoy being transported away from this hectic, stressful thing we call life. Who wants to come with me?
Until next time,
If you want to tweet me @miceal or Instagram me @miceal_murphy about what you are doing this summer to distress your life, or you’d like to share your Vitamix stories, please do, and remember to add #LetsShareSummer.