Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 1:2 NLT
This week I am dedicating my blog posts on methods to achieve and maintain an optimal level of health.
I have a strong interest in statistics; especially the growing number of injuries sustained in the 50+ age group.
As a retired nurse, safety has always been a top priority in rendering care to my patients. However, I have also incorporated and applied safe measures to my daily life; and now with the status of being a midlife Baby Boomer, I am fully aware of the physical and cognitive changes that are occurring in my body. I am still alert and oriented with the exception of when my desires are not in sync with my abilities.
As a former Northeasterner, I have dealt with sensory overload from noise pollution, crowded trains and buses from work commute to the adjoining state of New York, a fast-paced life, and hearing the neighbors talk loud enough for all to hear. My schedule included three hours of daily commuting, purchasing prepared meals, working on jobs with high-stress levels, and 5-6 hours of sleep.
I have no complaints about my former life because it is what I loved and enjoyed doing; even so, that was then, and now I am living with a body and mind that has been around for 6+ decades.
Acceptance leads to Adaptation!
Back to the safety aspect of the aging process: Pay close attention to your body’s signals; Identify your limitations and implement the appropriate changes.
Real life: I love fresh herbs, red bell peppers, and baby spinach. The majority of my recipes include a minced version of one or all of these ingredients, which I enjoy cutting by hand (food processor stays on the baker’s rack). Recently I purchased a set of paring knives with blades so sharp that the thumb of my nondominant hand was nicked by the tip and as a result, I sustained a cut similar to a paper cut, superficial and very painful.
Even with precautions, I sustained a minor laceration. As I bandaged my throbbing thumb and placed a vinyl glove on, (had to finish cooking dinner) I thought about how I could prevent a reoccurrence. I researched and purchased a pair of Chef safety gloves from Amazon.
Denial Compromises your Safety!
I must be more attentive to my body cues and care for myself in a tender and loving manner. If I am feeling tired, then I do not push myself until the point of exhaustion; I Stop, Drop, and Roll into my bed for a nap.
I wear corrective glasses because it is important to maintain my current level of visual acuity…and most importantly I need to see where I am going, and what others are doing too.
All of the smaller rugs in our home have been removed and donated. Larger rugs, carpet tape, and slip-proof padding work wonders in preventing falls. In the previous year, three of my close friends including myself have sustained falls with injury. At the age of 20, I would have laughed at myself for being clumsy.
I no longer have to reach productivity levels. Since an early retirement, I am calm, have almost a nonexistent level of stress, and my sense of humor is flourishing.
If you have never really thought about safety as a priority, God thought about it and has provided us with 5 Senses: Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch. These sensory organs work in a most efficient manner to take in information from our environment and transmit it to the brain for processing. The Sympathetic Nervous and Endocrine Systems also participate in keeping us safe with the initiation of the “Fight or Flight” mechanism when we are faced with possible danger.
Furthermore, God protects us from seen and unseen dangers with a host of guardian angels.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him and rescues them. Psalm 34:7 NASB
Challenge for today: Pray for safety in performing all daily activities, including prior to traveling, yes, for yourself; and do not forget to also include others. Always express thankfulness for the completion of the day without hurt, harm, danger, or prevention of serious effects if you are involved in a mishap of life.
Prayer for today: Dear God, We thank you for keeping us safe, even in the many times that we have taken our safekeeping for granted. Thank you for making us in your image. Thank you that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Please help us to realize that all of our help comes from you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Verse for today: Dear Friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 1:2 NLT