Thursday, March 15, 2018

How to Use Flowers and Plants to Increase Wellness

When you feel down in the dumps, shed the blues by getting outdoors to garden or see what's blooming in your yard, neighborhood, or local plant nursery or garden shop. Studies show that walking in nature reduces stress, and is good for mental and physical health.




Try this. Display flowers in your room, office, or home. It's a simple way to draw positive energy into daily living. 

Make it a point to observe flowers in a mindful way, pedal by pedal, leaf by leaf, and hue by hue. Mindfulness helps calm down overactive thinking and connects you with the bloom in the present moment. 

Another fun way to improve your outlook and sense of well-being is to visualize your favorite flower, plant, or outdoor scene. Imagine yourself romping around in a lovely place, breathing in the fresh air, inhaling delightful aromas, listening to the birds, and observing the sights including the lush green vegetation, sturdy, grounding trees, and colored flowers you love. 

A change of pace and flowery diversion often improves your outlook. In fact, research from Rutgers University suggests that flowers may be potent mood elevators. Those in the study who were given flowers, felt immediate satisfaction, and three days later, still experienced happiness.

That's been my experience too. Richly colored flowers make me smile, and picking a bouquet of wildflowers or admiring the first spring crocus or daffodil, reminds me that a power greater than myself is in my life.




Indoor plants and flowers spruce up a room and also serve to humidify the air, recycle carbon dioxide, and convert it into fresh oxygen. This sure is a boon to wellness.

Cacti is tops for reducing radiation, bacteria, and pollution. Cacti helps absorb carbon dioxide at night to release oxygen. Place cacti in your office to help you work more effectively and add color to your living space. Put it in blue pottery for the bedroom. The color blue and cacti help you sleep better at night.



Give fresh flowers to a loved one to convey you are thinking of them. As you do this, experience the joy of giving. Give yourself fresh flowers too. After all, you're a special someone, and don't need an excuse to be good to yourself. 

Brighten your mood; brighten your day.  Use flowers and plants to increase wellness. You'll be so glad you did.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Low Cost Colorful Ways to Create an Exercise Habit

Low Cost Colorful Ways to Create and Exercise Habit

If you’re anything like I am, luxuries are the first thing to go when your fiscal belt needs tightening. But health experts agree that exercise isn’t a luxury.

Exercise keeps us physically and mentally healthy and saves on medical bills, lowers stress, and makes us more productive at work. 

That’s why this blog may turn out to be one of the best things you read today. 


25 Low Cost Colorful Ways to Create an Exercise Habit


  • Don colorful, comfortable clothing to stir up interest in exercise
  • Select green, blue, and turquoise exercise clothes to calm and refresh you
  • Dress in red exercise gear to speed up metabolism and as a call to action
  • Tap into the color energy of yellow to make you feel happy
  • Soak up green color energy when you walk in nature
  • Exercise outdoors to get a dose of natural Vitamin D from the sun
  • Find balance and feel grounded by gazing at earth tones as you hike, jog, or run
  • Walk your dog to reap the benefits of exercise and companionship
  • Connect with friends or family to play softball, pickleball, or baseball, and be with loved ones as well as get fit
  • Window shop in a mall; catch up on exercise and errands
  • Say no to pricey gym membership; choose a pay as you go plan
  • Exercise by the TV; work-out as you watch
  • Lift cans, do housework, and garden, instead of buying expensive workout equipment
  • Walk miles in a museum on free admission days
  • Line up an exercise buddy and be accountable to each other
  • Stretch at home or in an office, on your bed, floor, or chair
  • Participate in an exercise research study at a college or medical center to get free health monitoring
  • Swim at a local pool, lake, or the ocean 
  • Ice or roller skate outdoors; get fresh air and playful energy
  • Join a team or class at the Y to be with others who want to keep active and have fun with others 
  • Ride your bicycle to market
  • Climb a hill or stairs and go back down again to pump up metabolism
  • Dance to the music for joy, fun, and exercise
  • Check out your computer, tablet, phone, or library to find exercise apps, Cd’s, or videos
  • Take a healthy lifestyle adult-ed course to increase motivation to improve health
My parting suggestion is that you make color an important aspect of your workout. Consider adding splashes of the right colors to motivate, support, and encourage you.

Further reading:

Do-Anywhere Workout Plan

Use Energy from Green to Refresh You

Use Red to Improve Well-being

Lively Colors to Nurture Your Spirit

Aerobic Exercise and Optimum Health


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Do you exercise on a regular basis and what motivates you? 

Any tips for my readers and me? 

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