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What do Telomeres have to do with ageing?

Sometimes it’s enough for me to take an abstract concept someone tells me and believe it because it just resonates with me and sounds logical.  But now, I have time to do some more research into my beliefs and Bruce Lipton (biologist) is fast becoming a favourite.

My mom signed me up for the subjects in secondary school about which we had options.  She signed me up for Domestic Science (hated it) instead of Science (often wonder where I would be had she chosen differently) and for Latin instead of Commerce.  When she told my Dad he freaked – really wish he had called them up and changed the Science one!  But I quite liked Latin and think the maths in commerce would have driven me crazy as it did most of my friends who spent hours trying to do balance sheets in homework class.

I’ve just been through (put myself through) two stressful weeks – a bit scared of waking up dead, not just because of coronavirus but because of some health issues.  I’ve changed my diet, doing some exercise etc and actually, even though it’s only been a week or so, I appear to be losing belly fat (YEAH!!!)  I can’t say why EXACTLY because the diet change and exercise goes along with more serious efforts at meditation at least twice a day, a change of mindset and trying to develop a happier outlook in life.

So, yesterday up pops Bruce with the video below.  He talks about TELOMERES.   Only other person I ever heard talking about these is Dr. Joe Dispenze.  But Dr. Joe didn’t explain it like Dr. Bruce does 🙂

Anyway, I find this info very exciting because Telomeres have EVERYTHING to do with ageing – the slowing down or speeding up of ageing and the immune system .  Never mind the whacky bit at the beginning of the video.  Stick with it.  I love how he compares cell duplication and the telomeres position/function to a train running out of track etc.  It makes it easy to understand.

I also love the fact that Dr. Joe’s meditations (which I am doing) have been proved to lengthen TELOMERES!!!!!  Good News!  Maybe my meditations are lengthening MY telomeres.

What lengthens telomeres?  Being happy – loving life!  Who knew?

Kimberley, Nootsie, Michele & Grace – their stories

These testimonials were just what I needed yesterday!

Kimberly had a few diagnosed diseases and stuff going on the doctors couldn’t diagnose along with severe food allergies and stressful events.  She did Dr. Joe’s recommended practices and look at her now!  This, I found very inspiring.

Nootsie was born prematurely, and with little to no bowel function. At 28 years old, she survived rectum cancer, and then at age 52 she had “a complete metabolic breakdown” and experienced severe problems digesting food of any kind.  When Nootsie started Dr. Joe’s work, she began having important realizations about her childhood…and now had the tools–along with some helpful Beings–to heal.

I got something really important and helpful out of this about doing the breath work – so important, because I have got very lazy about it.

Michele was born with a genetic heart disease: Idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (IHSS). She also had a problem with her pancreas, and ended up having half of her pancreas surgically removed. After going through a heart attack, stroke, and many ER visits, Michele curtailed her life to the point where she mostly stayed home, to stay “safe.” She tried many treatments and therapies, without much success, but eventually found Dr. Joe’s teachings and meditations. Michele went all in with the Work, and she soon felt well enough to become more active and enjoy life again.

It really did me good to watch this video because I am on blood thinner, medication for very high bad cholesterol, varying blood pressure and not been feeling well the last few days.  If she can heal herself with Dr. Joe’s work then there is definitely hope for me!

Three years ago Grace was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and she had a tumor in her frontal lobe. She soon began having painful headaches and extreme light sensitivity, which led to a downward spiral in her quality of life. After a beautiful mystical experience the first time she tried a Dr. Joe meditation, she decided to pursue more information, experience…and eventually transformation.

25 Great Tips on How to Stay Sane in Times of COVID-19

This article is written by Dr. Eileen Feliciano and copied from http://www.sfu.ca/olc/blog/my-ssp/mental-health-wellness-tips-quarantine.  The reason I copied and pasted is because if I just paste the link it may change over time and I may lose the article.

After having thirty-one sessions this week with patients where the singular focus was COVID-19 and how to cope, I decided to consolidate my advice and make a list that I hope is helpful to all.  I can’t control a lot of what is going on right now, but I can contribute this.

Edit: I am surprised and heartened that this has been shared so widely!  People have asked me to credential myself, so to that end, I am a doctoral level Psychologist in NYS with a Psy.D. in the specialities of School and Clinical Psychology. 

1. Stick to a routine.

Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.

2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have.

Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth.  Take the time to do a bath or a facial.  Put on some bright colors.  It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.

3. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes.

If you are concerned of contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less travelled streets and avenues.  If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan.  It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits.

4. Find some time to move each day, again daily for at least thirty minutes.

If you do not feel comfortable going outside, there are many YouTube videos that offer free movement classes, and if all else fails, turn on the music and have a dance party!

5. Reach out to others, you guessed it, at least once daily for thirty minutes.

Try to do FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, texting—connect with other people to seek and provide support.  Do not forget to do this for your children as well.  Set up virtual playdates with friends daily via FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Kids, Zoom, etc—your kids miss their friends, too!

6. Stay hydrated and eat well.

This one may seem obvious, but stress and eating often do not mix well, and we find ourselves over-indulging, forgetting to eat, and avoiding food.  Drink plenty of water, eat some good and nutritious foods, and challenge yourself to learn how to cook something new!

7. Develop a self-care toolkit.

This can look different for everyone.  A lot of successful self-care strategies involve a sensory component (seven senses: touch, taste, sight, hearing, smell, vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (comforting pressure).  An idea for each: a soft blanket or stuffed animal, a hot chocolate, photos of vacations, comforting music, lavender or eucalyptus oil, a small swing or rocking chair, a weighted blanket.  A journal, an inspirational book, or a mandala coloring book is wonderful, bubbles to blow or blowing watercolor on paper through a straw are visually appealing as well as work on controlled breath.  Mint gum, Listerine strips, ginger ale, frozen Starburst, ice packs, and cold are also good for anxiety regulation. For children, it is great to help them create a self-regulation comfort box (often a shoe-box or bin they can decorate) that they can use on the ready for first-aid when overwhelmed.

8. Spend extra time playing with children.

Children will rarely communicate how they are feeling, but will often make a bid for attention and communication through play.  Do not be surprised to see therapeutic themes of illness, doctor visits, and isolation play through.  Understand that play is cathartic and helpful for children—it is how they process their world and problem solve, and there is a lot they are seeing and experiencing in the now.

9. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and a wide berth.

A lot of cooped up time can bring out the worst in everyone.  Each person will have moments when they will not be at their best.  It is important to move with grace through blowups, to not show up to every argument you are invited to, and to not hold grudges and continue disagreements.  Everyone is doing the best they can to make it through this.

10. Everyone find their own retreat space.

Space is at a premium, particularly with city living.  It is important that people think through their own separate space for work and for relaxation.  For children, help them identify a place where they can go to retreat when stressed.  You can make this place cozy by using blankets, pillows, cushions, scarves, beanbags, tents, and “forts”.  It is good to know that even when we are on top of each other, we have our own special place to go to be alone.

11. Expect behavioral issues in children, and respond gently.

We are all struggling with disruption in routine, none more than children, who rely on routines constructed by others to make them feel safe and to know what comes next.  Expect increased anxiety, worries and fears, nightmares, difficulty separating or sleeping, testing limits, and meltdowns.  Do not introduce major behavioral plans or consequences at this time—hold stable and focus on emotional connection.

12. Focus on safety and attachment.

We are going to be living for a bit with the unprecedented demand of meeting all work deadlines, homeschooling children, running a sterile household, and making a whole lot of entertainment in confinement.  We can get wrapped up in meeting expectations in all domains, but we must remember that these are scary and unpredictable times for children.  Focus on strengthening the connection through time spent following their lead, through physical touch, through play, through therapeutic books, and via verbal reassurances that you will be there for them in this time.

13. Lower expectations and practice radical self-acceptance.

This idea is connected with #12.  We are doing too many things in this moment, under fear and stress.  This does not make a formula for excellence.  Instead, give yourself what psychologists call “radical self acceptance”: accepting everything about yourself, your current situation, and your life without question, blame, or pushback.  You cannot fail at this—there is no roadmap, no precedent for this, and we are all truly doing the best we can in an impossible situation.

14. Limit social media and COVID conversation, especially around children.

One can find tons of information on COVID-19 to consume, and it changes minute to minute.  The information is often sensationalized, negatively skewed, and alarmist.  Find a few trusted sources that you can check in with consistently, limit it to a few times a day, and set a time limit for yourself on how much you consume (again 30 minutes tops, 2-3 times daily).  Keep news and alarming conversations out of earshot from children—they see and hear everything, and can become very frightened by what they hear.

15. Notice the good in the world, the helpers.

There is a lot of scary, negative, and overwhelming information to take in regarding this pandemic.  There are also a ton of stories of people sacrificing, donating, and supporting one another in miraculous ways.  It is important to counter-balance the heavy information with the hopeful information.

16. Help others.

Find ways, big and small, to give back to others.  Support restaurants, offer to grocery shop, check in with elderly neighbors, write psychological wellness tips for others—helping others gives us a sense of agency when things seem out of control.

17. Find something you can control, and control the heck out of it.

In moments of big uncertainty and overwhelm, control your little corner of the world.  Organize your bookshelf, purge your closet, put together that furniture, group your toys.  It helps to anchor and ground us when the bigger things are chaotic.

18. Find a long-term project to dive into.

Now is the time to learn how to play the keyboard, put together a huge jigsaw puzzle, start a 15 hour game of Risk, paint a picture, read the Harry Potter series, binge watch an 8-season show, crochet a blanket, solve a Rubix cube, or develop a new town in Animal Crossing.  Find something that will keep you busy, distracted, and engaged to take breaks from what is going on in the outside world.

19. Engage in repetitive movements and left-right movements.

Research has shown that repetitive movement (knitting, coloring, painting, clay sculpting, jump roping etc) especially left-right movement (running, drumming, skating, hopping) can be effective at self-soothing and maintaining self-regulation in moments of distress.

20. Find an expressive art and go for it.

Our emotional brain is very receptive to the creative arts, and it is a direct portal for release of feeling.  Find something that is creative (sculpting, drawing, dancing, music, singing, playing) and give it your all.  See how relieved you can feel.  It is a very effective way of helping kids to emote and communicate as well!

21. Find lightness and humor in each day.

There is a lot to be worried about, and with good reason.  Counterbalance this heaviness with something funny each day: cat videos on YouTube, a stand-up show on Netflix, a funny movie—we all need a little comedic relief in our day, every day.

22. Reach out for help—your team is there for you.

If you have a therapist or psychiatrist, they are available to you, even at a distance.  Keep up your medications and your therapy sessions the best you can.  If you are having difficulty coping, seek out help for the first time.  There are mental health people on the ready to help you through this crisis.  Your children’s teachers and related service providers will do anything within their power to help, especially for those parents tasked with the difficult task of being a whole treatment team to their child with special challenges.  Seek support groups of fellow home-schoolers, parents, and neighbors to feel connected.  There is help and support out there, any time of the day—although we are physically distant, we can always connect virtually.

23. “Chunk” your quarantine, take it moment by moment.

We have no road map for this.  We don’t know what this will look like in 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month from now.  Often, when I work with patients who have anxiety around overwhelming issues, I suggest that they engage in a strategy called “chunking”—focusing on whatever bite-sized piece of a challenge that feels manageable.  Whether that be 5 minutes, a day, or a week at a time—find what feels doable for you, and set a time stamp for how far ahead in the future you will let yourself worry.  Take each chunk one at a time, and move through stress in pieces.

24. Remind yourself daily that this is temporary.

It seems in the midst of this quarantine that it will never end.  It is terrifying to think of the road stretching ahead of us.  Please take time to remind yourself that although this is very scary and difficult, and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is a season of life and it will pass.  We will return to feeling free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.

25. Find the lesson.

This whole crisis can seem sad, senseless, and at times, avoidable.  When psychologists work with trauma, a key feature to helping someone work through said trauma is to help them find their agency, the potential positive outcomes they can effect, the meaning and construction that can come out of destruction.  What can each of us learn here, in big and small ways, from this crisis?  What needs to change in ourselves, our homes, our communities, our nation, and our world?