Values Far Exceed Predictability When Without A Smartphone

Values Far Exceed Predictability When Without A Smartphone

People spend a great deal of time in front of a television, computer, and cell phones.  I’ve been cutting down on the usage of technology for the last few weeks, but find myself craving to use my smartphone.  When it was unavailable for 2 weeks something felt like it was missing. Land line phones, emails and others smartphones allowed me to go about my everyday life. Rarely did I complain. It was odd that people I see daily questioned when I would get my smartphone back. It was also an inconvenience for those frequent smartphone correspondents.  Not knowing what time I’d be home for dinner, whether the dog had been walked, or to plan for activities required more organization. A plan was necessary for those moments we were out of touch based on my location. Why does my life need to be more predictable and routine for the convenience for others? The line of work I'm in is rather predictable in comparison to a...
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How To Stimulate Meaningful Performance Choices

How To Stimulate Meaningful Performance Choices

Choosing day-to-day activities become a quality of life that is meaningful to you. Occupational Therapists facilitate performance goal setting for achieving a desired quality of life. This includes leisure activities that are meaningful. Whether your leisure activity be cooking, painting, dancing or photography they stimulate meaningful performance. Leisure occupations improve performance through periods of rest to recuperate from taxing work roles. Meaningful choices become therapeutic to daily performance. Below are photos to provide examples of things that are meaningful to me. In the Chinese and Japanese Culture pentagons are symbolic for the 5 elements of life: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. I chose succulents and air plants as my subject because these plants are very resilient to changes of the environment. Sunset over Elliot Bay. Seattle sunsets are beautiful. I remember the exact moment where I had to stop and take this photo because it gave me peace in the moment of chaos. The scene was just that perfect blue monochromatic frame. All I...
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Be Whoever She Wants To Be – A Meditation

Be Whoever She Wants To Be – A Meditation

Sleeping Beauty   No blanket can cover a hard days work Stories of strength behind each line Tucked between her furrowed brows   Rosy, rusty, deep bronze shadows Wiped clean. Flesh reveals her glow   She doesn't acknowledge This natural state. No powder, no grease, nor chiseled face;   All an illusion for power must prevail Twists and turns all night. It's a struggle Keeping it together. she could not fail.   Unwinding thoughts, broken spokes; Clock per ticks to hands awake.   Nothing and everything happens in between these hours. Fading fast. Glimpse of strings Connect alarming buzz in disguise repeated too soon cycled beautifully to open her glassy eyes.   Piercing glances, she picks up her Brush to paint her story. To face. She sees whom she cannot deny, which IS to be whoever she wants to be. // ...
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Tea: An Inexpensive, Medicative Commodity

Tea: An Inexpensive, Medicative Commodity

There’s just something so nice about a hot cup of tea in your hand.  That cozy feeling with beautifully aroma of herbs, spices or clean green tea. At work there’s something that the chaplains provide called “Tea for the Soul”.  At first I thought it was just fun with a great supportive social aspect giving us a chance to sit, take a break, drink some tea and talk.  However, it had become my coping mechanism.  Just the other day, I was grieving about some losses and I couldn’t believe how comforting it was to have someone offer me tea.  It felt just as good as a long cry after a sappy movie or a breath of fresh air after being stuck in a room. It was definitely the next best thing. Allowing my senses to open up through my taste buds had been so insightful. Sometimes it takes me places in my mind.  I often have a nice cup of tea nearby to stir my creative juices to...
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Reading and Visual Fatigue: A Personal Journey

Reading and Visual Fatigue: A Personal Journey

It took me awhile to figure out why I hated wearing my glasses, why my eyes got so tired as a young girl.  I was born with medial strabismus, a hereditary trait that causes cross-eye.  With modern day surgical techniques I was able to follow family footsteps in correcting ocular alignment. My brother's surgery resulted with an eye infection. Subsequently, he had permanent damage with blindness in one eye for his lifetime. My 'cosmetic' surgery was considered successful, still risky, leaving me with residual visual issues. One is intermittent reading. As a toddler I wore eye glasses or eye patches and followed the nagging of my mother to do eye exercises. These techniques strengthened my ocular muscles.  At one years old I had my first surgical procedure. The second at age sixteen brought self confidence because my eyes finally worked together.  Depth of perception changed and I was less tired when I read chapters on end. Although, double vision occurred with inadequate rest.  Reading in moderation was...
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DeClutter Clothing

DeClutter Clothing

There has been many times where I looked in my closet and thought to myself that I have nothing to wear.  Ironically, my closet is filled with clothes and shoes. Sometimes I feel that closet management can be a huge issue. I have so much stuff that I'd resort to dumping my clothes on the top shelves or buried deep into my dresser.  In an OT visual discrimination activity, we often have people perform activities such as word search or ask them to find all the aces in a deck of cards scattered on a table.   If someone has visual spatial or visual discrimination issues, our recommendation may be to block out a portion of the what they are looking at to help isolate the image or to facilitate the search.  De-cluttering is merely the same idea, filtering things you don't use or need may make it easier to find what you do need. For years, I never found a solution until a recent challenge from my husband.  We are planning a trip to several different countries. In order...
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Definition of Exploration

Definition of Exploration

I am exploring. I imagine “exploration” to be out at sea, going into caves or walking on lands I haven't even heard of.  I imagine screaming, “Ahoy captain! Take me to the closest island. I want to claim it as mine!”  I'm peering through a pair of binoculars. The island that I imagine is filled with an abundance of food, a toilet and all the amenities of typical American life. That island that I imagine probably doesn’t even exist and if it does, it probably belongs to some wealthy billionaire or royal heir.  I'll call these large scale explorations.  I'm outgrowing my sadness as I notice my definition of exploration is a lot different from "Indiana Jones" or "Gilligan’s Island". The scale of this world seems so much smaller. Maybe that’s a good thing because now that I’m old enough to analyze the adventurous movie scenes, they are actually quite dangerous and stressful.  Lately, I’ve been on micro-exploration adventures. Some may call it daydreaming....
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Avoid Standing Fatigue: These Four Movements Relieve

Avoid Standing Fatigue: These Four Movements Relieve

There's a current trend with standing tables. Most often people lock their knees back while standing. Individuals have fainted from prolonged knee-locking while standing. An anemic or hypotensive (low blood pressure) individual are at risk of “orthostatic hypotension”.  Some call it dizzy spells, orthostasis, postural, headrush or lightheadedness.  Basically, what happens is that blood pools downwards down to your feet and not to enough to the brain (cerebral perfusion) when there’s a change in body position.  Usually, it may take about a minute for the blood pressure to equalize. Four movements that relieve standing over long periods include: Gentle weight shifting. This means bearing weight to your right and left side in a slight sway to either side. Peddle in place. This is one I like to do the most because it almost feels like I am marching and I actually feel a bit more relaxed as I work. Simply alternating legs with knee flexing and lifting your heels. ...
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Here’s One Way To Avoid Injury in Pilates

Here’s One Way To Avoid Injury in Pilates

A few months back I shared my new adventures and history about Pilates, found here. So far, I really enjoyed my classes. However, due to the price and my hectic schedule, I opt to do my basic Pilate’s exercises independently. Once you have the foundation of pilates nailed fitness goals may take off with the use of a ball, mat and props for the full Pilates work out. However, I do recommend taking a few classes first before you take off on your own. This helps avoid muscle strains or engaging wrong muscles when moves are practiced incorrectly.  I hadn’t realized that I had been doing my sit-ups wrong until I took the first Pilate’s classes. For the love of saving money here's one way to avoid injury in pilates when practicing independently at home. This particular exercise is very effective with little to no possibility for injury. The Pilates class instructor breaks down the moves for “The hundred” or “One-hundred” as such... Zip your...
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Cure Motion Sickness Instantly With This Controversial Remedy

Cure Motion Sickness Instantly With This Controversial Remedy

In my recent travels, I discovered that I had motion sickness.  It surprised me to learn the onset of this phenomenon can be during adulthood. People who were sensitive to motion sickness at a young age may grow out of it. I’ve always been able to handle roller coasters, swings and even cruises. Everyone of course has different thresholds. It wasn't until the speedy and rocky speedboat the other week nailed me.  I was nauseated and dizzy. Typical motion sickness! I had to remedy the situation since I knew I had 2 more hours to go until I reached port. Cause There are multiple sensory systems that register movements including inner ears and eyes. Also included is something called proprioceptive input which is the sensory feedback in your joints that tell you where your body is in space. When the senses send mixed messages to the brain the body's reaction is that ill feeling. An example is a rocking boat not not registering in...
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Pilates Workout

Pilates Workout

The pilates workout was developed by Mr. Joseph Pilates. Legend says that he called his method "contrology." Sound familiar? You are correct. It means "control." The instructors are usually hyper aware of body mechanics, body awareness, and very well versed with their musculatures. Although, all the minuscule movements are often very precise and slow moving, it's actually engaging muscles that people often dismiss. Pilates focus on a lot of core work and spinal alignment. With dedication, people who practice Pilates on regular basis can achieve long lean muscles instead of bulky muscles. There's definitely a lot of isotonic movements and/or resistance as much as it is needed. You can do a lot of core work (AKA "powerhouse" with Pilates jargon), strengthening, stretching, and coordination. The "core" is engaged with majority of the exercises. HERE ARE SOME BENEFITS FROM CORE STRENTHENING: -Spinal protection -Improve posture for sitting and standing -Minimize injuries for lifting and other various physical activities -Enhances balance and stability -Improve physical physique (this is secondary) People...
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Color and Pattern Relationship to Life Experiences

Color and Pattern Relationship to Life Experiences

The human eye can see over 7 million colors. Visual stimulation is fascinating.  On top of that, we can see patterns (2D) and texture (3D).  Plus, wall colors and patterns can really change a room’s atmosphere. Colors such as sage green and soft blue are particularly calming to me. Perhaps, these colors remind me of a green grass knolls and the endless blue sky. Neutral colors in particular can calm your senses as well.  In contrary, colors such as bright red, orange, electric (neon) yellow or pink may be quite exhilarating. I like wearing these colors to work out. Not to mention, it might prevent a car from hitting me when I'm on the road.  Polka dots, contrasting checkered bright colors can be very alarming or alerting.  There are patterns that can even trick our minds into thinking that the room is spinning. When you need to wake up or chill out then change out your computer wall paper. Consider to make this...
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Assure Freedom From Injury With This Effective Posture Checklist

Assure Freedom From Injury With This Effective Posture Checklist

I have a confession. I slouch when I use the computer. The longer I'm on the computer, the "slouchier" I get.  It's bad. I know.  Admitting the problem is half the battle. Alot of people use computers for work and/or leisure. It's practically a requirement for alot of jobs and for students. Though this instrumental activity of daily living (computer use) is also so common, we often dismiss the fundamentals of computer use. Forget the technical side of it. We are not talking about how good you're with excel or how savvy you are with social media.  Alot of computer classes may teach about computer use, but they rarely talk about posture and positioning of equipment. Lets focus on body alignment and posture.  These four resourceful questions liberate both mind and body before diving into each day of work: Are you slouching, leaning, hunched over, too close to the screen? Are you cocking your wrist while you type? Where is your monitor? ...
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Snack and Packing Ideas To Reduce Meal Prep Time

Snack and Packing Ideas To Reduce Meal Prep Time

I used to either eat out or eat garbage - frozen lunches with high nitrate and sodium - but then I would see my colleague with an array of or colorful vegetables, fruits and lean protein. Some signs of disservice to myself that I had noticed after lunch was that I was extremely lethargic and craved salt. Two sure signs of dehydration. Being able to time manage and pack a decent lunch is becoming less and less common. People find themselves with malnutrition, high cholesterol, and all that comes with a poor diet.  However, just like any other occupation, occupational therapists view meal prep as part of instrumental activities of daily living. Throwing a frozen burrito or TV dinner in your lunch bag is not necessarily meal prep. It often is conveniently lazy. Is it archaic or generational-neglect to create a substantially nutritious lunch with produce from a home refrigerator? Perhaps, it's all about time. Time management skills may also be something to improve upon. It...
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3 Ways to Meditate

3 Ways to Meditate

Have you ever tried to sit still and be still? It’s actually pretty challenging to achieve. Aim for an absolute absence of thought, stopping all the noisy “mind chatters” or “inner voices”. Whether it is a bustling day with children running around, an endless to do list, stressful day at school or work, or simply feeling anxious, meditation may be a good tool and skill to stay centered, to feel grounded, or to find balance in life. It doesn't always happen, but people may even transcend their minds or experience enlightenment through the process. For people who are starting out to meditate, it is recommended that you sit in a quiet place, preferably dim, to dull out all the other senses. Tailor sitting or sitting in a lotus position on a meditation cushion, yoga mat or simply sitting on the floor is good enough. Just make sure you are comfortable.  Now close your eyes and totally relax. Here are three ways to meditate: 1. Focus on your...
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