Hello and welcome to Infinite Possibilities September blog!
Now that the cold winds of winter have given way to the blossoms of spring, many of us have been thinking about having a good spring clean and as such, decluttering was a hot topic on Infinite Possibilities Facebook Live videos.
Also on the agenda this month was a discussion on ways in which we can give more of ourselves to others, as well as the importance of immunity and how certain things can leave us more vulnerable and open to illness.
Let’s open things up by asking yourself this: can too much clutter be detrimental to your health?
When we spend time in a cluttered room we can often feel stressed or overwhelmed at the sheer amount of visual and mental stimuli around us. As a result, it is difficult to relax in a room crowded with clutter.
With many of us leading busy and, at times, stressful lives, our homes should be a calming place where we can find solace and peace after a busy day.
If the thought of spring cleaning makes you weak at the knees, don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you throw away all of your possessions! We all have things we need for our daily activities and a few sentimental objects that bring us joy.
It’s the useless, broken or downright ugly items that weigh us down that we can happily live without. If something does not bring you joy, you don’t need it taking up space in your life.
To avoid becoming overwhelmed, take it one step at a time, starting with a single cupboard, drawer or shelf. Scrutinise each item and ask yourself whether its useful to you or if the item would be better off donated or given to a friend. If it’s purely rubbish, toss it.
As you progress, you may even begin to enjoy the spring clean as well as all the extra space and serenity it brings to your home, as well as the simplicity it brings to your life. No more mornings tripping over stray shoes or moving ten different things before you can reach the remote!
Passing items on to friends or charities allows us to make a positive contribution to the lives of others. It feels good giving something to someone who otherwise would have had to go without.
These acts of giving flow on to the other topic discussed this week and that is how we can give more of ourselves.
With the stresses and demands of every day life, it can be very easy to slip into a self-centred and narrow-minded way of thinking. Its nothing too feel bad about, it happens to all of us, often subconsciously.
They key is remember that others are also experiencing their own struggles and we have the ability to alleviate some of their stress, and they have the ability to alleviate some of ours too. It’s a two-way street that serves to benefit us all.
We simply sometimes just forget that we have the ability to give a little more of ourselves to help others.
Imagine how different the world would be if we all committed to doing one selfless thing for someone else every day. That’s the kind of attitude that will help us grow as people as well as inspiring others to grow too.
While we’re taking care of others, it is also important to look after our health to ensure we are running at optimal level.
Our immunity can affect every aspect of our lives. When we don’t feel well, our work, personal relationships and happiness all suffer as a result.
There has been an astonishing amount of research into the immune system.
One study I was particularly interested in was a ten year study by Jim Rhoades who theorised that our immune system can help protect us from the number two degenerative disease- cancer.
This peaked my interest as I myself am a breast cancer survivor.
His research asked if our immunity is affected by something we are leaving out of our diet or are we accidently putting something in to our diet that shouldn’t be there.
He found both of these things to be the case.
This begs the question, what are we doing through lack of knowledge, or understanding, to harm our immune system?
In the 1950’s it was found that 1 in every 12 people would end up with cancer. 50 years into the early 2000’s that statistic rose to 1 in two people developing cancer.
With all the research and money being poured into handling this disease it did not make sense to me that the statistic had worsened.
The study went on to discuss the ways in which our food supplies have been compromised: herbicides, pesticides and pollution all affect our health and could be contributing to a decrease in our immunity.
When pesticides where introduced to farmers back in the 50’s it handled the problem of the pests that came to eat their produce. The only problem was these pesticides ended up being absorbed into the top soil.
Top soil should have an eco-system. One square foot of good fertile top soil should have millions of microorganisms and bacteria
This means that the bugs and worms ate away at the rocks and minerals in the soil, turning them into something that plants can absorb through their roots.
In this way, our body receives all these vitamins and minerals when we consume fresh vegetables.
Since being diagnosed with breast cancer and fighting it I have been using vitamin supplements to keep my immune system strong.
Since adding mineral supplements to my diet, I now know that I am giving myself the best chance possible to keep myself protected from illnesses and diseases.
It’s not as hard as you think and it starts just by deciding to make a change.
If you have any questions about anything in today’s blog post or you just want to have a chat, drop me a line via the contact page, I would love to hear from you!