DR FRANCA BLOG

The happiness factor.

Experts explored what real happiness is and stipulated what makes people happy. Some happy people say when they are happy and what makes them happy or unhappy (self expression). They do not have stiff upper lips. They do not pretend. They look after one another due to extended family system. Pride is also a factor controlling the attitude of these happy people. A happy person that is poor today believes that tomorrow he/she will be rich, which means that they have hope.

Above all, they put all their problems into the hand of God. Ask any happy person ‘how are you, he or she confidently says 1 am fine, thank you’. He goes further to say “how are wife and children” and the list goes on. Good morning Sir is followed instantly by good morning my dear. They have the courage to express their inner selves, which show true happiness

X-ray your stress levels – Take the quiz and know how to find balance in your life.

Pinpointing Symptoms of Stress: Do this activity to establish the level of your stress (tick Yes or No)

YES    NO

I used to be good at taking decisions but I am now finding it

rather difficult

I used to be good at taking decisions but I am now

finding it rather difficult

I find it difficult to concentrate

I find it difficult to think straight

I keep forgetting things

I keep getting negative or irrational thoughts

I experience palpitation

I have spells of dizziness I get frequent headaches

I have a ringing tone in my ears

My breathing is shallow

My eyes get tired and sore

I perspire a lot

I feel tired most of the time

I keep bursting into tears

I have lost my self-confidence

I suffer mood swings

I feel drained

My self-esteem is low 1 keep getting angry

I feel apprehensive

I feel unhappy

I feel as if something terrible is going to happen

I feel frightened

I feel helpless I feel hopeless

I feel depressed

I feel nervous

I feel anxious

I find it impossible to relax

I choke on my drink often

My time management is poor

I have lost interest in sex I have become obsessive

I talk non-stop

I loose the thread of what I am saying

Habits, Health & Happiness

Interpreting your scores

Check your YES scores.

The higher your number of YES scores, the more you may be putting yourself at risk of stress related illness. If you have answered YES to all the questions, this indicates a very high level of over stimulation; you need to take immediate action to avoid the risk of over stimulation and burn out syndrome. Look carefully at your YES scores and consider what you can do to achieve a more balanced lifestyle.

Check your No scores

NO scores indicate an easy going personality, if your NO scores are high, you are unlikely to be at risk of stress. However, a high NO score could possibly indicate under stimulation or procrastination, so beware.

Consider carefully both your YES and NO scores in order to achieve a more balanced lifestyle. Follow these tips:

  • Lighten up, you only live once
    • Live, love, let go and be happy
    • Accept that everyone makes mistakes including yourself
    • Listen to other people’s opinion and views
    • Improve yourself esteem by praising other people and yourself too
    • Trust other people and delegate
    • Slow down, give yourself a break before you break down
    • Stop setting yourself rigid and unrealistic goals
    • Nurture yourself, take life as it comes
    • Learn the value of relaxing and having fun instead of always struggling
    • Chill out
    • Pray and meditate

Examine your diet. Find out what you are eating means for your body.

Habits, Health and Happiness

Try our simple quiz and check your diet profile

How many soft drinks, fizzy drinks or diet drinks do you have daily?

a) 1

b) 2-4

c) More than 4

2. Do you suffer from bloating, indigestion, stomach pains or heartburn?

a) never

b) rarely

c) often

3. How many cups of Coffee/tea do you drink daily?

a) 0-1

b) 2-3

c) 4 or more

4. How much alcohol do you drink a week? One unit is equal to a glass of wine, a single measure of spirits or a bottle of beer.

a) For women: fewer than seven units. For men: fewer than 13 units

b) For women: 8-16 units. For men: 14-20 units

c) For women: 16 units or more. For men: 21 units or more

5. How many pieces of fruit do you eat daily?

a) More than 3

b) 1-3

c) 0 -1

6. How many meals do you eat each day which include bread, rice, garri, pasta or yam?

a) one

b) two

c) three

7. How many portions of Vegetables do you eat each week?

a) More than 7

b) 4-7

c) 2-4

8. How often do you eat fast food, microwave meals or processed food a week?

a) rarely

b) Several times a week

c) every day

9. How often do you eat red meat?

a) rarely

b) several times a week

c) every day

10. How many daily meals do you have that include dairy products?

a) one meal

b) two meals

c) every meal

11. Do you smoke?

a) never

b) upto 10 a day

c) more than 10 a day

12. How many glasses of water do you drink daily?

a) More than I litre (4 cups)

b) between Y2-1 litre (2-4 cups)

c) Less than 1/2 litre (2 cups)

If your answers are:

Mostly A

You’re doing really well, you may not even realise it but you’re eating the ideal pH balanced diet -70% alkaline-forming foods and 30% acid-forming ones.

Mostly B

Your diet is at best 50/50.

Adjusting the balance will make all the difference to your health and energy.

Mostly C

You have high acidity Levels. At best you’re eating 30% alkaline-forming foods and 70% acid-forming foods. Take action, It’s time to restore the alkaline balance of your body.

Form new habits this New Year.

  1. Celebrate the present and accept that change is normal part of life. Be happy and thank God for what you have.
  2. Let God take care of all your problems, and lift the burden off your heart
  3. Volunteer your time in service to others, especially those in need, the poor and the sick.
  4. Understand that you cannot control your family members. Spend quality time with your family during holidays such as Christmas, New Year, Sala etc.
  5. Eat and drink healthfully. Too much alcohol or the wrong kind of food can lead to nutritional imbalance leading to decreased energy and more stress.
  6. To relieve financial stress know your spending limit and stick to it.
  7. Try to find and enjoy free activities, example, join the church carol or a friend’s dinner/birthday party. You don’t have to spend money or stress out to have fun.

New Year a time for creating a vision board.

Happy New Year everyone. This is the time to create a vision board as the New Year just started. It will help you focused to achieve your goals. Furthermore it will help you monitor your aspirations as your vision board can be long term or short term. There is no pressure on which particular order you start to achieve your vision board.

In addition to creating your vision board, also create an achievement board. Achievement board help you to assess the progress you are making with your vision board. It helps keep you thankful to see how far you have achieved your goals. Have fun creating your vision and achievement boards.

Get fit for the New Year.

A lot of us have stayed mostly indoors and getting little or not enough exercise. Let the New Year be the motivation into getting fit. It is difficult for most of us to be active enough these days. Especially these days of working from home. We need to put in more effort to keep fit. In earlier generations, physical exercise was a part of normal everyday life.

Now for many of us it is all too easy to jump in a car rather than walk or we simply seem to be just too busy to exercise.

Health experts advise that regular exercise such as brisk walk or some sort of mild indoor activities can improve our health and keep the Doctor away.

So what are the benefits of being more active?

  • More energy
  • More stamina
  • More happiness
  • A lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke
  • Reduced risk of cancer of the bowel
  • Greater self confidence
  • Relief from stress and depression
  • A better shape and appearance
  • Stronger muscles
  • A lower risk of osteoporosis (thinning of bones)
  • Lower blood pressure
  • A higher level of the ‘good cholesterol’ (HDL Cholesterol)

In fact, moderate exercise such as tennis, dancing, squash, golf or a brisk walk for 30 minutes, five days a week, can reduce your chances of developing coronary heart disease.

If you are unlucky enough to have a heart attack, if you have kept yourself fit you are twice as likely to survive. Look after your health now to enjoy life longer.

Now for many of us it is all too easy to jump in a car rather than walk or we simply seem to be just too busy to exercise.

Health experts advise that regular exercise such as brisk walk or some sort of mild indoor activities can improve our health and keep the Doctor away.

So what are the benefits of being more active?

  • More energy
  • More stamina
  • More happiness
  • A lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke
  • Reduced risk of cancer of the bowel
  • Greater self confidence
  • Relief from stress and depression
  • A better shape and appearance
  • Stronger muscles
  • A lower risk of osteoporosis (thinning of bones)
  • Lower blood pressure
  • A higher level of the ‘good cholesterol’ (HDL Cholesterol)

In fact, moderate exercise such as tennis, dancing, squash, golf or a brisk walk for 30 minutes, five days a week, can reduce your chances of developing coronary heart disease.