In a class at The Way of Life Bible School students discussed why some people talk about being sick almost all the time. On the other hand, some people almost never talk about being sick. Why is that?
Here are some theories to keep you from getting sick. While they are theories, they are worth a try.
- An apple a day really does keep the doctor away because it contains the nutrients that are needed throughout the day. Try eating an apple for a few consecutive days and notice the obvious difference in your body.
- Smile instead of frowning. Laughter is a great stress-burster. A hearty laugh provides an aerobic workout similar to that of jogging. Laughing about 15 minutes each day may help prevent a heart attack by expanding the lining of blood vessels to improve blood flow. Laughter releases endorphins that make you resistant to sickness and disease. Is it any wonder that both Bob Hope and George Burns lived to be 100 years old? Depressed and complaining people are often sick people.
- It has been reported that pet owners see their doctors less than those without pets. The simple act of petting an animal has been known to lower blood pressure by inducing an instant relaxation response. Even watching fish has been found to help slow Alzheimer’s deterioration in some patients.
- The expression goes, “You snooze, you lose.” This isn’t so. You win when you snooze because sleep is a marker of a person’s overall well-being. If you can’t sleep, try sprinkling your pillowcases with lavender or vanilla aromas or snack on warm milk, yogurt or walnuts just before going to bed. These are natural sleep inducers.
- People who read a lot are reported to be healthier. Reading the newspaper to follow current events can improve one’s health. Doing crossword or other types of puzzles and workbook activities are known to keep minds sharper which will lead to better health. Reading just one scripture from the Bible each day will keep people healthy both physically and spiritually.
- Meditation improves flexibility and mood making people more resistant to many illnesses.
- Keeping a journal and writing something throughout the day will help one to stay healthy because the focus is on positive things. Even people who doodle tend to get sick less often.
- People who stock up on medicine just because it is on sale or who buy medicine “just in case” are more likely to end up using the medicine than those who didn’t prepare or program themselves to get sick.
- People who take pride in being sick will more than likely stay sick. Their sickness becomes their idol when they enjoy talking about it to others. And everytime they talk about it, they give power to it.
While some of the above might be just theories, they have been known to work in most cases.
Try following some of the above and STAY WELL! Feel free to pass this on to family and friends who often say they are sick or have some ailment, illness or disease.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. (3 John 1:2 NIV)