I’m learning French!

Yes, you heard it right, I’m learning French. Thanks to Duolingo, an app from playstore, I can learn French for free. I like Duolingo, it’s easy, fun, and challenging. I know now some vocabularies and can write simple sentences in French, though I’m really not good in the pronunciation part. My husband is Canadian so he knows French, I am overwhelmed when he teaches me how to say the words, it’s hard! so I told him I’ll just concentrate on the writing part for now. I’ve noticed that some words are exactly the same in English. I guess some English words were derived and adopted from French. Anyways, I am determined to finish it, up to the last lesson. I’m not sure how long it will take but I’m definitely taking it seriously.

I’ve read in some articles that learning a new language has a great benefit to the health of my brain. It can create new neurons, they call the process neurogenesis. We lose neurons as we age and this affects our memory. That’s why old people often have difficulty with recalling information or retaining new information. Omg, I tend to forget a lot of things now!

According to the research of Dr. Sahay a neuroscientist, neurogenesis can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and reduce anxiety. When more neurons die there’s a huge possibility to get Alzhaimer’s. I have also learned that depression can make a part of our brain called hippocampus where neurons grow, shrink. It’s scary! I remember one of my favorite actors Robin Williams who had Alzheimer’s disease and took his own life due to depression. Depression prevents neurogenesis!

The good news is, moderate-intensity exercise like aerobics, walking, jogging, and swimming can produce more neurons. That’s really good for me because I don’t like working like highly extensive workout. Any activity that is engaging and relieves us from stress can increase neurons. We also need to prevent things that damage our brain, like not getting enough sleep, eating unhealthy, and not managing our stress. And to tell you honestly, I was scared a little bit upon learning this because I’m guilty of all of it! Who else is guilty?

My mind is all mess since I had my miscarriage. I told my husband I’m gonna take a break and will stay at home for about two to three months before working again and he supports me in it. I have so many anxieties and it messes my brain and makes me unhappy. So now, I’m trying to fix myself little by little by writing a blog, learning French which is really fun for me, eating healthy, and go out and do some walking and jogging. I admit I haven’t done the latter part because I don’t like going out. But you know learning these facts makes me wanna do it. I have to live a healthy life and being healthy is one of the ways to be happy. So maybe I will find some dance exercise in Youtube and dance along with it. Lol.

What new things are you want to learn? What relieves your stress?

Day 14 – My Three Healthy Habits

I feel happy today. I haven’t felt this sense of fulfillment since I stopped working. I know that working is exhausting, but staying at home can be exhausting too. When I wake up in the morning I have so much in mind, I think of the things I wanna do. I start with one task but then I remember another task and I keep on jumping from one task to another and at the end of the day I feel frustrated and feel so unproductive because I haven’t finished anything!

So last night as I was lying in bed, I told myself that I will start to be organized. I’m not the type of person who likes writing a to-do list. When I do, it doesn’t get done. I just ignore it and do whatever I want. So I promised that today, I’ll stick to my plan. I listed all the habits I want to form and tasks I need to do. Instead of indicating a specific time, I indicated the duration of each task and set a timer. Though I wasn’t able to accomplish the things in the latter part of my list because I woke up and started late, it was a good start.

So these are the three healthy habits I started today.

HEALTHY HABIT #1 Drinking water after waking up

I am used to drinking milk in the morning and I know most people prefer drinking coffee but I think it’s also important to consider the benefits of drinking water first thing in the morning. Although coffee has antioxidants, it is dehydrating. When we sleep, we slowly become dehydrated throughout the night and thus we need to rehydrate our body when we wake up. Upon learning the benefits of drinking water, I promised myself I’m gonna stick with it. These are the benefits I’ve learned about drinking water.

  • It speeds up your metabolism (can increase metabolism by 24% for 90 minutes)
  • Your brain function properly (Water is the fuel of the brain)
  • It flushes out toxins in the body (When we sleep our kidneys do the cleansing, so we need to flush the toxins out by drinking water)
  • It reduces body fat (Drink more water if you’re overweight.)

HEALTHY HABIT #2 Decluttering the mind

I can’t explain how cluttered my mind is everyday. I feel restless and exhausted. Imagine a room with things everywhere, that’s how my brain looks. But I’m happy that I’ve learned how to dump these things from my mind. So what I do now is as soon as I wake up, I fill 3 sheets of paper with free-flowing thinking. I don’t think, I just write. I also plan to be consistent in writing in my journal. Here are the things I wanna write down.

  • Things I worry about
  • Negative feelings that I have
  • Things that make me unproductive
  • Things I want to do
  • Things I want to achieve
  • Projects I want to work on

Blogging is good, but I don’t get to write all the things that it’s in my mind when I wake up. Doing this healthy habit will give me more direction and focus.

HEALTHY HABIT #3 Breathing through the diaphragm

I have learned that Diaphragmatic breathing is the healthiest way of breathing. It can help in managing anxiety or panic symptoms. To learn how to do Diaphragmatic breathing click here.

There you are, I’m gonna stick to these healthy habits. I believe all of these can make my life happier.

How about you? What are your healthy habits?

If you want to participate in this challenge, please read the Start blogging with the 30-day blogging challenge post.