Water – the elixer of life

Taking care of your own Health is more important than trying to Change The World.

Your life has intrinsic value to “god”. And he wants you to enjoy it. Of course you must be respectful towards others, and follow the law so that everybody can get along together peacefully. But there is nothing “wrong” with taking good care of your self. And having a good life.

Both Islam and Judaism teach that it is sufficient to give 10%-15% of your income to the charity of your choice. You don’t need to take a vow of poverty and spend your whole life treating leprosy.

Gifts to registered charities in Australia are tax-deductible.

Nobody can “force” you to give to charity. It must be a voluntary gift. You can also choose for yourself which charity you wish to support.

The group of people most often mentioned as needing charity are “widows and orphans” [aka single mothers]. I would probably add to this “the old and the sick” [including serious mental illness].

If somebody is young and healthy, but down on their luck, it is usually better to give them an interest free loan than a charitable handout. This is less humiliating and helps to preserve the other person’s sense of dignity.

Drink less coffee for better health.

But back to the subject: Many people are mildly dehydrated during the day and don’t even realize it. Especially if you drink a lot of coffee.

Dehydration can lead to headaches, fatigue and general grumpiness. So take a water bottle with you whenever you leave the house. Especially in the summer heat.

Coffee drinking can lead to insomnia and low quality sleep. Especially if you drink it in the afternoon. You don’t actually need to drink coffee. One coffee per day is more than enough. Try tea.

Your body has a natural 90 minute cycle. At the low point of this cycle you will feel sleepy and tempted to drink a coffee. Get up and take a short walk instead.

If your social life revolves around drinking coffee, then consider the alternative of a “walking date” with your friend. There are many beautiful parks and walking trails in Melbourne. This will also save you money.

Unlike coffee, beer is an essential nutrient for the human body. It fosters singing, dancing and warm social relations. Don’t drink more than 2-3 glasses of beer per sitting. Unless you want to vomit everywhere and get raped by some creepy dude.

If you drink a glass of water after each glass of beer – then you can drink all night. You will also need to go and pee all night. Women have a lower alcohol tolerance than men. So light or mid-strength beer may be a good idea.

Also: Don’t drink and drive. Get a fucking taxi.

Sleep

When you are young, it is possible to “burn the candle at both ends” and get away with it. But as you get older, it is important to establish regular sleep habits. There is a huge amount of evidence which shows that “shift work” is damaging to your health.

There are important “regenerative” biological processes which only take place while you are a sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep then your body will simply wear out and fall apart. You will get sick.

Too much sleep can be just as damaging as not enough. Paradoxically, the more you sleep, the more “fatigued” you feel. This can lead eventually to depression and weight gain.

If you always go to bed and wake up at the same time – including weekends – then you will naturally start to feel sleepy just before bed. And will wake up easily in the morning without the need for an alarm clock.

Some people like to take a nap in the afternoon. And stay up a little later at night. There is nothing wrong with this – so long as you do it consistantly.

Other people like to stay up all night, and sleep during the day. This is also fine – so long as you do it consistantly.

Switching between sleeping during the day and sleeping during the night – by taking a large number of international fights, for example. This will cause damage to your health.

Drinking alcohol or coffee just before bed obviously damages the quality of your sleep. It is recommended to spend at least an hour “winding down” before you climb into bed.

Don’t argue over politics, or worry about the things you didn’t get done, or engage in any other emotional stressful activity during this period. Maybe just put on some classical music, have a cup of herbal tea, and read something uplifting.

Diet and Exercise

Australian society is quite possibly the most wealthy and prosperous civilization that has ever existed. Despite what the “mainstream news” would have you believe – we are currently in a “golden age”.

As a consequence, many Australian peoples have gotten fat and lazy.

A healthy diet and regular exercise will cure many mild cases of “anxiety and depression”. For more serious mental illness you still need to see a professional.

You should be doing at least an hour a day of “vigorous exercise”. That means your heart is beating fast and you are breathing heavily. You should break a sweat. Popular forms of exercise:

Most people also spend way too much time sitting down. Never spend more than 2 hours at a time sitting in front of your computer. Set a timer to remind yourself to get up and go for a short walk..

Foods you should eat more of include:

  • Vegetables (yum, yum!)
  • Soups and Salads
  • Fruit and yoghurt
  • Fish
  • chicken breast and lean beef
  • eggs
  • nuts and seeds
  • dark chocolate

Foods you should eat less of include:

  • Fried Potato
  • Ice-cream
  • Pizza and Take Away (Uber Eats)
  • Cakes and Cookies
  • Soft drinks and fruit juice (too much sugar)
  • Cheese
  • Anything that is highly processed

Foods to eat in moderation include:

  • Bread
  • Spaghetti
  • Rice
  • Boiled Potato

Wholemeal bread and brown rice is preferred. It keeps you feeling “full” for longer.

Meditation

The “experts” say that the minimum amount of meditation that you should do every day is 20 minutes. More if you are stressed. This is how I do it:

First make sure you are comfortable. In a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Now close your eyes.

An image will appear to you. Together with an emotion. Try to separate the image from the emotion.

Probably five or six images will appear to you at the same time, and a whole tangle of emotions, but try to pick out just one “image/emotion” pair to focus on. You want to imagine yourself on the outside looking in.

If it is a negative emotion, then you visualize the associated image shrinking down to the size of a postcard. Then you you visualize yourself placing this postcard in an envelope, and placing this envelope in the bottom draw of a wooden desk.

If it is a positive emotion, then again you visualize the associated image shrinking down to the size of a postcard. But this time you stick the post card on the wall behind your desk, along with the other positive memories, where you will easily be able to see it.

Broken Hearts

For some inexplicable reason, DSM IV does not include an official diagnosis for “broken heart”. Nevertheless, I’m pretty sure we have all had one.

A “broken heart” is a serious medical conditions which, in extreme cases, can lead to death.

In less extreme cases it can lead to: depression, drug abuse, over-eating, reckless and self-destructive behaviour, gambling, a desire for revenge, emotional dysregulation, outbursts of anger, turning into a creepy stalker, getting arrested, going to jail, etc… etc….

In some ways, like “chicken pox”, it is better to get your heart broken while you are still young and more flexible. Rather than, say, marrying your highschool sweetheart and then getting divorced at age 40 – after catching your husband sleeping with the maid.

Nevertheless, even your best friend will probably get sick of listening to you talking about it after about three hours, so it might be worth paying a professional therapist to listen to you complain about how much your “soul aches”.

Whatever you do: Don’t kill yourself. Or join a destructive cult. It does get better.

Prayer

There is a significant body of evidence which suggests that some form of “religious faith” can provide a level of “emotional protection” against the shocks and upsets of every day life. Which everybody experiences.

It doesn’t really matter whether you believe in Jesus or Mother Nature. Or even idols. The key point is that there is something “bigger than yourself”.

If the present moment is unpleasant, then you can get “outside of yourself” into a “bigger picture”.

You can write your own prayers and design your own rituals. Or you can follow a system that has been created by somebody else. It is up to you.

But be careful of “gurus”. Never worship a human being. If you are worshiping a human being then you are in a cult not a religion.

Darwinism is probably the most “unhealthy” of all the belief systems. Because it postulates that life is essentially meaningless and cruel. That will not bring you peace or help you sleep well at night.

Leftism is a mental illness. It blames “society” for all your problems. And prevents the individual from engaging in any form of introspection.

Sometimes you have to change yourself. Not the world. Take responsibility for your own life choices, and the consequences that flow from them.

This is much more “empowering” than being a victim – and expecting “the government” to solve all your problems for you.

Toxic People

When I was a child used to suffer from what I called “the vomiting thing”. It now has an offical name: Cyclic vomiting syndrome. The evidence seems to suggest that it is closely related to migrains.

There is also evidence to suggest that the “trigger” for both unexplained vomiting and migrains is “emotional distress”. In other words: This is a “psychosomatic disorder”.

Just because something is “psychosomatic” doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. Other common “psychosomatic” disorders include: chronic back pain, chronic fatigue, and “fibromyalgia”.

Unfortunately “western medicine” doesn’t have a very good understanding of human emotion. So it is up to you to get the toxic people out of your life who are causing these symptoms.

This may require: Moving house, changing jobs, ending a romantic relationship, making new friends or limiting contact with biological family members.

Symptoms should improve once you are in a more “emotionally healthy” environment.