A lizard a day keeps the doctor away?

in EXHAUST4 months ago

Now before my vegan, nature loving friends get their panties in a twist let me explain :P

I have this theory that, like eating an apple a day, that there are certain behaviours we can (and possibly should try to) do on a daily basis that will keep the doctor (and therefore illness) away. Sure, that's a tall order in our current Covid climate but actually that probably makes these things more important than ever.

Choosing what we eat, as consciously as we can, every day:

Apples are a great thing to have on the list for most people because they have fibre and phytonutrients (and a good dose of carbohydrates to make them tasty). They are food for some of the 38 trillion bugs that make up our gut microbiome. And the healthier our gut microbiome, the healthier we--the human host--are.

Moving our body, in a way that brings us joy, every day:

There are so many ways we can do this from walking, to running, cycling to swimming, yoga to weights, unicycling, kid wrangling, so many! :P Thankfully, we also have Apps (and dApps like Exhaust :) ) to help us track and measure this important metric while also rewarding us for doing something that is inherently good for us... as long as we don't overdo it that is. (Key point: joyful movement).

Spending time outdoors, being present in nature:

Enter stage left, the lizard. (See the beauties posing for photos below). Getting outdoors to surround yourself with life is essential to our mental well being. Our emotional well being and, in turn then, our physical well being are directly linked to our mental state. It's be documented oodles of times (that's the official term: oodles) that being present in nature is good for us. Thus, it makes it's way firmly onto this "do every day" list. Whether it's into the bush to see lizards (and wallabies and butterflies) like Brad and I do, or it's going to a park in your town or city, or just getting your hands in the dirt in your own garden, get outdoors - it's good for you.

Of course, this list could be much longer and include very important things like:

  • Spend time with people you love
  • Do something meaningful that gives you life a sense of purpose
  • Create something (anything! It doesn't matter the result, it matters that you're making something out of nothing, creating in a way that feels good to you)
  • Laugh or cry or let yourself feel whatever emotions you're feeling, and
  • Get sufficient, proper rest

The latter is what I'm going to do now: get off the screen, stop being productive and just chill the heck out. From Brisbane, Australia,

Conscious Cat...

The big skink...

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and the teeny bearded dragon...

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and Mr Brad (aka new.things who took all the photos, including this screenshot of his Garmin app because I forgot to turn my watch on!!)... say "good night!"

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Hahaha, the last one made me laugh. It was speaking directly to me. I'll soon get off the screen, I just need to visit three more people and I'll be done for the day.

Thanks for the lizard-apple advice, it sure strikes a balance in our lives if we concentrate on doing things that brings us joy, happiness and fulfillment.

Bhahahahahahahahaha. Yes, little sister, I was talking directly to you 😉 (Insert evil laugh here! 😂) !LOL

Hope you are making space for the things that bring you...

joy, happiness and fulfillment.

🙏😘🤗

It is raining so hard we may need an Ark
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Bhahahahahahahahaha. Yes, little sister, I was talking directly to you 😉 (Insert evil laugh here! 😂) !LOL

Hahaha, gosh this is funny, I am laughing so hard 😂😂😂😂😂

Hope you are making space for the things that bring you joy, happiness and fulfillment.

Yeah, I am doing it everyday, one step at a time. Thank you ma'am ❤️

Knock knock...
ERROR: Joke failed.

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Excellent! I'm glad I made you laugh 😁 That made me smile, broadly 😀 And giggle, a wee bit 😂 !LOLZ for you 😘🤗😅

Why did everyone enjoy the volcano?
It was just so lava-able.

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!LUV your write ups !LOL you forgot to start your watch. !hivebits

Lotrimin should make NFTs
They are good at making things non-fungible.

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Seeing the topic had me confused at first.😅😂

We all definitely have to make stepping out and interacting with people a habit. Stepping outside and appreciating nature as well as her inhabitants is one way of staying happy.

Indeed,a lizard a day does keep the doctor away.😅

😂 I was being kind of cheeky, right @monioluwa? 😆

Stepping outside and appreciating nature as well as her inhabitants is one way of staying happy.

👆 I think it really, really is.

😂 I was being kind of cheeky, right?

Yea, a little bit.. 😅😅

Does refusing to go to the gym
count as resistance training?

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Beautiful photos of the lizards. I agree with the list you provided. We only have one body and we must take care of it. Thank you for the great reminder to treat our bodies right.

Funny enough, the lizards come to me indoors even while I'm being sedentary in front of my computer! I need to take your advice and chill outside more though 😎

Bhahaha. Sometimes the small geckos and tiniest of skinks make it inside our house too. When they do, I giggle and leave them to wander. What kind of lizards do you get inside @elementm? And (have I asked before?) where are you in the world that you have so many lizards? You must be reasonably close to the equator??

Oh, and yes! Get outside more 😂 It's good for your soul 😍

Indeed 😄!

Good guess! I’m almost on the equator in Trinidad and the lizards that visit me are those little geckos. Sometimes they’re so close I could probably grab one and other times I can just hear them nearby "laughing" (sometimes after jokes too... 🤔)

Trinidad! How cool! (Or... hot 😂). I think you're only the second person I've ever 'met' from Trinidad. So that has made my morning 🙌

Meanwhile, I laughed out loud when I read this... and got your emoji:

Sometimes they’re so close I could probably grab one and other times I can just hear them nearby "laughing" (sometimes after jokes too... 🤔)

!LOL

Ah, I do so love geckos. As a kid I lived in one place where we had these gorgeous leaf tailed geckos and they just opened my heart with so much curiosity and wonder. It left such an impression on me that years later I got a tattoo of geckos 😀 which almost 20 years later I still adore.

The ones in my childhood looked like this:

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But the ones we have here (about 900km north of where I grew up) are more like this 👇 And there's so many more of them!!

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Want to hear a dirty joke?
Two white horses jumped in the mud.

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Took a while for me to remember how to add that link but I finally figured it out! The ones I see most often indoors look like this:

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But there are quite a few of the bigger ones outdoors too. I'll try to take some good pictures and post them one of these days 📸🦎😄. Thanks for the lolz!

!LUV it! That one looks pretty translucent. I think the ones I see here are similar to that but more green. I'll have to see if I can grab a photo too. Good idea! 📸📸📸

lol, I think I need to read it again😁

@rabian, why do you think you need to read it again?

Is it because they are good reminders? 🙏 Or was it confusing? 😂

I liked it, and I thought it worth reading again 😉

Yay! 😃 I'm glad 😊

when i saw the image first, my skin literally went up, i got goosebumps probably because i got a phobia with lizards. but as i read the whole content i had enjoyed it!

I'm glad you (eventually) enjoyed it @rene.neverfound. I hope you recovered okay from the initial scariness of the lizard pictures! 🤗

thank you so much for the concern! im very fine as long as i do not look lizards pictures so longgg. i gladly enjoy you being so adventurous, ma'am @consciouscat !

I hope my adventures inspire you to do adventures of your own @rene.neverfound 😉😀🤗