I think therefore I am? – A walk in the garden

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My fitness tracker died on me a few months ago and since then the wear pattern on my shoes has slowed down. The reminders to do at least 250 steps each hour were a good reminder to stay active during the day. I have the luxury of working in a place with a garden surrounding it. A few times a day I can go out for a quick walk around the garden. One orbit is 500 steps, which would add to my daily step count. 10000 steps a day was more than achievable. The fitness tracker wasn’t mine, but one I had inherited from a family member, but I wore it out.

A few minutes of self-care interspersed within busy days. The simple act of walking in some nature. The sunlight on my face, the breezes through my hair. The sounds of the insects and birds doing their thing in the trees. The wind winds its way through many thousands of leaves. Not quite a forest to bathe in but in certain parts of the garden, you can stop under a tree and imagine that you are in much deeper woods. A momentary escape from the hustle and bustle of the workplace, I am briefly transported thousands of kilometres away. The fresh air is scented with the products of the plants themselves. It’s as if I am a time traveller, going back to the wellness retreat I attended three years ago, but I am not the same person anymore. Three years older and hopefully wiser.

I return to my office and the ward feeling refreshed. These micro-breaks throughout the day help to keep things calm.

I think therefore I am? – Homeostasis

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Humans are good at maintaining homeostasis and keeping things in balance. This includes the levels of various biochemicals in our bloodstream, blood pressure, body temperature, and sitting/standing/walking balance. The human body has many different organ systems with various functions and constant adjustments are made to keep us all in good running order.

When you are unwell the homeostasis may not work as well. You end up with fevers and may become dizzy and lose physical balance. Emotional balance can also be upset and uncomfortable feelings may be revealed. When things get really out of balance physical falls can occur. A high blood calcium level can be dangerous. Threatening both quantity of life, and quality of life.

The balancing act of life cannot be continued, the tight rope has become too steep to climb, the distance too far. Despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing can stop the fall. The situation’s gravity reminds us that what goes up must come down. How arrogant are we mere humans to think we could control Nature? State-of-the-art treatments may be offered but there aren’t many guarantees in this life. In the end, we all fall and cannot get up again. We can’t stop the fall, but maybe we can soften the impact of it with the care we provide. Let’s keep on trying.