How About Drinking in a Few Good Hugs?

It’s been said, “We need four hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for maintenance, and 12 hugs a day for growth.”  As I was researching the value of an embrace, I found that there are other blogs discussing the virtues of hugging.  I figured it was worth writing about again for you Lemon-Aid followers that might not be aware that hugs are just what the Lemonaider ordered.

Scientific studies have found that hugging can lower blood pressure and reduce stress which improves heart health.  Maybe because we’ve heard so many stories about inappropriate touching we’ve now become a touch hesitant society, and therefore, touch deprived.  I would like to encourage you to more freely give loving, sincere, and caring hugs to your family, friends, and those who you think could use one.

Spread the health through hugs my friends,                                                                                 The Lemonaider



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Welcome Back, Lemon-Aid Sippers

At the risk of losing business, I will share the following statement that I read recently in a newspaper: “Exercise is better therapy than therapy.”  I’ve long believed that working out is therapeutic, and I’ve attempted to exercise consistently throughout my life.  In fact, on July 30th, I took part in what was touted to be the “biggest participation day in Iowa sports history.”  I ran in the Bix 7 in Davenport with over 15,000 other runners, and over 10,000 people (my husband included) road their bikes into Davenport on the last day of RAGBRAI.

As I stood on Brady Street on that humid morning wearing a tutu headband (pictures can be seen on my Facebook page), the crowd pressing in on me, and the National Anthem being sung, I became emotional.  The combination of the familiar patriotic song, the blanket-sized flag waving against a nearby building, and my friends beside me (some who I knew and some I didn’t) made me overwhelmingly thankful.  I was thankful that I live in a country where I am free to gather, free to run, and free to sing, thankful for those who
choose to fight for my freedoms, and thankful for the ladies beside me who were also willing to wear tutu headbands.

As the self-appointed sheriff of positive-thought city, I would like to ask all of you who are now sporting your positive-thought badges to figure out what you’re thankful for.  But
that’s not the only suggestion the Lemonaider has for you.  If you’re not already doing it, please incorporate some type of motion into your day.  If it puts me out of business, I’ll find something else to do – maybe I could mass produce tutu headbands for all of you that are going to join me next year for the Bix!

Thanks for dropping by again and having a drink with me,

The Lemonaider

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Welcome Thirsty People

Let me, Juliene Lemon, aka the Lemonaider, mix up a regular gulp of Lemon-aid for you.  I intend to use this blog to share a tip, story or statistic that just might improve your life or at least help you to think about life differently.  I feel I’m qualified for this, because most people think I am a little different, and as a mental health counselor, I strive to find ways to live smarter, better, and healthier.

I believe this blog will force me to constantly reevaluate my own well-being and hopefully gain knowledge that will help the amazing people I work with.  For example, did you know that research says 80% of our thoughts in a day are negative?  Another research study says that the average person thinks 15,000 negative thoughts in a day.  Wow!  Even if those stats aren’t completely accurate, won’t you put on a badge and join the thought police with me?  Let’s pull over our bad thoughts, throw them in jail, and see if we can’t become a more positive and hopeful world.  Tell yourself you’re great, because you are.  Accept others for who they are, and let’s work to think in the affirmative.  I promise to try.  Will you?

Until next time, stay thirsty my friends,
The Lemonaider
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