Then, on the left side of the paper make a heading called activities. Under this heading list all the activities to be performed within that time frame. For example, let's say you're working on launching a campaign for a new product. For each activity required (sales conferences, advertising support, packaging, market research), determine the deadline that must be met and plot it on the spread sheet. It was a question better left unasked. Patty didn't want people to know that the phone had distracted her; that she'd lost control of the car; and that Michael never wanted her to have that goddamned car in the first place. The months-old fire-engine-red micro-car was no longer Patty's cute little car or Patty's birthday gift to herself. It was that goddamned car. In the months prior to the tragedy, Patty and Michael had fought about Patty's purchase of the micro-car. A biology teacher, Patty was in love with the idea of driving an environmentally friendly car, plus she loved that it was built for two. Just two. Ecstatic to shake off the aged minivan she'd driven for years, her new car was more than a replacement for the soccer mom minivan that had wheezed its last. By the same token, the more obese someone is, the worse their OSA. It isn't just that obesity worsens sleep apnea. Sleep apnea contributes to obesity. People with severe OSA develop a different mix of appetite-controlling hormones which causes them to eat more and feel less satiated. Moreover, people with OSA feel sleepier during the day and are less likely to go out and exercise. It becomes a vicious cycle where obesity leads to OSA which leads to more obesity.
The good news is that if obese people lose even ten percent of their body weight, they can reduce or even eliminate their OSA. An overweight person with OSA should speak to their doctor about a diet and exercise program. Consider intermittent fasting. The weight loss can make the difference between a healthful night's sleep and the dreaded alternative of sleepiness, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. This kind of emotional collecting is what can build up over time and lead to a lot of mental and emotional issues for the empath. You may just be used to having emotional mood swings, highs and lows, and not really interpret the true source of those feelings. As a result, empaths are prone to depression and anxiety, feeling what others have going on under the surface and carrying their baggage around as though it were your own. This is also what can lead to other issues like low self-confidence, feeling guilt or shame for unclear reasons, or feeling passive and disorganized about your life. Not all of your feelings belong to you when you are an empath, and there are a lot of ways to uncover this sensitivity and begin to understand it better so that you are not an emotional sponge, taking in the whole world of emotion around you and not living as your happiest and most balanced self as a result. In addition to the mental and emotional issues that can manifest if you are an empath, this absorption of other people's emotional energy can actually be stored in the physical body and manifest as illness, exhaustion and other physical problems. Not everything you might be suffering from can be treated by a doctor but can be treated in addition to medical and professional advice. A Therapist might be more likely than a medical doctor to confirm that you are an empath and are therefore more likely to feel other people's emotional discomfort. All of that can build up over time, like with the mental and emotional issues, and develop into chronic problems. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a greatly misunderstood disorder and can be very hard to treat in a doctor's office. Our relationship with our body, or perhaps more accurately our `oneness', is particularly important at this time when we are considering future technologies such as neural prosthetics, implants and wearable robots that could become an extended part of `us'. The Mind/Body question moves up to a whole other level. From what we now know of the adaptability of our body and brain, it is even possible that, by extending our sense of self to new wearable devices, our brains may adapt to accommodate a restructured version of self with new sensory representations. In other words, we may start to sense and have `feeling' in these new extended parts of us. We already have to accept a new set of responsibilities that come from understanding that our biological future is not solely determined by our genes. We know now that our genes respond to our environment.
Signals come in from the external world. Your brain responds to the world and then sends chemistry into the blood. This controls the behaviour and genetics of your cells. It is called Signal Transduction. When you sit down with a friend to have a serious conversation about an argument you had the week before instead of avoiding the confrontation, you're practicing good self-discipline. Celebrate the small victories and pat yourself on the back when you recognize yourself adhering to a habit that will lead to better self-discipline. You can do this! You will also find stories of how people just like you used this high-class skill to reach new heights in their own lives. Mental toughness is the key skill that makes the difference between a benched high school baseball pitcher going pro and never playing again. It's the difference between the Etsy shop that just kind of peters out and one that becomes the owner's full living. It's the difference between your stagnancy and your glowing future. It's the drive to achieve long-term goals, even when it's tough, or you don't feel like it. Even when roadblocks rise up to defeat you, with grit, you won't back down. At the very core of mental toughness is consistency. Then calculate the days it will take to accomplish the task and block them on your game-plan sheet. The final result is a clear visual presentation of the tasks before you. Game plans are frustrating to create. You may tear up several before producing the perfect one. But they are frustrating only because you're finding it difficult to prioritize all your projects. However, once you put your game plan together you will enjoy an enormously satisfying feeling.
Keep your game plan where you can see it. Display it on your office wall or in your project article. It will serve as a constant reminder of the tasks at hand. Game plans are both exciting and painful. Patty's Cute Little Red Car was a symbol of being kid-free, yet still young enough to run around and have fun. Michael, on the other hand, regarded the micro-car as a death machine, and that's exactly what he called it. I just want there to be more metal between you and whatever's ahead of you, he'd insisted. What's wrong with getting an SUV? You can still buy a bright red one. Patty huffed, I am 47 years old, and that is more than old enough to make my own decision about a car. I make my own money and whether you approve or not, I'm buying myself a cute little red car for my birthday. At least one of us still wants to have fun. That rainy night in November, they'd argued about which car to take to their usual date-night restaurant. When Michael balked at riding in her car, Patty accused, Your pride is hurt because I made a decision without you, and I didn't need you on the title to buy it. I can't emphasize this enough. If you're obese and have sleep apnea, the best thing you can do for your health is to lose weight. And, you'll find that once you start losing weight and sleeping better, it will be easier to lose more weight. You just have to get the ball rolling. I should mention that you can have OSA even if you are not obese. It is estimated that one in four people with sleep apnea has a normal weight.
Therefore, don't assume that you don't have OSA just because you're skinny. You can still have sleep apnea. That's why it's critical for all adults who snore and feel sleepy during the day to go to their doctor or sleep specialist for an exam (or order an at-home sleep study). What might not be considered regularly by the medical community is that this type of chronic issue may be closely linked to how you relate to the world around you. For an empath, taking on all of the negative emotions of others can lead to exhaustion in the physical body and leave you bedridden and unsure of how to heal your fatigue. Your body can get sore and achy from your high sensitivities, and you may even find that you are getting colds more frequently because your body is unable to process the emotional energy you continue to collect from the people around you that always gift you with their problems. Being careful and cautious with your physical health might not be as simple as getting good exercise, a healthy diet, and regular doctor exams. If you are an empath, you will be dealing with a lot more than that, and it may be helpful for you to recognize when these symptoms start to show up and if they seem always to happen when you are around the same person, or people, or after certain events or situations. Another sensitivity for the empath is being in highly stimulating environments, or being in large groups or crowds. When you are a strong sponge for energy, activity, sensory input, and emotions, you are turning that up a lot when you are in a situation involving a lot of people. There are plenty of ways to allow yourself space to enjoy a crowded party or musical concert, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming, depending on what the situation is. The groups you interact with will continually cause ripples in your own emotional energy, and so you might find that you are a little more discerning than others about who you are choosing to spend your time with, or where. You can see examples of this in nature when you are looking at a group of animals who are challenging an opponent. What environment they respond to is largely up to us. Some see this as being as empowering as the discovery of neuroplasticity. But it means we have to work harder to clear our cognitive bias because otherwise the cells will be responding to messages and beliefs that we have not chosen to guide our life. What's most important is that we choose to look after our body and, in doing so, look after our mind. We can choose to eat well, drink enough, get enough sleep, exercise and relax. We can also choose to help our body by thinking well, by not allowing the ANTs to lead us down the spiral of negative thought and worry.