Thursday, 10 September 2020

Compassion for Your Feelings

Always keep in mind that you can leave early when you are not having the best time. What is vital is that you try and know whether or not you can finish up having a meaningful and fun experience. Meditation And Overthinking Often these values are unconscious. All of us have values, but each of us assigns different levels of importance to them. Knowing the order of priority that you place on your values empowers you to take more focused action. True happiness and fulfilment can only be achieved if you live in accordance with your values. In life we have two basic directions: to move towards pleasure and to move away from pain. Knowing what you move away from is just as important as knowing what you move towards, as both actions involve the engagement of your values. If you have ever experienced a prolonged feeling of dissatisfaction or unhappiness with your life or if you have ever had that feeling of being miserable for no apparent reason, you can be sure that one or more of your basic human fulfilment drives were not being met. Time and time again I am approached by mothers who speak about feeling a little lost or useless, they tell me that their children are all grown up now and they are left with time on their hands and they don't know how to fill it. A little further into the conversation I get to hear the usual problem: `I am so used to being a mum and looking after my children's needs that I have forgotten about my own and now that they are gone I just don't know what to do with myself. Our identity provides us with a much-needed sense of purpose to our lives, without which we are left in a state of confusion and with a feeling of emptiness or longing. Children as young as four are able to practice a number of different breath-hold exercises, each with a specific purpose. For example, there is a breath-hold exercise to help unblock the nose, another to help stop a wheeze or a cough, while another is designed to improve breathing volume by holding the breath for as long as possible. While adults may at first be wary of holding their breath, children often take to it like ducks to water. I usually work with five or six children to a group, ranging in age from four to fifteen years. Beginners are gently introduced to the exercises by walking a distance of 10 paces while they hold their breath. After 3 or 4 repetitions, the number of paces is increased in increments of 5 until the child understands the exercise and experiences a moderate need for air. Most children master the exercise in no time at all, and are soon in friendly competition with their peers to hold their breath for as many steps as possible.

I usually expect children to hold their breath for 30 paces during the first session, increasing by 10 extra paces each week. Some children will make quicker progress and can learn to hold their breath for up to 80 paces in as little as two or three weeks without losing breath control or experiencing any stress. Even professional athletes would be impressed by this feat. As I looked at my husband's body lying on his examining table, with the intravenous needle still attached to the crook of his arm, the world as I knew it changed. If someone had told me at that moment that I would be able to function again or think again or write again or love again, I would have dismissed it as pity or fantasy. Harry's suicide swallowed and consumed me; Why did he leave me without asking for my help? Why didn't he trust me to extend my hand to him? What could I have done to save him? Did I do anything to bring about his decision to die? How could I not have known the depths of his pain? Why did he choose to die alone? How could he have done this to me? Meditation is akin to mindful breathing. This technique also emphasizes the deep, slow inhalation as well as exhalation of breath along with a component of meditative mindfulness. This might signify narrating a mantra. A mantra refers to a phrase or word which helps you keep focused and calm or giving your concentration on body sensations. These physical sensations take account of breathing in and out sensation through the nostrils and feeling of sitting where you are. Look for ways to divert yourself. Once you were continuously doubting yourself or thinking so much of a specific situation, you might need to look for an active way to a getaway that overthinking pattern.

Try to divert yourself with a healthy, positive alternative. Like for instance, try to meditate to ground yourself in the current situation. You can also take pleasure in crafts; Our identity is created by the relationships we have and the behaviours we engage in. For example, in this case the lady refers to herself as a mum, she knows she is more than this, however, this is what has absorbed most of her attention and behaviour and as such this is who she describes herself as. In truth we are not our behaviours. In the literal sense she is doing the act of mothering, but she is much more than a mum, she may also be a wife, a friend, a daughter, an artist, a confidante, a party animal, a fun lover, a romantic and whatever else she relates to or identifies with. For twenty years her time has been dominated by one major role, ie that of mum, and those other roles took second place to the extent that she got to feel that all she is, is a mum. That situation can be and often is incredibly fulfilling for her and is of her own choosing, however, when she is mostly relieved of that role she needs to build new ones in its place in order to feel whole again. She may do this by picking up with old friends or nurturing her relationship with her partner or returning to a neglected hobby or starting out in an entirely new area of interest. When this happens, she shines again. She assumes her new identity, feels useful and worthwhile and her levels of confidence and happiness reach new heights. We often hear tell of men who retire from working life and whose physical and emotional health deteriorates rapidly to the point that shortly afterwards they die. More important, at 80 paces, in my experience, the child's blocked nose, cough, wheeze, or exercise-induced asthma will have completely disappeared. The beauty of breath holding is that while the air shortage can be relatively extreme, it is entirely under our own control and for a short duration of time only. For premenstrual women, vegetarians, or those with a history of anemia, it may be necessary to take an iron supplement to support the production of normal red blood cells. If, despite sustained practice of these exercises, your BOLT score fails to increase, it may be useful to visit your doctor to have a complete blood count. If your hemoglobin is low, speak with your doctor about iron supplementation. In some individuals, I have witnessed iron supplementation making a remarkable difference to BOLT scores within just a few short weeks. The following Oxygen Advantage breath-hold training exercises provide simple ways to simulate the beneficial effects of high-altitude training and high-intensity training while allowing you to exercise in your usual way.

Each exercise provides both a hypoxic (lack of oxygen) and a hypercapnic (high carbon dioxide) response. Combining these two effects produces important changes in the body, such as: By incorporating these easy techniques into your routine, you will find that your breath-hold ability increases quickly, and you will begin to see results within your training and your competitive performance. What if I had been able to stop him? What if I had been more aware of what was going on with him? Why did this happen? And, how would I ever survive? At the beginning--and for survivors, the beginning is at least the first three years--all I could think about was Harry's suicide. It took me time to absorb the fact that I would never see Harry again, that I had lost my husband and partner, that I would not grow old with him as we had promised each other more than two decades before, and that all the dreams we had together for our future ended in a single moment from which I was deliberately excluded. Suicide is incredibly humbling. It makes you realize that no matter how much you love or care for other people, you cannot be their life-support system, you can't keep them going, you can't will your spirit over to them. A loved one's death by suicide is not our choice, yet we who are left behind must learn to live with its consequences and deal with its aftermath. Harry and I married during college. Do you love playing a musical instrument, then play your favorite tune. This will keep you relax and calm. Look for a way that keeps you relax. You can use that activity each time thought or thinking pattern strikes. We all have a high regard for thinkers Marie Curie, Plato, Albert Einstein, Shakespeare, Charles Darwin, etc These smart, intuitive, and innovative individuals change the ways the world with their impactful thought. But, although thinking is regarded as a positive characteristic, overthinking is definitely not. Overthinking is a barrage of unsystematic thoughts, a lot of them.

Neither does lead to clarity of mind. It doesn't help an individual gain a rational solution. Overthinking just results in resentful, obsessive as well as pointless thinking. This is no coincidence for a man stripped of his purpose and removed from his social setting can find adapting to the newly arrived lack of structure and isolation so overwhelming that his spirit dies and his body merely catches up a short while later. Work provided him with that sense of identity, that sense of purpose and the much-needed social setting where he felt he belonged. Once that was removed, his world literally fell apart. Attitude has a powerful effect on our life force. We need only look at the statistics for the amount of heart attacks that occur on a Monday morning to know that how we feel about what we do can mean the difference between life and death. For this reason these things are so vital to keep track of and get in order. As human beings we need structure and a purpose to give us a sense of identity. When that is gone we are in perilous waters. Research continually demonstrates that profound personality changes occur with the unemployed when force or circumstance removes them from their jobs and leaves them without a sense of purpose. The gangs on the street that wreak havoc and pain do so on purpose and for a purpose. Using a Pulse Oximeter To get the best results from breath-hold exercises, it can be helpful to use a handheld device called a pulse oximeter that measures how loaded the blood is with oxygen. Convenient and noninvasive, using a pulse oximeter simply involves placing a probe on your fingertip to measure the oxygen saturation (SpO2) of your blood. A pulse oximeter can be purchased rather cheaply, but my advice is to purchase a better-known brand such as NONIN, as they tend to be more responsive. One of the main benefits of using a pulse oximeter is that it can be very motivating to witness the drop in oxygen saturation as you practice breath holds, reinforcing the success of the exercise. In addition, the device can help to ensure that you don't overdo the exercises by lowering your SpO2 below 80 percent. Normal oxygen saturation at sea level varies between 95 and 99 percent (as we have seen), while the benefits from breath holding occur when the SpO2 level is dropped to below 94 percent.

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