Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Season's Tickets

The ones who practice these things tend to get the best results. On the other side of the coin, by some estimates sleep deprivation affects approximately 70 million Americans of all ages. A lack of sleep has been shown to increase the risk for depression, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. A study done in Occupational and Environmental Medicine showed sleep deprived subjects have slower responsiveness similar to those that are intoxicated. EVERYTHING health-related comes back to sleep and the quality of sleep. It also helps minimize oil production and kill acne-causing bacteria in the skin and is even good for healing cold sores and burns. It will help balance the skin and will eventually dry up a pimple, generally without causing irritation. In fact, it has been used for years by the indigenous people of Australia. Witch Hazel It comes from a small bush that's native to North America. Mineral/Clay Masks Mineral masks are formed by the weathering of certain minerals and tend to be both absorbent and toning. Clays are derived from various earths. Minerals can be good for all skin types, including dry skin, but clay masks will be too drying for them. Clay masks will pull impurities and excess oil out of the pores. That is what we are coming back to: How do we know if our pendulum has swung too far, or is there even such a thing as too far, or is that just invented? This is where we must, we absolutely must, decide for ourselves. We cannot rely on Buddhist monks or our favorite self-help articles or the best productivity blog post to know how to get back to our true center, our place of harmonious activity between rest and work. One way I check in with this is walking. Another is having a consistent therapist.

Another is writing, journaling. And a big one is making an avoidance list. Having a therapist, a trusted friend, a priest, for God's sake, a sponsor, a mentor, someone whom you regularly check in with--is a great way to set your own rules for knowing yourself. Your own rules for knowing when you've gone too far away from your center. With anything, any article here--this applies. Childhood and Adulthood My parents did, in my judgment, a wonderful job of raising me. They gave me lots of love, little criticism, some honest feedback, and wholehearted approval when I succeeded in school or, really, in anything I was interested in. But even with what most would consider a near-ideal set of parents--or perhaps because of them--I had difficulty making the transition from childhood to adulthood. I define being an adult as knowing with certainty what you want, what you consider success, and what is best for you. A child is in a training process, learning through reward and punishment, approval and disapproval from parents and teachers. When you're an adult, your own approval is most important to you. You get continuing feedback-- from other people in the form of reward and punishment, approval and disapproval, and from your own successes and failures--but you know best what is right for you. Being an adult means you know best what is right for you. We spend our childhood being trained to do what our parents and teachers approve of. Hopelessness has a smell. I could also hear screams. People in pain. The head of the hospital--a doctor who looked exhausted, frustrated--explained to us that the women in this part of the hospital, many of them lying on the floor with only a piece of cloth underneath them, didn't have the means to pay for a private room. This was a shared space.

He said that there weren't enough medical staff--doctors, nurses, attendants--to care for them all. The electricity would come and go. Lights would flicker--sometimes during surgeries--and he would be forced to use his rusty flashlight to try to do his job. We went upstairs to the private area, a group of rooms with one or two pregnant women in each. Still not great conditions--but better than what we had seen. That's where you build a routine. HOW TO BUILD A ROUTINE Now that you know an area where you need a routine and understand its proper context, it's time to build one. Let's go through the steps. Start Small If you want to be a Lazy Genius about your routine, start with one small enough that you'll actually do it. If you build it big, you won't follow through. Remember how my big yoga plans didn't work but my one measly down dog did? Start small. When you learn to surf, you don't even start in the water. The SNS is our workhorse, what motivates us to explore, discover, and master. The SNS employs the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and epinephrine. The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) contains chiefly cholinergic (activated by acetylcholine) fibers and slows heart rate. It's often referred to as the feed-and-breed system because it governs our drive for natural functions such as eating, drinking, sleeping, elimination, and reproduction. The PSNS is what motivates us to rest, recuperate, and rebuild.

Each part of the nervous system has its own pleasure incentive, ensuring that we can work and recover. Activation of the SNS induces the release of dopamine, which lifts the spirits and makes us feel energized. Activation of the PSNS induces the release of endorphins, which have an analgesic effect and help us feel calm and satisfied. The sympathetic-parasympathetic dance of energy governs our behavior. For example, when endorphins are elevated, we are motivated to eat (which in itself triggers further endorphin release); As we get older, our digestive system slows down, making some proteins harder to digest. In fact, the decline of estrogen and progesterone in menopause impacts our gastrointestinal function, and our bodies become very inefficient at processing proteins. For example, the body generally finds it easier to break down fish, seafood, and eggs than steak with its tough connective tissue. Think about how you might have to chew a piece of steak compared to a piece of fish--the gastric acids in your gut face the same challenge in breaking it down. If you do enjoy eating meat and are having problems digesting it, then changing the way you cook can be helpful. Ground beef, for example, may be easier to tolerate than a dense piece of meat. In addition to this, we know that some sources of protein, such as soy, are not as efficiently processed as others, especially in relation to building lean muscle. In her article Roar, Dr Stacy Sims says, Soy protein is not a good source of protein to increase protein synthesis and encourage lean mass development. It takes fifty grams of soy protein to match the biological effect of twenty-five grams of whey protein. Am I saying that you should avoid soy protein? You must tell your friends, family, and colleagues at work what you are doing, and why you are doing it, so they know why you are more sleepy, forgetful, and bad-tempered than normal. Try not to compensate by increasing your caffeine intake. And don't nap! This would be a bad time to go to the cinema, the theater, or anywhere warm and dark where you might nod off. You may find it easier to adhere to the course with professional support from a practitioner who is trained in delivering CBTi (cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia).

Find out more at https://www. What should I do between 11 p. You might think that with all that extra time you have during the night, you will be able to do lots of useful or creative activities. But when I tried SRT I didn't do anything particularly productive. I read a lot of articles and I watched a lot of TV. TRYING TO COMMUNICATE Taking things literally Problems with literal and double meanings can cause many misunderstandings for those with Asperger syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder), many of whom complain that they wish people would just say what they mean. In a couple where one partner has not yet been diagnosed as having Asperger syndrome, the non-Asperger partner can feel quite bewildered and at times infuriated that their partner cannot understand what they are trying to say and often seems to completely miss the point. Some say that they do not see why something so simple should cause such chaos. One woman explained how she had told her Asperger husband she would `kill him' if he forgot to pick up the dry cleaning in his lunch hour. She was going to speak at an important conference that evening and needed the outfit that was at the dry cleaners. He forgot to collect it and took her threat to kill him quite seriously, so he was too afraid to go home. She eventually received a call from her sister-in-law to say that he had phoned her because he was concerned that if he returned home he was in danger of losing his life. As well as misunderstandings over the literal meanings in communication, non-verbal communication between partners may also cause problems. If you are feeling more blue than normal, you may have a zinc deficiency. This simple mineral plays a vital role in the body from the immune system to one of the major precursors in hormonal development. Anxiety and depression are both manageable when we focus on the factors we can control and optimize for our own well-being. These include proper diet, exercise, and stress management which are by far the most inexpensive treatment comparatively. Many people choose medication to fight the symptoms of depression, however, this only covering up the symptoms and not addressing the root cause.

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