Monday, 19 October 2020

What is the first domino for you?

She says that she's tried to exercise on her own, but she can't get motivated to do it, so she hires you to help her get back in shape and feel better in herself. At her consultation, you find out that for the last two years she's hardly slept, and that she's been feeling very low emotionally. It takes her until midday every day to feel like she has enough energy to take on the day. She had very little appetite, so she's only been having some soup at lunch time and then a small sandwich in the evening . When you sit down to plan out her nutrition and training, you have the goal of helping her to increase her energy, lose her excess weight and feel better, so you write out her diet, rich in healthy and nutritious food, you plan in three meals per day, and you create a gym-based training programme for her to follow three times a week. You provide your client with her nutrition plan and get started with her training. At the end of week one, your client tells you that she can't cope with all the food, she's even more exhausted than when she started, and she is going to have to reconsider her options. Because of your lack of understanding around hormones and stress, you wouldn't have linked everything that she was saying to you at her consultation. Remember, she highlighted that she had zero appetite, she hardly slept for a year, and that she was very emotional. Armed with these red flags, the better option would have been to take your time, to listen more when she told you what she could do and ease her in slowly. Plan to Overcome Obstacles Socratic questioning to evaluate automatic thoughts; Ask son for help in finding job opportunities online Step 3: Go on interviews. Potential Obstacles Automatic thoughts: I'll make a bad impression; I'll mess it up Plan to Overcome Obstacles Work on making good eye contact; Sample plan for a specific goal.

OPTIMISM, HOPEFULNESS, SATISFACTION, ENCOURAGED, RELIF. NEUTRAL, EQUILIBRIUM. PESSIMISM, DISCOURAGED, DISAPPOINTMENT, FED UP, WORRY. HATE, RAGE, ANGER, JEALOUSY, REVENGE, DOUBT, FRUSTRATION, BLAME. FEAR, GREIF, DESPAIR, DEPRESSION, POWERLESSNESS, GUILT, UNWORTHINESS Or an easier way is to say there are three states of being: The Buddha inspired us to conquer ourselves and our natures by keeping our minds in the present moment and teaching us how to live in a compassionate, wise, joyful and noble manner. He wanted us to create happiness all around us, in every aspect and avenue of our lives and found a way to do so and hoped that by teaching it to others, we could achieve the same liberation. He knew that by having the right view a person could be freed from the realms of suffering and taught us a path in which we could do so, a way for us to gain a bright and radiant mind. Many people think the Buddha just wanted us to be happy and content with nothing, and the fact is he did want us to be satisfied and content with nothing, but not with an added caption or else you're not a good Buddhist! For most of us, the answer is at work. Being ready at work is like being ready at home. You need a kit and a plan. WORKPLACE EMERGENCY KIT For your kit, you have two options. Carry your Get Home Bag in and out of work every day or stash some supplies in a desk drawer, cubby or locker. At the very minimum an office emergency kit should include protein bars, water, a flashlight, N95 masks, a first aid kit (if your workplace doesn't already have one), an emergency radio, and a sturdy pair of walking shoes. EMERGENCY PLAN AT WORK If you remember, the first part of making a plan is to do your research. Do you know what disaster risks your workplace faces?

It would have been a great idea to learn more about her lifestyle and sleep patterns, and to help her develop some new habits. It's likely that, her emotional state will come from being exhausted and not sleeping, so addressing sleep and lifestyle would have been a valuable first step for her. As soon as she starts to sleep more, she will have more energy; While this might be a slightly longer road to take, you will end up building a stronger relationship with your client, she'll stay with you a lot longer, and it's a lot likelier that she'll achieve results. Everything that I've explained above is lifestyle advice, and I was able to give it because I had a deeper understanding of hormones and how they impact our day-to-day function. I did not treat or diagnose any symptoms, but - just like with nutrition - when you have a deeper understanding of your clients you are able to adopt a more tailored approach to creating their programming. Here's another example of how hormonal imbalances can affect body composition - this time, in muscle building. Back in 2008, I was at the start of my competitive bodybuilding journey, and I was doing all I could to add more muscle to my frame. I was slowly increasing my calories and training as hard as I could. No matter what I did, my strength wasn't going up, my weight wasn't moving (but I was gaining body fat), and I was exhausted after every training session. PLANNING INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS When planning a session, remember that the way people get better is by making small changes in their thinking and behavior every day. Before and during a session, ask yourself questions to formulate an overall plan for the session and to guide you as you conduct the therapy session. At the most general level, ask yourself: What am I trying to accomplish, and how can I do so most efficiently? Experienced therapists automatically reflect on many specific issues. If you're a novice therapist, the following list may look daunting. But it's useful to read it now and review it periodically, especially just before sessions. It will help you make better decisions about how to proceed within the session. Consciously contemplating the questions during a session would undoubtedly interfere with the therapeutic process.

Buddhists across the globe have taken this concept to be so; What he really wanted was to guide us away from suffering. The Buddha awakened us to being at peace with nothing, but the nothing he was referring to was an esoteric one. Being at peace with nothing is like being at peace with everything, both what you receive and what you do not receive. Love the hunger and the food. Love the vessel and the empty space inside it. Being at peace with nothing means you can have that feeling of pure, comforting satisfaction anytime you like. This feeling will give you much more joy than anything you could ever get from receiving what you crave, or even desire, that you'll be a radiant magnet for all good things to flow in, and all bad things to dart from you, like you were wearing a repellent coat. His idea of nothing gave such a feeling of inner peace that no `thing' could ever bring. The feeling you'll find in that nothing, that void, is so distinctive it could reduce you to tears of joy. Where you work will largely determine the type of emergency plan you need. An emergency response plan for workers in a high rise building will differ from the plan a construction site employee needs. Ask your employer about site specific emergency response plans and then get familiar with them. If your workplace doesn't have a plan, volunteer to help create one. Be Ready at School There's a certain level of trust you have to have when you send your child to school. You count on the teachers to keep your child safe in your absence. Even though most teachers do a good job, there's some thing you can do to ensure your child has the best chance of navigating through a crisis without your help. Make sure your child has the right supplies and the school has an emergency plan. SCHOOL EMERGENCY KIT

I had just completed Biosignature Level 1 with Charles Poliquin. Biosignature was a system that was created around hormones; In the months that followed, I continued my research into the immune system, sleep and digestion, and I was advised to work with a functional medicine doctor. The functional medicine doctor recommended that I performed a stool test to see if anything was going on internally. The results showed that I had a pretty nasty parasite (blastocystis hominis , in case you wanted to know). The parasite was not only compromising my immune system, it was impacting my ability to digest protein. My weakened immune system was also making me tired all the time, and this is why I struggled to recover from training. This was not an optimal position to be in for muscle building. Over the next twelve weeks, I followed a protocol from the doctor. After week six, I started to feel amazing, my energy started to increase, and I was sleeping much better. As you review your notes from the previous session before the session, ask yourself: What, if anything, do I need to do today to strengthen our alliance? What is the cognitive formulation [most important cognitions, coping strategies, and maintaining factors] for the client's disorder? What is my conceptualization of the client? Do I need to vary treatment to accommodate the client's individual characteristics? What has happened in the past few therapy sessions? What progress have we made toward the client's goals and helping the client achieve a better level of functioning and sense of well-being? What obstacles have been interfering? How can I build on the client's strengths, assets, and resources, and how can I help the client experience positive affect in the session? At which stage of therapy are we [beginning, middle, or final], and how many sessions do we have left [if there is a limit]? At which cognitive level have we primarily been working: automatic thoughts, intermediate beliefs, core beliefs, or a mixture?

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