Saturday, 31 October 2020

Would you bring in the groceries?

Not only facial expressions and gestures but also the eyes are treacherous. The human iris is like a fingerprint by which a person can be identified. International airports like Frankfurt am Main, for example, have eye scanners for employees working in high-security areas. Each person's iris and iris are designed differently and, just like a fingerprint, have a very unique pattern. There are furrows, spots, and dots that are different for every person and therefore unmistakable. Even in genetic twins there is no match. The eyes are the reflection of the soul. Said Hildegard von Bingen already in the 12th century. Avoid any electronic devices and bright screens two to three hours before bed. The blue light shifts sleep rhythms, reducing melatonin levels, making it difficult to sleep. Reduce stressors as discussed in Key #2's self-care strategies. Improve your sleep environment, creating a dark, quiet, cool bedroom, with a comfortable mattress and bedding. Wind down with an evening ritual, such as a warm bath, meditation, reading with a dim light, listening to music, slow breathing while lying down, or restorative yoga. Write down any feelings of worry and anxiety in a notearticle to address the next day, when they will be much easier to resolve. Check with your doctor for any medical reasons for poor sleep, such as apnea, diabetes, heart disease, or any other physical problems. Mind-Body Practices Practicing yoga was a saving grace when I was in graduate school while maintaining a full-time job, and it's kept me balanced and resilient while working in fast-paced environments as a global business leader. Originally taught in India over five thousand years ago, modern yoga has become popular not only with workout enthusiasts but with business executives, athletes, and celebrities hoping to gain vast health benefits from the practice. Upward counterfactual An imagined alternative in which the outcome is better than what actually happened.

So far we have also focused on how we react emotionally to the fortunes of others, but we also generate upward counterfactuals for our own less-than-desired outcomes: If only I had studied harder; If only I hadn't had that last tequila shot; If only I had told her how much I care about her; Upward counterfactuals generally make us feel worse about what actually happened. In particularly traumatic cases, for example, if a person causes a car accident by driving drunk, that individual may get caught in a recurring pattern of if only I had upward counterfactuals that fuel continued regret and guilt over the incident (Davis et al. Markman & Miller, 2006). Interestingly, though, studies (eg, Gilovich & Medvec, 1994) have found that when older people look back over their lives, they tend not to regret actions they did but actions they didn't do: If I had only gone back to school and gotten that master's degree; If I had only had spent more quality time with my kids; They show other people sadness, fear, joy and happiness. Have you ever noticed that the first impression you get about another person is based on their face? Based on the shape of the face, people assess the trustworthiness of another person. Even scientific studies have shown this. So, men with a wide face are more likely to be distrusted than men with a narrow face. Also, the color of the eyes plays an important role in assessing character. For example, Karel Kleisner of Prague Charles University found that men with blue eyes seem less trustworthy than those with brown eyes. It is therefore not surprising that since time immemorial attempts have been made to read another person's intentions and thoughts in their eyes. But what do the eyes reveal? If you pay attention to this, you will notice that you automatically look into the other person's eyes when you talk to them because they provide information about feelings. Yoga goes beyond building a strong, flexible body. It's about cultivating a deeper mind-body awareness.

When we heal, relax, and balance the physical body, we bring more focus and stillness to the mind. In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, yoga means to yoke or union. It helps us integrate the mind and body to our true nature. Most yoga classes are rooted in the hatha yoga tradition, which focuses on a series of asanas (postures) and mindful breathing to prepare the body for meditation. Given the many styles of mind-body practices, it can be tricky to determine which one is best for your body. For our purposes, we will focus on three categories of mind-body practices to help you choose which practice will best serve your body and well-being: 1) flow-based yoga, such as vinyasa and ashtanga, which link breath to movement through a series of postures to build strength, flexibility, balance, and alignment; Flow-Based Yoga For those who enjoy a rigorous workout that builds strength and flexibility, and breaks a sweat, Vinyasa or Ashtanga are your ideal practices. If I had only asked Jessica out when I had the chance. A broad survey of Americans found that their regrets about inaction are most commonly about decisions in the domain of one's love life rather than in other aspects of their lives (Morrison & Roese, 2011). This may be something to keep in mind while you are young. But research suggests that one reason that we regret actions we didn't do in our distant past is that we no longer recall the more concrete pressures and difficulties that kept us from taking those alternative courses of action. For example, when Tom Gilovich and colleagues (1993) asked current Cornell students how much they would be affected by adding a challenging course to their workload, the students focused on the negative impact, such as lower grades, less sleep, and less time for socializing. However, when they asked Cornell alumni how adding a challenging course would have affected them in a typical semester back in the day, the alumni thought the negative impact would have been minor. Still, research on regret suggests that sometimes those fears and difficulties so salient in the present may not be so daunting as to warrant forgoing a path that offers greater rewards down the road. If upward counterfactuals, whether contrasted with things we did or with things we didn't do, tend to lead to such negative feelings about the past, why do people so commonly engage in them? Neal Roese and colleagues (eg, Epstude & Roese, 2008; Roese, 1994) proposed that by making us consider what we could have done differently, upward counterfactuals serve an important function: They can provide insight into how to avoid a similar bad outcome in the future. They reflect fear, joy, and anger, which you can read in them. No matter what the body language expresses.

Eyes always betray people. This is because the eye muscles inside are scattered by the autonomic nervous system, which cannot be consciously controlled. The main culprit that betrays you, is the pupil through which light enters the interior of the eye. It changes depending on the light conditions. It narrows in bright light and widens at dusk. The iris muscles control this change. In addition to different light conditions, the iris muscle also reacts to emotional factors. If the brain transmits that more attention is needed because you are perhaps afraid, the pupil dilates. Vinyasa is an intelligent, creative, and seamless flow of postures where you synchronize your breath with each posture and move toward to an inner harmony with your body and mind. Using sun salutations, standing, seated, hip-opening, and inversion poses, this yoga helps build strength, balance, steadiness, flexibility, and resilience to meet the demands and joys of life. Ashtanga yoga, which means eight limbs, focuses on purifying body and mind and cultivating more mind-body awareness. Through a dynamic, vinyasa-based sequence, it connects the breath through a structured series of forty-one sequential poses, including standing, seated, and inverted. This style of yoga is either guided by a teacher or self-led. The aim is to build a progressive, safe, and sustainable practice that facilitates continuous awakening from old patterns and habits. Therapeutic-Based Yoga A perfect complement to the flow-based yoga practices are the therapeutic yoga styles. These are useful to release the stressors from the day, replenish our energy, and prepare the body for a restful night's sleep. Restorative yoga is a relaxing style of yoga aimed to rebalance the nervous system and deepen our self-awareness. Supporting this point, Roese found that students encouraged to think about how they could have done better on a past exam reported greater commitment to attending class and studying harder for future exams. Thus, although upward counterfactuals can make us feel worse about what transpired, they better prepare us to avoid similar ills in the future.

Downward Counterfactuals We often also generate downward counterfactuals, thoughts of alternatives that are worse than what actually happened. These counterfactuals don't help us prepare better for the future, but they help us feel better about the past (Roese, 1994). By making salient possible outcomes that would have been worse than what actually happened, downward counterfactuals allow us to feel better about what happened. They have more of a consolation function. After a robbery, you might conclude that although they took your television, at least they didn't get your laptop. When visiting a friend in the hospital who broke both her legs in a car accident, people often offer consoling comments such as, You were lucky--you could have had spine damage and been paralyzed for life. Downward counterfactual This allows more light to enter the eye and the environment can be perceived better. You send out messages with your eyes and therefore they are also a part of body language. Eyes express the following: I'm scared -- pupils extremely dilated I find you attractive -- when flirting, dilated pupils show that all attention is yours It disgusts me -- the pupils' contract I have anger in my stomach -- a decisive factor is the line of vision. In addition to the direct evil gaze, the eyebrows are also drawn together concurrently. I am not telling the truth -- there are criminological methods to find out from eye movement whether the truth is told or lied. This is based on the assumption that people who make up a story have their eyes in a different place than people who remember important facts. It's a practice of slowing down and releasing body tension from the stresses of life. Using props, such as bolsters, blankets, straps, and blocks, this practice guides students to hold poses for five to ten minutes while giving the benefits of deep, passive stretching.

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