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Success-Driven Inner Dialogue

mind processes Fact: You are talking to yourself… all the time.
During these silent, internal conversations you tell yourself to do something, ask yourself why you did something, or ask hypothetical questions like: “Did that cheesy commercial have anything to do with insurance?”

Question: Does what you are saying to yourself matter?
According to a section in “The Now Habit at Work” by Neil Fiore, Ph.D. what you say and how you say it matters very much. The book includes an interesting look at inner dialogue and how it can very easily lead to procrastination.
How? – By causing either a “stress” or “depress” response toward the idea of working any given task or project.

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. – William James

Procrastination Begins by ‘Depressing Motivation’

Using “I should to begin a self-statement is an attempt to motivate yourself to do something to make your situation better. Instead, it actually just establishes that your current situation is not OK because you ‘should’ be doing something else. Processing a lack of well-being has a tendency to depress motivation.

Using “should do” infers a lack of self-confidence or a lack of necessity. It can also imply that the statement is optional. (E.G. ‘We should all be nice to other people.’ – And we all know this is completely unrealistic and becomes mute after a bad day in nightmare traffic when that idiot in the stinky car cuts you off!) :)

Statements beginning with “I will…” or “I plan to…” or “I will enjoy the benefits of doing…” support confidence and do not hinder your current state of well-being.

To change habitual, inner dialogue:
Try choosing alternative statements with what comes most naturally and committing to practice as often as you can remember to or write them down.

Procrastination Begins By ‘Activating Stress’ From Self Talk

Using “I have to” as the precursor for a self-statement attempts to motivate with pressure, but really just successfully activates a stress response.

As a human being it is natural for us to want to avoid stress. In this modern society, we have pressure coming at us from all directions. Thus it is an act of self-preservation to use an escape key like procrastination to avoid tasks that have already been associated with stress. Unfortunately, procrastination is no real escape at all is it.

I admit, I start thoughts with this stress activating forerunner all the time…

  • I have to remember to…!
  • I have to figure out a faster way to do this…next time!
  • I have to do better on…!

Dr. Fiore recommends replacing “I have to” with “I choose to”. Saying: “I choose to work on…” does not sound natural to myself, but it may to you. I would transition easily to use “I am going to” or even “I like to”. I would acclimate better saying something like, “I like to be as efficient as possible with my email responses to spent minimal time on non-income producing tasks.”

Like I said before, we have pressure coming at us from all directions and learning how we can learn to treat ourselves regardless of the outside influence is crucial for a balanced life. It is healthy to accept human limits and more fulfilling work with success rather than forever working toward it.

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Plant Therapy

How much plant life do you keep in your home or office environment?

There was a time that I had resigned myself to accept that I am terrible at taking care of plants and flowers.

I would have sworn that I was simply not able to keep them alive. I’d either forget about them or drown them. Plus, I never really had much of a yard to work with in attempt to have any kind of garden outside my home that’s for sure. The closest I ever came to being successful at growing anything was on Farmville. (Heh, yeah seriously.)

Then one day I was reading an article about herbs and their health improving properties, and I remembered that I had bought a few of those tiny herb kits at the dollar spot in Target.

I really have no idea why I purchased them other than the fact that I liked the adorable tiny pots that they came in. I know, it’s bad to do this. I actually avoid the dollar spot these days because I would always find something that would end up sitting in a box in a closet forgotten but taking up space.

Anyways, back to the point, I decided to dig out the little herb garden starter kits and try to grow them. To my surprise, they actually started growing! (See my photo of them above.)

I found nurturing the tiny little seeds to grow to be quite relaxing and rewarding.

This is an infant liquid medicine dispenser.

I gave them each tiny drops of water to drink every day. – Just enough to get the soil completely wet and I used an infant liquid medicine dispenser. (I know it probably sounds way to over-cautious to those of you with a green thumb, but like I said, I was pretty certain that when I took care of plants before I would either over or under water them.)

Because I enjoyed this little activity so much, I decided to look up the benefits of gardening. Turns out that leisure gardening is actually a newer type of therapy called horticulture therapy. Who knew?

From John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog post about Plant Therapy:

“A number of studies have already indicated that just looking at plants or nature can help alleviate stress, perceptions of pain and improve mood among patients. More recently, studies have gone further to indicate that the act of gardening can also have dramatic and restorative effects on health.”

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
It is currently available to watch from netflix instant queue if you want to check it out.

The Foundational Value of the Film
We eat so much over-processed and vitamin/mineral depleted foods that our bodies are fighting a losing battle to stay healthy. A pure juice fast is a semi-fanatical idea but it really opens your eyes to the benefits of restoring the nutrients back into your body to allow you to fight sickness and disease.

During the movie, they visited a juice bar in Australia that happened to claim that the following ailments can be cured or eased by putting these fruits and vegetables into a juicer and consuming them in all their natural glory. (Some of the concoctions really looked disgusting, but then again so does chocolate cake when you think about it.)

Ailments – and the natural supposed cures
Anemia – carrot spinach watercress
Arthritis – carrot cucumber beet grapefruit
Asthma – carrot celery grapefruit
Cellulite – apple ginger carrot beet
Cleansing Cocktail – carrot apple beet ginger
Cold – carrot parsley ginger garlic
Constipation – carrot spinach apple
Depression – carrot apple beet spinach
Diabetes – carrot celery parsley
Diarrhea – mixed vegetables
Eyes – carrot celery
Fatigue – carrot spinach/orange lemon grapefruit
Gout – carrot celery parsley
Hangover – pineapple honey brewers yeast
Headache – carrot celery parsley
Hemorroids – carrrot spinach
Hypertension – carrot spinach beet pineapple papaya
Impotence – carrot parsley cucumber orange papaya honey
Indigestion – carrot cabbage beet
Kidneys – carrot beet celery
Memory loss – peach lime banana brewers yeast
Menstral – pineapple ginger apple
Nervousness – carrot celery
Peptic Ulcer – carrot cabbage pineapple papaya
PMS pineapple banana soy milk spiru-tein
Stress – banana strawberry pear brewers yeast
Vericose Vein – cantelope banana kiwi

Beating Insomnia Plan: Successful Since September

Ok, so I found this great medicine… it’s called SLEEP!

It took me about 2 weeks to realize how much better I feel when I am well rested. I really felt as if I was aging very quickly, and my eyes often looked dull, and I was extra grouchy sometimes.

Well, since the middle of September, I have been REALLY trying to get 8 hours of sleep every night. And I tell you what, I highly recommend it.

Of course, if you are like me and “used to” 5 hours maybe less sometimes, it’s difficult to get to sleep sometimes… The only advice I can give you for that is: “Keep trying.” It’s worth the energy you get when you finally get caught up.

Night 5

Bedtime: 11:45pm

Day 5

Woke up: 9:45am

Night 6

Bedtime: 11:30pm

Day 6

Woke Up: 9:00am

Night 7

Bedtime: 11:30pm

Day 7

Woke Up: 7:30am

Night 8

11:30pm

Day 8

7:30am

Night 9

11:00pm

Day 9

7:15am
and so on….

Needs, Wants, and the Trouble with Cutting Corners

BP Oil Patterns On Beach in Louisiana

Does it seem like humankind as a whole is now reaping the consequences of being careless? All those situations where we have “cut corners” and “taken the easy way” are now apparently coming back to haunt us.

Why is there oil polluting the Gulf of Mexico? Why wouldn’t something this serious be handled with more urgency? Was it because too much work was contracted out to the cheap labor companies instead of the ones that would do the job right? How do you think this will affect BP’s bottom line?

Why is our economy struggling to climb out of a recession? Was it really because big banks, car companies, and investment companies were showing investors and home buyers the numbers we wanted to see vs. the numbers that we needed to see?

Time for Change

Now is the time to accept our failures and re-embrace the values that our parents and grandparents taught us.

  • Choose quality over quantity.
  • Steady wins the race.
  • Waste not, want not.
  • And remember to take time to be happy.

I realized that we will probably never know all the answers to these questions. The important thing is to get back up and do things right this time.

“Those who can’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana

Immune System: The Defenders

Content originally from the web address: http://www.thehumanbody.ecsd.net/immune_system.htm (I edited this content very little, because it was great to begin with. I was sad to have seen that the site was down. Last checked 9-27-2011)

The Immune System: The Defenders

by Emmett Underhill

The main job of the immune system is to protect our body from foreign invaders. The immune system does this by sending out different types of cells that kill germs.

What are germs?

Germs are bacteria, fungi, parasites, or viruses that make us sick. The cells of the immune system can usually protect us from them.

These are germs:

germs

Viruses

Bacteria

How do the immune system cells protect us?
1. Special cells called neutrophils and macrophages can eat and destroy germs.
This is called Phagocytosis.

In this picture, a large Macropyhage cell on top, comes down and surrounds and then starts to eat two germ cells.

Phagocytosis

2. Special cells called lymphocytes can attach to and kills virus infected cells. In this picture, the smaller lymphocyte on the bottom is killing the bigger cell.

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What does the immune system look like?

These cells are produced in our bone marrow, thymus, and spleen and circulate in our blood stream looking for invaders.

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Resources

  • Books:
    • Cell Wars by Dr. Fran Balkwill & Mic Rolph published in 1991 by HarperCollins Pulbishers
  • Internet:
  • Video:
    • The Magic School Bus – Inside Ralphie