Motivation

Causes of Stress

Causes of Stress

Causes of Stress

By: Trevor Dumbleton

In order to eliminate or at least control stress, it is vital to know and understand the causes of stress. Of course, there are many causes of stress and they are as varied as the people who suffer from stress, but there are a few places to look first. And by learning about these causes of stress, you can figure out where stress is entering your life.

One of the most common, and most complained about, causes of stress is work. However, it is not only the day-to-day tasks and routine pressures of work that can lead to stress. In fact, the mere concern about keeping a job can be a source of stress. Unfortunately, the combined stress of both work itself and the possibility of losing it creates a sort of double-stress in which people feel they have to work even harder in order to keep their jobs, making the stress that much worse.

As well, for those who have not entered the working world yet, school can be a great source of stress. The constant pressure of schoolwork, friends, teachers, tests, quizzes, papers, and everything else can be enough to make anyone feel like they are in trapped in a vice. In addition, the deadlines are all immoveable, so students are constantly under time pressure. And, to make matters worse, there are often several deadlines overlapping each other, intensifying the demands on time. Then, once final exams arrive, there is a lot to re-learn and students need to spend so much time studying that they can barely sleep. Needless to say, losing sleep does not help people who are under stress. Thus, students need to manage stress just as much as people who work.

Another cause of stress is simple family life. Unfortunately, though we hope that our home lives can be sources of relief from daily stress, they can often be sources of stress all their own. For childen as well as parents and spouses, the home can often be its own source of pressure.

For parents, stress can often come from simply worrying about their children. After all, seeing a child grow up, make mistakes, go through school, go to college, play sports, and often learn things to hard way is enough to make a parent tear their hair out. Thus, despite the joy that children can bring, they can also be causes of stress and worry.

Unfortunately, parents can be causes of stress also. Though they often have their childrens' best interests in mind, they can also put a lot of pressure onto their children, causing them to worry not only about school or life, but also how their parents will react when they hear about some new event, success, or error. It is as though there is no place to turn when things go wrong, creating extra stress. No, it is not easy being a parent, but it isn't always easy being a child or a teenager either, since parents can often be causes of stress as much as sources of comfort from it.

On top of that, spouses can also be causes on stress. Let's face it, husbands and wives often have expectations of their significant others and it is not always easy to live up to those expectations. As well, spouses often spend a lot of time avoiding certain arguments simply because they are trying to avoid stress. However, leaving tension in the air while not resolving it can be a cause of stress.

Money is also a major cause of stress, simply for the fact that there never seems to be enough of it. Thus, as the money keeps going out but it never seems to come in enough, stress just keeps mounting. Unfortunately, spouses, children and sometimes parents can often remind us of our shortfalls and they will often increase the stress. Of course, that is to say nothing of the continual reminders from the mortgage or rent, car payments, credit cards and other bills. And, furthermore, it is rather difficult to be philosophical about money stress since attempting to put things into perspective only recalls thoughts about the money that always seems to be missing. Thus, money stress just keeps piling up higher and higher and there never seems to be a way out.

Though this is only a partial list of all the possible causes of stress, these are some of the most common sources. However, no matter where the problem is arising, stress will not make them better. Rather, stress will only make it harder for people to think about their problems and try to solve them. Thus, in order to solve the problems that lead to stress, the best place to start is by managing the stress, then working to solve the problems with a clear and uncluttered mind.

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Sing Out Your Stress

Top 5 Reasons to Sing Out Your Stress

Top 5 Reasons to Sing Out Your Stress

When people find out that I'm a music therapist, the comments I hear most often are "I wish I could sing!" or "Oh, I love to sing, but I'm not good enough to do it in front of anyone". Some of these people tell me that, as children, a parent, teacher or someone else told them that they should just mouth the words because they didn't have a good enough voice.

Singing is our birthright! Singing is a natural and pure expression of how glad we feel to be alive, and the way we show our love of music. Here are my top five reasons to sing out your stress:

1. To connect with your body: We sing with our whole bodies. Because singing is so connected to closely with breath, singing helps us "be in our bodies" and let go of the thinking (or worrying) we do much of the day. Singing can be a joyful activity and can release endorphins (those feel-good chemicals that the body creates).

2. To connect with yourself: Meditative toning, singing along to a favourite song or simply humming to yourself are all ways to tap into your inner landscape and see what's going on in there.

3. To connect with others: Singing with other people - in meditation, prayer, at a sing-along, at a concert, or even over the telephone or Internet - helps us experience in a very deep way that we are all truly connected.

4. To express your feelings: Many times a singer, songwriter or composer has expressed our feelings in a way we could never have - if there's a song that expresses what you want or need to say, try singing along (keep in mind that this is just for you and it's not about "sounding good").

5. To boost your good feelings: Whatever you focus on, you'll invite more of into your life. You can choose uplifting, joyful and celebratory songs to sing.

So sing out! Be proud of your own unique voice. Experiment with what works for you - keep a journal of what you notice in your mind and body when you sing specific songs. Then you can choose the right song for the right moment and make use of the power of singing in your own life.

Author Bio
Linda Dessau, BFA, MTA, CPCC is a self-care expert, accredited music therapist and certified life coach. Learn more about using singing for stress management, personal growth and spiritual development at www.singoutyourstress.com, where you can download the FREE report, "Top 10 Ways to Sing Out Your Stress".

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Procrastination Solutions

Procrastination Solutions

Procrastination Solutions

By: Lael Johnson

I'm assuming that you have encountered some form of procrastination in your life. For those of you who don't struggle with procrastination. Congratulations! I find procrastination especially frustrating to handle, when it disguises itself as irritability, confusion and anger, pointing my heart and mind away from where the real causes lie.

Procrastination is a temporary solution to cover or push away intense feelings during the creative process. Some creatives feel anxiety before starting a project. Others feel depressed in the middle of creating a project. Still others struggle being unable to finish a project, especially one that comes closest to the realization of part of their artistic vision. They don't want to face the unknowns of exploring a new project.

Procrastination is a form of self-sabotage. I call it a short-term last resort. If you let procrastination go, it can take over your life. In the following exercises, I can increase your awareness of how procrastination may be interfering with your work. Remember to choose to work one exercise at time. Take your time when you write. Be patient as you start to react to these two exercises. Let your mind and heart gently guide you toward deeper awareness and desire to change.

TO-DO LISTS:
Lists are easy to write in your journal. If you can write a laundry list, then you can write a journal list. Feel free to choose organization tools that work best for you. My preference is to use a combination of my calendar, some goal files (pc), index cards and my memory. When I'm creating lists, I like having access to both flexible tools(cards and memory) and a workable structure ( past lists and some goal files). Remember to write a clear, easy to read, and detailed to-do list.

CHOOSE ONE AREA: Choose one urgent "procrastination" area.
To help your focus answer the following questions about your situation:

Purpose: Increasing your awareness of your resistance:
What part of this activity, that I don't want to do? (answer in specifics)
What am I feeling about working on this activity? (There may be more than one feeling)
What would I rather be doing?
What is so attractive about resisting this activity?

Purpose: Increasing your awareness of your motivation:
What part of doing this creative project do you like?
What are your feeling about this creative project? (any feelings)

Summarize your resistance statements and your motivated statements
Look for any similarities and differences (use this information to answer the next question)
Look for ways to increase your motivational actions and decrease your procrastination actions.

Congratulations! You've chosen your new goal.
Start working on it now!!
No more procrastination!

Author Bio
Lael Johnson, owner of Writer's Eye Advisory Service, offers creativity coaching services and additional writing resources. For more information visit: www.writerseye.com

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32 Words That Can Change Your Life

32 Words That Can Change Your Life

32 Words That Can Change Your Life

By: Carina MacInnes

We all have ways of testing opportunities that enter our lives. Some of us just dive right in based on feeling, others walk straight into what they know is right by a gut feeling or intuition. And if it's not gut feelings or emotions that are the tests of opportunities, it is the logical mind persuading us to ignore those feelings and emotions and test it with our reality of reason.

Most of us do not have a predetermined strategy for testing opportunities, or even more generally to test the actions we take and the choices we make in our lives.

There is an easier way to determine if our choices we make and the opportunities we receive 'pass the test'. This simple 32 word statement of business ethics was first created in the 1930s and used to turn around a failing company. These four questions were applied by each employee to each and to every minute detail of the company's workings. This little list of four questions from Rotary International, a humanitarian business organization, is the most widely printed, translated and reproduced piece of business ethics today:

"Of the things we say, think or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

If we built businesses and our lives based on these very simple 4 questions we would be coming from a place completely the opposite of the competitive mind and the lack mentality. As you can see, these questions prompt you to choose what is true, fair, and good, making choices that can build friendships and goodwill. It helps us to see how the choices we make can be beneficial to all concerned.

Because of our societal influences, we most often are inclined to make choices and act based on a competitive mind. This comes from the perspective of lack, scarcity, and ultimately greed.

Any opportunity based on the model of competition and lack will simply not pass the test. Competition promotes strife. It embodies winning one spot, taking it away from all the other people who want it. It misleads people to believing there is only one chance for success, when in reality there is plenty for all.

The competitive model encourages people to rely on a source outside of themselves to give them what they need. This denies the power of their own ability to create what they want. This narrow focus shows they are choosing to ignore the possibility of creating this opportunity in their own lives, instead of trying to win the spot from millions of others.

This simple testing technique takes us completely out of the competitive mind of greed, scarcity and lack. It turns our thoughts and choices toward the positive, realizing there are opportunities we can take that can provide increase for all concerned.

I invite you to use these questions to test your actions and opportunities in your life. If you are seeking opportunity, these questions may help you see things in a different way. In doing this, perhaps you might find an opportunity in your life which truly allows you to benefit the world, while at the same time reaching whatever your dreams, goals, and desires are.

 

Author Bio
Carina MacInnes is an author and entrepreneur, currently offering a free in-depth e-course on wealth building secrets by her favorite mentor, get it here: milliondollarsecret@robotreply.com She also offers a powerful opportunity to increase health, wealth and vitality in your own life. Visit her site here: imagineacai.com

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Inappropriate Behavior as a "Teachable Moment"

Inappropriate Behavior as a "Teachable Moment"

Inappropriate Behavior as a "Teachable Moment"

By: Norma Schmidt

Two boys in a first grade classroom were arguing loudly over an item they both wanted to use at the same time.

Their teacher approached them in a friendly way and said, "Boys, it sounds like you two are having a problem. Let's talk it out."

One of the boys told his side of the story, his face still tense but his voice lowered to an "indoor" volume. The second boy listened and then, without any prompting, came up with a solution to which the first boy readily agreed.

"Great job!" the teacher beamed. "See? You can talk it out!"

A TEACHING PERSPECTIVE CAN PRODUCE AMAZING RESULTS WHEN KIDS BEHAVE INAPPROPRIATELY.

If we approach unwanted behavior from the perspective of our child's judge/jury/jailer, our first impulse may be to punish.

But punishment doesn't teach kids what they SHOULD be doing. It doesn't expand kids' problem-solving skills, teach them how to repair social mistakes, or improve their social perception.

Fortunately, punishment isn't the only available tool.

WE CAN CHOOSE TO VIEW THE INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR AS A "TEACHABLE MOMENT."

When the teacher in the story above heard the two boys arguing, she spotted a chance to teach better social problem-solving.

Inviting the boys to "talk it out" reminded them of their capacity to problem-solve without shouting or arguing. They saw that "talking it out" could work, and they were more likely to "talk it out" next time.

A teaching perspective has room for punishment in some cases, but the focus is on helping kids learn the skills they need to behave appropriately.

If we view inappropriate behavior as a learning opportunity for the child, new options open up.

HERE ARE TEN CHOICES FOR MAKING THE MOST OF A TEACHABLE MOMENT:
1. Redirect the child toward a more appropriate activity.

2. Inform the child that what they're doing "isn't a good idea" or "isn't safe."

3. Give a friendly reminder about the rule the child needs to be following.

4. Guide the child through the steps of apologizing.

5. Ask the child to consider how others feel when she engages in the inappropriate behavior.

6. Help the child make amends to anyone negatively affected by the inappropriate behavior. Ask, "What can we do to help (name of person) feel better now?"

7. In the case of a conflict, prompt the children to "talk it out," providing assistance as needed.

8. Give a new rule, if the situation wasn't covered by the rules the child has already been taught.

9. Invite the child to think of a better to way to ask for what they want or need in the situation.

10. Teach the child appropriate words/behaviors to replace the inappropriate ones.

The rules of appropriate social behavior take a long time to learn and an even longer time to internalize as habits. Even adults don't do it perfectly!

When we use our child's behavior mistakes as opportunities to offer guidance, we're giving our child their best chance to become more kind, responsible and socially competent.

 

Author Bio
Norma Schmidt is a parent of two and a former Lutheran minister. Her career includes serving as a pastor, campus minister and cancer center chaplain. She has also worked with children with disabilities. Norma offers workshops on parenting and on living with serious illness. Her writing has appeared in "Coping with Cancer" magazine. Download her free report, "61 Great Ways to Teach Kids about Money" and look through her other articles by going to www.ParentCafeOnline.com.

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A Personal Perspective on Why Christians Suffer Trials

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Joseph

Among humanity's oldest mysteries are the origin and cause of suffering. We need only look around us to know that the world is filled with suffering. No creature on earth has not experienced some form of pain and suffering. It is the nature of this world. It hasn't always been so. God tells us that He made the world perfect, and we know that in those early days there was no sin, no suffering, no death, decay or disease.

Suffering came about after Adam and Eve gave into temptation1. With their act of rebellion against God, sin and suffering entered the world and now all creation is feeling its effects2.

Although sin is the root of most suffering, i.e. the result of personal sin, what about those who suffer hardship despite having done absolutely nothing wrong?

People often point to the trials of Job, that Old Testament patriarch who went from wealthy landowner and happy parent, to a bewildered, broken, childless and penniless man in only a short amount of time3. God said that Job was blameless and lived an upright life4, yet the man suffered.

That man's suffering came about because God pointed out how upright and righteous Job was when He called the angels to heaven to talk with them5. When God talked to the devil about Job's righteousness, the enemy threw a fit, belittled Job's righteousness6 and was given permission to attack Job, first through loss of material possessions and his children7, and when that didn't work, the devil was given permission to attack Job's body directly8.

The only real fault Job had was in thinking that he was a good man in his own right, that doing good would bring about rewards. When he sought to vindicate himself before God9, the Creator corrected him10.

Job suffered because God intended to teach us and the devil a lesson: that He is in control of all creation and always worthy of praise10.

But people since that time have looked at Job's problems and wondered how that man's hardship could be applied to their own lives. What about others who haven't had a chance to live a full life? Why do they suffer? What about the truly innocent? The infants, the extremely mentally disabled? Why do they suffer?

Well, the answer can be found in the life of one Man, indeed He is the most important Man of all. Jesus Christ never sinned11. He is God. Yet, He suffered every day throughout His earthly life and indeed He suffered since sin came upon the human race12

How so? Because God hates sin13. Because God created a gentle and happy world for humans and animals to live in. Every bit of sorrow and misery that humanity and animals experience indeed hurts God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit14.

We all hurt God. The devil hurts God by attacking the Lord's creation. More directly to how we all hurt God: when Jesus was spat upon, flogged, stabbed and crucified he was hurt by each and every one of us15,16,17. So, for any who doubt that anything in creation can hurt God, I hope this has dispelled that misconception.

The wonderful thing is that Jesus triumphed over suffering and death18. His sacrifice on the cross means that His children will have eternal life19. Any man, woman and child who accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior will have eternal life20. That's His promise to us.

But it doesn't come instantly. By that I mean, becoming Christian doesn't make the earthly problems go away. Often times, Christians suffer even greater problems21.

That's what makes many people scratch their heads. It seems counter-intuitive - follow God and you have pain, go your own way and things seem to be okay.

Note how I said "seem". Those who think they're in total control secretly know that most things in this life are still beyond their ability to regulate. Those folks have two options: accept that they need God's help or they can continue their own way and ultimately lose their very soul22.

But that doesn't seem to address the reality of Christian suffering.

Jesus told us that in this world we shall suffer trials23. In response many of us are quick to ask "why?". Jesus also told us that because He suffered (and suffers) hatred, all of us who follow Him will also suffer it24.

It's often said that Christians are to imitate Christ25, to obey and love Him and to love all humans as brothers and sisters26.

People may not realize that Christians also share something else with Jesus Christ: an inheritance27. Yes, an eternal treasure waiting in heaven28. Christians - yes, the adopted children of God - are joint heirs with Jesus Christ29. This means that to be like Christ is to have the same rewards as our first Brother.

A long time ago a powerful angel named Lucifer got the idea in his head that he could be like God in power, splendor and glory30. The instant that thought entered Lucifer's mind, he went from being a good angel to the leader of the fallen angels.

Lucifer, also known as the dragon and Satan, the enemy of God and the adversary of man is forever finished31. He can never be redeemed. In fact, when God told Adam and Eve they had to leave Eden, he comforted the husband and wife by telling them that the devil was going to be defeated by Jesus Christ32. That is why Jesus came to live among us, to remove sin, give us a way home and to defeat the devil. He has done that. The devil has lost.

But even though the devil has been defeated, God hasn't locked him up yet. That won't come until God's appointed time31. What we need to know about how this relates to Christian suffering is this: Satan and his demons have always been jealous of God30. Now that God has countless millions and billions of adopted sons and daughters - the Christians - who shall be joint heirs with Jesus Christ, the devil's hatred against those adopted children is going to be felt.

God allows suffering as an expression of love33. It's hard to accept, I know. But the suffering that comes about when you have done absolutely nothing wrong, is the result of God allowing the devil to attack you because you are a son or daughter of God34. That's the heart and essence of what it means to be like God. It means to suffer like God. To suffer like Christ.

The very truth that "to be like God" means enduring hardship and suffering is beyond the devil's comprehension. The enemy has deceived the world into thinking that a loving God would always protect His loved ones from all harm. Therefore, the devil and his followers can never accept or understand the perfect suffering of Jesus Christ. That is why they mock - and attack - those who endure pain for the sake of God.

That's not to say that we should run headlong into suffering. Jesus did tell his disciples to spread out when calamity strikes35. So suffering just to suffer is not recommended.

But when you suffer for things you have not done, when you are totally blameless, remember that it is God suffering, too. Because you belong to God and God loves you, you will suffer.

Take comfort in knowing that it won't last forever. Because God lives now and always and the Christian lives in God as part of God, then the Christian will live for eternity36. And at GOD's appointed time, the devil will be imprisoned forever and ever and will never again harm or plague creation31.

I thank God for giving me this personal perspective on Christian suffering. And I thank Him for blessing me to share it with you.

 

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Scriptural References

1. Genesis 3:1-2

2. Romans 8:22

3. Job 1:13-22

4. Job 1:8

5. Job 1:5

6. Job 1:9-11

7. Job 1:12-19

8. Job 2:1-6

9. Job 13:3

10. Job 38:1-41

11. 2 Corinthians 5:21

12. Isaiah 53:3

13. Romans 6:23

14. Matthew 10:29

15. John 19:1

16. John 19:34

17. Matthew 26:67

18. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

19. John 3:16

20. John 3:36

21. 1 Peter 4:16

22. Mark 8:36

23. John 16:33

24. John 15:18

25. 1 Corinthians 11:1

26. John 13:34-35

27. Ephesians 1:11-17

28. Matthew 6:20

29. Romans 8:17

30. Isaiah 14:12-15

31. Revelations 20:10

32. Genesis 3:15

33. Hebrews 12:6

34. 1 Peter 4:12-19

35. Matthew 24: 16-22

36. John 11:26

 

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Putting Exercise Labels On Food Isn't Such A Bad Idea

by

Joseph

Some folks are getting fed up (pun intended) with all of the wasted calories in the foods people often eat, and want to do something about it. In fact, the Royal Society of Public Health proposes a unique way to jar people into obesity awareness: put exercise labels on food products. Yes, that's right. Add labels that tell consumers how much exercise they'll need to perform in order to burn off the calories in that jelly doughnut.

The Royal Society of Public Health is on the right track. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions, not just in the United States but around the world. If something isn't done about it, obesity could become the norm in just a little over a decade.

Publishing her opinions in BMJ, Shirley Cramer the chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health, proposes that manufacturers add calorie labeling to each product, these labels would come with symbols that show how many minutes of different physical activities would be required to expend the calories in those foods.

She reasons that people would welcome the use of symbols on food stuffs so as to help them make informed decisions and cited evidence from polling conducted by the Royal Society of Public Health.

Cramer's suggestion is merited. Several years ago the New York City Department of Health and Human Hygiene surveyed restaurant patrons about their opinion regarding the usefulness of providing calorie information on fast food menus. The results of that survey showed that the public favored the idea, because it helped them choose more nutritious meals.

The Royal Society of Public Health believes that symbols would be easier to follow than numerical information and they might be correct about this. Pictures are less confusing because people tend to be visual learners.

Perhaps our country should encourage food producers to present symbolic caloric expenditure information on food items. Millions of Americans are overweight or obese and health problems associated with these conditions are very severe. 

Obesity is linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, arthritis, asthma and even cancer.

If caloric symbols on food could be used to educate consumers about the benefits of healthier lifestyles which includes exercise and/or consumption of fewer calories per meal, then such knowledge may help prevent many of the aforementioned ailments that often afflict people whom are overweight or obese.

Therefore, I agree with Cramer because any practical suggestions whereby we may safely reduce excess body weight and promote good health should definitely be explored.

 

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

 

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Article References

Cramer S, & chief executive (2016). Food should be labelled with the exercise needed to expend its calories. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 353 PMID: 27052519

Healthy Lifestyle May Prevent Cancer Deaths: WHO

America's Battle With Obesity Rages On

Fast Food Customers Really Do Pay Attention To Calorie Information, Research Study Finds

Fullness Hormone Increases Breast Cancer and Heart Disease Risk

Breast Cancer Patients With Pre-Existing Diabetes Are At Higher Mortality Risk

Weight Loss May Lower Breast Cancer Risk In Women

Excessive Weight Gain May Increase Endometrial Cancer Risk

Obesity Worsens Osteoarthritis Pain, Lowers Quality of Life in Older Americans

Obesity Can Wreak Terrible Havok On The Knees

Obesity Increases Asthma Risk In Children and Teens

 

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Diabetes and the need for support and encouragement

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James K. Robinson

If a family member or close friend has diabetes, it's important for them to feel support and love from you. Dealing with diabetes can be difficult and frustrating, and having the support of family and friends can make a big difference. If you are in a position to provide support to someone with diabetes, the following ideas can help maximize your efforts.


Learn about Diabetes
Whether you are brand new to the diabetes diagnosis or have known about it for some time, it's a good idea to educate yourself about diabetes. Find out from a trusted source what the signs and symptoms are, the types of medications used, and some of the ways to manage diabetes. When offering your support, you will know more about what the person is actually going through.

Diabetes is a serious disease in which higher than normal blood sugar levels circulate throughout the body, over time, this can cause damage to organs and tissues if not properly managed. There is no cure for diabetes.

At the same time, ask questions and talk to the person with diabetes, finding out what he or she needs from you. If you don't ask, you may not know how best to help. When you open up communication lines, you are letting the person know that you care and that you are there to help.


Know what to do in an Emergency
Diabetic emergencies don't happen often, but when they do happen, it can be serious. Knowing what to look for and what to expect may possibly save a life. There are two emergencies to watch for - low blood sugar, and Ketoacidocis, or high ketones.


Ketones, an explanation
A complication of diabetes, ketones are the result of the inability of the body to obtain sugars, namely glucose, from the bloodstream. The cells of the body rely on the blood sugar called glucose to use as fuel in the production of energy to drive the millions of biochemical processes that keep the body alive. As well as the sugars in the blood, extra glucose can also be changed to fat and stored in the fat cells of the body.

When, for whatever reason, the body cannot obtain enough glucose from the blood the body will begin to "burn" fat to obtain the needed glucose and when that occurs, acids referred to as ketones are left behind. In other words, ketones are an acid remaining when the body burns its own fat.

When this condition occurs it must be treated otherwise the continued buildup of ketones will lead to the more serious level called ketoacidosis. Very high levels of ketones can lead to a diabetic coma or even death.

Some of the warning signs of a diabetic low (or low blood sugar) include headaches, dizziness shaking, excessive sweating, and hunger. Signs can escalate to seizures or unconsciousness. Some of the signs of high ketones are anxiety, nervousness, sweating, sleepiness, weakness, confusion, difficulty in speaking. Serious signs might include rapid breathing and stomach pain.

In both emergencies, stay calm and seek medical help immediately. In the case of low blood sugar, assuming the person is conscious, help them to take a glucose tablet or candy, or drink apple juice or orange juice, perhaps a half a glass to begin with but continued sips as they prefer. Stay with the person until medical help arrives.

The condition of lower blood sugars than normal is referred to by doctors as hypoglycemia, and the condition of higher than normal blood sugar levels is referred to as hyperglycemia.


Support Healthy Goals
It can be easy for family members to sabotage a diabetic person's healthy goals by cooking unhealthy meals, offering sweets and other tempting food, and not encouraging a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, it is just as easy to support healthy goals. Cooking healthy meals can be done easily by changing a few ingredients and avoiding certain foods. Healthy treats and snacks can be just as delicious as the high-fat or sugary ones you may be used to.


Exercise is good!
You can also begin walking or participating in other types of exercise as a family. Encouraging the whole family to get involved protects the health of the person with diabetes as well as the overall health of the whole family. Helping a diabetic person stay healthy is an important way to provide support.

There are many ways to show support to a loved one with diabetes. Use available resources and be sure to let the person know you are there to be a listening ear or to help in whatever way needed. Your support and love is invaluable.

I am a long time diabetic,

For more information on diabetes topics please visit my websites What are Normal Blood Sugar Levels? and also About Diabetes, A Simple Explanation.


How To Set Dynamic Fitness Goals That Give You Future Success

How To Set Dynamic Fitness Goals That Give You Future Success

Submitted by: Jason Camacho

Goals are huge for anyone looking for success. It doesn't matter what kind of Fitness Program you're following or what goals you're aiming for, you need to set goals. I know it's a a few days past New Year's but I thought that I'd expand on this "New Year's Resolution" idea and how you can maximize your Fitness Program by setting the right goals, the right way.

This is why I want you to start off fresh and make your New Year's Resolution. Why? Because your new year's resolution can be your way of setting true goals that you can follow and succeed with.

Research shows that individuals who set goals for themselves have been more successful reaching those goals, while those who don't do anything about their goals, end up failing.

Why A New Year's Resolution

When you make a new year's resolution, it tends to be one of the biggest goals you're trying to achieve and the one thing you're very serious about. This is where you need to take action and set your Six Pack goals for this upcoming year (its currently 2012). I know the world is supposed to "end" but why not set goals that you can aim for with the "small time we have left?"

There are a number of reasons that a New Year's Resolution is so much more extreme than normal everyday goals.

-You feel as if you've started fresh, instead of halfway through the year

-You feel like you have more time to succeed and aren't "short on time" since you have an entire year

-For some reason we naturally have a stronger desire to succeed when we turn our goals into New Year's Resolutions

-You feel like you "reset "your life and tossed aside all of your past failures as opposed to carrying that baggage around when you start midway through the year

-Surveys show New Year's Resolutions tend to be more permanent and produce more success than normal everyday goals we randomly decide to put into place.

How To Go About Your Six Pack Goals

I've decided to break down the perfect goal-setting method into two words, S.I.X. P.A.C.C. Now, this is the way I go about my goals and I only share this method with you because it's the right way to set goals and the only method that's proven to give me results time after time.

There are individuals who don't set goals, individuals who don't set their goals right, and individuals who set goals the right way. I want you to be as successful as possible with your Fitness Program and the only way you can succeed is if you set goals, the right way.

Before we get into the details of this method actually let me explain what each letter stands for. S=satisfying, I=Intense, X=exciting, P=permanent, A=attainable, C=concrete C=conceivable.

That's the basic idea of this method and like I said earlier, this is the only way you should be setting your six pack ab goals, especially while you still have time to call them "New Year's Resolutions." Now that you have the basic concept down, let's get into the details of this method now.

S=Satisfying

You're probably wondering what satisfaction has to do with succeeding with your goals. Think about it this way. Do you want to reach for six pack goals that are going to satisfy you or do you want to go for goals that will give you partial satisfaction?

When you aim for goals that will satisfy you, you're more likely to work harder and succeed in reaching those goals. For instance, let's say your six pack goal for 2012 is to lose a certain amount of body fat.

However, deep down you know that you won't be satisfied until you get those toned six pack abs. Now you feel pretty good once you reach your body fat loss goal but you aren't satisfied yet.

Your real goal is to get toned abs, so you move on from your first goal to an even higher goal. This is the kind of un-satisfaction that most goals bring to many individuals, and I want to help you avoid this unsatisfactory feeling. So, instead of moving on from goal to goal, make your New Year's Resolution one that will satisfy you completely once you've finally reached it. Satisfaction is our whole reason for setting any kind of goals.

I=Intense

You're goals should be intense, plain and simple. When I say intense I mean that you shouldn't aim for something that's so easily attainable, but rather push yourself to new heights by going for something intense. Here's an example: you're a rather thin body typed individual and your goal is to gain weight.

Your goal for 2012 is to gain 15 pound of muscle by the end of the year, but you only choose that goal because you know how easy it is to attain that goal within a year's time. This gives you the ability to take it easy and slack off since you have a whole year to take the "rollercoaster ride" of gaining muscle as you workout, and losing it as you slack off.

Now if you were to make your goal intense you would push your body to its limits and make yourself really have to work hard throughout the entire 2012 year.

An intense goal would be aiming to gain 40 pounds of muscle by the end of the year instead of going for the mediocre kind of goals that most individuals go for. Get the best out of your six pack ab goals and make them intense, because I promise your results will be well worth it.

X=Exciting

Who wants goals that are plain boring? No one! We want goals that excite us and cause us to work harder because of our excitement. Yes, the "excitement effect" can play a dramatic role on how you succeed with you six pack ab goals.

How? When you're excited for something, do you have patience for it or do you want to do anything and everything to get to whatever it is you're excited about? Obviously patience isn't an option because you're so eager for that one thing.

That excitement causes you to work harder and do anything in your power to reach whatever it is you want. This is how your goal should be. If you set goals that excite you then you'll do anything you can to reach those goals, no questions asked.

This will cause you to work harder, stay consistent with your goals and remain untampered by everything life throws at you. Trust me, make your goals exciting and you'll have no problem reaching that goal in no time.

P=Permanent

Temporary goals are ones that you make for yourself and have no desire of really reaching them. You make those goals just for the sake of making them to be like everyone else. These kind of goals will get you nowhere, because your goals need to be permanent.

You have to set goals that you know you'll follow and not give up halfway through. If you're aiming to set powerful six pack ab goals for the upcoming year, you have to make sure those goals are permanent ones that you'll stick with. When you set temporary goals, you're basically telling yourself that you have no intention of actually reaching them, but instead you're intentions are to quit halfway.

Don't be like everyone else out there, but set powerful, permanent goals that you know you'll get far with in the next upcoming year.

A=Attainable

Your goals should be attainable. When you set goals that aren't realistic, you aren't going to get anywhere with those goals because you're setting yourself up for failure. What this means is that you have good intentions for reaching your goals, but there's just no way in reality that you can possibly accomplish this.

So you feel as if you can reach those goals, but when you do realize it's not possible to reach them, you lose confidence and give up. This happens too much when people set their goals and I don't want you failing with your goals.

So set goals that are attainable for you, set yourself up for success, and reach those goals. Keep in mind that attainable goals can also be extremely hard if you want to push yourself, so you don't have to set easy goals just to make them attainable.

Be smart about setting your goals by making them both attainable and difficult, and you'll see amazing results once you do reach those goals.

C=Concrete

Concrete is tough, unmoving, and difficult to crack. This is the way your goals should be when you set them. Set your goals to be immovable and tough, because there will be times when you want to give up and move on to something different by changing those goals.

I don't want you cycling through different goals, but rather I want you to set goals that set you up for success in the future. Also, there will be times when people will try to bring you down or stop you from accomplishing your goals out of jealousy, and this is usually where you'll break down and give up.

I want to save you from this kind of situation, by telling you beforehand to establish goals that are unmoving and tough. This will set you up for success and prepare you for those kind of situation since you'll already have established concrete goals.

By setting goals like this, you'll notice yourself naturally mirror your goals, and become immovable and unchanging yourself.

C=Conceivable

If you can conceive it then you can do it. This is the philosophy you should follow when setting your goals for this year. Many people limit themselves or overestimate themselves because they don't have an understanding of what is conceivable and what isn't.

If you take the time and really ponder what is conceivable for you, then you'll be setting yourself up for success in the future with your goals. Set a graph for yourself that outlines the absolute least you want to achieve out of your goals and the absolute limit you have that is still conceivable.

Basically understand the absolute least you want out of your goals and understand that absolute most you can possibly do. By doing this, you'll have an understanding of what is conceivable for your goals, and what you can really accomplish.

Set yourself up for success and set goals that you can actually conceive because you'll see much more success in reaching your goals by doing this.

About the Author: And finally, If you're looking to discover how to get six pack abs then I highly recommend you download my free ebooks which show you the amazing secrets, tips and mini-programs that have been proven to show people how to get abs fast without too much work and naturally.

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Cancer Survivors Have Poor Diets

by

Joseph

People who come through perhaps the most physically and emotionally traumatic fight of their lives still face a battle for long term recovery and survival. According to a report published in Cancer, the diets of cancer survivors is far worse than US government recommendations. This sad, and alarming finding reveals that cancer survivors need a helping hand if they are to regain their health following debilitating illness.

It is a fact that cancer drains physical and emotional energy. Due to the nature of the disease, cancerous cells require vast stores of glucose for energy, which causes depleted energy reserves for noncancerous cells.

Cancer survivors often undergo chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery in order to eradicate the malignant cells. Medical treatment, then, places a physical strain on the surviving patient.

Unfortunately many cancer survivors lack the emotional and physical ability to properly care for themselves following treatment.

Many are too sick to work and this affects their ability to pay for food. Moreover, the mental strain associated with cancer takes an incredible toll. People may not have the desire to eat even if they have the financial means to purchase food.

Results from cancer patients whom participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999 to 2010 reveal the severity of the problem.

Researchers compared the dietary intake and quality of 1533 adult cancer survivors to 3075 participants with no cancer history; the participants were matched by age, sex, and race/ethnicity.

They learned that cancer survivors had very low scores for empty calories and "worse adherence" to dietary intake from added sugars, solid fats, and alcohol. Cancer survivors also consumed less dietary fiber than non-cancer controls.

The mean dietary intake of cancer survivors' saturated fat was 112% of the recommended intake and sodium was 133% of the recommended intake of this nutrient.

When researchers looked at the mean dietary intake of vitamins among cancer survivors they noted the following:

  • vitamin D 31%
  • vitamin E 47%
  • potassium 55%
  • fiber 60%
  • calcium 73%

The team concluded that cancer survivors poorly adhered to the USDA's 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and their intake patterns were worse than those in the general population for fiber and empty calories. 

The dangers of malnutrition are obvious. The human body is in a constant state of renewal, food fuels the normal processes of respiration, circulation, cellular repair and waste removal and all the other bodily functions that are too numerous to mention in this article.

Cancer survivors will have a difficult road to recovery if they are malnourished.

Lend a helping hand to the poor! Whether they be poor of wealth or spirit, give of yourself to them in the name of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. For this is what God wants us to do, and in so doing we show that we are children of God.

Oftentimes people need help even if they don't realize it, or have too much pride to admit it. In the case of those who are coming out of such terrible circumstances, look in on them, and when able, cook for them or go shopping for them. Because serving one another is what God commands us to do, and serving in the name of God is a wonderful expression of love.

 

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