Emotional Management, Part 1

Monday, October 1, 2012 10:32
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In the midst of an era of hypertension, where everyone is in a hurry to get things done, we don’t seem to find time for our emotional life. You may be running fast in order to burn fat and working hard on personal diet needs, but you are making a crucial mistake if you discount the importance of the link between physiologic aspects of stress and stressful psychological events.

Traditionally, doctors are concerned with physical signs and symptoms, prescribing medication. And when no specific disease is present, counseling is advised. Most counselors and psychologists treat diseases directly through healing personality, thoughts and emotions. Of course, this is not a new field, but a large number of people are still hesitant to use and take advantage of its benefits with regard to solving their problems, ignoring the undeniable fact that emotions can strongly affect your overall health.

It would be wise to learn from the age-old wisdom, strikingly stated by world-renowned classic writer Anton Chekhov: “A human is to be all beautiful – body, face, mind and spirit.” This formula is not about human perfection. Its content implies a new perspective: Mind – Body.

The living illustration of how the “mind – body” connection gets disconnected today can be seen in the lives of women. There are number of them, who for one reason or another, struggle with insecurity. Many are trying to be perfectionists even if that is not their nature. The desire to have the best product, the best-looking home, the best figure, can become a compulsion. This need to attain perfection, an attitude that has been partly encouraged by the American culture, slowly crushes their hearts, leaving emptiness, depression and isolation.

More often than not, a woman’s inability to tolerate life’s stress and the simple or complex frustrations of life provokes hypertension, better known as high blood pressure. It’s not just control of what you eat and how you sleep, but the emotions – cold or hot – that cause your blood pressure to rise to dangerous levels. In fact, the high incidence of hypertension and the increase in deaths due to heart disease and stroke shows that we may not always be capable of controlling our lives.

To feel in control of your life, you need to be able to maintain or restore your emotional health. Whether you are frustrated, sad, anxious or guilty, be aware that these feelings can be lessened or eliminated all together if properly treated with the power of mind and spirit.

In the book “The Relaxation Response” written by Herbert Benson, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the author describes the four basic elements of relaxation process of the mind and spirit for those who experience emotional difficulties:

“The first element is a quiet environment. One must “turn off” not only internal stimuli but also external distractions. A quiet room or a place of worship may be suitable.

The second element is an object to dwell upon. This object may be a word or sound repetition; gazing at a symbol; concentrating on a particular feeling. For example, directing one’s attention to the repetition of a syllable will help clear the mind. When distracting thoughts do occur, one can return to this repetition of the syllable to help eliminate other thoughts.

The third element is a passive attitude. It is an emptying of all thoughts and distractions from one’s mind. A passive attitude appears to be the most essential factor in eliciting the Relaxation Response. Thoughts, imagery and feelings may drift into one’s awareness. One should not concentrate on these perceptions but allow them to pass on. A person should not be concerned with how well he or she is doing.

The fourth element is a comfortable position. One should be in a comfortable posture that will allow an individual to remain in the same position for at least 20 minutes.

Usually a sitting position is recommended. We believe the sitting, kneeling, squatting, swaying postures assumed in various forms of prayer have evolved to keep the practitioner from falling asleep. The desired altered state of consciousness is not sleep, but the same four elements will lead to sleep if the practitioner is lying down.

Exercise Programs for Older Adults. Part 5

Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:06
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€ Identify the basic purpose of each exercise, and always use the safest alternatives available. The benefits of each exercise should be explained to the clients.

€ Try to foresee and eliminate situations or conditions that may result in problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise Programs for Older Adults. Part 4

Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:02
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The physiological goal of an older adult exercise program should be to improve all the major and minor components of physical fitness. Many programs for older adults are designed simply to improve the cardiovascular system. It is important, however, that strength, flexibility, muscular endurance and body composition are all goals of the program, along with the minor components that include balance, coordination, agility and reaction time. Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise Programs for Older Adults. Part 3

Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:58
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After eight weeks of training, researchers from several Boston-area universities and hospitals concluded that a “high-intensity weight-training program is capable of inducing dramatic increases in muscle strength in frail men and women up to 96 years of age.”(17) A strength gain of 174 percent in eight weeks was realized, muscle size was increased and mobility was improved. Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise Programs for Older Adults. Part 2

Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:54
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A study by Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger Jr. involved 17,000 Harvard alumni who entered college between 1916 and 1950.(11) The men who were the most active were shown to have less than half the risk of dying as the men who were the least active. Even the men who had other known health risks, such as high blood pressure or smoking, had a significantly lower chance of death if they exercised regularly. Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise Programs for Older Adults. Part 1

Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:48
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As Olympic marathon runner Kenny Moore says, “You don’t stop exercising because you grow old. You grow old because you stop exercising.” Scientists are discovering that the true fountain of youth can be found within our own bodies, and enhanced by our lifestyle choices. Read the rest of this entry »

What are the 12 Meridians and their Element Organ Associations?

Thursday, September 20, 2012 6:29
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The directing vessel and conception vessel also play important roles in pressure point fighting, though they are not likely to have any organ or element association. A less known and used meridian is the girdling vessel. These and other meridians belong to a group called extraordinary meridians. Read the rest of this entry »

Beat Burnout, Part 3

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:14
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“Also, develop a professional network,” McCaughey says, “In my training seminars it’s the first thing I insist new trainers do. You must develop resources for nutritional counseling, psychiatric counseling, sports medicine, OB-GYN medical professionals, physical therapists, and more. Giving advice in these areas is not only unprofessional, it could be dangerous not to mention illegal.” Read the rest of this entry »

Beat Burnout, Part 2

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:12
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Finally, these dedicated trainers hold themselves to the relentless scheduling mentioned earlier, at first to build their client base, then later because these clients need and depend on them. Jennifer Phegley, who now owns her own Personal Training business and has since cut her work schedule to fit her lifestyle (instead of the other way around), states, “Don’t over schedule yourself just for the money. Build your business slowly. Be selective about your clients. You have to learn to say NO at some point or you will be the one who loses in the end.” Read the rest of this entry »

Beat Burnout, Part 1

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:07
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The number one occupational hazard in professions that deal with helping people is burnout. It’s a quiet and formidable job killer and it claims more professionals every day. Read the rest of this entry »