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The Anti-Stress Diet – Chocolates and Coffee to Beat Stress at Work

If you are overwhelmed and irritated from all the work load in your job, then maybe this article will help. This article will provide tips on how to beat stress with the anti-stress diet.

There are certain foods that taste so darn good. One of these foods is chocolate. Not only do chocolates taste good, they also stimulate the production of endorphins, the chemicals produced by the brain to make you relieved of stress. Thus, eat your favorite chocolate bar an hour or so before some nerve-wracking presentation or speech. The darker the chocolate, the better it is. Darker chocolates are rich in stimulants to allow the brain to produce more endorphins.

But one caveat is that you do not need more sweets to make the effect longer. More sweet stuffs will not necessarily do the trick to beat stress. This is due to the fact that the extra sugar will make you feel sluggish and drained. To make the effect last longer, the tip is to pair your chocolates with a low fat yogurt, a glass of milk, or a small piece of cheese. The fat content and protein will provide you with the much needed energy.

Take time with your coffee break. Coffee is another secret weapon in your way to beating stress. But too much caffeine can increase the heart rate. This makes your body feel more stressed. My advice is to drink the same amount every day. The most recommended is 2 cups, but no more. Drink one cup in the morning and drink another cup half an hour before your afternoon meeting. This is your anti-stress diet while at work: chocolates and coffee. Make sure to eat or drink them in moderation.

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Overcoming Depersonalization/Derealization in the Shortest Time Possible!

Depersonalization may be triggered in many ways such through the consumption of drugs, being a victim of traumatic events or by any other profusely emotionally negative experiences. The feeling of dissociation is best described as feeling almost like living in a dream and is often accompanied by unpleasant psychiatric issues including panic attacks.

I myself have suffered from depersonalization for 10 long month, struggling every single day to find the ultimate panacea. However over the course of suffering I have experimented with a variety of methods which I hoped would help me in combating the underlying issues. Although certain methods proved to be inefficient and rather did the opposite to that I anticipated, others worked like a miracle! Among these are exercise, meditation and most importantly acquiring knowledge about anxiety and its sources as it is crucial to understand what is evoking the unpleasant feelings in you.

Throughout the process of analyzing your origins of anxiety try to experiment with universal methods of combating anxiety such as:

– Exercising

– Eating vital supplements with anxiolytic properties such as L-theanine

– Meditation

– Constantly occupying yourself with some work

The main trick that will help you get out of the state of depersonalization is stop paying attention to it and rather focus on your every-day life. By thinking and obsessing about it you are further feeding it and so prolonging the whole recovery process.

All of the above mentioned tips have helped me to relieve anxiety in the long-run and I have to emphasize the word long-run since alleviating anxiety is a difficult process and requires a lot of patience because it takes practice to control it and to fully understand it. Therefore you have to accept the fact that your recovery will not happen overnight, but rather gradually, by a small step at a time eventually reaching full satisfaction. However the pace of the treatment and recovery can be immensely sped up by practicing such techniques as exercise or acquiring knowledge about anxiety triggers. Remember, you will have to get involved in order to experience relief, so start practicing various methods that have been proven to ease the symptoms of anxiety and do not be afraid to experiment because what may not work for others may work for you!

Once you learn to master these steps you will be a much more confident and happy person than you have ever been and that is something to look forward to!

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How to Cure Anxiety and ADD by Exorcism

Many of you are aware that people are made up of a body, a mind, and a spirit. Actually, most people are made up of a body, a mind, and several spirits. Think of the body as a container for your white light God spirit. (Psalm 82:6 “You are Gods, children of God, All of you.”) God is like gravity. He/She the white light Holy Spirit lives in us all, no matter what our beliefs, and pulls us in a morally correct way, just as gravity holds you down on a rapidly flying and turning ball named Earth no matter what you call it or whether you believe in it or not.

Inside of your body, along with your white light God spirit, live demon spirits. Demon spirits are like your white blood cells. When a germ invades your body your white blood cells automatically form an army and attack and kill the germ. We needed these demon spirits in the jungle for 5 million years to kill off the lions and snakes and wolves and other tribes and to kill and eat animals. The problem arises when there are too many white blood cells and then we have blood cancer, leukemia. When you have too many demon spirits all sorts of physical and emotional diseases occur. Just prior to her death Mother Theresa underwent an exorcism. Psychiatrist and author M. Scott Peck M.D. deals with demons and exorcisms and evil people in his best selling books People of the Lie and Glimpses of the Devil.

Inside of many of our bodies there are also discarnate spirits, people who died, did not go into the light, and then made a home in your body. All of these spirits are the cause of much multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia, people hearing and being commanded by voices. The voices are people living inside of their bodies. Growling vicious lion/snake demons darting rapidly back and forth inside of human bodies are also the cause of much anxiety, and rude and violent behavior, including crime and war.

The date today is December 1, 2005, and humans have given control of their mental health to psychiatrists, spirits who do not know or believe that spirits exist. They have been trained to medicate schizophrenia, ADD, and anxiety.

They give medication to suicidal patients that they know full well makes the patients even more prone to kill themselves. They call visions delusions, a major psychosis. They would have put Jesus, Prophet Isaiah, Prophet Muhammad and Nostradamus in straight jackets, given them medication, and shocked their brains with electricity. They recently gave up on blood letting. This is during the week. On weekends they can be found in their churches, synagogues, and mosques, hedging their bets, in case there is a heaven.

Tommy was an 11 year old boy with Attention Deficit Disorder. He went to a special school. He had difficulty concentrating and attacked and hurt girls in his class. Tommy’s mother Donna was dating an accountant named Ian. Ian did exorcisms as a hobby. After 1 exorcism from Ian, Tommy went to school the next day. The teachers immediately phoned his mother Donna and said, “Who is this boy you sent to school? He’s calm, polite, focused, and non violent. What happened to him?” It is now 2 years later. Tommy has now grown into a 6 foot tall 13 year old perfectly normal boy, who loves to play basketball. While running down the basketball court, his opponent Ken fell down, through no fault of Tommy’s. Tommy stopped to help Ken up. The referee said to Tommy, “What are you doing?” Tommy said, “He fell, I’m helping him up.” The referee said, “We don’t do that in basketball.”

Here is how you can cure your own child by exorcism, by casting out the evil and lost spirits, and inserting a beautiful calming healing white light spirit, no matter your religion or lack thereof:

First of all evil spirits reside in each and every one of us. They can appear as dark clouds, or snake lion growling darting around vicious alien monsters. Sometimes you cannot see them but you can feel their creepy presence. The good news is that the white light God Angel spirit also lives in every one of us. The other good news is that the power of God is infinitely more powerful than the power of Satan, and that is why you all have the power to banish the evil spirits. A battle rages in every person between good and evil, angels and demons, God and Satan. It is all about who inside of you is in control. O.K.

Here we go:

First of all sit on a couch. Have your patient sit in front of you on the floor legs outstretched and not touching each other and arms to the side. Place your hands 2 inches above the patient’s head. Next the patient will lie on the floor with a pillow first on their front then on their back. Now you need to put yourself into a trance. Close your eyes, and say to yourself: “20 means deep inner peace and quiet, my body my mind and soul and nerves are very very relaxed. 19 means deep inner peace and quiet, my body my mind and soul and nerves are very very relaxed.” Count down to zero then say to yourself, “Free from stress, free from stress.” Now visualize a white light extending all around you for 3 feet, and ask God to protect you from evil spirits backing up into you. You never need to touch the patient. If your hands are 2 inches above them then they will be in the patient’s aura. The patient should close his/her eyes and think constantly, “I love you God.” Keep your eyes closed throughout.

Now silently think this prayer: “In the name of the Lord God (Jesus Christ, God the Father, The Holy Spirit, Allah, Elohim, Buddha, Chinese Gods, any name or names or all names of God will be fine) may Michael, the protection of God be at my right hand. Satan, Demons, Lost souls, in the name of the Lord God (insert any name or names of God here) I command you to come out of, leave the body of (name of person) and I command you to leave the Universe, and I cast you off the face of the Earth and the Universe once and for all! You can take your right arm and raise it up and sharply point it at the demons and lightning will come out of your fingers striking and killing the demons. Say to yourself, I command every angel in the Universe to massacre kill destroy and cast out every devil and demon inside of (name of patient). Now use your hands to pull the snakes out of the person, it may take awhile, and break the heads off of the demons, and throw them away. Say to yourself, “Dear God, please fill (name of patient) with your white light, your love, your Holy Spirit. Fill them with light, fill them with light. I love you God (over and over).” Be patient and don’t stop until you “see” in your mind’s eye the patient fill with bright white light.

Next, repeat the process with the other archangels. Start off next by saying “May Gabriel the power of God, be at my left hand… Before me you Uriel the light of God… Behind me Raphael the healing of God… Above my head Shekinat El (or any name or names of God) the presence of God…”

Say to yourself, “Satan, Demons, Devils, I renounce you, I rebuke you, you filthy slimy stinking demon devils! I command you all off the face of the Earth and off the Universe once and for all!”

The patient can repeat these prayers after you: “Blessed be the glory of God from his heavenly abode.” “Into the light let us approach do not shut us out for we have sinned O Glorious God.” Also use the Lord’s Prayer. The patient can say, “Satan, Demons, I renounce you, I rebuke you, I love you God.”

Inside of an hour, the schizophrenia, mental illness, ADD, and anxiety could be gone forever. Surprisingly, physical ailments that you didn’t even know were there clear instantly too. There are also thousands of trained Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, and Spiritual Healers to help you. People have been doing this successfully from the beginning of time. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Don’t forget to have your own demons cast out of you. Remember, Doctors can often be extremely helpful, but they are not Gods. As long as these lying spirits remain in the patient, the root cause of the illness will remain, and the medications will merely mask the symptoms, often for decades.

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Green Tea As a Natural Remedy For Yeast Infection

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ward off yeast infections in the first place. One home remedy for yeast infection is simply to drink good quality, fresh green tea everyday. Organic green tea would even be better. Also, limit the amount of sweet you eat. Candida breeds even more profusely when you ingest a lot of sugar.

Green tea is a known natural remedy for yeast infection. It is because polyphenols in green tea have been shown to inhibit many other bacteria capable of causing infections.

Green tea protects against disease-causing microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract. It also promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine.

Other than making sure you drink quality green tea everyday, another home remedy for yeast infection is to make sure that you don’t create a breeding ground for bacteria. Always keep yourself dry. Tight fitting clothes does’t allow for good air circulation. Use cotton or other natural fibers. Limit your use of lycra spandex, leather, and other fabrics that don’t breathe.

Sugar can cause chronic yeast infections. Use brown sugar or honey, instead. They take longer to break down in your body, thereby lessening the amount of circulating blood sugars.

Avoid foods that are “yeasty” such as bread, mushrooms, and alcoholic beverages. Studies have shown that avoiding these types of foods for three to six months will often notice a significant improvement.

Avoid bubble baths, scented tampons, colored toilet paper, and products with dyes, perfumes, and other chemicals that can irritate vaginal tissues. Use unscented, white toilet paper instead.

Another great natural remedy for yeast infection is to eat a live-culture yogurt.

Keep stress under control. It’s true! Stress can cause or aggravate your condition. Drinking warm green tea before you start your day and throughout the day, will not only clean your whole system but provide a very relaxing mood as well.

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How to Cope With Social Stress

An effective way of handling social stress is managing emotions. Sometimes it requires learning new skills. An example of seeing the positive side would be focusing on your team’s good performance even though they lost the game. Most adults react in the same ways to these rules which will definitely cause of a lot of problems. What kind of rules is quite explicit in society? For example, coping with feelings left out might require learning social skills. It often recharges batteries so that the person can go back to deal with other stresses.

There are two major ways to cope with social stress.

1. Planning

This way can also most helpful in the early stages of coping with stress. The behavior of an adult who is stressed may change, but each adult reacts in a different way. In the public arena, we have to live according to explicit rules governed by law and stature. But we still feel obliged to follow the rules of the dominant groups in society. Although adults cope with this issue in different ways, there are general patterns in their coping behaviors. Basically we do not have a choice in following all these explicit and unspoken rules if we want to be accepted by society around us.

How can these rules cause stress?One way or another we belong to a number of different overlapping groups. Studies show that people, who deal with their social problems, see the positive side of difficult situations, and take part in activities they enjoy are more likely to be well-adjusted. Some adults withdraw from others, some lash out at others, and some actively seek the comfort of others. We may be aware of feeling uneasy or distressed about our actions without being able to explain it. Common reactions are excitement, fear, anxiety, sadness, and anger.

2. Find distractions

Blowing off steam, avoidance, and distraction can be important ways to cope more directly with stress. Studies show that the most common way adults cope with stress is doing something enjoyable. Managing emotions can be very helpful when an adult is trying to cope with an uncontrollable problem which causes stress.

The question is what are the best ways to deal with social stress for different individuals?This involves trying to deal with the problem by changing the situation or getting rid of the problem. Adults use both methods depending on what the actual causes are of stress and when it started. One way is problem solving. This method provides time out from stress. However, many people are overwhelmed by stress and cannot find a balance between analyzing a problem, chopping up the problem into manageable pieces, and then finding a solution for each sub-part of the problem.

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A Jungian Psychology Approach To Anxiety

Anxiety is a very common disorder in today’s world, largely due to the fact that we feel hurried, pressured and pushed to perform, pay the mortgage, deal with kids, and on top of all that, live a full life. No wonder we have anxiety. But what is anxiety trying to tell us? From a Jungian Psychology perspective, anxiety is the psyche’s way of telling us that the way we are living is out of balance. Rather than view anxiety as something to be eliminated, with medication, we need to see that the psyche is giving us a clear message about our one-sided life and is gently asking us to change this. Viewed in this light, anxiety symptoms are there to guide us out of a lifestyle that is no longer working.

Carl Jung argued that anxiety symptoms are purposive, functional and have a goal – the alteration of our lifestyle. When we eliminate the symptoms through medication, we deny the wisdom of the psyche in making normal, natural change. Anxiety often appears in mid-life, when many of us experience a mid-life crisis. The first half of life is aimed at establishing our identity, our relationships, our occupation, and building up the necessary resources to accomplish all of these tasks. But, there comes a time when we need to turn inwards, to encounter the contents of the unconscious (often provided to us in the form of dreams) and search out the essential meaning of life. What is my purpose in life? Why am I here? How could I be living a more balanced, natural life? It is anxiety that often propels us towards answering these questions. When next you feel intense anxiety, ask yourself what the psyche is trying to tell you? What is it that I am doing that creates the anxiety, then begin to address the causes of the symptoms, rather than the cure.

If we answer the question – what is the anxiety trying to tell me – we begin to address the cause. This may mean some change in the way you life your life, but this change does not necessarily mean that you become less competent, or less valued, rather, it means that you begin to value the wisdom of your psyche more than before. By addressing the causes of the anxiety and making lifestyle changes, the anxiety should diminish, having achieved its goal – leading you towards a more full, balanced lifestyle.

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Hidden Stimulating Foods in Your Diet: Tyramine Reactions

Have you ever experienced intrusive insomnia even though you were really tired, or an overall anxiety when nothing is actually upsetting you? Even after you cut out coffee, stopped smoking and cut down on sugar and alcohol, these symptoms still persisted. You might not be aware of the fact that there are certain foods you may be eating that contain a mild stimulant called Tyramine and when eating larger amounts of these foods, you could be experiencing insomnia, rapid heartbeat (palpitations), an increase in blood pressure and mild to migraine headaches. This is all due to the hidden substance called Tyramine, found in a variety of foods you may eat on a daily basis.

Foods affect your mood and if you are experiencing sensations of anxiety and brain fog, it’s important to be aware of hidden stimulating substances in every day foods.

Everyone is pretty much aware of the reactions created by caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. One knows to avoid these foods if they experience anxiety since they only exacerbate symptoms. Not many are aware of the fact that this other hidden stimulant (Tyramine), found in many foods, may be eaten on a daily basis. Knowledge is power and by becoming aware of the foods that contain this substance, you allow yourself the choice of recognizing and avoiding them.

These foods containing Tyramine, a mild stimulant, are important to recognize. If you eat enough of these foods, you might be experiencing:

– insomnia,

– a rise in blood pressure

– an increase in heart rate (palpitations)

– headaches/migraines

– other mind-body sensations associated with taking a stimulant

These foods release adrenaline into your system and are easy to recognize once you understand that they come under the heading of a food that is aged, pickled, fermented or smoked.

Examples of these foods are as follows:

Hard Cheeses- Swiss, Cheddar, Asiago, Romano. Exceptions are creamed cheese, cottage cheese, farmers cheese and ricotta.

Aged, Smoked and Marinated Meats- Lunch meats, bacon hot dogs, baked ham, smoked meats and fishes, pickled herring, hard salami, pepperoni, bologna.

Legumes and Nuts- All beans, snow pea pods, Italian beans.

Pickled Vegetables- Sauerkraut, pickles, olives, artichokes

Fermented Items- Soy sauce, Tofu, Miso, Tempeh

Condiments- Yeast, meat tenderizers, boullion cubes, dry soup mixes, dry gravy mixes.

Yeast- In sourdough bread but fine in leavened breads.

Beverages- All alcohol containing beverages, especially Chianti and Vermouth. Small amounts in beer. High in red wine.

Overripe and Dried Fruits, especially overripe bananas. figs, raisins

Chocolate

Avocados

It is best to avoid these foods in high amounts. You might not experience a reaction in lower quantities but if you do experience headaches, migraines, rapid heartbeat (palpitations), and an increase in blood pressure, it might be time to check out your diet and see if it contains foods that are high in this substance.

By making a few simple changes, you will improve the way you feel and actually cut out many intrusive body reactions.

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Neurodegenerative Disorders – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Neurodegenerative disorders form a group of diseases in which there is a progressive loss of structure or function of neurons or nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in progressive degeneration and death of the nerve cells causing problems with movement (ataxia) or with mental functioning (dementia). These disorders are characterized by a standard pathological process involving inflammation; oxidative stress; abnormal depletion or insufficient synthesis of neurotransmitters; and genetic mutations, causing damage to protein synthesis and premature cell death. This results in aggregation or deposit of abnormal protein clumps in various parts of the brain and spinal cord, and characteristic symptoms which help in identifying specific diseases. More than 200 such diseases are listed in this group; the commonly known diseases include Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), Huntington’s disease (HD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Ataxias [including Spino-Cerebellar Ataxia (SCA)].

AD is characterized by cognitive impairment causing loss of memory; disturbance in reasoning, planning, language and perception; and behavioral changes. This disease causes deposits of fibril clumps of abnormal β amyloid protein known as senile plaques. This causes gross atrophy and degeneration of different parts of the brain including the temporal lobe, parietal lobe, parts of the frontal cortex, and the lingulate gyrus.

PD is a chronic and progressive movement disorder characterized by slow movement (bradykinesia), rigidity, resting tremor, and postural instability. There is an abnormal accumulation of protein known as Lewy bodies, causing death of dopamine generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain. Both AD and PD are usually associated with advanced age.

HD is an adult onset, autosomal dominant, inherited disorder characterized by involuntary movements, dementia, and behavioral changes. There is a loss of neurons in the basal ganglia and frontal and temporal cortex. The subthalamic nuclei send control signals to the globus pallidus which initiates and modulates motion. Weaker signals cause reduced initiation and modulation of movement resulting in the characteristic choreiform (repetitive, rapid and jerky) movements of HD.

ALS is a disease in which motor neurons are selectively targeted for degeneration. Motor neurons are nerve cells located in the brain, brainstem and spinal cord which serve as controlling units and communication links between the nervous system and voluntary muscles of the body. Motor neurons in the brain are known as upper motor neurons while those in the spinal cord are known as lower motor neurons. ALS is a rapidly progressive neurological disease affecting both the upper and lower motor neurons. There is a loss of voluntary control over arms, legs, and respiratory muscles. Muscle wasting, atrophy, and twitching (fasciculation) cause problems with movement, dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), dysarthria (difficulty in speech) and spasticity. Sensory function and cognition are usually well maintained. ALS pathology includes protein aggregates, mutation in the gene encoding the antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase 1 (SOD 1), and mutation in chromosome 9. The mutation first acts on the local astrocytes, which later causes a toxic effect on the entire motor neuron.

Ataxias are a group of neurological disorders in which there is degeneration and atrophy of the cerebellum, causing abnormal and uncoordinated movements, gait abnormalities, fine motor in-coordination, speech and swallowing difficulties, visual abnormalities, increased fatigue, and cognitive and mood problems. Ataxia types include episodic ataxia, idiopathic ataxia, ataxia telangiectasia, oculo-motor apraxia, vitamin E deficiency ataxia, and COQ10 deficiency ataxia. Freidrich’s ataxia is an autosomal recessive variety. SCA is an autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia. It has subtypes 1, 2 and 3; SCA 7 is a slightly different type where vision abnormalities precede the ataxia.

There is currently no cure for neurodegenerative disorders; conservative treatment is mainly symptomatic and supportive in nature. Vitamins and supplements are given to help reduce symptoms or slow down the rate of progression of the disease. Occupational therapy and physiotherapy are given to maintain muscle strength and tone. Medications are given to reduce anxiety, induce sleep, reduce pain and twitching, increase blood supply to the brain, and to help balance neurotransmitters.

In this scenario, Ayurvedic treatment has a special role to play in the comprehensive management and control of neurodegenerative diseases. Preclinical and clinical studies have conclusively shown that herbal medicines bring about autoimmune modulation and neuro-protection; reduce inflammation in nerve cells; reduce mitochondrial damage; and possess antioxidant properties.

Ayurvedic treatment is therefore very useful in improving general body immunity as well as specific immunity of the nervous system. Ayurvedic medicines strengthen the nervous system and bring about immunomodulation where there are definite signs of immune mediated damage. Herbal medicines reduce abnormal protein synthesis and aggregation, and help remove abnormal protein deposits. These medicines also help reduce nerve inflammation and help repair and reduce demyelination. Ayurvedic treatment helps improve muscle strength, tone, and neuromuscular coordination; helps rebuild damaged nerves and damaged and dysfunctional parts of the brain; modulates and halts programmed cell death of nerve cells; reduces and reverses mitochondrial dysfunction and genetic mutation; and also helps reduce damage due to the hereditary component of nerve degeneration.

Currently, scientific treatment of neurodegenerative disorders with Ayurvedic medicines is still in the infancy stage, with drug regimes being planned more on a clinical basis to treat functional impairment. This approach is reaping good dividends; affected individuals – with a previous lack of response to all medications – have started improving at a significant pace. Hopefully – in the near future – specifically targeted treatments will emerge, which will treat and reverse damage in specific parts of the nervous system. This will help expedite treatment results, and identify uniform treatment approaches, which in turn will help reduce the devastating effects these diseases have on affected individuals, and hopefully bring about a complete remission.

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Principles of Self Management – Strengthening Anticipation, Deliberation, and Stress Tolerance

Self management is an underlying discipline that applies the techniques of the managerial role (planning, organizing, executing, measuring, evaluating, and adjusting) to personal activities. Hence, the personal competencies of anticipation, deliberation, and stress tolerance improve. As a consequence, an individual’s ability to perform personal, professional and enterpriship (entrepreneurship, leadership, and management) activities strengthens. Thus, an individual becomes a role model for an effective and efficient work style to others.

The scope of the self management discipline includes prioritization, time management, space management, resource management, follow-through, and stress management. It also means living by a set of personal values and guiding principles.

Prioritization:

Prioritization is about managing activities based upon value. The simplest method is to apply the Pareto principle (eighty percent of benefit comes from twenty percent of the effort). However, the principle should be applied twice so as to address the top four percent of the activities first that account for approximately 64 percent of the benefit.

The method is applied by creating a list of activities and then assigning priorities as A, B, and C items – A having the highest priority, B having medium priority, and C having the lowest priority based upon contribution to value. The A items should account for no more than twenty percent of the entire list, and the C items should account for no less than ten. The principle should then be applied again to the A items as AA, AB, and AC. The AA items account for about four percent of the entire list.

The list should be visible, reviewed, and updated on a regular basis. Attention must be given to resolving AA items, and the eliminating of as many C items as possible.

New items will be added to the list from time to time, and the list should be recreated from scratch as necessary. Old C items usually drop off in this process.

Time management:

Time management is an extension of the prioritization technique, but relates to the scheduling of activities. Time frames can differ depending upon the types of activities and value, and can range from minutes to years. Time management begins with how an individual lays out their own schedule, and how they interact with others.

The key is to determine the time frame for each activity, and layout schedules in blocks of time with slots. The activities should be listed and prioritized, and then assigned to the slots. Schedule contingency should be allowed for by assigning up to 85 percent of the available slots. That way, if there are overruns, or if unanticipated events occur, there is some room within the schedule to accommodate extra activities. Priorities should be reviewed regularly.

An individual should be careful about communicating with others with a different time perception. For example, strategic planners think long-term, but production staff tend to think short-term. An information technology strategy may take five years to implement, but the response times of resulting systems may be have to occur within seconds, or fractions of seconds for process control systems.

Space management:

Space management is about arranging physical layouts ranging from desktops to entire communities. It begins with how an individual lays out their own workspace, and how they interact with others. Space management is based upon communications needs and workflows between related parties.

The further parties are located from each other, the less they are motivated to communicate, especially if they are on different time zones. Crises are the exception, and actually force parties to communicate. Effective globalization requires establishing strong communications capabilities between the various parties around the world.

In urban areas, it is usually necessary to densely pack people, equipment, and inventory into small facilities. Some individuals are bothered by the close proximity of people and objects around them, and the potential for background noise, whereas others are not. Music can be used to reduce distractions from background noise, and create ambiance.

An individual should be careful about communicating with others with a different space perception. For example, strategic planners think globally, but others may think locally. An electronic product design may require large drawings that represent components that are fractions of millimeters apart.

The Chinese practice of feng shui is becoming more popular in the West. Definitions vary, but in general the practice relates to organizing environments and the objects within them, such as facilities and equipment, to promote balance, happiness, harmony, health, and prosperity.

Resource management:

Resource management is about consuming materials, supplies, and services effectively and efficiently. It begins with how an individual consumes resources, and how they influence others to do so.

Resource management is about setting budgets for resource consumption, and then monitoring the earned value – the budgeted cost of the resource consumed to date. Negative variances result from an insufficient budget or waste; positive variances result from an overly generous budget or conservation.

If time is the resource, then waste results from inefficiency, and conservation results from efficiency. Both productivity and efficiency determine if results are delivered ahead or behind schedule. Productivity is the rate at which units are produced within a time period; efficiency is the ratio of the work performed to the effort applied, and is the difference between the budgeted cost of work performed and the actual cost. Parkinson’s law states that work expands to absorb the available time.

Follow-through:

Follow-through is about carrying an activity through to its natural completion. It is easier to start an activity than it is to complete it successfully. Natural completion includes determining the consequence of an event or activity once it has occurred by getting feedback on results. It includes both quantitative and qualitative information.

How an individual asks for feedback on their own performance determines what they expect from others. Follow-through starts with an individual assessing their own performance, and then asking for feedback from others. Perceptions regarding an individual’s own performance will differ from that of others. Ultimately, it’s the feedback from others that matters.

Follow-through is achieved by asking questions of constituencies, either directly or indirectly through surveys, in addition to whatever quantitative data is available about actual behavior.

Follow-through is also essential to prospecting activities. If effort is expended to identifying those people with whom to build relationships, then it is essential to follow-through to find what mutual opportunities and benefits actually exist. Follow-through is extremely important when proposals are issued. If a salesperson doesn’t follow-through on a proposal, can a prospective client or customer expect them to follow-through on the account itself? Prospective clients and customers are notorious for not following-through to deliver results to unsuccessful bidders. Therefore, bidders should always follow-through to find out status, criteria, and reasons for both acceptance and rejection, so that they can improve in the future.

Stress management:

Stress is human body’s response to demands made on it. It is the response to pressures from responsibility, to both real and imaginary threats from people, and to fear of potential negative events and activities. Stress arises when an individual moves beyond their comfort zone – their boundary for risk tolerance, especially when situations appear out of control.

Positive stress has a facilitating effect on activity; negative stress has a debilitating effect. Negative stress must be overcome otherwise illnesses can develop. Individuals who are self-motivated challenge the debilitating effects of stress by moving to action.

Stress reduction techniques include:

  • Exercising and relaxing
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Getting a good night’s sleep
  • Avoiding alcohol and drugs
  • Involving a support system, such as family or teammates

By applying the techniques of planning, organizing, executing, measuring, evaluating, and adjusting, an individual translates mindset into action and becomes self-motivated.

Personal values and guiding principles:

Personal values and guiding principles form a system of beliefs that set expectations for individual behavior and decision making that can be applied to personal, professional, and enterpriship activities.

An individual’s attention self management is a determinant of their suitability for advancement. If an individual can’t manage their own affairs well, then how can they be expected to manage someone else’s?

Entrepreneurs, lifestyle enterprise owners, executives, and managers must balance both long-term and short-term mindset with action to ensure that important items get done on a timely basis, without losing focus on the future.

Self management is an enterpriship (entrepreneurship, leadership, and management) competency.

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Marijuana and Depersonalization/Derealization: How They Relate

Many people acquire depersonalization disorder by smoking marijuana.

In this article I want to talk about how marijuana use is related to depersonalization. I want to clarify the relationship between marijuana and depersonalization. There is a lot of confusion about marijuana-induced depersonalization, and whether or not it is different from non-marijuana induced depersonalization. I also want to show you what you can do to totally eliminate marijuana-induced depersonalization and regain a healthy sense of self.

Does marijuana alone cause depersonalization?

No. Marijuana is one of many possible “triggers” for depersonalization.

A DP trigger is a stressor that interacts with a predisposition for depersonalization. Triggers range from hallucinogenic drugs, marijuana, stressful life events, stressful circumstances, or anything that causes intense psychic pain. Depersonalization can be triggered by a very diverse assortment of things. In addition to these acute triggers, depersonalization can arise in a gradual process over a period of time. If emotional abuse in childhood is severe enough, people can depersonalize in early adolescence or before.

A marijuana-induced depersonalization panic attack creates in the person fears of going insane (phrenophobia), fears of losing control, and bizarre sensations leading him or her to feel that the world isn’t real, and that they are detached from themselves. This triggers the acute onset of DPD. It is possible that if the person hadn’t smoked marijuana at all, they would have acquired DP from a different trigger, given their psychological history.

In order to understand how you acquired DP, you have to realize that what seemingly caused the disorder (the trigger) is different from these true underlying causes.

A predisposition for developing DP is caused by a disorganized attachment style, growing up in a dysfunctional family system, chronic emotional abuse, neglect, social isolation, witnessing traumatic events, and interpersonal trauma, or any combination of these elements. These risk factors leave people susceptible to dissociate (depersonalize) in the face of future life stress (a trigger).

Not everyone who smokes marijuana depersonalizes, in fact most people don’t. The reason is that they don’t have a predisposition to depersonalize in the face of high levels of stress. Marijuana simply sets off a problem that was most likely eventually going to occur during some stressful situation anyway.

Is Marijuana-induced depersonalization fundamentally different from non marijuana induced depersonalization, and should it be treated differently?

No and no. No matter what the trigger is, depersonalization disorder is fundamentally the same disorder, and should be addressed in a similar matter. Everyone has a different and unique depersonalization profile, with different co-occurring and co-morbid disorders (such as anxiety disorders, various personality and mood disorders). Some people may experience more symptoms of derealization than depersonalization. But no matter what “flavor” of depersonalization you have acquired, it needs to be treated in the same basic way.

Many people that acquired DP by smoking pot think that since “I drugged myself into it, I can drug myself out of it”. That’s simply not the case. You may also believe that you have a “chemical imbalance” that needs to be corrected by taking a number of medications or oddball supplements. The studies have shown that medication use for depersonalization is not as effective as therapy. There is no “magic pill” cure for depersonalization.

It also doesn’t matter if you got DP from the first joint you smoked, or if you had been smoking for many months before the panic attack occurred.

How should marijuana-induced depersonalization be treated?

If you want to experience a complete recovery from depersonalization and get back to being your old self, you are going to have to consciously process your past trauma, and deal with the psychological abuse you have suffered. There is no way around this. This is an incremental process that involves experiencing pain that you suppressed and pushed out of your conscious awareness. Processing emotions in little bits has been referred to as having “safe emergencies”. In the same way that pain is involved in weightlifting and muscle growth, emotional pain is involved in developing emotional awareness and resilience.

Recovery from depersonalization requires you to reflect on your previous pain so that you become resolved towards it, and so that you integrate those experiences into your self structure, rather than suppress the emotions, or try to ignore your pain.

It is very likely you never properly identified the source of your anger, which is in many cases a neglectful and emotionally abusive parent. Once you identify the sources of your pain, you can then direct your anger in the proper direction.

The first step in the recovery process is simply becoming aware of the fact you were abused. Most people that got DP by smoking pot are conned into thinking that marijuana is the cause, and the only problem they ever had. The truth is that depersonalization is going to stay with you if you don’t acquire an earned secure attachment style, and if you don’t process your emotional abuse.

There are many noticeable signals that someone has experienced emotional abuse, ranging from a global sense of guilt, intense anger that seemingly comes from nowhere, low self esteem, perfectionism, inability to enjoy one’s self, depression, anxiety, psychosomatic problems, and a plethora of other problems.

Two great books on the topic of subtle childhood trauma are Toxic Parents by Susan Forward and Children of the Self Absorbed by Nina Brown.

Allan Schore, a neuropsychiatrist from UCLA and leading researcher in the field of affective neuroscience has commented on how suppressed emotions cause psychosomatic problems, one of them being dissociation.

When emotions are processed consciously, higher parts of the brain become activated, such as the orbito medial prefrontal cortex (OMPFC) and anterior cingulate. If pain isn’t processed consciously, the functional disconnectivity of the brain will remain, and depersonalization disorder will persist.

Won’t medications speed up the recovery process?

Most likely not. In fact, medications will most likely prolong the disorder, and many medications can even increase the severity of depersonalization and anxiety symptoms.

Medications prolong depersonalization for a primary reason: they allow people to numb themselves from their unresolved trauma and emotional abuse.

Instead of processing their emotional pain and becoming resolved towards it, medications allow people to maintain their unhealthy psychological habits.

Medications can be useful for emergencies, such as during an extreme panic attack. They should only be taken on rare occasions, however, and definitely not habitually. In fact, it’s better to never use them. For treating more severe disorders such as bipolar or schizophrenia, medications are more appropriate.

Medications usually deter people from getting to the root cause of depersonalization, and getting rid of the disorder for good.

If you have depersonalization disorder and are using medications, I suggest you consult with you psychiatrist about withdrawing from them. The withdrawal process can be a painful process, so it’s important that you do it correctly.

Is there anything else someone who acquired DP from marijuana can do to recover?

Learning how to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques can be extremely useful in overcoming the obsessional aspects of the disorder, self rumination, and distorted existential fears. Engaging in both aerobic exercise (e.g. sustained running for at least 30 minutes) and anaerobic exercise (e.g. weightlifting three times a week), is also extremely beneficial. Eliminating caffeine, alcohol, marijuana, and other stimulants is helpful as well. It’s also beneficial to eat mostly whole vegetables, fruits, and lean meats in smaller portions throughout the day.

To conclude, it is incorrect to think of marijuana as the sole cause of depersonalization disorder and derealization. In reality, it is the tip of an iceberg. To recover from depersonalization, you don’t have to “negate what the marijuana did”, you have to focus on the true underlying causes, and resolve those issues.

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