I seem to lost count on how many times I've read and heard of celebrity marriages failing almost left and right. Not that I care (and personally I don't), it seems strange that we often see movie and TV stars as flawless people, living the fairytale life of riches and glamour. I suppose we all have to stop sticking our heads in the clouds and face reality.There are many ways to lose your sense of self-esteem despite of how trivial it could get. But whatever happens, we should all try not to lose our own sense of self.So what does it take to be a cut above the rest? Here are some of the things you can think and improve on that should be enough for a week.1. Know your purpose Are you wandering through life with little direction - hoping that you'll find happiness, health and prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement and you will have your own unique compass that will lead you to your truth north every time.This may seem tricky at first when you see yourself to be in a tight or even dead end. But there's always that little loophole to turn things around and you can make a big difference to yourself.2. Know your values What do you value most? Make a list of your top 5 values. Some examples are security, freedom, family, spiritual development, learning. As you set your goals for 2005 - check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn't align with any of your top five values - you may want to reconsider it or revise it.The number shouldn't discourage you, instead it should motivate you to do more than you can ever dreamed of.3. Know your needs Unmet needs can keep you from living authentically. Take care of yourself. Do you have a need to be acknowledged, to be right, to be in control, to be loved? There are so many people who lived their lives without realizing their dreams and most of them end up being stressed or even depressed for that matter. List your top four needs and get them met before it's too late!4. Know your passions You know who you are and what you truly enjoy in life. Obstacles like doubt and lack of enthusiasm will only hinder you, but will not derail your chance to become the person you ought to be. Express yourself and honor the people who has inspired you to become the very person you wanted to be.5. Live from the inside out Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly reflecting in silence. Commune with nature. Breathe deeply to quiet your distracted mind. For most of us city slickers it's hard to even find the peace and quiet we want even in our own home. In my case I often just sit in a dimly lit room and play some classical music. There's sound, yes, but music does soothe the savage beast.6. Honor your strengths What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have? List three - if you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help identify these. Are you imaginative, witty, good with your hands? Find ways to express your authentic self through your strengths. You can increase your self-confidence when you can share what you know to others.7. Serve others When you live authentically, you may find that you develop an interconnected sense of being. When you are true to who you are, living your purpose and giving of your talents to the world around you, you give back in service what you came to share with others -your spirit - your essence. The rewards for sharing your gift with those close to you is indeed rewarding, much more if it were to be the eyes of a stranger who can appreciate what you have done to them.Self-improvement is indeed one type of work that is worth it. It shouldn't always be within the confines of an office building, or maybe in the four corners of your own room. The difference lies within ourselves and how much we want to change for the better.
If you or a loved one has ever suffered from depression, you understand the debilitating effects it can have on the person who suffers from it, as well as on family members and friends. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), over 20 million Americans are depressed, and most of those who suffer from depression are not treated for it. This is especially tragic because depression is easily treated with prescriptions and other therapies.Symptoms of DepressionWhile most of us associate depression with sadness, the symptoms can take on a variety of characteristics. Chronic anxiety or periodic panic attacks can be symptoms of depression, as can overwhelming feelings of guilt or pessimism. According to the NIMH, people who are depressed can have a hard time making decisions or concentrating, and they can suffer from memory problems. Although we may think of a depressed person as lethargic, he or she can actual experience restlessness that may be accompanied by insomnia or other sleep problems. Similarly, other physical symptoms can manifest, such as chronic pain, headaches, and stomach problems. Causes of DepressionPerhaps because so many Americans suffer from depression, there is less stigma about the disease now than in previous decades. Unfortunately, misinformation still abounds. Although depression can be characterized as a mood disorder, it's very often a genetic illness caused by brain chemicals gone awry. Other people, such as those who have a poor self-image or who are easily stressed out, seem to be more susceptible to depression. Sometimes, a physical illness can trigger depression, while other times tragic life circumstances can send someone into a downward spiral. It seems that, for women, hormones can play a significant role in depression. The bottom line is that people who experience depression can't simply "snap out of it." Treatment of DepressionDepression can be treated with psychotherapy, particularly cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy. For most people, however, the costs and time commitment associated with such therapies make them out of reach. Thankfully, there are a number of legal prescriptions used to treat depression that are available from a licensed pharmacy. The two primary types of antidepressants used today are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (also known as SSRIs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Brand names of anti-depressants include Celexa, Effexor, Elavil, Fluoxetine, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Remeron, Wellbutrin, and Zoloft. When an Online Pharmacy Can HelpThe online pharmacy is a relatively new way to deliver health care and mental health care to Americans. Although an "online pharmacy" (sometimes known as a FedEx pharmacy because they use overnight delivery) isn't a substitute for diagnoses or prescriptions from a mental health professional, it can be a way to have a prescription filled discretely. This can be especially helpful to men, who seek treatment for depression much more infrequently than women. An online pharmacy can also be helpful for those who have a difficult time getting out of the house, or for those who are running out of their current prescriptions and need a next day refill. Depression is an illness that takes a toll on everyone the patient comes in contact with. Fortunately, it is highly treatable with prescriptions, and can help people get back on the path to leading fulfilling and happy lives.
Choosing a drug rehab treatment center is a decision that calls for both negative and positive emotions. Nobody wants addiction to overtake their life to the point that rehab is the necessary step. However, the decision to go to one is something to look forward to, as it is the decision to rebuild a healthy life. It is the conscious realization of a problem, and it is the first conscious step towards healing. Understanding what drug addiction entails and how it affects the user is important for healing substance abuse. As well as understanding addiction, knowing what rehabilitation is will help the patient understand what he is going through and the purpose of the treatment. Lastly, the type of rehabilitation program is of vital importance for the patient. Understanding that a rehabilitation program is as personal as the patients problem will certainly help to ascertain the treatment needed for the specific patient. Rehabilitation must be a positive program motivating the patient by his successes and discouraging him from relapses. To reach the stage of being in a rehab center that positively works to heal addiction, the patient and all concerned must understand three things: what addiction is, what rehabilitation is, and what treatment can and should be like.Drug addiction is much more complex than merely too much drug use. Drug and substance dependence is beyond the control of the user - he is no longer in control and does not have much choice in the matter of continuing use. In the short term, drug use affects the brains reward system, flooding the brain with dopamine, otherwise termed a high. While the high is a short term effect, long term effects are to follow, which cause the addiction. When our brains reward system is working, proteins activate which teach us to pursue the behavior which causes us to feel so good. Naturally, this reaction is in response to food, exercise, and sex. Due to the larger amount of dopamine released due to drugs, the protein reaction is stronger than normal. As a result, drug use is quite addictive, and once the moment is reached that a person cannot control his use of drugs, this is termed addiction, or substance dependence. While willpower is important to controlling anything in ones life, in drug addiction a lack of willpower is not to blame. Willpower is at play at the first stages of drug experimentation, but at a certain point in addiction, it loses its function. Drug addiction is an illness, and rehabilitative treatment is the only means of curing this behavior.Rehabilitation, then, is the path that leads to an effective treatment of drug use. Research has shown that addiction is treatable. Research has not shown, and will not show, that treatment is easy. Rehabilitation is the recovery of diminished capacities due to injury or illness. The word itself comes from the latin prefix re meaning again, and root habilitar meaning to inhabit. Thus rehabilitate literally means to inhabit yourself again - and that is the aim of rehabilitation: to return former capacities to the inflicted person. This is especially true in drug addiction. Freeing oneself from addiction is a type of homecoming to a life of control.Rehabilitation aims at more than ending drug use. As previously mentioned, rehabilitation cannot be a punishment for drug use. It must be the gradual process of ending dependence while also rehabilitating the patient into society. This is often the most difficult aspect of rehabilitation. It is important that the patient realistically understand that the future will consist of effort to reintegrate and rejoin society. The patient is assisted by counselors throughout the treatment, but the patient himself is the main catalyst in rehabilitation. The family and friends of the patient must also go through aspects of rehabilitation, for life after rehab will not be a continual sunny day. The forecast predicts many rain clouds at first, with occasional storms down the road. The family must know how to be supportive and helpful throughout the stormy weather.The rehab treatment center can be considered the umbrella in the stormy weathers. It cannot control the weather, but does shield and help the patient and family on their way through the tempest. While there is no one correct rehabilitation treatment, as each treatment must be tailored to the particular needs of the patient, there are means of ensuring that the rehab center chosen is one that will provide a positive environment to optimize the long term results of rehabilitation. The personal treatment for the patient must be continually checked and improved, as different steps throughout the treatment call for different measures, and each patient needs a different length of time for treatment. The personal treatment must also take into account the various problems beyond drugs which the patient faces. Drug addiction is often the result, and not the core of the problem - this core must be dug up through various therapies, counselors, and activities, which all should be readily available through the treatment center. A forced treatment is not necessarily a bad thing - again, depending on the treatment center. With a good treatment center, a person who initially will not admit to his problem or the need for a solution can be fully rehabilitated. Extremely beneficial are experiential therapies, which, through their communion with nature help the patient gradually reintegrate into life, which will eventually ease reintegration into society. A rehab treatment center must be rigid in its aims to help the patient, but cannot be rigid in its process.Understanding what addiction is and why it happens is vital for the patient and the chosen treatment center. Once this is established, there can be a mutual respect, in lieu of distrust and judgment. The next step is to understand what rehabilitation is. It is a dedication, again, on the part of both the patient and treatment center, to heal a drug problem and, more importantly, rebuild a life - to bring the patient home in the spiritual sense. With these two concepts well understood and looked after, the patient has great chances of succeeding to overcome the addiction. The treatment center that fully understands addiction and rehabilitation will be the center that offers a full and varied program that will be created and recreated for the particular needs of its patient, and that will guide the patient not only through his addiction, but through his reintegration into life and society.
Sleeping aids are among the most common medications a person can find, ostensibly because of the sheer number of people who can't get to sleep. However, these new medications are starting to show side effects that people are not willing to deal with, such as drowsiness at inopportune times. These effects, along with the newfound interest in herbal and natural cures for modern ills, has prompted people to seek out alternative ways to fix their sleeping problems. Herbal remedies are more typical, but acupuncture has sometimes been used as one of those alternative sleeping aids people go crazy about.Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese art that has been used to serve as treatment for everything, from the common cold to stomach aches. This method is based on the Chinese principle of chi and meridians. Chi is the force of life, a sort of energy that flows in and through all living things, comparable to the concept of the Force, from the Star Wars films. In certain areas of the body are meridians, which serve as focal points for a person's chi. According to acupuncture practitioners, tapping into or altering these meridians can help improve or block the flow of chi, depending how it is done. Illnesses, according to this school of thought, are caused by imbalances in the flow of chi and other natural elements found in the body.So, how does this tie into being listed among other alternative "sleeping aids" ? Well, according to practitioners, an imbalance of both chi and the natural elements of the body can lead to all sorts of ailments, including insomnia and other sleep-related disorders. Acupuncture practitioners say that insomnia and lack of sleep can be caused by any number of subtle or drastic changes to the flow of the chi, which is exactly the sort of problem acupuncture is designed to remedy. Chronic pain, another frequent cause for a lack of sleep, is also something that can be treated through acupuncture. Despite all the skepticism it encounters in the West, Far Eastern cultures have been using acupuncture for centuries, and it can be difficult to argue with centuries' worth of concrete results.Most people are reluctant to try out something like acupuncture, primarily because they find the idea of sticking needles into their bodies to be disconcerting. However, the reality is that acupuncture produces little to no pain when performed by a skilled, qualified practitioner. Pain, discomfort, and other side effects stem from being treated by unqualified practitioners and quacks, who are starting to become more prevalent as the market share for these sorts of alternative sleeping aids expands. Acupuncture can also be used to treat other problems, such as stress and anxiety, at the same time that sleep problems are treated. This eliminates the need for someone to take multiple drugs to tackle multiple conditions, seeing as how acupuncture (properly administered) can be used to treat all those conditions in one go.It should be noted, however, that acupuncture is not designed to fix everything in just one session. Like any good treatment, it needs to be applied repeatedly for the effects to last. However, provided that the treatment is taken regularly for a certain period, then the blockage of the chi should eventually clear and any sleep problems that a person has would be solved. At least, until something blocks the chi all over again.
The skin is one of the largest organs in the body. The skin is an organ of the body just like our liver, kidneys etc. Most people think of the skin as simply a cover for the body and do not tend to associate it with the rest of the system. As with all of the other organs in our body, the skin has a variety of highly specialized functions to fulfill. Whilst there may be conditions in which the skin is specifically involved, it plays its part in every kind of illness. The skin may have to carry the burden of other ill-functioning organs when the system is under strain. The Structure of the Skin As mentioned previously the skin is one of the biggest organs of the body and a man has approximately 1.5 square meters of skin. The skin consists of two distinct layers. The outer layer is known as the epidermis and the layer beneath which is known as the dermis. The outer layer (epidermis) is the really protective layer and is thicker in parts where protection is most needed, such as on the soles of the feet. The under layer (dermis) is also designed to give protection, as well as provide a variety of other functions. In the dermis we find the nerves, blood and lymph vessels, together with the sweat and sebaceous glands and other specialized cells. Our skin being one of the most important organs of the body, depends for its health on our whole internal system functioning well. The Digestive System and the Skin As the skin covers the body we do not relate it directly to the digestive process. However, to try and understand the true function of the skin and thus take care of it, we must recognize the fact that it is closely associated with the nutrition of the entire body. It is clearly evident, that the maintenance of a healthy skin is directly and extremely dependent on the dietary habits of an individual. Therefore, the state of the skin can be affected more quickly through this medium than in any other way. The habit of overeating, especially of sugary foods, will affect the skin more dramatically and quickly then people would imagine. Conversely, under eating certain types of food, thus leading to a deficiency in vitamins and minerals will lead to skin problems and disorders. If we do not eat a balanced diet and our diet is very lop sided, then this will lead to problems which will be shown on our skin. Crucially, all of these skin problems and conditions are end-results and need no direct treatment. More importantly they need tackling at their source i.e. in the disorders of the digestive system. Therefore, the conclusion of this is that the health of the skin must be considered in direct relationship to the food that we eat.