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Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

Limiting beliefs was the topic of my previous blog post. They’re assumptions or perceptions about ourselves and the world around us that constrain us in some way. They shape our lives and they cause problems for our mental health, but we can overcome limiting beliefs.

How Are Limiting Beliefs Shaped?

These Include:

  • Past Trauma
  • Family Belief Systems
  • Relationships With Friends or Significant Others

It was past trauma caused by bullying and betrayal while growing up. However, I took steps to overcome that limiting belief.

Identifying The Limiting Belief

The first step I took was to identify a limiting belief that wasn’t serving me, “I can’t be my real self or I’ll be judged”. When I was growing up it was a struggled to fit in when I was in school.

The long-term effects of bullying include experiencing a wide range of emotions. These include feeling angry, bitterness, vulnerable, helplessness, frustrated, lonely and being isolated from your peers. The longer you’re bullied the odds of being depressed and anxious increases. Also, you develop self-esteem issues and can lead to social anxiety.

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Challenge The Limited Belief

The next step was to challenge my limiting belief. I started to become aware that it was not factual, I just believed it was factual. For example I believed that a friendship would fall apart just like when I was in school.

I examined the so-called facts and found that I blew them out of proportion and shaped them to form a false narrative.

When this happened I started to overcome social anxiety by questioning that false narrative.

Replace The Limiting Belief

The next step is to replace your old limiting belief with a new one. I’m using my own experience as an example. I identified and challenged my belief, “I can’t be my self or I’ll be judged”, and replaced it with, “It isn’t my job to please other people”. By doing this you’ll feel like a different person, however it’s important to strengthen your new belief.

How To Strengthen Your New Empowering Belief?

Our beliefs shape our identities and our behaviors. Also, our habits as well.

When you’re transitioning into your new belief you may feel fear and resistance. This may trigger an automatic urge to do an old habit. For example, if the transition is difficult you may find yourself engaging in negative self-talk such as “This is impossible” or “What’s the point” and then give up.

It’s interesting to note that giving up is not a habit. However, you may not be aware that you’re giving up because of habits such as fear of failure, underestimating yourself or others, procrastination or laziness.

When you become aware of these habits it’s important to identify them, challenge them and replace them. For example if you’re underestimating yourself it’s best to look into why you see yourself in that way. Then take action toward changing this habit by assessing your strengths, weaknesses and talents that make you more aware of your abilities or skill up your abilities.

Conclusion

When you’re overcoming limiting beliefs it’s important to not only identify, challenge and replace the belief, but also to change bad habits that get in the way of your new empowering belief.

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Sources: 

https://personalexcellence.co/blog/limiting-beliefs/

https://www.verywellfamily.com/bullying-impact-4157338

https://www.fastcompany.com/3058647/5-habits-to-get-over-self-limiting-beliefs

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Overcoming Self-Doubt (Part.2): Not Letting Self-Doubt Consume You

This is the second part of a two part series on self-doubt.

In part. 1 I discussed what it means to have self-doubt and its causes. Now I’ll be discussing ways to overcome self-doubt.

Some Self-Doubt Is Healthy

Some level of self-doubt is healthy; it’s ok to doubt yourself once in a while. For example, doubting a decision you have made and having second thoughts can broaden your perspective and cause you to be on the lookout for new ideas and possible solutions. Over time you might also discover and eventually confront things in your life that have been dragging you down. 

Why is it Important to Overcome Self-Doubt When It Consumes You?

Self-doubt can be consuming; whether self-sabotage emerges from your own fear of failure, denying your own sense of achievement due to your lack of self-kindness or believing you’re a fraud in disguise because of your imposter syndrome.

When self-doubt consumes you it causes depression, anxiety, lower self-esteem and mood swings that can cause a loss of concentration, feelings of indecisiveness, guit, shame and worthlessness. It may bring pessimism about yourself that causes you to avoid responsibility, isolate yourself and it can lead to phobias.  

It’s important to recognize that self-doubt has an adverse effect on your life and it’s important to break the cycle of self-doubt so you can overcome it.

How Do You Overcome Self-Doubt?

Here are some tips for overcoming self-doubt:

Connecting With Good Friends: People who are always doubting themselves are always criticizing themselves. It’s interesting that good friends can be an effective personality mirror. They can reflect things back to you that you may not see about yourself. Good friends are an opportunity to talk about what’s on your mind also.

Connecting With Yourself: When I’m doubting myself or I’m feeling anxious I write my thoughts on paper; whether I’m journaling, writing this blog or writing and publishing an ebook I come to new realizations about who I am.

Don’t Compare Yourself To Others: People who frequently doubt themselves tend to get stuck in a comparison trap, especially if you’re in the habit of comparing your success to others.

Stop Giving a S%^t What Others Think: This is a big one, because when you’re anxious and always doubting yourself you become preoccupied with what others think of you. 

Learn To See Setbacks As Temporary: We have all been at a point in our lives where we have a setback and we respond by seeing things through a negative and dark lens. However, it’s more of a benefit to you to think that setbacks happen all the time, they are temporary and we can learn from them.

Sharpen Your Skills: Sometimes self-doubt can be caused by a lack of skills in a specific area. For example, if you frequently doubt yourself before a presentation then it would help to sharpen your presentation skills.

Have You Ever Experienced Self-Doubt?

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Sources:

https://articles.aplus.com/a/why-self-doubt-is-good-for-you?no_monetization=true

https://www.positivityblog.com/overcome-self-doubt/

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The Pandemic Response (Part. 3): People Helping People

In the past month the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the news 24/7. It’s very interesting to see the human response to this crisis.

Breaking Apart and Coming Together

Regardless of what background you’re from, humanity is breaking apart and at the same time coming together. 

Some people push others out of the way at the grocery store, however there are people helping others in need and work together with them to achieve a common goal. 

I’ll be discussing how people are helping other people in the COVID-19 crisis.

What Are The Benefits of People Helping People?

It’s interesting that there are many benefits derived from helping other people. It’s not only a benefit to the people you are helping, but it can benefit you as well.

Volunteering your time to help other people has been linked to improved happiness, health and sense of well being.

Health benefits derived from volunteering include reduction in chronic pain, lowered blood pressure and a mental boost from connecting with your community while social distancing.

People Are Helping By:

Helping Neighbors Under Quarantine: It’s easy to fall back into old habits when you hang out with people who are perpetually negative and bring you down every time they’re around. I’ve learned to associate less with people who bring me down and associate with people that are upbeat and build me up.

Volunteers Donating Blood: All over the world there’s a blood shortage being made worse by the COVID-19 lockdown, blood drives being cancelled and people being afraid to make donations due to the fear of catching the virus. Despite everything that’s been going on many COVID-19 survivors are donating blood plasma to help seriously ill patients fight the virus.

Donating To Local Food Banks: The massive lockdown put in place to fight COVID-19 has caused mass layoffs and led to a high demand for food aid. I saw a news story about a food bank in Texas that served 10,000 families in a single day, which put a huge strain on their food supplies due to huge demand. Food banks across not only the United States, but across the world are under a lot of stress, so a lot of people including myself are making donations to local food banks. 

Engineers Offering Aid To Hospitals: When the pandemic began in March Italy was hit hard by COVID-19. Hospitals were experiencing shortages of not only PPE, but also important disposable ventilator parts such as venturi valves. An Italian start-up called Isinnova figured out how to reverse engineer venturi valves and then manufacture them using a 3-D Printer. 

Volunteers Making PPE For Medical Staff: The global demand for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) due to the ongoing pandemic has caused a severe shortage of items such as face masks for medical staff. Volunteers have gotten together under the guidance of the  CDC (Centers For Disease Control & Prevention) to sew masks.

Have You Ever Volunteered Your Time?

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Source:

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/03/18/good-and-beautiful-things-ive-seen-amid-coronavirus-pandemic

https://www.asme.org/topics-resources/content/coronavirus-update-engineers-to-the-rescue

https://www.upworthy.com/san-antonio-food-bank-swamped

http://www.forthoodsentinel.com/living/covid-19-pandemic-causes-blood-donation-shortage/article_a66dda02-7364-11ea-9921-1be5db86de13.html

https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-survivors-keep-up-the-fight-donate-blood-plasma-to-others-11585733401

https://www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/patient-education/sewing-masks.html

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Keeping Mind and Body Healthy: Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety (Part.2)

I mentioned in Part.1 how the COVID-19 pandemic is a difficult time for everyone, particularly those who have issues with anxiety and anxiety disorders. I’ve been living with chronic anxiety long before this crisis started, but I’ve learned how to manage it in a holistic way. I’ll be sharing with you how I’ve been coping with COVID-19 anxiety.

I don’t have the luxury of working from home and I’m an essential worker, so it’s important for me to stay healthy and take a proactive approach toward my health by not only protecting my physical health, but my mental health as well.

I mentioned in my previous post about the mind-body connection; our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes can have an effect on our overall health. How you cope with anxiety is very important.

Ways of Coping Include:

Attempt To Maintain a Routine: This pandemic has thrown my normal routine off and it’s difficult to stay focused. I’ve been using block scheduling to maintain a routine for not only work, but also for exercising and for writing this blog.

Focusing on Breathing: Just simple breathing works its magic on anxiety. Taking deep breaths while meditating calms your brain down while you’re focusing on the present moment.

Exercise: An excellent way to maintain a good mind-body connection is to get moving and exercise. Since the gym is closed and I don’t want to risk getting bit by ticks by walking in the woods, so I’ve been taking time after work to take long walks while social distancing.

Watching What I Eat: I mentioned in a post about how there’s a negative connection between processed foods and mental health, and that it’s really important to watch what you eat.

Recommended Foods To Reduce Anxiety Include:

  • Turmeric
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Green Tea
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Almonds
  • Blueberries
  • Turkey Meat

Food To Avoid include:

  • Fried Foods
  • Artificial and Refined Sugars
  • Caffeine
  • Soda
  • Foods High in Sodium

Getting Enough Sleep: Getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep is important, pandemic or no pandemic, because when you don’t sleep well you not only have worsening anxiety, but also a weakened immune system.

Putting Limits On How Much Media I Consume: The 24/7 news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic will take a toll on my mental health and at the same time I need to stay informed about what’s happening, so it’s beneficial to limit how much news media I consume.

Limit alcohol consumption: In the short term having a drink or two is relaxing, however overtime excessive drinking can interfere with the chemicals in your brain that regulate mental health and cause worsening anxiety, depression and stress becomes harder to handle.

Connect with Friends Remotely: One of the most difficult aspects of this pandemic has been lockdowns and social distancing. Once a week I like to get together with friends to go hiking; I get my exercise and I socialize. However, due to social distancing I haven’t been able to go, so I connect with friends remotely through texting, social media and phone calls.

This is a tough regiment to live by to keep chronic anxiety under control and this challenging time we’re living in is making it even tougher.

How Are You Coping With This Tough Time?

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https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-cope-with-coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-psychologist-2020-2#use-the-time-to-reach-out-to-loved-ones-and-reconnect-with-old-friends-10

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/mental-health/alcohol-and-mental-health/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-foods-that-reduce-anxiety#section7

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Keeping Mind and Body Healthy: Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety (Part.1)

By now we all heard of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It causes cough, fever and shortness of breath and it’s now causing a worldwide pandemic.

As the pandemic unfolds, we are all experiencing a wide range of emotions from mind anxiety to serious panic. This is a frightening time, some people have already been affected by coronavirus while others are waiting in fear about what’s coming next.

It’s natural to feel anxious about the fear of the unknown that this pandemic is bringing, but this is a very difficult time if you have an anxiety disorder.

Coping With An Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety helps us prepare to respond in a more adaptive and healthy way. Some people can tolerate some degree of discomfort and can manage their anxiety in a healthy manner, because overtime they’ve learned healthy coping mechanisms.

However, there are other people with anxiety disorders that have more trouble coping with this frightening time. If you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) you’re already suffering from chronic worrying that leads to catastrophic thinking and leads to increased anxiety and prevents you from taking action in an actual crisis. 

Symptoms of Anxiety

Common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feeling Nervous
  • Having a Sense of Impending Doom
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Breathing Rapidly
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling Weak
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Weakened Immunity

Anxiety and the Mind-Body Connection

I’ve written in this blog about the mind-body connection; our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes can positively and negatively affect our physical health. 

An example of this connection is the relationship between anxiety and your immune system; There’s evidence that too much anxiety can weaken your immune system. It puts stress on your body and releases the stress hormone cortisol, which is intended to be nature’s alarm system that activates your fight-or-flight response. 

Cortisol weakens your immune system by weakening beneficial antibodies in an attempt to reduce inflammation when you’re under severe stress and it’s been known to move resources from other immunities such as T cells and white blood cells.

During this pandemic it’s very important to take a proactive approach toward managing anxiety and your overall health.

In Part.2, I’ll be discussing how I’ve been managing my anxiety during this crisis.

How Are You Coping With COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety?

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Sources:

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/coronavirus-anxiety.htm

https://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/immune-system

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Gaining Courage in the Face of Fear

What is Courage?


Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you. It is the strength you need to face pain or grief and the strength in the face of a tornado, an earthquake or the global coronavirus pandemic.

The word courage originated from the Old French word “corage”, from the Latin word “cor”, which means ”heart”.

Why is Courage Important?


Courage is important if you want to begin something that you want to do or when you have to face a crisis. It allows you to act despite being fearful.

Courage is important for putting aside your fear of failure; especially if you have to venture off into the unknown or if you want to go for what you want. It’s important for overcoming anxiety characterized by the fear of rejection or self doubt caused by negative self talk.

Courage is more important than confidence. Confidence is very important; it comes from believing you can do something, but courage on the other hand is doing something despite being fearful.

Courage and Confidence are like yin and yang, because they depend on one another. Without courage we never develop confidence and a confident person can be brought down when facing a crisis if it weren’t for courage.

Examples of Courage?


Courage can come in all shapes and forms. It could come from you standing up for someone who’s being bullied, asking your crush on a date, racing into a burning building to save someone’s life or being courageous in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

We’ve been seeing 24/7 news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. There’s been more of an emphasis on the negative things that many people have been doing in reaction to this crisis including attacking other people for their toilet paper or bottled water or the spreading of misinformation. 

How about the awesome people who’ve been courageous since this crisis started? 

There hasn’t been enough said about the moral courage from the doctors, nurses and other medical staff in the face of the intense challenges they’ve been facing and the one’s they’re facing right now. 

Dr Helen Chu?

It was reported that in Seattle, Washington of epidemiologist Dr. Helen Chu demonstrated great moral courage by reporting critical data to health officials despite being told by federal authorities not to. There was a group of study participants she wanted to test for coronavirus to determine if it had arrived in Washington state, however she was denied authorization. 

Despite being denied Dr. Chu still had an ethical obligation and went ahead with the testing anyway and found a teenager had tested positive for the virus despite not traveling abroad or contact history, demonstrating community spread. This information was sent to a public health official just before this teen was sent back to school. Even after all that the federal government served her with a cease and desist order. 

Volunteers Rescuing Pets?

Here is a more lighthearted example of courage.  There was a news story from Spain that I saw about pets that were left behind due to their owners getting sick with the coronavirus. A group of volunteers from the kindness of their hearts looked after these abandoned pets. If and when their owners recover and are released from the hospital they will be reunited with their pets.

How To Become More Courageous?


The examples written above show why courage is a universally admired quality that’s very important to have. 

Ways To Become More Courageous Include:

  • Face The Fear of the Unknown: Becoming more courageous can be as simple as finding the cause of your fear, questioning what the cause of it is, accepting it, riding the wave of fear and learning to embrace change.
  • Use Relaxation Techniques: Fear can be paradoxal; a little bit of fear can amp you up and transform you into your best self and at the same time too much fear can shut you down and leave you stuck. It’s important to keep your physiological responses in check and this can be achieved by using relaxation techniques such as tactical breathing and mindful meditation.
  • Learn New Skills: There are many scenarios that involve risk and danger, it pays to develop a wide range of skills such as self-defense and first aid, to automotive repair and the ability to speak a foreign language. The more knowledge of what to do when trouble arises the braver a person you will be.
  • Think of Yourself Less: The more egocentric you are, the more scared you’re going to get about taking action. Egocentrism can lead to someone becoming more self-conscious about what other people think of them when and if they make a decision. This way of thinking leads to fear and anxiety that leads to decision paralysis and inaction.
  • Form Closer Relationships: Being from a culture that’s individualized and atomized (fragmented) we’re taught that drawing strength from being part of a group is something that’s negative. In reality it can be the opposite, because having close friends and family can cause you to act in a more positive and courageous way when a crisis occurs.
  • Do Something New Once a Week: At least once a week engage in something that will make a little nervous or scared in order to keep you outside your comfort zone. This can include something simple as eating out at a restaurant that is unfamiliar, hiking on an unfamiliar trail, traveling to an unfamiliar place or studying something that is challenging.
  • Lean Into Your Role: An effective way to become less self-conscious is to start thinking about the actions you need to take to transition into your more courageous self. Overtime when you lean into the role that you need to be to help others it’s no longer just about you.

How Courageous Are You?

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https://thriveglobal.com/stories/courage-a-matter-of-the-heart/

https://medium.com/better-humans/why-courage-is-more-important-than-confidence-f97865efc930

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How To Turn Cynicism Into Something Positive?

What is Cynicism?

Cynicism is the belief that people are mainly motivated to do something purely out of self-interest. A person who inclines toward this way of thinking is labeled as cynical.

A person who is cynical has a mindset that is scornful or jaded; they’re always thinking the worst and have a hard time seeing the good in anyone. 

The origin of the term “Cynicism” is associated with the ancient Greek philosophical school of Cynicism was founded by Antisthenes of Athens almost 2500 years ago. 

Why Are Some People Cynical?

Some people become cynical as part of a defense posture to protect themselves. It’s typically triggered when we feel hurt by or angry about something. 

Traits of a Cynical Person Include:

  • Someone who is distrusting or disparages the motives of others
  • Shows contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality, because they’re viewed as hypocritical and serve no purpose
  • Bitterly or sneeringly distrustful or pessimistic
  • Tends to use a lot of sarcastic language
  • Someone who is always preparing for the worst in life
  • All compliments and positive words have a clause

Some people have personalities that gravitate toward negativity and negative emotions that are cynical as a result of being nasty, arrogant or pretentious. However there are others that become cynical or jaded due to being beaten down by life and cannot seem to find hope anywhere in sight. 

Life can be cruel at times; it can throw a lot of misfortune at you whether it’s one tragedy after another being thrown at you or if you try to turn things around for the better in your life, but things continue to fall apart. Sometimes you may feel broken and defeated and always expect bad luck.

There are still others that become a little cynical because of the wisdom that’s gained through experience.

What Are The Consequences of Being Cynical?

A major consequence of being cynical is that people will distance themselves from you because they’ll find you irritating and dispiriting. 

Cynicism overtime will cause you to miss out on the things that make life worth living such as friendship or love. They also tend to hold back from the public sphere, which leads to reduced social and economic contribution and can result in relative poverty and isolation. Overtime relative poverty and isolation brought on by cynicism can cause health problems.

A topic I’ve always found interesting is the mind-body connection. The biological functioning of our bodies is affected by our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes whether they’re positive or negative that occur in our minds. Overtime negative thinking brought on by cynicism can cause health problems.

There are numerous health effects from being too cynical including:

  • Increased inflammation in the body
  • Increased risk of developing cancer
  • Higher risk of cardiovascular problems due to higher blood pressure
  • Three times more likely to develop dementia
  • More likely to suffer from mental health problems such as anxiety and depression

It’s been reported that millennials have been labeled the most cynical generation ever. This mindset is part of the reason why a lot of people from my generation have chronic ailments. 

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How To Reframe Cynicism?

What is Reframing?

I’m referring to cognitive reframing. The idea behind it is that a person’s point of view depends on the frame it is viewed in. When the frame is shifted, the meaning changes and thinking behavior often changes along with it. 

A simpler way of explaining reframing is to recognize negative thoughts that cause distress and serve no purpose and reframe them into positive ones. 

This works really well with cynical thinking, for example if you meet a person instead of assuming that person is only out for their own self-interests you could ask yourself if this person can be trusted. Reframed cynical thoughts can be useful in all areas of your life. 

Tips for reframing cynicism include:

Promote a Balance Between Positive and Negative Thoughts and Emotions: There are so many benefits to positivity such as hope, joy, contentment and gratitude. Being optimistic has been linked to benefits such as improved health and happiness. However unchecked optimism can lead to unrealistic expectations and becoming unaware of dangerous risks that are being made that can lead to loss and the negative emotions that come with it. There are negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, resentment and anger that come with being cynical. The right amount of cynicism can keep us safe in certain situations like positivity does. It protects us from situations that have the potential to raise red flags because we can pick up on negative vibes more than anyone else. However, being too cynical has a major downfall including missing out on opportunities whether they’re professional or relationship related. The universe is all about balance between opposites and this includes the right balance between positive and negative thoughts.

Instead of Being Bitter be Better: There are some cynical people that are the way they are due to bitterness. They tend to spew their inner hurt and anger by saying and doing things that hurt others such as exhibiting ruthless verbal and emotional cruelty to everyone around them. This negativity doesn’t just hurt those around you you’re hurting yourself as well. Instead of being bitter, be better. Start by getting healthy; physically, emotionally and spiritually. If you’re feeling bitter about being physically weak it’s important to get emotionally strong or something is happening that makes you feel emotionally weak such as a relationship coming to an end then hit the gym and start working out. Also, start paying attention to what you put into your body, because a proper diet will make you feel good, while a bad diet will not. Also, it’s important to learn from whatever disappointed you or whatever happened to you at the lowest point in your life. I’m not referring to learning about the reasons why these things happened, I’m referring to the wisdom you’ve acquired that you can apply to make into a better person.

Turn Cynicism Into a Sixth Sense: Being cynical affects how you perceive the world; it’s affected by over generalization caused by negative thinking. However, as I mentioned in my post about turning anxiety into a superpower negative thoughts can be reframed into positive ones. Cynical people tend toward seeing the worst aspects of human nature. In fact trust and cynicism complement each other. Power and money has always been a source of corruption along with other despicable behaviors. Even if you’re the most positive and bubbly person in the world, it helps to know that a little bit of cynicism is not a negative thing. Cynicism can make you aware of your surroundings and can determine whether to trust someone or not. It equips you with the ability to read people. It helps you make better decisions about whether it’s worthwhile to engage with a person or move on if you suspect that person will take advantage of you. 

Have you Ever Felt Cynical?

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Why You Need To Drink More Water?

What Exactly is Water and Why Do We Need It?

Water is an inorganic, tasteless, colorless and odorless chemical substance. Its formula is H20; meaning that its made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. It exists in three different forms here on Earth – solid, liquid or gas.

Water is vital to all forms of life despite not providing calories or organic nutrients.

It’s interesting that an adult human body is 60% water and our blood is 90% water. Also, 80% of our brains consists of water.

Along with maintaining your body’s essential functions water also has a natural calming effect. Did you know that the added hydration from drinking water can be soothing for someone undergoing intense stress and anxiety.

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The Benefits of Drinking Water 

In the United States water (specifically bottled water) is the second most consumed beverage after soda. However, it’s estimated that most people don’t drink enough water.

There’s no universally agreed quantity of water that must be consumed daily, but we do know that conventional wisdom calls for drinking eight 8 ounce glasses a day. There are many benefits to drinking more water.

Benefits Include:

Keeps You Body Functioning: Water is important, because the human body uses it in all of its cells, organs and tissues in order to maintain essential bodily functions such as temperature regulation, maximizes physical performance and nutrient absorption. 

Promotes Healthy Brain Function:  Drinking water is essential for maintaining a functional body. For example, your brain is 80% water and communicates with your kidneys through the pituitary gland and can tell them how much water to excrete or hold on to. The brain is also responsible for triggering your body’s thirst mechanism when you’re thirsty. Also, drinking water helps with concentration and cognition, helps to balance emotions and mood and increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain along with other parts of the body.

Helps You Lose Weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight. If you drink water before a meal you can prevent overeating by creating a sense of fullness. Also, when you add ice to water before you drink it you can boost your metabolism, because your body has to work harder and burn more calories in order to warm that water up and this can lead to weight loss.

Helps Protect Vital Parts of Your Body: Water is essential for lubricating your joints, protecting your spinal cord and tissues. Along with maintaining moisture in these vital areas water is important for protecting your blood, bones and brain.

Essential For Digestion and Bowel Movements: Your body’s digestive system cannot function without water, so it’s important to drink water to have a healthy digestive tract and to be able to excrete feces from your body.

Less Likely To Have a Hangover: When you are at a party drinking alcohol and you want to reduce the likelihood of having a hangover switch to drinking water.

More Physical Energy: Drinking water when you’re working out increases your physical endurance and also helps you avoid muscle cramps. You should drink 5 to 10 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes while you’re exercising.

The Consequences of Not Drinking Enough Water (Dehydration)

Consequences of Dehydration include:

Kidney Problems: Not drinking enough water leads to kidney problems such as the formation of kidney stones and make you more prone to urinary tract infections. The longer you’re dehydrated the likelihood of kidney damage increases.

Mental and Cognitive Issues: It appears that dehydration decreases brain tissue fluid and may reduce brain volume and affect brain function. Dehydration affects sodium and electrolyte levels in the brain and this is linked to mental and cognitive issues. These include memory loss, confusion and brain fog. Also, since dehydration leads to an increase in cortisol levels it can lead to worsening stress and anxiety.

Constipation and Other Digestive Issues: Dehydration can lead to constipation and an overly acidic stomach; which can lead to heartburn and stomach ulcers.

Frequent Illness: Dehydration leads to the weakening of the immune system and can put you at a higher risk of catching a cold or the flu.

Skin Problems: Not drinking enough water can lead to skin problems. Dehydration leads to the creation of oil in your skin to make up for the loss of water and when this happens it leads to acne, irritation and dry patches. Also, being chronically dehydrated can lead to more wrinkles, sagging skin and flakiness.

Sugar Cravings: Not drinking enough water makes it more difficult for the body to metabolize stored sugar and makes us crave sugar in order to give us quick energy when we only need to drink water.

Fatigue: When you’re dehydrated you start feeling tired and lethargic. When your body has less water your blood volume lowers; this leads to less oxygen getting to your brain and your heart has to pump harder. 

Why People Don’t Drink Enough Water and How To Encourage Them To Drink More?

It’s very important to drink plenty of water, but most Americans don’t drink enough of it. There are many reasons why they don’t drink enough water.

Reasons include:

  • Not Feeling Thirsty
  • Mostly Drink Other Beverages
  • Have To Pay For Bottled Water
  • They Don’t Have Time To Get Water
  • They Already Feel They Had Enough Water Already
  • They Don’t Like The Taste of Water
  • They Don’t Trust The Water

How To Encourage People To Drink More Water?

I mentioned in my two previous posts about how to make it a New Year’s Resolution to eliminate High Fructose Corn Syrup from your diet and To become less stressed. It should also be a New Year’s Resolution to drink more water everyday. 

Here are some things that can encourage us to drink more water:

Add Flavor To Water: Some people complain about how water tastes, so add fresh fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges.

Dilute Sugary Drinks: If you don’t want to give up on sugary drinks, but at the same time consume less sugar add water and ice to make it less sweet, but still have flavor.

Use a Water Filter: If you don’t trust the purified tap water coming out of your faucet due to the smell and taste try using a water filter. Filters remove bacterial contaminants, residual chlorine, heavy metals and organic contaminants left over from the treatment process. Using a water filter also saves money on bottled water.

Drink Bottled Water: Bottled water is a great way for staying hydrated on the go. The plastic bottles are highly portable and durable and are easily stored. Also, bottled water tastes better than what comes out of the tap. However, the cost of buying bottled water adds up overtime and can cost more than tap water. The plastic used to make the bottles contain chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA). These chemicals can seep into the water that’s in the bottle, especially if the bottle is left in a hot place where there’s a lot of direct sunlight such as your car. If you’re concerned about (BPA) in bottled water filter it before you drink it just like tap water coming out of the faucet. Also, many bottling companies get their water from the same reservoir that tap water comes from and the water may or may come from the highest quality source.

Keep A Reusable Bottle With You: If you’re looking for a way to stay hydrated on the go and at the same time concerned about the safety of bottled water try adding filtered water to a reusable bottle. Along with convenience you’re also safeguarding your health along with being environmentally sustainable. Discarded single use plastic bottles are becoming a huge environmental problem all over the world. The cost of either throwing them away or recycling them is on the rise and a lot of the bottles are exported to other countries where they are dumped out into the ocean. Unless this problem is solved there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by mid-century.

What Do You Do To Drink More Water?

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