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Tips For Improving Your Self-Perception

Today’s post is a follow up of a blog post I wrote about “Turning Anxiety Into a Super Power”. I mentioned that change in my self-perception was one of the changes I made in my life to overcome the worst of my mental health issues.

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What is Perception?

Perception is how we view ourselves and how we view others.

Your perception of something is the way you think about it or how you feel about it. For example how you perceive the world and everything around you has a direct effect on your thoughts, actions and behavior.

Also, your thoughts, actions and behavior are directly affected by how you perceive yourself. 

What Is Self-Perception?

Self-Perception gives you an idea of who you are or who you think you are.

When you perceive yourself in a healthy way when you’re able to assess your strengths, weakness, talents and potential. Also, you have the ability to be honest with yourself, be true to who you are and take responsibility for your choices and action.

However, when you perceive yourself in an unhealthy way you may think you know yourself; you’re unsure of yourself and you tend to lie to yourself that everything is fine. 

What Problems Occur Due To Unhealthy Self-Perception?

Numerous problems occur due to unhealthy self-perception including:

  • Distorted Self-Esteem: Self esteem refers to self-worth or self-respect. When you perceive yourself in an unhealthy way you can have low self esteem that causes you to feel defeated and depressed, along with failing to live up to your full potential.
  • Anxiety: Unhealthy self perception leads to an anxious mindset that warps the way you view the world and reality. Symptoms of anxiety include feeling nervous and always have feelings of impending doom. Anxiety is an alarm for triggering your fight-or-flight response.
  • Guilt: When you perceive yourself in an unhealthy way you feel an unhealthy amount of guilt. This includes anything are beyond your control, such as feeling guilty about someone’s low opinion of you.
  • Negative Self-Talk: Negative self-talk is any inner self talk and it’s best known as your inner critic. It can cause you to have limiting beliefs about your abilities and it reduces your ability to make positive changes in your life or your confidence in yourself to do so.

How Do You Improve Your Self-Perception?

It’s important look at why you perceive yourself in an unhealthy way. Factors such as stressful life events such as divorce or illness, past trauma or abuse, half baked goals or mental health problems play a role in our self-perception. 

It is possible to face these problems and transform how you perceive yourself.

Tips For Improving Self-Perception

Here are Tips for Improving your self-perception:

  • Identify Your Perceptions: You can identify your perceptions by asking yourself certain questions. You’ll notice certain thoughts come to the surface that feel familiar or true to you. For example you can ask yourself a question such as “What do I always say about myself ?” thoughts pertaining to your self perception comes to the surface such as “I’m an a@#h&le”. Then it’s important to examine that perception you’ve identified and ask why it’s justified and why you think that way about yourself.
  • Listen To Your Inner Critic: It gets worse if you ignore or suppress your inner critic. Instead you should listen to your inner critic and take note of what it’s trying to tell you. At that point you have the opportunity to judge what your inner critic is trying to tell you, maybe it’s telling you to take the action you need to take.
  • Stop Ruminating: Rumination means to go over a negative thought or problem over and over. It’s important to keep your mind occupied if you start ruminating, along with learning about your triggers and question your thoughts.
  • Boost Your Self Esteem: There are a lot of ways to boost your self esteem. These include learning a new skill, challenging your limiting beliefs and stand at the edge of your comfort zone.
  • Get Outside Your Comfort Zone: Getting outside your comfort zone creates enough good stress to ramp up your focus, creativity and drive. It helps you to respond to life’s stresses when unexpected things happen.

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Sources:

https://www.essentiallifeskills.net/self-concept.html

https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-self-esteem-2795868

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160928-how-anxiety-warps-your-perception

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety/symptoms-causes/syc-20350961

https://www.thefix.com/living-sober/toxic-guilt

https://www.verywellmind.com/negative-self-talk-and-how-it-affects-us-4161304

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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.

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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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What is Social Anxiety and How do you Overcome it? Version 2.0

What is Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety is the fear of being judged or evaluated negatively by other people in everyday social interactions. It is a chronic condition that can get better with treatment.

A person suffering from social anxiety are mistaken for being:

  • Shy
  • Aloof
  • Withdrawn
  • Quiet
  • Unfriendly


Paradoxically, people with social anxiety want to make friends and want to become part of a group along with other forms of social interaction. However, being held back by the fear of being perceived by others in a negative way can make socializing difficult.

What are the Symptoms of Social Anxiety?

A person who suffers from social anxiety can experience different symptoms that include emotional and behavioral symptoms along with physical symptoms and mental symptoms.

Physical Symptoms include: 

Blushing: Blushing is a reddening of your face associated with triggered emotional stress caused by passion, embarrassment, shyness, anger or romantic stimulation. Social anxiety can make your face red.

Fatigue: There are many people who experience hyperactivity and arousal following an anxiety attack, while there are others that experience fatigue instead. Fatigue is a feeling of extreme tiredness characterized by a lack of energy and motivation.

Trembling and Sweating: Conditions such as anxiety, excitement and frailty can cause an uncontrollable shaking or quivering. Emotive stimuli like stress and anxiety can also cause sweating. Also, the sweating itself can make someone with social anxiety more self-conscious.

Upset Stomach or Nausea: Stress and anxiety can make you feel sick to your stomach with nausea and cramps. In some cases anxiety can lead to a condition called Irritible Bowel Symdrome (IBS).

Trouble Breathing and Dizziness: Anxiety can tighten your muscles including the ones that help you breath. The fear of passing out occurs with shortness of breath and it can make someone feel more anxious than they already are resulting in a panic attack. Being short of breath can cause dizziness and can make someone feel like they’re light headed.

Muscle Tension: Muscles can tense up due to anxiety and it causes feelings of stiffness throughout your body or unexplained pain.

Fast Heartbeat: Feeling anxious can cause an abnormally high heart rate and heart palpitations. Heart palpitations can feel like your heart is racing, pounding or beating irregularly.

Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms include:

Fear of Being Judged and Embarrassing Yourself: Fear of being judged is a contributor to social anxiety. Have you ever asked someone an embarrassing question and you end up feeling overwhelmed by shame and fear being judged for asking it? This happens a lot with social anxiety disorder.

Intense Fear of Interacting and Talking to Strangers: The fear of judgement can inhibit our ability to interact with strangers. The anticipation of becoming anxious in a social situation with strangers can bring on anxiety.

Fear that Others Will Notice your Physical Symptoms: Whatever your physical symptoms are, whether you’re trembling, sweating or blushing you can become even more anxious from the fear that someone with notice your physical symptoms.

Difficulty with Relationships: Social anxiety makes relationships difficult. All of the what if questions pertaining to whether you’d be judged or the fear of embarrassing yourself in front of a crowd.

Body Image Issues: Being self-conscious about you look can trigger social anxiety. A lot of people who have body image issues due to acne, being overweight, being too skinny, having visible scars can trigger negative self-talk about other people judging you.

Substance Abuse: Substance abuse, particularly alcohol abuse is more common in people with anxiety disorders than the general population.

Mental symptoms include:

Anxiety and Panic Attacks: Anxiety is the feeling of fear of what’s to come in the future. A panic attack is an episode of intense fear with physical reactions including sweating, trembling and trouble breathing.

Depression and Low-Self Esteem: Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Along with depression social anxiety can result in low self-esteem, which can lead to a lack of confidence, feeling bad about yourself and can cause trouble with being assertive.

Hyperactive Amygdala: Signals from the emotional brain can overpower the cognitive brain due to a hyperactive amygdala.

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What Triggers Social Anxiety?

Anxiety and anxiety disorders are complicated. The causes are a combination of factors; including genetics and environmental reasons.

However, there are many triggers that can cause symptoms due to stressful events, emotions and experiences. Anxiety triggers vary from person to person; some people feel anxious due to multiple triggers, but there are others that can feel anxious for no reason at all.

These stressful experiences can include:

  • Stressful Life Events and Social Situations: A lot of stressful life events have the potential to trigger social anxiety including death of a loved one, job loss, divorce, moving, emotional problems, chronic illness or past trauma. Stressful life events can trigger anxiety in social situations due the fear of being judged, the fear of being embarrassed and worst of all the fear of rejection.
  • Caffeine and Diet: Most of us need a cup of coffee to wake us up in the morning. For those who suffer from an anxiety disorder consuming too much caffeine can trigger symptoms or make them worse. Also, diet can trigger anxiety symptoms; certain foods including dairy, fried foods, gluten and processed foods are not recommended for social anxiety suffers.
  • Negative Self Talk and Suicidal Thoughts: Social anxiety can trigger negative self-talk that may limit you from believing in yourself. Also, social anxiety can co-occur with depression and negative self-talk; this can cause someone to have suicidal thoughts. When this happens call a professional immediately.
  • Lack of Sleep: There is a connection between anxiety and lack of sleep. Not getting enough sleep can cause anxiety, however anxiety itself can cause sleep problems.

How Do You Overcome Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety is a chronic lifelong condition and cannot be cured, but with the right treatment it can be overcome.

Ways of overcoming social anxiety include:

  • Work with a Therapist:: Along with self-help it’s important to work with a therapist on how to manage social anxiety through medication, cognitive therapy and setting objective goals. Therapists can also work with you by utilizing holistic treatments including meditation, acupuncture and herbal supplements.
  • CBD oil: CBD oil is great for alleviating anxiety related symptoms, for example anxiety can cause restless leg syndrome and make it difficult to fall asleep. By applying CBD oil you can relieve anxiety related symptoms and get a restful night sleep.
  • Reduce Your Caffeine Intake and Change Your Diet: When you reduce the amount of caffeine you consume and change your diet you’re less likely to experience anxiety symptoms. Your diet should consist of whole grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables.
  • Exposure Therapy: It’s important to get outside your comfort zone and slowly expose yourself to social situations; including crowded places, parties or even traveling to an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people.
  • Reframing Your Negative Thoughts: I mentioned in my post “How to Turn Anxiety into a Superpower” that reframing is the process where negative and unhelpful thoughts are replaced with positive and empowering ones.

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What is Fear and How To Overcome It?

What is Fear?

Fear is an unpleasant feeling triggered by the perception of danger, whether it’s real or imagined. 

Fear is a powerful emotion that is critical for keeping us alive by alerting us to the presence of danger.  It’s a universal emotion experienced by everyone all over the world.

What Causes Fear?

Fear is a complex emotion that can be the result of past experiences or trauma. Sometimes it can be the result of the loss of control over a particular situation where there is a perceived sense of danger.

Common Fear Triggers:

  • Darkness or Loss of Visibility of Surroundings
  • New Experiences
  • Lack of Awareness
  • PTSD
  • Heights of Flying
  • Social Interactions and/or Rejection
  • Snakes, Rodents, Spiders and other Animals
  • Death and Dying

How Fear Affects Your Mind and Body?

The region of the brain called the amygdala is where the fear response starts. The body then goes through changes that prepare us to be more efficient in a situation of perceived danger. For example, the brain becomes hyper alert, pupils dilate, the bronchi dilate and breathing accelerates and heart rate and blood pressure rise.

Fear is an emotion that is divided into two responses:

  • Biochemical: In a biochemical reaction our bodies respond to a perceived threat in specific ways. These are universal reactions that include physical reactions such as sweating, increased heart rate and high adrenaline levels that make us more alert. This physical response is also known as the “fight or flight” response in which our bodies prepare themselves to either face a perceived danger or run away from it. This is an automatic response that is crucial to our survival.
  • Emotional: The emotional response of fear tends to be highly personalized. The chemical reactions in our brain that are involved in positive emotions like happiness and excitement are also involved in fear. For example feeling fear under certain circumstances can be seen as fun, such as a ride on a roller coaster.

Ways To Overcome Fear

How do you overcome fear?

Acclimation:  Acclimation is the repeated exposure to similar situations that leads to familiarity. This forms the basis for the treatment of phobias by helping to minimize the fear response.

Systematic Desensitization (SD): This is a behavioral technique used to treat fear, along with underlying anxiety and phobias. It’s a slow and gradual process that takes an average of 6 to 8 sessions and the longer the technique the more effective it is. 

Flooding: This is an exposure technique that’s based on the premise that your fear is a learned behavior and you need to unlearn it. It involves intense one day sessions of only one day where a patient faces what they fear immediately until their anxiety decreases vs. multiple sessions with Systematic Desensitization. Since only one session is needed flooding costs less than SD, however flooding is also seen as less ethical due to the intense psychological distress during the one day sessions.

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Shifting Your Perspective About Fear

Along with seeking therapy to help overcome fear it also helps to know what purpose that fear serves. 

There are some people that live their lives in fear; this can result in chronic anxiety that leads to a life that tends to be a small and shrunken substitute for what it could’ve been all because they’re afraid their fear will cause them to fail, to be hurt or freeze up when exposed to the unknown.

What if you stop and realize that just like every other force in the universe fear serves a purpose. 

The purpose of fear is to motivate action not to cause us to freeze up when an unknown situation comes up. For example an animal that senses that danger is nearby is not going to escape from it by freezing up, instead it puts into action avoidance, preparation and an increase in concentration. 

Fear will often arise when you’re trying something new due to great gains and losses being at stake. When this fear occurs some people may stop and think about what the purpose of what they fear and then proceed no further. Others may stop and think about it then proceed with more courage.

What is Courage?

Courage is the ability to do something or confront something that causes you pain, grief or uncertainty. It listens to fear, but at the same time not undermined by it.

The courage to move forward into the unknown has the benefit of increasing our level of consciousness and focus, which leads to more wisdom to overcome fear instead of seeing it as something that has control over your life.

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What is FOMO and How To Overcome It?

In this week’s blog I’ll be exploring the concept of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).

What is FOMO?

FOMO is anxiety that occurs when an exciting or interesting event is happening somewhere else and is often aroused by posts seen on social media. 

What Are Some Examples of FOMO?

FOMO has always been around. Remember the old idea of “Keeping up with the Jones”?! The idea that stems from person A being jealous and envious of person B’s new car or new house so Person A starts experiencing feelings of inadequacy and anxiety associated with the Fear of Missing Out except it’s with materialistic possessions. 

The FOMO I’m referring to is social media driven and more extreme than Keeping up with the Joneses. It’s the fear of missing out on social interactions, novel experiences or other potentially satisfying events.

Who is Affected by FOMO?

Between 75 to 80 percent of Americans have some kind of social media account. However, more than 50 percent of social media users experience FOMO and it’s the most common among the 18 to 33 year old age bracket.

What Problems Are Caused by FOMO and How Do You Overcome Them?

FOMO affects us in numerous ways including:

Extreme Social Anxiety: Social anxiety occurs when everyday interactions cause significant worry and self-consciousness about how others perceive you. In a way FOMO is a more extreme form of social anxiety that causes someone to feel anxious that they’re missing out on bonding time with other people.

How To Overcome Social Anxiety:

  • Reducing Social Media Usage: This may not seem like much, but it’s a start.
  • Self-Help Manuals: Self-help manuals are intended to supplement therapy and are great tools for working on yourself.
  • Therapy: It helps to find a therapist that specializes in anxiety disorders and they can work with you to develop coping skills and also get to the cause of your social anxiety.
  • Meditation: When you’re compulsively chasing after experiences due to FOMO it can make happiness an illusion. By practicing mindfulness you can become happier by focusing on the present moment and feeling a deeper sense of meaning from it.
  • Journaling: Evokes mindfulness and helps someone remain present while keeping perspective.
  • Learn How To Keep Negative Thinking Under Control: I mentioned in my post, “How to Turn Anxiety Into A Superpower”? that anxiety is characterized by a tendency toward negative thinking due to over generalization. This way of thinking is transformed with reframing, which is a process where negative and unhelpful thoughts are identified and replaced with positive and empowering ones.

Depression: Overuse of social media caused by FOMO can cause depression. Also, depression is an indication of an underlying source of stress caused by spreading ourselves too thin when we do too many things.

The opposite of FOMO is JOMO. JOMO (Joy of missing out) describes the joy people experience when they take a break from social activity. We tend to overload our lives with social obligations than necessary and we lose sight of how to enjoy the present moment.

Perceived Low Status: People have always been concerned about their social standing, however social media induced FOMO has resulted in a bigger obsession with social standing resulting in more anxiety and feelings of inferiority.

Feelings of perceived lower status caused by FOMO may be part of a much larger problem. The negative feelings of having a perceived lower status can be triggered by FOMO; have you ever started questioning about whether you’re happy with your job or happy with your current friends?! Do you feel like your social standing is feeling affected by these things? The feelings of unhappiness or insecurities dredged up by FOMO may be an opportunity to take a break from social media and think about how you can become happier and more fulfilled in your life.

Loneliness: Many people use social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram to keep in touch with friends they meet offline. However, there are many people that use social media as a substitute for real connection and they develop feelings of loneliness and inadequacy. These feelings are enhanced if you are dealing with FOMO.

When you’re feeling lonely it helps to reemphasize relationships. I’m not talking about online dating which is the biggest source of FOMO. Instead spend more time with your family and friends offline doing group activities and can increase the quality of our relationships.

Reduced Self-Esteem: FOMO can lead to reduced self-esteem; this can go hand-in-hand with the depression and loneliness brought on by social anxiety.

How to boost self-esteem:

  • Be Kind To Yourself
  • Learn How To Say “No”
  • Accept that Nobody’s Perfect
  • Accept that We All Make Mistakes
  • Focus on What You Can Change
  • Do What Makes You Happy
  • Show Gratitude for the Small Things

Mood Swings: Mood swings are a normal occurrence, but they can also be an indicator of an underlying problem such as FOMO. 

Mood swings can be caused by many social media induced issues including stress and anxiety, getting off schedule and disrupted sleep. It’s important to talk to a professional about this, because mood swings can be a sign of a much bigger problem than FOMO.

Social Media Addiction: FOMO can lead to a compulsive desire to stay connected with other people’s lives online.

The general over-use of social media may be the root of the problem. It helps to take a break from using social media. Instead of compulsively checking Facebook and/or Instagram several times a day focus on other ways to keep your mind occupied including hobbies, exercising and socializing with people offline.

Having a Hard Time Committing in Case Something Else Comes Up: This happens a lot not just on Facebook, but also on online dating platforms. The paradox of choice involved with the fear of buyer’s remorse when we go car shopping is similar to FOMO when there are too many choices. Feelings of fear, guilt and anxiety can creep in if you miss out on something due to FOMO.

Due to the paradox of choice it can create problems with committing to anything. It’s important to evaluate these choices and prioritize which ones you choose based on what you truly value.

Feeling That You’ll Never Catch Up to Everyone Else: FOMO makes people perceive that they’re falling behind in life when they compare their accomplishments with someone else’s on social media and also seeing how much better their lives are compared to yours. The sense of urgency it creates results in increased anxiety and fear.

Most people use social media to exaggerate in order to make their lives seem a lot better and more fun than they actually are. It helps to take a step back and realize that these exaggerated lives don’t exist. Also, realize that these people have problems in their lives too but won’t post it on social media.

Conclusion

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is anxiety that occurs when we get mentally aroused by social media posts of events or experiences happening somewhere else.

Problems that can occur with FOMO include social anxiety, depression, loneliness and reduced self-esteem that result from social media addiction. However, being aware that these problems are happening are the first step toward overcoming FOMO.


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Brain-Gut Connection!

I’ll be discussing a topic that’s very interesting, the Brain-Gut connection.

What is the Brain-Gut Connection?

The Brain-Gut Connection refers to the physical and chemical connections between your brain and gut consisting of millions of nerves and neurons.

Have you ever heard the saying “I had a “gut feeling” that something was wrong”? The brain and gut actually communicate with each other. There are chemicals called neurotransmitters that are important for your nerve cells and brain to function. 

What is Serotonin?

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for improving mood and positive feelings. 90% of serotonin comes from your gut.

What does this have to do with Anxiety?

Well, your gut consists of an environment made up of microorganisms called a microbiome. Some of these microorganisms or gut bacteria species can create neurotransmitters. Along with most serotonin; about half of all dopamine comes from this environment. 

Serotonin is responsible for our good mood and positive feelings. When our microbiome is disrupted  studies show that the amount of serotonin declines. 

Symptoms include:

  • Increased Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depressed Mood
  • Aggression
  • Impulsive Behavior
  • Poor Memory

Mental Disorders linked to Low Serotonin:

  • Panic Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Social Anxiety
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • ADHD
  • Autism

Can the overuse of Antibiotics disrupt the Brain-Gut Connection?

Antibiotics are prescribed for a bacterial infection. If used properly they are a lifesaver, but if they are overused problems can occur. Overuse of antibiotics can disrupt the gut microbiome and cause gut dysbiosis and dysfunction. The decline in beneficial gut bacteria has been linked to increased anxiety and depression.

Antibiotics have been given to livestock on industrial farms for years. When we eat meat products like poultry, beef and pork we are exposing ourselves to more antibiotics than what we actually need.

What is Industrial Farming?

Industrial farming or factory farming is a type of intensive form of agriculture that refers to the industrialized production of livestock, poultry, fish and crops that maximizes production and keeps prices low.

What are the Pros and Cons of Industrial Farming?

The Pros of Industrial Farming include:

  • Lower Food Prices: Due to industrial farming allowing for producing agricultural products on a large scale it results in lower prices for consumers.
  • Automated Food Production: Automation in the form of mechanization has resulted in fewer hours being worked in order to produce more product.
  • Can Be Established Almost Anywhere: Since larger farms are more resilient to changes in the environment, water access and location they can be located on marginal lands that are unused or underused in order to increase food production.
  • Lengthen Food Availability: New and existing technologies such as refrigeration has allowed for the lengthening of food availability.

Cons of Industrial Farming Include:

  • Use of Antibiotics: Antibiotics promote growth, increase feed efficiency and reduce mortality in indoor poultry farming, however antibiotic use in farming has led to the increase in antibiotic-resistance in humans and when these products are consumed the microbiome in the gut is damaged. Along with declining mental health a damaged gut has also been linked to obesity.
  • Use of Chemicals: Large scale industrial farming requires the use of chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Requires a lot of Water: Unsustainable amounts of water are required to produce on such a large scale.
  • Encourages Animal Diseases to Mutate into Human Diseases: The e. coli bacteria occurs in the intestinal tracts of all warm-blooded animals and it occurs in a benign form, however the overuse of antibiotics can result in pathogenic forms of e. coli that can cause humans to get sick.
  • Animal Cruelty: Due to the intense scale of production that includes overcrowded living conditions and overall lower quality of life for animals industrial farming is known for animal cruelty.

I went on to a Facebook forum and asked other people the same question about the overuse of antibiotics and I received some testimonials.

“Just finished a course of amoxicillin and felt like a dark cloud is hanging over me that can’t shake and that just doesn’t seem like me”!

“This makes sense to me. I have acute anxiety disorder since I was 13. Before that I took antibiotics 5 times a day with milk then in my teens I started getting a once a month antibiotic shot”!  

What can you do?

I’ve found it helpful to take a probiotic along with the medication that I take for anxiety. I still had symptoms of anxiety and depression along with weight gain. Not all probiotics are created equal the one I take specifically for anxiety and depression is from “Garden for Life: Mood+digestive+immune system”. Other things that help gut health is a high fiber diet, eating fewer carbohydrates and eating less sugar.

Since I started taking a probiotic my mood has significantly better, my appetite has gotten under control and I no longer crave carbs. It’s also helpful to take probiotics after being treated for an illness with antibiotics in order to encourage the good bacteria that puts us all in a better mood.

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How to turn ADHD into something positive.

In this blog I’m discussing a topic about something that has always been a part of my life. That’s ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

What is ADHD?

A neurological condition that makes it hard for people to inhibit their spontaneous responses. These responses can involve everything from movement to speech to attentiveness.

ADHD is a chronic condition that usually begins in childhood but can linger into adulthood. It’s estimated that at least 5% of adults in the United States have ADHD.

It may contribute to problems such as:

  • Low-self-esteem
  • Troubled relationships
  • Difficulty with school and work
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Impulsiveness
  • Sleep problems

ADHD has been known to be comorbid with psychiatric disorders.

What is comorbidity?

A medical term for two or more disorders that occur at the same time.

ADHD can be comorbid with:

  • OCD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Anxiety disorders

It’s common for adults with ADHD to suffer from a mental health disorder. At least half of adults with ADHD have an anxiety disorder while others deal with depression. If left unmanaged ADHD can affect your life in many ways by causing problems in our relationships, our jobs and our health.

How to work around ADHD in a positive way?!

ADHD does not have to put a person at a disadvantage in life. It’s important to get to know yourself and improve yourself to manage it.

ADHD symptoms are managed with:

  • Medication: ADHD symptoms can be managed with medication. Taking supplements along with medication can help too.
  • Coping Strategies: An individual can cope with ADHD by creating structure in your life by creating a routine and sticking with it and this can include exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and maintaining a daily to do list.
  • Taking Responsibility: The first step toward taking responsibility for ADHD is accepting your diagnosis and working around it.
  • Education: Learn as much as you can about ADHD.

When you have ADHD as an adult you’re going to have different strengths and weaknesses. 

Strengths include:

  • High energy levels
  • Spontaneous
  • Creative and Imaginative
  • Inventive
  • Need for novelty
  • Hyper focused
  • Greater Resilience
  • Compassion and Empathy
  • Greater Problem Solving Skills
  • Talents for Multitasking
  • The willingness to help or mentor others
  • Positive people-oriented interpersonal skills
  • Greater Adaptability

Weaknesses include:

  • Being highly impatient
  • Difficulty performing tasks quietly
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Trouble waiting for things or showing patience
  • Losing things frequently
  • Talking seemingly nonstop
  • Jobs that are too routine
  • Prone to boredom

It’s harder to stay focused and organized and finish tasks on time. This creates challenges.

There are jobs that are a better match if you have ADHD. It’s important to pick a career that can utilize your strengths and where challenges brought on due to you weaknesses are less likely to create issues.

An adult with ADHD is successful at jobs that are fast paced and offer a high level of interaction. Along with encouraging creativity it’s important to find a job that offers a variety of daily routines and is broadly focused on knowledge from many areas. This broad-base of knowledge is great for an exceptional problem solver.

It’s important to pick a career you enjoy. We all do better at a job that sparks our interest and keeps us motivated. It’s harder to stay on track at work if you grow bored and frustrated easily. 

Best jobs for ADHD:

Teacher

Chef

Hair Stylist

Small Business Owner

Entrepreneur

Emergency First Responder

Nurse

Writer

Artist

Software Developer

Famous people past and present with ADHD

Richard Branson: An English business magnet and investor who founded Virgin Group.

Michael Phelps: An American swimmer who won a total of 22 Olympic medals.

Bill Gates: The creator and founder of Microsoft, estimated to be worth $92 billion dollars.

Albert Einstein: One of the most famous thinkers of all time who developed the Theory of Relativity despite being inflicted with ADHD and possibly Asperger’s Syndrome.

Jessica McCabe: An American actress, writer and YouTube personality. She is best know for as the host from the YouTube channel How to ADHD.

Howie Mandel: Famous comedian, actor, television host and voice actor. Best known as the host of the show Deal or No Deal.

Ty Pennington: Famous for his role on Extreme Makeover; Home Edition.

Andre Brown: A former American football running back. He had been a member of the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins and Houston Texans.

Michelle Rodriguez: An American actress best known for her roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Fast & Furious, Resident Evil and S.W.A.T.

Brookley Wofford: Best know for being a pageant queen who won the crown as Miss Minnesota United States in 2015. She has been the buster of myths surrounding ADHD and now she’s the national spokesperson for Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

I wanted to share with you a part of my life I’ve been quiet about for years. When I was growing up I struggled with behavior and learning problems when I was in school. School was not my strong point when I was a kid, in fact if you ask anybody I grew up with they’ll remember me as the class clown and this was due to being so prone to boredom and frustration. I was officially diagnosed with ADHD when I was 19 and I’ve been taking medication and been managing the symptoms ever since. Also, despite having problems in school and not expected to do well I did go to college and earn an Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree. Since then I’ve continued to help myself overcome the odds. I’m convinced that ADHD is a superpower that can be continuously harnessed for awesome things. Including this blog.

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