WHAT SHOULD YOUR HDL Level BE? THE AVERAGE HDL level in the United States is around 45 for men and 55 for women. Generally, the higher your HDL level, the lower your risk of heart and blood vessel disease. The National Institutes of Health guidelines consider HDL levels lower than 40 to be a significant risk factor and levels greater than 60 to be partially protective. Of course, your risk also depends on how high your bad-cholesterol (LDL) level is. This allows you to stop and realize that things were not as bad as they seemed. Things could have really been a whole lot worse, but they were not. T his allows you to begin pushing past the idea of you being a victim. It starts to focus on something that matters to you; When you shift your attention like this, you know that you are better able to process the situation around you. You now that you are better able to allow yourself to interact with that memory and you learn how to distance yourself from that negativity entirely. Anchoring yourself is perhaps one of the most versatile methods that you can use when it comes down to NLP. When you use anchoring, you are essentially conditioning yourself to feel or think a certain way when you do something in particular. For most people, they choose to anchor a very specific action to a very specific behavior or feeling that they need, such as for anxiety or for other stressors that you may face. A t the end of the day, when it comes right down to being able to manage your stress, the best way to do so is through learning to tame it. So how to learn ? According to Professor Kate Sweeny in 2018, the answer lies in playing more video games. In other words, engaging in activities that allow you to pass time more quickly and pleasantly conduces learning. When engaged, we achieve a `flow state. Still, the participants couldn't just play any video game.

The video games used in the experiment had to be optimally difficult for the participants. The game had to be just hard enough to keep participants' attention, to improve their skills (x+1), and it had to be intrinsically motivating. In other words, just like Adventure your skills and the challenge have to optimally aligned in order to create an enjoyable learning experience. How to learn quicker? Given that most of us feel obliged to do more things, ie multitask, is there a way to learn quicker? As it turns out, the most accurate predictor is the ratio between the total amount of cholesterol in your blood and your good-cholesterol level--your cholesterol-to-HDL ratio. For example, if your total cholesterol level is 200 and your HDL level is 50, your cholesterol-to-HDL ratio would be 4. The average cholesterol-to-HDL ratio in the United States is approximately 4. A ratio greater than 6 would be considered a significant risk factor. If you have other risk factors for blood vessel disease besides cholesterol imbalance--such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, or a family history of premature blood vessel disease--many specialists recommend getting your ratio below 3. LOWERING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE Insulin resistance and diabetes increase your chances of developing high blood pressure. In turn, high blood pressure adds to the damaging effects on your arteries of insulin resistance and diabetes. You can reduce your risk of artery damage by taking measures to keep your blood pressure down. The pressure in your arteries rises and falls with each beat of your heart. Imagine that you are always quite stressed out and when you are stressed over what you have to do or how much you have going on, you start to panic. That panic obviously does nothing to really help you learn how you can fix the problem, but you cannot defeat it. However, you can learn how you can make a different connection to what is going on. You can learn to defeat that anxiety through the use of the anchors that you develop. All you have to do is choose the anchors that you want to use for yourself.

I f this sounds vaguely reminiscent to a high school psychology class, that's because it is--you are making use of classical conditioning here. Imagine that you want to defeat your anxiety. To do so, you want to remind yourself of feelings of calmness whenever that stress happens. When you feel your stressors starting to escalate, you need to identify a way that you can fix the problem and you choose to do so through the use of relaxation. W ith that in mind, you must also choose an anchor for yourself. If we could learn quicker, perhaps we could improve the quantity of our learning and the quality of our lives. Researchers Wymbs, Bastian, and Celnik (2016) found that if you practice a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practicing the exact same thing multiple times in a row. For example, if you learn to play an instrument and you alter your practice sessions between playing the instrument slightly louder/softer or faster/slower you will learn quicker. When doing Athletic training, those who make slight variations to their workouts in terms equipment, duration, or intensity learn quicker than those who continue with the same routines. In other words, learning is amplified when forced to adapt. Academics in the age of distraction s As you are reading this article or listening to me narrate this article, you are likely distracting yourself. You may have read that people are not good at multitasking. Still, you work to disprove that science daily. If you are like me, you have two browsers open with at least 20 tabs. The peak to which your pressure rises with each beat is called the systolic blood pressure; Normal blood pressure for young adults is less than 120 for the systolic and less than 80 for the diastolic, expressed as 120/80. For nondiabetics, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends treatment to keep blood pressure 140/90 or less. However, for diabetics, some professional organizations recommend 130/80 or less, although this is controversial. If getting your blood pressure that low requires only one or two medications, then it appears to be beneficial.

However, if you need more than that, the downsides of trying to get it that low begin to outweigh the benefits, in which case 140/90 is sufficient. Sometimes it's hard to figure out whether you have high blood pressure or not. Blood pressure fluctuates from day to day, hour to hour, even from minute to minute. If your blood pressure is high every time you check it, you can reasonably conclude that you have high blood pressure. However, it may be high at times and low at others. Perhaps you chose to make it fiddling with a necklace that you have. Perhaps you choose to pay attention to the way in which you move your hand or an attempt to tap on your arm. No matter the method, all you have to do is be consistent with it. With your method for anchoring and your target feeling identified, you are ready to begin. S top and think about a time in which you very strongly felt the emotion that you are trying to connect to. It could be your own happiness or anything else. In this instance, you are looking at connecting to your feelings of calmness. You think to a situation that makes you feel calm it could be your wedding day or it could be a night that you spent out, underneath the stars, with your best friend. No matter what it is, however, you know one thing: You are feeling calmer already. Really focus on that memory that you have until you, too, being to feel just as calm as you did that night. While you are reading, you may be toggling between apps on your phone, texting, and double-tapping an Instagram post. Does this mean that the process of learning differs from previous generations? Yes and No. Blasiman, Larabee, and Fabry (2018) studied the effect of six distractions on learning (folding laundry, playing a computer video game, texting on a cell phone, engaging in a conversation, watching a low-arousal video, and watching a high-arousal video). Students were asked to learn a task while distracted.

Then they were tested on what they learned. How do you think they performed compared to when they were not-distracted? They scored as low as 62% and as high as 87% on tests. Think about it. A brilliant learner demonstrates only 62% of his or her ability when distracted. Even people who don't have harmful high blood pressure have occasional high readings when they're nervous or excited. As you get older, your arteries normally get stiffer, and that raises your systolic blood pressure. If you live long enough, chances are it will exceed 140, the point at which the NIH guidelines recommend treatment. In other words, the guidelines suggest treating something that occurs naturally in most people. As common as this age-related rise is, it still increases the wear and tear on your arteries. Research has shown that, regardless of your age, if you can keep your systolic blood pressure below 140, you will reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease. The increased artery stiffness that occurs with age also causes your systolic blood pressure to fluctuate more. Before concluding that you need additional medication, you should get several readings spaced at least a week apart to make sure that your blood pressure is consistently high. If blood pressure is only a few points higher than normal, doctors often recommend trying some lifestyle changes first. Reducing sodium helps a little, as does increasing your intake of potassium, which you get in fruits and vegetables. Focus entirely on how calm you felt and then, as that feeling maxes out, you must use the anchor. It could be touching your necklace or it could be tapping your hand or making a certain gesture. Do that now, as you feel calm. Y ou will need to repeat this process several times over the coming days. Make sure that, every time that you begin to feel really calm, you use that motion or gesture and you latch onto that feeling of calmness.