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Around what my kid needs first,' explains Veronica. If</a> I sense my daughter is sad one morning, I will just arrive for work an hour later and I will read another book to her. <a href=''>I</a> don't have a boss who tells me I can't be with my daughter now. <a href=''>Also,</a> she is with us on this adventure. <a href=''>This</a> will be part of her story, too. <a href=''>We</a> are creating our common story together.' However, while many desire the freedom that entrepreneurs enjoy, fewer want the risk that comes with it. <a href=''>So,</a> it is worth looking for ways to enjoy greater autonomy and freedom at work as a regular employee. <a href=''>A</a> period of silence before you speak or reply is extremely powerful, communicates wisdom, and does more than words ever will. <a href=''>Wise</a> people take their time responding because they know not thinking about what they're saying communicates ignorance. <a href=''>They</a> know it's wise, in any situation, to pause and think about the effect their next words will have. <a href=''>It's</a> experienced, strategic, sharp, and targeted communication. <a href=''>In</a> the HBO show Game of Thrones, Tywin Lannister is wise, ruthless, doesn't tolerate nonsense, and keeps everyone in line. <a href=''>After</a> telling King Joffrey, the boy king who speaks without thinking, "Any man who must say,I am the king' is no true king. I'll make sure you understand that after I've won your war for you", King Joffrey loses his temper and replies with, "My father won the real war! He killed Prince Rhaegar! He took the crown while you hid under Casterly Rock!" Tywin knows this isn't true and King Joffrey is accusing his own grandfather of being a coward. But being wise, experienced with conflict, and knowing how to think before replying, Tywin keeps his cool when most of us would explode and defend ourselves. He simply pauses, looks at Joffrey in a threatening "You just f*cked up" fashion, and very calmly replies, "The king is tired. See him to his chambers." The pause allowed Tywin to calm himself down before saying something that could make him look weak and unstable. In tense, negative, or extremely exciting situations where emotions tell you to say the first thing that comes to your mind, it's wise to pause and think about what you're going to say.

Speaking on impulse, in most cases, makes you look weak, unstable, and out-of-control. You lose your upper hand and positioning. If the first instinct is to reply with something negative, hurtful, childish, or ignorant, something most of us do during bouts of excitement, simply pause, think about how it will reflect on you, and choose to reply with something more stable and intelligent. I remembered from my training to give an agitated patient plenty of room so he or she wouldn't feel cornered and slowly approached the group. The older man stepped forward and told me that his nephew Tom had been drinking heavily for months and then stopped a day or two ago. Tom wanted to quit, the man said; Tom wanted to try again at school, to be the first one in their tribe to succeed at college. At least Tom had been drinking legal beer and spirits and not drinking denatured alcohol or inhaling Sterno (or some other poison) that would quickly destroy his brain--and with which there could be surprises in managing his withdrawal. Athletically built with long, thick, lustrous black hair, Tom was dressed in jeans, work boots, and the kind of parka that residents of the area commonly wore in winter. He looked older than his twenty-three years, and haggard. The uncle said a doctor had told Tom he had a problem with his heart, but otherwise he was "good." When I tried to say something to Tom, he glared at me; he was grossly tremulous and sweating profusely. He was clearly in withdrawal; sweating suggests fever or worse. His nervous system was hyperaroused, with norepinephrine and cortisol being released in torrents, driving up his heart rate and blood pressure, raising body temperature and steering blood to the muscles. Under circumstances of serious threat, this is called the fight-or-flight response, evolution's kind contribution to our survival. But a body system evolved for one purpose can be rerouted, as it is in delirium tremens (DTs), a medical emergency. With the DTs, Tom's blood pressure and pulse could so elevate that his heart could not sustain its physiological demand; he could go into cardiac collapse and die, especially if he had preexisting heart disease. So, the only way that anyone can remain in such a false reality is by steadfastly refusing to deal with the unpleasant or difficult tasks that come our way. If we continually avoid our tasks because we've lost our sense of accomplishment, then it's only natural that when we're faced with a new task, instead of dealing with it, we'll most likely procrastinate. Similar to other disorders that can grow in scope with the passage of time, such as phobias and addictions, procrastination can also intrude into one's life, sometimes in unexpected ways. For example, "routine housekeeping" begins to lose meaning when the word "routine" is used less and less in actual practice. Over time, the procrastinator may become so disconnected from routine tasks, that little if anything gets done on a scheduled or "routine" basis.

Household cleaning that might have been done regularly in the past falls by the wayside, and now gets done only on an as-needed basis, if it's done at all. Over time, the procrastinator finds himself overwhelmed by all the tasks that require his attention, and he copes in the only manner he knows--he takes on his problems on a "crisis-by-crisis" basis, often as a result of external deadlines or from the prospect of uncomfortable, if not unbearable consequences. As the habitual procrastinator withdraws further from "routine" activities, he may develop additional measures that will assist in keeping him in the land of non-"do"-ers. For example: Henry only cleans his apartment when it's absolutely necessary to do so, like when guests are visiting. Afterwards, Henry not only allows his apartment to become messy again, but he decides that having visitors over isn't really worth all the effort that cleaning takes. In addition, deciding to stop having people over eliminates the chore and responsibility of regular housekeeping. Unfortunately for Henry, he then pays for this decision by becoming somewhat of a hermit. Even worse, Henry's single, and he's not only lonely, he occasionally wonders if he were to start dating again, how he could ever invite a woman over. Perhaps she might not return after a first visit. Suppose she made a comment or even laughed at the sight of his place. Finding the thought of being laughed at by a love interest unbearable, Henry tries to forget about dating by trying to convince himself that he's too old, and that he's missed the boat. If all that weren't bad enough, Henry's also concerned that if a pipe were to burst in his apartment, would the plumber report him to his landlord? While bullying prevention programs are becoming more widely used in schools and other venues where bullying problems have been reported, many victims still prefer not to come forward due to fear of not being believed or possible retaliation. This often leaves the victim with no recourse except to suffer in silence or find some way of escape. Escape usually manifests through dropping out of school completely or else through negative coping strategies such as substance abuse, violent response, or suicidal behavior. There are resources available for victims of bullying and their families, both in terms of working to stop the abuse as well as in dealing with the psychological consequences. The appendix provides information on national organizations that can refer bullying victims to local treatment services. Anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a close family member or friend is going to find themselves dealing with grief. While the usual symptoms of grief are going to resemble depression in many ways (including feelings of restlessness, appetite changes, sleep difficulties, concentration problems, etc.), there are important differences as well. Though not everyone is going to grieve in the same way, working through the emotional turmoil of grief is a healthy way to come to terms with this kind of loss.

Still, sooner or later, the grieving process usually comes to an end. While there is no fixed time period associated with grief, symptoms usually subside after a year or so as we learn to move on with our lives. Though we can still feel the loss on anniversary dates, for example, this grief is usually manageable and temporary. For some people, however, the symptoms of grief can persist much longer than usual. They may also find themselves experiencing symptoms that are much more intense than what is typically seen in normal grief. These symptoms often include an inability to focus on anything other than the death of the loved one, emotional numbness, a sense that life has lost its purpose, and a sense of personal blame (such as believing that they could have prevented the death somehow). People showing these symptoms are often diagnosed as suffering from complicated grief. Cook a bigger portion of a meal at the weekend than you will eat at one sitting, and freeze the leftovers to provide meals on other days. Make use of the time you spend waiting throughout the day - two minutes here; five minutes there. Set yourself up to make use of these time leftovers'. <a href=''>Decide</a> beforehand what you want to spend this time doing. <a href=''>I</a> spend mine on Duolingo to improve my Spanish - and since you now have started flirting with the idea of moving to Italy, why not learn a few Italian words? <a href=''>Va</a> bene? <a href=''>Instead</a> of choosing between, for example, socializing and exercising, you may be able to combine them. <a href=''>Go</a> for a run with your buddy, play Frisbee, go mountain biking in the woods. <a href=''>In</a> the Odyssey, Odysseus asks to be tied to the mast, in order not to give in to the temptation of the Sirens. <a href=''>Today,</a> we need to find something that helps us to steer clear of time-stealers like Facebook. <a href=''>Most</a> people wish they spent less time browsing the internet or looking at Facebook, and apps like Freedom help you to do this, preventing you from using the internet for up to eight hours. <a href=''>You</a> are likely to be more efficient if you have less time. <a href=''>If</a> your spouse's parents call and say they are dropping by in fifteen minutes, no doubt you manage to clean the house super-efficiently. <br /><br /><a href=''>According</a> to Cyril Northcote Parkinson, British historian and author,Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.' To come at this from a different angle, schedule when you have to start a task - and when you have to finish it. As you're learning, logic beats emotion 99% of the time. Failing to pause and think about what you're doing to say or do next is a product of emotion. Stopping yourself, calming yourself down, and thinking of an intelligent and appropriate thing to say or do is a product of pure logic. Most of us react. We don't take the time to think about what we're doing and the position it's putting us in, we're just doing it. Reacting is letting your ego, emotions, and your inner-child have control and you're saying, "I don't care what position this puts me in, how it makes me look, or the repercussions of it. Saying or doing this particular thing right now will make me feel better." Sounds like a child, doesn't it? Reacting gets poor results, ruins relationships, burns bridges, and makes you look weak, sketchy, and out-of-control. We think reacting by getting angry solves problems, makes things better, and gives us control of situations. We think reacting by raising our voice, yelling, and throwing a temper tantrum gets us the results we want and makes us more effective. We think reacting by freaking out helps release the scared, anxious, nervous, and frightful energy and makes us feel better about the situation we're facing. But all of it only makes us look very weak and immature. Responding, on the other hand, is the wiser and more logical choice because you're taking everything into consideration before making a move. When you want to get angry, you ask yourself, "Will getting angry make this better, undo what happened, or give me more control of the situation?" When you want to yell, you ask yourself, "Will yelling give me appearance of self-control or weakness and immaturity?" When you want to freak out and get scared, you ask yourself, "Will freaking out increase everyone's confidence in my ability to keep it together and lead them in the right direction or will it make me look scared, weak, and lame?" Responding communicates wisdom, strength, and self-control. I left the exam room, found the nurse on duty, and suggested that we get Tom into a single room away from everyone else. I wrote orders for detox with Librium, the choice at the time, and folic acid to prevent a rare complication of alcoholism called Wernicke's encephalopathy, in which healthy brain tissue denied this essential nutrient dies. "We need to get his vital signs and a cardiogram," I told the nurse, adding, "He doesn't look very well disposed to being touched." About five minutes later, the nurse emerged from the exam room and walked slowly toward me. "Hello, Doctor," she said with her usual practiced formality. She had spoken with Tom's sister (the third man was his brother), and together they persuaded Tom to let the nurse take his pulse, blood pressure, and temperature.