You don't want to be that person. With the ever-increasing competition in the workplace, creatives who keep their jobs and get promoted are the ones who can separate themselves from the pack. Mediocrity is unacceptable and will not be tolerated for long in most good organizations. When I was a high school biology student, we were taught that individuals could not control these functions except through external influences, such as medication. In recent years researchers have demonstrated that humans and other animals can exert voluntary control over the involuntary nervous system. Experiments conducted by Dr Neil E. Miller in 1969 proved that biofeedback techniques are successful at regulating blood flow. Scientists using sensitive equipment in laboratory environments substantiated that practitioners of yoga have developed the ability to control oxygen consumption, blood pressure, and body temperature. A 1968 study conducted at the Harvard Medical School found that people who meditate regularly are able to reduce their oxygen consumption by up to 20%, decrease blood lactates (associated with feelings of anxiety), and induce higher levels of brain activity related to states of tranquillity and a feeling of well-being (Alpha waves). Further studies conducted by members of this same research team in 1981 documented the ability of Tibetan monks to increase temperatures of specific body parts (fingers, toes, and skin) by as much as 15 degrees Fahrenheit during meditation. Medical doctors are very aware of the direct connections between stress and illness. For example, it is common for hyperventilation to occur under stress. Dizziness, breathing problems, and chest pains are relieved by employing measures to mitigate the stress and bring respiratory patterns back under control. Injuries can also occur over a longer course of time, such as the tendonitis in a hand or wrist that golfers, tennis players, and men who work out on a rowing machine often encounter. Common symptoms of both sprains and strains include localized swelling, tenderness, and sometimes severe pain at the site of injury or radiating from the injury, as well as the presence of a popping or tearing sound or feeling at the time of injury. Regardless of injury symptoms, there are some clear recommendations to follow that will help you prevent becoming injured in the first place. Take Control of Sport Injuries This is also known as cross-training. Taking corrective action to stop pain can keep you in the game longer. Isn't that where you want to be?

Repetitive Motion Injuries Tendonitis and bursitis are injuries that come from repetitive actions and are classified as overuse injuries. These injuries may result from playing certain sports or from activities such as swinging an axe repeatedly, working on an assembly line, keyboarding, or other tasks that require a repetitive motion that recurrently stresses the same body part. Feel slightly uncomfortable but decide you'll give it a go? Standing up in front of your staff and colleagues is nothing new to you. The chance arises for an interview for a new job that you feel you could probably do with some support and training. Do you think. I hope they cannot detect my lack of confidence during the interview? I know I could do this job - I will show them what I'm made of in the interview! There's no point applying for this job there will certainly be better candidates than me? I feel confident I can get this job, I can do some research and give them what is required? An impressive `thank you' gift arrives at the reception desk where you work. Do you think. This begins with learning to observe, identify, and label emotions with the use of self-compassionate awareness and attention. As I mentioned in article 1, compassionate awareness and attention is the first step in bringing self-compassion to our daily lives. We begin the process of tuning in to our emotions by paying attention to how they make us feel in our body. Grounded in our breath, we can now practice identifying and labeling, or naming, what we feel. With this next practice, see if you can name your emotions and the experiences that come with them. OBSERVING & IDENTIFYING YOUR EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES Over the next few days, see if you can track your emotional experiences.

When you notice a change in how you're feeling, see if you can observe and identify the emotional experience. Get out your notebook and create a tracking sheet for yourself that looks something like the one here. Day & time What is the situation? This doesn't mean that our explanations for events and feelings actually make sense. A perfect example is the five-year-old who holds himself responsible for his parents' divorce. We can understand how a child can come up with this explanation, but to other people, it doesn't make sense. A child usually plays little or no role in the issues that divide a couple. The child didn't cause the breakup and can't keep the parents together, but he may still feel responsible. Children are not alone in coming up with explanations based on incomplete or inaccurate information. We've all had the experience of getting upset, only to discover that our upset was based upon an incomplete understanding or a false interpretation of circumstances. Usually we just experience a momentary embarrassment -- oops! But we often fail to realize that all our interpretations of events are the product of what we think we know. I recently saw the story of William Crawford, a janitor at the US Air Force Academy. He used a standing desk, with his feet on a bed of nails. During short breaks, he did a one-minute handstand, his palms pressed against a vibration plate. He had been doing all of this for six days, and he was, he assured the audience, kicking ass. Now another video. Robin Sharma. Another self-help guru with a shaved head. The key to success, he said, was to write down a magnificent obsession statement--a statement about who you would like to become in one year's time--and then repeat this statement to yourself, every morning and evening, for the rest of the year, until you had become that person.

As I was going to bed, I was thinking about what my magnificent obsession statement might be. Who did I want to become this year? Tim Ferris? I reach for my phone in my pocket and then remember the battery is dead. It's the fifth time I've tried to use my phone since lunch. I feel lost without it. The charger disappeared somewhere in the move and it's driving me crazy. Maybe I'll ask Dad to take me to the Apple store when he gets back. The sound of dishes clattering reminds me I'm not alone. But Aunt Kim stays in the kitchen, letting me be. Uncle Leo isn't quite so intuitive. He comes out to the family room and plops down in the chair next to me like he belongs there. He's sort of like Humpty Dumpty with a big silver Texas-shaped belt buckle planted right in the middle of his stomach. Lunar Living can be such a powerful tool in forward planning too. You will no longer be taken by surprise by waves of raw emotion, finding yourself in the depths of despair and reacting from those depths. Instead, being aware that the new or full moon is coming, you can carve out time for yourself - for self-awareness and self-care - around these moon times. To simply be with what you are experiencing and what it is showing you - this alone is a powerful way to own your experience and makes you less likely to blame everyone or everything else (except maybe the moon! And as you take responsibility for how you are feeling, you take back control of your life. You owe it to yourself and all those around you to exercise self-care and nurture your soul. And if you are too busy to take a day, or even just a few hours, out once or twice a month to rest, reflect, reconnect and recalibrate, then you - more than anyone - need Lunar Living!

TRUST IN THE MOON - AND YOU Lunar Living gives us trust in something greater - a guiding force and ancient wisdom that were here long before we were and will be here long after we've gone. As we begin to live back in alignment with this ancient power, one of the greatest gifts of Lunar Living is the ability to believe and trust in yourself. As long as this isn't a daily occurrence, it won't hinder your progress. Embarking on a nutritional overhaul hinges on 50 per cent motivation, 30 per cent food choices, and 20 per cent logistics (shopping, cooking, and so on). With this in mind, using your head at all times is pivotal to success. Motivation comes from within and on days that you are not feeling it, you can talk yourself back into it. Remember, you've got this. Sometimes this statement is true and sometimes it's not accurate at all. Just because you didn't have a full meal, or didn't sit down to have food, doesn't mean you didn't eat. Picking is eating. If you find yourself finishing your kid's food at every meal, that is also eating. So make sure there's the right amount, just for them. In the last two decades, acupuncture has evolved from a fringe treatment to an integral (but sometimes controversial) part of modern healthcare. Today, acupuncture is covered by numerous health insurance plans, and many hospitals employ acupuncturists in integrative healthcare settings for everything from oncology to pain management. With the threat of the opioid epidemic growing quickly, many medical doctors refer their patients for acupuncture treatment before prescribing potentially dangerous painkillers. Major hospitals, including Boston Children's Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and the Mayo Clinic, as well as Veterans Affairs hospitals, all list acupuncture among their services, moving This gives patients access to the best of both worlds. Celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Robert Downey Jr. Celebrities and other influencers who have used their social media platforms to discuss their acupuncture treatments have led to a greater awareness and public demand for acupuncture.