Vitamin B6 Supplementation

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is a supplement that very few people ever think about adding to their regimen.  In the past, most  people obtained enough B6 from their diet, but that is not always the case today.

Those who consume little or no meat, may be deficient in B6. Also, people over 50 have less B6, so supplementation might be a good thing to consider.

Certain medical, emotional, and hormonal specific issues have been improved with specific amounts of vitamin B6.

Some physical conditions that might be helped with B6 supplementation:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Impaired renal function
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Cognitive function
  • PMS
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Hormone control
  • Other: skin, eczema, dandruff, acne, hair loss, dry skin, melanoma and psoriasis.

 

Visit the National Institute of Health for more information, keeping in mind that the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is extremely low. Most people supplement with 50 or 100mg tablets.

 

Some testimonials supporting the addition of Vitamin B6:

 

…the added benefit that I felt after a few days was that a large amount of the anxiety I felt during the day was either diluted or non existent. don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I’m cured of anxiety or anything like that but its a lot more manageable. I doubt it was a placebo as I didn’t even know about how it can allegedly help anxiety until I looked it up a few days after taking it, and what prompted me to make the post was that I neglected to think about taking it this morning and felt my old fear return and didn’t put it together that I forgot to take it until I got home this evening.

 

“I was prescribed Pyridoxine (VItamin B6) 25 mg for nausea during pregnancy and I am absolutely amazed. I honestly didn’t think it was going to work and not only does it work, but it doesn’t cause drowsiness so I am a happy camper! I give the medicine a 9 rating.”

 

I always keep B6 on hand because it is helpful when under any kind of stress (and I have plenty of that). I take a B complex, but add extra B5 and B6 when under extra stress.

 

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Disclaimer: The above information and references are not intended to be used as a substitute for doctor prescribed medications or treatments. Always consult with your medical practitioner before making any changes in your daily regimen.

 

How to End Procrastination

Procrastination plagues most people at some point in their lives. It is definitely a problem for those suffering through depression and anxiety. However, there are sometimes some little steps one can take, even while living with depression, that can make you feel better about yourself.

Conquering procrastination for just one thing or for just one day, can lighten one’s mood and help you feel as though you are proactively doing something to improve your situation.

Honestly, procrastination has always remained with me, even though I often take steps to end it. It seems as though I can only end it for a set span of time, or for a particular project, but every step forward counts – it’s better than standing still.

The article linked below provided a good tip on how to end procrastination.

Simply place yourself in the future and imagine how you feel if you conquered procrastination and experienced the rewards of that.

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Now…

Place yourself into a future where you have continuously procrastinated and therefore NOT received any benefits, only regrets.

You may be thinking that this is not relevant to you because you are depressed, or because your anxiety level is just too high.

I would ask you to consider it a bit further.

For instance, have you been wanting something that you can honestly get for yourself, but you simply cannot muster up the strength and will to actually get it?

It could be something as simple (or as complex) as having a milkshake or a smoothie.

You may not feel up to making one yourself, and that’s okay.

Here’s the thing.

If you have access to a car, drive yourself to McDonald’s and get a milkshake or a smoothie (their’s are gluten free). You can pick it up using the drive-through window, so it does NOT matter what you wear, or how you look. Put on some sun-glasses and go.

If you are worried about the menu choice, then check it out online before you go.

Google it. chocolate-mccafe

If you don’t have access to a car, then the next best thing is to ask someone to pick one up for you. Again, check the menu online, so you can be specific when you ask,

The art of asking for something you want is often lost when one is depressed. So force yourself to ask for something you want – something within reason, of course.

Maybe it’s not such a big deal if you don’t get the milkshake. But maybe it is a big deal if you would like a milkshake and do nothing about it. That’s the real issue.

Maybe you can’t go today, but how about plan to go tomorrow or even next Sunday?

Set a goal. Make arrangements to get something you want – either on your own, or by asking someone for a small favor.

Every change you make can change your future for the better.

I know which future I prefer – no regrets.

What say you?

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Do you have dreams and ambitions but never seem to take action? Do you have work to do and deadlines but just can’t seem to get motivated until the very last minute? If you answered yes to any of those questions then you probably have procrastinated.Now we all do procrastinated to a certain extent, no one is […]

via Start Today & Stop Procrastinating — Jay Colby

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Improve Your Luck

Luck is defined as “success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.”

Experimental psychologist, author, creative consultant for many television programs, and magician – Professor Richard Wiseman conducted a study on over 400 volunteer participants for ten years, in an effort to understand why some people have good luck, while others do not.

He discovered that luck is not magical, unless one considers paying attention and being aware to be a magical ability. A person can improve their luck by simply becoming more aware and more relaxed.

You do not need a lucky rabbit’s foot (I had one as a child) or a four leaf clover, although such items four leaf clovermay serve as reminders that you are in control of your luck, good or bad.

Superstition / Magical Charms

If you have “good luck charms,” you do not need to throw them away, but instead use them as constant reminders that give you power to change your luck!

According to Wiseman…

My research revealed that lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

To further prove his point, he conducted an experiment in which he gave the same newspaper to all of the participants.

He asked all of them to count the number of photographs.

The unlucky people averaged about two minutes to count all of the photographs.

The lucky people were done in a matter of seconds.

Why?

Because the second page of the newspaper contained the message “Stop counting –
There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.”

Wiseman described the “ad” above as taking up half a page, with the font size being over two inches.

As I read about this newspaper experiment, I wondered if I would have seen the ad. Truthfully speaking, I believe I would take notice of it on some days, and on other days I might not, which further proves Professor Wiseman’s reasoning that our attitude affects our luck.

I had an English professor my freshman year in college who did something similar. He handed out a quiz and the first instruction said to read all of the questions before answering. I did. The last question said “Sign your paper and hand it in. Do not answer any of the questions.” I was lucky that day.

If this isn’t enough proof that we manifest our own good luck by our attitudes and actions, keep reading.

Wiseman continued his experiment with the newspaper by adding another large ad about half-way into the newspaper.

As Wiseman explained…

This one announced:
“Stop counting, tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $250.” Again, the unlucky people missed the opportunity because they were still too busy looking for photographs.

Continued experiments indicated that anxiety plays a key role in how people react to such instructions. Those overcome with anxiety to complete the task, do not notice the “extra” ads.

Here is an example of how paying attention and being aware of what is happening around you, even as you are walking down the street, can offer you a chance at some good luck – IF you notice and take appropriate action.

As reported in The Luck Factor…

Barnett Helzberg Jr. is a lucky man. By 1994 he had built up a chain of highly successful jewelry stores with an annual revenue of around $300 mil-lion. One day he was walking past the Plaza Hotel in New York when he heard a woman call out, “Mr. Buffett” to the man next to him. Helzberg won-dered whether the man might be Warren Buffett – one of the most successful investors in America. Helzberg had never met Buffett, but had read about the financial criteria that Buffett used when buying a company.

Helzberg had recently turned sixty, was thinking of selling his company, and realized that his might be the type of company that would interest Buffett. Helzberg seized the opportunity, walked over to the stranger and introduced himself. The man did indeed turn out to be Warren Buffett, and the chance meeting proved highly fortuitous because about a year later Buffett agreed to buy Helzberg’s chain of stores. And all because Helz-berg just happened to be walking by as a woman called out Buffett’s name on a street corner in New York.

Read the full report of Wiseman’s experiments and findings as published in The Skeptical Inquirer, in this pdf file, The Luck Factor.”

Source: Richard Wiseman’s website.

Good Luck!

Good Luck!

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Angry Rants

Angry rants. We have all experienced them. Most of the time we are victims of the rant, and some of us have been the perpetrators of the rant, spewing venomous words at random and letting the poison land where it will.

Some of us find ourselves targets of rants while expressing our opinions through social media. Often, people will respond to a rant with a similar attitude, using similar words, and end up adding fuel to the fire of the original ranter.

This serves no purpose.

 

How well do you handle angry rants that are directed at you? angry-rant

Reflecting on our own angry rants can help us muddle through rants when we are the target.

  • For instance, have you ever noticed a time when you blew up at someone or about something that had nothing to do with the reasons or situations that made you angry?
  • Often, we can be upset about something at home and yet take it out on someone at work, or vice versa.
  • One person may make us angry, while another person suffers the effects of that anger because we feel uncomfortable speaking up to the one(s) who caused the anger. We hurt the ones we love with this type of angry rant because we trust them to NOT leave us.

 

The important thing is to…

recognize what is really happening.

It is important to understand the mental process behind people’s rants. They are often afraid of change and are fearful of people who are “different” from them. This fear causes them to lash out verbally against whatever they perceive to be threatening their way of life.

 

“It’s Not About You” is an excellent article that explains how to deal with these ranters.

“Understanding that you aren’t responsible for other people’s behavior is liberating. When you know that words spoken in anger aren’t really about you, the attack, while still unpleasant, doesn’t have to damage your self-esteem. It’s also easier to find a way to forgive the other person.”

 

 

Psychologist Carl Rogers

Famous and noteworthy psychotherapists…

Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987)

Favorite Carl Rogers quote:

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

 

Carl Rogers, an American psychologist, has the distinct honor of being known as the father of Person Centered therapy, also known as Client Centered therapy.

He believed the role of a psychotherapist was to enable a person to come to certain deductions and therefore solutions on their own, with a little help from the therapist.

Here is a video of Carl Rogers at a lecture on Empathy.

 

Rogers is also known for his philosophy regarding “arguments.” He believed one should not argue a point until they completely understood the other person’s point of view.

 

This polite and civil type of argument is known as a Rogerian Argument.

 

Here’s an easy explanation of Rogerian Arguments in a YouTube video:

 

Anxiety and Panic

While dealing with agoraphobia I was once in panic the day before I was to take a short road-trip with my daughter. It was only two hours at the most, depending on traffic, but a large bridge was involved, as was meeting new people and having conversations with them.

Mighty big bridge causes anxiety for some

Mighty big bridge causes anxiety for some

I made it, and so can you.

I just read this article on Deepak Chopra’s website regarding Chaos and I found it to be insightful and helpful. Feel free to visit and read the entire article. I have included what I found to be most helpful below.

My application of this and my interpretation follows the excerpt.

What Is a Positive Emotional Anchor?

From the teaching of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), comes the concept of an anchor. The simplest way to explain an anchor is to think of it as a link to an emotional state. The anchor serves as a reminder or a trigger that puts you into a certain state of being. Of course, anchors can be both positive and negative; however, we’re going to focus on positive anchors.

For example, an athlete will use an anchor to get back into “the zone” so they can regain peak performance in a game. It may be a visual image of shooting the perfect basket or knocking the ball out of the park. A professional speaker will have a routine they do before going on stage to remind them of the positive states they want to be in while presenting. This routine is their way of setting up an anchor—or a positive state. You can use this same concept at any time to help you get out of a chaotic state.

– See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/from-chaos-to-calm-in-an-instant-how-to-create-a-positive-anchor

Application

In the circumstance I mentioned earlier, I created an anchor by thinking about having my daughter to myself for the round-trip and how much fun we would have catching up, talking, and most importantly, laughing.

I then started to think about some of the things I would like to speak to her about – not motherly advice things – but things that interest her. Where does she see herself in five years? Is she happy with her boyfriend? Is he the one, or is he just the right one for right now. How does she feel about a political or social issue right now. I would ask her to tell me about her job and how it makes her feel.

I began to visualize the conversation and realized I needed to insert some humor, so I began to brainstorm some silly things I had seen on Facebook.

And then there’s gossip. Did you hear about what happened to _______?

My visualization calmed me and gave me peace.

Focus on the anchor, and the rest will fall into place.

Also, I knew I could count on her for help and support just in case I had a panic or anxiety attack. She would help me make a fast exit either to the restroom or outside. She’s that kind of girl.