Monthly Archives: February 2011

CAN’T SLEEP?

Author; Tim Walton

Do you have difficulty falling asleep or establishing a sleep pattern? You may want to consider supplementing with melatonin; a natural sleep aide.
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain helping regulate other hormones and maintaining the body’s circadian rhythm which is your internal 24 hour “Clock”. When it is dark, you produce more melatonin and its production drops when it is light. This is why during the shorter days of winter your body makes it either earlier or later in the day than usual. This change can lead to symptoms of seasonal effective disorder (SAD), or winter depression.
Natural levels drop as we age with older adults making very small amounts or possibly none at all. Young children have the highest levels of nighttime melatonin. Jet lag and shift work will make it seem like your clock is off. It’s possible to “reset” that clock by supplementing with melatonin.
There are studies that show it to also be an antioxidant, possibly strengthening your immune system. Research is also being conducted in its role in slowing down the aging process and slowing down or stopping the spread of cancer, particularly breast cancer.
It is readily available OTC (Over the Counter) at many health food stores, vitamin shops, etc. Do your research and if necessary, consult with your doctor with any concerns or questions as it may have interactions with other medications you may be taking. Normally healthy people can start off by taking 1 mg an hour before bedtime. Increase dosage by 1 mg at a time if needed, up to a safe level for your body. Always start off with the lowest dose first.
As with most things, there could be side effects, vivid dreams being one of them, so be sure to educate yourself on anything potential which may concern or affect you.

NO MORE EXCUSES

Author; Joni Walton

Why do people make excuses? I’m too tired, I don’t have time, I don’t feel motivated, I’m too busy, I don’t remember you saying that, I have personal issues. I can’t because.

We have all made excuses. Here’s how to kill them.

1. See the Positive: Excuses are usually made because we don’t feel like doing something – we’re accentuating the negative. Maintain a positive attitude or you’ll never beat the excuses.
2. Take Responsibility: Excuses are ways to get out of owning something. Take responsibility, and own the solution.
3. Find a Solution: Don’t have time? Make the time. Wake earlier, Do it during lunch. You’re smart. Figure out the solution.
4. See your goal: This is your motivation – your reason for doing it. Think about why you want to pursue a goal and you will be motivated. Visualize the goal and just get started.
5. Be accountable: Have a workout partner, a project manager, a team, someone to report to. If you have to be accountable to someone your’re more likely to do something.
6. Go ahead and make your excuses. Then do it anyway.

I read a lot of articles regarding excuses. Many of them are very touchy, feely about why people do what they do. What is funny about that is those articles were making excuses for making excuses!

The bottom line is we are in charge of our own destiny. No one is going to get us where we want to be other than ourselves. Take responsibility and get motivated people.

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Ben Franklin

Joni