Posts by KeithW

Why Learning About Medication Dosages Can Save Your Life

Each time you take a medication, you’re taking a risk if you’re not paying attention to the dosages. Even adults can suffer serious complications from taking a little too much cough syrup or one extra pill. You don’t want to put your health at risk, so it’s important to learn about medication dosages. The dosages for each medication are special and unique. Read every label before taking any type of drug. Learn the facts: Research findings. A recent study published in Pediatrics found that dosing issues are more common than many people assume. Researchers studied 2,100 parents as they measured liquid medication such as cough syrup with different devices. They found that 84 percent of the parents made at least one mistake. This is a serious concern since parents are in charge of measuring medications for themselves and their children. The study showed it’s easy to make a mistake, but most parents didn’t even realize they made one. Most common dosage mistakes. The mistakes can vary from household to household, but there are some common patterns. One of the biggest mistakes is not reading the label carefully. Many adults simply glance at the label without reading the tiny print, or they ignore it completely. They assume they know how much medicine they need based on prior experiences, or things they heard from others. Another common mistake is using the wrong device to measure or administer the medication. This is very common with liquid drugs like cough syrup. It’s best to use the measuring cups that come with the medication. You don’t want to assume that your giant soup spoon is good enough for a dosing requirement that asks for a teaspoon or a tablespoon. It’s important to pay attention to these medication details. Otherwise, you run the risk of measuring too much or too little of the medicine. Dosage mistake consequences. If you make a mistake with the dosage, the consequences can range from serious to fatal. Too much medication can be fatal, and you may end up in the hospital or have organ damage. Too little medication can also be an issue because you may not be able to treat your illness effectively. You may think you’re taking enough drugs, but in reality you are missing out. Tips to avoid mistakes. There are also other steps you can take to prevent errors: First, if you’re confused about dosages, then talk to your doctor. You can also talk to your pharmacist and ask for advice. Ask for help before you start overdosing or under dosing at home. Most medications bought over-the-counter have a toll free number you can call. If you’re confused, try to use it. Many hospitals have on-call nurses you can call for free. You can also try to use the internet for advice, but you must be careful about the sites you visit and the information you trust. Focus on legitimate sites that are verified and have medical professionals on staff. You don’t want to rely on outdated or wrong information that leads to more serious issues! Medication dosages should never be ignored. Know the exact amounts before you take them or give them to your loved ones. It’s easy to assume that the same brands will have the same dosing requirements, but they can vary. Follow these tips and be safe! Committed to your success, Coach Keith Inspire Personal...

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Transcending the Ego

The ego is a tricky thing. It drives us to do impressive things, but makes us miserable in the process. Many of the most successful people have the biggest egos, and most of them are also unhappy. This is because the ego is never satisfied. It always requires more to feel comfortable. Each success or accomplishment must be bigger than the last. There’s no peace. Move beyond your ego to find true peace and happiness: Avoid taking anything personally. Other people have bad days too. You sometimes misinterpret the intention of others. Your imagination is partially fueled by your ego. Even if someone insults you directly, their words are nothing more than sound. The sound of a tree falling wouldn’t offend you. An insult is no different. Only your ego makes it so. Avoid comparing yourself to others. Are you better than someone else if you own a bigger home or wear nicer clothes? Is someone better than you if they get the job you desire? Each person has a value that is immeasurable. Comparisons prove nothing. Seek a healthy body, rather than society’s ideal. Your ideal body is the one that gives you the greatest level of health. The best body shape for you is unlikely to be the most attractive possible body to others. Do you want to be healthy or impress others? Recognize your separateness from your thoughts and emotions. You are not your thoughts or your emotions. You are the consciousness that witnesses these things. When you are able to see your separation from your thoughts, you can also see the separateness you have from the things that happen around you. When you view the world in this manner, your ego can’t be touched. Avoid reacting. Respond instead. The ego attempts to influence you to act quickly and without contemplation. The longer you wait to respond to your negative feelings, the more likely you are to avoid the ego. Avoid criticizing others. When you offer criticism, you’re saying that there is a better way. Give up your need to be right and correct others. Ask yourself why you criticize. In the end, it’s only to make yourself feel better. Even if you believe you’re trying to be helpful, you’re still trying to feel good about yourself. If you’re ego-free, you’ll lose the desire to criticize. Question your motivations. Imagine you’re buying a new car. Ask yourself why. Do you really need a new car? Is your current car adequate? If you need a new car, ask yourself if you’re considering appropriate cars and for appropriate reasons. Are you considering what your friends, family, and neighbors will think about your choice? Are you buying a more expensive or larger car than you need? Always question your motivations. You’ll often find your ego is a driving force. The ego can limit your success and happiness. Consider that your ego can stop you from trying if you’re afraid of failure. Your ego can make you unhappy if your neighbor has a boat and you don’t. Your ego has a million ways it can undermine your future and your present. It can even make your past look worse than it was. Our society worships things that often come more easily to those with insatiable egos. However, it’s a trap. Learn how to move past your ego and you’ll find life to be more...

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Time to create a Vision Board

Let’s start the New Year off right and with INTENTION.  Time to get creative! Have you ever heard of a vision board?!  Whether you said yes or no- your challenge this week is to MAKE ONE! So what is a vision board? A vision board is basically a board (made out of poster or cork) where you post meaningful pictures or words that represent goals, attributes, or things you would like to attract and work towards in your life. I believe in being proactive rather than reactive in your life. Part of that means you have to FIRST know what you WANT! Once you know that… you can move forward toward your goals. Your vision board will serve as a source of inspiration. It’s there to keep you focused, motivated, and to recharge you with positive energy. The one rule of creating a proper vision board is this: ANYTHING is allowed and there are no limitations! Just open your mind and don’t let anything hold you back. Here’s how to create your vision board: Pick out your board: cork board, poster board, pin board, etc. Next, get markers, stickers, a glue stick, scissors, and a lot of magazines that you love. Next, cut and paste words or pictures from the magazines of quotes, sayings, or affirmations that you love, places you want to visit, and images that reflect your personal or professional goals … basically anything you want for yourself or in your life – as long as it represents something meaningful and important to you. Once you’re happy with your vision board, place it somewhere that you’ll see it every day! So- are you up for living 2018 with INTENTION and creating your vision board this week? Committed to your success, Keith Wimsett Inspire Personal...

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Creative Ways to Show Your Gratitude to Loved Ones

How do you show your gratitude to those you love in a unique way? Simply saying thank you is not enough. A spoken or written thank you note is not the only option. Show your loved ones how much you care in unique and unusual ways that will surprise them: Create a social media post online. Instead of writing a traditional thank you note to show your gratitude, you can use the internet. A social media post is a public way to express your gratitude. It can be shared with hundreds or thousands of people, so your message will spread. Your loved ones will see that you truly care. Before you make a public social media post, ensure your family is comfortable with being tagged in the post. Also, avoid sharing too much personal information or photos that can be used by scammers or hackers. Offer to do a chore for them. Actions always speak louder than words, and no one likes to do chores. Offer to do a boring or annoying chore for them. Do they hate to do the dishes after dinner every night? Do they despise using the vacuum cleaner and dragging it upstairs? You can offer to do these chores and give them the gift of time or relaxation. This shows that you truly care about them and want them to be happy. Make them a special gift. Use your own hands to make a gift instead of simply buying a present online or in a store. A handmade gift conveys your thank you message while also showing that you took the time and effort to make something yourself. It’s easy to pick up a bath set, chocolate, or a card at a store. However, it takes time to make a birdhouse, toy, box, or other useful item. You may want to consider making them something they can use every day, such as a storage bin for their keys or a jewelry box. Put a letter in their lunch. If you pack their lunch, this is a great opportunity to show your gratitude. Add a handwritten letter or note to their lunch. Hide it, so they find it at work or school and are surprised. This type of letter can make their day and brighten a boring lunchtime. Make their favorite food from childhood. Instead of picking up a cake or doughnuts at a store, make their favorite comfort food. Cooking and baking are easy ways to show your gratitude. You may have to contact family members to discover their all-time favorite foods. Avoid making assumptions! You certainly don’t want to cook something they don’t like. You can make this experience unique by trying to recreate their favorite meals and getting appropriate utensils and dishes from that era. Spend some time exploring different meal options and presentation choices, so the entire experience is special. Gratitude isn’t always easy to express, but these unique ideas will help you. The next time you need to say thank you to a loved one, consider using these tips. Committed to your success, Coach Keith Inspire Personal...

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Stop Overthinking and Make Decisions Confidently

Do you find yourself spending too much time pondering and not enough time getting things done? Overthinking is common, especially when making decisions. Overthinking wastes time and lowers your confidence. The most successful people make decisions quickly and stick with them. The less successful take too long to decide and quickly change their mind afterwards. You might think that you’re being responsible and cautious by taking your time to decide, but you’re shooting yourself in the foot. There’s no evidence to suggest that ruminating excessively on a decision results in a better outcome. Make up your mind and get on with your life: List the advantages and disadvantages. Write them down. There’s something magical about taking pen to paper when making decisions. By the time you’re done, you’ll have a better idea of the right direction to take. Be aware of your core values. Decisions are more quickly and easily made when you know your core values. When you consider a choice, test it against your core values. Often, these choices aren’t the easiest, but are in your best interests. Remember that you can always change your mind. There are few, if any, decisions you must stick with until your funeral. Just knowing that you can change your mind later can give you the comfort needed to decide. It’s not possible to predict the future with 100% accuracy anyway. Avoid paralysis by analysis. Overanalyzing doesn’t lead to better results. It leads to inactivity and confusion. The Special Forces have a rule that you only need to be 70% certain to act. You might not be in the military, but the same general concept applies. Often, the window of opportunity closes before the last 30% of the information can be gathered. Think both short-term and long-term. Ideally, an option exists that satisfies both criteria. Ask yourself if you’ll be happy with your decision in 15 minutes and in 15 years. Any decision that meets both requirements is a great decision. Stay busy. Those that overthink often have the luxury of too much free time. Busy people make decisions quicker because they don’t have the time to brood over every decision. Be more active in general. You’ll find it easier to make decisions in a timely fashion. Exercise is one way to stay busy. You don’t overthink when your body is tired. Use your experience to your advantage. You’ve made plenty of poor choices over the years. It would be a shame to allow them to go to waste. Consider whether you’ve been in a similar situation in the past. You might gain some great insight. Use a timer to make decisions. Most decisions don’t require weeks, or even days, to make. A couple of hours is more than sufficient most the time. Use a timer and put some focus on the issue. When you hear the alarm, it’s time to decide. A timer is an effective way to narrow your focus. A good decision now beats a great decision later. What are you waiting for? Success is more about making decent decisions and working hard than it is about making awesome decisions. Avoid overestimating the value of perfection and underestimating the value of activity. Avoid overanalyzing every little decision. You’re limiting your results in life if you spend too much time making decisions. Be clear on your values and consider using a timer. You don’t make better decisions by overthinking them. You just waste time. Use that time to execute your decisions. You’ll be more successful. Coach Keith Inspire Personal...

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