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Why Learning About Medication Dosages Can Save Your Life

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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....

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Transcending the Ego

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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....

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Time to create a Vision Board

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Dec 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Dec 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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...

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Do You Allow Your Aversions to Control You?

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Allow Your Aversions to Control You?

We don’t like to admit it, but most aversions drive most of our decisions. We spend more time trying to avoid certain things than we do trying to achieve things. Consider just a few examples that represent most people: We’re more averse to exercise than we are driven to be fit and healthy. We’re more averse to healthy food than we are driven to eat in a healthy manner. We’re more averse to embarrassment than we are to meeting an attractive stranger. Aversions aren’t all bad. It’s okay to being averse to falling off a cliff, eating unhealthy food, or using illegal drugs. Some seemingly benign aversions can make life more challenging. Imagine you were averse to traffic, people that are overweight, and bad weather. You come across these things every day. When you have aversions, you create more opportunities to be unhappy, and fewer opportunities to be happy. You can change, though! Ideally, you’d have very few aversions, and those aversions would be meaningful! Try this process to get a handle on your aversions: Make a list of your aversions. Consider all the various facets of your life. What aversions do you have when it comes to work, potential friends, potential dating partners, or life in general? Think of the situations that frustrate you. Perhaps you have an aversion to waiting in line at the store. Recognize how much impact your aversions have on you. There are plenty of little annoyances that don’t destroy your life, but they do make it less enjoyable. You have bigger aversions that dramatically restrict your life. Protecting yourself from embarrassment has huge social, self-esteem, and professional implications. An aversion to rejection makes relationships more challenging and less comfortable. An aversion to responsibility or public speaking restricts your professional opportunities. An aversion to authority can cause challenges at work. An aversion to strangers ensures that you won’t meet many new people. What are the big aversions in your life that influence your decisions? Imagine your aversion vividly. Feel the discomfort that it creates in your body. Your natural reaction is to run away from it. Change things up and stick with the thought and the discomfort. Relax and notice how the feeling changes. It becomes more subdued. With practice, you won’t feel anything at all. Keep at it. Notice the changes in your life. You still might not enjoy vegetables, but you can eat them without making a mental fuss about it. The annoying people in your life are still annoying, but you can deal with them without upset. You can sit in traffic and maintain a positive attitude. Be on the lookout for new aversions. As you have negative experiences, it’s natural to develop new aversions. Dealing with your current aversions is good practice for the future. Anytime you have a strong dislike of something, or find something frustrating, it’s likely that you have an aversion. Keep your eyes open and deal with any new aversions appropriately. It can be challenging to address your aversions. You might define yourself by your aversions. If you think of yourself as an extremely reliable person, it might be challenging to be tolerant of tardiness and unreliability in others. Understand how your aversions impact your ability to be happy and to succeed. We’re driven more by...

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Myths About Confidence You Want to Stop Believing

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Myths About Confidence You Want to Stop Believing

Did you know there are multiple myths about confidence that can affect you? If you want to strengthen your self-esteem, then it’s important to eliminate these misconceptions and focus on reality. Learn more about these myths:   Myth 1: Success is necessary for confidence. Although success can give your confidence a boost, it’s not a requirement to have it. You can have confidence without great success. It’s important to take note of small accomplishments. Even simple things like making your bed every day or listening to a friend’s troubles have value. In fact, experts share that in order for you reach the highest levels of success, you need to have confidence first. You can start small and watch it grow over time with new goals being reached. Myth 2: Only extroverts can be confident. You can be an introvert and still have high confidence levels. There are extroverts who aren’t confident. Being an extrovert or an introvert isn’t the reason why you have or lack confidence. There are other factors involved. It’s not necessary to be an extrovert to have confidence. You don’t have to be the center of attention or attend every party to get noticed. Confidence is internal and depends on your thoughts. Myth 3: You have to be confident all the time. The truth is that confidence levels can go up and down. You don’t have to be confident every hour of every day. Your self-esteem will change and fluctuate over time. According to experts, this is normal and not something to be concerned about. You may have fears that cripple your confidence on occasion. The key is to work through them and keep going. Feelings of uncertainty and insecurity will happen. Myth 4: You have to love being the center of attention. You don’t have to be at the heart of all conversations and activities to have confidence. It’s normal for confident people to want to avoid the spotlight sometimes. In addition, many confident people still hate public speaking and large parties. Confidence isn’t directly linked to being the center of attention. Myth 5: You must be born with confidence. Although some people seem to naturally have more confidence, you don’t have to be born with it. Confidence isn’t built into your DNA like eye color or hair color. Instead, it can be learned and acquired over time. For example, you’re not born with a natural ability to write or read. You learn these skills as you get older, and the same concept can be applied to confidence. It’s possible to develop more confidence. It’s also possible to conquer the fears that are holding you back. Myth 6: Comparing yourself to others will increase confidence. Whether you compare yourself to people who are ahead of you or those who are behind you, this is not the way to increase self-esteem and confidence. Research shows that comparing yourself to others actually hurts your confidence levels. If you’re focused on others and their success, then you’re not growing yourself. You’re not working on your own issues and challenges to reach higher. By looking at other lives and contrasting them with yours, you’re feeding your insecurities. It’s also important to remember that you rarely know the full details of another person’s existence. Confidence myths can inhibit your progress...

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8 Mistakes Successful People Don’t Make – or Don’t Repeat

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 8 Mistakes Successful People Don’t Make – or Don’t Repeat

Do you keep making the same mistakes? If you do, you might find that you make little progress in your life. There is a huge opportunity to learn from your mistakes. Those that successfully learn from their mistakes wind up being highly successful. Those that repeat them struggle. Imagine how your life would be different if you never made the same mistake twice. Learn from your mistakes and vow to never repeat them: Successful people avoid making excuses. Excuses are preparations for failure. An excuse is a justification to fail or quit. No one will resolve your challenges for you. Take responsibility and do the best you can. Fail to have an objective. Life without goals is a random experience. Unfortunately, without a direction, your life will tend to get worse rather than better. Have a goal or expect to be disappointed. What are your goals right now? Do you have them written down? What do you think you’ll accomplish over the next six months if you don’t have any goals? Create 3-5 goals that you can accomplish over the next six months. Fail to have a plan. If you have a goal, you must have a plan for achieving it. One isn’t much good without the other. Avoid hoping and wishing your goals will come true on their own. Take the bull by the horns. Successful people don’t repeat their mistakes. Most of us make the same mistakes repeatedly. Whether it’s making a poor choice in a mate, overspending, or trying to gain new customers through ineffective means, people are creatures of habit. Make habits of your effective behaviors, rather than your ineffective behaviors. Expect others to change. Is it easy to change your own attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors? And you want to change! Consider how hard it would be to change someone else. And they don’t want to change! You can’t change others. Choosing comfort over progress. Perhaps the largest mistake of those who struggle in life is the tendency to place short-term comfort over long-term advantages. This is a very ineffective way to deal with life. This is the friend that asks to sleep on your couch for a few days and is still there after three months. Not playing to their strengths. The most successful people take full advantage of their strengths at every opportunity. While it’s admirable to work on your weaknesses, most successful people choose to avoid them. You can’t be good at everything. Use your talents and strengths as much as possible. Ignoring the little things. It’s the little things that will derail your efforts. It’s easy to ignore the seemingly mundane details, but those details can make all the difference in the end. Make use of your mistakes. Learn from them and decide to avoid them in the future. Life is easy if you don’t repeat your errors. What are the major mistakes you’ve made repeatedly? Why do you think you repeat them? Do you lack awareness of your mistakes? Examine the challenges in your life and ask yourself why they occurred. What could you have done differently to avoid those challenges? It’s worthwhile to spend some time each week reviewing the past week. Determine your mistakes and ensure that you don’t repeat them. Watch how quickly your life changes! Committed...

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How to Move On From a Bad Decision

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Move On From a Bad Decision

They say that the more mistakes you make, the more successful you become. That might be true, but you must deal with your bad decisions effectively before you can move forward. There’s a process to making the most of your poor decisions. If you can benefit from your good decisions and your poor decisions, life is easy! Unfortunately, our natural instincts make it challenging to benefit from poor choices. We become upset, distract ourselves, withdraw, feel embarrassed, or give up altogether. When you can benefit from poor decisions, there are no poor decisions! Consider these strategies: Learn the lesson. Every bad decision has a lesson to teach. It can be painful to examine your poor choices. Do you know what’s even more painful? Making the same mistake again. Take a little time to figure out what you can learn from your unwise decision. Move on. There’s nothing to be gained by dwelling on your mistakes. A poor decision that you’ve never made before isn’t a bad thing. It’s just life. Take responsibility. You were part of the problem. There’s no getting around it. Taking responsibility allows you to retain control of the situation. You made the mess, so you can fix it. Talk it out. If you can’t let go of your mistake, spend some time talking with a loyal friend. An outsider often has a more reasonable perspective. Pick up the phone and give someone a call. Stay present. It’s easy to let your mind run wild after making a poor choice. There’s nothing to see there. It’s hard to stay in the present moment when things are going wrong all around you. Allowing your mind to wander is just a form of distraction. Pay attention to what is happening right now. Take preventative measures in the future. How can you prevent a similar occurrence in the future? Did you put yourself into a situation where no good option existed? Or did you merely make the wrong call? Remember what you still have. You may have lost your business or your partner, but that doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Take a moment to remind yourself of the wonderful things you still have. Forgive yourself. Everyone makes more than a few mistakes. Accept the consequences of your choice and move forward. It’s impossible to always make perfect decisions. Remember that your next good decision will feel that much better. A vacation only feels good because you contrast it with work. Spend six months in a Florida condo and see how excited you still are. Your bad decisions make your good decisions that much more enjoyable. You are not your decisions. You are separate from the choices you make. Bad choices don’t make you bad any more than good decisions make you good. Your decisions don’t define you. Bad decisions aren’t all that bad after all. In fact, you can benefit from all your previous bad choices right now. Make a list of every poor decision you’ve ever made. Now, go through the process of learning from each of them. What are the lessons you can learn? Imagine if you had done this same process after each mistake was made. Your life would be very different. Everyone makes bad decisions. The key is to make the...

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Understanding the Truth Behind the Five-Second Food Rule

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding the Truth Behind the Five-Second Food Rule

The five-second rule has a simple premise. If a food item falls on the floor, then it can be eaten or used in cooking as long as it’s not on the floor for more than five seconds. However, research shows that this rule is not true and can be dangerous. The five-second rule isn’t safe advice to follow in the kitchen! Learn more about the real facts: What is the five-second rule? The five-second rule lets you eat food off the floor as long as it hasn’t been on the ground for more than five seconds. Many people use this rule as an excuse to pick up dirty food and keep eating it. A new study from the journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology shows that the five-second rule isn’t correct. Researchers studied food that had fallen on the floor and found that bacteria start to contaminate it the first second it lands. If you wait five seconds, you’re taking a risk of having food that makes you ill. Researchers studied food dropped on several different surfaces including carpet, tile, and wood. They learned that the type of surface the food lands on does make a difference. For example, there was less bacteria on food that landed on a carpet. Nevertheless, all the surfaces had bacteria that got on the food. Why is the five-second rule so common? It’s unclear who came up with the idea first, but the five-second rule appears to cross gender and race lines. The five-second rule is common among both women and men. Adults and children falsely believe they can eat food from the floor if it hasn’t been on the ground for a long time. These types of ideas tend to get spread in families and passed down from generation to generation. False beliefs and food myths are common, so this may explain why the five-second rule is so prevalent. Contamination risks to consider. It’s important to understand that bacteria live on all surfaces, including your kitchen or dining room floor. Contamination can occur on any surface. You can’t see the bacteria, but they’re living in your house. It’s dangerous to eat food that has landed on the floor since you clean your floors less often than your kitchen counters. Another reason why it’s risky to eat food that has landed on the floor is related to your shoes and feet. They track dirt and bacteria from outside into your home. Even if you forbid people from wearing shoes in the kitchen, their feet can carry bacteria from other rooms. Bacteria can cause upset stomachs and more serious illnesses. It takes less than a second for bacteria to start covering a piece of food that has landed on the floor. Safety precautions you can take. First and foremost, avoid using food that has fallen on the floor. Even if you think your floor is clean, you’re putting your health at risk by eating anything that falls on the floor. Another precaution is to keep food away from the floor by working on large, uncluttered kitchen counters. The five-second rule is a common misconception that is used by many households. You don’t want to risk your health or the health of your loved ones by following it. Instead, focus on keeping food off the...

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