It is said that the true measure of a man is not seen in times of victory, but in moments of great challenge. A hero, in the true sense of the word, is not about accomplishing incredible feats due to strength, power, and authority. Heroism is best exemplified by men and women who strive for accomplishment inspite of overwhelming odds and latent weaknesses. Abraham Lincoln was one such hero. In his book entitled, The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln, the author Michael Burlingame attempted to explain the roots of the former U.S. president's depression. Burlingame claims that the death of Lincoln's mother was the cause and the beginning of Lincoln's lifelong battle with melancholia. The book also reveals that as a young child, the future president had to endure the pain and grief of losing a newborn brother, a sister, an uncle, and an aunt. These deaths became embedded in the young Lincoln's psyche, resulting in a series of deep sadness.Overcoming depression, it can be argued, was Lincoln's greatest feat as a human being. His long list of failures and defeats would surely overwhelm a lesser man. In 1832, he lost his job abd was defeated in his first attempt to win a legislative seat. The following year, his business collapsed and he spent the next 17 years paying-off his debt.In 1835, his fiance died, which then made him suffer from a nervous breakdown.In 1838, he ran for Speaker of the Illinois State Legislature and lost.In 1843, he again ran for Congress but failed to get nominated. Four years later, he again tried in vain to run for Congress.In 1854, Lincoln tried his hand at running for the Senate and, again, he lost. Two years later, he ran for Vice President but failed to convince his partymates to nominate him. And even when he was elected 1860 as the 16th U.S. President, he faced a country that was being torn by a civil war that claimed more than 600,000 lives. With all the stress and anxiety that he has gone through, it is no wonder that Abraham Lincoln often looked forlorn, tired, and weak in many of his official photographs. One can only imagine the sheer burden of making decisions that would impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children during a time when America was divided unto itself. How many sleepless nights did he have almost endlessly pacing his room in deep thought? What kind of torment did he experience just pondering about the thousands of lives that were lost because of the war? As commander-in-chief of the Federal Army, his decisions spelled the difference between life and death for each and every infantryman. Yet somehow, inspite of all the failures and heartaches in his life, Abraham Lincoln was able to pull through and lead a nation. Even in the middle of crippling psychological and emotional upheavals, he was able to win the war and keep the Union together. During Lincoln's time, the medical and scientific community still had no name for manic depressive disorder. The psychological disorder was simply called melancholia. In those days, there were no psychiatrists, antidepressant prescriptions, counseling, and group therapy available as we know them today. Indeed, during the nation's darkest hour, Abraham Lincoln was able to ride above the storms of his life and lead as President. While he was never able to achieve complete emancipation from his psychological problems like the freedom that was won for the Negro slaves, Lincoln heroically faced the obstacles and hardships to become America's most revered president.
It's possible to learn HOW to better your health in only 4 steps and this article will show you how. Each step is a bite-sized nugget of healthy living information you can actually use. Let's get started... Step 1: Nutritional Supplements In my opinion, they are very necessary and very beneficial- especially when combined with healthy eating habits. It's very difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs through food alone, but combining proper nutrition with nutritional supplements is very powerful. That being said, the one supplement everyone should be taking is a good multi vitamin/mineral. Look at it as added insurance- eating well is crucial, but now that you're also taking a multi, you can rest assured you're getting the nutrients your body needs. Step 2: Nutrition Good nutrition is SO important. You are what you eat...remember that. Make a conscious effort to gradually improve your eating habits, eating more of the good foods (nuts, berries, peanut butter, olive oil, greens, chicken, whole grains, etc.) and less of the bad foods (fried food, saturated fat, fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, etc.). Reading the label of what you're eating will tell you a lot. You may think you lack the needed will power, but you'll be amazed at what happens when you start to gradually improve your eating habits. Step 3: Exercise Exercise is the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to better health. There are so many benefits of exercising, including stronger bones and improved libido- it's a no brainer to start doing it. Your goal should be to exercise 3-5 times a week with a combination of cardio exercises and strength training (but no more than 1 hour per workout session). It's been measured that if you add 3 pounds of muscle to your body, this added muscle will burn as many calories as if you ran 1 mile. Muscle burns calories! Step 4: Stress Management and Sleep Stress management and getting good sleep each night round out your path to "better health" . Until you find a way to manage your stress, it will continue to do damage to your body. Two tips you might want to implement include prioritizing your day each morning and practicing deep breathing exercises (yes, you probably already knew this, but have you tried it?). Getting enough sleep each night is equally important when you consider your body uses this time to repair itself. You should aim for 7-9 hours each night. Two tips you might want to implement include exercising and avoiding late night eating. Now that you have the basics, expand on this information. Step 1 research more about Nutritional Supplements, Step 2 research more about Nutrition and so on. I guarantee after the 4 steps you'll feel more confident about reaching your health & fitness goals.
The steroid use in sports horse racing is legal in every state but Iowa in the United States. The equine trainers often use equine steroids to create a more fit, more powerful, more energetic, and more spry horses for horse racing. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of 4 types of anabolic steroids for horses, which may include Equipoise, Ganabol, Equigan, and Ultragan the four brand names of Boldenone undecyclenate. Equipoise (boldenone undecyclenate) was created specifically for equine use (horses). The steroid is often used in racehorses to increase performance during training phases. It increases red blood cell production, thereby increasing oxygen uptake. Its an androgen that causes maximum muscle gain in the shortest duration, Its also used as a weight gain compound for emaciated horses or to step up testosterone production in stallions. This drug can produce monster strength gains and tremendous muscle when taken in a 2cc dose 2-3 times per week.These steroids are legal and widely available, but these are often used illegally by human athletes and jocks. The statistics of "steroid use in sports" horse racing industry reveal that nearly 50 percent of the horses competing in California have been treated and trained with steroids. This has made the racing industry to take the massive steroid use in sports horse racing seriously. The equine health & safety concerns now may make the sports join other major sports in banning the use of steroids. The California Horse Racing Board is in the process of prohibiting steroid use in sports equine racing, 30 days before a horse race, and an industry consortium on medication and drug testing has approved a model rule similar to the one on the table in California in hopes that it will be adopted by other states.Of course, the steroid use in sports horses help building muscle mass, improving appetite and helping against the fatiguing of racing. The trainers say that the steroid use in sports horses tends to have rejuvenating effects on the racing horses. However, like other sports, the steroid use in sports horses is also unethical. Dr. Gary I. Wadler, an associate professor of medicine at New York University and a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, says that he is not well versed on the use of steroids in horse racing, but he is very critical of steroid use in sports horses.
Holistic health care is a phrase we hear a lot, but most of us would probably be hard pressed to come up with a definition. Indeed, even if we could, holistic health care means different things to different people, so definitions can change from one source to another.The term holistic means approaching an entity as whole, because all of its parts are interdependent. As it relates to health care, a holistic approach addresses the whole person, paying attention to all of the interdependent parts, to achieve overall health and well being. A holistic approach is aimed at maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit. The understanding is, if there is a problem in any one area, it can affect the others, so we need to look after the whole person, mental and physical, to achieve maximum health.Contrary to popular belief, "holistic health care" does not necessarily exclude symptom-based medical treatment. In cases of chronic conditions, diseases or temporary disabilities, especially those involving pain or quality of life issues, a holistic approach can include medicines, support for the bodys own healing ability and care for the patients emotional and spiritual well-being. Especially with elderly patients, the impact of a debilitating physical ailment, coupled with the issues surrounding aging, can lead to mental and emotional issues, like anxiety, depression and isolation. Even a patients surroundings, like an unfamiliar hospital room or health care facility, can affect the patients ability to deal with an affliction in the best possible way.In such cases, a holistic health care practitioner can work in partnership with the patient to provide care for the whole person, considering all the factors affecting the patients situation.For example, if it is determined that a patients surroundings are adding to emotional stress or loneliness, simply moving to a more familiar setting could vastly improve the patients overall well-being and speed-up recovery.Very often, a holistic health care provider becomes an elderly patients close friend and advisor, acting as an understanding intermediary between the patient, doctors and family.Many studies show that lifestyle, our physical and mental activities, has the greatest impact on our overall health. A holistic approach to treatment of an ailing elderly patient makes sure their lifestyle constantly moves them towards better health.
Not everyone can comfortably speak or perform in front of a lot of people. Some may find it quite a frightening experience that they want to avoid at all costs. Performance anxiety, also known as a stage fright, is characterized by an intense anxiety and paranoia that occurs before, during, and after a performance. Performance anxiety affects even the most seasoned professional speaker or performer. You can just imagine what goes on inside a person's head prior and during a job interview, a public speaking engagement, a class or job presentation, a musical performance, or any situation or activity that would put you in front of an audience. While some people have the ability and presence of mind to remain cool and composed, most of us are geniuses as far as coming up with all the negative thoughts that may happen before and/or during a performance.This debilitating fear may depend on the context of the performance. A presenter's level of anxiety may vary with respect to the size and status of the audience, the novelty of the situation, whether it is an individual performance, or as part of the group, the cultural context of the situation, and on the importance of the evaluation. The larger the number of people watching you, the more nervous you may become. A person may be less nervous speaking or performing in front of a group of students than a gathering of important officials. In the same way, during interviews, the interviewee tend to get more nervous with the general manager than the secretary. Speaking in front of a small church congregation you belong may not elicit an intense anxiety as in a business conference presentation. It is important to distinguish at least three major ways in which people can experience performance anxiety since each may actually require different types of remedies. 1.Commonly experienced by most people is an intense, but transient anxious, fluttery sensations, that typically precede a performance, but disappear shortly after the performance begins. Indicates a readiness to perform; and becomes a source of energy that improves the performance. 2.Reactive anxiety occurs as a result of insufficient preparation, lack of performance skills or experience on the part of the presenter. Usually best resolved through practice, preparation, and the repeated exposure to the experience of public speaking/performance. 3.The hallmark of "performance anxiety" is usually associated with signs of physical and emotional discomfort such as sweating, shaking, voice quivering, rapid heart beating, feelings of fear, and panic. These intense sensations come in waves before and during a performance, subsiding, but reappearing again, being appraised as debilitating to the speaker or performer. A common thread that usually runs through these experiences is a fear of negative evaluation by the speaker. What causes the speakers anxiety is the belief that he or she is being negatively evaluated. To help control the anxiety this belief must be altered. Typically this is done by asking the performer to: Accept the fearFocus and relate to the audienceIdentify and challenge your fearful thoughtsRemember to breatheBe passionate about your topic/performance and share it with others Be clear that your talk/performance matters to youYou may discover that fear still remains, but you notice that you can handle it, as you are beginning to get the sense of enjoyment from your performance and from connecting with others.