The greatest challenge is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Eliane Elias - Chega De Saudade





  
Eliane Elias - Chega De Saudade













Sunday, September 2, 2018

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

- Socrates



"What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step."

- C. S. Lewis   




The greatest challenge is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.













Saturday, September 1, 2018

Adaptation of the Serenity Prayer for ADHD : The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change



Serenity Prayer: for ADHD


Dr. Edward Hallowell’s adaptation of the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change;

The patience to resist trying to control everything I could, had I the energy and time;

The courage and skill to change the things I have chosen to change;

And the wisdom to know the differences among all these.

 


Link: https://marlacummins.com/change-how-you-think-about-your-adhd/

The AJ Pedaler - Victoria, British Columbia



 









The AJ Pedaler
Medical Equipment Manufacturer in

Victoria, British Columbia

  

 
The AJ Pedaler 



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Posted By: Veronica Cooperon: September 01, 2018In: News, Vital People

10 year old Mercy receives her pedal-powered wheelchair, 

the AJ Pedaler

Posted By: Veronica Cooperon: September 01, 2018In: News, Vital People


This is an exciting day for 10-year-old Mercy, and her mom, Michelle Hobby. Mercy has developmental challengs, and is not physically able to walk.  
 
Michelle is a physical therapist, and one day, while she was at work, fate stepped in.  

“Alf turned up at my work one day,” says Michelle. 

‘Alf’ is Alf Todd, who has Parkinson’s disease, and has invented, along with Jeff Lewis, a pedal-powered wheelchair.  
 

 Todd envisioned having a wheelchair he could pedal, because while there are many days when he can barely get out of bed, he’s always been able to get on his bicycle and ride even 20 or 30 kilometers. 

And so he and Lewis invented the “AJ Pedaler”, which is powered by pedals, and steered by handles, thereby exercising all four limbs. 

 “It’s a wonderful invention,” says Michelle, “and I think it will be really great for people with different levels of ability!” Including her dear daughter. “She’ll be able to take this with her assistant, and she’ll be able to go around the playgrounds. 

So for her, that’s great for her heart, and her lungs, and for her bones and her muscles. It’s also great for her mind because she’s able to integrate with the other kids, and that’s awesome!”  

The presentation of Mercy’s new wheels is an emotional day for Todd. “It’s pretty special. We’ve worked hard to get this ready for her. She’s a very special child, and it’s just going to be great therapy for her, and it’s just great watching her.

Lewis heartily agrees. “I can’t say enough about how exciting it was to actually watch her pedal the chair. We didn’t know if she was actually going to be able to, but she pedaled it! 

 This is her first time actually pedaling a bike, and she’s ten! She’s never pedaled a bike, period. So this is fabulous. Her mom was in tears. It was a pretty emotional thing.” 

Hobby wants the two men to know how grateful she is, both for their invention, and the fact that they have given Mercy her AJ Pedaler for free.

Todd thinks back to all the times he rode his bicycle, and longed not to then sit in a wheelchair. “It’s a vision of mine that I’m seeing fulfilled and I just feel so blessed to be a part of it. 

And we look forward to doing many more similar Pedalers for other people with disabilities. Strokes, Parkinsons, whatever… there’s such a broad spectrum of uses for it.” 

This is an exciting day for 10-year-old Mercy, and her mom, Michelle Hobby. 

Mercy has developmental challengs, and is not physically able to walk. “I was trying to think of a way to allow Mercy to be able to exercise,” says Hobby. Michelle is a physical therapist, and one day, while she was at work, fate stepped in. 

 “Alf turned up at my work one day,” says Michelle. ‘Alf’ is Alf Todd, who has Parkinson’s disease, and has invented, along with Jeff Lewis, a pedal-powered wheelchair. 

 “He was driving down the hospital aisles,” Hobby remembers, 
 

 “She’ll be able to take this with her assistant, and she’ll be able to go around the playgrounds. So for her, that’s great for her heart, and her lungs, and for her bones and her muscles. It’s also great for her mind because she’s able to integrate with the other kids, and that’s awesome!” 

 The presentation of Mercy’s new wheels is an emotional day for Todd. “It’s pretty special. We’ve worked hard to get this ready for her. She’s a very special child, and it’s just going to be great therapy for her, and it’s just great watching her.” 


 


Link: https://www.cheknews.ca/10-year-old-mercy-receives-her-pedal-powered-wheelchair-the-aj-pedaler-485280/








Sunday, August 12, 2018

Serenity Prayer: for ADHD


Dr. Edward Hallowell’s adaptation of the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change;

The patience to resist trying to control everything I could, had I the energy and time;

The courage and skill to change the things I have chosen to change;

And the wisdom to know the differences among all these.

 



Link: https://marlacummins.com/change-how-you-think-about-your-adhd/

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sleep deprivation hurts you – physically, emotionally, and even financially.





Arianna Huffington spoke at Dominican University of California, April 9, 2016 about her new book, The Sleep Revolution. 

In this book she delves into the life-changing new approach to sleep that is happening across the country. 

She identifies the many ways our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted undermines our health and decision-making.


Link: https://youtu.be/-qETsFcOXfU


06.10.16
your most productive self
Here’s Arianna Huffington’s Recipe For A Great Night Of Sleep


Sleep deprivation hurts you–physically, emotionally, and even financially. 


But it looks like we’re on the cusp of a sleep revolution. 

 

By Rina Raphael                         

The sleep deprivation crisis is real.


Arianna Huffington has been on a crusade to educate the public on the importance of sleep ever since she collapsed from exhaustion in 2007.

“The impact on our health is dramatic,” says the publisher of the Huffington Post, who is also launching a new health and wellness media startup called Thrive. 

“We have all the data now that shows how it affects every aspect of our health.” 

This includes everything from a suppressed immune system (it might be why you’re always getting a cold), hypertension (less snooze means a harder time processing stress), and obesity (the sleepy crave bad carbs and sugars).
“The irony is that a lot of people forego sleep in the name of productivity,” she points out. “But in fact our productivity is reduced substantially when we’re sleep deprived.”

“The irony is that a lot of people forego sleep in the name of productivity, but in fact our productivity is reduced substantially when we’re sleep deprived.”

The Case For A Good Night’s Sleep


Indeed, research shows our cognitive functions are impaired, so we are more likely to overreact

Our emotional intelligence is degraded, so we are more likely to be irritable–and there’s even research connecting sleep deprivation to mental health problems and depression.

“Yet the myth persists that we can do our jobs just as well on four or five or six hours of sleep as we can on seven or eight,” she stresses, calling it a modern delusion.

Your tech addiction is partially to blame.

In her new book The Sleep Revolution, Huffington traces sleep deprivation back to the Industrial Revolution, when humanity began “devaluing human beings and started depending on machines.” 

Keeping people working at all hours became normal, and now with the ubiquity of technology, it’s only become harder to separate from the office.

“It’s getting worse and worse because of our addiction to devices,” says Huffington. 

“Now with the digital revolution, we all have a hard time disconnecting from our technology and going to sleep.” That’s why many of us wake up in the middle of the night, reaching for the phone to immediately strike up a texting conversation or check the news.

“It’s getting worse and worse because of our addiction to devices.”

According to a recent study, 71% of Americans sleep next to their smartphones. “It makes it much harder to go back to sleep,” Huffington warns, since the blue light emitted acts as a stimulant. “[Our homes] are littered with beeping, vibrating, flashing screens.”

And it affects more than just our personal health. It affects the economy.

A loss of sleep not only impairs employees’ moods and diet, but also hinders productivity, creativity, and decision-making. In many fields, such as medicine or transport, sleep deprivation can mean life or death, but for most others, it generally means a subpar performance.

And a poor performance does nothing to help a company’s bottom line. 

Consider this: In the last year, the U.S. economy suffered more than 11 days in lost employee productivity, the equivalent of roughly $2,280. In total, that marks more than $63 billion due to absenteeism or presenteeism, which accounts for employees who are physically at work but mentally elsewhere. 

We are not a nation that can afford to waste more employee brain power to sleep deprivation.



The Sleep Revolution Is Upon Us


But there’s hope: We are living in “the golden age of sleep science.”

“The good news is that there’s a much greater awareness about the risks of sleep deprivation and the importance of sleep,” says Huffington, who just completed a tour about sleep across more than 300 U.S. college campuses. 

“We are seeing a huge response from millennials and people in the workplace.”

She credits a long list of multiple factors that are contributing to our increased awareness of the issue, specifically science that is taking the field more seriously. 

New findings repeatedly attest to sleep’s benefits, specifically how it maintains our brain functionality and clears toxic waste proteins that accumulate between brain cells during one’s day.
 

Add to this trove of research the popularity of sleep-tracking wearables, tech startups responding to consumer interest in sleep devices, or athletes publicly discussing how sleep improves their game. 

Employees are taking note–and our work culture is changing. Huffington recently found herself shocked when, while on a panel filled with other media executives, one declared that a chief of staff is expected to be available 24/7. 

While there are still those who boast and promote workplace exhaustion, Huffington sees the tide shifting.

But the sleep revolution is coming, starting with nap rooms, more flexible work hours, and business leaders who want to retain employees in a healthier environment.

As Huffigton sees it, sleep deprivation is “the new smoking.” 

It will soon be viewed by employers as a harm instead of a “badge of honor.” 

Like smoking, it took time for society to catch up on the science of how tobacco was killing us. 

“Now,” she says, “the perception is catching up with the science.”

She recalls one particular discussion with Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, who recently told her he now demands eight hours of rest. As he relayed to her, “If I make half of the decisions, but they’re 5% better, that’s better for Amazon.”

How To Sleep Like Arianna


There are steps you can take to get better sleep.

“People want an easy fix when they can’t sleep, like a pill,” explains Huffington, who doesn’t recommend pharmaceutical sleep aids. They often “lead to a lot of additional health problems.” Instead, the publisher prefers a more natural approach to the bedtime routine, stressing the importance of a dedicated transition to sleep.
Every night, she reserves a specific amount of time to wind down into her routine. 

First, she turns off all her devices 30 minutes prior to bedtime and escorts them outside of her bedroom. 

Next, she takes a hot bath, which “washes away the day, slows down my brain, and winds down my body.” 

She opts for dedicated pajamas instead of what she used to wear to bed–gym clothes–and only reads physical books that “have nothing to do with work” when she’s under the covers.

To top it all off, Huffington takes the time to write down three things she’s thankful for that day, giving the day a closing scene. 

Ending one’s day with positive thinking makes for better sleep, she says, and helps cut down on anxious dreams or midnight wakes.

But above all, it harkens back to her original message: 

“We need to make sleep something that’s welcoming.”









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