I just listened to UNBROKEN yesterday. I enjoyed the lyrics so much that I could not stop listening to it over and over.
If you feel down, listen to this song (MUSICAL VIDEO below). Listen to other songs that would liberate your mind from pain, from feeling unworthy, sad, lonely. But do it as soon as possible. See, the longer you allow yourself to feel like you can not go on anymore, the longer will be for you to recuperate, to go back on your feet and “fight” the good fight, to live plenty.
So, do it today. Today is the day for you to pull yourself out of that hole without ladders. There is always a ladder. If you don’t think so, if you don’t see it, then YOU get it and put it on the wall of the deep hole and climb it up!
The ability to perceive the signals of your body is known as interoceptive accuracy (IAc). There are, different psychosomatic cues that you pick up within yourself during states of anxiety. But above all, a beating heart is the hardest one to ignore.
It’s for this reason that heartbeat perception, as brain scientists call it, is a direct proxy for measuring people’s IAc and reported anxiety and stress levels.
IAc and a beating heart
Having the ability to accurately detect your own heartbeat is critical for reappraising your anxiety on a moment to moment basis. We know that anxiety is as much in the body as it is in the mind, and that a (mis)perception of a fast heart rate can easily contribute to the catastrophization of a panicked state.
It’s why some of the most effective anxiety-related therapies, like progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing, tend to focus on muting a physiological response followed by a cognitive reappraisal technique.
Now in terms of IAc, the longstanding view was that it is an inherited trait, similar to eye color or height. Your IAc is immutable, unchanging. But now there’s new evidence suggesting that the situation matters just as much as the person: While some people may have inherently bad interoceptive ability, we can’t ignore the influence of the broader context. And this, if it turns out to be true, is a definite win for anyone looking to reverse a certain anxiety-based predisposition.
The study and findings
A team of researchers led by Martin F. Whittkamp out of the University of Luxembourg set out to investigate just how much of a role the environment plays in determining our ability to self-reflect on accurate biofeedback.
The researchers relied on two methods to measure IAc via heartbeat perception. The first, called the counting task is simply a comparison between actual measures of your heartbeat with your self-reported measures. Another method, called the heartbeat discrimination task, measures how accurately you can rate whether or not your heartbeat is in sync with an external stimulus such as a blinking light on a computer screen.
The team in this newest study compared the results of both a heartbeat counting task and discrimination task in two conditions: a resting state and a stress state. Mental stress was induced by having participants match the color of a flashing light bulb with a corresponding button as fast and accurately as possible. If this wasn’t stressful enough, the experimenter also chimed in with a few verbal cues urging the participant to perform better so as to not ruin the entire experiment.
In addition to comparing stress state IAc with resting state IAc, the researchers also designed a number of computational models. These models aimed to measure how much of one’s interoceptive accuracy is owed to individual ability versus the situation.
The results found that about 40% of a person’s IAc can be explained by his/her individual traits, while around 30% can be explained by the changing situation, leaving the remaining 30% to measurement error.
What this says is that your ability to detect and therefore modulate your bodily responses during an anxious state is not fixed. These signals are amenable to change. You can learn to more accurately perceive your beating heart in a high-stress environment. You can apply reappraisal techniques in mitigating your anxiety.
The findings of this study have the potential to inform research on stress and anxiety management. For example, having a general idea of how much your IAc is dependent on biological predisposition could provide leeway to pharmaceutical interventions to help combat debilitating responses to stressful situations.
For now there’s therapeutic power in knowing you can improve your IAc and work towards minimizing your anxiety.
“Ways to Make it in life are never shy or apologetic!”
Dr. Martha A. Castro Noriega, MD
BE COURAGEOUS, FEARLESS, RISK IS POWERFUL!
STUDY, RESEARCH, INVESTIGATE CONSTANTLY
BE PERSISTENT INSIST ALWAYS
BE ETHICAL AND GO THE EXTRA MILE
Of course, we can add hundreds ways more to the list, but it is all up to each one of YOU to know which way is the perfect road to your own success May I add, getting away from people who are not at your level of thriving, who are not loyal and they live in constant drama is another fantastic way to continue your path towards success. I will talk more about this interesting topic in another blog post.
Suicide can be preventable since infancy. Having caring parents and relatives who really love their children and look out for them, creating an optimal and loving environment for their healthy and happy growth.
However, this almost seems like a utopia in the world we live in. But it is not impossible, we have to have hope, always, and have love, for ourselves, our children, our family and friends.
But, even when we have had been raised in loving homes by caring parents, in a healthy social and mental environment bad things happen to good people as we all know: a failed marriage, the death of a loved one, the loss of work or income, a traumatic accident; things that could trigger an acute depression and if not treated immediately it could develop into a severe case of suicidal depression.
When a friend, a child, a patient, anybody tells us that “I don’t want to live anymore”, or that “I am going to kill myself tonight or tomorrow”, we have the responsibility as human beings to believe him/her and help in anyway possible and as soon as possible.
“There is a critical window in which depressed patients who are suicidal need rapid relief to prevent self-harm,” said Michael Grunebaum, MD, a research psychiatrist at CUMC, who led the study.
“Currently available antidepressants can be effective in reducing suicidal thoughts in patients with depression, but they can take weeks to have an effect. Suicidal, depressed patients need treatments that are rapidly effective in reducing suicidal thoughts when they are at highest risk.
Currently, there is no such treatment for rapid relief of suicidal thoughts in depressed patients.” — Read more here
Interesting Data Link for you to visit if you like plants as much as I do:
“The International Aroid Societyhas a long history of affiliation with local Aroid groups. Though there are not many chapters currently active, a West Coast Chapter based in California has begun what is hopefully a new trend.”
Pini Jambu – A watery fruit in Sri Lanka
Dead snapdragon flowers look like weird skulls
I don’t think I would like to have this particular plant in my farm, especially because in summer I go out to the yard to inspect my and detect larvas, caterpillars with an ultraviolet lamp, and seeing this scary flower would probably be a deterrent for me to keep on doing what I have being doing for years 🤣😁
Coffee and flower, a wonderful combination. What’s more, I will make some interesting and beautiful quotes’ inspiration in this leisure time.
“THE POWERS OF A MAN’S MIND ARE DIRECTLY PROPORTIONED TO THE QUANTITY OF COFFEE HE DRINKS.” – SIR JAMES MACKINTOSH
Once dubbed ‘the gasoline of life’, coffee is a beverage served hot or with ice, prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant, called coffee beans. Coffee is the second most commonly traded commodity in the world, second only to petroleum.
“Live on coffee and flowers, try not to worry what the weather will be”—Matt Berninger
Then start living now, breathing now, be absolutely conscious of your living state at every moment of your life, every second.
LIVE HERE AND NOW….BREATHE!
You waste your life away when you constantly replay the past in your mind, when you imagine a future and live every day trying to “live in the future” that will never be present.
We can plan for the future and act according to it. Putting in action our plans with passion to accomplish our goals, but always living in the present!
Some people say the following words are cliché. In my opinion they have truth in the message and they are worth of mentioning them:
Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is a mystery
But today is a gift
That is why it is called the present
IMPORTANT NOTE from Dr. Castro:
Please don’t assume that I am a Democrat or Republican just because I write or mention my admiration about certain people. I am neither. I hold no rigid political affiliation.
I admire the human being, no matter his/her political affiliation, religion or lack thereof.
I am a true freedom thinker who do not like labels. I don’t follow hypocrites. I admire what I think it’s admirable to me, and criticise what I sincerely think has to be denounced as a bad policy, error or a crime.
HATE IS IGNORANCE WITH FEAR — Dr. Martha A. Castro N., MD
According to data compiled in August last year, more than 14,000 cases were registered on charges of disseminating hatred speech and hatred material. Though these details are extensive, questions have surfaced about the ‘media-coated’ hatred speech which is being practised by a particular group of unscrupulous individuals.
On feeling physically threatened by hatred speech
Not only threatened. You can feel emotionally disturbed. You can feel psychic trauma, which can have physiological manifestations. You can feel silenced. These are all real harms that may be suffered by people who are subject to hatred speech that is not punishable.
Franklin D Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States of America, died at the age of 63, on April 12, 1945. I’m not going to tell you data about him and bore you to tears. We all know we can “Google” his name and find his bio anywhere in the interwebs.
What I want to tell you today about FDR is what I think about how strong minded he was. His compassion and empathy towards humanity, and how he inspires me to help others and stand strong!
I don’t know if you are familiar with him going to “Warm Springs” in Georgia after he got poliomyelitis (most commonly known as polio). His depression about losing his ability to walk, his struggle to find his way back to society and move around, crippled him even more than his disability to walk.
It is important that I emphasize what I mentioned above: his depression and struggle crippled him more than the disease itself.I tell you why: the mental ability to overcome a physical challenge marks how a person will develop a strong or weak character. That mental ability will make anyone regain confidence, emotional strength and power to go on in life with an unbreakable positive attitude.
Well, in Warm Springs – the only hospital devoted solely to the treatment of poliomyelitis victims in the world -, he found himself and discovered the existence of many others with the same illness he had. These patients were coming from different backgrounds and privileges -or the lack of- in society: rich, poor, with education or without it, children, young adults and adults, all suffering from poliomyelitis.
Franklin D Roosevelt learned how to interact with them, how to get involved in the same activities they did. He shared his time with children and learned from them. He admired the courage of little children and how they never gave up. These children were strong minded and strong spirited and walked, with extreme difficulty and pain but with a huge smile, and that my readers, is what we all should do every day of our lives.
While many succumb to the trauma of failure and lose confidence and performance, resilient individuals rise again, learn from their failure and improve their performance. It takes passion for life, will and a positive-stubborn attitude to never give up, to never give in.
Poliomyelitis deepened and grounded FDR. It made him a champion of children with polio—an effort that led to the March of Dimes and the later Salk and Sabin vaccines—and for that matter a champion of all people who suffered hardship, physical, mental or emotional.
A motivational quote by President FDR:
Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force. Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Always remember: While you are alive and breathing, make sure you are able to say “I am still standing”.
IMPORTANT NOTE from Dr. Castro:
Just because I admire the man who he was, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, please don’t assume that I am a Democrat. Or because I have expressed in the past my admiration for some Republican people, it does not mean that I am a Republican. I admire the human being, no matter his political affiliation nor religion or the lack thereof.
I am a true freedom thinker who does not like labels. I don’t follow hypocrites. I admire what I think it’s admirable to me, and criticise what I sincerely think has to be denounced as a bad policy, a harmful action, or a crime.
Things happen in life that are out of our control. Some are good, some others are bad and they inflict happiness or pain in our hearts. If we haven’t built a strong mind we might react in a negative way and feel like we are losing control of our lives when they affected us with harm.
Fear, doubt and worry are feelings that could help you evolve and conquer, or destroy you in the heat of the moment. When the going gets tough, it takes a special kind of mental toughness to fight those emotions. You need a personal reminder to strengthen your mind, because no matter how great the challenge, your can be greater.
Albert Einstein explain in this quote what a powerful mind can do to your well-being, your health and even your wealth:
A Lee Boyd Malvo quote:
Mind over matter. Weak minded people are easily influenced. Powerful minded people you can’t break their will. — Lee Boyd Malvo
That is why is so important that we refresh our mind day by day with positive thoughts, beautiful images, proper information, joy and gratitude. There is a lot of truth to what it has been said about “peace of mind”.
A mind in peace can function and accumulate better thoughts than a mind in constant battle and disarray. Consequently that mind will make better decisions, decisions that will influence positively once life.
Remember now: Build a strong mind to have a powerful life!