The 10-Day Negative Thought Fast

Would you like a simple way to really change your life? Instead of merely getting by, you’ll find that your life can truly be exceptional when you focus on positive solutions rather than the constraints of your challenges.

This 10-Day Negative Thought Fast, originated by Emmett Fox, one of the most popular self-help authors and speakers of the early 20th century, is an adventure you’ll reap many benefits from.

Here are the rules:

1. If you break any of the other rules, you must start the 10 days over from the beginning. To get the full effect, you must complete 10 consecutive days. Giving up negative thoughts is a little like giving up a drug; you’ve got to stop using them completely, otherwise you haven’t truly quit.

2. You cannot focus on a negative thought or remain in a negative emotional state for more than five minutes. Ideally, the time should be much shorter. Five minutes should be plenty of time to recognize what’s going on and put a stop to it. Remember, even one instance of lingering for more than five minutes means starting over.

3. You must focus on solutions. When the negative thoughts start, the idea is to immediately start contemplating possible solutions. Spend your time solving your challenges instead of focusing on them.

* If you’re like most people, you’ve probably had the same challenges for quite a while without resolution. It’s time to try something else instead of dwelling on what’s wrong.

This sounds deceptively easy, but you may be surprised how difficult it is to give up negativity. We tend to think that worrying helps in some way. But you’ve probably been worrying about a lot of things for a long time and they haven’t improved.

When you’re faced with a negative thought (and there will be many!), the best response is to think to yourself, “How can I solve or improve this challenge?” The point is to immediately begin focusing on solutions. When you ask a good question, you’ll receive good answers.

Over the 10 days, you’ll begin to form a habit of immediately recognizing a negative mental state and then focusing on solutions for what you feel negatively about. If you continue the process after the 10 days are completed, you’ll develop a permanent habit that will only require a minimal amount of maintenance.

You might need several attempts to complete the full 10 days. It’s common to have numerous slips on day one and then a few others later in the process. Refrain from beating yourself up over it. Remember, you’re focusing on solutions.

Taking Your Focus Away From A Negative Thought

One way to help keep the negative thoughts at bay is to ask you positive questions like the following:

* What’s great about today?
* What do I like the most about this?
* What am I most proud of?
* What am I most looking forward to?

If you’re filling your mind with positive thoughts, there’s no room for the negative stuff. And since we can only consciously think about one thing at a time, making the most out of your thoughts makes sense.

Try this 10-day adventure and see if it doesn’t change your life. You’ll be so amazed at the results that you’ll never want to go back to the old way of dwelling on the challenges in your life. So start this process today and change your life for the better.

Should Pilates Classes Use Music?

Pilates classes are very popular these days. Most gyms and fitness centers offer regular Pilates sessions that are guided and facilitated by fitness professionals. In reality, it is very different from all other fitness sessions. But many individuals do not readily identify that difference especially when their Pilates sessions use music. Some Pilates experts do not use music while others make it a point to feature facilitative tunes to make participants more inclined to do the tasks.

Should Pilates classes use music? It is considered a matter or preference whether a facilitator/ instructor would use music or not in every Pilates class. There are specific times when music would help in making the session more effective, though there would also be instances when it would just serve as a form of unnecessary distraction. Professionals should know when music should be used in their Pilates sessions.

For classes that involve mostly beginners, music could be used sparingly. This is because when people are relatively new to the program, it could help them attain and maintain interest if there is an appropriate music or tune that comes with the basic Pilates movements. However, in some instances, music is omitted especially when the instructor wants to make sure participants would listen to and understand specific Pilates movement instructions.

A competent and effective Pilates instructor would ensure that participants focus on keeping proper posture alignment, breath control, and stability. S/He should also make sure the students maintain a neutral spine or lying position. In this regard, it would help if music used would not use catchy tunes and interesting lyrics. Thus, most instructors prefer to use meditative music to prevent the participants from focusing instead on the lyrics.

For advanced Pilates students/participants, music could be used as an effective strategy to attain and support smooth movement. The right choice of music to be used is important as it could be significant and vital to ensuring a smoother flow of movements. The good flow of sound could also help keep the movements become more targeted.

However, when using music during Pilates classes, make sure you avoid using heavily rhythmic music. This is because such tunes could only encourage and prompt the class to unnecessarily choreograph Pilates movements just to keep up a tempo. In general, the Pilates class members should be able to move more naturally so they could be enabled to move at a strategic pace that would suit their bodies with their individual variations.

Overall, music could surely enhance any Pilates session or class. For people who have become very familiar to Pilates movements, music could be a form of further enhancement to achieve more harmony between movements and breathing. For beginners, music should definitely take a back-step because such participants could only be unnecessarily distracted.

Doing Pilates without music could also be effective especially if you do the movements on your own. But for classes, meditative or strategic music could certainly be of great help. Instructors should take their choice of music to be used as another challenge.

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Seafood Allergies

One of the most common allergies adults experience is to seafood.  In the United States, about 7 million adults have allergies related to seafood.    This is one of those allergies that’s more common in adults than in children.

What makes seafood allergies important to understand is that they can often cause very severe reactions.  It’s not uncommon for people to have severe skin reactions, blood pressure problems, and swelling in the throat.  These reactions can actually be life threatening.

Seafood allergies are frequently related to shellfish such as lobster, shrimp, and clams.  But the fish that cause the most problems are actually catfish, cod, salmon, and tuna.  The only real way to know if you have an allergy is to experience a reaction.

If you have experienced an allergic reaction, it’s important to know that the reaction will get worse with each exposure.  If you’ve had to take medication due to an allergic reaction, it’s important that you keep medication with you at all times.

It’s also important that you become vigilant about making sure you’re not exposed to the food that causes problems.  When you cook at home it can be easier to control your exposure, especially if you stay away from processed foods.

But when eating in a restaurant or at someone else’s home, it’s important that you ask questions about the ingredients.  Not every waiter or waitress is knowledgeable about specific ingredients in a dish.

Make sure that you ask your server to talk with the kitchen staff to verify the ingredients in a dish that might contain the fish you’re allergic to.  If you want to be extra careful, it can be a good idea to avoid seafood completely when you’re in a restaurant setting.

If you think that you have an allergy to seafood, it’s important to discuss it with your doctor.  You may be able to undergo allergy testing to help determine if it’s just one specific type of fish or all fish that causes problems for you.

Testing can help you to be sure that you’re not exposing your body to something that could be potentially life-threatening.  If you have a history of allergies in your family, you’re more likely to experience a seafood allergy as you get older.  While it’s rare for children to have this allergy, it is more common in boys.

Seafood allergies shouldn’t be taken lightly because of the frequent severity of the reaction.  If you’ve experienced an allergic reaction, it’s important to take steps to stay safe.

 

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