Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gaiam TV

Hello, I hope your doing well today, I'm doing good. I was excited to find this website about Yoga and personal growth! I also thought it would be a good follow up to my last post for any of you who were thinking of trying Yoga. This is a great alternative to buying DVD's or having to go out to a class. You can start with a free trial and then it is only 9.99 a month for unlimited streaming videos, and you can cancel at anytime, no contracts. If I sign up I will let you know my own personal experiences with the program as well.
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Yoga & Treating Mental Illness

Hello, Happy Weekend! You always hear how good Yoga is for your body and mind. This article by Emily Battaglia shares further detail of how the benefits of practicing Yoga can help treat people who suffer from a Mental Illness or disorder. If you or someone you know needs something else to help with any of the mentioned mental health issues this might just do the trick. It certainly can't hurt to try! And remember if you can't afford classes or don't want to go out to a class, you could always try it at home on DVD. I think I'm going to give it a try myself. I have always wanted to do Yoga and reading this article gives me even more incentive now.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


Recent research has shown that practicing yoga can help to alleviate the symptoms of some serious mental illnesses, including depression disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. Special breathing and meditation techniques in particular have provided relief to individuals who regularly suffer from severe mood swings, physical aches and pains, compulsive thoughts or behaviors, and panic attacks because of these mental disorders. In addition, yoga provides fragile individuals with a gentle way to exercise, which has also been linked to positive progress in treating mental disorders.

Yoga is a Sanskrit word which literally means “union”. Practitioners of yoga strive for the peaceful union of mind, body, and spirit. The practice of physical poses, called asana, represents only a part of yoga. Breathing exercises (called pranayama), and meditation exercises (dhyana) are also components of yoga. Commonly, all of these practices are referred to simply as yoga. Students of yoga are encouraged to approach each pose with an open heart and mind, to keep their minds quiet during practice, and to balance effort with reverence for their bodies. Although yoga requires effort and determination, students are never asked to push themselves past their physical limitations, or to experience strain or physical pain. The goal of practice is to slowly work toward holding each pose with strength and grace; this endeavor creates feelings of confidence, stability, calm, and vitality.

Yogic breathing and meditation methods have been particularly effective at alleviating symptoms of mental illness. Many individuals who suffer from severe mental illness are fearful of their own emotions. Experts believe that meditation, in a structured context like a yoga class, provides mentally ill individuals with a safe place to confront negative emotions; meditation also teaches self-awareness balanced with stillness of mind, which can help individuals effectively deconstruct negative thought processes and behaviors. Breathing techniques teach stillness of mind, and an ability to exist peacefully in the present moment. For example, one simple breathing technique involves breathing in to the count of four, and breathing out to the count of eight. This simple exercise brings almost immediate calm and focus. These techniques can divert individuals from anxious or compulsive thoughts and feelings (which are often attached to the past and the future), as well as physical symptoms of panic, and help them to avoid full-blown panic attacks and severe mood swings. In addition, yoga helps to create new, positive thought processes, as individuals regularly accomplish small goals and begin to see progress in their practice.

Yoga also promotes a healthy connection with the physical self. Individuals suffering from mental illness often experience alienation from their own bodies. Symptoms of mental illness can be terrifying and exhausting, leading many sufferers to feel betrayed or held prisoner by their bodies. Each yogic pose offers a way to reconnect positively with the body. Each pose is a way to self-exploration, both mental and physical. In addition, yoga offers gentle exercise for individuals who may be too fragile, either mentally or physically, to participate in more outgoing activities. Yoga is low-impact, and easily adapted to almost any level of fitness; practice enhances flexibility and coordination, and increases strength and muscle tone. Regular exercise has been shown to have a significant impact on mental health, especially when combined with more traditional methods such as medication and cognitive behavioral therapy. Yoga has also been shown to be most effective in combination with traditional methods.

A 2007 study by Boston University and McLean Hospital may have pinpointed one medical reason for yoga’s success in treating mental illness. Many major mental illnesses (including depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorder) are linked to low levels of brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA), which is the brain’s primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. The main function of GABA is to inhibit the firing of neurons in the brain and thereby aid an individual’s ability to calm down, relax, and sleep. The study found that practicing yoga can increase brain GABA levels, helping to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, panic, obsession, and depression.

By Emily Battaglia

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pill popping: RX for death

Hello, I enjoy watching the Dr. Drew show some evenings on HLN. For those of you who are not familiar with him, he is a practicing physician, board certified in internal and addiction medicine. He is also known for his show Celebrity Rehab on MTV. I wanted to share some of his insight into the growing empidemic of prespricption drug abuse as a follow up to my last post. Dr Drew discusses Doctors not being aware of the addiction issues of the patient as they continue to write scripts for them. I agree with him that there needs to be more awareness among these Doctors, and Society in general, so that nobody meets the same fate like Whitney and Michael did.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

Pill popping: RX for death

On Tuesday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew and his guests discussed a huge problem that’s afflicting our nation - a problem that may have taken the life of Whitney Houston - the prescription pill epidemic.

“I get frustrated when I hear people say she`s a former addict,” HLN host Jane Velez-Mitchell told Dr. Drew. “'Oh, she was off hard drugs. She was only drinking. She was OK.’ It`s just the wrong information. You can`t be a former addict.”

Dr. Drew added, “There`s a part of your brain below consciousness - below your reasoning center - below your feeling center - in the center of the brain. It`s an area called the medial forebrain bundle that sets up drives like survival and hunger and those kinds of things. That drive becomes distorted in addiction.” He continued, “It`s much more active when you`re using [drugs], and then all the distortions occurs. It settles down a little bit when you maintain your sobriety every day.” Velez-Mitchell noted that it`s an uncontrollable craving that takes over, which can be triggered by one drug.

Dr. Drew stated, “My patients with addiction die of prescription drug death every day. The death from prescription medication exceeds cocaine and heroin deaths combined ... It is pandemic.”

He later said, “Most medical professionals receive minimal training about addiction. As a result, doctors may be prescribing medication without fully understanding the potential devastating effects.” What do you think we can do now to put the brakes on this run-away train that’s killing tens of thousands each year?

You can hear much more of this important conversation in the video clip above.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Greatest Love Of All

Hello, Today as the world say's goodbye to Whitney I decided to share a personal story of how she influenced me. It is hard for me to write about this, but I feel the need to because I have learned throughout the years that sharing your story can really help others. This blog is about removing Stigma and Shame from illness that Society places upon us, so this is where I should feel that freedom to share my story as well. In 1986, two years after I moved out of my Parents house I began to have Anxiety Attacks. I remember feeling at that time that oh no, I'm going to become my mother who suffered terribly with Mental Illness since I was born. I was not well informed about Mental Illnesses because no one talked about my mother's condition to me as I grew up. Luckily (or at least I thought at the time) I saw a commercial on TV for a free Anxiety Clinic at Mass General Hospital in Boston Ma , which was close to my home. I began treatment there for my Panic Attacks and it was great at the time, the pills they gave me took my Panic Attacks right away and I was able to fully function once again. The medicine they gave me was Xanax. Young and nieve at the time, only 21 yrs old I had no idea of how addictive that medicine was. So the longer I took it the more and more dependent I got on them and soon I was in trouble. In 1989 I tried to withdraw off them with another medicine while at home with the help of a Doctor from the Mass General Clinic. It did not work, the withdrawals were terrible, I even had a seizure in front of my 5 yr old daughter, which I now know could have killed me. After that I had to go into treatment to withdraw off the medicine. I later learned withdrawing off Xanax is as hard as withdrawing off Heroine. While in treatment I was switched to Prozac and since then I have never taken another narcotic for my Anxiety and I never will. I never want to go through anything like that again. When anyone at the treatment center had completed their stay and was ready to leave they would hold a group session. Part of that group session included the person leaving selecting a song that inspired them as they went back out into the world, having overcome whatever they were in treatment for. I choose the Greatest Love Of All by Whitney. It inspired me to love myself and have a renewed love of life. Especially knowing at that point, thanks to the Doctors there, that I was not doomed to live my mother's life. I was not her, I did not have her disease, that I was going to be ok to raise my daughter. So I really felt a connection to her because of that point and time in my life, she really inspired me with that song. Learning that she died with a bottle of Xanax in her room really hit home for me, because that could have happened to me. At the same time it is a reminder of how grateful I am that I made it through that dependency. Even though we don't really know her true cause of death yet, I hope it was not due to these medicines. If that turns out to be the case, I can only hope that it will truly help raise awareness of the dangers of taking benzodiazepines. I know now that she is resting in the peace that she never had, and I'm so grateful that she was here. Her legacy will include connecting with people, in many different ways, for many different reasons like she did with me. She will be truly missed.

Another one of her songs that represented
a tough time in my life, losing my mother.

Friday, February 17, 2012

All That Is Gold

Hello, This poem speaks to me of the endurance that lies within all of us. Throughout life our spirit can be dimmed, broken, lost, but at our core, we all have the strength to save ourselves.
Thanks for visiting,


All that is Gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines Day

Hello, Happy Valentines Day! A little Valentines FYI for you today. I hope today and every day of your life is filled with much love.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


Monday, February 13, 2012

Gentle On My Mind

Hello, This Music Monday I wanted to recognize Glenn Campbell's farewell performance last night at the Grammy's. Hearing his music always brings my Dad back to me. I remember him often listening to his albums in our living room, and those moments will always be "gentle on my mind" and oh so heartwarming. I hope the road ahead for Glenn will not be met with any suffering, as he has much to bear with his recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. Please give this video a listen if you are not familiar with him becaue if you like country music, you will love his music.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country music veteran Glen Campbell, diagnosed last year with Alzheimer's disease, had no trouble remembering words to his signature song as he gave a rousing performance of "Rhinestone Cowboy" at the Grammy Awards show on Sunday.

The 75-year-old entertainer took the stage with contemporary country stars The Band Perry and Blake Shelton, who preceded him with their own versions of two other Campbell hits, "Gentle on My Mind" and "Southern Nights."

Within moments, he had the celebrity-studded crowd at the Staples Center on their feet and singing along, including former Beatle Paul McCartney and guitarist Joe Walsh, who was seen dancing in the aisle with his wife, Marjorie.

Ever the showman, Campbell pointed his microphone at the audience for each chorus, inviting them to join in on the line, "Like a Rhinestone Cowboy!" and the hall's musical luminaries all joyfully obliged.

The performance, delivered without a hitch, ended in a hail of cheers and applause as Campbell shouted, "Thank y'all so much!" then turned to leave the stage as the lights went down and could be heard gamefully asking, "Where do I go?"

Campbell, a five-time Grammy winner who had been suffering from short-term memory loss for years, revealed in a People magazine article in June that he had been diagnosed six months before as being in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

His wife, Kim, said then that the couple decided to go public with his diagnosis ahead of a final, farewell concert tour that he launched in the fall of 2011.

Campbell started out as a session guitarist for the Beach Boys and producer Phil Spector before rising to fame in the 1960s with hits that included "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." Perhaps his best-known song, "Rhinestone Cowboy" was a No. 1 hit in 1975.

He hosted his own CBS variety show, the "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," from 1969 to 1972, and co-starred with John Wayne in the original 1969 movie version of "True Grit."

(Editing by Eric Beech)

Copyright © 2012, Reuters

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Hello, A lovely way of perceiving life's twists and turns.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

Sometimes a wind comes up,
blows you off course,
You’re not ready for it;
But if you’re lucky, you'll
end up in a more interesting
place than you’d planned
~ Nora Roberts~

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Depression Self-Help

Hello, Depression is truly a difficult disease to battle, and most people feel ashamed to talk about it. Society places Stigmas upon people who suffer with depression to just deal with it, get over it, get on with your life. But I know different, and I know what it is like to be in this state of mind. So I thought I would share these self help techniques to help any of you out there that may be having a difficult time with your depression. Just remember one little step at a time, progress not perfection, can make a world of difference for you and your loved ones. If you know someone who is suffering with Depression, don't judge them, help them if you can with these self help techniques if they cannot help themselves.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


Depression self-help tip 1: Cultivate supportive relationships
Getting the support you need plays a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away. On your own, it can be difficult to maintain perspective and sustain the effort required to beat depression. But the very nature of depression makes it difficult to reach out for help. However, isolation and loneliness make depression even worse, so maintaining your close relationships and social activities are important.

The thought of reaching out to even close family members and friends can seem overwhelming. You may feel ashamed, too exhausted to talk, or guilty for neglecting the relationship. Remind yourself that this is the depression talking. You loved ones care about you and want to help.

Turn to trusted friends and family members. Share what you’re going through with the people you love and trust. Ask for the help and support you need. You may have retreated from your most treasured relationships, but they can get you through this tough time. Try to keep up with social activities even if you don’t feel like it. When you’re depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell. But being around other people will make you feel less depressed.

Join a support group for depression. Being with others who are dealing with depression can go a long way in reducing your sense of isolation. You can also encourage each other, give and receive advice on how to cope, and share your experiences.

10 tips for reaching out and building relationships
Talk to one person about your feelings.
Help someone else by volunteering.
Have lunch or coffee with a friend.
Ask a loved one to check in with you regularly.
Accompany someone to the movies, a concert, or a small get-together.
Call or email an old friend.
Go for a walk with a workout buddy.
Schedule a weekly dinner date.
Meet new people by taking a class or joining a club.
Confide in a counselor, therapist, or clergy member.

Depression self-help tip 2: Challenge negative thinking

Depression puts a negative spin on everything, including the way you see yourself, the situations you encounter, and your expectations for the future. But you can’t break out of this pessimistic mind frame by “just thinking positive.” Happy thoughts or wishful thinking won’t cut it. Rather, the trick is to replace negative thoughts with more balanced thoughts.

Ways to challenge negative thinking:
Think outside yourself. Ask yourself if you’d say what you’re thinking about yourself to someone else. If not, stop being so hard on yourself. Think about less harsh statements that offer more realistic descriptions.

Allow yourself to be less than perfect. Many depressed people are perfectionists, holding themselves to impossibly high standards and then beating themselves up when they fail to meet them. Battle this source of self-imposed stress by challenging your negative ways of thinking
Socialize with positive people. Notice how people who always look on the bright side deal with challenges, even minor ones, like not being able to find a parking space. Then consider how you would react in the same situation. Even if you have to pretend, try to adopt their optimism and persistence in the face of difficulty.

Keep a “negative thought log." Whenever you experience a negative thought, jot down the thought and what triggered it in a notebook. Review your log when you’re in a good mood. Consider if the negativity was truly warranted. Ask yourself if there’s another way to view the situation. For example, let’s say your boyfriend was short with you and you automatically assumed that the relationship was in trouble. But maybe he’s just having a bad day.

Types of negative thinking that
add to depression

All-or-nothing thinking
Looking at things in black-or-white categories, with no middle ground
(“If I fall short of perfection, I’m a total failure.”)
Generalizing from a single negative experience, expecting it to hold
true forever (“I can’t do anything right.”)
The mental filter
Ignoring positive events and focusing on the negative. Noticing the one
thing that went wrong, rather than all the things that went right.
Diminishing the positive
Coming up with reasons why positive events don’t count (“She said she had
a good time on our date, but I think she was just being nice.”)
Jumping to conclusions
Making negative interpretations without actual evidence. You act like a
mind reader (“He must think I’m pathetic.”) or a fortune teller
(“I’ll be stuck in this dead end job forever.”)
Emotional reasoning
Believing that the way you feel reflects reality (“I feel like such a loser.
I really am no good!”)
'Shoulds’ and ‘should-nots’
Holding yourself to a strict list of what you should and shouldn’t do,
and beating yourself up if you don’t live up to your rules.
Labeling yourself based on mistakes and perceived shortcomings
(“I’m a failure; an idiot; a loser.”)

Depression self-help tip 3: Take care of yourself
In order to overcome depression, you have to take care of yourself. This includes following a healthy lifestyle, learning to manage stress, setting limits on what you’re able to do, adopting healthy habits, and scheduling fun activities into your day.

Aim for 8 hours of sleep. Depression typically involves sleep problems. Whether you’re sleeping too little or too much, your mood suffers. Get on a better sleep schedule by learning healthy sleep habits. Expose yourself to a little sunlight every day. Lack of sunlight can make depression worse. Make sure you’re getting enough. Take a short walk outdoors, have your coffee outside, enjoy an al fresco meal, people-watch on a park bench, or sit out in the garden. Keep stress in check. Not only does stress prolong and worsen depression, but it can also trigger it. Figure out all the things in your life that are stressing you out. Examples include: work overload, unsupportive relationships, taking on too much, or health problems. Once you’ve identified your stressors, you can make a plan to avoid them or minimize their impact.

Practice relaxation techniques. A daily relaxation practice can help relieve symptoms of depression, reduce stress, and boost feelings of joy and well-being. Try yoga, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or meditation.
Do things you enjoy (or used to)

While you can’t force yourself to have fun or experience pleasure, you can choose to do things that you used to enjoy. Pick up a former hobby or a sport you used to like. Express yourself creatively through music, art, or writing. Go out with friends. Take a day trip to a museum, the mountains, or the ballpark. Push yourself to do things, even when you don’t feel like it. You might be surprised at how much better you feel once you’re out in the world. Even if your depression doesn’t lift immediately, you’ll gradually feel more upbeat and energetic as you make time for fun activities.

Develop a wellness toolbox
Come up with a list of things that you can do for a quick mood boost. Include any strategies, activities, or skills that have helped in the past. The more “tools” for coping with depression, the better.
Try and implement a few of these ideas each day,
even if you’re feeling good.
Spend some time in nature
List what you like about yourself
Read a good book
Watch a funny movie or TV show
Take a long, hot bath
Take care of a few small tasks
Play with a pet
Write in your journal
Listen to music
Do something spontaneous

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Women Over Forty

Hello, I believe that Andy Rooney may have been one of those rare men who truly understood a women. Especially those of us over the age of Forty. He is spot on about us. If you are over 40 and haven't read this article before, I'm sure you'll appreciate it as much as I do.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


As I grow in age, I value women who are over forty most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over forty will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think.

If a woman over forty doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it’s usually something more interesting.

A woman over forty knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of forty give a hoot what you might think about her or what she’s doing.

Women over forty are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it.

Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.

A woman over forty has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn’t trust the guy with other women. Women over forty couldn’t care less if you’re attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won’t betray her.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over forty. They always know.

A woman over forty looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over forty is far sexier than her younger counterpart.

Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one! You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.

Yes, we praise women over forty for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of forty-plus, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some twenty-two-year-old waitress.

Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” here’s an update for you. Now 80 percent of women are against marriage, why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig, just to get a little sausage.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

What Doesn't Kill You

Hello, Happy Groundhog day! Even though Punxsutawney Phil said we are going to have six more weeks of winter, I don't believe it, the weather has been above normal all winter. I love this new video and song by Kelly Clarkson, it was just what I needed today. It has a great message in the song and the video theme is fun. Whatever misfortunes we experience in life, absolutely, what doesn't kill us will make us stronger. I hope you enjoy the song and video as much as I did.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

I had to through this in for a laugh