Sunday, February 17, 2013

Instant Stress Relief

Every one wants to relieve themselves from stress as quickly as possible. Its about making a couple of small changes in our habits/lifestyle..
Deep Breathing: When you practice deep breathing you help slow your heart rate and relax your body, helping us feel calm and in control. With deep breathing we inhale more oxygen that clears our mind and restores our body. Furthermore, if you focus on your breathing you can take your mind of what is causing you stress. Try it
Beat Stress through  Walking : One of the best instant stress relief tips I know of. If you feel stressed or irate about something or someone, just go and take a walk around the block or to a park. Any form of recreation and sports can help your stress relief. Do exercises that you like and stress could dissapear instantly.
It's alright to Cry:Our body’s natural way to relieve itself of stress is through crying. Crying is good for us, afterwards many feel more alieved and stress free. Your tears are how your body disposes of stressful a chemical, that’s why you feel more relaxed after you cry.
Talk or Write: Keeping it all inside only makes it worse. Vent out to a friend, someone who will listen and understand. You can also express yourself through writing, keep a journal where you can place all your thoughts and feelings, get the stress out.
Laugh it out:Laughter is natural stress reliever and it can help you quickly reduce your stress. Humor is really everyday opportunity for personal stress relief. We all know that life without a humor can be boring and depressed. So laugh out loud and forget your stress.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT EUTHANASIA

¨  Dutch Penal Code Articles 293 and 294 make both euthanasia and assisted suicide illegal, even today. However, as the result of various court cases, doctors who directly kill patients or help patients kill themselves will not be prosecuted as long as they follow certain guidelines. In addition to the current requirements that physicians report every euthanasia/assisted-suicide death to the local prosecutor and that the patient’s death request must be enduring (carefully considered and requested on more than one occasion), the Rotterdam court in 1981 established the following guidelines:
¨  The patient must be experiencing unbearable pain.
¨  The patient must be conscious.
¨  The death request must be voluntary.
¨  The patient must have been given alternatives to euthanasia and time to consider these alternatives.
¨  There must be no other reasonable solutions to the problem.
¨  The patient’s death cannot inflict unnecessary suffering on others.
¨  There must be more than one person involved in the euthanasia decision.
¨  Only a doctor can euthanize a patient.
¨  Great care must be taken in actually making the death decision
THE FACTS
¨  2,300 people died as the result of doctors killing them upon request (active, voluntary euthanasia)
¨  400 people died as a result of doctors providing them with the means to kill themselves (physician-assisted suicide).
1,040 people (an average of 3 per day) died from involuntary euthanasia, meaning that doctors actively killed these patients without the patients’ knowledge or consent.
       14% of these patients were fully competent.
       72% had never given any indication that they would want their lives terminated.
       In 8% of the cases, doctors performed involuntary euthanasia despite the fact that they believed alternative options were still possible.
In addition, 8,100 patients died as a result of doctors deliberately giving them overdoses of pain medication, not for the primary purpose of controlling pain, but to hasten the patient’s death. (13) In 61% of these cases (4,941 patients), the intentional overdose was given without the patient’s consent.



INFORMATION ABOUT EUTHANASIA

Euthanasia

¨  Euthanasia: the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. (The key word here is "intentional". If death is not intended, it is not an act of euthanasia)
¨  Voluntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed has requested to be killed.
¨  Non-voluntary: When the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent.
¨  Involuntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary.
¨  Assisted suicide: Someone provides an individual with the information, guidance, and means to take his or her own life with the intention that they will be used for this purpose. When it is a doctor who helps another person to kill themselves it is called "physician assisted suicide."
¨  Euthanasia By Action: Intentionally causing a person's death by performing an action such as by giving a lethal injection. The general understanding is that voluntary euthanasia occurs when a person who is fully capable of making the decision to end their life requests assistance by a doctor or other individual to do so. This is also sometimes referred to as assisted suicide or physician-assisted suicide.
¨  Euthanasia By Omission: Intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary (usual and customary) care or food and water.
¨  Euthansia Definition: The general understanding is that voluntary euthanasia occurs when a person who is fully capable of making the decision to end their life requests assistance by a doctor or other individual to do so. This is also sometimes referred to as assisted suicide or physician-assisted suicide.
¨  Euthanasia and suicide: While the evidence is limited, there is some research showing links between the portrayal of explicit methods of euthanasia and associated deaths among people who are not aged or terminally ill. This may be as a result of vulnerable people being exposed to explicit methods of suicide, the depiction of euthanasia as “acceptable suicide”, or positive framing or promotion of suicide as a right.
¨  Euthanasia and mental illness:Euthanasia is often portrayed an act of compassion for those who are terminally ill or suffering from severe physical illness or infirmity. However, a body of research has explored the possible link between a person’s desire for euthanasia and mental ill health, such as the existence of treatable depression.



How to Sleep Well

TIPS FOR GOOD SLEEP
Keep a Schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This will train your body to sleep on a schedule. If you can maintain this schedule for several weeks, you will probably find yourself falling asleep faster and feeling more refreshed. Do not sleep in on weekends or stay up late. Your body adjusts to changes in your sleep schedule at a rate of one hour per day. That means if you wake up at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays, but 8:30 a.m. on weekends, you need two days to adjust. You won’t be sleeping well again until Wednesday each week.
Make a Bedtime Ritual: Create a nightly ritual to signal that it is time to sleep. Start the ritual about 30 minutes before you lie down to help release stressful thoughts and be ready to sleep when you lie down. A little quiet reading (not in bed) or a warm bath can be great. Avoid watching TV, since it stimulates your brain.
Exercise Daily: Daily exercise will improve your chances of falling asleep quickly and sleeping deeply. Try to exercise early in the day and never within three hours of bedtime. Exercising too late in the day can make it difficult for you to fall asleep. A daily exercise habit will not only improve          your sleep hygiene, but it will also improve your overall health.
Get Some Sunlight: Sunlight helps regulate your circadian clock and make you feel sleepy at night by stimulating your body to produce melatonin (a hormone that regulates your sleep cycle). You need exposure to bright light every day. Morning sunlight exposure can be especially helpful. Be sure to open the drapes every morning to let light in.
Avoid Caffeine: Some people are caffeine sensitive and cannot drink any coffee, tea or other caffeinated beverage up to six hours before bedtime. If you are having trouble sleeping, try avoiding all afternoon and evening caffeine.
Make Your Bedroom Dark: The contrast between light during the day and dark at night helps reinforce your body’s natural rhythms. By making your bedroom dark at night, you will be able to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Closing drapes and doors can help reduce the light in your bedroom.
Avoid Alcohol: That small glass of wine can make it more difficult to stay asleep. After an evening drink, you might fall asleep just fine, but you will likely wake up in the middle of the night. This effect is caused by a rebound in blood sugar and withdrawal from the alcohol after it is metabolized. Try avoiding alcohol before sleep and see if you sleep more soundly. For every drink you have, give your body at least an hour to process it before trying to fall asleep.
Don't Smoke: The nicotine in cigarettes is a stimulant that will keep you awake, which is just one of the things that smoking does to your body. If you smoke, many resources are available to help you quit. The benefits quitting include better sleep, a longer life, more energy and saving money. Smokers also may wake up early due to nicotine withdrawal.
See a Doctor: Finally, if these lifestyle changes don’t help, contact your doctor. You may have a sleep disorder or just may need some temporary help getting yourself in good ‘sleep shape