Why Peer Pressure Is A Waste of Time

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Show Them Who You Are

Adolescents are the first to tell you how much peer pressure influences their life, but it can also occur in adults. Peer pressure means: a feeling that one must do the same things as other people of one’s age and social group in order to be liked and respected by them.

When you give in to peer pressure, you are essentially allowing your personality to be molded by those around you. This behavior starts to influence you unconsciously; you start to believe that this is “the way” to get accepted and have a good time, otherwise “I won’t be accepted and maybe have no friends.”

Peer pressure can lead you to develop bad habits. It may turn you into an alcoholic, heroin addict or recreational marijuana user, when you were never meant to be any one of those in the first place. Essentially, you are hoping to obtain immediate gratification through acceptance, but at the price of losing yourself.

The best way to approach peer pressure is to let your true presence be known! Be yourself, stand your ground and back up your stance. It might not work at first; your peers will keep persisting and even put you down. Do not worry about it. With consistency, your morals and values will prevail and your peers will start to accept you for who you are!

And if they don’t, then they were never meant to be your friends in the first place.

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Jogs For Days

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The Benefits Of Jogging

Many people find jogging to be boring and mundane, but it can be quite exciting if you keep in mind the physical and mental health benefits, as well as finding a fun and peaceful place to jog. Jogging on a treadmill is probably not the best place to start if you have a preconceived notion that jogging is boring. The best place to jog is in nature: parks, forest trails, boardwalks, around lakes and even on the street (preferably in a nice suburban area).

Physical health benefits of jogging:

  • Helps to build strong bones (considered a weight bearing exercise)
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness (considered an aerobic activity)
  • Burns calories and helps with weight loss
  • Enhances lung capacity (increases the lung’s intake capacity over time)
  • Enhances fitness (improves body tone and shape)
  • Reduces fatigue (endurance is built over time)

Mental health benefits of jogging:

  • Relieves stress (helps you ignore stressful events or allows you to sweat it out)
  • Boosts confidence (you will feel more confident as you become more fit)
  • Boosts happiness (it is great at fighting against depression and anxiety because it distracts you against those issues and keeps you focused on the act of exercising and becoming more fit)
  • Keeps you in tune with yourself (jogging is a very personal act; it keeps you focused on your surroundings and yourself; it allows you to dive into your thoughts and feelings)

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and jog for days! Your mind, body and soul will reward you for it.

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Making A Change Starts Within You

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You Are Responsible For Making A Change

It is never too late to make a change. Making changes is like pressing the reset button; it helps you start over and head down a new and improved path. But only you can make the change.

One mistake people make is that they hope they can make a change with the help of others. No one in this world can make a change in you besides yourself. You are the master of your life. Even if someone helps you make a change, you must continue implementing that change; not that person.

Another mistake people make is not following up on the change. They may go a day or two with the implemented change but stop afterwards; it may become too difficult to keep the change, they get distracted and deviate off track or they simply give up. Keeping a change requires persistence, motivation and determination.

Changes require effort, time and drive. But anything is doable if you put your heart and mind into it. Do not make the mistake of waiting for others to help you make a change. Start today and take responsibility yourself!

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Be Tender-Hearted Towards Each Other

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Your Words Matter

You will always meet people who radiate anger from their heart; it flows through their bloodstream like a poisonous venom. But do not take it personally. You do not have to like these people but be mindful that they may have experienced trauma in their life, and this is the only way they know how to deal with the pain.

Your role is not to repeat the same behavior; the eye for an eye mentality is not fruitful and will not bring you peace and harmony. In fact, an eye for an eye mentality will only attract karma into your life. Keep your cool when cruel people are stinging you and brush it off; you are the good guy at the end of the day!

Learning how to be tender-hearted might be a challenge for some of us! But everyone can learn it if they want to; it takes a genuine and honest approach with yourself to be kind and loving towards yourself and others.

The DSM Ready Movement needs as many tender-hearted members as possible! We need to come together and support one another during our roughest times, collectively share our experiences and pain and grow from our mistakes. Through our tender-hearted actions, others will emulate our behavior and this is how we will turn this world into a better place.

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Stay True To Yourself

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Reasoning | Intuition

The best thing you can do for yourself is to be authentic with others and show your true colors. Putting an image on for others eats you alive; it prevents you from expressing your true emotions, feelings, characteristics and opinions.

Staying true to yourself also means being honest with your intentions. Follow your intuition because most of the time it is right. Sometimes we choose not to follow our intuition because our mind interferes; it tries to rationalize and logically prevent us from going through with an action.

But you will realize that when you listen to your intuition despite your mind saying otherwise, you will be thankful for having followed your intuition; it is there to help you. Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without conscious reasoning.

Reasoning is not always necessary in life. There are some events in which reasoning prevents you from staying true to yourself. Each event is different based on the individual; we cannot judge for others.

All you can do is be smart:

  • Use your mind when reasoning is best suited
  • Use your intuition when you understand something immediately
  • Balance the two and stay true to yourself

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Cocaine Cowboys

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Why Cocaine Addiction Bites

The addiction to cocaine has never ended, despite an ongoing opioid crises. There is concern that cocaine use is on the rise and that a stimulant epidemic may be awaiting the end of the current opioid epidemic. Why is cocaine on the rise and what do people like about it?

Cocaine comes from the coca plant native to South America. It is considered a stimulant like coffee but much stronger. It has a strong psychological potential for addiction; no physical dependence is evident, meaning no physical withdrawal occurs when a user stops using the drug.

Why people like cocaine:

  • It provides a feeling of intense pleasure
  • You become more talkative and confident
  • It provides a full-body stimulation
  • It makes you feel more superior than others
  • It increases your self-esteem
  • You feel more energetic and sociable

Unfortunately, users experience many negative effects with cocaine:

  • Memories of euphoria increase the risk for psychological addiction
  • Anger, paranoia, anxiety
  • Nausea, increased body temperature, increased heart rate
  • Seizures, heart problems and death
  • Psychosis and hallucinations
  • Weight loss, high blood pressure, severe tooth decay

Cocaine has a very short-lived intense high. When users become hooked on the drug, the high is followed by depression and a strong craving for more. Tolerance then increases, resulting in higher doses of the drug needed to achieve a similar effect as before.

Overall, cocaine may see a resurgence in the near future. If you or anyone you know is suffering from cocaine addiction, seek help as soon as possible. With mental health and addiction support services, a place in your heart to stop and The DSM Ready Movement here to listen and provide a caring environment, you can defeat cocaine addiction today!

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The Beginning Of A Burnout Epidemic?

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Burned Out

In 2019, the World Health Organization added burnout as a syndrome to the International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision (ICD-11) because of the rising rate of burnout experienced by individuals in the workforce. Burnout is described as: a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.

Burnout Syndrome is characterized by three dimensions:

  • Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
  • Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
  • Reduced professional efficacy

Burnout is considered an occupational phenomenon and does not relate to experiences outside of the work environment; meaning, the definition does not apply to something like “I’m so over going to the beach on the weekends, I’m burned out.”

What is causing burnout and is it turning into an epidemic? I believe that the work-life balance of many individuals is tilted towards more work and not enough “life.” People do not seem to get as much pleasure from activities anymore. Technology may play a role; we are so focused on iPads, iPhones, Samsungs and television that it is literally dulling us during our time off. By the time we come back from work the next day, the same process repeats; it’s as we never had any time off to enjoy in the last 24 hours.

The reality is that technology is not going to go away; it will keep improving, especially with artificial intelligence around the corner. Will society propose that AI take over our jobs, resulting in less work for us? This will be a devastation; no work and a life bombarded by technology will spell out a recipe for disaster.

What is the solution? Spending time with each other and removing ourselves from technological isolation. We need to come together again and enjoy life. The DSM Ready Movement offers this solution: coming together to share our experiences, values, opinions, knowledge and love!

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Start Your Day On The Right Foot

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Morning Positivity Determines The Rest Of Your Day

Our mindset dictates whether we will have a positive or negative day. It is very important to adjust your mindset in the morning if you find yourself having negative thoughts; these negative thoughts can influence how you perceive the rest of your day.

Adopting a positive mindset after you wake up in the morning helps you stay focused and determined to accomplish your goals throughout the day. Repeating this pattern everyday is what will make you happier in the long run.

Too many times, people wake up feeling negative and miserable and carry this baggage with them throughout the day. This promotes poor mental health and may lead to depression, stress, anxiety and even drug use. For some reason, the human mind is better at adopting negative thoughts on an automatic basis; that is why we must make an effort to implement positive thoughts as frequently as possible. It is easier to be negative than positive.

But do not wait until lunch time or even late afternoon to shift your mindset. Mornings are key to starting your day off right. Positive thoughts since you wake up will have you feeling better by lunch time and help your day go more smoothly. After all, the most important meal of the day is in the morning!

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Don’t Forget To Stay Humble

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Become Society’s Role Model

Reminding ourselves to stay humble in a society that breeds competition, dominance and a race to the top can be a challenge if not practiced daily. Being humble will make you feel good about yourself, attract more positive people into your life and will allow you to demonstrate to others that being humble is awesome!

The benefits of being humble:

  • You will be able to better cope with anxiety
  • You will become a better leader and more people will like you
  • You will develop a higher self-control and a better work performance
  • You will become more tolerant of others and less defensive about your own beliefs
  • You will achieve higher grades
  • You will be more helpful with others and develop stronger relationships
  • You will become more generous

Do not let society mold you into a person you are not. It is okay to be competitive and strive for success, but do it fashionably, by staying humble and becoming a role model for others. People will replicate your behavior if you demonstrate a kind and humble persona and this is what will help society become a better place. We need as many humble people in The DSM Ready Movement as possible.

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The “live for today” Mentality Does Not Work

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Don’t Live For Today Because Tomorrow Is Better

Some people believe that if they “live for today” everything will be ok. But this is exactly the mentality that promotes failure by not addressing worries, problems, future plans and goals. This is the mentality that slowly crumbles over time.

When you enter a tunnel, you eventually see the light at the end of it; you know that there is one entrance and one exit. You do not remain in that tunnel forever. But with the “live for today” mentality, that tunnel sees no light because there is no exit plan; people become complacent with their current situation and do not think of what may happen tomorrow or the day after.

The “live for today” mentality might make you feel good in the moment but when problems begin to creep in, as they usually do, you need a plan to deal with the situation. People who are successful are able to anticipate problems ahead of time because they have a mindset of mastering the future; a way of being prepared for whatever lies past the tunnel.

If you are a victim of the “live for today” mentality, it is never too late to change the way you think. With enough will, you can start planning for the future, delaying gratification, anticipating problems and even enjoying your time along the way! Just because one lives for the future, does not mean that one cannot enjoy the present; it just means you are responsible addressing what lies down the road.

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