improving your performance at work

Important messages from “Yuri!!! on Ice” to an athlete

1. You don’t have an expiration date. Yuuri is a “late bloomer”, you can be that too.

2. To succeed in your sport, you don’t have to be born with talent - hard work and dedication will bring you far.

3. Rivalry doesn’t exclude the possibility of a friendship.

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4. What works for others might not work for you. You’re an individual and there’s not one correct answer to what will help you improve your athletic performance. Celestino wasn’t the right coach for Yuuri, ballet didn’t work for Otabek.

5. Some days - maybe weeks or months, even - you won’t perform the way you want to and know you can. That’s okay. You’ll figure it out. Everyone falls into a slump sometimes.

6. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you enjoy your sport. It’s supposed to be fun, even though it might seem to be all work and no fun.

7. You don’t have to fight alone . Don’t be afraid to ask for help - it might help you to develop your skills and help you out of a rough patch

I haven’t really tackled this before but abusive parents, and even all other types of abusers go hand in hand with capitalism, they like subjecting their victims to extreme capitalistic values and then abuse them based on these values, and it’s incredibly hard for survivors to figure out that it’s all wrong because the world will repeatedly side with abusers on that one!

For instance, abusive parents make you think you need to be useful, and you need to prove to be useful to them in order for your life to matter. Capitalism does the exact same thing, you need to prove yourself to be useful and be consistently useful to people who will in return give you money that will enable you to survive, it can get as absurd as “be useful or starve to death”. Abusive parents will make you feel guilty for not working enough, for not being productive enough, they will base your worth on how much they can get out of you and still act like your work isn’t worth much at all, like you have to do more, and have to do it better, be more accommodating, more considerate, more submissive. You can tell deep down inside your worth is not measured in how useful you are, and how much you can be taken advantage of, but with your family + outside world continuously proving otherwise how could you not end up doubting if you have any worth at all outside of what can be used by your family or capitalistic system? 

Capitalism works just the same, forces you to feel like you have to be productive every minute and that all of your worth is in how much you can be used by companies, how much of your time you’re willing to sacrifice and how hard you’ll work to improve your performance. If you happen to not have a job then you’re written off as worthless! Because according to capitalism, you’re not contributing to society! 

Okay I’m going to go off on my own here, there are almost no jobs left which are contributing to society, most of corporations work by actively exploiting the said society + their workers, so by having a job more often than not you’re helping a corporation exploit people or you’re getting exploited yourself or both, even in situations where you’re serving people you’re either representing a company or getting abused by the very people you’re trying to accommodate thus accepting emotional abuse in order to survive. Capitalistic values are not real! The mere idea that money and capital could ever have a value over human’s lives, over their time, their mental health, the quality of their lives is ridiculous! Being born in a world where your life automatically doesn’t matter until you can prove yourself profitable in some way merely to stay alive is a dystopian nightmare. 

My point is, capitalistic values are based on the idea that human lives don’t matter, only money matters, rich have absolutely no problem leaving the poor to exploitation and death if that will get them more money! And it’s happening all over the world and the worth of human life is starting to equal to how much profit are they capable of bringing to a company, if not their life, then their death is more valuable. If it takes making people mentally ill, pressured, stressed, overworking themselves, losing valuable time, lowering quality of their life, scaring them, threatening them to make money, capitalism will do it. As will abusers. 

I’m having real trouble getting to my point here, if you try to challenge capitalistic values you immediately get thrown “this is the real life” in your face like in real life human lives actually don’t matter because capitalism says so - well I say differently. Humans have value way beyond being useful. Humans are not to be controlled, disciplined, taught to obey, forced to work for someone else’s benefit. This is only going on because it benefits certain people and they will try very hard to keep this shit going on and they will blame it on everyone and everything and present completely wrong picture of why people are sick and dying. This system benefits abusers above everything and will blame victims for everything as well. But there’s value in us outside of the system. There’s value in being human even when you’re not used and exploited. Your free time matters. Doing what you like matters, even if it’s not profitable. You don’t have to be excellent in what you do for it to matter. Resting isn’t losing time. You’re not worthless if you don’t have a job. You’re not worthless no matter what you can or can’t do. And no matter what abusive families or capitalism or rest of the world say. 

Better Man: Chapter 5
  • I’m 5 vodka cranberries in and I am unstoppable. 

Pairing: Hux x Reader

Words: 1158

Warnings: I mean, mostly just language. And like, this chapter doesn’t have explicit smut in it but y’all should keep in mind that a great deal of this story revolves around smut so it’s not at all for anyone under the age of 18. Like, any of it. 


“Goodnight, pet,” he says, leaning forward and kissing you on the forehead.

You’re asleep before he makes it to the hallway


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Breaking down the ingredients in Flat tummy tea

Disclaimer : Whatever you do, do not take this tea while pregnant, breastfeeding or if you have diabetes.

The official website claims that their Activate tea will help you increase your metabolism, give you an energy boost and get your digestion ready to start the day, supposedly leading to a flat stomach. Step two is the Cleanse tea, which they say detoxifies your intestinal track and claims to get rid of toxins and reduce water weight. This is supposedly to keep you flat stomach. They also say that most women that use the product start to feel a difference within the first few days.

Flat Tummy Tea Ingredients:
Activate Tea -

Peppermint: One study (done in Iran) has claimed it could potentially improve your performance during exercise. This might mean you work harder during your workout and burn more calories. So you will still have to actually do exercise for this to work.

Lemon Balm: High doses of purified lemon balm extracts were found to be effective in the amelioration of laboratory-induced stress in human subjects, producing “significantly increased self-ratings of calmness and reduced self-ratings of alertness.” The authors further report a “significant increase in the speed of mathematical processing, with no reduction in accuracy” following the administration of a 300-mg dose of extract. Makes you calm to the point of slow processing. This plus high caffeine is not a good combination.

Licorice: mild laxative. Hello Diarrhea! Also has hypoglycaemic effects: Cause decrease in blood sugar levels. This may result in a variety of symptoms including clumsiness, trouble talking, confusion, loss of consciousness, seizures, or death.

Dandelion : (Taraxacum Leaf and Root) diuretic and laxative. It simply means you will pee more and more and get diarrhea. So your body will lose massive amounts of water. So you will feel lighter, but the weight will be back as soon as u drink water. And since your body is dehydrated, your body will conserve more water and you’ll gain more weight. Its also an allergen, so be careful about that if you’re prone to allergies.

Cleavers : (Galium Aparine) increase urine flow to relive fluid retention. Again, you’ll pee more, lose water. will seem like you lost weight, but you won’t. you’ll be dehydrated and weak.

Fennel: It has been said to have the potential to help you decrease your food intake, which may help you regulate your diet. Appetite suppressant. You can just eat fennel seeds for this. This is done in many cultures (Indians have fennel seeds after meals, it is called saunf)

Figworts: a heart stimulant, laxative and diuretic. You’ll pee and poo more and lose the much needed body water. Dehydration coupled with increased heart rate is not a great combination.

Green Tea : high level of antioxidants and caffeine. Causes high heart rate and metabolism. Might help u have more energy for exercise, something you can get from normal coffee or tea. also the levels are too high, will cause high blood pressure and heart damage in longer run. Most people can’t tolerate this high amount and feel very uneasy and mimics a panic state. Its side effects are commonly related to its caffeine content, which may include nervousness, restlessness, stomach irritation, nausea, vomiting, headache, anxiety, agitation, ringing in the ears, and fast heart and breathing rates.

Caraway: For fragrance.

Cardamom: For smell and taste.

Cleanse Tea -
Senna:
It is claimed to have laxative qualities, which may be why it is used as medicine for constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and haemorrhoids. As it may flush out your system, Senna might only result in temporary weight loss. According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, the potential side effects of senna use may include abdominal pain and discomfort, cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, and diarrhea; excessive use can lead to potassium depletion and other electrolyte abnormalities, which can trigger muscle spasms and an abnormal heart rhythm.

Peppermint: One study (done in Iran) has claimed it could potentially improve your performance during exercise. This might mean you work harder during your workout and burn more calories. So you will still have to actually do exercise for this to work.

Cassia: This ingredient they do not give details about. This can refer to just cinnamon, which is for smell and flavor. Or the Cassia in senna, that’s explained above.

Chamaecrista: Again the description for this is vague. There are several species of this plant and I’m not sure why they are using this in the tea.

Licorice: mild laxative. Hello Diarrhea! hypoglycaemic effects: Cause decrease in blood sugar levels. This may result in a variety of symptoms including clumsiness, trouble talking, confusion, loss of consciousness, seizures, or death.

Caraway: For fragrance.

Dandelion: (Taraxacum Leaf and Root) diuretic and laxative. It simply means you will pee more and more and get diarrhea. So your body will lose massive amounts of water. So you will feel lighter, but the weight will be back as soon as u drink water. And since your body is dehydrated, your body will conserve more water and you’ll gain more weight.

Rhubarb: Rhubarb leaves contain poisonous substances, including oxalic acid, which is a nephrotoxic and corrosive acid that is present in many plants. Humans have been poisoned after ingesting the leaves, a particular problem during World War I when the leaves were mistakenly recommended as a food source in Britain. The toxic rhubarb leaves have been used in flavoring extracts, after the oxalic acid is removed by treatment with precipitated chalk. Rhubarb contains anthraquinones including rhein, and emodin and their glycosides (e.g. glucorhein), which impart cathartic and laxative properties. It is hence useful as a cathartic in case of constipation.

Summary: 

Basically, ingesting senna and other laxatives in this tea, is going to make you have go to the bathroom… a lot. And afterwards you’re going to feel lighter because you have successfully emptied out the entire contents of your intestines. While pooping out a pound or two might seem like an activity that’s innocent enough, the laxative process isn’t usually quick or painless. As ridiculous as it sounds, trips to the bathroom can take hours to complete after senna use. It’s why you’ll find warnings like “ensure you have ready access to a toilet during the day until you know how your body reacts to the tea" on nighttime detox teas. During this window — and let’s call it a window for lack of a better word — users are likely to experience cramps, stomach discomfort, and diarrhea. The U.S. National Library of Medicine claims these are expected side effects of senna, but they also state: “Don’t use senna for more than two weeks. Longer use can cause the bowels to stop functioning normally and might cause dependence on laxatives. Long-term use can also change the amount or balance of some chemicals in the blood (electrolytes) that can cause heart function disorders, muscle weakness, liver damage, and other harmful effects.

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The creative warm up

Have you ever seen an artist warm up before painting? Or a writer warm up before sitting down to write?

Me neither.

Athletes warm up before a game by stretching or performing systematic motions repetitively, almost in slow motion. A batter swings a weighted bat on the side of the field before stepping to the plate. Basketball players shoot hoops while running back and forth along the court before the game starts.

Warm ups are low level activities that do precisely what they imply: warm up the body for an activity.

For creative workers, both the body and the mind are what need to be warmed up.

The likes of dancers and musicians must provide their body with some type of warm up, particularly stretching. But what about the artist or painter? What should their warm up consist of?

Again, the purpose of a warm up is to energize the parts of the body or mind that will be active during the actual work or performance. For a writer, the warm up should activate the fingers and wrists as well as the imagination and focus abilities of the mind.

Putting your keys over the keyboard and typing gibberish can be an effective warm up for writing. For example, I often use free writing for a good 10 minutes before I sit down to write anything actually worthwhile.

Those few minutes of writing get my brain into a mode of thinking that is hard to get out of once I get going. No longer am I worrying about what to write or where to write, the warm up gets me in a mood where I know exactly what my purpose is in that moment: to write.

What’s your warm up? I think we so often worry about the work that needs to get done or the task at hand that we fail to realize we even have a warm up (or desperately need one).

You probably have one you regularly perform without even realizing it. To improve your work, take notice of what you do before you do creative work. There might be something there you can improve or need to change that you didn’t realize before.

What matters is that you have a warm up, that you realize you do, and that you embrace it and tweak it every time you sit down to work.

What’s your creative warm up?

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