You slept in and are late for work. It is wet outside and you do not have an umbrella. Your head is aching and you cannot think straight. You have no time for breakfast and no doubt will now get caught in traffic and be delayed further. Worse still, you forgot to get cash from the ATM, you have little petrol in the car, and you are fed up with the Government, your nosy neighbours, and the corner shop which never stocks what you need. And you cannot stand the rain and the fact that it is mid August and there has been very little sunshine or the way that many shops forget to give your receipts these days.
Does this sound like you? If so, watch out! You are well on the way (if not already there! ) to becoming a complainer. You are not seeing the glass as half full but three-quarters empty. Even when the sun is splitting the rocks you are telling yourself (and all who care to listen ) that it is too hot and the grass needs water. You have an unhappy knack of zoning in on all that is wrong with your life and the world and focusing all your energy on it. When people leave your company, they feel burdened and wonder how in 10 minutes flat the life blood could be sucked out of them through a simple social exchange.
Most of us complain at some stage and of course, some of us are better at it than others. If you are looking for things to complain about you will find many. It is easy for whinging to become a habit and for people to not even realise that they are doing it. It might be passed off as venting, letting off steam or just having a good old fashioned grumble. We might think that releasing our stockpile of minor irritations and frustrations in this way is beneficial and will in fact, make us feel good.
But experts say that expressing negativity tends not to make us feel better and warn that it also has an adverse effect on those unlucky enough to be in the vicinity when we are having a rant. It appears complaining is bad for our moods and that of those around us. The problem with a negative behaviour such as this is that it is usually unproductive (the exception to the rule is what is termed as instrumental complaining whereby you have a legitimate issue to air and voice it with the intention of achieving change, ie, the messy state of your teenager’s room, noisy neighbours keeping you awake with all night parties, etc ) and can quickly become habit forming. It is all too easy for excessive grumbling to become an integral part of our daily interactions with people and for it to become a platform for releasing general dissatisfaction rather than an instrument for problem solving or human connection.
Upset by little things
Patrick McKeown, the Moycullen based author of “Anxiety Free – Stop Worrying and Quieten your Mind” says becoming aware of how frequently we complain is the first step to tackling the issue. Ask yourself are you constantly whining about one thing or another? If you are unsure how you rate on the complain meter look back over your day and try to count the number of times you moaned about the weather/ your partner/boss/children/job?
“Watch how often you are unhappy with what is going on in your life,” he outlines. “Become aware of how little things upset you. The more thoughts that you have running through your head, the more you get upset and frustrated by little things.
“In every situation, you can always find something that is not how it should be. Children might be running around while you eat at a local cafe. Your partner might snore at night. The toilet seat might have been left up every time you use the bathroom. The coffee pot might be left on the counter every morning and might have left a stain. The weather is bad. The economy is in recession. You are stuck in traffic. Finances might be a little low. The shower leaks. Your neighbour is an ass.”
Writing in his book, he explains that complaining keeps you in a constant state of turmoil as you do not want to accept the reality of the moment.
“You wish it to be different. Complaining is when you are not prepared to accept the current situation and you want something else. You are rejecting what is.”
He says you have four options:-
1. Accept the situation.
2. Remove yourself from the situation.
3. Change the situation.
4. If the time is not right to change the situation “drop the story and wait for the time to be right,” he advises. “Everything changes and this will change too. It is as it is.”
Reasons why you should stop complaining
1. It fosters a negative attitude. If you do not believe this, then go find a happy complainer. You will be hard pressed to come across a whinger with a winning smile and a hearty laugh who is always the life and soul of the party. Instead, whiners are generally the ones with vacant seats either side of them. Complaining tends to make us focus on all that is wrong in our lives and with the world in general and leads us further down the path of negativity.
2. Remember misery loves company. Start a misery conversation and soon those around you will be contributing and the mood will drop. By focusing frequently on the negatives we direct other people’s attention to them.
3. Complaining will not change your circumstances. All the grumbling in the world will not turn your life around if you are unhappy with some aspects of it. Taking action is what is required.
4. It is not attractive. People tend to avoid moaners like the plague because they drag down your mood and dampen your spirit. It is not enjoyable spending time with people who never see the silver linings in clouds.
5. It narrows our focus and vision. Complaining by its very nature shuts out the positive, the possible, and the achievable hence limiting rather than broadening our horizons.
Five ways to beat the complaining habit
1. Be a good gardener of your mind, recommends Patrick McKeown. A mind that is observing is an unsuitable environment for complaining to take root. A lack of awareness is the perfect breeding ground so be vigilant.
2. Watch out for triggers. Do you tend to complain more when you are tired, hungry, angry or overwhelmed? Are you more prone to it in the morning, afternoon or evening? Or maybe it is at the weekend that you release all the week’s pent up frustrations? Be aware of what sets you off and then watch your words. When you feel a whinge playing on your lips think twice before airing it. Ask yourself what you will gain from venting? But maybe your complaining is not usually triggered by anything in particular, you could be one of life’s serial whingers? Maybe you do not even realise you are a mega moaner? (Hopefully after reading this you will ).
3. Take small steps. Start as you mean to go on. If you want to break free of the complaining trap then aim to achieve this in stages. You will not wake up one day and suddenly be blinded by the blue sky overhead and see the world solely through rose tinted glasses. Try setting aside a time each day when you will be particularly mindful. Aim to get from breakfast to coffee break time without complaining. This grumble-free time will allow you to concentrate on something positive, such as setting goals to change the issues in your life which are no longer serving you well and which may be at the root of all this whinging.
4. Reward mini successes. As you becoming increasingly aware of your thought processes and achieve longer periods without mindless complaining be sure to treat yourself in recognition of reaching this milestone. Have tea with a friend, go to the cinema, book a pampering session, buy a fragrant candle.
5. Do not begin conversations with a complaint. This is a cardinal error. You may be making huge strides but sometimes even the best intentioned get waylaid along the way. A negative start to any conversation tends to set the tone for the rest of the exchange so instead try to be cheery and spread a little sunshine.
TrackTown Summer Series adds coed 4x400m relay, exhibition hurdle race
EUGENE, Ore. – Need two more reasons to head to Hayward Field on Friday night to enjoy the inaugural TrackTown Summer Series, a scored four-team competition featuring 22 Olympic athletes?
How about this:
Oregon’s Devon Allen, the reigning Pac-12, NCAA and U.S. Olympic Trials champion in the 110-meter hurdles, will go head-to-head against former Duck Johnathan Cabral in an exhibition match at the meet. Cabral, a member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic team, and Allen’s training partner, has a PR of 13.35 in the 110m hurdles, while Allen set his lifetime best of 13.03 in becoming the first collegian to win the 110m hurdles at the Trials since Renaldo Nehemiah (Maryland) in 1980.
This will be the last stop for each hurdler on the Road to Rio.
In another new development at the TrackTown Summer Series, meet organizers announced today that the men’s and women’s 400-meter races will be replaced by a coed 4×400-meter relay race. The four teams are as follows:
· NEW YORK – Vernon Norwood, Novlene Willams-Mills, Chris Giesting, Kendall Baisden.
· PHILADELPHIA – James Harris, Phyllis Francis, Kyle Clemons, Claudia Francis.
· PORTLAND – Mike Berry, Monica Hargrove, Dontavius Wright, Ebony Eutsey.
· SAN FRANCISCO – Najee Glass, Robin Reynolds, Lalonde Gordon, Shapri Romero.
The concept of a coed relay has been around for a long time, but this is reportedly the first time that professional track and field athletes will actually compete in such a race at historic Hayward Field.
Here is the revised competition schedule:
5:15 p.m. – men’s and women’s 4-mile road race. 6:30 p.m. – women’s pole vault (east runway). 6:33 p.m. – men’s triple jump (west runway). 6:35 p.m. – women’s 100m hurdles. 6:50 p.m. – women’s 3,000m steeplechase. 7:05 p.m. – men’s 100m. 7:10 p.m. – men’s and women’s shot put (east ring). 7:15 p.m. – women’s 100m. 7:25 p.m. – women’s 800m. 7:30 p.m. – men’s high jump (west apron). 7:35 p.m. – men’s 3,000m steeplechase. 7:53 p.m. – men’s 800m. 8:00 p.m. – women’s long jump (west runway). 8:10 p.m. – men’s 110m hurdles. 8:18 p.m. – men’s 110m hurdles match race. 8:24 p.m. – women’s 1,500m. 8:35 p.m. – men’s 1,500m. 8:50 p.m. – men’s and women’s mixed 4x400m relay. 8:55 p.m. – team trophy presentation.
The meet begins at 6:30 p.m. at Hayward Field. General admission tickets can be purchased at Hayward Field ticket booths on the day of the meet: $15 for sections A-D in West Grandstand; $10 for all other sections; $25 Family Pass for 2 adults and 3 kids; $5 Youth (ages 2-17); children under 2 years old are free.
Ninkasi beer will be served at concession stands and kids will be allowed on the infield to watch the field events. Here is the link for youth registration: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084fa4aa29a7f58-youth.
For more information, go to tracktownsummerseries.com.
Information for this story provided by TrackTown staff.
High Performance Breathing Technology Runners Win Two Gold Medals at IAAF World Indoor ChampionshipsHigh Performance Breathing Technology Runners Patrick Feeney and Chris Giesting paced their four man team in the 4 x 400 metre relays for Team USA over two days to win the Gold Medal in the IAAF World Indoor Championships and nearly break the world record.
PORTLAND, OREGON (PRWEB) MARCH 29, 2016
High Performance Breathing Technology Runners Patrick Feeney and Chris Giesting along with National Indoor Champion Vernon Norwood, Kyle Clemons, Calvin Smith and Elvyonn Bailey of team USA displayed a memorable performance in front of a sell-out crowd at the Oregon Convention Center for the IAAF World Indoor Championships held March 19 and 20, 2016.
Team USA finished with a 3:02.45 win, the third-fastest time ever indoors, just 0.33 seconds shy of the world record they set two years ago in Sopot, Poland. Bahamas (3:04.75) and Trinidad and Tobago (3:05.51) produced national indoor records to complete the medalists.
Chris Giesting, when asked about High Performance Breathing Technology and the Oxygen Advantage stated, “Since adopting the program in September it has improved his overall health, increased the threshold at which he was able to train in order to accomplish more during a single workout providing the edge of margin to separate himself from his competitors.”
Giesting, the fastest leg runner in the heats, produced a superb run (45.34) to build up an unsurmountable lead in the third leg of the finals as Norwood took the baton with the clock at 2:17.47.
Patrick Feeney, when asked about High Performance Breathing technology stated, “After a couple of weeks working with High Performance Breathing Technology’s Oxygen Advantage program I have been sleeping better than ever and feeling much more calm and relaxed. It has helped me focus on the race at hand, trust my training and get my mind right for the best times I have ever run.”
Mark Andrew Zwartynski, Managing Partner of High Performance Breathing Technology, stated, “The combination of Founder Dr. Martin Denbar’s Airway Management strategy and Patrick McKeown’s Oxygen Advantage has introduced the newest natural program to improve athletic performance and be an alternative to certain illegal banned substances, the latter for which we are very proud of.”
Silver went to the Bahamas; Bronze was won by Trinidad & Tobago with Jamaica finishing fourth.
The combination of Dr. Martin Denbar’s Airway Management Strategy and Patrick McKeown’s Oxygen Advantage has won Gold and is an alternative to certain illegal banned substance for which we are very proud of.
Indiana Pacers Former Athletic Trainer and Director of High Performance Breathing, David Craig, Inducted Into the 2016 National Athletic Trainers’ Assoc. Hall of FameDavid Craig, LAT ATC, longtime Head Athletic Trainer for the NBA Indiana Pacers and Director of Athletics for High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC will be inducted into the 2016 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN AND AUSTIN, TX (PRWEB) MARCH 15, 2016
David Craig, LAT ATC, longtime Head Athletic Trainer for the NBA Indiana Pacers and Director of Athletics for High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC will be inducted into the 2016 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.
David graduated from Purdue University working under the legendary William “Pinky” Newell. After working summer camps with the NFL’s Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings, David spent the next 35 years as the Head Athletic Trainer for the NBA Indiana Pacers. During his time with the Pacers, David was part of two ABA championship teams.
“I am excited to be recognized by my colleagues and inducted into the prestigious NATA – National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame,” stated Craig. “I want to thank my family and friends who have made it possible for me to practice as an athletic trainer for 45 years. Special thanks go out to the Indiana Pacers where I was the head athletic trainer for over 35 years. It has been an enjoyable career and I still enjoy being an athletic trainer.”
“We champion the outstanding contributions of David and his constant commitment and passion for the athletic training profession,” says Chuck Kimmel, ATC, NATA Honors & Awards Committee Chair. “We recognize and celebrate him as a member of the tremendous class of 2016 and all he has done to support NATA, its wide reaching programs and the members it represents.”
David was the first president of the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association and in 1993 won the organization’s “Professional Clinician/Athletic Trainer of the Year” Award. In 1995, he was inducted into the IATA Hall of Fame. He served as the athletic trainer for the Eastern Conference in the 1985 and 1996 NBA All-Star Games. In 2001, he won the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. In 2003, he was named the recipient of the Joe O’Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award and served as the athletic trainer for the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo.
David received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue University. In 2004, he served as one of the athletic trainers for the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team in Greece and continues to work with several USOC teams. David was also honored as a distinguished “Sagamore of the Wabash” by the Governor of Indiana.
David serves as Director of Athletics for High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC – “The Oxygen Advantage”© and as athletic trainer for many USOC teams, collegiate and professional athletes as well as the general public.
I am excited to be recognized by my colleagues and inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. Special thanks go out to the Indiana Pacers where I was the head athletic trainer for over 35 years.
Patrick McKeown of High Performance Breathing Technology Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and Full Member of the Physiological Society (UK)Patrick McKeown M.A (TCD) FRSB, author of “The Oxygen Advantage” and General Partner of High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC has been honored with the election as Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and Full Member of the Physiological Society (UK).
AUSTIN, TEXAS USA (PRWEB) MARCH 08, 2016
Patrick McKeown M.A (TCD) FRSB has been elected as a Fellow (FRSB) into the distinguished Royal Society of Biology and has been elected as Full Member into The Physiological Society (UK).
“I’m delighted to announce that the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) has confirmed that our esteemed BPI Chairman and colleague Patrick McKeown is to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB),” stated Alan Ruth, Chief Executive Officer, Buteyko Professionals International. “This is a very significant achievement and honour for Patrick as Fellow is the society’s highest grade of membership. To be elected a Fellow, an individual must have made a prominent contribution to the advancement of the biological sciences.”
This designation professionally recognizes those who work in the life sciences at a high level. According to the Royal Society of Biology, “Chartered Status is recognized as a hallmark of excellence in both the UK and the European Union.” More importantly, it provides credence to the importance of optimal breathing for health and sports performance.
“I am delighted to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and honored as well to achieve the status of Full Member of the Physiological Society (UK),” stated McKeown. “It is with great appreciation to become a colleague of a group of such highly accomplished scientists.”
Typically the kind of individuals who are eligible for Fellowship are professors of biological sciences at universities or directors in industry, or those whose contribution to the advancement of the biological sciences is deemed to be equivalent.
Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology also qualifies Mr. McKeown for the designation Chartered Biologist (CBiol). This designation professionally recognizes those who work in the life sciences at a high level.
In addition, elected as a Full Member of the Physiological Society (UK) is the society’s highest category of membership and like the Royal Society of Biology, the Physiological Society has stringent eligibility criteria for this, their highest category of membership.
I am delighted to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and honored as well to achieve the status of Full Member of the Physiological Society (UK),” stated McKeown. “It is with great appreciation to become a colleague of a group of such
Hybrid Sports & Science Executives Form International Firm – High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC“More speed, stamina, better mental acuity, injury prevention and drug-free alternative to doping.” http://www.highpbt.com
AUSTIN, TEXAS USA (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 17, 2016
Veteran Sports and Science Executives have formed a new international sports performance company named High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC. The brainchild of Dr. Martin Denbar, a forty year experienced Dentist and Diplomat (17 years) of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas A&M University School of Medicine, High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC is a company combining two innovative therapeutic protocols: Dr. Denbar’s improvement of one’s airway management, most importantly during competition, exercise, sleep and Patrick McKeown’s “The Oxygen Advantage”© program bringing year round high altitude results when training at sea level. The group specializes in addressing dysfunctional breathing and simulating high altitude training to improve speed, stamina, mental acuity and injury prevention for athletes of all levels. HPBT also provides a drug-free alternative to the use of certain illegal banned substances in all sports. http://www.highpbt.com
Patrick McKeown M.A. TCD is an award winning author with over fifteen years’ experience. A Director of Training and Education for Buteyko Clinic International and an International Practitioner and author of seven publications including his latest “The Oxygen Advantage”© published by Harper Collins Sept. 2015, brings the expert knowledge of working with over seven thousand athletes/clients supported by over 300 independent research studies to round out the program.http://www.oxygenadvantage.com
The firm has been assembled by longtime sports and entertainment executive and published author Mark Andrew Zwartynski, Chairman of GP Capital Partners, parent company of The Mark Andrew Group. Mark Andrew brings thirty years of senior level sports and entertainment industry experience, twenty years with the Indiana Pacers and the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association.
Gregory Carter M.D. PhD of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center serves as the Director of Medicine for HPBT. Dr. Carter is also on the staff of the Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at St. Paul University Hospital and Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program of UT Southwestern Medical Center.
David Craig LAT ATC serves as the Director of Athletic Training for HPBT after 35 years as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA and a part of two ABA championship teams. The first president of the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association, he was named the “1993 Professional Clinician/Athletic Trainer of the Year” and in 1995 was inducted into the IATA Hall of Fame. David was Head Athletic Trainer for the 1985 and 1996 NBA All-Star Eastern Conference Teams, a winner of the Distinguished Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association and the 2003 recipient of the Joe O’Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. David works with many USOC member teams.
Mark K. Sullivan serves as General Counsel of High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC and oversees all international legal matters. Mark is a 2014 Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. He was named one of Indianapolis’ Top Lawyers by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as well as an Indiana Super Lawyer and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers.
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