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¡°For decades, bad data and
misinformation have fueled the
failed War on Drugs that¡¯s wasted
billions of taxpayer dollars
incarcerating Americans for
non-violent marijuana charges. Our
outdated marijuana policies have
turned everyday Americans into
criminals, strained our criminal
justice system, cost taxpayers
tremendously and torn families
apart - all for a substance that¡¯s
proven to be far less harmful and
dangerous than alcohol.¡±
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, On the House Floor
Gabbard, Curbelo Bill Builds Bipartisan
Momentum Behind Federal
Marijuana Reform
July 24, 2018, Washington, DC: Reps. Tulsi Gab-
bard (HI-02) and Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), along
with the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws (NORML), today introduced bi-
partisan legislation to evaluate states¡¯ marijuana
¡®The Marijuana Data Collection Act¡¯ directs
the National Academy of Sciences to create a
federally recognized report on state-level mari-
juana legalization policies, including both medical
and non-medical use, and their effects on public
health, safety, the economy, the criminal justice
system and more.
The information compiled in the report would pro-
vide scientific data and statistics on the impact of
various marijuana policies on our nation.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also received the NORML
Rufus King Sr. Public Leadership Award for her
outstanding public leadership in marijuana law
reform. The award was presented at the NORML
Congressional lobby day, where activists advocate
for federal marijuana reforms on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said: ¡°For decades, bad data
and misinformation have fueled the failed War on
Drugs that has ruined people¡¯s lives, torn fami-
lies apart, and wasted billions of taxpayer dollars
incarcerating Americans for nonviolent marijuana
up and take note
of how much
better you feel at
Get plenty of
sleep. Don¡¯t
shortcut yourself
here. Without
enough rest
the body and
the mind don¡¯t
perform well.
If you want to
insure burnout,
just continue on
without getting
proper rest.
To do this, most
of us need to
turn off the tele-
vision and go to
bed earlier. Get-
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same time every day is a good way to optimize
sleep cycles. If you don¡¯t sleep well, get help.
Exercise. One of the easiest, if not the best ways
to improve balance in life is to exercise. The physi-
ology of exercise is nature¡¯s antidote to burnout.
It doesn¡¯t matter what you do, just do it. The
cascade of ¡°feel good¡± chemicals that come with
exercise promotes energy and mental clarity, while
washing away many of life¡¯s stressors.
Get out in nature. It seems to be embedded in
our genes somewhere that we need to spend time
in nature. I don¡¯t know if it¡¯s the scenery, fresh air,
crackling campfire, rushing stream, or what, but
there¡¯s no doubt when I need a nature fix.
Combining exercise with nature is just the ticket
to restoring balance and I try to get my exercise
outside walking, hiking, biking, skiing etc.
Eliminate time vampires. Turn off the electron-
ics. Nothing against technology, I love my iMac
and the iPhone is an incredible tool. But like any-
thing, too much of a good thing comes with high
opportunity costs.
Part of our family plan is not having outside televi-
sion, instead opting for a little theatre where we
can selectively watch movies or documentaries a
few nights per week. Our living room is filled with
books, guitars and a piano.
The constant electronic ¡°noise¡± in our lives today
is sucking the life out of real quality time.
Spend time with supportive family and
friends. Get rid of toxic relationships or situations
in life and seek out the ones that lift you up.
The co-worker that complains, whines or gossips
all the time is not adding positives to your life.
That ¡°couch-potato¡± friend will not help you get
healthier. Associate with friends and family that
exemplify good health and a good attitude.
Make time for yourself. The only one who will
make time for you, is you.
I get up about 3 hours before going to work. While
the coffee is brewing I start with a short, 15-min-
ute yoga routine. Then I move on to some quiet,
unhurried time to focus on catch-up work, read,
write articles and such.
It also is my time to exercise and have a relaxed
breakfast with my family.
By 8am I¡¯ve
gotten a lot
done and had
some quality
time for me.
Get out of the
office for lunch
or do something
creative over
the lunch hour.
And when you
get home, again
take a little
time to unwind
and relax even
though you may
have chores and
to contend with.
For me, cooking
is very relaxing,
but I¡¯ll confess
that playing
music every
night is my
Have purpose. Whatever it is, having purpose is
a healthy part of human psychology. It may be a
hobby, sports, or a job you are passionate about.
Having something important to you makes it
rewarding to do. Ambition is a great motivator,
while setting and achieving goals leads to suc-
cess, and that feels very good.
Schedule downtime. It¡¯s ok to do nothing, on
purpose. Sit on the front porch and watch the
clouds go by. Take a 20-minute nap. Do medita-
tion or deep-breathing exercises. At the end of
the day it¡¯s just ¡°recharging your batteries¡±.
Make changes that support balance. If you
are not happy with certain elements in life, then
make a change. Pick one area and start small.
Kaizen is a Japanese term that means ¡°improve-
ment¡± or ¡°change for the better¡±. The key is that
Kaizen emphasizes small but continuous changes.
Again... SMALL changes.
Maybe you are not thrilled with your job because
your heart is not in it. Perhaps you¡¯ve missed
your calling. Talk with your employer about mov-
ing into a position you find more interesting.
Start your own business, or get that degree you
always wanted. If you are willing to work, change
is possible.
The easiest way to add more balance in life is to
focus on the things you have control of. Start that
daily walking routine, learn to play an instrument,
eat healthier, or get more sleep. Whatever it is,
analyze the balance and start tipping the scales
in your favor.
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Staying in balance & avoiding burnout
Burnout is a special kind of stress, best de-
fined as being exhausted and just losing inter-
est in what you do. The physical and mental
effects may lead to cynicism, depression, and
fatigue that can affect one¡¯s health and hap-
piness, as well as relationships and job per-
formance. Avoiding burnout is more than not
working long hours or having a difficult job.
Staying in ¡°balance¡± is the key.
What is balance anyhow? Balance is when
different elements are present in relative
proportions. Balance is what keeps us upright
when we slip. Balance is also a state of physi-
cal, emotional and mental stability. Finding
ways to achieve and maintain balance in our
lives is the key to avoiding burnout and having
a healthy happy life in general.
Patients, and friends, ask me fairly often ¡°how
do you juggle so many things and avoid burn-
out¡±? Here are some tips for keeping burnout
at bay:
Choose to be happy. Attitude is everything.
Time stress, job stress, financial stress, physi-
cal stress ¨C there are no limits to the obstacles
we all face. The obstacles are a given. What
is not a given however, is how we process and
react to these challenges.
Stay positive and you will perform better and
have less to stress about in the first place.
Problem solvers stay cheerful and focused on
positive outcomes. The old saying ¡°whistle
while you work¡± is good advice.
Eat healthy. Our physiology is built to with-
stand a lot. With proper fuel we can withstand
a whole lot more. Eating high sugar, highly
processed, chemical laden foods will lead to
feeling ill. It¡¯s that simple.
You don¡¯t have to be a diet nazi, nor a health
food saint to eat really well. Our diet impacts
how we feel and how we perform. Have the
healthiest breakfast and lunch you can conjure
¡®Marijuana Data Collection Act¡¯
Introduced to the Congress