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Surprising Stress Relievers


We all know that drinking a cup of tea, getting a long overdue pedicure and pampering yourself with a full-body massage can do wonders with your stressed-out self. But we are giving you a few more tips on how you can lower your stress levels.

Epsom Salt

If your feet are tired from walking all day, soaking them in a solution of water and Epsom salt can relieve the muscle pain, removes certain odors and softens your feet. For added spa-like experience you can try adding flower petals. Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral from water. It is commonly known as magnesium sulfate. Epsom salt is used for cleansing and exfoliating skin. It is also effective in treating minor sprains and bruises.

Acupressure

Acupressure can relieve stress by using massage techniques to target key points on our skin’s surface. It is also very effective in relieving headaches as well. You can massage the spot where your head hurts or you may ask a family member or your partner to do it for you. Massaging your palm and your inner arm can also help calm your tired nerves.

Lemon, Lavender and Mango

Try sniffing these and feel more relaxed. They contain a substance called linalool which is the chemical found to change brain chemistry and reduces one’s stress.

Bubble Gum

Believe it or not, chewing a gum can increase your alertness and helps quell your anxiety. It also lowers the stress hormone cortisol. However, make sure you choose a sugar free gum.

Quiet Time

Stay in a quiet place, sit down while you relax your shoulders and flop your arms. Starting with your feet, try to relax each muscle as you breathe slowly and deeply. You will feel stress slowly melts away.

Turn Up the Music

Recent studies have shown that listening to music can have a positive effect on stress. But you don’t have to listen to Mozart if he’s not your favorite. Choose the best music that can calm your nerves down and listen at a reasonable level. Scientists say that the music’s beat is the one that calms us down as it imitates our mother’s heartbeat when we’re still in the womb.

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Curing Insomnia sans Sleeping Pills


Perhaps a lot of people opt to use sleeping pills in curing their problem with insomnia. Yes, sleeping pills offer instant results that will automatically make the person sleepy when using it. But there are a lot of harmful side effects associated with the use of sleeping pills. It can cause dependence and some people who took it never woke up again especially when mixing it with alcohol.

The best way to fight the problem of insomnia is by using the natural approach. These methods do not offer side effects and give lifelong effects to the person affected with insomnia. Here are some of the ways to cure insomnia sans sleeping pills:

  • Change your lifestyle. If you are used to sleeping at 2 A.M. because of too much television, then surely you will have a hard time having your eyes feel tired and sleep at 9 P.M… Establish a sleeping time and try to follow it as much as possible. This will help your body get used to the sleeping time you have set.
  • Make your bedroom as cozy as possible. Remove all the clutter that will make sleep less comfortable. Clean sheets and good smelling linens surely do help in helping you make sleep.
  • Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and sodas especially during late afternoons because these drinks will not help induce you to sleep. Smoking also does the same effect as these drinks; these will keep your eyes wide open until the late hours of the night.
  • Remove all electronic devices that can disrupt your sleep. Set your phone on low volume or have it vibrate whenever there are messages. Tell your friends and family member not to give you a ring not unless it is important especially if you have problem with sleeping.
  • Avoid drinking and eating too much three hours before bedtime. Visits to the toilet can disturb sleep and being too full can lead to another sleeping disorder like sleep apnea.
  • Do not bring work issues at home. Free your mind from all the stresses that can give you worries at night. Your bedroom should only be a temple for sleep and not for work related things.
  • Distress yourself. You can either exercise or have a good massage. Relieving all your stresses is very important to sleep well at night. As a matter of fact being worry free s very important to induce a good night sleep.

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Brain Exercises to Improve Brain Strength


A healthy body starts with a healthy mind. No matter how hard you exercise and spend so many hours on the treadmill, when there are a lot of things that bother you, yes you will lose weight but not in a pleasing way. With dieting you will have the body you have always desired to have but when there are many problems that you are always thinking of, you will still not look great. The mind is just as important as the body. But oftentimes we forget to give importance to it. We try to concentrate more on doing things to make our bodies the healthiest it can be. Yet, we forget to do simple things for our brain.

While there are a lot of known exercises for the body, there is limited information on what are the ways to keep the brain to function well. For all those who want to love their brains, here are some of the ways on how to improve brain strength:

• Read. Reading exercises the brain and it helps boost the brain’s power. Aside from the knowledge that you will get from reading, it helps sharpen your mind. Those who love to read have lesser chances to have memory loss as compared to those who do not love reading at all. There are no specific topics that you should read to increase brain strength. Just reading your daily newspaper is already a good start to boost mental alertness and power.

• Play mind games like Sudoku and crossword puzzles. Challenging your mental capability will help you gain brain strength. Just like a long distance walk will keep your body stronger over time. Mind games help retain mental alertness and sharpness and will help prevent premature memory loss that is very common now a day.

  • Learn to play a musical instrument. When you continuously challenge yourself to do things you never did, it is a good way to exercise the brain. Constant challenges are like hurdles that will make your brain stronger and your memory sharper which is specifically important as you grow old.
  • Do yoga. While yoga is good for the body, it is specifically good for the brain too. It helps balance things out and is good to release stress.
  • Massage. It helps relax the body and of course one’s mental health. It helps release tension and stresses that can affect the brain’s proper functioning. A stress free brain and body will function better as compared to those who are in constant problems.

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Beating Depression with Exercise


Life is not always perfect. And whether we like it or not, we will always encounter problems even if we try our best to avoid having them. These problems can be from the workplace, the community we are in, and relationships with people close to you. Whenever these problems arise most of us feel depressed especially if everything seems do hard for us to bear. Some even lose their sanity and breakdown when problems hit them.

All of us have different ways in copingwith depression. Having ways in handling stress and depression is very important to function well in our everyday dealings. Others cope with depression by eating their favorite food like chocolates to make them feel better, some go the spa to feel relaxed and rejuvenated, there are also those that go on trips to keep them away from the problems they are facing, and majority just sleep to suppress all the negative emotions they are feeling.

All of those methods are good in beating depression especially because all of us have different ways in coping. But one of the best ways in handling depression is by doing exercise. Most of us may not think that it is possible, but in actuality exercise is very effective for people who have depression to feel better. Here are some of the reasons why exercise is the best in beating depression:

  • Exercise help normalize the cortisol hormone which is known as the stress hormone in the brain. Too much of this stress hormone can lead to high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels. With exercise, this hormone is kept in a normal level so that it can’t affect the body in a negative way.
  • Exercise helps boost self esteem especially if one achieves his goal like walking 2 kilometers in a given time. But in the long run, a person who is depressed because of the way he looks especially those who are obese will eventually have the body that he always wanted because of exercise. Exercise is really a self esteem booster.
  • Exercise will help a person battling from depression to socialize and meet a lot of people. In this way he will be able to ease the feeling of being alone especially now that he has new found friends to share life with.
  • There are also people who are depressed because of them having poor state of health. But with exercise, their goal of becoming healthier individuals will be materialized making them beat their depression.
  • Exercise helps people find balance and contentment. It helps the brain to function well especially when dealing with emotions so those who exercise regularly handles stress better as compared to others who don’t so depression is prevented.
  • Exercise is good for the body and when one exercise it is like hitting two birds with one stone. It is not just your mental health that gains benefit from exercise, your body does too.

So the next time there are problems that bother you, just exercise to beat all the negativities that haunt your inner self.

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How to Effectively Cope with Less Sleep


In order to be healthy and to function well, all of us need uninterrupted sleep for at least eight hours daily. Sleep is very important to help the body rejuvenate and heal itself from all the activities that it went through the day. It is also thru sleep that the body gets to rest and to regain strength for the following day’s activity.

Although sleep is very essential for all of us to have, sad to say, at times because of several reasons we cannot complete the required amount of time for sleeping. Factors like stress, too much caffeine, alcohol intake, too much activity, using of illicit drugs, and some diseases can all lead to poor sleeping habits in a person. Without sleep, we tend to be cranky, week and irritable.

If ever you suffer from insomnia or lack of sleep, do not worry much. There are things that you can do which will help cope with less sleep. The following are some of the tips on how to effectively cope with less sleep:

  • Have a cold shower! Do not believe on old wives tale saying that taking a bath when you have less sleep will make you sick. A cold shower helps wake up the senses and will instantly give you the energy to start the day.
  • Drink coffee. Coffee is one of the major reasons why most people are not sleeping well at night. But it is also good for people who lack sleep because it keeps the body active and awake. Just make sure that you won’t drink hours before bedtime so that you would not be repeating your bouts of difficulty in sleeping.
  • Find the sun. When we think about daytime we always have the sun in mind. When you had poor sleep quality the night before, expose yourself in the sun because it is like an energy booster and an indicator that it is a brand new you day and whether you like it or not you need to get up.
  • Try to be active. It may be hard but in order for you to have energy; you need to wake up your senses. In going to the office, try using the stairs rather than the elevator. Doing simple exercises before officially starting your day will serve as energy booster even if you have less hour of sleep during the previous night.
  • Pamper yourself. It is given that your body is tired because it was not able to get the hours of sleep needed, so make ways to do extra effort to pamper yourself. Have a massage or treat yourself for a sumptuous meal. These things will help your body regain energy.

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Get Rid of Tired Eyes Now


The eyes are one of the most important parts of the body. We need our eyes to function well in school, at work, and in performing all our daily activities. However our eyes can have eye bags, appear red, look puffy, and have the eyelids looking heavy. When one feels these symptoms it means the eyes are tired.

A person can have tired eyes due to a lot of factors. The major contributor to this is stress, when the body is exhausted, so is the eyes. Other factors that contribute to having tired eyes are aging, diet, lifestyle, and pollution in the environment.

To those suffering from the unwanted effects of tired eyes, you can actually get rid of them. There are easy steps to follow to have your tired eyes beaming with energy and vigor. Here are some of them:

  • Cut cold cucumber and potatoes and place them on your eyes. Let the slices stay on your eyes for ten to fifteen minutes. This serves as cold compress that helps relaxes the eye’s nerves. This method has been used for ages to soothe tired eyes and irradiate eye bags or dark circles under the eyes.
  • Used tea bags can also be used as cold compress for the eyes. These tea bags are placed on the freezer for about ten minutes and then put on the eyes for fifteen minutes. The tannin component of tea is effective to reduce swollen eyes. Tea bags are good alternative if potatoes and cucumbers are not available at home.
  • Spoons can also be used to relieve puffy eyes. Place the spoon in the refrigerator for about one hour and then place it your eyes. It helps eyes rest and appears less puffy.
  • If you spend whole day facing the computer or television make sure that you have at least an hour to rest your eyes from looking at the monitor. Not resting your eyes can cause eye strain that will not only give you a tired eyes appearance; it can also affect your vision.
  • Have high intake of fruits and vegetables. They are good sources of vitamins and minerals that are very good for the eyes.
  • Always find time to do different relaxation techniques. It would be best to have one day in a week to treat yourself for a good massage, do your favorite hobby, or exercise. Stress is the number one contributory factor why a person’s eyes appear tired.
  • Sleep! This is the best method to treat symptoms of exhausted eyes. Thru sleep the body rejuvenates itself and eliminates harmful elements that the cause unwanted effects to the body, tired eyes included.

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Headache Triggers You Should Avoid


Having a headache is one of the most uncomfortable feelings that you could ever have. When it attacks, it can cause you great discomforts making you less productive from your daily activities. Headaches can be worst when they recur from time to time even when you are already taking pain medications. When this happen your day can really be spoiled and in turn you function less than what is expected of you.

There are certain things that when we are exposed to can trigger a headache, especially if you are already diagnosed to have migraine (severe pulsating form of headache), the usual symptom of the condition is a throbbing headache that is mostly accompanied by episodes of nausea and vomiting. Being exposed triggers mean that you have great chances of getting a headache, so it is essential to get rid of them.

The following are the most common headache triggers that you should avoid:

Coffee

The caffeine content in coffee can lead to headache. Coffee is one of the most common foods that can trigger headache especially when taken in large amounts during the day.

Hotdogs, Salami, Corned Beef and other processed meats

Processed meats have nitrates used for preserving the meat. Nitrates are substances that can cause headache. Those who are diagnosed to have migraine are always advised by their doctors to avoid eating processed meats because surely it leads to headache.

Foods with MSG

Asian dishes are known to be added with MSG because it helps enhance the food’s flavor making it more palatable and tasty. MSG has contents that can trigger headaches.

Chocolates

Chocolates are one of the most common causes of headache because it is everyone’s favorite dessert and even some of us can’t afford not to have a bite after a meal. Chocolates contain caffeine which also makes it a headache trigger.

Smoked and Salted Fish

These foods contain lots of nitrates that make a person bound to have a headache.

Stress

It cannot be denied that this is a major factor that leads to headaches. When the body is fatigued and pressured, it will feel symptoms like having a headache.

Medications

Headaches are common adverse reactions to medications you have been checking. It is normal to have headaches that are tolerable when drinking medications, but when the pain is unbearable see your doctor immediately. You may be sensitive to the medication causing you to have headaches.

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Reasons Behind Your Unexplained Weight Loss


Most of us are dying to lose weight all our lives. Getting into the body we want seems to be a daily struggle especially if you have been dying to get into the body that you want. But that is not always the case; there are just some people that are blessed to have slim figure while others are bound to become plump and have full figure.

Although most of would be happy if we lose weight, there are those who do not. This is because they are losing weight without them knowing the reason why. These people did not do special dieting and spent time doing extreme exercises on the gym. This is a scary thing because losing weight unexpectedly may signal that something is wrong within you. When this happens you must see your doctor and have your condition assessed the soonest time possible.

Here are the common reasons behind your unexplained weight loss:

  • Increasing Age

As one ages especially when is already in old age, he is more prone to lose weight unexpectedly because his sense of taste is not as good as before. The elderly have lesser appetite because they do not taste food as palatable as before causing them to lose weight.

  • Hyperthyroidism

When the body’s hormones are not functioning well like when a person has hyperthyroidism there is a great chance that a person will lose weight unexpectedly. This is because during hyperthyroidism that the thyroid gland overly secretes thyroid hormone causing a person to exhibit symptoms like weight loss.

  • Diabetes Mellitus

The condition happens when the body is unable to produce insulin which in turns increases the levels of blood sugar in the body. Sudden weight loss is one of the cardinal signs of the disease together with extreme thirst and frequent urination.

  • Parasites

Parasite infestation is not just for children but can also affect adults too. When a person eats food that goes through minimal or no cooking at all he can acquire parasites like tapeworm and whipworm that can thrive inside the gastro-intestinal tract. These parasites absorb the nutrients from food so a person then turns thinner.

  • Stress

This one of the most common reasons why a person losses weight. When the body is in too much stress, appetite for food and sleep is lessened leading to weight loss.

  • Cancer

When one has cancer, the body’s cells are not functioning that well anymore especially if there is a tumor already. The tumor is the one who gets all the nutrients that is found on food making a person left with minimal nutrients for the body.

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