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20 Relaxation Techniques to Totally Destress

Monday, February 20th, 2017

99% of the World is Stressed Out!

Stressed Out WomanIt seems like every time life is looking up, something nasty happens. This is a pattern I have noticed over the past 20 years. Just recently I was laid off from my contract position at a global trading management software company. That’s 20-25 hours a week of revenue gone, kaput, vanished, and ceased. Now I have to balance working on client projects with finding a new job or more contract hours.

Just when I think my family situation is going well, my parents or my son’s mom does or says something stupid, people get mad and fight, and I end up right in the middle of it. Just when I think my financial situation is getting better, I get hit with several thousands of dollars worth of bills that I wasn’t anticipating. The cycle never ends. Is everyone else’s life like this? I would venture to guess that for 98% of the people in the world, this is exactly how life transpires.

How to Combat Stress

  1. Take a deep breath and blow it out slowly, repeat at least 10 times. Now realize that you have power to control your life.
  2. Be aware that you always have a choice with both emotions and work. Sometimes you need to let your emotions out but still stay in control.
  3. Say something positive to yourself as soon as you wake up.
  4. Start every day with reflection on the previous day, focusing on positive accomplishments and events.
  5. Set goals for what needs to be achieved in the day then write a to-do list. Steps to consider when writing your to-do list:
    • Know your limits and be realistic about what you can accomplish in a day.
    • Prioritize your tasks and work to finish them starting with the highest priority (urgent/important).
    • Do your most difficult task at the beginning of the day when you are fresh, thereby avoiding the stress of last minute preparation. Procrastination only facilitates stress!
    • Focus on one task at a time. Multitasking is one reason people feel like they haven’t accomplished anything.
    • Emphasize quality in your work, rather than quantity. A finished quality product is much better than a shoddy one that will have to be fixed later. Microsoft could stand to take a tip like this.
    • Stagger deadlines for large projects. This will help you to deal with less stress at any one time.
    • Schedule personal time-outs. This will allow you to relax and reflect at strategic points throughout the day. You will also be better prepared when an unanticipated task arrives.
    • Delegate some of your tasks to others. Why should you have to do something that someone else is better at?
    • Review your goals and accomplishments at the end of the day. This is soothing and will help you sleep better.
    • Know your limits and do not push yourself too hard or beat yourself up when you do not achieve your goals. If you have unfinished tasks, go ahead and start your to-do list for the following day.
  6. Improve organizational skills. Stress arises from feeling overwhelmed, thus you should get organized by breaking responsibilities down into manageable pieces and by focusing on the things that really matter.
  7. Stop worrying about what you cannot change. This is hard, but it also acknowledged as an important coping mechanism.
  8. Take responsibility for your life. Control your own destiny by deciding what you want and go for it!
  9. You will have more self-confidence and energy if you treat your body right by following these tips:Yoga Girl
    • Eat a healthy breakfast and healthy snacks only. Stay away from sugary snacks by keeping fruit, vegetables, nuts, and high-protein snacks available when you feel like a snack.
    • Drink water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they both contribute to stress in the grand scheme of the day.
    • Exercise a little every day. Endorphins released by exercise can lower stress levels.
    • Eat a small amount of chocolate for more endorphins. A SMALL amount.
    • Use a good vitamin and mineral supplement everyday to keep micronutrients balanced.
    • Get enough sleep and try to get into regular sleeping patterns. Most people need at least 7 hours of sleep a night, kids need more like 10.
  10. Listen to music. Get some aggression out by listening to something heavy, or calm yourself down with some positive and relaxing music.
  11. Use positive self-talk by reminding yourself that you have been in similar situations and that you can get through this one too.
  12. Visualize yourself overcoming a stressful situation. See it and feel it.
  13. Visualize positive things; this does not take long but can help you regain focus.
  14. Develop a sense of humor. I know I have been so stressed out before that I just have to laugh otherwise I will freak out.
  15. Talk to friends. This is one of the most important things, as keeping things bottled up can only cause more stress.
  16. Learn to say no. You can’t possibly do everything you are asked.
  17. Communicate to those around you, that you need a change in communication and situation.
  18. Learn to meditate and let the stress go.
  19. Taking a bath will give you private time and relax the body.
  20. Chew gum. It has been shown that the action of chewing can reduces stress, which is why some people under constant stress tend to overeat. If you don’t like gum, chew on a toothpick.

Body Fat – How to “FairBurn” it Off and Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Whether you want to lose weight, become more fit, feel better, or even add on some weight and muscle, nutrition is key!

Exercise is important and should not be forgotten, but in order to lose and maintain your weight, up to 75% of that will come from proper nutrition, while the other 25% will come from exercise. This is frustrating, confusing, and sometimes infuriating to many because nutrition is a discipline filled with complicated and conflicting information.

Dave and Elyse Fairburn Fortunately, nutrition and your “diet”, over time can become an easy and natural way of living, which is why a couple of my friends created the Fairburn it Off Nutrition & Fitness Plan. When you have a goal, a plan, and some motivation, progress falls right into place.

What is Fairburn it Off?

The Fairburn it Off Nutrition & Fitness Plan was created by husband and wife team David and Elyse Fairburn. Despite David being a certified nutritionist and Elyse being an instructor in the fitness world, they initially struggled themselves with trying to calculate the perfect amounts of food and succumbing to strict diets and several supplements. After finally taking a step back and using what they know and have experienced, they created a sustainable lifestyle nutrition plan to help people lose weight, maintain that weight loss, and not fall prey to some of the very pitfalls that the Fairburns experienced themselves.

The key to the plan is sustainability – the belief that when you simplify healthy living by making your lifestyle healthier and easier to maintain, that you will experience consistent and positive results.  To accomplish this, the Fairburns plans were designed to help you better understand proper nutrition through eating clean, nutrient-packed, whole foods, while still maintaining fitness through both cardio and resistance training. Through sustainability and this balance between nutrition and fitness, you can see positive progress and build new and healthy habits.
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Drink Coffee to Keep Your Brain and Body Healthy

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Drink CoffeeA cup of coffee daily will help you in more ways than you suspect. For example, the daily dose of caffeine can keep Alzheimer’s illness in check, can help reduce cholesterol, protects against dementia, and reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Recent studies have also determined positive effects on performance when consuming caffeine before exercise. Caffeine addiction is real, but is it really that big a deal when compared to all the positive effects?

Coffee Fights Cholesterol

A daily dose of caffeine blocks the disruptive consequences of high cholesterol that scientists link with Alzheimer’s illness. Caffeine equivalent of merely a daily cup of Joe from could protect the blood-brain barrier ( BBB ) from damage that happens with a fat heavy diet, according to a study.

The BBB protects the central nervous system ( CNS ) from the remainder of the body’s circulation, providing the brain with its own controlled micro-environment. Prior research has demonstrated that raised levels of cholesterol break down the BBB that may then no longer protect the CNS from the damage due to blood borne contamination.

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5 Amazing Essential Oils to Slow down Your Aging

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Cinnamon Essential OilsDoes a small streak of gray hair worry you? Are you afraid to smile because the wrinkle would show up on your face? If you’re worried about aging, then you aren’t alone. It’s one of the greatest fears that trouble most adults. Aging is a natural occurrence, but you can exercise control over it by following the right diet.

Here’s a list of food habits to help you have a healthy mind and body.

  • Reduce your wrinkles with argan oil

Argan oil is one of the most effective anti-aging essential oils. This “miracle oil” is obtained from the fruity pulp of the Moroccan Argan tree.  It’s composed of 80% unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, antioxidants, carotenes, and phenols that helps in keeping your skin healthy and youthful.

Using argan oil as a face mask can reduce the early signs of aging. Take a few drops of argon oil and massage your face in an upward motion, starting from your chin. The depth and severity of wrinkles in your face will eventually reduce. You can also see your age spots fade away with the regular use of argan oil. (more…)

Where to Find Health and Fitness Motivation for the New Year

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

New Year Fitness Goals

Happy New Year!There is no telling how many people will resolve to lose weight, get in shape, and pursue better health and fitness at the turning of the calendar year, but it’s a good bet that the number includes most of the people reading right now. After the marathon eating and loafing characteristic of the holiday season, most of us enter the New Year feeling like sloths, and those few extra pounds around the middle are not helping the situation.

This might not be quite enough to motivate you to make a change that will reverse your situation, especially if you’re feeling a little depressed about it already. So here are just a few tips that will help you to find the motivation you need to set goals and improve your health and fitness in the coming year.

  1. The scale

    Oh, man, you can practically hear the scale groaning under you already, post-holiday feasting. Numbers don’t lie, so if you’re actually willing to hop on the scale and take a peek it could be just the motivation you need to get back to the gym. The trick here is not to let the number on the scale dictate your emotional state. Instead, use the number you see to help you set goals, stay aware, and practice positive reinforcement.

    When the number goes up a little, remind yourself that it’s due to the second helping of dessert you had and use that knowledge to make changes. Try to avoid checking the readout daily, as well; obsessive tracking can do more harm than good.

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It’s Hard to be Swole if You’re Drunk

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Athletes drink. A survey that followed 6,000 teens into their mid-twenties found that while young athletes use fewer drugs than non-athletes, they drink far more alcohol.  Beer steins

Fitness buffs, why is this so dumb?

In addition to the obvious short-term health risks — like drunk driving — alcohol impairs muscle growth and prevents muscle recovery. In fact, according to research conducted by Matt Barnes of New Zealand’s Massey University, muscle performance loss was doubled in participants who drank alcohol.

That wouldn’t be a huge deal for a non-exerciser, but it could be a game-ender for an athlete whose future relies on physical fitness. (more…)

24 Best Christmas Movies and Cartoons

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Santa ClausPart of living a healthy lifestyle is getting the proper amount of rest and relaxation. Without rest our bodies can not recover from stress, and we end up getting sick.

One method of relaxation that I frequently use, is watching movies. I personally love the horror and sci-fi genres, but a good comedy is always welcome.

During the Christmas and Holiday season I love to watch the traditional Holiday movies that I grew up with as a kid like The Christmas Story, as well as some of the excellent newer flicks like Bad Santa, and some unpopular films that I personally love like Ernest Saves Christmas.

Updated for 2016!

Warning: some of the videos below (like Bad Santa) contain R-rated content. Don’t view them if you are easily offended.

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The Advantages of Playing Sports

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Everybody Should Know About the Advantages of Playing SportsKids playing rugby

The average person today does not participate in even 10% of the physical activities that his grandparents were “obligated” to perform. Chopping wood, building and tending a garden, walking to destinations, even washing clothes by hand, where daily habits for folks in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Nowadays, modern men and women spend far too much of their time sitting in the office, in their vehicle or in front of the TV. The gestures of everyday life are limited to pressing buttons to generate heat or cool the air, to wash clothes, to go up or down the floors, to cook food. Long live progress and innovation! (more…)

Healthy Diet on a Student Budget (and More Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle)

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

How to Manage a Student Diet

There is still a big misconception that a healthy diet – and a healthy lifestyle – is expensive. For many, buying organic food, high-end supplements and maintaining a gym membership are not always an option. Students in particular often struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Students tend to stay up late and engage in activities that are not necessarily good for the body and mind. The same problems are seen among online students, especially since they have more freedom with their time.

Whether you’re pursuing your bachelor’s degree or taking an online MPH degree while working a full-time job, these healthy diet tips will help you maintain a healthy body on a budget. Let’s get started, shall we?

Don’t Abandon Campus (and Cheap) Meals

Student Diet
There are actually a lot of great meal choices when you’re on a meal plan from the university. The key here is sticking with the meal options that are actually good for your body. Cooked vegetables, omelets and grilled chicken are among the menus you can comfortably go for without breaking your healthy diet.

The same can be said for online students. Since you can now pursue a master of public health degree and various other degrees from home, it is not difficult to prepare your own healthy meals. You’ll be saving a lot on your meals while still maintaining a healthy day in, day out. (more…)

Back to Basics: The Fundamentals of Keeping Lost Weight Off

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The Basic Fundamentals Of Losing Weight And Keeping It Off

Over the years, more and more consumers have discovered the paramount importance of losing weight and getting into shape. An abundance of health complications can be directly linked to obesity. This includes diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure. Unfortunately, losing weight can seem hopeless for a large quantity of the population. It is undeniably much more difficult than the majority of people will ever know and keeping the weight off can be even more difficult. Below, you will discover the fundamentals of losing weight and keeping it off for good.

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Calories In vs Calories Burned

First and foremost, it is pertinent to follow the basics. The concept of losing weight is actually very simple. Individuals only need to consume less calories than they burn each and every day. By following this basic formula, you’ll eventually lose weight. Unfortunately, putting this simple plan into action can be very difficult. Hunger, lack of control, and other factors can get in the way and lead the individual astray. (more…)