Reducing Anxiety At Home

October 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm

anxiety.jpgYour home should be a sanctuary where you can relax and wind down at the end of the day. Stress and anxiety, however, can disrupt your enjoyment at home if you do not know how to manage them properly. For a start, you can take this anxiety self test to determine how stressed you are and what the main factors causing this anxiety are. Factors that cause anxiety at home should be pinpointed, and once you know the cause, you can figure out a way to effectively control these causes so your goal of a serene and worry-free home can be realized.

 

Here are a few tips that can help minimize your anxiety while in the privacy of your home:

 

  • Secure your property. Nothing causes anxiety or worry more than being uncertain about the security of your dwelling. To ease your mind, explore appropriate safety and security systems that can protect you and your family at home. These may include electronic home alarms, security systems and access controls, surveillance equipment, etc. Simple issues such as malfunctioning garage door or broken windows or locks should be dealt with right away for your peace of mind. You can use a garage door repairs guide  if you feel you are skilled enough to do the repairs on your own.
  • Prepare for emergencies. If you know you are ready for untoward eventualities, you will be more at ease and prepared. Basic emergencies to prepare for include fire, inclement weather, or other acts of nature such as earthquakes. Have a regular inspection of your fire exits, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or sprinklers. Train all family members on who to call, where to go, and what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Learn to relax. Anxiety is often triggered by a mind that is overworked, fatigued, and needs a time out. When you are at home, set aside a time where you can just let your mind and body relax. Various relaxation techniques you may want to look into include breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or body massage. During your relaxation time, keep potential distractions such as mobile phones and other gadgets away, and make sure you are in a quiet area.
  • Eat right, drink right. When your body is getting the right nourishment, you wiill also be more capable of handling anxiety and stress triggers. Eat meals that are well-balanced and provide your body with the proper nutrients you need for your lifestyle. Avoid too much caffeine as this could lead to more anxiety for some people and can lead to caffeine dependence as fully discussed here. Keep your body working properly through proper hydration, or at least 7-8 glasses of water daily.
  • Get some exercise. Exercise triggers the release of hormones in your body that are relaxing and put you in a better mood. This can help ease anxiety while also keeping your body strong and healthy. Exercise at home can be as simple as using the treadmill or stationary bike, or you can invest in other home gym equipment if you have the extra room for it.
  • Read, listen to music, get creative. When you are allowing your creative imagination to appreciate good books, music, or art, you are also helping to manage anxiety and focusing your mind on something else other than what triggers the stress or anxiety. Build a library of books, e-books, or audiobooks that are positive, inspirational, and enriching. Listen to music that is soothing and relaxing when you need to calm down. If you know how to play a musical instrument, play that instrument or invite friends over to jam with you.

The Health Benefits of Travel

October 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

healthytravelHere’s one more reason to pack that bag and book that ticket! You know that you’ve always wanted to see the world. Travelling would make you more well rounded, cultured, and open to accepting global ideas. But did you know that it could also make you healthier?

A 2013 study by the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies has shown that travelling rewards a person both cognitively and physically, according to the LA Times. The benefits you derive from it are similar to when you do a crossword puzzle or you visit a museum. So what exactly are the health benefits of travel?

 

1. Lesser chance of early death

Big revelation: People who go to vacations every six years have a higher chance of getting heart attack than those who travel twice a year. Everyday life can be monotonous and stressful, so why not take the chance to leave it behind for a while? Stress increases the risk of heart disease by 40%, heart attack by 25% and stroke by 50%. Leave the office and go out of town. Your salary will be useless when you’re dead.

 

2. Better sex

Another big revelation: A third of leisure travelers admit that they have more (and better!) sex while traveling. With stress left behind and responsibilities momentarily out of the window, couples enjoy their sex life with less guilt and more excitement.

Want to improve your relationship with your spouse? Travel together. It’s a more effective way to spark the romance again between you two. How exciting would it be for you and your partner to go somewhere where you have the freedom to drive your off-road vehicle just like the Jeep Brute shown here? Drive to your heart’s content and see the outside world. It will be good for your heart, and for your marriage.

 

3. Your body needs the break

As you travel and change your routine, it keeps your body and mind from stagnating. A break from the norm allows the body to replenish and repair itself. The Mind and Body Center at the University of Pittsburgh released a study that indicated that leisure activities lead to lower blood pressure, positive emotional levels and less depression.

 

4. Stress reliever

It’s no secret that Americans are stressed. It isn’t surprising, seeing as America as a country do not know how and when to relax. Occupational stress, as elaborated here, affects about one-third of workers. A survey by stress.org indicates that the average time off per year of a US employee is 10 days, plus 8 of the national holidays. And still studies say that most of them leave their vacation days unspent. You know how much time French people have off? Seven weeks. That’s 49 days, 31 whole days more than the Americans. Spain and England even requires 30 days of vacation to their employees. No wonder Europeans always seem so happy.

 

5. Your kids will be happier

It isn’t really a direct health benefit to you, but seeing your kids happy makes you happy as well, right? Children form great memories in vacations, and these memories are the ones they remember, more than birthday celebrations or other special occasions. Vacations bring families together. It is indeed true that the gift of experience is way much better than material gifts. Visit this page to get some suggestions in regard to the best adventure and experience gift ideas.

 

The US Travel Association even launched a massive campaign last 2013 called The Travel Effect. This multimillion-dollar research and marketing campaign want people to know that scientifically, pleasurable experiences derived from travelling have numerous health benefits. If a group of scientists spend that much money convincing you to travel, you know it’s good for you.

The Importance of Teaching Body Parts to Little Girls

October 14, 2014 at 6:41 am

Puberty and adolescence is never easy. It’s that awkward stage everyone undergoes while growing up. You aren’t an adult yet, but you’re not a child anymore. Biologically, your body is growing but it isn’t in proportion yet. So there’s a chance that your trunk is longer than your legs, or vice-versa, which is a nightmare for any teenager just wanting to fit in.

What many may not realize is that it’s almost as uncomfortable for the parent as it is for the teenager. It might be especially difficult for first-time parents of the opposite gender. You know as parents that it’s your duty to at least start the lessons on body knowledge and body image, but it’s understandable that you can lack the confidence to do so. It’s been a while since you were a teenager, and you might already have forgotten the problems and drama of that period in your life.

Nonetheless, it is important to teach your little girl about her body parts as soon as she can understand. Here are a few reasons why:

 

1. That Harry Potter Quote

Which one? “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself”. While we may not necessarily fear our private parts, teaching children about the correct term for their body parts will let them know that it is not criminal to talk about it. Vagina is not an offensive term, and there is nothing wrong with using this word.

 

2. More Appropriate Than Vulgar Slang

Teaching your daughter the proper names of her body parts will teach her that it is alright to use these terms when this is the topic of discussion. She will inevitably hear vajayjay, cunt, pussy, and the other words listed here but when she always hears that you use the proper terms in conversations, she will imitate you. That will save her from having to use inappropriate terms in conversations with other children (or adults).

 

3. You Become Yoda of the Body Parts

Children think their parents know everything. If they start to become curious about their body because they hear their friends use other words, then it’s your cue to establish that you are the right person to ask about these issues. Use this opportunity not only to teach your little girl about her body parts, but also about how she should value her body as well.

 

4. It Will Help With Emergencies

If your daughter suddenly tells you that something hurts “down there”, it can lead to panic. When she tells you her vagina hurts, it can still lead to panic but at least you know where to bring her. You can have an easier time telling the doctor or the nurse what pain she feels and where.

 

All these just show why it’s important that girls are taught about their body parts earlier in life. It is an essential part of their physical, and intellectual growth process. Only if you make a big deal out of it does it become a big deal. If you don’t know how to start, you can use anatomically correct dolls to teach this process. Why not use the American Doll to help you? You can purchase one for a cheaper price using your American Girl Promo Code found in these sites. It will help you teach your daughter not just about her body parts, but about the history of the country as well. You and your child can also watch educational television shows like this, which aims to answer curious questions about the human body.

Charles Darwin: Racist and Sexist?

October 8, 2014 at 4:34 am

charles_darwinDawin’s Theory of Evolution is an issue that divides the human population. You would think that it’s one of the most hated theories of all time, but if you read this article, you would be surprised as to how many people lend support to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Whether or not you accept that homo sapiens sapiens come from a line of primate ancestors, for sure you’ve heard of the Evolution Theory that discussed the origins of human beings. These theories are part of science curriculum in high school and college, and among the most renowned contributors to evolutionary studies is Charles Darwin, English naturalist and geologist.

He is best known for his five theories: evolution, common descent, species multiply, gradualism and natural selection. Yet although he is listed as one of the most influential thinkers in Western history, some historians have started to pose the question of whether Darwin discriminated against people of other nationalities,and women in general. Readers have reviewed Darwin’s writings and have found fault between the lines. Was Darwin really a racist and sexist?

Toward the end of the sixth chapter of his book The Descent of Man, Darwin wrote:

“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”

Sloppy readers have interpreted this as Darwin saying that the civilized races should exterminate the savage ones, and that evolution will result to the extinction of the negro race. But as with misquotations, this paragraph is taken out of context. Darwin’s point is that breaks are formed by extinction, and his theory of missing link is once again brought up. It is clear to those who study his writings that his theory specified that all human races must be equally evolved.

Did he view women as a lower class? In the same book, Darwin wrote:

“The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shown by man’s attaining to a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than can woman – whether requiring deep thought, reason, or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands. If two lists were made of the most eminent men and women in poetry, painting, sculpture, music (inclusive both of composition and performance), history, science, and philosophy, with half-a-dozen names under each subject, the two lists would not bear comparison.”

Considering that Darwin lived in the 19th century Victorian Era, it is not surprising that he thought women were a weaker species. That does not make it right, but he had the same mindset of those in his time – that men are larger, stronger and better than women. Almost everyone in that age, after all, would be considered as sexist and racist in today’s standards. You can visit this website to learn more about women’s status during the Victorian era.

Darwin’s works can be read and misread, which might also be because he didn’t feel the need to explain every concept of his work. His terms aren’t as distinct from each other, which might give some students the feel that he uses his terms interchangeably.

Articles like these will continue to bombard your web feed and will always make you question history as you know it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing of course. If all the accessible research methods in the modern world can teach us one thing, it is that we should not accept a serious-sounding fact to be immediately true. Question everything, and know that science is always evolving. After all, at one point in history, scientists thought the world was flat and ships going to sail on uncharted waters might sail off the edge.

You don’t need to wait for anyone to write concise articles about topics you want to learn about – you can easily do your search on websites and watch science TV shows. With a stable Internet connection, a colossal amount of information is at your hands. Having problem with faulty Internet? Contact the Xfinity Phone number found in this page and talk to any available customer representative to solve any connection issues immediately.