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 Psychology Of Coupons

September 13, 2014 at 4:29 am

coupons.jpgCoupons have become a mainstream option for consumers everywhere. While discount coupons and deals have always been around, their transition to the Internet and online retail sites have made them even more accessible to customers looking for great deals and bargains. In the past, coupons had to be clipped from newspapers, magazines, and other publications, or obtained from catalogs or mailed flyers. But now, you can easily browse for coupons on the Web and use them online or in-store.

What is the appeal of coupons anyway? Historically, consumers have always loved bargains, and coupons make consumers feel like they are saving on their purchases. Some discounts are big, some are too insignificant, but it does not really matter all that much when you are using a coupon or promo code for your purchase. All that matters is that you feel like you are saving money.

Coupons also give shoppers a sense of exclusivity and being an insider. Many retailers and manufacturers use coupons to give loyal shoppers access to deals, items, products, or services that are not available to the general public. The feeling of being given access to a secret purchase or deal is too attractive for many consumers to pass up. People like to feel like they are part of an inner circle or group, and coupons certainly cater to this feeling.

After the recession, many people have become more conscious of their spending and are trying to be as resourceful as possible. Many coupons and online promo codes certainly provide savings especially for bundled services or products. Even just a couple dollars off of a purchase over a period of time translates to a significant amount which can be used for other important expenses, so coupons certainly have their part in helping consumers who want to save more money.

Another reason why coupons are popular these days is they have become very accessible through technology. You no longer have to bring a stack of coupons with you when you shop at your favorite store or eat at your favorite restaurant. Your coupon can be saved on your smartphone or tablet. There are also establishments or retailers where you can arrange your coupon savings ahead of time online, so all you have to do is show up and the savings are automatically applied to your purchase.

Popular coupons such as Tires Plus coupons found here combine different services or products that are beneficial to customers in order to deliver the most value. The best coupons are those that not only offer the consumers savings on popular items, but also the chance to try newer offerings at a lower cost. This also allows customers to get the most bang for their buck through bundled value products and services.

In order to get the most from coupons, you should bookmark several reliable coupon sites on the Web and regularly check on updates. Many coupons are available for a period of time (month-long validity is the norm), and then new deals or promos may be available the next month. You can also go directly to the web site of the retailer or establishment and see if they also offer printable or downloadable coupons on the site itself. Of course, always read the terms and instructions so you know the information about using the coupons for your purchases.