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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Get Rid of Stress by Gettting Away!

The ancient yogis knew that one of the best ways to beat stress and regain balance was with a retreat. And modern science has confirmed this. In fact even the act of planning your vacation reduces stress levels and increases happiness. Research studies have revealed that happiness levels rise for up to 8 weeks after planning a vacation (Journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, Feb 2010) and (Van Boven & Ashworth, 2007). Planning something fun and anticipating a break in daily routines is powerful stress relieving medicine!

Here are five more good reasons to take some time off:

1. Improve relationships: Spending enjoyable time with people you care about helps build stronger relationships and gives you the bond of happy memories. Vacation memories often last a lifetime!When we look back on our lives some of the most special moments are from vacations!

2. Learn a new hobby. A vacation could just be the context to learn how to play golf, deepen your yoga practice, scuba dive, take a cooking course, learn to write a novel, etc. Not only would this be fun but you would be developing a hobby that could be a great stress reliever when you get back home. A great tool to help you deal with stress on a regular basis.

3.Avoid burnout: Taking regular time off to relax will make your more productive, healthier and less likely to experience burnout. You'll be better able to handle stress and become more resilient as well.

4.Increased creativity and problem solving: Getting away from the daily routine allows your mind and body to relax. New surroundings and experiences trigger creative problem solving and new perspectives. New ideas and solutions to old problems can more easily come to mind.

5.Enhance longevity: Studies show that people who do not take regular vacations have a shorter life span and a higher rate of heart disease than those who do. Many people don't take their vacation time - don't let this happen to you! You have worked for it and you deserve it. Besides you will be much more efficient at work once you have rested. Remember, even the best armies need rest after a few days march.

So what are you waiting for? Plan some time off now – even a long weekend away will make a world of difference in the way you feel! Another great idea is blend some time off with a healing modality such as yoga. In this setting your will combine the healing aspects of yoga with all the other benefits mentioned above. You'll have time to think, gain perspective, regain balance and re-energize. And you'll have lots of fun too!
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Connecting Your Mind, Body, And Spirit For Overall Happiness

You may be wondering what people mean when they mention having a “balance” in life. Usually this refers to being in a position in your life where your mind, body, and spirit are in a state of unity and tranquility. This may sound to some, like a case of metaphysical mumble-jumbo, but the simple fact is that life at its very core is made up equally of these three things and we must keep them in balance or we will have major complications in our lives. The three parts of you must work together and must exist in harmony or your life will not be as happy and full as it should be.

So how does one go about finding this balance? How can you achieve a harmonious tranquility amongst your mind, body and spirit? One way is to become a Buddhist, move to Tibet and spend the rest of your life filling your days with contemplation, meditation, reflection and study of life. This does not sound like your cup of tea (pardon the pun)? Then maybe your should try a simple process of connecting back with you. This is not as hard as it sounds and can be done with just a mild amount of effort every day.

The first thing that you need to do is get the body back into proper working order. This doesn't mean that you have to spend 24/7 in the gym and look like one of those body building freaks you see at 3AM on ESPN 5. All you have to do is get your body back into the condition that nature intended it to be, this means getting to your proper weight, reducing the unhealthy habits that you have such as smoking, drinking and fast food and taking better care of yourself generally.

When it come to the mind, the best way to get it back into proper working order is simply to take a few minutes each day to clear your head and put things in their right perspective. Many people suffer from stresses and fears that are unfounded when the actual facts of the situation are looked at in the right perspective. You should try to keep a positive mental outlook at all times. I know that this sounds easier than it really is at times, but that's part of the process. You need to train yourself to be in control of your mind and not the other way around.

The last part is a little more complicated than the first two, but at the same time, its also the easiest in some ways. The truth of the matter is that the spirit is the driving force of our lives, it is where the basic element of who we are comes from. The best way to get your spirit in check with your body and mind is to simply make it a point to find ways to enjoy life. Take the time to connect with the people and activities that matter most to you. In this way the spirit will draw strength and heal itself. You can have a “balance” in your life, you just need to make the effort to decide each and every day to do so.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

All That You Need to Know About Mental Health, To Stay Sharp As a Tack

Many people today are not aware of the fact that they are suffering from poor mental health,

until it is way too late for them to do anything about it. The reason for this is because these

people are not always aware of mental issues that may be affecting them. There are several things

that a person needs remember when it comes to mental health. Firstly, many times an issue like

depression will remain quiet until it strikes you or a loved one. By the time it is noticed, it

has most times become an issue in which immediate attention will be required for the person to

make sure that they get the help they need. Acting quickly is essential to getting the best

prognosis for an effective recovery.

Depression is a condition that ruins a persons life without them even knowing it. While there are

symptoms that may indicate a person that is experiencing depression, there is no clear universal

sign of depression. There are several medications that are available that will allow a person to

have a lot better mental health. These medications are great in the treatment of depression and

as a result can get a person back into the swing of life quickly.

There are a few more things that you can do when it comes to making sure that you are as healthy

mentally as you can be. One thing is to use the power of meditation in your daily life, this as a

result will help to make sure that the quantity of stress in your life is reduced and that you

are at top mental health. Meditation is a wonderful and great exercise that can relax the mind

and allow you to repair any damage that may be done as a result of stress.

Aromatherapy is wonderful in treating many mental disorders and bringing a persons overall mental

health to descent level. There mere scent of an aroma oil can take you to a happy place and allow

a person to experience the relaxing effects that the oil offers. There are also several types of

candles that are designed to do the same thing.

Mental health is an issue that needs to be taken seriously. Many people are unhealthy mentally

and are unaware of this fact, the reason that they do not realize it is they ignore their body

talking to them. Taking care of your body is one of the most important things that you can do.

Many times your mental health can affect your overall health. When you are not at the best

mentally that you could be, there are physical disorders that can affect your body.

There is a connection between the health of your mind and the health of your body, when one is

off, the other will suffer as well. Take care of your mind, after all it is the only one that you

have. Develop a sense of balance and live a positive life. That will reflect back to you.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Women's Infertility: The Causes And How They Can Be Treated

First, let’s understand what is infertility?

Infertility in women refers to the inability of a woman to conceive and hence give birth to a baby.

The chances of a woman getting pregnant are only 30% during a particular menstrual cycle. Not only that but even when the conception occurs, only 50 – 60% of the pregnancies progress pass 20th week. This inability (in fecundity) can be because of abnormalities which can cause miscarriages.

The Causes of Infertility

There are a number of medical conditions that can contribute to infertility in women. These may be due to physical incapacity, physical defects or some kind of functional faults. These disorders hamper ovulation, damage the fallopian tubes or may cause some hormonal difficulties.

Infertility can result from bad health of the woman because of some ailment. The physical defects which result in infertility can be of the reproductive organs and the genitals can be present at the time of birth or it can also be accidental, which can further lead to deformity or slumped womb, rigidity of the hymen or disintegration of the fallopian tubes.

Certain psychosomatic factors like tension, emotional stress, anxiety, mental depression, and fear can also lead to what is called as psychosomatic infertility. But such conditions are mostly temporary and they can be corrected by using psychotherapy.

Here is a list of some of the medical conditions which can cause infertility in women:

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): The PID is one of the major reasons accounting for female fertility all over the world. The Pelvic inflammatory disease is caused due the infections which are caused by bacteria that can affect the female reproductive system.

These bacterial infections occur due to:
-Sexually transmitted diseases

-Tuberculosis of the pelvic region

-Abortions in a non-sterile environment

-Rupturing of the appendix

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is an abnormal growth of the cells normally lining the uterus, to the other areas, thereby, causing irregular bleeding and pain. These cells are mostly non cancerous.

The cysts that arise may cause infertility in many ways, such as:

-They interfere with the release of the egg from the ovaries.

-They can block the passage of the eggs in the fallopian tubes.

Uterine Fibroids

Tumors in the uterus are very common in women, who are in their 30s. These tumors are called as Uterine Fibroids. These fibroids damage the lining of the uterus which may further result in change in the position of the cervix, or blockage of the fallopian tube or distortion of the uterus shape, thereby leading to infertility.

Early Menopause

This is a very rare but unexplained reason for infertility. In some women, menstruation stops quiet early than the normal age. It is only assumed that the regular supply of eggs gets depleted.

There are certain other problems that can also lead to infertility:

-Scarring of the uterus or abdomen
-Inborn abnormalities
-Drinking, smoking, alcohol and drugs

Treatment for infertility

One of the very important formulas to treat the infertility is a healthy life style with planned sexual activity and managed emotions and stress.

For Pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis an in-depth report on the causes and the diagnosis should be done. This should be followed by the treatment by a surgery, or drugs or may be both.

To repair the blockage of the fallopian tubes, surgery can be done.

Drugs like gonadotrophins and clomiphene can be given to induce ovulation.

Techniques like intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) or vitro fertilization (IVF) can be used.
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5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO LOSE WEIGHT NOW

Do you find yourself just going around in circles when it comes to losing weight? You know you should lose those pounds but you really do not know quite how to do it. Here are some tips to help you to get going and take action today. Make today the day you will lose that weight and keep it off.

The first two questions to ask when you decide to drop those pounds are….

• How can I decrease my calories? This seems simple enough, eat less and you will decrease your calories right? Well this is true but there is a little more to it than that. There are some ways to eat less and still not feel hungry all the time.
o One trick is to drink plenty of water with your meals and give yourself smaller portions. You will actually eat less in this way as you will be filled up by the water.
o Cut out the junk food: you will put fewer calories into your body by simply replacing junk food with fruits and vegetables and replacing sweet juices and sodas with water.

• How can I burn more calories: there are two ways to do this; exercise and nutrition…
o To speed up your metabolism drink more water: this will clean your system and improve your digestion, which in turn will speed up your metabolism
o Eat 6 small meals per day rather than 3 large ones: This will also increase your metabolism.
o Eat more fiber: doing this will fill you up and aid your digestion, which in turn will help to make you burn calories faster.
o Any exercise will burn calories: it is wise to include in your routine a combination of exercises like; squats, abdominal exercises, shoulder presses, chest presses, and rows

Five things you can do today are….

• Change your eating habits: use the suggestions above and you will see the difference.

• Drink more water: as seen above this will have a dual action of filing you up and speeding up your metabolism.

• Exercise: You can do an intensive exercise routine as mentioned above or just walk, jog, swim or cycle, depending on your physical condition. You can always resort to a static bike which you can use while watching your favorite TV shows. This is very effective because I speak from experience.

• Cut down your stress: stress is one of the hidden barriers to weight loss. If you are stressed out your body goes into a flight and fight mode and will not let you lose those pounds. Therefore it is very important not to get stressed and tensed when trying to lose weight. If necessary try some stress management tactics to cut down your tensions and find resolutions to your problems. You will find that this tactic alone will not only help you to lose weight but improve your overall health.

• Sleep properly: lack of sleep will also make you feel tense and you will not be able to lose those pounds. Plus you will not be able to exercise as well as you will be feeling tired and listless.
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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Wuld A Total Gym Benefit You?

Have you been searching for the perfect piece of exercise equipment that can give you all the

results that you need without having to invest in many different pieces of equipment? If so, then

you should know about the Total Gym. This piece of exercise equipment can be used to help you

meet and exceed your fitness goals. The best part is that you won't need to invest extra money in

other machines. This one machine takes place of a whole room of equipment and cost me a lot less.

The reason this product is named the Total Gym is because it is an accurate descriptor. It really

is like a gym in one piece of equipment. This is of great benefit. Consider the money that you

will save by buying a single piece of exercise equipment as opposed to room full of it. In

addition, with this you can also save a ton of space. Not only is a single machine, you can even

fold this unit up and store it in a closet or even under a bed. It's that versatile. This unit

actually fits under my bed with room to spare. Plus I don’t need help folding it and sliding it

under. I can slide this out before work, do my workout and slide it back in a fraction of the

time it would take me to go to the gym.

One thing that many people face when exercising is boredom. They become bored with their routine,

and ultimately may stop exercising. This doesn't have to be the case with the Total Gym XL. With

this machine, you will receive workout DVDs, as well as a flip chart and a wall chart. With these

materials you can ensure that you will have the option of varying your workout with tons of

different exercises that will be available to you through the instructional and reference

materials that are included. I like the step by step plans that help me stay motivated.

Another benefit of the Total Gym is its ease of use. It has been designed to allow the user to

easily change the level of resistance, add or remove attachments or add or remove the cable

pulley. This ensures that you will have a workout where you can stay on task with a minimum of

downtime. I like that it takes up so little space but still offers so many different work outs. I

don’t need extra help to adjust it to the next routine. I can also workout with out any spotters.

One other benefit is the fast results you can gain by using this piece of equipment. What better

way to keep yourself motivated than to make gains within the first thirty days? Not only that,

but many users describe the workouts as fun and motivating. With this product, you will use your

own weight as resistance and you can slenderize and tone your body or gain muscle. In addition,

you can get an awesome cardio workout.
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How Disable People Are Living Happy Independent Life

There are numerous preconceived views globally with regards to people suffering from disabilities

which unfortunately have created negative attitudes as somebody that has a living disability are

seen as defective and sickly persons. Most people see disabled persons as being a burden to their

families and also themselves thinking that they solely rely on others charity.

Disabled living is a philosophy and many disabled persons work showing self determination along

with self respect and ought to be given equal opportunities. Not until the late 1960’s did

organizations form by disabled people themselves to promote the concepts of integration,

rehabilitation and normalization for those with a living disability.

Independent living of handicapped persons would not entirely imply that they desire to carry out

everything on their own and that they do not need assistance and want to reside remoteness. It

means that independent living for the disabled requires choices as well as control in their

everyday lives which plenty of people take for granted. The decisions that disabled people must

take into account everyday are a part of their scheduled routines which take much more time and

effort to carry out. By using mobility equipment they are able to drive or catch trains and buses

and attend school or work normally like they are ordinary people and should be recognized and

loved for who they are.

A living disability does not mean that this handicap needs to be monitored by professionals night

and day. Many of the disabled are quite capable of attending normal schools and universities and

can handle working within normal environments even though they may rely on disability equipment

or disability products does not mean to say they have a disabled brain capacity.

Actually there are the ones that are afflicted by sever disabilities or are severely handicapped

and cannot by any means attend to themselves along with not being effective at working or even

comprehending their surroundings plus a disability of this nature requires constant care and

typically some people are institutionalized. Depending on the individual's disability an income

supplement or even a personal assistant may be required.

Happy independent living with the disabled enables them to control their very own services and

potentially they are free to pick among competing providers which in turn allows the handicapped

to live on with dignity among their community. You will find various support groups run by

disabled people who mentor other handicapped people showing them how to assume responsibility for

his or her own lives and demonstrate to them the way to develop coping strategies. These people

are shown how to run their ever day lives when preparing for disabled living.

These centers and organizations work along with regional and local governments which raise

awareness as well as improve the infrastructure and prohibit discrimination and also segregation.

Over recent years disabled living awareness and action continues to be acknowledged through the

entire globe ensuring the safety, health and well being of disabled persons. Happy independent

living for the disabled is mostly a philosophy of care and services promoting dignity and

independence.
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