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Archive for November, 2012

Are you stressed out today?

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Are you stressed out todayStress is a word that we associate our life with every single day. Being stressed is defined as the body’s failure to adapt to its environment. And, when the body is not able to cope up with its surroundings, the results turn out to be drastic. Chronic headaches, muscle and joint pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue and sleep disruptions. When stressed, most of us have this habit of gulping in lots of unhealthy food. Unhealthy snacking is a common thing for stressed people. And, this in turn creates a lot more hazards on your health in the long run- the most common one being obesity. Here are a few food tips that you can have to get relief from stress.

  • Sweet Potatoes: On being stressed, if you are the one who immediately goes on to much the French fries then you are going in the wrong way. Instead try some sweet potatoes that are release a slow and steady source of energy. Consuming these, the blood sugar will not be crashed.
  • Avocados: Avocados are high in fat, still it is good for it is not saturated fat but the monounsaturated kind. Plus, along with a high level of potassium, it is a good stress buster. One of the best ways to lower the blood pressure. Therefore, when stressed it is always good to eat food rich in potassium.
  • Blueberries: Blueberries have a high concentration of antioxidants and can invigorate your senses in no time. Plus, with a high concentration of vitamin C, research proves that it is excellent in dealing stress. And, being high with fibre, they also regulate the levels of blood sugar.
  • Turkey: Turkey contains amino acid tryptophan that releases a chemical called serotonin in the brain and it helps you to keep calm and relaxed.
  • Asparagus: Asparagus has a high content of folic acid and that releases a hormone which directly affects your mood and makes you calm. Food with certain vitamins and minerals will keep your mood steady as they produce the chemical serotonin.
  • Beef: You may find it hard to believe but, beef has got some fab stress-busting properties due to the presence of B vitamins and a high level of zinc. However, it also contains some unhealthy unsaturated fats that can increase the risk of heart attacks and other illnesses. Therefore, it is advisable to opt for leaner cuts. The best way to cook beef is to have it seared from outside and slice it very thin and serve it with salad.

Next time, when you are absolutely stressed and you are just craving to have something good, well here is the list of things to try. Stay healthy and live longer!

By- Angelica Campbell

Is the Emotional Tide sinking you down?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Is the Emotional Tide sinking you downEmotional disturbances are a common problem these days. In the world that we live in today, each one of us at some time or the other have to experience some kind of an emotional abuse. That could be related to a number of things, for e.g. job, kids, career, relationship, family and much more. There are days, when we feel all our emotions have been drained out and you just do not feel like do anything and wish to stay all by yourself. And, the worst thing is that you cannot make out what actually went wrong! You just want to be left alone and not be bothered by anyone. Some people have the ability to come over it, while some find it really difficult to escape from such situations and they simply go on to hibernate in their shells.

 Gradually, you just go on sinking below in this emotional tide and things just move on to get worse and bigger. Just when you are sinking inside the water and you have to fight against the water and force yourself out of it. Similar is the case when you are emotionally disturbed. The more you live in it, the more you seem to drown in it. Thus, we have to learn to fight back and come out of such situations.

A few tips to help you come out of it:

  • Positivity: Be it any situation that you are experiencing, expect a positive outcome. If you live with negative feelings then it is difficult for you to come out of such situations. Redirect your thoughts on positive things.
  • Talk about it: In such situations, you should not shut yourself off from the world. You should vent your emotions to someone you can trust on. Not all can you trust, therefore you should look out for a person with a positive mind who can actually make your feel better. That could be your spouse, Mother, counselor, best friend or even a religious leader.
  • Talk to yourself: Dedicate few hours to yourself and express your feelings by writing down about the situation you are in. You can write things that you are planning to do to resolve the situation you are in.
  • Do something: Do not confide yourself too much and simply lie in the couch doing nothing. Jump out of the bed and go on to try something. Go out and meet out your friends. Plan a movie or a outing. Join in for some voluntary work as these things will get a lot of positivity in you and redirect your energy and time for something good.
  • Exercise: There is nothing better than doing a bit of exercise that can help you to come over your emotional disturbances as they help you to release your stress. A good walk/ run or something like boxing can help you get rid of your frustration.

Well, now what you have got to say? Are, you ready to break off the bad habits and love the body you are in and take care of it. Do not let the tide drown you but you fight back with the tide. Good Luck to all!

-       By Angelica Campbell

Are you a Shopaholic: It’s not too Good to be One

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Are you a Shopaholic It’s not too Good to be OneShop til you drop is the mantra for a lot many people in today’s world. Like alcoholics, even shopaholics are also increasing day on day. Especially, due to the massive explosion of endorsements, door to door campaigns, online shopping, internet shopping and visual communications. And, such stuff automatically induces people to try them. However, there is no harm in trying out new things, but one should know where to draw the line and put an end to it. All of us shop for different reasons but a shopaholic buys due to the instincts that triggers them like coming over their anxiety levels or may be spending their extra time.

However, there has been an extensive research to know more about the behaviour patterns of shopaholics. And, these are a few points to mention:

  • A high degree of impulsion
  • Incapable to deal with negative feelings.
  • Urge for excitement
  • Being deprived of feelings in childhood days.
  • Craving for being approved
  • Keen to fill up the inner void
  • Effort to gain control

 Furthermore, the credit card culture has aggravated things more by facilitating people to shop without funds and allowing them to pay later. In addition to this, global trading, easy cash available, consumerism, malls and various products available at your door step are some of the other causes of addiction.

How to find out if you are a shopaholic?

  • When you go out to shop just pair of shoes and you come back home buying 3-4 shirts, bags, perfumes, chocolates and probably even the chunk jewellery looked quite tempting.
  • You already lots of stuff cluttered at your place and you again go on to shop the similar kind of stuff. Probably some of them you have not even used them.
  • Most of the time, you are looking out for offers, sales, discount options, different colours of the same dress that you have, accessories to match your outfit.
  • Spend time shopping online, subscribe to emails and magazines for updates.

If you are doing any of these above mentioned things, well then that means you are a shopaholic. However, there are a few remedies that can help you overcome this problem. They are:

  • Cut of your credit card into pieces, else burn it to ashes.
  • Block your emails from all kinds of subscriptions that update you on the latest offers, discounts and sales.
  • Try to suppress your urge to shop by doing something else instead like take a walk, go the gym, learn a new language, read, listen to music and a lot more things are there that you can go on to try.
  • Postpone your purchases. Learn to wait!
  • If necessary, seek counseling or in fact go shopping for a friend who is not addicted to shopping.
  • De-clutter the things that you have not used for a long time. You can even offer it to people in need of them.
  • Develop new ways to manage your emotions.

Actually, the point is that our heart and mind are our guides. The heart always tempts to do it whereas the mind being logical and guides us to that is possible. While shopping, must listen to your mind and you will not end up spending unnecessarily. We feel that indulging in excessive shopping is just a hobby or an option to spend time. However, spending unnecessarily is not a hobby, instead a lot many creative and constructive things can be tried.

By- Angelica Campbell

Braided Hairstyles that one must know

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Braided Hairstyles that one must knowGetting that perfect hairstyle is in the wish list of every woman. Each one of us wish to do our hair in a way that gives an extraordinary look. The current hairstyle in vogue is the braided hairstyle. Off late, I have truly fallen in love with braided hairstyle. Anything that you check out, be it a ramp show, a fashion magazine or any party- braided hairstyles are seen everywhere. Moreover, with so many braided hairstyles around at times it gets a bit difficult to choose the appropriate one. Well, I have got some really fantastic to share with you. Here are a few trendy and good braid hairstyles that one can try to get that elegant look.

Braided Bun

This is one of the most elegant ones and is sure to make many heads turn at you when you walk down the aisle or may be a special occasion. The bun will stun your look when you compliment it with a gorgeous ball gown along with a white lily bouquet. It is a perfect combination that you can try, if you have decided to stun someone.

Braided Crown

Braided Crown gives a sweet and gentle look with the hair neatly wrapped up over your head like a headband or a crown. One must also create soft curls and braid a few strands near to the ear and pin it on the other side. It’s a wonderful option to enhance the look of the girl next door to make her stand out in the crowd.

Braided Up Do

This is the best of all! In fact, one can try this every day. All that one will have to do is team it with some pretty stuff like earrings, floral clothing and other accessories. In fact, it can even be a good wedding hairstyle to try.

Side Swept Braid

Trying this, you can probably recreate the magic of Sleeping Beauty. A side braid, floral stuff, draping curls and you are no less than a princess.

Half up do Braid

This one gives a highly elegant look. The hairstyle is also called waterfall, for some portion of the hair falls down. The hairstyle looks the most creative amongst all.

Fish Tail Braid

A beautiful fish tail can turn on your man’s senses and make you look a princess like bride. Or maybe something similar to a beach Goddess! Making this braid, applauds are a must for you.

 These braided hairstyles can even be a suitable one to try on your big day i.e. wedding day. They give an elegant and sophisticated look. Try them and get a good load of compliments for yourself.

-By Angelica Campbell