Month: January 2011

Happiness & well-being in writing

Take your pen and write a beautiful book. Let your pen run on the white pages. Liberating, relaxing, and soothing… It is scrambling to try to explain why the fact to put thoughts in black and white is beneficial, eliminates stress, and remains us calm, but it is worthwhile. Writing for happiness? For many reasons, it is beneficial to write. Writing allows people to clarify their ideas and helps them express their feelings, to grieve or to externalize anger, for example. You can also write in times of crisis. A letter to a person who has caused your anger or hurt you will do the most good. Besides being a self-help method, writing lets stop and take control. We sometimes lose sight of self awareness of what we live. Writing and reading help us to evaluate our lives and allow us to approach it more calmly. If writing often accompanies therapy, it may also have other good results: help the completion of a project, for example, or evaluating a situation in time. Yet it is not necessary to be in crisis or through a painful step for writing. Having delivered our thoughts on paper regularly can prevent a period of depression or a more serious problem. The traditional writing The diary is a form of writing which has long been practiced. It is a proven method, which often involve...

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How to exit from depression deadlocks?

“Your success and happiness lie within yourself. Resolve to keep happy and your joy will form a shield against the difficulties.” – Hellen Keller (1880-1968), author and lecturer, deaf and blind Depression, a necessary evil? Depression has a more or less importance in everyone’s life. It looks like a pebble at the bottom of a shoe, which makes our work more painful and sometimes it even takes the ugly face of evil. We then leave our joy and motivation to achieve what we love most. We lose patience and generate conflict with others. Should we suffer the onslaught of depression and simply wait for it to happen? Is depression a necessary evil? Or rather, can we retire for this painful stone that prevents us from moving forward? The good news is that we can do something! We are often depressed simply because we do not know how to proceed to ensure our well-being. We can fight depression in different ways because each of us deserves her share of happiness! These thoughts that make us unhappy… Maybe you will be surprised to learn that our own thoughts occupy a leading role when we are depressed. Our small daily woes frequently lead us to conclude so rapidly and completely. This is often what makes us unhappy… For example, if a colleague is looking forward to us and we say that this...

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12 tips for a healthy heart!

Keep your heart in top shape with these 12 healthy ideas! 1. To protect against heart disease, increase your intake of omega-3 – sardines, mackerel and flaxseed. Omega-3 provide benefits without side effects. 2. High levels of homocysteine (an amino acid) in the blood have been linked to increased risk of premature coronary heart disease and stroke, even among people who have normal cholesterol levels. The extra folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12 can lower elevated homocysteine levels in most patients. 3. The American Heart Association recommends limiting the daily consumption of salt to one teaspoon or 2.4 g to prevent the increase in blood pressure. Cut the salt without losing flavor by choosing products with reduced salt, such as reduced sodium soy sauce. 4. Gum problems increase the risk of atherosclerosis. Why that? Because oral bacteria enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body. The immune system would then identify as intruders and trigger a local inflammation in the arteries, the walls get thickened and inflate. Fight gum disease by brushing your teeth, flossing and taking 500 mg to 1 g of alfalfa in two daily doses. 5. The higher your cholesterol, the greater the risk of heart attack. Add garlic to mashed potatoes, stir-fries and salads or take 400 to 600 mg of garlic supplement once or twice a day to lower your cholesterol. Garlic also helps...

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3 healthy resolutions

Beware of extreme precautions that you hear right and left about a healthy lifestyle, because you may put your well-being at risk. Here are some errors that are too frequent. 1. Do not overtrain yourself Whether you’re an Olympic athlete or a private citizen, everyone needs a break from the fitness routine. Your body needs a variety of exercises to maintain or improve fitness. Overtraining can lead to muscle pain, injury, fatigue and even overwhelming depression. With obsessive behavior in relation to fitness, there are chances some individuals feel they are taking control over one aspect of their lives and unfortunately, often to the detriment of other areas of their lives. If you do not skip a day at your gym, it means that there is nothing in your life that is most important. Remember that! Healthy resolution. If you are preparing for a big party or a holiday by the sea, you can choose to pick up the pace a bit before the event and give you a break afterwards. Certainly, perseverance and discipline are put into a good fitness, but why make all this effort if you cannot even relax from time to time? Stop to mortify yourself and give yourself moments of laziness and reward. These are exceptions and allow yourself a walk in the nature with your sweetheart instead of your workout in the fitness...

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Treat pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) naturally

When talking about pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), it is often moody. But there are a multitude of symptoms – anxiety, heavy legs, headaches, breast tenderness, aggression and even suicidal thoughts. The quality of life of women is affected both individually and socially. We used to treat these ills monthly using certain plants. We spotted some of them as supplements to help combat some symptoms attributed to PMS. 1. Chaste tree (Vitex agnus castus) Deals especially with breast pain and disorders of menstrual flow, but also with water retention, pain, cramps, emotional and psychological harm of PMS. Some studies are contradictory in its effects. Dosage In tincture, liquid extracts or solid. Tincture: 30 to 40 drops, 1 or 2 times per day. Encapsulated extract: 180 to 240 mg per day. We must count from 1 to 3 menstrual cycles before seeing symptoms actually decrease. Precautions: Rare side effects: nausea, headache, gastrointestinal disorders. For a disruption of the menstrual cycle, first consult a specialist. 2. Onager The omega-6 (GLA) from evening primrose oil would increase the production of prostaglandins of series 1. Especially recommended for breast pain. The oil would also address other symptoms, but studies are controversial. Dosage: Usually capsule form of 500 mg. Take 2 capsules, 2 to 3 times per day. Precautions: The effects may take up to six months before appearing. In large amounts, can cause headaches or stomach...

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