The Healing Effects of Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful attitude. We can use it to expand our happiness, create loving relationships, and even improve our health.

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Gratitude makes you likeable. Gratitude makes you nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends, deepen our existing relationships, and improve our marriage.

Gratitude strengthens your emotions. It reduces feelings of envy, makes our memories happier, lets us experience good feelings, and helps us bounce back from stress.

Gratitude lets you sleep. People who are thankful for the day that was get more sleep hours than those people who are anxious and angry. Sleeping 8 hours or more a day makes you healthier.

Gratitude makes you more optimistic. Optimism in turn makes you happier and healthier. Studies show that gratitude can increase lifespan by as much as a few years.

Gratitude keeps the doctor away. Gratitude can’t cure terminal illnesses, but it can strengthen your physiological functioning. Positive emotion improves health. In fact, some recent science shows just that – those who engage in gratitude practices have been shown to feel less pain, go to the doctor less often, have lower blood pressure, and be less likely to develop a mental disorder.

Gratitude helps you relax. Gratitude and other positive emotions are among the strongest relaxants known to man.

Gratitude increase your energy levels. Gratitude and vitality are strongly correlated – the grateful are much more likely to report physical and mental vigor.

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Know the Effects of Sadness on Your Health

Sadness can have serious physical effects on your body. The most common of these include loss of appetite and change in body temperature. In some cases, it leads to death. Read this short post to learn about the unhealthy effects of sadness and how you can avoid them.

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  1. Trouble sleeping.
  2. Irritability, anger, and loss of interest in things that used to bring pleasure.
  3. Feeling of emptiness or hopelessness.
  4. Frequent episodes of crying.
  5. Inability to concentrate, memory problems, and difficulty making decisions.
  6. Trouble maintaining a normal work schedule or fulfill social obligations.
  7. Use of alcohol or drugs.
  8. Reckless or abusiveness.
  9. Overeating or binging which lead to weight and obesity-related illnesses like type 2 diabetes.
  10. Stomachaches, cramps, constipation, or malnutrition.
  11. Stress hormones speed heart rate and make blood vessels tighten.
  12. The body stays  in a prolonged state of emergency.
  13. Heart disease and other cardiovascular issues.

Here are some ways to beat sadness.

Give some upbeat music a listen. An upbeat tune can change an atmosphere instantly and create a more positive vibe. Listening to upbeat, happy music alters brain chemistry and can improve your mood.

Monitor your inner negative talk. Reminding yourself that your thinking is that of a sad person, not a healthy functioning person. Don’t take your thoughts seriously when you are feeling low. Acknowledge the thoughts but this doesn’t mean you have to believe them.

Sleep. Sleep and mood are closely connected. Inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being. Studies have shown that even partial sleep deprivation has a significant effect on mood.Take steps to ensure adequate sleep will this will lead to improved mood and well-being.

How to Avoid Abuse of Prescription Drugs

While most people use prescription medications as prescribed, some people abuse these drugs especially when they are meant to alleviate pain. Such can abuse can easily lead to addiction. Hence, it is important for every prescription drug user to be knowledgeable of the different ways to combat abuse.

1) Understand what ‘abuse’ really means. Prescription drug abuse happens when a person uses a medication outside of its specific prescription. This includes taking a higher dose than prescribed, combining them with alcohol or other drugs and uncommon forms of administration like grinding and snorting a pill.

2) Know the most commonly abused prescription medications. Here’s a short list:

  • Depressants: these include barbiturates, benzodiazepines and sleep medications
  • Opioids: codeine, fentanyl and analogs, methadone and morphine are common examples of abused opioids
  • Stimulants: these include amphetamines and methylphenidate

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3) Make healthy decisions about taking prescription drugs. Understand the drug’s effects. Ask your doctor or a pharmacist to explain exactly what side effects to expect.
Don’t use other people’s prescriptions. They might have different effects on you. Use only the medications prescribed by her own doctor.

How Not to Have a Sedentary Lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the many causes of death which can be prevented. It is the kind of lifestyle which involves little or no physical activity at all. A person who has a sedentary lifestyle often sits or lies down while watching television, playing with her mobile device or socializing with a friend or family member.

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According to medical researches, people who sit five hours or more a day have a higher risk of premature death. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to anxiety cardiovascular diseases, migraines, cancers, computer vision syndrome, depression, diabetes, gout, high blood pressure, skin problems, hair loss, obesity, osteoporosis, scoliosis and spinal disc herniation.

A sedentary lifestyle might be inevitable especially if you work long hours in the office sitting down in your desk or in front of a computer. But you can combat its effects. Here’s how.

1. Take microbreaks. This is as simple as standing up from your chair, and doing several upward stretches every couple of hours or so, just to stretch those unused muscles.

2. Exercise. Regular exercise is able to combat the effects of sedentary living. You can get yourself a pilates exercise chair for convenience. It is small enough to keep at home and help you to properly do your strengthening and stretching exercises.

3. Run. Running can actually strengthen the spine, making it one of the best exercise in preventing and managing back pain. If you are not used to running yet, you can do some regular walking to avoid slip discs of the spine.

Foot Pain: Causes and Remedies

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Admit it or not, your feet is the most neglected part of your body. They  take us anywhere we want to go. But we often overlook the importance of properly caring for them until we feel foot pain. Read this short post to understand the causes of foot pain and how you can avoid them.

1) Sprains – They usually happen after extreme physical activities which includes walking or running for long hours. You can also have sprain when you twist your foot accidentally. A foot sprain can be minor but can also be quite severe in few cases. A sprain can be reduced by a gentle massage by any oil or by applying anti-pain sprays and covering it with a crepe bandage afterwards.

2) Plantar fasciitis – This problem happens when you end up putting a lot of pressure on your foot. Plantar fasciitis can result in a good amount of pain as well as stiffness. This can be prevented by giving proper rest to the foot and not exerting it too much that it starts giving excruciating pain.

3) Ingrown – Toe nails growing either inside the skin or quite close to it usually cause. This results in redness and often leads to bleeding too. This can be prevented by cutting foot nails timely and not allowing them to grow too much.

4) Pes Planus – This happens when you are having a flat foot and you end up standing for a long time. It causes pain when you do too much of physical activities. Wear flat footwear which doesn’t have heels as it can cause major pain in the long run.

5) Bunions – These are bumps on the big toe. This results from leaning down when you stand instead of remaining straight. It is considered as one abnormality of the foot bones. It can result in a lot of pain. Avoid high-heeled shoes. Wear comfortable shoes with soft and padded soles or taking appropriate pain relievers.

 

Emotional Eating : How to Overcome It?

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Why do we eat? We eat to nourish our bodies – nothing more and nothing less. Although we know about this principle,  most of us don’t live by it.

Most of us eat a lot whenever we feel emotional or stressed out because it makes us feel better. This is especially true when painful things have happened like death of family member or being laid off from work.

Are you caught in the trap of emotional eating?  Here are three things you can do to free yourself.

Accept the fact that you eat a lot when stressed out or emotional. And, be conscious of it. When you’re about pig out, ask yourself this question: “Am I really hungry?” If you think and feel you are hungry, drink a glass of water first. You might be thirsty only.

Exercise regularly. Exercising and sweating will make you feel happy because they aid in the production of happy hormones in your body.

Divert your attention. If you’re feeling emotionally negative, focus your attention to other things. Or, you can listen to good music. Try classical music – it can calm your nerves. and help you forget about the urge to overeat.

Overcoming emotional eating is never easy. You might need to seek professional advice to help you improve your well being through unwinding procedures, honing your critical thinking abilities, and controlling your emotions. So don’t be afraid to let your family know about it so you can get the support you need.

How Acupuncture Relieves Stress

Did you know that many health concerns result from stress. Its continued harsh effects on the body lead to heart disease, obesity, headaches, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and digestive problems.

While stress is part of life, it’s not advisable to accept or embrace it. There are many things you can do to avoid it. You can take some drugs or undergo therapy. However, you must only seek these options under the guidance of your physician.

Are you keen to try a method that has no harmful effects? Why don’t you try acupuncture? Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

A study at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies explored explores the biological mechanisms involved in acupuncture’s stress-relieving properties and helps us “understand what’s going on at a molecular level that helps explain acupuncture’s benefit.”

The researchers discovered that stress hormones were lower in rats that had received electronic acupuncture. Their results were published in the Journal of Endocrinology. They were able to show that the healing practice of acupuncture reduces stress and anxiety in those who receive it.

The human body secretes a cocktail of hormones into the bloodstream in reaction to stress, whether positive or negative. The researchers were then able to measure these same hormones in rats. They checked hormone levels secreted by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal gland and also measured a peptide involved in the “fight or flight” responses.

Moreover, the researchers discovered that the acupuncture the rats received blocked “the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway,”

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Isn’t this a great proof that acupuncture and its related treatments are perfect for anyone  dealing with chronic stress or health problems associated with anxiety? Consider attending a couple of acupuncture sessions today so you can experience its benefits first hand.