Don’t let your dreams die a slow painful death

All of us have dreams. We have businesses we want to start, academic prominence to attain and so much more, but one of the questions we fail to ask ourselves is ‘why not today or why can’t today be the start of that dream.

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Businesses we want to start

 

We put so much hope in doing it, we harbour the doubts for so long. It seems we are spending our lives preparing to take off, instead of actually taking off. We are so embarrassed by failure and crippled by fear that we would rather watch our dreams die a slow painful death than to actually try to succeed.

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Academic prominence to attain

 

What matters is not how many times we fail, but what we learn from it. Start to pursue your dreams than to swallow the bitter pill of regret. Rather be remembered for who you were than who you wanted to be

 

Learning to be content

Here are three simple ways to practice contentment.

  1. Want what you have.

This is a basic gratitude practice. Don’t take your possessions for granted. Every day acknowledge what just one tool or object means to you and how it improves your life. Make a list of other things you are grateful for at the end of the day, and include thanksgiving moments in your prayers. Find your purpose in life, you have to know what sparks the light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.

  1. Don’t make comparisons.

 

Many of us go through the day comparing our situation with another’s, and inevitably, it seems, we come up short, feeling either second-rate or deprived. “Do not compare yourself with anyone else, you spoil God’s curriculum.” Focus instead on what is unique about you — your God-given talents and gifts. Live the life that God has planned for you. Then whenever you fall into the comparisons trap, say to yourself. “Oh, there I go again, making silly comparisons.”

  1. Accept your imperfections and the “lacks” in your life.

Nobody is perfect, and few people get everything they want or even all they need. But we have been assured that none of this matters to God. God loves us as we are, faults and shortcomings included

The most important reasons to meditate

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Stress Reduction

Meditation reduces stress better than anything else. Not only does the practice of meditation give you some “down time” to rest physically and mentally, it also has a very direct effect on your entire nervous system by reducing your body’s production of stress related chemicals like cortisol, and increasing the production of mood enhancing chemicals like serotonin.

Improved Health

Meditation will improve your health by strengthening your immune system, reducing your blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels.

Meditation is often of particular interest to people who are diagnosed with a chronic or potentially life threatening illness. People with serious medical conditions like cancer will sometimes turn to meditation as a means to enhance the process of healing and recovery. While meditation should never be used as a substitute for proper medical care, in some cases it can lead to medical breakthroughs and healing even when traditional medical treatments have been unsuccessful.

Of course, you do not have to be terminally ill to benefit from the healing effects of meditation! Even if you have just come down with a case of the flu, meditation will enhance the function of your immune system and help to you to rest more deeply, leading to a speedier recovery. Meditation also happens to be a wonderful way to alleviate headaches and to prevent them from recurring.

Improved Sleep

Sleep is a totally natural human function, and it’s something we need every day. But if you have you are stressed then you may find that your sleep is not as restorative as it should be. Meditation dramatically improves the quality of your sleep and it is one of the most powerful natural treatments for insomnia. A great reason to meditate.

Slowed Aging

Studies into the effects of meditation have shown that the regular practice of meditation can slow the aging process. The biological age of long term meditators is generally less than those of people who have never meditated. It is believed that the physiological cause of this is due to the fact that meditation helps to reduce the body’s production of free radicals. Free radicals are organic molecules that are responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases.

Emotional Stability & Positive Thinking

Meditation is a very powerful natural prescription for people who suffer from anxiety and/or depression, and it is also taught to people who have difficulty controlling their anger. However, you do not need to have a serious psychological condition for meditation to be of benefit to you! Every-day people who meditate generally enjoy a lot more…

Happiness!

People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, they sleep better, and they have a more positive outlook on life. Simply put, meditation makes you a happier person!

 

 

 

Top ten food that help reduce stress

The next time you’re feeling the stress of a looming deadline, the pressure of a never-ending to-do list, or an overwhelming feeling that you’re falling behind on something,opt for some of the foods that have been proven to help reduce stress levels.

Munching on a few of the following ten foods should help keep you feeling centered and calm.

 

  1. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great stress-reducing snack, in part because they help satisfy your urge to eat carbohydrates and sugary snacks. But rather than give you a short-lived sugar rush followed by that awful crash that comes after, sweet potatoes will deliver a ton of nutrients that your body can process slowly and steadily, sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene and other vitamins in addition to fibre, which helps you feel full longer.

Sweet potatoes

  1. Asparagus

“I know, these slender stalks are known to make your urine smell funny. But they are high in folate, which is essential for keeping your cool. Folic acid has actually been proven to enhance your mood, making it a perfect snack to keep on hand for tense situations.

Asparagus

  1. Oranges

Vitamin C reduces stress and helps return blood pressure and cortisol to normal levels after you’ve dealt with a stressful situation. Bodies tend to get run down when we’re stressed — vitamin C boosts the immune system and will help build your body back up.

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  1. Avocados

This fruit is guaranteed to help stress-proof your body. It contains glutathione, which blocks intestinal absorption of fats that cause oxidative damage. These stress blockers also contain lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and more folate than any other fruit. There’s also a lot of vitamin B packed into an avocado, as well. Just make sure you don’t go crazy munching on this fruit — it’s also high in fat.

Avocados

  1. Fatty fish

“The heart-healthy omega-3 fats in fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna manage adrenaline levels to help keep you calm, cool and collected. What more could you ask for when dealing with a daunting deadline?

Fish

  1. Turkey

Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to eat turkey: It contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan, which triggers the release of  serotonin, a feel-good brain chemical (it’s the reason a lot of people feel relaxed or tired after eating it). L-tryptophan has been proven to have a calming effect on those who eat it,

Turkey

  1. Blueberries

They’re loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, making these tiny berries the perfect food to repair and protect cells. Blueberries are also high in fibre and are low calorie, so there’s no need to feel guilty if it takes more than a few handfuls before you start feeling better

Blue berries

  1. Milk

“A glass of warm milk before bed is a time-tested remedy for insomnia and fidgetiness. That’s because milk is high in antioxidants, vitamins B2 and B12, as well as protein and calcium. The protein lactium has a calming effect by lowering blood pressure, while the potassium in milk can help relieve muscle spasms triggered by feeling tense

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  1. Carrots

In addition to the satisfying crunch that carrots make when you take a bite, they also help your body cope with stress through the nutrients they contain. Carrots, celery, and other crunchy veggies all contain stress-fighting nutrients while remaining low in calories, making it the perfect snack, according to the Food Network.

Carrots

  1. Spinach

So it’s not exactly your normal, go-to comfort food, but eating spinach is proven to have a comforting effect. It contains magnesium, which helps regulate cortisol levels. Regulated cortisol levels promote feelings of well being

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15 tips to stay positive in negative situations

There are times when we must go through negative situations. Maybe people say something negative about us, or they show rejection or even resentment against us. In such situations, it may be difficult to stay positive. We may be inclined to react negatively to them. That won’t do us any good though; doing so will just make the situation worse. People may behave even more negatively to us. Our day would be filled with anger and disappointment. At the end, nobody wins.

Though it’s not easy, it’s important to stay positive in negative situations. Beat the negative situations by staying positive. Here are 15 tips on how to do it; pick the ones that work for you:

  1. Never respond when you are not calm. If you are not sure that you are calm, don’t respond. Take time to calm yourself down first.
  2. Take a deep breath as a first step to calm yourself down.
  3. Speak in gentle tone to reduce the tension of the situation.
  4. Realize that you can find opportunities in negative situations. Albert Einstein said: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
  5. Look at the content of what people say to you for something positive that you can act upon to improve yourself. Don’t just reject the whole messages.
  6. For the rest of the messages which is negative, simply ignore
  7. Maintain positive view of the people. Maybe you don’t like their messages or behaviour, but that doesn’t mean that you can hate them personally.
  8. Realize that having negative feelings will just hurt you, not them. So there is no reason for you to have any negative feeling.
  9. If you make mistakes, be open to admit it.
  10. If you make mistakes, remember this quote by George Bernard Shaw: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
  11. If you can, listen to motivational audio program to feed positive thoughts into your mind.
  12. Talk to a positive friend who can encourage you.
  13. Remember your favourite quotes to give you inspiration and motivation. This is one reason why you should have quote of the day
  14. Look at the negative situations as your training sessions for real life. The higher you climb in life, the worse the negative situations would be, so you’d better be prepared for them.
  15. Realize that you can’t please everyone. In fact, nobody can. Sometimes you need to just let some people go. Realizing this will relieve you from a lot of unnecessary burden so that you can focus on the people that you can positively interact

Tips for protecting yourself against crime

 

  1. Trust yourself. Many times, your eyes, ears, nose, skin, and tongue will give clues indicating that something threatening is ahead. Another powerful indicator, widely known as a sixth sense, can also hint at danger. “Trust when something doesn’t seem right,” advises Nelson.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings. No matter how safe you think a neighborhood might be, it’s still not a good idea to leave the front door open, your valuables in the car, your purse on top of your office desk, or to flaunt all of your expensive jewelry and other belongings.
  3. Pay attention to the people around you. This advice is part of both listening to your instincts and being aware of your surroundings. You can often sense peoples’ intentions just by the way they look at you. Heed warning signs even when you are with people you know and trust.
  4. Act confident and focused. Just as you can sense people’s feelings, others can sense yours as well. Predators look for people who are meek, mild, weak, unfocused, and distracted. “Criminals are looking for easy pickings. They’re looking for someone who they can take by surprise and will likely not resist.
  5. Understand that alcohol or drugs can cloud judgment. Certain substances can certainly dull your senses and slow down your reaction time to danger. They can also lower other people’s inhibitions and make them more aggressive or belligerent. It is for this reason that certain places like bars and pubs may present some danger, particularly if they’re crowded. He also says mutual drinking can increase chances of rape or sexual assault among people who know each other.

 

 

 

Melatonin

What is melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. You can also buy it as a supplement.

It helps to control sleep patterns for people who work night shifts

What does natural melatonin do in the body?

Your body has its own internal clock that controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. In part, your body clock controls how much melatonin your body makes. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours.

Light affects how much melatonin your body produces. During the shorter days of the winter months, your body may produce melatonin either earlier or later in the day than usual.

Why is melatonin used as a dietary supplement?

Melatonin supplement are sometimes used to treat jet lag or sleep problems due to shift work.

 

 

 

Blood tests and Iron deficiency Anemia

What Are Blood Tests?

Blood tests help doctors check for certain diseases and conditions. They also help check the function of your organs and show how well treatments are working.

Specifically, blood tests can help doctors to

  • Evaluate how well organs—such as the kidneys, liver, thyroid, and heart—are working
  • Diagnose diseases and conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, anemia and coronary heart disease
  • Find out whether you have risk factors for heart disease
  • Check whether medicines you’re taking are working
  • Assess how well your blood is clotting