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Agarwood

Agarwood, which is also known as “Wood of the Gods,” has been highly valued and traded for thousands of years. This aromatic wood is used for medicinal purposes, as incense, and in the distilled form, it is used as a perfume component and perfume. Agarwood is known around the globe and it is used by religious healers in the Middle East at healing ceremonies. The Japanese pilgrims donate Agarwood oil and flowers to Shinto-Buddhist temples. In other Delta communities, Vietnamese religious groups must bring Agarwood to temple ceremonies. Agarwood oil is dark and thick, yet non sticky. Agarwood oil has been used in treating lung and stomach tumors, fevers, asthma, cancer, nausea, bronchial problems, and general pains.

Agarwood oil is used in hair products to manage dry and frizzy hair. It is also used for facial creams and body lotions.

In countries such as Malaysia and Taiwan, Agarwood oil is used to add flavor to curries and local wines.

Agarwood oil contains a natural component, Valerian, which functions to calm the nervous system and relieves insomnia, which allows a person to have a longer, deeper sleep.

Agarwood has been loved and treasured for thousands of years, by romantics and mystics alike. Oud is declared as an aid to religious meditation. Lovers use it as an aphrodisiac. Agarwood is used in variety of powerful magical formulas for drawing a lover near.

Agarwood is so rare and expensive it makes gold and diamond purchases seem affordable in comparison. First-grade Agarwood is extremely valuable. Depending on cultural disposition and geographical location, an entire range of qualities of Agarwood and related products are available on the market. The price of Agarwood oil ranges from a couple of dollars to more than $30.000 per pound for top quality. Only a few people have the expertise to determine true Agarwood quality. Agarwood has been used in numerous countries and almost every religious tradition all over the world. In fact, for thousands of years, many cultures have recognized Agarwood and Agarwood oil as the most valuable incense and perfume ingredient.

About Anxiety and Movies

This went on for half a decade, and needless to say that all the while, I was disinterested in watching exciting movies. Nervous excitement, tension and adrenaline rushes were my everyday and I had no need of additional ‘pumping up’ in search of entertainment.

My pulse would race, my heart ache, my head spin, and the excitement in the movie soon made me feel claustrophobic, so that I had to be out of the room. It can be so hard to explain that anxiety brings real, physical effects, but they go undetected and disbelieved because doctors can’t distinguish the changes in chemicals that we carry naturally. This leads to the frequent assumption of their being no obvious ’cause’.

It’s not only us mortals that suffer from anxiety attacks though. We may be sitting there watching a movie star who themselves has experienced the stress of an anxiety disorder.

Friend-of-the celebrities Joe Beleznay is among the many celebrities who ave spoken out about their anxiety and its physical effects. He told Rolling Stone: “It was heart palpitations, shortness of breath, coldness and shivers, strange stuff, and we’d be like, ‘You’re totally fine. You’re not having a heart attack.'”

Mental health charity Mind backs up these observations on its website, which lists the physical sensations of anxiety:

  • nausea (feeling sick)
  • tense muscles and headaches
  • pins and needles
  • feeling light headed or dizzy
  • faster breathing
  • sweating or hot flushes
  • a fast, thumping or irregular heart beat
  • raised blood pressure
  • difficulty sleeping
  • needing the toilet more frequently, or less frequently
  • churning in the pit of your stomach
  • experiencing panic attacks

The list is long and fairly general, and rather than focusing on the nature of your symptoms, it is better to consider how much they affect your life: a severe anxiety disorder will be having a severe impact on your day-to-day living, and the enjoyment of simple pleasures such as an occasional movie are included in this.

While my own symptoms eased in time and with understanding, treatment and support from others; I still have a lower tolerance for excitement. So there’s no Tom Cruise in my life any more!

If you’re suffering from debilitating anxiety, please know that you are not alone.

At anxiety.town we provide a place for the sharing of feelings and experiences by those who live with anxiety on a daily basis.

With our psychologist blogger, webhost Jemma who has her own lived experience, and the words and support of others who know just how you feel, together we can find a way to cope, to adapt, and to renew our hope for a life lived with pleasure and contentment.

Beat Burnout and Enjoy Life

The good news is that burnout is preventable and even resolvable no mater how far down the path of self destruction you have already gone.

Burnouts… , it sounds reminiscently like a Jan and Dean song of sixties: “Wipe out.” And, in-fact, that might not be a bad way to describe it. Herbert J Freudenberger, Ph. D., who first identified the syndrome among social workers and coined the word, defines burnout as a state of depletion and of physical and mental exhaustion caused by over commitment to a job, cause, relationship, a way of live.

Sufferers complain initially of feeling “overwhelmed,” “frustrated,” “blocked by insurmountable circumstances,” or “unable to cope.” Eventually, they feel “drained of energy,” “used up”, “having noting more to give.” This, in turn, gives rise to a calloused cynicism a “don’t knock yourself out for anymore” attitude and, finally, to a sense of personal powerlessness – that the situation is beyond their control – which tends to become a self fulfilling prophesy.

At highest risks are the high achievers – goal oriented people with great expectations. These are the people who “want their marriages to be the best, their work records to be outstanding, their children to shine, their community to be better,” says Dr Fruedenberger.

“All their lives, they have undertaken tough jobs and prided themselves on their ability to master situations. Now, however, no matter how great their efforts, the only result seems to be frustration.”

What pushes them over the edge of high achievement to a chasm of low energy and self esteem?

Dr Freudenberger says it occurs when commitment becomes over commitment. Commitment, he says, is a very positive life force. Over commitment, on the other hand, robs us of energy, enthusiasm, and fulfillment. It obliterates our true purpose and goals in life. It threatens our physical and emotional well being.

Falling off Balance

Dr Dennis Jaffe, a California stress management consultant, describes the turning point as one of imbalance when you’re giving one more receiving. “When you are in balance, you have a sense that your efforts are being rewarded. Your energy is continually renewed. You have the ability to rebound from emotionally or physically taxing situations.”

When we fall off balance, the blame tends to fall on external factors – the job, spouse, kids, whatever. But rather than looking outside for fault, Dr Jaffe suggests we look inside for answers.

The bad news, according to Dr. Jaffe, is that burnout looms ominously on the horizon of everyone’s stress response scale. The good news is that it is preventable and completely resolvable – no matter how far down the path of self-destruction; you can turn back on the road to health and high performance.

But getting yourself back on track and keeping yourself there requires more than a few good intentioned resolutions. Nothing short of a drastic attitude and lifestyle changes will reverse its course healing, says Dr. Jaffe, hinges on a three tiered process involving self awareness, self management and self renewal.

Self-Awareness

“People are not machines that can be pushed to high performance,” says Dr Jaffe. “When we push over-selves to accomplish something and we experience resistance, we need to ask ourselves why are we doing this, why is it important to us. Burnout and distress are sometimes messages from our bodies that we need to explore these basic questions. The symptoms signal not an inability to manage the outside world, but a disconnection within ourselves.”

To reconnect, then, we must first tune in to our thoughts and feelings. “You have to be willing to look honestly and deeply and to incur some pain. The more you know about yourself, the better,” says Dr. Freudenberger.

“First, think about your image that competent you others have come to expect so much of. Think about the schedule, the tasks you perform, your family’s expectations, your own expectations of yourself. Get a pad and write a short vignette of the ‘you’ the world sees and hears every day. Then put your pad aside and close your eyes. Let that other you emerge. The real you, that’s tucked away beneath all those layers. The one you see first in the morning when you walk into the bathroom to prepare for the day ahead. The one you get brief glimpses of when you’re all by yourself and feeling kind of beat. Now let that real you speak. Hear some of his or her feelings. And, for once, listen. Don’t shut the voice away. It may have important things to say, write a second vignette. Even if only fragments of thoughts come through, jot them down. Whatever feeling you noticed – no matter how fleeting – include them.”

By comparing these two images, Dr Freudenberger believes, you can get to know large part of yourself that have been shut away – some thing that’s essential to burnout treatment and prevention.

Becoming conscious of our physicality (do you have any aches, pains, or pent-up tension that has gone unrecognized?) and changes in behavior patterns (Are you drinking more alcohol or coffee lately? Eating or sleeping more or less? Watching more TV?) Can also help you get in touch with your feelings. Sometimes we hurt physically or drift unconsciously into bad habits when our stress coping mechanisms aren’t working properly, Dr. Jaffe says.

In connection with that, he suggests that you explore your reaction to stressors. All of us develop coping methods some of them more effective than others. Very often, however, the ineffectiveness of a coping method is not noticeable until a real crisis arises or we become inundated with multiple stressors. Then, the method that carried us satisfactorily through mild to moderately stressful situations suddenly fails us. Dr Jaffe reminds us of four such methods: withdrawal (postponing action and/or refusing to face the problem), internalizing (stewing over the problem without resolution or reaching out for help), emotional outbursts (the long term outcome of internalizing reaching the boiling point) and over controlling (trying to resolve every problem, including those that don’t warrant our attention and even those that haven’t yet been encountered)

Generally, those who confront stressors heard on – who take action to resolve only those problems that are within their power to control and seek support or help from others when they encounter difficulty in coping – are good stress managers, says Dr Jaffe.

But, What’s more important is what works for you. By looking closely to how you cope with each stressful situation and most importantly, how you respond emotionally and physiologically to your stress response – you begin to get a clear picture of which methods work for you and which work against you. A personal stress log can be extremely useful says Dr. Jaffe. Note the action you take in response to specific stressors as well as your subsequent feelings (relief, frustration, helplessness, exhaustion) within a week or two, you will begin to notice the definite patterns.

One very important aspect of this is assessing the importance of each stressful situation and determining how much energy you want to expend on resolving it. Something we have no choice: An emergency situation resents itself and we must act on it immediately. All other priorities suddenly slop down a notch. But how many times have you worked yourself into a frenzy over something that was of very little value or consequence? Think about this the next time your adrenaline spurs you into action. Before you start pumping energy into the situation, ask yourself how important is it to you personally, can you really make a difference, and what’s the worst possible consequence if you don’t get involved. Don’t waste your stress energy. It is possible to spend ten dollars worth of energy on ten cent problem.

On the other hand, it’s possible to under spend. Have you ever allowed a relationship to disintegrate, admitting only after it ended how important it was to you? Have you ever ignored signs of trouble with your children until the problem were nearly too big to handle? Have you’re ever closed your eyes to injustice on your doorstep, in your own neighborhood or social group, because it was easier not to speak up?

If so you know what it means to spend ten cents worth of adrenaline on a ten dollar problem. That’s why stress management consultants all agree that a key element in stress mastery is assessing your personal values and goals. “If you don’t know what your goals are, you may move from one meaning less talk to another or make sloppy decisions by default. The vague uneasiness you may feel is a symptom of your aimlessness.

So start today. Determine what’s important to you. List the things you like to do; the things you don’t like to do what you wish you could do. Then look at your day. Do you see any conflict between your values and the way you spend your time?

Alan Lakein, a time management consultant whose advice has gone a long way to prevent corporate burnout at such fiercely competitive firms as AT&T and IBM, offers his technique of self reflection. He poses three questions. What are your life goals? How would you like to spend the next three to five years? And if you had just six months to live, how would you spend them?

Take about two minutes (four at the most) jotting down your answers t each of those questions. Then spend another two minutes to review your responses and improve your goal statements. Again if your statements conflicts with hour current life – if you’re putting a disproportionate amount of effort into areas that do not reflect your life goals, if your five year plan is a major departure from the present, and if the prospect of six month death sentence fills you with a longing for a better way of life – then some changes may be in order.

Self-Management

Establishing clear goals is the first order on the agenda of self management. Write them down. And review them every month or two, reconfirm them or revise them (remember life is constantly changing and so, too, do our goals and priorities) Also, while it’s natural to have more than one goal at any time, to many goals or conflicting or competing goals are certain to lead to frustration and distress. So be very selective and keep each goal in its proper perspective.

Some of your goals will no doubt be very concrete and specific: take a self-defense class, buy a new car and paint the kitchen. Others may be more vague and philosophical: be a better parent, expand your circle of friends, and improve your feeling of self worth. And then, of course, there are your long term life goals: become financially independent, get in shape, achieve spiritual fulfillment.

Long term life goals are top priority on everyone’s scale. But with so many more immediate concerns, we often lose sight of them and as a result they may never become realized. That’s why setting priorities and planning is essential to any stress management programme.

Lakein begins and ends every workday with a plan. He makes a “To Do” list of everything he wants to accomplish that day. Then he reviews them in terms of his goals and determines the order of priority. The A tasks are those that are of highest priority – the important things that are absolute “musts” in order to achieve our goals, including our life goals. “I make it a point to do something every day toward my life goal,” says Lakein.

B tasks are of secondary importance. “if I have time, I’ll tackle them,” says Lakein. “But note before all the A’s are taken care of first.” And C tasks are those that when you really think about them, you realize that you’re not significant at all. “if they don’t get done, it’s not a big deal,” says Lakein.

According to Lakein, 80 percent of the items on any to-do-list are insignificant and unnecessary. It’s in that 20 percent of significant tasks that 80 percent of the value lies.

“Concentrate your effort on these high priority items” he explains. “Don’t get bogged down in C tasks no matter how quick and easy they are to do.” And if you have trouble deciding which of your tasks deserves the C rating, Lakein says, ask yourself what would happen if you didn’t do it. If you can live with the consequences, don’t do it.

As with most things, however, moderation is the key. “It you think that trying to ‘get control’ of your time and your life means becoming super organized, super-busy, or preoccupied with every moment as it slips by, let me assure you that this is not the case,” Lakein explains, “Too much organization is as ineffective as too little. “The ideal is balance”

Balance.., that’s the word that every stress manager lives by. People who knows how to balance work with play, wakefulness with sleep, stress with relaxation, activity with rest, giving with receiving, have discovered the key to health and happiness, they say.

One of the most difficult conflicts is finding enough time and energy to do everything we want. Work can eat up our time and energy, sometimes leaving us with little left over for our family. Tragically, working people too often make their family and personal relationships their lowest priority, giving them what, if anything is left over. Yet people who are successful at managing stress and remaining healthy are often those who make their personal and family lives a priority and are able to say ‘no’ to some outside demands.

Sometimes, setting those priorities requires that you first develop new, more flexible attitudes toward yourself and your work. You’ve got to realize that you don’t have to do everything yourself and, in fact, that you’re more effective if don’t. By accepting that premise and developing contacts, networks, support groups – whatever you need to help you get your work done and problems solved – you can free yourself to do more of the things that you enjoy doing and that you’re good at.

Self-Renewal

Self renewal is the ultimate exercise in balance. It is the process of continually renewing lost energy (physically and emotionally), something that is essential no matter in what performance state you are functioning.

“If you’re in burnout and don’t make some effort toward self renewal, you’ll break down,” Dr Jaffe reminds us. “And if you’re in peak performance for too ling – which requires a tremendous amount of energy to sustain – and lose sight of your need for self renewal, you could eventually skid down the path to burnout. It’s like running a marathon. That’s a peak performance type of effort. Now you wouldn’t just get up the next day and run another one. Common sense tells us that we’ve got to rest up and renew our energy. The same holds true with any high achievement activity.”

Support Someone With Alcohol Addiction

If someone you know is experiencing the above mentioned signs and effects of an alcohol addiction, then your support can be a great aid.

It is with your support that attaining recovery can become a priority for them and everything they love does not have to come last. When that happens, the afflicted person learns to persevere and be remembered for his/her recovery and not his/her addiction.

Here are ways of helping someone with an alcohol addiction:

  1. Understand the nuances of alcohol addiction by seeking guidance from published resources and qualified experts.
  2. Encourage them to be open about the challenges faced so that you can help them find alternates or solutions to the same.
  3. Tell them about the effects their habits are having on you/others so that they do not take you/others for granted.
  4. Convey to them that you are by their side always irrespective of how bad or good the situation may be.
  5. Convince them to join a support group or attend community meetings to learn from people facing similar battles.
  6. Spare time to take them to detox or therapy sessions whenever possible so that they do not feel alone or demotivated.
  7. Lead by example by making a no-drinking pact and rewarding each other for a sober lifestyle from time to time.
  8. Be forgiving and avoid blaming them for anything wrong happening in their life, even when the same is true.
  9. Avoid confronting them or getting into an argument with them when they are not sober.
  10. Remember to keep a tab on your physical or mental health while trying to help them.
  11. Refrain from drinking yourself to escape the stress or find an easy solution.
  12. Convince them to seek a second opinion from another qualified expert when no favorable results are visible.

Role Of The Brain In Addiction

Physiologically, limbic system is the brain’s reward system. Mesolimbic and mesocortical pathways (Mid-brain) have our cognitive control and functions which would be both reward related and aversion related. Reward related functions are always stronger and more motivating than aversion, hence drug abuse behavior is stronger in addicts. The reward system connects certain structures in such a way that they generate the feeling of pleasure for certain behaviors or stimulus given to the body. In day-to-day life, it is activated by healthy, life-sustaining activities like eating and socializing. But ‘Drug Abuse’ is another behavior that generates euphoria, which is enjoyed by the mind. And human nature is to repeat those actions that give us some definite satisfaction. The limbic system does more than just giving a reward response. For any behavior to be reinforced, it has to be first registered as pleasant to the mind and body. Limbic system in the brain recognizes our positive and negative emotions, which very well explains, how our body and mind get dependent on any psychoactive mood altering substance.

However, with recent developments, neurobiology has been able to study how addiction is related to the brain. Researchers and scientists studied the brain’s reaction to different substances and discovered that drug abuse actually alters the chemical makeup of the brain, which is what causes addiction and they named it as a ‘Brain Disease.’

Since the brain is placed as the epicenter of human activity, it is the initiation point of every phenomenon that occurs. Whatever we feel, experience or think, all is first registered by the brain and within lesser than nanoseconds, it commands us to act. It communicates through neurons, neurotransmitters, receptors and transporters. Yes, it is very complicated and sounds mystical too (specially to people like me who have not studied biology after high school)

Psychoactive substances interrupt with the communication systems of the brain. They interfere with the way a message is transmitted and sent to its defined destination. No matter how much people say that cannabis would not be called a drug, it is a plant, but the reality remains unchanged, which is, that everything has certain chemical composition. For example, Heroin and Marijuana’s chemical structure are like copies of a natural neurotransmitter. Amphetamines mimic catecholamine neurotransmitters, causing general physiological changes which prepare the body for physical activity and fight-or-flight response. So, the moment the body is intoxicated with a drug containing amphetamines or its derivatives, it starts reacting in unnatural ways by raising blood pressure, increased alertness resulting in sleeplessness, blood glucose levels. They can easily activate neurons, giving various directions to the body to react in a different way, than would a natural neurotransmitter would! Cocaine can make a person delirious, because it releases natural neurotransmitters in bulk and blocks the natural recycling process of neurotransmitters by the brain. Amphetamine causes drug tolerance very quickly and rapidly too.

Chronic addictive drug use causes alterations in the process by which information from a gene is used to synthesize a gene product- RNA or Protein. Nigrostriatal Pathway is a dopaminergic pathway that plays an extensive and unavoidable role in addiction. It comprises of Transcription Factor, which is a protein that controls what all information has to go from the DNA to the messenger RNA. Psychoactive substances block, many of the neural and behavioral alterations that are to be taken to the RNA. Altered dopamine transmission is the first thing that comes to notice in cases of drug abuse.

These have been many studies extensively done by medical science researchers on addiction. There is a wide range of chemicals that people use to reach a euphoric state. But the gist of it all is, that they play with the normal functioning of brain by altering the natural chemicals that ought to be there.

Whenever a person happens to do something that takes him to a different state of mind for a while, like reaching the oomph point in a sexually pleasurable activity, treating the taste buds with a new and a very different flavor or winning an excessive amount of money or any other valuable resource that he could use to be really rich, the brain takes it all in the same way. It activates the same gland and releases the same chemical Dopamine, which functions as a neurotransmitter, in all scenarios that seem to be pleasurable or exciting. Similarly, whenever the body receives an antibody that becomes too exciting for it like any drug, chemical or alcohol, the body releases certain amount of dopamine or cuts down its level. It is a problematic scenario is there is too much or too little of dopamine released by the brain. Drugs are addictive because they release up-to 10 times more dopamine than a natural neurotransmitter can! But when the body gets tolerant to the same drug and its amount, it can even cut down its normal release of dopamine!

Healthy Nutritional Eating

Healthy eating is important from the day we are born. As a child, we grow quite rapidly and this is due in part to the foods we eat. Foods all contain nutrients that provide us not only with fuel to live our daily lives, but also with the very substances that build our bones, muscles, and organ tissues.

Not getting enough of one nutrient or another can cause a variety of problems, including stunting our growth. For mothers who are nursing, nutrition is important because breast milk contains the nutrients a child needs to grow and develop properly.

As we grow so does our need for more substantial solid foods, however our bodies need for proper nutrition never changes. Cells continuous break down and rebuild, so healthy eating for growth continues to be important right up until the day we die.

Maintaining bodily functions is also important but without healthy eating in our daily lives, the energy we use to think, walk, talk, breathe, and perform any other action will suffer.

fat reserves in the body from our daily food intake:

If you don’t eat healthy foods, you will find that you are storing more fat that necessary or that you aren’t getting enough and you feel sluggish or weak. Along with energy-providing nutrients, like fats and carbohydrates, we also need the right nutrients to allow our organs to do their jobs. Hormones and other substances in the body make sure that everything is working properly:

If you don’t eat the right nutrients, your body cannot produce these hormones and, as a result, cannot function properly.

Lastly, healthy eating is important in order to prevent illness

When we don’t get the right nutrients, our bodies natural defense system against diseases weakens, allowing viruses and bacteria to attack the body. A good example is to consider our body like a well trained army, if the army doesn’t have enough to eat, it will not do well in battle.

Without healthy meals and plenty of water, our bodies simply could not operate on a day-to-day basis. Understanding the different types of healthy food groups our bodies need on a day to day basis is vital and we should begin learning this as children.

Gateway Out Of Addiction

Researchers allowed rats to dose themselves at-will with cocaine until they became addicted. At the end of the period, they gave some of the animals transdermal patches that provided an infusion of cannabidiol. Rats that received the patches reduced cocaine intake, whereas the ones that didn’t continued to consume as much cocaine as before. Miguel Hernandez, researcher at the University in Spain, reported on an initial study showing that cannabidiol reduced alcohol consumption, as well as the desire to drink and any impulse toward relapse.

Another possible measure being discussed would be to use THC to steer pain sufferers away from opioids. A chemical in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can alleviate pain but it also makes the user high. Researchers found a possible way to treat neuropathic pain-the kind produced by nerve damage.

Marijuana is chemically complex, and the plant’s therapeutic potential comes laden with entanglements. Pot ingredients may reduce cravings for some drugs but they may also produce dependence on their own.

All of this attention comes on the heels of multiple states legalizing sales and use of cannabis products. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) have a stronghold on research by maintaining that cannabis is still federally illegal in all 50 states.

Dealing With Anxomnia

Anxiety and sleep go hand in hand. Sleep deprivation could be causing anxiety and at the same time, anxiety could also cause sleep deprivation. This is known as anxomnia. However, there are ways to control the situation. Some of these ways are:

  • Quietening the racing brain – A racing brain can be brought to rest by practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness, a therapeutic technique, is the art of focusing one’s thought on the present situation and calmly acknowledging one’s feelings. This can be achieved through constant practice and patience. Racing thoughts can tire out a person making them feel fatigued. Mindfulness can bring in a lot of respite, calming the mind and inducing sleep.
  • Using science-backed herbal remedies – Consumption of science-backed herbal remedies, such as valerian, is also known to be helpful. Valerian has compounds that alleviate anxiety, however, it does not make one groggy.
  • Using military precision to drop off – This technique is used by the U.S. military to fall asleep in under two minutes in highly stressful situations. In this technique, one is supposed to relax the facial muscles, including those around the eyes, the jaw, and the tongue. Then one should drop off the shoulders, followed by one’s upper arm and lower arm on one side. After that, one is supposed to breathe out, relaxing their chest and legs working downwards from the hips, to the thighs and then the feet. Followed by this, one should say “Don’t think, don’t think” over and over again for at least 10 seconds till the time anxious thoughts stop distracting the person and they are able to fall asleep.
  • Breathing deeper and slower – Breathing deep and slow can help a person fall asleep faster if they tend to wake up at night. When we breathe shallow, we breathe through our chest. It is therefore, important to breathe deeply through the diaphragm. This can be achieved by placing one hand on the chest and the other on the belly. Now one should aim to breathe in through the nose so that the belly gets lifted and when one exhales the stomach should dip down. One should focus on drawing more air into the abdomen as deep breathing triggers the parasympathetic nervous system which takes over anxiety response associated with anxious feelings, inducing sleep.
  • Correcting mineral and amino acid deficiency – Nighttime wakefulness is often associated with magnesium deficiency. Therefore, one must get the required tests done and get the doctor to prescribe them magnesium supplements. Another helpful nutrient known to ease sleep problems is 5-HTP. It is prepared from tryptophan in the body. Once ingested, 5-HTP gets converted into serotonin and melatonin, the body’s natural sleep hormone, inducing sleep and alleviating the symptoms of anxiety.
  • Getting a little less mobile – Constantly using laptops, tablets and smartphones can also add an extra layer of stress. Therefore, one should refrain from using them during meal times and must switch off all the devices at least 30 minutes before hitting the bed.

Choose All-Natural Candles

One of the main reasons why scented candles are bad for you is because of the paraffin that is used in creating them. Paraffin releases chemicals that can cause cancer when it is burned. Although most people don’t realize it, it is a waste product that is produced in the petroleum industry. Burning a paraffin candle in the home is similar to running a diesel engine in your house and breathing the fumes. The effects of burning this type of candle can be severe and can lead to cancer and respiratory problems, such as asthma.

All-natural candles, on the other hand, are made with soy wax. You can burn these candles in the home and enjoy what they have to offer without worrying about the negative effects that are produced with paraffin candles. This is not only going to be seen in your health, it is also seen in the cleanliness with which they burn. Many paraffin candles produce black soot that can be seen in the direct area where they are burning but it will also be throughout the home. Soy candles, on the other hand, are clean burning.

Another part of the candle that you should consider is the wick. Many of the commercial candle companies use wicks that have lead cores. Most of us are familiar with the fact that lead is bad for you and burning lead in the home can release chemicals that will end up in your lungs. In choosing all-natural candles, you will be using a wick that is lead-free and will not produce the same problems when it is burning.

The scent of the candles should also be considered when making your choice. There certainly are many commercial candles that smell wonderfully when they are burning but that doesn’t mean that they are burning cleanly. Those scents are produced chemically and artificially. That is why many people are unable to burn candles because it causes an allergic response. Natural candles, however, use natural ingredients to create the scents that you will enjoy.

Along with those problems that may occur with many commercial candles, you should also consider the other toxic chemicals that may be in the candle. There is a long laundry list of dangerous chemicals that can cause reactions in the body that are severe. Quite obviously, making the right choice in the candle that you burn is going to benefit you and your family.

Hows and Whys of Hydration

The formula to staying hydrated isn’t a complicated equation, but it does vary from person to person. It’s important to replace any fluid that’s lost throughout the day and night, and those variables can change drastically day-to-day and person-to-person. If you’re exercising in extreme heat or humidity, you’re going to lose fluid more rapidly than if you’re chilling at the movies. The color of your urine is a good way to determine your hydration status. If your urine is pale and straw-colored, you’re adequately hydrated. If it’s dark, like the color of apple juice, you’re low on fluids.

Sweat It Out

Dehydration can occur even if you’re not sweating. In extreme heat and cold, your body loses fluid very quickly without sweating at all. You may not realize it, but you even sweat when you’re swimming! Spending the day frolicking in the pool isn’t a preventive measure. Athletes need to be even more aware of dehydration risks. Athletes tend to sweat more overall than people who aren’t as physically fit, and they may push themselves longer and harder, causing even greater fluid losses.

Drink Up

Drinking is the ONLY way to rehydrate. Pouring water over your head or showering to cool off are only superficial – you need to actually drink the water for your body to replenish its stores.

Some early signs of dehydration include:Thirst Flushed skin Premature fatigue Increased body temperature Faster breathing and pulse rate

Try adding some flavor to your water to get you excited to drink it! You can create an at-home version of those expensive store-bought flavored waters for almost no cost!

Add any of the following to your water:

  • A twist of citrus! Try lemon or lime or even a slice of orange. Throw in a few raspberries for extra flavor and color.
  • Small pieces of fruit, like honeydew or pineapple.
  • A slice of cucumber with a few gently crushed mint leaves (“bruising” them releases more flavor).