Over the last thirty years of being a professional counselor, I have obviously dealt with a wide range of people and an even wider range of issues. Depression is one of the issues that I have seen in a growing number of clients over the last decade. There are countless factors for this increase, and there are an equally high number of potential solutions to the problem. One of the first assignments that I give to all of my clients that are trying to overcome their battle with depression is to wake up to an alarm clock.It sounds bizarre, I know, but I have found over the years that many of my clients dealing with depression all have one symptom in common: they sleep too much and they hate getting up and starting their days. It seems to be a quite obvious result of feeling depressed. I mean really, who can't wait to get up and start a day if they are feeling depressed and hopeless about life. It makes total sense. And that is why I have started encouraging my clients to wake up to an alarm clock in the morning. Far too many people dealing with depression are so tired all the time that they figure that more sleep must be the answer. They figure that not setting and alarm and just letting themselves wake up on their own time must be the best way to get rested. Wrong.If you are sleepy all the time, one of the worst things you can do is to let yourself sleep as much as you feel like. Especially when you are in the depths of dealing with depression, you need to be forced to get up and start your day even if you are tired. An alarm clock can be the perfect way to begin the battle against depression. I encourage my clients to set their alarm for a reasonable hour even if they have no where in particular to go the next morning. Making themselves get up and face the day is very important.I have found that clients who begin waking up in the mornings to an alarm are slowly but surely gaining back a sense of purpose and even excitement about their days. They are slowly beginning to anticipate the sound of the alarm and to make themselves get moving no matter how they feel. It has been impressive to see people who were unable to get out of bed before noon getting up with an alarm around eight in the morning and taking time to get physically active before they start the day.Waking up to an alarm will not be able to solve all of the problems associated with depression, but when partnered with other life choices, getting up to an alarm can be a great step in the battle against depression.
They are tiny. They are dirty. There are probably thousands if not millions of them in bed with you every night!! They are called dust mites and if you suffer from asthma or allergies, they make your symptoms even worse. So whether you have an adjustable bed or a regular bed, these little critters are nothing but a nuisance.Dust mites make their home in mattresses, pillows, blankets, quilts, carpets and fabric covered furniture, thrive in the summer and usually die in the winter. They may continue to thrive in the winter if your house is warm and humid.The bedroom is an area that has an environment that the dust mite loves. An adjustable bed, or any bed for that matter, can contain hundreds of thousands of them and an old pillow can have 20% of its own weight made up of dust mites, dead and alive, and dust mite droppings.But mainly their droppings. Kind of makes you look at your bed a little differently tonight.Why do they love to get in bed with us ? Because most animals, including humans shed skin flakes every year. We all naturally lose skin, head and pubic hairs by the thousands every year. A household of four normal adults shed over three pounds in weight of skin flakes annually. Over 80% of the dust particles floating in the air and settling on your furniture is made up of dead skin cells. Since dust mites eat dead skin cells, our beds are like an all you can eat for free smorgasbord.Dust mites are related to the Spider and they have eight legs, but no eyes and no antennae . Female mites lay between 40 and 80 eggs in a lifetime which lasts up to seven weeks. The good news is that they are tiny. Just a gram of dust may contain up to 5,000 mites, and an ounce of dust may host 150,000. You just cannot see them crawling about, but they are there.How do you Control Dust Mites ?*Pesticides are not approved for control of house dust mites because they can damage to you as much as them.*Replace feather and down pillows with synthetic fillings.* Enclose the mattress top and sides with a special synthetic cover.*Vacuum your mattress thoroughly especially the base and head of the bed.*Keep the mattress as dry as possible; dust mites like it damp, especially with sweat.* Change and wash pillowcases, sheets, and under blankets regularly.*Vacuum the bed base and around the covered mattress weekly.*Wash all bedding frequently in hot water (60oC weekly). Wash curtains regularly as well.*A dehumidifier helps because house mites need high humidity to live and grow*Throw the bed-clothes back and open the windows wide, to have a good blow through. When you make your bed, you cover up the little critters and make them feel ,well, as snug as a bug in a bed.Where Children Sleep* Keep toys that will accumulate dust out of the childs bedroom* Avoid stuffed toys* Use only washable toys of wood, rubber, metal, or plastic* Store toys in a closed toy box or chest* Avoid upholstered furniture and blinds.* Use only a wooden or metal chair that you can scrub. * Use only plain, lightweight curtains on the windows.Good luck on getting these little creepy crawlies out of your life. The last thing you want to get in bed with are eight legged freaks.
Here we go again, yet another infomercial promising flat, sculptured abs without having to do painful crunches or sit-ups. So, whats the deal? The Hip Hop Abs package comes with four DVDs, a 30 day workout calendar and 24/7 online support (somewhat misleading as the expert support is limited to forum exchanges with other users and the occasional live chat with Shaun T. Unless you download the DVDs from the internet you will have to pay $60, plus shipping and handling. The target groups of this workout program are evidently women and gay men, like Shaun himself. Straight males might be somewhat irritated by his constant chatter (although you can turn up the volume of the music over the talk) and the way he moderates the program. The Hip Hop moves shown on the DVDs are nothing you can boast with at a club, so if you want to learn real moves, I suggest you take Hip Hop classes at your local gym instead.The most important thing you have to know is that, in order to get tight, strongly defined abs, nothing beats bicycle manoeuvre, captains chair and crunches on an exercise balls, as recently proven again by a study conducted at the University of San Diego. So, if sexy abs is your only goal, if you can motivate yourself and eat healthily, just do one of the aforementioned three exercises every day and you will get a better result than with anything sold through an infomercial. So, what is the Hip Hop Abs workout good for? Check out these Pros and Cons:Pros:Doing the moves shown on the exercise DVDs sure beats sitting on the couch and just watching the tube. If you do it right, work up a sweat and actually get your heart rate up, you can lose weight; especially if you stick to the diet plan that comes with the package. It can make sense to add it to your daily routine and you can get a nice endorphin boost.Depending on the type of person you are, you might have a good time watching the Shaun T working his sexy body up into a sweat and listening to his talk. In that case the short workouts will fly right by.Cons:The key problem with Hip Hop Abs is that it is not the ultimate workout for your abs. The standing crunch advertised as the core movement is in no way as effective as cycling, the captains chair or real crunches. A muscle shortening by bending slightly as shown in Hip Hop Abs does not stimulate you abs and make them grow bigger and stronger. This is one clear point where the people selling the product are trying to mislead you. Hip Hop Abs is not a cardio vascular exercise. If you are in halfway decent shape, the workout routines of Shaun T wont make you break out in a big sweat. With time you get used to the drill and as your muscles adapt and your movements become more efficient your body will be less and less challenged. In order to challenge it more you will have to upgrade to the advanced workouts, which basically means buying more stuff from them. The moves are not for everybody and take some time getting used to. It is in no way real Hip Hop what you are learning there. Additionally, the music and Shaun T are not for everybody, which is fair enough.Testimonials claim to have used the product and to have lost as much as 3 inches on their hips in as little as three days. Such a weight loss in such a short time is not only highly unlikely, but were it true would it be everything else but healthy. Dont buy the product and expect to look like Shaun T after a few weeks.In many forums people complain about the customer service delivered by Hip Hop Abs and about being overcharged or receiving stuff they didnt actually want to buy. If you are set on buying the product, use pay pal or make sure you dont get scammed or overcharged for stuff you never wanted. .ConclusionNow, is Hip Hop Abs the ultimate abs workout or a total scam like other products advertised in infomercials? The answer is: neither. If dancing is your thing, if you think this looks like a fun way to lose weight and if you are willing to spend the money, then by all means do it and give Hip Hop Abs a shot. If it gets you off the couch and makes you exercise every day, if it makes you change to a healthier diet and makes you feel better about yourself, then it is worth it. If you are looking for the best way to build your abs, you should stick to the scientifically proven methods. Doing real abs exercises might burn a little, but how sweet is that pain if it actually delivers results that can be measured. Furthermore, Hip Hop Abs is not a suitable cardiovascular exercise since it is neither progressive nor adaptive. If you want to build up a real sweat, rather go for a run or use the cardio machines in your gym. That will make you lose weight faster and you can track your own progress better.
Everywhere, nowadays, people are complaining of feeling stressed and burnt-out with all the demands of work, family, and even studies. The phrase so little time, so much to do, is becoming truer. The psychological stress manifests itself in various ways, through the lowering of a person's resistance to sickness, through the cramping of muscles, or through an unpleasant change in one's mood. Because of this, people now have a greater demand for a way to escape the toxicity of their lifestyle and find a place of escape where they can just relax and enjoy even for just awhile. The truth is one does not need to go far just to be able to relax and have an enjoyable time. Even with just a simple stretching exercise, a basic yoga session, or a beginner's dance lesson will do as a relaxation and fun activity. If places where these activities can be done are hard to find within one's area or town, there are available demonstration VCDs and DVDs which are already for sale or for rent in stores and shopping malls. For additional guidelines on how to maximize the relaxation and enjoyment with the suggested activities, below is a list of to-do things that should not be missed.Find a companion It is always better to do certain activities with a partner or some friends. Especially when the activity to be undertaken will only be done for the first time, it is less worrying or awkward to discover a new experience with someone familiar. However, in case a person chooses to be alone in doing this, it should still be kept in mind to stay open for the possibility of meeting new friends. A friendly and easy attitude should be kept from the very start. Do not let the pressure or stress overcome in the situation of being alone. Be open, take it easy, and try to meet new friends.Make the most of the experience Learn as much as possible from the activity. Do whatever that is required even if it feels uncomfortable doing it the first time. Do not fret too much over the mistakes or inadequacies; remember that the goal of this activity is for a person to be able to relax. This is the time to learn how to laugh at one's own mistakes and strive to be better, however, not in a pressured or struggling way. Leave all that are negative behind, especially before going to the activity. This is supposed to be an escape, thus, do not let the negativities find its way through. Simply give it your best. Take a certain caution Despite giving it your best and making the most out of it, those are still different from really overdoing it. The suggested activities are obviously those that require a certain level of effort, however, not to the point that one's body will experience over-exertion and suffer from muscle injuries. Just in case, it is necessary to bring emergency medications such as topical ointments or muscle relaxants such as Carisoprodol for anything untoward that might happen. Sometimes, accidents do really happen despite taking a certain level of caution. It is still better to be ready for the just-in-case events rather than be left unprepared during emergency situations. These three pointers should be enough guidelines to further make the most out of the escape plan, no matter how brief or how near it may be. Opting for a costly one is one option for those who are capable of handling the expenses. However, for those who are still in a limited budget or limited time, the suggestions above are the most appropriate activities to get into.
As we grow older, our skin loses some of its self-healing properties. The natural process of cell rejuvenation slows and the skin loses some of its elasticity. We sometimes have to take extra measures to help this process along. Unpleasant wrinkles will appear at some point in your life, and if you're not careful, you'll allow the reality of aging to keep you from living life to the fullest. Instead of skin improvement surgeries (which often leave scars or cause other problems later on), face lifts, and expensive anti aging sessions at a local spa, there are now several major brands of high quality - and natural - anti wrinkle creams that work just as well or better. Let's explore the benefits of natural "anti wrinkle cream" and how it can help rejuvenate your skin with minimal effort.Anti Aging Skin Care Products Have ImprovedAnti wrinkle cream has come a long way in the last decade. Developers have discovered new powerful ingredients that greatly enhance the skin and help with rejuvenation better than ever before. Natural ingredients such as aloe vera, L-Carnosine, and Tamanu oil are being included in some high-quality products such as Rejuvion. These ingredients and other natural elements can render tremendous results when combined in good measure. Also, these often do not cause rashes and other skin irritations like many chemically based creams.Long Lasting ResultsGood quality natural anti wrinkle cream can provide lasting results for persons of all ages. Regular use of a quality natural cream can help the skin return to its youthful look. The cream can restore strength and resilience while helping your skin look and feel better every day. Natural anti aging creams help to remove wrinkles and lines by growing new, young skin cells. The minor skin blemishes often disappear, and the skin is replenished with critical vitamins, nutrients, and essential oils. Anti wrinkle cream can also help neutralize the oiliness or dryness of skin and maximize bioavailability so that the cream reaches areas that others cannot reach.Affordable and Easy to UseNatural anti wrinkle cream is much more affordable than having surgery or visiting a local spa on a regular basis. You might pay around a hundred dollars for a very good "anti aging cream" , but thousands of dollars for surgery or other solutions. Anti wrinkle products are also easy to use and can be applied within the comfort of your own home. You can take the cream with you on vacation, or use it wherever you are during the day or night. Easy to BuyNot only is anti wrinkle cream affordable, but it's also easy to buy from online retailers. Creams are readily available online and can be shipped directly to you. You never have to leave your home to get rid of wrinkles and slow the aging process of your skin. When ordering, be sure to look for natural anti aging skin care products containing healthy volumes of aloe vera and other key ingredients for safe skin cell rejuvenation. Do some research to determine which anti wrinkle cream will work best for your particular skin type and needs. Avoid cheap brands that hide or only vaguely mention their ingredient information. Buy from a reliable company with a reputation for providing long-term results for skin problems and wrinkles. You'll look younger and feel great with this simple solution!