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Saturday, March 27

Eat To Lose Weight

Our body rest and recharge during our sleep at night and conserve energy. During this cycle, our body slow down on metabolism and doesn’t burn energy. To lose weight, we need to takes in some form of nutrients. That is why one of the many reasons breakfast is essential to losing weight. Once we eat breakfast, our body will start to burn energy, and prepare for our daily life challenge ahead of us.

Instant foods or foods that are prepared in a hurry sometimes can have an adverse impact to our health. These types of foods usually contain a large amount of calories and fats. It is essential to eat foods at breakfast that will give us energy but it is also important not to over indulge foods that will flood our calorie count in our body at the beginning to the rest of our day. It is vital to avoid fast food and high sugar content food for breakfasts. Beware! Not all cereals, breakfast drinks, and smoothies are healthy for our body. Read the ingredients content before you buy them as some may contain a high amount of fats and calories in very small servings. So read and choose wisely before putting these items in your shopping cart.

Eating healthy breakfast foods is essential especially foods that are low in fats and sugar that will give us energy and helps in our diet. Foods like eggs, oatmeal, fruits, and healthy cereals are all items that can be consumed on a regular basis.

Protein is also essential for our body in loosing weight. During exercise, our body will use the protein to create lean muscle and burn calories during its process. This will help us to lose weight. Protein should be taken in the morning with breakfast and at night before sleep as both times are ideal for helping our body create lean muscle.

So, bear in mind that, to lose weight, don’t starve yourself. Eat smart and you’re on your way to success in loosing weight.

Tuesday, March 16

Good Stress Bad Stress

Stress is defined as any situation or thought that generates a feeling of frustration, anger or nervousness. It is a body reaction to a change of physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. In today’s lifestyle, we are always competing against each other and trying to achieve so much in their life. We can conclude that almost everybody is suffering from some degree of stress. Stress, in general is not good for our well being, but to a certain degree, it’s good for us. Some amount of stress motivates us to perform better in our life. But you should never allow stress to grow beyond a point where it breaks you down. The key to a leading happy and prosperity life is learning to manage stress effectively. If a person suffers from situations which are beyond their control and are bound to be stressful such as a loss of a loved one, divorce or loss of a job, you have to take control of the stress within and if you are not able to, enroll yourself for a stress relief program and take control of your life.

Stress and illnesses

Every year, an uncounted people lose their life because of heart disease, strokes and various forms of cancers all over the world, primarily because of stress. Stress is the root cause of many illnesses. Stress is also found in the root cause of many stomach problems such as constipation or diarrhea that can lead to serious conditions such as stomach ulcers. Stress have also found to be one of the cause for headache, migraine and even triggers or aggravates skin conditions such as acne, hives, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, warts, cold sores and blisters.

Ongoing stress is also known to weaken the immune system which makes you prone to frequent colds and upper respiratory infections and lead to depression and various types of anxiety disorders.

Stress management

Stress management is a program to help people who are unable to control their stress. It helps individuals to take control of their emotions and reactions when situations, people and events make excessive demands.

People with negative attitude will have more stress compare with people with a positive attitude in life. Keep a record of situations that is causing you stress, you'll notice that there’s a lot of stress in life can be avoided by simply altering the way you perceive that particular situation. Taking a well-balanced diet at regular intervals and regular physical exercise can also help you calm down and thereby reduce the stress in your life.

Meditation like yoga can also help you to calm and relax yourself. You can even pursue in activities like painting, dancing, sports or listening to music or anything that interests you.

Most importantly, do not become a silent recluse. Find someone that supports you. Somebody in your family or your friends will be willing to help you come out of stress. If you are still unable to take control and overcome your stress, enroll yourself in a stress management program and take control of your life. Stress can adversely effect your health drastically, so take control of your stress and you will control your health.

Tuesday, March 9

Difference Between Stress And Mental Illness

Stress is part of our life and we have to face it whether you want it or not. Stress comes in two different levels and mental illness is one of the levels. All of us deal with our stress in our own way. Being a normal human being, our mind is exposed to a possibility of a mental breakdown.

When someone has a nervous breakdown, it’s only a temporary state of mind and is often seen return to a normal lifestyle. This doesn’t mean he have a mental illness, he is just dealing with a complicated problem that isn’t a common part of his day. Therefore, no mental illness is involved. But, if you’re suffering stress that affects your daily life dramatically, then there is a possibility you might be heading to suffering mental illness. Severe stress can lead us to have suicidal thoughts, abnormal thinking patterns, health problems, impair our judgment, and even cause delusions and paranoia as well as other mental health related symptoms.

Stress affects both the body and mind and can lead to a series of problems. It forced one part of the mind against another part of the mind, compressing emotions and thoughts. This will create the person feels as though they’re losing control of their life. This will often lead them to their emotions to try to solve their problems.

When a person emotions within them that are anger or sadness, it often leads to negative thought patterns. It’s up to that person to decide when they’ve had enough and take control by doing something to resolve their problems.

If that person fails to control this decision-making process in their mind and prolong the negative emotion then he is subject to mental illness, providing it lingers for longer than a few weeks or even months. If stress changes the equilibrium in the brain and this applies pressure to the mind and the equilibrium is not reinstated, then the mind is subject to chemical imbalances, tumors, and diseases.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological reaction that reoccurs consistently after a person has witnessed or experienced a high level of trauma. This person will suffer anxiety attacks, depression, reoccurring nightmares, night sweats, flashbacks and they tends to avoid social gatherings and triggers that will link their minds back to the tragedy. This person will also suffer abnormal stress on a daily basis.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health issue as this person has endured extreme trauma. This marks the person as a candidate for much higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, high-blood pressure and other medical related illnesses.

In conclusion, the difference between common stress and abnormal stress is that the symptoms of stress from a common view are temporary, while the symptoms of mental illness is ongoing. Sometimes, even normal person might require medications to treat stress but most of time when a mental illness is involved, the person will need long-term medical attention.

As you can see, there’s a fine line between common stress and mental illness and stress. The levels of stress for the common society are often tolerable, while the mentally ill have to fight a million times harder to avoid stress and/or cope with stress.