Depression and Spiritual Awakening

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Want to be a Sleep Pro? Just Follow These 6 Tips!

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Want to be a Sleep Pro? Just Follow These 6 Tips!
- by Tony Mase

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Ever lay awake at night and assume the rest of the world is
sleeping like babies?

Jealous of your spouse or significant other who can down
coffee all day long, then fall fast asleep at bedtime -while
you struggle to catch a few zzz's even after a couple days
of sleep deprivation?

What separates you from these "sleep pros"?

If your sleep problems aren't due to some kind of medical
problem, there are 6 things that can help you slumber with
the best of them:

1. Get yourself on a sleep schedule.

Like it or not, your body works best when it's on a rhythm.
It needs a clear separation between daytime tasks and
nighttime rest. So, if you curl up for bed one night at 8:00
and stay out till 3:00 the next night, your poor body won't
know what to do - and you won't be able to sleep!

That's why you need to figure out a sleep schedule and stick
to it. And, yes, you'll need to stick to your schedule on
weekends, too. That way, your body won't have to break its
"resting" habit.

2. Cool it with the caffeine.

Love the taste of coffee after dinner? It could be what's
keeping you up at night! All of that caffeine works as a
stimulant in your brain. As a result, you won't be able to
sleep, no matter how hard you try!

And, remember, caffeine isn't just in coffee! It's also in
soda and chocolate.

3. Watch out for other hidden stimulants.

Even if you're diligent about not having any caffeine after
a certain time of day, there are other things that may be
keeping you up at night - like your TV, the internet, and
your video games. All of them keep your brain "active", so
it won't be ready for sleep when you put down the controller
and hop into bed.

Instead, shut all of your gadgets off well before you hit
the pillow. That way, your brain will have time to "come
down" from them!

4. Exercise earlier.

Research shows that people who exercise on a regular basis
are less likely to suffer from insomnia. The secret lies in
your endorphins - or, your "feel good" hormones. When you
exercise, your body produces more endorphins and they
eliminate tension. As a result, you have an easier time
sleeping.

Want to be a Sleep Pro? Just Follow These 6 Tips!
Want to be a Sleep Pro? Just Follow These 6 Tips!
However, the worst thing you can do is exercise right before
bed time!

Think about it - if you get your body all "wound up" with
exercise, the last thing you're going to want to do is
sleep! Instead, exercise in the morning or afternoon.

5. Stop napping.

If you have a snack before dinner, what happens? You ruin
your appetite.

The same thing happens when you take a nap!

It may feel great in the middle of the afternoon when you're
dragging, but that nap can actually prevent you from getting
a good night's sleep later on. So, no matter how tired you
feel during the day, try to hold out until nighttime. You'll
thank yourself later!

6. Eat earlier.

Ever eaten so much that you just want to plop down and go to
sleep?

Don't! It's one of the worst things you can do!

If you eat too much right before bedtime, it can be murder
on that all-important sleep schedule. And, if you suffer
from indigestion, lying down and trying to sleep can be
downright painful. Instead of sleeping, you'll be lying
awake suffering!

The solution? Eat earlier in the evening and give yourself
time to digest. Or, eat just enough so that you're not
hungry. That way, you won't be too stuffed to sleep.

See? All it takes is a few lifestyle changes to turn sleep
from a nemesis into a friend!

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Tony Mase is a serious student of the works of Wallace D.
Wattles and the publisher of "The Science of Abundant Life"
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5 Fear Based Emotions That Destroy People

5 Fear Based Emotions That Destroy People
by Chris Ford

Let’s face it. There are only two ways to approach life. You either honor the fears in your life, or you love your life. You see, the opposite of fear is love. If you honor the fears in your life, these 5 fear based emotions will destroy you. What do you honor?

1. Anger. Do you know anyone that is always angry? These people are angry at everyone. They are angry at their spouse, angry at their children, angy at their co-workers, angry at the traffic, angry at the long lines they are standing in, angry, angry, angry.

I know a few people like that, do you? Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘I wonder why that person is so angry?’ I know I have. One person in particular comes to mind. With this particular person, my opinion is that this anger derives from feeling a lack of control. I was always taught that if you have a need to be in control, then you are out of control.

But make no mistake, anger definitely comes from living in fear. Maybe that person is fearful of losing a business, or losing an income, or losing a person in their life, or whatever.

2. Jealousy. Aaah, the ‘ole jealousy emotion. This is by far the biggest destroyer of them all. Excuse me here, but I have to relate this fear based emotion to relationships, more specifically a sexual based relationship. After all, the most powerful emotion since the beginning of mankind is sex.

If you suffer from severe jealousy of a spouse or partner, you need to take a closer look at yourself. To overcome jealousy you have to overcome your own shortcomings. The way I look at it, jealousy is a fear of being out of control. You can’t control if someone cheats in a relationship anyway, if they are going to cheat you can’t stop it, so don’t fret it. And again, a need to be in control means you are out of control.

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3. Resentment. Carrying around resentment, in my opinion, comes from a failure to communicate and/or express your expectations of another. Once again, I know a particular person that carries around loads of resentment for family members. This person expects certain business family members to perform certain tasks, and when they fall short, resentment explodes. The fact of the matter is that this family member that falls short of expectations doesn’t even know that task or tasks was expected of them in the first place. A classic case of miscommunication.

Resentment is totally created by the person carrying it. It takes loads of energy to carry around resentment. Refocus that energy in a focus, productive way and just let go of this crippling emotion.

4. Anxiety. We all have felt this type of emotion in some way, shape, form or fashion. Feeling anxious begins at an early age. You are anxious because you don’t want to be late for school, or you don’t want to miss the bus, or you have to be home at a certain time, or a certain project is approaching a deadline, and on and on.

Feeling anxious, in my opinion, results from trying to meet certain expectations of others. To relieve this emotion, simply replace your expectation or the expectations of others, with an aspiration. You simply aspire to do your best. You aspire to be on time. You aspire to perform at your highest level. When you aspire and not expect you are not dissapointed, and your anxiety will fade.

5. Insecurity. The emotion of feeling insecure affects millions. Feeling insecure in your relationships, your finances, your marriage, your job, etc. A lack of self-esteem combined with a poor self-image is a major factor in feeling insecure. How do you overcome feeling insecure? My rule of thumb was always ‘just go to work.’ Work hard, aspire to do your best, and let the chips fall where they may. When you have a ‘hard work attitude’ combined with an aspiration to do your best, you self-image will increase dramatically.

Do you suffer from any of these 5 fear based emotions? Remember, the opposite of fear is love. Love casts out fear. So, try loving more and letting go of fear. You will see a dramatic effect in your life and your business.

More Information:

Chris Doe Ford – do these 5 fear based emotions play a role in your life or business? For daily training and techniques dealing with these emotions please visit my resouce page, personal development, at http://rchrisford.com

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Rules for a Healthy Diet for Kids

It can seem very difficult to find a diet that your children enjoy eating, but is also very healthy for them. When there is so much pressure to encourage your children to eat healthily, how do you get a reasonable balance between making sure they have a good diet and not getting them so obsessed with food that they will be worried about their weight?  Here are some hints and tips that will hopefully help you with working out a healthy diet for kids.1) Don’t use food as a treat.  If children consider food to be a reward for good behaviour, this can turn out to be a habit for their lifetime.  You need to make sure that they see food as fuel and not a treat.  Try not to let them feel that they only get pudding as a reward for eating their dinner or other similar things, as this can turn out against you when they only want to eat sweet treats, or binge on food as rewards for doing good things.

2) Try to keep sugar in the diet at a minimum. Sugar not only rots teeth but can also cause children to put on weight if they have too much. It can be difficult, but it is often better to give children more of their main course than to give them cakes or dessert after their food. If they are still hungry then let them have a piece of fruit as this will give them a sweet treat without the fat that usually accompanies desserts.

3) Keep snacks at a minimum. Some children need snacks between meals to give them a burst of energy but you should really only give these if they are needed and not as a habit.  Good snacks include nuts, seeds and unsweetened yoghurt.  If you are out and about they could snack on fruit bars or fresh fruit.

4) Don’t give in to advertising.  A lot of children will want to eat foods that they see on TV or that their friends have.  It can be very difficult to not give in to their demands for the latest items.  However, try to think of their long term health and how it can affect their behavior if you give in to what they want all the time.  Just occasionally buy them the things they want, but make sure that they aren’t eating unhealthy foods all the time.

5) Show a good example. If you are expecting your children to eat all their vegetables you will need to make sure that you eat them too. Children copy the behavior of the people around them and so they will need to see you eating well too.

6) Eat a good variety of foods. Unhealthy food is fine every once in a while as long as there are good healthy foods eaten

Ps. This is a useful link for more information about health issues for kids

 

Helping a Child Lose Weight – Ways to Encourage Rather Than Tear Down

In today’s modern society technology has transformed all of our lives.  Unfortunately the effects of technology are not always beneficial.  For example children today tend to spend far more time indoors than they would have a few generations ago, largely due to the various forms of electronic entertainment available to them.  Instead of running around and playing with friends outside, many children now spend countless hours playing video games.  This increased level of inactivity is obviously a big part of why there are so many children who now find themselves overweight.  Helping a child lose weight is not as simple as you might think.  Much like an adult, a child who has become overweight will need to make changes to their lifestyle in order to lose weight and maintain the weight loss.  These changes will likely include increasing their activity, and modifying their diet.  With significant changes likely necessary for a child to successfully lose weight, it can be a difficult time for them.  It’s important to remember when helping a child lose weight that you need to be patient and understanding.

Obviously getting children to quit playing video games or spending time online will be next to impossible.  Instead of trying to eliminate what you consider to be a bad influence, you should try to encourage them to spend more time doing healthy activities.  Why not take a trip to the park or go for a ride together on bikes? Why not play catch outside or take your dogs for a walk? By providing alternatives to video games and television that are fun you can increase the chances that your child will be more receptive to change.  Another important thing to consider when helping a child lose weight it their diet.  Once again it’s going to be impossible to cut out all of their sweets and other unhealthy foods.  Instead of trying to force a healthy diet upon them, you can look for healthy foods that they enjoy.  Offer them the option of having fresh fruit as a snack.  Substitute the whole or 2% milk in your refrigerator for skim or 1% milk.  By providing your child with options instead of trying to force them to eat healthy, you can increase the chances that they will improve their eating habits.

The key to helping a child lose weight is learning to effectively communicate with your child, and finding middle ground.
 Ps. This is a useful link for more information about health issues for kids

Kids Fitness Games to Keep Your Child Healthy

Kids nowadays are so focused on watching television and playing video games that they do not have time to exercise. This has resulted in an increase in the number of children with obesity. Kids fitness games not only keep their bodies in shape, but also keep their minds active. Parents should therefore make sure that their kids have enough time to exercise. There are some simple games which every kid will love playing.

Rope skipping provides a great way for a kid to burn extra calories. Children are hyperactive and they are going to love jumping around with their skipping rope. The kid can play alone or as a group in the play ground. In this game your kid will use the whole body and they can also try to compete and see how fast they can jump without tripping. Alternatively, they can use more than one rope which increases the level of activity.

Hokey is another kids fitness games. In this game the kids will put one leg in front and pull it back, then the other leg and the hands. The kid then shakes the whole body and turns around. This game is not only enjoyable, but also helps your kid to maintain the right weight.

Cycling is considered one of the most effective ways to keep a child active and healthy. Children love cycling and you can also join your kid for fun. The child gets to exercise his legs muscles and he will also require a lot of energy to cycle. However, it is advisable to supervise your kid while cycling to avoid accidents. Make sure the child stays on the sidewalk and he wears helmet.

The best kids fitness games are those which involve racing and agility. Football is one such games and it also provides an opportunity for your kid to learn to be a team player. Running around allows the kid to improve heart muscles and other body muscles. You can also take time to watch the kid playing to motivate him or her. You will be amazed at how sweaty your kid will be at the end of the football game.

Indoor kids fitness games such as sardines are ideal when the weather is cold. The kids can play sardines game where one kid hides like in hide and seek and other children have to look for him. The children are required to join the hiding the child until only one kid is remaining and then they can come out. You can also introduce your kid to dancing as an exercise and also to explore their talent. Let your child join a dancing class so he can become a good dancer.

Physical fitness for kids is very important and it is the duty of every parent to make sure their kids exercise consistently. Kids fitness games such as rope jumping, cycling, swimming, soccer as well as hide and seek are some games you can let your kid play. These will not only keep your child healthy but will also increase his or her agility.
Ps. This is a useful link for more information about health issues for kids

Nutrition and Fitness for Kids

Most people think that kids will get fit naturally because they play in the playground at school and spend time running around outside and will simply burn off the calories from the food they eat like that.  It might have been like that in the past, but these days there a lot of children who are putting on weight when they are quite young so this obviously isn’t working any more. So what can parents do to help?

There are some simple solutions to helping your children get healthier and fitter without having to make huge changes to your lifestyle.  The simplest way is to try and get fitter.  There are plenty of clubs that children can go to these days that can help with their fitness levels. From football to ballet there is usually something to interest every child.  If your child doesn’t like doing social activities like that, then they can do things with their family instead.  A walk to the park is always good fun, and as they get older the children will be able to go on their own. Try to encourage them to play outside in the summer months as this will not only get them more active but will also help them make friends with other children in the area.  If the whole family wants to get fitter then you can all work together at it, maybe by using a Wii fit or doing some exercise at home.

Healthier eating isn’t too difficult a change either.  There are some very simple changes you can make to your diet which can make a huge difference to you child’s health.  Firstly try to reduce the snacks in between meals.  Children can easily fill up on sweet or salty snacks that are full of unhealthy fats, then they won’t want to eat their main meals which are usually healthier.  When you are cooking try to reduce the amount of processed foods you buy as these often contain more sugar, salt and saturated fat than you would add if you were cooking yourself from scratch.  Try to cook with your children so they have more enthusiasm for the meals which you have prepared for them and it will help them to be more likely to try new things.

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Children shouldn’t be dieting in the same way as adults, they still need fats in their diets as well a good varied amount of protein, carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables.  If you want to reduce their weight, or stop them gaining more then you will need to be careful not to reduce their food intake too much.  It is much better to take out the sweets, cakes, puddings and biscuits from their diet than reduce the food they have in their main meals.  A healthy main meal should contain a good amount of fresh vegetables (preferably some of them should be raw) served with some carbohydrate and protein. Proteins include nuts, seeds, beans, pulses, dairy products and meat.  It is good to have a mix of these rather than just choosing meat every time.  The carbohydrates should be wholemeal so that they fill up the child and don’t make them want to eat more and more as the calories are quickly used up.
 Ps. This is a useful link for more information about health issues for kids