NATUROPATHIC REMEDIES FOR STRESS RELIEF

When we were kids we rarely visit the doctors.  After all, my Granda’s pharmacy was just outside the back door in her garden.  As the old saying goes Grandma knows best. The pharmacies are available to us all the time, but sometimes we are preferring the natural ways of healing and cures that our Grandma was using.

St. John’s Wort is used for treating the anxiety and stress for years. This herb is releasing serotonin naturally and has an effect on the mood stabilizing and can be found in most of the health food and drug stores.

When it comes to herbal remedies, here are five herbs for fighting the stress:

  • L-Theanine is used for its anti-anxiety and relaxing effects and is the main amino acid in green tea.
  • Ashwagandha or Winter Cherry is an Indian herb that is reducing all the increased levels of corticosterone, blood lactic acid, and blood urea nitrogen.
  • Rhodiola is helping the body to increase its resistance to the damages from the stressors, then increase the work capacity, decrease fatigue and improve the memory and learning.  Extracts from Roseroot are also demonstrating a potential for increased memory and improved learning.

  • Siberian Ginseng or Eleuthero is discovered for enhancing the performance of athletics and stress reducing. Also, Eleuthero is increasing the energy levels, increasing the cognitive functions, and balancing the immune system.
  • Echinacea – This herb was mainly used for respiratory problems by the Native Americans. Today is also used for fighting the symptoms of flu and cold. All the commercial cough syrups have the Echinacea as part of their composition, although you will get a lot more amount in the herbs than in the cough syrup.

If you want to incorporate more remedies from herbs in the medicine cabinet, these are herbs that can be found very easy. If you are suffering from stress, try Bliss™ a natural herbal remedy.

Disadvantages of a Digital Traveler

Over the past years, I have been traveling all around the world, such as India, Egypt, Singapore, Bangladesh, and Germany. I really love to travel, but there are a lot of technology setbacks when it comes to being a digital nomad. So there are a lot of things that need to be considered before traveling and working at the same time.

Being a digital nomad means that you’re taking your laptop and traveling the world. It means that you’ve created some kind of online business model, which in turn means that you earn money as long as you have a computer and an internet connection. This then frees you up to work where you want and how you want and many people use this to fulfill their ambition of seeing the world and of living a lifestyle that is completely unrestricted. This is one of the truest examples of being free and it’s something that many people who work online aspire to.

But let’s not pretend that being a digital nomad is all rainbows and sunshine. As with any lifestyle, there are downsides to this style of living too and it’s very important to make sure that you know what those are and you’re prepared to cope with them. Let’s take a look…

You Lose Your Creature Comforts

One of the most obvious ways in which being a digital nomad could be considered a bad thing is in the way it robs you of your creature comforts’. That is to say that you’ll probably be living in hostels and eating cheaply when you can. If you’re someone who loves to kick back on the sofa with a cup of tea and a blanket, then you might find this a bit tough going.

You Will Miss People

Assuming you’re a regular person, you’ll probably find you start missing friends and family after a short while and this can be hard as you’re constantly traveling. It’s especially hard when you see them start to get married, attend important events or generally continue with normal life that you’re no longer a part of.

It’s Hard to Return

When you’ve lived a life where there’s adventure around every corner, it can be very hard to return back to normal. You’ll find it hard fitting into a more regular routine and many people find they have to keep traveling as a result.

You Have to Work

Even with a very passive income model, there will be times when you have to work to make ends meet. This is painful when you have a hundred and one exciting things you want to do but all you can do is to sit in a dingy coffee shop somewhere.

Working is Tricky

Let’s be real: working on the move on a laptop is challenging and there are many ways in which you’ll be forced to compromise. Sometimes the internet will be down, sometimes you’ll struggle to find a power point. Sometimes there will be a lot of sun glaring on your screen and bees buzzing past your keyboard. This makes traveling and working that much harder!

Your Business Will Suffer

There are some things you simply can’t do while traveling – meeting people in person for example. I was recently given the opportunity to star on a YouTube channel and the company invested in me by buying me filming equipment and lighting equipment. This was all very exciting – but it wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t have a home to store all those things in!

This isn’t to put you off – being a digital nomad is still a fantastic experience. Just know that it isn’t perfect either!

Were to next!

Well, I haven’t decided.  But what I do know is I am not done traveling yet.

Creating A Writing Environment for Success

I write a little every day.  Some days I find I can barely write a sentence and other days I find now only can I write every day but my writing is more creative and I have more fun putting computer keystrokes to paper.  Giving me pause to think about what exactly is the difference.  So I came up with a few key factors that create an environment for successful writing. 

The following tips will help you in setting up the best atmosphere for increasing your chances of success.

  • Keep your energy levels as high as possible by making sure you eat healthy meals.
  • Create a schedule for writing each day to make it routine. If the writing becomes a habit, it will be a lot easier for writing over time.
  • Every night create a list of what you intend to write the following day.

The most important, if you skip your routine by any chance, don’t panic and beat yourself about that. You can just continue the following day, but don’t make a habit of breaking your routine.

Ways to heal yourself without medicine

In the book Unlearning Your Pain, there are listed a few steps that can help you in healing from chronic pain.

First, it is very important to discover what is causing the pain. Most of the people that have chronic pain have pain that is diagnosed as migraine, irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia.  Although this pain is not caused by a process in the body due to a structural disease,  this pain is just as strong as the one caused by fractures, cancer, and infections. This pain is caused by learned neural pathways.  Just as learning to ride a bicycle, you will be developing a learned neural pathway, and you will be able to ride a bike during your life. According to this, pain can be learned, without having a disease process in your body.

 

 

Break Your Energy Draining Habits

Fighting Tiredness through a Healthy, Balanced Diet

Fatigue can have many causes but for a number of people simply changing their diet and eating healthier may be all they need to conquer fatigue.

Over 2.2 million people in the U.S. complain of feeling tired or fatigued and according to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, women are four times more likely to feel overly tired than men. Although fatigue can be an underlying symptom of many diseases and conditions, it can also be the result of a poor diet lacking in nutrition. By making a few diet changes, a person suffering from fatigue can begin to feel more energetic and conquer that run down feeling.

Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

Poor diet is the main reason that many people suffer from fatigue. Eating too much sugar can cause blood glucose levels to become unstable and limiting certain foods such as carbohydrates and fats can also make the body feel fatigued. Going back to basics and eating a variety of healthy foods is the best way to bolster the body and feel energized again.

Eating a healthy breakfast is very important in order to keep energy up during the day. British researchers at Cardiff University in Wales found that eating a high-fiber breakfast, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, can reduce fatigue by 10% as well as build better cognitive skills and lower the risk of depression. Because fiber slows down the digestion of food, the body is able to maintain energy for a longer period of time. Adding fruit and a low-fat dairy product to the breakfast will also help to maintain energy throughout the morning.

A weakened immune system can be a factor in ongoing fatigue. If the body is working harder than it has to in order to fight off colds and infections, this can wear down the body and make it tired. Try revitalizing the immune system by eating foods rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants stop free radicals in the body from damaging cells and causing such diseases as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and even some cancers. Try adding blueberries, strawberries, apples, walnuts, potatoes, artichokes, pinto beans, and green tea to the diet to build up the immune system and have more energy.

Complex and simple carbohydrates are necessary for keeping the body’s energy levels up and the blood sugar levels evenly maintained. Complex carbohydrates that also contain fiber digest slowly in the body and help blood sugar levels stay more constant so the body doesn’t experience those highs and lows as it does with sugar. Simple carbohydrates will give the body that energy surge without the big letdown. Good complex carbohydrates to eat are oatmeal, bran, brown rice, yams, beans, carrots, squash, and wheat pasta. Skip the white bread, white rice, and pasta that contain no fiber and empty calories. Simple carbohydrates include apples, cranberries, kiwi, pears, and blackberries.

Fat has had a bad reputation for years but the truth is the body needs some good fats to keep energy levels up. Good fats that contain omega-3 fatty acids from foods like salmon, tuna, olive oil, walnuts, almonds, and peanut butter actually encourage the body to store carbohydrates as glycogen instead of as fat. Glycogen is the term for stored glucose, (blood sugar), which is the body’s main form of energy.

Protein is important for keeping the immune system strong, building cells, transporting hormones and vitamins throughout the body and basically keeping the body strong. Without enough protein in the diet, the body will not be able to distribute the nutrients the body needs to feel strong and alert. Make sure to eat some lean beef, fish, eggs, nuts, beans or low-fat dairy products every day. Soy products are also an excellent source of protein.

Vitamins and Minerals for Fatigue

Fatigue can be the result of not enough iron in the diet. Iron is responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood among other functions. If enough oxygen is not in the bloodstream the result can be fatigue. Eat foods that are iron-rich such as lean beef, sardines, bran flakes, almonds, raisins, lentils, kidney beans, and soybeans. Iron supplements should be avoided unless a doctor has prescribed them because too much iron can become toxic in the system.

Stress causes fatigue because it burns up essential vitamins and minerals in the body as well as wears down the immune system. All the B vitamins, as well as vitamin C, calcium and magnesium, are depleted when the body is stressed. Try getting these nutrients from food whenever possible or take a daily multivitamin to replenish these important nutrients.

A healthy, balanced diet is all that may be needed to combat fatigue and feel energetic again. However, if other symptoms accompany the fatigue or it is getting in the way of participating in activities or going to work then it is important to visit the doctor for a proper diagnosis.

 

Eliminate Time Clutter – Create A Not To Do List

 

Most people are overwhelmed by having busy lives, and most likely they have some to-do list in the form of a note on the mobile phone or computer, a piece of paper etc. Looking at that list might make you crazy since there are too many things to do and so little time.

In my experience, the list is growing and growing until it becomes an alligator that bites.

So can you get control of your to-do list?

Start by creating a not to do list instead. You can write for example I’m not gonna waste my time doing things, that are not going to be of value for my clients. This will make me stay on course and do the things for adding value. Because if I tell myself that I need to write some article, it won’t motivate me enough, but if I say that I will add some value to my work, will motivate me a lot more.

CULTIVATING PATIENCE IN AN IMPATIENCE WORLD

In today’s fast moving world being impatient become some norm.  When you stop to think about it, we are not able to wait more than 15 seconds for downloading something, or waiting in line at the coffee shop seems like forever. Always thinking that the next line is moving faster and wishing you were in that line.

Unwillingness to wait is defined as impatience. Lot of times, we are blaming some external forces as main cause of our impatience, instead of taking responsibility that we created it by ourselves.

Compare ourselves to others
When we compare ourselves to others, we highlight our faults and don’t appreciate how far we’ve come. Maybe we still don’t have the degree we’ve been working towards when everyone else our age we know is already well established in their careers. But none of us have the same life experiences or come from the same background. Just because others are at different places in their lives doesn’t mean we should be there too. Comparing ourselves and finding ourselves lacking ignores all of the other ways we are “ahead” or in a better place. We each have our own path and unique lessons to learn, which is a good thing!

Cling onto outcomes
We know what we want. We’ve charted it out and have set our goals. And we know how “it” will happen. Unfortunately, things rarely happen the way we plan on. And if we hold onto the idea that the way we have planned things are the only acceptable way for them to happen, we are setting ourselves up for disillusionment, disappointment, and yes, impatience. Setting goals is good, but if we cling too much to the “how’s,” we will miss other opportunities along the way.

Believe we know best
Once we having a plan or goal firmly in mind, it can be difficult to flow with life. We plan out our lives and believe that we know what will be best for us. When our plans fall apart, it can feel like our lives fall apart with them. If we can trust in our higher power or the universe to see and understand what truly is best for us, we can let go a little of the reins and be more patient when life doesn’t give us what we think we want or need.

Exaggerate importance
Getting caught up in the details is a very common occurrence for people who want to take life by the throat and make something big happen in their lives. Unfortunately, if we get too caught up in the details, we lose sight of the big picture. We over dramatize and exaggerate the importance of those little details, which causes us to lose patience. Keeping the big picture firmly in our minds can help us maintain perspective and deal with the details in a way that is more effective.

MID-LIFE COACH – Discover Your Dream Job

Do you wish you had a better job something you totally loved to do, that paid 20% more… 50% more… or maybe even double your income?

Is it really possible to have a job you look forward to going to on Mondays?

Do you want to do something different something more meaningful for you, but can’t figure out what that is?

Can you imagine what it would be like to be part of a fun dynamic team that actually makes a difference, and people actually care about your opinion?

How many times have you set a goal and not accomplished it?  Professionals hire coaches because they know that if they are left to their own devices, they would be less effective, attainment of goals would be slower and results would be diminished.  They know this because they’ve tried it both ways and have seen the results or lack of.

Changing your career can be stressful!

Do you want to reinvent your career? Maybe you would like to try something beyond the 9-5, working from home or doing something you truly love. Your goals, passions and vision changes with the passage of time.

A lot of smart professional mid-life women just like you find themselves in the middle of a career crisis.
Have you been taking steps to change your career and life and nothing seems to be happening as fast as you’d like?

And here’s the most important factor…

Maybe you’re just getting a little sick and tired or even getting more confused trying to figure it all out by yourself

At last a solution…

I work with professional midlife women who are not happy in their work to clarify and prioritize their options to transition to a career they love. Maybe you’d like to….

  • Create a crystal clear vision for your ultimate career, how much will you get paid, how fun would it be, what would the work environment be like for your ultimate dream job…
  • We’ll uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your ability to know the kind of work you were born to do, the kind of work that would be fun for you and the kind of work you would get paid handsomely for…
  • Leave the session  renewed and inspired  and reenergized to find your ultimate dream job starting  today

DISCOVER YOUR STRESS QUOTIENT FOR BUSY EXECUTIVES AND ENTREPRENEURS

Take a test to see how you are managing your stress level
Everyonе is facing some stress at some point, between having some social life, paying the bills, work problems,  day to day problems, maintaining good relationships with the family members etc.

This test is not only to tell you that you are stressed but how you are responding and coping with everything that stresses you out.  The test will show you how good your strategies for coping are.

 

Discover Your Stress Quotient for Busy Executives and Entrepreneurs

Most days, I have at least a few thoughts that I feel I cannot control how overwhelmed I feel.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – Truer
I frequently find myself telling friends and family members how incredibly stressed I feel.
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My common response to a high level of stress is to emotionally or physically shut down.
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I know that I need to make some major changes to reduce my overall stress, however, I have not yet done so.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – Truer
I am sure that other people are much better at coping with difficult situations than I am.
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I often find myself dropping one of the many balls that I try to juggle.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – Truer
I often find that I am focusing a lot more of my time and energy on one aspect of my business than I would like.
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When I become overwhelmed with responsibilities, I tend to stop doing things for myself. For instance, I stop exercising, preparing healthy meals, or spending time with friends.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – Truer
I often find myself daydreaming, procrastinating, or doing a mindless activity when I need to take care of something, such as paying a bill.
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I frequently overeat or eat unhealthy foods such as fast food when I am feeling stressed out.
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I commonly have thoughts like, “maybe I’m just not capable of dealing with so much.”
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Lately I have felt upset because so much of my time has been dedicated to my work that I have had little time for my family or friends.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – Truer
Given my current priorities in life, I feel I am making a sacrifice right now.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – Truer
The fact that I have not been able to exercise or do recreational activities lately has been causing me distress.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – Truer
I am not happy about the huge investment that my career or another aspect of my life has been lately.
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When I become stressed, I get a short fuse. I either yell at people when I’m driving, am short with salespeople, or argue with colleagues at work.
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I know that I need to relax, and sometimes I try to, but I find that I do not know how to unwind.
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I commonly have thoughts like, “If only I could win the lottery or make it big, I would not be working so hard.
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I find that I get frustrated often because I am not able to spend time with my family/friends or have some time for myself.
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On a typical day, I have several thoughts such as “I do not even have an idea where to start with all the things I need to do.”
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I do not have a number of ideas of activities which are soothing, enjoyable, or sociable for me.
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At least two people have told me lately that I have been complaining a lot about the lack of balance in my life.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – Truer
I do not feel in control of my life or future.
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I am not good at prioritizing tasks and I often feel like I need to do everything right away.
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When I feel stressed, I tell myself that I should get more sleep, but am often not able to.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – Truer
I avoid talking with people about all that I need to do because I am so behind that I think it would be pointless to get into it.
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I am not really sure what my priorities are right now, so I find myself trying to do too much.
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When there is too much to do, I let things pile up. The laundry piles up, papers on my desk stack up, or phone calls to return collect on my desk.
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I sometimes find it hard to get the energy to get going since I do not want to do the things I need to do.
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I feel that I am doing many things because I have to, not because I want to. This idea often upsets me.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – Truer
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Refractive Error: Definition, Causes, and Types

Refractive Errors

What is the SimpLe Definition of refractive error?

The first thing that people should remember is that “refractive error” is just a term or name given to a specific condition already existing in the eyes. So, when trying to understand  what refractive error means, consider that you shouldn’t get stuck with the term “refractive error” when trying to understand the condition.  So, think like the first scientists who discovered this condition to understand it.

When scientists wanted to discover why some people don’t see things as clear as others, they found that every image is created on the eye in this way:  a light rays strike an object and then reflect to the eye to form an  image of that object. These light rays of the object must be focused to form a definite image. So, the eyes have a mechanism for focusing all entering light rays. This focusing mechanism bends the entering parallel light rays and makes them intersect in one plane inside the eye to form a focused image of the object, and this is called “refraction”. For now the image is just focused, and it is not necessarily seen clear by the eye. For the eye to see this image clearly, it must be focused exactly on the retina. If the image is focused some place before or behind the retina, it is seen as non-clear image. The further this image is focused from the retina, the less clearer it seen by the eye.

So,  scientists realized  that the images don’t focus directly in the retina like they should do. This happens when the light rays entering the retina bend more or less than the required degree.

This bending of light rays is called “refraction.” The right refraction in people without eye problems bends light rays and focuses them directly in the retina.

Therefore, any condition in which the  light rays are not focused in the retina is a  “refractive error”.

is “refractive error” a disease?

The tissues of the eye with  “refractive errors” are totally intact. They have no bacteria, no infection, no inflammation and no pathologic imperfection. Thus, there is no disease in the tissues of your eyes since they are medically intact.

The only problem is that light rays don’t focus in the place they are supposed to be focused on – the retina.

correct refractive errorsThere are more than 150 million people worldwide  who are suffering from visual problems due to refractive errors.  However, the good thing is that these eye conditions can be addressed, by prescription eyeglasses or  contact lenses that accurately correct refractive errors.

what ARE THE COMMON causeS of refractive errors?

Refractive errors happen because the eye’s axial length and refraction or  “power of  bending light rays” do not match. Normally, the eye refracts light rays and makes them focus in a distance which is the same as the eye length.

In refractive errors, there are 3 possibilities:

1 – There is no problem with the eye’s axial length but the  light rays are focused in a distance that is not the same as the eye’s axial length.

This can happen in 4 ways which are:

Visual Impairment due to Refractive Errors

a – In myopia, refraction focuses light rays in a distance shorter than the eye length making them focused in front of  the retina.

b – In hypermetropia,  light rays are focuses in a distance longer than the axial length making them focused theoretically behind the retina.

c – In astigmatism, refraction is not equal in all meridians making the image focused in two planes one of them, at least, is in front or behind the retina.

d – In presbyopia, the eye has lost its ability and power of  bending light rays of near objects making them focused in a distance longer than the eye length and thus falling behind the retina.

2 – The eye is able to bend light rays and focus them but it has longer or shorter axial length than normal.

a – In myopia, the eye length is longer than what’s normal.

b – In hypermetropia, the eye’s axial length is too short.

3 – A combination of the above two causes. The eye has different power “refraction” and axial length is either shorter or longer than what’s normal.

There main types of refractive errors are:

1 – Myopia: which is also known as “nearsightedness”. This condition is optically corrected with contact lenses, and there are even single-use, daily contact lenses specifically for nearsightedness.

2 – Hepermetropia: also known as  “hyperopia” and “farsightedness”.

3 – Astigmatism

4 – Presbyopia: an age-related condition common in people 40 and above.

To know more about the causes and types of refractive errors, please watch the video below.