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5 Ways to Promote Positive Mental HealthPositive mental health is a great way to ensure you lead a long, happy and healthy life. Maintaining your mental health is easier than most people think and will have a significant impact on your everyday life.
Would you like to have more energy? What about a good night sleep? How you would like to go an entire year without catching the flu once? Achieving a positive mental health state will not guarantee these things, but it sure will help.

Here are the top 5 things you can do to help promote positive mental health in you and your children:

1. Eat Healthy. Eating fast food 3 times a week and downing a few cold ones before bed might be easier than making a home-cooked meal and more enjoyable than drinking a cold glass of water but it won’t do a whole lot for your health. Eating home-cooked foods (especially fruits and vegetables) and staying away from the fast food joints will help you achieve the healthy lifestyle you desire.

2. Drink Lots of Water. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, average individuals are expected to consume at least eight glasses of water a day. And while this seems like it may be a lot, it’s actually not. Eight glasses is almost equivalent to filling up your water bottle a few times between waking up and going to bed. Remember, if you work out, you will need to increase your water intake to compensate for the water you’re burning off while exercising. Drinking water will detoxify your body and restore it back to a healthy state – especially after drinking coffee or alcoholic beverages.

3. Kick the Bad Habits. We’ve already mentioned it a few times but eliminating significant alcohol intake will have positive results on your mental health. Likewise, kicking other bad habits like smoking and drinking considerable amounts of coffee will also help keep your mental health at its best.

4. De-Stress. Stress is one of the leading causes for poor mental health. When you’re stressed out, your body has to work harder to keep up and, overtime, it will take its toll on your body and your brain. Next time something stressful happens, try lighting some candles and taking a bath. If that doesn’t work for you, try letting off some steam by going to the gym or going for a run. Keeping a positive frame of mind will promote positive mental health and eliminate undue stress on your brain.

5. Book Regular Check-ups. Unfortunately, you can do all of the things listed above and still suffer from mental health problems. In fact, you might have a mental illness and not even know it. Make sure you’re mental health is in good condition by booking regular appointments with your doctor. He/she will be able to confirm whether you’re lifestyle is healthy or identify where you may need to make some changes.

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Tips to Live Green in 2010Being eco-friendly or living in an environmentally friendly way is often preached to us from the media, government, friends and colleagues. But eco-friendly living can often be confusing with mixed messages coming from different quarters.

For instance some people claim bio-diesel is a green fuel as it produces less CO2 than conventional fuels. Others argue it takes up valuable arable land and that the fuel is essentially foodstuffs that could go to feeding people. So it becomes difficult to know who to believe.

And as being green is all about thinking about how individually we effect the environment – often what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work, or can be practical, to another.

However, there are a few things that many people agree can go a long way to helping the environment and most people can fit into their lives:=

Recycling. Recycling is perhaps the most important thing that we can do that directly help the environment. When you consider how much rubbish each of us throw away each year it soon becomes clear that reducing that amount will make an individual difference. Recycling bins go a long way to make things easier too.

Buy organic products where no harmful chemicals/pesticides have been used. Whilst they may be more expensive but anything we can do to help prevent pollution of our countryside and seas will benefit generations to come. Its not just about organic food either, organic clothing and other organic products are available.
Try and use natural alternatives. What was good for grandma is probably good for the planet too. Old fashioned methods such as drying clothes on an clothes airer will not only cut down on your carbon footprint but also reduce your energy bills.

Try different energy methods. Hybrid cars are one way of using new technology but replace some of the battery powered stuff with say solar powered gadgets. Even consider using solar powered chargers to recharge your laptop or ipod. Every little bit helps.

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6 Tips to Living a Balanced LifeLiving in a hectic world such as ours can sometimes get to us. You may feel like you’re completely exhausted nearly all of the time. You work 50 or 60 hours a week, run all over town after work, and by the time you get home, you’re spent. There’s nothing left for your family or your dreams. Nearly everyone has experienced this feeling at some point in their life. What is the key to getting out of this never ending pressure? Living a balanced life is essential for everyone.

One of the most successful business people of all time, Oprah Winfrey, said, ‘I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.’ This may seem simple, but it’s also great advice. This is quite possibly the issue that gives everyone the most trouble. We want to be the most successful business person, have the most friends, have the best family, and still have time to relax.

While you can do many things in your life, the key is to prioritize them. You can’t try to do everything all at the same time. First of all, you must have goals that guide your daily actions. They will help point you in the right direction. If you don’t do something that moves you in the direction of your goal every day, then you’re living your life for someone else. This is not the key to living a balanced life.

Second, you have to prioritize your actions before its time to do them. The night before is a great time to think about what you’d like to accomplish. Every night, write down the six most important things you want to accomplish the next day. Don’t worry about writing 20 things, just six. Put the most important one at the top and work on it until you get done. Then move on to the next one and so on. This will help you achieve balance in your daily activities. It will help you focus on what is really important to you.

In every area of your life, there must be balance. You can’t save all your money and you can’t spend it all. There must be a happy medium that only you know. It’s your job to find this balance. You can’t work all the time, but you must have a job. Go with your instincts in every area. Just remember to maintain balance in every situation.

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The Importance of Breathing for Better HealthJust a few minutes a day of this simple breathing exercise will bring you better health, more energy and longer life!

We all know that the human body can go more than a month without food and several days without water… but how long can we survive without air? Without oxygen, we’d be brain-dead within minutes! Yet most of us take our breathing for granted.

Did you know that the brain uses more than three quarters of the oxygen taken in? Without efficient respiration, the human body becomes oxygen-starved: we become sluggish, unable to concentrate, easily fatigued, and slow to react.

But we can change that by simply improving our respiration. Just five to ten minutes practice of this qigong/chi kung diaphragmatic breathing exercise will do wonders for your mind and body. Here’s how:

  1. Assume a comfortable position, sitting or lying down, or even standing up.
  2. Make sure your back is straight, not ramrod rigid, but straight in a relaxed way: Your shoulders should not be tense but slightly slumped forward, with your chest slightly caved in. Likewise, your chin shouldn’t be thrust forward; instead it should be drawn slightly inward, so that your head is aligned with the rest of your spine.
  3. Inhale fully by pulling down the diaphragm muscle that sits just below the rib cage. This will allow your lungs to expand to its fullest capacity.When you inhale, breathe in slowly and evenly through the nose, visualizing filling your abdomen full of air, as you expand your abdomen outward.

    Sometimes it helps to lie down and put a book on your stomach for visual feedback. Or, if you are sitting or standing, place your hand on your abdomen and feel it expand when you breathe in.

  4. Next, pause a moment before exhaling, again slowly and evenly through your nose. As you breathe out, let your abdomen flatten out. This should be natural, not forced.
  5. Pause for another moment before repeating the cycle again.

And that’s it — a simple breathing exercise that most children do automatically, and adults should always practice to extend their health and longevity. Diaphragmatic respiration is just one of many qigong (a.k.a. chi kung) breathing techniques that can bring you many health benefits:

  • greater mental clarity and alertness;
  • reduces stress, more relaxation
  • more energy and vitality, and less fatigue
  • nourishes, cleanses and detoxifies the body
  • improves concentration, focus, and memory
  • facilitates digestion and elimination
  • better organ function, cardiovascular functions
  • strengthens immune system
  • better circulation
  • aids in cell repair and regeneration
  • improves overall health and well-being
  • promotes anti-aging and longevity

Other breathing techniques can also help with weight reduction, faster reflexes, sleep reduction, pain management, treatments of particular diseases and disorders, such as hypertension, asthma and bronchitis, migraines, heart conditions… and much more.

Feel a headache coming? Just take five minutes to breathe it away! Your headache will begin to diminish in just a few minutes of practicing the 5-step breathing exercise just outlined.

Headaches are usually caused by too much tension. Arteries and capillaries carrying oxygenated blood become constricted and the oxygen-starved brain signals with a headache. When you practice qigong yogic breathing techniques you signal to the brain that it’s time to relax and increase circulation, thereby increasing your oxygen intake.

Short on energy? Easily fatigued or sluggish? Now you can increase your work efficiency in just five minutes of qigong, right at your seat of work. Literally, just take a breather, and you’ll be well rested and ready to work at your fullest capacity in no time!

If you are new to qigong and not accustomed to deep respiration, you may find that your diaphragm and abdominal muscles may feel sore at first. That’s because the muscles are not accustomed to the exercise.

Keep your practice brief, no longer than a few minutes at a time. Then gradually increase until it becomes natural and unconscious.

Try it. This breathing exercise is only one of many literally life-giving breathing techniques practiced in qigong meditation — rich in oxygen, rich in life.

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