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Strike a Pose: How Yoga May Combat Depression

Strike a Pose: How Yoga May Combat Depression

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Depression may strike us at any given time, and women are twice as likely as men to suffer from it. Scientists are psychologists provide us with a whole platter of different reasons to this gloomy monster; while some of them point out genetic predisposition and hormonal imbalances to be the source, others point to psychological and sociocultural factors.

Regardless of its source, depression is hard to fight – and especially when you do it on your own. Exercise has proven to work wonders on our mind, though, and certain types seem to be more effective than others.

Why Yoga?

This ancient activity is a sequence of poses and is supposed to clear the mind to prepare it for meditation. Today, we focus more on the physical benefits of practicing – as well as celebrating the added benefits of a calmer and steadier mind. We’re looking at it from the other way around, in other words, where ancient yogis would see added strength and flexibility as a nice little bonus to a quiet and relaxed mind.

By combining these two benefits, the strength a yoga practice can give your body as well as the calm and meditative state we tend to practice in, you achieve a holistic view of your health where the mind, as well as the body, is in focus.

This is important to feel more connected, in general, and to be able to deal with chronic and daily stress.

Health is about more than activity and a peaceful mind, although this certainly takes you a long way. Make sure you eat a variety of food, mostly plants, and bathe your cells in quantities of water every day. Read up on a few AlgaeCal reviews if you’re an aging woman, as we all are, and keep up with the cardio to keep your heart healthy.

To stay strong and vigorous, you need to tackle the problems that are specific to your health; consider supplements if you’re not eating enough nutrients, and always consult with your doctor before taking anything new.

The best poses to combat depression

If you’re convinced, it’s time to roll out your mat and enjoy a deep and energizing breath. Some of the yoga poses are known for its abilities to increase your mindfulness and turn you inwards rather than outwards to bring you closer to yourself. Inversions are usually the best mind-boosting poses you can choose, such as the forward fold and head-to-knee forward bend.

Remember that any forward bend should be equaled out with a back bend, such as the cobra and bridge. If you’re not that advanced in yoga yet, try to modify your bridge by keeping it in a table-top style rather than a full bridge.

Other complicated inversions, such as the headstand and shoulderstand are also known for their healing effects – but again, don’t attempt these without having a yoga teacher around.

Holding these for around eight breaths or up to two minutes is good for both your mind and your body. Breathe slowly through your nose and keep the exhalations as long as your inhalations.

It might not make you instantly healthy, but keep it up and you’ll reap the benefits of your practice with a happy mind that’s ready to tackle the challenges of life

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Beauty Promises To Make And Keep In 2017

Beauty Promises To Make And Keep In 2017

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We made it through the first month of 2017. Resolutions were made, which may or may not be dwindling. But now is the time to settle into a realistic and achievable beauty regime that will yield results.

80/20 Rule

Research shows that goals, objectives, and resolutions often fail because we take on too much too soon. In the first few days or weeks, we’re fired up and feel as though we could take on the world. But very soon our best intentions begin to dwindle. So, rather than going all out and setting unrealistic resolutions and expectations, try the 80/20 rule. The idea is that you eat healthily for roughly 80% of the time but allow yourself the odd treat. Set up a training plan but allow time to relax. Little and often or bit by bit is better than all or nothing. Because if the latter fails, you’re left with nothing.

Establishing Routines And Setting Intentions

It’s important to establish a healthy beauty regime. Even if you have one already, there’s a benefit to reviewing this and making changes. On average it takes around 66 days to form a habit. This varies, depending on the task. When something becomes a habit, this is the point at which is starts to feel automatic.

When establishing your regime, set a plan for the year. Work out what you intend to achieve and by when. If this is the year you decide to go for the plastic surgery you’ve been deliberating, do your research and make the decision. Always opt for board certified experts such as Belcara Health.

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Commit To Skincare

Whatever else you do this year, commit to skincare. A simple routine is all it takes to maintain healthy, young-looking skin.

  • Remove your makeup every day without fail
  • Invest in a good moisturizer for your skin type
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat well and exercise
  • Quit smoking
  • Wear a suitable SPF sun lotion and protect against harmful rays

A Healthy Smile

One of the easiest beauty commitments is to prioritize dental health. Brush at least twice a day and invest in a good-quality electric toothbrush. The benefits over a manual brush are staggering. Add flossing to your daily regimen. Visit your dentist on a regular basis to fix any problems before they become an issue.

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Inner Beauty

As well as investing in cosmetic or external changes, make sure you focus on your inner beauty. Feeling stressed, sleep-deprived, or depressed has a negative impact on your overall health and this all impacts on your appearance. Whereas, feeling alert, relaxed and calm, has the opposite effect. Spend some time this year focusing on how you feel. Cut unnecessary stressors from your life and find strategies to manage anxiety. Take up yoga, meditation or tai chi which will exercise the mind and body.

Now that the year is underway, it’s time to settle down and establish a few sensible beauty regimes. Set achievable and realistic targets and remember the 80/20 rule. Beginning to form new habits will be beneficial over time, and you will begin to notice the changes. So, start now, and your future self will thank you for it.

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