How to achieve good mental health by practicing yoga

A 5000-year-old spiritual practice, yoga has gone wildly popular around the world over the past decade, and for a reason, too. Apart from physical benefits, yoga is a precious tool that can dial up your mental health and cognitive faculties. But how exactly does yoga affect the mind and what gains will you be in for if you make yoga classes a regular on your weekly agenda?

Depression Treating

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Latest statistics show that one in 10 Americans will have suffered from depression at some point in their life, but the figure of U.S. citizens affected by the condition is much higher since as many as 80% of depression cases go by undiagnosed. In case you’re prone to the blues, be sure to sign up for yoga classes right away: researchers have found yoga combined with conscious breathing can significantly improve mild to severe depression.
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Gift-Giving Guide for Fitness Enthusiasts

Buying gifts can be difficult regardless of how well you know the person you are buying the gift for. In the worse case, that person doesn’t have any special passion or interest. In the better case, she is enthusiastic about something. However, the latter option has its flaws too, since you have to be well-familiarized with the object of his/her interest.

If you have a friend who is crazy about working out, jogging and anything fitness-related, here are a few ideas that will knock the sports socks off him/her.

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Anti-Aging Treatments How to Beat Back the Signs of Time

You never ask a lady her age, or so we are told. As we grow older, however, it becomes increasingly difficult to look as young as we feel. Wrinkles are a tell-tale sign of our age and often an unpleasant reminder that nobody gets younger. They appear on the most sun-exposed parts of our body, such as the face, neck and our hands. Other major factors that promote wrinkling, apart from sun exposure, are smoking, fair skin type (since it’s more affected by the sun) and genetics (wrinkling is more common in some families). Avoiding smoking and sun exposure, as well as eating various fruit and vegetables containing antioxidants are the basic precautions one can take against wrinkling.

Complete prevention is wishful thinking, though. Muscular contractions which cause wrinkles cannot be fully prevented, which is why wrinkling is something we just have to get on with.

Or do we?

If you are concerned or feeling insecure due to conspicuous furrows which eat away at your self-confidence, know that there is an abundance of possible treatment methods. Read on to learn about the most popular ones at the moment.

Skin needling

Also known as microneedling therapy or collagen induction therapy (CIT), this method makes use of fine needles which puncture the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Developed in the nineties, this is a modern technique which builds on the ancient Chinese discipline of acupuncture.

Punctures are created by moving a roller with tiny needles in a criss-cross fashion across the skin, which activates the natural self-replenishment mechanism of our body. Australia is keeping up with global trends, which is why skin needling in Sydney is making significant strides. CIT is also successfully used for treating acne scarring and stretch marks.  

Botox

Botox is an injection of botulinum toxin which paralyzes the muscles that contract when we frown. It is used quite successfully on the forehead, lines around eyes and other facial wrinkles, but it must be repeated at regular intervals to maintain the improvement.

This cosmetic procedure should only be done by qualified experts since if injected poorly, there is some risk of botulinum toxin spreading to other parts of the body. When done correctly, the injection smooths out the skin and prevents wrinkling during a certain period of time.

Deeper peels

While superficial peels penetrate very little into the skin and cause only slight improvement in skin texture, deeper peels which contain salicylic acid and trichloroacetic acid can be more far-reaching and effective on fine lines. The deeper the acid goes into the skin, the greater the effect, but also the greater the chance of having side-effects, such as scarring and permanent changes in skin tone.

This procedure may require general anesthesia and entail a longer period of recovery.

Laser resurfacing

During a laser treatment, the laser should reach the dermis, the second layer of skin, thus stimulating collagen production. The intense stimulation of collagen smooths out the skin and creates longer-lasting effects. The procedure can be done with or without anesthesia. Note that skin can take a long time to heal (even months) after the treatment. There’s also some risk of scarring and pigment changes.

If you are interested in anti-aging treatments, consult experts to learn thoroughly about differences between methods and also inform yourself about possible side effects. Be honest about your wishes and carefully reflect on the benefits, risks, costs and the recovery period. Also, be hopeful – options are plentiful and going wrinkle-free has never been easier.  

Don’t Compromise Your Health: 4 Simple Checks Every Woman Should Do

 

A 2015 article published on ThinkProgress website has brought an important issue to light: gender stereotypes are very much present in the healthcare system. How many times have you visited a doctor due to chronic pain, headaches or period problems and your “diagnosis” was something along the lines: “It’s all your imagination”? This sort of doctors’ approach can discourage a lot of women from doing their regular and emergency checkups, which can significantly compromise their health. You should, by no means, pay attention to this discriminatory behavior.

Your priority is your health, and therefore, you must check it from time to time. Here are four essential yet simple checks you can do.

Gynecological health

Regular gynecological checkups are imperative, especially after a woman turns 25 or 30. You shouldn’t go to your gynecologist only when you have some symptoms or avoid going for a checkup thinking that nothing can happen to you. Virtually, every woman is affected by an infection or some other gynecological condition at some point in her life, and some of them, if left untreated, can lead to infertility and have other dangerous consequences. A typical gynecological checkup should include:

  • A breast exam – to check for any irregularities or lumps in the breast tissue. You should also learn how to do a self-exam.
  • A pelvic exam – where the doctor examines the female reproductive system. This exam also includes a Pap smear, which is used to detect the presence of abnormalities that can be caused by infections, cervical cancer, etc.

Hormonal balance

Hormonal imbalance is common in women of all ages. More often than not, women attribute symptoms of this condition to other causes and tend to ignore them when they are doing regular checkups. You would be surprised to know just how many signs indicate that you may have problems with hormones. Fatigue and poor sleep can be caused by an imbalance in thyroid hormones. Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and even depression can happen due to cortisol, testosterone, or estrogen imbalance. Low thyroid levels can lead to hair loss, dry skin and hair, and brittle nails. Changing levels of estrogen and progesterone manifest themselves through hot flashes and night sweats.

Do you know how easy it is to check that? A simple saliva test will tell you all about your hormones.

Heart condition and blood pressure

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in women and as such, it shouldn’t be ignored. Routine doctor visits can save your life, so try to make time for annual heart checkups even if you don’t have a heart condition. While you are there, ask for screening tests that include weight and BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose. If the results pose a concern, you might need to change your lifestyle. Blood pressure is something you can also check regularly at your home with a digital monitor.

Eye health

Did you know that 2/3 of visual impairment and blindness happens to women? The good news is that ¾ of visual impairment are preventable. Feeling the urge to visit your ophthalmologists yet? It is crucial to check your eye health on a regular basis. If you notice any problem, such as blurring vision, problem with focusing, headaches, eye strain, sensitivity to light and eye pain, you should make an appointment to do an eye test as soon as possible to see if you should start wearing glasses or contact lenses or undergo another treatment to prevent vision deterioration. If you are already wearing vision correction mean, regular eye exams are even more important.

“Prevention is better than the cure” is much more than just a saying. If you take proper care of your health right now, you will avoid a lot of troubles in the future.

The Deeper Meaning Behind Body Art

If you are living in the 21st century and you’re at all involved or at least up to speed with the latest trends, you simply cannot – by all rules of nature and life – avoid mentioning hipsters and their habitual sleeve-tattooing. It’s impossible. But that’s okay. We won’t be focusing on THAT aspect too much.

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Natural and Holistic Approach For Treating Your Hair

Holistic treatments are all the rage in the world of beauty these days, but while most ladies have tried at least one multi-modal personal care product, few girls have heard that hair care can also take the holistic guise. Compared to traditional hair treatments, holistic routines are safer, more efficient, and they also have longer-lasting effects since they nourish tresses from the inside out.

Eager to learn how to make the switch to holistic hair care most easily? Then you’d better check out the tips below and use them to your hair’s advantage.
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Beach Approved – Beach Essentials Every Girl Needs

With the summer fast approaching, every girl wants to be ready for the hot beach days. In addition to toning our bodies and going on a healthy diet, we need cute accessories and a few other essentials if we really want to stand out and look good. If you’re wondering how you can make this year’s summer more memorable and fun, look no further. We come to your help with the thing every stylish woman needs to make her feel sexy and comfortable at the beach.

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Mommy Guide to Glowing Spring Skin

Spring’s the time when all those long winter months of neglect for my skin inevitably come back to haunt me in the mirror. Everyday skincare doesn’t require much time, but just like a majority of often travelling, busy moms out there, I usually leave my wintertime beauty regimen for later, vowing to take care of my skin as soon as I’ve ticked off other points on my arm-long To Do list – and in 9 out of 10 cases, that Later never actually comes. Much to my delight, I’ve recently found out I can hack springtime skincare by a few simple steps and without high price tags attached, no less. If you’re another busy mom eager to rev up your springtime skincare, here’s how you can get the biggest beauty bang for your buck.

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The Art of Pampering Yourself

“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”– Parker Palmer

The world is constantly showering us with new problems and worries. A lack of time and overall hasty life pace aren’t helping either. To deal with such stress and pressure, every now and then, you need to dedicate some time to self-indulgence. The good news is that luxury can fit into everyone’s budget, from tight to unlimited. Here are some great suggestions and you choose the ones that match both your wallet and your preference.

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