Friday, May 11, 2012

Life Enhancing Tips... The Counselor

10 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less

Created Apr 17 2010 - 9:48am
It usually takes us much longer to change our moods than we’d like it to take. Here are ten things you can do in ten minutes or less that will have a positive emotional effect on you and those you love.
1.    Watch "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch. See it online at This is a deeply moving segment that may be the best ten minutes you've ever invested in front of a computer.
2.    Spend a little while watching the sunset with your mate. Nothing extra is necessary. Just sit and take in the natural beauty of the sky and appreciate being able to share it with the one you love.
3.    Sit quietly by yourself. It doesn't really matter where or when. Just let your feelings bubble up and then experience the thoughts flowing out of your mind. Clearing your head and heart will give you extra energy to get through the rest of the day.
4.    Write a thank you note to your mate. When was the last time you thanked your partner for just being who he or she is and being with you? Doing this in writing will give your partner something to cherish for the rest of his or her life.
5.    Take out your oldest family photo album and look through it. The experience will fill you with fond memories and perhaps make you a bit wistful for days gone by.
6.    Play with a child. Most kids have short attention spans; ten minutes of quality time from a loving adult can make their day. It will also help you stay in touch with the child inside of you.
7.    Visualize or imagine a positive outcome for any issue. Medical doctors recommend visualization to patients with chronic and potentially fatal illnesses. If it can help them, it can do the same for you. 
8.    Go to bed with the one you love ten minutes earlier than usual. Then spend that time just holding each other. Let the feeling of warmth from your mate move through you.
9.    Hang out by some water. Studies show that hospital patients who can see a natural body of water from their beds get better at a 30 percent faster rate. If you're not near the coast or a lake, try taking a bath. Doing so is also healing.
10.  Get your body moving. Shake, twist, and jump around. Let yourself feel the joy of moving to your favorite music, or just the sounds in your head. Run, walk, and bike to your hearts content. You will live longer and love it more.
Sadly, many people measure happiness by how long the experience lasts. The truth is that a few minutes of joy here and there can make a big difference in what you get out of life.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Quit Yet : Decide now or contact for help

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Positive Effects of Quitting Smoking 

Different people have different reasons to quit smoking but the after-effects are almost the same for every individual. Once you quit smoking, you feel a sense of freedom: freedom from the habit that was taking a massive toll on your health. Here are the positive effects of quitting smoking.

Improvement in your senses
Have you ever noticed that a dish that tastes perfectly fine to the others tastes extra sour to you? Well the reason behind that is, smoking. Nicotine decreases your ability taste many folds. It makes your taste buds weak and sensitive. Prolonged smoking also reduces your ability to smell. So, once you stop smoking, you will be able to gain back your senses and taste the food the way it is all over again.

Change in blood pressure
After you have put down your last cigarette, within 20 minutesyour blood pressure will decreaseand thus, the heart rate too decreases. This will make the regular activities like walking or climbing steps much easier than before. After the next 12 hours, the carbon monoxide levels will gradually come to the normal mark. This carbon monoxide is the reason behind your palpitation and dullness. It also increases the chances of heart attack. Further ahead in about two to three weeks of quitting, your lungs begin to function normally and reduce the chances of stroke.

Respiratory effects
Once your heart beats fine, next up is your respiratory system that begins to work better. Prolonged smoking causes some amount of tar to settle on the respiratory pipe leading to cough (which most smokers suffer from). Once you have stopped smoking this tar gradually gets removed. Eventually the bronchial tubes begin to gain energy to function properly. This reduces the risk of lung cancer.

Cleaner mouth
If you have been smoking for few years now you might not want to smile wide. Most smokers suffer from bad breath and yellow teeth - tar and nicotine being the reasons behind it. Once you’ve quit smoking your teeth start to become whiter and your breath too smells better. The tobacco, tar and nicotine that you expose your mouth to can lead to oral cancer. So, quitting will not only reduce your chances of having cancer but also give you a better smile.
Smoking is one of the most difficult habits to kick but it is definitely not impossible. Most people resort to nicotine patches and other artificial medication. But remember one thing- it is not all these artificial medications that will stop you from smoking, it is the urge that only you can control. Gradually work towards quitting. And hey, it is not just about your health but also making holes in your pocket. Do the math right; one day you will save enough money to take that lobby girl out on a lavish date to make an impression.
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