Tuesday, August 20, 2019

5 Naturally Effective Ways to Fight against Depression

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Being depressed can be the most helpless situation you can be in. Depression is a disorder where a person loses all hope and ambition, feels lost, lacks energy, has low self-esteem, and feels sad most of the time. Depressed people mostly isolate themselves from everyone around them, and usually are by themselves. Depression can be caused if a person has been through a trauma, an emotional loss, has felt alone most of the time, or even due to improper functioning of the body.

Luckily, depression is not one of those problems which cannot be cured. With regular therapy, Depression & Relationship Counselling Services, and proper medication, you can fight against depression and leave the sadness behind. Along with the therapy and medication, your willpower and determination are also required. No amount of medication will work if you are not ready to overcome this problem.

Following are some of the natural techniques which you can apply in your day-to-day life to do your part in fighting against depression:

1.      Keep a gratitude journal: Being thankful for everything around you makes you appreciate the life you have. If you regularly thank people who stand beside you, or your therapist, or just be thankful to life in general, it helps you to see positive in every situation. If you cannot thank them in person, you can start by taking a small step; by making a gratitude journal. You should write at least 10 things every day about the things or people you are thankful for.

  

2.      Make short goals: I understand it can be difficult for you to take a leap. Taking a huge step can disappoint you, which can put you in misery once again. You should start by taking small steps and goals. For example, set a goal to go for a walk daily for a week, or going for a cup of coffee, or calling up an old friend. When you accomplish these small goals, you will feel positive and it will encourage you to take a bigger step.



3.      Detoxify your body: Being depressed has a lot to do with the toxins in your body. They do not let you think straight and pull you towards negativity. A cleansing diet will help you flush out these toxins. Not only will it help you to stay positive, but  also bring a glow on your face, help in cleansing your intestines, and bring your weight down.  



4.      Do what you love: You should try and indulge in things which make you very happy. You can pursue your favorite hobbies and the things you used to love as a child; be it painting, dancing, pottery, or reading. The main aim is for you to love and accept the child inside you so that your inner child can help you recover from depression.



5.      Be around people: This is probably going to be the hardest step towards battling depression. Being around people can be very terrifying for people who have isolated themselves for a long time. You can start by going for a coffee with your best friends, going over to a small get together or just wandering around at a crowded place.

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Benefits of Blogs in Your Marketing Campaign


                    The digital marketing field continues to innovate and create new techniques to reach wider audiences, from mobile marketing to augmented reality. However, an old-fashioned technique that brings potential new customers to both big and small businesses is content marketing, particularly through a dedicated blog. In fact, 37% of marketers believe it is the most important tactic. Blogging remains a reliable form of digital marketing that comes with numerous benefits to any participating business.

Establishing Expertise


The primary purpose of these blog entries is to inform readers on topics and subjects of their interest. If a visitor is interested in a product, event or subject, well-researched and expertly-written blog entries will educate them and establish the hosting company as an expert in the industry. Not only will this approach guarantee more visitors that seek further information, but it will establish legitimacy trust on the business. Eyal Gutentag's ZipRecruiter blog page, for example, provides useful, relevant information, such as job market forecasts.

Increasing Engagement


The continuous creation of blog content on a weekly basis will encourage readers to visit the page more often. Outdated content will give the impression that the business does not care to maintain the page and may be no longer in business. An active blog gives the reader an incentive to visit more often. Additionally, new, fresh blog content is ideal for search engine optimization, which further increases exposure to the page and the business.  

Boosting Exposure


Blog marketing does not just bring attention to the company through renewed interest and SEO alone. Social media is greatly compatible with blogging. A business's social media page can make new posts that link and announce a blog entry, keeping followers updated. Additionally, blogs with social media capabilities can be shared by interested users who find it helpful to their friends, family and acquaintances, boosting visitors and views.

Despite being an older marketing method, blogging can adapt to bring more eyes to a website. It establishes a business's reputation and increases visibility in ways no other method can.

               

How to Choose the Right Martial Art



Aside from the basic gym membership for weight training and/or strength and conditioning sessions, taking up martial arts is arguably one of the most efficient ways to achieve your fitness goals. But martial arts offer several other benefits like mental health and the obvious self-defense benefit.



There is no denying that investing in your overall wellbeing is always a good idea, which is why a lot of people take up various martial arts.



Setting off on this new fitness journey can often be rough, either because you become too fixated on the doubts and the anxieties of starting. Or, you just don’t know which discipline to take up.



Thankfully we've compiled information on some of the best martial arts disciplines to get involved in.



Muay Thai




Not to be mistaken with kickboxing, which is basically a blanket term that covers combat sports that involve punching and kicking, Muay Thai is its own discipline. The century-old martial art, as most of us know, originated in the Southeast Asian country of Thailand. This striking discipline is referred to as the art of eight limbs. It focuses on striking with fists, shins, elbows and knees.



In terms of movements, Muay Thai works a lot of loose footwork and precise angles for offense, defense, and counter attacking. Expect training to focus on quick, crisp strikes using all eight limbs. This is coupled with a crazy amount of core strengthening work to prepare you for inevitable body shots.



Muay Thai is for you if you're a fan of striking disciplines but don't want to be limited to just boxing.



Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu




Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu rose to the global stage thanks to Royce Gracie’s UFC dominance in the early 90s. Royce took off various fighters across all disciplines while being the smaller fighter. His dominance opened people’s eyes in America to the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.



Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu involves building a solid foundation from the ground up and a significant amount of frustrations. Apart from the obvious physical aspects of the martial art, This discipline stresses technique over brute strength.



Jiu-Jitsu places a heavy emphasis on movements and stresses position before submission. For example, shrimping and bridging are two movements that will sew together all your moves.



Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu might be ideal for you if you don't find striking disciplines interesting and if you're a smaller individual. The other benefit is you can go "live" more often and spar harder than a striking martial art. Since there's no striking you don't take damage at the same frequency.



Karate




Professional mixed martial arts fighters like Georges St-Pierre, Lyoto Machida, and Stephen Thompson – elevated a relatively “old school” discipline into mainstream consciousness. Almost gone are the days when Mr. Miyagi’s techniques dominated dojos all over the world, as these aforementioned fighters effectively adapted the martial arts to fit modern combat.



Karate’s focus is, of course, striking; featuring fast, in and out movements similar to that of a cobra. It is a more – for lack of a better term – formal discipline compared to Muay Thai, and even uses a bit of grappling, throws, and joint locks.



Take up Karate if you plan on becoming an elusive counter attacker like Machida, or if you’re simply a hardcore fan of Daniel-san.



Judo




Judo rose to the big leagues thanks to prominent figures, well-regarded Olympians such as Kayla Harrison and Ronda Rousey. Like Karate, this discipline started in Japan as sort of an alternative to the traditional Jujitsu.



Training Judo is somewhat related to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, in such a way that it involves throws and takedowns, along with the purpose of immobilizing an opponent with joint locks, chokes, and pins. The key is using your leverage and balance to your advantage, displacing your opponent’s center of gravity.



A Judo match can quickly end in an Ippon – the equivalent of a knockout in boxing - and the feeling of achieving that, according to many if not all experts, can be satisfying.



Judo might be perfect for you if you're interested in a grappling discipline but are more interested in takedowns and high impact throws. Since Jiu-jitsu tends to focus a bit heavier on what happens once you end up on the ground.



Wrestling




A plethora of former and current mixed martial arts champions – some Hall of Famers – have a solid wrestling base. From Dan Severn and Randy Couture, to Matt Hughes and Brock Lesnar, to Henry Cejudo and Daniel Cormier, these fighters reinforce the idea that the wrestling is one of the best foundations for MMA.



Wrestling, whether Greco Roman or freestyle, features a great deal of throws (such as suplexes) and takedowns, which can frighten beginners. However, just like any grappling discipline, the sport compels athletes to build a solid groundwork full of break falls, rolls, and sprawls.



It is a rugged, grind it out kind of sport that considerably builds up an athlete’s physical and mental state.



Wrestling might be perfect for you in you’re interested in a grappling discipline that offers a rugged, grind it out sport that will prepare you for MMA.



Boxing




Boxing, at first glance, may look simple, as it is mainly a combat sport where two fighters test their mettle with their hands. But there’s a reason why it’s called “the sweet science”.



There is a whole heap of intricacies in boxing that a casual eye could not see, which is why taking up the sport will introduce you to techniques other than just – well – throwing hands. There is always more to a simple jab-straight-hook combination, as the sport also relies heavily on footwork, angles, and head movement.



Boxing is an excellent base for striking enthusiasts who want to greatly improve their cardio and work on the abovementioned not-so-hidden aspects that somewhat separate speed ball savvy practitioners from bona fide fighters.



In Conclusion



There are a ton of factors that come into play when choosing a martial art to learn. Ultimately, it is all about making the necessary steps of beginning the journey towards your personal goals through these disciplines and/or sports.



Remember, it is never too late to start from the bottom, learn the basics, and eventually absorb and apply the complexities of your chosen martial art.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Everybody Needs Good Neighbors

Photo - Flickr - You’ve noticed the “For Sale” sign on the lawn next door now has a “Sold” sign, so you know new neighbors will be moving in before too long. Welcoming these new neighbors to the area is not only a nice gesture, but it’s a great way to help them feel welcome. An opportunity to make new friends - Here are 10 helpful tips for helping your new neighbors to feel at home;
  1. Introduce yourself. A day or two after your new neighbours have moved in, go over with your family and introduce yourselves. If you’re unsure of what to say, consider asking if they have children, pets, or what brought them to your neighborhood. It is likely they will be grateful for the excuse to stop unpacking for a short while.

  1. When taking food, be considerate of allergies. When you go to introduce yourself, it’s nice to take a treat as a welcome gift. Keep in mind that many people have food allergies, so you might want to steer clear of the cake or freshly baked cookies. Celiac disease, gluten allergies, or a dairy sensitivity are common in many families. Instead, you could put together a gift basket with coupons to local stores, a map, and information about their new city. You could also give them a house plant or seeds for a garden.

  1. Get a group of neighbors together to help move. When you see the moving truck pull up, get a group of neighbors together to help your new neighbors unload the truck. Not only are you offering a friendly service, but this is a good way for everyone in the neighborhood to get acquainted.

  1. Host a dinner party. Give your neighbors a few days to get settled and then invite them over for a dinner party. You may want to invite two or three couples from the neighborhood over as well so your new neighbors can meet more people. This is a good time to offer housewarming gifts, which don’t need to be extravagant simply thoughtful. Photo - Flickr

  1. Share Neighborhood Watch information. People want to feel safe where they live. Be sure to share the details of your neighborhood watch program with them. Share when the group meets and where your new neighbors can go for more information. Invite your new neighbors to participate and to take part in helping to make the neighborhood safe.

  1. Provide a neighborhood and national safety directory. Put a list together of all the neighbors’ addresses and phone numbers. You may also want to include phone numbers for schools, doctors, government offices, and the police department. Gather this information in a 3-ring binder so it’s easily accessible. If everyone in your neighborhood doesn’t have one of these, work together to build out enough for everyone.

  1. Don’t forget the fun. You could put together a packet that has menus for your favorite places to go to eat, information for the local gym, library locations, take out restaurants menus and addresses to theaters. Photo - Pexels

  1. Create a list of local services. Get all the phone numbers for reliable babysitters, lawn care professionals,  and handymen in the area. Glue the information to a magnet that can be put on the refrigerator. When you’re new, you don’t know where to go for basic services.

  1. Connect with local groups. Do you belong to a book club? Do your children play soccer? Offer to connect your new neighbors with any groups or clubs you may belong to. This will help them acclimate to the community, while also making friends and getting to know their new home town.

  1. Be courteous and respect their privacy. Not everyone enjoys interacting with new people, and your new neighbors may be hesitant to have a lengthy conversation with you or a group of people. Keep your meeting brief, and if your new neighbor seems uncomfortable, politely introduce yourself and leave. If your new neighbor suggests that it isn’t a good time, respect their wishes and come back another time. Try saying something like, “I can tell you’re busy. Is there a better time for me/us to stop by?” The secret to meeting new people here has the same rule of thumb as dating - “No Means No”. If you aren’t successful it may be that you have to wait for them to come to you.

Moving to a new city and into a new neighborhood can be uncomfortable and scary. When you greet new people with warm smiles and a friendly attitude, it can make the transition much easier.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Holiday Baking: Heavenly Bars #Coconut #Chocolate #HolidayBaking

It's never too early to make your Holiday Baking Plan! These little gems go fast in my house when I make them, and they are so easy that now the kids can make them too. They are the perfect dessert for someone who has just had a baby, and they are certainly always on my list for a food gift to give during any holiday!


Here's the recipe for these sinful bars I like to bake and give as Christmas goodies to people I like. Then I bake a batch just for me and snack on them out of the fridge until I get a sugar headache. They rock.

1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chocolate chips (or more!)
1 cup butterscotch chips (or substitute more chocolate chips or white chocolate chips or whatever you like)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (or more if you love it like I do)

Melt the butter and pour it in a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over it and mix it all up. Pat it down in the pan. Pour the milk evenly over the crumbs. Sprinkle on the chips and coconut. You can add nuts if you like them. Press it all down with a spatula. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown. Cool for 1/2 hour then cut into bars. So good straight from the fridge! ONLY 200 calories and 11 grams of fat per bar!

If you love this recipe, please grab my cookbook (print and ebook versions) titled The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook, which features 35 tater tot casserole recipes and 13 dessert recipes just as yummy as this one (this one made it into the book!) ... plus meal planning tips!


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