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Categories Advice, Info., Meditation, Motivation, Tips, Wellness

Self-love : beginning of a new journey

All of us have dreams and goals planned in life and everyday is a step we take towards making them work. Having goals in life gives us a purpose to strive each day.

A healthy body and a sound mind are two great assets in our journey. They help us to undertake new activities and succeed. Success isn’t an overnight result, most of us fail several times in our journey. What matters is how we react after a failure. It’s very easy to quit and sit back, but we need to fight back even more strongly.

Motivation gives us the push we need in life, to achieve our goals. Self-motivation is one of the best examples of self-love. We need to take care of our mental and physical health and indulge in activities that boost our confidence.

Some simple ways to motivate yourself :

  • Think positive

  • Write down your goals

  • Plan and make steps to achieve them

  • Have an inspiration

  • Talk to optimistic people

  • Make positive notes or reminders

love your self first!!!

I’d like to share some of the most inspiring, thought provoking and uplifting thoughts from the past years on getting to know yourself, raising your self-esteem and finding a self-love.

  1. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
     – Buddha
  2. “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ”
    – M. Scott Peck
  3. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
    – Mark Twain
  4. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
    – Harvey Fierstein
  5. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
    – Lucille Ball
  6. “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
    – Eleanor Roosevelt
  7. “If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
    – Fred Rogers
Categories Advice, Diabetes, Exercise, Fitness, Meditation, nutrition, PCOD & PCOS, skin, Tips, Wellness

Sara Ali Khan suffers from PCOD: What should you know about the disease

 

Polycystic Ovary Disorder is one of the most common diseases we see affecting women today. It is simply more than experiencing irregular periods.

Almost 1 in 10 women are diagnosed with PCOD and PCOS globally and it affects almost 10 million women on a global scale. Recently, on a chat show, it was revealed that Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter Sara Ali Khan, who is soon going to make her debut suffered from PCOD, which added to her rapid weight gain.

 

Here are some other common symptoms which many fail to ignore and put themselves at risk:


What is PCOD?

Polycystic Ovary Disorder (PCOD) problem is a hormonal disorder in women defined by a group of signs and symptoms. PCOD problem is one of the most common reasons for infertility in women. This health condition can cause problems with a woman’s menstrual cycle, cardiac function as well as appearance. Women who have polycystic ovary have multiple small cysts in their ovaries that occur when the regular changes of a normal menstrual cycle are disrupted.

PCOS occurs not just in women, but in girls as young as 11! Polycystic ovaries are generally larger in size and denser than the normal ovaries. It usually occurs when the sex hormones go out of balance and the body starts producing more male hormones resulting in the onset of several symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

PCOD symptoms are related to menstrual disturbances and excess levels of androgens. Menstrual disturbances can include delay of normal periods, the presence of fewer than normal menstrual periods, or the absence of periods for over three months. A woman’s menstrual cycle may not be associated with ovulation and may result in heavy bleeding. Watch out for these symptoms to determine whether you have PCOD or not.

  • Irregular periods
  • Reduced fertility
  • Abnormal weight gain or obesity
  • Heart (cardiac) complications
  • Acne or skin rashes
  • Abnormal hair growth or hair loss

Causes

No one really knows what exactly causes PCOD, but it is likely to be the result of a number genetic and environmental factors. Researchers are studying the role that genetics might play in this development. Excess production of the hormone androgen can also cause PCOD.

Hereditary – If your mother or sister have a history of PCOD, then chances are you too might get diagnosed with this health issue.

Low-grade inflammation – When women have low-grade inflammation, it stimulates ovaries to produce androgens, leading to PCOD.

PCOD Problem Treatment

There is no PCOD solution, but it can be managed with right PCOD diet plan. Doctors may offer different medicines for PCOD problem treatment or suggest fertility treatment as PCOD solution, but below are some natural ways to manage this health condition –

Eat right

If you are obese, weight loss plans is all you need. The more overweight you are, the more likely you are to be insulin resistant whether you have PCOS or not. Losing just 5% of your weight will help lower insulin resistance. Eat more of weight loss foods and avoid sugary, salty, and fatty foods as much as possible. Increase your protein intake by making it at least 30% of your diet; make carbs less than 50% of your diet.

Know how to maintain a healthy weight.

Exercise

Moderate exercise such as walking or swimming for at least 30 to 90 minutes every day go a long way in managing the condition. It will also help you lower or get rid of insulin resistance.

De-stress

Chronic stress only makes insulin resistance worse. So, look for ways to de-stress your mind and body. For instance, getting good sleep of at least 7 to 9 hours can help lower insulin resistance. Stress reduction techniques, such as yoga and meditation let you connect with your body.

 

How is it treated? Is it curable?

Both PCOD, as well as PCOS, are types of lifestyle diseases which come from following unhealthy eating, practicing little to no physical activity. If not treated in time, PCOS can add up to problems for women trying to have a baby and conceiving can take a lot of time. In addition, women with PCOS also have a high miscarriage rate. Hence, the biggest way to get rid of PCOS is to improve your diet and lifestyle.

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Categories Advice, Exercise, Meditation, Sleep, Stress Management, Tips, Wellness

How to Improve your Sleep

Sleeping is the main part of a healthy lifestyle so here we explaining how to improve your sleep, it also helps you to reduce your stress level if you have good sleep during the night.

During the day

The purpose of sleep is to make us effective during daylight hours. Whether you consider yourself to be a good sleeper, or you struggle to get a good night’s rest – it’s important to realize the full potential of your nightly sleep. Here are several ways of changing your daytime habits to improve your sleep at night …

  • Take physical exercise
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Curb your caffeine intake
  • Restrict tobacco after dark
  • Avoid alcohol

During the evening

The very fact that it’s the norm to have dedicated bedrooms in our homes indicates just what a priority sleep is to us. Whereas the other rooms in our homes are where we enjoy relaxed wakefulness, the bedroom is where we should anticipate having the good quality sleep.

As such, we should do what we can to make it a sleep-friendly environment. It’s important to consider the following arrangements that are likely to support good quality sleep …

  • Turn out the light
  • Let the room breathe
  • Optimum temperature
  • Banish noise

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During the night

How often have you found yourself lying in bed thinking: “If only I could relax, I’d be able to sleep”? Well, there has to be truth in that.

The following excerpts will give you an idea of what each technique involves …

1 Progressive muscle relaxation

Turn your attention to your arms and hands. Create some tension in your hands and arms by pressing your fingers into the palms of your hands and making fists. Do that with both hands now. Feel the tension in your hands, feel the tension in your fingers and your wrists, feel the tension in your forearms.

Notice what it is like. Keep it going … and now relax. Let those hands flop. Let them do whatever they want to do; just let them relax.

It’s almost as if you couldn’t be bothered to move them. Let go of the energy and tension that was in the muscles there, breathing slowly and deeply.

2 Imagery training

Keeping your eyes gently closed, concentrate on picturing a pleasant scene. Picture yourself standing on a grassy slope. Look down at your feet – there is green grass all around you, the kind that grows well in the summer months. It looks thick and strong – it looks healthy.

Just ahead of you, you will see there is the beginning of a path, and as you look down that path, you can see it winds down through some bushes, to a beautiful sandy beach, and beyond to the sea, a deep, clear blue.

And as you stand on that grassy slope, as you look around you, you feel the breeze, warm and gentle on your cheek, and you feel the sun on your head, warming the back of your neck. It is a beautiful morning.

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Categories Health, Meditation, Stress Management

Understand Stress and learn to Manage

Understand Stress and learn to Manage.

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What happens when you are stressed?

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is called the fight-or-flight stress response.

Some stress is normal and even useful. Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. For example, it can help you win a race or finish an important job on time.

But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping. It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease. If you already have a health problem, stress may make it worse. It can make you moody, tense, or depressed. Your relationships may suffer, and you may not do well at work or school.

What can you do about stress?

The good news is that you can learn ways to manage stress. To get stress under control:

  • Find out what is causing stress in your life.
  • Look for ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
  • Learn healthy ways to relieve stress and reduce its harmful effects.

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How do you measure your stress level?

Sometimes it is clear where stress is coming from. You can count on stress during a major life change such as the death of a loved one, getting married, or having a baby. But other times it may not be so clear why you feel stressed.

It’s important to figure out what causes stress for you. Everyone feels and responds to stress differently. Tracking your stress may help. Get a notebook, and write down when something makes you feel stressed. Then write how you reacted and what you did to deal with the stress. Tracking your stress can help you find out what is causing your stress and how much stress you feel. Then you can take steps to reduce the stress or handle it better.

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