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The Brutal Truth Behind The Toxic Relationship Between A Narcissist And An Empath

What happens when a highly empathetic person is in a relationship with a narcissistic person who lacks empathy and has an immense sense of self-importance. The outcome? Toxic and painful (for the empath).

All narcissists have one common thing that you should be aware of – they are emotionally wounded people.

It is usually some childhood trauma that scarred them for life. Probably they have been feeling unappreciated and worthless in one period of their life which made them a constant ‘seekers’ for validation and admiration from others.

Empaths, on the other hand, are the ‘healers’ of society. They are highly sensitive and empathetic that they are even able to feel the emotions of others as their own. They want to help and protect everyone in need, and they will try to eliminate the pain and the emotional damage of the narcissists. However, these virtues that empaths possess may become their downfall if they are not careful enough.

So, when these two opposites meet the attraction is enormous – but toxic.

This is because the empath fails to see the narcissist’s dark side. A narcissistic person is a person who can suck out the soul from everyone they come in contact with. It is a narcissistic way to feel validated while making others fragile and unbalanced and use them for future needs.  

This situation can be very confusing for an empath. An empath might not even be aware that they are dealing with a narcissist because their sensitive nature makes them see only the good in everyone.

Empaths tend to think that everyone is like them, that people are actually good at heart. This gullibility however admirable can be damaging to them because not everyone is honest and good as they are – and different people have different agendas.

A narcissist’s agenda is to manipulate. They want to be in total control of others and use them as a ‘validation tool’ in their need to rise above them. An empath’s agenda, on the contrary, is one of love, care, and healing.  There can never be balance a between these two contrasting natures.

If, however, they start a relationship, this relationship will soon become a vicious cycle that it will be almost impossible to get out. The more affection and love that the empath gives, the more in control the narcissist would feel, thus making the empath the victim.

The empath will soon become wounded and begin to feel like the victim that in turn may give them some narcissistic traits. When a narcissist sees that the empath is wounded, it may give them a sense of validation. Because the more unhappy the empath is – the happier the narcissist feels.  The unhappy empath will then start seeking for feelings of love and support from the narcissist.

At this point, the empath will focus solely on its feelings of pain and will seek for validation and love, failing to realize that they are not the one to blame for this – the damage is coming from the narcissist. It is essential for the empath to wake-up and realize this before they become self-absorbed and narcissist themselves; because the truth is, everyone who is deeply hurt is vulnerable to become a narcissist.

So, how can an empath stop the damage and put an end to this toxic relationship with a narcissist?

Every plan on having a conversation with a narcissist is useless, because the narcissist, while very charismatic, is a very manipulative person too, and will try to blame the empath for his and their pain as well. It will make the empath feel responsible for all the problems in the relationship.

The empath has a choice: they could remain the victim in the narcissist’s game, or they could find the needed strength to walk away and end the relationship.

The empath should accept the fact that the narcissist will never change. And the waiting for a narcissist to change is a waste of a precious time.

In the end, all that matters is that we let others treat us as we think we deserve to be treated. If an empath chooses willingly to stay in this kind of toxic relationship with a narcissist – it is their way of thinking that they do not deserve better than that.

This could not be further from the truth. Empaths have to understand that it is not their job to fix others, especially those who do not want to be fixed, as they are not aware of their disorder.

Empaths should realize that the treatment they get from the narcissists is not a treatment they deserve and must find the courage to utterly walk away.

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12 Warning Signs That You Are Dealing With An Evil Person

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While we like to think that we know what evil is, true evil is much more intelligent and will often seem like it is not there. People are essentially good – whatever they turn out to be, there will always be some good in them.

And no matter how much we wish to see the good in everyone, there are those who will be ready to use whatever good is left in them for a sinister purpose. These people are genuinely evil, and this is something they enjoy.

How to deal with an evil person?

They are ready to walk over corpses with no remorse, and they do not pick favorites. If you get in their path, be ready to be used, manipulated, and thrown away like trash without any second thoughts.

The worst is, our nature to try and see the good in everyone can often make us blind to the evil that permeates from them. So, how to be sure that a person is worth having around? What does it really mean to be evil?

Spot them in someone, and you can be sure that whatever good is left in them, they will use for their ends and if necessary, they will use that good against you. 

These 12 warning signs will tell you if a person is evil:

1. Denying reality

The truth you know it to be as such is not something they will agree upon. These people know a different truth, and they will never agree with the reality that really is. And this is not a difference of subtle differences – this is facts versus their twisted ideals and interpretations.

2. Twisting facts

The secret of their trade lies in their ability to twist any fact that they come across. That is, any fact that does not agree with their goals and the manipulative reality they are trying to impose. They are ready to take things out of context, glue them to other things taken out of context until they create ‘alternative’ facts that align with their purpose.

3. Withholding information

If they believe that something will compromise the identity they are trying to create; they are ready to withhold any relevant information about that. “I didn’t lie! Not saying anything about it isn’t lying.”

Of course, lying or not, they keep this information from the others and use their ignorance of the situation to their ends. And if you find out? Not only will they twist the truth and spice things up, but they will even make you feel guilty of not trusting them.

4. Misleading people

If they find it suitable, they will use some truth to twist it in such a misleading way that you will feel afraid, vulnerable, attacked, hated, or incompetent. They know how to pick the right words to evoke any emotion they intend to create in you.

In the end, you will start believing in the information the way they presented it. They can create enemies in your mind using simple words; they can make you feel like you are doing everything wrong – words are their weapon, and they know how to handle it nicely.

5. Lying constantly

Their form of ‘sincerity’ is one wrapped up in silver-tongued lies. Lying is their way of expressing themselves. They cannot construct a thought in their head without thinking of how something juicy could also be included too.

They lie to gain something out of it, and they lie for the pleasure of fooling those around them. And each time you catch them in a lie, they will tell you a dozen more to cover it up. They will ‘sincerely’ explain to you why they were forced to lie about it, and you might even start feeling sorry for them.

6. Remorselessness

These people will not feel sorry for anyone they have destroyed, are destroying, or plan to destroy. They see people as pawns in their game, and they consider the best people to be the best pawns. If they spot the good in you, they will use that good to work for them, and they will treat you like garbage in the process.

They do not feel sorry for good people, and they see an opportunity in every weakness they expose. It is because they simply enjoy other people’s pain and they do not see a reason why those people should not experience such pain.

7. Avoiding responsibility

Evil people do not have a moral compass. They do as they please and they will never feel responsible for the pain they have caused. If they sense that some sort of blame is going to hit them, they start redirecting it even before it gets to them.

They toss their blame onto others, and they do not know the meaning of an apology. They find apologizing to be a virtue of the weak, and they know how to get an apology from anyone they have harmed. In the end, you apologize for their mistakes. Isn’t that convenient?

8. Manipulating

They are masters of manipulation. They know how to plan ten steps ahead and they always know the purpose of their manipulation.

If they want to, they will make you feel stupid, they will make you do the things they are not competent at doing, and they know how to take all the credit afterward, leaving you feeling that you were not competent enough to do what you did (although you already did it well).

9. Fair-weather friends

If such person comes to your aid, know that they have done it for a purpose which involves them in the end. In other cases, they will be around when things go well, and they will disappear when things go sour.

You should not expect support from these people. If you get support, know that you are being played and that you will end up being the pawn in their well-devised game. They do not see a reason why they should be there for you if there is nothing in it for them.

10. Stealing your time

If they know that you have some kind of deadline or other important events with close people and family, they will subtly get under your skin and make you lose track of time. They do not want you to be better than them in any way, so do not expect to be good when they are around to ruin that expectation.

They exactly know when to show up and mess up your plans. In the end, they will even put on a concerned face and watch you lose your mind as things start spiraling down. Time is a very important asset, and they are well aware of it.

11. Leading double lives

These people will never reveal their true lives to you. And saying that they lead double lives is an underestimated expression when they come into question. They lead a hundred lives – each life more different than the rest.

They are different with every person, and they have a well-devised history to tell that would accompany the image they are trying to portray. The common thing about all of them is that nobody really knows their true essence or past.

12. Control freaks

Of course, to hold everything together they have to be in complete control over the situation. They will easily get possessive and controlling if they see that someone else is trying to earn your trust and be a genuine friend.

The control they have over others is how they can feed off them. If they lose this control, they lose their precious pawns. It is very simple, really. And it all becomes very evident once they start losing the control.

Everybody can possess one or some of these characteristics. However, put them together, and you are dealing with someone who is truly evil. Do not expect from them to change for you, as you mean nothing to them.

And if you love yourself enough, you should definitely break free from their control and manipulation and go on living your life surrounded by genuine and sincere people. Nobody is perfect, and if someone is trying to look perfect, they have something they are hiding beneath.

Be more aware of whom you are surrounded with, and always love yourself enough to let go of toxic and evil people.

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You Deserve To Be With Someone Who Knows Your Worth

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You deserve to be with someone who will know your worth. Someone to whom you’ll be more than good enough.

You deserve to be with someone who will show you the true meaning of love. Someone who will show you that love doesn’t have to be tough and painful. Someone who will show you what raw, genuine, deep love feels like.

You deserve someone who is sure about you.

You deserve someone who will be willing to pull down the walls you’ve built around your heart to protect it. Because your heart got broken too many times. Because your trust was betrayed too many times. Because you committed to people who couldn’t see that you were a person that was the easiest to love. You were a woman with a heart of gold.

You committed to people for whom you were willing to fight with every part of yourself. But, they didn’t care about it.  They didn’t care about you.

That’s why you deserve someone whose biggest fear will be losing you. Someone who will walk through fire and fight demons to make you feel happy and protected.

You deserve to be with someone who won’t be afraid to love and be loved. Someone who won’t be ashamed to express their feelings. Instead, they will wear their heart on their sleeve and they’ll never make you doubt their love for you.

You deserve to be with someone who won’t think that showing their vulnerabilities makes them look weak.

You deserve to be loved by someone who will make sure you know how special you are to them.

You deserve someone who will make your eyes glow with happiness when they’re around. Someone who will make your body tremble and your heart skip a beat at their touch. Someone who will be tender and supportive on your bad days and loving and passionate on your good days.

You deserve someone who will make you feel wanted.

Someone who will shower you with affection, sweet words, and compliments. Someone who you’ll always be able to rely on. Someone who will feel like home.

You deserve someone who will accept and love you for who you are and always let you be yourself.

Someone who will be aware of all your weaknesses and faults and who will have seen you at your worst, and still accept and cherish you the way you are.

You deserve someone who will be aware of your beauty, both outward and inward, and of the purity of your soul. Someone who will know that you’re the best thing that could have ever happened to them. That you’re their strength. Their guiding light. Their blessing.

You deserve to be loved by someone who will be patient with you and who won’t lose their temper and call you “needy,” “clingy,” or “boring” when you get emotional and show your vulnerable sides.

You deserve someone who will show understanding of your problems.

Someone who will patiently listen to you when you complain about what a bad day you had at work or about how much your best friend disappointed you. Someone who won’t leave you to fight your battles on your own.

Instead, they’ll stick with you through thick and thin. They’ll be your crying shoulder and greatest support. They’ll do their best to help you overcome your problems and see that gorgeous smile of yours on your face again.

You deserve someone who will enjoy spending time with you.

Someone to whom it won’t matter whether you spend the Saturday night in the best club in the city or at home, watching your favorite movie and eating pizza.

You deserve to be loved by someone who won’t make you beg for their attention and love.

You deserve someone who will be honest with and loyal to you.

Someone who will be both your best friend and an amazing lover. Someone who will respect your opinions, ideas, and decisions, but also tell you when you say or do something wrong or stupid.

You deserve someone who will show interest in the things you like. Someone who will do the seemingly unimportant things that actually mean a lot to you.

You deserve someone who will send you a bouquet of white roses to your office because they remember they’re your favorite ones. Someone who will leave you cute love notes on your pillow in the morning so that you begin the day knowing how much loved you are.

You deserve to be loved by someone who will tell you to text them when you get home because they want to know you’re safe and okay. Someone who won’t forget to ask you how your day went. Someone who will call you just to hear your voice. Someone who will terribly miss you when you’re not around.

You deserve someone who will be proud of everything you are and everything you do.

Someone who will show the world how grateful they are for having you in their life. Someone to whom you’ll be the most important person in the world.

You deserve to be loved by someone who won’t see you as a burden or just one more obligation they have to fulfill. Instead, you’ll be their strength. Their energy. Their priority.

You deserve to be with someone who will know your worth and remind you of it. Someone who will make you their choice every single day. Someone who will love you unconditionally and never give up on you.

Your “Meanest” Friend Is The One Who Actually Wants The Best For You

If you have a friend you love, but at times can’t stand because their harsh (though true) words can hurt like needles – you can’t help but think that they are just being mean. However, science says this is not the case when it comes to your closest friends. 

In fact, recent findings have shown that your meanest friend is the one who truly loves you and wants the best for you.

According to a research published in Psychological Science, people who tend to make others experience negative emotions believe that the impact of those emotions will be beneficial for them in the long run.

The research was conducted at the University of Plymouth and it included 140 adult participants. The scientists behind the study observed their behavior during hypothetical situations: for instance, by generating the fear of failure to a friend who instead of learning for exams – is procrastinating his studying.

The researchers claimed that asking participants to take another person’s point of view has increased the likelihood of them choosing negative experiences and emotions for the other person if they thought that that experience would be helpful to them.

The findings of the study confirmed what scientists believed – that people indeed may be “cruel to be kind”.

“What was surprising was that affect worsening was not random but emotion-specific,” says López-Pérez, the lead author of the study. “In line with previous research, our results have shown that people hold very specific expectations about the effects that certain emotions may have and about which emotions may be better for achieving different goals.”

In other words, people can sometimes be “mean” to you not because they hate you, or they want to hurt you – but because they care for you and their “meanness” comes out of selflessness and empathy.

So, go ahead! Share this post and tag your “mean” friends and tell them how much you love them for their honesty!

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Neuroscientists Revealed The Number One Exercise For Slowing Down The Aging Process

Number One Exercise For Slowing Down The Aging Process

As we grow old, some of us start developing a rather negative relationship with the mirror because it starts showing off our grey hairs, our body’s saggy parts, and the many lines on our face that come with age.

However, you can improve the relationship you have with your mirror because neuroscientists have finally found an enjoyable way to slow down the aging process.

What is The Number One Exercise For Slowing Down The Aging Process?

According to a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Journal, people who are physically active can slow down their brain’s aging process. Neuroscientists behind this study say that dancing is the most effective physical activity.

So, why is dancing the most effective exercise for slowing down the aging process of the brain?

According to Dr. Kathrin Rehfeld, the lead author of the study, physical exercise has the effect of slowing down and even preventing the decline in both the mental and physical activity in the brain that comes with its natural aging process.  

In their study, they prove that 2 different types of physical activity – dancing and endurance training – both increase the brain’s area that declines over time as we age. But, only dancing has proved to be effective when it comes to changes in behavior due to the noticeable improvements in balance.

The researchers selected 52 elderly volunteers aged 63-80 years for the purpose of the study. Then, they divided them randomly into two groups, one group was assigned to join dance classes, and the other group joined the sports control group.

The dance group took dance lessons with a constant change of choreography which moves they were asked to memorize. The program for the sports group, on the other hand, consisted of strength training, endurance training, and flexibility training.

The hippocampus area of the brain which is the most susceptible to decline because of the aging processes has increased in both groups. This area of the brain is also responsible for memory, balance, as well as learning.

But, only volunteers in the dance group had an increased volume of other subparts in the left hippocampus. Moreover, only dancing had increased the volume of one part in the right hippocampus called the subiculum.  

This study proved that dancing, especially when followed by a change in choreography, is indeed superior to repetitive physical activities such as walking or cycling.   

Dr. Rehfeld further explains that they provided the participants in the dance group with different music genres. They changed the dance routine every second week and they introduced new arm patterns, formations, steps, rhythms, and different speed levels.

What about those who have two left feet and no sense of rhythm?

Try to lose yourself in the music and don’t think about how awkward and funny you might look. Because music indeed has many therapeutic benefits – it lifts our spirit and increases our happiness levels.

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Anxiety Disorders And Major Depression Are Linked To Narcissistic Abuse

Nowadays considered as a disorder, anxiety has got its evolutionary roots back in the earliest beginnings of human evolution. Humans needed it to survive in the harsh and unpredictable environment they lived in.

Anxiety nowadays is considered to be an inexplicable feeling of unease, nervousness, and worry. It’s true that we have come too far to be affected by the same conditions which gave rise to the protective role of anxiety for our ancestors. So why and how does it occur now?

A lot of literature connects today’s anxiety disorders to some kind of psychological and emotional abuse during the person’s childhood. It has been found that early-life stress has a profound effect on the Central Nervous System (CNS) and that the same effect can occur in adults.

This abuse is now discussed as a major factor contributing to anxiety disorders, major depression, and PTSD. In fact, it has been established that psychological abuse is more detrimental than physical aggression and that it leaves a deep scar in the victim’s mental health.

Children who have been victims of psychological abuse don’t necessarily develop anxiety in their lives, but such traumatic events in times where their brains are still developing contribute to supersensitivity in the neuroendocrine stress response systems.

This means that any additional stress from emotional or psychological abuse later in life bears a high possibility of triggering psychological disorders such as anxiety and major depression.

Narcissistic abuse is one of the most harmful types of psychological abuse. It renders the victim unable to think and reason clearly due to the increased stress and the eventual adrenal fatigue.

This, in turn, triggers a number of possible outcomes, among which the most devastating effect could be an anxiety disorder, major depression, or both. This further increases your susceptibility to the narcissistic abuse and your inability to escape it.

That is why some victims tend to remain in the victim-abuser loop until the rest of their lives and are not even aware that their abuser feeds off them with every passing day.

The most common targets for a narcissist are people who are empathetic, compassionate and choose to see the best in others. This sensitive type of people will choose to trust and understand the narcissist.

And this is what they need to start weaving their web around their good-willing victims. In the process of their flawless manipulation, they will use whatever means necessary to make their victim feel smaller and more dependent on them.

They do it by constantly trying to lower their self-confidence and make their victims believe that they are going crazy. If they see themselves caught in the act, they will skillfully get out of the situation by convincing the other person that they are imagining the situation and are psychologically unstable.

While this is not the truth, you know what they say: a lie told a hundred times becomes truth. The more they make their victim question their morality, sanity, and ability to love unconditionally, the more they nail them to their cross and feed off them.

From the victim perspective, this lowered state and constant stress will eventually lead to adrenal fatigue and a constant fear that they may be doing something wrong. In certain cases, the victims start avoiding people, feel unable to function properly, feeling disconnected and are generally in a disabled state.

This process is what will eventually lead the victim to a state of a shattered self-confidence and a completely destroyed mental state, where a lot of mental disorders have a space to start festering.

In this state, the victim is prone to develop extreme social anxiety, illnesses related to pervasive stress, a complete sense of disassociation from the self, and symptoms of major depression.

If you find yourself in such situation, it’s best that you talk to a psychologist and ask for help. While there are people who are able to recognize narcissistic abuse and get out of that relationship before it develops, some people are very much trapped in the cycle and find it impossible to get out.

It’s not that they don’t want to, but the psychological damage they have endured has left them unable to fight off the abuser and has made them shut themselves off from the rest of the world.

Psychological abuse is more dangerous than physical abuse. It leaves terrible consequences on the mental health of the victim and it renders them unable to recognize it.

In the case of narcissistic abuse, the victim will be certain that they are the ones who are in the wrong, and they will blame themselves for the dark reality they are in. This, of course, is far from the truth.

If you are or have been a victim of narcissistic abuse, know that it has never been your fault and that you did your best to pull that disturbed soul out of its own darkness. The truth is, most narcissists prefer their darkness, and they want to pull you in it.

Spread the awareness! 

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19297883

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More And More Intelligent And Gorgeous Women Are Rolling Solo

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Have you ever wondered why so many smart, confident, and attractive women are often single? Well, let’s get this straight – they aren’t single since they think they’re better than the rest, but because they can’t find men who deserve their attention, respect, and love.

It’s not that these women fear that someone might betray their trust and break their hearts. Or that they are solely interested in building a successful career and achieving high social status. The truth is that their high self-esteem and intellectual abilities prevent them from beginning a relationship with someone just for the sake of being in a relationship.

They don’t want to waste their energy and time on a man that can’t keep up with them in all aspects of life. A man that’s afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. A man that lacks confidence. A man that doesn’t bother to commit.

So, if you’ve been wondering why so many intelligent and gorgeous women are often single, make sure you read the following reasons:

1. They have very high standards.

These women are aware of their worth and they won’t accept to be with someone who isn’t compatible with them. Their partners must possess all the necessary characteristics this type of women are looking for in a man. Being strong, confident, independent, and driven matters a lot.

2. They put in a great deal of effort and energy in becoming accomplished in different spheres.

Super smart and gorgeous women like doing whatever they can to become more independent and improve themselves on a personal and professional level. They don’t wait for things to get done by themselves. On the other hand, it seems that men lack that ambition and commitment to shoot for high goals. This is something these women can’t stand.

3. They already feel complete.

This kind of women doesn’t need a guy to feel emotionally complete and accomplished. They already have amazing friends and careers. They always look for new goals and passions to pursue. If they decide to be with someone, then he must respect and know how to deal with this.

4. They can’t tolerate bulls**t.

Hell yeah! Why would you think otherwise? These women would never allow someone to play little devious mind games with them. They’ll never let anyone juggle with their feelings, cheat on, and lie to them. They’ve had this kind of crappy experiences many times before and now they won’t let be manipulated again.

5. The childish dream of marrying the prince on a white horse does no longer exist.

Hah, they’ve grown up. They don’t believe in these delusions anymore. They don’t need a husband to feel safe and protected. They don’t need someone to watch them while they sleep at night. They even know that they don’t need a guy to have kids. They’re not afraid to be single mothers and pave the path to their happiness on their own.

6. They are never a second option.

These women always come first and will never settle for anything less than that. If most guys are so naïve to believe that they can easily replace these women with the first one they find on the social media, they’re awfully wrong. These women have a sixth sense and if they feel something strange is going on behind their backs, they’ll stop that even before it begins.

7. A lot of guys feel intimidated by smart and attractive women.

This kind of women is aware of their power as well. Yet, they’ll never consent to act as if they’re naïve or stupid so that they don’t diminish the confidence of some guy or make him feel inferior to them. These women know what they deserve and if men can’t deal with it, then I’m sorry, but it’s their loss.

The Yoga Icon Wai Lana Improves People’s Lives Worldwide By Introducing Them To The Positive Benefits Of Yoga

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. It is an extremely enduring exercise program that not only burns calories but also tones muscles. Yoga is a complete workout for the mind and the body that involves stretching and strengthening poses with meditation and deep breathing for relaxation. There are various types of yoga to suit every person’s needs by taking a new holistic approach to their mind and body strength.  

Yoga has many positive benefits that include lowering chronic pain, such as lowering back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis; lowering the blood pressure and reducing insomnia. Yoga also helps with improving the ability to concentrate and solves many addictions including drug abuse by helping individuals develop a more positive outlook on life and better-coping skills.

Wai Lana is a yoga instructor for 40 years that is responsible for introducing innumerable people of all ages to the practice of yoga thus improving their lives and their whole physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. She is the host of her “Wai Lana Yoga” TV series which has a huge audience all over the world.  The show has been airing nationwide for more than 18 years making it the longest fitness series that has ever aired on national television on 5 continents including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America.

“Yoga is such a big part of my life that I can’t imagine living without it. In fact, yoga is my life. It keeps me grounded, in good health, and brings me profound inner peace, even amid the chaotic busyness of everyday life,” says global yoga icon Wai Lana. She has experienced all the benefits of yoga and that’s why she is motivated to help others. She says she wants everyone to experience all the amazing things that yoga has to offer.

Along with hosting and directing her TV shows, she is also a designer. She designs all her beautiful, colorful clothes that she wears together with the flower garlands. Her episodes are filmed in places all over the world, in majestic, pristine locations because she wants to inspire her audience by providing breathtaking backgrounds for their eyes.

Wai Lana is not only an amazing yoga teacher, but she is also a mother of three, grandmother of six, author, songwriter, and genuine advocate for inner peace and wellbeing. She has published many books, recorded music, and meditation albums, and produced DVDs for people of all backgrounds so they can all be included. She also developed teacher training programs and designed yoga products for children.

For the International Yoga Day on June 21, 2015, she wrote the famous “Namaste” song to help people remember to always be humble and respectful towards each other. The “Namaste” song was also included in a PBS special called “Wai Lana Yoga for a Better Life & a Better World” and it was also at the headline event hosted by the United Nations at their headquarters in New York City, enabling thousands of yoga lovers to hear the song live at Times Square.

Insights Trailer from Wai Lana Yoga on Vimeo.

Leaf from Wai Lana Yoga on Vimeo.

3 Qualities for Stress-Free Asana Practice from Wai Lana Yoga on Vimeo.

Silence from Wai Lana Yoga on Vimeo.

Today, she is the most famous yoga teacher in the world. You can watch all the episodes of her TV show Wai Lana Insights by ordering it here. In the episodes, she covers a variety of content from relaxation and daily lifestyle to yoga wisdom and higher thinking.

About Wai Lana

Wai Lana is the host of the long-running public television series Wai Lana Yoga, which has aired in the U.S. and internationally for nearly four decades. Wai Lana has produced several yoga DVD series for people of all levels, published books, designed kids’ yoga products, recorded music albums, released a meditation kit, developed a complete line of yoga gear, and even has her own line of all-natural snacks.

Connect with Wai Lana:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wailanayoga

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wailana

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wai_lana/

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12 Reasons Why It Is Hard For Female Empaths To Find The Right Man

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Female empath and relationship.

Female empath are one of the most amazing people out there. And while having an empath for a partner can be one of the most wonderful things that can happen to you, still it can be a challenge for some men to be in a relationship with a female empath.

Why female empaths struggle with romantic relationships?

This is because female empaths are very honest. They don’t play games or date around. They can’t be in a relationship with someone who is not ready for them.

Here are 12 reasons why female empaths struggle to find the right partner:

1. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY WANT

An empath woman doesn’t look for a fling. She knows that she wants a stable relationship filled with love and respect. She wants a partner who can be with her through the hard times. If the man is not serious from the start, she will never begin the relationship in the first place.

2. THEY ARE INTENSE

Empaths are people who want only deep and meaningful connections with others. They are not superficial nor are interested in the ordinary. Some like this intensity of the empaths, and for others, it is too much that they cannot handle being around them for too long.

3. AN EMPATH WOMAN VALUES RELIABILITY

Men who are wishy-washy should never even try to have a relationship with an empathic woman because she needs stability more than anything in her life. She is not interested in someone who doesn’t answer her calls, shows up late, or cancels dates at the last minute.

4. AN EMPATH WOMAN IS TOO SINCERE

An empath is never good when it comes to white lies or sugar coating things. Instead of telling you what you want to hear, this woman will tell you the truth always. And for most people, it is hard having to face the truth every time.

5. AN EMPATH WOMAN NEEDS HER FREEDOM

No one can put an empath woman in a cage. When she senses that a man is trying to restrict her in some way – she will leave him without a single doubt.  

6. AN EMPATH WOMAN IS OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD

Most men cannot understand what it is really like to be with a woman who is an empath until they get in a relationship with her. She is more complex than most people give her credit for. This woman is a walking mystery and the man will always feel like she hides something from him.  

7. AN EMPATH WOMAN NEEDS EMOTIONAL SATISFACTION

In order for an empathic woman to be completely fulfilled in the relationship, she needs to be satisfied both emotionally and physically. She can’t have the physical without the emotional, or the other way around.

8. SHE DOESN’T DO SHORT-TERM RELATIONSHIPS

She doesn’t involve herself in short-term relationships. Her motto is – all or nothing. She would rather stay single than convince a man who is not ready to be in a relationship with her.

9. SHE ASKS A LOT OF QUESTIONS

An empathic woman wants to be clear to everyone about anything. So, a man can expect to be asked a lot of questions from her because she wants to know everything (not for manipulative reasons mind you, but rather for satisfying their curious nature).  

10. SHE SEES THE BEST AND WORST IN PEOPLE

This woman sees the best and the worst in others. So, this makes her at times hard to read and difficult to follow. When you think that she is going to do one thing, she could completely surprise you by doing just the opposite. Also, dating someone with a bad reputation is not a strange thing for her because she sees the good in him.  

11. SHE TENDS TO TAKE THINGS VERY PERSONALLY

The emotions are running high in the empath woman. She can be hurt even by the smallest thing because of her oversensitive nature. But she doesn’t hold grudges and she is ready to forgive when someone apologizes. Only that not many men can admit their mistakes.  

12. SHE LOVES HARD

An empathic woman loves harder and more intense than any other. She gives her all, but expect the same from the other person. Being with a woman like this is a hard pill to swallow for them.

Being loved by female empaths can be the most wonderful thing that can happen to you. However, many men are just not prepared for this kind of relationship. Most of them realize what they had but they realize it when it is too late.

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Strong Women Would Rather Be Alone Than Waste Time With Assholes

Let’s not mince words here, dating can be fun and amazing. However, more often than not, it is just a waste of time. Can you count all the failed relationships in your life? I’m sure that most of them ended because of a jerk who didn’t call you back or stopped respecting you.

The truth is: You don’t need that!

You don’t need to wait for someone to call you or ask someone to respect you. You don’t need a person who will lie to you or a person who wants you to change.

I know, he is gorgeous and sexy and you know that nobody is perfect so maybe you could just give him one more chance. He’ll change, you say to yourself. But the reality is: he probably won’t! Everyone has flaws, but cheating and lying are choices. Choices that he made consciously. You don’t need that.

Everyone has flaws, but cheating and lying are choices. Choices that he made consciously. You don’t need that.

From my experience, it looks like most of the available good-looking guys are jerks. That’s why I decided not to take the risk and I’m staying single until I’m sure that I’ve found a genuinely great guy. And honestly, I enjoy being single.

It’s great to do whatever you want every single day. Nobody judges me when I spend hours doing my nails or stay at home during the weekend just to watch reality shows.

And another thing – I don’t miss a guy in my life. I realized that looking for the right guy is not so important as it seemed to me before. Now I know that being alone is not the same as feeling lonely. You can feel lonely even if you are in a relationship. Being alone is liberating!

I don’t need another cute guy who will turn out to be a douchebag. I don’t want that! I want to be myself and do the things I like. I feel free to explore and conquer the world!

Nothing can stop me now. After many experiences with douchebags, no guy can fool me into going along that road again. I know that all of them are fun at the beginning, but that doesn’t prove that they are good guys.

That is why I address this text to all the girls who had a jerk in their lives. You don’t deserve that! You are powerful, free-willed and independent and you can be whatever you want in your life.

You don’t need a guy to succeed or travel the world. Especially not an asshole who puts out the fire in you.

Don’t allow to be fooled by the puppy-eye look or the sweet words. You know what he did to you! Don’t let him do it again.

Don’t be afraid to be alone. You don’t need dating to be happy. Happiness is much more than that! It’s feeling comfortable and free.

Even if you choose to date, do it carefully. Do it bearing in mind that you have everything you need – yourself. And don’t forget that all the other guys also seemed perfect at the beginning.

Enjoy living life by yourself. Time goes by very quickly and you don’t want to waste it, do you? At the end, you want to be sure that you’ve had everything you wished for and not feel sorry that you wasted your nerves, energy and time on someone who simply wasn’t worth it.

Always remember that if you don’t love yourself, the others won’t love you either. By loving yourself I mean enjoying life freely and not sacrificing yourself for someone who doesn’t even respect you.

Be strong and fierce, because you have to be, in order to succeed in today’s world. And you don’t need anyone for that.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha

 

Parents Who Raise Good Kids Do These 5 Things

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Times have changed greatly and with new times come new habits, sets of behavior and attitudes that seem very different from the ones we were used to when we were kids.

Today’s generations are all geared up with the newest technology that seems to distract them from the need to go out and play, socialize in the ways we used to or just spend time having fun. 

The challenges vary in many ways, but the main things is that today’s parents raise their children way more differently than they were raised and the outcome of those parents’ care is the greatest challenge.

Will my kid learn to be a complete person, the one who pushes forward and a person with good manners, who can bond and communicate with others freely and openly?

Every parent asks the same questions: Am I missing something? Am I doing everything right? Will my child succeed in life? 

How to raise good kids? 

Psychologists at Harvard University have thought of the same questions and have found that there are several elements that are still very important and basic for every kid’s childhood. The key to upbringing a well-adjusted child in these changing times is not as complicated as you may think.

THESE ARE THE 5 SECRETS TO RAISING A GOOD KID, ACCORDING TO HARVARD PSYCHOLOGISTS

1. SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN

It’s not enough just to be physically around your kid – you need to be with them completely. This means that no Xbox console or new iPhone can replace the bonding that the child truly needs. By communicating with them openly, listening carefully and doing the things they like together, your child will not only love you more, but will also learn how to be a considerate and caring person, and remember their childhood a positive experience.

This is the foundation of it all. Your kid would very much prefer (above everything else) having a real person to talk to and to share ideas and experiences with, even if they may not seem aware of it.

Ask them how their day was, listen carefully and discuss the dilemmas they may have in their head – be careful not to ‘dogmatize’ lessons from your experiences though, they need to experience these things through their own perspective. We’ll talk about this later in this article.

See what their favorite things are and try to learn from them how to play the games they like – they would enjoy sharing their ‘fun’ with you!

Read them a book before bed (or do it together during the day if they are in the mood for it). Just be around them completely and acknowledge their emotions.

Practically speaking:

Devote some time of your day to play their favorite games with them;
Read them a bedtime story and enjoy the whole story with them;
Ask them questions about their day, include questions like:         What was the best part of your day? The hardest part? What’s something nice someone did for you today? What’s something nice you did?  What’s something you learned today – in school or outside school?

2. LET YOUR KIDS SEE A STRONG MORAL ROLE MODEL AND MENTOR IN YOU

Children learn the most from their surroundings, especially at a younger age. What you do is what they will become. This is why you should always pay close attention to your manners and actions and be ready to admit faults and mistakes. Show your child that you care and that you are ready to accept your faults and work on them.

The result you wish to see in your child comes from the effort you put into yourself on this one. Practice fairness, honesty, and care for yourself. This picture will teach your kid to do the same habits. The key to all this is to talk these things through with your child.

Acknowledging your mistakes, especially those that involve your kid in them, and speak openly about these things.

The aim is to show your child good manners, humility, and honesty. With that, they will feel a lot more comforted and encouraged to look to a positive outcome in their problems.

Your child will look up to you only if you earn their trust and respect. Achieving this is showing your child that you are as human as you can be, and that comes with faults too.

Practically speaking:

Admit your mistakes, apologize and show that you wish to make up for them and plan to avoid it next time.
Tell your child how you plan to avoid that mistake and what you learned from it.
Make time for yourself and re-energize yourself during that time. You will need that energy to be more attentive to and caring with others.

3. TEACH YOUR CHILD TO CARE FOR OTHERS AND SET HIGH ETHICAL EXPECTATIONS

Your child needs to socialize and bond with others in the right way. Caring for others’ happiness and avoiding selfishness can bring a lot of benefits to your child’s future.

As the findings from Harvard say, “It’s very important that children hear from their parents and caretakers that caring about others is a top priority and that it is just as important as their own happiness.

Even though most parents and caretakers say that their children being caring is a top priority, often children aren’t hearing that message.”

This comes with holding your children to high ethical expectations. Be ready to honor their commitments. Teach them to do the right thing even when it’s hard and be a role model for this. It’s simple: you need to justify whatever you say to them with your actions.

Responsibilities and obligations are something you always need to remind your child of. They come in every shape even from early age: chores, school responsibilities, manners, friends, and promises.

Be sure to remind them that they are not alone and that others have expectations from them that they need to be ready to fulfill because they can.

Practically speaking:

Change the message you send them on a daily basis from “The most important thing is that you are happy” to “The most important thing is that you’re kind and you’re happy.”
Encourage your kid to ‘work it out’ before deciding whether they should quit a sports team, band or friendship. Ask them to consider the consequences their action may have on the others and encourage them to work the problem out before abandoning it.

4. ENCOURAGE KIDS TO PRACTICE APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE

A child that’s not spoiled is a child that acknowledges the roles of others in their life in a healthy way. This acknowledgment comes with appreciation for the people who contribute to their lives.

Gratitude is a two-way road with wonderful effects. People who practice gratitude on a regular basis are more likely to be helpful, generous, compassionate and forgiving. They are also more likely to be happy and healthy.

Let their habit start by learning from your actions. Be ready to show gratitude for something nice they do for you – but be careful!

Showing a lot of gratitude for things they are supposed to do will spoil them! As the Harvard psychologists say, “real responsibilities.”

“Expect children to routinely help, for example, with household chores and siblings, and only praise uncommon acts of kindness. When these kinds of routine actions are simply expected and not rewarded, they’re more likely to become ingrained in everyday actions.”

Practically speaking:

Encourage your child to be grateful on a regular basis. Be ready to receive gratitude for your extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity towards them.
Encourage to express appreciation towards family members, teachers, or others who contribute to their lives.
Be grateful.

5. TEACH THEM TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE

A common fact is that children empathize with and care about a small circle of families and friends. This is a very normal thing, of course, but the real challenge is to teach kids to start thinking about people outside that circle.

This larger circle could include a new kid in class, other people who work in his/her school, a person who doesn’t speak your language or anyone who lives in a distant country. Children need to know how their thoughts and actions can impact a community.

As the study shows, “It is important that children learn to zoom in, listening closely and attending to those in their immediate circle, and to zoom out, taking in the big picture and considering the range of people they interact with every day.”

 Practically speaking:

Encourage your child to consider the perspectives and feelings of others, especially those who may be vulnerable. Give them simple ideas for taking action, such as comforting a kid who was teased or reaching out to the new kid in class.
Discuss engaging topics about some people’s hardships, like different experiences of children in other countries or communities.
Childhood is the period of life when most of our personality is shaped. That’s why you should start paying attention to their development, the best way you possibly can – by helping them understand the main things that make them complete persons.

SHARING IS CARING!

Source:
Making Caring Common Project – Harvard University

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How Using CBD Can Help You Focus

The use of Cannabidiol (CBD) has become increasingly popular throughout recent years with more and more people using it to reduce anxiety, depression, and pain, amongst other conditions.

And though the chemical shares an association with cannabis, don’t be put off by the stigma surrounding it. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD will not get you high, but can instead help to improve your mental clarity and focus.

But just how can this savvy little chemical help to have a positive outcome on your daily life? Here’s just some of the ways that using CBD helps you to focus.

Sleep

It’s no secret that bad sleep will harm your productivity the next day. If you’ve had a bad kip the night before or you’re struggling to sleep in general, the chances are you’re more likely to feel tired and struggle to focus the next day.

But by helping you to relax because of its calming effects, using CBD could give a better night’s sleep, meaning you’ll be better equipped to attack the following day.

Anxiety and Stress

Another nightmare affecting your focus can be anxiety and stress. Rather than focusing on the task at hand, being stressed about something can become a major distraction.

It has been suggested that CBD can help treat some anxiety disorders. For example, it might help to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD or relieve the symptoms of OCD.

Pain

Some people suffering from chronic and debilitating pain could also use CBD in helping to regain focus and mental clarity.

Any sort of pain can be a nuisance in enjoying day-to-day life, getting enough sleep, and focusing on certain tasks. And after early research suggested that using CBD to treat pain could have promising effects, its potential in reducing pain could help in enhancing focus.

Using CBD

With its growing popularity in the health and wellbeing market, there are plenty of different ways that you can use CBD to improve mental clarity and focus.

Whether using a CBD-infused drink to keep you hydrated and alert in the office throughout late afternoons or using a simple drop of oil to stop you procrastinating when writing a paper, no way is wrong or right.

The easier way is of course to use oil. Using a pipette to place a couple of od drops of CBD oil under the tongue, is the quickest and most effective way of ingesting CBD. Most users believe that the higher the dose, the more effective it will be.

Vaping CBD oil has also become more popular in recent years and seems to be the craze. What’s more, vaping CBD oil could also help you to quit smoking by reducing any cravings you might have for tobacco.

Along with CBD-infused beverages, other edibles include candies and gummies. And if you’re put off by the taste, topical CBD such as lotions and creams may be better for you.

But whichever form of CBD you decide is best for you, each could well be the missing ingredient in your life needed to help you to improve mental clarity and focus.

The psychology behind slot games

Popularity of slot machines

Slot machines have become increasingly popular in the last couple of decades, being an integral part of any land-based casino and transitioning well into the online world. Recent studies have shown that many players across the world in a variety of countries opt to play slot games when playing casino games. A study in Canada found that 72% of Canadian gamblers play slot games, compared to only 59% who played table games. The statistics alone show the popularity of a slot game compared to some of the other casino games available.

Why are slots so popular?

Many people believe that slot games have become more popular than ever since the transition online. However, many land-based casinos still make a lot of revenue from their slot machines. Here are some of the reasons why people opt to play either online slot games or land-based slots:

  1. Very easy to play. There is no skill requirement, unlike casino table games like blackjack and poker.
  2. Players can play slots in their own time, without having to wait for other players or dealers.
  3. Big wins available! The original small pay-outs were revolutionised, and life-changing amounts are available. In 2003, a player won almost US$40 million.
  4. Low threshold to play; even the least experienced and nervous players can engage, and there is no embarrassment potential or ‘doing it wrong’.

The increase in online gambling has also helped make slots very popular, as players can now play anytime, and from any place as new technologies have been adopted. Slots are also the type of game that can be dipped in and out of; players do not have to wait for opponents, and if they need to leave, they can cash out without forfeiting the game.

Additionally, the increase in female gamers, especially in slots, and the rise of the casual and hyper-casual gamer have changed the demographic somewhat, with non-gamers and non-gamblers now accessing mobile gaming sites.

More females are now playing games on devices such as mobile phones.

The psychology of slots

Another key driver of the popularity of slots is the psychology behind them.

  1. Winning is hard-wired into our DNA

It is human nature to want to win, dating all the way back to prehistoric times. It is how humans propagated and ensured the survival of the species. Winning leads to our brains releasing dopamine, which makes us feel good. Pavlov (and his dogs!) showed that reaction can be conditioned, and Skinner Boxes showed that choices can be conditioned, including using variable reinforcement.

Developers of slot machines have tapped into this and use human behaviour to make a person willingly put money into a slot machine even though they know that they are more likely to see returns on investment by putting the money in the bank. The simple fact that they may or may not win, and what they do win they might win big, is enough to keep people coming back time and time again.

  1. Dopamine Amplifiers

A slot machine, in a casino or online, is designed to be fun, attractive, colourful, and loud. The little ditties that play when there is a win, even a small one, is enough to increase feeling of happiness (again, this links back to the work of Pavlov and his dogs), and even hearing others win can make us want to play.

Developers also use music to build tension as the lines show up, and highlight near-misses, that create the feeling of just once more, just one more try. Some of the more advanced machines with multiple lines can actually use music to signify wins, when overall the player is at a net loss (for example of the 100 credits wagered, the player may win back just 30, but the way the machine is set up, the player hears the winning music, and feels like they are winning, and therefore more likely to continue.

Music developers have created pieces of music to help with the emotions of the player when playing a slot game – e.g. – tension, suspense, winning.

  1. Branding

More recently, developers have started creating themed slot machines to further increase the engagement with players. It is a known fact that if an individual has an affinity to a specific brand, or TV show, or band, they will be drawn to anything featuring that. Slot machines are no different. Though in essence they are all the same, developers add in slightly different game mechanics and different music (though following the same arpeggios and patterns), and a slightly different look, and individuals will have their favourite slot game, and will naturally gravitate towards it. As they say, why would you play a generic, lacklustre slot machine when you could be hanging out with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, all smiling and playing with you?

  1. Collecting

Humans like collecting things, and slot machines offer social players the opportunity to collect things throughout the game. They can collect completion badges for any number of things and proudly display their achievements, even as far as hours played! Social players also enjoy the fraternisation aspect of slots; it is easy to sit and play and cat to others, either in person or on-line. It is a good way to meet like-minded people and to expand social groups.

  1. Quest for control

In a world full of uncertainties, humans seek control. Control gives stability and stability allows for people to express themselves and feel happy. When playing slots, players can control the game: they press a button, something happens. Every time they press that button, the same thing happens. The visual and auditory feedback provided helps give a sense of calm to the player, even if the spins do not result in a win, making it more likely for the player to continue playing, even if they are not winning.

Final thoughts

Slot machines are not designed to trick, but instead to tap into primal feelings about risk and reward, creating a fun experience for all.

5 Ideas for sailors on how to spend their spare time if on a vessel

Being a sailor is totally different from other jobs. Working at the office means you should take a ride to work and then back when you’re free, while with sailors it’s the exact opposite. They spend all of their free and working hours on a vessel, which means they should also find ways to entertain themselves there. It’s not always easy though. That’s why we decided to create a list of activities and help those, who might feel a little desperate when it comes to choosing new and preferable interesting things at spare time.

Even though it might seem like sailors don’t have much to do while on the vessel, their ship is running 24/7. And, it wouldn’t be possible without their constant control. Apart from this, sailors also have to take care of some maintenance in their work space.

So, what would normally be 8 hours of free time often comes down to one or two on some days. Particularly if there is some sort of military operation going on, like refueling another ship, launching/recovering aircraft, etc. So, here are some tips on how you can make the best out of your free time, no matter how much of it you got.

Watch football matches / sports highlights

With special apps and Livescore section on Buaksib you can read hot news and receive latest updates on matches and leagues, follow fresh statistics and teams’ performance – this is to say the least. Such apps are great assistants and will provide you with all the necessary information as well as allow you to stream matches straight from the app.

However, internet connection in the sea may be pretty unstable sometimes. Don’t worry, this is what VPNs are here for. A good VPN will speed up your connection and also unblock any geo-restricted content that you may run on.

Play Video Games

This might not sound like the most unexpected thing to do. However, if you have a plenty of free time and just want to disconnect from reality, playing video games would be a good choice.

Stay Active

Physical exercises are highly important to maintain healthy lifestyle and simply keep your body and mind in good condition. What’s great is that you can do sports at pretty much any time and place. If you don’t have any equipment, body weight exercises are equally effective.

Study

Some sailors study for another degree or learn something they’ve never had time to learn before. Just imagine, with all the free time you have on a ship and not being able to go anywhere else, you have the best opportunity to fully concentrate on something important.

Have Extra Sleep

Due to many factors, your sleep on the ship may not be of a good quality. Taking some extra breaks and naps will help you feel fine throughout the day. Also make sure you elaborate a sleeping schedule.

7 WAYS TO SAVE YOUR MONEY WHILE SHOPPING

INTRODUCTION

Because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, more people have gone online to shop than at any other point in recent memory. From skills and gadgets to food supplies, goods and services that many shoppers may have purchased in a store are still looked for on the internet. However, the rapid expansion of the internet shopping trend carries with it a few challenges. For a certain something, the loss of an up close and personal encounter with a salesperson makes wheeling and dealing even more difficult. Don’t be concerned if you are a frugal buyer who is learning how to find the best deal for your money on the internet. We asked a few smart shoppers to share some of their best tips for saving big while shopping online. Here are their tricks and tips to help ensure your money is well invested. 

1.Make a list of ways to limit your purchases ahead of time. 

As compared to traditional shopping, the possible outcomes of online shopping are enormous. Going on a virtual shopping spree will put a dent in your pocket faster than rushing from one store to the next. Making a list of desired items before signing up to make a purchase. This way, you know exactly what you’re going to buy and are less likely to get distracted by a promotion. When you’ve determined how much you want to pay, try buying a discount coupon for the precise amount rather than just placing your purchase on a credit card. This eliminates the need to overspending when you have a set amount to work with. You can buy a store-specific gift card or one from a credit card provider, for example, Visa or American Express, that can be used at a variety of stores.

2. Start investigating online reward schemes. 

Dedication is rewarded. A few websites have reward ventures that allow you to obtain focus on your purchases in order to acquire limits later on. If there are particular products you will often order from similar destinations (for example, a specific cleanser or tea), it is worth testing to see if they have a reward scheme you can access.  It’s a good idea to use a different email address here as well, so you can keep displaying emails apart from your other mail. You’re already familiar with the reward services provided by airlines and credit cards, but you may be surprised to learn how many stores are now participating in the program. Check the app stores to see if your favorite stores and brands have apps that allow you to collect information about your purchases. 

3. Purchases in large quantities 

There are certain retail stores like Quicklotz.com  that were founded on the principle of bulk buying of liquidation pallets and have thrived in their serious business, which is as it should be. Buying everyday goods like food, paper products, and toiletries in bulk will save you between 20 and 80 percent on your regular budget, depending on how many (and which) items you buy. Regardless of if you’re shopping with a one- or two-man family and buying a day and a half at a time doesn’t sound practical, you can also find ways to save at large stores by ordering non-perishables. This may not be well-organized in terms of delivering and storing any of those items, but it will save you money. When there are numerous varieties to browse at some grocery stores, the large capacity isn’t really the least expensive by unit, so you will have to do a little math (now and then done for you specifically on the price mark) to guarantee you’re supplementing your reserve funds.

4. Create an Automatic Transfer 

If getting the money into your bank account is a problem, you should try having it auto drafted from your account every month. You should go to your bank and set up a monthly automatic transfer. Many banks even allow you to do this online.

5. Leave items in your shopping cart 

This excellent trick works admirably with stuff you don’t need urgently. Go through your shopping list and choose the nice-to-haves and other items that can be stored. When you see something on the internet, open an account on the merchant’s website and add the item to your shopping basket. Now is an excellent time to play the cat-and-mouse puzzle. Online retailers frequently have mechanisms in place to encourage you to complete your purchase. You will get email notifications, and ads for the item will most likely begin to appear on various websites you visit (this is called retargeting). Maintain your patience and don’t be fooled by attempts to create a need to move quickly, such as the last option or just one item left in stock. Many stores will eventually sell you a discount coupon for the item in your cart so they can close the sale.

6. Reduce the spending 

You can also choose one indulgence item to give up or reduce and place the money in the bank. This may be a small fine item that quickly adds up, such as regular espresso trips. Alternatively, it could be a more expensive indulgence, such as the weekly spa. If you scale down or quit completely, you will find that the savings do add up. You may want to think about getting rid of one of these money-suckers to increase the amount you save.

7. Utilize direct deposit 

You should also try directing a portion of your savings account to your investment fund. If your boss gives you this choice, take advantage of it. If you never see the money, you are less likely to lose it or see it leave your savings account. This is one of the simplest ways to save money.

CONCLUSION

It’s really easy to fill your virtual shopping cart even quicker than you can normally. If, when you go to look, the request is far higher than what you intended to pay, there is a shopping trick that will help you get down the cost depending on the store. Complete the checkout process before you are prompted to type your email address in the contact data section. Once you’ve accessed it, leave your belongings in the cart and exit the application you were using to view the site. When you buy something on the internet, simply pass the appropriate amount into your primary account with a couple of clicks. 

5 Types of Hybrid Transportation to Explore

Looking to lower your carbon footprint? One of the best ways to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle is to explore hybrid transportation. Since carbon emissions are one of the environment’s biggest threats, hybrid vehicles are one of the most effective ways consumers can make an impact.

Along with saving the planet comes great savings for your bank account. Gas prices have risen recently, and hybrid options offer a lot of promise when it comes to reducing driver costs. These five modes of hybrid transportation are worth considering if you want to make the switch:

1. Electric Bicycles

Riding your bike to work will definitely help the environment, but for many, the distance is too great for this to be practical. Then along came the electric bicycle to change commuting forever. An electric bike is like your average pedal bike, only equipped with a small motor besides the gears and chain.

You can ride your electric bike just as you would any other, even without the motor running. This way you can get some needed exercise. When you need to climb a hill or simply want to coast, turn on the electric-only mode. Then your bike will be taking you for a ride.

The key feature of an electric bike is the simultaneous use of both the pedals and the motor to make the bike go. As you pedal, the motor gives you a boost to provide effortless gliding down the street. Biking longer distances won’t take as long or be nearly as taxing, enabling longer commutes.

2. Standard Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid vehicles are much more expensive than electric bicycles, but they can be a great long-term buy for those who do a lot of driving. As a comparison, Toyota’s hybrid RAV4 averages 40 miles per gallon, a considerable jump over the traditional RAV4’s 28 mpg.

A standard internal combustion engine is part of every hybrid automobile, just as you’d find in a gas-powered vehicle. What sets it apart are all the different electrical components that enable the car to partially run on electricity. A hybrid vehicle will contain an auxiliary battery, an electric generator, and a converter alongside the traditional engine.

In a regular car, the kinetic energy you generate from braking is converted to heat and then lost. With the electrical components mentioned above, some of that kinetic energy can be transferred to the battery. This gives the car a charge and a boost to make it more sustainable. Being able to coast for some time on battery power is why hybrid vehicles get such great gas mileage.

A quick note about hybrid vehicles: a full hybrid can run on either the combustion engine on its own or just the battery. A mild hybrid lacks this flexibility and will use both simultaneously. Both are viable options, but you may be drawn to one type more than the other.

3. Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

The next step after a standard hybrid vehicle is a plug-in. Plug-in hybrid vehicles have longer battery life, but they need to be plugged in to charge. Because the availability of charging ports is still spotty in many areas, the traditional hybrid may be more feasible for many drivers.

However, it’s important to note that the speed at which electric carports are being installed is increasing rapidly. As more people buy into the concept, car companies such as Tesla are working diligently to make charging ports more accessible. Once they become more widespread, more people will start purchasing plug-in hybrid vehicles for energy savings.

You can also charge your plug-in vehicle’s battery at home with an adaptor kit. However, you might not get the charge you need this way if you have to drive long distances. Plus, your electric bill will ratchet up considerably. Be sure to take all the necessary safety precautions before attempting this at home.

4. All-Electric Vehicles

Ditching the gas can for good, all-electric vehicles are the epitome of the energy-efficient lifestyle. While less of a hybrid and more of a full switch, electric cars are still worth considering. That’s especially true if you’re looking to help the environment and cut out spending on gas along the way.

The key difference between electric cars and their gas counterparts is their range. Running on nothing but batteries, electric cars currently have a much shorter range than gas-powered and hybrid vehicles. An all-electric vehicle won’t be ideal if you lack access to charging stations, can’t charge from home, or have to travel a lot for work.

If you can reliably charge your electric vehicle and only make short daily commutes, an electric car is worth looking into. On average you can save $800 in fuel costs by switching to electric today. Electric cars are also easier and cheaper to maintain, as they don’t require oil changes or have as many parts to keep up.

5. Self-Driving Cars

There’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the self-driving vehicle industry, but the future shows a lot of promise. For starters, research has suggested that energy consumption from vehicles could drop by up to 200% thanks to automated cars. That’s a big step toward global sustainability.

The reason self-driving cars are so energy efficient is that they remove a lot of the variables from driving. Human drivers will stop, start, and idle sporadically, which burns a lot of unnecessary fuel. Autonomous cars will follow the flow of traffic, analyzing the most efficient way to get from point A to point B.

The biggest roadblock in the way of autonomous cars is easing them into society. It’s difficult for a machine to survive in such an unpredictable world. Other drivers and pedestrians are prone to making split-second decisions that can’t always be tracked with an algorithm. As the technology improves and infrastructures adapt, though, self-driving cars will become a lot more viable.

By switching to hybrid transportation, you’re becoming part of a movement to make the world a better and more efficient place. Look at your local options in these categories and make the decision that fits you and your needs the best.

Best meditation exercise for students

In today’s competitive world, students can barely find time for themselves. Nowadays, student’s life is caught in attending schools and back to back tuitions. They get fed up with completing homework and assignments to preparing for exams. It is likely for students to feel that they get no time for themselves. It also has a negative effect on their grades, performance, health, and behaviour. Because of this negative impact, students suffer from stress, depression, and lack of sleep.

 

Studies have confirmed that there are various advantages of meditation, including a study done at Harvard University. Research shows that meditation can boost the working of our brain, reduce blood pressure, and fight stress and anxiety. In this article, you will learn many types of meditation exercises that you can perform on your own. Our easy-to-follow meditation exercises offer students to relieve their stress, tension, and anxiety.

 

Best Meditation Techniques for Students

 

There are hundreds of meditation techniques that provide various health benefits. It includes improving in brain’s function, decreasing stress levels, decreasing blood pressure and slowing your aging process, boosting your immune system and breathing. Students mind is restless with thoughts that don’t let them focus on their studies sometimes.

 

There is where meditation helps to calm their mind and enhance their ability to concentrate on their studies, says Karla who works as a content editor at EduWorldUSA. You can get good grades without any stress or pressure and calm your mind by doing meditation. Meditation will also help you get peace in your life so that you can concentrate on your future goals and work hard.

 

1. Sohum Technique

Practice this technique for 5 -10 minutes a day to achieve mindfulness. For this technique, inhale slowly in a count of ten. Hold your breath for about 10 seconds and exhale. Repeat it about five to 10 times. You can vary your count according to your capacity. When inhaling, mentally say Sooooo and while exhaling, mentally say Hammmmmm. Don’t get distracted while practicing this technique. Concentration is the key when you meditate. 

 

2. Vipassana (Sensations) Technique

Concentrations on your physical senses of breathing are called Vipassana Meditation. All you have to do is try to focus on the physical sensations of your body. It’s a beginner’s technique that brings true wisdom and clarity. When you exhale, you feel your breath on your upper lips, or the flow of breath when you inhale and exhale are some of the sensations that you can feel when meditating. Remember meditation also helps students to concentrate and in turn, you can achieve a good grade without spending hours stressing for your studies.

 

3. Tratak Technique (Candle Flame)

It is one of the excellent meditation techniques. It helps to improve your focus and concentration and also enhances your memory. Practice the Tratak technique by placing a candle 2-3 feet away. Focus on the flame of the candle for some time and close your eyes. Now try to imagine the flame’s position in your mind. This technique is effective in controlling distracting thoughts, says John, who provides do my programming homework services. It will also help you to increase your concentration power. Continue for about ten to twelve minutes focusing on the candle flame and stay relaxed during this time.

 

4. Selecting an object and Concentrate

Choose any object and focus on that object to meditate. Like the way, we used our senses or a candle flame to focus our attention upon it. Do it with any object and make sure all your attention should be on that object. Whenever any thoughts arise in your mind in between meditation, brush away those thoughts or feelings and return your focus to the same object. Repeat this process for about ten minutes and concentrate on that object without any distraction.

 

5. Meditate while you walk

Meditate while you walk is a kind of meditation you can practice while walking. Take a walk for about ten to fifteen minutes and walk only to meditate. Find a suitable place and safe environment to walk. Breathe slowly and walk straight by keeping your back straight. Focus on your body sensations and take steps slowly. Pay attention to how your foot is moving, how your hands are moving, how you are breathing. Repeat this process and pay attention to your body. You can also find a comfortable spot and try to keep your focus in that place.

 

Meditation helps to quiet your mind and soul. You can meditate just by sitting idle and watching birds chirping or repeating any mantra, and also by simply taking deep breaths, says Mark, an essay writing expert who provides pay to write essay service. Remember – Practice makes a man perfect. Surely you can’t achieve mindfulness just by meditating for a day. Have fun and develop a habit to practice meditation. Meditating for five to ten minutes on daily basis will help you gain concentration, calm your mind, increase awareness, and you can focus on your studies more efficiently. Stay healthy and meditate daily.

FIFA 21 Guide : Team of the Season(TOTS ) Squad and Cards

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With the European football season coming to an end, EA Sports and FIFA 21 teams paid tribute to some of the best football players from all over the world through this year’s Team of the Season(TOTS) promotion. The 2021 TOTS promotion has been launched on April 23, including a group of players, which can now be packed and obtained in the form of SBC and Objectives. This group includes EFL’s top stars and community TOTS winners.

Now, the iconic end-of-the-year ultimate team promotion is here: six harvest weeks of coveted FUT upgrades, player SBC, lightning strikes, and fans’ striving goals. There is no doubt that TOTS is the biggest promotion every year, and it will remain unchanged in 2021.

TOTS can also reduce the price of almost all other cards in the game, but there are some exceptions, such as top icons and special cards for valuable players that are not included in TOTS (Virgil Van Dijk’s Team of the Season) The team card is likely to be the exception this year. If you need free fifa coins, please check here.

What is TOTS? 

FIFA 21 TOTS (Team of the Season) is a highly anticipated annual tradition that celebrates the best players in the world during the 2020-21 season. Overall, it added dozens of new cards to the Ultimate Team in April and May, with the first two teams landing on Friday, April 23. They are Community TOTS and EFL TOTS.

Community TOTS is voted by fans and includes three Premier League cards, what are guaranteed to stay hot through the campaign.

It pays tribute to the best performers in all major leagues and the best performers in other parts of the world. These players received upgraded cards in FIFA Ultimate Team, which included huge attribute improvements, and even added some players’ total score to a maximum of 99 points. For more information about fut coins, click here. Every Friday during the team game by this season, a new league will be released, and some minor leagues also have their own lineups on Mondays.

TOTS: Which leagues and players will get the cards

Every of Europe’s top five leagues will get their own Team of the Season squad. At the end of this season’s team competition, the ultimate TOTS lineup will be released and all the highest-rated players in this promotion will be released again.

Many members of the FIFA community have begun to predict which players will get team upgrades this season, and some of them can almost guarantee to get TOTS items.

The highest-scoring players in the top five leagues, such as Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, Karim Benzema, Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, and Memphis Depay, should all be upgraded to TOTS.

The cards cost in FIFA 21 

The answer to this question will definitely fluctuate throughout the movement. Now, the demand for cards such as Wan-Bissaka and Barnes is incredible, but as more and more cards of similar caliber appear, their prices should drop slightly.

The statistics on these cards far exceed the basic scores awarded to players by FUT at the beginning of the year, so they paid a high price.

TOTS is released in small groups, and EA classifies players according to domestic leagues. BuyFifaCoins is the best site to buy fifa coins.

Also beware of buying immediately after the product goes on sale. In 2020, TOTS Lionel Messi transferred more than 6 million coins within the first hour of listing, but it quickly stabilized at 2.5 million coins. Similarly, if you want to sell Ronaldo within the first hour of starting, Ronaldo’s worth is as high as 10 million, and eventually fell to 4.9 million. In the few hours before the start of the game, this is a problem in many games.

Wan-Bissaka started campaign costing about 750,000 coins, and the early value of Barnes was set at 595,000. One night, two players are more expensive: Federico Valverde (Real Madrid, active, 92 years old) and David Alaba (FC Bayern, CB, 92 years old). On the other hand, a pair of Hull City players-George Honeyman (CAM, 85) and Callum Elder (LB, 85)-can be used for 13,750 coins sell at a low price. 

FIFA 21 New cards

Goals and squad-building challenges have always been the way to get exclusive cards in FIFA 21 matches, and this trend continues. If you want to know how to buy fifa coins, please check BUYFIFACOINS.

Federico Chiesa (LM, 89) of Juventus is the first TOTS player to obtain the FIFA 21 SBC puzzle combination. It needs to complete the two challenges surrounding Piemonte Calcio (Juventus) and Serie A. There will inevitably be more SBCs throughout the movement.

At the same time, two more items popped up. As a goal-based reward. Completing five in-game tasks around the “Live FUT Friendly Community Challenge” can attract the Argentine wide-legged player Angel Correa (RM, 90) of Atletico Madrid. If you want to focus on offline bonuses, turn your attention to Nick Powell (CAM, 88). The Stoke midfielder is your task after completing four missions related to squad battles.

The preparation for TOTS 

We have a complete guide to prepare your club for TOTS in FIFA 21, but the short version is that you want to have a lot of coins, a pile of feed, and a strong, untradeable team for you. Consider the weekend league, and at the same time you need to accumulate these TOTS cards in order to fill the position of the first team again.

We also need to be careful not to buy fresh TOTS players. During the promotion period, TOTS prices usually fluctuate sharply, especially for upper-middle-level enterprises, because the supply will rise and fall rapidly. If you want to get our suggestions based on experience, please choose some of the suggestions you want to get, get them when they seem low, and enjoy them as much as possible.

Now that we have entered the commercial end of a very unique season of world football, the last “big” promotion has finally arrived-TOTS is an opportunity, you can spend coins and FIFA points to get the best team possible.

5 Important Factors to Consider when Feeding Your Family Pet

Pets are vital members of our families. Their love for people is unconditional, and they rely on us to take care of them the best way we know how. 

In simple terms, we have a responsibility to choose the right food for our fur babies and develop feeding schedules that best favor their unique needs. Unfortunately, that’s not always easy, especially if you’re a first-time pet owner. 

But there’s no need to panic. Here’s are several factors that can help you choose the right food for your pet:

1. The Age of Your Pet

Your pet’s age plays a big role when picking the right pet food. Little kittens and growing puppies, for instance, have very different nutritional requirements compared to adult pets. They need a lot of fat and high-quality protein to boost their rapid muscle development. 

However, for older pets, you’ll want to choose a senior generic formula or come up with personalized senior pet food. This will help your fur baby maintain a healthy weight while also supporting his activity level. 

2. Pet’s Activity Level

A pet that works or plays will burn more calories compared to a pet whose only exercise is a natural walk. If your cat or dog is an athlete, he may benefit from a nutrient-rich pet food designed for athletic pets. However, if your pet does not exercise much, you may need to consider a pet for weight management to maintain his absolute body condition. The good news is that there are some really great pet food delivery options out there to help you get what you want when you need it. 

3. Its Lifestyle and Size 

Lifestyle and size can also play a major role when deciding what to feed your pet. Feeding a smaller breed, lower-activity dog, such as a French Bulldog, a feed meant for a big, high-energy breed could lead to obesity. For such small or toy breeds, you may want to get them food with small, bite-sized kibble.

Similarly, feeding a large-sized pet food meant for smaller breeds might not have benefited them as much. You’ll need to get your large pet food specifically formulated for their lifestyle and size, such as those with glucosamine, which supports healthy joints.

4. Whether or Not Your Has Food Allergies

Allergies also determine which meal is best for your family pet. Some pets are allergic to the pet food’s primary ingredients; hence, pets with food intolerances or allergies might need a special diet.

While there are various pet feeds particularly made for pets with allergies, finding out what your food is allergic to can be tricky. You need to closely monitor your pet’s behavior to determine what food works and what doesn’t. If you don’t have enough time to do that, you may want to schedule a checkup with your veterinarian to discuss your pet’s food allergy situation.

5. What You Can Afford

Every pet owner has a budget. As such, the amount of money you intend to spend will determine the pet food you choose for your dog or cat. The good news is that there are many pet foods on the market that suit different budgets. These run the gamut from cheap supermarket brands to freshly made organic free-range foods.

Final Thoughts

Pets are man’s best friends, and there’s certainly no doubt about that. That’s why it’s crucial that you appropriately take care of your furry friends. Whether you are feeding your pet with canned or homemade feeds, you must know the right amount of proteins and carbohydrates, and other nutrients needed based on their specific needs.

What Is Low-Level Laser Therapy?

Hair loss affects around 35 million men and 21 million women, so it’s no surprise that science is hard at work to discover new ways to help restore hair loss. If you are balding or experience hair thinning, you have probably spent some time trying to find ways to grow back your hair. While a quick Google search for hair loss products can bring up millions of results, one in particular that has grown in popularity is low-level laser therapy or LLLT.

So What Exactly is LLLT?

Get ready for a mini science lesson (no quiz at the end, so relax). LLLT is essentially a cold laser technology that stimulates blood circulation in the scalp to help restore hair loss. Low-level laser technology was originally developed to help combat the effects of cancer, but scientists soon discovered that the test mice were growing back their shaved hair at a rapid pace, while using the laser technology. This discovery led to clinical studies and product development that brought the power of laser light to those suffering from hair loss.

Today, LLLT technology is used in a laser cap design, which allows for optimal scalp coverage and better results. To get more in-depth, here are some of the ways that low-level laser therapy can help restore hair loss:

  1. Increase blood flow
  2. Boosts the delivery of oxygen to your scalp
  3. Reduces the production of DHT
  4. Boosts stem cell growth in your hair follicles

Low-level laser therapy has also undergone several clinical studies and was found to be both safe and effective for use, though you should do your research when determining what laser cap is right for you.

How to Find the Right Laser Cap

Not all laser caps are created equal, so there are some things you should look out for when deciding which laser cap is best for you. Since this technology is popular, there are a lot of options on the market, and not all of them are of the best quality. It’s best to find a laser hair growth cap that is FDA cleared and third-party tested so you know the product is regulated and safe. You should also pay attention to the number of laser diodes the product offers. The more laser diodes, the more scalp coverage you get- which ensures even application of the laser light. Look for 272 laser diodes, if possible, and skip LED lights as they do not work in the same way.

There are several different models available, so finding one that is lightweight and portable should be added to your search list. Some laser caps require that you use the technology while sitting and connected to a wall charger, so be sure to look for options that fit your lifestyle.

Does LLLT Actually Work?

This is a great question. Sure LLLT sounds good in retrospect but does it actually serve up results as promised? Each laser cap is different, but for most, results are typically seen within 6-9 months (and sometimes as early as 4 months). The truth is that hair loss takes time, so anyone who promises faster hair growth than that is probably not completely honest.

Most hair growth products take 6-9 months to work based on the hair growth cycle. Your hair grows in different phases; a growth phase, resting phase, and a shedding phase. Each of these phases takes months, weeks, and even years to go through, so hair growth moves with your hair cycle. What hair loss therapies like LLLT help with is stimulating a healthier scalp and hair follicles, so your hair moves from the shedding phase and is more efficient in the hair growth phase.

Can you use Other Hair Growth Methods with LLLT?

Absolutely, in fact, it is recommended. Hair growth is a holistic process that requires lifestyle changes along with hair growth therapy. Since LLLT is non-invasive, you can easily use hair growth vitamins, minoxidil, and other methods of hair growth with your laser cap to increase results.

What are Other Ways to Grow Back Your Hair?

If you are not ready to invest in laser hair growth therapy, there are some other ways you can work to restore hair growth, like getting exercise, reducing stress, and eating healthier foods.

Some of the best foods for hair growth are:

  • Eggs
  • Avocados
  • Berries
  • Peppers
  • Fatty fish
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Greek yogurt

Along with these healthy foods, work to add in daily exercise promotes positive mood and increases blood circulation. You can also focus on stress management, as excessive stress can lead to a hair loss condition known as telogen effluvium. Try meditation or yoga to relieve stress and create a healthy internal environment for sustainable hair growth.

Regardless of what hair loss protocol you choose to use, just focus on being consistent and patient. Hair loss can be really hard to deal with, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Just know that it takes some time to see results, so don’t get discouraged and keep moving forward on your hair loss journey.

About the Author

Tiffany Fuller is a writer with a passion for holistic wellness, working for illumiflow, a revolutionary brand dedicated to helping you fight hair loss.

Good Public Health Hygiene Practices: Stay Safe

While the pandemic confined most of the population worldwide to their homes, it has also reset our priorities in maintaining good hygiene. Before the pandemic, cleanliness and hygiene practices were known but rarely rigorously followed. Of course, the same can’t be said for each individual, but we are talking about the majority here. Now, safety precautions against the virus have made us more aware of personal and public hygiene, especially in crowded places. This shift in values has led to a better chance of curtailing the spread of the Covid-19 virus and others. So let us go over some of the necessary public health hygiene practices essential to keep you safe and healthy during the pandemic and afterward. If you haven’t started practicing these, now would be an excellent time to educate yourself ad start.

  1. Visit a healthcare service provider often 

Of course, this is what you should do before acting on any medical or health-related advice. Shaking off your illness as a minor inconvenience can cause a problem in the bigger picture. In the present times, you can’t be too careful. So whenever you feel sick, go to a healthcare service provider. They can diagnose you, prescribe medicines, and educate you about healthcare issues and safety practices. It is not necessary to visit the hospital every time. Any clinic where service providers have educational degrees like the CEPH accredited online MPH programs or MNP programs can provide adequate assistance. In this digital age, consider online consultations as a way to maintain physical distance.

  1. Wash your hands and sanitize them often 

Your hands most often become the primary carrier for germs and viruses because you touch so many different surfaces all the time. Objects such as tabletops, doorknobs, elevator handles, etc., are touched by millions of people daily. Have you ever considered the number of germs they could be carrying? When you touch your face, mouth, nose, and eyes with dirty hands, these germs enter your body. For this reason, it is highly crucial to wash your hands each time before you touch your face. Avoid touching your face for no reason, and wash your hands before eating. If you don’t have water and soap available near you, keep an alcohol-based sanitizer in your bag or pocket, ready to clean your hands.

  1. Carry your own water bottle

Public water facilities are often unhygienic due to environmental exposure. Drinking contaminated water can lead to many diseases such as Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis, etc. So whenever you leave your home, ensure carrying your water bottle to drink from. If not a bottle, take your own portable cup to use when drinking water. Avoid touching the taps with your face and mouth, as they can have germs from other people. Drinking directly off the fountain is a disgusting habit anyway.

  1. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough

Germs and viruses hang in the air in the form of the water droplets released from coughing and sneezing. When another person breaths in the same air, they get infected with the same virus. Therefore, whenever you feel the urge to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a handkerchief or your elbow. In case you covered your mouth with your forearm, wash it or sanitize it as soon as possible

Apart from taking precautions when you sneeze and cough, you also have to remain wary of other people around you. Not everyone will adhere to the same level of protection as you. In this case, try to maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet to keep yourself and everyone else safe.

  1. Check your temperature twice a day

You don’t necessarily have to check how hot or cold your body is when you feel feverish. Instead, make a habit of monitoring your body temperature twice a day. Tracking your temperature regularly can alert you of early signs of an oncoming fever or infection. As mostly the first sign of a viral infection is a fever, tracking it daily can save yourself and others. If you notice signs of fever, prefer to maintain your distance from others till you return to normal. If the fever worsens and other symptoms accompany, get yourself tested and start your treatment immediately.

  1. Use masks and tissue papers

A disposable mask, as the name suggests, is mean to be thrown away after a single-use. There is no point in keeping it after you are done using it or, even worse, using it a second time. So the better practice is to discard it immediately. Similarly, used tissues have no place on your bed or table. It would be best if you tossed them immediately, lest anyone else picks them up and catches the germs from them. Hence, keeping your environment clean and throwing away disposable stuff is best for you and others.

  1. Use your utensils when you eat in a restaurant

Sharing spoon and fork is not at all romantic. Don’t give in to the temptation of spoon-feeding your partner and risk them getting sick. Instead, try to get separate portions of food. If you must share, then use your clean utensils. As we mentioned, our mouth is the most obvious place for germs to enter our body. Sharing utensils can risk you getting exposed to whatever germs the other person has. So maintain your distance and enjoy your food in a safe environment. Of course, we can’t do much if you and your partner decide to indulge in some intimate oral-to-oral action!

Conclusion

Maintaining personal and public hygiene is beneficial for your and others’ health. Regarding them as an option only puts yourself and others in danger. Especially when there is such a rapidly spreading virus in full effect, prioritizing your safety over everything else is not selfishness. For this reason, follow the basic public hygiene practices we have listed and keep yourself and others around you safe.