Saturday, September 26, 2015

Meditation for Anxiety

by April Renee 
Featured Contributor 

You’ve heard of this before people.  Meditation to relieve anxiety is not a new concept and you should be aware of the notion.

I happen to be very familiar with the process myself and so you can bet your ass I’m going to recommend it.  You don’t need me telling you what to do however - follow the research.

Carnegie Mellon University states that practicing mindfulness meditation for 25 minutes per session for three consecutive days can alleviate psychological stress.  Accordingly, an analysis of previous studies compiled in 2014 showed this type of meditation to be “moderately” effective in battling depression, anxiety and pain.

It is otherwise noted that one of the best definitions of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.  Kabat-Zinn said that mindfulness is, “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.

“One of the most important benefits of mindfulness meditation is the ability for us to more fully live our lives,”  according to Janice L. Marturano, executive director of the Institute For Mindful Leadership and the author of ‘Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership.’  She further states that “we become more skillful at noticing those times when we aren’t present for our lives, and, more importantly, we know that we are able to redirect our distracted mind.”

A good habit to get into is to pick a designated time every day to meditate.  This comes in many varieties.  Some people write, others do yoga to incorporate exercise into their meditation, while still others practice the typically assumed positions of quiet and solitude for a short (or long) period of time. 

It is important to find your ‘happy place’ and go there as often as possible but meditation is something else entirely.  Meditation is about solace and recognition of self.

“It’s not necessarily about quieting the mind, because the nature of the mind is to think, analyze and compartmentalize,” says Ashley Turner, a California based yoga and meditation teacher.  “It’s normal for our minds to be overactive, so because you’re thinking and taking in the sounds around you doesn’t mean that you’re doing meditation wrong.  It actually means you’re doing it right!  The goal is to create more focus.”

According to - meditation also helps with anxiety because it quiets the overactive brain.  “For someone with anxiety, it sometimes feels like their mind is like a hamster on a wheel - constantly running, but not really getting anywhere,”  says Tom Corboy, a Marriage and Family Therapist and co-author of The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD and also founder and executive director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles.

He further mentions that we get anxious because we buy into our thoughts and feelings.  This becomes overwhelming and yet our thoughts don’t warrant this undivided attention. 

Meditation cultivates an attitude of nonjudgmental acceptance according to Corboy.  “The goal is not to get to a place where your life is free of problems - that’s not possible - but rather to develop the skill of accepting the existence of those problems without overvaluing them.”

So what are you waiting for?  The time is right, and the right now is the time.

Be sure to check out my articles listed below related to the dangers of Anxiety

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Authors Bio:  April Renee is a Freelance Writer and Enthusiast.  She currently studies English and Humanities with a focus in Writing Communications.  Her dedication to writing spans many years across topics of many interests.  She is niched in:

-- Travel
-- Environmental and Agricultural/Gardening Fare
-- Health and Fitness
-- Arts/Humanities
-- Philosophies
-- Pets
-- Mortgage/Real Estate/Banking

April has a culturally diverse technique related to promotional marketing and consumer product sales/reviews, including website content and maintenance.  She also has relative experience in advertising and website design pertaining to entrepreneurial startups.

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Foods That Fight Sun Damage

Written by Evlin Symon

During the summer season, people enjoy basking out in the sun without care or worry of sun damage. The exposure to the risk of sun damage is high during the summer holiday when everyone is headed to a beach or a tropical country to enjoy the sun. Basking in the sun is considered right and at times recommended as healthy. However, the skin can be overexposed to, sun-rays, turning into sunburn. Due to such harmful effects of the sun on the skin, various people have conducted research studies seeking to identify products that are available to fight back the damaging effect of the sun.

Some of the best measures include keeping out of the sun, covering exposed skin, and wearing a good sunscreen. However, there are some situations, which require exposure to the sunlight, and they cannot be avoided. For instance, people who work in factories. This has prompted people to carry out research on the type of foods that can be taken to counteract the risk of sun damage. It is, therefore, important to get information on the type of foods that when eaten prevent the risk of getting sunburns, sunspots, skin cancer and also aging of the skin

These foods include:

Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate acts as a shield from the sun rays mainly because it contains four times as many phenol compounds, which help to reduce the risk of getting cancer. Both phenol and catechins are antioxidants that help to protect the skin from sunburn and skin cancer. It is, therefore, advisable that people who are exposed to the sun take the at least one bar of dark chocolate in a day. This is advantageous to individuals who love taking chocolate.

Research has shown that lycopene-rich tomatoes can shield skin against sunburn and also reduce the risk of getting skin cancer. Also, these tomatoes help prevent the skin from aging. This is because lycopene helps to neutralize the damaging effect of UV light. It is therefore recommended to either eat tomatoes in salad form or use tomato paste while cooking. In most cases, the tomatoes are taken as a fruit because it is readily available and cheap. This also helps the user to reduce the effect of harmful rays especially people who work in places where they cannot avoid being exposed to the sun.

Green tea
Green tea is a healthy drink due to the ability to boost the immune system, clear up the skin and speed up metabolism. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which help reduce the redness of the sunburn and repairs broken capillaries. Therefore, there is great importance in taking a cup of green tea at least once a day. All people regardless of age and sex can take green tea.

Red pepper
Red peppers contain an antioxidant, which help to reduce skin damage as UVB rays peppers also help to reduce inflammation from sun exposure.

Garlic is mostly used to help flatten the belly through its ability to detoxify and reduce bloating. It also protects the skin from the aging effect of UV radiation because it contains a natural compound commonly known as allicin.

Aloe Vera juice
Aloe Vera gel is widely known for its ability to sooth sunburns and smooths out wrinkles. This is considered as a kind of a magic concoction for the skin. Aloe Vera juice, on the other hand, has healing properties in the body for damaged tissues and skin cells.

Olive Oils
Olive oil is not only great to use for cooking. Olive oil is also called antioxidant –risk food that fights sun damage.

Pomegranate seeds have polyphenols, which helps in skin protection from UVA and UVB rays. Also to this, they also help the sunscreen to work and inhibit hyper pigmentation.

Orange and pink citrus fruits contain significant amounts of skin cell protective compound called limonene. The citrus fruits also contain some flavonoids, which improves the skins ability to recover from sunburns.

This vegetable contains carotenoids. It is rich in antioxidants, which protect against sun damage.

Sunbathing thought as a good sensation, may turn to be catastrophic when you have sensitive skin. Therefore, it is important to understand that, to enjoy the sun, without damaging your skin in the process, the above foods will protect. The all –vegan “foods will shield you from sunburns and damage, prevent age spots and sunspot as well as help to maintain your healthy lifestyle.



Evlin Symon am a writer and beautician. She has written numerous articles on Quick remedies for tired eyes, Dos and donts about eye skin care, weight loss, exercise and diet. As a writer, she is always trying to bring you the best health and fitness tips. She writes often on her beauty blog, Natural Beauty and Health Tips

*Please note that is not legally responsible for the opinions in this article.  It was submitted by the guest post author listed above.  

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Worried About Your Appearance After Surgery? Learn all About Reconstructive Surgery

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Written by Angela John 

Have you survived an injury? Beat cancer? Or fought a chronic disease? Well, all these deadly confrontations must have been exhausting. To top that these might have left some discomforting scars. This is where reconstructive surgery techniques step in. They help you rebuild that shattered self-confidence, restore it and rectify it. It includes minor surgeries such as removal of skin blemishes to major reconstructive surgeries such as concealing the impact of cancer and its treatments.

The advanced surgical techniques used for reconstructive surgeries will help you regain function and appearance of the effected body parts. It is extremely important for the patient planning to undergo the surgery to consult with the respective surgeon as to how the surgery will change their body. And what can be the extent of emotional impact, so that professional support can be sought in a timely manner.

The most common cause of reconstruction surgeries is to overcome the damage caused by cancer treatments. For instance, breast reconstruction surgery is generally sought after surgically removing a cancer affected breast. You can find out more details by visiting Atlanta breast reconstruction centers where you will be given a thorough diagnosis and receive sound medical advice. Talking about cancer reconstructive surgeries, these may be done to replace the nerves and normal tissue removed during the treatment for cancer that occurs in the neck and the head region. The reconstructive surgeries also apply to skin cancer patients who have been treated and require restoration of underlying tissue.

The purpose of reconstructive surgery is to repair the treatment related damage in order to provide the patient with the highest quality of life. There are cases where people fighting cancer have to undergo amputation in order to survive the disease. If that’s not the case then the radiation and chemotherapy endured during the cancer treatment causes damage to the body. In all these cases, reconstructive surgeries work quite well. The confusion occurs when you mix reconstructive surgery with cosmetic surgery; you should know that it is not the same thing. A cosmetic surgery is primarily done to enhance the looks, whereas reconstructive surgeries are performed to overcome the scarring and dis-figuration incurred during a treatment.

Now that we know what reconstructive surgery is all about, let’s have a look at the types of surgeries that are performed.

Microvascular Surgery

Most of the reconstructive surgeries are performed using micro vascular techniques also known as the “free flap surgery.” This procedure means that blood vessels and tissues are taken from one part of the patient’s body which is healthy and applied to the affected area. The stitches made during this transplant are so small that they are only visible under a microscope.

Scar Revisions

This type of reconstructive surgery is used to minimize or remove the scars that were incurred during the treatment.

Skin, Tendon and Bone Grafts 

During this surgery, a healthy piece of skin, tendon or bone is transplanted to the affected area of the body. Since the replaced tissue does not have its own blood supply, it is necessary for the blood vessels to have a smooth blood flow.

Artificial Implants

There are situations where the body part is damaged to an extent that an artificial implant can restore that part such as artificial breast implants.

Local Flap Surgery

Some healthy tissue near the affected area is moved to cover the defect. The difference between the above mentioned transplant surgeries is that using this technique, the moved flap is not detached from the blood supply or the body.

The type of reconstructive surgery to be used varies from body to body and keeping in view the severity of damage, so one surgery does not fit all. This may sound scary at first but when you have all the information you need, you are mentally prepared to undergo the process which makes things easier. This is why it is important that you sit down with your surgeon and discuss in detail, especially the after effects of the surgery. You need to know beforehand what you will be going through and how are you going to be effected physically as well as emotionally. You can learn more by visiting the reconstruction plastic surgery Atlanta centers.


Angela John is working as Content Strategist at Crispin Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, the Plastic surgery company US. She enjoys the art of transforming ideas into an informative writing piece. With her good aesthetic sense she keeps on exploring about Breast augmentation surgery in Atlanta,  and Atlanta face-lift services. She also works for social media that makes her more versatile.

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