Feel calm in the morning

Morning flowerHow does one feel after waking up in the morning? As soon as we awaken, there is so much going on in our minds. There is the anxiety of needing to finish chores and heading to work on time. Just think about letting go of stress and consider finding calm and inner peace. The sound of birds chirping in the morning is soothing. The arrival of sunrise is magical, with so much beauty around why not chose to feel serene.

What can we do to beat tension and feel refreshed in the morning

Write a note stating, the day is going to be good, and you will tackle any kind of challenge.

Listen to music of your choice

Wear an outfit that makes you feel content and comfortable

Hear a piece of comedy that will make you laugh and lighten your mood

Although mornings are rushed, take time to do something that makes you feel fabulous, even a little time is worth it.



Happiness find it !

smiling faceHappiness is the state of feeling enlivened. The release of good hormones, and a sense of euphoria. Although people want to be happy and feel it, they are not able to do so because of the stress of everyday life. We do spot smiling faces on a daily basis, and these are the people who chose to live in the moment. They enjoy the feeling of being in a happy state and cherish the times.

It isn’t possible to get away from stress and expectations of others from you, but yet there are a handful of people who keep the smile. It is a choice they make and a healthy one, because studies have proven happiness is good for health. It is beneficial for a healthy heart, strong immunity, reduced stress, and longevity.

If happiness can give you a longer life, why not chose it, to just feel relaxed and enjoy the moments.



Celebrate the Spirit of Women

International Woman'sDay


Today is International Women’s Day, that specially marks the mystique of women. A woman is the abundance of love, an image that floats is exterior tenderness and inner strength. But women have now come to be known to be strong in every way. As a mother she takes on her responsibility more accountably than the man who has pledged togetherness in most times. Playing a momentous role in the life of her child.

Today gender equality is most topical and yet despite the leaps and bounds of technological advancement, gender equality remains a debate. In America it is the women that earn more college degrees compared to men, and this has been the case for thirty years as stated by McKinsey and Company. Yet the opportunity a woman holds in the corporate world is less compared to men. It is interesting to note that the women’s demographic rate is high in top positions, the percentage of woman as 82% social workers, 98% are speech language pathologists, and 93% are dental assistants.

In India, women’s dominance is visible in the fields of teaching, nursing and Gynecology. Woman’s day is indeed a noteworthy day to celebrate the vast responsibilities a woman holds and also to ponder upon and encourage a stronger climb in the workforce and gender equality. Remember Mrs. Indira Gandhi, possibly the best Prime Minister the country had. Let’s make an example of her and climb the highest office in our careers.



Enjoy Caffeine in a Healthy Way



What is life without caffeine for millions? One starts their day with a morning cup of coffee. Waking up early with the thought of going to work or carrying out chores is hectic and it does time take to snap out of the sleepy mode. As soon as one wakes up the first thought that emerges is a cup of tea or coffee. Why is this so? Mainly to only wipe off the slumber and feel energetic and charged. However, for some just the needed amount of coffee is not enough, they enter a state of caffeine dependence.

Craving for a cup of coffee in the morning is normal, but for some it is not enough, they want more. When one has the dependency problem of sipping on more than one cup in the morning, it is a sign of caffeine dependence. When it comes to just feeling fresh and lively, people depend on caffeine the most and it is the most abundant mood-altering drug consumed. How does caffeine light up people’s mood and energy levels? It is a mild stimulant that functions on central nervous system. It improves memory, relieves depression and enhances attention and alertness. The most often ingested source of caffeine is coffee, and what is the normal requirement of coffee which is a healthy limit for individuals. Experts say 400 mg of caffeine is the normal limit and this is equivalent to four cups of coffee.

Withdrawal symptoms:

For people who depend on caffeine for morning boost, the day starts with a cup of tea or coffee, but for individuals who are stressed, there is a craving for more than the needed amount, and they develop withdrawal symptoms. The main sign of withdrawal is headache and inability to focus. The other symptoms to watch out for are irritability, depression, muscle ache, vomiting and nausea.

The onset of withdrawal symptoms starts 12 to 24 hours from the last period of caffeine ingestion. According to recent research, the symptoms can get extremely severe that people lose ability to concentrate.

Tolerance among caffeine users:

Many individuals feel the requirement to have caffeine first thing in the morning, and there are people who have developed tolerance for it. People who consume high levels of caffeine which is over 750 mg a day develop total tolerance and there are no signs of side effects.  This is proven in some individuals, and not everyone who has caffeine develops tolerance.

For a person who has not had caffeine for months or first-time user, there is a zero tolerance to the drug, because caffeine is considered a foreign substance. If the same amount of caffeine is consumed the next day, the level of tolerance decreases.  These are the symptoms that come with tolerance to caffeine, feeling of intense pleasure, sharp alertness, increased energy levels, enhanced motivation and positive feeling.

As a person becomes accustomed to caffeine the tolerance level reduces, and without the desired amount, the individual suffers from fatigue and extreme tiredness.

Ways to beat caffeine addiction:

There are some people who are overly dependent on caffeine, it is important to remember that as long as one adheres to normal requirement, it is okay. For people who have more than needed amount of caffeine can follow these tips to reduce intake and enjoy caffeine in a healthy way:

Replace caffeine with healthy fruit juices at intervals: Whenever one urges to have more caffeine than needed, it can be replaced with fresh juice like lemon that is refreshing.

Give good amount of break after consuming caffeine and focus the mind on fun activity like reading, music and so on.

Do not sip on coffee or tea quickly, drink it slowly and enjoy it and there are chances that there won’t be cravings for another cup.

Enjoy the flavor of coffee or tea while consuming, feel refreshed, and if there is a thought of another cup in a short interval, think of something positive or fill your mind with good thoughts.

Exercise like half an hour walking or at home is essential to release stress-fighting endorphins, and remain in a calm state, with reduced possibility of cravings.







Essential Safety Tips for People with Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurring seizures or fits and it is proven that many people with epilepsy experience more than one seizure and the person experiences symptoms of neurological problems as well. How to determine if a person has epilepsy?  There are other medical conditions that trigger fits such as extremely low blood sugar and alcohol withdrawal, and a person who gets seizures from these conditions might not have epilepsy. Epilepsy diagnosis happens when a person experiences more than one type of seizure which does not emerge from any kind of medical condition.

A person with Epilepsy should take safety precautions to just feel safe and avoid any kind of danger. People with this condition can lead a normal life, provided you realize the risk involved in day to day life and take precautions to minimize risks. It is the seizures that puts the individual at risk of danger. During an epileptic seizure the affected person loses conscious and is unaware of surroundings. In such a case there is high chance of accidents and the person might even lose balance. What are the dangers caused from epileptic fits? It is head injuries, drowning, fracture, bruises, cuts and burns. There are also certain places that is extremely risky for an epileptic person to survive in, it is being in places of certain height, being in traffic, being in water and being in a place of electric and heat source.

Level of risk of having seizure:

It is important for an Epileptic person to study the level of risks caused from fits at various occasions. The risk of danger is higher for someone having experienced many episodes of tonic-clonic seizures and it is essential to know that there is a risk of experiencing (SUDEP) sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.

In whichever place and situation, it is imperative to be aware of feeling safe and avoiding risk of an epileptic attack that can pose danger.

Safety tips at home:

Ensure to be careful about unattached wires being connected to appliances that can result in sparks. Keep any kind of wires such as cable tidies and hardware at a distance from an appliance.

Protect yourself by using guards on radiators

Make sure that appliances used for cooking such as stoves and heaters are away from you at a good distance, so that it does not come in contact with you if knocked over by accident.

Use a hairdryer that switches off when you place it down

In order to avoid risk of friction burns use carpet that has a high wool content and not the one with a high synthetic content.

Install smoke detectors that alert other people if there is something burning particularly for those with memory problems.

Precautions to take while in the bathroom:

People with seizures need to take extra care during any bath activity, mainly because there is isolation from other caretakers. Follow these tips to stay safe

It is advised to have a shower and not a bath, because while showering the water moves away from the body.

It would be safe if there is someone near the door while having a bath.

Use signs on the door and not locks, because if there is a sign of any kind of danger, people can just barge into the bathroom.

Make sure the fittings are engineered in a manner that results in minimum damage to the head and other body parts.

Use a shower screen made of safety glass

If it is convenient try to sit down while showering, it makes minimum room for slippage.

Make sure the temperature controls work well to avoid any kind of shock.

While in the kitchen:

It is advised to use microwave than an electric or gas cooker

Stay at a good distance away from cooking utensils so that the equipment does not get knocked over and fall down.

It is advised to not carry hot items, if you are carrying heated items use a thick cloth

To be on the safe side use a toaster instead of grill to prevent burning and the fumes coming in contact with skin.

While pouring hot liquid use teapot pourers and kettle tippers to avoid any hot liquid coming in contact with skin.

While being in the bedroom:

Take precaution to not put your pillow close to radiator

Ensure to protect yourself by putting pillows on the edges of the bed to prevent falling

It is advised to choose a bed designed at a low height because of the reduced distance between the bed and floor.

Make sure to never leave any kind of sharp objects on or close to the bed.

Experts advise on using anti-suffocation pillows.

While in the garden:

Avoid being in close contact with bonfires and barbecues, make sure you are with someone while a bonfire or barbecue is being used.

It is advised to not have ponds or pools in the garden, if there are water bodies, make sure it is guarded with fences.

Make sure the ground on which you are walking is safe.

Precautions to take while going out:

A person with Epilepsy will feel anxious about going out, and there are many thoughts and emotions circulating in the mind. These are the common thought processes,

Will a seizure episode happen anytime?

I will get noticed during a seizure and what will people think?

Is my seizure going to keep me pre-occupied and interfere with my work?

An epileptic person can lead a normal life and venture out into the professional world, but it is important to bear these important tips in mind about being safe.

Carry a medical card stating the numbers to contact during emergency

Carry a first-aid kit

If you have any doubt contact your family doctor

Tips to minimize risk of injury caused from bruises, head injuries, cuts and fracture:

Ensure that the flooring is filled with soft materials such as rubber, cork, linoleum and carpets. This way when you fall the risk of injury is minimized.

Place a soft material on the floor of stairs and make sure stairs are bordered with railings and use safety glass on doors and windows.

A person with Epilepsy can explore their dreams and emerge successful, provided they follow and be aware of certain precautions to just feel safe.










































Ways to Identify Stalking Behavior

followingThere are so many people we meet in life, but yet there are few in contact with us. We however during most times don’t take notice of someone who gives more attention than needed, and it is more than normal observation. He/she could fall into the stalking category, it is a danger most people are unaware of. Stalking is a term not thought of by many individuals and that is why there is a risk of impending danger. What is the intrinsic definition of stalking. It is when a person contacts you indirectly through sending texts, making calls, sending items to residence and so on. People can’t feel stalking behavior until they experience it, because it is done secretively. Watch out for these threats:

The perpetrator will find ways to harass by

Getting your contact on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and so on

Getting to know your address and send letters

Sending gifts

Trying to steal anything that belongs to you

Creating a website about you

People are extremely busy with their lives, particularly in balancing work and family life  and also thinking about other responsibilities to handle. Being immersed in such thoughts, there is little room for being observant of surroundings and the sight of the person who looks creepy. How to identify a potential stalker or the possible event of being stalked?

Intense expression:

Stalkers exhibit intense expression, at times it cannot be noticed, they showcase a predatory expression through strong eye contact. While meeting someone for the first time, a little bit of long stare is common, but stalkers will stare, in a different way that will seem to be obviously creepy.

Trying to get information about a person:

Meeting people on a regular basis is common, most often people just forget a new person they met and carry on with their lives. However, a stalker might be around the corner and once you are their subject, they will find ways to get information about you before you even know it. They will even gather facts about what you do on a daily basis and the people you know and meet.

Being active on social media and browsing through profiles:

Social media is a habitual ground for stalkers, they will go through your profile to collect as much information as possible. They do this to get assurance that they know you well, they will check who you are with, and what you are doing on a regular basis. If it is a day you are going out for a meal after work, it is possible that the stalker might follow you.

They keep following you wherever you go:

It is impossible to predict that a stalker can follow you, they have a knack of following you and tracing your details. They will find means to get your number and browse through your details. You will find a stalker following you at most unusual places, they do it secretively sometimes, and at times they do it to get your attention.

Watch out for someone who stands close to you:

If it is a person you are not close to watch out for close inappropriate contact, it is a sign of stalking behavior. If you notice such an indication constantly call a helpline and alert family and friends.

It is essential to be aware of surroundings and watch out for stalkers, to be on the safe side, interact more only with people whom you consider to be safe. Also, don’t expose social media sites to the public, keep it private.











Breaking Through Cannabis Use disorder

leaf-background-lines-foliageCannabis use disorder is when a person continuously inhales the drug despite any sign of significant clinical impairment experienced. There is the urge to consume cannabis even though it affects the overall well-being caused from harmful consequences. Once addicted to cannabis, the drug is given first preference from normal day to day activities. As the user continues to consume the drug he/she experiences increased tolerance and enters into a physical withdrawal state.

Problems associated with Cannabis Use Disorder:

The increased tolerance to cannabis results in significant cognitive impairment, if you are worried about a loved one being addicted to marijuana watch out for these behavioral and psychological symptoms.

Problems related to work and economic stability:

The addict will have trouble focusing on work and will not have cognition about managing finances.

Anti-social behavior:

The affected person withdraws from society, loses conscious perception and becomes suspicious.

Impulsive behavior:

The person becomes overly intoxicated and is prone to drinking and driving behavior

Due to impulsive behavior, the person engages in extreme high-energy risk taking dangerous activities and becomes irresponsible.

A person who is heavily addicted to pot loses sight of surroundings and is not even aware of family life. He/she neglects family to an extent of being charged with legal consequences.

Effect of cognitive impairment from cannabis intoxication:

The person suffers impaired motor co-ordination

The person’s refluxes is impaired and is slow in reaction time and movement.

The person suffers  with short term memory loss, becomes slow in processing and judgement and loses power of enthusiasm once he/she had.

In few cases cannabis intoxication triggers psychosis:

The person suffers paranoia or acute psychosis that could result in hallucinations and delusions.

In 4% of cases cannabis intoxication has resulted in schizophrenia

In few cases cannabis intoxication can result in delirium and the affected person loses sight of being mentally aware and mental reasoning.

Dependence on marijuana triggers a negative impact on the overall well-being of a person, to an extent that it interferes with personal growth and relationships. For a marijuana addict, cannabis is a source of comfort from day to day pressures and stress, but yet the long-term consequences of the drug is negative. It is a challenging task to quit the drug, and it is also taxing to remain in state of sobriety.

There are a great number of cases where people who quit cannabis use have experienced withdrawal symptoms. The effect of withdrawal varies for each person, according to a study conducted on 500 marijuana users, around 30% who have quit have entered into a state of relapse because it was difficult to bear the withdrawal symptoms.

Marijuana drug use is most prevalent in US and according to survey over 9% of the population have developed addiction. It has been reported that the percentage of adolescents engaging in cannabis use is 3.4% and among the older group between the 18-29 years of age the figure is 7.5%.

There are factors that determine the extent of experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as the quantity of the drug, number of times used and also other related mental health issues.

Cannabis use takes away the normal physical and mental health of the person, watch out for these symptoms caused from marijuana intoxication.

The person suffers from loss of memory

Problem with concentration and performing tasks

Vague pattern of thinking


Learning difficulties.

The possibility of relapse triggered when a person experiences cannabis dependence from adolescent stage is high and this is proven in 30% of individuals, compared to adults who have started developing marijuana addiction.

When a person becomes addicted to cannabis for a prolonged period of time, the brain is accustomed to the presence of the drug, to an extent that it does not recognize its very own endocannabinoids which are endogenous  lipid based retrograde neurotransmitters that combine with cannabinoid receptors that regulate cognitive and physiological processes in the body such as memory, mood, pain sensation, appetite, pregnancy and so on.

Entering into a state of marijuana withdrawal is hard, watch out for these symptoms

A regular addict who has smoked weed regularly for many months before quitting will experience

Anger, aggressive behavior and will get irritated easily

You will notice nervousness


Insomnia or bad dreams

Loss of appetite and decreased weight

Watch out for the presence of severe discomfort where you will notice the affected person suffering from stomach pain, headache, chills and frequent sweats.

What causes someone to get addicted to marijuana:

A person addicted to cannabis finds pleasure in the drug compared to other things in life, and in most cases he/she becomes addicted to alcohol and other drugs. The main characteristic of an addict is the non-acceptance of using the drug and their mind is filled with denial thoughts.

Being there for a person with Cannabis Use Disorder:

It is essential for the addict to seek help from a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, along with these treatments, it is imperative for the addict to gradually resort to self help methods. It is important for loved ones to offer encouragement and support for addicts, to help him/her get rid of denial emotion running through their mind and help them realize the important of self-love and self-care.

For addicts the best way to feel good is to first admit you are dependent on cannabis, and give yourself space, inspiration and care. These factors will trigger the strength to give up.

Think about the consequences cannabis use has on yourself, on the negative outcomes, slowly work on whether you want to lead this kind of life or change for the better. You can write down your ideal kind of life, on how much you want to socialize or feel loved, or whether you want to lead an introverted life, where you are within your own space. Taking this kind of life into consideration, you can ponder upon whether marijuana use is really going to make you feel content and positive.

Whenever you feel like getting back into smoking weed addiction, aim to remove the old thoughts and focus on acquiring a new lease of life.