Break the worry habit by putting things in perspective and laughing over small setbacks.
Repeat to yourself that “this will soon pass”.
Then take a sheet of paper, write out the worry on your mind.
Allot a certain period of time to think on it. isolate the precise problem and formulate a powerful line of attack.
By this practical technique, your negative, energy sapping habit will soon be a faint memory of the past.
Get deep into the habit of personal introspection.
Ben Franklin called this one of the most important strategies for personal effectiveness.
Spend ten minutes every night before you go to bed in self-examination.
Think about the good things you did during the day and the bad actions you may have taken which you must change in order to excel and grow.
Successful people are simply more thoughtful than others.
Daily reflection will soon allow for the eradication of your negative qualities (ranging from procrastination to gossiping to insulting others) and will sharpen the mind.
After steady practice, a time will eventually arrive when the mistakes you makes are few indeed and your personal power will move to the highest level.
How to improve as a public speaker, how to improve your relations with others,
how to become fitter or develop a better memory – all aspects of personal development are dealt with in books.
Therefore, in order to achieve your maximum potential, you must read daily.
But, in this age of information, you must be ruthless in what you consume.
Focus on your goals and read only those materials that will be asset to you.
Do not attempt to read everything for you are busy and have other tasks at hand.
Choose what is important and filter out what is of no value.
Begin with a solid newspaper every morning for an excellent summary of the key events of the day.
Also ensure that your readings are broadly based.
For example, perhaps you may wish to read history, business, Eastern philosophy, health books etc.
Then go to the library and develop the habit of making regular visits.
Read the classics from Hemingway to Bram Stoker.
Read history, with all its lessons on life and read biology for a new perspective.
Look under the heading of ” Success” at the library and you will be amazed at the literature you will find:
inspirational stories of people who developed greatness in the face of adversity, strategies for improving yourself physically,
mentally and spiritually and texts to tap the unlimited power for success that certainly exists within us.
Drink deeply from such books.
Surround yourself with them and read them constantly whether on the bus each day or before you go to bed.
Let them inspire and motivate you.
Keep germs off these objects of daily use by following this guide
From your toilet to the contents of your make-up bag, you’ll be shocked by how often these should be given a once-over to avoid nasty germs wreaking havoc on our health. While there are hundreds of tips out there on how often you should be cleaning these everyday household objects, we’ve asked experts for their top tips on how regularly you should change your sheets, clear out fridge and even wash your bra. Here’s what they recommend:
Toilets come with dirty reputations – but the average loo seat only has around 50 bacteria per square inch, which is less than most chopping boards. Aim to clean around the toilet bowl every day, and give your bathroom a proper clean once a week.
It’s a good idea to wash them every one to two weeks. “We shed a million skin cells (accompanied by oil and sweat) each night, and this attracts dust miles.”
The average fridge has around 750 times the level of safe bacteria that it should have. Cover all uncooked food, and throw out anything past its expiry date. As for cleaning it, wipe down the inside of your fridge every three to six months, or your food could become contaminated with nasty salmonella bacteria.
Mattresses are great breeding grounds for dust mites and bacteria because they hold so many dead skin cells. No matter how good the quality of your mattress, you shouldn’t keep it for longer than nine years.
Kitchen clothes and Sponges
These cleaning tools hoard between one million and 10 million bacteria per square inch. The Hygiene Council says they should be cleaned frequently. Pop them in a 60 degree C wash weekly and replace them often.
Studies have shown that your phone carries 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Regularly clean it with an antibacterial wet wipe to avoid picking up bugs.
We all know we should be changing our knickers every day, but what about our bras? As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to wash your bras after three to four wears.
Make-up has a shelf life, and it might be shorter than you think.
Foundation: Liquids and cream foundations only last between six and 12 months, because bacteria can grow more easily in the water and oils that these contain. Powders can last up to two years.
Lipstick: These should be okay to keep for up to two years. But occasionally, clean the top layer of lipstick with a wipe to remove any bacteria.
Mascara: You should chuck your mascara three months after opening it to prevent bacteria from causing eye irritations or infections.
Sponges: Replace these every month and wash them with cleanser routinely.
You may suffer a ‘rebound’ headache when you take too many tablets.
Here are some natural ways to ease pain
One in 50 of us suffer ‘rebound headache’ because we pop too many painkillers over a long time.
Medical advice is to take painkillers no more than two days a week.
Here are ways to ease the pain without tablets.
1) Take your thumb for a walk over your big too
In reflexology, your big toe relates to your head and applying pressure on it is said to help ease headache and migraines.
Denise Whichello Brown, author of the Reflexology Healing Bible, says: “Thumb-walk from the outer edge of the base of the
big toe up the outside, over the top and down the inside. Then thumb-walk up the back of the big toe from the base to the tip.”
2) Tennis balls advantage
Take two tennis balls and place them side by side in a sock so they’re in a ‘peanut shape’.
Now lie on your back and place the balls where your head meets your neck.
Slowly, tuck your chin down towards your chest as if nodding and repeat for one minute as the balls massage the neck.
Then, move your head from side to side as if saying no.
This helps soothe the suboccipital muscles that are a major cause of tension headaches.
3) Gulp down a glass of water
A headache may be a sign that your body needs more water.
Some experts say that when you’re mildly to moderately dehydrated, the blood vessels in the brain narrow
in an attempt to regulate body fluid levels, causing a headache.
So, if you think you haven’t drunk enough water during the day, glug a glass.
4) Eat something
Going too long without eating can trigger a headache.
Alexis Poole, registered nutritionist at Spoon Guru says:
“In your body, your brain requires the most energy to function.
If glucose levels drop too low, it’s one of the first areas affected, and a headache can be a symtom.”
You should aim to eat healthy, balanced meals at regular times, buit you’re out of routine, keep healthy snacks handy.
Try wholegrain oatcakes, a banana or natural yogurt with fruit.
5) Have a cup of cayenne
Capsaicin is the active ingredient in cayenne pepper and it’s been shown to bring pain relief to migraine sufferers.
It works by desensiting nerve endings.
“A quick and easy way to consume cayenne pepper? Mix one teaspoon with lemon juice in a cup of warm water and drink.”
6) Nod your head
Lots of headache are cause by tension in the neck muscles (often the results of sleeping awkwardly or
hunching at your desk all day). Gentle neck streches can ease muscles tightness and help ease the pain.
Try the Head Nod: “Drop your head down, tucking the chin in towards the upper chest.”
“Lift your head and look slightly up.
Continue to nod your head slowly and smoothly.”
7) Turn off your computer
Too much screen time can lead to ‘computer vision syndrome’ with symptoms including dry, burning eyes and headaches.
“Some people also have an underlying difficulty where the eyes have reduce stamina for focusing or working together.
Others may simply need glasses – so, see your optician.
8) Slip on your sunglasses
“Bright sunlight and glare from reflected sunlight can trigger migraines and headache in some people.”
“Opt for polarises sunglasses that have special filters which block glare.”