What to Expect while Travelling to Africa

What to Expect while Travelling to AfricaSometimes it can be a challenge to know what to expect while travelling to Africa. Africa is a beautiful and amazing continent with the friendliest and warm-hearted people. It offers some of the most attractive land, scenery, food and people. You might be scared of myths and misconceptions heard in the West but it is quite other way around. In Africa, try not to compare the things with your homeland and be a bit liberal about the things here. This will eventually help you have a care-free and pleasurable tour.

One of the things most common things you face in Africa is the unwanted attention. Local people there stare you as you are some kind of aliens to them. Although, there are places where many tourists visit quite often, but still, people will stare at you. By staring they certainly mean no harm to you and it is just the curiosity for the most part. If you are a woman, you might be naturally frightened when a group of men stare at you, but in Africa, it is not like that. Just try to ignore the stares and enjoy the tour.

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Intro to Natural Disasters

Intro to Natural DisastersNatural disasters are the effects of a natural hazard. It negatively affects the lifestyle, the land, the economy and has long-term consequences. Natural disasters can be caused by naturally occurring events. They usually occur when the earth’s natural processes concentrate energy and then release it. In reality, they are just internal process of earth’s energy flow but when they occur, these natural processes becomes natural disasters.

They are events that lead to hardships, sufferings and awful tragedies. The consequences can be critical damage to infrastructure such as destruction of roads, bridges, buildings, houses etc. It can also result into limitless injuries and even deaths. They have negative influence on businesses as well. The cost of rebuilding the business and infrastructure is a solemn problem for the sufferers of natural disasters. The adverse effects of economy leave some of the longest-lasting trauma.

The areas affected by natural disaster are beyond repair or takes a lot of time to become liveable again. Scientists and geologists put together a lot of effort in predicting major disasters, with all the technology available, and prevent as much damage as possible.

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Truth About the Healthcare System

Despite of political influence, there are a number of facts about the healthcare industry of USA that are not unveiled to the general public. There is a need of realization that there is a desperate need of change.  You might have heard few stories unveiling the truth of the healthcare system in USA. In this article I’ll unveil the facts that may start you to wonder.

  1. The Health Care System Cost Americans around 2.8 Trillion Dollars in 2013

Under the current reforms regarding health care system in US, it costed US 2.8 trillion dollars last year. The cost is still not settled and is expected to increase every year. The ever-increasing costs of health care system and the rising profits of health are corporations have all lead to bankruptcy and personal debt.

US spend more than twice as much per person on healthcare than any other developed country, but still, the quality of treatment is well below its level.  The control of US healthcare system continues to spiral downward. With reference to a report by Health Care for America Now, five biggest United States health insurance companies ended up with a combined profit of $12.2 billion in the end of 2009 year. It is a frightening scenario to even imagine the cost being spent in the healthcare industry in the coming years.

  1. 50 million people with no health insurance

Although, US spends highest recorded budget on healthcare than any other country in the world, there are still approximately 50 million people with no health insurance at all. Many people on salaries are not able to bare the health insurance cost. According to a middle-class American Citizen, Julie Shay, the insurance firms do not realize or care about what patients are going through.

They care more about their profits rather than providing cheap treatments to the patients. There are numerous patients who do not get care and are falling through the cracks. Too much money is spent by doctors on carrying out tests which are not needed. Lot money is wasted on inefficient claims processing as well.

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Getting in Shape Without Hitting the Gym

Getting in Shape Without Hitting the GymOne of the most frequent questions I am still being asked about by my patients and acquaintances is whether they really need to hit a gym to get fit. While I’ve helped many people get back to their normal healthy self, training is a matter of how physically fit they are and the fitness goals they have. In some instances, it is necessary for the patient to undergo regular fitness schedule to get back control of body movements and reduce weight. But, in my opinion workouts need not be done at a gym alone. You can readily do a pushup at home without any equipment or go for a walk without a treadmill.

I’ve seen many people have an expensive gym membership, but don’t ever step into the gym. In fact, gyms actually benefit more by this attitude. Others who want to be fit say that they couldn’t afford the gym membership fees. As I said, to be fit, you don’t have to go to an expensive gym set up. There are several workouts, which can be done easily in your home or outdoors. They do not cost much and some are even free. Here are some tips to get in shape and gain a toned body without hitting the gym.

Pick out easy moves

Gyms look overwhelming with all the fancy equipment and gears. However, just because you’re afraid of the equipment, you can’t hold back from getting fit. Instead, you can try squats, lunges, triceps dips and squats to focus on proper form and strengthen your body.

Economical ways

You can use your own body to give it a good workout using the bodyweight exercises. This is as much effective like the workouts you try at the gym. Many exercises that need no equipment at all, but require just stretching your body, lifting your arms or legs like pushups, squat etc. can be chosen to keep you fit.

Customize your workouts

If you are just starting out fresh on the exercises, the boot camp method of workouts may seem daunting. And the workouts done by those who frequent gyms regularly would seem overboard to you. However, you can make choices and variations of these exercises to fit your body and requirements. My husband uses power rack for getting fit and customizing his workouts.

Get a workout video

There are several DVDs available on dance, kickboxing, strength, Pilates, yoga etc. These methods require very little equipment or if needed they are things that you normally have in your home. You can easily use a chair for workouts, where you need support or use soup cans or water bottles instead of dumbbells.

Walking for health

Walking is one of the most popular forms of exercise that most physicians prescribe for all age groups. It is a natural activity that no one can deny they’re not familiar with and needs only a good pair of comfortable shoes. For beginners, a fast pace on the pavement that makes you short of breath slightly is sufficient. For more experienced persons, walking uphill or intervals of slow and speed walking works well.

As you can see, there are endless possibilities, when it comes to workouts.  Focus on a fitness schedule that keeps you motivated into doing it regularly.

Why Shopping Is Revered By Women And Abhorred By Men

Why Shopping Is Revered By Women And Abhorred By MenStanding for long hours at a time may not be a new thing for me given my profession is of that genre, but I’m often amazed at how women can go shopping all day without ever feeling tired or sapped out. While in case of men it is the exact opposite. They flee when they hear the word shopping.

Most of the shopping trips that spouses take together always end up in arguments. This is mainly because the men are frustrated beyond endurance about the way women tend to dither and prolong their decisions when they purchase. Men on the other hand make their decision straight away. The long time that women spend on deciding the right item, ends up in the men feeling hungry, thirsty, and tired.

Though what I say may look like a generalization, it is nevertheless true most of the time. The women in my family are proof of how vexing shopping with women can be. I’m however an exception to this state of affairs and finish off my shopping as fast as I can. But if I go with my friends or my cousins, it is another matter entirely. I’ve to suffer the indignity of being dragged from one store to another in search of the perfect shade, size or material they’re looking for. I usually put on my comfortable nicer shoes when I go with them. This keeps me from getting tired and worn out.

As to why men are not avid shoppers, the answer lies in our evolution. In the early days of civilization it was the man’s responsibility to hunt for food, while women were left the work of finding fruits, nuts and vegetables.  Women played a more vital role in food collection as most of the food eaten was vegetarian and had only around 10% of meat added. This also served to keep them healthy and fit. In line with this theory, women show the same gathering instincts when they shop now. They browse from shop to shop, instead of from plant to plant for their needs.

The hunting nature of men makes them have a singular focus that of killing an animal and getting home. They don’t like browsing or loitering around as women do. This connection with the past helps to justify the shopping habits we see now. It may perhaps be of use in overcoming the impulsive shopping tendencies we have now. When we buy unnecessary goods, which we cannot well afford and don’t give us much happiness, and which are produced by people in poorer countries under harsh conditions and breaking environmental safety rules, it makes us a part of creating global destruction.

When you realize this truth completely it’ll be easier to control the shopping urge and shop more practically. It would also prevent the long drawn out shopping sprees which I tend to avoid and if I’m coerced into it, I always have my best comfortable shoes, click here, to keep me safe as I’m not fortunate like men who just wander off or just sit outside the shop, till their women finish their shopping.

Safe Shooting with Air Guns

Safe Shooting with Air GunsAir guns are good for both target shooting and hunting small game, because they don’t utilize live bullets, gunpowder or other dangerous elements. However, hitting someone in the eyes, the ears, the mouth or other soft tissue and vulnerable areas around the body can still cause serious injuries, even when one is only shooting plastic beads or BBs. Learning safe shooting habits with air guns is just as important as learning how to handle the real things in a safe and conscious manner – it may be more so because air gun users tend to think their weapons couldn’t possibly hurt a person, and that can make them careless.

Therefore, it would be a smart move to follow the same safe shooting practices you would use with a gunpowder weapon, even though you’re only using an air gun. Keep the muzzle lowered until you’re ready to shoot, and never point your weapon at another person under any circumstances. Far too many people goof off and play around while carrying a weapon and that leads to a majority of injuries. I don’t know about you, but I’m not really too fond of the idea of having a gun pointed at me, either. You never know how a person will react when you make them face imminent danger like that.

You might not think air guns could be very dangerous, even with what I’ve outlined up above. I think you will be unpleasantly surprised to see just how much damage an air-propelled projectile can really do to a person. Knocking out teeth, impacting eyeballs and tearing holes right through especially soft tissue are all possibilities, even if they don’t happen as often as they could. It’s actually a good thing that they don’t happen so often, but if we could do away with all air gun injuries, that would be even better.

When you’re trying to make your air gun shooting experience a safer one, you also have to consider the environment in which you’re shooting. Are you on a range, with a wide open space and no people between you and your target? Do you have necessary tools with you, like rangefinder? Then you can afford to relax a little. Shooting in the middle of a forest during a snowstorm with zero visibility and who knows what (or whom) around the next corner? That’s a place to show more restraint and take your time shooting.

Overall, the only way to increase safety when shooting is to pay more attention to your surroundings and the people around you. You have to be vigilant, keeping your eyes open and watching for little changes here and there. It’s kind of like driving, where you can get into a serious accident just by taking your eyes off the road for a few minutes. While the injuries may be different, they can be just as tragic when hunting, even when using an air rifle. Take care while you’re out there, and you’ll thank yourself later.

Bow Hunting in Safety

Bow Hunting in SafetyYou may not believe it, but I’ve seen my share of arrow injuries throughout my life. Thankfully they’ve all been accidental – either the result of a careless shot by a hunter or some kids playing with a bow and some arrows. Arrow wounds have been some of the most severe I’ve seen, mostly because arrows are designed to penetrate hide and muscle typically much tougher than that of a human; most hunting arrows just rip right through a person. But not all the way through, and extracting an arrow is a painful and dangerous process requiring surgery and more intensive care than I give.

I won’t go into any gritty details about that. What I’d much rather talk about is how to go bow hunting in safety, so you or somebody you meet out in the woods don’t accidentally get a gaping hole in your chest. That’s really much more useful material, if you ask me.

With that said, many of the same safety practices which lead to safe shooting with firearms will be useful if you want to go bow hunting. Namely, don’t point your bow at any other person, and don’t point it at anything besides an animal you’re looking to shoot. You don’t want to undershoot, because then your arrow won’t travel far enough to land. Overshooting is far worse though, because it’s difficult to tell what you might hit then. I highly recommend taking using high quality bow with you when you go bow hunting, to help nail down more accurate targeting when shooting.

I feel it is important to note there are many different kinds of bows out there. There are bows which claim to be exclusively for hunting and sport shooting, but the underlying concept is the same, regardless of the tool. There’s no reason to overpay for such a device, and you should check out Hoyt Gamemaster to see exactly what I mean.

Because the point of hunting is to kill something, you can’t really use alternative types of arrows, like you could with bullets. Even if you could, removing the spear-shaped tip of an arrow would ruin its flight ability and compromise even shots which would normally be excellent. I’ve done a little hunting myself, but I’ve heard lots of stories from people who hunt with bows and guns, so I’m a bit of an authority on this topic.

There isn’t really protective gear you can wear to stop yourself from getting injured by a misfired arrow. Heavy, bulky armor would make it impossible to sneak up on anything, and kind of defeat the purpose of going hunting in the first place. Likewise, helmets and similar devices limit one’s vision and can actually make shooting more dangerous because of this. To bow hunt in safety, you might also consider taking a specialty class or course on the topic. They aren’t required, like gun courses for hunting, but they are just as helpful in preventing unnecessary injuries.

Health Benefits of Playing Piano

Health Benefits of Playing PianoPerhaps you’ve heard it said before, that laughter is the best medicine. While it certainly won’t cure any infections or do away with a tumor, laughter does indeed help in the healing process. It releases many good chemicals in the brain and throughout the body, which puts people at ease, makes them a little less tense. There are some perfectly natural things which modern medicine still hasn’t been able to corner, like the health benefits of playing piano, or any other musical instrument for that matter. Working with music can add harmony to a person’s life, and that can lead to other fringe benefits down the road.

Many people work jobs which are absolutely awful in terms of mental stimulation. Let’s take a guard standing in a tower and keeping watch over an empty field or industrial facility, for example – the work is important enough but leaves very little room for mental stimuli, since anything out of the ordinary is pretty much automatically perceived as a threat. Guards can fall asleep when watching over the same boring scene for hours on end, as well. In this specific case, playing an instrument while patrolling or watching a place would provide something fresh and different, adding variety to a boring evening.

If you’ve never heard of pianoreport.com website before, it’s a website that features a healthy number of different digital pianos from multiple manufacturers and in a wide variety of price ranges. It doesn’t really feature any literature on why playing piano is good for a person. That’s what I’m here to provide.

Besides brightening up an otherwise monotonous and boring day, playing music regularly activates certain parts of the brain, much like speaking in public, or cooking, or working over a mathematical equation. Like muscles in your body, different areas of your brain become stronger with regular use, and can weaken over time if they aren’t used as much as they need to be. Speaking in such simple terms alone, without any specifics, it is still plain to see the potential health benefits of playing piano.

To get more technical, consider the hand eye coordination which is necessary to play a piano. I’m not talking about playing the piano well, mind you, but it still takes some coordination to select keys you want to press and then press those keys. For people who seem to be clumsy or drop things more often than others, I think some time spent playing the piano every few days would do a lot of good.

The problem for many people who are just getting into playing a musical instrument is that they don’t know where to start. They don’t know if they should get something cheap, or if investing a lot of money on an expensive piece will prove to be a waste if they end up not liking it.

Stitching for Fun

Stitching for FunThese days, I tend to stitch up torn socks and other garments more than I stitch shut wounds in people. When I think about it, it’s kind of nice to still be doing some of the things I used to do more than 20 years back, even if I’m working with cotton and clothes instead of injured people as of late. For one thing, I don’t have to worry about anyone bleeding out or thrashing about while I’m sewing. That might sound a little morbid, but once you work around the stuff for long enough, you get pretty used to it. People can get used to anything, it seems.

Well, I’ve gotten pretty used to sewing, so even when I quit taking care of people, I knew it was something I would want to keep doing. I found myself a nice serger style sewing machine, a review for which you can find right at this place. Brother is actually a pretty famous manufacturer of sewing machines, and I still have one of their old desk models where it looks like a small table when not in use, and the whole machine just folds up and out of the inside when it’s time to start sewing. This newer model isn’t like the older one, but then many of the things of today look an awful lot different from how they used to appear.

I mentioned stitching for fun, but most of the stuff I do with my sewing machine is still work of a sort. Though it may not be mending skin, darning socks and sewing up sweaters is still work and not exactly what I would call fun. I think the real joy in sewing is teaching it to other people, so they can make things they need and extend the lives of their goods by replacing popped stitches as the need arises. I’ve always gotten a kick out of helping along less educated people like this. Not to say I know everything there is to know, but I do know plenty about sewing.

Like in many other activities, a seamstress is only as good as the tools she’s using, which is why it’s important to get a decent sewing machine if you find yourself wanting to sew. I’d check http://sergerpro.com if you wanted a serger like my own, but they aren’t for beginning sewers so much. See, standard sewing machines operate with a single thread at a time, which makes them easy to load and use. Because sergers sew using several different threads simultaneously, they are great for making interesting and colorful designs which hold together well, but not so good for novices.

Sergers can be fairly complicated, which is another reason they might not be much fun for the average person. I love them though, really. Not only do they allow me to do the same amount of sewing in significantly less time, but the work from a serger is usually more solid than the work from a single stitching machine. I’m already sewing up things which are torn and damaged, so I don’t want them falling apart again, you see?

Dangers of Longboarding

Dangers of LongboardingI may not be working healthcare anymore these days, but I’ve still got the eyes for it, and I see people making stupid mistakes that could get them hurt more often than you might think. Though I mostly just travel and enjoy photography these days, I still can’t help but worry about people when I see them doing dangerous thing, like longboarding down massive and steep hills with little or no protective gear at all. The sport is great fun for people who like to move fast, but just like every other sport, longboarding has its share of dangers too. Again, just like any sport, these dangers can be minimized with care.

First, and this is perhaps the most important step to preventing longboarding injuries as well, you need to get yourself a high quality board. I recommend checking out a site with the superb longboard reviews to get a better idea of what makes a top end longboard. I don’t board myself, but I’m sure you’ll want equipment that doesn’t crack or snap under the pressure of regular use. The board needs to be good, but so do the wheels, the fittings, the bolts and everything else, for that matter. Be sure to pick out a board that is unlikely to injure you due to poor craftsmanship.

The high speeds of lonboarding downhill can also lead to serious injury, if a boarder falls off and ends up rolling against the pavement. Remember what Isaac Newton said about objects in motion staying in motion? Well, besides a good board, the next thing riders should be using is a sturdy helmet. A helmet should fit tightly, but it shouldn’t be painful to wear. One which secures with straps hooked under the chin is preferable to one which secures behind the ears of neck. The entire top of the head should be covered, with a ridge or ridges which extend to cover some of the back, sides and forehead.

Likewise, you’ll want pads for your elbows and knees, maybe even your shoulders if you plan to board on your back rather than upright, on your feet. Some people like to luge, I think the term is; that’s lying back on a longboard and just flying down a hill like a rocket. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get more pads than you would normally wear, when you perform activities which are more dangerous than normal riding. If you check here for longboard brands, you should be able to find protective gear too.

Blunt force trauma, road rash, lacerations caused by rolling through gravel; these are just a few of the injuries which can occur while longboarding, and only a handful of the dangers to look out for when doing the same. If left unchecked, the dangers of longboarding can lead to serious physical harm, and not necessarily just for the boarder. However, with the right equipment and a mind conscious of safety concerns, it’s possible to make longboarding an activity which is more enjoyable than dangerous.

Healing Hardcore Fighters

Healing Hardcore FightersYou may think that my 20 years working in the healthcare field have acquainted me with a number of illnesses, sicknesses and other physical woes which can befall a person. You would be right. I must say though, I’ve dealt with a surprisingly high number of players of various sports and the injuries they get while playing those sports. Maybe it has something to do with the area in which I used to work, but I think the most common sports injuries were related to boxing – broken jaws, overextended arm muscles, bruised diaphragms, and injuries of that nature. There sure were a lot.

I think the main problem here is there are just so many amateur athletes in any given city, as opposed to the number of professional level competitors. Those who have been boxing for longer are more apt to know the dangers of the sport; that’s just a given, and not unique to boxing at all. Even just training with tools and not actually boxing against another person can cause serious injuries. I have seen too many people wailing on punching bags and they end up breaking their wrists because they’re doing it all wrong. Check http://fightasf.com for more information about boxing and proper training methods.

The thing about injuries sustained while boxing or training for boxing is that they are spread throughout the body, but still focus on particular areas. Fingers, wrists and forearms are all often hurt, but I don’t think I ever saw one torn or overextended pectoral, and I’ve never seen any bad injuries to the midsection, though a bruised diaphragm can feel pretty horrible for the person experiencing it. That makes every moment of breathing difficult and painful, but it really feels much worse than it actually is. Some NSAIDs to cut down the swelling and a bit of rest is often enough to cure this particular injury.

Whether you find yourself boxing against a live partner or just wailing on a training dummy, I want to stress that proper protective gear can stop many injuries from happening in the first place; preventing them from occurring is often easier and less expensive than treating them once they have, so keep this in mind if you please. FIGHTASF features a slew of different boxing glove types, as well as reviews for many of them, making it a valuable resource for anyone seeking the perfect glove. A boxing glove should be tough and durable, but not so heavy it makes hand movements uncomfortable.

I’m not saying I’m a professional boxer or anything – that’s why I’ve supplied the links. I’m much more knowledgeable about injuries related to boxing, as well as how to prevent them, and that’s what I wanted to get across here today. Do you have any techniques for preventing injury when boxing? I’ve heard about wrapping tape around hand and some other tricks, but I don’t really know how well they work. Feel free to leave any comments you might have about the topic and I’ll be sure to respond in short order.

Keys to Healthy Aging

Keys to Healthy AgingIn my career I’ve nursed many older people and seen how they battle medical conditions. Taking care of your body at younger age can prevent problems when you get older. Aging does not necessitate that you should be afflicted with various medical conditions. A healthy lifestyle will certainly help you out when you age. Getting older includes lots of changes both of the positive type and negative category too. From the healthy older people I‘ve seen, it is possible to enjoy aging, if you listen to your body and take the needed steps to keep your health.

Changes you notice as you age

When you age, there are several changes that happen to all parts of your body. While the positive changes are good, don’t let the negative ones catch you unawares.

For instance, the bones are the most commonly affected part as you age. They become brittle as you age and this is more pronounced in case of women. The thinning of bones is called as osteoporosis. You get decreased bone mass, which can lead to increased risk of fracture, if you fall. You need to consult your physician to prevent this condition.

The heart is the next in line of parts that see the most changes. A regular diet and exercise keeps the heart ticking happily. As you age, the size may increase with a lowered heart rate, and you can also see thickening of the walls in the heart.

Brain and the nervous system are also affected by old age. There are changes in reflexes and senses. Dementia is a commonly seen condition in old age. Some people experience a mild amount of memory loss as they age. This is due to the damage in the brain cells and the nerves, which leads to tangles or plaques forming in the cells.

Digestive system turns more rigid and firm, which makes it less flexible and there are reduced contractions, which can lead to stomach pain, constipations and nausea. Changing your diet to a fiber rich one and refraining from refined foods and foods with high starch content should be followed to prevent this.

Senses, particularly hearing and vision dull as you age. You will not be able to see or hear as clearly as you did before. You can start losing your taste sense, sense of touch and smell too. Your body takes more time to react and also needs more stimuli for activation.

Your teeth too experience the effects of aging. The enamel or outer covering of teeth wears away as you age, leaving you more susceptible to cavity formation; Gums are also more prone to diseases. A good dental hygiene will take care of your teeth and also prevent gum disease. Dry mouth is a condition that affects people when they take some medications.

The skin is the organ that shows visible signs of aging. It will lose its elasticity and start to wrinkle and sag. By protecting your skin from the harmful ultra violet rays and abstaining from habits like smoking will keep the skin young and glowing. Also proper protection from sun can prevent occurrence of skin cancer.

Sexual experience also wanes as you age. Especially in women after they attain menopause there are physical changes like reduced vaginal lubrication. For men, the most common problem with aging is erectile dysfunction. But both problems can be treated effectively.

As you can see there are several changes that take place, but you should not that these changes need not slow your pace. By keeping your body healthy and protected, you can avoid most of the problems that are associated with aging.

What you should practice

It is important to look after your physical health to age in a healthy way and also to enjoy the maturity you get with aging. I know certain ways on how to stay physically fit.  I recommend strength training for increased muscle tone.  By taking up good activities and diet, you can reap the benefits of a healthy life.

Here are some tips that will help you out

  • Regular exercise is must for all age groups and particularly when you age. I recommend exercising martial arts, as it helps you to stay strong both physically and mentally too.
  • An active social life with family and friends and also within the community will help you keep you mind active and also get the inspiration to stay healthy.
  • A healthy, nutritious and well balanced daily diet can bring about great changes to your body. Junk food should be avoided totally. Low fat, low cholesterol and high fiber foods are the best foods that keep you hale and hearty.
  • Regular health checkups are must. You should make regular appointments with your physician, dentist and ophthalmologist as you age. Taking the medications prescribed regularly will keep you from debilitating conditions.
  • Quit smoking and restrict alcohol to bare minimum, so you avoid risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Proper sleep is must as most old people suffer from insomnia. Check with your physician on getting a good and peaceful sleep, as it can make great difference in how you are feeling.

Taking care of what you eat is also important. I’d recommend living a green lifestyle to stay healthy. While you take up physical exercise and a good diet, you should also tend to your emotional health. Enjoying each and every day and savoring your good health is what you will do, if you plan out on your activities early in life.  Regular physical activity and a well-planned exercise routine is one of the healthiest things that you can do for your body and mind.

Even moderate amount of physical activity or exercise can bring about a change in the health of people who are weak or have debilitating aging conditions. Improved health and being independent in your old age is possible, if you take up regular physical exercise. Studies have found that regular exercise can retain the cognitive functions like being able to shift between tasks or planning a particular activity or ignoring information that is not needed. Improved mood and less stress is also a benefit when you take up a healthy lifestyle.

The Power of Encouragement

The Power of EncouragementLife does throw some really hard challenges at us, when we are not up to facing them. But still we do get help from the least expected sources, which I think is how God had meant it all to be. I chanced upon this quote of Alexander Graham Bell, “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us” and thought how true it is. Some time ago I had to nurse a patient (John) who had hurt himself, while at work. He was a construction worker and had a hard and back breaking job. He had torn apart nails and a few other injuries in his hand and legs from the accident.

While tending to him, I found out that he not only had physical injuries, but had some emotional issues that were plaguing him to no end. He would often stare out aimlessly and not respond to my queries. Slowly he started to change after several attempts on my part. I used the power of encouragement to bring him to a stage where he started to come out of his deep depressed state.

I always make it a point to appreciate and understand the immense value encouragement can bring to an individual. Words are so powerful that they can break you easily or drive you towards success easily. But one thing is for sure. Words uttered in hatred cannot be got back and can cause more pain than any physical injury.

When we voice our positive thoughts, it gives the receiver a big ray of hope and inspiration. This is what happened in case of John. He fortunately was ready to listen to my words and maybe needed it desperately at that time. He realized that in time things will change for better and that he’d bigger and greater things were lying in wait for him eagerly.

I know that all of us need encouragement and support in our work, personal life and whatever we do, how small a task it may be. We need someone to appreciate our effort and encourage us and console us saying that everything would turn out right. And there are times of depression that we need a helping hand to pull us out from the dark and ugly dungeons of our negative thoughts.  When you’re surrounded by people with positive thoughts, you can feel you’re stronger than what you really are and can take on the world single handedly. It certainly makes you a better person all around.

Sometime later, I’d a letter from John. He was full of gratitude and said that I’d done a great deal of help to him and that he’s going to marry a girl he had just met – professional nail technician, Lucy. After reading the letter, I was happy for him and glad that everything had turned out well. Fate does have its own ironical ways to people’s hearts.