Monthly Archives: July 2018

Foursquare’s Favourites: 8 Breakfast Places In New York

| Travel | No Comments

When visiting New York, you will be shocked by the number of wonderful cafes that it’s often very difficult to choose where to have a tasty and nice breakfast. The local restaurant market is so large that you can make a mistake when choosing the right establishment, and spending a Saturday breakfast on tasteless food is not the most pleasant experience.

Well, according to the reviews of thousands of Foursquare’s visitors, we’ve selected the most favorite places of travelers for breakfast and brunch, focusing on the beautiful serving, the interior and the availability of good coffee. Also, for your convenience we have specified the exact addresses of the establishments, so you will easily get to them by using car rental in New York

ChalaIt

The Chalait Egg Sandwich | CHALAIT  Cured salmon, cucumber, egg salad, dill butter, and sea salt on seven grain toast. Paired it with their Matcha Latte w/almond milk on this wet, wintry morning.  #notsponsored

(photo by tom chang)

ChalaIt is a light coffee house in the heart of Greenwich Village, which serves the most delicious variations of matcha tea and coffee. In addition, they make an insanely beautiful presentation of toasts and breakfasts – it’s recommended to order the avocado toast and toast with smoked elk and a poached egg. If you are a fan of the matcha, then the matcha-latte will please you, as well as white tea. By the way, this is one of the trendiest breakfast destinations among New York’s Instagrammers.

Address: 299 W Houston St, New York

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm

Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen

This is a spacious cafe situated in Brooklyn’s district of Bedford. Salad with apricots, avocado toast with poached eggs, chia pudding, first-class cappuccino and organic tea from Bellocq tea atelier will make the beginning of your morning excellent. The interior features a lot of greenery, fashion magazines, plates decorated with stunning images and an unrealistically beautiful counter where you can buy minimalist handmade bouquets from local craftsmen. In general, there’s everything for an ideal photo for Instagram and a leisurely delicious breakfast!

Address: 1058 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 7.30am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-6pm

Two Hands

Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella Sub

Two Hands is an atmospheric cafe specialized in Australian cuisine and offering a huge selection of salads and breakfasts. For example, you can try there Acai Bowl – a toast with ricotta and cranberry, sandwich with mozzarella and prosciutto, quinoa salad, spinach and yogurt, pudding with chia seeds and granola, and of course, the right coffee. It’s better to visit Two Hands early in the morning, since you’ll have to wait in line.

Address: 164 Mott St, New York

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-5pm

Milk and Roses

Beautiful sunny cafe day

(photo by Johanna Beyenbach)

It’s a favorite place of New Yorkers for breakfast in Greenpoint area, Brooklyn. Red sofas, a stylish bar and a piano, where live music is played in the evenings create a unique setting for your breakfast. In summer, a cute wooden backyard opens, which is excellent for evening cocktails. Speaking of the menu, a Portuguese octopus on the grill and delicious waffles with cream and seasonal fruits and are among top recommended delicacies.

Address: 1110 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York

Operating Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-12am, Friday and Saturday 10am-1am, Sunday 10am-11pm

Greecologies

greecologies

The establishment is famous for its Greek yogurt, which is made on an eco-farm in the suburbs of New York. This yogurt with muesli and honey is just a culinary masterpiece, and Greek salad is served with the correct cheese and olives with a lot of olive oil, whole grain bread in a clay pot. In addition, there’s an insanely cozy back yard with massive wooden tables and delicious to-go smoothies.

Address: 379 Broome St, New York

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-8pm

Reynard

Last breakfast with Tomo at Reynards, Brooklyn. Such an intense weekend :)

(photo by Spanish Hipster)

This aristocratic restaurant is located on the first floor of Wythe design hotel. Burger complemented with red wine will definitely win your heart. This is one of those places where you want to return regardless of the occasion. While visiting Reynard, it’s recommended to try the asparagus in pistachio sauce and carrot puree with almonds and Bulgarian feta cheese.

Address: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, New York

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-11pm, Saturday-Sunday 7am-12am

Bluestone Lane

Family coffee at Bluestone Lane

Bluestone Lane features an Australian cuisine in West Village, a large cozy terrace and a huge selection of toast and multiple variations of omelets. Toast with smoked salmon and toast with avocado are local favorites. Since initially Bluestone Lane is the ownership of coffee masters from Melbourne, then there’s no reason to doubt about coffee quality in this place.

Address: 55 Greenwich Ave, New York

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-6pm

Freemans

Poached eggs, hash brown, mushrooms and asparagus at St Ali South

Freemans offers an amazingly cozy courtyard where you can have breakfast by enjoying asparagus with poached eggs and mozzarella – it’s just an incredible combination that will please your taste buds. In addition, the establishment has a large wine and cocktail list. Unfortunately, there’s so good in the evening that there’s always a queue. Since the booking is not available there, it’s better to come in advance, put the name into the lists and stroll around while you wait.

Address: Freeman Alley, New York

Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-2am

How To Help Your Child Adjust To Your New House

How To Help Your Child Adjust To Your New House

| Home Improvement | No Comments

While moving to a new place does symbolize the starting of a new chapter in your life, this new chapter comes with a lot of struggle. Ask anyone you know about moving to a new house and they will tell you their fair share of horror stories. Moving is stressful enough on its own but you add a toddler to the mix and you have the recipe for a nightmare.

If you think that uprooting your life from one place so you can start over in another place drains you out, just imagine how stressful it would be for your child. However, just because someone else had a horrible experience, does not mean that you have to suffer from the same.

Here are some ways in which you can help your child adjust to your new house.

  • Amp up the excitement level

To put it simply, if you’re excited about the move then your kid’s going to be excited, too. Our children are smarter than we think and they pick up on everything from our visual cues to our mood swings. If your child sees you being stressed out about the move or cribbing about your new home, they are going to develop the same attitude. If you’re happy about the move, your child’s going to be happy about the move. Get your child excited about the move by highlighting all the wonderful things that are going to happen in their lives by moving to a new place. Perhaps they are going to get neighbors with children the same age as them or their neighborhood is going to have an ice-cream shop, whatever the case may be, you need to make your children excited for this new journey. You can only paint a pretty picture for your children if you yourself are stress-free about the move. 90% of stress about moving to a new place comes from the actual moving part itself, and having the option of getting help from professional movers can take a major part of that stress off of your shoulders, allowing you to focus on helping your child out and making the move pleasant for them.

  • Bring back familiarity in their lives

Children often get anxious in new surroundings and that is why they find it hard to adapt to new surroundings. Moving to Miami from Orlando, for example, can be a huge change for a child. When that happens, it’s imperative that children be shown that there is still familiarity in their lives even if the surrounding is new. From day one, keep your children hooked on to the same schedule they had followed in their previous home. Furthermore, make sure to let them incorporate pieces of their old life into their new home. Let them sleep with their old bedding on their new mattress or drink from old sippy cups. They need some thread for clinging to their old life while they try and assimilate into their new environment. This will also help you keep calm instead of throwing a monumental tantrum when your child’s comfort blanket gets lost while moving.

  • Make their new environment pleasant

Expecting your child not to have any meltdowns or bursts of anger after uprooting their whole life is asking for a miracle.  They will cry, they will whine and they will blame you. It’s upon you to redirect their angst and sadness into something else. If they are sad about leaving behind friends, find some new friends for them in the neighborhood. Treat them extra special to signify the importance of this move, from getting them new toys or incorporating ice cream during meal time. Peace in your new house depends upon your child’s happiness and if ice cream for lunch is what makes them happy, then let that be it. Part of making the new environment pleasant for your child means letting them think that they still have control over their lives. Involve them in decisions about the house even if it means asking their opinion on kitchen tiles. Children often feel angst at having such a dramatic change occur in their life without their approval so things like these will make them feel like they’re in control again.

People often say that the two most anxiety-inducing parts about moving to a new place are the reactions of your children and the actual part of moving your stuff. While your moving can be taken care of using external help, the former is going to be entirely your own responsibility.

Why Every Business Need To Invest In Content

Why Every Business Need To Invest In Content

| Business & Finance | No Comments

Content Development is the gold statement in the internet publishing and race to be on top of search engines and the first page of search results. The emerging role of content is affecting top brands, top publishers, and long-standing enterprises. Consumer engagement and approach to influence consumer-buying decisions turned out to be a game of quality content presentation and distribution for reach.

“Content is King”, you must be heard this statement before. Yes, it is true.

Educational content about products and services is a major influencer driving consumer engagement to take action. Writing content for consumers is a vehicle to build an audience rather than quick-hit audience acquisition through advertisement.

People are looking for informative content that delivers rich and intense information about product features, service offering, how to use those products and services.

Informative content is not limited to feature listing and product benefits, it has gone further miles ahead with the phrases like “How to”, “Hacks on”, and “Learn More”. Products and services that rank on the top are those who fill the internet websites, forums, social media channels and email newsletters with those buzzwords “How to”, “Hacks on” and “Learn more”.

Products consumers are always struggling to make the best utilization of their money; consumers are abandoning many products and services with little to none availability of content about product or service around the consumer reach.

How people read the content?

The attention span of Internet users is limited to a few seconds to find what they want. After opening a specific page to read something, that page gets less 15 seconds of reader attention before deciding to leave out.

Most of the web users will have a quick look into the left side of the page looking for their target before turning back.

Majority of the users will have a look at the first part of the page, although they will scroll down, however, their attention span is reducing quickly while they are scrolling looking for information, especially with mobile users.

The good information, that visitors who spend more than 3 minutes reading a page, will likely return back to the same website or page looking for more information.

Among web users who spend the time to read, 20% of users will read 20% of the text, and 10% to 20% of those readers will read the entire text.

People develop opinions about brands, and products names after reading more than 15 seconds.

Storytelling style with well-structured information presentation will get more than 100 seconds of engagement of reading by web users.

How People Read Content Online is an infographic showing a study of people behavior reading and consuming content.

Content First or Design First?

Neither is first. They both should move the hand in hand. Putting the content before design takes business teams nerves to come out with clear and focused words towards their goals. If a business has not defined its goals of the content for their website, a design comes handy to spark the ideas and generate more words to fill out gaps.

Developing content is tedious work for writers who do not have a proper foundation of targets to achieve, a design sketch or mockup definitely will spark writers to have a vision and framework for their content. Regardless of constraints imposed by design sketches, good writers are able to work within design constraints and innovate.

On the other side, waiting for designers to come out with good design is waste of precious time to be on the market, those months of delay can be utilized to generate content, drive traffic to the website, and establish engagement with target audience. The endless process of design revisions could delay time to market while pushing designers with effective content to fill out their design and gain more understanding of content strategy will improve design revisions; developing content and design is not a joyful process, it a process full of frustration between content writers and designers.

How Millennials Consume Content?

Millennials trust recommendation from strangers, they read their peers generated content, they read comments; they read reviews before making a decision to buy something.

Millennials have abundant time beyond elders, unlike elders do; millennials prefer to read digital content.

The fact of millennials are not reading is not true; they prefer reading digital content rather than watching the news on TV. Millennials are consuming YouTube videos more than elders are, they consume material with stories that stroke their interest, material that build their skills, material that help them to make an opinion about a product or a service.

Millennials consume content differently, they are searching for content and skim through it quickly; and then they will search for other relevant content that supports the first, and so on. They develop their decisions based on their peers’ (known of strangers) recommendations from social media channels and then support it with material from the web.

Millennials are clever and innovative, do not underestimate their skills; they are native internet users, unlike transformed users who have the skills to read printed material.

Microsoft is turning Minecraft content to business generating revenue

Content is a revenue generation stream. It is not hard to believe that fact when you read about a giant making hundreds of billions of dollars investing in one of its products and convert its content into revenue generation stream.

The story of Microsoft with Minecraft content started as a hobby and turned out to actual business with an established marketplace. They hobbyist community started by enthusiasts to host readymade Minecraft jobs for others to consume; turned by Microsoft into the marketplace for selling those jobs. Microsoft claims that it is its responsibility to ensure the safety of its predominantly young audience and avoid alienating its Minecraft community members. The fact is they are focusing on increasing their revenue through guidance and control of results.

If Microsoft is envisioning solid cash flow coming from the content, they will not put efforts and invest money into developing a special marketplace for this type of content.

Small Business must have a content marketing strategy

A large portion of customers would learn about a company through an article online.

Several examples illustrated in Andrew Gazdecki article demonstrating small businesses who were able to make leap difference and success by focusing on their content development and marketing strategy.

Small businesses can build themselves faster by developing content. In a world of tough competition, content is the foundation for small businesses to establish themselves as an authority in their field. The big player is efficient in this game, but a small business can compete with less cost and time.

Small businesses can achieve the game of content by:

  • Establishing a blog, the blog can host stories about products, how to use the material,
  • Independent Web page with an owned domain name, small business should not rely on making their pages on Facebook, Linkedin, or other free services.
  • SEO and Keywords
  • Social media presence

Small business content building tips:

  • Segment audience and write for each segment
  • Define topics, and goals for each topic then write
  • Decide business objectives, to drive engagement, to educate users, to increase lead generation
  • Use content delivery channels, Omni-channels is the keyword for packaged delivery channels on one box
  • Create content and publish, do not stop
  • Measure results, track most consumed content, study behavior

Email Marketing with Content

Email is a big player driving customers to websites, it is one of the best ways businesses use to connect with their audience. Email traditionally used as a channel for sales instead of sharing brands’ content, however email remains number one tool to stay in touch audience.

Enriching email newsletters with focused statements driven with “Call to Action”, and good visual presentation of content coupled with images and videos, is important to urge readers to take action.

Email marketing is permission-based of the consumer consent approval to receive marketing and informational emails. Email is the tool that provides marketing teams with clear intention about consumer willingness to receive more information. More than that, consumers are requesting more information when they sign-in into newsletters offering extra products and services information communication and updates for the consumer benefit.

Mixing good presentation with content in email, by keeping it simple, including relevant visuals, and using branded color scheme, along with tags; is necessary to make a constant and immediate impact on email readers.

Some tips offered email communication to drive more people into content:

  • Be focused on consumer pain about products and services
  • Use images (but wisely, don’t overuse)
  • Put content on email ahead of design, beautiful and mobile responsive emails are nice, but the content is more important to driver engagement
  • Personalize emails to earn trust, readers must believe in your work by putting their name first.
Best Places To Spend Your Family Vacation This Summer

Best Places To Spend Your Family Vacation This Summer

| Travel | No Comments

Based on a kid’s opinion of what makes the best summer family vacation, it’s all about the swimming pool. Well luckily water sides and bunk beds can both pair nicely with the best luxurious touches parents look out for in a resort they plan to spend their family summer vacation. Here we have compiled the best summer vacation places that will thrill you and your family members. All the cultural displays, foods and wines, best landscapes, hotel openings and resorts. Each destination listed here has tons of family-friendly things to do, whether the kids are into rock and roll emporiums, baseball stadiums, amusement park, or surfing beaches. Once the destination has been decided you can book all those activities, attractions and tours right on Avis Rome Airport online platform.

Ready to have a fun filed family summer vacation then you should have a look at the best places we picked out for you and make your decision.

Helsinki

Best Places To Spend Your Family Vacation This Summer

It’s known that no fewer than 1000 people in history have ever treaded the land of Helsinki. After the grand opening of Hotel St, George inside a former newspaper factory the beautiful city has become one of the best places in the world to spend a family vacation. The design shopping is better than Copenhagen and Stockholm combined with lots of amusement park in the cities for kids to have fun the city also the magnificent art works by Ai Weiwei, no wonder the world has started giving the Nordic capital the attention we always known it deserved. Summer is the best time to visit as one of the best airline in the world, Avis Rome offers free Helsinki stopovers.

Kingsmill Resort

Best Places To Spend Your Family Vacation This Summer
Located at Williamsburg, Virginia in the United States Kingsmill resort was built with families in mind. The resort is just miles away from two of the country’s most popular amusement parks (water country and Busch Gardens Williamsburg USA). The resorts is known to offer its guest with relaxing spotsfrom the chaise lounges to the hubbub of the parks with a luxurious river pool that features sandy beach and a water side. The resorts welcomes kids from ages 4 to 12 for day long programming that includes water games, activities on the marina beach like valley ball competition and sports.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Best Places To Spend Your Family Vacation This Summer

Located at Orlando, Florida in the United States Waldorf Astoria is a luxurious stand out resort among other hotels in Orlando. Shares the same boundary with Disney Park the Waldorf Astoria was built with families in mind. It has a kids club that engage children from ages 5-13 everyday on different activities in and out of the pool, field games, and in the evening on Fridays the event of the day is the bonfire exclusively for adults only.

There are many other places that family can spend their summer vacation like Vista Verde Ranch, Sun River Resort, Osthoff Resort, Aulani Disney Resort and Spa, San Anthonio Texas, Charlotte North Carolina and the list goes on.

Best Places To Spend Your Family Vacation This Summer

Summer vacation doesn’t start on arrival of the destination, it starts from when you enter the airport and Avis Rome Airport is one of the best Airline service provider there is to tour this beautiful vacation resorts.

Marinas

Top 5 Marinas in Croatia

| Travel | No Comments

With more than 60 well-equipped marinas to choose from, Croatia certainly has no shortages of good places to dock. However, quality varies from one marina to another depending on a number of aspects such as convenience of location, number of berths and quality of service among other factors. To help you pick out the best places to park your rented boat, here’s a list of the top 5 marinas in Croatia.

marine

1) Marina Punat

Regarded as the best marina that all of Croatia has to offer, Marina Punat has 400 dry berths for vessels not exceeding 10 m in length and double that figure of wet berths for boats less than 45 m long. This 50-year old marina situated Southwest of Krk Island on the small town of Punat has continually integrated emerging technology to become the go-to place for first-rate boat repairs and other maintenance works. The Marina has won a pair of accolades to attest to its superiority namely the Blue Flag and Yacht Harbor Associations’ award: the “Gold Anchor”.

2) D-Marina Mandalina

Šibenik is a popular sailing attraction in Croatia and the convenient location of the D-Marina Mandalina next to the historic Šibenik center and a pair of national parks- namely the Krka waterfalls and Kornati archipelago- make it an advantageous docking point. The parking spaces feature 50 dry berths and 428 wet berths of which 79 have been customized to take in superyachts. In terms of credentials, this marina’s track record speaks for itself having been only the second marina in Croatia to collect five gold anchors to add to the Blue Flag.

3) D-Marin Dalmacija

Sandwich between the cities Biograd na Moru and Zadar in Sukošan town, this marina is literally the biggest in the country boasting 300 dry berths that can accommodate super yachts not exceeding 80 m and boats below 40 m in length; a further 1200 wet berths make up the enormous capacity of the D-Marin Dalmacija. Onshore, you’ll find a fuel store, beach club, restaurant and bar among many other essential amenities.

4) Olive Island Marina

Olive Island Marina is a little more conservative than the other occupants of this list featuring just 25 dry berths for vessels not exceeding 24 m long and only 225 wet berths but it still ranks among the elite of marinas. It is situated on the secluded haven that is Sutomišćica and was voted the “best little marina” in the country about four years ago. The marina’s breakwater provides added capacity to take in 50 m long vessels and the upside with this docking point is that it allows pets and is pet-friendly.

5) Marina Kornati

There is a reason why Marina Kornati is never missing in a top 3 ranking and that’s because of its great location next to a number of notable attractions– e.g. Telašćica and Vrankso lake nature parks- and the world-class services offered. Regarded among North Dalmatia’s biggest nautical centers, this marina is herald as environmentally friendly, clean and safe as evidenced by its award of the prestigious Blue Flag. A further sign of excellence is the fact that it regularly hosts one of the most notable boat events in Croatia i.e. the Biograd Boat Show.

Croatia is blessed with a great many marinas but if you are in search of perfection, you are sure to find it within this list.

Feed Your Eyes: 7 Famous Types Of YouTube Video Contents

Feed Your Eyes: 7 Famous Types Of YouTube Video Contents

| News | No Comments

 Billion of netizens spend their time on Youtube, one of the most popular sites in the online world. Youtube allows you to share, watch, and upload videos. No wonder this entertainment site gains superabundant popularity.

Youtubers create and upload content with specific niches. Hence, billions of videos in Youtube world can be organized by category. Youtube viewers can choose a particular video from various types. As such, here are the top classes of videos that get the most views on Youtube.

Product Reviews Videos

In this category, Youtubers influence viewers to give feedback on a particular product or service. Since most people in today’s generation rely on Youtube for information, the product reviews are the useful instrument to make a decision.

Most consumers watch Youtube videos for product review before making a decision, and most of them will be likely to purchase a product that are already featured on Youtube. Therefore, they don’t need to leave their rooms to shop.

Haul Videos

Typically, haul videos highlight particular brands and brief reviews about makeups, clothes, and goods. Haul videos inform audiences about the trends in fashion and lifestyle. This specific category becomes famous when it comes to fashion, beauty, and lifestyle niche.

How-To Videos

Feed Your Eyes: 7 Famous Types Of YouTube Video Contents

Most netizens are using Youtube to explore new things, to gain knowledge which some Youtubers can provide during “how do you do it” moments. A “How-to?” video is an informational category that offers easy-to-follow steps in a particular task.

Vlogs

The Vlogs are also known as video blogs where Youtubers capture their everyday life, feelings, and thoughts. It’s like a “My Day” in your messenger. The content of vlogs posted by social media influencers focuses on a specific topic which attracts millions of subscribers.

Vlogs allow you to be updated with the current events of your followed Youtube stars. Usually, the vlogs last from 7 to 40 minutes. Youtube influencers make daily or weekly Vlogs which generally garnered millions of views. Some companies use vlogs as marketing tools to communicate with their audience on such a personal level.

Gaming Videos

From the word itself, gaming videos mainly focus on gameplay and gaming lifestyle culture. The videos include reviews of gaming products and new launch games.

Youtube influencers in this specific category, gains billion of followers. Meaning, this gaming channel is one of the most famous types of Youtube videos.

Comedy Videos

Comedic content often goes viral. As laughter is the best medicine, the netizens make use of the Youtube for entertainment. As long as you’re gifted to create comedy videos, you’re so much welcome in the Youtube world.

What are you waiting for? Send your video now and visit sites, learn how to email youtube video to know the easy steps in uploading a video.

Prank Videos

Feed Your Eyes: 7 Famous Types Of YouTube Video Contents

Most prank videos on Youtube gain thousands of views and go viral because of their featured practical jokes. These videos also bring laughter to the viewers, giving them a “full of laughter day.”

Takeaway

From an influencer to marketing point, let your life be thoroughly entertained with various types of videos on Youtube. Spend your time watching online using a wide range of devices. Be free to express your thoughts, be ready to explore, and be willing to share.

8 Ways How You Can Take Care Of Your Mental Health Naturally

8 Ways How You Can Take Care Of Your Mental Health Naturally

| Health & Fitness | No Comments

A patient of psychological disorder would usually get his treatments through medication and services of a mental health institution or facilities. However, advocates of

Complementary and Alternative Medicine believe that there are less intensive, more holistic approaches that could be rendered to these patients in conjunction to their medical treatments.

While they do not have approved therapeutic claim and there are no conclusive proofs that these alternatives really work they have been practiced for years and have yielded significant positive results in their own fields. Here are the suggested alternative solutions to mental health care:

Slowing down

Daily stressors contribute to the development of several mental health disorders. In fact, stress itself is considered as a threat to mental health. It disrupts sleep, thinking and rest and it usually affects the way we function everyday. Thus it is suggested to adopt several methods that will help lessen and manage the negative stressors we are exposed to everyday.

Biofeedback – This method is normally used in treating mental health disorders such as phobias, panic and anxiety. This works by controlling the involuntary muscle functioning such as skin temperature and heart rate and by controlling muscle tension.

Massage therapy 

This method advances the belief the tapping, rubbing, and brushing the skin and muscle groups could relieve pent up emotions and internal tension. People suffering from severe cases of stress and post-traumatic disorders are usually advised to take get massage therapy regularly.

Visualization 

Another method to lessen tension and stress is to redirect the perception and the individual techniques on visualization or called another way, a manifestation of the reality you desire. This works by entering into a deep state of relaxation where the person could create relaxing and “friendly” images that will contribute to his well-being and lessen the occurrence of unwanted thoughts that are detrimental to one’s mental health.

Traditional alternative approaches

Ayurdeva – Imported from Indian Traditional Medicine, Ayurdeva is a holistic approach to caring your mental health. This seeks balance on the body energies rather than on the symptoms that affect the body. This system of traditional treatments includes yoga, a widely practiced alternative solution in the Western world these days. Yoga makes use of postures, exercises, stretches and meditation to achieve the balance of body energies.

Native American approaches 

Cleansing rituals and chants are part of the Indian Health Services Programs that are focused on treating people suffering from depression, stress-related disorders and anxiety disorders. Through getting to know more about your spirit tou can holisstically work on becoming happier, more confident and more awaken in general.

Acupuncture

Used in treating many other ailments in the body, acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical approach that could also be used as treatment to mental disorders. This makes use of needles with various sizes that are inserted to different pressure points in the body to be able to control its flow of energy.

Diet and Nutrition

According to studies, diet and nutrition affects the manner by which our brains work and condition our ability to feel happy. If it is deprived with certain nutrients, the brain may fail to function the way it should be.

Vitamin and nutrient intake 

According to some studies, there are specific vitamins that our brain needs in order to produce other chemicals that are crucial in maintaining our moods. Also, some vitamins are important in preventing the development of neurological and degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, proper intake of these vitamins and minerals plus supplementation of essential nutrients are highly recommended to maintain mental health.

Mental health care does not only need to include medical treatments, support of other approaches is also needed to maximize the possibility of patient recovery.

Bolster Your Poster: Benefits and Tips In Using Posters For Your Business

| Business & Finance | No Comments

As a businessman, you should be open to possible ways which can help your company. You need to be creative, so you can explore new and various ways to help promote your business.  You can stick to conventional methods, or you can also try out new things.

Posters are great tools for your business for various reasons. Small businesses can benefit from these tools for marketing and advertising. The question is, how can pieces of paper with print help your business grow?  

Posters aren’t solely papers with graphics and words, but these are powerful tools which will give significant benefits to your business. Read on to know how your company can benefit from posters, and also how you can utilize it to its maximum potential.

The benefits of posters

You might not realize it, but you see these everywhere on spaces where it’s allowed to post them. You might not give them much attention, but you should. Now that you’re involved in business, it’s the right time for you to appreciate how posters can help your company.

  • Posters are inexpensive marketing and advertising tools

Compared to advertising in magazines or even in television ads, these don’t cost much. The price mainly depends on printing companies like Banana Print, so choose one that offers inexpensive but quality products, printed on high-quality paper with visible graphics and print.

  • Posters let you exercise your creativity

There are limitless options that you can come up with for your signs. You can customize, add images, and put additional features like QR codes to attract clients in viewing and paying attention to your posters.

  • Posters have long-term exposure

You can put it up, and they will stay there unless somebody takes it down. Use acid-free paper for your signs to ensure that it retains its excellent quality for a long time. Paper with acid turns yellow after a while, so your posters might not look as good after a few weeks.

  • Posters are highly visible marketing tools

The location where you’ll put up your signs is an essential factor. It’s ideal to post it on walls where a lot of passers-by walk by daily, but you have to check with your local government. You can also ask the coffee shop or restaurant owners if you can post it inside their establishments.

Tips for designing your poster

Bolster Your Poster: Benefits and Tips In Using Posters For Your Business

If you’ve realized that signs are helpful for your business, it’s time to make a design for your business. Keep in mind these tips to help you create eye-catching posters.

  • Make it easy for your customers to read the content

Some posters have too-large graphics and too-small print. Don’t make that mistake. Balance the elements in your sign for better visibility. Make sure that your headline (the most significant text in your poster) is visible from a distance, and it’s interesting enough to capture the interest of people.  

Include relevant details in your posters, such as your company’s address and contact number. Minimize the size of additional information to emphasize your headline.

  • Know how to use contrast

Use contrasting elements in your poster. Play with dark and light colors to make the text or other components of your sign stand out. Playing with contrast doesn’t only apply to color, but to fonts as well.

  • Choose the right size

Think about what your goal is when you’re making your poster. If you’re trying to get people to notice it immediately, you can go for the large size (61 x 91 cm). Other sizes include medium (46 x 61 cm) and small (28 x 43 cm). Bigger poster sizes come in 69 x 102 cm or 102 x 152 cm.

Takeaway

Bolster Your Poster: Benefits and Tips In Using Posters For Your Business

Posters are underrated tools which are incredibly useful for your business. All you need to do is come up with an excellent design and print it on high-quality paper. Don’t underestimate the power of posters for it can do wonders for your company.

5 Luxurious Places To Go Camping In California

5 Luxurious Places To Go Camping In California

| Travel | No Comments

Little off-the-routine activities are good for the mind and body. Some like it adventurous while some like it luxurious. Camping as you know is exciting.

Here we have a collection of 5 luxurious places to go camping in California!

  1. Luxurious treehouse on the mountains of Julian

Discover the perfect, glamorous getaway perched amidst the trees with newly constructed hardwood floors. The place can accommodate up to six guests at a time. You will find a largely remodeled washroom, well-equipped kitchen, a dining room with a dinner table, an outdoor barbeque area, and one air-conditioned bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a queen-sized sofa and two twin-sized roll-away. Other amenities include a washroom stocked with towels, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and shower gel while the kitchen equipped with a dishwasher, refrigerator, granite countertops and a toaster. You can also access a radio system, television, Wi-Fi, balcony, and solar lanterns.

Rates start from 272 US Dollars a night.

  1. Villa with a private pool near Joshua Tree National Park

Luxurious villa along the North edge of Joshua Tree National Park offers a close-to-nature, breath-taking view of the surrounding. Three bedrooms with a shared washroom, dining hall and an abundantly furnished kitchen is an ideal place to enjoy with friends and family. The villa accommodates 8 people comfortably with a remarkably incredible swimming pool containing salt water.

Those willing to enjoy indoors have the option of cozy furniture to sink in. Or those wanting to spend the night under the sky relax in the hot tub pool outdoor. With amazing boulder rock formations forming little caves throughout the backyard. There lies a dome in the desert with neon artwork, neon lights and colorful cushions and pillows.  Bookings start from $543.83 per night.

Other facilities include washing machine, patio, gazebo with flowers, and plenty of outdoor furniture.

  1. Cabin camping at the San Jacinto Mountains.

Pet-friendly cabin in the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains in Idyllwild features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, a kitchen, and a deck with tub. It offers modern comforts indoor with flat screen TVs, stereo system, Wi-Fi and a DVD player.

A good summer leisure campsite in a secluded and tranquil environment offers equally good indoor and outdoor facilities. You can enjoy spectacular views from the balcony and prepare barbeque while seeing birds.

The San Jacinto Mountains is a pleasant place for honeymooners who want to spend uninterrupted nights together. Lay down in the Jacuzzi together for a fun experience. An exceptional site to host parties. The rent begins from $373 per night.

Other activities include hiking, sightseeing and bird watching.

  1. Modern desert rental with Salt Water Pool in Palm Springs

This rental has its own saltwater pool, huge bedrooms, and washrooms. The cottage located minutes away from Downtown Palm Springs is a mind-blowing place for nature lovers enthusiastic to spend a giggly weekend away from the hustle bustle of the city. Fabulous kitchen, comfortable beds, and amazing décor make one enjoy the luxury with love. It is a spotless haven with plenty of space to sit, nap, read or work.

Those who love to relax in the pool have the beanbag floaters. Feels like a little piece of paradise on earth surrounded by wildlife.

Bookings start from $778 a night! Worth for a group of 7 or more.

  1. Chic Waterfront Cabin next to Malibu Beach

Enjoy the California sun in this cabin for $422 a night. Opens into the Malibu beach with a bright and airy interior. Contemporary staircase reaches to the bedrooms on the upper floor that view the ocean from the bed. Catch a glimpse of dolphins dancing in the water and seals hoping across the beach.

Bathrooms are designed with sleek and modern toilets and fittings for a modern outlook. You can admire cold breezes on a mid-summer night cooking up the barbeque or holding your partner in your arms. This is the best romantic getaway for couples and a haven for surfers to relax.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your canvas bell tent and head to one of these dream destinations.

Important Reminders In Writing A Compelling College Application Essay

Important Reminders In Writing A Compelling College Application Essay

| Education | No Comments

You already know how to write an academic essay: you start with a presentation, toss in a theory statement, find about three paragraphs of proof, and wrap everything up with a clear conclusion.

A  successful college application essay is unique.

Here’s the thing: your college application essay needs to breathe life into your application. It should capture your real personality, explaining your identity past a progression of grades, test scores, and after-school activities. In any case, that’s not nearly as scary as it appears, because you get the opportunity to pick what to share and how to share it personal statement writing.

Take a moment and consider the college or college admission officers will read your essay. In what manner will your essay pass on your background and what makes you extraordinary? If you had the chance to stand before an admission board of trustees to share a significant story or essential information about yourself, what might you say? The college application essay is your chance to share your personality, goals, impacts, challenges, triumphs, educational encounters, or exercises learned. Also, why you’re a solid match for the college and why it’s a solid match for you. These are the stories behind the rundown of activities and leadership parts on your application.

A standout among the most well-known battles understudies experience is fighting the temptation to press all that they’ve seen, done, and heard into their essay. Be that as it may, your application essay isn’t your biography in 650 words. Instead, pick one minute in time and spotlight on recounting the story behind it.

Admission officers realize that written work doesn’t come quickly to everybody, except with some time and planning, anyone can write a college application essay that stands out. One way to do that is to work well ordered, piece-by-piece. The final product ought to be a carefully planned, original essay that makes you glad. Take advantage of having the capacity to share something with an audience who knows nothing about you and is eager to learn what you have to offer. Brag, then write the story nobody else can tell.

  1. Become acquainted with your provoke

Ease yourself into the essay-composing process. Take time to understand the inquiry or incite being asked.

The absolute most important part of your essay preparation is you need to understand the inquiry or essay incite. When you are done thinking of, you have to establish beyond any doubt that your essay still adheres to the provoke.

College essay addresses frequently recommend maybe a couple main ideas or themes of core interest. These can vary from a personal to trivial, yet all try to challenge you and spark your creativity and knowledge.

Reread them. At that point, read them once again.

Take some an opportunity to consider what is being asked and let it soak in before you allow the ideas stream.

Before you can even start brainstorming, characterize first what is the goal you’re attempting to accomplish. Is this essay provoked asking you to advise? If it doesn’t already, relate the inquiry back yourself by asking, “How does this—or how could this—apply to me?”

Avoid dealing with your current English class essays to check whether the subjects fit the bill. These pieces rarely showcase your identity as an applicant.

  1. Brainstorm

Get your creative juices streaming by brainstorming all the conceivable ideas you can consider to address your college essay question.

Trust it or not, the brainstorming stage may be more repetitive than composing the actual application essay. The reason for existing is to tissue out all of your conceivable ideas so when you start thinking of, you know and understand where you are running with the point.

Reflect. You have years to draw from, so put aside time to mentally gather relevant encounters or occasions that fill in as solid, particular examples. It is also time for self-reflection. “What are my qualities?” “How might my companions depict me?” “What separates me from different applicants?”

Write any ideas down. Though no strategy works best, you’ll be thankful when you can return to ideas you generally may have overlooked.

Narrow down the choices. Pick three ideas you think fit the college application essay incite best and measure the potential of each. Which idea can you grow further and not lose the reader? Which captures a more significant amount of who you are?

Choose your story to tell. From the considerations you’ve narrowed down, pick one. You ought to have enough supporting details to depend on this as a brilliant demonstration of your abilities, achievements, perseverance, or convictions.

  1. Create a diagram

Architects utilize a blueprint. A webpage is involved code. Cooks depend on formulas. What do they have in like manner? They have a plan. The tenets for composing a decent essay are the same. After you brainstorm, you’ll recognize what you want to say, yet you should choose how you will say it. Create a layout that breaks down the essay into areas.

All great stories have a starting, a center, and an end. Polish your stories with the goal that it has an introduction, body, and conclusion. Following this natural movement will make your essay lucid and easy to read.

Strategize. How are you going to open your essay? With an anecdote? An inquiry? Dialog? Or the utilization of amusingness? Try to determine what is the tone of your essay based on your ideas.

Adhere to your written work style and voice. It’s particularly important when composing a piece about yourself that you write naturally and put the words in your voice. By planning the layout of your essay of time, you’ll avoid changing your composition style mid-story.

How To Choose The Right Telemedicine Company

How To Choose The Right Telemedicine Company

| Health & Fitness | No Comments

In today’s world, where technology is advancing day by day it is possible for doctors to treat their patients even in distant locations. However, when choosing a telemedicine company, a hospital needs to make tough decisions.

Finding the best telemedicine solutions can be equally exciting and daunting. Telehealth services offer several advantages to the users, especially healthcare facilities. The most important advantage is that they can be exactly matched to an organization’s needs.

There are multiple ways to evaluate the right medicine company. If you are looking for a reliable telemedicine company, here’s how you should go about the process.

  • Identify your telehealth priorities

First, identify the requirements of your telehealth company. Prioritize the requirements according to their importance. If your company needs to revolutionize patient experience, look out for the company that provides services that enable you to analyze real-time data.

GPS solution would be particularly beneficial for an old living community.  Besides testing individual features, organizations should also determine if there are any specific arrangements that should be accounted for before investing in a solution.

  • Relevance

Relevance is another very important factor to consider while opting for the right telemedicine company. What you need for telehealth communication depends upon the location of your hospital, the patients you treat, size and scope of the business and the area of your expertise.

There are platforms that require patients to keep their data up to date and enter it every day. There are other solutions such as Bluetooth-enabled diagnostic equipment to transmit data. More and more patients are using a glucometer, blood pressure monitors and wristbands to keep track of their health conditions and transfer related medical information to the data centers.

Find out the relevance and the type of solution you want for your company before buying any telemedicine services.

  • Reliability

Choose the telemedicine company that provides innovative software and quality mobile devices. You should choose the company which provides mobile applications which are user-friendly. More importantly, the platform you select should be encrypted to avoid data breaches. Make sure you ask the company about their security solutions. You can also learn more about the durability and usability of hardware and software.

  • Attend demonstrations

Most providers offer a demo of their services. If you are thinking about using a telemedicine solution, make sure you request a demo and test whether the product is a good fit for your company.

You can request your team of doctors and other professionals to assess the interface and how it connects with your work process. Getting a first look at the framework can help you make the right choice. In case you’re ready to set up a demo with a potential seller, get all your stakeholders on board.

5) Research Well

Before investing in a solution, make sure that you have done good research on that company. Visit their website and read customer feedback. Ask them about their experience and their satisfaction level. Before settling on your choice on a telemedicine program, ensure you’ve done your homework. Contact clinical accomplices and different healthcare organizations for recommendations before making the final purchase.

  • Ask Right Questions

Spend as much time as you can to define the problem before you look for solutions. First, understand why do you want to implement telemedicine? What are those problems which can be solved by telemedicine? These are the questions which will help you select the right telemedicine services. If you are not clear about the strategies, objectives, and requirements of your hospital then you cannot decide which telemedicine company will be best for you.

Above are some ways you can evaluate the best telemedicine companies. You will be able to choose the right platform once you know what you want. Never make decisions in a hurry. Take your time, test the functionalities and features of the application and see if it can meet all your company’s requirements. Choose wisely!

leather boots

Things to Look for in Leather Boots

| Lifestyle | No Comments

We have seen different types of shoes fade out of fashion. However, the good-old-boot has retained its popularity all the way. Why?

Boots are versatile and fit almost any occasion. You can wear them to work or for recreation and still look relevant and appealing. A good pair will go down well with jeans and t-shirt. Another one will pair well with formal wear, and so on.

Boot design cannot be said to have changed a lot, but their beauty and quality have. There are many types of boots available, and if you find the right pair, you should count yourself lucky. It will not only last and last but will also remain fashionable all through.

Selecting the right pair of leather boots to purchase is often a challenge to many. So, how do you discern a good one apart from the fact that it fits you well? Here are the things to look for.

1. Type of Leather

Not all boots are made from the same kind of leather. There’s leather that’s top quality and another that’s low quality. But how do you tell?

If a boot is just “leather” with no other words to describe it, it’s most likely low quality. Look out for the boot made from “Full Grain” type of leather. This leather has not been subjected to polishing or chemical treatments. Because of this, it looks rough. A boot made from it will last for ages and can be worn in harsh environments without the risk of damage. The leather is of exceptional quality.

Second in quality comes “Top Grain” Leather. This leather is not as quality but will perform relatively well under different conditions.

” Bonded Leather” is not worth it, unless you want a shoe that won’t last. Also, if the boot says “Genuine” leather,” it indicates a type of leather that won’t let you wear your boot in tough conditions.

2. Brand

There are boot brands that have stood the test of time. Why? Most likely because the companies that make them ensure they’re quality. You can never get it wrong with them.

Some of the companies have been in the boot making business for more than a century. Over the years, they’ve perfected their processes to produce shoes whose quality cannot be questioned. Choosing these popular brands when purchasing your boot guarantees you of foot ware you will not regret to possess.

3. Ease of Resoling

Because leather boots a made to last, you will find yourself having to resole yours. It can even be more than once. It’s for this reason that the pair you buy be resoleable. Boots that are easy to resole are costly, but they’re good value for money since they are of higher quality. Choose Goodyear or Blake Welt types. They’re easier to resole, plus they’re durable.

Goodyear Welt boots are more superior. They make use of a leather strip or rubber to attach the shoe’s upper to the outer sole. As a result, the shoe doesn’t get damaged when stripping off the sole. The boots also don’t allow in water.

The leather or rubber strip in a Goodyear Welt boot provides extra support for the feet, making them comfortable to wear. During stitching, the boots are easy to work on, both manually and with use of a machine.

A boot is not just a boot. For the pair you buy to last long, you need to make a careful selection. From the type of leather that makes it, the construction to the brand, choose a boot of the highest quality. You will look attractive in it. It will also save you money in the long run.

The Dos and Don'ts When Buying Linen Beddings

The Dos and Don’ts When Buying Linen Beddings

| Home Improvement, Lifestyle | No Comments

Sleeping is something a lot of us adore. In our busy lives, the best moment of the day is sometimes climbing into bed at night to read a few pages of a good book before succumbing to slumber. This means that buying the best sheets to create the most comfortable, coziest bed will ultimately reward you with quality rest. While many of us lean towards cotton and flannel for our bedding, linen is a serious contender for making your bed truly luxurious and comfortable. Here are a few do’s and don’ts when considering how to live with linen.

Do: Indulge in the Feel

Linen sheets are highly breathable which enables them to with moisture away from your skin, thus making them perfect for both hot, summer nights and cooler ones, as well. But what really separates this fabric from other options like cotton is its extraordinary softness.

Don’t: Skimp on Washing

Linen becomes more and more supple and soft the more it is used, handled and washed, so don’t worry that you’re more quickly wearing out your sheets by tossing them into the laundry every week. Keep on getting them clean and putting them back on your bed. Like a fine red wine, they will only get better with age.

Do: Appreciate the Look

Linen sheets have a lived-in, rumpled look that brings to mind images of open-air hotel rooms at luxury resorts. Combine these charming wrinkles with a rich color that stimulates your visual sense and you will have a bed you can’t wait to crawl into and cuddle with.

Do: Splurge on Color

The rich orange of Clay, the deep green of Moss, the delicate pink of Musk. These are just a few of the extraordinary colors that are part of INBED’s bedding collection. Buy a set of sheets and pillow slips in your favorite shade or mix and match to create your very own unique bedroom palate.  

Don’t: Skimp on Cost  

The saying is true: you get what you pay for, and nowhere is this more true than in bedding. Cut corners in the cash department and you’ll end up with slippery polyester sheets that’ll just keep you drenched in sweat and make you wake up grumpy. Considering that we spend a third of our lives in bed, spending the money on a superior set of sheets is an investment you’ll recoup with sleep quality and an aesthetic appreciation for your bed.

Do: Invest in Health

Made from flax plants, linen is a natural fabric that’s been around for thousands of years. In fact, the oldest scrap of material ever found was dug up in Turkey and turned out to be a piece of linen. It is both lint-free and hypoallergenic, a boon to anyone in your family who struggles with allergies.

Once you snap those folded sheets out and lay them out on your mattress, you’ll likely wonder why you ever hesitated to outfit your bed in linen. Sweet dreams!

5 Genius Ways To Wear Print Dresses

5 Genius Ways To Wear Print Dresses

| Lifestyle | No Comments

Summer is here and this is the best time to bring out your floral print dresses. It’s not surprising that prints and florals are always in fashion. Light pastels are trending in 2018, and you can wear them all summer.

Here are 5 different ways you can rock your print dresses so you don’t feel that you have been wearing the same dress every day.

A mini dress

A mid-thigh printed dress in light hues is the perfect piece to wear all day. Since the dress is short, don’t opt for sleeveless. Instead, go for loose, flared short sleeves and your dress can be ideally worn the whole day. Pair with comfortable flats or boxed heels and a casual purse and you are good to go. If you live in a place which gets cooler in the evening, you can carry a light cardigan with you.

A maxi or midi dress.

If the occasion calls for formal dressing and you feel that a mini dress might be too casual or too revealing, a maxi or midi dress is the dress for you. A slightly bolder color in a flowery print when you are going out for a date or a formal dinner is the perfect ensemble. Make it full length and sleeveless and you can rock a maxi. Or you could make the length of the dress up to your knees and wear sparkly high heels. Throw in some statement jewelry, and your look is perfect.

A casual look

You can wear the same midi dress at ‘less formal’ occasions as well in a different color and with different accessories of course. If you feel that the occasion requires you to be casual, you can dress up in a midi dress in a lighter color and print. Pair this dress with boots, or wedges and a black or beige clutch. Casual makeup (light lip-gloss and a smoky eye) will give you a trendy, yet casual look. The same dress can be made to look a little different by experimenting with sleeves as well. For a casual look go for longer and tighter sleeves. Or you can go for simple, short and flared sleeves for comfort.

A printed skirt.

A plain shirt in a solid color, paired with a printed skirt never goes out of style. Be it a normal workday, or a lunch with friends or even a party, this is a look that will make heads turn anywhere. Wear a sparkly belt with your shirt if you want to jazz up the dress for a party and you have the perfect ensemble.

With some stone embellished flats and your favorite perfume, you will feel the best-dressed girl in the house. Again, if you feel that the evening might get cooler or the party is outdoors, wear sheer leggings or tights underneath the skirt. You will still rock the look, don’t worry. The leggings will make your legs appear longer and toned.

A bright, printed blouse

A bright, printed blouse paired with ripped jeans is a classic, casual summer look. The print in the blouse gives chicness and style. You would want to wear something different from the normal shirts and blouses. You can look trendy by wearing your favorite shades, comfortable pumps in cool colors. Also, don’t forget to carry a tote!

This look is perfect for day occasions, be it brunch or a casual workday. You can rock the look at the park or when you drop off your kids at school. Your outfit is versatile, cool and comfortable and you won’t regret this wardrobe decision.

Print and maxi dresses are versatile and can be worn in different ways. Plus, they are refreshing and always catch the eye of the beholder. So, now you don’t have a reason to avoid prints anymore. Remember, your wardrobe should include print dresses if you want to create a stylish fashion statement.

Author Bio:

Zyana Morris is a passionate blogger who loves to write about prevailing trends. She is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the fashion and lifestyle industry and currently working for Offer Factor, an online shopping for Men’s and women’s Apparel, you can follow her on Twitter and Facebook for more of her work.

10 Ways to Help Alleviate Back Pain

10 Ways to Help Alleviate Back Pain

| Health & Fitness | No Comments

Did you know that nearly 80% of Americans suffer from back pain?

In addition to strenuous activities, back pain can be associated with a number of daily activities such as gardening and weight lifting. Sometimes even bending down to pick up a pencil may painfully give out your back.

One 46-year-old Chicago artist, after running a half-marathon, described her back pain as “a screwdriver piercing through her bones”. The feeling petrified her and took over her life. She thought she would never feel normal again.

However, there are remedies that you can take to prevent back pain. With a combination of core activities, various strengthening exercises, physical therapy and even sleeping on a good mattress topper will dramatically improve your chances of reducing back pain.

It’s important to take care of your back pain from the beginning. If ignored, this may become your companion for life.

Chief of Physical Therapy at Harvard University, Mary Ann Wilmarth said that early intervention can prevent back pains from developing to a chronic stage. It can also avert the need for powerful medication and invasive surgery.

Here are 10 simple ways to alleviate back pain.

1. Limit Bed Rest

People who rest more with short-term low back pain have a harder time adjusting to their daily tasks than people who move around. Studies show that staying active is one of the primary ways you can go through the day with back pain.

Mike Flippin, MD, and an orthopedic surgeon at San Diego Medical Center encourage his patients to start moving around as soon as possible. He strongly recommends avoiding more than three days of bed rest.

2. Keep Exercising

Properly done exercises can often be the best medicine to alleviate back pain. The exercises don’t have to be complicated. Specialists say that walking is an excellent choice of exercise as it puts the body in a neutral and upright position.

However, it’s best to stay away from strenuous activity or from whatever action that caused the back pain.

3. Maintain Good Posture

Poor posture can lead to back pain or worsen your existing back pain. The strain from bad posture doesn’t happen in a day. It builds up for years and causes unnecessary strain on their backs.

You can add 50% extra pressure on your back simply by leaning over the sink while brushing your teeth. You have to keep the right amount of curvature to keep pressure off the nerves and reduce back pain.

4. See a Specialist

Scott Davis (PT, MS, EdD, OCS), orthopedic physical therapist and an associate professor at West Virginia University urges people with back pain to develop an exercise plan to manage chronic back pain.

In reality, there is no magic medicine that targets lower back pain. Patients need to strengthen their core to alleviate their back pain by stretching and improving their physical flexibility. A physical therapist, physiologist or a chiropractor can help you in these matters of back care with a tailored exercise plan.

5. Strengthen Your Core

Having a strong abdominal muscle acts as an advantage for people with chronic back pain. This is because the torso is a combination of various muscles working in unison.

Frank B. Wyatt (EdD), a professor of exercise physiology from Missouri Western State University recommends strengthening abdominal muscles. Weak abdominal muscles put pressure on other lower back muscles to pick up the slack.  That is why strengthening your core is essential in reducing strain on the lower back.

6. Improve Flexibility

Too much tension and tightness is another reason for having back pain. Increasing the flexibility will help put an equal load throughout the body. That way none of the muscles will be overextended.

According to experts, you can follow an easy exercise to limber up your body. First, sit on the bed with one leg extended and the on the floor. Then stretch out your hamstrings a little by leaning forward, keeping your back in a neutral position. Repeat this with the other leg.

7. Ditch the Brace

There are many victims of back pain who believes that using a brace regularly will help alleviate back pain. While it is true that a brace helps fortify the back muscles – it should be used sparingly and only while doing strenuous activities.

Continuously using a brace all day will weaken the back muscles. The back muscles are used for providing stability and stronger back muscles will provide higher core strength.

8. Apply Ice and Heat

If you have a pain in your trunks and lower back, you can use heating ice and cold packs to comfort them. Most doctors recommend using ice in the first 48 hours of the injury. If there is swelling, then you should switch to heat.

9. Sleep the Right Way

If you are a victim of back and lower back pain, then you know how important it is to sleep in the correct position – having a bad posture when sleeping can worsen your back condition.

While sleeping, back sleepers should use pillows under their knees. Side sleepers should place pillows between their knees as it will keep their spine neutral position.

It’s highly recommended that you don’t sleep on your stomach for an extended period of time.

10. Quit Smoking

Smoking doesn’t only damage your lungs. It can also hurt your back. A study published in the American Journal of Medicine uncovered that former smokers are likely to be affected by back pain than non-smokers.

Experts say that nicotine constricts the blood vessels and restricts blood flow to the soft tissue. That’s why quitting smoking will reduce back pain.

Conclusion

In addition, depression and anxiety can also cause back pain. Your emotional state affects the state of your back pain. In cases like this therapy can help you towards rehabilitation.

If nothing works, then try to relax – as in use meditation techniques such as deep breathing, tai chi and yoga to put your mind at rest. It will do wonders for your back.

Helping Your Child to Succeed at School

Helping Your Child to Succeed at School

| Lifestyle | No Comments

Few things are more important for parents than ensuring that their children get the best possible education. Your child’s experience during the formative years of schooling can make all the difference when it comes to their career prospects and overall happiness.

Ensuring that your child gets the most out of their education requires you to make many important decisions, not least the choice of which school they will attend. As a parent, you will want to take this decision extremely seriously and research all the options, from local kindergartens to Hong Kong international schools.

Of course, choosing the right school is only the start of the process. Once your child has begun their education, there is much that you can do as a parent to encourage and support their educational development. Here is a quick guide to the key areas to focus on.

Teacher and parent relationship

The teacher-parent relationship is an essential part of the educational environment in which your child will develop. Too many parents regard teachers as though they are simply providing a service to a customer, but their role is far more important. By cultivating a good relationship with your child’s teachers throughout their education, you will be able to offer insights into your child’s psychology and learning style, which will help the teacher, and you will also benefit from insights that the teacher is able to offer. This two-way process is immensely important and can help you to truly support your child through their education.

The importance of words

It is hard to overstate the importance of reading. Even if you don’t particularly enjoy reading, by surrounding your child with books at home, taking them to your local library, and reading bedtime stories to them, you will be giving them the best opportunity to develop a reading habit. No matter how good your child’s school is, encouraging your child to read and supporting them as they learn to read is probably the single biggest contribution that any parent can make to their child’s education.

Don’t put them off math!

You may not have liked math at school, and you may not feel comfortable with it, but it is important not to pass these attitudes on to your child. Math can be difficult, and children can easily pick up the idea that they just can’t do it. Make sure that you avoid this, encourage them with their math work, and do what you can to make math seem fun.

Don’t obsess over scores

The final point to bear in mind is perhaps the most important. We all want our children to succeed and score highly. However, education is also about developing their minds and helping them to become fully rounded individuals, and a narrow focus on scores can be counter-productive. Praise them for their successes and encourage them by explaining that all you ask of them is that they try hard. This way, they will feel in control of the process of their own education, and won’t feel frightened to fail.

It is so important that your children get the best education possible – hopefully, this guide will be of some help in making sure that they succeed at school.