Showing posts from December 3, 2017

10 Best Ways to Relieve Headache Pain

Rest in a Dark, Quiet Room

Stress is one of the main causes of headaches. Relieving tense muscles may help calm tension headaches, the most common type of headache. If you have one, you may also feel extra sensitive to light and sound. Rest or sit in a dimly lit room. Close your eyes and try to relax your back, neck, and shoulders.

Try Caffeine

It may help ease tension headache symptoms by helping pain relief drugs work better and faster. That’s why caffeine is often an ingredient in pain medications. See how you respond, because caffeine can also be a headache trigger for some people.

Relax to Ease Pain

Deep breathing exercises and mental imagery techniques may cut your stress and ease headache pain. Take several deep breaths. Breathe out slowly, relaxing areas that feel tight and cramped, while you picture a peaceful scene. Drop your chin toward your chest, then gently and slowly move your head in a half circle from one side to the other. Take another deep breath and let the air out slow…

Inspirational Quote – December 09, 2017

“Life isn’t about the destination, but the journey that gets us there.”

As another year comes to a close, this is a wonderful time to reflect on the journey of the last 12 months – the highs and lows, joys and challenges, accomplishments and disappointments that have woven a rich tapestry of experience into our lives. Looking at the overall picture allows us to see the gifts of our journey, no matter where it has led us. Being faithful to our destiny always lands us in the right place!

Susyn Blair-Hunt

The Greatest Danger

"Thich Nhat Hanh was asked, "what do we most need to do to save our world?" His answer was this: "What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying."...What disintegrates in periods of rapid transformation is not the self, but its defenses and assumptions. Self-protection restricts vision and movement like a suit of armor, making it harder to adapt. Going to pieces, however uncomfortable, can open us up to new perceptions, new data, and new responses." Joanna Macy shares more in this powerful essay.

Why Wisdom Teeth Are So Much Trouble

What’s in a Name?

Wisdom teeth won’t make you smarter. They’re called that because they usually come in when you’re older, around 17 to 21. These teeth are in the very back of your mouth. You get two on top and two on the bottom as part of a complete set of 32 adult teeth.

Missing Molars

Wisdom teeth are molars, your toughest, widest teeth that grind food. But some people don’t have all their wisdom teeth. They’re the ones most commonly missing from adult mouths. Some scientists think they became less useful as humans moved away from a caveman diet to more chewable cooked foods.

Why They’re Taken Out

You’re more likely to have issues with these molars than with any other teeth. Each year, some 10 million wisdom teeth are removed, or extracted, in the U.S. A top reason is impaction, when the tooth may not have enough room to come out from the gum like it should.

Other Issues

Any wisdom tooth with signs of disease or clear problems should come out. Reasons include:

o Infection or cavities
o Les…

Inspirational Quote – December 08, 2017

“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.”

We’ve all run across those people who make us feel special, and they can be rare indeed. So often we are all focused on our own little world, our current problems or our goals that we miss the opportunity to stop and just “be.” If you look around for someone who could use an encouraging word, some attention or even just a smile, it won’t take you long to find them. And I can assure you that if you take one minute a day to uplift someone else, you’ll feel wonderful the rest of the day!

Susyn Blair-Hunt

Who Do You Choose to Be?

There have been other historical times that were volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, and leaders arose to guide people through them. We are again in one such time. Margaret Wheatley calls on each of us to step forward to serve, rather than withdraw into denial and self-protection. She implores us to become leaders who create islands of sanity where good work still gets done and people enjoy healthy relationships in the midst of chaotic conditions, fierce opposition, and heart-breaking defeats. Wheatley describes the sane leader as someone who has unshakable faith in people's capacity to be generous, creative and kind and who creates the conditions for these capacities to blossom. She believes that even if we fail, we can be satisfied that we did the work well. She asks if we are ready to serve. Answer her questions to find out.

What Curiosity Looks Like in the Brain

Research suggests that, like food and sex, information is inherently rewarding to the brain.BY VIVIAN HEMMELDERTOMMY BLANCHARD

Humans are deeply curious beings. Our lives, economy, and society are shaped so strongly by a drive to obtain information that we are sometimes called informavores: creatures that search for and digest information, just like carnivores hunt and eat meat. What is it that drives our hunger for information? From an evolutionary perspective, there is a clear reason why animals would seek out information: It can be vital to their survival and reproduction. A bird that spent its whole life eating berries from a single bush and never explored its environment could be missing out on a much better food source nearby. Thus, it is not surprising that exploration is common in the animal world. For example, monkeys will push a button at high rates for a chance to peek out of the window, and roundworms do not crawl to a food source directly, but rather circle towards it in …

Inspirational Quote – December 07, 2017

“Sometimes you have to let go of what’s gone, appreciate what still remains, and look forward to what’s coming next.”

Yes, those are the days a gratitude list is in order. To break the hold a loss can hold over us, we need to refocus on what we still have, and be grateful. Expressing our gratitude is the first step to creating more abundance in the future. So when life gives you lemons, don’t sit their pouting – turn them into lemonade!

Susyn Blair-Hunt

How Nature Makes Us Healthier and Happier

Studies show that communing with nature is beneficial for your health and your life socially, psychologically, and emotionally. The article in Yes Magazine discusses what these research studies have found regarding the benefits nature provides.

How Gratitude Helps Your Friendships Grow

Research suggests that gratitude plays a quiet, key role in building a relationship.BY ERIC PEDERSENDEBRA LIEBERMAN

A great deal of research has shown that gratitude helps us to initiate, maintain, and strengthen our relationships. Gratitude may make our romantic relationships closer and more satisfying, encourage us to feel more invested in friendships, and even cause us to be more helpful coworkers. However, two questions have received relatively little attention from gratitude researchers: What specific information is processed in the mind that causes us to feel gratitude, and why did gratitude evolve in the first place? Trying to answer these questions can help us develop a deeper understanding of how (and why) gratitude functions the way it does, so we can truly use it to build stronger social connections. Based on our initial research, we’re beginning to understand that gratitude helps to reinforce other people’s good deeds and to jump-start mutually cooperative relationships. Gra…

Inspirational Quote – December 06, 2017

“Broken crayons still color.”

It’s so easy to say, “I’d do this if I had that” or “I can’t do this because (fill in the blank).” The truth is, we have the tools we need every day to do the things we dream of doing. If someone says they can’t color because the crayons are broken, they’re simply practicing the art of procrastination. Look around to see where you’re limiting yourself in life, simply because the tools you have don’t look the way you think they should. Then, break free of that mindset and paint a beautiful picture of your dreams!

Susyn Blair-Hunt

At the Tip of Time's Arrow

Close your eyes and imagine this moment, right now, as the tip of an arrow called eternity. What do you see? What do you imagine? What do you sense but have no words for? Dive into this meditation on time by Nicos Hadjicostis and look through his eyes into the infinity of time and what implications is has for how you live this very day.

The State of Mindfulness Science

Here's what we know right now about meditation—and what we don't.BY JEREMY ADAM SMITHKIRA M. NEWMANHOORIA JAZAIERIJILL SUTTIE

During the past two decades, more and more scientists have studied mindfulness—a Buddhist-inspired collection of practices aimed at helping us to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of ourselves and our environment. Their early findings triggered an enormous amount of enthusiasm for meditation. Sometimes, however, journalists and even scientists (who should know better) have overstated the physical and mental health benefits, which has fed growing skepticism about mindfulness. This essay was adapted from Greater Good content for the January issue of Lion's Roar: Buddhist Wisdom for Our TimeSubscribe now! Indeed, the science behind mindfulness meditation has often suffered from poor research designs and