Some thoughts on creating a health garden to chill in

Some thoughts on creating a health garden to chill inTwo earlier posts reminded us of this. One of the posts spoke about tips and tricks on carrying out low-maintenance jobs easily on your own at home without having to rely on expensive professionals. The other post spoke gleefully about the most important meal of the day and listed a number of sumptuous ideas to chew on.

The idea we have in mind today is to reflect on creating a health garden, not just any old garden, a health garden to chill in. To the uninitiated, we’d like to tell them that this will be no ordinary garden. In fact, if you get as far as we’re going with this idea, this beautiful peace garden will have your personality painted all over it.

This peace garden has your name all over it

And never mind that you are only living in an apartment complex, modern and expensive, derelict, unkempt or bohemian. There is always space for building the tiniest of gardens just so long as you have the heartfelt desire and the right tools to do this. All you would need really are a couple of sawdust boxes, planks of coarse wood, glue, the traditional old saw and any one of the nailing guns that Framing Nailer Pro are discussing.

Of course, if you have a good space in your back yard, so much the better. Now, this health garden, as suggested earlier, should resonate directly with you. For instance, it would make no sense planting floral beds that have little or no appeal to you. Also, many of you don’t necessarily have all the time in the world to dedicate many devotional hours to tending and caring for your garden. More power to you if you are able to plant hardy specimens that can pretty much take care of themselves and are also environmentally sustainable to boot.

Low-maintenance veggies and herbs to chill you

We can explain this to you briefly. Basically, these strong-willed plants won’t need much water to flourish at any time of the year, nor do they need to absorb too many nutrients from the soil. Speaking of environmental sustainability, did you know that organic vegetable gardens are well and truly the in thing these days? And like we mentioned earlier, you don’t need acres of space to get started with low-maintenance veggies and herbs.

Here, you could utilize the sunny space on your kitchen window sill by planting beans in small pots. And pardon our playful turn of phrase here; you’ll be creating a really chilling ambience by planting your own chili tree which incidentally as a natural aphrodisiac, loaded with vitamin C, will help you to chill in more ways than one. Balcony space can be used to plant potatoes, tomatoes and other greens.

Have we said too much already? The space here is just not large enough to fill you in with more thoughts on how to create your own health garden to chill in. But by now, we’ve inspired you to at least give it some thought yourself.

Before or after the New Year, here are some ideas to help you chill

Before or after the New Year, here are some ideas to help you chillCoffee or tea with toast, with or without the newspaper, remains one of our favorite rituals for starting each day. And ‘chill’ remains our favorite command for the day. These days, we don’t need to remind ourselves but it remains our duty to tell stressed-out and overworked guys and girls to relax, take a deep breath and smell the coffee already. For many, this may not be so easy at this time of the year. Because even though they’ll be off for their annual holidays, they’ll still be stressing unnecessarily and unnaturally.

No bumpy rides here

Chill, brothers and sisters. For this time of the year, here’s how we’d like you to spend your end of year holidays. We’re focusing on those critical weeks before and after the New Year’s festivities. It might be a new experience for some of you and it could well be a bit of a joy ride, so, at this point, could we suggest that you select a helmet from http://www.motorcyclistlife.com/ and put it on before we go any further? Don’t worry, the ride won’t be bumpy.

Did you forget that our mission here is to help you relax, not go berserk? So relax, chill, and read on. While on the subject of hectic things requiring you to wear a helmet, we’d like to recommend that you take up motorcycling. If you go through this website and its reviews, you will see that it will be a while before you’re well and truly ready to go. There’s lots of prepping and practice involved. But for the meantime, you can hire a scooter instead, pack a picnic basket and go for a quiet ride out of town, stop off somewhere and enjoy tranquility and peace of mind away from the holiday buzz.

Warm, but still chilled inside

So, it’s cold, raining or snowing where you are? Not to worry, there are other things to keep you warm, but still chilled, inside. Forget about standing in long queues to see the latest holiday releases. Do you honestly want to hear mutton heads munching popcorn and selfish kids buzzing with their mobiles while you’re trying to enjoy the show? So, here’s what you do instead then. Go down to your local video store or simply stream some great movies that you were missing the whole year.

We’re outdoorsy folks, so you won’t mind us closing this post with one or two more outdoorsy ideas on how to help you chill during this busy time of the year. We’ve said it before, but we’d like to remind you again. Being part of nature is an awesome stress-buster. Head off to your nearest sports goods store, buy yourself a comfortable pair of walking shoes and get walking before or after the News Year’s festivities.

Reflect on the country life

Finally, instead of going mad with Christmas shopping, leave town, take a drive out into the country and visit the stores in the local towns you stop by. And on your way back home, take a moment to reflect how much these country folks always seem to be so relaxed. Have a happy and stress free holiday.

Home Repair Jobs You Can Do on Your Own

Home repairs tend to be a costly affair forcing even the most reluctant DIYers to take up repairs on their own. While buying a home is naturally a very expensive thing, in fact, the most expensive purchase an individual makes in his or her lifetime, it goes without saying that you need to maintain your home with care. When the slightest problem crops up the first thought you get is to use a professional, but you will be surprised at how many of the repairs around the home can be done by yourself without much expense.

There are several home repairs, which can be performed without any prior experience. But before you plunge into doing a repair on your own, make sure you understand what you are dealing with. This is especially true in case of electrical repairs, which are very dangerous.

And owning a tool kit is another important necessity you should think of, if you are going to consider attending to the repairs on your own. A good quality sander for instance, is a handy tool that takes care of all the finishing work on the wood works in your home.

Here are some tips on doing the common repairs at home so you can see to them on your own effectively.

Broken lever in Toilet

This is quite an easy job. If you find that the toilet doesn’t flush, the first thing to do is open the tank and attach the loosened chain. But if you find that the handle is corroded or pieces such as metal rod, nut or handle are damaged, you need to replace these parts, which can be done inexpensively. You need an adjustable wrench, which is by the way handy in any kind of plumbing job.  You will need a lever replacement kit, if it is broken.

Unclogging toilet drain

This is another frequently faced problem in households. Before you get down and try repairing the clog, you should first use a plunger. Make sure you use the right toilet plunger.  If the water level is low, pour sufficient amount, so the plunger head is submerged fully.

Give up to 8 to 10 thrusts downward. Minor clogs will clear off with this, but if it does not you should think of using an auger. Having the right tools makes most of the repair jobs around the house easy. A cutting saw, belt sander tool from BeltSanderWorld are handy tools to have when you want to indulge in some serious DIY work in your home.

Toilet augers are a bit expensive than plungers. However, they are best for tough clogs. Plunge the augur until it meets with the clog and turn the crank. If you can catch hold of the clog, you can easily pull it out.

Leaky pipe in bathroom or kitchen

This can be due to a loose or damaged compression nut or the washer being worn out. To fix this fault you should first shut off the water valve that cuts off the supply to the pipe you are dealing with. This may take some time, if the valve is not nearby. Once the water stops, unscrew the compression nut and rinse the P trap or curved pipe and replace the washer or P-trap, if needed and replace the screw and turn on the water.

Great Apps for Chilling Out And Reducing Stress

Great Apps for Chilling Out And Reducing Stress

Stress is the biggest problem for most people. Reasons why we are stressed are different, but the most common are linked to job, money and lack of satisfaction. Trying to have a life without stress isn’t possible, we all know this and we all tried it. I even tried several times to eliminate all causes of stress and I failed. So, what we can do? Well, there are many techniques for stress relief, but thanks to the technology, there is another way.

Smartphones can help us in this case. There are several apps that were developed to help us with stress relief. Due to the fact when you play music, you are more relaxed, most of these apps include audio effects and music. However, some of them go one step further.

Breathe2Relax

This app teaches you how to perform a diaphragmatic breathing. According to a research, this type of breathing reduces stress and can relax you. It is so successful that some people compare it with yoga and meditation. The app guides you through diaphragmatic breathing and gives you the ability to track your stress levels. The best part, it is completely free and available for iOS and Android.

White Noise Lite

When you have a relaxing swim in the nature, you listen to the sounds that make you relaxed. This app gives you the ability to listen relaxing sounds such as frogs, raining shower and etc. Free version has 40 different sounds.  The premium version costs $1.99 and it is ad-free. The White Noise Lite is available for Android and iOS.

Calm

Calm is a bit more advanced than the previous app. It offers sounds and relaxing photos, like waves and beaches. You can choose the length of each session (2, 5, 10, 15 and 20 minutes). The free version is available for Android and iOS. However, you can choose the premium version ($4-$10 per year). It allows you to have longer sessions. The app is also available for web browsers. It includes high quality photos. I believe that this app is very effective in reducing stress.

Simply Being

Simply Being is available for Android and iOS as well, but it isn’t free. It will cost you $1.99. It was developed for people who like meditation and yoga. If you are a beginner with meditation, this app may be the best choice for you. You get the ability to listen the relaxing music, have guidance (vocal) that is very good and create your time frames.

Memoires: the Diary

This is the basic app that works like a modern diary. It is simple but very effective, according to therapists. The main goal of the app is to help you keep track of your stress levels and clear your mind. You can record audio files, write and add text to photos you choose. You can share these files via social media. If you are worried that someone can read your diary, you are wrong. The app has a great protection (I tried to crack it and I failed) that can protect your data even from hackers. The best part, this app is free and available for Android and iOS smartphones.

Weightlifting requires much more than physical strength

Did you realize that in your life is too little activity, and decide to go the gym? That is great – for your health, your good look, and your confidence. For this, you just need a little physical strength. This is a misconception. When you enter the gym, you realize that maybe you do not really know what to do and from where you should start. The truth is that there is not a universal rule, not even the same set of exercises for everybody. So, the first thing that you need when you come to the gym is a good personal trainer who will make a set of exercises suited to your condition and your intentions.

Weightlifting requires much more than physical strengthWhat you surely know is that you need to warm up before a workout. Start with static exercises – moving the joints and stretching. Then you can start with exercises that will improve your circulation and warm up your muscles, such as running or riding a bike. Only warmed muscles, well supplied with the blood, are ready for the efforts with weights. Do not skip this, if you want to avoid injuries.

Warming up is the part that is probably clear to every layman. But what after that? Where to start? Should you go to sit-ups or immediately pass on those challenging power racks?  How to use these devices at all? Sure, you can try it yourself, but if you’re a beginner, better accept the advice of personal trainers who will teach you how to lift weights properly and which muscles need to activate each lifting.

I know – it can be very embarrassing when, as a beginner, you walk into the gym full of sweaty and muscular bodies. You feel like everyone is watching you. I know those people who, because of that feeling, avoid the gym in a wide circle. However, it should be borne in mind that these boulders were once beginners like you, and they know very well how much effort they put into their bodies. No one is born learned. If a shared space in the gym bothers you, make a gym in your garage. Everything you need can be found here: http://garagegymlife.com/best-power-rack-reviews/

Weightlifting requires much more than physical strengthGoing to the gym does not mean you should turn off the brain and use a brute strength for weightlifting. It’s not just a physical process. First, you need to learn how to breathe properly. In this way, you will be able to do much more, and burden the lungs and heart less. Secondly, you should engage the right muscles no matter what exercise you’re doing. Think about what your muscles are working when you are doing an exercise, try to feel them and move them properly.

Weightlifting is definitely much more than physical strength. First, you need to overcome discomfort, then you can go in mastering the basic exercises and proper breathing. Only after that, you can work on a number of repetitions, the speed and the growth of your muscles.

Weekday coffee, then something extreme over weekends

It’s not called blue Mondays for nothing, but the night before their weekend finally comes to an end, most folks already start to dread this day. It’s inexplicable how so many people have still not been able to prepare themselves well for the first and most important day of their working week. Thankfully, while the habits have not yet been perfected, the morning ritual of coffee and a newspaper at a favorite nearby coffee shop (instead of standing in long queues at a Starbucks take-out) is a great way to kick-start the day.

Get out of the house on weekends

Weekday coffee, then something extreme over weekends

And so it goes for the rest of the week. But by the time the ecstatic feelings of leaving the office on Friday nights have dissipated, questions of ‘what now’ enter many people’s minds. Fair to say, many folks, particularly those with children, now have domestic responsibilities to catch up with. Before you know it, more stress and anxiety puts a damper on what should have been an exhilarating weekend. There’s a reason why weeks have been scheduled this way for centuries in most parts of the world.

It’s not entirely inappropriate to recall the Biblical allusion, but whether you are religious or not, makes no difference. Sundays are set aside as a day of rest. This does not mean that you should transform yourself into a couch potato and pad your TV remote like a zombie for the rest of the day. Get out of the house. Take the kids with, if you have them. But ‘what to do’ becomes another question for nervous people with just hours to go before the weekend comes to a close.

Do something extreme over the weekend

Simply put, there are just too many things to mention in one post. Most of the activities well worth discussing either stimulate the mind or give the body a new lease of life or both. Ultimately, they are mentally and physically good for you. Before we leave you with just a small cap of suggestions, we’d like to remind you to follow up on one of our earlier posts on how to de-stress. Now, instead of surrounding yourself with all your favorite weekend papers only to stress about the bad news and poor performing share options, retreat to your favorite chair or head out to your nearest park and bundle a heavy tome under your arm.

Your body needs something to do as well. Consider these extreme adventures for a change instead of giving up for the day. Get yourself a long-board or mountain bike and head for the hills. Setting aside these extreme toys, you can also just start climbing with a good pair of hiking boots. Let Long Board Mafia tell you more on how you can saddle up for unforgettable (in more ways than one) weekends.

Good planning and proper motivational techniques can also be acquired to help you prepare yourself well for the next harrowing week at work. Let it begin well with a good cup and some good news.

Chill Out and Play Music

Chill Out and Play Music

Leading a chill-out lifestyle doesn’t mean doing nothing. On the contrary, in order to truly enjoy living you need to be healthy and occupied, for being idle can be as stressful as being overworked. However, not every activity is “good for the soul”, so you should choose your hobbies carefully.

Playing a musical instrument definitely is one of the greatest pastimes that is not only relaxing but beneficial to your general well being as well. Some researchers even claim that taking up this hobby can improve your health and help with the treatment of some disorders.

The effect of music on your psyche is so profound that it has been used in therapy for decades. Listening to melodies and actually playing an instrument is different in regards to the “healing” effects of this art, so if you want to reap all the benefits music can offer, get yourself a nice trumpet or a cool guitar and start learning how to produce captivating melodies of your own.

Some of the great benefits you will be able to reap this way are:

  • Improved memory.
    Playing an instrument is a highly stimulating exercise for the brain. At the moment, scientists of different countries conduct research aimed to determine the extent of the influence that this activity has on the human brain and learn how to use it for treating the conditions that affect human mind and memory in particular. It appears that the impact of music is so strong that regular lessons can literally change the shape of your brain. The earlier kids start playing, the better their memory would be by the time they go to school. When your children finally get to class, playing will provide them with an outlet for stress.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
    We all know that organizational is imperative in life if you really want to have a life instead of chaos. Without an organized schedule, you won’t be able to separate your free time from work, so chilling out won’t be an option. Learning to play any kind of musical instrument will teach you organization and planning as you won’t be able to succeed without this. Mastering an instrument requires much more effort than finding a teacher and buying the tool you want to play. Nowadays, you only need to visit a website like Windysounds.com to see reviews of the best instruments for your skill level, so the task of buying one becomes easy. It’s the same for finding lessons, but the real challenge begins when you start learning. Music studies must adhere to a definite structure and missing one step or mixing some of them will hinder your progress greatly. Therefore, these lessons will force you to learn how to manage your time in the most efficient manner.
  • Expanded limits of patience.
    Unless you are a true musical genius, you will have to become patient to progress in your studies of a musical instrument. No one is good from the start and making mistakes is something that even experienced professionals do regularly. Mastering an instrument is so hard that the first few months will definitely test the limits of your patience. Therefore, you will need to display the force of will and persevere. You’ll be surprised to note how much of a calmer and more patient person you will become.
Aquarium fish selection

Aquarium fish selection

Stress relief can be achieved in different ways. Not all methods work well for everyone. Choosing a method that you are comfortable with will help you be free of stress more effectively and quickly too. Watching fish in an aquarium is one fine way to reduce your work induced and other forms of stress.

Further, it offers various other health benefits too. Studies on this subject reveal that aquariums have the ability to reduce blood pressure, relax mind, and get rid of anxiety. No wonder, aquariums are kept in restaurants, spas, childcare centers, and doctors’ waiting rooms.

The fish keep us hooked to their movements for a long time and hypnotize us into a relaxed state. The effect of aquariums can be further enhanced by setting them up in such a way that you have running water sounds. This produces a relaxing effect.

Aquariums can be kept at homes too. Wherever they are, they need to be maintained properly. A CANISTERFILTER is a definite addition to have, especially if your aquarium is a large one.

Aquariums offer various benefits such as helping people suffering from insomnia, high blood pressure, tension, anxiety, stress and psychological problems. People with chronic illness, children with colic or separation anxiety also find the fish quite soothing and relaxing.

Choosing the fish

One of the most crucial parts of an aquarium set up is picking out the right type of fish. With more than 2000 fish species available, finding the right fish can be a challenging one. Each fish has some unique characteristic, even if all the fish belong to one single family. So some individual research may be needed to get the right species. Here are some important types of fish you should know about.

Catfish

CatfishThis fish type can be identified easily as there are no scales on them. Instead you can find thick armor like skin. Mostly catfish are added to aquarium for their scavenger characteristic. But some species may have a different eating habit. The main thing to note is finding the right catfish for your tank.  For community tanks, the smaller varieties are used, while the larger piranha types are best suited for experts in the aquarium field. With a large tank, a complete filtration by an efficient fish tank filter is necessary to keep the fish healthy and vibrant.

Cichlids

This type of fish is found in Asia, Africa and topical Americas. These are popular for their bright hues and diverse habitat. But since these are aggressive and guard their young ones safely, adding them to other species is not advisable. But species such as angelfish do manage well with the Cichlids.

Cypriniforms

These include goldfish, loaches, rasboras, sharks, danios, barbs and koi. You can find both cold water and tropical types. These are sociable and great for community tanks.

Labryinth fish

This type includes combtails, fighting fish, gouramis and paradise fish. The fish are hardy, tiny and peaceful, hence are right form community aquariums.

Rainbow fish

This type has an iridescent nature enabling the fish to change colors, when they pass under light.

When you choose the right type of fish for your tank and see to the maintenance properly, you will have healthy and appealing aquarium that brings joy to everyone looking at it.

Coffee, Tea and Karaoke

Coffee, Tea and Karaoke

What could be more relaxing than an easy afternoon with nothing to do, nowhere to be and no obligations to worry about satisfying before the sun goes down? Maybe having a good book to curl up with at such a time would be perfect for some people. But a nice drink can do a lot to enhance a quiet, peaceful evening. Or it could just be something to wet your whistle and get you ready to start singing. Coffee, tea and karaoke could make for a pretty interesting night if you’re hanging out with friends and you’re all keen on singing, but not necessarily singing well.

So, what might be the best coffee or tea for such an evening? You’ll want to stay away from drier drinks, of course. That’s not to say that coffee or tea are really “dry” in the lack of any moisture sense, but more that they can leave the drinker’s mouth feeling dry after they pull the water out of it. Especially dark, strong coffees and colorful teas made with a high volume of leaf might seem like a good idea for a long night being full of caffeine like they are. But these are the worst drinks if you’re trying to sing for hours because they make that an inherently difficult thing to do.

As for the types of music, that depends entirely on the tastes of you and your guests, if you’re going to be having any. If it’s just a solo thing, sing whatever you like and don’t worry about catering to anyone else; make it a night just for you. On the other hand, if you have a handful of people coming and you know their musical tastes, try to pin down songs that everyone will like, make a list of those and then use that list as a sort of program for the evening. You’ll need to do this ahead of time so you can feed songs and lyrics into your favorite karaoke machine.

Nothing could make a better complement to a night which is all about taking it easy and enjoying yourself than the right food. Naturally it should be some kind of comfort food, whatever it is you remember fondly and still enjoy eating as an adult will do the trick. Some people really like peanut butter and jelly while others can’t get enough of canned chicken soup. It might be a good idea to poll your friends about the food choice as well if you’ll be having people over, or invite them to bring dishes of their own for a sort of potluck.

Last but certainly not least of all is the karaoke machine itself. You need something which will do all the things you want it to do, as well as a device which is easy enough to learn to operate that you won’t run into any hitches during your get together. You could take your chances and just buy whatever, figuring it out as you pull it from the box. But it might be better to check out Karaoke Isle and read some product reviews first.

Have a Relaxing Swim

Have a Relaxing Swim

There are so many studies stating that occasional exercise is great for stress relief and conducive to feeling good in general that the point is pretty much categorical now. With that in mind, what could be more relaxing and chill than going for a nice swim? As a form of exercise, swimming is a low-impact option that will be easy on your joints, but also one of the best of all exercises for getting all your muscle groups and regions working at the same time. The only problem with going swimming is the fact the weather is cooling down now as winter approaches.

Have a Relaxing SwimNow, if you’re using an indoor pool, the cold weather outside is no concern at all. You can go take a dip whenever you feel like it and damn the snow outside. But if you’re using an outdoor pool, that’s a different story. Icy water isn’t fun at all to swim in, and that’s the truth even if you’re one of those Polar Bear types who get a kick from jumping into freezing water in the middle of the winter. Swimming is great exercise, yes, but if you want to go swimming any time before spring rolls around again, you’ll probably need some sort of pool heater to keep your water warm and hospitable.

As for the heaters, there are really too many different options to list them all here. If you head on over to Pool Home School you can see dozens of different makes, models and manufacturers. The site has a ton of reviews on the products listed too, so it’s pretty informative on the subject. When shopping for a pool heater, you’ll want to consider a few factors, like how much swimming you actually intend to do, the power source for the heater, and how the heater actually makes the pool water warm. Different pool heaters work in different ways.

Getting back to exercise and how it can help you to relax though, a lot of people carry tension in them. There’s mental tension, like stressing over a job or an argument you had with someone, that sort of thing. There’s physical tension too, like sore muscles and joints that come with physically demanding work or injuries. Swimming is pretty much the perfect exercise for dealing with both types of tension, and an excellent way to relieve stress, which is actually the culprit behind much of the suffering in men and women today. Who would have thought that you could just click here to finally fix it?

Well it’s really not that surprising. Besides war, famine and the occasional plague, there really wasn’t much in the way of stress for people back when we were all farmers working somebody else’s land. That’s not saying we should all go back to being serfs or anything. But it wouldn’t hurt to add some more physical activity to your life, and it doesn’t even need to be strenuous like growing crops. You could just go for a relaxing swim and handle it that way.