December 30, 2007
Most of us will make a New Year’s resolution. Some will decide to quit smoking or lose weight but only one in 10 of them will succeed, say researchers.
According to UK psychologists report all is not lost. It is possible to boost the chances of success in seeing the resolution reach a happy ending. A year-long study of 3,000 people found men should set specific goals and women should tell the world about their resolution if they are to succeed.
The key for everyone is not to leave the decision to New Year’s Eve. Study leader Professor Richard Wiseman who is based at the University of Hertfordshire found more than half of those in the study believed they would be able to stick to their resolution. But by the end of the year, just 12% had been successful. Giving up smoking seemed to be the hardest goal to stick to, with three-quarters of people lighting up again in the New Year.
Professor Wiseman said it was possible to increase the likelihood you will keep your resolution. “Deciding to revisit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment. Choose something new or approach an old problem in a new way. Think through exactly what you will do, where you will do it and at what time. He said those who made vague plans were more likely to fail.
This was a scientific approach to the whole understanding and sticking to the New Year’s resolution. My two cents to this is – decide on how important it is for you to make the change. It could a simple thing like “Controlling your anger” If you decide that this year you will not turn red each time someone crosses you, then remind yourself constantly of your resolution. Words like “Be calm”, “Control” or any such terms that will help you remain calm should be used.
Make up your mind that you will not lose your temper no matter what, will really work if you seriously want to do it. Such practices used to give up any vice like smoking, drinking or gambling will definitely work but you need understand the mechanics of your own habits and traits.
So best of luck and here is wishing all our readers a very Happy And Prosperous New Year from all of us at An Abyss Of Imagination. We hope you will continue visiting our blog and encourage us with your feedback and suggestions.
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December 29, 2007
Cold, wet autumn and winter weather often leads to back problems but that doesn’t mean sufferers should lay back and hope the pain will go away. When it comes to the spine, rest and relaxation can quickly lead to poor posture and muscle degradation, warns the Munich-based German Spinal League. Further problems may hit the vertebrae and spinal discs. Light activity is good for the spine.
A cycle of exercising and relaxing the spine creates a pumping activity whereby spinal discs soak up water and nutrients like a sponge. According to Reinhold Schneiderhan, president of the league, “walking, Nordic walking, cross country skiing and regular swimming are all healthy for the back. Even a relaxed wintertime walk can do some good.”
December 27, 2007
Many people tend to suffer from post holiday blues. If you are one of them then here are some helpful pointers that you should be aware of to steer your life and bounce back with cheer to last you till the next year end. Many people overeat and over-drink during holidays.
Post holiday depression can be tackled with eating right and staying healthy, according to Gary L Malone, the medical director and chief of behavioral health at Baylor All Saints Medical Centre at Fort Worth.He said, “Raid your pantry and toss any leftover holiday treats. Eating a balanced diet will give you more energy and will make you feel better. Cut back on caffeine if you’re having trouble sleeping, and limit your alcohol intake. Excessive consumption contributes to depression.
“Do physical activity because it releases feel-good chemicals in your body that help make you happier. Plus it will help you get rid of those extra pounds you gained during the holiday season. If the winter weather is keeping you from your regular fitness routine take it inside. Walk the inside perimeter of a mall or join a gymnasium. Many offer New Year’s specials.” Malone also stresses that sharing feelings is essential. Avoid bottling up your feelings. Confide in a trusted friend or family member. Often just talking about what’s bothering you can be a big relief. Your confidant may be able to offer a realistic perspective on what you are going through. Know when to ask for help.
If your post-holiday blues don’t go away or of you experience physical symptoms of depression, talk with your doctor. Treatments are available and maybe include antidepressants and therapy.
Learn and understand the signs and symptoms of depression- Depression, The Silent Killer.