Health

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Biodots an aid to relaxation

Biodots are particularly useful as biofeedback aids during relaxation training, motivating the user and providing reassurance that they have achieved relaxation and stress reduction. Use them when you try the progressive or deep muscular relaxation and meditation methods described below. Do not become concerned if your biodot does not change colour after relaxation training. It […] Read more

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Assessing your signs and symptoms

Before we describe the physical, mental and behavioural signs and symptoms of distress, you can assess some of your own signs and symptoms by completing the questionnaire on page 62. For this questionnaire we have selected some of the more usually manifested signs and symptoms. The ability to recognize and monitor the signs and symptoms […] Read more

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Procedure for deep muscular relaxation

Allow 15 minutes. Place a biodot on your hand and note the colour. Sit comfortably well back in the chair so your back is supported and both feet rest flat on the floor a little way apart. Rest your arms in your lap. Keep your head straight with your chin parallel to the floor. Your […] Read more

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The outward signs of hormone activity

We have described how the stress response is mediated via different chemicals, notably noradrenaline, adrenaline and cortisol, so that different body actions can take place. It is possible to identify those signs in the body and mind which are produced by the action of noradrenaline, adrenaline or cortisol. Noradrenaline Noradrenaline is associated with aggression and […] Read more

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Vitamins

It is also advisable to make sure you have enough Vitamin B complex (comprising several different B vitamins), Vitamin E and Vitamin C in your diet, particularly when you feel pressured and stressed. These vitamins are required for a number of vital body processes. Vitamin C is required for fighting infections and wound healing, and […] Read more

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Sunburn

The best protection against sunburn is to avoid excess exposure to the sun’s rays. Repeated sunburn might cause skin cancer, premature aging, and wrinkles. Nutrients related to wound healing are also important in the healing of burned skin. These include vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, folic acid, vitamin B12, other B vitamins, vitamin E, and […] Read more

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AIAI to ASAS

There are a number of ways of tackling this and they all take time to learn and practise; there is no quick way to unlearn or modify what has taken years to learn. Drilling As a start, set yourself drills aimed to make you do the opposite to what you normally do. For example, if […] Read more

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Stress, cholesterol and heart disease

Noradrenaline, adrenaline, cortisol and other hormones help mobilize glucose and fats from the body stores, so increasing blood glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels. A high level of circulating blood cholesterol is considered a coronary heart disease risk factor because cholesterol is a major component of plaque. Damage to the inner lining of the blood […] Read more

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Anger control

If you feel yourself starting to take the bait, then say âœstopâ. Detach yourself from the situation and analyse your behaviour and feelings. Ask yourself, âœWhat provoked me?â. Identify the causes of your anger and the beliefs, attitudes and feelings that led you to take the bait. Now replay the situation again in your mind […] Read more

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Nutritional Cosmetics

Food provides nourishment through intestinal absorption and metabolic processes within each cell. Certain foods, in addition to their nutrient content, can be beneficial when applied to the skin. Apples contain a compound called malic acid that is a natural moisturiser. The lactic acid in sour milk, the citric acid in oranges, and the glycolic acid […] Read more