• When do we speak of Domestic Abuse and Violence?

    When do we speak of domestic abuse and violence? The NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic violence) describes it as the “physical assault, willful intimidation, sexual assault, battery, and/or any other abusive behavior that’s perpetrated by an intimate partner toward or against another.”

    Often, domestic abuse is characterized by physical abuse accompanied by mental and/or emotional abuse, controlling behavior, and dominance. The following video explains a lot as Emma Murphy tells about how she broke her silence about domestic violence at a recent TEDxUniversityofNicosia event.

    Domestic abuse and violence have been on the rise since the beginning of time. Increasingly, in the 20th and 21st centuries, advocates have spoken out on behalf of domestic abuse victims.  Laws have also been enacted to protect victims, but domestic abuse and violence are still under-represented in legislation and enforcement of the domestic abuse laws.

  • Domestic Abuse and Violence

    Have you ever met up with a friend you haven’t seen for a long time because you thought she was avoiding you, and she had bruises on her face? Have you wanted to ask her why she had them, but you weren’t sure how to approach it?

    Did you think deep inside she was being abused by her spouse but was not sure how to ask her if she was or not? Check out this Dr. Phil video for more explanation:

    Most women who are going through this do not tell anyone what they are going through, some have spent many hours, days, or even weeks in the hospital from being abused by their spouses.

    Women who are going through this are not able to say anything for fear of what could happen to them if they do say anything, and it happens more than you think. Ask them if there is something they would like to talk about, try to get them to talk to you and tell you what is going on. You could possibly save their lives.

  • Use Yoga To Improve Relationships

    The main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body, and spirit are all one entity that cannot be clearly separated. Each of these components represents the three major building blocks of a relationship: mental attraction, physical attraction, and a personal connection.

    Practicing yoga helps connect us to our truest selves, and many of the lessons learned on the mat can be applied to our relationships in the real world. See also this video that explains in what way women can best use Yoga to improve relationships:

    Create a Strong Foundation

    In yoga, strong poses are built from a firm and level foundation. As Yoga Journal quotes the old adage, “As the foundation is laid, so the walls of the house will rise.” Although this can take years of practice, it’s always well worth the effort.

  • Homemade Cottage Cheese – Why it is so good for you

    I am a big fan of homemade cottage cheese!! Why? First of all, you don’t have to prepare anything. If you get hungry you just open the lid and start eating! I also love it because it is high in casein protein and therefore keeps you full but doesn’t have a lot of fat.

    But why is cottage cheese good for you and what is it? I don’t want to bore you with all the details about the production of this protein-bomb. So let’s keep it simple and let’s just say it’s a cheese curd product and you usually find it between the yogurt and the chocolate milk in the supermarket. 🙂

    Like most of the other products in our modern world, it comes as either no-fat, low-fat or regular-fat variation. The important thing to know here is that most of the low-fat cottage cheeses contain added sugar.

    This is because low-fat products, in general, lose a lot of their taste (fat is a flavor carrier) and to fight the occurring tastelessness the sugar comes into play. So make sure you take a look at the list of ingredients before you decide for a certain brand.

  • Healthy Lifestyle and Toxic Noise

    What type of Lifestyle do you have? Would you like to find out how you could improve yours? Healthy lifestyles can dramatically improve out health, our appearance, our confidence and the way we look to others can be enhanced by healthy lifestyles.

    You will find new energy to complete everyday tasks and challenges, plus all the other activities you want to participate in and enjoy life. In my years in college, I learned already that it comes from your healthy lifestyles.

    Adapting to our surroundings e.g. your job, the environment you work in, where you live – a city, town or village, the type of building you live in – tower block, house, bungalow or flat. Everything around us has an effect on our healthy lifestyles.

    So How Can You Achieve, Improve or Develop a Healthy Lifestyle?

    Healthy Lifestyles are achieved by a combination of different actions and activities on an everyday basis. These actions can be very subtle or quite drastic dependent on your current lifestyle now.

    A certain amount of consistency and continuity will develop into new habits very quickly and you will definitely start to feel a difference very soon if you persevere.

  • Heart Attacks in Women

    Heart attacks used to be a man’s disease. This adage is no longer true. With the additional stress women are experiencing with juggling a career, parenting, running a home, feeding, clothing and educating their families, women are becoming increasingly susceptible to this man’s disease. However, it is very important to note that the systems differ in gender for men and women with heart problems.

    Take also a close look and listen to this video in which Malissa Wood, MD (Director of Mass General Heart Center’s Women Heart Health Program) talks about how symptoms of heart attacks may differ between men and women and what the risks are. She explains about unique women heart attack symptoms and how and why heart disease treatment should be gender-specific.

    Women who are pre-menopausal have very few heart attacks. The exceptions are smokers, diabetics, and women who are on the pill long-term. The largest risk factor by far is smokers. The following symptoms are the most prevalent indicators of possible heart problems amongst women.

  • Dieting – Could it be a thing of the past?

    We are now entering a period in time where more and more women have become ‘size acceptant’ and no longer acquiesce in the thin-is-in notion.

    Contrary to what the fashion industry has indicated for the past few decades, we are now recognizing that not all women are 5 ft. 8 inches tall and weigh 125 lbs (58 kilos), nor are we supposed to be!

    The key to attaining your ‘ideal’ weight is through a balanced (there’s that word again) weight management plan. Numerous studies indicate that when women diet continuously (yo-yo dieting), the result, both physically and emotionally, is adverse.

    Metabolism, for example, is altered as a result of the body trying to conserve fat on a low calorie or low-fat diet. And feelings of low self-esteem as a result from ‘failing’ at diet after diet are also common amongst perpetual dieters.

    The truth is, most diets:
    – become boring as a result of having to follow strict eating regimes
    – do not fit into the average person’s lifestyle
    – cause the dieter to become hungry
    – do not teach people how to manage their weight once the diet ceases

  • How to stay young and happy

    Nowadays, every woman is very conscious about her looks so that she can become the cynosure of all eyes and she becomes the center of attraction but wrinkles cause a problem as they increase your age and you tend to look old and frail and this increases the importance of reducing wrinkles and one of the many ways to tackle this problem is to use effective anti-wrinkle creams which make you look younger and brighter.

    Finding a suitable wrinkle cream is not an easy task and the importance of finding a proper wrinkle cream lies in the fact that every product which is of that type makes tall claims of using exclusive ingredients and significantly advanced formulas.

    However, the truth surrounding such creams falling under this category is that most of the active ingredients are absent and these active ingredients are absolutely essential for decreasing the signals of aging and there can also be the absence of those types of active ingredients that are necessary for the wrinkle creams to work effectively.

  • Women and Hair Loss

    Men in popular media have a lot of role models that are balding or bald. Women, on the other hand, do not have this to look at. Yes, the truth is there have been several stars down through the years on TV and in the limelight that have been women and have been bald.

    Unfortunately, they all were looked on as strange, odd, or abnormal. There are not any stars out there that promote being bald and being a beautiful woman. It is either all or nothing. This is the same way that most women think about their own looks. Hair as always been tied into self-worth and beauty.

    Fortunately, what most women forget is that it does not have to be like this. Female pattern baldness is something that can be helped. The first thing to do is to examine the causes and find out which of them apply to you. Causes of female pattern baldness are not that much different from that of male pattern baldness.

  • 7 thinking errors we often make…

    We all make mistakes. Once bitten twice shy? Unfortunately, that does not hold when it comes to thinking. We do not recognize thinking errors as such. By thinking about how you think you can avoid these mistakes.

    Your brain loves shortcuts. Finding answers takes time, time you can use for many other purposes. The downside of shortcuts is that they can – and often will – give you the wrong answer. Below you find seven common mistakes.

    Tying the wrong concepts together

    • Confusing causation and correlation: When two things happen at the same moment, or when one thing happens just before the other, the conclusion that the one caused the other is easily made. Yet both events can be caused by something else as was evident in Brasil when the first efforts were implemented to roll out the Internet in that country (beware: the article is in Portuguese). Rain and lightning go together, but there is no causal relation.
    • Over-generalization: what is true for one is not per se true for all. If you and three of your friends enjoyed a day at the beach, it does not mean everybody likes that. And the fact that some people committed fraud is no reason to believe everyone does (it is a reason to be cautious though).
    • Nothing happened – yet: evidence is needed to be sure something happened, but lack of evidence can also mean there is no evidence yet. If nothing happened in the past this is no guarantee nothing will ever happen. Stating that you have never been in a car accident is no reason not to wear seatbelts.