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Simple Guide to Sexy Legs

December 31, 2009 by  
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Unfortunately, most women have to think twice before sporting a sexy mini, thanks to cellulite, varicose veins and excess fat. But you can proudly flaunt your limbs too; just follow this guide.

Beauty Tricks

Brush off cellulite: The hormone oestrogen is partly to blame for fatty deposits, as well as lack of exercise and poor circulation.

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So give nature a helping hand with a body brush.

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In the shower, massage your calves and thighs with a brush that has rounded teeth. Have a close shave: Waxing is all very well, but the easiest and cheapest way to keep legs fuzzfree is with a razor. Shave downwards in the direction that the hair grows, then upwards for a close finish. Prevent ingrowth by massaging with an exfoliating cloth every day.

Food for Firmer Pins

Beat salt: A high salt diet is known to cause fluid retention, so ditch sodium-rich foods such as crisps, ready meals and Chinese take-out. Eat away the bumps: Oily fish such as salmon, fresh tuna and mackerel are packed with omega-3 fats, which help the body shift flab while maintaining muscle tone. Get your greens: Spinach, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables help beat cellulite. Oats so simple: Tucking into oats in the form of porridge or cereal each morning can help beat the bloat. This is because they’re packed with soluble fibre, which boosts digestion and encourages the body to eliminate excess fluid.

Limb-Honinb Exercise Moves

Squat for slimmer thighs:

Try these ball squats everyday…

  1. Place a full water bottle on the floor with feet wide apart.
  2. Bend down and pick up bottle up.
  3. Bend again, place bottle on floor.
  4. Repeat in sets of six.

Skip for better Shape
Skipping with a rope for 10 minutes every other day is a great way to create some attractive curves, not to mention it’s a fun exercise.

Fashion Fixes

Get high and waisted: Skirts, shorts and cuffed pants that sit high on your waist will make your legs look longer and your bottom trimmer.

Be well-heeled: Strappy sandals visually cut the leg at the ankle and make it look shorter. Go for pumps and strappy sandals with no ankle straps.

Raise your hemline: If you don’t love your legs it can be tempting to hide them under calf-length skirts or shorts. But cuts that end on the widest part of your calf actually make your legs look thicker. So try and avoid that pitfall. Hemlines that end an inch or two above the knee create the illusion of slimmer legs without flashing too much thigh. Just the thing that you want.
Choose neutral shoes: To elongate the line of your legs, choose shoes in a neutral colour that’s similar to your natural skin tone. Actually, these days, you can even find sandals with sheer straps. Otherwise you can try pearl, beige, tan and brown. Even metallics make the legs look like they go on forever. Silver works for those with fair skin, while those with tanned or wheatish complexion can try bronze and silver

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Juggling work and home on an empty stomach

December 7, 2009 by  
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Perfection is a disease which afflicts all women. The more successful and good-looking you are, the more susceptible you become. Even before you know, you are a part of the race to get a fatter salary and thinner waist. And soon enough you’ve lost compassion, kindness and time. Only for yourself though. To the rest of the world, you are all these things and more.

You find the time for the family function, board meeting and the colleague’s final divorce hearing. You have the compassion to support a charity for your city marathon, the kindness to cover the back of your (once again) faltering team-mate…etc. etc. However, you don’t have the time to exercise, the compassion to spare yourself if your jeans don’t fit you anymore or if you miss the deadline for a presentation, or the kindness to feed your stomach with food at regular intervals. Compassion and kindness need to be directed towards yourself before they can have any serious effect on the outside world.

Success succeeds if it comes with a happy stomach, lean body and a calm mind. For your stomach to be happy you will need to plan the way ahead. The exact same skills that help you succeed as a working woman (knowing the pulse of your market, anticipating change or movement and preparing for the challenges in advance) will help you keep the stomach happy and the mind calm.

Haven’t we all experienced how a happy stomach (that which is not stuffed or starving) is the key to good reasoning and decision making? We have also experienced how a sad (starving or stuffed) stomach will lead to irritability, bloating, gas, headaches and all the other emotional wear and tear.

Here are four basic things that will help you keep the stomach happy:

  1. Never leave home without eating. If running late, grab a banana/ handful of dry fruits and eat on the way to car/ bus/ train.
  2. Always keep a jar of peanuts/Walnuts in the office. The jar should never be empty below the half-way mark.
  3. Plan a day in advance for your 4-6 pm meal. It could be a grilled sandwich… anything you fancy. But needs to be planned a day in advance and never at the last minute.
  4. Always keep at least one eatable in your handbag. This is your fall-back option. When you are stuck in traffic/ train delay/ boring meeting, you can sneak your snack down and calm your nerves. The snack could be a fruit, a pint of soy milk, or yougurt.

Calmer Mind

  1. Remember, food is the key. Mental peace is the privilege of only those whose stomachs are happy. So food is step one. If you are not committed to eating right, forget about mental peace or calm.
  2. Nothing works like regularity in going to bed and waking up. Try and go to bed at the same time every day and wake up at the same time daily.
  3. Don’t kill yourself over working out. Exercise works only on a well rested body. So if you are fighting fatigue after all the multitasking at home, work and social responsibilities, take a break and rest. Working out on a tired body invites injuries and some more fatigue.
  4. Know that stress and worry, even something as minor as traffic or bai not turning up, can push your body into a survival mode. This means that you start burning lesser calories from fat per minute.

So go easy on yourself and relieve yourself of perfection or the bane of multi-tasking. If your child forgot her math book in the car, or you got delayed by 15 minutes for an important meeting or the husband left a wet towel on the bed yet again, it’s still not the end of the world and it’s really not your fault.

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How is your Child Coping with Trauma

November 30, 2009 by  
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After any disaster usually the children are traumatised the most and the fact that they cannot always express themselves worsens it. Comprehending the magnitude of psychological and emotional disturbances is sometimes difficult when it comes to children. Usually there are evidences of acute stress disorder or secondary enuresis (bed-wetting – loss of bladder control). Then there are some kids who are scared and not ready to leave the house alone.

The healing process of the kids can begin if the parents know how to handle it well. Parents need to show the kids that they are in control of the situation and are not scared. If the children see their parents are scared then they will be affected more and much easily. 

Here are a few tips to help your child cope with the trauma better:

  • It is important for parents to gently explain what actually happened. They need to realise that there are different kinds of people in the world and some people who are not good harm others.
  • They should be encouraged to talk about the incident so that they can dispel doubts. However do not force your child to talk about it.
  • Catharsis is important. Encourage your child to vent out his/her feelings in various creative ways like drawing, painting or writing about it.
  •  Try and keep the child away form television channels that are very graphic and show gruesome details.
  •  Do not ignore symptoms like excessive irritability and unusual bed-wetting. Psychiatric help if needed should not be shied away from.
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Balance – Are you hanging in there?

June 26, 2009 by  
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Do you struggle to balance multiple hobbies, social activities, work and family life? With so many opportunities and limited time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Ultimately, in trying to keep options open, we can end up stretched thin and stressed out.

Letting Go of unimportant things

In studying how people make choices, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that we perceive relationships and objects as more valuable when we fear losing them. As a result, we spend time and energy staying connected to them to avoid feelings of loss. Often these people or things really are not a significant part of our lives.

Saying Goodbye to Possibilities

Choosing one job or one romantic partner over another might mean eliminating future possibilities. But, at the same time, it allows you to center on what is most important to you. While dealing with the initial loss is difficult, keeping too many doors open can be emotionally and physically draining – or can prevent you from making any choices at all.

 Staying Focused

By limiting your options and saying no to new commitments, you will likely feel less conflicted and can allow yourself to focus on what is most important. For a calmer, more satisfying lifestyle, re-evaluate how you spend your time. Prioritize social and volunteer commitments; give up those that are not fulfilling or are otherwise less important to you. Rethink timeconsuming hobbies that have lost their appeal. Trim holiday card lists – and even instant messaging lists – to only those with whom you want to remain in contact. Consider your current responsibilities before volunteering to take on new projects at work. Keep your children’s after-school activities in check – then enjoy some extra time relaxing together.

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12 tips to a Healthier Marriage

March 14, 2009 by  
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Whether you’ve been together three months, three years or three decades, relationships require active participation and good communication to stay strong. Avoid conflict, address challenges and make your love last with these 12 steps.

Building a Healthy Foundation

  • Take responsibility for your own joy. Your partner should bring light to your life, but it is unfair and unrealistic to expect him or her to provide your happiness.
  • Always show respect and acknowledge often what you love about your partner.
  • Resolve problems together. Open communication and creative solutions will strengthen your relationship.
  • Get help early on. The average married couple waits six years before seeking help for conflict. Reach out before problems seem insurmountable.

Fighting Fair

  • Be honest, but avoid criticism and belittling behaviors. Don’t judge, insult, blame or roll your eyes. Recognize differences, discuss disagreements and be willing to compromise.
  • Don’t suppress your feelings to avoid conflict. Research shows that those who stay quiet during marital arguments are at higher risk of depression and illness.
  • Listen without defensiveness. Consider how you can improve yourself rather than focusing on your partner’s mistakes.
  • Leave the past behind. Don’t repeatedly bring up past hurts and conflicts.  When you are hysterical don’t get historical.

Fostering Affection

  • Recognize each other’s contributions. Thank your partner; don’t assume that certain household responsibilities are his or her “job.” If the distribution of responsibilities feels uneven, record the chores you each complete. Then switch tasks for a month to better understand each other’s contributions.
  • Laugh and play together.
  • Take some solo time to reflect when conflicts push you apart. Then, with your partner, look for common ground and practice forgiveness.
  • Never take your partner for granted
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