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Good News: There’s nothing like deep breathing, You should try!

In Activity, Health, Life, Psychology, Teplok Good News on September 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Deep breathing involves flexing your diaphragm while taking deep, even breathes. When done correctly deep breathing can be therapeutic and have noticeable health benefits. With enough practice it can even become your standard way of breathing. Deep breathing is very often used as therapy for problems like hyperventilation and anxiety disorders. By simply adding a few minutes of deep breathing here and there through your day you can greatly increase your health while decreasing your stress.

How does deep breathing help your general health? Well first off it can reduce stress. When stressed people have the tendency to take shallow breathes. Some studies can shown that a fast breathing rate is linked to high blood pressure To relax you do the opposite. In the same vein of thought it can help to clear and focus your mind. Deep breathing can increase your energy level and helps turn off racing thoughts.

Deep breathing also releases endorphines into the system. These are our bodies natural painkillers. This can help relieve general aches and pains, as well as help ease problems with sleeplessness. Deep breathing also relaxes muscles, a major cause of neck, back and stomach pains. Some studies have shown that deep breathing can also benefit asthma sufferers. This is partly because deep breathing can strengthen weak abdominal and intestinal muscles, and who doesn’t want that?

To try deep breathing you must draw air into the lungs while expanding the stomach rather than your chest. Sit or lie down somewhere quiet and get comfortable. To be able to feel the difference between your regular breathing and the deep breathing you can place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. This will let you feel when you are breathing correctly.

Take breathes that are long and slow. This gives the body the ability to absorb more of the inhaled oxygen. Breath in through your nose, nice and slow. Exhale through pursed lips just as slowly. As you breath feel the motion of your stomach. If your rib cage is expanding, keep trying and focus on breathing with your diaphragm. Relax and repeat until you are comfortable. If you don’t get it right away, don’t worry. This is supposed to relax you, so do not let it cause stress. Try again later if you become frustrated.

After you become comfortable with the exercises, take them on the road. Try to make deep breathing a habit. You can do it while driving to work, sitting at your desk working, waiting in line sitting, while watching television, just about anytime. at the computer, standing in line at the grocery store, sitting in traffic. It can help deal with the stress of daily life.

Good News: Contagious and Healthy? It’s Yawning!

In Health, Life, Teplok Good News on September 29, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Though it is said that Yawning is often connected to sleepiness.Yawning is not just a human response. Most animals yawn as it provides relaxation too.Technically, a yawning is a reflex widening of the mouth which is followed by the the process of deep inhalation and slow exhalation of oxygen .

It is an involuntary reflex action controlled by the spinal and nerve centers of our body.A yawn lasts about six seconds.One should very well know about the physical benefits of yawning,it is generally seen on a plane, as it aids to balance the air pressure between your middle ear and cabin air during take off and landing of the airplane.thus we notice that we yawn because oxygen levels in our lungs is ow.A wide prolonged yawn has some benefits. It helps in exercising our jaw and facial muscles and stretches our lungs too. It also increases blood flow to the brain, raises our heart rate and helps with breathing. The out come is that we feel a little more awake after wards.

Researchers has also found out that our brain burns up to 33% of the calories we consume and generate heat.yawning cools our brain cells as it is involved in a process of long inhaling of oxygen and thus make them more efficient as it is known fact by know that oxygen activates the cells ,It has also been found that the process of yawning increases the blood flow and helps maintaining the optimum level of functioning ,They say we are hard wired to yawning .It helps us to stay alert and protect our self from danger.

Finding show that fetuses have been observed yawning in the womb,even though they don’t inhale oxygen in through their lungs.Moreover it is also observed that we yawn when we get up in the morning, even after a good night’s rest.May be we start a day with a long yawning because inhaling plenty of oxygen help us to activate our mind for a day’s work.

Studies have shown that during our normal, at-rest breathing position, we often don’t use our lung to their full capacity and breathe enough air,our body typically just use the air sacs at the bottom of the lungs, these air sacs called alveoli,when do not get enough fresh air, they partially collapse and our lungs stiffen a bit. As a result,our brain send message to our body to take a yawn to get more air into the lungs by deep breathing.

Good News: Teplok Good Words was being launched! Join with us now!

In Teplok Good News on September 28, 2009 at 10:09 am
Today we tried to spread our wings by launching Facebook Page of Teplok called Teplok Good Words. This kind is different from Teplok Good News Blog. Teplok Good Words will be more touching to life by giving some words that will make you feel better of yourself. It’s a kind of self-improvement program. We try to make everyone proud of themselves and start the day with huge smile on their face.

Is it a happiness to you when you see someone you love smiles and being proud of his/herself, isn’t it? And sure it’s a happiness for her/him to see you smile and being proud of yourself.

We’ll try our best to serve you on this, and we really need your help to do the same by submitting your great words to us through email (the address is below every posts) or wall post.

Teplok Good Words also serves you to promote your blog post to all members, and the terms quietly simple: your post must be a good news to everyone. Just email us or contact to the administrator.

In addition, to make easier and more understandable, we’ll write words with 2 laguages, Indonesian and english.

So this is the time for becoming happy!!! Join with Us! and light everyone!

Good News: Express yourself by Painting! Get the relaxation!

In Activity, Environtmental, Life, Psychology on September 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Painting is a good expressive activity. It has good benefits to our mind. And Quite literally, painting will change your life. You will gain self-esteem and a confidence you never knew you possessed. Painting provides an excellent source of personal relaxation and even physical therapy.

It allows you to associate creativity with every aspect of your life, not just on the canvas. Many have been led to find pleasure in music, reading, writing, sewing, gardening and much, much more as a result of painting. Through painting you will discover in yourself a greater awareness of the beauty of nature.

Good News : Screaming as loud as you can! and your stress will go away!

In Activity, Life, Psychology, Teplok Good News on September 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm

It’s not a secret how highlights screaming can be so effective to reduce our stress. So many people agree of this statement because everyone can do it themselves. Some studies find that highlights screaming is one of the most effective and cheapest ways to reduce stress and increase your chances of passion between the sheets.

And The research assessed the physiological and physical benefits of having a good scream and the results were very positive for both domestic and work scenarios. All 10 of the volunteers in the study had their stress levels fall sharply following a brief scream and couples reported feeling more loving and passionate towards one another afterwards.

Other key benefits from screaming highlighted in the report include:

  • Increasing strength and stamina
  • Reducing tensions
  • Feeling less inhibited
  • Burning off calories
  • Drawing couples together
  • Feeling more energetic and exhilarated

The problem is, in today’s society, there are very few acceptable opportunities for letting out a full-throated scream. However, you still can freely do this such as going to a beach, mountain or even in your bed room. Screaming whether at home, at work or in the car will leave a you in a better frame of mind to cope with life’s unavoidable stresses and strains and could even put the passion back into an uninspiring sex life.

Good News: And Now It’s necessary to have a Pet in Your Home!

In Life, Psychology, Teplok Good News on September 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm

The companionship of a pet is something man-kind has done for thousands of years. Dogs have worked by our sides, and provided us with endless affection and love. There is an incredible bond between human and furry companion that can’t always be explained. Most of the time it can only be felt with the heart.

Not only do animals provide us with physical and social benefits, they also work on an emotional level that enriches our lives. The following are just some of the ways a pet will help provide more meaning, balance and structure to your daily life.

Nurturing a pet makes you feel needed. It gives you a reason to get up on days you may not feel like it. The dog needs to be fed and let out. Having this responsibility gives you a sense of accomplishment. The wonderful thing about a pet is they are always so happy you care for them and they ask for nothing in return. For senior citizens, having an animal can help take away their loneliness and give them a reason for living.

You feel safer when a pet, especially a dog, is with you at home. If you tend to not like to be alone when your spouse is gone, having a dog may help you feel less anxious because you feel safe knowing your dog will protect you.

The stress of your day will just melt away when you open your front door to a wagging tail. You can’t help but smile when your dog is happy to see you. Petting your dog can melt away your problems and worries and possibly help you put all your challenges into perspective.

Animals can help you if you are grieving the death of someone close to you. If you don’t have the emotional support you need, a pet can help you feel less depressed. Just the mere presence of your pet will give you hope. They will motivate you to look for the good in all situations.

A pet provides the much needed importance of touch. Having a cat to stroke, or dog to pet, nurtures you physically and emotionally to the powerful healing a touch has. They help you feel connected to something bigger than yourself.

Walking your dog daily not only has a positive effect on your physical health, it gets you out and meeting others in your neighborhood. Dogs are natural at making friends, furry or human. This can help you feel less lonely and also feel connected to others around you.

Even though we may not want to admit it, we all crave structure in our lives. Pets help keep our lives in order and keep us on a routine.

Acceptance of others and not judging is something animals teach us all the time. Also animals accept death as part of life, and that can help us with not fearing death and taking our queue from them.

Pets don’t ever judge, they make us laugh with their funny antics, always trust and love us unconditionally, make us feel needed and are always willing to just sit and listen. With all these qualities, I think you can see why they have such a powerful and positive impact on our lives.

Good News: Recycling started from your Home, it’s so easy!

In Activity, Environtmental, Go Green, Teplok Good News on September 24, 2009 at 9:03 am

Studies show that the more we consume the more trash we generate. Landfills and incineration are two major ways of trash disposal. However, landfills take up space and can create health risks for the communities by which they are located. Incineration burns waste however, it also can create air pollution. An alternative to generating tons of trash every year is recycling. Recycling reduces trash and is economical.

Many things people discard as refuse can be reused in many different ways. Reusing things makes it unnecessary to use valuable resources to create new product. The number of post consumer products on store shelves is increasing. You can do your part by starting it in the home. Recycling is easy, will save you money, and can even be fun for the whole family.

There are different kinds of recycling. There is recycling of paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, and even car oil. Bleached paper and newsprint recycling reduces the amount of trees that are cut down. Plastic can be recycled into other plastics. Glass can be melted down and made into many different forms from drinking glasses to glass fiber. Aluminum can be recycled into other cans, foil, and even wrapping paper. Most do not realize that even car oil can be burned for energy recovery and/or recycled and re-used.

In the home it is easy to recycle your used plastics, cans, paper, and glass. It is not necessary to buy expensive multi-sectioned containers or take up an entire room or garage. Recycling can be done in a corner of a kitchen. A couple of boxes in a corner or a couple of regular kitchen trashcans are sufficient.

To recycle aluminum cans, simply rinse them out after use, and toss into the container you set aside for aluminum. The same can be done with your daily newspaper after you read it—just toss it aside into your designated area.

Newspaper does not require any preparation. With glass, it is imperative that you clean it before setting it aside. Remove any wrappings and thoroughly wash any glass that has food remnants. Also thoroughly wash any glass that has held any sort of cleansing product or otherwise noxious substance. For plastic it is helpful to look on the bottom of containers to make sure they are indeed recyclable plastics. The recycling symbol is a triangle made with three arrows going clockwise. Many times there is a number in the middle that is used by recycling plants.

Car oil takes a little more preparation. If you change your own car oil at home, be sure to store it in an appropriate container. A suitable and safe container can be purchased at an auto parts store, gas station, or the automotive sections of stores like Wal-Mart and K-mart. Be sure that the oil is not spilled and never pour it down a sink or drain. The easiest thing to do is to take it to a service station unless you have an oil recycling center near you. For the things other than oil, locate recycling centers in your phone book or you can check with local chain stores. If you are near a university or college, you can usually find recycling bins around and near campus. Moreover some cities have recycling as part of the weekly trash pick-up and even provide containers. Find out if that may be the case in your neighborhood. A special perk of aluminum can recycling is that many times you can get a small amount of money for the cans. Some states have set amounts per can and some areas pay by the weight of the aluminum.

By recycling you are helping the environment and helping yourself. Recycling helps reduce cost that companies pass on to the consumer, reduces the number of trash bags you purchase for your home, and even puts you in a creative mindset to reuse your refuse. For example, instead of washing out a bottle for recycling you may decide to turn it into a lamp. Recycling will change your life in a good way. See how creative you can be.

Good News : Forgiving, Why not?

In Health, Life, Psychology, Teplok Good News on September 23, 2009 at 2:34 am

Betrayal, aggression, and just plain insensitivity: People can hurt us in a million ways, and forgiveness isn’t always easy. Whether you’ve been cut off in traffic, slighted by your mother-in-law, betrayed by a spouse, or badmouthed by a co-worker, most of us are faced with a variety of situations that we can choose to ruminate over or forgive. But forgiveness, like so many things in life, is easier said than done.

Forgiveness can be a challenge for several reasons. Sometimes forgiveness can be confused with condoning what someone has done to us: “That’s OK. Why not do it again?” Forgiveness can be difficult when the person who wronged us doesn’t seem to deserve our forgiveness — it’s hard to remember that forgiveness benefits the forgiver more than the one who is forgiven. Ultimately, forgiveness is especially challenging because it’s hard to let go of what’s happened. However, it’s important to let go and forgive. Here are some reasons why:

* Forgiveness is good for your heart — literally. One study from the Journal of Behavioral Medicine found forgiveness to be associated with lower heart rate and blood pressure as well as stress relief. This can bring long-term health benefits for your heart and overall health.

* A later study found forgiveness to be positively associated with five measures of health: physical symptoms, medications used, sleep quality, fatigue, and somatic complaints. It seems that the reduction in negative affect (depressive symptoms), strengthened spirituality, conflict management and stress relief one finds through forgiveness all have a significant impact on overall health.

* A third study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, found that forgiveness not only restores positive thoughts, feelings and behaviors toward the offending party (in other words, forgiveness restores the relationship to its previous positive state), but the benefits of forgiveness spill over to positive behaviors toward others outside of the relationship. Forgiveness is associated with more volunteerism, donating to charity, and other altruistic behaviors. (And the converse is true of non-forgiveness.)

So, to sum it up, forgiveness is good for your body, your relationships, and your place in the world. That’s reason enough to convince virtually anyone to do the work of letting go of anger and working on forgiveness.

See this article for some simple strategies on how to forgive, or scroll down for more resources.

Sources:

http://stress.about.com/od/relationships/a/forgiveness.htm

Karremans JC, Van Lange PA, Holland RW. Forgiveness and its associations with prosocial thinking, feeling, and doing beyond the relationship with the offender. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, October 2005.

Lawler KA, Younger JW, Piferi RL, Billington E, Jobe R, Edmondson K, Jones WH. A change of heart: cardiovascular correlates of forgiveness in response to interpersonal conflict. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Octover 2003.

Lawler KA, Younger JW, Piferi RL, Jobe RL, Edmondson KA, Jones WH. The unique effects of forgiveness on health: an exploration of pathways. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, April 2005.

Good News : I Have Forgiven You All, Hahahaha (Just Kidding Friends :)

In Teplok Good News on September 17, 2009 at 11:32 am

Tonight is the last night of my online activity before getting 5 days off for holiday. This is a special holiday I’ve been waiting for, the most happiest day in each year, and the day I’d never try to forget though I could never truly keep those moments in mind. And it’s so meaningless if we’re not forgiving each other for our mistakes, that is it!

So, I hope you all forgive me and all the Teplok crew for our mistakes, for being late of giving good news, for the articles that may hurt you, and for all the administrator has done to you all.

Thanks for sharing together with us, adore each others, lift up each others, laugh together. For me as an administrator of this blog, I’ve found a new world, new friends and everything so meaningful to me. Thanks all, forgive me please :D.

And sure you don’t need to knee to me that you become forgiven by me because I’ll never forgive you if you do that (LOL). I just need to pray you that God forgives you and clear yourself just like a new born baby because YOU NEVER DID ANY MISTAKE TO ME! Amiiiin

Good News: Complaining? Yes You Need

In Life, Psychology, Teplok Good News on September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am

It’s really hard when we try to resist complaining about anything bad around us. Sometimes it’s just like hiding a ready-to-blast bomb inside our head and make bad feelings. This is a natural thing.

Humans have a capability to see the right and the wrong. When we see anything disorder, our brain immediately knows it and then show image of correction inside our head and force us to do it, then if we can’t correct it and being disturbed, it gets us irritated. This is one of the reason why we need to complain.

When does complaining become a good thing?

Complaining is not resemble to the anger. Complaining becomes so useful if we do it creatively. Creative complaining isn’t attached by anger, it’s just to show how to do something well and point the wrong then being corrected. That’s it!

Creative complaining is healthy for individuals and groups. It exposes problems, generates actions to correct them, and keeps people’s energy high. As the process continues, people get honest about their resistance. It lets them hold new and unfamiliar changes at arm’s length until they realize it won’t hurt them. As we deal with new things, our actions become more positive, and defenses aren’t needed.

By way of summary, creative complaining means:

  • Be brief
  • Be clear
  • Be honest
  • Be humble and use humor
  • Avoid hurtful words.

What are the benefits of complaining?

One benefit is venting bad feelings. It really works for me, when everything gets right it feels like that the God loves us because we do it well!

Another benefit of complaining is that it highlights what’s wrong. If we don’t know something is broken, we can’t fix it. So complaining airs the problem. When I complain about something at home or work, I’ve developed a habit of stating the complaint once and then shutting up. Next I determine what I can do and take steps to correct it. Even if I can’t completely fix the problem, doing small things helps me feel better. Eventually, whatever I complained about is no longer broken; I’ve done what I can. If I can’t fix it, I think about something else.

Complaining brings people together in a common cause. And that is usually good because of the energy it generates. But gathering chronic complainers spreads negativity. Breaking the cycle means limiting the amount of time spent complaining. Keep time, and allow five minutes for complaints. When time expires, complaining stops; focus on what you can do. It’s been shown that when people act on a small part of a problem, they improve their well being and lower stress.

And that’s all! So, if you want to complain, become smart on doing it and it won’t take you into along bad feelings but satisfaction.