Is Similarity Essential In Relationships?

Is Similarity Essential In Relationships? Find out!

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Let us rewind our lives a bit! Allow your mind to go back to the first day of college. How was the feeling? Were you comfortable that day? What made you feel at ease? The most probable answer would be that you found someone almost like you and bonded well with him or her and after that your world changed completely. You started enjoying college and were able to create sweet memories. Still remember all the fun that you had with your best buddies? This is what the company of similar people does to us!

Is Similarity Essential In Relationships?

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Similarity – an important factor in relationships

We all have the tendency to move towards the alike in the majority of our relations. There is a popular notion that opposites attract, but if you look back at life, you will realize that it is not very true.

The truth is that we all are attracted towards those who are either similar to us of are like our desired self. You may wonder why it is so.

This can be because of the 3 ways you experience yourself. In any human one kind of experiencing may be dominant.

Habitual type – Habits might control us

You could be under the control of your habits whereby you are comfortable as long as your habits are your master, no matter how effective it is. To the society you may appear rigid because you avoid changes. If you are of this type, you can be labeled as the ‘habitual type’.

Wannabe type – Wish to change

You can also be a kind of person who wishes to change in spite of limited exposure, opportunities and situations. You keep working hard to get better in some way or the other and hence are labeled as the wannabe type.

Rockstar type – Totally comfortable

If you are of the rockstar type, you could possibly be completely comfortable in your shoes. This makes you casual and totally comfortable.

Now, if you are the habitual type, you will be compelled to find someone similar to you. If you are the wannabe type, you will crave for someone who is like you but in a way better. And if you happen to be the rockstar type, you can share space with anyone but enjoy the company of someone similar. In all cases, the major factor is similarity.

Many relations of our life are not chosen by us. Rather they choose us. These can include parents, brother and sisters, relatives, children, teachers and colleagues. And if you have had an arranged marriage even your spouse would not be chosen by you. When you cannot choose these essential relations by yourself, how can you make them fulfilling and remain happy? Is there a way out?

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For the answer to the above question keep watching this space!

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Post Lunch Dip – What Is It?

What Is Post Lunch Dip?

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Tell me honestly, do you feel like working at your desk after downing 2 aloo paranthas for lunch? All you would think is how great things would be if you could curl up in your own bed. Does this happen to you often? Do you feel guilty about it? Are your colleagues making you the laughing stock of office? Too many questions 😛

The good news is that it happens to almost everyone and the actual question is why does it happen? Is it due to over-eating or the types of foods we choose or due to something else?

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What is the post lunch dip?

According to most nutritionists and dieticians, it is quite normal to feel sluggish after lunch. This phenomenon is so commonplace that there exists a term for it called ‘post lunch dip’.

There exist a lot of factors that contribute to this slump. The most common of them all is the process of digestion itself. When the process of digestion is on, numerous chemical changes take place in the body and that causes a huge portion of energy to get diverted to help with digestion.

Since your digestive system works overtime to break down food consumed and many metabolic processes kick in, the other brain and bodily function turn slower. This slowing down can give an individual a lethargic feeling.

Feel good hormones also matter

Another reason why you feel like a slug post-lunch is the spike in insulin production. The insulin production is more when you consume fatty and sugary foods. The levels of hormones such as serotonin and melatonin get elevated as a result. The feel good hormones are said to have a calming effect on the brain and also play a vital role in regulation of sleep.

Studies also prove that some foods may increase your drowsiness and make you want to fall asleep. For example, foods rich in carbs and proteins trigger the release of hormones that make you sleepy.

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Sleeping patterns matter

Another reason for your post-lunch slump that can be quite surprising is your sleeping pattern. It is actually very natural for you to feel like going to sleep 7 hours after you have woken up. It is said that the internal rhythmic cycles of the body enter the resting phase at this time i.e. lunch time. Being coupled with other physiological processes, it marks the beginning of your craving to sleep.

What is advised?

If you don’t want to get into your boss’s bad books and improve your productivity at work, it would be wise enough to stop over-eating and avoid foods with too much of sugar or fats. It would be wise enough to have something comparatively lighter for lunch and definitely skip the rasmalai. You can have them when you are off during weekends so that nobody will stop you from napping.

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Weight Loss Tricks That Harm You

Know About The Weight Loss Tricks That Harm You

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People take quite drastic measures to lose weight. They follow fad diets and try weird weight loss tricks. However, if you are someone who happens to follow common weight loss strategies (such as calorie counting) you should know that they can backfire. Most tricks can leave you irritable, moody or miserable.

Moreover, after you are done with a quick fix weight loss trick, you can gain all the lost weight or even pile on more! The only way you can shed weight and keep it off is by adopting long-term healthy habits.

Check out the Weight Loss Tricks That Harm You rather than doing any good:

Cutting out sugar completely

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Sugar has been demonized in the nutrition circle but we cannot disagree with that. After all staying away from added sugar is a healthy habit. However, some people overdo the restriction and as an after-effect they end up overeating forbidden sweets or completely lose out their interest in healthy eating.

Some people go so far with cutting back on sugar that they start to avoid fruits as they contain sugar (natural). Doing so deprives the body of vital nutrients. Apart from that, it can backfire your weight loss goals! According to studies, eating fruit is known to help you shed kilos. This is because fruit is packed with antioxidants and it is a good replacement for sweets and processed snacks. Coming back to sugar consumption, guidelines from AHA or American Heart Association says that you can have up to 6 teaspoons of sugar a day if you are a woman. This gives some room for healthy indulgences such as dark chocolate and is known to help curb cravings for sweet and salty foods. For most people, cutting out sugar completely is not realistic. So, you should eat fruits (not overdo it though) and plan your treats that you cannot live without. This way things are more sustainable.

Counting calories obsessively

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You should stop counting calories. It may seem out of the ordinary when it comes to weight loss but it is for your own good. First, quality is more important than quantity when you talk about calories. People lose weight even after increasing caloric intake. How? By swapping processed food for fresh and whole foods!

Research also says that not all calories are the same. Foods like almonds, pulses and avocado trigger burning of calories and make you feel satiated.

Studies prove that counting calories can lead to stress that can increase your weight! Still want to count them?

Extreme portion control

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One great diet strategy is to serve yourself healthy portions of food. However, this can also be taken too far such as eating with chopsticks alone or stopping your meal after a measly number of bites. This may help in weight loss but can you follow this forever? Apart from that, eating too little can have a lot of side effects like feeling too tired to workout, losing muscle mass and a weakening the immune system.

Do you know that there are a lot of foods that you can eat in larger portions and still lose kilos? For instance, veggies like mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, brinjal, cauliflower give you less than 30 calories a cup. Try to include them in your diet and don’t stay hungry!

Eating just one food

There are many diets that ask you to literally eat just one food. This restrictive approach can lead to weight loss but it will be temporary. It would be healthier to opt for a balanced meal that has the right amount of lean protein, healthy fat and carbs.

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7 Health Benefits Of Abdominal Massage

Health Benefits Of Abdominal Massage

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Did you read about the method of doing an abdominal massage? If you have missed it, you can read it here! This is part two of the post on abdominal massage and I am going to cover its health benefits. Keep reading!

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This massage can heal ailments like bloating and constipation. If performed regularly, abdominal massage can provide lifelong wellness.

Check out the health benefits of abdominal massage

1) Aids Weight loss

Abdominal massage is known to aid weight loss, not just by getting rid of waste by eliminating constipation but by promoting proper digestive and metabolic function. In individuals who are struggling to lose weight, have these two systems running at a slower pace in spite of proper diet and regular workouts.

2) Reduces in bloating

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You feel bloated when your metabolism gets impeded in some way. Doing abdominal massage can help regulate the metabolic function and reduce the waste build-up in the body that contributes to bloating. Thus, with this massage you can get rid of uncomfortable bloating.

3) Cures constipation

As per research published, abdominal massage can provide an all-natural relief from the troubling constipation and the pain in the belly associated with it. With the help of daily abdominal massaging, you can get rid of existing constipation and also prevent it from recurring.

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4) Improves gastrointestinal wellness

Tummy massage can help in issues like bloating and constipation but doing this massage regularly can also help in maintaining a good gastrointestinal health over a long term. When you increase the stimulation of blood flow to the abdominal region and physically stimulate your intestines, you can help keep your digestive system running absolutely fine. So, add abdominal massage to your daily routine.

5) Improves menstrual symptoms

According to recent research, doing abdominal massage with aromatherapy oils like cinnamon, clove, lavender and rose is helpful in reducing painful cramps associated with periods. It can also reduce heavy menstrual bleeding when it is performed when done during a week before the expected date of menstruation. You can try using a few drops of the mentioned essential oils and can mix with it with a tablespoon of carrier oil while performing the massage. See, if the method is of help to you. Read more about aromatherapy here!

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6) Provide psychological benefits

Abdominal massaging can not only contribute to various aspects of physical wellness but also to psychological well-being. Just like other forms of massage, people have found that this massage provides a lot of peace of mind and relieves stress. When you can eliminate physical ailments and make your body feel better with this massage, you can even make your mind feel good!

7) Tones abdominal muscles

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Pushing your abdominal muscles two times a day can help in improving abdominal muscle tone. You read that right! This massage could actually help in tightening your tummy and providing a lot of health benefits.

So, you would have understood by now that there are many perks of abdominal massaging and it is so simple to do it. Even the most occupied person in the world can spare the time to do it twice daily. Practicing it daily will make it another natural healing method and will help you in staying healthy.

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