“The most successful people in any endeavor – whether business, science, athletics, or the arts- are visionaries. And what is a ‘vision?’ At the end of the day a vision is just an upscale word for ‘daydream,’ and ‘visionary’ an upscale word for ‘daydreamer.’”-Amy Fries
Daydreaming helps you:
Manage conflict.Psychotherapist Tina Tessina calls it “rewinding the tape.” As you review in your mind an argument you had with someone, you go back and imagine responding differently than you did. Try this a few times, responding differently each time, and you’ll begin to figure out better ways of dealing with the person in the future. “This exercise really helps you avoid your standard knee-jerk reactions,” Tessina says.
Maintain relationships. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, especially among daydreamers. Happy couples tend to think about one another when they’re apart, which has the effect of psychologically maintaining the relationship, says James Honeycutt, PhD, author of Imagined Interactions: Daydreaming about Communication. “We daydream about the people we love,” Honeycutt says. “We imagine sharing good news with them, along with our successes and failures. Unhappy couples daydream about arguments and ruminate about conflict while happy individuals think positively ahead.”
Boost productivity. “Often I find that allowing myself a few minutes for daydreaming can help me to be more productive in the long run,” says Cari Noga, a freelance writer in Traverse City, Mich. “For example, just the other day I had a lot to do around the house: laundry, dishes, cleaning, bathroom scrubbing. I tried throwing myself into the work, but I found myself getting distracted. So I sat on the couch and allowed myself 15 minutes of daydream time. I let my mind wander, and instead of thinking about things I had to do, I imagined things, places, people. When my 15 minutes were up, I was in a much better mood, my mind was clearer, and I really had the urge to get things done. And my house got cleaned!”
Relax.Daydreaming allows your mind to take a break, which releases tension and anxiety.READ MORE
Turbo Roo is an adorable 6 month old chihuahua from Indianapolis, Indiana who just wants to play and run around like any other puppy. But Roo was born without his two front legs, and even a trained breeder found his needs to much too handle, so at just a month old he was adopted by a tech at a veterinarian’s office in the city. Eager to give the little dog wheels, the tech Ashley Looper, set up a fundraising campaign hoping for even the smallest donations. And the response she got was nothing short of remarkable.
Word reached Mark Deadrick, president of 3d printing company 3dyn, who designed this specialized 3d printed wheelchair just for Roo. The small cart is outfitted with a custom harness and can switch between two to four skateboard wheels which allow him to explore to his little heart’s content. But the story gets even better! Now that he’s able to move around freely, Ashley is training TurboRoo to be a service/educator dog so that he can inspire children with similar disabilities. He’ll surely be putting a much needed smile on many children’s faces from here on out. And if you’d like to see just how far he’s come, watch the video of TurboRoo before he got his wheelchair.
I found the following article on Steve Olson’s blog (Steve-Olson.com) and felt it was too good not to share here. It was written by Matt Maresca and shares some great tips regarding self-confidence and believing in yourself. Enjoy!
Having self confidence is one of the biggest keys to your success. If you do not believe in yourself, it is difficult to accomplish any worthwhile mission.
Further, if you do not exude a sense of confidence, other people will not have confidence in you. Below you will find five tips for building self confidence. Don’t just think about these tips, give them a try. Allow them to work for you!
You think you’re healthy, but you don’t feel vibrant. You struggle to find the energy to get through the day. You’re irritable. Your stomach isn’t acting right. Your skin is breaking out or not looking its best. And all those headaches! These types of ailments affect many of us in our daily lives. They’re not serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor — or maybe you tried only to be told there was nothing wrong — but they still tend to drag you down, wearing away your resistance and leaving you feeling like you’re just getting old. I have good news for you — it probably has nothing to do with aging. Instead, you may simply be surrounded by too many toxins. Not sure? Here are seven signs to look for — and how you can clean up your system and feel better in 30 days! Note: Always check with your doctor to eliminate any possible medical conditions as causes of these symptoms.
Jolene Hart has some opinions on the topic. A former journalist and beauty editor, she entered the discussion when she tried to find cures for her health problems, including eczema and cystic acne. “When I couldn’t find any products or supplements that could help save my skin, I started focusing on natural options and integrated nutrition to help.” From her research, she wrote the book Eat Pretty, which came out this year. Hart’s thesis: getting good-for-you foods into your diet (versus taking supplements) is often the best route to getting all the nutrients you need to live a healthy life and look your best.
In terms of beauty, Hart considers vitamins a great second line of defense. “There’s so much we don’t know about components of food and how it works systematically, that I don’t believe supplements can ever really take its place,” she explains. She does add, though, that it’s good to check with your doctor about certain nutrients and substances in pill form that might benefit you personally.
In Hart’s view, food is the foundation of how we look and feel every day, and eating seasonally is the way to get key foods into your diet when they’re at their most nutrient-dense and tastiest. “It’s about creating a lifestyle of beauty year-round,” she says, “and understanding that repairing your relationship with food is just as essential as getting a facial or other beauty service.” Her suggestion: go to your local farmer’s market and then play around in the kitchen. “Cooking was a way to heal myself, and I couldn’t do that when I ate processed food. It’s not something I used to think about, but once you start it up, you’ll never want to go back.” Here’s her guide for eating right for your hair, skin, and nails, complete with shopping lists.
benefits: Heals skin, especially if you have acne, and balances oil production and immunity as you age. “Your body doesn’t normally store zinc, so you need to make sure you’re getting some,” says Hart.
get it from: Pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, chickpeas
benefits: “As we age, cell growth slows down and we notice textural differences,” explains Hart. Because vitamin A increases cell turnover and helps skin grow, it helps reduce environmental damage and prevents fine lines and other signs of aging.
get it from: Fruits and veggies high in beta carotene—think orange, red, and yellow options such as cantaloupe, grapefruit, apricots, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, and also leafy greens like romaine and kale
benefits: Hart calls C “the collagen drug that keeps skin strong and elastic.” It also helps defend against free radical damage.
get it from: Bell peppers, strawberries, pineapple, cabbage, kale
benefits: These organisms are a daily essential for helping your body break down food. “If you don’t break down food correctly, you’re not assimilating it into your body properly and therefore not getting the nutrients you need,” explains Hart. You’ll see a change in your skin in particular. “The better your digestive system functions, the less your skin has to pick up the slack of eliminating toxins and it will look more radiant,” she says.
get them from: yogurt and other fermented foods; if you have trouble tolerating natural sources of probiotics, this is a case in which Hart recommends talking to your doc about supplements.
“Loving behavior doesn’t grind you down, keep you off balance, or create feelings of self-hatred. Love doesn’t hurt, it feels good. Loving behavior nourishes your emotional well-being. When someone is being loving to you, you feel accepted, cared for, valued, and respected. Genuine love creates feelings of warmth, pleasure, safety, stability, and inner peace.”—Susan Forward, Toxic Parents, p381
Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE), derived from the tropical fern of Polypodiaceae family, has properties ranging from immunomodulatory and antioxidative to photoprotective. It is these multiple mechanisms of action, in combination with a favorable side effect profile, which makes PLE a promising adjunctive treatment for several dermatologic disorders. Studies are summarized on the use and potential applications of PLE in the treatment or management of photodermatoses, vitiligo, melasma, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and more recently, in minimizing infections in high-performance athletes.
Botox is one of the most popular treatments for a variety of reasons, but there still are a few misconceptions about what it does and doesn’t do, and who are the best candidates for use. Only you and your doctor-of-choice know if Botox is a good idea for you, but before you get to that step, we can help dispel some of the myths. Here are five of them. READ MORE
Dramatic improvements seen in children with eczema after wet wrap therapy
The number of children with atopic dermatitis, often referred to as eczema, is on the rise. Some estimate that 1 in 5 children in the U.S. now suffers from the painful, itchy skin condition. In an effort to control their symptoms, many children are prescribed powerful medications like immunosuppressants or topical steroids. READ MORE
What's the difference between psoriasis and eczema? Sometimes you have to get under the skin—and into the DNA code—to find out. Plus, learn about a promising new drug-free eczema treatment.
Psoriasis and eczema, two skin diseases with similar symptoms, now can be distinguished on a genetic level. Some forms of the inflammatory skin disorders appear so similar that even doctors find it hard to tell them apart. The genetic finding may save patients time, money and aggravation on the road to a final diagnosis, and will allow doctors to treat patients promptly with the right types of medication. READ MORE
Here are the five little known benefits of going to the spas and making it a regular habit.
This is obviously the well-known benefit and the most important as well. Probably this is the primary reason that people are booking a spa appointment. A simple pampering treatment like a massage helps relieve stress, stimulates circulatory system giving a smoother blood flow, and ease muscle tension. Massage can be therapeutic; figures on a study have shown that 56% of people seek out massage for spasms, stiffness, soreness or general rehabilitation.
This is the most underrated benefit of spa time. According to experts, massage and other full body beauty treatments are designed to excrete the body’s excess toxins and fluids. At the surface level, after a session person will feel lighter as he walks out the door for this treatment eliminates bloating and water retention in the body. In the long run, regular massage helps stimulate the lymphatic system of the body flushing out the body’s waste products more efficiently.
Soothes the Soul
Fact: looking better automatically helps an individual feel better. Beauty treatments like facials, mud wraps, manicures, pedicure, etc., not only improve one’s appearance but it also give the confidence a boost. On top of that spas are designed to nourish and soothe the soul. According to spa experts water-based spa treatments mimic the qualities of life – the water symbolizes yin and yang. A person’s body and soul can find balance – with the water as the equilibrium, as he immerses himself in a spa Jacuzzi after a body wrap.
Updates on the Latest Beauty Treatments
The spa is the perfect place to learn all there is in the world of pampering. Make sure to solicit information about the new, up and coming treatments during a spa therapy. Therapists will be happy to entertain these queries allowing their patrons to add something special on their next appointment like a spray tan, a full body coffee scrub or eyelash extensions.
Access to Exclusive Products
Spas and salons offer a number of exclusive product lines that are not available anywhere else. These products may be costly but rest assured that these are higher quality and will last longer. It is wise to consider expert advice and go with the professional product lines to take care of one’s hair or skin.
Time to scrub out plastic from our beauty products
The ongoing debate around plastic microbeads came to a head with Illinois becoming the first U.S. state to ban their use in skin care products with Ohio, California and New York looking like they’ll be following suit.
Did you know that staying up just an hour or two later on the weekend can wreak havoc on your sleep, not to mention your mood? There’s even a name for it: social jet lag. According to Shelby Freedman Harris, YouBeauty sleep expert and director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, social jet lag is becoming more prevalent. “It isn’t necessarily a sleep disorder that we actually would diagnose someone with clinically, but it is a trend where we notice that people aren’t sticking with the same sleep-wake schedule every day,” Harris explains. READ MORE
Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer. For an added glow add a pinch of tumeric to the yogurt and blend well before mixing in the other ingredients.
The butt facial: The latest beauty treatment taking America by storm
In you want your face to have a glowing complexion you might consider indulging in a facial — but would you consider giving your butt the same treatment? Body conscious beach-goers are spending a whopping $500 on a new treatment that promises to enhance their bums. The “butt facial” is the new beauty treatment to come out of the Big Apple. The costly 40-minute procedure uses lasers, chemical peels and moisturizers to tone and smooth the skin.
The Top 3 Mistakes Estheticians Make Over and Over ... and How to Fix Them!
Mistake No. 3: Skipping the at-home recommendation
What would you do if, two weeks after receiving a facial, a client returns to you saying that the facial caused her to breakout? This happened to an esthetician who called me asking for advice.
The first thing I did after hearing this story was to ask the following: Did she perform a SkinReading and professionally recommend the right products for her client to use at home? Her response? “No.”
The fix. Your service doesn’t end when the treatment finishes. In fact, you totally lose control of your treatment results once the client leaves your room if you don’t send her home with the right at-home products. You run the risk of the client assuming the facial is the cause of any future skin problems, which the client did in the example above. When you professionally recommend the appropriate at-home agenda of professional skin care products, you’re completing the “circle of treatment” clients expect. At-home products are your insurance to maximize your facial results, make them last and ensure client satisfaction.