1. Put some home fragrance in places that you want to be saved.
Animals are very sensitive to smells. You should already know which smells your pet hates. Some of them can’t stand the smell of lemons, for others it’s alcohol. So if you put some home fragrance with a specific smell, for example, on a shelf or a table where you have souvenirs, it can scare away the pet.
2. Stop the access to your furniture with a scratching post.
Put up a scratching post can be a way to stop your pet from turning to your furniture for scratching. Normally cats like armrests, so adjust the scratching post exactly in front of it. Every time your pet comes to a favorite scratching place, it will meet an obstacle and slowly get used to a new scratching surface. You can put several posts in your apartment.
3. Put an armrest tray on your couch.
To save the most accessible and attractive spots on your couch from scratching and biting, just put flexible trays on the armrests. You can purchase them in furniture stores like Ikea. This will protect the couch not just from your pet, but also from drinks.
4. Correct unwanted behavior with a water gun.
Don’t get mad and angry when you see your pet chewing or scratching the furniture. Just keep a water gun nearby and each time that your pet might damage something, just spray it with some water. It is better than firmly saying “No” and sooner or later your pet will realize that it’s better to not touch that spot.
5. Use special sprays for your furniture.
To protect your stuff from chewing and scratching you can buy a special spray. It is different for cats and dogs. It contains only natural and not dangerous ingredients, so your pet is safe. Just cover the furniture with that spray. You aren’t going to feel anything because the scent is undetectable for people, but it is the opposite for animals.
6. Install pet gates in your apartment.
To prevent your pet from going into certain rooms, install pet gates that you can purchase online. They fit in any doorway and they are a good solution for a bedroom when you want your bed to be fur-free, but still want to be able to see your furry friend.
7. Apply “sticky paws” on your furniture.
Sticky Paws are transparent strips that look like tape. You can apply them anywhere you want and they won’t leave a residue after you remove them. Animals don’t like sticky surfaces, so they will simply stay away and everyone will be happy.
8. Don’t leave your pet alone without a toy.
Pets have a lot of energy, especially the young ones. Pay attention to which kinds of toys your pet likes more and each time you leave them alone, give them their favorite toy to entertain them. For a cat, it can be a hanging toy attached to a scratching post. For a dog, it can be something to chew.
1. Stay calm and don’t overreact.
In the hustle and bustle of an already stressful life, you may find yourself losing your cool when your kids behave rudely. However, it’s not wise to pour out your frustration on the kids just because you have control over them. The kid is obviously angry or upset which is why they’re misbehaving. But what are you going to show by displaying your anger? Perhaps diminishing the difference between yourself and your kids.
Take a step back and count to 10, and instead of overreacting or yelling, talk to the kid. Leave the room if need be and this should calm both of you down.
2. Put yourself in their shoes.
There’s definitely a reason why your child is hyper and misbehaving. With small kids, it can be petty reasons like tiredness or hunger. With children who are a little older, it can be stress or peer pressure. Yes, it is a proven fact that kids go through stress too!
That’s why it’s important to sit down and try to understand the reason why your child is misbehaving. The way they’re reacting to things is rooted in what’s going on in their mind.
3. Discuss your expectations with them.
When your kids are displaying anger, showing love or cuddling them is the last thing on your mind. But what if that’s the very thing the child needs at that moment? Sometimes it’s important to sit down and have a discussion with your children about why their behavior is wrong.
Children are not mature enough to distinguish between what’s right and wrong. At times, they might think of a certain kind of behavior as natural and normal. Thus, it is the responsibility of the parents to discuss what they expect out of their kids. Give them an explanation as to why it’s wrong — don’t just show a yes or no sign.
4. Set limits and warn them about consequences.
Very often, the reason kids disobey is that they don’t know their limits — they don’t know where to stop. Don’t pamper your kid so much that they stop distinguishing between right and wrong behavior. Put some rules into play and make sure that you adhere to them as well.
Also, it’s important not only to reward them for good work done but also to make them aware of the consequences of bad behavior. It’s very important that you follow through on these consequences.
5. Inculcate good manners.
Punishment doesn’t always work, especially when it’s in a physical form. Forget about spanking them and start focusing on how to make them understand the importance of behaving well. Point out when they falter for the very first time. Good manners aren’t all about making our kids sit down and dictate a lecture back to us. Good manners are teaching them how to behave during occasions appropriately.
Teach them about family bonding, tell them stories about great people, and most importantly, acknowledge whenever they display good behavior. You may also give them small responsibilities that give them the courage to believe in themselves.
6. Demand respect.
It’s always said that you cannot compel a person to respect you as it’s a feeling that comes naturally. However, with children, the case is different. You shouldn’t always go around saying, “I am your parent, so you ought to respect me.” They won’t. At the same time, it is also important that they understand your position as a parent and stay within their limits.
When doing this, be firm yet polite in your approach while setting the rules. If a rule is broken, a punishment will be given and a reward for good deeds should be the same way. By following what you have said consistently, you will gain your children’s trust and they’ll see you as a genuine person.
7. Be a role model to them.
Last but not least, practice what you preach. Remember, your kids are always watching you. So if you want them to put down the tablet, get rid of yours first. If you want them to be more interactive rather than glued to the TV screen, take time out to be there for them yourself.
Be polite, have patience, and watch your kids do the same. Show them the kind of behavior that you want to see in them and be their role model. Subconsciously, they’ll always want to be like you.
Foods to avoid:
Hormones are our body’s messengers that help to control almost all the processes happening inside us. That’s why it’s important to keep them in balance. Sugar is not a product that helps with this. It actually works the other way around by creating an imbalance when it comes to hormones. That’s why instead of helping, it affects the inflammatory processes in the body and increases blood sugar levels, encouraging glands to produce more oil.
2. Refined carbs
There are good (or complex) carbs and bad (or simple) carbs. Refined carbs are related to the second group—the bad carbs. A good example of a refined carbohydrate food is bread — white bread made of refined grains is softer and more fluffy than whole grain bread. Therefore, refined grains are grains that are processed by manufacturers in order to make them softer and less heavy.
The sad part in this is that these carbs overload our bodies with carb processing work. This process makes oil glands overproduce oil and we end up with an oily scalp.
3. Fried foods
Any fried food, especially deep fried and fast food, overload our bodies with oil because of the overstimulation of oil glands. The oil they produce covers our skin, including the scalp, with extra grease.
Therefore, having a fast food hamburger in the evening may turn your hair into a sticky mess overnight. Not only should you avoid consuming these foods to make your diet more healthy, but also to make your hair look neater.
4. Milk products
As strange as it might sound, milk products can also be blamed for the production of extra sebum. This is all because dairy, like milk, butter, and cheese are digested by our bodies as oils and fats, therefore, leaving us with sticky hair and the appearance of facial acne. They also contain components related to an excess amount of the hormone testosterone, which also affects the production of extra sebum.
Therefore, a glass of warm, full-fat milk in the evening can make you need an urgent hair wash in the morning.
An excess consumption of salt leads to swelling, under-eye bags, dandruff, and overall body dehydration. The last point makes the body produce more oil to fight the lack of water. Again, all this ends up causing sticky and greasy hair, especially in those who are prone to it. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the consumption of crackers, chips, fries and salted nuts because it’s these that contain excess salt.
Products to eat instead:
Foods rich in vitamins B and E
Vitamins B and E are among most essential vitamins for our body and hair. Not only do they help grow strong and beautiful hair, but they also regulate the production of extra oils, thus, making your hair look better. Foods like beans, vegetables, and fruits are rich in vitamin B and it’s these that can help your hair look stunning. Vitamin E can be found in leafy green vegetables, sunflower seeds, and nuts.
Foods rich in zinc
Our body needs zinc in small amounts and this mineral doesn’t get stored in us. The good news is that if you increase the consumption of zinc-rich products, it can help fight your body’s production of oil. You can find zinc in food supplements, however, it’s also available in natural foods like oats, shellfish, and eggs.
Having a prone-to-be-oily hair type doesn’t mean you should stop consuming fats completely. Fats are an important component of the proper working of our bodies. Just regulate the consumption of saturated and trans fats. It’s pretty easy to identify them because they tend to stay solid at a room temperature. Therefore, margarine, butter, and animal fat are all trans fats. Change them for “good” fats like nuts, vegetable oils, and some types of fish.
1. Stress can cause early delivery & low birth weight.
The future baby’s well-being is the ultimate concern that accompanies every expectant mother, and these worries can turn into real stress. Paradoxically, the first thing you need to do to have a healthy baby is calm down. Ann Borders, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Evanston Hospital, says that the inability to cope with stressful situations contributes to early delivery and low birth weight.
Stress increases the production of a corticotropin-releasing hormone (or CRH). In mothers-to-be, CRH influences the length of a pregnancy and the fetal maturation. The higher the CRH level, the sooner the labor day comes.
The surprising thing is, it’s the first trimester that matters the most. We used to think that to prevent premature birth, expectant mothers should mostly avoid during the last trimester. In reality, it’s quite the opposite. The pre-term delivery is provoked by an early rise of CRH, caused by stress experienced during the first weeks of pregnancy.
2. It influences the baby’s IQ and brain development.
Scientists have found that high cortisol levels can lower a child’s IQ. Normally, the placenta produces enzymes that break down cortisol, but it cannot cope well enough if the stress is too intense or too prolonged.
They have also confirmed that stress experienced during pregnancy may have an effect on the baby’s brain development. In particular, a study conducted by a Wayne State University team found that maternal stress influences brain connectivity and the organization of neural functional systems, making it less efficient.
These new technologies have also allowed researchers to understand that our brain doesn’t develop from the simplest to the most complicated systems. It turns out that the cerebellum, the stress-response center is one of the first things to develop, making the fetus sensitive to a mother’s stress from the very beginning.
3. It can provoke sleep issues.
Surprisingly, the mother’s mood influences not only fetal development but also sleep. A 2007 study discovered that the expectant mother’s stress influences the baby’s sleep time.
The scientists examined babies ages 6, 18, and 30 months, measuring their sleep time and how often they wake up during the night. It turns out that children whose mothers experienced anxiety during their pregnancy period had sleep issues at 18 and 30 months. This happens because of cortisol that goes through the placenta and affects the brain area that is responsible for the baby’s circadian rhythm.
4. Pregnancy stress may cause problems with the baby’s health.
A 2011 study has confirmed that maternal stress influences a child’s health in general. The results showed a higher risk of an early infection and mental disorders in children who suffered from stress in the womb. There are also other problems, like eye, ear, digestive, respiratory, skin, musculoskeletal, circulatory, and genitourinary diseases. It can also contribute to a child’s development of allergies and asthma.
A link was also found between stress and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The influence of stress, in this case, turned out to be stronger than that of a smoking pregnant mother.
5. It elevates the child’s fear and anxiety levels.
Dr. Elysia Davis from the University of Denver says that a high cortisol level in a pregnant woman makes a child more prone to feeling stress in the future. This shows up almost immediately when the newborn’s blood is drawn by the hospital. These babies show a more intense stress response.
As toddlers, they experience fear when exposed to simple challenges like seeing a stranger entering a room or having a ball rolled toward them. Normally, a kid would joyfully join in the game, but these children freeze or run to their moms to feel safe again.
Mothers also noticed that these children show a more intense level of anxiety at preschool and school age and are more afraid of going to school.
Not all stress is the same.
After reading all this information, you may want to avoid even the slightest stressful situation, hide from the world, and practice meditation day and night, but hey, leave that bubble alone!
Research shows that short-term stress doesn’t harm the baby. To know this, they measured the cortisol levels in expectant mothers’ saliva and the amniotic fluid after a stressful event, and found that short-term stress didn’t influence the fetus at all.
Long-term stress, on the other hand, does lead to an increase in CRH levels in the amniotic fluid, elevating the risk of the consequences described above.
How to deal with stress:
Fortunately, stress isn’t something you can’t cope with. There’s always a way to keep it at bay. Here’s what you can do:
The effect of stress can be reversed.
The research conducted on prairie voles, whose behavior and reactions are similar to humans, showed that stress may be beneficial if the baby has a supportive environment after birth. The cortisol rise the fetus experiences in the womb may promote developmental plasticity. Those subjects who experienced a high-quality of care after birth showed no signs of elevated anxiety.
Another study also showed that love and the strong bond created between a mother and her child was able to reverse the impact of stress experienced in the womb, even in terms of babies’ cognitive development.
Well, what else can we say: don’t worry too much! Your love and support is the main thing your baby needs. Talk to your belly bump, stroke it, sing songs to it — help your body send the fetus signs of your love and care.
8. Remember the recency effect
Everyone knows that the last phrase spoken is memorized better than the conversation as a whole. In fact, this effect doesn’t just work for conversations. For example, you have a really important job interview where you’re competing with other people. You’ll have an advantage if you can manage to see the hiring manager first or last: there is a greater chance that they will memorize and hire you. Of course, you’ll have to be as good as the other candidates.
Imitating the behavior of a person you want to be like is actually a way to have the same character traits. It works the same way as the placebo effect: you basically make yourself think that you have a certain character trait, and over time, you really will. The most important thing is to do it as often as possible: if you do it only once a month, it won’t work.
By the way, the same works for emotions: in order to get yourself in a certain mood, start doing some things that are connected with this feeling. This means, for example, that in order to get yourself in a better mood, you just need to smile more often.
6. Demonstrate sincere happiness
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should hug people you barely know. But if you greet people with a smile and sincere warmth, sooner or later, they will feel the same toward you. The trick is, that you use positive emotions to make the other person feel that you are happy to see them. The other person will start with smiling back at you and over time, they will start to really like you.
5. Discuss secondary issues
Imagine this: you are suggesting an idea at a business meeting and you want it to be accepted. Try to lead the conversation not in the direction of discussing the viability of the idea, but the details of its realization. For example, you want to plant trees in the neighborhood? Ask which kinds of trees are more preferable. You want to build a playground for children? Discuss the materials. This way, there is a bigger probability that the people will start to treat the idea as if it is already accepted and they are more inclined to agree with you.
4. Don’t postpone things you have to do
Procrastination is a really dangerous thing because “later” often turns into “never.” There is a really simple trick that helps to combat laziness: start doing something as soon as you remember it. The thing is, on a subconscious level, we always try to finish things. Make yourself do something and you will thank yourself later: even if you don’t complete it, at least you will do something which is definitely better than doing nothing.
3. Use the right motivation
According to the theory proposed by psychologist Frederick Herzberg, dissatisfaction and satisfaction with a job depend on completely different factors. A comfortable environment and medical insurance, of course, make employees more loyal, but they don’t motivate them enough. If you want to make an employee more effective, it is not enough to just raise their salary: notice the success of their colleagues, create opportunities for professional growth, and make the job itself as interesting as possible.
2. Use decoys
Marketers love this trick so much, but you can also use it in real life in order to get what you want. In sales, the least profitable price becomes the decoy. For example, you are faced with a choice: a small cup of coffee for $1 and a bigger one for $1.50. The difference is not really that much, so a lot people will choose the smaller one because it’s cheaper. But if they are offered a third option, the one that is twice as big as the first one not for $2, but for only $1.75, the picture becomes completely different: the biggest price will seem the best. Remember this trick when you are asking someone for a favor or trying to suggest your idea at a business meeting.
1. Don’t jump to conclusions
Taking someone else’s position quickly in a conflict is not the best decision. You should be calm and reasonable. Stay neutral until you hear the arguments from both sides. This way you will demonstrate your ability to analyze things in an unbiased way. People will notice this and trust you more.
Is the man depicted in the profile or frontal view? There is no right answer in this test. Just look at the photo and figure it out according to your feelings.
If you think that this is a photo of the man in frontal view, it might mean that:
If you think that the man is photographed in profile view, it most likely means that:
1. Vitamin E
How it works: Vitamin E oil improves not only the actual nail condition, but also the nail bed. It is known for repairing and straightening damaged and brittle nails and healing the cuticles. It improves blood circulation and nail growth.
What to do: Apply the Vitamin E oil directly on your nails and nail beds.
2. Coconut oil
How it works: Coconut oil is a good antioxidant, so it protects the nails from the negative effect of free radicals. Coconut oil also has very good antibacterial and antifungal characteristics.
What to do: Apply warm coconut oil on the nails and the skin around them and massage until it is absorbed.
3. Apple cider vinegar
How it works: Apple cider vinegar is very good for straightening nails, softening cuticles, and it also helps the nails to grow faster.
What to do: Add one tablespoon to a glass of warm water and soak it for a few minutes. You can repeat this daily until you are happy with the results.
4. Tea tree oil
How it works: Tea tree oil is a very strong antiseptic and antifungal ingredient. Don’t apply pure tea tree oil, always dilute it with a carrier oil.
What to do: Mix 2 drops of tea tree oil with 1/2 tsp of olive oil, almond oil, or coconut oil, apply it to the nails and skin around them and massage for a few minutes.
5. Lemon juice
How it works: Lemon is very high in Vitamin C, which accelerates collagen production and makes nails stronger. Lemon juice also contains alpha-hydroxy acid. This lightens the nails and heals any micro-cracks in the nails.
What to do: Squeeze half of a lemon, mix with 1 cup of warm water, and soak for 5-10 minutes.
6. Olive oil
How it works: Olive oil is exceptionally good for moisturizing and nourishing the nails. It's high in Vitamin E, which repairs any damage to the nails and stimulates their growth. You also can use olive oil as a carrier oil.
What to do: Apply warm olive oil to the nails. Massage for 5-10 minutes.
7. Egg yolk and honey
How it works: Egg yolk contains a high amount of Vitamin A and fatty acids which makes it very effective for strengthening weak, thin, and brittle nails and for smoothing and moisturizing the cuticles. To get the goodness level even higher, add some honey which has antifungal properties.
What to do: Mix one yolk with 1/2 tsp of warm honey, apply the mixture to the nails and the skin around them, leave for 15 minutes and wash.
8. Flaxseed oil
How it works: Flaxseed oil is high in fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants which makes this oil really effective for boosting nail growth.
What to do: Apply flaxseed oil on the nails and massage for a few minutes.
9. Almond oil
How it works: Almond oil is very high in Vitamins A, B, and E. It repairs, moisturizes, and nourishes the nails and softens the cuticles.
What to do: Apply warm almond oil to your nails and the skin around them and massage for 2-3 minutes. You can also use almond oil as a carrier oil.
10. Jojoba oil
How it works: Jojoba oil contains a few types of fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which makes this oil exceptionally effective for making nails stronger and thicker.
What to do: Apply warm jojoba oil on your nails and the skin around them and massage for 2-3 minutes. You can use almond oil as a carrier oil as well.
1. Decrease the number of drinks before bed.
To prevent a child’s bladder from becoming overly full during the evening, it is important to control the amount of fluid they drink late in the afternoon and right before bed. Let them have enough liquids in the morning and during lunch time, then slowly decrease the amount as the day progresses. Also, it is vital for a child to go to the toilet every night right before their bedtime. Make this part of their evening routine.
2. Avoid certain foods that can irritate the bladder.
There are certain types of foods that can irritate the bladder in young children causing them to have accidents when they are sleeping because they do not have enough bladder control. Avoid foods that are too acidic like fruit juices containing lemon, orange, pineapple, apple, or cranberry.
Avoid dairy products like milk or yogurt because dairy can cause your child to feel more sleepy and prevent them from waking up when their bladder is full. Also avoid hot chocolate, tea, coke, or any carbonated drinks that might contain too much sugar or caffeine. See here for the full list of products that can irritate the bladder.
3. Establish a bathroom break in the middle of the night.
Children are naturally heavy sleepers, so sometimes it is hard for them to wake up when their bladder is full. The idea is to wake them up in the middle of the night and interrupt their sleep on purpose for a bathroom break to empty their bladder. This will help them be more alert and wake up in the middle of the night naturally to go to the bathroom on their own.
You can monitor the number of times your child goes to the toilet during the day and how often, and wake them up accordingly. For example, if your child goes to the bathroom 7 times a day, every 3 hours, wake them up every 3 hours. After that, you can gradually change it to every 4 hours and eventually to once a night. When they go a week without wetting their bed, stop. They will be trained to wake up on their own to go to the toilet.
4. Double up on magnesium.
According to research done by the National Clinical Center, children might suffer from nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting) because they lack magnesium in their diet. Lack of magnesium makes the nervous system less responsive, so a child is unaware when they need to use the toilet.
There is no need to give your child supplements, just incorporate magnesium in their diet. Foods that are rich in magnesium are sesame seeds, avocados, bananas, salmon, legumes, and tofu. See here for the full list of foods rich in magnesium.
5. Keep a journal.
Just like any doctor would recommend in any re-occurring situation that might be happening, it is important to keep a journal and keep track of everything that happened during the day. This will help you monitor your child’s habits, activities, food and fluid intake, and emotional and mental health.
This will also help you understand what might be triggering their bed wetting. Maybe certain foods might cause them irritation or different drinks might trigger a nervous system response. It is important to write everything down every day to help you understand the underlying cause of their bed-wetting.
6. Talk to your child.
Have a chat with your child about how they feel emotionally, it does not have to be about their bed-wetting, but their emotional state in general. If they’ve gone through a change in their life, like school or any other emotional situation that might have caused them some stress or anxiety, this might be the cause of their bed-wetting. It will go away when they get used to the situation. In the meantime make them feel supported and not embarrassed. Let them know that you are there for them.
7. Get a bed wetting alarm.
Sometimes a bed wetting alarm could be the solution to this situation. There is a specific kind of alarm that gets clipped to their underwear and once it detects moisture it starts going off. There is a chance that the alarm might not wake your child up, but it will certainly wake you up.
Once you hear the alarm, wake your child up and take them to the bathroom. This will train your child to get up and go to the bathroom on their own.
8. Give them rewards.
It is important to use positive reinforcement and reward your child for activities that they can control. They cannot control bed-wetting. So if you reward them for nights that they stay dry, this could have a negative impact and make them feel like they’ve failed. Give them rewards that are related to things that help them avoid bed-wetting, like, for example:
9. Motivate them by giving them responsibility.
It is important to motivate your child to be responsible and independent to some extent. If they wet the bed one night, instead of letting them sit there and feel guilty and ashamed while you do the clean-up, show them nicely and very calmly how to change their sheets and ask them to help you.
Ask them to take their current clothes that they were wearing to the laundry and ask them to help you do the laundry. This will make them more appreciative of you and it will make them want to be more responsible when it comes to staying dry.
Know when to consult a doctor.
As mentioned at the beginning, bed-wetting is completely normal, but in some cases you need to consult a doctor when things do not seem to be getting better over time.
Consult a doctor if:
1. Don’t brush your teeth right after having a meal.
It’s really easy to damage your enamel this way (especially if you use a hard toothbrush). Food and drinks disrupt the pH-balance in the mouth and make the tooth enamel a little softer for a short time. Dentists recommend brushing teeth at least 30-40 minutes after having a meal.
2. Swimming pool visitors are at risk.
Of course, nobody says that swimming is not beneficial for your health. But the problem is that the chemicals used to disinfect the water in swimming pools have a terrible effect on the teeth. In the 80s, American scientists published the results of a study that focused on the health of teeth of professional swimmers, 40% of whom suffered from tooth enamel damage.
So, what should you do? Try to keep the swimming pool water out of your mouth and swim in fresh or salt water in the summertime.
3. You should drink your coffee right away and not over the course of 30 minutes.
Think about the way we drink tea or coffee at work. We pour the full cup of hot coffee and drink it in small sips, constantly talking to our colleague, and answering e-mails. While we are doing it, the coffee (especially coffee with sugar) is working on destroying the enamel of our teeth. So, it’s best to drink this beverage as quickly as possible.
4. There is a reason why gynecologists recommend having your teeth checked before planning a pregnancy.
First, a cavity is an open source of infection that spreads from the tooth tissues to the gums and could then get into the bloodstream and affect the fetus. This could lead to premature birth and the baby having serious congenital diseases.
Second, periodontitis is also really dangerous because it might decrease the reproductive ability for both men and women. And even if conception happens, the baby might be born prematurely or with a really low birth weight.
5. Brushing your teeth in the shower or on the toilet is not the best idea.
While taking care of your teeth, it’s best if you don’t get distracted by anything else. This is a process that needs to be done very attentively. And in order to teach your children to brush their teeth for a certain time, doctors recommend turning on their favorite song. It will grab your baby’s attention for 2-3 minutes (this is how long it takes to remove dental plaque and get rid of bacteria).
6. Beans can damage bad teeth even more.
Who would have thought that beans could damage teeth? It’s all about the phytohemagglutinin that they contain, it’s the protein that provokes quick cell division. If you have a tooth cavity, eating beans can lead to a granuloma. Of course, the risk is quite low, but it’s best to make sure you have no dental problems before you eat beans.
7. Oral health is connected with our memory
Scientists conducted research with 273 volunteers who were 55 years old and older. And they came to the conclusion that people who don’t have all their teeth had a worse memory, were more irritable, and were more susceptible to mood swings. As a result, there is a theory that losing teeth makes the number of sensory signals that they send to the brain lower.
This is why dentists recommend using every opportunity you get to save a tooth. It’s great that today there are even technologies that allow you to reconstruct the tooth if you have only the root.
8. A child’s bite can be changed by a cold.
Of course, if a child gets a cold once or twice a year, it’s perfectly normal. But if a person gets a cold too often in early childhood, they might have a problem with their bite. A person who can’t breathe through their nose is forced to breathe through their mouth. The facial skeleton is easily deformed at this age, and this might cause the lower jaw to move a little forward.
In this case, a dentist might recommend seeing a specialist first to make sure the nose is fine. Otherwise, the effort you put into fixing the bite can be useless.
9. Don’t chew on ice and don’t pierce your tongue.
If you catch yourself always chewing on ice (or eating a lot of nuts), you can damage your gums and your tooth enamel. Your dental fillings are also at risk. The same goes for piercing your tongue: a piece of metal in your tongue is a source of possible mechanical damage to your teeth.
So, don’t use your teeth to open packs of food, cans of coke, and so on. It’s better to spend several more seconds to do it properly and not put your teeth in danger.
10. Don’t throw away your baby’s teeth.
As it turns out, you shouldn’t throw away baby teeth. They contain stem cells that can later be used to regenerate into neurons, bone, and even cardiac cells. They can save your life and even help with the treatment of diabetes. But in order to be able to use them, you need to keep the cells alive. So, when you see that your baby needs to get a tooth removed, don’t do your yourself. See a dentist who will remove it properly and store the tooth under the required conditions.
6. We always sit.
Nowadays, a sedentary lifestyle is an ordinary thing. In the evenings, we go home by car or by public transport and take a seat at home where we then watch TV or chat online with friends.
Without moving, the level of endorphins and other hormones responsible for happiness reduces. Everyday 30-minute walks or 2 workouts a week will make you more energetic and satisfied, no matter what happens in your life.
5. We spend all day indoors.
We all know that “working from home” doesn’t necessarily contribute to happiness. But it turns out that places like cinemas, restaurants, and other places we like to visit don’t always let us enjoy our lives either.
But if you spend some time outdoors in an unknown place, you’ll become happier and your self-esteem will improve. Psychologists call this method “adventure therapy.” And it’s worth noting that it doesn’t matter whether you’re going to a different country or to a neighboring village where you’ve never been, either way, you’ll become happier.
4. We don’t pay attention to things happening around us.
It’s really important to not just to pay attention to what we do but also how we do it. For example, let’s imagine 2 girls. One of them is angry because she has to clean her house: she’d rather be on a date in a fancy restaurant, but no one invited her. Another girl is just washing the dishes and she’s glad she has some time to herself to clean the house.
In the first case, the girl will feel exhausted and in the second case, the girl will feel more relaxed. Our ability to live in the here and now and never let our fears, regrets, and memories disturb us makes our lives more interesting.
3. We only consume.
To make our life meaningful, we have to not only take but also give. Acts of kindness make us satisfied and feel significant.
Here’s some good news: even the tiniest good actions can cheer us up. Buying someone a present, writing a note, or even painting a wall are all things that lead us to believe that we have a purpose in this life and that someone needs us.
2. We isolate ourselves from others.
Even in the age of individuality, each person still needs to belong to a group. And it’s not only about our closest friends and family members. To be truly happy, we need to feel connected to other people.
According to different studies, this quality helps us defeat diseases, it reduces our levels of stress, and it makes us feel more confident. And it doesn’t matter what group you belong to: it could be a football club, a game club, whatever. You just need to feel like you belong to something.
1. We don’t create anything.
We need creative hobbies not for money and fame, but for our health. It’s been proven that the process of creation reduces the level of stress, improves our mood, and helps us fight against depression.
Don’t forget that creativity isn’t just about singing and painting, it can be anything that requires your unique approach. Plant some flowers, choose the color of your walls, do household chores, and turn your imagination on — that’s all it takes!
Happiness isn’t something you have to aim for. It consists of tiny things, so we can create it at any moment. Do you have any habits that stop you from being happy?