Eleven Great Ways to Reduce Stress‏

Stress is a big challenge in life nowadays. The sources of stress are many and the helpful ways to reduce stress are also plentiful. Common symptoms of stress include skin problems, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, fatigue, insomnia and frustration.
 
We don’t need to set a time to reduce stress, we need to incorporate some strategies in our daily life routine to prevent stress and reduce its effect on the body.
 
Here are 11 simple steps we can easily take to reduce stress:
 
1. Define your goals: we must define our life goals and begin to achieve these goals; this action will support us against stress because we will feel that we know what our life purpose is and why, and that we control our own lives.
 
2. Take control of your diet: we can use simple ways in our diet plans to reduce stress by avoiding some stimulants such as coffee, alcohol, tea and sugar and we can use chamomile tea as an alternative because of its calming and relaxing effect.  We need to eat slowly in a calm environment to allow our digestive system to work well. We can use honey as an alternative to sugar but in small amounts (one or two spoonfuls per day).
 
3. Take hot baths regularly: after a very busy day or when we feel that we need to relax (I do this three times a week). You can take a hot bath by sitting in warm to hot water and the water level should be above the waist, using lavender oil can also enhance this relaxing experience.
 
4. Aromatherapy: in the office you can use aromatherapy to relax and avoid stress. One of the best ways is to use lavender oil on a source of heat and take in the scent; this is a great way to relax during the day when you need it the most.
 
5. Exercise: This is one of the important things you can do which will reduce stress and bring happiness.
When we exercise, our brains release substances which bring feelings of happiness and relaxation; we need engage in some exercise regularly such as walking, dancing or swimming.
 
6. Breathing techniques: Yoga, meditation and Tai Chi all use deep breathing techniques. To meditate, simply sit with closed eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Breathing deeply regularly is great for health and from there, you can learn various other breathing techniques to gain enhanced benefits.
 
7. Relaxation techniques and self hypnotherapy: we can easily do this after the hot bath to relax even more, simply sit or lie down in a comfortable place with your eyes closed, imagine there is a spot light above your head and concentrate on it, then concentrate on your body part by part and try to relax the body and feel the relaxation deepening — you can also use a self hypnotherapy audio tape to help in this process.
 
8. Massage: this is a great way to reduce stress, I do this when other ways fail, I feel better after receiving a massage. You can get a professional massage or you can simply ask your partner to massage you.
 
9. Spiritual healing: prayers and the act of helping others are very important components for happiness and stress reduction. You will feel calmer and have a sense of inner peace.
 
10. Talking through your problems: talking about your feelings acts as a releasing mechanism and you will soon find that talking about your problems with your partner or best friend may help the solution to the problem come to light and will help to release blocked emotions.
 
11. Multivitamins: I take a Vitamin B complex regularly to decrease stress and this has been a great help in my stress reduction.
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Ten Most Important Points to Live a HAPPY AND PEACEFUL Life

1) Help yourself before helping anyone on the earth, because if you are helping one Human, and betraying other Human, you are not to be called a human, but a Devil, because a Devil helps another Devil, a thief helps another thief.
 
2) Always be yourself, and focus on your own karma, because interfering in others Karma, or helping someone in his karma in negative way which is going to put anyone’s life in jeopardy, is either going to get you away from your own karma, or make your paths more difficult to reach or complete your karma and purposes in Life.
 
3) Love yourself more than anyone else, because you will find someone who will love you more than you love yourself, because only those people deserve Love, who love themselves and others without thinking of what they have and what they are going to get.
 
4) Love your Work, and don’t cheat at your Work, because Work is Worship. If you are a Boss, respect your own values, don’t cheat with employees in anyway, because that’s going to put your business down soon, and in terrible circumstances, so think good about your company and your employees, and how you can grow your business POSITIVELY, helping your employees to grow too, because every Company grows Positively, only when employees grow truly, and productively.
 
5) Respect your Values and the Love you have, and try to be down to earth though achieved a Million Dollars, you’ll always get closer to your Destination and fulfill your Life’s purposes.
 
6) Be Human, than being a Engineer, a Doctor, a Scientist when you are in Humans, because that’s what is going to make you a GOOD & FINE HUMAN.
 
7) Forgive others for the mistakes they make, and forget what good you’ve done to anyone, but don’t repeat the same mistakes that you’ve done, or anyone has, and don’t repeat the good to same person, just because you are to expect some outcome, because you’ll be putting the person’s life in danger.
 
8) Always remember, “AS YOU SOW, SO SHALL YOU REAP”, works from the day you’ve born, till the day you’ll be on the earth, so do as much as good to anyone you can, but without expectation, betrayal or without anyone’s force, but with your Heart,  because if you are doing good and performing your Karma, you’ll one day have YOUR OWN HOUSE, YOUR OWN CAR, YOUR OWN LOVE OF LIFE, and YOUR OWN KIND OF RESPECT, NOT SLAVERY.
 
9) Every person is born to achieve, so you are too, it’s only the difference of Good Motivators, and People who influence you matters. So try to have friends who you understand, and who can understand you, and not use each others for your meaning, but GROW TOGETHER, and help others to GROW too. And don’t be with Grouches, they will always pull you down.
 
10) BE HUMAN, and RESPECT EVERY OTHER HUMAN for the VALUES HE / SHE HAS, you’ll ALWAYS BE RESPECTED, else YOUR VALUE IS ZERO. Grouches do have their Values, make them realise in some or the other way if not the straight way, because every human has time, when he realises his own mistakes, he tries and improves himself.
 
BEING HUMAN, UNDERSTAND LIFE, and HAVE LOVE, is what we are here for on this Earth.

Relief From Headache In Natural Ways…‏

Headache is a common problem, specially among the working crowd. Headache is caused due to several factors, but we can put it under three broad categories –
 
1.Tension –This is the most common cause of headache. Tension creates a spasm of the muscles at the back of the neck. The muscle spasm gets the tissues over the surface of the cranium and thus, the pain is felt not only on in the neck but also on the forehead.
 
2.Migraine –Migraine is the abnormality of the nervous system. This strain on the nervous system is caused due to eye strain, shock, stomach disorders etc. Migraine is a chronic disease which needs medical attention.
 
3.Cluster Headache –Cluster headaches are repetitive and gets back several times in a month. These are generally caused due to constant pressure on the nerves like alcohol consumption, chain smoking etc.
 
Headaches are very disturbing and restricts your attention to the pain alone. At this moment pain killer seems to be the only solution to get relief form headache. Pain killers, however, have side effects. Here are few home remedies to get relief from headache –
 
1.For chronic headache, eat sliced apple with salt everyday in the morning for a week.
 
2.Crush lemon crust into a fine powder and make it into a paste with the use of water. Apply this on the forehead. This is quick relief form headache caused due to tension.
 
3.Apply a small amount of Eucalyptus oil on the center of the head and cover it with a towel dipped in warm water. This is one of the most effective ways of curing pain.
 
4.Put 3 drops of ghee in your nostrils for a week to get rid of headache from cold.
 
5.Drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of honey every morning to treat chronic headache.
 
6.Grind watermelon seeds with poppy seeds and consume three grams of it everyday if you are suffering constant pain.
 
7.Application of sandalwood paste on the forehead is one of the tradition ways of curing headache.
 
These seven tips will surely give you quick relief from headache and does not have any side effects. They not only get you relief from headache but also treats it, so that you don’t suffer the symptoms again.
 
courtesy: oneindia

Bad Breath Remedies And Prevention‏

Bad breath is something that most of us are afraid of. In many cases, majority of the population do not know they suffer from bad breath. To get rid of bad breath, we have to take initial steps in preventing bad breath to occur every time you open your mouth.
 
These home remedies to get rid of bad breath will be helpful for you.
 
1. The best bad breath remedies is that you have to make it a habit to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after every meal. Make it a routine to brush your teeth or rinse every night before you go to sleep.
 
2. Mouth wash is readily available in any medical store. But keep in mind not to purchase a mouth wash that contains dyes and alcohol.
 
3. Sunflower seeds can be helpful to get rid of bad breath. All you have to so is chew on some sunflower seeds and drink a glass of water ,mainly after you eat a non vegetarian meal.
 
4. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. It is very much true. Eating an apple daily will help to remove bacteria in the mouth, the main cause of bad breath.
 
5. Lemon does wonders. The lemon juice mixed with warm water can be used to gargle your mouth to help get rid of bad breath. It a one of the best home remedies for bad breath.
 
6. To get an aromatic breath, cardamon is the best. Although is it pungent, it will give you good results for bad breath. It is also a mouth refreshers.
 
These home remedies for bad breath will be of good use . But, in order to prevent this, we can take certain precautions to prevent bad breath.
 
1. It is good if you drink plenty of water. Drinking plenty of water will help to get rid of the bacteria in the mouth.
 
2. Bad breath remedies is good as it helps to kill the unwanted germs in the mouth. Although, you may brush regularly and maintain a good oral routine, it is important that when you brush your teeth, make sure to use a tongue scrapper to clean the tongue. The bacteria usually stay on the tongue causing bad breath.
 
3. If these home remedies for bad breath do not work, it is advisable to see a dentist. You may be having an oral disease that needs doctor’s consultancy.
 
4. When you use mouthwashes, make sure that you go in for those that have ingredients of aloe vera and parsley. It is good to help get rid of bad breath.
 
5. It is said, tea is one of the best bad breath remedies. Those who are addicts to coffee, it is advisable to switch to tea as coffee frames a thin coat on the tongue which blocks the oxygen supply on the tongue.
 
6. Now and again, chew on sugarless gum. This will help you clean your mouth as chewing increases the saliva flow.
 
Bad breath is one problem that many of us face. Follow these home remedies for bad breath and help to prevent them by taking appropriate steps

The world’s youngest CEO‏

 When 14-year-old Suhas Gopinath started Globals Inc ten years ago from a cyber cafe in Bengaluru, he didn’t know that he had become the youngest CEO in the world.
 
  Today, Globals is a multi-million dollar company with offices in the United States, India, Canada, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia, Singapore and the Middle East and has 100 employees in India and 56 abroad.
 
  Among the several honors that have been bestowed upon this young man, the most prestigious is the invitation to be a member of the Board of the ICT Advisory Council of the World Bank..
 
  In 2007, the European Parliament and International Association for Human Values conferred ‘Young Achiever Award’ on him. He was also invited to address the European Parliament and other business dignitaries assembled in the EU Parliament. He is also recognised as one of the ‘Young Global Leaders’ for 2008-2009 by the prestigious World Economic Forum.
 
  Suhas is the youngest member ever in the World Economic Forum’s history. The other members include musician AR Rahman, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Hollywood star Leonardo Di Caprio, Prince of Brunei, etc.
 
  In this interview from his office in Bengaluru, Suhas Gopinath talks about his decade long journey and his dreams for the future.
 
On his childhood:
 
I come from a middle class family. My father worked as a scientist for the Indian Army. I used to study in the Air Force school in Bengaluru.
 
As a child, I was more interested in animals and veterinary science. But when I saw my friends who had home computers talk about it, I had this urge to learn and talk in their wave length.
 
  But we didn’t have a computer at home. In those days, computers were very expensive and we couldn’t afford one.
 
  So, what I did was, I located an Internet cafe near my house. With my modest monthly pocket money of Rs 15, I couldn’t afford to surf the net every day.
 
  I noticed that the shop was closed in the afternoon from 1 PM to 4 PM. So, I offered to open the shop for him after my school hours and take care of the customers.  In the bargain, he let me browse the net for free. That was the first business deal of my life and it turned out to be a successful one.  
 
 On building websites using open source technology:
 
Once I got the chance to manage the shop and browse the net, I started building websites. It became my passion in no time.
 
  I got hooked to open source technology after I started looking for e-books on how to build websites. They were not available as they were created in propriety sources. So, I started using open source to build websites.
 
On getting the first contract to build a website : There is a freelance marketplace on the web where I could register and offer my services to build websites. I registered myself there as a website builder. The first website I had to do was free of cost as I had no references. It was for a company in New York. My first income was $100 when I was 13 for building the second  website but I didn’t have a bank account. so, I told my father that I built a website and got paid for it.   I was not excited to get the money because money was not a factor that drew me to it. It was the passion for technology that attracted me. I used to build websites free of cost also. I was only a 9th standard student then.
 
  After that, I built my own portal and called it Coolhindustan.com. It was focused on NRIs. It was a portal where I wanted to showcase my skills.After that, many companies approached me to be their web designer.
 
On buying his first computer
 
 When I was in the 9th standard itself, I had made enough money to buy a computer for myself. At that time, my brother was studying engineering and my father thought he needed a computer.  In no time, I also bought one for myself. But we didn’t have a net connection at home. My spending hours in the net cafe working on websites did not affect my studies. I spent the entire summer vacation after the 9th standard in the cafe.
 
  On rejecting a job offer from the US :  When I was 14, Network Solutions offered me a part-time job in the US and they said they would sponsor my education in the US. I rejected the offer because that was the time I had read a story about Bill Gates and how he started Microsoft.
 
  I thought it was more fun to have your own company. Many US companies used to tell me that I didn’t even have a moustache and they felt insecure taking my services. They used to connect my ability with my age and academic qualifications. So, I wanted to start my own company and show the world that age and academic qualifications are immaterial. I decided then that when I started a company, I would recruit only youngsters and I would not ask for their academic qualifications and marks cards. I follow that in my company.
 
On starting his own company at 14
 
  Soon after my 9th standard summer vacation, I started my own company, Globals Inc. I wanted the name Global or Global Solutions but both were not available, so I named it Globals.   I registered my company in the US.  In India, you will not be able to start a company unless you are 18. It takes only 15 minutes to start a company in the US.  I became the owner and CEO of the company. My friend, an American who was a university student, became a board member.   I was very excited because that was what I wanted to do. From that day, I started dreaming of making my company as big as Microsoft.
 
 On doing badly in school
 
  In my pre-board CBSE exam, I failed in Mathematics. The school headmistress was shocked because that was the first time I had failed in any subject. She called my mother and said she was horrified by my performance.   At home, like any typical South Indian mother, my mother made me swear on her head that I would focus on academics.   I told my mother that the world’s richest man Bill Gates had not completed his education. Why do you force me then, I asked her. She then said, I am sure his horoscope and yours are not the same!
 
  I come from a family where entrepreneurship is considered a sin. My mother was quite upset. She wanted me to do engineering, then an MBA and work in a good company.  As per my mother’s wishes, I took a four-month sabbatical from my company and studied for my board exam. I passed with a first class.
 
  I still feel that you cannot restrict yourself to bookish knowledge. I believe that practical knowledge is more important.  In the first year, the turnover of Globals Inc was Rs 1 lakh (Rs 100,000). The second year, the turnover went up to Rs 5 lakh (Rs 500,000).
  
 On looking at Europe as a market
 
  Till I was 16 or 17, I didn’t tell my parents that I had started a company. I kept it a secret because I thought they would object to it. They only knew that I was a freelancer.  We used to build websites and also offer online shopping and e commerce solutions. We even gave part time work to a few programmers in the US when we got many projects but we never had any office.  When I was 16, I saw that there were enormous business opportunities in Europe as a majority of the Indian IT companies were working for American companies.  When I contacted a Spanish company, it rejected my offer saying Indians do not know Spanish. As an entrepreneur, you can’t accept rejection, especially when you are young.   I hired five student interns from some Spanish universities and told them they would be paid based on their successful sales.
 
  They were the people who met the companies and bagged the projects for us. By now, we decided to have a home office in Spain.  I replicated the same model in Italy. I contacted some Italian university students.  
 
   Suhas meeting with Sheikha Nayhan, Minister for Higher Education, the UAE
 
On going to Germany to talk about entrepreneurship
 
  The American newspapers were writing a lot about me as the world’s youngest CEO at 14 from India, from a middle class background.   It was a good story for the BBC also. I never expected to be in the limelight. For me, starting a company was like realising a passion of mine.   On seeing these stories, a B-school in Germany invited me to talk to its students on entrepreneurship. I was 17 then. By now, I had completed my 12th standard and had joined Engineering in Bengaluru.   When I was 18, we set up an office — the European HQ in Bonn. Then, we moved to Switzerland. Six months back, we started our operations in Vienna as well.  That is how we spread our operations from a small Internet cafe to become a multinational company with significant operations in Europe, Middle East, the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, etc.
 
On registering a company in India at 18
 
  The day I turned 18, I registered our company in India as Globals, opened an office and recruited four people. I opened the office next to the Internet cafe where I started my career.  By then, he had closed shop and joined a factory as an employee. Whenever I met him, I used to tell him, ‘you made me an entrepreneur but you stopped being one.’
 
 On moving to creating products
 
  We wanted our company also to be a product development company and our focus was on education, like the software that manages everything about a child while in school starting from admission till he/she leaves school and becomes an alumnus.  It is a nasty software which students are going to be quite unhappy about! This software was aimed only at the Indian market. I want to be the market leader in ICT in education.  Our software is being used in more than 100 schools all over India, Singapore and the Middle East.   We are now in the process of raising funds. Once we do it, we will separate the company into two — service and product development. I want to concentrate on products as I can’t sail on two boats.
 
On meeting former President Abdul Kalam
 
  I met Dr Abdul Kalam when he was the President of India. I was 17 or 18 then. My meeting was scheduled for 15 minutes but we had such an intense conversation that it went on for one-and-a-half hours.
 
  I didn’t feel that I was talking to the President of India. We talked like two friends. He was sitting in his chair across the table but after some time, he came and sat next to me. He is such a modest person that it was a great learning experience for me.
 
On being on the board of the World Bank
 
  As per the wishes of my parents, I joined engineering but didn’t complete my engineering: like Bill Gates! When I was in my 5th semester, the World Bank invited me to attend their board meeting. I am the only Indian on the board of the World Bank.  The objective was to explore how ICT can improve the quality of education in the emerging economies, by bringing in accountability and transparency in their financial deeds.   Robert B. Zoellick, the President of the World Bank, decided that they could not have only Americans on the board and needed people from across the world. As they were focusing on education, they wanted young minds to add value to the work.   He preferred a young mind from an emerging country and that was how I got the invitation in 2005. Not even in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be on the board of the World Bank. The invitation was the most unforgettable moment in my life. I now report directly to Robert B Zoellick!
 
  Some of the others on the board are the CEO of Cisco, the vice president of Microsoft and the CEO of SAP; all Fortune 500 companies and me, the only Indian!   I am helping the World Bank set policies on ICT in university education so that employability can be enhanced. My aim is to reduce the number of unemployed eligible youth in the world.  Right now, we are concentrating on Africa. Soon, I want to shift the focus on to India. It has been an amazing experience for me.   But I had to discontinue my engineering education at the time I joined the board, as I didn’t have enough attendance in college!
 
On his dreams for his company
 
  I have always believed that IT is not just technology but a tool that can solve the problems of people. That is what I want to do in my company.
 
  I want my company to be a market leader in software solutions concentrating on education.   When I was younger, I didn’t care about money. Now that I am responsible for my employees, I care about what we make. If I am not bothered about money, we cannot scale up our business.  When I started my company from a net cafe in Bengaluru, I never ever imagined that one day my company would be a multi-million dollar company and I would be on the World Bank board as a member.
 
  What drives me is my passion and it has been an amazing journey so far. My message to our youth is : Just pursue your passion and chase your dream with hard work . Soon, achievements and results will be chasing you !
 
Hope you enjoyed reading the inspirational story !

8 Effective Cold Prevention Strategies‏

1. Wash your hands – The world we live in is filled with viruses and bacteria that can make us ill. Your hands are no exceptions. Wash your hands often to keep them clean. If you cannot wash them, at least use some hand sanitizer, such as Purel.
 
2. Drink hot fluids, especially in the morning – The rhinovirus incubates in the back of the throat and spreads in the upper respiratory area because it’s cooler than the body temperature. Rhinovirus can’t survive at 98.6 (hence it doesn’t travel far down into the bronchi or the lungs). By drinking hot fluid (such as hot tea and lemon) you can prevent the virus from incubating.
 
3. Keep your hands out of your face – We have already discussed the germs and viruses on your hands. You cannot wash them continuously, so in between washings keep your hands out of your face. Your face is an open portal to your insides. Keep the germs away from your portal.
 
4. Drink water – Drinking more water is my answer to everything. Water will help clean out your body and keep it clean. It will also keep your body functioning at 100%. You should drink at least (eight) 8oz glasses of water everyday. This will also help you lose weight.
 
5. Eat your fruits and vegetables – There are phytochemicals and antioxidants in fruits and vegetables that can help strengthen your immune system and prevent diseases. You should eat at least four servings of vegetables and two servings of fruits every day.
 
6. Multivitamins – If you are not eating all of your fruit and vegetable servings, you should take a multivitamin to ensure you are getting all of the vitamins your body needs to function properly. Take a simple one-a-day multivitamin everyday.
 
7. Stay warm – Being cold weakens your immune system and makes your body more susceptible to illness. Look at the day’s temperature at weather.com before leaving your home. Wear layers in and out of your home when it is cold.
 
8. Relax and rest – Stress weakens your immune system. You can reduce your stress levels by relaxing and getting more sleep. Sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy immune system. Sleep will also boost your recovery time if you become ill.
 
Getting a cold can derail your nutrition and activity plans. However, if you follow the strategies I laid out for you, you can prevent this from happening.

Smart count – Akbar and Birbal

Emperor Akbar was in the habit of putting riddles and puzzles to his courtiers. He often asked questions which were strange and witty. It took much wisdom to answer these questions.
 
Once he asked a very strange question. The courtiers were dumb folded by his question.
 
Akbar glanced at his courtiers. As he looked, one by one the heads began to hang low in search of an answer. It was at this moment that Birbal entered the courtyard. Birbal who knew the nature of the emperor quickly grasped the situation and asked, “May I know the question so that I can try for an answer”.
 
Akbar said, “How many crows are there in this city?”
 
Without even a moment’s thought, Birbal replied “There are fifty thousand five hundred and eighty nine crows, my lord”.
 
“How can you be so sure?” asked Akbar.
 
Birbal said, “Make you men count, My lord. If you find more crows it means some have come to visit their relatives here. If you find less number of crows it means some have gone to visit their relatives elsewhere”.
 
Akbar was pleased very much by Birbal’s wit.