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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Restoring The Economy; After The Pandemic;

Restoring The Economy?: The New Normal?: 5 Aspects;


Every public leader, regardless of a political party, wants the economy and employment restored. However, there seems, as they're often doing, to be a significant difference between what this means and represents, to different individuals! 



Restoring The Economy; After The Pandemic;
Restoring The Economy; After The Pandemic;

Simply pumping - in dollars, is not a long - term solution. One reality is, our economy, had certain weaknesses, before this pandemic, but, were somewhat, disguised, because of the over a trillion dollars, the government pumped - in, via, so-called, tax reforms (a major reason for the nearly trillion-dollar deficit), artificially - low - interest rates, and, a variety of programs, which had the effect, of supporting/ helping the largest corporations, and, wealthiest Americans.

 If we hope, to bring the nation back, financially and economically, after this horrific period, we will have to think - outside - the - box, and recognize, the New Normal, at least for the foreseeable future, may look far different. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 5 aspects, which might have to change.



1. Changing small retail: 

Many experts predict, a quarter, or more, of existing small retailers, may never reopen, and/ or if they do, it will be short-lived! With occupancies, probably, reduced, and other, safety and public health measures, required, the challenges may become overwhelming!

2. Changes in larger retail:

 We already know, several larger retail establishments, who, have announced, they have closed their doors, forever, and/ or, entered bankruptcy, and will significantly reduce their operations, and a number of stores, as a result. The cost of doing business, and the ever-expanding scope and expanse of internet businesses (referred to an email), will be challenges, which might change the way, we do business, in the future!


3. Restaurants: 


A well - respected, restaurant booking application, states, they believe a quarter of the restaurants, will never reopen their doors! The expanded period of mandated closings, combined with the challenges of the industry, are compounded by the expected new restrictions (occupancy, and others), and some consumer's fear of returning soon!

4. Offices/ commerce:
 We can probably expect changes, in the way, many companies, run their businesses. Most models expect less space, and more telecommuting, combined with plexiglass partitions, and other safety measures, and far more Social Distancing. In addition, because of economic and emotional realities/ reasons/ fears, it won't be surprising to see, Split Shifts!

5. Jumpstart the economy:
 New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, suggests, we need to jumpstart the economy, suggesting needed infrastructure-related projects, should be encouraged, etc. How we re-envision life, and the way, we conduct business, will probably have a major impact!

We cannot afford to get this wrong, which means, we can't reopen too soon, improperly, or without away, to prevent this from recurring! Demand sustainable solutions, instead of empty rhetoric and promises. Larger commercial buildings, large shopping malls, and Main Street retail/ commerce, as well as transportation, are among the potentially, greatest challenges!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Steps to a Deep Breathing Life Solution;

Steps to a Deep Breathing Life Solution;


Breathtaking literally can be your best skill or a "just-getting-by" method to your overall well-being. Which method would you choose? Think about your daily challenges and ask yourself how often are you short of breath, losing your voice, coughing, anxious, distracted, tired, and generally lacking confidence?



Steps to a Deep Breathing Life Solution;
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Did you know that all of these trepidations are best resolved by deep breathing with your diaphragm and intercostal muscles? Your diaphragm is just below your rib cage area where it will expand as your inhale your breath, then relax as you exhale your air.


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 It has the most flexible range of space expansion from holding a small reserve of air to gathering the maximum amount of air in your largest body cavity. With the help of the attached intercostal muscles, the diaphragm expands your lower rib cage outward to create more space for lung capacity.

Discover if you are using your diaphragm to your best advantage. The diaphragmatic breathing method offers you the best management tool to determine when, why, and how to access your breathing solution to exhale your breath slowly over a long time, hold some air in reserve, or to expel it suddenly in a moment.


Step 1: Feel where your diaphragm connects with your breathing.



  • Lie on your back, relax, and breathe slowly.
  • Place your hand gently on your stomach. See and feel your hand and stomach move up as you breathe in, then return as you exhale your breath.
  • Hooray! You are breathing with the diaphragm.
  • Avoid raising your shoulders or breathing only in the smaller upper chest cavity

Step 2: Expand the amount of air your diaphragm maintains.


  • Inhale your air for a count of 3, hold it for a count of 2, and exhale for a count of 3
  • Increase your intake for a count of 4, hold it for a count of 3, and exhale for a count of 5
  • Repeat inhale for 4, hold for 4, exhale for 7. Continue this pattern increasing your exhalation to 8, then 9, then 10; and so on, until 15 or more if you can.


Step 3: Manage your diaphragmatic breathing method when you need it most.




  • Take your time over a few days or weeks to develop and practice increasing the amount of air you can exhale.

  • Relax and practice diaphragmatic breathing to become your significant way to breathe naturally throughout the day whenever you relax, move, or speak.

In today's world, your breathing method may have life-saving potential.


 Use this as your default deep breathing method for emergencies to avoid anxiety, to be heard clearly, and to not run out of breath. Now you know, this is your secret deep breathing power source for your life!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Why So Many Can't Listen To Him Anymore?

Why So Many Can't Listen To Him Anymore?:5 Factors ;


In my lifetime, I have never witnessed, any other public leader, quite like President Donald Trump! From his background, lack of relevant experience, and expertise, to how, he articulates his message, he is, at the very least, different and unusual! Polls indicate, although his favorability numbers are amongst the lowest,



Why So Many Can't Listen To Him Anymore?
5 Factors

From Day One, his continuous positive numbers, and unwavering support, from his core supporters, is, equally, unprecedented! It seems, someone, either, strongly opposes him, or, believes so deeply in him, in their opinions, he can do, no wrong!

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Because I prefer, desire, and demand, my public officials, honor all the Constitutional guarantees, instead, of only those, which they desire, and expect genuine integrity, many people, who feel, similarly, can no longer stand, even, listening to him! With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 5 factors/ behaviors, that make so many of us, feel this way.


1. Tone, and lack of genuine empathy:

 How often, have we witnessed, any degree of genuine empathy, articulated by this President? Doesn't it, often, seem to be, more about him, and his personal/ political agenda, and self - interests, than the greater good? We feel it should be concerning, his message, seems so fluid and contradictory, and his tone is polarizing and adversarial, rather than unifying!


2. Lies constantly: 

Several political fact-checkers proclaim, our present occupant of the White House has told more lies, and made more, misleading statements, than anyone else, in recent memory! While, we don't always, know, immediately, when someone misstates the facts, etc, in this age of videotape, and the Internet, there have been thousands of these types of behaviors, documented, during his tenure, in office.


3. Apparent lack of well-considered plan: 


Effective planning, and thorough knowledge of ramifications, and alternatives, should be the minimum, we can expect, from any public leader! President Trump, often, seems to be, either, not ready, willing, and/ or, able, to take the time, and make the real effort, to gain this knowledge, and expertise.


4. Like fingernails on a blackboard: 


Have you ever listened to any speaker, and something, about them, gives you a feeling, similar to, fingernails on a blackboard? Although, perhaps, more figurative, than actual, it often, creates, a degree of annoyance, and discomfort, where someone, loses faith and patience, in the speaker, and tends to avoid, even, listening to that person! How can any public official make a difference, for the better, until/ unless, he can really, communicate, with most others?


5. Politics/ rhetoric/ vitriol; Feels like he wastes our time:

 There's a place for politics, but, why are so few, unable/ unwilling, to transform themselves, from being a politician to becoming a true statesman? President Trump, seemingly, proceeds, constantly, with a focus on politics, and uses rhetoric, and a level of vitriol, which pits one American against another! After more than three years, many, try to avoid, even listening to his statements, because, they feel, he wastes our time, and provides little relevant information, of significance!


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Healthy Diet.

Benefits of a healthy diet:


Healthy Diet.
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As said a healthy diet constitutes a healthy body. Before setting plans for a healthy diet there is a need to understand what a healthy diet is, a balanced diet that fulfills the requirements of the body for proper functioning; including all the macronutrients and micronutrients. It does not always include losing the fat content or specifically losing weight but providing the body with an adequate amount of the nutrients required. Below are enlisted some of the benefits that will provide us reason to adopt a healthy diet.


1. Prevent major diseases:

A healthy diet helps to maintain a healthy body by providing all the essential minerals and nutrients body needs for its proper working. By eating low-calorie vegetables and fruits heart attacks and strokes are prevented; however, some of the cancers are also prevented.
Specifically, the risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity is decreased by meals involving high fiber food. Eating a higher rate of vegetables in the daily diet may reduce the risk of bone loss and high blood pressure, also if an adequate amount of potassium is provided in overall meals the risk of kidney stones I diminished.

2. Weight loss:

Eating diet including the appropriate proportion of low-calorie vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and unsaturated fats can help us maintain a steady weight. Moreover, eating healthy and low-calorie food leaves no room for higher sugar and fat intake.
3. Boasts up immune system:
The immune system is also strengthened by maintaining a balanced diet thus lowers the risk of catching diseases too quickly. Eating healthy will also boost up our energy levels by preventing us from the diseases for a longer period of time.

4. Better sleep:

The process of metabolism is fastened through eating healthy food, thus increasing body activity which ultimately helps us to get better and deeper sleep, the time when the body manages to repair and heal itself.
5. Physical beauty:
One of the most charming benefits of eating healthy is that it can maintain a fabulous glow on your face, with good hair and an ideal body. So it is easy for one to stay healthy and beautiful at the same time just by balancing their diet.

conclusion:

From the above points, it is fair to conclude that, a healthy diet can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Simply by paying check on what we eat, we can look fabulous and feel fabulous. so yeah folks go maintain your healthy dieting!


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Quit To Smoking

How to Quit Smoking by Understanding the Hidden Reasons:




Quitting smoking may be one of the hardest things you have ever done in your life, but its fruits begin to show even after the first 24 hours. You may begin to notice benefits such as, your breath easier, you cough lesser, feel more energetic, and an overall better feeling. It will get easier and better as you go further down the road, and eventually, you can be smoke-free.

It is particularly difficult to quit smoking because of nicotine, a drug you drag into your body by smoking. Nicotine being addictive in nature, it makes you it's dependent. Nicotine has a pleasurable feeling, and that is what makes you crave more. It also hampers the proper functioning of your nervous system. As your nervous system adapts to the drug, you tend to smoke more, which in turn, raises the level of nicotine in your bloodstream. By this time you develop a liking of nicotine, which caused you to smoke more. When a certain nicotine level is achieved in your body, you have to keep smoking, enough to maintain it.


The act of smoking can develop into a repetitive bad habit and can be very hard to break. Being one of the most addictive habits, it may be difficult to quit smoking. Many smokers successfully quit smoking every year, and you could do so too. In order to boost your chances of success, there are a few things that you must do to keep you motivated throughout this process.



Do you really want to quit smoking?

This may seem a strange question but is very significant in being the foundation of a successful attempt. Remember that each time you make a half-hearted attempt, it may result in failure, and you'd be back to square one.


Check your motivation level: 


consider making a list of all possible reasons why you want to quit, like improving your health, getting rid of that urge, being a better example for your kids, saving money, or any others.

Once you have decided to quit smoking, choose a date within the upcoming two to three weeks, allowing you some mental preparation for the tough task.


Use this time trying to study your smoking habits, if you smoke more at night or during the day or if you tend to smoke while on the phone or after a meal, with coffee, or with alcohol. Once you have identified your smoking patterns it would help you quit smoking, because you may be able to evade the patterns that trigger your smoking urge.



When you reach the date to quit:

 Take it one day at a time. Each day you don't smoke, you are one day closer to having quit for good. Counter each urge to smoke by doing something else, indulge in some healthy activity, try exercising, or going for a walk. Do anything you can to help your body lose its urge for nicotine.

Many people associate gaining weight with quitting smoking if you watch what you are eating you won't gain weight. Evaluate your attempt to quit smoking every three or four days, identifying your weakest moments and your strongest. This may be a help in carrying you through the course of quitting smoking.


Having someone you can talk to about the changes you are experiencing while trying to quit smoking may prove good. At some stage, if you do break down, it does not mean you have failed. It simply means you'll have to recommit and start afresh.



SPORTSBOOK

Greatest ODI Finisher of All Time! 

MS DHONI;


SPORTSBOOK
MS Dhoni


I had planned to write the article after Dhoni retires. But I can't bear the waiting any longer. Mirror mirror on the wall. Who is the greatest finisher of them all? Well, all that apart, the only real contestants being called the greatest one-day cricket finishers of all time are Greatest ODI Finisher of All Time! Bevan or MSD: and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Nope does not make the mistake of comparing them as cricketers because Dhoni with his versatility will win hands down. Just compare them as ODI finishers. That's what I am out to do today. I came up with some interesting facts and stats while doing so.

Let's first list some candidates"SPORTSBOOK" who deserve although not in the same league as these two specialists. Some of them are Lance Kluesner, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Mike Hussey, AB De Villiers, and VIA Richards arguably the greatest one-day batsman of all time. He and Sachin will say no we do not need a finisher. We can finish the match a long time before the overs are completed with available resources at the other end. But that is another story and another breed of batsmen.



SPORTSBOOK
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By finisher do we mean a batsman who remains not out at the end when an inning is over? Nope. I mean the batsman who finished the match and won it for his team is the greatest finisher. In most cases, such an inning will result in the batsman remaining not out at the end. But there are many an innings in which the batsman had pretty much finished it before getting out. 
Sachin Tendulkar at Sharjah in 1998 against Australia played two magical century innings, one to propel India into the finals and the second to win the final for India. He got out in both the innings. But it was finishing of the highest order and did the job for his country very effectively indeed. And this is where Bevan and Dhoni come into the picture. They made a real difference when it mattered most to their teams. And they did it many times. This fact alone leaves clear daylight between them and the others.


The best qualities of MS Dhoni is that he is calm about everything when everyone in the stadium and watching the match on TV is about to have a heart attack. This was pretty much the case with Michael Bevan as well. But Bevan had solid batsmen keeping him company during his time such as Waugh brothers, Damien Martyn, etc. Dhoni also benefitted from these batsmen at the other end but more towards the end of his career.

 They were both outstanding runners between wickets. More than that, they were excellent judges of runs. They knew when to convert a single into two and a two into three, and also when to not take the risk. This increased the pressure on the opposition a great deal. Not only the boundaries kept coming but the running between wickets killed the match for the opposition.

One area where Dhoni stands out is big hitting. He can hit sixes and Bevan, on the other hand, was not a big hitter. He could hit out if required but not with the same consistency as Dhoni. That to my mind is the real difference between the two. Bevan has won as many matches for his team as Dhoni did but with caresses and pushes rather than the controlled hitting of Dhoni. A finisher needs temperament and they both had it. I am saying "were" though Dhoni is still around. But I believe we have seen his best.


Most Indians will point at career strike rate to tilt the balance in Dhoni's favor but Bevan played in a slightly different era where the batsmen did not score at the same rate as today apart from the Tendulkars, Waughs, and Laras obviously. And the teams also did not amass the same totals as today. 

So this statistic does not do justice to Bevan. They both have great batting averages in the excess of 50s. They absolutely killed the opposition with exquisite finishing. No matter how they did it, by running around or hitting out, it was clinical.

Dhoni finishing is about his ability to do both: big-hitting and nudges and pushes and runs like a hare. Also, Dhoni played in an era when there was a lot of cricket played and he had to perform multiple roles in T20s, ODIs, Tests and IPL. This alone is backbreaking. While Bevan played ODI cricket basically along with the first-class matches and a little bit of test match cricket.

 Less stress definitely than compared to modern cricketers like Dhoni. Maintaining fitness in such cases is very difficult. Dhoni has managed this but Bevan struggled towards the end of his career with a series of fitness problems.

Most mortal cricketers in this world panic when the difference between the numbers of balls left and runs to get starts to get out of hand but not these two. It was just unbelievable to watch them keeping their calm and going about their job as if it was everyday chores. What these guys are made up of can be seen with finishing no one else can repeat so many times. 

Many great cricketers have graced the game and a lot of them have played stellar roles in their teams winning. But finishing the matches victoriously for their teams so many times? No. No one! These two just cannot be beaten at that.


Bevan;

Bevan was a part of two world cup winning squads in 1999 and 2003. It is noteworthy that Australia was at the top of their game when he was playing ODI cricket and was in his prime. Dhoni won the single ODI WC victory for India in 2011 although he is still playing and I am sure is eyeing the 2019 world cup as his last hurrah.

Bevan has the highest batting average for a retired ODI cricketer of 53.58 while Dhoni averages 51.37 at the moment and will end up around 50. This also doesn't indicate any clear advantage for Bevan because Dhoni would take more risks and as a result, would have a better strike rate than Bevan who will have a slightly better average. Both of them played and won matches playing with tail-enders and many times. 

I cannot describe in words how unbelievable it was to watch these men do it over and over again.

Another critical point that goes against Dhoni is the pitches he played on. Bevan played on large Australian grounds which make hitting sixes difficult while Dhoni batted at a time when the game was tailor-made for batsmen and on Indian conditions which have always been friendly to batsmen. 

Though Bevan comes from an all Aussie domination era where the team was on a roll, Dhoni busted the Indian habit of being poor chasers. That is his greatest achievement really for his country. It is no mean achievement, allow me to tell you, as I have seen Indian cricket since the 1980s and this had become a minor crisis back then.


VERDICT:

I have tried hard not to compare them as overall cricketers and talk about Dhoni captaincy or Bevan left-arm spin bowling. These were like bonuses to their teams. I am not going to discuss the Bevan test record either as again that is irrelevant to the topic. You can compare their stats all you want, all day. You will find them counterbalance each other in the end. But despite considering everything I still cannot ignore the huge difference in strike rate. It is 15 points and I think that is the real and telling difference. Need I say more?

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Trail Of Tears;

Trail Of Tears;


Trail Of Tears;
Trail Of Tears;


Trail Of Tears; We saw you crying at Podbrdo
With our inner eyes,
Your kind eyes filled with tears of sorrow,
Reflecting the anguish of a turbulent century.
I saw your crystal tears drip down to your rosy cheeks
And falling on the stones of the rocky Podbrdo
With my inner eyes.
The sparkling dewdrops,
On the vine leaves of Medjugorje
Reflecting your holy tears
And proclaiming "Ave Maria."


Trail Of Tears; I heard your sobbingEchoing between the hills of MedjugorjeWith my heart and soul. Restless Mother you are. Who wouldn't be restless when the children are perishing? We cannot keep watching your tears anymore. Our sighs and prayers would reach the stars in your crown and they may wipe your motherly tears cascading down your cheeks.

You looked sad and uneasy,

Trail Of Tears streaming down your cheeks when you appeared at La Salette in the Alps. Why the weeping never ceased all the time


While you spoke to your dear children.



The Visionaries say;



You were like a mother beaten up by the children


and escaped to the mountain to weep.



Trail Of Tears; Certainly when you triumph one day,
Your blood-stained tears
Would turn into silver tears of joy.
Holy Mother, help us in this battle
To reach your heavenly abode.
We are waiting for your embrace at the Heavenly gate.
Until then, we may hold on to Christ and you,
And remain uncommitted for the rest.


Next to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus,


There is nothing more emotive
Than your holy tears, Mother Mary.
How many tears you shed on the Way of the Cross
And when you stood beneath the Cross!
Still shedding tears for the prodigal children.

Queen of peace, once again wishing

To be in your courtyard
Sitting underneath the Cherry tree
And reminiscing the bygone days.

Trail Of Tears; Once again wishing to be in the room of apparition,

Praying and waiting for your arrival,
To hear the sound of the church bells
Announcing your majestic arrival with a cross of white light.
Watching the visionaries' faces glowing at your sight.
And put our petitions under your feet
Once again wishing to be at Podbrodo,
Kneeling in front of the blue cross.

Trail Of Tears; Holy Mother, be my safety in the restless tides of life,

Make my mind as peaceful as a lake on a windless night.
Let your Motherly love burn as an altar fire,
In the secret temple of my being.

Trail Of Tears; Medjugorje is a village in Bosnia where Mother Mary has been appearing to six visionaries since June 1981. The apparitional occurrences continue at Medjugorje as of today. On many occasions, the apparition has appeared there with tearful eyes. Our Lady appeared at La Salette in France with a sad face and tearful eyes in 1846. She is like a mother sitting by the side of a child who is comatose; the world is in a spiritual coma. Some say that she is like a mother jumping into the fire in the house to save the children and the world is caught up with spiritual fire.

Monday, March 09, 2020

SELF CARE

Self-Care and Stress Management;


SELF CARE

                                                   Stress 

What is stress?

 SELF CARE; Stress is made of stressful thoughts and images in the mind, a rush of adrenaline, and corresponding sensations and tensions in the body. Anxiety and fear are other words for stress. Fear is as natural and healthy a response as is the pain we feel when we put our hand in the fire.

Fear is a helpful message that says, "Danger! Pay attention! Take care!" The question is, is there real danger (immanent), or is it imagined danger, like the thought, "I won't be able to get it all done", and the feeling that something awful will happen if I don't?


Usually, when we talk about stress management, we are talking about ways of getting rid of or reducing tension or fear. For SELF CARE The only way to reduce fear is to feel safe again. Fear/stress activates our fight/flight/freeze response so we can get back to safety.


But what happens when we cannot find our way back to safety, as in our fear of failing to complete our dissertations or getting our degrees; or fear of losing our loved ones; or fear of losing our health, etc.? We remain in the fight/flight response longer than is healthy for our bodies, so they start shutting down to conserve energy. This shows up as tiredness, fatigue, lack of energy, loss of motivation, or depression.


To feel safe again in the face of failure and loss;


 SELF CARE We can come to accept these as inevitable in life and to realize that, while uncomfortable and painful, they are not dangerous. We have all already survived both. They are like an injury or illness from which we heal.

I am reminded of the quote from At the Will of the Body by Arthur Frank, to paraphrase, "Every time we get ill or become injured at some level we fear our death, yet we recover from every injury or illness until we encounter the one from which we do not recover".

This brings us squarely to our inevitable existential fear of death, which we all-too-successfully deny (see The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker), yet of which we are inevitably and frequently reminded.

There is a saying that states, 


"F E A R can mean two things - Forget Everything And Run, or Face Everything And Rise. SELF CARE We can spend the rest of our lives running and distracting and avoiding, or we can find the courage to face our fears and rise above them to do what we love and live our lives fully until we die. We get to choose. Only one of them qualifies as self-care.

Kelly McGonigal found research that shows that stress is not bad for us. What is bad for us is the belief that it is bad for us. The people who died from stress were only those who believed stress was bad for them.

To summarize, the impulse to manage stress is probably always motivated by our fear and resistance to our stress, which only adds to our stress. It is not stressed that needs to be managed, but our response to stress.

When we respond to stress by simply acknowledging, allowing, and accepting it, we are switching off the sympathetic nervous system and switching on the parasympathetic nervous system that returns us to calm. We could call this "permission to be stressed".

When I first learned of this, I'd tell myself, "I get to be as stressed as I need to be for as long as I need to be", to counter the years of messaging that told me that I should not be stressed, I had no reason to be stressed, and to get over it. Meeting stress with acceptance is self-compassion and is the first step back to our longed-for calm. This is self-care in the face of stress.

Ricardo Hidalgo My area of expertise is psychology. I have been a professional counselor since 1980. Emotional literacy, emotional freedom, and generating emotional well-being are my expertise. Suffering is inevitable until we realize that it is optional. I help people realize the truth of this.

ASTHMA

How Will You Prevent Asthma? What Is The Best Treatment?


ASTHMA
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The typical symptoms being shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and tightness of chest when all of these appear, we know it is the distressing condition of Asthma. It's here we realize the importance of normal breathing, a thing we all take for granted all the time. The attacks are dreaded and a silent threat lurks all the time on the sufferer, with every breath he or she takes.

It is a chronic disease that inflames and narrows your airways in the lungs and makes breathing an extremely difficult task for the sufferer. The airways remain inflamed in this condition and the muscles around the airways always remain tightened when a trigger flares up and you suffer from a full-fledged Asthma attack. Even to witness a severe attack makes your own breath alter; such is the excruciating situation for the sufferer.

Why is becoming more common in recent years?


Every year people being diagnosed with Asthma are just growing leaps and bounds and it is now turning into an epidemic. Many studies have revealed that its frequency has increased with more and more people being affected by it and, most importantly it's being reported in large numbers.
• A common answer to this problem could be the worsening of the air quality and the decline in the environmental conditions.


The modern houses being very tight for the existence means that the circulation of fresh air in the house is far less. The stimuli that promote the development of Asthma, from dust and mites to molds and dander to second-hand cigarette smoke, are found in great concentrations in tightly sealed homes.



• While there is another theory behind the rising allergy and Asthma diagnosis rates and a surprising one indeed, this also makes a lot of sense. The living conditions in much of the world might be too clean and the children are not being exposed to the kind of germs that the body is able to combat, in order to build up the immune system for tougher things. The immune system when suddenly exposed to the irritants reacts in a drastic way causing lungs to get inflamed and making breathing a difficult task. This leading theory being studied and researched is known as the 'Hygiene Hypothesis'.



• It is also indicated that the significantly increased use of certain medications contributes to the increase in Asthma. The early or too much use of antibiotics brings about a change in the bacterial flora and hence impacts and develops allergic diseases like This.


• The alarming rate of Vitamin D deficiency being reported is also a reason for the rising cases of Asthma. Vitamin D is extremely essential for lung and immune system development. Children, adults with the advent of modern gadgets spend more and more time indoor, subsequently there is very less exposure to sunlight and there is a deficiency of Vitamin D production in the body.


So can its attacks be prevented?

While this excruciating condition is not curable, but it certainly can be prevented through self-care in order to prevent this condition from getting worse. Self-care is an integral part of our lives and it involves taking responsibility for your own health, what you eat every day to stay fit, maintain good physical and mental health, prevent illnesses or accidents and care more for minor ailments as this is all that matters to avoid this painful condition of Asthma.


• One of the most important steps in keeping at bay is your partnership with your doctor or health care provider and an approach with includes medications with simply smart lifestyle steps to follow.



• Taking regular medications according to the action plan as directed by the doctor can really help in keeping the situation under control.



• Another important point to remember in case of this is, you must know and identify things that trigger your condition and to avoid them in order to prevent an asthma flare-up.


• Wash the bedding weekly and dust it regularly if you fear dust mites.


• No matter how much of an animal lover or a pet lover you are, keep a safe distance from your dear pets. Sorry! It's hard but got to do it for your good health.


• Mold problems could be fixed by eliminating all kinds of standing water in the planters and similar objects.



Prevent Asthma attacks at work, how?

• The cleaning substance may have triggered your last Asthma flare-up in the office, you never know, find out and keep away if so is the case.
• You must know the nearest hospital to your office in case there is a sudden Asthma attack.
• Try to keep stress level in control; it is known to make your already distressing situation worse.
• Avoid smoking areas, smoke and the odor of tobacco can trigger these attacks, so avoid smoking and also visiting the smoking area to prevent an Asthma trigger from flaring up.

Other times

• If you have exercises induced asthma then avoid too much activity in cold and hot conditions.
• If you have seasonal allergies that trigger Asthma symptoms then stay indoors during the peak pollen days and keep your inhaler handy all the time.

Are there natural remedies that can prevent Asthma too?


Yes, nature has a cure for almost anything it embraces and asthma is not left far behind when it comes to treating this painful condition of the airways.


Yoga, an age-old practice can leave asthma extremely disempowering. It improves the free flow of air in the lungs and encourages fresh air to enter the air sacs; by continuous practice of yoga, you can even keep your medications at bay in some time.


The regular use of herb like ginger is well known to bring down airway inflammation and it also inhibits airway contraction. One inch of ginger when grated and boiled in water, steeped for about five minutes and consumed regularly can prove to be beneficial in Asthma.


Garlic also is known for its decongestant qualities, especially during the early stages of Asthma. Boil two to three cloves of garlic in milk and have it regularly. See the difference these natural remedies can bring about in improving your condition.


Yes, your coffee too can prove to be beneficial in controlling Asthma attacks. A cup of hot coffee relaxes and clears the airways to help you breathe easily; the stronger the coffee the better is the results.


Eucalyptus oil is an effective treatment for Asthma symptoms too because of its decongestant properties. Many studies have shown the important role played by the chemical eucalyptol which helps in breaking down the mucus. Just by sprinkling a few drops on a paper towel and keeping it on your head, will help your airways relax. You can also put a few drops of it in boiling water and take steam. Try to take deep breaths if possible.


Mustard oil does not only make your food healthy but can prove to be very beneficial in case of an Asthma attack. Massaging mustard oil on the chest can help clear the respiratory passages and restore normal breathing. Heat some mustard oil with camphor and gently rub it on the chest and upper back. Do this exercise several times a day until the symptoms subside.


The nutritional properties of figs promote respiratory health and help in draining out the phlegm and help in alleviating breathing difficulties. Soak the figs in water overnight, eat the fig, and drink the water too. Home remedies affect your system gradually, slowly and the best part is that they are natural so please don't get impatient for immediate results.


Turmeric, my favorite and tried and tested herb will assist you in providing quick relief from Asthma along with its symptoms. This herb has been known for curing a plethora of maladies including Asthma and the best part is that it does all this without causing any side effects.


Turmeric with all its anti-inflammatory properties can help in clearing out the troubling mucus in the lungs and soothe the irritation and the blockage of the airways, therefore making breathing easy.


• It contains anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties that aid in killing the infection and reduce the spasms of Asthma as well as the frequency of the attacks.


• This also enhances the functioning of the liver and prevent blockage of the airways.


• Curcumin, the bioactive enzyme found in turmeric is extremely effective in treating bronchial asthma and provides you relief from windpipe inflammation of the airway.


• Turmeric helps in dilating the blood vessels that allow better airflow, restores normal breathing patterns, thins the blood, and soothes your body which might have gone through trauma.


• Rich in minerals and fiber, it gives a thumping boost to your immunity.


The more we speak about this magic herb the more we unfold its magic, so all I can suggest is to sprinkle its goodness in your food and have it in your milk to ensure you are using it to corner Asthma.


Is living a normal life with asthma possible?


Yes, it is possible provided you manage it well, you follow your treatment plan, avoid places and things that might trigger it. Follow natural remedies, stay active, keep stress away, stay alert, stay safe, and stay positive.


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