Neurological disorders explained: Migraine

If you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience with a throbbing headache on one side of your head, it could be a migraine. In fact, it probably is. This extremely common condition affects over 5 million people in the US alone; the stats are even more sobering in Pakistan.

The word migraine rolls off our tongue all the time whenever we get the slightest of headaches but is it such a casual condition?

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Turns out, it can be. Only a small portion of people with migraine suffer from the more concerning aura-type migraine. In this version of the headache, vision disturbances and photosensitivity is predominant. But most people don’t go through the aura phase of a migraine and suffer only from the basic pain symptoms and associated mood disturbances, nausea and fatigue – of varying intensities of course.

We still don’t really know the true pathology behind a migraine and several theories have been proposed. But one thing is for sure: it can run in families and it can be triggered by certain noxious environmental stimuli.

Patients with severe migraine attacks are often given a list of medicines and pain relievers over a long course of period. Those with only mild pain can find relief in paracetemol or naproxen as well.

Do you suffer from recurrent migraine attacks? I’d say get an appointment with your physician and find out what can help your symptoms.

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DIY Ideas To Make Activated Charcoal Beauty Products

Activated charcoal is a form of carbon that is repeatedly used in various beauty products these days. The carbon is heated in two different ways to increase its power of absorption. There comes a vast variety of charcoaled beauty products like facial masks, scrubs, toothpaste, soaps & many more.

But the question arises..

Why Activated Charcoal Beauty Products stand out than others?

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People have been trying various home remedies to get rid of their skin related problems but the most amazing achievement came when they included activated charcoal in their remedies. I remember when my grandmother used to wash metallic dishes with charcoal to increase its lust & I laughed at her craziness. But, I now realized that as a matter of fact, activated charcoal is not less than a gem for our daily lives. It is capable of eliminating dirt particles & harmful bacteria from one’s skin hence enhancing one’s complexion.

Here I am going to share some DIY ideas for making charcoaled beauty products at home:

Pore minimizer Facial Mask:

Coping up with open pores wasn’t as easy as it is now. Try this simple home remedy & observe the results within a short period of time.

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  • Take 1 tablespoon of activated charcoal; you can buy charcoal capsules or can make it at home (making activated charcoal at home is a bit technical).
  • Then take 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay powder & 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Mix them in a bowl & add a small amount of water to soothe its texture
  • After cleansing your face, apply the paste for about 20 minutes (or until it becomes dry).
  • Rinse your face & repeat the procedure three times in a week.

You will surely feel the difference with a much tighter & healthy skin.

Teeth Whitening Homemade Charcoal Toothpaste:

This toothpaste is worth-trying:

  • Take a capsule of charcoal, empty it in a small bowl.
  • Then take a very small amount of toothpaste & mix it well.
  • First, rinse your mouth with coconut oil & then apply DIY charcoal toothpaste.
  • Repeat the procedure twice a day for effective results.

The list of activated charcoal beauty products goes on & on. Stay tuned for more DIY ideas in our upcoming posts!

 

 

5 Reasons To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

The hardest lesson in your life is to learn that ONLY you can change yourself. There exist no magic to change other people’s behavior but the key lies in focusing on yourself! Once you start focusing on your faults, you may find yourself living a happier life. But how it is possible?

The Rule is simple- Step out of your comfort zone & feel the difference!

Here are the 5 reasons that will help you in saying ‘NO’ to your comfort zone:

  1. Increases Your Stamina:

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If you analyze the lives of all the successful people, you will get to know that they did the things that scared them, they chose the path that nobody ever did. They compromised their nights of sleep to achieve something bigger. As a result, a body’s stamina gradually increases & you are there to do something extraordinary.

     2. It Will Boost Your Self-confidence:

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Nobody is born with a perfect personality neither they are born with incredible self-confidence. It takes years to boost one’s confidence.  For this, one needs to open themselves for new environment by stepping out of their idle lifestyles. Once you equip yourself with knowledge, you will see a sudden rise in your confidence.

     3. Builds Your Self-Esteem:

No one  can make you feel inferior without your consent”

Self-esteem is a way to analyze that how much you appreciate and like yourself.  You may meet certain people in your life who are fullest with their positive energies.  You may admire their stamina, their emotional & physical well-being. You may wonder, what makes such people untiring, motivated & dedicated to achieving what they desire. It’s their high self-esteem that makes them unstoppable.

     4. Helps In Overcoming Your Fears:

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At times you start wondering that you are not capable enough to successfully perform your task. This condition can psychologically affect your mental & physical abilities. Do something every day that makes you happier & satisfied. This strategy will gradually overcome all fears of your life.

    5. You Achieve Your Targets:

The most amazing part that comes out by stepping out your comfort zone is that you become even more productive with little efforts. This paves way for you to achieve targets in your life.

Lastly, remember to learn from your experiences & nothing will work for you if you don’t believe in yourself!

 

 

 

So you need to buy a gift?

If you are anything like me  you know how hard it is to find a perfect gift. It is one of the most daunting task possible. I find shopping centers hectic places, and mostly I get stressed out if and when I can’t find a nice gift. For the last few years, I have tried to give more meaningful gifts to people. It needs to be useful to the recipient and I have to be sure that it will be used by the recipient and not passed onto someone else. My pursuit for that perfect gift has led me to discover a lot of crafters who make the perfect personalised gift for any occasion.

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Although, sometimes a gift basket with generic products is enough but for people who are really close to you, adding a few personalised extras go a long way.

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In my search I came across a lovely online craft shop, La Vie En Rose.

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The best thing about La Vie En Rose is that they not only have a range of products for you to choose from, they are willing to make changes according to your needs and budget. You can also bring your own designs to the table. They have everything from couple shirts to coffee mugs and from key chains to notebooks. And they can all be customised according to your needs.

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The owner of Rose En Vie La, Rameesha, is a young entrepreneur who listens to her clients and works hard to cater to all their needs. She is extremely enthusiastic about her work and this is what she said about her work,

“I was nineteen and on my gap year. I wouldn’t say I was sad about being home but I was very uneasy and unsatisfied with how my life was.
So one day I just randomly thought about starting what I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time. Just hitting it in the air, entirely dependent on what if.
I messaged my entire friend list that if you need help finding the perfect gift, I’m the one you contact. And a minute later, I got my first order.

It’s been almost a year, my venture is still infant, growing up slowly and gradually. But I couldn’t be happier with it!

The best feeling in the world is when you put your heart and all your effort into something and the other says a few words of appreciation. It takes away all the exhaustion.”

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Please note this is not a sponsored post, instead a recommendation after great research.

Sanju

Please do note that I might be a little biased because I have always been a huge fan of Sanjay Dutt.

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I have always been a huge fan of Sanjay Dutt. For reasons unknown to me. The only reason I can think of is that all the adults in my life loved him because he was nargis’s son. I personally have never watched any of her movies but apparently she was almost like a goddess.

And then came the time when he was jailed. I still remember it was soon after the release of Khalnayak which I had on VHS and had probably seen a few hundred times. I remember how people in Pakistan simply assumed that he was targeted because his mother was a Muslim. I don’t remember if I believed that but he still remained a favourite for a long time. Still, the reason was completely unknown.

Over time, Sanjay Dutt’s life became less interesting for me. There were more important things in life to worry about and it was only the first teaser of Sanju that made me look for reasons why I might have liked him. I still like him, just not too interested anymore. He is like this giant with sad eyes and a gentle face. But that’s not enough to like him.

So I used my trusted friend, Google and found out about his first marriage, his drug addiction, how he overcame it, his daughter Trishala and how he abandoned them both while his wife was fighting for her life against cancer, how he cheated on her with Madhuri Dixit and how he almost became the biggest superstar in India and then also how he ended up in jail.

He made some awful decisions in his life. He was irresponsible. He saw what he was getting into and still stepped into it with open eyes. Without realising that his actions, no matter how respected his parents were or how successful he was as an actor, had repercussions. He failed to realise that his wrong decisions will not only affect him, they will affect everyone associated with him.

Now, I do believe that he is not a terrorist and probably he only had illegal weapons at home because someone asked him for a favor. But I do believe that he was friendly to some terrorists and paid a hefty price for it.

Now coming to the movie, it has left me completely confused. I have spent my life liking Sanjay Dutt, making up excuses for him. Now, I am not too sure how I feel about him. Sanju is a movie that tells the story from Sanjay Dutt’s perspective. From his perspective, Trishala, his daughter from his first marriage is so insignificant that she didn’t even deserve to be mentioned in an almost 3 hours long movie. Also, why is cheating on a girl friend or a wife portrayed to be so cool. 308 girlfriends…. That’s something to be proud of as per Sanjay Dutt. And his reasons for commiting all the mistakes are so weak. The reasons I made up for him were far more convincing. Also, the second half is like forcing everyone to believe that he was like a puppet who people used for their advantage and that he was only victimised due to the pressure built up on police and the courts by the irresponsible media. Really?

The movie would not have worked at all if Rajkumar Hirani was not the director or anyone other than Ranbir Kapoor was playing the protagonist. It seems Ranbir Kapoor only got into the industry for this role. He has done it so well that till the end of the movie you pretty much forget how real sanjay dutt looks like. I don’t think he will ever be able to get a role better than this one, anyway.

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If you are a Sanjay Dutt fan and got confused after watching this movie, you will probably just forgive him again for being such a jerk. Because… Well I don’t think I’ve still figured it out but our generation is probably just supposed to love him. And when you love someone, you don’t need a reason.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet and still reading despite the disclaimer, you should be watching the movie rather than wasting time here. Especially if you have kids who are already in their teens, please watch it with them. They need to know that drugs and bad company can ruin lives. And everyone is not as lucky as Sanjay Dutt that no matter what, people still shower him with so much love and affection.

Also, I don’t know why but I have a feeling that there will soon be a movie about how innocent salman khan is.

How To Recognise & Deal With Toxic Friends

The word toxic means “poisonous”, a condition that is particularly used to describe anything that causes a lot of harm & unhappiness over a longer period of time. Similarly, the term toxic friends are used to describe such friends who are not your well-wishers & at points they cripple you from inside hence putting your life on the verge of troubles.

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Here I am going to share some signs that will help you to identify your toxic friends.

How to recognize Toxic Friends?

Have you ever wondered what might be the immediate cause of your failure or a decrease in your self-confidence? Are your friends repeatedly taunting you or making fun of your abilities in front of others?

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If yes, then this is the best time to recognize your toxic friends & deal with them smartly.

  • Think about a situation in your life where your friends have conveyed such criticism to you that made you feel smaller & even embarrassed in front of others. This is the biggest sign of a toxic friend who leaves no room for your praise in crowds.
  • They play with your weak points & disclose your secrets for gaining other people’s sympathies.
  • They are self-centered and bully you repeatedly. This condition can psychologically affect your mental & physical abilities.

How to deal with Toxic friends?

Dealing with toxic friends is not as easy as you might have thought. The key rule here is to never let the negativity of your friend to enter your mind. Take their gossips and criticism lightly as their ruthless nature will never go away. Always try to keep your good news with yourself.

The next step is to find humor in smaller things when you are with your toxic friends. Although it might not be an easy task but you can still laugh at your silly mistakes & crack a joke about it with your friends. This small effort will change your attitude & you will develop the capability of facing the challenges with a good behavior.

“If they do it often, it isn’t a mistake; it’s just their behavior” By Dr.Steve

 

 

 

 

How To Reduce Screen Time For Kids

Reducing screen time has been a hot topic in this digital age, and that’s a given since other electronic items have been thrown into the mix which are easily portable and hence even more hard screen to control! We all know more screen time is bad for us and children, but how exactly are they bad? There are numerous bad habits linked to too much TV or video games.

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While some may argue that video games makes the mind more active because of its puzzles and tactics, too much of anything is very bad. For decades scientists and doctors have cautioned parents and adults alike about the harmful benefits of too much screen time. It can lead to childhood obesity, poor sleeping habits and social issues. A study done in UCLA also showed that too much screen time can effect the child’s ability to recognize emotions and other non-verbal signs.

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Now that we have established the importance of reducing screen time, how do we reduce it? Naturally parents and babysitters will face a lot of resistance and agitation from the kids due to cutting off their screen time. So how do we reduce screen time and get a happy kid in return too? Sounds impossible. Almost.

Following are some of the points to help you in your journey in reducing screen time for kids (and keep them from not chewing your head off in the process):

1. Reduce your screen time first

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As heartbreaking as it may sound, to help your kids you also have to bid farewell to your phones, tablets, computers and TV time. It’s all about setting the right example for your kids. Moreover, if too much screen time is bad for your kids, it must be bad for you too right? Adults suffering from too much screen time also face obesity and other health issues. If you’re always hooked to your gadgets, then your kids will deem it a normal occurrence and follow in your footsteps.

2. Encourage other activities

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Whenever your kids get free time always provide them with non-electronic resources to pass their time. It can be a simple house chore, or any sport, board games, puzzles, reading and arts and crafts among other things. This will keep them occupied and keep their mind sharp too.

3. Limited Screen time

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Allow screen time after the kids have done something productive. Some parents change the wifi everyday and only give the password when they’ve done something worthy. Moreover, limit their time to 30 40 minutes depending on the circumstances. Make it a routine so they stop complaining and do other activities like sports, reading, arts etc. This way they will also have a healthy balance between screen time and other activities and won’t get bored or agitated. Which is a win-win situation right?

EDIT: Have added the video too, do give it a watch.