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3 Ways To Drink More Water

After a little research, it is apparent that nobody really knows where the saying that you need to drink 8 cups of water per day comes from. Some people trace it back to a study in the 1980’s, and other people claim that doctors starting telling people that amount because it was a good goal, but didn’t have any scientific research to back it up with.

Either way, the point is clear, water does wonders for your body, and your brain. Water is well known to cleanse your body of harmful chemicals through your intestines and also throughout your urine tract. Without proper water intake, our bodies break down very quickly, in a matter of days. Without food, however, some people can live for a week or two. That just shows how important water is to our bodies.

Here are 3 quick tips for taking in more water.

1. Always have water available.

I like to buy the 12 ounce bottles of water and keep them in the fridge. Whenever I go to the gym, I grab a bottle. On my way out the door to work, I grab a bottle. Before a trip that will be 30 minutes or longer, I grab a bottle. When I watch a movie, I grab a bottle.

Whenever I am sitting watching TV or a movie, I will keep the bottle in my hand with the lid off. I take a lot of little sips until the bottle is gone. A great way of making sure you drink more water is to make sure it is easily accessible.

2. Keep it cold.

I don’t know many people who like to drink room temperature water, I sure don’t. If you keep your water cold, you will drink more. I make sure there is always ice in my freezer, this makes it very easy to have a cold glass of water anytime.

3. Chose water in restaurants.

Whenever I go out to eat, I always drink water with some lemon. The lemon adds a little spunk to the taste, and the water is always nice, cold and refreshing. After a short time, you will stop craving your old drink of choice and will begin to appreciate the taste, or lack of taste, that water provides.

Give the water a shot, and your body will be thankful!

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Overcoming Dental Fear

About Dental Fear

Dental fear is another common fear shared by many individuals. Despite the importance of dental care, there are quite many who despise the idea of going to the dentist for a visit. For some people, the pain associated with any type of dental problems is tied up with the fear of that dreaded visit to the dentist. Statistics reveal that dentists are the most feared out of any type of doctors.

It is no surprise as to why dental fear is so prevalent given the different situational causes to it.

Cause of Dental Fear

The fear of dentists vary in their intensity such that some people are afraid of undergoing intricate dental procedures while others dislike the idea of seeing the dentist at all. Due to the importance of dental care as part of taking care of your body, it is also important to assess your level of fear so you can undertake the necessary steps to overcome it.

If you examine the causes for dental fear, these are quite familiar. Therefore, you need to be able to identify them before you can think of ways to eliminate them.

• Previous terrible experience with a dentist.

• Fear of being embarrassed or ridiculed for your dental condition. This is quite problematic since your own fear is also the reason for your dental neglect in the first place.

• Fear of certain dental procedures, especially intricate ones that you might perceive as painful.

• Others own scary or terrible experiences with the dentist that impact your own perception about dentists and having a dental check-up on the whole.

• Fear of the anaesthesia shots and needles registered by the dentist before proceeding to any dental procedure.

Behavioural Techniques To Overcome Dental Fear

As with any other types of fear, dental fear mostly takes place in the mind. Therefore, you can try to combat it with a few psychological methods that will enable you to confront this fear. By following them, you are not entirely guaranteed of being able to let go of that fear altogether. However, it can help you understand that this type of fear can be illogical and enable you to appreciate the importance of having frequent dental care.

The Comfort Zone

This is an important concept associated with psychological fears involved with your dental fear. Undergoing dental procedures can be scary, but you can get over that by re-learning the emotional responses solicited by the experience. This is most common among children. For example, you can try doing basic check up wherein the doctor examines the teeth using a mouth mirror. If a child shows no signs of fear from that, then you can proceed to a more elaborate test. Taking this step by step process and moving in slowly will enable the child or individual to remain in their comfort zone. This is a more useful approach among adults given that they can voice out their experience so that you remain as relaxed about the entire dental visit.

Knowing You’re In Control

This one is related to the idea of the “comfort zone”, which is basically about letting your dentist know whether or not you are comfortable about the dental proceedings. It is important that you learn how to effectively communicate with your dentist, so they remain aware about your state throughout the entire procedure. If at some point you become quite anxious about the situation, then it is best to send out warning signals, so your dentist knows when to stop or proceed.

Also, you need to keep it in mind that dental procedures are not going to hurt. That is what the numbing agent is for, which is also another reason why you should not fear those shots administered before any procedure. Once you have motivated yourself enough to dismiss all these thoughts of fear and anxiety, then you’d be able to come out of the procedure with a healthier dental condition.

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Alex learns, it’s good to talk

“I want to quit the team,” Alex said sadly.

“Quit the team? “Said Coach Brown, “Why?”

“I just don’t like Football anymore, Alex said.

“I don’t understand Alex, “said Coach Brown, “You have always loved Football.”

“Not anymore. “Said, Alex, as he sadly walked away.

“Did you quit the Football team?” asked James.

“Yes, said Alex.

“Why, “said James, “You’re the best kid on the team.”

“I just don’t want to play anymore.” Alex said, “I better get back to class.”

“Do you know what’s wrong with Alex?” Cindy asked Jen

“I don’t know.” Jen said, “But he’s been acting weird all week.”

When Alex got home from school, his mother was waiting at the door for him.

“Alex, “she said, “Coach Brown just called me and said that you quit the Football team.”

“Yes.” Said Alex.

“Why would you quit the Football team, Alex?” his mother asked.

“I just don’t want to play anymore.” He said.

As Alex tried to fall asleep that night, he tossed and turned in his bed. Alex had a big problem, and it wasn’t about Football. He knew he needed to ask for help.

“Mom,” he whispered as he walked into her room, “I need to talk to you.”

“What’s the matter Alex?” she said softly.

“I have been having a problem at school. There’s a kid that has been picking on me. He calls me names and makes fun of me, and it makes me feel sad. I have tried to talk to him about it, but he just laughs at me and calls me a wimp. So, I then tried to ignore him, but he just won’t stop! That’s why I quit the Football team. I really need your help.”

“I will call the school tomorrow Alex,” Mom said, “We will figure this out don’t worry it will all be just fine.”

The next day, Mrs Jones came to Alex’s classroom and asked him to come to the principal’s office. When he got to the office, he saw the principal, his parents and in the corner of the room, looking miserable as ever sat Nathan Miller.

“Nathan,” Mrs Webber said,” Is there a problem between you and Alex?”

No, Nathan grunted.

Alex,” Mrs Webber asked,” what is Nathan doing that is bothering you?”

“He’s always making fun of me!” Alex yelled He’s constantly calling me names!     I don’t like it I’m sick of it!”

“I was just kidding!” Nathan yelled back.

Well, it’s not funny!” Alex said,” That’s why I quit Football! I’m feeling so sad and worried cos of you making fun of me all the time! You wouldn’t like it if someone made fun of you all the time either!”

Nathan sat there for a minute or two looking down at the floor.

“No,” said Nathan, “I would hate that. I guess I was having fun picking on you and I wasn’t thinking about how you were feeling about it. But don’t quit the Football team. You are the best kid on the team.”

“Thanks, Nathan,” Alex said looking surprised.

“I will stop making fun of you, “Nathan said.

“Great job working it out boys,” Mrs Webber said.

Alex lay in bed that night thinking it’s good to talk about your problems

Until the next time look after yourself Anxious Minds

Alex learns, it’s good to talk