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Phobias

Here is a long list of phobias, some normal, some rare, some strange and some just damn crazy.

  • Achluophobia> Fear of darkness   
  • Acousticphobia> Fear of noise
  • Acrophobia> fear of heights
  • Agoraphobia> Fear of open spaces or of being in crowded places.
  • Ailurophobia> Fear of cats
  • Alektorophobia> Fear of chickens
  • Alliumphobia> Fear of garlic
  • Allodoxaphobia> Fear of opinions
  • Altophobia> Fear of heights
  • Amaxophobia> Fear of riding in a car
  • Ambulophobia> Fear of walking
  • Ancraophobia> Fear of wind
  • Androphobia> Fear of men
  • Anglophobia> Fear of England, English culture, etc…
  • Anthrophobia> Fear of flowers
  • Antlophobia> Fear of floods
  • Anuptaphobia> Fear of staying single
  • Apeirophobia> Fear of infinity
  • Aphenphosmphobia> Fear of being touched

Check back every week for the next 20 phobias!

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Stage 1 – Loss to Safety
In Stage 1 you admit to yourself that regardless of whether or not you perceive the change to be good or ‘bad” there will be a sense of loss of what “was.”

Stage 2 – Doubt to Reality
In this stage, you doubt the facts, doubt your doubts and struggle to find information about the change that you believe is valid. Resentment, skepticism and blame cloud your thinking.

Stage 3 – Discomfort to Motivation
You will recognize Stage 3 by the discomfort it brings. The change and all it means has now become clear and starts to settle in. Frustration and lethargy rule until possibility takes over.

The Danger Zone
The Danger Zone represents the pivotal place where you make the choice either to move on to Stage 4 and discover the possibilities the change has presented or to choose fear and return to Stage 1.

Stage 4 – Discovery to Perspective
Stage 4 represents the “light at the end of the tunnel.” Perspective, anticipation, and a willingness to make decisions give a new sense of control and hope. You are optimistic about a good outcome because you have choices.

Stage 5 – Understanding
In Stage 5, you understand the change and are more confident, think pragmatically, and your behavior is much more productive. Good thing.

Stage 6 – Integration
By this time, you have regained your ability and willingness to be flexible. You have insight into the ramifications, consequences and rewards of the change — past, present, and future.

(From changecycle.com)

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(None of the following work was created by this blog´s author, it is entirely other peoples work, each articles author, creator or source is at the top of the corresponding article.)

Follow these tips for a few weeks and they insensibly will become your habits. Healthy habits!

1. Cold shower in the morning! Ok, too brave, lets start with lukewarm

Cold water increases blood circulation throughout the body. You will become more coldproof – that means,  you’ll have less chances to catch a cold or a flu. Moreover, it is good for your hair and skin – cold water closes pores, and makes skin more resilient.

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2. Drink a glass of water in the morning, about a half an hour before breakfast. It will help you waken up your organism and prepare your stomach for food.

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3. Walk by feet as much as possible. Start with longer walk with your dog, or just reject elevator, when you need to go only a few floors upper. Most of us have really passive lifestyles, so use every chance to be more physically active.

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4. Get enough sleep . I think it is not necessary to explain the importance of the good sleep. We all know that sleep is one of the most important factors of our health – both physical and psychological.

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5. Drink natural drinks such as water, green tea and fresh-squeezed juice. Carbonated drinks and juices from stores are often full of sugar , preservatives and have no nutritive value.

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6. Have you ever noticed, that cats are stretching up after every nap? Incorporating morning stretches into your daily routine is a positive way to begin each day. Stretching in the morning is a great way to waken up your muscles, and get them ready for the day by increasing blood flow to your muscles. Moreover, researches have demonstrated that exercise increases mental acuity. On average it lasts four to ten hours after exercise!

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7. Wash your hands regularly. During the day we are touching a lot of surfaces, things, other people and animals. Hand washing is a simple habit that can help you stay healthy and avoid infections, starting with simple ones like flu,  and  ending with such disgusting ones like warms..  Read more here.

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8. Reject salty and fatty snacks. They are full of calories, fats, salt, preservatives and have low nutritive value. If you like eating while  watching TV, choose fruits or raw nuts instead.

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9. Take time for food. When you have your dinner break go to a little cozy restaurant and order some well prepared warm food (not fast food of course). First of all, you will relax and have a rest while eating, second, eating slowly and calmly is healthy for your stomach as your body is able to absorb more nutrients.

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10. Relax! Don’t get nervous and angry because of trivial things. Don’t be too serious. Smile, love others, and always try to see the bright side of life – your mental health is as important as your physical health.

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Good luck!

From http://www.tastyhuman.com/10-simple-habits-to-improve-your-health/

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Violinist in the Metro

(None of the following work was created by this blog´s author, it is entirely other peoples work)

I came across this short article while on http://www.stumbleupon.com. Source: WashingtonPost.com

Violinist in the Metro

This is an incredibly sad story which gave me chills. It is a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people.

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning.
He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace.
He collected $32.
When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it.
No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

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