Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tips on how to have a correct body posture

According to the medical definition of posture, as a whole it is the carriage of the body or the attitude of the body. And it is said that good body posture could benefit your health.

Basically having good posture aids on how to look good and gain more self confidence. If you are about to compare someone who is slouching while walking to somebody with correct posture, you will find certainty in the person who are walking in posture.

Other than the the way you look, there are also health advantage on having a good body posture. Primarily, this benefit occurs when body posture is correct and your muscles, organ, joints and bones are not in tension. Here are some health benefits of having correct posture:
  • Minimize your risk of many neck and back problems.
  • Ensure that your joints don't wear abnormally, which can lead to arthritis.
  • Be able to use your muscles more efficiently, because your bones and joints will be in the correct alignment. This will result in less fatigue, as your body will require less energy to move around.
  • Prevent your spine from becoming fixed in an abnormal position. This can lead to condensed blood vessels and nerves, and problems with muscles, discs and joints, which can lead to headaches, fatigue and even problems with organs and breathing.
  • Experience fewer strains and pains because you won't be overusing certain muscles and joints, nor putting unnecessary pressure on bones, joints and organs.
  • Put less stress on the ligaments holding the spine's joints together.
In one of the released free newsletter or SIXWISE.COM, here are some tips on how to improve body posture while standing:
  • Keep your weight on the balls of your feet, not your heels
  • Let your arms hang naturally by your side
  • Keep feet about shoulder-width apart
  • Don't lock your knees
  • Keep your head level and in line with your neck and spine, not pushed forward
  • Keep your shoulders upright
Posture tips while sitting:
  • Keep both feet flat on the floor (if your feet cannot reach the floor, adjust the chair or use a footrest)
  • Align your back with the back of the chair
  • Don't slouch or lean forward
  • Adjust the chair so your knees are even with your hips, or slightly higher, and your arms are at a 75-90 degree angle at the elbows
  • Keep your shoulders straight
  • Choose an comfortable office chair with good back support
  • Get up often and stretch
  • and stand up straight

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What is Postpartum Depression and Baby Blues

Child birth is a joyous event for most women. Because of the fact that you are able to carry a life your womb . But there are cases that not all new mom felt happy and excited about this. Some women felt sad, anxious, afraid or sometimes angry.

Baby blues and Postpartum depression is a form of clinical depression which usually occurs to women after child birth . And an estimate of 10% of new moms experiences this kind of depression. The difference with postpartum and baby blues is that postpartum is the severe case of baby blues and needs doctor attention and counseling. Baby blues happen right after child birth and only last a few days. New mom can have sudden change in mood, sadness, loss of appetite. And on the other hand postpartum depression can happen anytime within the first year after birth. The usual symptoms are sadness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, anxiety, and feelings of guilt and worthlessness.

You can easily cope with baby blues as long as the signs are mild and short live. Here are some tips from Sixwise Healthy Family Guide on how to manage baby blues:

1. Takea rest as often as you can. Even short naps can be beneficial.
2. Cry if you need to.
3. Don't judge yourself for how you're feeling. It's normal!
4. Talk to your husband , family and friends about how you're feeling. You can also join a new mom’s support group to talk to others going through a similar transition.
5. Ask for help when you need it, and accept help when others offer it.
6. Keep visitors to a minimum.
7. Prioritize what has to be done versus what can wait to be done (i.e. don't try to do everything you used to do immediately). It's OK to take a nap while the baby is sleeping instead of keeping up with the dishes. You don't have to be Supermom.
8. Eat plenty of healthy foods regularly throughout the day, as it's been found that low blood sugar can make your symptoms worse.
9. Exercise. It's a natural mood booster.
10. Try to find a few minutes a day to relax . Reading, taking a bath, meditating or listening to some music -- even for 15 minutes -- will help you feel better.
11. Keep a diary of your feelings.

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