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Tips to Sleep When You Are Stressed

The two key steps to falling asleep: relaxing your body and shutting down a busy mind. That means you need to detach yourself from the stressors of the day. Stress elevates all your body’s functions. And the very thought of what you have left undone from the day can trigger the release of stress hormones such as cortisol, elevating your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and body temperature. In fact, it's the release of cortisol in the early morning hours that signals the brain to “wake up” for the day. This is the last signal you want to be sending your brain in the evening hours before sleep. Say out loud, “I am done for today. I will start again...

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10 Way to Be Happier

A few years ago, on a morning like any other, I had a sudden realization: I was in danger of wasting my life. As I stared out the rain-spattered window of a New York City bus, I saw that the years were slipping by. “What do I want from life?” I asked myself. “Well…I want to be happy.” I had many reasons to be happy: My husband was the tall, dark, handsome love of my life; we had two delightful girls; I was a writer, living in my favorite city. I had friends; I had my health; I didn’t have to color my hair. But too often I sniped at my husband or the drugstore clerk. I felt dejected after...

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11 reasons to paint by numbers

Have you been searching the web for articles that can tell you about how to paint? Have you been searching the web for articles that can tell you how beneficial painting is for all of us? Or, have you been searching the web for techniques that can guide you in learning the basics or help you develop your skills if you are an intermediate level painter? Paint by numbers kits allow you to develop your creativity by yourself.Van Gogh in his time produced about 2100 artworks in his short career as a painter and is one of the most famous painters of the western world. The last Van Gogh I remember being auctioned was in 2017 for a staggering 66.3 million dollars. Why...

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How to stop worrying about things you can't control

There's a brutal truth in life that some people refuse to accept: You have no control over many of the things that happen in your life. Some people who resist this truth become control freaks. They micromanage, refuse to delegate tasks and try to force other people to change. They think if they can gain enough control over other people and the situations they find themselves in, they can prevent bad things from happening. Others know they can't prevent bad things from happening, but they worry about them anyway. They fret about everything from natural disasters to deadly diseases. Their worries keep them occupied, but ultimately they waste their time and energy because worrying doesn't do any good. If you find yourself wasting...

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Paint by Numbers - A personal experience

My name is Katia and I'm originally from France, but I moved to Oslo (Norway) in 2000. Today I wanted to share my personal experience with painting by numbers and how it personally helped me overcoming a difficult life situation. I hope you enjoy it and somehow feel encouraged to face future challenges. Why did I start Painting by numbers?I always had a creative soul and I like to practice different kinds of art. It can be drawing, making jewelry, painting and so on. I use art to express myself and to relieve stress/anxiety.Everything started in 2002 when I got diagnosed with cancer and had to be hospitalized for a little while. You can imagine the feeling when you receive...

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