How To Distract Yourself When The Urge To Smoke Sinks In

How To Distract Yourself When The Urge To Smoke Sinks In

The advocacy and promotion to quit smoking has been done with full efforts. These efforts are somehow responded with positive reactions from smokers who are willing to give up smoking and save their lives and loved ones as early as today. However, withdrawal from the habit, especially when the addiction has totally sunk in the system is a very tough thing to do. Smoking is believed to be both a physical addiction and psychological habit. For this reason, extraction from cigarettes and the chemical responsible for the addiction will bring about withdrawal symptoms both physically and mentally. These symptoms are difficult to resist which results to some smokers’ failure of quitting and returning back to the habit.


Experts, however, have found some alternative things to do that smokers can do instead of smoking for a successful attempt on quitting. Exercise is the best alternative to smoking. Whenever you get the urge to light a cigarette, make yourself busy by exercising. It releases natural happy endorphins that ease stress and apprehension away. Exercise will not only divert your cravings away but will also energize and tone your muscles for a healthier body. Aside from exercise, you can also listen to your favourite music and sway and dance to the tune.

This will distract your cravings and relaxes your mind. Another calming distraction to smoking is taking a shower. The water will ease your mind and after you feel fresh and clean, there is no way you would think of smoke and cigarettes. Also, munching on healthy food is a good alternative to smoking. Carrots, radishes, bell pepper and celery and other low-calorie foods are the good snacks that will make your tummy full and your mind away from cigarettes. Self-massage is also good in distracting cravings away. It is also recommended that you stay at places where smoking is prohibited so you would not be tempted to light a stick.


It is also a good idea to bond with your kids and wife when the urge to smoke sinks in. You can play board and physical games or watch movie with the whole family. Surely, the giggles and laughter from your kids will ban the idea of smoking entering into your mind. There are various ways to divert yourself from the cravings of smoking and nicotine. It may seem hard at first, but with the right guidance and actions, you would be successful in your attempt.

The Essence Of Clean Water In The Community And The Threats On Water Shortage

The Essence Of Clean Water In The Community And The Threats On Water Shortage

We all know that clean water is very essential to human health. But apart from that known fact, clean water also impacts everything. It can transform lives especially in the impoverished areas. It can boost economic development by improving health in the community and empowering the lives of the people living in it. Children can access their rights to proper education and good nutrition and women can take jobs for their family aside from fetching clean water all day. If a community provides adequate and more accessible water supply, citizens can be more productive and there would be less expense for transportation and medical.


Safety and clean water is not just important to a family’s health but for the public health as well. Polluted or contaminated water can threaten all these positive effects that may be beneficial to society. Unfit water can transmit diseases such as hepatitis, cholera and diarrhea. These can be results of inadequate clean water supply that may cause poor hygiene and improper sanitation. Health care facilities should keep and maintain clean water to cure their patients and not threaten them with further infections. In addition, agricultural and industrial sectors should be responsible of their waste to prevent spreading pollution to water that is consumed by the community. A simple hand washing can be of good use in preventing water-related diseases. The basic act of cleaning, covering and maintaining all water storages at home is a way of prevention.

Though there is still adequate supply of water for now, there are certain challenges that may threaten the water supply systems. Population growth, urbanization, pollution and climate change are some of the threats to water scarcity. The population of the world never stopped growing and the need for water has tripled and will continue to do so in the coming years. With the practice of the present generation to wasting water, the pressure on water adequacy is at risk. Urbanization and commercialization has done tremendous improvement to towns and cities.


Natural resources that provide water are damaged and altered to modernization. Pollution in water, land and air also contributes to water shortage. Grease discharges from factories and radioactive waste from mining can jeopardize the water. Climate change has brought in a lot of changes in the overall condition of the earth. Typhoons and drought have started setting in resulting to reparations in biodiversity. Poor supply of clean water will have remarkable effects on health, hunger, poverty and education.

Another Raw Food Argument

Another Raw Food Argument

I would like to preface by stating that I do not have anything against raw diets. If you have the time, money and dedication, then raw diets can work very well for your dog. This of course takes a little adjustment on the part of the dog’s digestive system. The problem with these types of diets is usually human error. They can be kind of difficult to formulate and require supplements – unless it is a freeze-dried food. The supplements themselves usually pose an issue for many people.

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The reason they require these supplements is because our food is not sufficient in many nutrients. These are the same reasons that many people take supplements, and it goes back to how our food is grown and raised. Anyways, my main problem with raw diets is with their advocates. Many of the raw diet fans attempt to push it on other people through the use of guilt and propaganda. I thought I would address an argument that I have now read online and heard in person – several times.

The argument: “Dry commercial dog foods have only been around for about 100 years, which is not enough time (evolutionarily) for dogs to adjust to commercial diets. Before commercial foods, dogs would live off of human’s scraps, leftovers and garbage. This means that dogs have been carnivores up until 100 years ago when we started using the commercial foods. Commercial foods are full of grains, which dogs can’t process and are not used to having to digest.”

My rebuttalAgain, dogs have been domesticated for about 15,000 years (all over the world by 10,000 years ago). Moreover, humans domesticated a number of grains around 10-12,000 years ago. This meant that our hunting / gathering lifestyle was quickly being replaced by agriculture. It only makes sense that, if dogs were living off our scraps, they would get a significant portion of grains. Humans would not solely give them meaty leftovers, but more likely whatever could be spared. If you ask your vet, most likely they will tell you that dogs do not do well on these high protein, grain free diets. It is very hard on their kidneys. As for the remark regarding evolutionary time, that statement would be true if humans were not a factor. Our selective breeding and long-term domestication have allowed dogs to evolve so much in so little time.

The majority of  the dog breeds seen today have been around for less than a few hundred years. It is simply unrealistic to think that our dogs are still wolves. I always find it a little humorous when people suggest we treat our dogs more like wolves, attempt to mimic a more ‘natural’ life for them.


Our ‘maltreatment’ of dogs has increased their life spans significantly over that of a wolf. Wolves typically only live 4-6 years while dogs can live to be 10-20 years old. Another interesting tid bit, studies have shown thatchicken protein is the most easily digestible for dogs (around 98%). On the other hand, a wolf’s diet is mostly consistent of ungulates (deer, elk, bison, etc). These protein sources are not nearly as digestible for your dog.


Sun Exposure

Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is one of the most detrimental things for the human skin. This is unfortunate, due to the fact that most of us love to be outside on a bright, sunny day. But the fact remains that skin left unprotected from UV rays is more likely to suffer long-term damage that can cause the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and blemishes. In some people, continued sun exposure can even cause skin cancers.

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Sun Exposure and Collagen

The human body naturally produces collagen which aids in giving the skin its elasticity and firmness. When we’re young, we produce enough collagen to overcome all of the abuse our skin takes. But as we age, collagen production slows down significantly. Sun exposure only makes things worse because it increases the rate of collagen breakdown. It also inhibits the production of new collagen. Continued exposure to the sun has been scientifically linked to the reduction of collagen, and the subsequent appearance of skin blemishes and wrinkles.

In addition, the sun tends to dry out the skin surface and encourage a mottled complexion and sun spots. The drying process can result in leathery skin or even a disorder known as actinic keratoses. This is a condition where thick patches of reddish skin develop, almost like warts or boils. The good news is that most sun-damaged skin can be repaired, including actinic keratoses.


Photoaging is a term used to describe the effects of light and sun exposure on naturally aging skin. Throughout our lives skin cells are continually replaced as old ones die and new ones are created. In young, healthy skin, damaged and dead cells are replaced fast enough to overcome the environmental factors and bad habits that cause damage. Unfortunately, continued sun exposure slows down the rejuvenation process to a point where the body’s natural mechanisms have a tougher time overcoming skin damage. In terms of photoaging, the sun is accelerating the aging process because it’s inhibiting the rejuvenation of skin cells.

Photoaging is most commonly seen in people with light complexions and those living in more sunny climates. Darker skinned individuals are less likely to experience the condition because the melanin in their skin provides more protection from the sun. It’s also been proven that light skinned individuals are at higher risk for skin cancers if they spend a lot of time in the sun unprotected.


Protect Yourself

You can immediately protect yourself from sun exposure by using sunblock whenever you plan to be outdoors for an extended period of time. Make sure your sunblock is rated high enough to block out UV rays for hours at a time. For sun damage that has already occurred, there are many natural skin care products on the market that will help rebuild the skin and heal the damage. Natural anti-aging creams and ointments are a great option to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and blemishes on the face.


Anger and Depression

Anger and Depression

There are several types of depression, most of which have fairly similar symptoms, with a few noticeable differences. One of the symptoms that can occur, and often does, is anger. Anger and depression appear to be linked in one way or another. Depending on the person, the anger may be exhibited towards themselves, or to other individuals. Regardless of who the anger is exhbitied to, researchers are now certain that there is definitely a link between anger and depression.

Signs to Watch Out For

There is a noticeable difference between anger among those suffering from depression, and anger among someone who is not suffering from depression. Anger among those suffering from depression can be overwhelming, and can literally occupy the persons entire mind all day around. All the person thinks about is how much they hate themselves, or how much they hate others. Needless to say, this is not healthy at all, and is a cause for concern. In most cases, the individual is simply unable to control their anger, as it is so consuming. Alternatively, someone who is constantly angry at others or themselves can eventually suffer from depression, given they were not already suffering from the condition. In such cases, it is common to see the person withdraw themselves from their social life, have odd sleeping patterns (unable to sleep in most cases), low performance academically or at the workplace, feeling of worthlessness, and other common depression symptoms.

Who’s at Risk?

Anger and depression is not common among all; there are certain groups of people who are at higher risk than others. Risk factors can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Financial issues
  • Loss of job
  • Substance abuse
  • Little to no social life
  • Being lonely
  • Traumatic events

Research in recent years also suggests that anger and depression may in fact be due to genetics.

Dealing with Anger and Depression

Dealing with anger and depression can be difficult on your own, which is why it is important to seek professional help. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment, as every individual has specific circumstances. Treatment options that may be used at the discretion of a health care professional include mental therapy, exercises to relieve stress and anger, as well as medication. All of these treatment methods can be effective, and a professional will be able to best determine the best option based on the circumstances at hand. A combination of mental therapy and stress relief activities are generally the most popular ways of dealing with anger and depression, as they pose no side effects (as oppose to medications which can often have side effects).


Anger and Depression in Men

Exhibiting signs of anger is far more common among men. Studies indicate that there is a reason for this. As young boys, men are often raised to believe that they cannot show weakness, and if they do, they will be viewed as a feminine individual. Despite the fact that this is certainly not true, it is a mentality that has plagued much of the male population. As a result, men are often embaressed that they may be suffering from depression, and lash out to prove their manhood.

Anger and Depression in Women

It is far less common to see women exhibit signs of anger. As oppose to men, women generally grow up being taught that for a female to lash out in anger is in fact not a feminine characteristic. In other words, it is not lady like to show anger. As a result, they keep the anger bottled in. Researchers believe that this may in fact be the reason that more women ultimately suffer from depression than men do.


Anger and Depression in Children

Children are far more likely to exhibit signs of anger. This is due to the simple fact that they have yet to develop the skills to deal with their emotions. Because of this, they will often lash out in anger, as they are not yet capable of dealing with the depression through more mature ways.


One must keep in mind that when dealing with anger and depression, self-diagnosis is never recommended. Only a mental health professional can accurately come up with a treatment plan. It is also important to keep in mind that when anger and depression are ongoing, they can harm one’s health. Thus, the sooner one seeks professional help, the better for their overall health.