Personal Growth and Development

Curbing Your Dog’s Chewing

Your furry friend is your chosen best friend and faithful confidant such that you want to keep them in your lives as long as you can. But just like in any life partner, there are certain character traits you wish you could change. If it’s your human better half that needs to change, it would be a lot tougher to make happen and even if it does you’ll be on the suffering end of the bargain. However, if it’s something about your furry friend you wish to change, their incessant chewing habit, then it’s possible with almost no repercussions at all.
If your dog has the horrid habit to chew everything and anything in its path, such that it has you worrisome, fret no more for below are effective ways for your dog to limit it’s chewing on just its food.

Pay Attention from the Beginning

If your furry friend is new to your life and household, it is the ideal time to work on training him to be a good dog. If it’s a puppy, their curiosity will always get the best of them and because of this, you might find them probing and poking everything in their “pawsible” (possible) paths. To avoid and curb down their curiosity game, keep a strict eye on them and if you find them up to something, call them out on it. If you show strictness on certain things, your dog will understand and stop doing it.

Avoid Giving Your Dog Your Stuff

Often many dog owners make this mistake, which costs them more than they bargained on. Giving your old shoes, socks, clothes or towels to your dog is you telling them it’s okay to chew on items of this kind. In this way, when your dog is finished with the socks and towels you gave, they will most likely go on the hunt for similar items around the house and chew the life out of them. So be sure to avoid leading your pet on with chewing stuff because they will definitely bite off more than they can chew!

Give Your Dog Their Daily Quota for Play

If you were initially excited when your dog came, such that you spent hours playing with them and giving them attention. Though now, as the time has passed, and playing with your furry friend has become a thing of the ancient era. Here, it is likely that your dog will indulge in its own entertainment activities. You won’t even notice a particular entertainment indulgence of your dog until you find their chewing artwork or catch them red-handed. To avoid this, play as much as you can with your dog during the day so the rest of the day they remain tired or sleeping.
Dogs have a wonderful ability to being trained and learning to follow their owner’s commands. If you train them right, they’ll offer you countless face licks and won’t chew your expensive furniture in return!


Benefits of Yoga for Runners

Yoga and Running may seem like opposite ends of the fitness spectrum, but one shouldn’t disregard the other just because they might not seem alike. In truth, they might actually be more effective on the other than you hoped.

Running and Yoga

Running is a balancing act. You might think, I walk and run every day and rarely do I ever fall on the back, how is it a balancing act? Well, have you ever complained about back backs, knees, tight hamstrings or sore feet? You might think it just a given that comes with running, but really it isn’t.

The pain you experience because of running is a result of bad form and imbalances during running. If you bring your body through a practice that is dedicated to balance and form, you’ll see that it greatly affects your day to day activities, not just running. A good fitness model is one that is based on the combination of strength and flexibility.

Yoga Helps Reduce Physical Stress

Runners are obviously a lot more in form and structure with their physique while running, but post runs they might even anticipate the pain they might experience. Not having the proper balance can lead to chronic pain and even injury.

The body needs an opposing movement to the pounding, tightening and shortening movements that runners experience. There is an instability that is created when you’re focusing on just a few muscles when running. The muscles engaged in running get righter and the ones that aren’t don’t.

Yoga’s Benefits for Runners

Yoga is a form of exercise that focuses solely on body movement and position therefor the outcomes, the ‘gains’ aren’t as important to a person performing yoga.

You are far more aware of your body while performing yoga. You can, therefore, gauge the effect an exercise is having on it. Your body is far more flexible and many runners cite Yoga as a solution for greater movement.

Anyone who is a runner will be surprised at how easily their legs give in when performing it. When running, you’re only really targeting one certain area while others remain ignored. Yoga engages your muscles on all planes so it increases endurance.

Running is a purely physical exercise and of course, some might use it as a mental break, there really isn’t a comparison to the workout your mind gets when you’re working out.  Yoga uses all muscle groups, your legs, toes, the back muscles your abdomen and the most important muscle of all, your brain!

One of the most important aspects to both forms of exercise is worked on and perfected. This is the act of breathing. Yoga is the exercise to maintain your breathing and balancing it with your poses. If you’re not breathing correctly during yoga, you might as well not even do the poses. Yoga builds the discipline of breathing. And if you’re a runner, you know the importance of maintaining a correct breathing pattern. Honing that skill from yoga just might do the trick!

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Reiki Healing

Reiki refers to a technique of Japanese origin, designed to reduce stress, promote relaxation and result in healing. It’s administered through the hands, predicated on the belief in an invisible ‘life for energy’ flowing through each and every one of us, an energy that results in our being alive in the first place. Should the ‘life force energy’ or a person below, the person is likelier to feel stressed out or to become ill; should this energy be high, the person is likely to be healthy and happy.

‘Reiki’ the word is composed of two words in Japanese, the first ‘Rei’ meaning ‘Higher Power or God’s Wisdom,’ the second, ‘Ki’ meaning ‘life force energy.’ Reiki is, therefore ‘life force energy guided by God’s wisdom.’

A Reiki treatment is a wonderful experience, making clients feel a glowing radiance flowing around them and through them. Reiki not only treats people’s physical bodies but their spirits and minds as well, addressing their emotional needs, producing a plethora of beneficial effects, including relaxation, resulting in peaceful feelings, feelings of well-being and security. A number of reiki clients have reported miraculous experiences and results.

Reiki is a safe, natural and simply technique offering spiritual healing as well as self-improvement, available for use by everyone. It has helped alleviate the symptoms of virtually all maladies and illnesses known to humankind, producing beneficial effects in each case. It can work concurrently with all therapeutic or medical techniques, helping to relieve the side effects and promoting recovery.

Reiki is simple to learn, the ability to use it not being taught in the normal sense, but rather transferred from teacher to student in the duration of Reiki classes. Reiki skills are passed on in the course of an ‘attunement’ conducted by reiki masters, allowing students access to unlimited supplies of healing energy, empowering them to improve their own health as well as others’, giving them the skills to enhance the general quality of life.

The use of Reiki does not depend on a practitioner’s intellectual abilities or degree of spiritual development, being, as a result, available to all who are willing to receive. Reiki has successfully been taught to a vast multitude of people of varying ages and from different backgrounds.

Reiki may be spiritual in its nature, but it is by no means a religion, possessing no dogmas, requiring no supernatural beliefs before you can learn how to use it. Reiki does not depend on any belief; it will work regardless of whether or not you believe it will. Reiki has a divine origin, coming from God. Therefore, people of all faiths use it, finding that it enriches their relationship with their existing religious beliefs in a visceral rather than intellectual way.

Reiki is a religion, but it still teaches us to act and live in ways that promote harmony with ourselves and others. Advanced Reiki practitioners promote the living of life based on ethical ideals, ideas that promote harmony and peace, ideals which are universal amongst nearly all cultures.

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How Yoga Helps You to Reduce Stress

Let’s be clear on one thing- stress is unavoidable and can sneak its way into even the happiest person’s life. Stress follows any ordeal that is characterized by our expectations or something we’re working very hard for. It can raid our minds and bodies before weddings, examinations, presentations, social gatherings or just about even the most minor of things. Therefore, it’s safe to say that being stressed is not our own choice, but in fact, it is a-free-of-cost feeling we get for every ordeal in our life as a spontaneous visitor.

Now that we’re clear stress comes and goes as it pleases but if it’s getting too much, there are things we can do to avoid it for e.g. yoga. Here’s how yoga helps to reduce stress.

Relaxes the Mind

It’s all in your head/mind, which is why it’s hard to get rid of it. Meditation will help that mind of yours to stop and focus on just one thing. There are certain yoga poses, which because of their complexity, help your mind to focus on them entirely, in turn, calming your brain that appears to be in a rut with all of the frantic thought processes.

Relaxes the Body

After the mind -comes the body. Yoga will help your body to release its tension and stress by breaking all barriers that had been holding all your muscles and nerves captive for so long. The different yoga poses will guide your body into various positions, resulting in increased flexibility and great posture. Whether your job had been a reason for stress for you or it was your personal life- yoga will help you focus on something that matters on hand.

Helps to Develop Connection of the Mind with the Body

Once you start doing yoga, your body will work to ease into all poses that you try. In doing so, your mind will come to terms with the requirement of concentration that the body will require from it. In no time your body and mind will work in perfect unison on the route to distressing.

Relaxed and Effective Breathing

Stress really affects the most trivial bodily functions as well as something as basic as breathing. If you are a stressed individual, you wouldn’t even realize the parts of your mind and body the pent-up stress is affecting. Yoga will help to induce an ‘everything’s fine’ and ‘stay calm’ feeling in you until your ragged breathing comes to a stable inhale and exhale. In this way, you’ll realize how tough and anxious your breathing had been prior to beginning your yoga exercise.

Yoga is the best way to reduce all that pent-up stress, for a lot of reasons. It gives you the energy to release your emotions and directly and effectively with the least bit of damage to our own well-being. Just know that all of the stress, guilt, remorse, sadness, and anger resides inside our bodies. From shoulders to arms to legs to our backs, we store all the negativity from top to bottom. Yoga will help to let go of all of that and help us bury the hatchet with our own selves.

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Reasons Not to Declaw Your Cat

Cats and dogs are both different in their traits, to keep as pets. While dogs appear more buff and tough as compared to cats, with the exception of some breeds, cats, however, are more tender than tough. Their peculiar traits are characterized by spontaneous bursts of energy and most of the times they are tender and loving creatures.

If you own a cat and are considering to buff your cat’s paws, do not do it. There are reasons why you shouldn’t declaw your cat’s paws and some of them are serious enough to convince you.

Before you go do something as permanent as declawing your cat, consider these cons:


You Are Robbing the Cat of its Defensive Abilities

Cats have the natural predatory instinct linked to their claws. Build like a lion but with a comparatively toned down and less fatal tendency; declawed cats are like lions without claws. The lion will no longer remain the king of the jungle, being deprived of his predatory weaponry. Cats are inquisitive beings who are always on the go for discovering and probing new things, without claws, however, they cannot climb or fulfill their scratching urges.

Becomes More Aggressive or Fearful

Cat owners are aware of the fact that their feline pets are introverted creatures who take a lot of time opening up to their owners and new people. They have shy instincts which would mean they would remain hidden for long hours of the day without making a public appearance, except for food and water. You might also notice that the cat which had been ignoring you for days comes up out of the blue to lie on your lap. All these traits prove that cats require their time and space to warm up to places, people, and situations.

Now imagine you declaw your cat, this would take your relationship with your cat back to square one. Also, there will be an increasingly aggressive attitude radiating from your cat. It is a sign that your cat no longer trusts you.

Surgery is Always Painful

The pain of the surgery might be prevented through anesthetic inducement but what comes days after it wears off is the pain. After the surgery has been done and the cat tests its paws for the first time, to find out the difference, it will most likely feel the pain as well as sadness. Moreover, after surgery their nails grow into their paws, causing them extra pain.

And on that note, also do not clip your cat’s whiskers as they are equally important to them. The whiskers help them to judge and analyze if they can fit into certain places- and all cat owners know that these feline creatures have a thing for small and closed spaces.

If it’s really that much of a nuisance for you, consider trimming your cat’s nails, teach them where to scratch and where not to and get scratching posts installed around the house instead of going for something as permanent as declawing them entirely.