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6 Tips to Improve Your Body Image

Courtesy of Fotolia As a woman, especially an American woman, we are bombarded every day with what society perceives as the “ideal” body image.  Let’s face it ladies, these “ideal” bodies in some cases don’t even exist. They are cropped, airbrushed and digitally constructed to create an unattainable image. Yet, we all still strive for this perfection that is unachievable. So as a woman today, what can we do to love the body that we are in and ignore the stereotypes from society? These tips should put you on the right path:   1.    Focus on what your body is capable of – Instead of focusing on what you look like, focus on all the things that your body can do. You are an amazing miracle. You can swim, walk, run and ride a bike. So instead of giving yourself a disgusted look when you walk past a mirror, celebrate your body for all that it does, or can do for you. Learn a new sport, or take up a hobby to showcase that beautiful body. 2.    Use Positive Affirmations – You are what you think you are. So, in order to change what you think, you need to start telling yourself something positive. Find something about yourself that you like and turn it into a positive affirmation. For instance, if you are a good listener tell yourself that in the mirror every morning. By saying the words out loud and daily, you will start to believe in them. 3.    Walk Away From the Scale – So many of us that battle body image weigh ourselves daily. STOP!!! Due to what eat, our hormones and normal living, body weight can vary up to [...]

Warning Signs & Tips to Prevent Suicide

Could the champion’s death been prevented? Arturo Gatti, 37 year-old Canadian boxer was found dead by his wife, 23 year-old Amanda Rodrigues in their two-level apartment rental in Porto de Galinhas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The cause of death was announced to be suicide after investigations concluded that Gatti had committed suicide by hanging himself with a handbag strap from a staircase column more than seven feet off the ground on the Friday of July 11th. Gatti’s wife, once suspected of killing the former champion, has been released from jail.  Arturo’s family and friends confirmed that the couple was having problems but they don’t understand why Arturo would commit such an act. Could Arturo’s death been prevented?  The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported that 90% of all suicides occur during or following a depressive episode, such as an argument, a lost relationship, or financial problems. Also people who have a dependence on alcohol or drugs in addition to being depressed are at greater risk for suicide. And four times more men than women kill themselves; but three times more women than men attempt suicide. What we need to understand is that suicide is preventable.  Most suicidal people desperately want to live; they are just unable to see alternatives to their problems.  Most suicidal people give definite warning signs of their suicidal intentions, but others are often unaware of the significance of these warnings or unsure what to do with them. Here are some of the warning signs. A suicidal person may: Talk about suicide, death, and/or no reason to live. Withdraw from friends and/or social activities. Have a recent severe loss such as relationship, or threat of a significant loss. Have attempted [...]