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  • Search Results This is What the Position of Your Legs While Sitting Reveals About You

    Believe it or not, body language can tell a lot about people. Namely, did you know that the position of your legs while sitting reveals your intentions and deepest secrets, according to psychologists? So, the next time you’re around people, look at their sitting position and learn something more about their character.

    Position A

    This person thinks that neglecting their problems will make the problems go away. However, this is not the way to go. Unfortunately, these people would rather transfer their issues to someone else, just so they don’t have to burden themselves and waste their precious time. The communication with these individuals goes smoothly; they’re interesting, creative, charming, and a bit childish. At times, they don’t think before they speak and realize what they’ve said after it becomes too late.

    Position B

    These individuals are dreamers with a vivid imagination. They’re full of good and new ideas that are often appreciated in the work place. People like this dislike routine and they love to travel and make new friends. They have no problem starting from the bottom if they’re unhappy with something. Moreover, they never waste their time on relationships that don’t make them happy or jobs that suck out their positive energy.

    Position C

    For these people, comfort comes first. When they want to buy something, they usually think about it for days and days and dwell on the right option because they want everything to be perfect and to go smoothly. When it comes to choosing clothes, shoes, perfumes, or furniture, they are very picky.

    They are chronically disorganized, but they know how to function in a messy environment. They have a problem focusing and they have a wandering mind. This may seem arrogant to others because no one likes the other side not paying attention to what you’re saying.

    Position D

    People who prefer this sitting position don’t like to be late and dislike this characteristic in others. This is an intelligent and vulnerable individual whose tranquility is of utmost importance. They don’t like to quarrel with people and they feel uncomfortable expressing too many emotions publically. To them, a kiss is something intimate and they find it unpleasant to kiss in front of other people.

    People who sit in this position and step on the whole foot are open and don’t have problem expressing how they feel. At times, they can be a bit rude. Those who don’t rely on the whole foot don’t have a problem confronting people. To them, socializing is similar to a battlefield and they need to be cautious of their enemies who could make their life difficult. Their home is their sanctuary where they can fully unwind. They have a hard time accepting criticism because they consider it to be a personal attack and they will immediately start defending themselves.

    Position E

    These people are never in a hurry and they believe that everything will come at the right time. They’re stubborn and persistent and never give up until they achieve their goal. To them, their outer appearance is crucial and they’re ready to invest a lot of effort to look as better as possible. However, this could be a sign of insecurity and lack of self-confidence. They also have a hard time accepting criticism.

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  • Your Eyes Are the Windows to Your Health

    Do you ever look in the mirror and see that your eyes are red? Or droopy? Or extra crusty?

    Sometimes a cold compress and a trip to the drugstore are all you need. Other times, it's a good idea to see your doctor.

    How can you tell the difference? A sneak peek at some common conditions will help you know if it’s something minor or worth a second look.

    Redness

    “I think the most common eye problem people experience is a red eye,” says Rebecca J. Taylor, MD, an ophthalmologist in Nashville. “A red eye with a blotch of blood on the white part of the eye may look really scary, but it’s usually just a bruise under the surface of the eye. We call it a subconjunctival hemorrhage." It should clear up in a few weeks, she says.

    If both eyes are red, itchy, and watery, that could just be allergies, Taylor says. These symptoms, are usually caused by environmental (seasonal) allergies, but they could mean you’re allergic to a product you used. Over-the-counter tears will help with moisture, and antihistamine eye drops should stop the itch. Call your doctor if you aren’t better in 10 days.

    Pinkeye

    Your doctor may call this acute conjunctivitis. It's itchy and red, and it oozes a white or yellow discharge. “Typically it is viral and lasts a week to 10 days. It can start in one eye and go to the other eye. A runny nose and cold symptoms are also very common,” Taylor says.

    If you think you have it, call your doctor to be sure. It can be very contagious, so wash your hands a lot and don’t share towels or washcloths. Some conditions, like dry eye disease or an eye infection, look a lot like pinkeye. Your doctor will know the difference and how to treat it.

    Dry Eye

    Blame this common problem on your environment, hormonal changes, or your daily routine. “People who stare at the computer, cell phones, books, or the TV for long periods of time may be very uncomfortable toward the end of day, because they are not blinking enough,” Taylor says.

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  • 9 Foods to Help You Sleep

    Adding these foods to your diet may help to increase your odds of a successful slumber.
    Some people have trouble falling asleep. Others can’t stay asleep. And then there are the people who have trouble turning life “off” and tucking into bed at a reasonable hour.
    Whatever the reason, we’re not alone—more than 50 million Americans don’t get enough shut-eye. Yet the health benefits of a good night’s rest are countless: sleep helps keep you happy, your brain sharp, your immune system strong, your waistline trim, your skin looking youthful—and lowers your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
    Here’s the good news: Adding these foods to your diet may help to increase your odds of a successful slumber.

    1. Fish
    Most fish—and especially salmon, halibut and tuna—boast vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness), according to an article published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

    2. Jasmine Rice
    When healthy sleepers ate carbohydrate-rich suppers of veggies and tomato sauce over rice, they fell asleep significantly faster at bedtime if the meal included high-glycemic-index (GI) jasmine rice rather than lower-GI long-grain rice, in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. While the authors aren’t sure how it happened, they speculated that the greater amounts of insulin triggered by the high-GI meals increased the ratio of sleep-inducing tryptophan relative to other amino acids in the blood, allowing proportionately more to get into the brain.

    3. Tart Cherry Juice
    In a small study, melatonin-rich tart cherry juice was shown to aid sleep. When adults with chronic insomnia drank a cup of tart cherry juice twice a day they experienced some relief in the severity of their insomnia.


    4. Yogurt
    Dairy products like yogurt and milk boast healthy doses of calcium—and there’s research that suggests being calcium-deficient may make it difficult to fall asleep.

    5. Whole Grains
    Bulgur, barley and other whole grains are rick in magnesium—and consuming too little magnesium may make it harder to stay asleep, reported the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.

    6. Kale
    Dairy products are well-known calcium-rich foods. But green leafy vegetables, such as kale and collards, also boast healthy doses of calcium. And research suggests that being calcium deficient may make it difficult to fall asleep.

    7. Bananas
    Bananas, well-known for being rich in potassium, are also a good source of Vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness), according to an article published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

    8. Chickpeas
    Chickpeas boast vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness), according to an article published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

    9. Fortified Cereals
    Fortified cereals also boast vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness), according to an article published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

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  • 12 ways to tackle anxiety at your desk in under 10 minutes

    BY MEGAN MURRAY

    It feels like everyone is talking about anxiety at the moment.

    Whether it’s a hilarious but terrifyingly accurate depiction of the mental illness on your Instagram feed, a closer look at the therapeutic powers of bullet journals, or the discussion around the newly coined term high-functioning anxiety which recently made headlines, we’re identifying with this mental health condition more than ever before.

    It has been said that millennials are the most anxious generation to date, with currently over eight million people in the UK being affected. What’s more, women are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder than men, and if you’re in full-time employment your chances are even higher.

    So, if you’re “a honey who’s making money” (to use Beyonce’s words), you could well be experiencing some of the symptoms of anxiety, which can include nervousness, feelings of panic, tenseness, difficulty concentrating, panic attacks and tiredness.

    Thankfully, a new study has come up with a trick to help tackle anxiety at work.

    In April 2017, Dr Oz The Good Life reports that University of Waterloo researchers asked a group of people with anxiety to complete a computer based task while being continuously interrupted (something which can trigger anxiety), Those who were asked to take just ten minutes to meditate were significantly better at focusing when they returned to their computer.

    “Our results indicate that mindfulness training may have protective effects on mind-wandering for anxious individuals," said Mengran Xu, one of the study's authors and a PhD candidate in the department of psychology at Waterloo.

    She continued: “We also found that meditation practice appears to help anxious people to shift their attention from their own internal worries to the present-moment external world, which enables better focus on a task at hand.”

    This would suggest that by practising just ten minutes of mindfulness at your desk, you could help silence your “internal worries” and return to kicking ass in your career.

    If meditating isn’t for you, then why not try one of these other genius ways to ease feelings of anxiety in the workplace:

    1) Doodle

    The fears in our head always feel much bigger when they don’t have a face. Give yourself a focus by grabbing some of that spare photocopy paper and a pencil, and start doodling about whatever is giving you anxiety. Not only will it help you realise what it is you’re actually worrying about when you’re forced to try and express it, but it gives you something to do instead of sitting motionless and flailing in your mind. Pop your doodle paper in the middle of work notebook and no one will guess what you’re doing.

    2) Try the Stress and Anxiety Companion app

    This NHS approved app is designed to help you combat anxiety “on the go”, so it’s perfect for using at work. Log in and you’ll find cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to work through if you’re suffering a particularly bad spell of anxiousness.

    3) Drink a glass of water

    It’s one of simplest things you can do, but by drinking a glass of water you are forcing your mind and body to focus on something different to the hurricane of thoughts spinning around your mind. If you’re experiencing a common side-effect of anxiety, hyperventilation, sipping water will help to ease this and calm your breathing.


    4) Listen to your favourite song

    When anxious thoughts become overwhelming we can often look for escapism and comfort, both of which can come in the form of a favourite song. Despite being in a busy and buzzing office, if you can close your eyes for five minutes and listen to a few of your favourite tracks, it can take your mind away to somewhere entirely different – and help you to calm down.


    5) Do a crossword

    Easily done from a desk, filling out a crossword or solving a puzzle (suduku anyone?) helps you order your mind by going through the motions of methodically putting things where they need to be. The satisfaction of ordering things can help you feel in control and calm your anxious thoughts.


    6) Tidy your desk

    This one tends to be down to personal preference, but many believe that it’s easier to clear your mind when the environment around you is tidy. As the old saying goes, ‘tidy house, tidy mind’; if your desk is cluttered it can subconsciously give you the impression that your work load is overwhelming or out of control. Even the act of taking a few minutes break to organise your things can feel therapeutic.

    7) Listen to meditation music

     Popping in your headphones and opening a sneaky YouTube tab is a quick and easy way to seek some solace in the office. To target feelings of anxiety particularly, tune in to meditation music and try to focus on the calming sounds instead of the chaotic chatter around you.

    8) Meditate for 10 minutes

    Better yet, actually pop your ‘out of office’ for ten minutes and take some much needed me time. Find a quiet space where you can sit comfortably, close your eyes and centre your thoughts on the present moment. The idea is to focus on your breath and nothing else, slowly eliminating your stressful thoughts.


    9) Breathe deep, controlled breaths

    This sounds like a typical solution – the sort of thing that someone who doesn’t have anxiety would tell you to do. But research shows that there is a direct correlation between the way we breathe and our mental health. The advice from Mark Krasnow, a professor of biochemistry at Stanford University, who lead the research is to take deep, slow breaths.

    He told TIME magazine that “if we can slow breathing down, as we can do by deep breathing or slow controlled breaths, the idea would be that these neurons then don’t signal the arousal center, and don’t hyperactivate the brain.

    “If you can calm your breathing, you can also calm your mind”.


    10) Use the Self-Help Anxiety Management app

    This anxiety focused app helps connect you to a closed community of users who can offer support to each other at the touch of a button. Anxiousness can be an isolating feeling, so when surrounded by co-workers who aren’t privy to what’s going on in your mind, speaking to people who understand you can feel like a life-saver.

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  • Scientist Claims There Is No Mystery Surrounding the Bermuda Triangle

     

    Many unanswerable mysteries have befallen us over the years - the meaning of existence, for instance, or how Michael Owen actually manages to consistently reach new levels of annoying on a daily basis.

    However, rather than study the burning question of Owen's 'personality', people have spent time doing research into things like the Bermuda triangle.

    There have been numerous incidents where ships and planes have mysteriously disappeared in that loosely-defined area of the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Florida to Puerto Rico and the island of Bermuda.

    Scientists have been baffled by the disappearances, which have claimed at least 1,000 lives in the last 100 years, according to reports.

    However, dispelling any rumors of supernatural happenings in the area, which spans approximately 500,000 square kilometers, Australian scientist Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki has claimed there's no such mystery - the ships and planes that have gone missing are due to human error.

    "According to Lloyds of London and the US coast guard, the number of planes that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis," Dr. Kruszelnicki said "It is close to the equator, near a wealthy part of the world, America, therefore you have a lot of traffic."

    This is a bit different to what Dr. Steve Miller, a satellite meteorologist at Colorado State University, found after spending a lot of time looking at the cloud formations over the area.

    He believes that hexagonal clouds that create 170mph 'wind air bombs' are to blame. Apparently, these 'bombs' are powerful enough to flip over ships and cause planes to fall from the sky, the Mirror reports.

    Speaking to the Science Channel's 'What on Earth' program, he said: "You don't typically see straight edges with clouds. Most of the time, clouds are random in their distribution."

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  • The Unresolved Mame Steel’s Building Structural Crack

     

    I passed on the Kality District this morning. On my way, it was just by coincidence that I saw a major structural crack on Mame Steel Mill PLC’s headquarter wrote Habtamu Gizachew on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/habtamu.gizachew/posts/1834079296621032).

    Habtamu approached a staff of the organization and learned that the crack occurred four years ago, but still left without any repair. Habtamu warned that the crack might create possible damage to human beings and properties.

    Cracks in brickwork and cracks in concrete are usually building construction defects. Most are structural cracks and can be a result of engineering design, defective building practices or builder mismanagement. How to repair cracks will depend entirely on where the crack is located, type of soils, a proximity of trees and the weather.

    Cracks may appear in the walls bricks/block mortar plaster, beam-wall joints, columns –wall joints, slabs, beams, columns, foundations and in many other places.

    Much as it’s not a simple task, it’s essential you take any cracks seriously and get an assessment done in order to specify their significance.

    Cracking can be the result of one or a combination of factors such as drying shrinkage, thermal contraction, restraint (external or internal) to shortening, subgrade settlement, and applied loads. Cracking cannot be prevented but it can be significantly reduced or controlled when the causes are taken into account and preventative steps are taken.

     

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