May 29, 2010

Stress Reducers

Everyone of us is experiencing stress. People at work or in the office, students at school, parents at home, and even those who are on vacation do experience stress.

According to TheFreeDictionary.com, stress is a mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression. It also refers to the worry experienced by a person in particular circumstances, or the state of anxiety caused by this. There are many signs of stress overload identified by psychologists. A few signs people who are experiencing stress overload may notice include: anxiety or panic attacks; a feeling of being constantly pressured, hassled, and hurried; irritability and moodiness; problems sleeping; drinking too much, smoking, overeating, or doing drugs; and sadness or depression.

I have been working as home-based Indexer for more than 2 years already. I always thought that working at home is stress-free for you can work at any time you want without the wary eye of your manager. But, I was wrong. Or maybe I was right and it's just the way how I manage my time in working at home, spending time with my family and running a few errands. Whatever it is, I still experience stress. I guess I just have to find ways to reduce or manage it.

When I enter the word stress to any search engine, it provides a large amount of search results and lists a number of information and articles regarding stress management, its causes and effects, symptoms, treatment and prevention, and so on. Reading them all and familiarizing the ways or tips on reducing and managing stress might also be stressful. Writing them down perhaps would be a good way to remember them. Thus, this is what I intend to do here, to put down a list of stress reducers. Not all of them though because some stress reducers or tips may not be applicable to me but applicable to anyone else.
Here's a list of stress reducers I got from the Hope Heart Institute of Seattle, Washington.
  1. Procrastination is stressful. Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do it today; whatever you want to do today, do it now. Hard work is simply the accumulation of easy things you didn't do when you should have done them.
  2. Organize your home and work area so that everything has a place. You won't have to go through the stress of losing things.
  3. Write things down: don't rely on your memory. (Trying to remember not to forget is stressful.)
  4. Plan ahead. Schedule a realistic day.
  5. Relax your standards. The world will not end if the grass does not get mowed this weekend.
  6. An instant cure for most stress: 30 minutes of brisk walking or other aerobic exercises.
  7. Make friends with nonworriers.
  8. Everyday find a time for solitude and introspection. Seek out quiet places.
  9. Say "No, thank you" to projects you don't have the time or energy for.
  10. For every one thing that goes wrong, there are 50 to 100 blessings. Count them.
  11. Do nothing that, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.
  12. Put brain in gear before opening your mouth. Before saying anything, ask yourself if what you are about to say is (1) true, (2) kind, and (3) necessary. If it's not all three, K.M.S. (Keep your Mouth Shut).
  13. If an unpleasant or difficult task faces you, do it early in the day and get it over with.
  14. Do one thing at a time. And do at least one thing you really enjoy.
  15. Get enough sleep. Use an alarm clock to remind you to go to bed, if necessary.
  16. To relax instantly, breathe as if you were trying to inflate an imaginary balloon in your stomach. Inhale slowly to the count of 10. Then exhale slowly to the count of 10. Repeat.
  17. Practice labeling situations differently. Resisting the temptation to exaggerate the situations, and labeling situations with the appropriate word, can reduce stress.
  18. Be kind to unkind people - they probably need it the most.
  19. Remember that the best things in life aren't things.
  20. Using the TV or radio for background "company" can be surprisingly stressful. Learn to enjoy quiet.
  21. Stop worrying. If something concerns you, do something about it. If you can't do anything about it, let go of it.

May 28, 2010

Halle Berry in a video that makes her feel Good!

When I first saw Halle Berry in the first X-Men movie playing the character of Ororo Munroe, a.k.a. Storm, I found her so innocent and her black beauty stunning and gorgeous. And it was not only I who noticed that, the whole world does. I didn't mean to say that her movies prior to X-Men (2000) did not catch the attention of movie goers, but i think it was that movie that caught the eyes of men. Before becoming an actress, she entered several beauty contests, finishing runner-up in the Miss USA (1986), and winning the Miss USA World 1986 title. No doubt she is really a beautiful piece of art, the beauty that rises above the African American women. In fact, she made history by becoming the first African-American woman to receive a Best Actress Academy Award for her role as Leticia Musgrove, the wife of an executed murderer, in the film Monster's Ball 2001. Then she became a Bond girl for the 007 James Bond movie entitled, Die Another Day in 2002. But I didn't notice or maybe I was so out of this world when her movie Monster's Ball leaked out a sex scene of her. Yeah, it was more than sex scene... she really just wants to feel GOOD! No wonder she won the best actress... lol!
Here's the video of her wanting to feel Good!
Warning: This video is not suitable for young audience.

May 26, 2010

Magazines: Outmoded or Discarded?

In a world of instant messages, iPods, Twitter, Facebook, what do magazines have to offer? Do they still matter? In an interview with Rebecca McPheters, president of McPheters & Company at the Custom Publishing Council (CPC), McPheters stresses that magazines are more relevant than they have ever been before. Why? Because magazine readership is growing...magazines give you an opportunity to engage with content that you are tremendously interested in. The same is true for newspapers.

For starters, magazines feature celebrity gossip, humor, beauty tips, sports, and even manga. Some magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, offer online content that can only be accessed by using a special code that’s available in the print edition. Other magazines tease their Web visitors by displaying the cover of the latest print issue and offering different content online or real-time (and accurate!) news and, uh-huh, more gossip. But as every librarian knows, there's still a place for print in most kids' hearts.

That's probably because print publications offer a level of in-person, tactile interaction that online-only magazines can't match. Plus, print editions can be passed around in a library and discussed in a moderated setting, or marked up to the owner's liking.

However, as technology turns everyone, especially kids, more dependent to online media, many magazines have moved all their content online, leading some to wonder if the print version will soon be dead. Though the number of glossy periodicals is on the downswing and the future of magazine publishing remains to be seen, there are many publications that still sell well.

In an article written by Carlie Webber entitled, "The Original Handhelds: Magazines That Teens Can't Resist," Webber lists 11 print magazines that teens (and the librarians who serve them) can't live without.
These are: Entertainment Weekly, GamePro, J-14, MAD, Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Teen Ink, Teen Vogue, Transworld Skateboarding. And there are other magazines, or any print media, that we might never heard of but are quite useful and trendy to other contries or society.

Clearly, print publications, such as magazines, are never outmoded nor discarded. There's something in them that could never be replaced by online media. Whether we belong to the "baby boomers" generation or the "Millenials" or Internet Generation, magazines, books and print media still have value for us. No matter how advanced the technology or how mainstream the internet is, we still seek and long for them, though not always.

May 25, 2010

What's your pastime?

Every now and then, people always find ways to get much of their pastime entertaining or say, productive. But most want it to be more interesting and amusing. Besides, it's the only time employed people get their minds out of their job in a bit.

How about you? What do you do when you're on break? Still thinking of using this little time to get your job done? Yeah, what's the point doing anything else for enjoyment when you can use this little time to get ahead of your task or job? But then, isn't it boring and monotonous to do the same kind of job over and over again?

I can think of so many things or games to do when I have idle time. But most of the time, I would play RPG online games like World of Warcraft and its LAN version, DOTA. However, it makes me kinda get addicted to it. And it takes a whole lot of time to play the game. On the other hand, I tend to read other blogs or listen to music during my break time. But for my pastime, I would prefer to play chess online. It's kinda mind-boggling and poses a lot of challenge when you get to play against other players from around the world. I like playing chess though it gives me headache after a few games. It's free, nondownloadable, and it trains our mind.

For those who would like to play chess more often on their free time, you can visit www.instantchess.com. Just provide a name, any name you like, click "Start Game" button, and then play... as simple and as quick as that. It has a time limit of 15 minutes per game, but some subscribers have 1 min., 5 mins., up to 10 minutes of time per game. And if you don't like the players, you can cancel the game and choose other players.
But mind you, there are better and very strategic chess players in there. So better be prepared when you wanna try to play in there. So, if you want to escape your mind from the mind-numbing kind of work and train your mind a bit, by using that little time to play chess, try it and just play at http://www.instantchess.com/.

May 24, 2010

Newest Super Mario Game is "Absolutely Amazing"

When I opened a window in my computer, I immediately noticed on the screen a colorful display of Mario, a fictional character from the game Super Mario. It is displayed in the front page of http://www.yahoo.com/, and features its newest Super Mario game entitled "Super Mario Galaxy 2."
As Nintendo's mascot, Mario is one of the most famous characters in video game history, and his image has become synonymous with video games. Mario games, as a whole, have sold more than 285 million units, making the Mario series the best-selling video game series of all time.
It seems just like yesterday when I played the Super Mario as an arcade game. I was just about 6 years old when I first played it. Then I kept on playing it especially after my father bought a family computer. It's just an arcade game where all you see is a one-sided display of a little man that jumps and runs and accumulates coins. But now, as the technology becomes more advanced, so does the game which turns into 3D. Its latest game Super Mario Galaxy 2 is just "absolutely amazing." In fact, IGN reports that "this is the absolute pinnacle of Mario gameplay: everything that makes a Mario game so incredibly fun is represented here."
Here's a Nintendo Media Summit Trailer of the Super Mario Galaxy 2. It's the best!

May 22, 2010

How to Stay Anonymous on the Internet...

In a world of information technology, people tend to use and put everything in the web. Personal informations are being provided either on their websites, blogs, or even networking sites. Even the most personal and private informations are being put in the web. Yet, placing all these infos even with the most difficult passwords may not be safe and secure enough for they can still be tracked and monitored by others.
Someone, somewhere, has the ability to track not only our medical, purchasing, employment, credit, etc. information but also watch and track our every move. This led me to wonder: Is this what is happening in our society? Is there something we can do about it? Well, the answer is definitely ‘yes’ and probably ‘no.’ Privacy is a thing of the past. Monitoring is everywhere. If you are looking at this online, I am sure that lots of information has been stored and linked to you about that action. Nevertheless, at least we can try to play with ‘their’ minds and surf the web anonymously.
As we know, web surfing is anything but anonymous. For example, any searches we do (Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.) are catalogued right down to our computer’s IP address. If we drop by another website, the web host will collect a great deal of information about us. However, there are a few ways to try to hide our tracks. One way is to log onto a proxy server. These servers route our web surfing through a series of other servers and computers. This will hide our tracks most of the time.
There are several good proxy servers out there. Some popular free ones include Free Proxy Server (www.freeproxyserver.net), Jap (anon.inf.tu-dresden.de), Privoxy (sourceforce.net), Tor (tor.eff.org), and YouHide (youhide.com). Proxy4free.com lists thousands of free anonymous proxy servers.
Our computer also stores a great deal of information—websites we visited, images, and in some cases even passwords. It is a good idea to clean these out periodically. Some people do this after every time they surf. If you use Apple’s Safari just go to ‘Edit,’ then ‘Reset Safari.’ If you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer you can go to ‘Preferences’ and reset them individually. Users of the newer versions of Firefox can go to ‘Tools’ and ‘Clear Page Data,’ then hit the ‘Clear Private Data Now' button. Another way to clean up your computer and browser is to use software such as the free CCleaner (www.CCleaner.com) application. This handy little application lets you clean up all sorts of things including your surfing history, cookies, Windows temporary files, and file fragments. CloneSpy (CloneSpy.com) is another neat free application. It helps you find duplicate files.

Debts and Credits: Can We Manage them?

The world today is experiencing a great economic recession. There are low demands of products as consumers cut spending. Companies cut costs thereby closing some of their plant operations and laying off thousands of human workforce. In a time of great depression, people are finding every possible way to get through every day expenses and the cost of living. One way that most people adopt is through credits and debts. Most people tend to lend money from friends and apply loans on banks just to get what they need and want, thinking that they can repay them in a few months or years. One concrete way people use in times of need is the credit card. People around the world are using it to buy things either online or offline. However, as time goes by, debts and credits also climb up unnoticed. The next thing we might know is that our property will be confiscated for not paying our credits and debts.
In an effort to deal with debts and credits, a lot of business-minded people are writing and offering how-to guides and tips. Some even write their lessons from economic recession. Through web search at Yahoo! finance, I came across with step-by-step online resource in managing one's debts and credits and how to use credit wisely. To use credit intelligently, a certain article suggests to start by examining the terms of the card(s) we are currently using. If we think we may have too much credit card debt, let's begin to address it by honestly evaluating our spending habits.
On the other hand, another article by Tyrone of Millionaire Acts: The Journey to Financial Freedom at www.millionaireacts.com offers four lessons learned from economic recession. These include: 1) Save for the future; 2) Take advantage of stocks; 3) Take advantage of low value properties; and 4) Participate in bargain bazaars.
Either way, as long as we are vigilant and mindful enough of our debts and credits, we can manage to prevent them from mounting and controlling our life. We just have to work harder and smarter. We need to invest in something that is promising and worth living. We can only do this by helping each other to stay out of debts and credits.

May 21, 2010

Eclipse: Opens on June 30

For all Twilight saga fans, the Eclipse movie is much awaited for this year. With the successful showing of Twilight's sequel New Moon, fans of all ages are now excited for the opening of its 3rd sequel, Eclipse, next month. Here's a sneak peak clip of the upcoming Twilight installment Eclipse which opens on June 30.