How to Find out Who You Really Are

Follow your gut. What makes you happy? What activities and objects are you attracted to? Don’t try to force interest – do the things you love.

Look at the people around you. It’s often said that the people you want to associate with are the people that you want to be most like. Who do you hang out with, who do you admire, and who do you detest?

Don’t try too hard to fit a certain type. You’re trying to be yourself, not a clone of the perfect goth, prep, jock, geek, businessman, or mom.

Try everything. Try sports, activities even the ones that you think you don’t like; you just might be surprised. And if you don’t like it then you’re one step ahead by knowing that you don’t like that certain activity and you’re off discovering new activities.

Ask yourself. Always ask yourself are you enjoying the moment? For example: while waiting for a friend, ask yourself if you’re bored or are you enjoying the environment. Probe into your answer and ask more questions and you might find yourself the kind of person who doesn’t get bored easily and enjoys spending time with oneself and enjoys bird watching or the complete opposite.

Until next blog, read my last post :D

How to Train Your Conscience to Do What Is Right

Consider. Everything you do. Before you sneak out of the house and do something you WILL regret, consider. Did your parents specifically tell you not to leave the house? Do you know what will happen if they find out? What’s wrong with watching a movie at the house instead of at the theater? All of this is part of using your brain, and considering before doing things.

Clean your reputation. If you have a reputation of doing things bad and not caring, you naturally are going to be tempted to do things. Don’t. Make it clear to your friends. Say: “I know I usually don’t back down, but I’ve been having second thoughts about this.” If they are true friends, they’ll understand. If not, search for new friends.

 Limit yourself. The whole purpose of training your concience is to stop doing things you know, deep down, are wrong. Party Saturday night but you know people are going to have drugs there? Don’t go. Even if your friends want you to. Use your better judgement and do something useful. Go help at the nursery. See an appropiate movie. Or go eat out with your parents. Skip the party and talk about something else the next day.

Stay calm. You will have to make some sacrifices to do the “right thing” but do it anyway! Half of training your conscience is learning at a young age to make good choices and live your life well.

Practice delayed gratification. This may be hard, as mentioned. You will miss parties and things because of your new conscience. But hopefully your conscience will make up for the parties. You will be rewarded in the end.

Until Next blog, let’s become the person we know we can be.

Busting the 8-Hour Sleep Myth: Why You Should Wake Up in the Night

English: Students need sleep in order to study.

More than one-third of American adults wake up in the middle of the night on a regular basis. Of those who experience “nocturnal awakenings,” nearly half are unable to fall back asleep right away. Doctors frequently diagnose this condition as a sleep disorder called “middle-of-the-night insomnia,” and prescribe medication to treat it.

Mounting evidence suggests, however, that nocturnal awakenings aren’t abnormal at all; they are the natural rhythm that your body gravitates toward. According to historians and psychiatrists alike, it is the compressed, continuous eight-hour sleep routine to which everyone aspires today that is unprecedented in human history. We’ve been sleeping all wrong lately — so if you have “insomnia,” you may actually be doing things right.

“The dominant pattern of sleep, arguably since time immemorial, was biphasic,” Roger Ekirch, a sleep historian at Virginia Tech University and author of “At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past” (Norton 2005), told Life’s Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience. “Humans slept in two four-hour blocks, which were separated by a period of wakefulness in the middle of the night lasting an hour or more. During this time some might stay in bed, pray, think about their dreams, or talk with their spouses. Others might get up and do tasks or even visit neighbors before going back to sleep.”

References to “first sleep” or “deep sleep” and “second sleep” or “morning sleep” abound in legal depositions, literature and other archival documents from pre-Industrial European times. Gradually, though, during the 19th century, “language changed and references to segmented sleep fell away,” said Ekirch. “Now people call it insomnia.”

You can blame the shift in your sleeping habits on Thomas Edison’s lightbulb and the Industrial Revolution.

Ekirch explained that in the past, and especially during winter, darkness spanned up to 14 hours each night. Except for those affluent enough to burn candles for hours, folks were left with little to do but go to bed early, and this gave a great deal of flexibility to their nightly sleep requirements. Segmented or biphasic sleep patterns evolved to fill the long stretch of nighttime, and as observed by anthropologists, segmented sleep continues to be the norm for many people in undeveloped parts of the world, such as the Tiv group in Central Nigeria.

In places with electricity, though, artificial lighting has prolonged our experience of daylight, allowing us to be productive for longer. At the same time, it has cut nighttime short, and so to get enough sleep we now have to do it all in one go. Now, “normal” sleep requires forgoing the periods of wakefulness that used to break up the night; we simply don’t have time for a midnight chat with the neighbor any longer. “But people with particularly strong circadian rhythms continue to [wake up in the night],” said Ekirch.

In the 1990s, a sleep scientist named Thomas Wehr discovered that everyone sleeps biphasically when subjected to natural patterns of light and dark. In Wehr’s well-known study, he subjected participants to 14 hours of darkness per night, and found that they gradually shifted to a routine of taking two hours to fall asleep, then sleeping in two four-hour phases separated by about an hour of wakefulness—a pattern that exactly matched Ekirch’s historical findings.

How to Cleanse Your Body Naturally

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1. Start by drinking plenty of water. Water is very helpful because it flushes out impurities in the body. If you want to flush your body clean, make sure you drink between 8-12 glasses a day. It also makes your skin look MUCH healthier, improving your complexion.

2. Fast at least once a week. Either by only drinking water, fruit juice, or vegetable juice. V8 juices are a good way to get the nutrients you need if you don’t like fruits or vegetables. You could also only eat fruits or vegetables. It helps your body to rest.

3. Cleanse your colon. Eating foods high in fiber will do so. You need to keep your gastrointestinal tract empty and free of waste.

4. Cleanse your liver. Eating foods that are bitter will do you justice. Fruits that have a bitter taste like lemons or grapefruit will be very beneficial to cleanse the liver as well as stop toxins from spreading to other parts of the body.

5. Take cloves or pumpkin seeds to get rid of the parasites in your body. There are also medications available that work well.

6. Exercise! Exercising raises body temperature and supply of oxygen, plus makes you sweat which releases toxins. It also keeps you in shape and healthy. It burns unnecessary calories.

7. Make sure you avoid caffeine and sugar as much as possible. Do not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. These only add to the problem by putting toxins and other impurities into the body. If you smoke or drink alcohol, start limiting your intake/try to quit.

8. Maintain a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, protein (meats and eggs), and fiber. Follow the food pyramid and eat the suggested food portions. Also try to eat smaller meals throughout the day rather than 3 large ones. It will make you hungrier throughout the day if there is a larger gap in the times you eat, making you eat more.