5 Quick Ways To Ease Stress, Depression & Anxiety. 5 top tips to help you win the battle against stress, depression, and anxiety. No ceremony with this article, let’s go straight into five quick ways that will help you find relief from stress, depression, and anxiety.
1. Take regular breaks from the firing line.
Working hard without regular breaks is a great way to build up stress and tension. Make sure you have at least one 15-minute break in the morning and one in the afternoon as well as at least 20 minutes for lunch. If possible, eat lunch away from your workstation.
Equally, if you have a lot to deal with in your life right now, taking a day, or a weekend elsewhere – longer if you can – to get some breathing space will really help. Even just a day away from the firing line will enable you to get some distance from the problems and help you to gather your thoughts.
2. Regular exercise can help relieve stress, depression, and anxiety.
Exercise releases endorphins into your system and will give you a natural boost. It will also provide you with a break from brooding and dwelling on problems and troubles – but only if you perform the right kind of exercise.
Avoid Exercises that allow you to brood (weight lifting, jogging, treadmills) and perform exercises that require your full concentration. Competitive sports such as squash, tennis, badminton, and circuit training are all excellent examples. It is important that you do not brood when you exercise because although you will be benefiting physically, you are still stressing yourself mentally and the stress, depression, and anxiety will worsen.
3. Stop beating yourself up.
Self-deprecation is a huge part of stress, depression, and anxiety. Each time you beat up on yourself, you will erode your confidence and self-esteem. Never tell yourself you’re useless, worthless, stupid, hopeless, boring, ugly, and a loser. Never convince yourself that other people hate you, that others find you difficult to be around, and that you’re better off being alone.
You would never deem it acceptable to say such things to other people and you must deem it equally unacceptable to say them to yourself. These words and phrases are powerful and they will hurt you. Accept you’re not perfect and that you make mistakes – just like everybody else does – and cut yourself some slack. From this day forward, make a pact with me to never indulge in self-deprecation ever again. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE.
4. Isolation is another problem experienced by stress, depression, and anxiety sufferers.
OK, there will be times when you just want your own company. During such times, you can brood over and over again about problems and events and beat yourself up for hours on end. Not good. Instead, use isolation more positively.
Occupy your mind by tackling a jigsaw puzzle, a logic problem, or a crossword, reading a book, or performing a hobby such as painting, playing a musical instrument, or whatever it is you have an interest in. In this way, isolation will help you to grow instead of causing you further pain.
5. Television, radio, and newspapers can all supply you with a daily hit of negativity and help lower your mood.
In the main, they concentrate on the negative side of life: crime, corruption, war, scandal, and natural disasters which can give you a distorted view of reality. Not to mention the amount of image manipulation they subject you to. Give yourself a break from this negative drip feed and avoid them completely for one week. You may find, like I have, that they have no place in your life after that. Trust me, you won’t miss them.
That’s five, quick tips for you to help fight stress, depression, and anxiety. Please give them a try, they’ll all help to boost your mood levels very quickly indeed.
Introduction: Stress has become a part and parcel of our lives at present. Try as we might, we cannot keep it away from us. But this stress can sap our very innards and make our lives meaningless and quite redundant. We need to understand how to enrich our lives by keeping stress away. Here are some ways we can do that.
1: What Is Stress?
Can stress be defined? Is it uniform all through the human race, in all people, across geographical boundaries and time?
What Is Stress? Stress is probably one of the terms that are bandied about the most in the 21st century but people know about it the least. Though almost everyone says that they are stressed out, they cannot define stress. So, what’s the definition anyway?
The Cambridge Dictionary (International Edition) defines stress as great worry caused by a difficult situation or something which causes this condition.
The Oxford Dictionary defines it as pressure or worry resulting from mental or physical distress, difficult circumstances, etc. From these definitions, we can arrive at this – When there is some situation or circumstance in our lives that we find difficult to cope with, the resulting condition in our mind is known as stress.
When we are stressed, we find it very difficult to rationalize our circumstances.
In most people, it has been observed that stress can exhaust their mental potential to think. Even if there is a way out of their predicament, because of the stress, they will fail to see it. This is what makes the stressful situation worse.
The problem is that when you have stress playing in your mind, the one sure way to remove it is to eliminate the circumstance that has caused it. But in many people, when stress begins to play on their minds, they are quite unable to think and so they do not understand what they must do to eliminate the cause. This worsens their stress.
In the 21st century, we find that stress has become quite commonplace.
The rising competition has given rise to workplace stress.
Most people carry their work home and can never come out of it, even when they are home with their families. Everyone is in high tempers, even within families, which gives rise to domestic stress. In addition, increasing costs, rising pollution, ever-growing traffic, etc. all contribute to stress in their way.
The problem is that we cannot see the solution to these situations because we are so deeply entrenched in trying to cope with the problem.
This is a global situation today. Even the string-pullers of society with whom we have entrusted the power to remedy such situations are stressed out and even they cannot come up with viable answers.
Stress could very well place itself among the top 3 problems of the current century. If we do not take steps to eradicate it as soon as possible, it will consume us much before global warming and its correlation can.
The best thing is that though stress is a collective problem, we can work individually at eliminating it. Becoming stress-free is largely in our hands.
2: The Basic Rules for Coping with Stress
We can remove stress completely from our lives like so many famous people we know have done. All we need is to abide by the right principles.
The Basic Rules for Coping with Stress
Stress can be too difficult on you and it could become one of the most important aspects that govern your life. Today there are several stress management courses all around and all of them are working on teaching people how to overcome stress. However, you don’t need these courses if you know that you can beat stress by making some small but significant adjustments in your life.
Speaking about stress management, it boils down to just 7 important rules. If you learn to incorporate them into your daily life, you will find that you can stay without stress forever.
Rule # 1 – Improving Your Perspective
A lot of stress is generated by the way we look at things. Take the classic cliché of a glass that has half its capacity of wine. People who have learned to deal with stress will look at the wine that occupies half the glass and will be content with it. But people who make stress a part and parcel of their lives will look at the half-empty portion of the glass and will stress themselves by thinking about what isn’t there. If you could improve your perspective and focus on what you have rather than what you don’t, you could conquer stress in a very emphatic manner.
Rule # 2 – Don’t Overexert Yourself
Taking up more than you can handle is a sure way of stressing yourself up. This is a major component of workplace stress today. People set unrealistic deadlines for themselves and take more work than they can manage in a bid to earn more money. But the result – is they lose out on work and their health as well.
Rule # 3 – Learn to Put the Leash on Circumstances
Ups and downs happen in everyone’s lives, but people’s reactions to them are different. Some of them would be stoic about changing circumstances while others would get worked up. People who learn how to put a leash on their circumstances can largely control their lives, and hence they can remain happier in life.
Rule # 4 – Don’t Go for the Extremes
Extremes must be avoided in anything. Don’t take too much work or too little of it. Don’t be too greedy and don’t be too generous either. Don’t eat too much and don’t starve yourself. Don’t think too highly of yourself and don’t condemn yourself too much either. When you place yourself on the middle path, you will be much happier.
Rule # 5 – Learn to Avoid
A lot of people who are stressed out to the max are so because they don’t know how to say a simple monosyllabic word when the time comes – “No”. That is the reason they fall into the trap of doing things they should have avoided in the first place. They get into friendships they didn’t want, they commit to relationships they think they shouldn’t have, and they take work they can’t manage. This is what builds stress up to a very great degree.
Rule # 6 – Relax
Relaxation techniques work much more effectively than you think. Something as simple as the correct breathing exercise can make you liberated from your stress.
Rule # 7 – Prioritise
If you have several tasks to do, learn to prioritize. Learn to understand how important any task is and accomplish it accordingly. This helps you in managing your life optimally and you can do very well at keeping stress away.
3: Changing the Way You React to Situations
One of the main reasons why we have such a lot of stress is that we overreact to situations and circumstances. We need to know how extreme we have to be with our thoughts.
Changing the Way You React to Situations
Most of us overreact, either positively or negatively. This overreaction can come in the form of excessive joy or excessive sorrow or even excessive paranoia about something. Someone might get worked up about the fact that the meal they prepared for their guests has gone bad. Someone might invite stress upon themselves because one of their colleagues has just been fired. Some bring on stress because of an approaching examination. All these are situations that can be very easily handled. They don’t deserve the stress we accord them with.
Almost all situations that we deem as stressful have nothing to them.
If we were to apply our minds with a level-headed approach, we would find that we could cope with the situation and even become winners there.
If the meal you have prepared for your guests has gone bad, just order something and make a joke about your adventure in the kitchen when the guests arrive. If your coworker has been fired, it doesn’t mean you have been fired too. In any case, you must keep your résumé ready and be hopeful of a better job if the situation comes to that because you have a better profile now.
Exam stress is one of the most avoidable kinds of stress because no academic examination requires you to be so worked up about it, especially with the hundreds of options we have with us now in the 21st century.
So, you see, it is all about how you look at things.
If you think that something is a problematic situation, then a problem is all that it will turn out to be. However, people who have learned to cope with stress know how to deal with so-called problematic situations and turn the tide in their favor so that the impediment turns into an opportunity. It all lies in the way you think.
Everything – every single thing – that occurs in life has a pro and a con. If a circumstance has changed, even though it seems intimidating and scary at the moment, there will be some benefit that you can derive from it. Learn how to look at things positively and optimistically. You will be living a more stress-free and fruitful life when you learn to do so.
4: Biting Only as Much as We Chew
When we stuff too much into our mouths, we are quite unable to chew it and it is very likely we will spit it out and waste the food for everyone else too.
Biting Only as Much as You Can Chew
A lot of stress in the 21st century – workplace stress mostly – comes from the fact that people are over-committing themselves. They are taking upon themselves things that they know they cannot realistically do. Probably it is greed or the need to prove something to someone or even just to themselves, but the fact is that people are taking more upon themselves than they can handle.
Many people do it because they are lured by the chance to earn more money. Some take more than they can manage just because they want to show in their workplace that they are better than their colleagues. Some do it because it panders to their ego to know that they can break limits and set records.
But, in most cases, over-committing has serious negative repercussions. Even if you can manage the quantum of work you have taken within the unrealistic time frame that it is assigned, some negative things can happen.
Let us take a look at what can happen when you try to bite more than what you can chew.
The first thing is that you might not be able to manage the task on time. Everything works on a strict deadline in the 21st century and you have to learn to respect that.
If you aren’t able to churn out results within the stipulated time frame, money is not the only thing you may lose.
You may also lose a potential client and future business. Even if you manage the work on time, its quality might not be as good as you wanted it to be. This could put a question mark on your credibility.
Also, there is the domino effect that you have to be worried about. One disgruntled client can carry the message to several other potential clients and you might lose a lot of business that could have come your way.
With the help of the Internet, it is quite easy to post a negative review about someone and let the whole world know about their “unprofessionalism”.
The stress that this can create is almost indescribable. People are known to go crazy just before a deadline, and the more important the client is, the more profound the stress. What is the use if you can manage the project in time if you are not able to get up for two weeks after its completion?
Learn to say “no”. It is a very important word if you are trying to keep yourself away from stress. It helps if you are realistic about your capabilities and take up only as much as you can handle.
5: Control the Situation; Don’t Let the Situation Control You
Every situation can be controlled. You just need to hold the right strings
Control the Situation; Don’t Let the Situation Control
We often let situations slip out of our clumsy hands and that is when they begin to control us like puppets. Think about this example. You have to complete an assignment in three days. It is not a very big deal; you can easily manage it within the timeframe. But you get complacent just because of this fact and let the first day pass by without a muster. No work was done. You lose half of the next day too.
Now you have just one day to complete the assignment. You had three days when you started. You let the situation control you. If instead, you would have taken stock of the situation, you could have done much better at managing the whole thing, wouldn’t you?
This is just one example, in the realm of our workplace. But we let this happen everywhere, in every aspect of our lives. Suppose your child spills something at the breakfast table.
You scold the child. The child becomes grumpy and doesn’t speak with you. Your spouse is angry because you scolded the child. You come to work with that baggage on your mind and, understandably, you don’t produce well. You return home and everyone is still grumpy. The grumpiness continues for a week.
Instead, if you had handled the situation more delicately, everything would have been just fine. Your personal life often spills out into your professional life, however much you don’t want it to happen. Hence, handling situations delicately helps you in enriching your overall quality of life. You live better, without stress.
Next time you are going to get angry at something, or are going to let some unwanted emotion get the better of you, just keep in mind that you are letting your circumstances control you.
We are not made to be ruled like puppets by the situations in our lives. The Almighty has made us strong enough to rationalize and think about what’s best for us. We must learn to handle situations in ways that don’t become our rulers. A lot of stress can be kept away by doing that.
6: Using the Middle Path
The extremes are disastrous if you want to strike a perfect balance in your life. Thinking about extremes can keep you in perpetual stressful states.
Using the Middle Path
One very important thing that you must bear in mind if you want to keep the stress away is to refrain from falling into very drastic ways of thinking. There are always two distaff sides to anything. If you start thinking along the lines of any one of these extremes, you are making things very difficult for yourself.
For instance, it is not at all good to think very highly about yourself. It makes you egotistic and you begin to look down upon others. This is an extreme that you should avoid at all costs. However, the other extreme of this is very dangerous too. And that extreme is thinking too lowly about yourself.
This is also quite wrong because when you think very low about yourself, you develop extreme inferiority complexes which again keep you away from progressing.
The right approach would be to tread on the middle path. Don’t think entirely this way or that. There is always a balance that you need to strike, even when it comes to your way of thinking.
This also makes you a wholesome individual. When you think in just one way, you are quite incapable of thinking the other way. You are shutting out your mind to all those possibilities.
But if you keep your mind open and keep thinking in a balanced manner, you can be more complete in your way of thinking. It makes you a more perfectly balanced individual because you are not shunting out any of the possibilities from your mind.
When you think in a very extreme manner, things sometimes happen differently, in an exactly opposite tone of what you thought. When that happens, you get considerably stressed, because you didn’t expect things to happen in that way. However, if you don’t resort to extremes, if you walk the middle path, you will be ready for anything. The stress becomes minimized.
7: The Trick Is in Avoiding the Wrong Things
Avoidance is the best way to keep stress-free. Keep away from all those stressbusters and you will have busted it already!
The Trick Is in Avoiding the Wrong Things
Temptation is a very easy thing to happen to everyone. It seems very appealing at the start, but very soon it begins showing its true colors. That is when you see that you cannot tackle it all that simply. That is when the stress begins to creep in.
Just take a very simple example, which most of us will easily relate to. Think about a delicious gourmet delight. You know that it will be great to eat but at the same time, you know that it is laden with calories.
Very few people can avoid such a treat. They will very likely gobble it. They will become uncontrollable whenever any such food comes their way. The result is that they start piling on weight. Health problems begin to raise their ungainly head.
But if you had made it a point to avoid sinful food right from the start, all these problems of obesity and related issues including high stress would not have arisen at all.
Today you are dealing with the stress that you have become overweight and that weight does not dwindle but had you learned the fine art of avoiding things, you would have been in much better shape today. This stress that you currently have would not have been a part and parcel of your life.
Temptations come our way in various forms.
Food is just a very simple example; it can come our way in various complicated manners. A raise for a difficult job is an example. The job given to you is difficult, you know that you aren’t capable of it but still, you didn’t avoid taking the job.
You plunged headlong into it, with the lucre of the added money and the chance to rise above the competition. But just because you didn’t say “no” to something you know you wouldn’t be able to accomplish.
Saying “no” is a fine art. You have to be firm in your decision but at the same time be polite and gentle. It is always best to speak about your limitations when you are refusing something. If you do that, you assure the person that nothing is wrong with their offer. You are leaving the gate open for them to return with something that better suits your mutual equation.
8: Looking for Relaxation Techniques
Various relaxation techniques exist for stress management, and they work.
Looking for Relaxation Techniques
For most people, stress management means using a relaxation technique. Relaxation in itself is a way of working out your stress. When we are stressed, the level of hormones in our body increases. Under periods of extreme stress, three main hormones are released in a high amount – cortisol, norepinephrine, and the growth hormone. As long as the level of these hormones is high, we continue to be under stress.
The one sure way to relieve ourselves of the onslaught of stress is to bring the level of these hormones back to normal. This is achieved through using the right relaxation techniques. That is the reason we called relaxation “unwinding” – we are bringing hormonal levels back to what they were initially.
There are several relaxation techniques available to us today.
Here we discuss some of the most conventional and effective ones.
Yoga has received an important place in the world’s health scenario today. You could make use of this ancient Indian science as well. Through the use of various bodily stances, known as asanas, yoga tries to act on various energy points of the body. It releases the latent energies of the body and makes it more energetic, fitter, and much healthier.
The popularity of yoga has reached the West a long time ago and now it is very easy to find books, videos, manuals, and a lot of other educational stuff on how to perform these techniques. Yoga could very well be your ticket out of the persistent stress that’s playing on your mind.
Breathing works because you are channelizing a flow of healthy oxygen into your lungs, which is then carried over by the bloodstream to different organs of the body, including the brain.
There are various kinds of breathing exercises advised, some of which can give quick relief to the person using them. Check out these breathing exercises on the Internet, or visit your local bookstore to find a lot of books written by expert authors who write on health and fitness.
Since stress is a mental problem, meditation can work wonders. The right meditation – whatever form of it your practice – can free your mind from its excess baggage and make it work optimally. Meditation can be practiced anywhere and there are only a few things that are needed to perform it effectively. Like the other two methods, there is a lot of information available on meditative processes as well.
If you always keep in mind that Wednesday precedes Thursday, you will be fine.
A lot of our problems can be solved only if we learn how to prioritize things. Our lives aren’t simple, linear things. There are various intersections, crossroads, junctions, and forks as we travel on the path called life.
There will be various places where we will have to choose between two or sometimes several options. We will have to decide what we must do to succeed. There will be moral, social, familial, and personal dilemmas and we will be torn by different emotions at the same time, making it quite difficult for us to choose what to do first.
The first important step for you to realize in such circumstances is that you are just one individual; you can’t do several things simultaneously. You might be able to multitask a bit, but you cannot do it with a lot of tasks at once and you certainly cannot do it all the time.
This is where you need to prioritize. When you realize that you aren’t physically or mentally capable of doing everything that life sets up on your platter, you will be happier and much more at ease with the fact that you have to do things on a priority basis.
Think of a very common example.
You have an urgent work deadline to meet and your family needs you for dinner. Such situations present themselves all the time. What do you do? You will have to let one of these go in favor of the other. What you choose remains your personal decision. But when you have decided in advance which one of these you will pursue, the failure of the other doesn’t bring a lot of stress on you afterward.
One way to decide on prioritizing things is to see if you can strike compromises with either. In the above example, you might try calling up your boss and asking for an extension, or you might speak with your family and ask if the date could be postponed. In most circumstances, such compromise adjustments work. They keep you and everyone involved happier – everyone likes a spot of frankness in their lives – and, most importantly, free from stress.
So, next time such a situation presents itself in front of you, don’t panic. Think about how you can prioritize and work everything into your schedule. If you cannot do that despite your best attempts, do the things that you should do and those which won’t give you the opportunity again. Choose the things that will have the most positive benefits on your and your dear ones’ lives. This way you will almost always be making the right decisions in life.
10: Learning How to Keep Avoiding Stress
Managing stress isn’t a one-time activity. It will keep happening all through your life.
Learning How to Keep Avoiding Stress
Battling stress is a continual effort for everyone. You try to come up with one stressful situation and another one presents itself. This can give rise to fear and apprehension. More significantly, it can turn you into a defeatist, because you will start thinking that whatever you do, you cannot be a complete winner at everything that comes to you.
But there are ways in which you can be the eventual winner even if you don’t win at those small things in life. You can win the war even if you lose out on those petty battles that come your way. What you have to do is to learn how to keep avoiding stress whenever it comes, in whatever form it comes.
Here are 10 rules to keep avoiding stress forever.
1. Use proper meditation techniques.
Some of these techniques take no more than 5 minutes per day, but they can rejuvenate you for the whole day.
2. Practice yoga.
Even practicing yoga once every 3 days can work wonders.
3. Practice aerobic exercises.
Go for a jog in the mornings. It helps set you up for the whole day.
4. Take trips often.
Go to places where you will be amid nature’s bounty. It is great if you can move out of the hustle and bustle of urban life as often as you can and lay yourself in the lap of nature. It revives your tired spirit.
5. Be good to your family.
When you are compatible and communicative with them, you have people to speak to. You feel that you aren’t alone in this battle of life. That helps you keep away from stress.
6. Make friends.
The more friends you have, the happier you will be. Friends have a way of pulling you out of stress as no one else can. Never commit to more than what you can do. This applies to everything in life, whether it is work or personal commitments.
7. Be honest about your work.
When you are honest, you don’t overpromise and you don’t try to over-deliver. Your credibility remains intact, people know what you can achieve and they set realistic goals for you. Bragging that you can do more than you really can, will only put you in a bigger soup.
8. Have a hobby.
This could be anything that makes you happy. Do something that liberates your mind, something that you can fall back on every time you feel the stress hormones building up.
9. Eat good food.
When you eat heavy food that cannot be digested easily, the body finds it more difficult to normalize its stress hormone levels.
10. Do not drink or smoke.
These can give you temporary relief from stress, but in the long term, they will only make you more depressed. Stress is a multi-headed monster that you have to kill yourself.
Using these 10 simple rules of living, you can practically ensure that you never succumb to its wiles ever in your life.
You now have everything it takes to keep stress away from yourself. There will never again be a day when you will lose out on love or work because you are “stressed”. Make this word extinct from your life. All the best to you!!!
Essential: New Born-Baby Care like; Baby Bath Time Safety, Basic Baby Bottle Care, Caring for Your Newborn, How to Choose the Baby Diaper that Works Best for You, Choosing the Right Baby Formula, Let Your Baby Enjoy Your Touch, Soothing Music for Your Baby Storing Breast Milk, Taking Care of Your Baby’s Teeth, The Best Way to Put Your Baby to Sleep.
Male hands holding a screaming newborn
Baby Bath Time Safety
New mothers often feel uncomfortable giving their new babies their first bath. You can’t exactly blame them because children are just more fragile during the first few months of their lives. There have been several reported accidents while bathing the infant. Though these instances are very isolated, this experience can be traumatic for both mother and child.
When it comes to your infant, you need to keep in mind some crucial facts so that you don’t sacrifice your baby’s safety.
By paying attention to some pointers, you will be able to breathe easy because you will eliminate the risks involved during bath time. First of all, you must be there at all times. Never leave your child alone, not even for a mere few seconds. They are too young to raise their bodies, and if something gets in the way of their breathing, they won’t be able to do much about it.
When your baby first comes home, there should be no reason for you to be less careful.
Many of these accidents happened even if the parents exercised extreme care. Bath time is the time to keep your eyes and ears open and do everything to ensure their safety so that it can become a more pleasant experience for you both. You should check their environment for any hazards, and though they won’t be able to reach for anything yet, you know you won’t rest until things are safe.
When you first bring them to the tub for their first bath ever, you want to make sure to take things slow. The last thing you want is to shock them. Take this opportunity to introduce bath as a fun activity that you and your child have. This is the time to bond, and you can only do this if your child learns to enjoy it. It is important to always remember that safety comes first.
You always need to keep an eye on your baby.
No matter what the distractions are, take this time to be with them, and just them. When you put toys inside the tub, make sure that they are large enough so that they don’t choke on them. Make a circle with your thumb and index finger. If the toy can fit through the hole, then it may pose a danger. You also need to consider the water you put inside the tub. Make sure you set the temperature just right. If it’s too cold, this could startle them. If it’s too warm, they could burn. The key here is to make it just right.
You also need to keep in mind that your baby can drown in shallow water.
When picking out a tub, something with a rubberized surface could help prevent them from slipping. Nonetheless, you must hold them at all times. Rubberized or not, they could still fall. To make things even easier, make sure that their clothes and towel are within easy reach so that you don’t need to walk away from the tub just to get them dry. The bottom line is, that this time could be the most rewarding experience for you if you just practice extra care.
Basic Baby Bottle Care
You’re a pro with breast milk. You keep the baby nourished with what your body has to offer. Then, you go back to work and store your milk instead. That way, the nanny can always whip out a bottle when your little one gets hungry. Then, you notice that your child now gets sick more often. It’s still the same milk, so what are you doing wrong now? You need to take a look at what you’ve been doing. It’s the changes that put your child’s health at risk.
Could it be in the way you store the milk? If he hasn’t gotten sick before, this could be the most likely culprit. When choosing a baby bottle to store milk in, you have to consider how much the bottle can hold. Then, look at the bottle’s shelf life as well. You may have used the disposable ones too long. Consider where you can save the most money and what makes life easier for you. You make the decision only after you’ve weighed everything and put things in proper perspective.
When you buy a bottle, consider the anti-gas properties.
He will have to suck the milk out. He could swallow in the bubbles and experience gas pains after a while. Now, experts have developed designs to prevent this from happening. Look at your choices and see what they take to the most. It may be a case of trial and error, and you may have to spend a little more than usual. But his comfort is your priority here.
Then, look into how your baby drinks from the bottle. Traditionally, you should sit close to what should be an upright position when breastfeeding him. You only have to slightly lean backward to give your baby better access to his food. The less lean, the better their chances of avoiding gas. Plus, you will most likely be comfortable in this position because you can hold your child tightly and see his face better.
When you leave the house and take a trip somewhere, your milk should always be stored in plastic containers.
Glass containers may spoil milk faster. Try not to destroy the antibodies and other essential vitamins and nutrients found in your milk. Go out and see that you have more than enough choices in the store nearest you. Then, consider hygiene. Make sure that you properly wash and store the bottles after each use. If, on the other hand, you plan on freezing your milk, make sure that you write down the date when it was pumped out of your body.
When filling these containers up, don’t use the entire space. Liquids tend to expand when you freeze them. If you forget to put too much in every container, they will explode and leave a mess in your freezer. Seal them well and put the more recent ones at the back. That way, you use the ones that spoil earlier sooner. But before you put it in the fridge, cool the milk first. Don’t wait more than three months to serve it to your baby. Thaw the milk naturally and preserve all the essential vitamins.
Caring for Your Newborn
Being a brand new mom is a gift that every woman can be thankful for. The first time you hold your baby in your arms, the first time he opens his mouth, and the first everything.
You would do just about anything to shield that new angel of yours. If you can, you give them the best of everything, and this includes the things you put on their skin. Because the baby’s skin is so sensitive and fragile, you are always careful to choose what to put on them. Some chemicals make the baby’s skin break out, and that is the last thing you would want to happen.
Baby health care is therefore one of the many concerns that a new mother needs to consider.
After all, her new baby is a blessing and she would want to do everything and anything to keep her baby safe. As a mother, you need to choose what products to buy. Your priority is your newborn’s skin because this provides the foundation for healthy adult skin.
When you go to the stores and choose the right skincare line for your child, you can get confused with all the products found on the shelves.
There is a recent trend that suggests that organic skin care products are better for the child’s skin. Babies need appropriate light creams and baby lotion to keep their skin supple and soft. Of course, there is also the recurring diaper rash. Because babies require protection from wetness, diaper rashes are sometimes inevitable. Stock your cabinet with the rash cream that your doctor recommends. Always ask your physician. After all, they should know more about the latest products.
Aside from that, here are a few must-haves:
This one-piece, snap-crotch article of clothing is amazing. They come in cute colors and prints. They’re versatile as well in case you quickly need to bring your child with you for an emergency errand. Just put it underneath coats and bottoms, and you’re good to go.
2. First Aid Kit.
This is probably the most important of baby basics. Put in some basic medicines, a rectal thermometer, a lubricant, some first aid cards with tips for what to do in case of an emergency, and of course, emergency numbers.
3. Diapers, of course.
Be sure to stock up. Your child may be allergic to certain kinds of diapers. Try not to panic when a rash breaks out. Instead, switch to another brand.
These are especially helpful when you like to bring your infant with you anywhere and everywhere. These are good for discreet breastfeeding as well.
5. Baby bed.
Make sure that it has side guards so that your baby is kept safe even when he moves throughout the night.
6. Car seat and stroller
. Many companies sell car seats that can also be converted into strollers once you get out of the car. Whatever your choice may be, your baby’s safety is a must once you bring him out of the house.
There are just so many things to know when you first have a baby. Don’t fret because help is available just about everywhere. Log online and check out the latest news. You’ll certainly be able to equip yourself with the know-how.
Photo essay at the maternity of Saint-Vincent de Paul hospital, Lille, France. Washing of the newborn baby.
How to Choose the Baby Diaper that Works Best for You?
Expectant mothers need to stock up on diapers. Babies go through several of them in just one day. You have only two options: cloth diapers or disposable diapers. Some people prefer the former, while others the latter. There is constant debate as to which one is better.
On one hand, cloth diapers are much cheaper because they are reusable and washable. However, babies tend to get more rashes with cloth diapers because it doesn’t absorb the wetness as effectively. On the other hand, there is the disposable diaper. It absorbs wetness well and is very convenient.
You don’t need to worry about washing them because you simply throw them in the garbage bin. The disadvantage it brings is that it can be more expensive. Plus, they take years to biodegrade. For those who are environmentally conscious and aware, this may be a big thing to consider.
What do you base your choice on? No one can tell you what to do. After all, you know what’s best for your baby. What this article can do is merely present to you in bullet format the benefits.
Here are things you’ll enjoy with disposable diapers:
1. They’re very convenient. When you need to change your baby’s diaper, all you need to do is rip out the old one and slap on the new one.
2. They are available practically everywhere and can come in many different sizes and varieties.
3. They don’t leak. The cloth underneath the cotton mesh was designed for absorbency.
4. Once your baby has been potty trained, you just stop buying them. You save on space and won’t have too many extras lying around the house.
As you get yourself familiarised with the pros, it is only logical to know the cons as well:
1. You need to dispose of them away from your house or in a seal-tight container. Otherwise, your entire house could smell.
2. Disposable diapers take hundreds of years to disintegrate. If you are trying to be eco-friendly, then a disposable diaper is certainly out of the question.
3. Disposable diapers can be costly. Knowing that babies could go through hundreds, you can calculate your expenses within the first year to realize just how much you’ll spend.
Let’s now consider the diapers. What benefits will you enjoy? Here are a few:
1. They cost less. All you need to do is wash them once you remove them from your baby.
2. You can truly call yourself a responsible citizen with your eco-friendly ways.
With the positive comes the negative. Here are some as well:
1. They need constant washing. It could be time-consuming and inconvenient, especially if you’re a working mother.
2. They leak and are not as absorbent.
3. If you don’t plan to have another baby, you’re stuck with a lot of diapers.
If you want the best of both worlds, some online stores offer new and popular biodegradable diapers. These may be the solution for mothers who want what’s best for everybody. Just check the online world to see how you can get your hands on one of these. Otherwise, you have to choose from the points presented above.
Choosing the Right Baby Formula
There’s a lot of heated debate about which baby formula is best. While many feel that breast milk is still the ultimate form of nutrition, others also believe that babies should learn to drink baby formula. What is the best solution? While there is no doubt that mothers’ milk is very nutritious, some mothers do not lactate as much. They need the baby formula to supplement their infant’s needs.
In the year 1869, the first baby formula was invented by a man named Justus von Leibig. It was originally made out of potassium bicarbonate, wheat flour, and malt flour. These ingredients were added to cow’s milk to provide their babies with the essential vitamins and nutrients. The formula continued to evolve over the years with scientists continually researching what babies most need.
At first, mothers wrongfully believed that bottled formula was even better.
Mothers tried to wean their babies off breast milk as soon as possible. However, recent studies have countered these claims. The new findings have given rise to the original need for breastfeeding. Many parents have taken a firm stance against the formula.
The bits of evidence that support breastfeeding as the ideal choice have slowly burgeoned.
This belief has now been strongly supported by some of the most trusted experts in the healthcare industry. The World Health Organization (WHO), continually recommends that mothers nurse their infants with their very own breast milk. Studies have shown that babies are better able to fight off infections and defend themselves against allergies, diseases, and yes, even, infections. If you look at the ads on baby formulas, they always state that breastfeeding for the first six to twelve months of a baby’s life is still best.
However, because of the busy lifestyle that many women now lead, breastfeeding that long is just not possible. It’s hard to continually have to pump milk out of your body in between schedules. This may get in the way of work. Though the idea may seem silly and some people may think that you should put your baby’s needs first, their jobs can be their means to support their new life. How can you give your baby what they need when you can’t work? It’s a balancing act that most mothers have to go through.
For many new moms, opting for a baby formula often makes them feel guilty.
They feel that their newborns don’t get the nutrition that they deserve. However, these same experts also made reassurances to these concerned mothers. Baby formula is enough. After all, how many adopted babies have survived and thrived on formula alone? Countless! What is most important is that you allot time to bond with them.
Yes, breast milk has the natural ability to fight off diseases and infections. Plus, it is loaded with fats that will help your baby gain a healthy amount of weight. If you’re tight on budget, breast milk is free. But you also have to consider many other factors. The important thing is that you give them skin-on-skin contact.
The bottom line is, that your choice should be based on whatever is best for you. If you really can’t provide your baby with breast milk, just be sure to choose a high-quality formula that is rich in essential vitamins and minerals. With love and support, your baby should grow into a happy and healthy toddler no matter what your choice may be.
Let Your Baby Enjoy Your Touch
The main belief in some eastern practices is that the entire humanity is made up of shards of one whole soul. This means that man shares a portion of something much bigger than they are. What does this imply? It simply tells us that we are all connected in one way or the other. Advocates of the law of attraction say that we are connected biologically, to the world chemically, and to the universe atomically. Whatever our personal beliefs are, there is one thing that holds, and that is we all live through the power of connection.
The problem now lies in the fact that most of us suppose that we should live apart from the rest.
We may interact with other people daily, but at the end of the day, we choose to be by ourselves. While this will suffice if you are on your own, things have to change when you become a parent. You are now responsible for someone else’s life. And while your child is still unable to stand on his own two feet, you need to think about what he needs.
A child’s basic needs include food, shelter, and clothing. More than anything else, however, they also will benefit a lot from touch.
Some doctors urge mothers to give their prematurely born babies kangaroo hugs to hasten the healing. This is a hug that is different from everything else because it involves skin-to-skin contact. As they grow, the power of touch will sustain them. Even adults need hugs because it is a form of connection with another person. You are the parent and should be particularly with your little one.
Look through the books and you will see that there are studies that prove babies who grow up with the power of touch become happier and healthier individuals. You need to know the importance of human contact. A hug makes a world of difference in a person’s outlook on life. Hugs connect people beyond space and beyond time. With two arms wrapped around their tiny bodies, your relationship deepens and becomes more meaningful.
Though hugs may not be as easy to do for some people, you have to know that touch is a part of your five senses.
Touch does not only serve our cognitive needs to familiarise ourselves more with the world, but it also gives you a sense of having a richer experience in life. Touch therapists swear by it, saying that it also does wonders for anyone’s health.
The importance is, that you need to know how to communicate with your baby beyond language. After all, words only go so far. Physical communication is a way to send forth a message.
With a mere embrace, you will give them the love that they so need and deserve. Stress will present even in their early years, it is then up to you to make them feel that you are always there when they cry out. The fact is, there is no better cure than a hug. Wrap your arms around them as much as you can so that you immediately establish the right connection. Try it and see for yourself just how powerful this practice is.
Soothing Music for Your Baby
It’s always difficult for parents to watch their baby cry. They would do practically anything just so their baby gets comfortable once more. Some people believe that the best way to calm a baby is through music. Playing songs is great for your child. Many parents agree with this belief. Music just has so many benefits. Some people say that when you constantly expose your little ones to classical tunes, you are increasing their level of intelligence.
Music is a great method for calming your baby down every time they fret.
When you bring your precious little angel home from the hospital, make sure you have the music set up in their room. You should be able to access it whenever you hear them cry. It is also advisable to keep a CD in your car so that you have a way to soothe them in the middle of a trip. With the soothing motion of the car and the accompanying soft music, your angel will be fast asleep in no time.
Should you get tired of playing the same old songs, you can also put some variety to the sounds by adding in the sounds of nature. Any type of white noise will help calm your baby. Because babies are unique just as adults are, there are also sounds they won’t enjoy.
For your part, you just have to know which songs help calm them. See how they react to each song or sound you play and make sure that you keep a copy at hand.
There are hundreds of choices available for you. Look online or visit your nearest music and baby stores. You will find what you need. Of course, common sense dictates that the music must be soft. Music also brings other benefits other than just calming your baby. If the music stops them from crying, you also take away some of the tension off your shoulders.
Moreover, music is an essential element in the learning and development of children.
By nature, babies are musical beings. They are fascinated by it even at such a tender age. Scientists and researchers from all over have also been able to show that music helps to lay the foundation of their years. You enhance their learning, hone their musical ability, and develop their language. You will see a big leap in the growth of your baby’s memory skills and sensory coordination.
As they grow, let them learn to love music. Sing to them and make it a part of their daily routine. As they grow, you will see that they will respond to the songs by dancing. The movement helps them learn balance, coordination, body awareness, and rhythm.
With music, you get to enjoy so many benefits. Help shape your baby’s mind and play a part in shaping your child’s intelligence. Their future is in your hands, and the one way to ensure that you give them a world of opportunity is through the use of music.
Storing Breast Milk
When you can give breast milk to your babies, you should count yourself lucky. This is probably one of the best things you can do as a mother. Enjoy this time to form a close relationship with your newborn and grab the opportunity to hold them whenever you can. As you resume your normal life after you give birth, you may notice that there may be times when you will be asked to leave your home for work.
You may not always be there when they get hungry, and while you want to take them everywhere you go, this is just not an option. How can you concentrate on your job when you constantly have to keep an eye on your little one? To be able to cope with the demands, you opt for pumping your milk and storing it. Whenever your baby cries out in hunger, your partner can just grab the milk from the fridge and feed them.
If you find yourself in situations like this, you will need to know how to store it safely. In today’s fast-paced society, it can be difficult for you to constantly find the time to breastfeed your child. When you are in a public place, this can also be highly inconvenient. When you find yourself stuck in a situation, the best option, for now, would be to use expressed breast milk. This involves mechanically squeezing milk from the breast and storing it in a bottle to be used at a later time. You can normally use a pump to squeeze the milk out, and this is especially handy when only the father or the nanny is at home watching your child.
When stored correctly, the milk can last for quite some time.
There are plastic bottles and bags available in the stores that were specially made for holding and storing this kind of nutrition. You can simply put it in the freezer or refrigerator so that you can extend its shelf life. However, keeping it in the freezer will make the milk lose some of its nutrients, antibodies, and enzymes.
This is what happens to food set aside in the same manner. But what it all comes down to is that it is still much healthier than the formula that you purchase.
To test if the milk is still fresh and safe for your child, you simply have to smell it. You should be able to store it at room temperature as well. However, its shelf life only extends to six or eight hours. Anything over that will be detrimental to your baby’s health. If you’ve followed all the rules but sometimes find that your baby does not respond to it as well as actual breastfeeding, the culprit could be the milk bottle.
Your baby could have been so used to breastfeeding that they experience some difficulty in learning to suckle from the bottle. In cases like these, you can probably introduce the bottle a few times in the first 4 weeks of their lives. That way, it won’t be such a big adjustment for them when the time calls for it.
Taking Care of Your Baby’s Teeth
Being a parent of a brand-new baby can be quite an exciting experience. Their first step, their first laugh, and their first set of teeth are all milestones in your baby’s life. Your child’s teeth, in particular, need a lot of care.
The first set total twenty and they generally appear in pairs.
The growth first appears usually when your child is around six or seven months old. The entire process may even take a year and a half to two years to complete. Of course, it depends on each child. Some may have their complete set early on while others require more time.
The first time their teeth grow, your child may experience some degree of pain.
They often become anxious and irritable, and parents need to comfort their babies often during this somewhat difficult time. It helps to make yourself more aware of the symptoms of natural teething. You need to take note of the following:
– Increase in the flow of saliva
– Swelling of the gums
– Flushed cheeks
– Fever (for some)
– Frequent thirst
You also need to observe your baby because they will frequently thrust their fingers or anything within their grasp inside their mouth. Many of these symptoms precede the appearance of the first set of teeth. You will notice in several weeks that the thin white enamel has broken through their gums. This is what people refer to as “breeding the teeth.”
So what do you do? How can you help your child cope with the pain and irritation?
First of all, you don’t need to stress yourself out too much. This is a natural process that every child must go through, and everything will be alright in the end. It helps to put your infant in a well-ventilated area. You also have to give them milk regularly so that their gums are kept moist and relaxed. Of course, you also have to know when to stop. Too much milk can be heavy on their tummies, and you only will end up with two problems instead of one.
From the instant teething begins, you need a piece of scraped licorice root or a flat ivory ring to numb the pain.
You need to gently rub the gums with your finger. When you do this, the infant usually stops crying. The problem with some is that they take the baby’s teeth for granted. They always think that there is still another set coming. However, baby teeth are important and necessary. Your child won’t be getting their first adult tooth until they reach the age of six. Early on, parents need to help children look after their teeth and inculcate good oral hygiene practices even from the beginning.
You should be concerned with tooth decay.
The good news is, that there is a new range of toothpaste with xylitol as an active ingredient. Looking after the baby’s teeth is not a challenge. The real test lies in teaching your child to develop healthy habits. Knowing how important baby teeth are, you also need to make sure that they last. Their first set teaches them how to chew their food properly. Diet, health, and nutrition: are the basic needs your child needs to grow up with.
The Best Way to Put Your Baby to Sleep
New parents are always excited about the arrival of their little bundle of joy, but once the baby arrives, they suddenly realize that life isn’t all about flowers and butterflies.
Their newborns constantly cry at night, and because they take turns taking care of the baby, they hardly get any sleep themselves.
This can especially be difficult for parents who have to work during the day. They have to find a balance so that they can be good providers as well as loving parents. Yes, they continuously experience difficulties in making their young ones sleep soundly at night. Could the baby be fighting sleep? If this is it, then you will realize that you are in the middle of a form of baby sleep disorder.
Some babies fall asleep very easily, and those mothers and fathers are lucky if their child is like that. They simply have to rub the baby’s back and sing them to sleep before they drift off into dreamland. The unfortunate others, however, may experience a tough time calming the child down at night. They constantly struggle with their sleep patterns, and this gets them stressed during the day. If you’ve got circles around the eyes, well, you’re not exactly alone.
You need to learn how to put the baby to sleep properly.
You may be failing at it for several reasons. If your baby is colicky, you need to endure this for a couple of months or so before things finally settle down. Waking up to the loud cries of your baby and stumbling around in the dark trying to find a bottle isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of fun. So how can you get a good night’s sleep?
First, you need to create good sleeping habits. The biggest mistake new parents seem to make is teaching their children bad sleeping habits. You need to set a schedule and make sure you create consistency. The change can also be difficult for the child, and because they are still unable to express themselves, all they do is cry.
Another mistake is becoming an over-doting mom.
Yes, there is such a thing! Parents need to know that they also need to teach independence at a young age. When mothers tend to carry their children too often, he or they may end up getting too used to the fact that someone is holding them at all times.
Unfortunately, there may be different solutions for different babies.
But there are several techniques you can implement early on. You can bathe your baby before you feed them. Once the baby is fed and burped, make sure that you cuddle them for a while. Then, lay down your baby as you sing them to sleep.
Establish this pattern and let your baby’s body recognize the signs of bedtime. Training your infant to go to sleep is never easy. It does require a lot of effort and patience. But as months pass by, you’ll be able to train them to sleep at night with little or no trouble. Yes, with patience and consistency, things will turn out well.
Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.
Neurons multiply at a rate of 250,000 neurons per minute during early pregnancy.
Elephants have the longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom at 22 months.
The longest human pregnancy on record is 17 months, 11 days.
A female oyster produces 100 million young in her lifetime, the typical hen lays 19 dozen eggs a year, and it is possible for one female cat to be responsible for the birth of 20,736 kittens in four years.
Michelle Duggar holds the record for the largest human family, having given birth to 17 children.
750 ml of blood pumps through your brain every minute, which is 15-20% of the blood that flows from the heart.
The human brain is about 75% water.
Dragonflies are capable of flying sixty miles per hour, making them one of the fastest insects.
This is good since they are in a big hurry, as they only live about twenty-four hours.
Flies jump backward during take-off.
A housefly will regurgitate its food and eat it again.
Termites outweigh humans by almost ten to one.
A spider’s web is not a home, but rather a trap for its food.
They are as individual as snowflakes, with no two ever being the same.
Some tropical spiders have built webs over eighteen feet across.
More people are afraid of spiders than death.
Amazingly, few people are afraid of Champagne corks even though you are more likely to be killed by one than by a spider.
Your brain consumes 25 watts of power while you are awake.
This amount of energy is enough to illuminate a lightbulb.
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
In every episode of Seinfeld, there is a Superman somewhere.
Possums have one of the shortest pregnancies at 16 days.
The shortest human pregnancy to produce a healthy baby was 22 weeks, 6 days — the baby was the length of a ballpoint pen.
Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
The most poisonous spider is the black widow.
Its venom is more potent than a rattlesnake’s.
13% of Americans actually believe that some parts of the moon are made of cheese.
The world’s youngest parents were eight and nine and lived in China in 1910.
Fish that live more than 800 meters below the ocean surface do not have eyes.
Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.
Some Case Moth caterpillars (Psychidae) build a case around themselves that they always carry with them.
It is made of silk and pieces of plants or soil.
Most household dust is made of dead skin cells.
One in eight million people has progeria, a disease that causes people to grow faster than they age.
The male seahorse carries the eggs until they hatch instead of the female.
Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can weaken your immune system.
Stephen Hawking was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died.
Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator.
The Morgan’s Sphinx Moth from Madagascar has a proboscis (tube mouth) that is 12 to 14 inches long to get the nectar from the bottom of a 12-inch deep orchid discovered by Charles Darwin.
Some moths never eat anything like adults because they do not have mouths.
They must live on the energy they stored as caterpillars.
In 1958, Entomologist W.G. Bruce published a list of Arthropod references in the Bible.
The most frequently named bugs from the Bible are Locust: 24, Moth: 11, Grasshopper: 10, Scorpion: 10, Caterpillar: Nine, and Bee: 4.
People eat insects – called “Entomophagy”(people eating bugs) – it has been practiced for centuries throughout Africa, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and North, Central, and South America.
Why? Because many bugs are both protein-rich and good sources of vitamins, minerals, and fats.
Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
Go on and try it then.
Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
The average chocolate bar has eight insects’ legs in it.
In York, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow (except on Sundays) No piece of square dry paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.
The Beetham Tower cost over £150 million to build.
The Beetham Tower has 47 floors.
“Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
An average human loses about 200 head hairs per day.
Mexico City sinks about 10 inches a year.
It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
In France, a five-year-old child can buy an alcoholic drink in a bar During the chariot scene in “Ben Hur,” a small red car can be seen in the distance.
Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s nuclear weapons combined.
On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
A dentist invented the electric chair.
The top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour. Some moths can fly 25 miles per hour!
The Brimstone butterfly (Gonepterix rhamni) has the longest lifetime of adult butterflies: 9-10 months.
Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves.
A Boeing 747’s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.
Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.
Babies are born without kneecaps.
They do not appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
14% of all facts and statistics are made up and 27% of people know that fact.
Every time you lick a stamp, you are consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
Eskimos have over 15 words for the English word ‘Snow’ Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.
Some people say that when the black bands on the Woolly bear caterpillar are wide, cold winter is coming.
Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
“Ithyphallophobia” is a morbid fear of seeing, thinking about, or having an erect penis.
The average shelf life of a latex condom is about two years.
14% of Americans have skinny-dipped with a member of the opposite sex at least once.
Male bats have the highest rate of homosexuality of any mammal.
A man’s beard grows fastest when he anticipates sex.
A man will ejaculate approximately 18 quarts of semen in his lifetime.
Sex is biochemically no different from eating large quantities of chocolate.
Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
For every ‘normal’ webpage, there are five porn pages. “Venus observe” is the technical term for the “missionary position.”
Sex is the safest tranquilizer in the world. IT IS 10 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE THAN VALIUM.
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was born on and died on days when Halley’s Comet can be seen.
US Dollar bills are made out of cotton and linen.
The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had.
Americans are responsible for about 1/5 of the world’s garbage annually.
Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels.
Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it does not digest itself.
98% of all murders and rapes are by a close family member or friend of the victim.
A B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.
The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.
The dot over the letter “I” is called a title.
Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest son.