Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Stress Management: What Is It, And How To Use It (part 2 of 2)

The art of meditation have been used for centuries that started off as an offset of pagan religion. Nowadays, many people practice this method for different areas in their life; coping with work, focusing on your tasks, or simply to relax your mind to keep yourself in balance.

This can be quite hard at first but can be improved through practice. First off, try to look for a quiet place where you will have the least amount of distraction. Then you need to relax your body from your toes to your head. When you feel heavy then you are already relaxed (this will change to a light feeling when practiced often), you can now concentrate on your mind.

Try to focus on a single thought or imagine an inanimate object. You might notice that you will be distracted by stray thoughts that seeps into your mind during the course of the exercise. When this happen, try to imagine your a watching movie. Observe these thoughts as if it was nothing and let it drift away to the next one. After a while, all these stray scenes will cease then you have achieved meditation.

Seek professional help

A psychiatrist can be a great help during times stress. The specialist will help you accept your problems and in turn find possible solutions without letting fear and worry seep into your mind. They can help find the trouble areas and help your arrive at solutions which you might be hard-pressed to realize on your own.

Dealing with stress can be stress in itself. But with a relaxed mind and the proper techniques, you could take control of your life and not let stress control you.

Stress Management: What Is It, And How To Use It (part 1 of 2)

Despite all the conveniences available to us in this technologically advanced age, stress is still part of the overall scheme of our lives. Luckily, stress management provides comfort and release from these problems that tends to affect our physical, mental and emotional health.

What is Stress Management?

Stress management are tools, procedures and methods that allows us to take control of our problems and make sure that they don't affect our daily routine. Problems that leads to stress that are specific in nature have different stress management techniques that can be applied to keep you in balance and harmony.

Breathing exercises helps big time!

Our body tends to react during times of stress; irregular breathing, sweating, aches and pains, slow metabolism and so on. Since these are all physical in nature, we have to deal with it in a physical way. One method is through breathing exercises which can affect your body in a profound way. Simply speaking, these exercises controls the flow of oxygen in your body, as well as its distribution to different parts of your anatomy.

One way to do this is to count your breathing. Breath slow and deep, relax your stomach as you do so. Try to keep a rhythm and follow it all throughout the duration of the exercise. With enough practice, you can control your breathing instantly during times of stress which can help you relax and alleviate some of the negative effects in your body.

Relax your mind with meditation

Meditation is great way to achieve stress management, which deals more on the mental than in the physical. This is where the old adage "Mind Over Body" kicks in. Meditation allows your mind to relax and focus on a single thought and let others drift away to nothing.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Things about Asset Management that you need to know (part 2 of 2)

But before you get into asset management and hire yourself a professional, read through the items below to help orient yourself to the field of investing.

1. There are a lot of scams and con artists in the world

Money can make people do things that they will not normally do. This is a fact of life that you need to know before you start hiring somebody to handle your assets and properties. That way, you will be more careful when looking for asset managers.

When hiring somebody, make sure that you have done some background check first on the person. As much as you can, hire only those that you know personally. If you don’t know anyone who can handle your finances, ask the people that you know to recommend. Start with your family and friends as they will give you a good recommendation.

But before you hire the guy, set up a meeting first. Even if he or she is recommended by your most trusted friend, you cannot be too sure.

And after you have hired him or her, still take an active part with the investing of your money. Make sure that you are informed about every investment made. Do not give full power to the asset manager to decide on investing issues. Your approval must always be asked before making an investment.

2. Diversify

This is the golden rule that asset managers go by. Diversification means that you need to put investments in more than one product and not in one investment product. The yield can be good but it isn’t worth it to risk your entire savings in one go.

If your asset manager has not done this, think twice before continuing the service. The adage "Do not put all your eggs in one basket" holds true for this field. You see investments can also be very risky. Even those that are considered a surefire success can suddenly fold, leaving you with big losses.

That is why you need to make sure that you have something to fall back on if one investment falls through. If you diversified your investments in asset management, you can still count on your other investments to prop you up on your feet again.

Things about Asset Management that you need to know (part 1 of 2)

Asset management seems like a fancy term for people who are not much into investing and into business but the truth is, it is something that every people need to survive the rising costs of living and inflation rates.

The concept is actually similar in a way to putting the money that you earn in banks but the difference is, asset management makes use of stocks, mutual funds, properties and bonds to further increase your wealth and assets. You see putting  your money in the bank is not enough. You can only do this for the money that you feel you will need during emergencies. You can put it there and let it earn a small interest, after all you can easily withdraw It when you need it.

However, for the extra money that you have that you don’t really need, invest them. Mutual funds, bonds and stocks yield higher rewards than the measly interests that banks’ provide. In just a few years, you can earn half of what you invested, something that you can’t do with the bank.

But before you get into asset management and hire yourself a professional, read through the items below to help orient yourself to the field of investing.

1. There are a lot of scams and con artists in the world

Money can make people do things that they will not normally do. This is a fact of life that you need to know before you start hiring somebody to handle your assets and properties. That way, you will be more careful when looking for asset managers.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Have Fun with Silk-Ribbon Embroidery (part 2 of 2)

Silk-ribbon Embroidery Basics

The four things a novice embroiderer will need are: a wide-eye needle, silk ribbon, fabric to stitch on, and your own share of creativity. Remember that silk ribbons come in various width and sizes so the needle you must use should have an eye that’s wide enough to accommodate the ribbon.

One thing an inexperienced embroiderer like you should remember is – you don’t make mistakes but variations in this type of embroidery. When you accidentally pulled the ribbon too tightly or you’ve made lopsided stitches, you only make your project realistic while showing off your personality in your embroidered piece. Further, ribbon is more advantageous than floss because it is wider, so you can work it up quickly and spread it easily.

So all is set now and you are about to begin embroidering. Bear in mind that knotting the needle in silk ribbon embroidery is far different from tying floss. Don’t make a mistake of tying a knot at the end. To make the knot, let the ribbon pass through the eye of the needle. Then fold a small border on the other end of the ribbon and pierce it using the needle. Pull both the ribbon and the needle all way through to make to knot.

Now that you have already made a knot, you can come up with wide range of attractive stitch patterns. Among the five easy stitches you can employ are ribbon stitch, lazy daisy stitch, stem stitch, straight stitch and French knots.

So there. The basics are now provided to you, have fun and enjoy your silk-ribbon embroidery project!

Have Fun with Silk-Ribbon Embroidery (part 1 of 2)

Give silk-ribbon embroidery a shot and you’ll be surprised with the romantic result you have come up with.

This is just among the old art forms that have become popular again these days. It uses not just ribbons but also perle cotton and embroidery floss to serve as ornamental floral motifs and stitch patterns on a piece of fabric or accessory. Embroidered by hand, silk ribbon can be made with just basic stitches to provide your stuff with antique quality embroidery. Among the various forms of embroidery, this one is so easy to do that even a neophyte embroiderer can make eye-catching patterns with a few simple stitches.


Also tagged as Rococo Embroidery, the silk-ribbon embroidery first appeared in England in the early 17th century. This design came up when the dressmakers in London tended to copy a French style called ‘embroidery de favour.’ This form of embroidery continued to appear in European fashion and had its full bloom in the 18th century when it dominated the ornamental arts and fashion in most parts of Europe. But its story doesn’t end there because rococo embroidery continuously reappears in the fashion world for around every fifty years.

Uses of Silk-Ribbon Embroidery

Ribbon embroidery showcases the finest stitches to decorate quilts, clothing, towels, pillowcases and other fabric items. It can also be utilized to embellish sachets and artworks that are framed. When stitching blooms and birds, silk ribbon is usually used. Depending on the skill of the embroiderer, this form of embroidery suits almost anything that’s embroidered including scarves, bonnets and many other fashion accessories.

House decorations can also be ornamented by embroidered ribbons. Just imagine how your lampshades, table cloths and picture frames will look like with stylish ribbon embroidery. Another great advantage of ribbon embroidery is that it can be made even without needles. When your needle seem to be out of sight, you can just tie up the silk ribbon at the place where you want it to be. Ribbon embroidery delivers a pleasurable result most of the time especially now that ribbons are offered in different colors, sizes, width and texture.