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Today's fast-paced lifestyle often takes its toll and leads to stress. Are there times when you feel that you simply need a quick-fix to shift your mood into a more relaxed and less anxious state?

 

A FIVE-MINUTE BREAK

Music is one of the quickest ways to put you in a healthier and more positive mood. Try listening to my favorite and most effective 'mood-reboot' music. It is found in YouTube: "Pure Clean Positive Energy Vibration". 

• Sit comfortably. 

• Close your eyes. 

• Take three slow and deep breaths. 

• Listen and focus on the peaceful, soothing and relaxing music.

• Keep breathing slowly and deeply as the music calms you.

 

Feel refreshed after this powerful energy-boosting reboot for body, mind and spirit.

 

EFFECTS AND BENEFITS

Here are some effects and health benefits of mood-enhancing relaxation music:

1. Calm your nerves

2. Reduce anxiety

3. Slow down breathing

4. Lower blood pressure

5. Increase ability to focus

6. Improve attention

7. Enhance creativity 

8. Fall asleep more easily

9. Improve quality of sleep

 

INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY

AT WORK: Were there times when you felt that your stress level was making it almost impossible for you to think straight? When you feel the pressure of work getting on your nerves, take a music break. It can alter your mood and give you a fresh start.

AT HOME: When your noisy kids are driving you nuts at home, go to your room. Take a five-minute break. Put your headset on and reboot.

 

FLUTE MUSIC

Flute music produces one of the most soothing sounds effective for mood enhancement. It's a great stress-buster. Surprisingly, the flute is so easy to play that children use it in their music subject in schools. The Philippine bamboo flute has even become a gift of choice to bring back home by foreigners and balikbayans. (Facebook: Kingflute Philippines Since 1981)

 

TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

When you find yourself in an undesirable mood, take a break. Reboot! Remember that music can change your mood. Hay naku!

Vivien Mangalindan is available for trainings on Confidence, Public Speaking and Customer Service. * She is also a Broadcaster. Be entertained as you get informed every Monday at 3:00 p.m. Tune in to SHOW AND TELL RADIO on DWBL 1242 AM radio - with video LIVE streaming on YouTube and Facebook: Show And Tell Radio. * Read her column online in Facebook: Hay Naku Pinoy. * Do you want your products and services to be featured? Text 0918-521-5400

 

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Have you had days when you lacked focus - or felt unreasonably grouchy? Perhaps it was because you didn't get enough sleep the night before. Nowadays, it's commonly called the 'low-batt' syndrome. 

If you think that's something to laugh about, go through this simple checklist. You might be in more danger than you think. 

Lack of sleep can lead to:

1. Poor work/school performance 

2. Absent-mindedness

3. Road accidents

4. Skin problems

5. Headaches

6. Irritable mood

7. Lack of sex drive

Do NOT take sleep for granted. Find immediate solutions if neighbors like these are robbing you of your basic right to sleep.

* Loud and boisterous karaoke addicts. (Worse, if they sing out of tune.)

* Ignorant and uncaring condominium dwellers that lack GMRC: Good Manners and Right Conduct. (They drag furniture and fixtures throughout the night.)

* Construction companies that run their equipment despite barangay regulations. (No noise /construction at night.)

 

CORRECTIVE ACTION

Sleep interruption and deprivation are serious matters. Why suffer? File complaints with authorities if your health is at risk. Make sure that city / municipal orders and barangay ordinances are enforced.

It is impossible for you to perform well at work, school or home (and even at sex) when you don't get the right amount of quality sleep.

 

SLEEP BENEFITS

A good night's rest and deep sleep can improve your body-mind wellness and enhance your quality of life.

• Less stress

• More energy

• Happier mood

• Clearer/smoother skin

• Sharper focus and memory

• Better decision-making

• Increased sex drive

 

TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

When you feel 'low-batt' from lack of sleep, Body-Mind Wellness Consultant and Clinical Psychologist / Psychpreneur Dino Ubalde's advice is to take all-natural food supplement Imuregen as an easy and convenient way to recharge your immune system and reboot your mental alertness. (www.facebook.com/urmindspot)

Take corrective action. It is your right to be happy and stay healthy in body and mind. Hay naku!

 

Vivien Mangalindan is available for trainings on Public Speaking and Customer Service. * She is also a Broadcaster. Be entertained as you get informed every Monday at 3:00 p.m. Tune in to SHOW AND TELL RADIO on DWBL 1242 AM radio - with video LIVE streaming on YouTube and Facebook: Show And Tell Radio. * Read her column online in Facebook: Hay Naku Pinoy. * Do you want your products and services to be featured? Text 0918-521-5400

 

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After a casual conversation with a professor who happens to be a clinical psychologist, I realized that some foods increase stress and anxiety. Here’s what I learned from psychpreneur Dino Ubalde, founder of Mindspot Counseling and Psychological Services.

There is a body-mind connection when it comes to physical and mental health. If you are undergoing pressure, stress, anxiety or depression - stay away from these foods because they can lead to rapid changes in mood. Meaning: highs and lows.

1. Caffeine (coffee, tea, softdrinks, energy drinks)

2. Liquor and alcohol 

3. Sweet food (refined sugar)

4. Salty food (high-sodium)

 

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS OF STRESS

Are you experiencing any of these stress symptoms?

o Low energy

o Frequent headaches

o Upset stomach (diarrhea, constipation, nausea)

o Aches, pains, tense muscles

o Chest pain, rapid heartbeat

o Insomnia

o Frequent colds 

o Loss of sexual desire/ability (which could lead to even more stress)

 

Don’t take your health for granted. Remember: “Long-term stress can harm your health. Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may contribute to serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, as well as mental disorders like depression or anxiety.”

 

HOW TO HANDLE STRESS

Make an effort to take corrective action, instead of just complaining or suffering.

1. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine – or at least reduce consumption.

2. Move! Stand up and do some simple stretching. Physical activity can help you de-stress.

3. Talk to someone you trust. Sometimes you will discover fresh perspectives.

4. Take short breaks. A siesta after lunch can recharge you.

5. Practice relaxation. Download meditation music easily available online. Close your eyes and do some deep breathing. Focus on these three words: peace, love, calm.

6. Get more sleep – preferably at the same time. Develop a routine.

 

TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

Managing stress by staying healthy in body and mind takes conscious effort. There is an easier way to make it happen. If you want to strengthen your immune system and regenerate your body-mind health in a convenient manner, clinical psychologist and psychpreneur Dino Ubalde recommends Imuregen, a food supplement made from all-natural ingredients. (www.facebook.com/urmindspot) Now there is a yummy way to boost your body-mind connection. Hay naku!

 

Vivien Mangalindan is available for trainings on Public Speaking and Customer Service. * She is also a Broadcaster. Be entertained as you get informed every Monday at 3:00 p.m. Tune in to SHOW AND TELL RADIO on DWBL 1242 AM radio - with video LIVE streaming on YouTube and Facebook: Show And Tell Radio. * Read her column online in Facebook: Hay Naku Pinoy. * Do you want your products and services to be featured? Text 0918-521-5400

 

 

 

Now there is a simple, inexpensive yet accurate coffee moisture meter for green coffee beans and coffee parchment made and funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).

 

Coffee farmers, buyers, and processors need not employ the traditional, subjective, slow, destructive and costly way of moisture content measurement. Researchers from the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) have developed a better alternative, through the PCAARRD-funded project “Development of non-destructive moisture meter for green coffee beans and parchment coffee.”

 

The research team led by Engr. Arlene C. Joaquin of PhilMech, in partnership with a local electronic company, made a prototype unit coffee moisture meter using a capacitive sensor oscillator circuit for both green coffee beans and coffee parchments.

 

Joaquin, in a project report, indicated that the prototype moisture meter is sufficiently accurate for three coffee varieties:  Coffea arabica, Coffea liberica, and Coffea canephora for both green coffee beans and coffee parchments. This was the result of calibration experiments and validation tests conducted at PhilMech, Nueva Ecija.

I

t is important to know the amount of moisture content in coffee parchment and beans to maintain high cupping quality. Green coffee bean with high moisture content (greater than 12 percent wet basis), can deteriorate due to bacteria, mold, and yeast. On the other hand, coffee beans with less than 9 percent moisture will shrink and become distorted, making them appear as low quality beans. To ensure the best quality in coffee, monitoring its moisture content at all times after it is dried is necessary to command a better price at the time of sale. (Ofelia F. Domingo, DOST-PCAARRD S&T Media Service)

 

Photo by Art Torres

By Rose de la Cruz 

Silnag (an Ilocano term for sun’s rays) Jewelry makes use of real bones of carabaos, buffalos and even tree barks for pendants, bracelets and other decorative headwear and body accessories. 

Owned by Enida Danao, a Kankanaey from Benguet, the products her company would sell in the coming International Bazaar on November 26 at the PICC Forum 1, 2, 3 grounds are recycled bones from carabaos and cows (more known as bulalo bones) that are refined, processed and shined to be used as pendants or bracelets. 

She normally sells them at Rustan’s, Rockwell and other posh stores in the country and exports them. 

She designs all of them. She started the business in 2004 and found such interest from her grandmother. Since she was young, she said, she was already making jewelry out of branches. Her company just seems to revive what she used to do as a child. Their culture includes kanyao where they butcher a lot of carabaos and instead of throwing the bones or bury them under the soil, she polishes and designs them into fashionable pieces. 

Her talent is raw because she never had the means to enrol in a design school. But seeing them, they are very fashionable and vogue. 

She also sells “barok” (unpolished and uncultured) pearls, which are actually more pricey in the real market. But she prefers to sell them in their current un-refined state because there really is a market for it, she explained. 

The barok pearls are so imperfect with corners and edges jutting out from the most unlikely places and this is what is usually called as “anak ng perlas.” The barok pearl necklace sells for P7, 000; and the albino carabao (a rarity) pendant is at P2,500. 

She also has carabao hide that can be converted into different decorative pieces for the table tops and even jewelry item. Her grandmother used to even make decorative jewelry from snake vertebrate. 

In the website of Silnag Horn Jewelry, the company says it provides livelihood to local artisans and helps save mother Earth by recycling what would otherwise be dumped in landfills.

 The jewelry are unique statement pieces made from organic, natural raw materials like Philippine Water Buffalo horns, cow bones, shells, scrap wood and seeds. 

The materials are by products of food and farm trade so no animals are harmed for the purpose of obtaining these materials. None of the materials used are included in the prohibitive list of CITES (or the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species).

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