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What Can You do While Having a Mood Swing?

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We all have occasional mood swings. There are some things we can do during them to help make ourselves feel better.

Bouncing back and forth between moods when nothing else around you changes isn’t something you alone experience. Millions of Americans use medication to temper their mood swings. In fact, in 2011 $11 billion of antidepressants and $18 billion of antipsychotics were sold. There are still some people who take nothing and suffer in silence. Regardless of which of these “categories” you fall into, you still need to learn how to master your mood – something that requires a lot of practice and patience.

It’s all in how you Look at Things

There are many “cognitive distortions” that make things seem worse than they really are, thus triggering your bad mood. The Greek philosopher Epictetus went on to point out that “People are not disturbed by things, but by the view, they take of them.”With this in mind, here are 5 common distortions we should avoid:

  • Polarized thinking occurs when you only see the world in black and white. You should leave this type of thinking to computers and try to put things into context instead.
  • Overgeneralization is surprisingly easy but utterly irrational to do. This occurs when you think that one negative event is a harbinger of disaster when in reality one data point is virtually meaningless.
  • Make sure you have real information about important issues so you don’t fill the void by concluding that no news is bad news. Of course, you should also prepare for bad news – just don’t let it give you an ulcer.
  • Personalization occurs because we want to link negative acts to unrelated outcomes. You can’t allow yourself to be that arrogant. You’re not the center of the universe – something for which you should be thankful.
  • Externalization happens when we credit our moods to outside influences instead of looking for their true source. You need to stop giving simple facts false meaning. Of course, you should work on real problems and turn your would-be assailants into allies by asking for their support.

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Act out and Help Others

Fortunately, you don’t have to think your way out of a funk – you can act your way out of one instead. This is thanks to what’s known as the James-Lange principle of emotion, which says that your emotions are responses to your ideas or experiences. The opposite is also true in that since our bodies move in specific ways, our moods align accordingly. With this theory in mind, here are 5 ways you can act your way out of a bad mood:

  • You’ve heard the old saying, “Fake it until you make it.” This works here too. Act brave on the outside (e.g. hold your head high, puff your chest out, have a firm gaze). This will help you feel positive and strong on the inside too – especially when you get stabilizing feedback from other people, even if they’re in the form of non-verbal cues.
  • Get up and get exercising. This will help you release endorphins, which can put you in good spirits.
  • Drink less alcohol. While a couple of cocktails can temporarily settle your nerves, it won’t last for long. This is because when your body processes the alcohol, dysphoria (an emotional state marked by anxiety or unease) kicks in. This happens as soon as you start in on your second drink. At this point, you’ll discover that the problems associated with the alcohol have already started to outweigh the benefits.
  • Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house or for a certain time of the year. You can spring clean your mental inventory, especially when you find yourself saying or thinking in terms of self-defeating statements. This clutter leads to bad moods. Purging your old to-do lists, getting rid of things you’ve started but never found the time to finish, and donating clothes that will never fit you again comfortably will help lift your mood and give you more energy to pay attention to the stuff that really needs your attention right now.
  • Take time to help someone else helps you step away from what’s bothering you and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Of course, the person’s gratitude is also highly satisfying.

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Use Coping Strategies

Since you can’t avoid all triggers (e.g. seasonal changes, stressful events) you can make some lifestyle changes that will make a big difference in your moods. Some of the things you can do here include:

  • Do your best to control your stress by simplifying your life. Delegate some of your responsibilities whenever possible. For those things you can’t control try some stress-management techniques like meditation, visualization, and yoga.
  • Maintain a regular schedule and routine. Don’t throw too many changes your way – life does that enough without your help. As much as possible, you should keep your meals, errands, exercise, and bedtime routines close to the same each day – especially in regards to time.
  • Practice healthy sleep habits. When you’re overtired you can trigger mood swings. Take some time to relax before bed – listen to some soothing music, read, and take a warm bath. It’s also important to make your bedroom a calming place where you only sleep and have sex. This will require some discipline, but it’s important enough to go out of your way to do these things.
  • Get moving. Studies show that regular exercise can help improve mood. Start slowly by taking a walk around the neighborhood. Gradually work up to exercising on most days of the week.
  • Avoid caffeine from coffee and soda, especially at night. This is a stimulant, which can keep you up at night.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs, especially if you’re taking any medications because this could possibly trigger a mood swing.
  • Keep a journal, taking note of big events, stresses, how much sleep you’re getting, and what you’re eating and drinking. Eventually, you’ll notice patterns emerging. Once you know what your triggers are, you can deal with them better.

Talk to someone. Go use a sex chatroom where nobody knows you and share your feelings with someone through sexting. There are some tips and tricks of sexting that you should be aware of at the beginning.  Having another person empathize with you is helpful. You never know, they may have experienced the same thing and know how to help you pull through it.

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Caitlyn Lowe is a lifestyle writer since 2011. Graduated from the University of Florida in Psychology Major. She loves to write about lifestyle, human psychology, human behaviour and relationship.

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Purple Professional Nail Polish Review

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Purple nail polish comes in so many different shades that it can be worn throughout the seasons to nearly any occasion. There are lavender, eggplant, and true purple nail polishes popping up everywhere.

There are even bright, neon magentas that have been showing up. Purple nail polish looks great on most skin tones and can add a huge contrast if you pick the right one. Darker purples will really show up against fair skin and lighter ones will create a huge difference on darker skin. The range of purple shades vary so much that they can be worn in a professional environment or even on a special night out. Here are some different shades of purple nail polish and how they can be worn:

Pale lavender nail polishes have become very popular. They come in extreme pastels and even brighter lilac shades. Lavender polishes are very subtle and are perfect in an office environment. They can be worn with blacks or other purple attire and accessories. Lavender shades are very natural looking, but if you have darker skin they will create a huge contrast. Try using pale lavender nail polish on the tips of your nails for a twist on the classic french manicure. You can even pair a pale purple polish with other pastel shades by alternating them on each nail. For the perfect shade of lavender nail polish check our “nice is nice”, “st. lucia lilac”, “lilacism”, and “looking for love” by Essie.

True purple polishes and magenta add a great pop of color and really stand out against fair skin. They are perfect for summer months and can be paired with a bright sun dress. Since tangerines are super popular right now, try wearing a bright purple with a tangerine top or dress for the perfect contrast of colors. True purples are suitable for casual office environments but try to shy away from bright magentas in a professional settings. These colors are great for polka dotted nails and could be mixed with a lilac nail polish for a great effect. If you are looking for a great purple or magenta nail polish try “sure shot” by Essie or “Justin Beiber” by Nicole.

Dark, eggplant purples are ideal for a date night or a sophisticated event because they give a dark, sexy vibe without seeming overwhelming. Deep purples are a great alternative to dark black nail polishes. There are many different shades of dark purples including rich rose shades, eggplant shades, and maroon shades. There are even some purple nail polishes that have a rich brownish tint. You could pair a rich purple shade with a pale violet dress, a purple dress, or a black dress. This shade would also create a great contrast against gray apparel or accessories. Consider painting both your fingernails and toenails this shade and letting your toes peek through peep-toe pumps for a sensual vibe. For the perfect dark purple shades take a look at “plumberry”, “raspberry”, “angora cardi”, “jamaica me crazy”, and “big spender” by Essie.

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iPhone TV Online

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The iPhone continues to amaze millions with its capabilities. The most recent trend has been with online video.

While it is true that some video does not work on the iPhone (i.e. Flash), the important thing to note is that H.264 and Quicktime based streaming video does.

With that well understood, a variety of major studios have placed video content online for the iPhone.

Full episodes include 30 Rock, Beverly Hills 90210, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Crusoe, Days of our Lives, Heroes, Kath & Kim, Knight Rider, Life, Lipstick Jungle, MacGyver, My Own Worst Enemy, The Office, Smart Girls at the Party, Star Trek, and The Young and the Restless.

Webisodes and segments include Battlestar Galactica, Cartoon Networks’s, Flapjack, Disney’s Pixar Mater’s Tall Tales, The Late Show with David Letterman, Mythbusters, Criss Angel’s Mindfreak, as well as other selections on the ABC, Animal Planet, Biography, Discovery, E! Online, Food Network, G4 TV, and Travel Channel sites.

Previews, sports, and news clips are also available on CBS News, CBS Sports, ESPN, FOX Sports Network, MSNBC, and The Weather Channel.

So what’s the catch? The iPhone is a bit small to watch for extended periods, and generally, Wi-Fi over 3G is recommended.

So would you, since you could? In general, the video on the iPhone is perfect for catching a current news clip of a pilot landing on water or amusing the kids while waiting for the doctor.

To find all the great video sites for the iPhone, open the Safari browser and type in “iphone.spreety.com”.

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The Truth About Ingrown Toenail Home Remedies

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When she walked into the living room, Billy was sitting on the couch. His sock and shoe lay on the floor. He was staring closely at his big toe. Then he looked up at his mother and said “I think I have an ingrown toenail. Its been hurting since last week, but I didn’t want you to take me to the doctor. I was hoping it would just go away.”

Ingrown toenails can be painful. But the thought of going to the doctor seems to bother some kids even more. Mix a teenager’s emerging independence with a little fear of doctor’s offices, and its no wonder they wait to ask for help.

There are many home remedies for ingrown toenails. Some work and some don’t. Some are even the same as those a pediatrician would recommend. Once you understand the causes and various home treatments for ingrown toenail, you can decide for yourself which might be best.

An ingrown toenail begins when any part of the toenail gets caught in the skin around the nail. The skin then becomes irritated and inflamed. If the piece of nail is sharp, the skin can actually become punctured or cut by the jagged corner of the nail. If the toenail punctures the skin causing an open wound, bacteria and infection can develop. The toe becomes red, swollen and very painful.

The most common home remedy for ingrown toenails is to soak the foot in warm Epsom salts. Soaking the foot this way can soften the skin around the nail. This can make the area less inflamed and less painful. In some cases it can be enough to make let the ingrown piece of nail become free.

Some people think that Epsom salt soaks can cure an ingrown toenail. It is true that a high concentration of Epsom salts can kill bacteria that cause infection. However, Epsom salts can also kill the fibroblast cells that heal wounds. If there is an open wound or an infection, Epsom salt soaks can prolong healing.

Petroleum jelly applied to an ingrown nail is another common home treatment. Patients have said they think Vaseline will soften the nail and let it slide out of the ingrown nail fold. While Vaseline will soften the skin, it also traps a great deal of moisture. This can cause the skin to become too moist and break down. If the skin breaks down, you have a much higher chance of bacteria getting in and causing an infected ingrown toenail.

Another common home remedy is to stuff cotton under the corner of the nail. The idea is that you might be able to hold the nail up away from the skin long enough to let it calm down. But this usually back-fires. The cotton actually creates more pressure on the skin under the toenail. Cotton also holds in moisture that can encourage an infection.

Another myth about ingrown toenails is that you can cut a V-shaped piece of nail out of the center of the toenail. The idea is that the gap you cut in the middle will slowly move together, pulling the corners of the nail in to free the ingrown nail at the side of the toe. Unfortunately, this is impossible. The nail plate itself is very rigid and fixed in placed by little grooves that prevent this from happening. Cutting a “V” in the nail won’t help.

Some people can actually free the ingrown nail, just by cutting out the piece of toenail that is caught in the skin. Podiatrists typically warn against trying to do this yourself at home because it can make it worse, but sometimes it will fix the ingrown toenail. But you must be very careful to remove ALL of the corner of the nail that is stuck.

Frequently people will try to remove the nail and only get part of it. They get some relief, just because there is less pressure down in the nail groove. However, the piece that is left behind is a sharp little sliver called a spicule.

So the toe feels better for a few weeks, but the spicule is getting longer, as the nail grows out. If you then trip over a curb or bump the toe against a table leg. And whammo… that little spicule pokes right into the skin in the corner of the nail fold. The ingrown toenail returns with a vengeance.

Massaging the nail plate after you shower or bathe may be the safest way to try to work the ingrown toenail free. Just don’t keep trying if it is painful. You should also stop if there is any drainage. Drainage can mean infection.

The biggest risk with an ingrown toenail is that it will become infected. And any infection toenail needs medical attention. Ingrown toenail infections occur more in people with diabetes. Infections are also common in ingrown toenails that have been getting worse for several days. One misconception is that you can simply cure an ingrown toenail by taking antibiotic pills. The simple truth is that you need to remove the irritating piece of nail and cure the infection as well.

One of the best kept secret home remedies is a podiatry house call. A podiatrist is a foot doctor and a true toenail expert. They are experts trained to heal ingrown toenails with the least discomfort. Many podiatrists offer home visits to treat toenail problems. That way, neither Mom nor little Billy has to worry about going to the doctor’s office.

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