The Eight Stages of Life

These eight stages are: infant, toddler, preschool, school age, young adult, middle adult and late adult. In each stage there are lessons and challenges, both positive and negative, and knowing them can give us some control over our lives. If there are negative pre-stages, problems can develop later in life. Being aware of these negatives can give us the opportunity to correct and change these perceptions and make them positive.

– The infant learns trust if he has been raised in a positive, nurturing environment. And distrust if he has not been fed when he’s hungry, kept warm and dry when needed or given love and caring when he cries. An infant entering into the toddler stage brings with him hope if he has learned and experienced trust in his infancy. Trust will have been based on his parents ability to give him sustenance and comfort when needed. Distrust can lead to withdrawal and lack of confidence in his next stage if these basic requirements have not been met.

– Toddlers develop interests and like to explore their environment. Highly restrictive parents are likely to instill a reluctance in a child to attempt new challenges in this stage. If parents or caregivers encourage self-sufficiency, children will become confident. If they are held back or their attempts at self-sufficiency are ridiculed, they will doubt their ability to try new things and will hesitate when presented with new challenges.

– Preschoolers, in the three to six year old stage, begin to develop courage and independence. If they are encouraged, supported and helped, they will develop initiative. But if they are discouraged and their attempts are dismissed as an annoyance, they will feel guilty for trying new things and may become timid.

– School age children are more developed, reasonable and cooperative. If they are encouraged, they will strive to achieve their goals and will persevere at their tasks until they are completed. But if they are discouraged or punished for their efforts, they will develop feelings of inferiority about their capabilities.

– Adolescents are learning to get a sense of their identity and to determine where their lives are going. This stage is a transition from childhood to adulthood and is a particularly difficult life stage with many challenges. The age they are when they enter into the young adulthood stage will be dependent upon when they have established their identity. This adolescent stage may end at twenty or twenty-five or whenever a person feels they have actually come of age and can feel their own sense of maturity.

– According to studies, young adulthood is in the twenties and thirties and is a time of intimacy where they are ready for long-term commitments in both close friendships or marriage. However, some at this age may enter into marriage/intimacy while still wanting to blend their identities with others, not having yet established their own personalities. If they are unable to determine their own unique identities and establish intimacy with another … Read More

Life, Health and Fitness

Health can be defined as the ultimate bliss that can be bestowed upon a person. It is the greatest asset one can possess and it’s of course the most-sought after in today’s break-neck paced world. People sort to so many ways in achieving the coveted perfect health condition. And fortunately there are so many distinct ways of doing that.

Fitness is a word frequently thrown around whenever the topic health pops up, and it means nothing being efficient to do what an individual wants to without any difficulty. In simple terms it’s all about being fit. It doesn’t mean to look good or have an awe-inspiring figure but to be healthy and be able to do the day-to-day chores without fretting much effort. Fitness is, not pulling a muscle or a having sprain just when you bend that extra degree for some work, being fit means running that occasional for catching that running bus without panting like a whale.

Eating all the junk you want and hitting the gym when you find that flab hanging around your waist doesn’t mean you are healthy or fit. Nor does it imply consciousness about proper health. Considering the kind of lifestyles prevalent maintaining proper health becomes one of the main objectives of people.

Now the big question how can we allocate some time daily for activities which help us to be fit and healthy when we got no time for having a hearty meal? Enthusiasm for being healthy and fear of contracting long-term health problems may act as the much-needed impetus for doing so. Moreover there are a lot of side-effects of these, though it’s not proper to call them so, which provide added advantages. Workouts for example prove to be boon for both men and women alike as they help in building a stronger body at the same time provide vanity-related goodies like glowing skin! Apart from workouts activities which promote the decrement of stress-levels like meditating and yoga prove to be the perfect tools for improving one’s health condition and maintaining it.

It’s a known fact, healthy mind in a healthy body. So being fit is not the prerequisite for only those who have physical work involved in their daily routine but even those who fret over their computer monitors need it to cut down those extra stress levels and stop those receding hairlines. Yes there are more advantages when compared to drawbacks (which can be counted as none) of leading healthy necessarily through being fit and by performing activities to uphold it. So it’s never too late to hit the nearest fitness centre or start the process at your own home which may be the triggering point for a much better life and importantly healthy life.… Read More

Four Essentials For Maintaining a Healthy Mind

Our Mind is one of our most precious possessions; it’s also a possession that is easy to take for granted. Rarely as human beings do we take stock and hold inventory of our thoughts and perpetual mediations.

But this simple habit can mean the difference between a healthy productive mind, operating at optimum, a servant able to enable the manifestation of our destiny. Or a troubled storm torn vessel, unable to assist us is in the vicissitudes of life. In this article I want to highlight four main elements I feel will be deeply useful to consider when we are endeavouring to corral our minds in the direction that will produce the most desired results.

To further lay emphasis on the opportunity we have before us, I would have you consider the fact that a healthy mind more often than not is fundamental to a healthy body. A healthy mind enables us to think creatively and circumstances will invariably bend to the upbeat attitude of a healthy mind.  A healthy mind will attract to it not only healthy circumstances, but also healthy company. It’s been said bad company corrupts good habits. I charge we should choose our thoughts as carefully as we choose our friends and vice versa.

Our thoughts will either take us to our desired destination, or plunge us to our dreaded fates. Our thoughts will ennoble us to feats of courage and determination or rob us of vital energy when life requires an extra push.

Lets look together at the four things that can greatly improve our thought life and enable our minds to maintain a healthy virile tone that will infuse all of life with purpose, meaning, worth and peace.

Attitude:

Let’s begin with attitude; it’s been said that in all of life’s happenings, the one thing we can choose is our attitude. A negative attitude is one of the surest ways to eschew destruction through our whole system, and destroy productive relations with our fellows. Even if we attract many other negative people to our pity party, the ensuing conversations will be so detrimental, we can be sure no positive thing can result. Likewise when we choose in the face of a negative appearing circumstance a positive response, the lessons in the circumstance are learnt, the pain quickly passes and we are ennobled, energised, invigorated. And by default those we come in contact with will reap the benefits.

Self Esteem:

A positive attitude is hard to maintain without a healthy self esteem. Self esteem is something so deep it affects our thoughts immensely. First please realise that who you are has tremendous value and worth. You may have been told otherwise all your life, and circumstances may have conspired together to compound this notion. But please stop and look into the mirror, tell yourself you love yourself, tell yourself you forgive yourself, tell yourself that you are the most valuable possession you have at your disposal, and invest in yourself. Allow you’re self … Read More

The Healing Power of Healthy Connections

A lot of studies show how people in healthy, close connections live longer, are happier, have less medical problems and have a more positive outlook on life and their future throughout the life cycle. As Mother Theresa said, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”

Connections help make life less scary and overwhelming for all of us, starting from infancy and continuing throughout life. They also allow us to share its beauty with people we love. Above all, connections help us regulate each other’s emotions, making them more manageable. We all had the experience of being scared about something. We cannot calm ourselves down, no matter what we say to ourselves. We call a trusted friend, or our emotional partner, or a family member with whom we feel safe. We tell them what is scaring us. They seem to find the right words to calm us down, soothe and reassure us. Chances are they are not saying anything dramatically different than what we could have said ourselves. And yet, when it comes from them rather than from us what they say has a healing quality that our self-talk lacked. Influenced by their words, we calm down: we breed slower, we feel our body relaxing, we feel our heart to quieting down and returning to beat at a normal rhythm again.

What is this power from loved ones that affects our bodies and minds? It is the feeling of security that comes from the relationship that determines how we respond to their interventions. In other words, it isn’t so much what they say to us, but what their words reflect that is healing. Their words reflect closeness, trust, love, concern, presence, attunement and, ultimately, security. When we feel secure we are no longer scared. This process is not unlike what happens between a parent and a toddler. The toddler falls, and immediately starts screaming at the top of his lungs. The parent comes close, picks him up, holds him close and starts talking to him in a calming, soothing voice. “Don’t worry, you did not get hurt. You are all right. I am here now. Nothing bad will happen to you.” Like magic, the toddler stops crying because the danger is no longer present, as the parent reassures him he is not alone. The physical proximity of the parent provides the feeling of safety the toddler needs to stop being afraid.  The danger is gone. The toddler feels safe again.

Nothing can take the place of these precious connections. Valuing the people we love and keeping them close is very important. Getting involved in the community is a way of developing connections when we live alone, reducing isolation and increasing a feeling of belonging and being useful.

At times, when we don’t have an opportunity to connect with another human being, a close connection with a pet provides comfort and companionship, reducing isolation and disconnection. Everybody can benefit from a close relationship with a … Read More

The Advantage of Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills

Prevention is better than cure. To prevent some serious ailments, Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills should be required as part of a healthy diet. Daily consumption will help our body to work normally, thus we tend to be healthy and look healthy.

The EPA and DHA which is extracted from Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills are fatty acids that have an anti coagulant effect. The anti coagulant effect helps the heart to properly function without the hues. Therefore, disease of the heart like cardiovascular ailment is avoided.

Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills are also excellent source to fight depression and anxiety. It is because of the higher content of DHA in fish oil that helps in proper functioning of the brain, which demonstrates how depression and anxiety is being healed.

These essential nutrients are available in a form of pills, capsules, soft gel or flavoured syrup. Depending on your type you can take either one of these. Just make sure that, you take liquid supplements if it is for children.

The importance of a healthy diet can not be measured. Due to our busy lifestyle, we often tend to forget about eating the right food; we thought that filling our stomach with food is enough. There is more to it than just satisfying ourselves.

The need of Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills are important, more especially if we do not take extra care of what we eat. Being a vegetarian is a good diet, but because some vegetarian people do not eat even fish, so it is mandatory that you take Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills, to compensate the lack of DHA in your diet.

Without the presence of Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills, the onslaught of diseases will just happen as if it had ruined your entire system. You become prone to diseases and sickness, you become forgetful, this is because there is insufficient amount of DHA in our brain, and our heart doesn’t distribute blood to our various organs, making it all together unhealthy every time.

One thing that I would like you to do is, take some time to study about this wonderful fatty acid and how it will help your health brings back to normal condition again. Everyday consumption is just enough to keep your body healthy.

You also have to be very careful in choosing Omega 3 Fish Oil Pills, choose only the one that carries the purest amongst the pure, one that has undergone molecular distillation.… Read More