Helpful Tips
Helpful Tips
How to Fall Asleep In Under A Minute
I think we can all agree that the hardest part of sleeping is actually falling asleep. Once you've drifted away to dreamland, sleep is pretty much the best thing of all time. But getting there – now that's the problem. If you've been having trouble getting to sleep, leading to... foggy mornings trouble focusing irritability sugar cravings increased risk of illness ...then you absolutely must try this simple strategy for falling asleep in less than a minute! It's called the 4-7-8 breathing technique, and it's super easy to do. Here's how: 1. Breathe in through your nose for four seconds. 2. Hold your breath for seven seconds. 3. Exhale through your mouth for eight seconds. Simple, right? You're probably wondering how just switching up your breathing pattern can be such a useful tool in falling asleep. Anxiety is often a huge culprit behind difficulty falling asleep. When you're stressed out, adrenaline coursing through your veins leads to a faster heart rate and quick, shallow breathing. Your body isn't getting enough oxygen, compounding feelings of anxiousness (and sleeplessness). How does the 4-7-8 technique help? Research by Harvard-educated Dr. Andrew Weil has found that this specific breathing pattern has an almost drug-like effect on our brains. Consciously taking in more oxygen, holding it, and then steadily expelling all the carbon dioxide from your lungs naturally causes your heartbeat to slow, and increases oxygen levels in the blood. You will feel a wonderful sensation of calm and relaxation spread through your mind and body after just a single repetition. A couple more, and voila – you're snoring. You can also use this technique to calm yourself in everyday stressful situations, like before a piano recital or on a turbulent flight. It works wonders, believe me – I can't believe how relaxed it makes me feel, and just full of a sense of well-being. Give it a try for yourself, and let us know what you think! :D Sources: Byrdie Dr. Andrew Weil
4 Everyday French Braid Styles
French braiding is one of the oldest braid technique. Over the years, the style has emerge into different variations. From simple hairstyle to intricate updo, the way of styling is endless. Though, in the fast past culture, no one really have the time to do experiment with braids every morning. This inspired me to put together a card for easy everyday French braid style that encourage you to go beyond the typical plait. Hope you like it! 1. French Braid Fringe Summer is not quite over yet and you might want to keep your bangs up to keep the sweat off your forehead. This particular Fringe braid by Bobby Glam is one you can wear for school, work or anywhere. 2. Fishtail French Braid Missy Sue is one of my favorite hairstyle blogger because she can get really creative with braids and updos. As creative as she is always bring in a number of practical hairstyle for everyday styles. The one above is one of my favorite. 3. French Braid into Low Ponytail The purpose of this hairstyle is to embrace the messy braid in a more sporty style. Notice the two French braid merging into on ponytail is not sectioned evenly. The braids can work well even if you run. This is a favorite for gym or after school sport practice. 4. French Braid Bun Most people would go for a Dutch braid bun because it shows a more define plait but the beauty of a French braid bun the simplicity. The braid kind of camouflage with the rest of the hair but when you look closely you can see the braid mark.