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Things I Do Before Bedtime

I always look forward to bedtime. Everyone does. Right? And to be honest, after a long day at work, sleeping is the best remedy for my tired body. I sleep during the day since my shift starts at midnight. It’s not that easy you know. Scorching heat. Too much light. 5 hours straight of undisturbed sleep is rewarding.

 

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Take a shower:  I am taking the public transportation to and from work. It is obviously cheaper plus not much prone to Manila traffic. However, riding an open air jeep or tricycle can expose you to dust and dirt. So after I got home, I rest for 5 minutes while getting ready to hit the showers. I remove my makeup, have a quick bath and rinse. Refreshing.

Connect with loved ones: Since I’ve been living far from my family, I always make it a point that I talk to them whenever I have my free time. I send them sms or talk to them through Facebook. Also, a short video call always make a huge difference. The sadness of being alone subsides.

Check all my social media: Before hitting the sack, I try to check my social media for any updates, doggy videos and other cool and random stuff. I also visit Youtube to check if there are new videos from my subscriptions. I love BubzBeauty, ItsJudysLife and other Filipina Youtubers.

Plug-in my ASMR videos: I am sleeping during the day so I find it hard to catch my zzzz easily. One of the hacks I discovered for myself is that I am a slave for ASMR. Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a term used to describe an experience brought by unusual tingling sensation from ordinary objects. It usually starts with the scalp, then neck and upper spine. I find the experience very satisfying.

Be Thankful: Before you close your eyes, take a minute to say a prayer of gratitude. Thank the Lord for all the blessings you have received for that day. Remember all the good and the bad and what you learned from it. The ultimate reward out of everyday is the fact that you’ve survived another life with your loved ones. Such a huge blessing.

What’s your bedtime routine?

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The Good Side of Red Wine

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  • helps achieve healthier skin

Red wine is known as to have a rich antioxidant called resveratrol. It slows down the aging process. Also, it destroys free radicals and produces enzyme for cell regeneration.

  • keeping your sleep schedule on track.

It contains melatonin; a hormone that controls your sleeping cycle.

  • cuts the risk of cancer

Quercitin is an antioxidant found in red wine. It helps the consumer to avoid heart disease and lung cancer. And since red wine also has resveratrol, it prevents the development of cancer cells in the body by starving them from nourishing on a particular protein.

  • reduces the possibility of a cold. 

The abundance of flavanoid antioxidants can help generate immunity from illness.

  • lowers cholesterol

A glass a day can lower bad cholesterol called low-density lipoprotein.

 

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Fitbit Charge HR

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Wearable fitness trackers are very in demand nowadays. From clip-ons to bracelets to watches, everyone who’s into getting lean and healthy is now part of the hype. As the demands rise, many companies compete with each other to prove who’s the best. One of them is Fitbit.
I’ve been a Fitbit user since 2014. It started out with the Zip, One and Flex but one which stands out for me was my Charge HR.
Package includes:
  • tracker, warranty and manual, charging cable, dongle
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Charging Cable and Dongle

Essential Features

  • Wrist based pulse reader and simplified HR zones
  • Records workouts and all day activities (track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes)
  • Caller ID (gets call notifications with compatible devices)
  • Watch (see daily stat and time of the day)
  • Exercise Mode (record workouts to get real time stats and post workout summaries
  • Automatic recognition of exercise and records in immediately in the Fitbit app. (available in App Store, Google Play and Windows Store)
  • Auto Sleep and Alarm (Monitor sleep routines and set a silent alarm (vibrates)
  • Wireless Syncing (stats update wirelessly and automatically to smartphones (via bluetooth) and computers (via dongle).
  • Long Battery Life (full battery can last up to 5 days)
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Fitbit Charge HR when worn

 

PROS:

  • Almost accurate heart tracking
  • Metallic buckle is better that the usual Fitbit clasp.
  • Works with Apple, Android and Windows.
  • Slim design and not bulky
  • Water and sweat resistant
  • Easy to connect to computer and other third-party devices.
  • Simplified Dashboard (app)
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My Fitbit App Dashboard

CONS:

  • Itchy went sweaty
  • Small screen
  • LED display turns off easily
  • Not waterproof
  • Unable to swap band colors (unlike Flex)
  • No GPS tracker for runners

BOTTOMLINE

Charge HR is a decent fitness tracker that provides user a lot of features perfect for daily activities. With the Charge 2 up on the market, I am expecting a better advancement to compensate the cons I have listed above.

 

Other Fitbit trackers.

 

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Fitbit One and Fitbit Flex

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Fitbit Flex

#BeautyByYou: Remedies for Tired Eyes

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Tired Eyes or Eye Strain is one of the common yet most annoying condition of the eyes. You will experience watery or dry eyes, sore eye sockets, heavy lids or even eye itch. This state occurs when our eyes became overused from school, work or gadgets. However, there are simple ways to get rid of tired eyes that you can easily do at home.

  • Rose  Water – dip a cotton pad or cotton ball into the rose water and place it over the eyelids. Leave it on for 10 -1 5 minutes over night. (I have a tutorial on how to make your own Rose water. Please refer to this link.)
  • Cucumber – Place a slice each on your eyes and rest if for 10 minutes to reduce stressed eyes.
  • Potato (shredded) – Put it on top of your eyes to reduce dark circles. Let it rest for 10 minutes.

 

 

 

The Art of Sleeping Better

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Practice taking 10-second breathes with the methods below. Get your lungs fully oxygenated and clear your mind in an instant.

 

  • Clear your mind of thoughts and focus on your breathing.

 

  • Breathing through your nose, inhale slowly for four seconds.

 

  • Pause for two seconds before releasing your breath.

 

  • Slowly release, again through your nose, for four seconds to completely deflate your lungs.

 

  • Practice this method and this time, you could develop the skill of falling asleep under a minute.

 

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#BeautyByYou: Rose Water for Less

Rose water helps reduce any redness and swelling in the skin. It is said to stimulate the circulation of tiny blood vessels underneath the skin. Also, rose water soothes, moisturizes, hydrates and revitalizes the skin while healing scar, cute and wounds. Lastly, the antioxidant properties of rose water help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of rose petals (approximately)
  • 1 mason jar / any jar with a lid
  • 1/3 cup astringent
  • 2/3 cups water

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How to make the DIY Rose Water:

  1. Place the rose petals in the mason jar.
  2. Combine the astringent and the water in a cup
  3. Pour the liquid mixture over the rose petals. (Make sure you have enough liquid to completely cover the rose petals)
  4. Put the lid on the mason jar. (Place it away from direct sunlight but in a room temperature space for 2 weeks).
  5. After 2 weeks, stain out the rose petals and place the rose water in a clean mason jar.

[ Store in a cool location and use as needed. Keep refrigerated to last longer.]

Hello Whatever!: The Healthy Aid of Crying

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Hey there friends!


So today I want to make a post about the benefits of crying. I know I sound weird on this one but believe me guys, sometimes the most pessimistic verb can also give us positive results. You and your body will surely love this, so please stay and read until the very end of my blog. Have fun!


1. Gives us clearer vision.

Tears not only lubricate our cute eyeballs but they also prevent our different mucous membrane from dehydration. No lubrication, no eyesight. It is as easy as that. 


2. Instant Clorox wipes.

We have our own antibacterial and antiviral agent within us. Our tears contain lysosomes that can kill 90-95 percent of bacteria in not more than 10 minutes. To make it easier to perceive, the percentage of this bacteria can cause us 3 months of worst colds and stomach viruses. I won’t want to spend those months lying in bed you know.


3. Emotional Tears fight toxin.

It was found in a study that performed by a Biochemist William Frey that tears from grief and distress contained more toxic byproducts than tears of irritation. But don’t worry to much about it, the good thing here is that they actually remove toxins from our body that was built up due to stress. Think of having a natural therapy session for less.


4. Tears can boost your mood.

Are you familiar with your body’s manganese level? Well I am not. It was said that if a person has a high manganese level in the body certain things like anxiety, emotional disturbances, fatigue, irritability and the likes can occur. Crying can lower a person’s manganese level hence making you feel a little better. A light mood is a better than a distraught one.


5. Fight Stress. 

According to Bergman, he mentioned there that tears remove chemical built up in our body caused by stress. Just think of tears like sweat. When we work out to release them, we feel much better. In the opposite track, suppressing tears can cause stress. So instead of having them in, let it out. I am with you here. Avoid heart problems and high blood pressure as well. 



So if there comes a time in your life where in you just want to cry and let it all out, don’t hesitate to do it. Remember it’s better to be open about it than to suppress it. Don’t feel embarrass about showing what you really feel. Cry if you want. I cry too. And that gives me a very good feeling afterwards. Try it.