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The human sinus is a system of hollow cavities all connected within the skull. Most of them a fairly small, with the exception of the cavity that runs along the cheekbones called the maxillary sinus. Anyone who has suffered from clogged sinuses or even a sinus infection knows the incredible amount of pressure it can cause; the entire skull can feel like it’s pounding underneath the surface.

Doctors and experts have come up with a number of innovative ways to clear the sinus cavities, including squirt bottles that blast saline solution up one nostril and flush whatever is causing the clog out the other side. Although it’s a pretty uncomfortable process, it’s also pretty effective.

However, there might be an easier way to clear out sinus congestion for those who can’t stand the pressure, and don’t want to shoot saltwater up their noses.

This technique is simple, and is only comprised of three easy steps. Here’s how to clear out your sinuses immediately:

Sit down and position the head and body at a 45-degree angle. While turning the head sideways, begin massaging the sternocleidomastoid muscle in downwards five times. The sternocleidomastoid muscle is positioned just below the ears, running down the neck perpendicular to the collar bone. Perform this process on both sides of the neck. The purpose of this massage is to relax the neck and prepare the body for the three-step process.

Step 1:

Now, using the index fingers, find the hard and boney part of the nose. Typically, it runs about halfway down the length of the nose starting from the bridge between your eyebrows. Next, find where this part of the nose ends and turns in to a softer area made up of cartilage. In a circular motion, massage the area between the boney part of the nose and the soft part firmly for about 20 to 30 seconds. After you’ve finished, massage the muscles that run down the side of your nose toward the cheekbones in order to relax the area.

Step 2:

Using the index fingers again, locate the bones above each eye. In the center of this bone, there is a notch directly above the center of each eyeball. Massage this notch in a circular motion with a firm pressure for another 20 to 30 seconds.

Step 3:

Lastly, use both hands to locate the center of the forehead. Continuing to perform a circular motion, slowly massage outward until you reach your temples.

You should feel immediately relief after performing this three-step process, along with the preliminary neck massage. You might find that slight variations work better for you during the process, and you’ll need to adjust accordingly in order for the steps to work best for you. Keep in mind that the process might need to be repeated depending on how clogged your sinuses actually are.

We all want to find the one, but it’s so much harder than it should be. If you’re anything like me, your romantic entanglements of the past have been disappointing, and it can be difficult to find the motivation to keep searching for the right partner. However, if we didn’t spend time making the connections we know don’t work, we’d never be able to recognize the connections that are worth making.

The most frustrating aspect of finding a long-term partner is not knowing who’s long-term material and who isn’t; how can you tell if you’ve found someone worth spending a significant amount of time with? Here are six signs that you’ve found a partner worth keeping.

1. You Share Common Interests

When you meet someone you like, you need to make sure that you share some common interests before getting too serious.

Chances are, you already have at least one common interest or you wouldn’t have met, but it’s important to find a few more. If you commit to a relationship with someone who doesn’t enjoy doing the same things you enjoy doing, you’ll find out that it’s hard to make time for one another.

2. They Know and Accept Their Flaws

Self-awareness is important in a long-term partner. Not only is it attractive in a person, but it also means that the person you’ve found is realistic. Obviously no one is perfect, so it’s important to recognize this, accept what can’t be changed, and focus on the positives in life. You don’t want to be with someone who’s stuck in the past or constantly focusing on the things they can’t do.

3. They Can Make You Laugh

Laughing makes you feel good, it relaxes you, and it can be just what you need after a long day. If you aren’t with someone who can make you laugh or who shares your sense of humor, the relationship can get boring fast. However, it’s hard to find someone who can make you laugh in the face of stress, but when you do, you know you’re close to finding a keeper.

4. They’re Different Enough

Although you want to find a partner who shares your interests, you also want to find a partner who’s different from you, at least a little bit.

Having someone in your life who challenges you to try new things keeps the relationship exciting. If you’re dating an exact replica of yourself, it can start out great, but get incredibly boring within a few months.

5. They’re Supportive but Independent

You want to find someone who supports your career and life goals, but you also want to find a partner who has their independence.

Sure, you may share some similarities, but it’s perfectly normal to be with someone who has their own hopes and dreams independent of your own. The only time this is a problem is when they crush your dreams in order to reach their own.

6. They Communicate

Communication is the key to a healthy, long-lasting relationship. If you’re with someone who can communicate, they’re worth keeping around simply for that reason. Being able to express one’s emotions is difficult, which is why it’s important to practice when you get the chance. Communication will keep things from getting bottled up, and it will keep fights from erupting out of nowhere.

Depression is one of the most frightening types of mental illness a person can suffer from. Unfortunately, it’s also the most common form of mental illness out there. Even for a loved one observing someone go through depression, the illness can be frightening, disheartening, and create turmoil in an otherwise healthy relationship. When a person is suffering from depression, they feel like they have no help in sight. Even when help becomes available, they are unwilling to accept it.

Although depression can be incredibly difficult to overcome or fight off, there are ways you can train your brain to keep the illness away. In order to train your brain, you need to push aside the notion that you can only help those willing to help themselves. Sometimes, helping ourselves simply isn’t an option, making help absolutely essential. Never ignore the symptoms of depression; get yourself or your loved one the help that’s so desperately needed.

If you or someone close to you is suffering from depression, you can always text ‘GO’ or ‘HELP’ to 741741 for free, confidential assistance. This helpline is not only free of charge, but available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The first step to training your brain to defend against depression, you need to look toward the future. When you get depressed or sad, you’re usually thinking about something negative that’s happened in your past; you need to move on in order to stay safe and mentally healthy. Reliving past events will only prolong their negative impacts.

For example, if you’re going through a painful breakup, there are obviously going to be some negative aspects to the situation you could find yourself focusing on. However, you could make a list of all the positive traits you future partner should have, which would be a step in the right direction and a focus on the future.

Next, tell the story of your depression, even if it’s just to yourself. Recount the events that led up to your depressed state so that you can identify the triggers the affected you the most. Once you identify the aspects of your life that are making you depressed, you can start to figure out ways to move past them and begin to heal.

Never set ridiculous and unrealistic expectations for yourself. Setting unrealistic expectations will only set your up for disappointment. When it comes to creating goals, whether they be related to your career or your personal life, take small steps and set goals often. This will ensure that you aren’t disappointed, and that you actually have a chance of achieving what you want.

Lastly, you don’t want to repress any emotions or thoughts. If you feel sad, let it out, if you feel angry, admit it to yourself; your emotions are important and they need to be expressed. Those of us who repress emotions are only sitting and waiting for depression to strike. Expression, not repression, will ensure that we move past troubling circumstances.

Any relationship will inevitably reach a point that’s difficult. All relationships take work as they develop, grow, and change as the people involved in them change. If two people aren’t willing to work toward their future together, the relationship won’t last. Couples are often too worried about whether or not they’ll have to endure hard times, when they should be worried about how they’ll react when those hard times undoubtedly hit.

If you’re in a relationship that’s hit a rough stretch, you need to first decide if it’s worth working through. When you make the decision to work toward a brighter future, it helps to know what to say to your partner. The right words can make all the difference in regards to saving, fixing, or even just maintaining a healthy relationship. Here are six things you should tell your partner.

1. Thank You

Gratitude is everything in a relationship. Even when a relationship is at its best, each person involved will be doing things for the other in a display of affection. Those displays will eventually become less frequent if no gratitude is given, which is why saying thank you can make all the difference in the world.

Next time your partner does something for you, even when it seems insignificant, say thank you.

2. I’m Sorry

One of the hardest things people can do is admit when they’re wrong or when they’ve made a mistake. Don’t let pride get in the way of a relationship that could otherwise stand the test of time.

Simply saying sorry when you’ve screwed up can change your partner’s mood and make them more forgiving in the future. It will also end arguments that put unnecessary strain on a relationship more quickly.

3. I’m Proud

Your partner wants to know that you’re proud to be with them.

When your partner feels valued, they have the motivation to work harder in the relationship no matter the issue. Make sure that you’re being specific when you tell your partner that you’re proud of them; if you’re proud of what they do around the house, how hard they work or provide, or for any other reason, make sure you say why specifically.

4. I’m Making More of an Effort

Let your partner know that you’re working hard to give them what they want. If your partner takes the time to address an issue they’ve been having, you owe it to them to make the effort to fix it. If your partner wants you to do more around the house, try to clean up after yourself, help during meal times, or organize cluttered areas, let them know you’re trying.

5. What Do You Need?

When your partner has been having a rough day or week, let them know you’re willing to do what you can to help.

Simply asking your partner what they need can go a long way. It’s not so much the act of physically doing something, but the fact that you’re there for them when they need an extra hand. If your partner does mention something you can do, make sure you do it as soon as possible.

6. I Love You

These three simple words will say it all. If you feel genuine, real love for your partner, you can’t express those feelings enough. Saying I love you will make your partner feel like the work they do for the relationship is all worth it. If you feel it, say it, and say it often.

Anxiety disorders can be both frustrating and exhausting. Anyone who suffers from anxiety disorders, whether they be acute or chronic, will tell you just how terrible they can be. What can be so frustrating for people with anxiety disorders is that they know their symptoms come as a result of brain signal misfires; they know the reasons behind their anxiety, but are still powerless to reverse the effects.

Fighting anxiety takes a great deal of energy, energy that could be put forth toward something more productive. Medical professionals and psychologists alike are baffled by the roots of the anxiety that people feel, and it’s almost impossible to pinpoint a specific moment, trauma, or reason behind the anxiety that people feel. If you think you suffer from anxiety, here are four signs of chronic anxiety that shouldn’t be ignored.

1. Fatigue or Exhaustion

As was stated before, anxiety forces a person to utilize a great deal of energy simply to fight off its often overwhelming effects.

This can leave you feeling exhausted even when you’ve had a full night’s rest. Anxiety can also be worsened by stress, which makes it difficult to sleep or stay asleep. In fact, many people feel anxious about the amount of stress they feel and how little they can sleep; it’s a vicious cycle that can be incredibly hard to break.

2. Muscle Aches and Pains

Anxiety has the power to manifest itself in physical ways, including aches and pains. People who suffer from anxiety often feel it in their bodies as much as in their emotions.

Chronic anxiety takes its toll overtime, and the body will feel pain as the disorder worsens. If you start to feel muscle aches as well as an increasing amount of anxiety, you could be suffering from a chronic disorder.

3. Inability to Concentrate

Anxiety and stress go hand in hand; when you feel stressed out, it can be almost impossible to concentrate on any one task. Instead of devoting your time and energy to one thing, you feel overwhelmed by the amount of responsibilities that need taken care of.

Chronic anxiety, often coupled with stress, will make it hard to concentrate on the things you normally enjoy doing.

4. Digestive Issues

Medical experts understand that there is a direct link between the brain and the digestive system. When people feel anxious or suffer from chronic anxiety, they often have digestive problems as well. People suffering from chronic anxiety typically suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. In fact, 80 to 90 percent of serotonin, the brain’s “feel good” chemical, is created in the gastrointestinal tract, so the link between the two is obvious.

Everybody knows that alcohol and regular drinking can damage the liver, but besides the morning after a night out, you probably don’t give this organ much thought. The largest organ of the human body is the skin, and the liver comes in second. It’s the poison control center for your entire system, filtering out harmful substances before they enter the blood stream, and helping the body turn food into energy. It’s no surprise that when the liver starts to fail, the body fails with it.

It is vital to ensure that your liver is healthy in order to live a healthy life. It can be argued that good health starts with the liver, so it’s important to give it some more thought from time to time. Even if you avoid alcohol already, there are plenty of diseases that the liver is still susceptible to, including Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease or NAFLD.

But how can you tell if your liver is unhealthy? Here are five signs that can help.

1. Confusion and a Loss of Energy

If you’re experiencing fatigue, weakness, or a general lack of energy, you could have an unhealthy or toxic liver. Fatigue that’s combined with nausea, diarrhea, and a loss of appetite are some of the first signs of liver failure.

According to the American Liver Foundation, toxins can also build up in your brain due to a failing liver. This will cause problems with concentration, sleep, and memory.

2. Blood Clotting and High Cholesterol

Hypertension and high cholesterol levels are both symptoms of obesity and underlying liver disease.

Being obese puts a great deal of stress on your body as a whole, and it makes the liver’s job that much harder to do. If you have problems with weight, you need to check your cholesterol levels more frequently, and it’s probably a good idea to check your blood enzymes for signs of liver disease as well.

3. Jaundice

Jaundice is present in the body when the skin, nails, and whites of the eyes become yellow.

If you notice this happening to you, you need to seek medical attention right away. Jaundice is a sign that the liver is not only failing, but has progressed to a state of cirrhosis. This is incredibly serious and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

4. Swelling in the Abdomen or Legs

Swelling is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong. Inflammation of the organs is no different, so if your liver is toxic, you’ll probably notice swelling in the abdomen.

The problem is that inflammation of the liver means that the toxicity is advanced, and you need to be greatly concerned. This is especially scary for people who are overweight as the swelling will be much harder to notice. Advanced toxicity can be diagnosed through swelling of the lower legs as well.

5. Sensitive Skin

Itchy skin or spider veins can also be indicators of a toxic liver as they are both symptoms of edema or inflammation occurring underneath the skin. People who also suffer from diabetes may notice their skin take on a bronze coloration when liver failure is close at hand.

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Verbal language isn’t the only way humans communicate. Body language is almost equally as important as the words we use to express how we feel. This is why the movements we make with our bodies is appropriately described as a language all on its own. Body language can tell you whether or not someone is telling the truth, how comfortable they are in a particular setting, or how interested they are during an activity or conversation.

However, body language doesn’t just mean hand gestures or facial expressions; body language also applies to posture. The way a person is sitting can tell you a lot about who they are and what their personality is like. In order to help you understand just how much posture matters in terms of body language, take a look at these positions labeled A through E.

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Position A

This position shows you the person seated is creative, charismatic, and lighthearted.

They are known for speaking before thinking about their words first, and are generally happy most of the time. Although they can be extremely interesting and the opposite of boring, they have trouble facing serious issues in their lives.

Position B

The crossed-legged sitters are typical dreamers. They have creative and innovative ideas that force anyone listening to think from a different perspective.

Their power of imagination is immense, and they tend to get restless when they’ve lingered in a place, job, or relationship for too long. Their intriguing nature attracts all kinds of people, and they always have plenty of friends.

Position C

These people are messy, chaotic, and easily distracted. From the outside looking in, their lives seem out of control, but they find solace in their chaos. They don’t worry about what other people think, especially when it comes to their appearance. They choose functionality over trendiness every time, and they enjoy being comfortable.

Position D

These people are intelligent. However, they also have a hard time facing conflicts head on; they’d rather keep their feelings on the inside rather than start a fight. This position also shows neatness and openness when it comes to relationships.

Although they tend to avoid conflict when possible, they won’t be afraid to confront someone in the face of wrongdoing.

Position E

This type of seated position indicates a person who believes all things have a right time and place. They are very goal oriented, and they believe in shooting for the stars when it comes to their careers and futures. Education is highly valued by these people and they will work hard to make sure it’s in order. They take the time to make great first impressions, which means dressing nicely and working on their appearance. These people also have a hard time take criticism.

I’m a pretty “go with the flow” kind of guy, for the most part. There aren’t many things that I’m OCD about, except when it comes to my teeth. For some reason, I’ve always enjoyed taking care of my teeth. I brush at least twice a day, and always right when I wake up and right when I go to bed. Not only that, but I also brush for a few minutes each time. Instead of seeing it as a burden, I enjoy it, which I know some people don’t get.

I’m always amazed when I find out that someone doesn’t brush their teeth at night, or can only stand to brush their teeth for a few seconds at a time.

What I had never done was use organic coconut oil as a rinse. It sounds like a waste of time at first, but apparently there are some pretty great reasons to do it. It’s called oil pulling, and it works almost like a natural, organic mouthwash. Simply swish with coconut oil for a few minutes a day, like you would with any mouthwash, and that’s it. Just don’t spit it out in the sink, your pipes won’t enjoy it as much as your teeth.

Here are 6 amazing benefits of oil pulling.

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1. Promotes Oral Hygiene

Oil pulling is a great way to rid the teeth of bacteria that causes gingivitis, cavities, and bad breath. Although this is advertised by almost every oral hygiene company that sells mouthwash, coconut oil is natural and organic; it doesn’t have the alcohol and other potentially harmful chemicals mouthwash typically contains.

2. Whitens Teeth

One of the best benefits to oil pulling is that it whitens your teeth without the use of harsh chemicals that can damage enamel. The oil possesses a natural antibiotic and antiviral property that actually cleans teeth while keeping them incredibly white. When you start to use oil on a daily basis, you could see the results within a few weeks or even days in some cases.

3. Increases Energy

When the mouth is full of bacteria and fighting off infection, the whole body has to work in order to stay healthy. This takes energy and most people don’t even realize it. After oil pulling for a few weeks, people start to notice that they have an increased amount of energy. That’s because the body doesn’t have to work as hard to kill off harmful bacteria.

4. A Simple and Complete Detox

The majority of the germs our bodies fight off enter through the mouth; it’s a gateway for contamination. It stands to reason then that if we fight off the germs at the source, our bodies will experience a complete, yet simple detox. Oil pulling kills an incredible amount of germs just sitting in our mouths, which will help the rest of the body as well.

5. Clears the Skin

There’s a reason why the food and liquids we consume have an effect on our skin. The mouth is the perfect way for toxins to enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc in a number of areas throughout the body, especially the skin. By using oil to remove those toxins in the mouth, we can keep them from entering the blood at all, which will clear up the skin. It’s perfect for people who suffer from acne.

6. Aids in Hormonal Changes

Hormones can get thrown off by the most seemingly innocent of reasons. When any foreign substance enters the body, it has the potential to throw off hormones and send the body into a frenzy. This includes mouthwashes that utilize chemicals in order to be effective. By using natural, organic oils to clean your teeth, you keep your hormones functioning the way they should.

Success is sought after by many. Some people even achieve successful by telling others how to be successful. Many buy self-help books, read origin stories of some of the most wealthy and famous, and others even attend seminars that promise to help them achieve their own success. We are so enamored with the idea of achieving success that we ask successful people almost every question in the book. One thing you may not think about, however, is what a successful person does before they go to bed.

It turns out that successful people have bedtime rituals just like the average person, and they’re actually quite interesting. If you want to find out what some successful people do before they hit the sack, take a look at these five habits, you might just want to switch up your nighttime routine.

1. They Relax

Successful people don’t work before they go to bed.

In fact, many of them ensure that they have enough time to unwind before lights out so that their minds can relax. What they do specifically to relax is irrelevant, what’s important is that they make the time to do it.

If you want to be successful, give your brain time to relax.

2. They Read

Behavioral experts have found that many successful people read right before going to sleep.

Not only does reading give the mind time to relax, but it also distracts you from your responsibilities. For successful people, stress is a regular occurrence; it’s important to fight the negative effects of stress each day.

3. They Plan

Sometimes, people have trouble sleeping when they’re too worried about what they have to do the next day. Successful people take the time to plan ahead, even just half a day in advance, in order to keep their minds from running wild.

In your head, your responsibilities can seem overwhelming, but if you write those responsibilities down, they become clearer and easier to handle.

4. They Disconnect

Being successful means being reachable; successful people have to be ready when an opportunity strikes.

They often check their emails, phone messages, or catch up on the news throughout the day. When it comes to bedtime though, these successful people disconnect from technology and the outside world. Phones on airplane mode, laptops shut, and tablets put to sleep.

5. They Don’t Drink

This doesn’t mean that successful people abstain from alcohol completely, but many don’t drink right before going to sleep. Alcohol has a negative impact on the quality of sleep a person gets throughout the night. The National Institute of Health claims that consuming alcohol before going to bed keeps a person in the lighter stages of their sleep cycle, making REM sleep harder to achieve.

According to the World Health Organization, it’s estimated that around 350 million people are suffering from some type of depression. Depression is a real problem that causes people unnecessary suffering around the world. It can stem from a lack of sleep, it can be brought on through already existing mental disorders, or it can even take hold of your life slowly, each day getting worse and worse. The regular ups and downs of life can even be enough for some to slip into depression.

It can be hard to stay positive when you start to feel the effects of depression in your own life; everything becomes more difficult when you’re depressed, but it is possible to will your mind into an uplifted, happier state. Here are 10 quotes that should help anyone keep a positive attitude in the face of depression.

1) Tenzin Gyatso

“The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” – Tenzin Gyatso

2) Stephan Hoeller

“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear that results from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” – Stephan Hoeller

3) Joyce Meyer

“A Positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” – Joyce Meyer

4) Helen Keller

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

5) Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

6) Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world: making the most of one’s best.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

7) Anais Nin

“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

8) Thich Nhat Hanh

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

9) Rainer Maria Rilke

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to love everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

10) Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross