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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.

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Aries, March 21 to April 19

You try to pack too much into your daily life. Relieve stress by finding time to relax and rejuvenate, otherwise you won’t be able to slow down and catch your breath.

Taurus, April 20 to May 20

You tend to stress out because you take failure too hard. It isn’t a problem if you don’t get something exactly right the first time; making mistakes means making opportunities to grow, it’s not incompetence on your part.

Gemini, May 21 to June 20

For you, stress is caused by overthinking. You think about everything, almost all the time, which will definitely lead to stress as you overcomplicate simple situations or problems. Stop thinking so much and go with your gut feeling every once in a while.

Cancer, June 21 to July 22

You tend to get hurt easily by others if you aren’t secure. Insecurity alone will cause you stress, and you need to figure out how to be comfortable as yourself if you want to combat it. Work on self-acceptance and you won’t get stressed as easily.

Leo, July 23 to August 22

You want to be in control in every aspect of your life. When you aren’t, you tend to stress out until you are. You need to realize that not all things are within your control; this will almost instantly relieve the majority of stress you feel.

Virgo, August 23 to September 22

Like Geminis, you tend to think too much. You get stressed out when you can’t organize your thoughts or make a priority list you can adhere to. Put your ideas and your thoughts on paper, and this will help you visualize exactly what you need to do.

Libra, September 23 to October 22

You need things to be fair, and when they aren’t, you start stressing out. Harmony and balance mean everything to you, which makes it difficult to confront issues. However, as soon as you do, you’ll feel better.

Scorpio, October 23 to November 21

Similar to Cancers, you tend to be sensitive, which can cause you to hide your emotions. You also tend to hold grudges against those who’ve hurt you in the past. If you want to get rid of your stress, you need to let things go.

Sagittarius, November 22 to December 21

You don’t like being told what to do, and you don’t like having to stay in one place for too long. If you want to feel less stressed, get plenty of outdoor activity in your daily life.

Capricorn, December 22 to January 19

Due to your high expectations, you can easily be overworked. This can cause a lot of stress if you don’t take the time to decompress.

Aquarius, January 20 to February 18

You stress out because things don’t always go your way. You need to realize that life will unfold exactly the way it should, and you’ll feel better.

Pisces, February 19 to March 20

Exposure causes you to be stress out, and you really don’t like being in the spotlight. Make time for yourself to alleviate stress.

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.

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It’s said that a person’s eyes act as windows into their soul. Many cultures believe you can learn a great deal about someone through the size and shape of their eye. In fact, cultures all over the world practice medicine, gather information, or understand a person through the shape of their eyes. They believe that they eye reveals an infinite amount of personal information, and they aren’t to be ignored.

Everything is taken into account when it comes to understanding a person’s eyes. This includes size, shape, color, slant, and even the distance between someone’s eyes. Take a look at the descriptions below in order to find out what your eyes reveal about you.

Shape

For those of you who have almond-shaped eyes, you have charisma and flair, as well as a great compassion for others. Despite your ability to remain calm in a variety of situations, you often let yourself become wary of new experiences. You need to remember that taking chances can be a good thing.

For those of you with round eyes, you’re creative and imaginative. Your mind is your escape from reality, and you’re prone to daydreaming. Instead of using logic to make decisions, you let your emotions and feelings steer you in the right direction. Although some people might see you as impractical, others will flock to you.

Deep-Set or Prominent

People with deep-set eyes tend to hide themselves from others; they’re private and can seem intense at times. Although they don’t let people in very easily, they do have a romantic streak and will get to know someone on a very deep, spiritual level. They tend to observe rather than interact.

People with prominent eyes are sensitive and friendly, but they are also prone to over worrying. It’s easy for these people to maintain close relationships, which makes them an ideal family member or extremely close friend. They are found to be highly approachable and easy to relate to, but they can seem pessimistic.

Size

Having large eyes means that you’re passionate, receptive, open, and creative when it comes to your personality. You can feel your own emotions incredibly deeply, as well as the emotions of others. Passion tends to rule your direction in life rather than logic, and you won’t be talked into doing something you don’t want to do. However, you tend to trust people too easily, which can be a fault.

Having small eyes means you’re the opposite; instead of letting emotion or passion drive you, you use logic to make every decision. You possess a high intelligence, which means people come to you with their questions. Instead of focusing on the big picture, you analyze the details before focusing on a wider perspective.

Distance

People with close-set eyes are traditional. They have a keen interest in history and culture, and their values and upbringings mean a great deal. Change is scary to these people, and they have a hard time living in a world that doesn’t remember where it came from. These people don’t go with the flow, and they feel most comfortable in a disciplined setting.

People with wide-set eyes are the exact opposite; go with the flow is their mantra in life. These people remember their pasts, but they don’t let the past dictate who they are in the present, and especially not who they’ll be in the future. These people enjoy getting out of their comfort zones and seeing the world through a new lens.

Slant

Downward slanting eyes means you’re dependent. You enjoy staying close to the people in your life whom you love, and you rely on them for stability. Your timid nature and pessimism makes it hard for people to enjoy your company at times, but it doesn’t change the way you feel about people. You care deeply for people and your relationships, which means you keep friends for a long time.

Upward slanting eyes tends to mean the opposite. Instead of being timid and dependent, you’re ambitious and driven to the extreme. When you have a goal in mind, nothing and no one can stop you from accomplishing it. People enjoy being around you because you’re well rounded, fun, and exceptionally witty. You can find an opportunity no matter where life takes you.

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

Stress is a part of everyday life. We stress out over our jobs, our friends, and our families, which is normal. However, the amount of stress we feel can have a negative impact on our bodies as a whole, and no part of the body is immune to its effects.

We can’t do away with stress completely, as a little bit of stress is a good thing. During a fight or flight situation, stress allows us to make decisions on the fly, ignore certain actions that aren’t useful in the present moment, and ultimately deal with a tough situation. But too much stress can lead to anxiety, heart disease, headaches, digestive issues, insomnia, or a loss in concentration. Over-stressing isn’t good.

Here are seven signs you’re too stressed out, and don’t even know it.

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1. Digestive Issues

Medical experts believe that there is a direct connection between the brain and the digestive system, which means stress wreak havoc on your stomach. If you’ve been having digestive issues, it could be because you’re over-stressing about a tough situation at work, home, or within your personal relationships.

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2. Regular Colds or Infections

Stress causes the circulatory system to work harder than it should, which can raise your blood pressure and suppress your immune system. This means that your body is going to have a much harder time fighting off colds or infections than it normally would.

When you’re too stressed, it’s not uncommon to get sick.

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3. Chest Pain

Stress and anxiety go hand-in-hand, which means that you could experience tightness in the chest or even pain.

Chest pains only make things worse as they tend to frighten someone already dealing with anxiety. If you’re having regular chest pains or palpitations, it’s probably because you’re overstressed.

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4. Fatigue

When you’re stressed, your body and your mind are working harder than they should. When you feel stress more often than not, it’s going to take a mental and physical toll. Fatigue is common in people who are too stressed out, as they can’t seem to get their minds to relax.

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5. Weak Sex Drive

Stress can weaken a person’s desire to have sex, which applies to both men and women.

Stress overtakes chemicals in the brain that are responsible for stimulating sex drive. Stress has been linked to problems in ovulation for women and a lower sperm counts in men. Again, stress makes it hard to focus or concentrate on anything, including the things you typically enjoy doing.

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6. Weight Fluctuations

Stress can cause a person to lose or gain wait, depending on how a person deals with stress specifically. Some people who feel too much stress find comfort in food, others simply don’t have an appetite at all. It all depends on the person, but stress will usually cause abnormal fluctuations in weight.

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7. Headaches

According to the Mayo Clinic, headaches are more common in those who feel regular amounts of stress than those who don’t. If you’re prone to migraines, stress can make these much worse than they already are, which is hard to imagine. Tension headaches are the most common headache you can experience, and stress is their number one cause.

Lao Tzu was an ancient philosopher and writer from China, and is typically dated around the 6th century BCE. He is credited as the founder of Taoism, and as the author of the Tao Te Ching. Followers believe that Lao Tzu was able to achieve the highest state of consciousness a human can experience, which has made him more of a deity than an actual man.

Lao Tzu established four spiritual rules of living, or four virtues through which to center your life. He believed that if you were able to live your life in accordance with these virtues, you would be able to achieve a level of wisdom and consciousness that most people never have the chance to experience. Below are the four spiritual rules he laid out for his followers, which you can find in the Tao Te Ching.

1. Gentleness

Gentleness is something the world needs more of, and it simply applies to all living things. Lao Tzu believed that all life deserved kindness, and that humans shouldn’t be motivated by egotistical desires.

Essentially, being gentle means giving up the need to be right; being kind is more important than being correct or asserting your own beliefs. When we’re gentle, we stop trying to dominate the situation and instead live in harmony with others.

2. Natural Sincerity

This virtue is all about staying true to who you are. Being authentic is incredibly important in regards to being happy or living harmoniously. If we’re constantly swayed by external forces, we’ll lose sight of who we really are, and who we really need to be.

By accepting the truth about ourselves and others, we not only find peace in this life, but we can help others along their paths as well.

3. Reverence for All Life

Lao Tzu believed that respecting all forms of life was essential for harmony.

All creation and creatures were equally important, and they require equal respect. Trying to dominate and control life only leads you away from enlightenment; you can’t find peace in the midst of a struggle for control. Loving and honoring oneself will lead to a mutual respect for all life in this world.

4. Supportiveness

Similarly to the other three virtues, the virtue of supportiveness applies to all life on Earth, including ourselves. When we help ourselves, we become more equipped to help others along the path to happiness. Not only do we need to love and respect all life, but we need to support it as well. Giving is more important than receiving, and that’s what this virtue is all about. Lao Tzu believed that this comes natural for humans, but the world we live in today teaches us to be the opposite.