Tiny Threats In Your Home

Tiny Threats In Your Home

They say your home is your castle. That might be true, but there are always tiny intruders, hidden in the most unexpected places.They can easily make your life intolerable if you do not eliminate them before they influence your life. We do not want to let that happen, so here is a list of hidden tiny threats in your home you might have underestimated or ignored before.

1. Allergens

Allergens are everywhere. If you do not feel well, it might turn out that they are the ones to blame. Have you been sneezing and coughing for quite a while without any visible causes? Perhaps you should blame the dust mites that hide in your bedroom, right inside the mattresses and pillows. Or your fluffy cat, for carrying around animal dander. Not to mention, the mold from moisture or food allergens can be dangerous for your health as well. If you simply keep your apartment (or house) clean and dust-free, you might suddenly realize that your physical state turns out to be much better than before. If you limit or stop the intake of food allergens, you will help your own body a great deal and start feeling in much better shape.


2. Bacteria

The second important hidden threat is, well, germs. Now, if certain allergens might be more dangerous to people with special conditions (for example, to ones with asthma), then germs are a threat to every single inhabitant of the household. If you wish to protect your loved ones, you better clean up all the places where most germs hide, at least every week – and that is not to mention grand cleanings every month. All you need is cleaner-disinfectant (either homemade or not) and lots of patience. It will pay off eventually. The members of your family begin to get ill much less than before, for their immune system will be strengthened thanks to your efforts.


3. Junk food

You might be wondering – how is junk food a tiny threat? Millions of people neglect the danger of savoring hot dogs and hamburgers instead of nourishing, healthy food. The temptation can be such a part of everyday life we might not even notice it. If your body slightly shifts its shape and you don’t like where it is all going, if your children refuse to eat anything but pizzas, candies and chips, if your loved one eats fast food during their working day and after it’s over, perhaps it’s high time to limit the consumption of the junk food in your home.


4. Electromagnetic waves

It’s hard to imagine our lives without laptops or cell phones. They are among the most useful inventions – we use them for work, education, entertainment and, of course communication. There is a computer and a cell phone in almost every household in developed countries nowadays. But the fact that these items are common does not mean that they are completely safe. They give off electromagnetic waves that might influence our health in a bad way by causing multiple illnesses, including cancer. It’s almost impossible to give up using these things nowadays – we need them for personal and work purposes. But you should at least try and limit the amount of time per day you spend on your laptop and talking on the mobile phone.
These tiny threats, waiting for you in your home, are all very different, but all can influence your life in an unpleasant way. Don’t just wait for the consequences to come – be smart, take your time and remove all of the dangers or make habit adjustments before they get to harm you and your loved ones.

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.


3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.


Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:


Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.


8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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