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Research Finds Alcohol Lovers Live Longer

Research Finds Alcohol Lovers Live Longer

For many years alcohol’s effect on human health has been debated by everyone from scientists to moms’ groups everywhere defending their weekly (ok, daily) wine habit. We’ve all heard that too much alcohol can hurt and even kill you, but so can too much water and you don’t hear anyone telling you not drink it. So, is it ok to indulge in mild to moderate drinking as long as you’re not overdoing it?

Well, according to research, the answer is a resounding yes.  Not only is it okay to drink alcohol, it is actually encouraged. While those maintaining dry lifestyles may be living long and healthy lives, their alcohol loving counterparts are enjoying even longer ones.

Alcohol Helps Keep Your Heart Beating

Moderate alcohol consumption, especially of red wine, is good for your heart.  Most alcohol contains antioxidants which increase your levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. This is the “good” cholesterol that protects your arteries from damage and helps keep heart disease at bay.

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Though not an organization likely to promote the consumption of alcohol, The Research Society on Alcoholism even admits that drinking a healthy amount can be beneficial.  In a published review they stated that. “A considerable body of epidemiology associates moderate alcohol consumption with significantly reduced risks of coronary heart disease …. and cerebrovascular (ischemic) stroke.”

Moderate Drinking Improves Cognitive Function

It is almost jaw dropping to read all of the research that supports the fact that throwing back a shot of Jack can actually improve your mental function. The American Journal of Epidemiology outlines in their study, “Alcohol Consumption and Cognitive Function”, that people who regularly drink alcohol (at least one drink per week), were significantly less likely to suffer from poor cognitive function than those who did not drink alcohol on a regular basis.

Alcohol Makes You Prettier

Remember what it was like to suffer through teenage breakouts during adolescence?  No one wants to revisit those days of self-loathing and too much hairspray. By consuming a few glasses of your favorite wine each week, you can keep your skin clean and clear due the bacteria fighting antioxidant called resveratrol found in wine.

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Resveratrol inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause unsightly acne.  Drinking wine can, research shows, clear up your skin better than many of the over the counter face creams because let’s face it, a science lab has nothing on mother nature.

Alcohol Fights Stress

Perhaps the reason why we are drawn toward alcohol in the first place, is because of it’s undeniably efficient ability to reduce stress levels. There’s a reason why people reach for a glass of wine over dinner or head to the local happy hour after a long day in the office. Just one glass of alcohol can help calm the nerves by increasing circulation (and thus allowing more oxygen into the blood) and decreasing brain activity, which allows for a more tranquil mood.

Drinking Beer and Wine Builds Strong Bones

Yes, you read that right. Recent research has linked moderate drinking with increased bone density. While most people think that a big glass of milk for breakfast is the only way to build strong bones, it turns out that your evening glass of wine may be benefiting you even more.

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While bones tend to weaken and break down as the aging process occurs, it has been shown that the ingredients in alcohol can actually help turn this process around. Studies have literally shown, especially in women, that the people who drink regularly have bones that are being rebuilt, whereas the ones who don’t drink at all have the normal amount of breakdown.  If that isn’t an excuse to pour a beer instead of a glass of skim milk, I don’t know what is.

Drinking Alcohol Gives You a Whiter Smile

For too long wine has been blamed for darkening or staining teeth, when in reality, it actually helps keep those pearly whites nice and bright.  For the same reason wine gives you great skin, it also protects your teeth against several types of bacteria that can otherwise thrive in your mouth and cause plaque to grow.

Rerevatol’s antimicrobial effects will prevent excess plaque buildup and bad breath causing bacteria to help you flaunt that winning smile you’ve been aiming for. So the next time you get a “thumbs up” from your dentist, reward yourself with your favorite glass of vino.

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Alcohol Wards Off Cancer

By consuming a moderate amount of alcohol, people may actually be able to help avoid chemotherapy by warding off cancer in the first place. Due to its high content of antioxidants and flavanoids, alcohol provides a great barrier against inflammation triggers which can lead to cancer cells multiplying in the body.

The old adage of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” can these days be applied to a drink of alcohol as well. Often given a bad wrap for causing negative health issues, this once demonized drink is turning out to actually be a nectar of health. Rich in many antioxidants that can help protect the body against everything from the common cold to cancer, research undeniably concludes that a drink a day may be a great regimen to add to your health routine.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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