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Personalization: The Process and its Perks

Personalization: The Process and its Perks

As the generation that experienced the evolution of social networking sites (Friendster, MySpace, and finally Facebook), we’ve had plenty of practice in the field of customization. Pairing them with our favorite colors as the background, we’ve modified our personal pages to play our favorite songs once opened by fellow netizens.

Nowadays, you can personalize even your undergarments. One bride even went as far as having a cake made into a life-sized version of her. Wax seal stamps are proof that personalizing and customization were already a trend in the Middle ages and during the reign of the pharaohs.

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According to the National Institute of Health, in a TIME magazine article, millennials are three times more likely to have narcissistic personality disorder than previous generations, hence the nickname “Me, Me, Me Generation”. This makes many of us prone to impatience and selfishness.

For example, when siblings fight over something, “Does it have your name on it?” usually becomes the problem-solver and argument ending statement. So, unless it has your initials inscribed, you have no right to call it yours. It’s become an unspoken rule between siblings and peers.

Getting custom-made luxury bags, shoes, shoes, clothes or even cars has never been easier. Customization isn’t limited to just material objects. Travel can be tailored down to the last detail if we want to. Experiences are actually more flexible, and spending money on experiences rather than goods is a more preferred way of life for some millennials.

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Making it Mine

Personalization comes in the form of engravings, stickers, labels, patches, and embossed or monogrammed anything. Old-fashioned folks probably still have handkerchiefs adorned with their initials. I own a jewelry box with my full name engraved on the cover. When it comes to gifts, there is no doubt that a stronger connection and attachment can be found between a customized object, the giver and the recipient. When they are personalized, ordinary things no longer feel “average” because of the sentimental value behind them.  Plus, it is easier to spot a customized item and confirm that it belonging to you.

Social media has its own methods and services when it comes to personalization. There’s the use of hash tags to make an event or person go viral. Aside from the built-in filters, Snapchat also allows you to design and use one of your own geofilters for your special day.

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    iPhones come in a variety of colors, sizes and capacities. We can now decide exactly what we want on our sandwiches and salads. That’s why businesses like Coldstone, Subway and Chipotle have many loyal customers. Nike, Converse and Adidas offer services in which you can design your own shoes.

    Trying to be a little frugal about your fashion staples? Sites like Etsy and Pinterest cater to individuals who would rather not buy what everyone else can easily find at malls. There are also plenty of tutorials to make your sneakers stand out.

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      We have been dubbed the “DIY Gen Y” since we are more satisfied with our purchases when we’re given the freedom to choose what to include and what to omit. “Full” or pre-made packages don’t appeal to us.

      DIY and customization isn’t just limited to artsy projects. For those who are planning on starting up their own business, one way of personalizing comes in the form of creating your own logo. How else are you going to promote yourself and your passion?

      Now we can positively set ourselves apart from everyone else without feeling the need to scream “That’s mine!”

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      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

      1. Cat Camel Stretch

      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

      3. Jumping Jacks

      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

      4. Abductor Side Lifts

      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

      5. Balancing Table Pose

      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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        6. Leg Squats

        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

        7. Push Ups

        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

        8. Bicycle Crunches

        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

        9. Lunges

        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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        10. Bicep Curls

        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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