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Facts You May Not Know About US Presidents

Facts You May Not Know About US Presidents

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    Although I'm assuming you're aware that there's a place called America and they have Presidents, you may not know all the little quirks that each of them have. Wanna know which President won 100 duels or who got stuck in a bathtub one time? Here you go!

    John Adams 1797 – 1801: Born 1735 in VA – Named his dog “Satan”.

    Thomas Jefferson 1801 – 1809: Born 1743 in VA – Chipped off a piece of Shakespeare's chair during a visit.

    John Quincy Adams 1825 – 1829: Born 1767 in MA – Liked to skinny dip.

    Andrew Jackson 1829 – 1837: Born 1767 in SC – Fought in 100 duels, mostly to defend the honour of his wife.

    Martin Van Buren 1837 – 1841: Born 1782 in NY – His nickname “Old Kinderhook” is thought to be the origin of “OK”.

    James K. Polk 1845 – 1849: Born 1795 in NC – Considered the first “dark horse” candidate to win the election.

    James Buchanan 1857 – 1861: Born 1791 in PA – Regularly bought slaves and freed them in Pennsylvania.

    Abraham Lincoln 1861 – 1865: Born 1809 in KY – Out of 300 arm wrestling matches, he only lost once.

    Ulysses S. Grant 1869 – 1877: Born 1822 in OH – It was so cold at his inauguration that canaries froze to death.

    James A. Garfield 1881: Born 1831 in OH – Could simultaneously write greek with one hand and latin with the other.

    Grover Cleveland 1885 – 1889, 1893 – 1897: Born 1837 in NJ – As a Sheriff he carried the responsibilities of a hangman.

    Theodore Roosevelt 1901 – 1909: Born 1885 in NY – Completed a 90-minute speech with a bullet in his chest.

    William Taft 1909 – 1913: Born 1857 in OH – Once got himself stuck in a bathtub.

    Barack Obama 2009 – Present: Born 1961 in HI – Was rejected to model for a pin-up calendar whilst at Harvard.

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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