How Healthy Is Your Mindset?


Everyone experiences negative thoughts from time to time, you may need to make an extra effort to get through these challenges. Positive thoughts will help you succeed in the end!

Developing a healthy mindset doesn't need to be a difficult task. There are small changes you can make to get yourself on the right track.

The following 7 strategies will help you in developing a healthy mindset:

1. Ignore negativity from others. Constantly complaining, negatively focused people really sap your energy and your own happiness. For some reason, many people get into the habit of focusing on what is not working. You know you would be better off not to listen to these people, but sometimes you end up complaining yourself.

Focus on what is working and surround yourself with people that will lift you up.

2. Gratitude. Think about all the things you have to be grateful for. Your family, your spouse, your employment, your home, your friends, your health, whatever it is that is positive in your life-be grateful for it. Taking time to appreciate the good things in your life can help balance the negatives when they come along.

3. Accept compliments. The next time someone pays you a compliment for a job well done, take the opportunity to show your appreciation with a great big "Thank You".

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Herbal Preparations


The most common way to buy herbs is in capsule or tablet form since it very easy to use them this way. In China physicians devised many different methods to prepare medicinal herbs for use. The most common way of administering herbs was the decoction or tea. But there are many other ways that herbs were used depending on the situation or condition of the patient. We'll look at several different ways used in Chinese herbal medicine to administer herbs.

A decoction involves boiling herbs in water. But there's more to it than just boiling the herbs since the temperature of the water and how long you cook the herbs are important factors. The basic instructions go like this. To start you need a container that will hold at least four cups of water. Traditionally the decoction was brewed in a ceramic pot. If you have one you can still do it this way. If you don't then you can use glass (pyrex) or stainless steel. Iron (as in cast iron) is not recommended because over time you can get too much iron in your system. Aluminum is not recommended either because it is associated with negative health effects. Once you have your pot you need to add four cups of water along with the herbs that you want to make a tea out of. Turn the heat up high and bring the water to a boil. Once it is boiling you need to let it boil vigorously for five minutes. After five minutes you can lower the heat to a simmer and let it cook for an additional 30-40 minutes.

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