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Friday, December 2, 2016

What is "Sharenting" All About




You might wonder what Sharenting is all about? Well, sharenting is the word coined for those parents who share too much information about their kids on social media. The Wall Street Journal created this term which stems from the two words ‘over-sharing’ and ‘parenting.’
Pictures of children having meltdowns, playing dress up and toddlers even in the bathtub adorn Facebook walls. Many blogs share stories from potty training to preschool struggles. Toddlers dancing to the likes of Beyoncé and Taylor Swift rack up YouTube views.
Sarah Clark, Associate Director of University of Michigan, says, “By the time children are old enough to use social media themselves many already have a digital identity created for them by their parents.”
Our on-line actions may affect the future well-being of our kids. There should be an increased awareness among parents to protect their kids’ online identity.
Experts say that you’re not sure whether the people whom you share your child’s photos may download and redistribute these images. Your privacy settings are not enough of a safety net because even these posts can reach a large audience.
Though there may be some benefit in sharing the information about kids, such as sharing photos with family and friends who are dispersed geographically and seeking advice from trusted friends about your children’s lives. The potential harm outweighs the positive aspects.
This information is not to scare you, but a new phenomenon called digital kidnapping has risen whereby cyber thieves gets hands-on info about the children’s details and photos, and they promote such kids as their own. Research studies have shown that innocent photographs of children can end up in wrong websites. So as parents it becomes our prime duty to protect the privacy and safety of our kids.
Though the above-discussed things may be rare, a permanent online presence that you create for your child may potentially be hurting the way their future peers, teachers, and employers see the child. It may result in identity theft, which could be used for years by wrong persons unknowing to you or your kids.
Some psychologists have individually voiced concern over the psychological impacts of sharenting on kids. Psychologist Aric Sigman indicated to The Guardian that children develop their identities reflecting on the private moments and social media disrupts this process. There are also chances of kids being cyber bullied over content on social media.

Turn off geolocation- This setting can expose your child’s location. Parents should avoid checking into a location with their child on social media. It would be wise to disable the geolocation altogether.

Limit your sharing – You can share your kid’s achievements like graduation, their first job, and avoid publically posting any identifying information. By doing this, you’re creating a positive online identity for your children, and you’re protecting them from prying eyes.

Tighten your privacy settings – Make sure you have the strongest privacy settings. Ensure that you are sharing the kid’s photos only with family and friends. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter often have policy changes regarding their privacy settings. So check back every couple of months.

Monitor your child’s digital Footprint- You can Google your kid’s name and create a google search alert in case you’ve posted any information about them on the net. If you find any unwanted information, you can request that the search engine removes it.


Take home message- Be careful about what you post online, some special moments are best stored in the recesses of your heart that will be etched in your memory forever.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Yogic Breathing May Fight Major Depression






Grief and sadness are normal human emotions, but major depression is something more. It is a period of overwhelming sadness. If left untreated it can put your life at risk and can lead to serious complications. You can have a single bout of major depression or have recurring episodes.

 Yogic breathing

 Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found that yogic breathing known as Sudarshan Kriya yoga helped reduce severe depression in people who did not respond to anti-depressant treatments.

According to available data, more than half of the 41 million Americans who take antidepressants do not fully respond. According to the researchers, Sudarshan Kriya Yoga is an active method to experience a deep meditative state. This yoga is easy to learn and can be incorporated in diverse settings.

The researchers enrolled 25 patients suffering from MDD and who were depressed in spite of taking antidepressants. The participants were randomly put into a control group and yogic breathing group.
During the first week, the participants did Sudarshan Kriya yoga in addition to sitting meditation, yoga postures, and stress education. At the end of two months, the Sudarshan Kriya group showed improved scores by 10.27 points on average in the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. Before the study, the participants had a mean baseline HDRS score of 22 which is an indication of severe depression.

The participants in the control group did not show any improvements. The participants in the yoga group also showed significant mean reductions in Beck Depression scale versus the control group.

The researchers plan to study how the yogic breathing impacts brain structure and function in patients who have major depression. According to the art of living.com Sudarshan Kriya yoga reduces stress, improves energy, strengthens the immune system and reduces cholesterol. The mental health benefits include improved sleep, enhanced brain function and greater clarity of mind.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Popular Dance Workouts You Should Try




Do you hate working out after a hectic day at work? Exercise can be fun if you include music into your workout routines. According to a study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, a group of women wore heart rate monitors during a Zumba class. During the half an hour section they burned about 369 calories, and their heart rate was 154 beats per minute.
So what are you waiting for? Here are some stunning dance workouts for you to try.

Bollywood Dance Workout
Why not include the fast-paced Bollywood songs to pep up your energy levels? Janani Chalaka Master Trainer for Bombay Jam gives you this excellent 10 minute Bollywood music dance workout.
You’ll experience the best of hip-hop and some bhangra moves in this workout. Once you get the steps apply them to the music, feel the beat and start dancing.
HIIT Dance Workout
High-intensity exercises increase your metabolism and aids in weight loss. Follow this high intensity, fast paced dance video by Danny Hayhurst. This workout is a Latin music number which gives energy and fun to people.
You’ll twist and turn your hips to salsa moves and merengue with a healthy dose of Zumba fitness tossed in. You’ll have full body workout within 15 minutes.
Arabic Belly Dance Workout

Want to lose weight and be fit and healthy the Arab way? Why not try the Arabic belly dancing workout by Nina and Veena, the awesome twins. They say belly dancing is an excellent way to build endurance.
This workout uses a variety of rhythms and tempos to raise your heart rate to the optimal level for burning fat. Your whole body will benefit from this great cardio conditioning.
Best of all you’ll enjoy the effort. So watch the video and start your workout.
Dance Party Workout

Ryan Heffington at ‘The Sweat Spot’ teaches you this excellent 30-minute dance party workout. This workout is a kind of moving meditation, where while you’re making the moves, you’ll let go of all the negative thoughts plaguing your mind.
In this workout, you’ll perform a bunch of combinations scattered along with freestyle shakeouts.
Natural Zumba Music Dance Workout

Zumba brings about effective weight loss. This incredibly fun workout incorporates a lot of routines that will significantly improve your cardiovascular system.
An average person can burn 600 to 1000 calories per Zumba class. Zumba helps you to tone your entire body because you’re supposed to move your body according to the rhythm of the music. Your muscles will perform some specific moves like squats and twists thus allowing you to tone your entire body.
Hip Hop Cardio Dance Workout


Work your body and boost your metabolism with this stunning hip hop dance moves by Keaira Lashae. This dance workout is all about intense intervals designed to help burn fat while sculpting long, lean muscles. You’ll do a set of 5 moves with four rounds per move, with 20 seconds on and 20 seconds off.
​Conclusion
Music can increase your performance, for instance, American swimmer Michael Phelps who won 7 gold medals reportedly listened to hip hop music before his races to get focused.
To achieve your maximum potential do a dance workout and start your day on a high note.