Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Health

Nasty Mind Games
Emotional abuse can be as bad as physical abuse

  Emotional abuse has always been around. However, it is only of late that it is being recognized, defined and classified. Many of us may be victims (sometimes, unaware) of emotional abuse in our daily lives. Like physical abuse, emotional abuse can be severe and leaves behind scars. It can drain a person's confidence and self-respect.

  A perpetrator uses emotional abuse to demoralize his/her victim. It can occur in any relationship - among spouses, relatives, friends or colleagues. Emotional abuse may be defined as the use of inappropriate emotions to run down another person.

  Why do people indulge in emotional abuse? The purpose may vary, but it could be the result of some personality disorder.

  An emotionally abusive relationship may be difficult to recognize, for unlike in a physically abusive relationship, the attack here is more about words and actions designed to humiliate.  Milder and temporary forms of emotional abuse can be observed in daily life - for instance, road rage or being roughed up or knocked around in a crowd. But, it becomes a problem when the abuse is long standing, has an ulterior motive or is targeted at a single person.

  Emotional abuse often begins with ignoring and disregarding the victim. Next in order may be overbearing behavior followed by snubbing, criticizing, fault finding, etc. Harsher forms such as a verbal assaults, screaming, calling names, intimidating, threatening, etc. follow

  However, the more vulnerable or timid one is, the more hurt or offended one feels. So, it's best to have a tough exterior to fight emotional abuse.

  How do you know if you are in an emotionally abusive relationship? Look around. Analyse your relationship with others. Do you have a friend, relative or colleague who tries to control you, or ridicules and insults you before others? Then, deal firmly without cowering. Yet, sometimes, it may not be easy. However, you can tackle the situation by setting your priorities right and end the unwanted taunts.

  Emotional abuse can even lead to manic depression or schizophrenia in extreme cases. In families, a parent may be unknowingly abusing a child by adopting corrective measures that may have serious repercussions. At the work place, too, an emotionally abusive boss can have a discouraging and dispiriting effect, robbing the employees of their true potential.

  However, before coming to any conclusion, and trying to deal with the abusers in your life, think again. Most often, we identify ourselves as the victims and never the villains. So, take a closer look at yourself and the nature of your relationships. Are you intentionally or unintentionally making someone's life uneasy and miserable? You too, may then be an emotional abuser, unaware of the pain and discomfort you are causing. Examine your relationships. Set things right and make life friendly; IT IS EVERY INDIVIDUAL'S BIRTHRIGHT TO BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mind and Body

Stretch to your limit!
  How flexible are you? Just stretch and see how you can twist and bend with ease.


  Touch your toes, twist your torso, bend over backwards... how flexible is your body? You might be surprised to know, that just like aerobic activity and strength training, stretching is an essential fitness requirement. Stretching prevents injury, enhances exercise performance and keeps you agile. So, whether you are sporty or sedentary, stretching is a non-negotiable component in a balanced fitness plan.


Stretching basics

  • Stretching post-workouts is recommended, as this releases tension from the worked muscles.
  • Stretch smoothly, never bounce.
  • Breathe slowly, deeply and naturally.
  • Remain relaxed and feel the stretch.



Who should stretch?
  Stretching is good for all. It doesn't matter if you are an athlete, or you sit at a desk all day or do household chores; the benefits of stretching are enormous.


Is stretching a fitness component?
  Yes. Stretching is an important component of a balanced fitness program. The growing evidence of the many benefits of stretching prompted the American College of Sports Medicine to add recommendations for flexibility exercises to its guidelines for improving overall health.


Should athletes stretch?
  Definitely. Sporting activities promote tightness and inflexibility. Stretching not only keeps you flexible, but also prevents common injuries. Some examples are back problems associated with soccer, sore shoulders or the tennis elbow associated with sports such as tennis, cricket, or knee problems associated with running or squash.


Can inflexibility cause back pain?
  Poor flexibility of the low back and hamstrings are a major cause of lower back pain. Remember, a muscle in constant contraction requires more energy to accomplish activities. Stretching promotes spinal relaxation; resulting in release of muscular tension;


How does stretching improve posture?
  Most postural problems are a result of poor alignment caused by tightness in the muscles. Stretching can help realign soft tissue structures and maintain good posture.


Stretching exercises
Hold each stretch for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat each stretch twice.
Leg stretch
  Lie on a mat or carpet. Extend the right leg up and place a bath towel around your right foot.  Hold the ends of the towel and straighten your leg. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds and then switch legs.


Back of arm stretch
  Extended right arm and bend the elbow, drop the hand behind your head.  Hold the towel in your left hand and then bend the elbow behind your back. Hold the towel with your right palm. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds and then switch arms.


Neck stretch
  Drop your hands behind your back, clasp your hands behind your back and slowly lift your hands up till you feel a stretch in your pectorals. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds.


Upper back stretch
  Clasp your hands in front of you so that you feel the stretch in your upper back. Lower your head during the stretch so that your chin is close to your chest. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds.


Shoulder stretch
  Cross the right arm horizontally over your chest, placing your left hand or forearm just above the elbow joint, pull the right arm closer towards your chest. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds. Switch the arms.











Sunday, October 17, 2010

Indian foods

 The making of chapati



Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water.
  • 2 cups of wheat flour





Steps to be followed:

  • Put the wheat flour and ghee into a bowl, and mix until it crumble.
  • Add half a cup of the water to the flour mixture, and stir so it combines into a soft dough.
  • Add the remaining water slowly, stir it until it's fully combined.
  • Knead the dough for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Place the dough into an oiled bowl, and cover. Leave covered for about 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 10 or 12 small balls, and dip them into wheat flour.
  • Roll the dough with a rolling pin until the balls resemble thin, round pancakes.
  • Heat a heavy based frying pan, and cook the chapati until blisters appear on the dough's surface. Turn over, and then cook it on the other side.
  • Remove the chapati from the heat, and wrap it up in a tea towel until ready to serve.
Note:
  • This recipe makes 1 or 2 chapatis.
  • You can use oil instead of ghee, if you prefer.
  • You need to cover the dough when it is resting.
  • The chapati is supposed to be puffed up when it's on the pan

Counter-Strike


Bunny Hop

Things You'll Need:

  1. Counter-strike 1.6.
  2. A good mouse
  3. A good keyboard.
Instructions:
  1. Push the 'W' key to get an initial run up.
  2. RELEASING the 'w' key press the strafe key (D or A) and move your mouse in the direction of the strafe(ie: if 'A' move mouse left in a little arc or if 'D' move mouse right by say 30 degrees) + JUMP
  3. You will now initiate a forward curved jump , in the left or right direction(Please note never to use the 'w' key for acceleration here after).
  4. When your about to land after the first jump, hit the opposite strafe key and curve your mouse in the same direction of your strafe and hit jump EXACTLY when you land after the first jump. Doing this a little too early or little too late will cut the bunny hop.
  5. IF You got the timing and mouse movement right you will quickly move forward faster, and you will need to repeat Steps 2 to 4 repeatedly.
Tips & Warnings:
  1. Before you start i would suggest you bind the jump control to the mouse wheel down of your mouse, in the options -> Settings. Make mouse wheel down as your alternative jump, the default being SPACE BAR.
  2. The trick is to get the rhythm and keep going left n right n left n right with both your strafe and mouse movement, hitting jump at the right time of landing.
  3. With proper timing and practice you'll be able to move faster using the Bunny Hops (B HOPS)
  4. You can also Reverse Bhop by replacing the forward key with back key, and following the same steps mentioned in the article. Reverse bhop makes you bhop backwards, and can be used to make quick escape jumps when being shot at
  5. NEVER HIT THE FORWARD KEY ONCE you start B hopping. Acceleration is obtained by using strafe and proper mouse movement. Forward key is only used for initial acceleration.
You can watch loads of video tutorials in internet and here is one example


video