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Does spending time in a certain room
always leave you feeling drained?
It could be the paint. Psychologists
have shown that color can have a
profound effect on mood. Make sure
the colors in your environment aren’t
clashing with whatever it is you’re
trying to accomplish. Bright colors like
red, yellow and orange heighten your
energy level, while cooler shades such
as green and blue help mellow you out.
A visit to the dentist is unlikely to ever make your
list of favorite things to do, but you can make
yourself more comfortable by learning how to
relax while you’re there. Going to the dentist isn’t
fun, but it doesn’t have to be excruciating, either.
Learn to relax as much as possible before and
after your dental experience. Here are some tips to
keep in mind.
• Arrive relaxed, calm and on time. Plan your
visit with care, be sure to allow plenty of time to
arrive. If you are running late or have difficulty
getting to your dentist on time you will naturally
be more stressed. A high level of stress can make
you irritable and that makes it more difficult to
control your level of anxiety.
• Try exercising your brain. Don’t just sit in the
dentist’s chair thinking about nothing, or worse...
imagining what might happen. Remember that
you can always bring along your mp3 player and
listen to music. Whatever you do, make sure you
have something to occupy your mind other than
what is going on.
• Remember you’re in control. It is important
that you let your dentist know how you will signal
that you want them to stop because you need a
break before the dental treatment can start again.
The mere fact that you can control the situation
usually helps reduce anxiety and makes the
treatment more bearable.
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“A man is not finished when
he’s defeated; he’s finished
when he quits.”
— Richard M. Nixon
34 Heart Burn
Next time someone else’s
completely incompetence threatens
to ruin your day, here’s some
consolation: Banging your head
against the wall burns 150 calories
per hour. At least your frustration
will narrow your waistline.
Maybe it’s the stress, or maybe
it’s our love for fried, sugary
food, but 40% of all indigestion
remedies sold worldwide are
purchased within the U.S. Next
time, skip the Tums and have
We hate it when this happens:
You put in your $1.50, but that
candy bar or soda gets jammed
in the machine. Resist the urge
to shake it loose — in the last 20
years, toppling vending machines
have killed 37 people.