How to Use Positive Affirmations to Manage Stress


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Positive affirmations are a great tool to reprogram your unconscious mind from negative thinking to positive. The idea is to take positive statements of what you would like to see manifested and repeat them enough so that they’re part of your way of thinking and seeing the world. This operates in the same way that negative self-talk does, but in a way that benefits you. To come up with your own positive affirmations, use the following guidelines:

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How to Improve Self-Esteem With Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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People who struggle with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) often find themselves struggling with low self-esteem. They may have poor confidence in themselves or think they are worthless. This can be a harmful symptom of GAD with long-lasting implications. The following is a brief overview of self-esteem theory and some ideas on how you can improve your opinion of yourself. For more self-help for GAD, check out this article for some specific tips to reduce worrying.

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How Exercise Can Help You Beat an Addiction

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Most treatments for addiction involve some kind of “talk therapy” or counseling, and focus on helping the person with the addiction to figure out why they continue to engage in addictive behaviors, despite problems developing as a result, and more effective ways of managing the feelings that underlie addictive behaviors.

While these approaches to treatment are helpful to many people with addictions, some feel they need an approach that helps with the physical, as opposed to the mental or emotional aspects of addiction.

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How To Make A simple life: First Steps


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Have you ever felt that you need to cut out some of the stress in your life, exercise more, or change your diet? Or would you like to create more significant changes in your life like making a career shift or getting into (or out of) a relationship? Many people have things they’d like to change in their lives in the areas of stress reliefand wellness, and wonder how to make a life plan. We often don’t make these change because of inertia, lack of focus, or other factors; changing one’s life is often easier dreamed than done.

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Why Does My Body Ache?  

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When You Ache All Over

Muscle pain that affects a small part of your body is usually caused by overuse — sore arms from lifting boxes all day, for example. Or it could be a minor injury, like a bruised shoulder after a fall. But when you ache all over your body, it’s more likely caused by an infection, illness, or medicine you’ve taken.

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The Flu

When a flu virus hits, it brings on fever and congestion, and it can make your muscles ache, especially in your back, legs, and arms. It usually gets better on its own in a week or so, but call your doctor if it doesn’t. You also should see him if you have other health problems and you get the flu or you have a cough that doesn’t go away.

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This is when your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough of certain key hormones. It can cause muscle and joint aches, as well as swelling and tenderness. It can make you tired and lead to memory problems, thinning hair, dry skin, high cholesterol, slowed heart rate, and other issues. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to find out if you have it, and if so, drugs can help replace the missing hormones.

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Blood Flow Problem

If you have pain in your arms, legs, or both, your muscles may not be getting enough blood — a problem called claudication. At first, you may notice it only when you exercise, but in time, you might feel it when you sit or walk. This is usually caused by a condition called arteriosclerosis, which is when there’s blockage in the tubes that carry blood to your muscles.

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This is a kind of autoimmune disease — it causes your immune system, which normally helps protect your body, to attack your tissues and organs. When lupus affects your joints or muscles, it can make them stiff, and it can hurt to move. There’s no cure, but medication and certain exercises can help control your symptoms. Talk to your doctor about what would work best for you.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is also an autoimmune disease — it mainly affects your joints and can lead to bone loss. It can cause pain and inflammation all over your body, and your joints may swell into odd shapes. Medication and physical therapy can help with your symptoms, but there’s no cure. In some cases, you may need surgery to repair the affected joints.

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This autoimmune disease makes your muscles and joints ache and causes painful, itchy, red or purple rashes on your eyelids. It also makes spots on your knuckles, elbows, knees, and toes, can dry your skin, thin your hair, and cause swollen, irritated skin around your fingernails. It can be triggered by infection, drugs, or cancer. There’s no cure, but your doctor can help you manage your symptoms with drugs and physical therapy.

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This condition can cause pain in your joints and muscles as well as problems with sleep, mood, and memory. Scientists think it happens when your brain takes normal, mild pain signals and mistakenly makes them worse. It may be triggered by illness, surgery, or severe mental stress. Medicine can ease symptoms, and exercise and relaxation techniques like yoga may help, too.

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This happens when something — possibly a virus or a problem with your immune system — inflames muscles all over your body, especially in your belly, shoulders, upper arms, hips, and heart. Over time, your muscles can start to break down, and it might be hard to swallow or catch your breath. Your doctor may suggest drugs to ease inflammation or calm your immune system and physical therapy to help you regain muscle strength.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The main symptom of this condition is extreme tiredness (fatigue) that can’t be explained by anything else. It may get worse with exercise or mental strain, but rest doesn’t make it better. You also may have muscle pain, memory problems, sore throat, joint pain, and headaches, and you may not be able to sleep well. There’s no cure, but medication and physical therapy can help manage your symptoms.

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica

This quickly brings pain and stiffness in your shoulders, neck, upper arms, buttocks, hips, or thighs that can be worse in the morning. You also may have fever, fatigue, weight loss, depression, and no appetite. Doctors think certain genes can make you more likely to get it. Something in the environment, like a virus, also may play a part. Steroids can ease pain and inflammation, and your symptoms may go away, but the condition can return

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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Bacteria called R. rickettsii  cause it, and a tick bite is usually how you get it. Most of the symptoms are flu-like — fever, chills, headache, nausea, insomnia, and muscle aches. A rash that doesn’t itch can show up on your wrists and ankles after a few days, then spread. Antibiotics treat it, and the sooner you take them, the better. If not treated, it can lead to inflammation in your lungs, heart, and brain, then kidney failure.

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Lyme Disease

Bacteria from a tick bite also cause this. It can bring on fever, chills, tiredness, body aches, and a headache. Another sign is a “bull’s-eye” rash that’s clear in the middle and grows over a period of days — it can be up to 12 inches across. The rashes — there can be more than one — don’t necessarily show up near the bite. Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics, but some people still have aches and tiredness after finishing the drugs

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Drugs called statins are used to control high cholesterol, and about 30% of people who take them say they have muscle pain. If this is happening with you, talk to your doctor. She may be able to give you a different medication


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Ways We Learned to Live Verywell This Year

It’s been a whole year since we first launched Verywell—and what a year it has been! While our main goal has always been to provide you, our readers, with easy-to-understand and thorough health information so you can learn to live well, we realized that we’ve learned a lot while doing that, too.


You may also be wondering who we are behind the curtain, publishing and promoting the content you see daily. We’re just like you, always striving to live better and healthier. So, in celebration of our first birthday, here’s a list of our top takeaways from this past year—how we’ve learned to live Verywell. Happy birthday to us and to all of our loyal readers!


Enjoy Food but Make Informed Decisions About Diet & Nutrition

It’s not always easy to make healthy choices, especially when it comes to your diet. That’s why we created a handy calculator so that you can learn the nutrition information for any recipe within seconds. It’s so easy to use: You simply copy and paste your recipe’s ingredients to reveal a Nutrition Facts label for one serving.

Dozens of food and recipe creators have also been able to share nutrition details with their readers by embedding our labels on their sites. Of course, we won’t let this information stop us from eating the foods we love. Here, at Verywell HQ, it’s not about deprivation, it’s about making informed decisions.


Sneak in Quick & Easy Activities to Re-Energize the Workday

Here’s a tip for when you have a lot of work to do: Take a break. It may sound counterintuitive, but we learned that a short stretch of activity or a quick meditation session is refreshing and energizing.

A seven-minute workout, desk stretches, and team walk-and-talks have gotten us through multiple mid-afternoon slumps this year. Research shows that they may help keep your calorie balance in check too, so we recommend getting up and getting going.


Tackle Workplace Stress Head on to Promote a Team Environment

It’s no secret that the daily grind of a 9 to 5 can take a toll on your health. And making sure our readers are equipped with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive health information they need can sometimes be stressful.

We know how important it is to take steps to make sure our work environment is not only stress-free, but also inspiring and creative. With office yoga, quick massage sessions, and the occasional break to just have some fun and laugh, we manage to balance working in an often kinetic office environment with staying calm and focused on our goals as a team.


Focus on Small, Easily Maintained Steps for Year-Round Health

The New Year is always a great time to take a look at your health habits and try something new to improve them. Since our site is brimming with useful tips, we put together an easy-to-follow guide to starting 2017 off on the right foot (though this round-up’s just as useful if your resolutions may have already fallen to the wayside).

We love treating every day as an opportunity to take stock of what you’re doing to stay well so much that we keep the New Year spirit alive with our Daily Health Tips email. Sign up on our homepage and get our suggestions for living Verywell all 365 days.


Prioritize Sleep Even Though Everyone’s Needs Vary

You’ve probably heard that adults need about eight hours of sleep a night. It’s vital to your well-being—from your level of alertness to your immune system’s response to a cold. But the truth is sleep needs vary by individual. So, starting tonight, aim to get a good night’s rest—however many hours apply to you.

We know things can get in the way, which is why throughout the year we learned to observe anything that may cause trouble sleeping. We found practicing good “sleep hygiene” helps too!


Own Your Health by Staying Informed & Educated

Staying informed is one of the best ways to take control of your health. Whether you’re dealing with a specific condition or just looking to live a healthier lifestyle, educating yourself can help you better understand the steps you need to take.

Here at Verywell, we’re always looking for the best ways to educate our readers. Our newsletters provide a great way to stay up-to-date with fun and helpful health tips. Sign up today and never miss a chance to live Verywell!


Find Support at Any Stage on Your Health Journey

Navigating your way to a healthier life isn’t always easy. But we never want you to feel alone. That’s why we launched several new Facebook communities this year, where you can connect with others and share your own story:

You’ll be surprised at how much your can learn from (and inspire!) others along the way.


Equip Yourself With a Recipe Toolbox

Raise your hand if you’ve ever declared that you’ll start eating healthy as soon as healthy food starts tasting better or “when you find the time.” We’ve all been there, which is why we developed a brand new recipe portal to help you eat Verywell.

Whether you’re looking for something the whole family will enjoy, trying to satisfy that sweet tooth, or are navigating the dietary guidelines of a recently diagnosed condition, our library of healthy and tasty dietitian-crafted recipes has got all of your home-cooking needs covered. No excuses anymore—healthy cooking just got a whole lot easier and accessible.

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Natural Home Remedies To Get Rid of Diarrhea Fast

If there is one thing that people consider to be a big problem when they are outside the house, it is experiencing diarrhea. When people have diarrhea, they cannot concentrate on doing the tasks that they have to do. All that they can think about is the need to go to the bathroom and there are even times when the bathroom is not readily available.


It is possible that once in your life, you have also experienced having diarrhea too. Aside from the fact that it can be embarrassing in the beginning, the effects of this condition may be felt after some time. More often than not, people feel a bit dehydrated and weak after going to the bathroom countless times to let loose stools out.Sometimes diarrhea may be accompanied by symptoms like watery stools,frequent loose,fever,nausea,dehydration, bloatingand abdominal pain. Do you want to know how to get rid of diarrhea fast? Read on.

Get Rid of Diarrhea


First of all, have you ever wondered why you have gotten diarrhea? There are several reasons for this. Some of the reasons are the following:

  • Food Allergy – There are times when people eat food products that are not accepted by their body. The body’s tendency then is to release the food products as much as possible and this causes diarrhea.
  • Contaminated Water – Have you ever been to a new place and you have gotten diarrhea from drinking the water? Sometimes, the water does not need to be contaminated to cause diarrhea. It just has to be foreign and it can already make stools become a bit loose.
  • Intestinal Diseases – There are different types of intestinal diseases that people are suffering from right now. One of the most well known ones is IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Having an intestinal disease can result to having diarrhea quite often.

For people who are wondering how long diarrhea lasts, it usually depends on the person who is having it. If people would immediately seek out the home remedies that can be done to help cure diarrhea and the home remedies work, it is possible that it will not last that long.


1.Liquid Food Products

There are some people who may find this a bit weird because the stools that are coming out of the body are already in liquid form so how can the stools become harder with the intake of liquid food products? Do remember that liquid food can be absorbed by the body better so that the nutrients will not go to waste.

What You Need

  • Food Processor
  • Blender
  • Different Food Products
  • Soups


Do remember that for some of the items that are too solid, the food processor can be used to break down those items. If the food processor is not enough, the blender can also be used.

For people who do not want to fuss too much, making soups can be a good idea provided that the soup will have enough nutrients to keep people hydrated throughout the day.



A lot of people are aware that yogurt is usually sour but there are some who still get surprised in knowing that yogurt actually has good bacteria that can help get rid of diarrhea fast and effectively.

What You Need:

  • Yogurt
  • Banana (Other fruit)


Do remember that in purchasing the yogurt inside the store, it might be best to look for yogurt that is not pre flavored since this will work better against diarrhea. It can be mixed in with fruits like a banana to make it taste better.

Note: The intake of yogurt twice a day will help improve diarrhea effectively. Add a banana with your yogurt is also a good idea.

Read: 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Yogurt

3.BRAT Diet


There are some people who have heard about the BRAT diet but have never tried it in the past. If you have already tried this out before when you had diarrhea, what can you say about it? Do you think it actually works?

For those who do not know what BRAT is, it stands for Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. If you have not realized it yet, these are just the four things that you would need to include in your diet.

What You Need:

  • Banana
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Toast


What you can do is mix up small portions of each food product for each meal that you are going to take in. Do remember that it is okay if you mix in rice with soups so that it will have some taste.

Do avoid putting butter on your toast though because this might further aggravate your condition. Desserts are so much easier to eat because banana and apple sauce both taste good.

Note: Remember to always eat in small portions to not upset the stomach further.



While a lot of people know that ginger is used for some throat and voice problems, most are not aware that ginger can also be used for some stomach problems. Aside from diarrhea, it can also help alleviate cramps and abdominal pain.

What You Need:

  • Ginger
  • Grater
  • Honey


What you would need to do is first get a small piece of ginger. The ginger can then be grated until they are fine with a grater. Mix it in with a teaspoon of honey and eat the concoction.

Do remember that even if the taste may be a bit too strong for you.Avoid drinking water so that the good effects of the ginger will be felt more easily.

Note:For people who do not have strong ginger, powdered ginger can also be used but again, avoid having water after taking in a small portion of the powder.


A lot of people only know about peppermint as something that is used for different candies. There are times when peppermint can also be used to flavor different drinks. Peppermint is also a good ingredient to use to help relieve stomach problems.

What You Need:

  • Sprigs of Mint
  • Hot Water


The first thing that you need to do is make sure that the sprigs of mint that you are going to place are clean. You can then steep a few sprigs of mint with hot water for a few minutes. You can drink it when you feel that the water is not hot enough anymore to burn your tongue.

6.Fenugreek Seeds

The main reason why Fenugreek seeds is known to be a good item to use to help get rid of diarrhea is because of the fact that it has high mucilage content. For those who do not know what this is, mucilage has some components that can stop the bad effects of diarrhea immediately.

What You Need:

  • Fenugreek Seeds
  • Yogurt
  • Cumin Seeds


It is possible to chew on the fenugreek seeds alone if the other ingredients are not available but to make the effect better; it is possible to mix in a teaspoon of yogurt with the fenugreek seeds. Add a little bit of cumin seeds too to help improve its overall taste.

Warning: Do remember that this mixture has to be taken three times a day for instant relief from diarrhea.

Recommended Reading: Why Does Drinking Alcohol May Cause Diarrhea?

7.Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Tea

Although all types of tea are known to have possible effects on the body, one tea that is used particularly to help relieve the pains caused about by diarrhea is chamomile tea. The great thing about this tea is that it soothes the aggravated parts of the digestive system so that diarrhea can be stopped at the soonest possible time.

What You Need:

  • Chamomile Tea
  • Lemon
  • Clean Water


Brew the chamomile tea with hot water for a few minutes. In order to make the taste of the chamomile tea better, add some fresh lemon juice.

Alternately, if you are not a fan of placing lemon juice on your chamomile tea, you may want to drink lemon water instead. This will also help relieve the pains brought about by diarrhea.

Read: 18 Amazing Benefits of Chamomile Tea for Your Health

8.Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Checking out home remedies will always lead people to apple cider vinegar. This is known to have a lot of good properties that you can use to help cure the different problems that you are experiencing with your body. Right now, apple cider vinegar can be used to help cure diarrhea. It fights the bacteria that is possibly causing the problem.

What You Need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • A Glass of Water


You may want to take in the apple cider vinegar on a teaspoon first before following it up with a glass of water or if you do not like the taste of apple cider vinegar that much, you may also choose to mix in one teaspoon of the apple cider vinegar on the glass of water and drink it straight.

Note:You would have to do this twice a day until such time when your condition is better.

9.White Rice

There are some people who avoid eating white rice like plague because it does not have a very distinct taste. It can be very good with other food products but when having diarrhea, mixing it in with other food might not be that wise.

What You Need:

  • Plain White Rice


The main reason why eating plain white rice can be effective is probably because the rice can help the stools become harder. Eat the white rice without any other sauce or other spices to make sure that there will be no problems later on.

Note: As the diarrhea improves, try eating more and more plain, white rice.

10.Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup

Carrot has been contributed to keeping eye sight clear and perfect but aside from that, carrots also have other good properties that can be beneficial for a lot of people.

Carrots are not only known to help Diarrhea become cured faster, it also brings a lot of good nutrients that the body needs in order to recover faster from the disease.

What You Need:

  • Carrots
  • A Half Cup of Water
  • Salt


There is a need for the carrots to be cooked in a half cup of water for a few minutes or so. While cooking the carrots, place a little bit of salt to make the soup taste better.

Note:This would have to be taken for a few days even after the diarrhea to make the effect better.

11.Clear Liquids

There are times when people tend to forget how that drinking water is essential during the onset of diarrhea. People who are not feeling anything are recommended to drink about 8 glasses of water a day and those who are suffering from diarrhea would have to take about 10 glasses of water a day to ensure that dehydration will not take place.

What You Need:

  • Water
  • Other Clear Liquids


For people who are not into drinking water that much, other clear liquids may come in the form of soups and broths that can be done right at home.

Warning:Do remember to add healthy ingredients to help relieve and not aggravate the symptoms brought about by diarrhea.

12.Black Seed Oil

Black Seed Oil

There are times when black seed oil is being used to treat other digestive problems. It is not a surprise then that it is also something that can be used to help relieve diarrhea.

What You Need:

  • Black Seed Oil
  • Plain Yogurt


What you would have to do is to mix in a small amount of the black seed oil with one whole cup of unflavored yogurt. Do remember that they would have to be mixed in thoroughly.

Note:This would have to be taken twice a day until the symptoms of diarrhea subsides greatly.



It has already been mentioned earlier, that bananas are also mixed in with other components to help relieve stomach problems including diarrhea. If you do not have any of the items mentioned above, eating a banana can also help because it has a high pectin content that can help stop diarrhea.

What You Need

  • Banana


You can eat banana alone as a snack or you can also mix it in with other ingredients such as plain yogurt or sometimes nuts. Do remember that the banana has to be ripe to reap its full effects.

Warning:An unripe banana may cause some problems with the digestive system.

14.Avoid Anything Dairy

There are a lot of people who love dairy food products such as milk, butter and cheese but even though these things taste good, they may have to be avoided during the onset of diarrhea because they might further aggravate people’s condition. This should be avoided further by people who are suffering from lactose intolerance.

What to Avoid:

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Other Dairy Products

Note:Dairy products can be taken again after the stomach has settled down and problems with diarrhea have already disappeared.



This is probably the main thing that people would have to do in order to get cured from diarrhea but because of people’s busy lives, they sometimes forget how to do this. If you would ask a lot of people right now how many hours of sleep they usually get, a lot of people would say that they are not getting enough sleep. Not having enough rest makes the body more susceptible to problems and conditions that might weaken the body overall. Resting is always necessary especially when suffering from diarrhea.

What You Need:

  • A Comfortable Place to Stay In

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