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Get over stress with six must-have remedies under $60

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If stress is causing you to clench your fists, it’s time to unwind with a handful of inexpensive remedies. Designed for all the senses, the following approaches will make you loosen your grip and feel zen again.

Wild at heart
Soothe your savage beast with some harmless destruction via the free downloadable games at http://desktop-games.en.softonic.com.

I feel your brain pain
Not only do Office Stress Reliever Toys break your tension, they help break the ice at business meetings. Imagine unloading a barrel of squeezable sticky brain stress toys onto a conference table prior to a brain-storming session. At just a buck a brain, the price is a no-brainer. To order, visit www.officeplayground.com.

Your cup runneth over
Drinking herbal tea can do wonders for your disposition, particularly ginseng tea which clears out mental exhaustion, reduces stress, and can even help you sleep. At less than $10, it’s as easy on the wallet as it is on the nerves. Check out the offerings at www.puritan.com and www.vitaminshoppe.com.

Keep your eyes on the prize
Based on the scientifically researched method of stress-proofing, The Big Book of Stress Relief Games: Quick, Fun Activities for Feeling Better helps alleviate high-pressure situations with 50 games and exercises compiled by Psychology Today Editor-In-Chief Robert Epstein. Both paperback and Kindle versions are less than $20 at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.

Sounds like teen spirit
While singing relieves stress, performing at a karaoke bar may cause some. That’s why the Singing Machine 4TV brings thousands of songs and the power of MP3+Graphics to your home. Compatible with your PC or Mac, this fun item can be had for $39.99 at Musician’s Friend and $49.99 at Toys R Us.

A sigh of relief
Breathing exercises with a breathing trainer help you to properly use your diaphragm which contracts and relaxes to pull air into and push air out of your lungs. Unfortunately most people do not fully use their diaphragm when breathing but proper breathing (otherwise known as stress relief breathing) can better oxygenate your body so you look and feel less stressed! Designed for individual use, the BPA-free Breathslim® Device is less than $50 and includes an instructional manual and DVD. To order, call 1-866-Slim Slim (754-6754).

Celebs weigh in on their looks

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“Some people are naturally thin, and some are heavier. There is a lot of focus on it, and it can be a lot of pressure for people. But honestly, I think as long as someone is healthy, that is most important.”- Jennifer Lopez

“I don’t think I got thin. I think I got health.” – Jennifer Aniston

“I’m not a waif-y girl and never will be. I think it’s healthy when fitness experts encourage fitness rather than getting a certain body shape.” – Sophia Bush

“I think it’s more important to be fit so that you can be healthy and enjoy activities than it is to have a good body.” – Rachel Blanchard

“I’m not going to say I’m a big girl. I’m a very small person, but I’m a healthy weight. That might be a little weird for Hollywood.” – Zooey Deschanel

“I believe that how you feel is very important to how you look – that healthy equals beautiful.” – Victoria Principal

“Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. If you have a healthy lifestyle, your diet and nutrition are set, and you’re working out, you’re going to feel good.” – Jason Statham

“I want to get old gracefully. I want to have good posture, I want to be healthy and be an example to my children.” – Sting

Actresses, actors, models and singers all agree a healthy look is a beautiful look so forget fad diets that wind up being counterproductive. There are many natural ways to get (and stay) in shape from eating right to exercising.

Getting more sleep and learning how to breathe from the diaphragm are additional habits that contribute to a healthy glow. The respiratory trainer Breathslim® can help improve your sleep and your breathing since this breathing trainer device applies metered aero-dynamic resistance to oxygenate the body in a safe and successful way. Just by adding 20-minute breathing exercises to your daily routine, you can look and feel like a star!

Oxygen Facials face off against Breathing Exercises

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Oxygen facials are all the rage since celebs from Joan Collins to Madonna (and even youthful Emma Stone) are reportedly using the beauty procedure instead of Botox.

In an effort to eliminate the appearance of aging, oxygen facials deliver oxygen, moisturizer, vitamins and antioxidants to the skin through an airbrush. Costing on average $200 a visit, the treatment instantly plumps and smooths the face without telltale red splotches. It also allows users to apply makeup immediately afterwards—something one cannot do after a traditional facial.

Yet since oxygen facials are not traditional, there lacks sufficient research to confirm its effectiveness. Some skeptics suggest the facials are only a temporary improvement while others question whether the nutrients used in the process will actually wind up irritating the skin.

One thing that is clinically proven is the fact that pure oxygen intake can make a person look and feel better. A safer and less expensive alternative to oxygen facials are breathing exercises with a respiratory trainer such as Breathslim® (which costs a quarter of one oxygen facial treatment and can be done in the privacy of your home).

The Breathslim® System is completely drug and chemical free as it uses just two natural elements: water and air. By utilizing the concept of resistance breathing, Breathing trainer oxygenates the body without the risk of allergies or other negative side effects.

If you do your breathing exercises for 20 minutes a day, you’re likely to appear more youthful. In addition to enhancing your skin, the method offers improved lung capacity, increased energy, stress reduction, and even weight loss!

Feeling Anxious? Take this Stress Test

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Stress is bad. It can lead to depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension and other deadly diseases. Just thinking about it is stressful—especially since the symptoms of stress are often mistaken as something else. That’s why The American Institute of Stress put the following list together. Now all you have to do is ask yourself if you suffer from:

1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain
2. Gritting, grinding teeth
3. Stuttering or stammering
4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands
5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
6. Light headedness, faintness, dizziness
7. Ringing, buzzing or popping sounds
8. Frequent blushing, sweating
9. Cold or sweaty hands, feet
10. Dry mouth, problems swallowing
11. Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores
12. Rashes, itching, hives, goose bumps
13. Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks
14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
15. Excess belching, flatulence
16. Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control
17. Difficulty breathing, frequent sighing
18. Sudden attacks of life threatening panic
19. Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse
20. Frequent urination
21. Diminished sexual desire or performance
22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
23. Increased anger, frustration, hostility
24. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings
25. Increased or decreased appetite
26. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams
27. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts
28. Trouble learning new information
29. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion
30. Difficulty in making decisions
31. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed
32. Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts
33. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness
34. Little interest in appearance, punctuality
35. Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping
36. Increased frustration, irritability, edginess
37. Overreaction to petty annoyances
38. Increased number of minor accidents
39. Obsessive or compulsive behavior
40. Reduced work efficiency or productivity
41. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work
42. Rapid or mumbled speech
43. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness
44. Problems in communication, sharing
45. Social withdrawal and isolation
46. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue
47. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs
48. Weight gain or loss without diet
49. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use
50. Excessive gambling or impulse buying

If you said yes to any of the 50 symptoms listed above, you can benefit from stress relief breathing, a technique that has become easier and more efficient with a lung expander, a respiratory trainer or breathing trainer such as Breathslim to increase your oxygen intake. These devices will train your body to optimize each breath all day long.

No matter how you improve your oxygen intake, stress relief exercises are medically sound and safe ways to improve your health. Do a little research and speak to your doctor about how to better oxygenate your body. The short amount of time you put in to this technique will be worth the end results.

Tired of being tired?

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If you’re tired of being tired, it’s time to muster all your energy to take action. First, make an appointment to see your doctor to find out if the fatigue you’re feeling is related to anemia, arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea or thyroid disease. If you do indeed suffer from one (or more) of these diseases, your physician will help you find the proper treatment. If you continue to feel fatigue after starting your new medication, tell your doctor. But if you find you do not suffer from these diseases and need no medication, you probably need to change your habits.

Sleep on this
Make sure you’re getting enough rest. That may sound obvious but breaking bad sleep habits is not as easy as it sounds, particularly for people who are genetically-predisposed to experiencing energy boosts at night. If this is you, then try to accommodate your natural cycle by arranging your schedule to allow for short naps (no longer than 30 minutes) during the day. Believe or not, a 10-minute nap can sufficiently boost energy.

Movers and shakers
You may feel like you’re too exhausted to exercise but shaking off the cobwebs and moving around (ie, exercising) will give your body more energy. Even walking or doing yoga for 20 minutes a day will increase energy, enhance sleep, and help you lose weight!

Weighing in
Being overweight can negatively affect sleep and make one tired. So, be sure to look at what you’re eating, how much you’re eating, and how often you eat. Studies show a diet rich in omega-3 oils will boost alertness. Whole grains and other complex carbohydrates are preferable to refined carbohydrates. And drinking lots of water combats dehydration which drains energy. Being gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian also helps. Lastly, reduce the size of your portions and—believe it or not—increase the frequently of your meals. Several small dishes a day can help steady your blood sugar level more effectively than three meals that are huge.

Just breathe
Humans burn fat as their main source of energy but as we age, our breathing becomes shallower and we receive less oxygen. This slows down metabolism and other functions of the body. To help maintain a normal oxygen balance, begin breathing exercises with Breathslim® for 20 minutes a day. The safe and affordable respiratory trainer tool helps increases oxygen intake which then burns more calories and fatty tissues. As a result, you’ll have the energy, strength and motivation to exercise more, sleep better, and live a healthier and more active life.

Yeowza! You Look Great: 6 simple tips to get in shape

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Now that winter and its doldrums are done, there’s no excuse not to get into better shape by incorporating a healthy, safe and easy routine. Simply follow the six steps listed below and by summer you’ll be saying, “Yeowza! I look and feel great!”

Y
Yoga can change the physical and mental frame of anyone at any level. Whether taking classes at the gym or watching an instructional DVD at home, choose a method that works for you from Hatha yoga and relaxation yoga to hot yoga and power yoga—or even prenatal yoga.

E
Eliminate temptation foods which are processed and high in calories, salt, sugar or carbs. You can’t break down and binge on fatty treats if they’re not in your reach.

O
Oxygen is the key to everything. You need it to live—and to lose weight. By taking just 20 minutes a day to practice breathing exercises, you can increase lung ventilation up to almost 100% and increase oxygen intake which helps burn fat. Breathslim® is a safe and effective respiratory trainer tool that utilizes the concept of resistance breathing. It applies metered aero-dynamic resistance to properly oxygenate your body. Best of all, you can adopt this affordable method in the privacy of your own home.

W
Water is essential. Not only does it have zero calories, it helps flush out excess water weight and jump-starts your metabolism. Plus, it’s refreshing—especially if you add a slice of cucumber, sprig of mint, or rind from a lemon or orange.

Z
Get your zzz’s. Research shows plenty of rest helps one’s metabolism. That’s why those who suffer from chronic sleep deprivation often gain weight. If you practice your breathing exercises with Breathslim® before you go to bed, it can help you sleep, so make sure you rearrange your schedule to allow for more zzz’s, even if it’s just 15 minutes to a half hour more a day—or rather, night.

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Alternative snacks will help you stay on the wagon. If you’re a sucker for ice cream, replace it with creamy Greek yogurt. Instead of reaching for oatmeal cookies, have a small bowl of oatmeal. Rather than eating fruit-flavored candy, why not just eat fruit. You’ll find it’s more filling and actually tastes better than processed treats. Plus, you’ll have more energy to boot.

If you follow this Y-E-O-W-Z-A list, you’re bound to have a spring in your step this spring—and for all the seasons to come.

Bartender, hit me with my usual…oxygen

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Since oxygen enhances wellness and vitality, it’s no surprise oxygen bars started springing up first in polluted downtown Tokyo and Beijing. Canada began opening oxygen bars in the mid-1990s, followed by the United States later in the decade. If you haven’t experienced one yet, it’s probably time you check with your physician and check out this list of oxygen bars across the country.

Boulder
An indoor fountain and overstuffed chairs add to the relaxed atmosphere of Colorado’s highly-rated Tonic Oxygen Bar on 2011 10th Street where guests can choose from a variety of scented air selections as well as herbal elixirs and bottled water. To learn more, call 303-544-0202.

Chicago
In addition to serving vegan dishes and selling natural beauty products and vitamins, Karyn’s Fresh Corner has an oxygen bar. After patrons enjoy a 20 minute session, they can pick up a few supplements on their way out of the establishment located on 738 N. Wells Street. For details, visit www.karynraw.com or call 312-587-1050.

Las Vegas
Just as its name suggests, guests at Reviv will feel revived once they select one of the wide range of hydration treatments, QuickFix oral vitamin treatment or Vitamin B12 energy shot. Founded by a group of emergency room physicians, Reviv is located on 3799 S. Las Vegas Boulevard.

Scottsdale
Arizona residents looking to increase stamina and endurance, improve sleeping patterns, filter toxins from the blood, and enhance hair and skin conditions, can head to Club R, International. For reservations, call 480-495-1054.

If there’s not an oxygen bar near you, then consider ordering the Breathslim® System. With Breathslim®, you bring the advantages of an oxygen bar to your home—and at a lower cost!

Something to sleep on: Five products that combat insomnia

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There’s nothing like a good night’s rest to feel invigorated and invincible. Unfortunately almost half of all Americans suffer from some level of sleep disorder. So instead of counting sheep, count on the following five products to help you out.

Sleeping beauty
To ensure a deep sleep, make sure your bedroom is draft-free, dark and soundproof with blackout roller shades (1) which can be mounted inside the window frame—or outside to block even more light. Unlike blackout curtains, roller shades have fewer surface areas to attract allergens and dust, which contribute to discomfort. Learn more at Elite, JC Penney and The Shade Store.

If you’re on the road and unable to darken your hotel room, check out the world’s largest collection of sleep masks (2) at Dream Essentials. Offering a wide selection of styles, colors and patterns, these masks let you look good while you’re sleeping and even better once you awake after a sound slumber.

Reading between the sheets
If you’re the type who falls asleep while reading, then reach for The Effortless Sleep Method: The Incredible New Cure for Insomnia and Chronic Sleep Problems (3) by former insomniac Sasha Stephens. The handy paperback provides a step-by-step sleep training program to undermine insomnia.

Holistically healthy
Unlike artificial sleep aids which suppress brain activity, natural herbal remedies such as HERBALmax’s Insomnia Formula helps relax the mind via organic herbs. All-natural and vegetarian-friendly, the product has no known side effects and does not cause dependency or drowsiness during the day.

If you’re skeptical about ingesting pills, another natural approach is the Breathslim® System (5) which is completely drug and chemical free. This breathing aid causes no negative side effects or allergies since it depends on only two elements: water and air. Practicing breathing exercises for 20 minutes a day with Breathslim® will improve lung capacity, elevate energy, reduce stress, oxygenate your body, and lead to a sounder sleep—not to mention helping to reduce snoring!