It's difficult to keep your life in balance with so much going on around you. Who has time to be a sex kitten of a wife when you're auditioning for world's best mom, employee of the month and domestic goddess extraordinaire? (Forget keeping yourself happy, manicured and in shape.) Here are five tricks I've discovered to help me keep more balance in my life and give more attention to the things that matter most.
When two people start a relationship, their joy is shared by friends, parents—and microorganisms. Those lucky little germs that once only had one person to invade now have a second body to consider home. You don't have much choice about accepting these new residents—there's plenty of evidence out there that shows when one person in a relationship is sick, the other is going to be fully exposed to his or her germs. If your immune system isn't up to the task of fighting off the microscopic enemies, you and your partner can help it out by taking some fairly easy steps to boost its chances.
The medical community has long debated the extent to which the power of touch, even the power of presence, can help someone recover. They've noted that in Gabrielle Giffords' case, the consistent support of her love ones has ostensibly contributed to her consistent progression toward recovery. It's difficult to measure how much love, interaction, and encouragement is needed to summon someone from the brink of death. There isn't a standard dosage of emotional support required for countering physical injuries and health problems. People can't even handle medication the same way, let alone subjective experiences like love and familiarity. At the same time, countless studies have shown that love and intimacy can improve your health. Here's how.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Ghandi Although our nutrition is of the utmost importance, taking care of your mind and your spiritual needs can be even more important. If you are not taking care of your mind and spirit, you will undue all of the good you are doing while focusing on your body and nutritional needs. We are holistic. The core of the word holistic is holy. Holistic means whole, mind, body and spirit.
Everybody's favorite sexpert, Dr. Ruth (or Ruth Westheimer, Ph.D, if you're curious about her full name) is out with a new book, "Top Ten Secrets for Great Sex: How to Enjoy It, Share It and Love It Each and Every Time." In an interview with AOL Health, she reveals a few of her secrets and answers to some of her most frequently asked sex and relationship questions.
"Love they neighbor, as thy self", one of the Ten Commandments, tells us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and yet, loving ourselves is rarely anything we're taught. The concept of loving myself, let alone my body, was never part of my early learning. In fact, I was taught to cover my body, and even be ashamed of it. What are the messages you received from family, teachers, religious leaders, magazines and movies about your body as you were growing up? Teen years can be especially difficult with all the hormonal and physical changes fueling
Every couple needs to change up their sexual routine every now and again so it doesn't become just that -- a routine. Sexual experimentation is key for keeping a long-term relationship fresh, fun and fulfilling. Opening up about your desires can also bring you and your partner closer together. "Experimenting with each other requires a willingness to be vulnerable, which improves intimacy," says Mort Fertel, a Baltimore marriage counselor and creator of the Marriage Fitness Program.
Remember when Gwyneth Paltrow said that stuff about Americans being immature, conservative and work-obsessed? Well, a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology finds that there may be some truth to these observations when it comes to Americans' attitudes toward sex.
Physical appearance will always be a hot topic. It's the first thing we notice when evaluating a potential match, or anyone for that matter. We all know that these days the somewhat stereotypical ideal body type is that of a super-slim celeb. We snap up gym memberships, try tons of fad diets and take weight loss supplements to obtain that amazing physique. It's pretty indisputable; for most of us, appearance is important. At least to a certain extent. We had to wonder, though. Exactly how much does weight matter in the dating game? We took to our Facebook page to ask YourTango users their thoughts on this question: "When it comes to dating, does weight matter?"
Data suggests that one in three American marriages is sex-starved, and a quick web search reveals enough books on the subject to comprise an entire genre. To learn more about this widespread relationship-killer, we talked to Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW, author of The Sex-Starved Marriage and founder of DivorceBusting.com, about the causes and effects of the sex-starved marriage, as well as how to get your intimate life -- and your marriage -- back on track.
For many women, the area "down there" is a bit of a mystery, and a big reason is that our most personal questions can be hard -- or just too embarrassing -- to ask our doctors. In her new book, Ask Dr. Marie: Straight Talk & Reassuring Answers to Your Most Private Questions, Marie Savard, M.D., ABC News Medical Contributor, explains what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to women's health. Read the excerpt below to see Dr. Marie’s answers to the private questions you've always wanted to ask.
Viewers were shocked by the latest guest on The Tyra Show. On Friday, 29-year-old Lauren Williams announced on the show that she had been born with two vaginas, drawing gasps of dismay from the audience. No less startling to many women watching the show was Williams' confession that the condition seems to give her two menstrual cycles, as she says her periods last 21 days. In addition to two vaginas—which she has since had surgery to merge into one—the young English woman also has two cervixes and two uteruses.
There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the psychological effects of divorce on children. Now, researchers warn of medical repercussions, as a study conducted at the University of Toronto suggests that the children of divorced parents are at higher risk for a stroke.
Ladies, if you're wondering why your sex life isn't as thrilling as you would like it to be, forget about picking up tips on how to wow his world from some self-help book or women's magazine. The answer may be as simple as shaping up the right muscles. "When it comes to great sex, preparing for a little fun in the bedroom isn't any different than what athletes go through to prepare for their sport," says Marta Montenegro, exercise physiologist and creator of the Montenegro Method. "You need the right amount of strength, power, flexibility, agility and stamina to perform at your best, which is why a well-designed exercise program is crucial."
Want less pain in your life? Fall in love. A new study has scientists talking, and for once, their suggestions might be fun to follow. As TheScientist reports, a recent study suggests that romantic love actually functions as a painkiller. Researchers discovered that the goo-goo-ga-ga feeling associated with new love actually activates your brain's dopamine centers. These centers are also influenced by illicit drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines, which may explain the phrase "addicted to love".