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Tips For Improving Health This Spring

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With the arrival of spring, it is time to get back to a healthier you. If you make a few simple changes in your daily routine, it is possible to see dramatic results. A good start is to evaluate your eating habits, get your annual physical, walk instead of driving short distances and exercise more in general. 

Spring Eats 
Nice weather means that it is time to stop buying comfort food and focus on healthier eating habits. Most people put on at least several pounds over the winter months. This is quite easy to do given the relative state of hibernation everyone incurs during the colder months. As you work to make healthier eating choices in the spring, try to focus on seasonal foods. These have the most nutrients and best flavors. Plus, as an added bonus, seasonal food is less expensive. When you eat out, head to the patio and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. It will make it easier to choose salads and lean proteins over heavier, fatty dishes. 

Annual CheckUp 
Just like a car, your body needs a tune up each year. Why not do it each spring? An annual physical should be an essential part of your preventative health care strategy. By completing an annual checkup, you can stop minor problems from becoming significant and scary problems that will disrupt your life on a massive scale both personally and financially. It is just a wise step to take. And be sure to get yourself tested for everything, including STDs

One Step at a Time 
You may have fallen out of your exercise routine during the winter as the weather has been less enjoyable. Or perhaps it is time to establish an exercise routine. Do not fret. A simple walk or bike ride to the supermarket will give you the vitamin D you require to boost your mood and it will help burn the calories you have built up over the winter. Try to walk more to places that are less than a mile away. You will save money on gas and improve your health tremendously. It will also help you feel better overall and help you sleep more soundly.

Other Essentials 

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Do not forget the importance of sleep and water. By drinking plenty of water throughout the day, it will help you determine whether you are full or just thirsty. Many times, when you think you are hungry you are actually thirsty or even slightly dehydrated. It is a great idea to always bring a refillable water bottle with you everywhere you go. A lot of public places have water fountains specifically designed to refill water bottles. And sleep is critical to your health, mood and overall ability to function in life. Eliminate screens from your bedroom and you are off to an amazing start. 

This spring, it is time to restart your health routine. Be sure to eat right, exercise, get to the doctor, drink plenty of water and sleep enough. At the end of the day, as long as you treat your body right it should treat you right.


Thanks to Author:  Paige Jirsa- Who works with Top10.Today, a shopping comparison site, where we strive to help consumers find the best quality and priced products.

Fairy Travels

Ultimate Guide To Goa With Children

Who doesn’t love enjoying a serene sight of sunset sitting on the beach, or indulging in some amazing water sports, or wandering in the vibrant flea markets? Well, then you need to be in Goa! This is the place that will help you bond with your family and friends. This small city has a variety of amusement activities in store for kids as well.  The city always acts as refreshment when one spends time with their children away from home. If you want to go on a trip with your kids for relaxation and excitement, then Goa is an ideal place where you need to rush.

Best time to visit Goa with kids

The best time to visit Goa is during the onset of autumn or during the spring season, that is, in the month of October and November till February. This is the most pleasant time to visit beaches and monuments of the city. Seaside always has a calm and serene climate during later half of the year, and it is too difficult to stay under the scorching sun between the months of March and June.

 

The monsoon season is not really safe to visit a seaside because of the heavy downpour and thunderstorm hitting the seashore. However, you can still enjoy your rainy season in Goa with your kids and let them experience the beauty of nature. So, it is preferable to visit Goa during autumn or spring or during the winter season.

Tips for visiting Goa with kids

Most of them believe that Goa is a romantic destination. But you must be clear about the fact that this place has something special to offer for each and every individual.

  • It is not just a place with great beaches but there are many museums, monuments, and forts where you can take your kids and let them gain knowledge about history and architecture.
  • Here your little ones can also enjoy water sports such as scuba-diving, para-sailing, boat ride, and much more.
  • Do not forget to taste the yummy fresh seafood of Goa.

What to pack for kids traveling in Goa?


Most of the things you need are available in the local markets of Goa. However, travelling should always be done in a prepared way. Some important things you must remember to take when you are in Goa with your children are: –

  •    A few essential things that you must carry are a hat, a good mosquito repellent and sun-screen. These are must when you are going for trekking or such adventurous activities.
  •    Next comes the first-aid kit that include Paracetamol, cream that prevents rash caused by the heat, band aids, cotton, and Dettol. 
  •    If you have a really small kid, then you must keep a baby carrier that makes you roam around conveniently.
  •    It is very important to carry all your documents with you when you are going on a trip. Identity proofs, photo ids, and emergency contact numbers are a must. Also, see that your kids carry a notepad or a paper with all phone numbers and hotel address on it.
  •    Do carry cash as well as plastic money with you when you are travelling. That is because some vendors will want you to pay cash while others would be okay with plastic money which are debit and credit cards.

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Eclectic Edinburgh — 10 travel tips

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For many visitors, Edinburgh is Britain’s most beautiful city and one of the most scenic capitals in the world.  With an elegant Neoclassical New Town and historic Old Town crowned by a castle perched atop a volcanic rock, it’s no wonder it impresses.  But away from the picture-postcard sights, Edinburgh’s a diverse city with working-class traditions which have fueled and enriched its cultural output and reputation.  If you’re ready for an eclectic Edinburgh tour, here are 10 travel tips.

Trainspotting walking tour

A Trainspotting walking tour with Brit Movie Tours takes you to the real-life filming locations of the cult film in areas like Leith, which are slightly off the typical tourist track. You’ll also learn vital insights about the seminal Irvine Welsh novel that started it all.

Hibernian FC

Known as ‘Hibs’ or ‘the Hibees’ to fans, Hibernian FC are Irvine Welsh’s favourite football team and feature heavily in all of his literature. Catch a game while you’re there and soak up the atmosphere.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is located in Corstorphine, just outside the city centre and it’s home to the UK’s only giant pandas, as well as countless other cool creatures. Well worth a visit.

The Bongo Club

You’ll find The Bongo Club in the city centre’s Cowgate — a cultural hub with live music and comedy venues aplenty. If you want to groove to roots reggae music, Estonian hip-hop or UK Garage, this is the place to get down.

Brew School

Most Scots enjoy their beer, and if you like a tipple too, an Innis & Gunn Brew School session allows you to pick up pro tips from master brewer’s and take home a five litre mini keg of a beer you’ve created yourself.

Scottish Rugby Union

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Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium is the home of Scotland’s national rugby union team and local side Edinburgh Rugby.  Find tickets at scottishrugby.org and take in a game while you’re in town.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of the world’s most dramatic and it dominates the city skyline. It’s worth paying for an official tour to learn all about its fascinating history. And if you’re there at lunchtime and hear a loud bang, don’t panic — it’s probably the famous one o’clock gun going off. 

The Scottish Parliament

In Scotland, certain political powers are devolved from the UK parliament at Westminster, so Scottish lawmakers meet and debate legislation at The Scottish Parliament in Holyrood. It’s a marvel of modern architecture that resembles a series of upturned boats.

Edinburgh Trams

The modern Edinburgh tram system is one of the best ways to get around the city and the line extends out as far as the international airport. Book tickets ahead of time on their website.

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh is Scotland’s biggest and busiest air hub, with daily flights to countless domestic and international locations. You’ll find Edinburgh airport parking from Looking4.com, popular restaurants like YO! Sushi and boutiques like Michael Kors.

Still looking for more? The Crazy Tourist has a brilliant list of some other tourist hot spots in this wonderful friendly city.

That’s our list! Share your own Edinburgh travel tips in the comments section.

 

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Mamma Musings

Why Is There a Lack of Libido in Your Relationship?

When you become a parent, you may have noticed that both yourself and your partner are lacking in passion, which was perhaps never the case before your child was born. A lack of intimacy can severely impact relationships, but you may not be aware of the cause behind the issue.

Lack of libido affects more than one in five men and an even higher percentage of women. Therefore, it’s a fairly common problem in many relationships. If you’re concerned about either your own or your partner’s libido, it would be worth seeking the help of a professional who could give you the advice you need to get your intimate relationship back on track. Here are some of the most common reasons:

Relationship problems

You may have never considered that your relationship was in any kind of trouble, but if you feel as though you don’t want to be intimate with your other half due to a gradual lack of attraction, then this is often difficult to fix. There may be a vast number of other reasons why your relationship is having difficulties; such as lack of trust, friction with both careers and diverse parenting methods.
You may be in a long-term relationship which has changed dynamically over the years – perhaps you now see your partner in a friendly manner rather than romantically. Likewise, you may have been sleeping in separate beds since your child has been born which can affect your intimacy levels.

Hormones

Less commonly, hormones can cause a lack of interest in sex. Conditions such as hyperprolactinemia can have a negative effect on your sex drive; in which there is a raised level of a substance called prolactin within the blood. Another hormonal problem is suffering from an underactive thyroid. Hormone issues are most commonly associated with women rather than men, meaning that male needs are often overlooked in society when it comes to lack of libido. Ehormones MD offers an HGH therapy clinic, providing human growth hormone injections to reinstall the necessary hormones in the body and help reinforce passion back into your relationship.

Stress and exhaustion

As a parent, you are no stranger to the immense responsibility that comes with taking care of your child, maintaining the home and keeping on top of your work and social relationships. Feeling stressed and overtired can take its toll on your happiness and can even cause a real lack of interest in the things you once loved to do. In these cases, it would be best to speak to your GP on how to move forward; either by taking medication or seeking therapy.

Contraception

Since having your child, you may have started on contraception until you’re ready to conceive again, but with this, often comes the side effect of having a severe lack of interest in intimacy. Be assured that this usually only happens when you are on a new contraceptive method and should start to improve over a few months.

 

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Reviews for Mama & Babas

HEXBUG Lil’ Nature Babies Panda Bear Lin

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Lin The Panda Bear

We have been fans of  the HEXBUG brand in this house for some time and therefore always more than willing to test drive some of their new offerings. This little cutie landed through the front door recently. My 3 year old claimed it and this review is mostly his thoughts.  The almost 7 years old wasn’t quite so keen so in terms of age I can see the appeal really for the 3-6 ages.

The premise of this toy is to teach kids  about their favourite endangered animals.  We received Lin the panda bear to review and the product contained Lin and its Bamboo home environment. The panda itself  is interactive in that when you press a sensory zone, the panda makes playful noises, the panda also responds to movement and touch. I kind of thought I would react to its enviroment but it doesn’t seem to aside from the snoring when its asleep (!).

Some interesting facts that we did learn from this product were:

  • Pandas are located in the Yangtze basin in the heart of China

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    Lin The Panda Bear

  • They can eat ip to 26-48 pounds on bamboo everyday
  • An fully grown panda can weigh 330lbs

This products heart is in the right place in that it teaches kids  about endangered species.  At around €15 its not cheap for its functionality so not quite pocket money not quite collectable. However that being said the almost 4 year old really loves caring for things, teddies, doll etc and Lin now sits pride of place next to his bed where he gently rocks it to sleep before he sleeps himself. Adorable!

For information and to see others in the collection see HEXBUG

Note: We were sent the product for review, however all opinion mine or the kids where appropriate.
Fairy Travels

Ultimate guide to visiting Chiang Mai with kids

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Mai is truly an exciting destination with kids. The region is filled with amazing landscapes and picturesque surrounding sights. This is a great spot to be at for all the adventurous families who love being outdoors and with nature.  Thailand’s northern capital makes for a great family travel destination. Moreover, if you want to make the most of your trip, look for Chiang Mai tours to explore the city and its attractions. With a local expert guide, you can be sure that you are heading for the best tourism offerings and are enjoying the best things to do in Chia.

Here is a brief but comprehensive guide on Chiang Mai with kids.

When to go to Chiang Mai

The right time to visit the city with kids is between October and April as the weather is just perfect. However, it is also the peak tourist season, so if you are looking for a peaceful holiday away from the crowds, you can plan accordingly and visit the city when it is at its vibrant best. As the airport is small and not far from the city, it is very easy convenient.

Accommodations and getting around
Although one can find several options for, when traveling with children, look for safer areas. There are plenty of Chiang Mai hotels that are both safe and comfortable for the kids and are located close to the major attractions. Although Chiang Mai is stroller friendly, there are some uneven areas and paths, so you should be careful when moving around with children or toddlers.

What to do and see
There is plenty to do and see in the Chiang Mai that is well known for its friendly people and remarkable scenery. The whole family can enjoy a relaxed cultural experience as they explore the city.  Here are some of the best activities to enjoy in Chiang Mai with your kids.

  • Keep Chiang Mai Zoo at the top of the list as there is loads of interactive fun for the kids here. Enjoy looking at different animals at those exhibits. Your children will love feeding the giraffe and watch the snorting hippos.

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  • Kids love ziplining and when in Chiang Mai, it is highly recommended as you get to see the natural beauty and scenic waterfalls from above the treetops.
  • As all children love elephants, you must take them to Elephant Nature Park that is a safe home to the gentle giants as well as dogs, cats, buffaloes and other animals.
  • Sign up for a Thai cooking class and spend quality time together. Enjoy the whole experience as the whole family bods together.
  • The whole family will simply love the Night Safari that comprises of night safari trips, nature walks, and a mini zoo. Do not miss the chance to see those nocturnal predators!
  • Catmosphere cat café in Chiang Mai is another fun place for the whole family. You will love this unusual coffee shop that is filled with cats of all colors and sizes. You can even play with them.
  • Where else will you find the chance to chat with a monk?  Encourage the children to ask questions, and it sure is a great family activity.
  • Visit the Sand Handicraft Village that abounds with silk, silverware and gem showrooms. You can join the papermaking class or see how the Saa Paper Umbrellas are made.
  • Combine fun with exercise and go for a bike tour with your children and you can take them to the candy factory for more fun and excitement.
  • Huay Kaew Waterfall is another spot you must add to your list as it takes a short scenic walk to reach those beautiful shallow waterfalls. It is a great place to cool down and enjoy a picnic.

Where to shop and eat

Shopping and eating are an essential part of any holiday, and when it comes to kids, you need to be a bit careful. Thankfully, Chiang Mai boasts of many excellent restaurants that serve kid-friendly menus such as Lemon Tree, Burmese Food and Library, Free Bird Café and more. The attentive staff is warm and welcoming towards children and serves fantastic food with an extensive range of choices. Some of the most popular spots for shopping in Chiang Mai with kids include Warorot Market, Saturday Night Market, Kham Tiang Flower Market, and Chiang Mai Malls & Shopping Centers.

For more on Thailand see our Bangkok trip here

 

 

Home & Interiors

How to create a vintage vibe in your house

Over the last number of years we have undertaken some seriously extensive renovation work on our home.  While pouring over articles on interiors one trend kept popping up time and time again….the vintage theme.  This trend has really stuck around over the last number of years and its really easy to see why.  More and more we are seeing the mixing of high street with high end to create the perfect vintage vibe. Some tips I have gleaned from my research are below:

  • One of the first things I learned and come up many times in my research was that “vintage” and “old” are not the same thing!!

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  • Mix and match! By mixing new with re-purposed goods you can add that extra dept to the project. For example these gorgeous glass wall lights from Cox & Cox give that vintage feel and when paired with for example some vintage furniture, it would really compliment the look
  • Be realistic with the old products you buy. If something requires an inordinate amount of work carefully consider whether its the project for you especially if you are DIY challenged like me
  • Simple, simple, simple, as tempting as it is to include every vintage style piece, ornament etc be clever with what you use in the space.  I love the look of a couple of cool statement vintage furniture pieces which do the talking for themselves paired with some minimal ornaments and modern pieces for that added depth.
  • Carefully consider the floor covering, look for features that will help to make your flooring last such as a product that is stain or scratch resistant, that has clean sharp line and wont detract from the furniture which is the feature piece of the room.  Ideal option is a floor covering such as a resin floor.  Particularly in a family house, will hopefully increase its longevity and ultimately add to that vintage vibe, making the floor the ideal back drop to showcase that vintage inspired room.
  • Those more in the know that me suggest adding plants works well in a vintage themed room.
  • Avoid the twee accessories – bunting im looking at you!! You want to create nostalgic feeling.
  • Include your own personality, I really feel that is critical

If anybody has  more ideas id love to hear them. While im no DIY expert I really do think this interior trend is not going anywhere soon.

 

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Fairy Travels

Top Tips When Travelling by Car With Children

With the rising costs of airfares and package holidays, and the increasing time it takes to get through security at the airports, more and more families are deciding to travel by car for their holidays.  Families are electing to take more road trips, both within the UK and Ireland, and wider afield in Europe. To make your journey easier here are some top tips to remember while travelling by car with children.

Most of us with young children are returning to the days we grew up in, where our holidays consisted of our parents packing up the car with us, bags and other essentials, and setting off to travel within our home country. My parents couldn’t afford holidays abroad, so we often travelled to other counties of Ireland for our summer holiday. I fondly remember a hot week in June spent in Salthill in Galway when I was 15. I also remember the windy beaches of Tralee in County Kerry when I was around 12. There were also regular camping trips to Brittas Bay or Courtown, two seaside towns on the east coast of Ireland. And getting there was a road trip.

As a family we’ve been travelling by car with our son since he was four months old. The first long trip was to Ireland via the ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare. And since our epic two-week USA road trip in 2017, we’ve become huge fans of travelling by car with our son. You can move from place to place and see much more of a country than just holidaying in one spot for a week or two. This is a huge advantage to road trips that we’ve come to love.

But, how can you beat the age-old question “Are we there yet?”, uttered by little people in the back. Well, here are some top tips to help your car holiday go a lot easier with the kids in tow.

Top tips when travelling by car with children  

1 Decide what time of the day suits your kids for travelling.

You need to decide if your kids do better in the early morning or evening hours for travelling? You know your kids better than anyone, so this is really your choice. Some people elect to travel at night when the kids are bound to be asleep. However, you need to ensure who ever is driving isn’t too tired behind the wheel. Others, like us, prefer to travel during the day, taking in the scenery and sharing the driving between the two of us. Whichever is best for your kids, plan your travel to match. For us, leaving early in the morning is best and our son will nap in the car is he gets tired. I’d also prefer us to sleep in a bed and get a proper night’s sleep than try and catch the zzz’s in the car.

2 Don’t leave home without the snacks and drinks.

Make sure to pack some snacks and drinks for everyone in the car. Yes, you might be able to stop along the way, but snacks can calm hangry children and they can also fill a gap if there is a way to go before your next stopping opportunity. Drinks are also essentials, particularly if you are driving during the summer on a hot day.

Stock the car with water or juices and bring snacks consisting of fruit, cereal bars, biscuits, crackers, crisps and even some homemade sandwiches. Keep them handy so you can pass them over without having to stop the car to fish them out of the boot.

3 Bring some entertainment.

Bring some colouring books and crayons or pencils, sticker books, travels games and even electronic devices like Gameboys and tablets. And let the kids use them if necessary. You could even bring personal DVD players and use a mounting brace to mount them to the back of the front seat headrests. Just remember individual headphones if you’ve got more than one child so that you don’t end up with a volume war.

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 I’d also recommend ensuring you have some music that the kids like in the car. We’ve created a playlist on our Spotify account for our son with his favourite songs and we add to it from time to time. This can be a sure-fire way of keeping him entertained for a while in the car.  And you don’t have to limit yourself to this type of entertainment. Playing I-Spy or other games can be fun. We even created a game in America called “Spot the Mack truck” shouting out “Mack” every time we saw a truck that looked like Mack from Disney’s Cars. And a pair of toy binoculars provided hours of entertainment for our son in Yellowstone National Park.

4 Pack an overnight bag and keep it handy.

If you have an overnight stop somewhere, or are only staying a few nights in one location, why not pack a 3-day bag with 3 days’ worth of clothes for everyone in it, rather than packing one individual suitcase for each person. Use colour coordinated packing cubes for each member of the family so every knows where their clothes are.

This is much easier than hauling 3 or more suitcases into a hotel or AirBnB every night or two. You can do this for a road trip that consists of several short stops along the way. It will mean you take one suitcase of clothes in every three days. Keep your family toiletries in one large clear bag so it can be brought in with your one bag.

We did this during our road trip in Central Portugal at the end of the summer. We were stopping at three different locations for either two or three nights each and I packed one 3-day bag for our first stop, rotated clothes for the second stop and then we brought everything into our last location’s accommodation as the car was parked in a shared carpark and away from our accommodation. It made it much easier when it came to empty the car with a boisterous four-year-old in tow.

 

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Family friendly places to visit in Penang

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Are you thinking of holidaying in Penang with family? Well, you are indeed just on the right track! After all, this Malaysian island is just perfect for families, and one can indeed look forward to a memorable holiday with their children. Start planning the trip and take advantage of Hard Rock Hotel Penang online booking for the most comfortable and affordable accommodations.

Penang boasts of several family-friendly tourist attractions, and there is something for everyone here. You can spend precious moments with your family as you enjoy exploring those museums, swimming pools, parks, and temples. The tropical state of Malaysia has loads of beach-side resort towns. You can book the best hotels in Penang for your family for a memorable stay and experience. Enjoy world-class facilities in the leading accommodation in Penang.

Here are some of the most popular sites and locations for families holidaying in Penang.

  • This indoor playground of Adventure Zone– The fabulous Adventure Zone at the Golden Sands Resort is a big hit among families with children.  Enjoy those fabulous and fast drop slides with your kids. There is even a specialized play area for the toddlers. Just explore the attractions, and you can even play hide and seek here.

  • Train to Penang Hill– If you are looking for a cool and calm escape from the hot city and its crowds, just make your way to the 18th-century style station. Hop on the train to Penang Hill that will take you the hill, and you can already feel the fresher breeze. Enjoy those fantastic views of Penang Bridge and Georgetown.

  • Penang Butterfly Farm in Entopia- You must visit this lovely spot near Batu Ferringhi where the butterfly farm displays hundreds and thousands of butterflies. There are other animals such as lizards, fish, and turtles.  Part form those, the informative displays will keep the whole family busy.

  • Canopy Walkway in National Park. You children are sure going to love this place. Explore the lush scenery of this vast rainforest. The highlight is the 150-meter-long Canopy Walkway that will take about half an hour to complete. You can climb different exotic trees to get a birds-eye-view.  

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  • A cyclo-rickshaw ride for short trips- It is indeed an enjoyable experience to rise on those bicycle powered cabs which are also known as “beca” locally. Those rickshaws remind one of the Chinese influence on the island and are purely meant for the tourists. You can take short trips to local attractions.

  • The interesting Snake Temple– Built in 1850 by a Buddhist priest, the temple gets its name because it is a safe haven for poisonous snakes. You will come across green tree snakes and Wagler’s pit vipers. However, these snakes are harmless and are a friendly breed. Still, be wary and keep an eye on the children while exploring the area. Other highlights of the temple include the Buddhist sculptures and carvings
  • The Penang Eco Park– If you want to admire Penang’s natural beauty, then you are sure to find it here at Penang Eco Park. It is indeed a tremendous outdoor attraction for the whole family who can come here and spend quality time. They can go for long hikes through Forest Park or simply let the kids play in the playground.

  • Fun at Penang Interactive Museum – Another spot which the whole family will like is the Penang Interactive Museum that displays three-dimensional artworks. You not only feel a part of the history and culture of Penang, but it is great fun to click photos of those trick arts and murals. Learn about the island’s traditional way of life through the section of miniature figures.
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How a Pet Helps You Feel Better When You Are Sad

If you already own a pet, then you’re likely to be well aware of the uplifting effect that a pet can have on your mood when you’re feeling sad.  But have you ever wondered why this is?

Here are a few scientifically-backed reasons as to how a pet is genuinely able to make a person feel better when they are feeling down…

FEEL-GOOD BRAIN CHEMICALS

Your brain produces a number of different natural chemicals that each have their own effect on your mood.

One of these chemicals is called oxytocin. When the brain releases this, you immediately feel happier and more loved.

Not only that, but the oxytocin then sends signals to the other neurotransmitters in the brain, encouraging it to release other feel-good hormones, such as:

  •     Serotonin             
  •     Dopamine     
  •     Adrenaline
How are these feel-good brain chemicals linked to pets? 

Well, research shows that when you stroke a pet, this triggers your brain to produce and release an increased amount of oxytocin. This, in turn, will quickly have an uplifting effect on your mood.

In fact, you don’t even necessarily need to stroke a pet to experience these benefits…

Simply looking into your pet’s eyes can have similar effects!

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COMFORT AND EMPATHY

Not only can many animals sense your emotions, but they can also tell whether you are feeling happy or sad. This is a concept officially known as emotional contagion, and it is something that is being increasingly studied.

While research may still be ongoing, what we do know is that pets, whether they can sense your sadness or not, offer so much comfort and empathy.

Your pet will be there to support you whenever you are feeling down, and your pet is also guaranteed to be one of the best listeners you will ever find! Just talking to your pet about whatever it is that is bothering you can actually increase your problem-solving abilities, meaning that you may even find a logical and productive way to overcome your sadness.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

While a fish or a hamster may not provide this benefit, other pets, such as dogs and cats, do tend to encourage their owners to spend more time outdoors.   This is especially the case with dogs, and dog owners will likely find themselves outdoors so much more than they would have been, all because of their dog. Did you know that spending more time outdoors can have a direct effect on how happy you’re feeling?

Even if you just spend half an hour a day at your local park with your dog, you will experience:  

  •     Less stress         
  •     More empathy         
  •     Increased concentration and creativity         
  •     An increase in physical fitness         
  •     An improvement in overall health    

As you can imagine, when experiencing all of those different benefits, your sadness will soon disappear!

Pets add so much to our lives, and the fact that an animal can almost immediately make a person feel happier is a huge added bonus for pet owners. Whether you own a dog, a cat, a fish, or anything else, try turning to your pet the next time you are feeling sad for an instant mood lift.

WHY ESA’S ARE AN IMPORTANT OPTION

Out of the world’s entire population, one in four people will suffer from a mental condition at some point in their lives. For one in 25 adults, this condition will be quite serious, and will interfere in some way with at least one of their regular daily activities.   With mental illnesses becoming so much more prevalent, it only makes sense that people are now exploring a wider variety of treatment options, one of which are emotional support animals. Certapet.com is a great resource to learn more!

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