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What is value of rituals for families?

What is value of rituals for families?

See below: It's highly individual, but generally speaking about positive rituals (e.g. Meals together, holiday gatherings, reading together, talking, etc.), will bring you sense of stability and help you refuel yourself before stressful events. Even with chaos, having these ritual in place, might have a calming effect on you -- you know you can always go home and do these things that keep you grounded. ...Read more

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Whats your nighttime ritual needed for?

Whats your nighttime ritual needed for?

Good sleep: We're creatures of habit. It helps to stick with a healthful and relaxing bedtime routine that is associated with sleeping soon after we go to bed. It's a great habit to learn to allow ourselves to be "off duty" in the evening so that we wouldn't think of solving problems or worrying while in bed. People can train themselves to do all problem solving and planning well before bedtime. ...Read more

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How do I create the best bedtime ritual?

How do I create the best bedtime ritual?

See below: Establish time when you would like to go to bed. Create a bed time routine: warm showers, room on a slightly cooler side. No heavy meals close to bedtime. No caffeine close to bed time. Learn relaxation exercises to help put your body in "i'm sleeeeeepy mode":). Don't use your bedroom as your office and use bed only for sleep and sex. Our body likes schedules and routines. Remember that:). ...Read more

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What's the best method of getting yourself into a good early bedtime ritual routine?

What's the best method of getting yourself into a good early bedtime ritual routine?

Sleep Hygiene: Go to bed and get up at the same time. Create a bedtime ritual -- warm showers, room should be on slightly cooler side; no tv in the bedroom; no caffeinated drinks; no heavy meals before bed, just light snack if hungry; practice relaxation, stress management. ...Read more

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What are the rituals that cause the rapid spread of aids?

What are the rituals that cause the rapid spread of aids?

Is sex a ritual?: For the most part, HIV isnt' spread by rituals, unless you consider sex and sharing needles "rituals." i suppose there could be true rituals that might spread hiv, such as scarification or tattooing using unclean needles or knives, but that would account for a small proportion of transmissions. ...Read more

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How could a female tell when her menstrual is about to start. Any ritual?

How could a female tell when her menstrual is about to start. Any ritual?

Menarche: Menarche usually occurs between ages 11 & 13 in the US. However for some their period could start as early as age 9 & for others not until 16. Before you have a period, you will have noticed breast development, pubic hair & white to yellowish vaginal discharge. Before the first period a girl may feel bloated, develop cramps in legs or abdomen & feel moody (depressed or anxious). ...Read more

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Is over-microwaving things a common anorexic food ritual? Ever see that before?

Is over-microwaving things a common anorexic food ritual?  Ever see that before?

No: Not that I have ever heard of. I will say that many microwavable foods may not necessarily be very nutritious. It is best to try and eat whole fruits and vegetables and grains, including some fruits and vegetables that are raw-every day. ...Read more

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What rituals can you do to help you get less worried about speaking in front of a crowd?

Be well prepared: Public speaking is a skill like any other. The best "ritual" is to be so well prepared that you are confident in your ability. Be able to talk from a few cue words. Do not read your talk. Practice giving your talk in front of a small group of people. Be prepared for some in the audience to be rude (talk on cell phone, talk to each other, get up and leave). Be prepared fora variety of questions! ...Read more