How to Grow Poppies

Poppies are versatile, show-stopping plants that include several varieties, from the big, bold Oriental poppy, which can grow as tall as 4 feet (122cm), to the demure Alpine poppy, topping out at about 10 inches (25cm). Poppies are tough plants that can thrive in any well-draining soil, although these tips will teach you how to grow them to encourage a healthy, blooming flowerbed. Once you have flowering poppies, you will likely have enough seeds to plant new poppies year after year.

Planting the Seeds
Prepare to plant in autumn or early spring, depending on your local climate. Poppy seeds require exposure to cool or cold temperatures before they will reliably sprout. As long as the winter temperatures in your area do not fall below 0ºF (-18ºC), you may plant the seeds in autumn, before the first frost. In colder climates or if convenient, plant the poppy seeds in spring, as soon as the ground thaws.[1]
The temperatures that allow for autumn planting correspond to United States Plant Hardiness Zones 7 and higher.[2]
If the winter temperatures in your area fall below -20ºF (-29ºC), consider planting the cold-resistant Iceland poppy.[3]

Consider planting in several stages. If you divide your poppy seeds into groups and plant each group a week or two apart, your garden will have colorful flowers for a longer period of time. You may wish to plant half your seeds in autumn and half in spring to see which group suits your climate and poppy variety best.

Select an area with full sun or partial shade. Generally, poppies grow best when they receive at least six hours of sunlight a day. However, if you live in a hot climate, select a spot where the poppies will be protected during the intense heat of the afternoon.
Purple poppies may retain a brighter, more attractive color in partial shade than in full sun.[4]

Test soil drainage. Soil with excellent water drainage is crucial, as poppies will rot in waterlogged soil. This is especially important during winter, when soil becomes wet or frozen. Begin testing by digging a hole 4 inches (10 cm) deep. Fill the hole with water, allow it to drain completely, then fill it a second time. Time how long it takes to drain again: this should take no more than four hours at the very most, and preferably less.[5]

Improve soil quality and drainage if necessary. If you cannot find a location in your yard with good drainage, try mixing the top 2 inches (5cm) of soil with compost, or building a raised bed. Perennial poppies, which are able to live for longer than one year, may require compost or a store-bought garden soil to thrive even if the existing drainage is adequate.[6]

Till the soil to loosen it if necessary. Use a shovel or tiller to loosen compact soil to a depth of approximately 8 inches (20cm). Poppy seeds grow one long taproot straight downward to collect water, and may not be able to push this important root through soil that is too hard.[7]

Mix the poppy seeds with sand. Pour the poppy seeds in a small container such as a pill bottle or pepper shaker. Add some sand, roughly twice as much by volume as the poppy seeds, and stir or shake them together. Poppy seeds are tiny and can clump together when sown. The sand will help space the seeds out, making it easier to plant them evenly.[8]

Scatter the mixture of seeds and sand barely under the soil. Sprinkle the poppy seeds and sand directly on top of the soil, then cover the seeds with a light dusting of fine soil. Don’t bury the seeds, as too much soil will block available sunlight and prevent the tiny poppy seeds from germinating.[9] Avoid planting the seeds in clumps, which will interfere with growth. If you are planting poppies across a large area, take handfuls of seed and sand mixture and throw them out away from you as you walk across the garden or field.

Water the newly-planted poppy seeds. Use a watering can or spray bottle rather than a strong hose, in order to prevent washing away the tiny poppy seeds. Keep the soil lightly moist once mild spring weather begins. Depending on the poppy variety, it should then take 10 to 30 days for the seeds to sprout.

Caring for Poppy Plants
Water as necessary. Poppy plants may rot and die in soaked soils, so only water when the soil feels dry to a finger’s depth. Typically, you only need to water the plants once every several days. Increase the amount of water per watering session in hot weather or if the poppies turn brown. Avoid watering plants during the early afternoon, especially in sunny weather. The heated water can burn the leaves, and it may evaporate before it can be absorbed.

Reduce the chance of weeds. While it’s a good idea to remove weeds competing with your poppies as you see them, young poppy plants are small and easily pulled up by accident or mistaken for undesirable plants. Reduce the ability of weeds to grow in the first place by spreading two to three inches (6 to 8 cm) of organic mulch around the plants. A mulch such as bark chips will look attractive, and will keep the soil moist

Cut out excess poppy plants once they’ve started to grow. Once the plants are one or two inches tall (2.5–5 cm), cut the smaller or weaker plants at the base using garden shears. Keep each remaining plant at least 6 inches (15cm) apart for the best chance at healthy growth and flowering.
Do not pull the plants out as this may disturb the root systems of the neighboring poppies.

Spacing plants out in this manner may also reduce the chance of mold and pest attacks, due to good air circulation and lower frequency of transmitting these problems from one plant to another.[10]

Fertilize only if necessary. Poppies may seem thin and weak, but they are actually quite sturdy plants capable of growing on their own. If you do wish to hasten the growing rate, or if you soil is poor, you may add fertilizer once the plants are at least 5 inches (13cm) tall, and preferably 10 inches (26cm) for taller species. Use a low nitrogen, neutral pH fertilizer and apply as instructed on the packaging.[11]
Fertilizers display the balance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium using three numbers. A low nitrogen fertilizer will have a lower first number, for example 2-5-5.

Remove dead blooms for additional flowers, or leave them on to cause the plants to seed. Removing the spent blooms where they meet the stalk will encourage the plant to keep blooming throughout the summer. If left alone, the plants will turn yellow and wilt, but after several weeks they will drop their seeds naturally and likely result in dozens of new plants next year.[12]
Note that you should not cut off withered leaves from perennials if you would like them to remain healthy and bloom again next year.[13] Allow the leaves to die naturally, and hide the brown color with longer-blooming flower varieties if you wish to keep your garden colorful.

Acquire seeds from your best plants. If you would like a new crop of poppy seeds, cut off the bulbous seed pods once they stand vertical and feel chalky to the touch. Dry them in the sunlight, cut them open, and shake them through a sieve over a container to catch the poppy seeds in.[14] Because each plant produces hundreds of seeds, limit your collection to the healthiest and most attractive plants.

Transplanting Poppy Plants
Avoid transplanting adult plants where possible. Transplanting plants allow you to place the poppies more accurately, rather than casting them across the garden and seeing which seeds mature. However, due to their single, fragile taproot, poppies are easily killed during transplanting, especially large, adult plants. If possible, transplant poppy plants when they are young seedlings less than 3 inches (7.5cm) tall, and leave adult plants in their current container.
If you must transplant adult, perennial poppy plants, try to do so in late summer, after the most active growth period but before they begin to seed.[15]

Check the soil in your new location. Poppies require loose, well draining soil, and exposure to at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. Improve the soil by mixing in compost or manure if necessary.
More detail can be found in the section on planting seeds.

Transplant in the evening if possible. Poppies are infamously fragile after transplanting, and they are more likely to die if they are exposed to more sunlight. Transplant in the early evening whenever possible to give them a full night of darkness to adjust to their new situation.[16]

Water the seedlings an hour before transplanting. It may take time for the poppies to adjust to the new location before the root begins to take in more water. Make sure they have at least some water stored already by watering them an hour or more before the transplant.[17]

Dig a hole in the new location larger than the root ball. If you were growing your seedling in a small container, make the hole larger than the container. Otherwise, you may need to guess at the size required, or pull out an extra seedling you do not intend to grow to examine its size.

Remove a clump of soil around the poppy plant carefully. If you are transplanting from a container of several seedlings, carefully gather the soil around a central seedling, detaching other seedlings in the soil or moving them to the edge of the pot. This central seedling should not be handled directly, in order to minimize the damage.

Plant the poppy plant to the same depth in the new soil. Try to keep the plant buried at the same depth it was before. Move it as gently as possible to avoid damaging the roots. Pack the soil loosely around the plant. Water it to hold the soil together, then care for it as you would any poppy plant.[18]

If you plant poppies in pots, thin the young seedlings down to one per pot once they reach 1 inch (2.5cm) in height. Use a biodegradable pot that can be planted directly in the soil if you plan to move them to your garden later, since poppies handle transplants poorly.

Slugs can threaten young poppy seedlings. Protect the plants by using disposable, clear plastic cups as mini greenhouses until the plants have out-grown them. Cut a few holes near the top of the upside down cups and weigh them down with a rock.

If mold has started growing on a poppy plant, you may attempt to treat with a gardener’s fungicide, but the plant has a low chance of survival. Keep plants spaced out and reduce watering to prevent creating an environment where mold can thrive.

Things You’ll Need
Manure or compost

Poppy seeds

Pill bottle or small container


Stick or hoe

Hose and spray nozzle or watering can

General purpose liquid or granular fertilizer

Organic mulch

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How to Entertain a One Year Old

Whether you’re babysitting your niece or you want to get your new baby happily across the state to grandma’s house, you’re going to want to keep your child entertained! There are lots of great ways to do this, depending on what you have available and what you’re trying to do. In this article, you’ll find that wikiHow has covered all the bases, giving you great ideas whether you’re going in well prepared or you have absolutely nothing to work with. Just get started with Step 1 below or check out the sections listed above to find the help that you need.

Engaging At Home
Play the stacking game. A favorite game for many babies, this game can be played anywhere with no extra baby toys needed. To play this game, simply take any small objects you can, stack them together, and then knock the stack down. Baby will have fun knocking the stack down on their own too! This game is best done with toy blocks, but you can use any items you can find (so long as they won’t break when you knock the stack over).
You can use tin cans (preferably empty and sealed off on top), plastic cups, small boxes, and food items, among other small objects that can be found in your house.

Toy blocks are cheap, easy to find (sets can be frequently found at garage sales for about a $1), and also easy to store so if you think you’ll be entertaining babies on occasion then you might want to consider keeping a set just as a backup option.

Let them play in the bath. As long as you’re willing to watch them vigilantly, a sink or bath-full of water is an easy way to keep a baby entertained for about an hour. You might not want to actually wash them, since too much soap can be irritating for their skin, but you can let them splash in the water with a couple of toys.
Again, this can be very dangerous. Babies can drown if you turn your back for even a second. Even just a little water in their lungs can be dangerous. If you want to take this route, you’ll need to be really serious about paying attention.

If you don’t have bath toys for babies, you can make a hand puppet out of a washcloth or a boat out of a Tupperware container.

Read a book. Even though babies can’t read or understand much language, they often love to read books. They’ll be especially easy to engage if you read the books in the right way for a baby. Don’t just read the text like you would for a child who can understand the words: take a more lively approach. Move your hand around the page, bouncing and sweeping, as you tell the child what’s happening in the picture. Keep your voice energetic and show lots of exaggerated emotion. Baby will be fascinated!
“Goodnight Moon” comes highly recommended for babies (it is, for some reason, almost addictive for small children), as do “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, and “Pat the Bunny”.

Do an art project. Babies don’t have a lot of fine motor control but that doesn’t mean that they’re not hiding a little inner Van Gogh. Art is great at not only keeping them entertained but it’s also an excellent way to stimulate their brains, give them important sensory experiences, and help them build those motor skills that they’ll need to keep developing.
An easy project to do is to make a card for one of baby’s family members. This can be a just-because card for mom, a birthday card for grandma, or a thank you card for brother or sister. Take a sheet of printer paper and fold it in half to make the card. Then, paint baby’s hand and make a hand print on the front of the card.

Another good option is your old friend the coloring crayon. You’ll probably need to pay attention to make sure it doesn’t just go straight into baby’s mouth, but a crayon and paper should be more than enough to get baby’s interest.

Play shadow games. Babies are just starting to get the concept of shadows, so find a way to get them interested in this new concept by playing a game with shadows.[1] The easiest way is to cut a butterfly shape out of a piece of paper and then shine a flashlight at it. Get your baby to try to chase the butterfly!
If you have the time and materials, you can also make full shadow puppets, which can be useful for making baby-safe “TV” that keeps your baby entertained.

Bring out the bubbles. Bubbles is to babies as video games are to teenage boys. They will go nuts for bubbles. This is an easy way to fill up an hour and keep your baby feeling happy and energetic. It’s also useful for motivating your baby to move around and do things you ask, making it a great way to teach them how to say things like “more”.
If you don’t have any bubble blowing equipment on you, don’t worry. WikiHow can show you how to make bubble solution and a makeshift bubble wand!

Keeping Busy on the Go
Try to time car and stroller activity with nap time. Your best bet, of course, is to try and time anything you have to do out and away from home with when your baby takes a nap. By making sure that they’re sleeping while you’re out, this will reduce how much you have to worry about keeping them entertained.
For example, put them in a baby carrier right before naptime and then do your grocery shopping. They’ll fall asleep on your chest and let you get your shopping done without a shouting match.

Another example is if you have to go on an airplane or a car trip. Schedule the travel to coincide with baby’s nighttime sleep routine. Get them ready for bed but instead of putting them in bed, put them in the car. They sleep and let you drive in peace.

Keep attachable toys. For strollers and car seats, the thing that will help you the most is getting and keeping on hand some toys which can attach to where your child will be sitting. Babies love to throw their toys over the side or down onto the ground or floor, making them cry and creating more work for you. By keeping toys which latch onto the seat, you make sure that baby can get their toy back whenever they want.

Keep food on hand. For keeping your junior happy and entertained while you’re out and about, food can be crucial. They might not be really hungry, but taking the time to pick through a bowl of Cheerios can buy you just enough time to get through the line at the post office without a boredom meltdown. Try to choose snacks that baby can eat alone. Small items that take a lot of time to eat are a great choice here. Cheerios, raisins, apple chips, and seedless grapes (halved or quartered is best) are all good options here.

Avoid hard foods, unhealthy foods, and foods which are difficult to chew and swallow (like peanut butter). This is especially important when you’re in the car, since it’s harder for you to notice when baby chokes. Also avoid messy foods like peas, which easily roll away from baby.

Try the transfer game for plane rides. Bring a series of nesting tupperware containers and a bag of dried peas or beans. Put baby to the task of transferring beans from one tupperware and into another. This will easily keep them entertained for hours.
If you didn’t bring these materials with you or if you can’t, you can use stuff that’s found on the airplane in a pinch. Ask for some empty coffee cups and a few bags of peanuts.

Use a mirror for car trips. Many parents use a rear-facing car seat (which is the safest method for a one year old), but this can leave your baby feeling stressed because they can’t see you. Get a mirror which attaches to their seat. Not only will this reduce their stress by helping them see you, they can also entertain themself by looking at their reflection.

Using Minimal Tools
Make a toy out of your keys. As long as you pay a little attention and are sure to remove items that might be very dangerous for them (like sharp beer bottle openers), keys are a great emergency toy for a baby. You can jingle the keys in front of them and watch as they shake them around. They’re also a great candidate for baby’s favorite game: dropping things and making you pick them back up.
Again, you’ll really need to pay attention here. Make sure baby doesn’t get those keys too close to anyone’s eyes (including their own)!

Give them paper to rip. Ripping scrap paper is a great game for a baby and a great way to prove that you don’t need a lot of fancy toys to keep a baby entertained. Pull some old newspapers out of the recycling and show baby how to rip them. Then, let her give it a try!

Make a “bank”. Find a box, an old coffee can, or any container which you can cut a slot into with scissors or a box cutter (only cut into the plastic lid of a coffee can). Now find items that can be fit into the slot and are safe for baby. Plastic lids from Tupperware or canned items are good. You can also fold up think paper squares or even use food items, like biscuits. Baby will be thrilled with the “thunk” sound and the fun task of getting the object into the slot.

Sing children’s songs that include movements. You don’t need anything but your voice to entertain a baby if you’re willing to sing some songs. Babies may not understand the words but they’ll love watching you move your fingers and your hands to act out any song with a lot of energy.
Learn how to sing The Wheels on the Bus.

Learn how to sing If You’re Happy and You Know It.

Learn how to sing The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Play Peek-a-Boo. Peek-a-Boo is such a basic that many people don’t realize just how much children love this game. Your baby will scream with laughter as you hide behind your hands or other objects in the room and then pop out with a big smile.
Towels or other pieces of fabric are particularly useful for playing Peek-a-Boo.

Download an app. In a real pinch, babies love cell phones. These are entrancing. If you have nothing else, you can at least keep a baby entertained for awhile by giving them your cell phone. Just be sure to pay attention and make sure they don’t drop it.
Try Peek-a-Boo Barn, Bubbles (which just lets your baby pop bubbles), or any one of a number of flashcard apps for small children.

Try sitting the baby on a soft surface on the ground. This will make it easier to keep your phone safe.

Don’t forget to check all of their basic needs. If they’re in need of changing, tired, or hungry, all the songs in the world aren’t going to keep them happy.

If you’re taking care of a child that’s not yours, always check with the parents about anything you might need to know about the child.

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How to Channel

With practice, channeling transmissions from the unseen world of the subconscious can be a moving and powerful experience. Whether you want to deepen your insight into your own nature, or you want to reach outward for communications from beyond, you can learn to limit the scope of your investigation, achieve a trance-like state, and locate a guide to aid you in your journey, helping keep that journey safe and productive. See Step 1 for more information.

Starting Your Investigation
Decide between exploring your consciousness and communing with the spirit world. Different traditions use the word “channeling” in different ways. Some channelers aim outward, in an attempt to contact others, or inward, to learn more about the self. Depending on your interests and goals, this decision can lead you into very different traditions, rituals, and practices, though most types of channeling involve a similar process, first inducing of a trance-like state and then communicating with some “other.”
In supernatural or spirit channeling, the goal is to tap into the world of spirits and communicate with them. Practitioners often want to contact deceased relatives or famous historical figures, or otherwise make some contact with the dead. Spirit channeling as we think of it today, with crystal balls and Ouija boards, was extremely popular in intellectual occult circles in the mid-to-late 19th century. Though this kind of for-profit mediumship is widely dismissed by scientific skeptics as an orchestrated con against the often-wealthy participants, spirit channeling has historical roots that extend far beyond the Victorian stereotypes.

Consciousness channeling is a newer phenomenon. In some New Age philosophies, practitioners of channeling will meditate and attempt to visualize archetypal figures that are manifestations of their own subconscious, “past life” figures, or metaphorical representatives of some psychological trauma. This figure will often guide the participant through different interactions and communications with the aim of healing the spirit and learning about the self.

Be open to wrestling with strange phenomenon. Whether you want to find comfort and understanding by consulting an oracle, or you seek a deepened understanding of life and death, it’s important to articulate your goals for channeling and be realistic about them. If you’re going to embark on a channeling journey, it’s important to commit to an often-quizzical, mysterious way of interpreting the messages you receive. The better you are at receiving them, the more you’ll get out of the experience. Embrace the mystery of it. Anyone who’s ever cracked open an iChing or tried to learn about Tarot knows that channeling can be a frustrating and complex process. It doesn’t always work like a movie, where a candle flickers and you hear the voice of some long-dead relative. Have a specific inquiry in mind–a specific thing you want to learn–and accept that you might not get the answer you’re looking for.

Take it seriously. If your goal is get out a Ouija board and ask a ghost what afterlife farts smell like, you should probably spend your time doing something more constructive. Channeling only works if the participant is fully committed and open to the possibility of learning something about yourself and consciousness that might be hard to believe or understand.

Read up on occult symbology and symbolism. Because the process often involves the interpretation of symbols, it’s important to do a little research before you jump in head-first, to get more out of the experience. Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Occult by Colin Wilson are excellent primers to the ideas and images you’ll need to be familiar with. James Merrill’s modern verse epic The Changing Light at Sandover chronicles his communications with a spirit named Ephraim.

Ask a very specific question. All methods of channeling require that you have a very specific inquiry in mind for your spirit guide or your own subconscious. It’s unlikely that any spirit guides–internal or external–will come forth to answer a question that’s unserious, dishonest, or trivial, so give some thought to an appropriate question that deserves a complicated answer.
Make it specific, but not too specific. A question like “Does Bill really hate me when I show up late for work?” is probably better saved for a Magic 8-ball. You want your query to be broad enough to allow for complexity and personal enough to be worthwhile: “How can I be a better person in my work?” is more like it.

Let one question lead to another. If you’re concerned about your work persona, let that question spiral into more questions, so you may look for possible answers in your investigation. Who am I when I work? What does my work mean to me? How should I approach my work? What is a worker? These may all be applicable questions that circle around your initial one. Look for the answers to questions you didn’t ask.

Start keeping a dream journal. As you embark on a journey into your mind, you may find it more and more difficult to distinguish between the dream state and your waking life. Symbols will surround you and will pop up at unexpected times. This is a good thing! You just need to be ready to capture them for further analysis later, making a dream journal or a channeling journal an excellent resource for your investigation.
Keep a small composition book beside your bed. When you wake from any dream, however boring or uneventful. Write down everything you remember from it immediately. What did you see? What did you feel? Who was there? This kind of interpretation and attention to detail will serve you well in your channeling experiments.

Going into a Trance
Meditate deeply, focusing on your breathing. Find a quiet, meditative location where you’ll feel comfortable and calm. Settle into a comfortable sitting position, on the floor or in a straight-backed chair, and sit with your body upright, your back straight. Go with soft, natural lighting and silence. Close your eyes or focus somewhere in the middle-distance–a blank wall or a calming spot would do nicely.
Articulate your intentions for this meditation by centering yourself around some mantra like, “I will achieve trance and I will return to normal consciousness with a full memory of what I experienced. I will achieve a deeper and deeper trance state with practice.”

You don’t need to sit in the lotus position in the middle of a crossroads at midnight or prostrate yourself in front of a goat skull and candles to channel. Focus on your comfort and achieving the trance-like state, not superficial details from the movies.

Focus on your breathing. Sit quietly and breathe deeply. Feel your breath go into and out of your body. Feel the air going into your lungs, filling you with nourishing oxygen, and going out into the world. Breathe in and breathe out. Do nothing but breathe for several minutes. Let thoughts come and go, focusing on none of them. Just focus on breathing.

Use the power of suggestion to slow your body’s rhythms. To move deeper into a trance, start with a specific part of your body, like your left hand. As you breathe, feel the air coming into your body in your left hand. Move your consciousness into your left hand, and focus your energy on relaxing your left hand. Say, “My left hand is relaxing, my left hand is relaxed.” Move the relaxation to your left arm, then your right hand, your right arm, and your legs in the same fashion. Spend 30-60 seconds on each part of your body, focusing your full consciousness and attention on relaxation. Wait until you feel that part of your body relax before moving on.

After you’ve relaxed your body, give weight to your body. After you’ve relaxed your body, you want to introduce a feeling of heaviness, as if your body were covered in many blankets, or buried in sand. In the same fashion, establish a consciousness connection with your left hand, focusing your energy into it fully. It should still be relaxed. Say, “My left hand is heavy.” Spend 30-60 seconds focusing on each part of your body in the same way.

After you’ve given weight to your body, give warmth to your body. In the same way, move around your body giving warmth by saying, “My left hand is warm.” Focus your energy on achieving a state of warmth, as if you were in a warm bath, or had placed a heating pad on each part of your body. Your body should feel extreme comfort, but you should not feel sleepy.

End each trance meditation slowly. When you decide to return to normal consciousness, focus on your fingers and your toes, wiggling them and returning them to a more normal state. Feel your body gradually cool down and look around the room, letting your mind return to it’s normal way of thinking. Stand up and walk around when you’ve stretched out a bit.[1] Don’t just jump up and start pacing around–if you’ve been sitting long enough, you might have sleepy limbs and could sprain an ankle. Bad juju for consciousness meditation.

Gradually deepen your trance by practicing. The goal of the trance is to blur the lines between your body, your consciousness, and the world around you. Move through the stages described in the previous step, achieving the trance slowly, focusing on calming your body. Practice introducing your body to the trance-like state with many days of practice before attempting to deepen your trance or channel in any way. This is a process you must commit to, if you want to achieve results.
It may be slow going at first, but as you progress, you might notice the previous steps becoming easier and easier. If you focus on warming up your left hand, you may feel your left arm become warm at the same time, or both arms become warm. This is a good sign that your training your mind and body to achieve a trance state more quickly.

When you think you’re ready to move on to a deeper state of consciousness, add another step to your trance: feel your forehead grow cool. In many traditions, the “third eye” located on the forehead signifies your connection to the subconscious or the world of the unseen. Isolate that part of your body by saying, “My forehead feels cool.”

Test the strength of your consciousness. If you want to start seeing results and get some sense of how strong your connection with the world of the unseen has become, try an experiment: select a very specific time that you’d like to wake up, and plant the seed of that time into your mind at the end of your trance meditation. After cooling your third-eye, focus on the time you’ve selected by saying, “I will rise tomorrow at 6:00.” Don’t set an alarm and try sleeping as normally.

Practice visualization. After much practice in achieving your trance state, you should start to feel more comfortable moving into and out of that state. If you’ve grown quite strong, it’s time to start spending more time exploring it. This is the beginning of real channeling. Before you find a guide or source to transmit to you, though, spend some time working on visualization and finding a deeper more immersive layer of consciousness.
Visualize objects and colors. After you’ve cooled your third-eye, let your subconscious suggest a color. Say, “I see blue,” and repeat it until the color settles into your mind and you really see blue. At first, you may see a mishmash of colors, but continue practicing until you can settle and “see” what your mind tells you to see.

It may be helpful to give the color an object, like a pen or a car. See the blue pen. Watch it. Feel it’s weight in your hand and try to “use it.” Spend time visualizing many colors and objects before moving on.

Visualize yourself falling deeper. Different mediums or channelers use a variety of exercises to fall deeper and allow the subconscious to take over. This is an important way of getting more in touch with the world of the unseen, and can be quite exhilarating when you re-emerge from your trance state.
Fall from a ladder into space. Visualize yourself climbing a ladder in darkness. Your body should be warm and comfortable. Climb the ladder for a while and then let go of the ladder. Feel yourself falling away. If you become dizzy or disoriented, focus on your body consciousness until you regain comfort and warmth.

Take an elevator down. Some practitioners find success visualizing an elevator that’s traveling down the wall of an endless rock face. Imagine an elevator with a glass door that allows you to see out: on three sides there is darkness, but on one side there is a rocky cliff with crags and tiny imperfections. Visualize them as closely as possible and continue traveling down ever farther.

Personalize your fall. There’s no right way to visualize, so do what feels comfortable for you. Some channelers like to visualize themselves as a falling feather, a ring of smoke, or as climbing down a long rope.[2]

Finding a Guide or Source with Visualization
Stop controlling your visualizations. As you progress in your trance meditation you may find that you have more and more difficulty “controlling” your visualizations, and that they’re happening without your ability to stop them. Let this happen. This is a sign that you’ve moved deep enough to find a guide for your investigations. This is channeling.
Different traditions think about this state of being in different ways: if you want to refer to this as “going clear” or “entering the spirit world,” you’re right on all counts. You don’t have to put a name on it, necessarily, but feel free to call it what you want.

Visualize a location. After you’ve fallen from the ladder of yourself or otherwise descended deeper into your consciousness via trance meditation, settle yourself in some comfortable location. Spend time exploring it. See as many of the tactile details as possible in this waking dream. Focus your energy on inhabiting that space and really “being” there.
In some New Age traditions, it’s suggested that you fill your location with all manner of esoteric crystals and golden cushions, while other traditions may suggest you imagine a mossy wood straight out of Tolkien. Go for it. There’s no right place.

Let people come into the location. Visualize a person you know and watch their behavior as they come into your place. Let them be and observe them and their behavior. If your subconscious suggests people that you don’t know, or don’t recognize, be especially conscious of them and remember their faces and their movements. You know you’re knocking on the door of channeling when you can start interacting with people you don’t know.
Pay particularly close attention to movements that people make, things they may say, or other imagery. When you emerge from your trance, write these details down immediately. Things that may not “make sense” to you in the moment will probably be often and will require analysis and consideration later. That’s channeling.

Again, if you want to think of these figures as “dimensional archetypes” or “angels” or the “voice of your DNA,” that’s fine. Pick the symbolic representation that makes the most sense to you, and listen to what the figures have to say for themselves. It’s not a matter of right or wrong when you’re dealing with the subconscious and the unseen.

Find a figure that’s willing to speak with you. Increasingly, you may notice the figures in your channeling approach you. It may happen right away, or it may take a very long time. Let them approach you and interact with them. Speak with them.
Come clean with your intentions. Tell the figure why you’re here and what you’re looking for. Ask the figure if they’ve got your best interest at heart, and if they’re willing to guide you in your investigation. If they cannot, ask the figure to leave and continue your practice.

Establish a mutual agreement. Ask them the question or central issue that you’ve been meditating on, or allow them to show you what they wish to show you. Together, decide how you’ll communicate. Let the guide do their job: guiding you. Don’t do anything you’re uncomfortable with, but let the guide take charge of showing you what you want to learn.

Look for symbols and archetypes to interpret. Your questions may already be answered, and it’s your job to pay attention to what you’re being shown. The more time you spend investigating common symbols of the occult and learning what you can about archetypal representation, the more significant your subconscious observations and communications will become. It may be largely visual.[3]
If your location is suddenly filled with scuttling lobsters and lions with their heads on backward, unbidden, you may come out of your trance and think, “Whoa, trippy!” But don’t let it drop just there. Lobsters appear on the Tarot card for the Moon, signifying lunar energy and the subconscious, while the lion appears on the card for Strength. Significant? You decide.

Choosing a Medium for Communication
Use the ouija board. If you’ve found a guide to the spirit world or the center of your own consciousness after deep meditation and practice, you may want to find more direct and simple methods of communicating with that world, without meditating for hours or end and seeking them. The Ouija allows for quick communication and transmitting. This is also an excellent way of bringing other parties into your investigation, introducing them to your guide and allowing a mutual discourse to take place.
Meditate on your specific inquiry or question, articulating your intentions aloud and allowing your contact to get in touch. All parties should place their hands on the planchette at the center of the board, then allow it to move and spell out the answers to your questions.

Experiment with scrying, sciomancy, and other methods of divination. Over the centuries, experienced mediums have experimented with lots of different methods of communicating with their spirit guides by manipulating objects, including the use of crystals, rocks, smoke, and even bones. There are hundreds of different methods to choose from, and your spirit guide may even suggest a preferred method of communication.
Capnomancy refers to consulting the patterns of moving smoke to interpret the messages of the spirit world. Burn some sage or jasmine, laurel leaves, or sacred incense, depending on your tradition and interests, and observe the smoke as part of your meditations. Let symbols reveal themselves.

Sciomancy is the study of shadows and shades for symbols. Headless shadows are generally interpreted as ominous, though the spookiness shouldn’t keep you away from this communication method. Make a candle a part of your meditation, and observe the shadows cast in the room on the walls, for symbols or messages to appear.

Scrying is the technical term for gazing into a crystal ball and looking for prophecies or symbols. You don’t need to have an expensive ball of crystal to practicing scrying, however: it’s also common to gaze into bowls of water, mirrors, or other reflective transparent surfaces.

Try EVP, trumpet-channeling, or other sound methods. If you’re more interested in hearing the sounds produced by the spirit world, sound-capture methods of communication may be more appropriate for your investigations. In trumpet channeling, a phenomenon called “direct voice phenomenon” is the desired result of the consultation. The trumpet is basically a cone made of aluminum, a foot or two long, and used to transmit the ectoplasmic vibrations of the spirit guide.[4]
In electronic voice phenomenon (EVP), you can record on a digital recorder or tape recorder, the white noise of the room, while you ask the questions of your spirit guide that you want to ask. Wait quietly and listen closely to your recording to see if inaudible responses were captured on the tape.

Experiment with automatic writing. For some participants, especially those interested in plumbing the depths of their consciousness, experimenting with automatic writing is an effective way of communicating with the unknown. Start with your trance meditation and move to writing in response to your queries. All you’ve got to do is get out a pen and a piece of paper and write unconsciously, without pausing or paying attention to the words you’re writing.
This is an excellent way of getting in touch with your own messages and reinforcing the agency and divinity of the self. You’ve got your own answers and can get in touch with them via automatic writing.

It’s also effective to write down all your communications with your spirit guide, after extracting yourself from your trance state. It’s important to keep a record of these communications, to allow yourself to investigate them later for parallels and symbolic echoes.

Consider letting chance affect your query. Tarot and iChing consultation are formalized methods of questioning-and-answering that give up the agency of the answer to chance. Depending on how you choose to think about it, devote yourself to it, and prepare for it, this can work alongside or as an alternative to more complex consciousness channeling.
The Tarot doesn’t require a complicated guidebook or method to start using. Get a deck and spend time analyzing each card, giving it weight. Draw cards and let your initial gut reaction to the card clue you into it’s symbolic meaning. This can be an excellent way of having your queries addressed.

Consult the iChing for anecdotal responses. Using three coins, you can create a hexagram (six broken and unbroken lines) that corresponds to a particular symbol and entry in the iChing, called the “book of changes.” With each hexagram is a brief symbolic anecdote, which can be read as a metaphorical response to the question you’re meditating on.

Communicating Safely
Cleanse yourself for reception before the channel opens. Depending on your interests and your tradition, you may find it necessary to chakra cleanse thoroughly prior to channeling, as a way of balancing and cleansing your energy pathways. On the other hand, you might find it more effective to pray, recite a mantra, or otherwise center yourself physically and emotionally. However you choose to cleanse yourself for your investigations, make sure that you establish a mutual understanding and respect with your spirit guide. It’s extremely important to establish boundaries and articulate your desires.

Develop an intense personal relationship with the source. Spend a considerable amount of time in trance meditation, developing your relationship with your guide before you start demanding the answers to life’s mysteries. This may involve picturing the source as a person or presence with a name, image, or voice, if it hasn’t already appeared to you as such. If you believe the source is within you, this may involve becoming more aware of yourself and your thoughts, feelings and habits.
End each session on a positive note. Thank your guide for their assistance and their guidance, offering respect and appreciation. Try not to end it in frustration or anger.

Record everything. Make the transmissions public by writing or otherwise recording your sessions with your guide. This both serves to distance the transmission from your psyche, and readies you to receive the next message. Keep the communication flowing through you, not sticking around and gunking up your subconscious.

Don’t try to force the source to transmit. Prepare yourself and wait until the time is right.

Negotiate the right to shut the channel down when you deem necessary. In short, make sure you stay in control.

Become aware of when transmissions happens, i.e. the time of day or the particular state/mood you are in. That period (or state) becomes your “doorway”, when channeling is easiest and most natural.

Don’t edit the message or try to interpret it during channeling. Wait until after the session is over to do this.

Reality test the transmissions. Just like you, the source sometimes gets things wrong, or sometimes cheats (i.e. tests you).

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How to Remove Permanent Pen from a Whiteboard

If someone used permanent marker or pen on your whiteboard, you may have to try several methods before the stain is removed. Fortunately, most ink marks can be removed with household products or with ingredients easily obtainable from drug stores.

Trace over the permanent ink with a dry erase marker. Choose a black dry erase marker, or the darkest color you own. Cover the permanent ink completely with the dry erase ink, which contains a solvent that may dissolve the stain.[1] Give it a few seconds to dry, then erase with a paper towel or clean white board eraser.[2]
If the white board or eraser are not reasonably clean (apart from the permanent ink), this method may leave smudges. These can be removed with any of the steps described below.

You may repeat this method until the ink stain is fully removed. If you see no sign that the ink is coming off after two attempts, try one of the steps below.

If that doesn’t work, try rubbing alcohol. Most inks are made liquid by an alcohol solution. Fill a spray bottle or dampen a cloth with a small amount of 70% isopropyl alcohol or 100% ethyl alcohol.[3] Place the whiteboard in a location with good air flow, and apply the alcohol over the stain. Wipe the board dry with a dry, clean, non-abrasive cloth, using a circular motion to loosen the ink.[4] Rinse the whiteboard with a slightly damp paper towel, then dry with a second towel or cloth.
Warning: pure alcohol is flammable. Keep away from heat sources.

Plenty of household products contain alcohol and can be used for this purpose. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, try using hand sanitizer, aftershave, or perfume. Avoid products that contain coloring or feel sticky to the touch.

Use acetone or nail polish remover if the stain persists. If none of the above methods work, use acetone or nail polish remover, which contains mostly acetone. This is a harsh chemical that creates dangerous, flammable fumes, so always work in an area with good air flow. Apply to the stain with a cloth, rub clean, then rinse the board with water and dry. This may cause damage to whiteboards with a lacquer finish or a wooden frame, but is one of the most effective methods for removing stains.[5][6]
If acetone gets on your eye, immediately wash your eye under lukewarm, gently flowing water for 15 minutes. Hold your eyelid open and do not stop to remove contact lenses.[7]
Acetone on your skin should be washed off for 5 minutes, but is unlikely to cause harm beyond irritation.

Purchase a whiteboard cleaning solution if necessary. Many of these solutions are little more than rubbing alcohol, but much more expensive. If your white board won’t respond to any of the above treatments, purchase a high quality cleaning product recommended by white board manufacturers, such as MB10W Whiteboard Cleaner or Bar Keeper’s Friend.[8][9]

Be skeptical of other solutions. Some people report success with an abrasive cleaner such as baking soda, toothpaste, or harsher chemicals. While this may remove the stain, it will also damage the white board surface, making future dry erase ink harder to erase. Many ammonia-based household cleaning products such as Windex are suitable for daily cleaning, but not recommended for heavy application.[10][11]
While soapy water or white vinegar will remove light stains, they are unlikely to get rid of any marks your dry erase marker cannot.[12]

If there are indentations from the pen being pressed into the whiteboard, you may need to rub harder. This damage to the surface will make future dry erase marks harder to erase in that area as well.

Unlike permanent markers or felt-tip pens, ballpoint pens may have caused damage and indentations with their sharp tips, which unfortunately will make your white board harder to erase in future.

Things You’ll Need
Spray bottle (optional)

Paper towels or clean cloth

One or more of the following:

Dry erase marker

Rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, aftershave, or perfume

Acetone or nail polish remover

High quality white board cleaner

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How to Copy a Whiteboard With Your Digital Camera or Camera Phone

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How to Crochet a Triangle

As long as you know a few basic crochet stitches, you should be able to crochet a triangle without much difficulty. You could use a triangle stitch if you want to create a triangle pattern throughout a larger work, or you could create individual triangles using both row and round methods.

Method One: Triangle Stitch[1]
Create a foundation chain. You will need to work chain stitches in multiples of three, then add one to complete the chain. For instance, your foundation chain could consist of 19 (18 + 1), 22 (21 + 1), or 31 (30 + 1) chain stitches.
You will need to start your work by tying a slipknot onto the hook. See the “Tips” section for more detail.

Also consult the “Tips” section for instructions on forming a chain stitch.

Single crochet across the chain. Work one single crochet into the second stitch from your hook. After that, work one single crochet into each stitch of the previous row until you reach the end of the row.
Turn the piece over when you reach the end of the row.

If you do not know how to work a single crochet, check the “Tips” section for instructions.

Work four chain stitches. Work these stitches directly from the loop already on your hook.
This set of chain stitches will count as both a half double crochet and an additional set of two chain stitches.

Yarn over as you pick up stitches. Skip the first stitch of your previous row. Then, wrap the yarn around the hook, insert it through the next stitch (the second stitch of the previous row), and catch the yarn on the other side. Pull the yarn back through to the front of the stitch. Repeat this process two more times, moving onto the next stitch in the previous row each time. When finished, you should have seven loops on your hook.

This step starts the actual triangle stitch.

Draw through seven loops. Yarn over the tip of the hook again, then draw this last bit of yarn through all seven loops previously gathered onto your hook. When finished, you will only have one loop on your hook.

This step completes the actual triangle stitch.

Work two chain stitches. Work these chain stitches from the loop already on your hook.
This will create a gap in between your individual triangle stitches.

Make another triangle stitch. Follow the same steps indicated above to create another triangle stitch.
Yarn over the tip of the hook, then insert the hook through the last stitch you worked your previous triangle stitch into.

Yarn over the hook from the back and pull the yarn back to the front of the stitch.

Yarn over the hook, insert it into the next stitch, and catch the yarn from the back before pulling it to the front. Repeat once more with the following stitch.

Once seven loops have been gathered on your hook, yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through all seven loops.

This series of moves completes your second triangle stitch.

Repeat to the end of the row. Chain two, then repeat another triangle stitch exactly as described in the previous step. Repeat this pattern until you reach the end of the row.

Work one chain stitch and one half double crochet. Chain once, then work one half double crochet into the last single crochet stitch of the previous row. Turn the work over at the end of this row.

Read more about half double crochets in the “Tips” section.

Chain once. Work one chain stitch off the loop on the hook to advance to the next row.

Single crochet across the row. The placement of your single crochets will vary based on where they land in the row.
Single crochet once in the first stitch.

Single crochet once in the next “chain one” space from the previous row.

Single crochet twice into each of the “chain two” spaces from the previous row.

Single crochet once into the second loop of your original turning chain from the previous row.

Turn the work when finished with this row.

Repeat as needed. At this point, you should have your foundational chain, your prep row, your first row of triangle stitches, and your second “in between” row. Repeat the steps used for the triangle stitch row and the “in between” row, alternating back and forth, until your project reaches your desired length.
Cut the yarn. Pull the tail through the loop on your hook and tighten it as much as possible to tie off the work. Weave the excess tail into the back of your work to hide it from sight.

Method Two: Triangle in Rows[2]
Create a foundation chain. Work a starting chain of 13 chain stitches. You’ll need to start your work by tying a slipknot onto the hook. If you do not know how to do this, see the “Tips” section for more detail.

You can also check the “Tips” section for instructions on working a chain stitch.

Work 12 single crochets across the chain. Skip the first stitch of your previous row, then work one single crochet into each of the remaining stitches until you reach the end of the row.
When finished, this row should have 12 stitches.

Check the “Tips” section for more information about working single crochets.

Decrease twice in the next row. Work one single crochet decrease across the next two stitches of the previous row. Single crochet once in each of the next eight stitches, then work another one single crochet decrease into the final two stitches of the row.
When finished, you should have 10 stitches in this row.

If you do not know how to work a single crochet decrease, check the “Tips” section for instructions.

Single crochet in each stitch. For the next row, simply work one single crochet into each stitch of the previous row.
This row should have a total of 10 stitches.

Decrease twice in the fourth row. Work one single crochet decrease into the first two stitches of the third row. Single crochet once into each of the next six stitches, then work another one single crochet decrease into the last two stitches of the row.
There should be eight stitches in this row when you finish it.

Single crochet in each stitch for the fifth row. Work one single crochet into each stitch of the fourth row to complete the fifth row.
This row should also have 8 stitches, just like the previous row had.

Repeat this pattern for another seven rows. Continue working rows with two single crochet decreases in them, separated by rows of nothing but single crochets. Repeat this for another seven rows, until you reach the twelve row. Row six should have six stitches (one single crochet decrease, four single crochets, and one single crochet decrease).

Row seven should have six stitches (six single crochets).

Row eight should have four stitches (one single crochet decrease, two single crochets, and one single crochet decrease

Row nine should have four stitches (four single crochets).

Row ten should have two stitches (one single crochet decrease, one single crochet, and one single crochet decrease).

Row eleven should have two stitches (two single crochets).

Row twelve should have one stitch (one single crochet decrease).

Single crochet around the edge of the piece. The basic triangle is finished at this point. To smooth out the edges, work one single crochet into each stitch around the sides of the work and three single crochets into the gap at each point.
Cut the yarn, leaving a 2 inch (5 cm) tail. Pull this tail through the loop on your hook and tighten it to tie off the triangle. Weave the tail into the back of the work to hide it.

Method Three: Triangle in the Round
Make a foundation circle. Work four chain stitches from the slipknot loop on your hook. Slip stitch the first and last stitches of this chain together to form a ring.
Check the “Tips” section for instructions on how to make a slipknot, chain stitch, and slip stitch.

Work six chain stitches. Work this secondary chain directly from the loop already on your hook.
These six stitches will count as your first double crochet , as well as the first corner of your first triangle round.

Double crochet three times. Work three double crochets into the center of your ring. Chain three times to separate this set from the next. Check the “Tips” section if you need further detail on working double crochets.

Double crochet another three times. Work another three double crochets into the center of the ring, then chain three more times off the final double crochet in the set.

Close the first round. Make two more double crochets into the center of the ring. Slip stitch final loop of the second double crochet into the third chain stitch of the six-chain series you worked when advancing to this round. This step completes the first triangle round. You can end the triangle here, or you can keep working additional rounds to expand it outward.

Advance to the next round. Work six chain stitches off the loop on your hook. As before, these chains will act as the first double crochet and the first corner of this round.

Work three double crochets. Work these double crochets into the first “chain three” space of your previous round. Chain once to separate this set from the next.

Double crochet two sets in the next corner. In the next corner gap, double crochet three times, chain three times, and double crochet another three times. End this double set by chaining once.

Double crochet around the rest of the round. You will need to repeat the previous step in the next corner space. Once you return to the first corner space, work two double crochets into the space. Use a slip stitch to join this final double crochet to the third chain of your original six-stitch chain from this round.

Advance to the next round. Work six chain stitches off the loop on your hook. This chain serves as both the first double crochet and the first corner of your third round.

Follow a similar pattern to complete this round. You will need to follow the same steps used on the previous round to complete this round. The only difference is that you will have chain spaces to work with as well as corner spaces.
In the first corner space, work three double crochets, then chain once.

In each corner space, double crochet three times, chain three times, then double crochet another three times. Chain one at the end of the set.

In each non-corner gap, double crochet three times, then chain once.

When you reach the first corner space of this round, double crochet twice into the space. Join this set with the third chain of your six-stitch chain using a slip stitch.

Repeat as needed. The triangle can be used as is, but if you want to make it bigger, you only need to follow the previous step until you reach your desired size. Make sure that the final stitch you make is a slip stitch. Cut the yarn, leaving a 2 to 3 inch (5 to 7.6 cm) tail. To knot off the triangle, pull this tail through the loop on your hook as tight as possible. You can weave the remainder of the excess tail into the back of the triangle to hide it.

To make a slip knot:
Cross the attached end of the yarn over the working end to create a loop.

Push the attached side of the yarn into this loop from underneath it, creating a second loop. Tighten the first loop to secure the second loop.

Insert the crochet hook into the second loop and tighten it.

To make a chain stitch:
Wrap the attached side of the yarn in between the hook and the loop already on the hook.

Pull this yarn through the loop on your hook to complete the stitch.

To make a single crochet:
Slide the hook into the designated stitch.

Catch the yarn with your hook and pull it through to the front of the stitch. There should be two loops on your hook.

Yarn over the hook

Pull the yarn-over through both loops on your hook to complete the stitch.

To make a single crochet decrease:
Insert the hook into the next stitch. Catch the yarn, then draw it back through to the front of the stitch.

Insert the hook into the stitch after that. Catch the yarn again and draw it back through the front of this stitch. There should be three loops on the hook.

Yarn over the hook, then pull this yarn-over through all three loops to complete the stitch.

To make a half double crochet:
Yarn over the hook, then insert it through the designated stitch.

Yarn over the hook again and pull that yarn back through to the front of the stitch.

Yarn over the hook once more, then pull this yarn-over through all three loops on your hook to finish the stitch.

To make a double crochet:
Yarn over the hook.

Slide the hook into the designated stitch.

Catch the yarn with the hook and pull it back through to the front of the stitch. You should have three loops on your hook.

Wrap the yarn over the hook again, then draw the yarn through the first two loops on your hook.

Yarn over the hook once more, and draw it through the last two loops on the hook to complete the stitch.

To make a slip stitch:
Insert the hook through the designated stitch.

Yarn over the hook.

Pull the yarn through the all loops previously gathered on the hook to complete the stitch.

Things You’ll Need
Crochet hook


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How to Overcome Fatigue

It’s a simple fact of life: from time to time, almost everyone has to perform when they’re feeling tired or unmotivated. However, if you consistently feel like you lack the energy to perform your daily duties, you’re not dealing with ordinary tiredness — you’re dealing with full-blown fatigue. Fatigue can have many causes, but the good news is that with a few simple lifestyle changes, most people can reverse the effects of fatigue in a matter of days or weeks. For cases of fatigue with a medical cause, however, more serious treatments may be needed. See Step 1 below to start overcoming your fatigue!

Beating Day-to-Day Fatigue
Get plenty of sleep. For the average preoccupied member of today’s workforce, proper rest and relaxation often takes a backseat to the many duties and stresses of everyday life. If your routine keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep, you’re in good company: today, lack of proper sleep is recognized as a problem affecting many millions of people in the developed world.[1][2] When it comes to curing fatigue, there’s no substitute for consistently getting a good night’s sleep, so if you don’t know the cause of your fatigue, start here.
Though everyone’s sleep needs are different, most reputable sources agree that the majority of adults need about 7-9 hours of sleep each night.[3][4] Children usually need several more hours of sleep than adults.

Exercise. The health benefits of a regular exercise routine are many: not only can exercise make you better-looking, better-feeling, and healthier, but also improve your overall energy levels and make it easier to sleep at night. Research has shown that even minor increases in the amount of exercise a person participates in can have a major effect on the level of fatigue she feels.[5] The benefits of exercise are especially great for people with no established exercise routine, so if you’re not physically active, try working out regularly to fight your feelings of fatigue.
As with sleep, the amount of exercise that different people need can vary based on their age, sex, size, and fitness level.[6] Most reputable sources will recommend about two to two and a half hours of moderate aerobic exercise in addition to strength-training exercise on two days of the week for adults.[7] However, if you’re starting from a base level of no exercise, it may be necessary to gradually work up to this goal.

Eat right. The way a person eats can have a serious effect on the amount of energy he has throughout the day. In general, eating a moderate diet rich in healthy carbohydrates and lean proteins will give a person lasting energy throughout the day. On the other hand, eating improperly (for instance, by indulging in rich, fatty foods, overloading on a single giant meal each day, or neglecting important nutrients) can leave you feeling bloated or sapped of energy. Remember, you are what you eat, so eat a healthy, balanced diet to feel healthy, balanced, and free from fatigue.
For more information on starting a healthy high-energy diet, see the corresponding section below.

Maintain a healthy weight. In general, people who have healthy weights for their frame and body size have more energy throughout the day than people who do not. In developed countries, obesity is a widespread health disorder that can seriously decrease an otherwise healthy person’s level of energy throughout the day.[8] However, the fatiguing effects of being underweight can be equally serious.[9] Though everyone’s “ideal’ weight will be different, most adults should aim for a body mass index (BMI) of roughly 18.5-25.[10] Try using an online BMI calculator (like this one) to find your BMI score.
Note that BMI scores aren’t a perfect way to judge whether you have a healthy weight. For instance, if you’re an athlete with a lot of muscle or were born with dwarfism, your BMI may be outside of the recommended range but you may not be at risk for any health problems.

If you’re overweight, aim to lose weight at a healthy pace by gradually reducing the number of calories you eat each day and increasing your level of exercise. Don’t attempt rapid weight loss with a crash diet. Depending on your size, eating less than 1,200 calories a day can be very stressful, energetically inefficient, and even unsafe. On top of this, it will leave you with almost no energy throughout your day, making your fatigue even worse![11]
For more information, see How to Lose Weight.

Keep your stress levels low. A looming deadline at work, an argument at home, a check that unexpectedly bounces — these sources of short-term stress can lead to a variety of long-term problems, including fatigue, if they’re allowed to build up. Serious stress can be quite taxing for the body, leading to physical and emotional exhaustion that can deplete your daily energy and leave you feeling completely overwhelmed.[12] In addition, stress is a frequent contributor to many other problems, including headache, anxiety, eating disorders, and more.[13]
Unfortunately, stress is something that almost everyone has to deal with.On the other hand, because stress is such a common complaint, there are a wide variety of resources available for those attempting to deal with stress. For instance, many online guides (of varying quality) for managing stress can be found with a simple search engine query like “dealing with stress.” For the best stress-fighting advice, however, talk to your doctor.

Common stress-reduction techniques include meditation, breathing exercises, designated “down-time”, physical exercise, and controlled “venting”.

Use stimulants sparingly. For these days when you just can’t seem to get going, common stimulants like coffee, tea, energy drinks, and sudafed can give you the quick “jolt” of energy you need in the short term. However, these quick fixes are bad ideas for increasing your energy in the long term, as they can eventually lead to low-energy periods (or “crashes”) when their stimulating effect wears off. Worse, if you develop a habit to these substances, their effectiveness will decrease. In extreme cases, you may eventually need to take them just to achieve a “normal” level of energy. For these reasons, you’ll want to avoid relying to heavily on these energy boosters. Instead, try to adopt the healthy lifestyle changes described above.
Never turn to illegal drugs to give you the energy you need to get through your day. Besides the widely-publicized health risks of many of the most popular illegal stimulants (like cocaine, amphetamines, etc.), a stimulant addiction can be a serious drain on your wallet. For instance, country singer Waylon Jennings purportedly spent over $1,000 per day on cocaine during the height of his addiction.[14]

Eating a High-Energy Diet
Eat a healthy mix of carbohydrates. In recent years, carbs have gotten abad rap — in fact, they’re one of the cornerstones of a healthy diet that gives you energy throughout the day. Being choosy about which types of carbs you eat and choosing reasonable, moderate portion sizes is important for getting the biggest nutritional (and energetic) benefit from your carbs possible. In general, you’ll want to eat mostly complex carbohydrates, like those found in whole grains, as the body breaks these down slowly, providing long-lasting energy. However, eating some simple carbs, like those in fruit and honey, can give you instant post-meal energy.
Healthy complex carbohydrates include whole grain products (whole grain bread, cereal, etc.), oatmeal, quinoa, buckwheat, brown or wild rice,

Healthy simple carbohydrates include most fruits, honey, non whole-grain products (white bread, etc.) and white rice.

Eat lean protein for long-term satisfaction. Often, the distracting feeling of being unsatisfied or “not full” a few hours after a meal can go hand-in-hand with feeling fatigued. To help stay full throughout the day, try adding protein to your diet. Compared to other types of food, good protein sources leave you feeling fuller for longer, which, in addition to fighting fatigue, can also help with maintaining a healthy weight. However, since some sources of protein can be rich in unhealthy fats and calories, it’s important to distinguish between lean, healthy proteins, which you should eat frequently, and unhealthier varieties, which are best enjoyed infrequently. Lean sources of protein include chicken breasts, egg whites, most varieties of fish, beans, soy products, and some leaner cuts of beef and pork.[15]

Don’t forget breakfast! We’ve all heard the old cliche before — breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In fact, when it comes to fighting fatigue, there’s lots of truth to this advice. In addition to contributing to healthy growth and making it easier to maintain a normal weight level, breakfast is vital for giving us the energy we need to succeed throughout the day.[16] People who skip breakfast have less energy in the morning (and, if they normally eat complex carbohydrates for their first meal, throughout the day). In addition, people who skip breakfast are more likely to overeat later in the day, which can lead to a bloated, lethargic feeling.[17] Ideally, breakfast should include some simple carbohydrates for instant energy, some complex carbohydrates for day-long fuel, and a little protein for satisfying fullness. Here’s a great sample breakfast idea to get you started:[18] One cup Skim milk (10 g protein)

Two ounces Canadian bacon (12 g protein)

Whole-wheat bagel w/ light spread (52 g complex carbs)

Banana (27 g simple carbs)

Space your meals throughout the day. When it comes to reducing your fatigue through diet, it’s not all about what you eat. It’s also about when you eat. Some studies have shown that splitting your daily food intake over five (or more) smaller meals per day makes it easier to maintain feelings of fullness and high levels of energy throughout the day (though some of the other supposed benefits of this style of diet have recently become the subject of debate).[19] Conversely, eating just a few large meals per day can leave people feeling fatigued when it’s been a long time since their last meal. Note, however, that if you plan to split your daily food intake into a greater number of meals, it’s important not to increase your overall calorie intake (unless you’re trying to gain weight). Your weight is ultimately determined by the absolute number of calories you eat per day, not the number of meals you eat.

Don’t over-load on food. While healthy, nutritious food can be the fuelthat gives you the energy that you need to get through the day, too much food can be a bad thing. Over-eating (even if your food is very nutritious) can lead to feelings of uncomfortable fullness, bloating, and fatigue. In addition, consistently over-eating can cause weight gain, which can lead to long-term feeling of fatigue and sluggishness. No matter what’s in your diet, it’s important to keep your daily intake under control to maintain optimal health and energy.
You’ll especially want to avoid frequently indulging in foods that are rich in fat and/or sugar. These foods can be satisfying to eat, but they’re usually sources of “empty calories” — in other words, they’re calorie-rich but have no other nutritious benefit. Additionally, consuming these types of foods too heavily can lead to serious health problems, like diabetes and heart disease.

Hydrate! Dehydration has long been cited as a cause of a variety of health problems, including fatigue.[20] Though the seriousness of mild dehydration and the exact amount of water a person needs throughout the day are the subjects of continuing debate,[21] moderate to serious dehydration is known for sure to sap a person’s energy and cause fatigue. If you’ve been active throughout the day or have been exercising and are beginning to feel fatigued, try drinking a glass of water for a refreshing boost. Pure water is best for curing dehydration (though certain sports drinks containing electrolytes can also be great for prolonged, intense exercise). Don’t consume drinks containing alcohol or caffeine — these chemicals can contribute to dehydration (though not as much as is sometimes reported),[22] decreasing the drink’s benefit.

Try a dietary supplement. Today, a huge assortment of dietary supplements are available both online and through traditional retailers that allege to help fight fatigue. Though some supporters of these supplements testify to these supplements’ benefits, most have not been proven to be effective in a clinical setting. In addition, these sorts of supplements aren’t subject to the same sorts of oversight and regulation that ordinary foods and drugs are, which means that, for many dietary supplements, there is little in terms of quality control. If you’d like to take a dietary supplement for your fatigue, talk to your doctor first — he may be able to recommend an alternative or help you judge the possible risks and rewards of your chosen supplement. Just a few supplements that can (allegedly) lower fatigue are:[23] Black currant

Fish oil




Evening primrose oil

Folic acid

Diagnosing Fatigue-Causing Disorders
Know the signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder which can usually be cured but can cause serious health problems if left untreated. In a person suffering from sleep apnea, the throat doesn’t maintain its proper shape during sleep, leading to periods of sleep where breathing becomes difficult or even stops entirely. This keeps the body from getting as much oxygen as it needs, leading to interrupted sleep, stress, and extreme drowsiness during the day. If you think you have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor right away to start a treatment plan.
Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea are very loud snoring, difficulty breathing during sleep, morning headaches, insomnia, dry throat, and drowsiness during the day.[24]
One of the most common causes of sleep apnea is being overweight or obese, though even thin people can suffer from the disorder.[25] If you are overweight and suffer from sleep apnea, your doctor will probably recommend beginning a weight-loss regimen.

Know the signs of diabetes. Diabetes, a disease which in recent years has become a serious health problem for millions of people in the developed world, can cause fatigue (especially after meals).[26][27] In fact, some people first discover they are diabetic when they go to the doctor for unexplained fatigue. Diabetes effects a person’s ability to regulate her blood sugar levels — fatigue results when a person’s blood sugar levels become too low or too high. If you exhibit any of the symptoms of diabetes below, contact your doctor right away — left untreated, diabetes can develop into a very serious condition.
Some of the most common symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination, frequent thirst, weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, tingling in the hands or feet, and sweet-tasting urine.[28]

Know the signs of anemia. Anemia is a disorder of the red blood cells which can cause fatigue and other serious symptoms.[29] In cases of anemia, the body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the body effectively (or the red blood cells is does have don’t function properly), keeping the body from getting the energy it needs. If you exhibit some or all of the symptoms below, talk to your doctor immediately. Though anemia can usually be treated, drastic treatments may be needed if it is not dealt with in a timely fashion.
Some of the most common symptoms of anemia are fatigue, dizziness, headaches, coldness in the hands and feet, pale skin, and chest pain. In addition, anemia is often accompanied by iron deficiency, which can cause swelling of the tongue, brittle nails, sores in the mouth, and frequent infections.[30]

Know the signs of depression. Not all of the serious medical causes of fatigue are physical disorders. In fact, some mental and emotional disorders, including depression, can cause fatigue. It is also thought that depression can be caused by fatigue, which can lead to a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle in people suffering from depression.[31] If you suffer from constant fatigue and have frequent negative thoughts or any of the other symptoms listed below, visit your doctor and be sure to mention your depression symptoms. Depression is a serious medical condition (not a personal weakness) and it can be treated.
The symptoms of depression include irritability, feelings of worthlessness, anxiety, eating disorders, fatigue, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, persistent sadness, and non-specific pains.

If you’re exhibiting symptoms of depression and are having serious thoughts of self-harm or suicide, don’t wait for your doctor’s appointment — call a crisis hotline (like 1-800-273-TALK (8255)) immediately. These lines are open 24/7 and offer counseling, guidance, and reassurance in times of intense personal pain.[32]

Know the types of medications that can cause fatigue. Every medication,from the most benign cold pills to the most serious chemotherapy drugs, can have unintended side effects. Fatigue is a common side effect of many medications — so many, in fact, that it’s impossible to list them all here individually. If you’ve recently been prescribed a new medicine and you’ve begun experiencing fatigue, talk to your doctor. She may be able to adjust your dosage or find you a new medication with less severe side effects. Some common medicines which can cause fatigue are anti-anxiety medications, high blood pressure medications, painkillers, antidepressants, and cholesterol medications containing the substance statin.[33]

Consult a doctor immediately for more serious causes of fatigue. The vast majority of fatigue cases have causes that can be solved with simple lifestyle changes or basic medical treatments. However, in rare cases, fatigue can be a symptom of serious or life-threatening conditions which can require immediate medical attention. In cases where your fatigue has no apparent cause and is accompanied by other symptoms (especially fever or unexplained weight loss), you should contact your doctor immediately. If severe fatigue occurs suddenly and is accompanied by other serious symptoms (like confusion, blurred vision, or swelling and an inability to urinate), as this may be a time-sensitive condition like stroke or heart failure.[34] Some (rare) disorders which can have fatigue as a symptom are:[35] Heart failure





Kidney/Liver disease

Change does not happen immediately.

Take it slowly. Don’t try to change too many things at the same time, or you risk discouraging yourself.

Write out a schedule for your self and make it decorative/pretty, well organized, and is visible (such as on your wall, fridge, etc.)

Share your feelings with someone close to you or start writing in a diary.

Ask a friend to help you with your changes. Join a gym with a friend, do something active with others, join a club.

Realize that there is no ‘quick-fix’ to the problem of long-term fatigue.

If making lifestyle changes, such as sleeping and eating better, does not work, see a doctor and tell him or her that you have trouble with fatigue. Various medical conditions can cause fatigue and tiredness, too.

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How to Turn off GPS on the iPhone

Turning off GPS on your iPhone is very easy, and if you aren’t using it, it may help improve your phone’s battery life, and also making sure that hackers or someone can’t view your location, aswell as other apps seeing where you are!

Go to your iPhone’s home screen and click on the settings icon.

Under settings, find “Privacy” and click on it.

Click on Location Services.

Turn off GPS here by turning off location services.
Turn off location services.

You can turn off GPS entirely by turning location services off using the on/off button at the top, or alternatively you can turn off GPS to individual apps using each individual on/off button.

Having GPS off might make some of your apps stop working. However, each app should alert you should there be an issue.

turning your GPS off could help your device save memory.

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