The living room in a home occupies the most important place – the space where a family gathers to discuss their respective day, relax, have fun and enjoy laid-back evenings. Guests of the family are entertained here too and so this room sees the maximum traffic and activity compared to other spaces in the home. It is necessary to understand the importance of this space and thus it is imperative to keep this room looking fresh and exquisite.
While setting up your living room remember the purpose of this space. It must be comfortable, comforting, warm, inviting and invigorating and must speak of your personal style and taste. The occupants of the home and the visitors will be spending a considerable amount of time in the part of the home. There are a number of styles, colours, designs and decors, which can be used to manifest all the attributes I just mentioned.
An all-white flawless living room is unmatched in grace and charm. It really is impossible to go wrong with a completely white living space. However, to keep it from looking like a hospital room, it can be accentuated with different textures and fuchsia accents provide the perfect blend of panache and softness. Different hues of fuchsia – chiffon curtains, rough-hewn linen fuchsia coloured seating, white background with embossed embroidery in fuchsia – all add depth and life to the monochromatic appeal.
As you imagine this room, you will know that it is fresh, light and bright and looks appealing and in step with modern trends. The vibrancy of the fuchsia hues and textures look neat, chic, trendy and yet subtle and more than just a dash of classic appeal! Adding some indoor plants will provide a striking color combination leaving the room look fresh and airy even in the driest and hottest of weather.
Keep the furniture subtle. A mix of too many different types and colors of furniture will make the room looking overbearing and confused. To keep the ambience relaxed and yet lively, choose furniture that has a couple of common design themes and uses a similar color palette as the room. The furniture finishes should be light to accentuate the feeling of space. The doors and windows too must be in white and in a material, which would be easy to maintain, clean and which would continue to look good and perform well over years.
Make your living room space stand out – make it the envy of onlookers. Fuchsia is an eye-catching and attention grabbing color. Blending this color with the elegance and fluency of white, makes this color combination the kind that gets living spaces published in popular design magazines. After a hard day’s work, coming home to this space is sure to melt away all the worries and chaotic humdrum of a work life.
Let’s start first with some swimming instructions and how you can keep yourself, your loved ones and even your gadgets safe while swimming. The sweltering heat is enough motivation to drive one to the embrace of the cool and crystalline waters of a swimming pool and there is no doubt that it is great fun and much needed relief from the fiery sun. However, those who lead a sedentary lifestyle, and may not have undertaken swimming as an exercise before and tend to have sensitive skin and weaker bodily functions, must consult their doctor before swimming. The fact is that the chlorinated water and presence of sub-products often leads to skin irritation, respiratory problems and even eye infections. Protect your eyes especially by using water-proof swimming goggles. Using a swimming cap also protects the hair from harmful agents. Often people go directly from work to have a swim and carry their gadgets along with them. Leaving them in the change rooms could get them stolen – take them with you for a swim – make them waterproof by encasing them in easily available and robust waterproof carriers.
Swimming is Fun
We live in fast moving times – even families hardly get time to spend together during the day. Go swimming – the whole family together! It’s a great way to share laughs, unwind and sharing a common activity strengthens bonds. The whole family has their share of exercise and remains happy and active. Even if you are not great swimmers, playing water games, splashing each other with the water and having that time together does wonders for the spirit of unity and oneness for a family. As the cool water caresses the skin, even the older members of the family feel fit, rejuvenated and I say younger too! Is your family next?
Swimming is Exercise
Despite being an intense workout and exercise, swimming is so much fun that the effort rarely seems present. What better ambiance to exercise in than in cool water splashing around you, a soft light breeze wafting across the water and birds flitting past in the cerulean sky – it’s an uplifting and joyous feeling. No matter how bad or hard a day you have had, I guarantee that a few minutes in the water will wash away all the fretting and regrets of the day. It’s almost like magic – I speak from experience – after a few laps around the pool there is no way you won’t be smiling despite being exhausted from the exercise. In fact, I would say that swimming as an exercise should be used proactively – engage in this exercise at least once a day and you will find your mood more buoyant and your head a lot clearer, which in turn will keep you feeling great all day.
Lose weight and Get Fit
As an aerobic exercise swimming is a great way to burn some calories – combine it with a sensible diet and overtime you will have a slimmer you. Every muscle in the body is put to work when you swim, improving the overall feeling of well-being and also serving to keep you fit. It increases the circulation of blood and also improves respiratory control and lung function. Keeping fit is not just a bodily function – having mental agility counts for fitness too. Swimming as a sport is demanding and builds a person’s self-esteem and confidence. It inculcates the spirit of teamwork, being competitive in a controlled manner and instils discipline in the person undertaking it. Swimming is good even for older people – they do not necessarily have to swim around but just moving their hands and legs about in the water lets them feel energized and relieves aches and pains. Plus it makes them feel like children again!
Summer is here – splash, frolic, swim!
While summer may bring with it the chance to splash around in cool swimming pools, go on the much awaited vacation and of course the widest variety of juicy mangoes, it also brings with it sweltering heat that can cause serious health problems if proper precautionary measures are not taken. Heat strokes are the most common complaint during this time of the year and are a result of a person becoming dehydrated and the bodily temperature rising. Heat strokes can prove fatal and people have been known to go into a coma. If your work keeps you out in the sun for long periods or you are part of large event such as a sports function, ensure that you take the necessary precautions to save yourself from becoming seriously ill. To prevent heat strokes, apart from drinking enough fluids – keep a water bottle handy, use safety products such as a sun block, use a Water purifier (Ultra Filtration), wet wipes, carry an umbrella, wear sunglasses and remain calm.
Signs of Heat Stroke
The first and most obvious sign is that the person does not perspire. This means that your body is unable to keep itself cool through its natural cooling mechanism of sweating. It is important to be extra vigilant for elderly, infants and children. People who are on certain kinds of medication are also at risk of heat stroke. Other high risk groups are athletes and people who work outdoors for long and sustained periods of time.
Keep a look-out for these tell-tale signs:
Shallow and rapid breathing
Pale and dull skin
Extreme tiredness and weakness
Feeling of nausea and dizziness
Higher than normal pulse rate
Unnatural and profuse sweating
What you should do
It is absolutely crucial to take the necessary preventive measures to keep a normal body temperature despite the blistering heat and unbearable humidity. If you know that you will be exposed to the extreme temperature it would serve you well to keep the precautionary measures in mind:
– Take regular breaks in the shade
– Continually sip on water or other healthy fluids (steer clear of aerated beverages and caffeine)
– Don’t push yourself beyond a point. The body can endure only so much.
– Wear airy and loose clothing in light colours.
– Use a hat or parasol and most definitely use a sunscreen
– Wipe your face with a moist cloth or use the more hygienic wipes available in the market
– Avoid eating foods laden with calories like fast foods, fried foods and such. Stick to healthy food options as these will keep up the energy levels of your body and provide the required nutrition.
Who is most at risk?
Heat stroke, like any other ailment can strike anyone. However, there are some people who are more at risk of suffering a heat stroke and if you know of such people in your family and surroundings, help them to keep safe.
– The elderly – especially people over 65 years of age. Make sure their surroundings remain cool and airy
– Infants and young children – simply because they have lower immunity and would be unable to care for themselves
– People who have medical conditions like heart ailments, suffer from high blood pressure or lung disease and use medications for these ailments
– Certain medications also put their users at higher risk of catching a heat stroke:
• Allergy medicines
• Diet drugs
• Laxatives and irritable bladder relief medicines
• Cough and cold medications
• Anti-depressants and other mental health medication
• Medicines to control thyroid and seizures
The sensitivity to heat continues for as long as a week post the rest and medication for a heat stroke. Check with your doctor to know when it is safe for you to begin an exercise regime or even go back to work. Prevention is the best way to avoid heat stroke – just like a lot of other ailments and problems. Be Cool – be safe!