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Escaping The Windows 8 Default Full Screen Photo App

Windows 8 Launch by Dell Inc.

Windows 8 Launch by Dell Inc.

By now you’ve probably realized that Windows 8 does its best to make seemingly every basic task a difficult one, and viewing an image file is no different.

By default, Windows 8 is set up to open images through its full screen photo viewing app, as if we want to give up our multitasking abilities and stare at a single image as long as time lets us. For normal people’s sake, here is a quick fix to the annoying ‘feature’ Windows 8 has blessed us with.

First, go to ‘Control Panel’ in your ‘Start’ menu, and open up Programs -> Default Programs and from there, select ‘Set your default programs’.

From there, scroll down to ‘Windows Photo Viewer’ in the ‘Programs’ list on the side.
Once ‘Windows Photo Viewer’ is selected, click ‘Set this program as default’, and you’ll never have to experience Microsoft Reader again.

You can do the same for other full screen apps as well.

How to Write an Effective To-Do List

To-do lists are extremely useful – they allow you to be more organized and prevent you from forgetting about important tasks. Not to mention the sheer satisfaction of crossing things off and noticing how the list gets smaller and smaller as time goes by. Also, by using a to-do list you will be able to keep track of everything you have accomplished and you will be prouder of yourself at the end of the day.

Nonetheless, in order for your list to actually help, you have to make sure that it’s an effective one. First-off, a never-ending to-do list will work against you, so keep it short. Remember that your day is a limited size, so it makes sense for your list to be limited as well. Avoid feeling overwhelmed and rushed by only writing down what’s really important. 

In the same note, don’t add tasks to your list as you go along, unless you really need to. Think of it this way: if you start with ten tasks on your to-do lists and complete three, it feels like progress. If you complete three and add five others, however, you may feel discouraged or irritated. Additionally, you should learn how to prioritize your list. Figure out which tasks are more important and get them out of the way first. It will be easier to handle your more menial assignments once the big ones are out of the way.   

We are going to conclude with a simple trick – for each thing you want to get done during the day, write down a reward as well. For instance, if you are at work, you can allow yourself to check Facebook or read your favorite blog for a few minutes after you complete a big task. This simple tactic will keep you more motivated and productive.    

How to Help Someone Who Is Having a Panic Attack

Witnessing someone having a panic attack can be pretty alarming. You want to help them out, but you may feel helpless and have no idea what to say in this type of situation. Not to worry – calming someone who is suffering from extreme anxiety can be a bit tricky, but as long as you act in a reassuring manner you have a better chance of guiding them to recovery.

First off, determine if the person is indeed suffering from a panic attack. Panic attacks can be quite distressing and last for about 5 minutes or more. They often happen without any warning and for no reason. The person suffering from a panic attack may experience palpitations or chest pain, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, trembling, sweating, and dizziness. If this is the first time the person is having a panic attack, you should immediately seek medical attention, especially if they have other medical problems as well, like asthma or diabetes.

In order to help them calm down, take them to a quiet area and show them that they are safe. Ask them to remain still and speak in a reassuring manner. The worst think you can do is dismiss their fears. Never say something like “You have nothing to worry about” or “stop overreacting” – this will only make matters worse. Don’t patronize them; instead, keep telling them that everything will be alright, that they are safe, and that you don’t plan to leave their side anytime soon.

Another wise idea would be to focus on helping the person suffering from a panic attack regain control of their breathing. This will ease the symptoms and calm them down. If possible, get them to breathe in a paper bag. If not, try counting breaths aloud. Encourage the individual to breathe in for one second and then out for another second, then gradually increase the count to two seconds, three seconds and so on until their breathing is regular again.

The most important thing to remember if you ever find yourself trying to help someone having a panic attack: don’t leave their side. They might be rude and annoying, but understand that they are going through something and do your best to help. Leaving them alone will likely aggravate their symptoms. 

Even if you don’t find anything to say to calm them down, your simple presence may be enough. Just remember to stay calm yourself and call 911 if the individual isn’t feeling better after 10 minutes. 

How Can I Improve My Posture?

If you usually spend your entire day at a desk, it’s likely that your posture will suffer over time. And that’s a shame, as posture can have a major impact on how we live and how we feel every day. Faulty posture can lead to back pain and neck pain, which are both unpleasant, to say the least. Luckily, there are a few things you can do if you are looking to get better posture. 

Practice yoga

There are several yoga poses that can help you improve your posture: Mountain Pose, Child’s Pose,Locust Pose, to only name a few. In fact, both yoga and Pilates help you strengthen the muscles of your abdomen and pelvic area (or your core), which form the foundation of good posture. Yoga will also improve your balance and flexibility, not to mention the fact that it will help you drop a few pounds or keep your current weight under control.  

Use a standing desk

Standing desks are still controversial, but they can tremendously help you with your posture. If you have a standing desk, you don’t have to use it all day, every day. However, just a couple of hours spent standing instead of hunched back over your laptop can work wonders when it comes to your posture. You can read more about the advantages and disadvantages of a standing desk on Lifehacker.

While sleeping

Yes, it’s true – you can improve your posture even while you are sleeping, with minimal effort. First off, use a firm mattress, which will provide better support to your entire body. Then, do your best to sleep on your back instead of side. This way, your spinal cord will get complete support from the mattress, and your shoulders will line up neatly with the body. Sleep on a flat pillow and place another one below your knees, to reduce strain on the lower lumbar region.

If you would like to avoid being hunched over and having chronic joint pain, it’s time to stand up straight. Use the tips above for inspiration and your posture will surely get better over time. 

How to Help Someone Who Is Having a Panic Attack

Witnessing someone having a panic attack can be pretty alarming. You want to help them out, but you may feel helpless and have no idea what to say in this type of situation. Not to worry – calming someone who is suffering from extreme anxiety can be a bit tricky, but as long as you act in a reassuring manner you have a better chance of guiding them to recovery. Continue reading