Now, why would anyone in their right mind pour coconut oil in their hair? You wouldn’t be the first one to ask this question. Apparently, coconut oil is one of the best home remedies available you can use to maintain a beautiful head of locks. I conjure up images of tropical island survivors planted on a small tropical island with a tall tree of coconuts towering over their heads. This is my perception of coconut oil. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Body Butter is great for giving tired, dry skin an extra helping of moisture. Since it’s made with nourishing oils and nut butters, body butter is able to penetrate deeply into your skin – unlike lotions, which mostly lie on the surface and quickly evaporate due to their high water content.
Blackheads are small, unsightly, dark-colored bumps, that form when skin pores become blocked with sebum and dead skin cells. The only difference between a blackhead and a pimple (or whitehead), is that blackheads lack a skin covering and are exposed to the air. The surface cells of the sebum plug develop sulfides, which react with oxygen and turn the cells black.
Feel your confidence shine, just like your hair!
Dry and damaged hair is a common problem amongst both men and women nowadays. Since the use of hair straighteners, curlers and hair colouring has risen so has the number of individuals suffering from lifeless locks! These sufferers are not one in a million, they are in fact both me and you.
Having healthy luscious hair is a dream for most people, one that can prove expensive. Various ‘serums’ and ‘hair masks’ have been marketed for the dull, damaged and split end afflicted tresses. Although, the truth is these expensive treatments are rarely worth the money, or effort we all pour into them in the hope of finding a result.
What do you mean the outstanding benefits of castor oil? Castor oil is given to a patient when nothing else works. “There are no outstanding benefits to castor oil you may say.” Think again, there are some powerful benefits derived from using castor oil. The widespread misconception is that castor oil is a notorious natural laxative. Another bad wrap castor oil has received over the years, is that it’s only to be used as a laxative.
Let’s set the record straight ! Castor oil has many beneficial uses including for health reasons, skin conditions, laxative purposes, and as a lubricant and the list goes on. Castor oil has been around for eons. It comes from the “Ricinus Communis” family of plants. These plants are native to tropical regions and grow in the wastelands. They are widely used in Africa, India and the Mediterranean basin. Interesting note, “Castrol” (the famous oil company) takes their name from castor oil. Castor oil can be fatal but you would have to feed the victim large quantities of this vegetable oil. The recipients died from dehydration not any lethal chemicals found in the castor oil. Castor oil contains, Ricin, a highly toxic ingredient. But this is removed in the oil extraction phase.
No! don’t Give me Castor Oil for this
Castor oil is a very effective laxative as it is known for. It really is safe to ingest it and little children are safe consuming it.(Contrary to popular folklore.) The amount given will directly affect the result on the human body. Typically for children under the age of 2 they should be given 1 teaspoon. 2-12 years old, 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls. Adults can take 1 to 2 tablespoons. Mix orange juice with the castor oil it will go down much easier. Another fact about castor oil unlike most laxatives (which activate in the colon.) is it activates in the small intestine. Within 2 to 5 hours the bowels are cleaned out. It’s a very powerful laxative.[easyazon_infoblock align=”none” identifier=”B017IA5H0M” locale=”US” tag=”balancemeb-20″]
Big Surprise Castor Oil relieves Muscle Soreness
This may seem like an epic fairy tale to you dear reader, but it really is true. You go out and plays heavy contact sports or lift 2 tons of weights for 3 hours. I guarantee you will feel like a walking mummy after it’s over. So, where does castor oil come into play? It is a powerful muscle relaxer. It is fabulous for taking soreness out of overworked muscles. You have sore thigh or calf muscles take some peppermint oil or roman chamomile oil and add them to a tablespoon of castor oil. Rub the mixture into the sore muscles and you will have relief from the muscle pain.
Castor Oil for Joint Pain, Come on?
Yes it is very effective for joint pain. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of ricinoleic acid , which makes up 90% of castor oil, is well documented. It aids in the decongestion of the lymphatic system. Lymph vessels gather waste materials from tissues and carry them to the blood for elimination. When these lymph vessels get congested they cause many autoimmune diseases such as arthritis. Castor oil clears out the blockages in these lymph vessels and assists them in moving freely again. This can relieve joint pain and maybe fight autoimmune diseases.
A second benefit is castor oil helps to stimulate the Thymus Gland (located between the sternum and lungs.) This gland is only active until puberty then it shrinks and disappears. This helps increase the production of lymphocytes (white blood cells). What is noteworthy is these effects are achieved by applying castor oil topically only. You can mix in cayenne pepper with the castor oil and apply it topically as well.
Fungal infections Beware
Castor oil has undecylenic acid which is, a by-product of the ricinoleic acid, which helps fight the fungus. Some culprits it will help with is ringworm, athlete’s feet and crotch itch all which are fungus driven. It could be more effective than the azole drugs. But it doesn’t have the toxic effects of these antifungal drugs. Heat some castor oil and apply to the affected area. Of course let the castor oil cool. Do this for a week and you will observe some remarkable results.
Hair Come back
Castor oil will not stimulate hair growth on all parts of the body. But it can help with hair restoration on the scalp. Take a bit of castor oil and rub it into the scalp. The ability to restore hair may be found in the warm oil’s ability to improve blood circulation. Heat the oil until it’s hot to the touch Let it cool and rub it into the scalp. You will see a difference in as little as two weeks.
Castor oil can help thicken your eyebrows (if you so desire) by applying the oil with the tip of a cotton bud. The oil is dabbed on the eyebrow ridge and the eyebrows will grow denser in the scant areas. It helps hair Loss caused by Alopecia (which means hair loss.) The anti-inflammatory property of castor oil may the reason why it fights the hair loss caused by alopecia.
Hair Color Live On
Castor oil can even help enhance your natural hair color. How, we may wonder? Castor oil can make your hair look thicker and richer. Castor oil is a humectant which locks in moisture. Castor oil will lock the moisture in each hair shaft making each hair strand darker and thicker.
The hair application can be a little involved but it can be done. Wash your hair and towel dry it. Warm very slightly one tablespoon of castor oil and dip your fingers in it. Try and apply it to as many hair strands as possible. If you fashion long hair apply the castor oil in sections. Gently rub each section on your fingers to cover every hair strand.
Mascara wait a minute
Mascara, is made to make eyelashes look fuller and darker. Mascara also helps to define the eyes better. The ancient process involves burning vegetable oils then infusing them with herbal extracts and essential oils. The soot is collected off the surface smeared with castor oil. This is a sloppy process but the homemade product is much safer than the commercial product.
Here is how you can create your own mascara using beeswax and castor oil. Add charcoal powder for black mascara and cocoa powder for brown. Remember, this is mascara for makeup. Now, melt one tablespoon of beeswax in a double boiler and add two tablespoons of castor oil to it. Throw in cocoa powder or charcoal powder for your desired color and consistency. Apply castor oil to the eyelashes every night for thicker and darker eyelashes.
It will even extensively moisturize your skin
So, by now we are thinking what can’t castor oil help with? Now we will explore how it can moisturize the skin and do a very effective job of it. Castor oil is very viscous so it stays in your skin pores and nourishes it with fatty acids. Unlike other moisturizers which will run on your skin and not penetrate as deeply.
Pricey commercial skin moisturizers use castor oil in their ingredients. You can use pure castor oil and apply it directly to your skin. The application of castor oil on the skin can be tricky because it’s so thick. Rub a teaspoonful of oil in between your palms. Rub the castor oil into the skin this way it will form a thin and even layer. A little dabble do you. In other words a little bit of castor oil will go a long way. You don’t need a lot for this application.
The initial application will be sticky. Once you get it to a thin layer it will be absorbed quickly into the skin. Some users like to lighten the texture with charcoal oil. It is applied easier with that addition.
Skin Problems be Gone
Castor oil can be used to remove warts, skin tags and acne. Warts are caused by viral infections, skin tags develop in areas where the skin is excessively rubbed. Acne is formed from an overproduction of sebum. Castor oil can attack these skin conditions and eradicate them. Apply castor oil with a cotton swab to the affected skin areas. Most of the problems seem to be resolved within one or two weeks. Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties in castor oil may be responsible for healing these skin conditions.
Sweet Dreams with Castor Oil
Castor oil seems to help people sleep as well. Today the hot topic is what ill effects sleep deprivation can have on people. But the reality is we cannot force ourselves to sleep. Ideally, we should get 7 to 7.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. So if you have trouble sleeping what do you do ? Try some castor oil. What? Did you know that castor oil can put you into a deep and extended sleep. Supposedly, people, whose sleep clocks have gone crazy, vow the stuff works. They apply it around their eyes or put it in their hair they swear it works!
If you are having trouble sleeping then try some castor oil under your eyelids. You should sleep soundly for the allotted time. If you set your alarm so you only sleep for five or six hours you will wake up groggy.
Castor Oil makes Colic Run
You sit hopelessly watching your beloved baby writhe from colic pain. What do you do? Try some castor oil. The source for colic pain may be due to gas, abnormal spasms or obstructions in the young developing gastronomical tract. Castor oil supplies relief for babies from colic where many other oral medications fail. Gently rub the castor oil into the abdominal area and before you know it the little one will be fast asleep. Either the analgesic properties or the soporific effects ,of castor oil, relieve colic pain.
Your pets are safe
Did you know that castor oil can heal your pets from annoying skin conditions? You may be able to save yourself some money by not taking your pets to the veterinary. Pets will lick wounded areas on their bodies incessantly. This will exacerbate the wounds further. Plus, the pets will swallow the medications from the wounds. Castor oil can be applied to the wounded areas and will heal the skin conditions on your beloved cat or dog. The animal may lick the castor oil and it’s unpleasant taste will deter them from licking their wounds further. Ingesting the castor oil will cause loose stools.
Castor oil will save that food
Castor oil can preserve your food. Yes, it can even save your food. The food industry has used castor oil quite extensively for preserving foods. The anti-fungal property of castor oil is good for preserving food. Many dried grains and pulses are coated with castor oil to preserve them over long periods of time. Another benefit is castor oil is it repels insects that will eat the food. Cowpeas, for example, can be smeared with castor oil and they will stay fresh for a long time. The oil will be washed off by rinsing cowpeas in water.
If you are storing food for survival purposes then you need to preserve them from spoilage from macro pests and microbes. It is not advisable to preserve the foods with chemical preservatives especially if they are organic foods. Use castor oil it could be your best option.
Castor oil can be used to lubricate many things. It is one of the best lubricants available and it almost works as good as grease in lubricating moving parts. It can be used in appliances, scissors and kitchen appliances. And it is used in racing cars. Castor oil doesn’t ruin oil so it can be used in cycle pumps with rubber seals.
Castor oil is suppose to help as an anti-aging agent. If it is used topically. A primary fact is when skin dries it accumulates wrinkles and lines. Castor oil can help in eliminating these lines and wrinkles. Rub into your face and look out. You should see results overtime. It will make your skin look younger.
To remove scars you need to rub the castor oil directly into the scar tissue. Be patient because it will take time to see results for scar removal. Eventually, it will produce results. It needs to be used consistently to produce visible results. Don’t give up!
Pregnancies cause stretch marks due to the skin stretching drastically over the abdomen in a relatively short period of time. Castor oil produces more elastic skin and stretch marks don’t stand a chance. Use castor oil the last two months of pregnancy and there will be no visible stretch marks. Use it topically and the fatty acids, in the castor oil, will do the rest.
Dermatologists widely recommend using castor oil to retain the skin’s natural color pigmentation. It works very well clearing in treating uneven skin tone, spots and marks. It will keep your skin looking young and vibrant. It has the uncanny ability to reduce pigmentation because of it’s high volume of omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3 fatty acids hydrate the skin while stimulating healthy skin tissue growth. The result is clear-looking and supple skin.
Castor oil has so many everyday uses it’s amazing. Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing those tired eyes? You know the look like you haven’t slept in a month. Castor oil can help with that problem too. Before you retire for bed at night rub a little bit around your eyes and even on the eyelashes. It works like petroleum jelly and it will leave you looking and feeling a little more refreshed in the morning.[easyazon_link identifier=”B0013TM9UQ” locale=”US” tag=”balancemeb-20″]NOW Solutions Castor Oil, 100 % Pure, 16 ounce[/easyazon_link]
The Final Moments
So, as we have seen castor oil has many more uses than just as a laxative. It can be used as a lubricant, eyelash enhancer, skin moisturizer, and mole deterrent and the list doesn’t stop there. Castor oil has been a misunderstood vegetable oil for a long time. Yes, it tastes terrible but even this issue can be coped with. Castor oil is not expensive and it has so many practical and impractical uses.
It really is safe to ingest and it can do wonders for your body externally as well as internally. We have discussed many ways that castor oil can benefit us. It should be a regular household item. It is one of the most versatile products on the market today. Just do a search on the internet and you will find out why castor oil is so valuable. So, let it never be said that castor oil is only useful as natural laxative. It is very effective in that use but it has many useful functions that people don’t even think or know about. Apply some of the techniques we have talked about previously in this article and you will be amazed at what castor oil can do for you and your family.
Whether it’s for an upcoming high school reunion, wedding or vacation, you know you’d look better and feel more confident 20lbs lighter.
The standard advice for healthy weight loss is to take it slowly, but you want to drop the pounds fast without damaging your health.
Well, I’ve got some good news for you, the standard advice is wrong.
In a review article in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts point out that it’s incorrect to assume that slow and steady weight loss is the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off. They say, “more rapid and greater initial weight loss is associated with lower body weight at the end of long-term follow-up”.
There you have it. Rapid weight loss gives better results over the long term, than a slow and steady approach. This time the hare beats the tortoise!
Okay then, let’s look at a proven way to drop 20lbs in one month.
Dr Michael Mosley devised an 800 calorie a day weight loss plan aimed at reversing type 2 diabetes. It’s been hugely successful and not just with diabetics. Knowing a good thing when they saw it, thousands of people got onboard with the Blood Sugar Diet in a bid to kick start their weight loss.
People following the plan can expect to achieve significant weight loss. Fast.
Dr Mosley highlights some typical cases in his book, the 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet, Cassie, 24 years old and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, lost 44lbs in 8 weeks. And Dick also lost 44lbs in 8 weeks.
From this we can infer that a 20lb loss within two weeks is a realistic target.
On this plan you get to eat real, nutritious food that will fill you up. You aren’t going to face four weeks of lettuce leaves and water.
Alright then, let’s get down to business.
You Get To Eat 800 Calories A Day
If you think that you’ll be starving hungry, and on the verge of fainting every day on an 800 calorie allowance, think again. I’ve tried this diet and found that quite often I failed to reach 800 calories, because I simply wasn’t hungry. On those days my food diary totals came in a little over 600 calories.
What kinds of food? – Healthy natural food. The best kind. The secret (and it’s really just common sense) is to feed your body what it needs.
When your body is starving for nutrition, it will keep on demanding food until it gets what it needs. So if you typically eat junk, your body quickly sends you another hunger signal, in the hope that this time you’ll eat something nutritious.
Eat a wide selection of natural, unadulterated foods and your body will soon be satisfied and ease off on the demand for more food, making it easier for you to stay the distance.
You can eat
- Healthy fats – butter, olive oil, coconut oil
- Non-starchy vegetables
- Beans and lentils
Here’s an entry from my food diary including the calorie and carb totals.
Breakfast – 10 raw almonds – 60 calories
Lunch – 3 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped and mixed with 1 dessert spoon mayonnaise and a pinch of paprika.
Dinner – 200g (raw weight) chicken served with 100g raw carrot, 1 medium tomato, 200g cauliflower and celeriac mashed with 10g butter, 100g mushrooms sauteed in 1 teaspoon olive oil, 50g pickled beetroot.
Total 817 calories and 29g carbs.
The entry for my birthday comes in at 659 calories. And that’s on a day when I baked cake for the rest of my family. I wasn’t tempted to even sneak one bite, and I bake delicious cakes!
If you want to follow the plan, you can get the low-down at Dr Mosley’s website, where you’ll also find a busy support forum, full of friendly people on their own weight loss journeys.
Keep A food Diary
I can’t stress the importance of this strongly enough.
You MUST, MUST, MUST log every bite of food that passes your lips.
Yes, I know that seems like a huge burden, but it really isn’t once you’ve got it set up, and keeping a strict handle on your calorie intake is the only way that this will work.
Often we have no idea how calorie laden our food is. It’s easy to think that just one cookie won’t make a difference, but if that cookie has 100 calories then you had better believe it’s going to scupper your chances of success.
One hundred calories of cookie, means you have 100 calories less of nutritious, filling food to work with. And the sugar hit will pull you out of fat burning mode and make your progress so much slower.
Logging the food you plan to eat will stop you sabotaging your efforts.
Try My Fitness Pal, or a similar site, that makes logging your food easy. Most foods are already in their database making completing your entries a snap. Don’t forget to download their mobile app, then you’ve got no excuses for not keeping track of your calories.
Choose Moderate Low Intensity Exercise At First
When you’re eating at this calorie level, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to hit the gym hard. For the first week or so, while your body is adjusting to your new dietary regime, choose activities like walking and swimming.
After the initial settling-in period is over and your energy levels are back to normal (or even increased), then step up the intensity and duration.
Take A Good Vitamin Supplement
Even though you are eating, healthy, nourishing food on this diet, it’s a good idea to take some good quality vitamins each day.
Supermarket multi-vitamins are pretty much worthless, so it will be worth your while to visit your local health food store and purchase some high strength individual supplements.
One vitamin to definitely make sure you don’t skimp on in [easyazon_link identifier=”B00GB85JR4″ locale=”US” tag=”balancemeb-20″]vitamin D3[/easyazon_link]. D3 is usually made by our skin when we’re out in sunlight, but given how much time we tend to spend indoors and how thoroughly we slather ourselves in sunscreen when we are outdoors, D3 levels can be less than optimum.
Good D3 levels are important to help weight loss. When taken in supplement form make sure that you add vitamin K2, to aid in the uptake of this important vitamin.
Get Lots Of Sleep
A tired brain craves food. It wants a fast energy rush and will urge you to seek out foods loaded with sugar. Those are hard cravings to ignore.
You’ll need serious willpower to keep out of the cookie jar, but willpower is in short supply when you get tired. Sleepy heads are also prone to eating bigger portions of food.
Insufficient sleep affects your hunger hormones, including two called Ghrelin and Leptin. Ghrelin tells your brain it’s time to eat, but a lack of sleep makes your body produce more Ghrelin. And the more Ghrelin you have running loose in your system, the hungrier you’re going to feel.
Leptin is the hormone usually released when you’ve had enough to eat. It’s the stop-eating signal. But when you’re tired, your leptin levels drop off a cliff and your poor, befuddled-brain doesn’t get the stop eating signal.
Without sufficient sleep you’re likely to run out of steam halfway through the month and fall short of your weight loss goal.
The takeaway here is to make sleep a priority if you’re serious about shifting the pounds.
Take All Of Your Measurements Before You Start
Often people find that even though the scale hasn’t moved all week, they’ve lost inches. And that knowledge helps them stay on track.
Take measurements for:
- Upper thighs
- Upper arms
De-stress With Simple Meditation
When you’re trying to lose weight, consider stress your number one enemy. Yep, it’s even more insidious than that triple layer chocolate fudge cake in the bakery window.
There’s no question that elevated stress levels are bad for your health. In fact stress is implicated in seven of the top ten causes of death in the United States.
Stress is a culprit contributing to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and suicide.
Stress also makes you gain weight and hold onto that weight, courtesy of the hormone Cortisol, which rages through your body when you’re under pressure.
It’s hard to avoid stress in our modern world. And most of us, even when we’re not feeling totally strung out, suffer from low-level chronic stress. That’s why it’s important to put a strategy in place to help combat the demands and frustrations of daily life.
If you’re already familiar with meditation, then follow what you know. But if you’re a complete beginner, then try the following simple meditation.
Find a comfortable chair, that lets you sit with your back straight, and your feet flat on the floor. There’s no need to adopt any strenuous yoga positions.
Light a candle. A scented one that relaxes you would be perfect.
Now repeat the following mantra while staring into the flame. Go to Youtube to find out how to pronounce the words. I recommend searching on youtube for Deva Premal, her rendition is really quite beautiful and you can play it in the background as you meditate.
Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreṇyaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt
The Gayatri Mantra roughly translates as:
(O) Supreme one; (who is) the physical, astral (and) causal worlds (himself).
(you are) the source of all, deserving all worship
(O) radiant, divine one; (we) meditate (upon you)
Propel our Intellect (towards liberation or freedom)
As you repeat the mantra, your mind will empty of your worries. Set aside ten minutes (or longer if you have the time) a couple of times a day to do this meditation.
Here are 3 top tips to help you stay the course.
Take a photo – This photo should be of the way you look now, not an aspirational picture of how you wish you looked.
You already see hundreds of images of trim, toned, beautiful people every day. And you’re still overweight, right? Right. So we’re agreed that photos of a size 4 model with your head glued on the top won’t help 🙂
What you need is a warts-and-all photo, that will catch your attention and stop you in your tracks.
If your living arrangement permits it, strip to your underwear and take a photo, then stick copies on your fridge, food cupboards, pizza menu drawer, etc. If you have housemates or teenage kids. you’ll probably want to preserve your modesty and keep your clothes on. In that case, dress in something that shows off your imperfections.
The photo will also be a huge source of satisfaction once you get to the end of the month and you can compare it to the new 20lb-lighter you!
Build a Butter Mountain – You know how it feels when you step on the scale and it’s hardly moved. It feels crappy doesn’t it?
On the days when you’ve only lost a couple of ounces or (gasp) no ounces, the lack of progress can be frustrating to the point where you decide that the whole thing is pointless. Then you go and throw in the towel, undoing all of the good work you’ve already done.
What you need is a way to quantify what those ounces actually mean and see what an achievement the loss of each one truly is. That’s where the butter comes in.
A stick of butter weighs 4 oz or ¼ pound. Each time you weigh yourself, note down the loss, then go to your freezer and get out the equivalent weight of butter. On days where the scale hasn’t moved, go to the freezer and take out the butter that represents the weight you’ve already lost.
Look at it.
You don’t want to put that fat back on your body do you?
No you don’t. Congratulate yourself on your loss so far and stay positive.
Find A support Network – Research shows that dieters receiving support achieve more weight loss than those going it alone. It’s why place like Weight Watchers work so well.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to go and join a club and endure a weekly weigh-in, it just means that you need some people to have your back. People who can pep you up when progress is slow, or when you’re having a particularly stressful day.
If you’ve got understanding friends and family who you can trust to be firm with you, enlist them as your support team.
If you don’t have anyone who fits the bill, then join up to weight loss forum or facebook group, where you can give, as well as get support. Keeping a public progress journal on your support site is also a good idea. That way you stay accountable.
Another way to stay accountable in a big way, is to sign up to a service that takes your hard earned cash if you don’t meet your goals. At healthywage.com they say that research and industry experience both demonstrate that financial incentives and games are powerful weight loss tools.
At Healthy Wage you place a bet on your weight loss outcome. If you meet your goal, you get your money back plus a cash bonus. If you don’t make the grade, you forfeit your money.
A Trick To Beat Stalls
If the scale hasn’t moved all week, you can give a boost to your efforts by going on a mini-fast.
A mini-fast doesn’t mean that you don’t get to eat. All you’re going to do is give your body a longer interval between meals. so that it has to metabolize some fat.
Eat dinner as usual, then skip breakfast and lunch the next day. In the evening enjoy your full dinner.
That’s all there is to it and it’s usually enough to get the scale moving in the right direction again.
Once you’ve reached your weight loss goal, you can congratulate yourself on a job well done. But don’t get complacent. This is the point where you should switch to a maintenance plan if you don’t want the weight to creep back on.
Try these ideas
Follow the 5:2 diet plan – Eat normally for 5 days out of a week then restrict your calories on the other two days. You can split the diet days up, they don’t have be done together.
800 Calories one week each month – Use the low calorie regime once a month to keep your weight stable.
Juice Fast – Vegetable juice fasts are a fantastic way to lose weight fast, but they are very hard to stick to for any length of time. To keep control of your weight, enjoy a few days of juice fasting each month.
Change Your Habits
Another way to prevent the pounds piling back on is to change your habits. If sitting in front of the TV triggers your instinct to reach for a bag of chips or bowl of ice cream, then don’t sit in front of the TV. Find a different way to fill your time. Preferably doing something that keeps your hands busy.