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Discover the Chilean medicinal herbs that will help you relieve stress

Long study sessions, an intense academic workload and the pressure of exams can leave us exhausted. However, in Chile, there are a variety of medicinal herbs that can help you manage your stress, in addition to help you improve your concentration and performance at school.

Long ago, the different aboriginal peoples of Chile used plants, herbs and flowers as medicine to cure illnesses and pain. This tradition is maintained in popular culture to this day and these herbs are used by Chileans on a daily basis as alternative medicine.

The properties of Chilean medicinal herbs are of great help if we prefer a natural approach to our health. Their consumption can be through infusions, vapor or creams.

Here we tell you about some of them, so you can use them to manage your stress.

Rosemary

It works as a stimulant for your organism, in addition to toning your nervous and circulatory systems, and thus benefitting your memory. You can have it as an infusion or use it as a condiment on your meals.

Chamomile

If stress and anxiety cause stomach pain, then you must try chamomile. It works similarly to a painkiller that relieves the symptoms caused by anxiety. It is ideal to drink as an infusion.

Valerian

Nervous tension can cause pain in different parts of your body, and it can even lead to sleeping problems. If you need to relieve your body from pain, as well as a little help to relax before going to sleep, then, we recommend having a valerian infusion at night, as valerian works as a natural sedative.

Melisa

One of the main properties of this herb is that it works as natural tranquilizer that is of great help for those situations that can cause stress. In addition to this, it relieves the effects of anxiety in our body and it helps us manage insomnia.

Remember that, like any medicine, medicinal herbs must be consumed in a responsible manner.

How to Get a University Degree Online

Nowadays, there are a myriad of options to get a university degree; for example, online education. Lack of time, long travels or having to stay home for a number of reasons can get in the way of attending classes face-to-face; however, an online degree is a good alternative.

Online university programs offer a methodology based on virtual classrooms, using video call technology between students and professors, in addition to the constant communication and delivery of contents through virtual classes.

If you’re interested in studying online, but don’t know where to start, here are a series of steps that will help you along the process.

  1. Do your Research

It’s very important that you’re clear on what area and what programs are of interest to you because by studying online you’d be taking on a responsibility. We recommend that you select the program or course, do research on what institutions offer it, search for the recommendations of other students of the programs you’re interested in, the methodology, and what’s most important, if it adjusts to your income and your schedule.

  1. Choose a School

Once you’re done with your research, you must choose a school. It’s important that once you’ve settled for one, you get in touch with them so they can provide you with all the guidance you might need for your online education: from what technological devices you may need, to class schedules and payments.

If you still haven’t made up your mind, you can explore the possibilities that our network of institution offers here.

  1. Make Sure You Comply with the Technical Requirements

Studying a university program online requires you to have the adequate equipment and internet connection. It’s important that you check and test all technical aspects of your house; for example, make sure that your router doesn’t crash often, because that will cause your wireless connection to fail, and in that case, your classes will be affected. In addition to that, you need to make sure that your laptop is working properly.

  1. Be organized

Studying online requires a high level of organization, since your learning process will demand as much as it would in a traditional classroom setting. The benefits of studying an online program is that you can choose from a wide range of apps and tools to help you improve your studying habits.

Secrets of the North of Chile: Climate, Tourism and Astronomy

When observing the map of Chile, we can immediately notice that it is a long and thin country. However, Chile has 16 regions and 4 of them belong to the northern end of the country. Arica and Parinacota, Atacama, Tarapacá, and Coquimbo keep valuable secrets of astronomy, as well as vegetation and resources that the territory generously offers.

It is Divided in Subzones

The cities of the northern end of Chile are divided in subzones known as ‘Norte Chico’ (Small North) ‘Norte Grande’ (Big North). On the one hand, Norte Grande encompasses the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Tarapacá, Antofagasta and the north of Atacama. They’re all known for their desert climate.

On the other hand, the Norte Chico subzone includes the region of Atacama, Coquimbo and part of the north of Valparaíso. The climate in these areas is semi-arid.

Tourist Spots in the North of Chile

Chile is a country that offers different types of tourist experiences. In the case of the north, its beaches, the Atacama Desert, and the Andean plateaus are some of the favorite tourist spots.

You can explore the Atacama Desert by bike, enjoy the incredible beaches in Iquique and La Serena, or get lost in Lauca National Park, which is located 4,500 meters above sea level and stands out due to its surrounding volcanoes.

In Iquique you can enjoy the colorful dance show that is part of the Tirana, an iconic festivity that celebrates the customs and traditions of the north.

Astronomy: A Must in the North of Chile

Wherever you are, you’ll be able to enjoy a starry sky at its best. The north of Chile is recognized to have one of the cleanest skies worldwide, especially in the Atacama Desert. Due to this, the area has been chosen as the perfect scenario of study for scientists and astronomers from all over the world.

What most people don’t know is that during certain days, the observatories are open to anyone who’s interested in visiting them. Among them, you can find Cerro Tololo in the Coquimbo region, La Silla Observatory in the Atacama region, and ALMA in Antofagasta.

Chile, a Source of Energy

Did you know that northern Chile has the biggest solar incidence in the world, particularly the Atacama Desert? (Source: Generadoras de Chile).

The northern area has developed successful projects of Solar Power Energy. Moreover, the Coquimbo region is recognized due to its wind power park. Nowadays, the north of Chile is an incredible source of renewable energy.

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4 Tips to Control Anxiety at Home

Anxiety is something that everyone can experience in their daily life. In these situations, we can be consumed by different worries and fears, even more so in the context of the current quarantine which forces us to stay home. It is important to learn to control these feelings so they do not overcome us physically and mentally.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a state that almost everyone may experience, some in an unconscious way and at different levels. This state is triggered by everyday concerns that may generate stress, like school, work, family, etc.

Anxiety provokes a feeling of fear and anguish, which can be permanent. In some cases, anxiety can lead to panic attacks.

How do I know if I Have Symptoms of Anxiety?

Symptoms can be varied, and they range from fear, sweating, anguish, to finding trouble breathing or fear of dying. These can be accompanied by chest pain and heart palpitations.

The experience of anxiety is different for everyone, but if we start feeling anxious about a particular situation is good to learn how to keep it under control.

How Can I Control my Anxiety?

Remember that this feeling can be something that experience occasionally throughout your life, that is to say, it’s temporary and you can add certain activities to your routine to feel better. However, if you think that your anxiety is persistent, with symptoms that intensify, it’s good to talk to a specialist.

Here we give you some tips to keep your anxiety under control:

  1. Exercise

If by being at home, you feel limited when it comes to clearing your mind, an excellent aid for that is exercising so you can release endorphins.

Look for tutorials on YouTube or Instagram, make up a routine, use some of the equipment you have at home and start exercising in the way that’s most comfortable for you. Maybe an online Yoga class or a dance class might help you get you out of your routine.

  1. Distract Yourself

Distraction is essential when controlling anxiety. When we start feeling anxious we make the mistake of holding on to our negative thoughts when what we should do is stopping them.

Negative thoughts create a feeling of anguish, which can increase if we don’t stop those ideas by ourselves. What you have to do is to concentrate on other things, think about happy moments in your life, look for photos of places that give you peace, listen to music, cook, etc.

It’s very important and it’s completely up to you to change your focus immediately and fill your mind with thoughts that can generate happiness or calmness.

  1. Relax

Try meditating in your room every morning or during the day if it’s necessary. Do some breathing exercises as well, this will help you calm your mind and your body.

If you don’t know where to start and you’ve never meditated before, look for a tutorial online. Or, simply, press play on a song that brings you peace and start breathing with your eyes closed.

  1. Try Some Natural Solutions

Chamomile and Melissa tea are key to help the body relax. Prepare an infusion, look for a place in your home that’s comfortable and enjoy this natural medicine and you’ll be able to see how your body enters a state of tranquility and calmness.

Music for Studying and Concentration

Studying is a process for which we need to stay as focused as possible. If we also take into consideration the fact that it is something we have to do at home and online, we’re also exposed to other distracting factors. That is why some music can be of great help to relax and concentrate.

Today, you can choose among different music platforms like YouTube or Spotify, which are some of the most popular ones. There you can find playlist to work, relaxing music, music for studying, etc.

Now, it is important that you find the genre or style that suits your studying habits better, so you can fully concentrate.

Why Should You Study with Music?

  1. It helps your concentration.
  2. When you listen to music, your brain releases dopamine. What is that? It’s a hormone that regulates memory and it’s beneficial for cognitive processes.
  3. Music allows you to relax, which helps you manage the anxiety that comes from studying or working.

What Kind of Music Should I Listen to When Studying?

You can find different playlists for studying. Music for working, relaxing music, instrumental music, etc. There are many varieties to choose from, however, you’re free to listen what’s best suited to your taste and feelings.

Maybe you can listen to rock or cumbia, or maybe you prefer music that’s quieter or just instrumental. Everything will depend on what makes you feel more comfortable.

Music recommendations on YouTube or Spotify

If Spotify is your preferred platform, we recommend the following playlists:

  • Instrumental music
  • Nature music
  • Music for studying
  • Piano playlist
  • Vibes playlist
  • Chill playlist

On the other hand, if you prefer listening to music on YouTube, here are some links that might interest you:

What to Do if You’re a Student and You Get Sick in a Foreign Country

Going abroad is a challenge, even more so when the fear of getting sick is part of your list of worries. However, getting sick abroad is more common than you think and you shouldn’t panic. Here is some advice to guide you as to how you should proceed in Chile.

  1. Always Have Insurance

Before going abroad, we always need to consider that we might get sick or have an accident. You should do some research regarding an international health insurance that you can rely on in case of any emergency.

 

  1. Eat a Balanced Diet and Keep Hydrated

When we don’t feel well, eating food that’s rich in vitamins, like fruits and vegetables, is always of great help. Soups are also a good way to comfort our organism.

 

On the other hand, it is always necessary to keep hydrated. We recommend buying bottled water, since you don’t know how your body might react to tap water of a different country, since it is not used to it.

 

  1. Get Some Rest

Oftentimes we get sick and it is only a cold or the flu. In those situations, it is important that you make a pause in your activities and that you give your body the chance to rest.

 

Stay home, relax, watch some TV shows, or read all day. Remember that your body is spending all its energy in your malaise and will thank you for a pause of a couple of days.

 

  1. See a Specialist

If your symptoms do not cease and, on the contrary, they intensify, do not hesitate to see a specialist. A lot of times, the prospect of seeing a doctor in a foreign country is scary, but you need to be aware of how necessary it might be for your health in case you’re suffering from something serious and you don’t know it yet.

 

Remember that you need to see certified specialists and visit official health services, public or private. Consult with your insurance on how to proceed.

 

  1. Keep Calm and Inform Your Family

If you have the support of people that are close to you and that you’ve met during your time abroad, use it. It is always good to feel accompanied in these processes, and above all, try to keep calm.

 

Getting sick and stressing out about it doesn’t help at all. Breathe, count to 10 and do not panic.

 

On the other hand, do not forget that hiding this type of situations from your family is a mistake. Keep them up to date so they can also help from abroad or take the necessary measures in case of an emergency.

5 places in Chile You Didn’t Know Existed

Chile is a long country, and, as a consequence, it has a great variety of climates and places to visit. This makes for a very long list of tourist attractions. In the north, an arid and desert-like climate is found, whereas the southern end of the country offers a more humid weather, and therefore, green landscapes with lush forests.

Maybe you’ve heard about Bahía Inglesa, Torres del Paine, Villarrica, Punta Arenas, Iquique, among others. However, all the regions in Chile have amazing places to visit, even some that are not really well-known, and which we barely knew existed.

Here is a list of 5 places you didn’t know existed in Chile and that you should add to your list of places to visit.

  1. Juncal Waterfall in the Atacama Region

In the Atacama region, towards the cordillera, you can live an adventure in the Juncada Waterfall, a place that during winter offers a wonderful view of the frozen waterfall.

The vistas from the Atacama Cordillera are amazing throughout the year, but during cold season, when the water of the waterfall solidifies, they are truly breath-taking. Moreover, there are also thermal baths in the same place.

 

  1. Legía Lagoon in the Antofagasta Region

In the northern part of Chile, in the Antofagasta region, you’ll marvel at one of the few saltwater lagoons located towards the high plateau area.

At 4,350 meters above sea level, you’ll be able to appreciate the reflection of the sky and of the volcanic belt in the waters of the lagoon.

 

  1. Polloquere Termal Baths

In the Surire Salt Flat National Monument, located in the Arica and Parinacota Region, you can find two lagoons with temperatures around 60ºC, which are the hottest thermal waters in the country.

While you enjoy a bath in the water full of minerals you can also appreciate the landscape and the fauna that surrounds the area; among the fauna present in this place, you can find a great number of flamencos, and because of this, it is necessary to keep quiet.

 

  1. La Olla Waterfall in Puyehue

In the south of Chile, in the Los Lagos region, towards Puyehue, you can find a waterfall that’s 20 meters high, which is surrounded by a lush forest and rocks that turn reddish due to the effect of the water. Depending on the dates you visit, the intensity of the water falling will vary.

 

  1. Jeinimeni Lunar Valley

The Aysén region keeps a lot of secrets, and one of those is the Jeinimeni Lunar Valley. Surrounded by strange rock formations of intense red colors, you’ll feel like you’re in a sci-fi movie.

 

The lake or the Beach? In Chile You Can Enjoy Both

When we make the decision of traveling to another country for our studies, we know that we also need to consider some variables like the places we would like to explore. Even though studying is the most important part of the experience, it is also important to see the different tourist attractions that a country has to offer.

We search for destinations that have interesting places to visit. Some travelers prefer the sand and the sea, and getting lost swimming in the waves; others prefer lakes and their tranquil waters, but what would you think of a place where you can enjoy both?

In Chile you can live both experiences. All through the country you can find beaches, lakes, and rivers; and the good thing is that traveling within the country is not complicated.

Where to travel in Chile?

The northern part of the country stands out due to its incredible beaches and in the southern areas, you can enjoy wonderful lakes.

Most of the country’s lakes are located in the south. The lakes stand out due to their surrounding landscape and their tranquil waters; usually being located at the foothills of volcanoes. Some of the most well-known lakes in the country are Lake Calafquén, Lake Todos los Santos, Lake Cucao, Lake Caburga, among others.

Further south, towards the Patagonia, you can visit one of the biggest lakes in the country: Lake General Carrera (for this one, we recommend allowing more than one day, so it’d be better to visit during your school break). And if you’re studying in Santiago, you can plan a visit to Lake Rapel, that’s only 2 hours away.

Chilean Beaches

The best beaches of our country can be found towards the north; however, the central and southern areas also have some beaches so you can enjoy the waves wherever you are.

To the north, the most well-known beaches are Playa la Virgen, Las Cujas, Totoralillo, Cavancha, among others. Towards the south, you can find Playa Ramuntcho and Cóndor Creek. And finally, those that are closer to the Metropolitan Region include Maitencillo, Algarrobo and Viña del Mar.

You definitely have many options to plan your itinerary for the weekends or school breaks. Our country stands out due to its varied landscape and it’s up to you to visit one of them or more than one.

Discover the Programs you Can Study if You’re a Fan of Science

Have you always been attracted to the world of science? If you’re one of those who enjoys being in a lab, learning different formulas, inventing new products or researching the different ways of understanding nature, the environment, or space, you’re definitely a science lover.

In the world of science there’s a great variety of areas on which you can focus according to your interests. There are areas related to engineering, astronomy, chemistry, the environment, and so on.

Below, you can find a list of the programs related to this are of knowledge.

General Biology

This area of science studies living organisms and their characteristics, from their origin to their evolution, to the properties these need or provide; particles and microparticles are a good example of the organisms that these branch studies. Within general biology you can find subareas like microbiology and zoology.

Life Sciences

This area also studies living organisms, but it focuses on human beings and plants. Some of the programs associated to this area are human physiology, biochemistry, botanic sciences, and zoology.

Physics

Physics focuses on gaining knowledge of the universe through the study of movement, energy and matter. This program can have concentrations on atomic or nuclear physics.

Geology

This area of science concentrates on the study of soil and it can be divided in different categories according to the ways of carrying out the studies.

Astronomy

The focus of astronomy is the components of the universe, where every celestial body that is part of it—from planets to stars—play a fundamental role.

This program can have 2 tracks, one being much more practical, devoting itself to field work: and the other being much more theoretical, invested in research and discovering the answers to different questions.

These are only some of the programs in the area of science and in order to choose the right one for you, you need to be clear on your area of interest, so we recommend that you continue doing your own research of the ones that interest you the most.

Summer: The best time of year to think about the future

During the year, we’re constantly in a rush, distracted by errands, and there’s no time to stop for a second to think about what we want for our future. Deciding what we’re going to do for the rest of our lives is not something we should take lightly nor something we can think of while waiting in line at the supermarket.

Summer is starting and this is the time when we can put a stop on our routine. The best moment to disconnect, take a few days off, enjoy the weather and clear your thoughts.

A lot of us are closing cycles in order to start new ones, and usually, new cycles catch us at confusing times. There are plenty of uncertainties that can begin to suffocate us. What are you going to study? Where are you going to work? In which city? With what money?

Clear Your Thoughts

The best option in this situation is to plan, but before completing that step we must be certain of what we want. This is a decision that should be taken calmly, trying to listen to ourselves.

Go to a Quiet Place

If you can, escape the city, go on a trip to a place that’s peaceful and that you like—maybe the beach, the country side, a lake, etc. We recommend you use that time to ask yourself various questions.

What things do I like? Where would I like to study? Where do I see myself in 5 or 10 years? Think about what’s important to you, what makes you feel comfortable and happy; if you want to be close or far from your family, or if you want to see new places, etc.

Sunbathing in Front of the Sea

Probably a good example of a moment of tranquility to think about your future is sunbathing at the beach, looking out into the sea.

Relax your mind and your emotions, take advantage of the fact that you’re not in a stressful situation and that you’re away from things that might confuse you.

The summer is definitely a good period to get to know ourselves and to understand what is it that we want to achieve in the future. Don’t forget that that the most important thing is to be sure of your decisions and not to take lightly those that may determine your future.