Inforgraphic: Representation of Prevalent Diseases among Women

The most dreadful situation in illness is when you don’t know what’s your illness. That’s the situation in India for women. Most women realize their illness when it’s too late to act. Taking necessary steps to know your body and illness and then acting to cure it on time can save your life. Not just that, knowing which diseases are prevalent and taking proper precautions can even prevent such situations from occurring.

Here’s a representation that tells you the prevalent diseases among women and their precautions and causes. Read on and take a step towards leading a healthy life.

8 Health Issues that Women Must Be Aware Of Infographic

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15 Easy Tips to Sleep Better Every Night

Looking to get the best possible sleep of your life? You simply need to just start incorporating into your sleep routine a few of these fifteen easy tips to sleep better every night, and you will wake up like me, rested and rejuvenated to take on your day. These tips are not only simple, they will have a huge positive impact on the rest of your day.

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Here are 15 steps to follow

 

  1. Go to bed the same time each day. Don’t make the mistake I made and stay up late watching television.

 

  1. Get up the same time each day. Yes, even on the weekends. When you get up the same time each day, your body becomes programmed to sleep more soundly until it is time to arise each day.

 

  1. Eliminate those distractions. Invest in some heavier and darker curtains to block light and distant noises from disturbing your sleep each night.

 

  1. Invest in a little white noise device. Devices that simulate rain storms or ocean waves can put your mind at ease and distract from the noises that keep you up. This was the perfect solution to eliminating my neighbor’s barking dog from getting me up early each day.

 

  1. Buy the right mattress. Purchase the right mattress that is most suitable for you. This investment will have many years of benefits to your body.

 

  1. Stop eating before bed. The later you eat food, the longer your stomach is going to be working to digest everything through the night. Those rumblings in my stomach used to keep me up until dawn some days until I stopped eating after 8pm each day.

 

  1. Avoid soda, coffee, and caffeine. These items not only will keep you up longer, they will interrupt your sleep process, making it more challenging to quickly drift off to sleep.

 

  1. Turn off that late night news. Stop watching the news before bed, all that bad news can make it challenging for the brain to relax.

 

  1. Turn on a fan. If the room is too warm, a small fan, or ceiling fan, will circulate the air and make it more comfortable.

 

  1. Consider the right blanket. I used to sleep with a heavy comforter that made me sweat all night. Use lighter blankets, and add a layer if cold.

 

  1. Close those blinds. Block the sun from waking you by closing the blinds before you go to bed.

 

  1. Choose the right pillow. Replace that old pillow for one that cradles the head and lets you drift off to sleep more rapidly.

 

  1. Choose the right sleepwear. I love fashion trends, and onesies, loose fitting pajamas, and silky tank tops are in right now. They allow you to sleep unrestricted all night.

 

  1. Close the door. If you have kids like me, closing the door will keep the kids away from your room for a little longer each day.

 

  1. Focus on the good. Focus on the best part of the day as you lie down, you will find it easier to fall asleep when you aren’t worrying about your bills or job.

Carpet Maintenance Tips to keep your floors Pristine

While they’re designed to be walked all over, and may lay in the place we seldom look (that’s down), carpets and rugs do an incredible job; they warm our feet wherever we walk, provide a comfortable barrier between bare toes and cold, hard, concrete or wooden floorboards, and brighten our homes, allowing splashes of color to emerge wherever you are in your house. For this reason it’s essential to show your carpets a little love every now and again; after all, after being walked over all day, wouldn’t you want to be showered with a little TLC? Cleaning carpets can be a daunting task, and homeowners are often a lot more wary about the job than they need to be. With a little hard work, the right tools for the job, and a little professional knowhow, there is no reason why cleaning your carpets shouldn’t be, well, enjoyable and satisfying.

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Taking care of the carpets in your home

 

As the old saying goes, “often, prevention is better than a cure”, and this is certainly true in the case of your carpets. Rather than worrying about how you’re going to clean them, why not start by worrying about how to prevent them from getting dirty in the first place? For instance, banish shoes to the hall, and insist that only slippers, or house shoes, are worn in carpeted areas; now all you need to do is insist that everyone changes their socks regularly! Walk-off mats are also a fantastic idea, particularly in halls and areas that lead outdoors. These mats ensure that the majority of dirt and grime is left behind BEFORE you set foot on your nice, clean carpets. Do you want to know one of the best ways to prevent a build-up of dirt and grime on your carpets and rugs? Vacuum regularly! It sounds so simple, but by making sure you give your carpets a quick hoover every day you will save yourself a world of trouble when it comes to deep cleaning your shag pile. Similarly, treat stains immediately, rather than waiting for them to settle, and be sure to conduct a deep clean at least once a month; it really is worth it to keep your floors pristine.

 

Keeping it clean

When it comes to keeping your carpets and rugs clean, it is essential to keep a stash of household cleaners nearby. Items such as club soda, shaving cream, coffee, vinegar, and even salt can be found lurking in your home, while acting as fantastic carpet cleaners on the sly. Remember, dab – don’t ever rub; stains are far more effectively removed by a dabbing motioning than by rubbing, which risks spreading it and making it far more difficult to remove in the long term. It is also important to remember what works for you and your carpet; have you tried a method before that has worked really well? Don’t give it up in favor of something that someone else has shared – the chances are your carpet’s needs are far removed from theirs. Are you dealing with a smelly rug? Remember to deodorize your carpets regularly, as this can keep them fresh and give the impression of cleanliness until you’re able to do the job properly.

However you choose to clean your carpets, ensure you do it properly. For example, remove furniture regularly, leave carpets to dry thoroughly before replacing everything, and, whenever you’re in doubt, call in the experts! Sometimes, not even the best will in the world can rid your carpets of certain stains, and cleaning every carpet in your home can feel like a mammoth task; there is no shame in calling in the experts, and their professional services can actually be more cost-effective than buying numerous cleaners and getting the job wrong, and save you a heap of time. Domestic and industrial cleaning services, such as action chemdry in Toronto, will have the experience, knowhow, and right chemicals for the job, and can make the task of cleaning carpets seem an absolute dream.

Keeping your floors pristine can often seem like a massive job; after all, you’ll find flooring in every room of your home; however, with a little technical knowhow, the right tools for the job, and some expert assistance, there is no reason why your floors shouldn’t be pristine every day.

10 Everyday Super Foods Delicious Enough Even Your Kids Will Eat

Ever found yourself wondering – why all the fuss about super foods? Well, for starters, they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients that fight diseases. What’s more, you can have them without piling on too many calories. And if you are still unimpressed, allow us to dispel the notion that they are exotic and difficult to find. Yes, some of them like sardines, goji berries, maca, raw cacao, etc. do sound like stuff you may not enjoy eating but that’s not true of all super foods. In fact, many of them are easily available and delicious enough for even your kids to try and like. Here goes:

Nuts:

Nut Serving reference chart
Nut Serving reference chart

Nuts are full of fiber, healthy monounsaturated fats, proteins, antioxidants and other nutrients. Though seen by many as fatty, high calorie food, many nuts like walnuts, almonds, pecan nuts, pistachios are great for reducing cholesterol. Include them in your diet to reduce the risk of heart diseases, just make sure you take them in moderate quantities.

Eggs:

Health Benefits Of Eggs
Health Benefits Of Eggs

Eggs are one of the most inexpensive super foods. They are high on protein content, are nutritious and can be cooked or used as ingredients in many ways. They contain a number of vitamins and also help enhance HDL (good cholesterol) levels. See more: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/toddler-superfoods

Beans:

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Health Benefits of Soybean

The humble beans, believe it or not, make the grade as super food for their rich fiber, carbohydrates, magnesium and potassium content. Whole soya beans contain Omega-3 fatty acids that are great for heart health. The US dietary Guidelines recommend including three cups of soya bean every week in your diet. Soya beans are easy alternatives to meat and poultry and every vegetarian should include this super food in his/her diet, whether as a breakfast dish or as an ingredient.

Yogurt:

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Low calorie or fat-free yogurt should definitely be a part of your daily diet. It is not only rich in calcium and other nutrients; it is also possible to have enriched versions like probiotic yogurt which is excellent for keeping healthy guts and digestion. Yogurt can be a great substitute to milk for those who are sensitive to lactose. Yogurt is a complete food. As per Dr. Robert Heaney, MD, “dairy foods contain practically every nutrient you need – and just in the right balance”.

Broccoli:

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broccoli health benefits

Broccoli, ever the favorite for its taste and availability, is also a super vegetable. It’s not only rich in fiber, but also contains vitamins A, vitamin C and vitamin K. Include it in your meals, whether as a salad or stir fried or roasted. You can also try adding broccoli to soups and egg dishes to make them even more nutritious!

Berries:

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photo of various types of berries

Berries are great for digestion and the high fiber content helps in weight loss. What they lack in size, they make up with their benefits – phytonutrients, antioxidants, Vitamin C, low calories. Berries help in controlling blood sugar levels and, with their sweet taste, are a perfect alternative to desserts. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries are all easily available and can be had fresh or dried.

Green Tea:

Green Tea
Green Tea

All types of tea are rich in polyphenols and the flavonoid EGCG. Loaded with antioxidants, green tea is known to have cancer-fighting properties, anti-aging benefits and is good for heart health. It’s also good for fighting infections and lowering the risk of Type II diabetes. It makes for a soothing and healthy substitute to coffee and soft drinks.

Sweet Potatoes:

Sweet Potatoes Health Benefits
Sweet Potatoes Health Benefits

Great for your bones, eyes and immune system, sweet potatoes are rich source of vitamin A apart from containing other nutrients like vitamin C, manganese, potassium and lutein. According the Center for Science in the Public Interest, it is one of the most nutritious vegetable available to us. Belonging to the family of dark orange vegetable, sweet potatoes can reduce the effects of sodium on blood pressure and slow down the process of bone loss. Other health-promoting vegetables from the same family include carrots, squash, orange bell peppers and pumpkin.

Salmon:

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Its Omega-3 fatty acids make it a super food that helps fight heart-disease. American Heart Association recommends eating salmons at least twice a week. It also has other nutrients like iron and protein and has low calorie content (200 for 3 ounces). Other fish like tuna are also good alternatives to salmon.

Kiwi:

10 Benefits of eating Kiwi Fruit
10 Benefits of eating Kiwi Fruit

 

One large kiwi can fulfill your daily vitamin C requirement. It is full of antioxidants, fiber and potassium. Other nutrients include vitamin A and E (rarely found in other fruits).

Choosing Furniture for a Child’s Bedroom

Every parent wants their children to be comfortable somewhere in the home, in a room that they can call their own. It is in this place where their child can be on their own – where he or she can sleep, rest, read and even entertain friends. They might not have the money to choose and pay for furniture and decorations, but most parents, thinking logically, would agree that if the child has an input into the design and furnishing of this space, then they will feel more comfortable in it.

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There are some practical considerations, which include ensuring that the furniture is both comfortable and safe. This includes effective storage areas, a safe and comfortable bed, fashionable chairs and all in modern airy colours.

 

Choose furniture to suit the child’s activities and interests

 

Most bedrooms need a bed, a dresser and a bedside table. The rest of the furniture will be dependent on the child’s activities on a daily basis. To encourage reading, a set of bookshelves would be useful. A desk or a table would ensure that your child has a place suitable to complete homework and for placing a computer.

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Remember, no matter what type of bed you want for your kids bedroom – Single; Bunk Beds; kids Cabin Beds; High Sleepers, ensure it suit their requirements and storage space of the room. Before you buy furniture, make a plan and take measurements of the room to ensure that the furniture will fit into certain places in the room. It must fit neatly into the allocated place; otherwise, your child may feel uncomfortable if he or she has to squeeze past a piece of awkwardly placed furniture. Before purchasing furniture, it’s worth mapping out the room so everything that is to be bought fits in nicely and artistically too.

 

Furniture should fit in place and be safe

 

Furniture that has multiple purposes, particularly pieces that are built-in to the shape of the room makes far better use of available space. For example, consider a bed with built-in shelves or drawers that are fitted beneath the bed itself. This allows the child to stow things like clothes and toys in a neat place that doesn’t interfere with the open spaces in the room.
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When a table, a set of chairs and some drawers are sought then texture and colour play a significant role. Unpainted wood looks nice when unpainted, but it soon loses its special shiny appeal after dirt and scuff marks begin to appear.

 

Painted surfaces on furniture are far more durable. Just a simple wipe with a damp clothe can renew the surface in seconds as long as a hardwearing, durable paint is used in the first place. Any parent should ensure that painted surfaces are free from toxic substances. Many older paint compounds have lead mixed into them, but with care any parent should have no problem selecting lead free products.

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If the space is available in your child’s room, a play table could be purchased and fitted in to an appropriate place. This offers the opportunity for your child to develop skills and activities important for child development, like writing, reading, drawing, the solving of puzzles, craft making and computer skills.

 

 

The Fragrant Electric Candle

Getting home from another hard day at work, maybe the kids have been taken off your hands for a few hours, possibly a romantic night ahead to plan. Time to relax in the bath, unwind on your favourite sofa with your favourite novel or lose yourself in your favourite television program. Maybe time to prepare a meal to impress. All familiar scenarios of everyday life, all so often enhanced by many of us with candlelight, with the pleasant aroma of a fragrant scented candle that has the uncanny power to accompany and improve any setting and any mood. Candles create calming atmospheres for people, the scent enriching the comfort and safety of the home.

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Scented Candles Arrangement in Living Hall

Yet not everyone likes the idea of a naked flame around their house, whether unattended or not, but they should not miss out, and with an electric candle they do not have to. These clean, easy to use candles provide all the ambience and scents of the traditional candle. Mix and match scents and get a style to suit the different seasons, all at the switch of a plug. How handy an idea is that?

If you are thinking of an electric candle to help you through the winter months, then try a Yankee Candle Brown Leaf electric melts warmer. This earthy candle will help bring a homely feel to those longer winter evenings, creating a relaxing environment in which to settle down and enjoy. Alternatively the Astbury electric wax burner is available in a range of styles to fit every season. It is down to whatever takes your mood.

 

Electric Melt warmer

Electric wax melts warmers allow you to enjoy all the benefits of a wax melt without needing the naked flame. The easily replaced wax melt is heated electrically from beneath to create all the soft light and fragrances of a scented candle. All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the benefits, without the worry of a flame in your house. Whatever time of the year, whatever stress levels have been building, whatever the following day has planned for you, at least for a moment in time you can shut out the outside world and indulge.

See more ideas at  Yankee Candle UK

 Disclosure: I was given a selection of Yankee candle products for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Encouraging Your Child To Play Safe And Independently

Most parents are aware that they should be encouraging their children to partake daily in independent play, as it is essential to their development and education, but many find it difficult due to clingy children and worries over safety. As during independent playtime, young children are continuing to develop their motor skills, emotional understanding and confidence, all of which forms a valuable skillset that will be used throughout their lives, parents should make a special effort to encourage this activity. As much as it is important to encourage children to play independently, it is also essential that parents promote safe play to prevent serious accidents. Through a number of ways, parents can encourage their children to have fun whilst playing independently and safely.

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Designated Play Areas

One of the easiest ways to promote safe and independent play is by having designated play areas. Parents should discourage their children from playing in certain areas in the home such as the kitchen and bathrooms by showing that these rooms are not fun to play in, and only keep toys in the room that are considered safe, so that when children want to play they will naturally go to these places.

By having others areas that are shown as more fun places to play, parents can easily prevent their children from playing in hazardous areas that have a heightened risk of dangers and accidents. If struggling to keep children away from these areas, or from playing independently, parents may want to use baby gates to keep them in the play areas to encourage them to continue or begin their lone play.

Safety Equipment

When prompting independent play, it is especially important to make sure that the area that they are playing within is safe as you will not be supervising the activities. In lounges, you will want to consider installing safety plugs and DVD protectors to stop little hands damaging themselves and electrical items.

If a parent wants to encourage independent play in their home’s garden, then they will want to make sure that the area is safe. Using safety surfacing, like this, on hard outdoor surfaces will help prevent serious accidents should a child trip or fall.

Discuss the Risks

For smaller children this might not be possible as they may not necessarily understand the concept of safety, but parents may want to consider discussing the risks of certain items and why it is important not to touch them during independent play. Although teaching of potential accidents is useful for preventing to help prevent them, parents should be gentle in their approach as to not scare their children off play entirely and leave them wanting to cling to their parents more.

A Variety of Activities

When trying to get your child to begin independent play, it is important that they are introduced to a wide variety of activities. Parents can use different forms of play to help their child be more independent in their activities. For example, board games are a great way to play together as a family, whereas playing with figures is a more independent activity, so when a child starts to play with figures, a parent could use this as a time to distance themselves from their child and allow them to play independently.

Creative ideas for fun kids’ bedrooms

When your kids are all set for their own bedroom space, they’ll be especially keen on having their particular likes catered for. Decorating his or her special sleeping space will also be a pleasure for you, and you should bear in mind that there are a few simple steps that can help make the task easier and get you the best results.

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Simply asking what they want, to begin with, is always a great idea, and then it’s simply a matter of creating a concept based on what they tell you. Think in terms of what’s already in the home and what extra items you’ll need to get. Create a budget, and remember that as your child grows, the design will need to be altered. However, here are a few useful tips to get the project moving.

 

Use toys for décor

 

Kids’ toys come in all sorts of different sizes, colors and shapes, and they can be used most effectively for decoration. Use hooks to hang up the bigger toys, for example. Smaller ones can be stored on open shelves to create fun displays.

 

Paints and prints

 

Small prints combined with brightly painted walls can be very effective in creating a cozy and fun theme. Murals can be used rather than prints on accent furniture such as cabinets, and you can incorporate favorite themes such as animals, cars, or airplanes.

 

Educational items

 

Although the overall design of the room is important, it is not the only element to consider. Be sure to incorporate a few items such as charts, books, and educational toys for your child to play with and explore, so he or she can have fun at the same time as learning a few things.

 

Window treatments and light

 

Colorful curtains are always a good idea, but window shutters painted in bright primary colors are often preferred. Make sure that whatever color you choose matches the overall motif of the room. Brightly colored treatments for the windows usually give the room a cleaner and sharper look. A carefully positioned valance, too, will reduce overhead light levels during the day.

 

Fun fabrics

 

When selecting the bedding, choose a color that matches the room’s theme as well as thinking only about comfort. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the various pillows, comforters, and sheets, and extra pillows can be thrown in to add accent. If you match the colors of the bed to the shutters or curtains, this helps to create a more unified look to the room.

 

Innovative storage

 

Storage is an especially important feature of any child’s bedroom, and a good idea is to allocate different storage solutions for items such as books, toys and clothes. Teach them to replace each item in its correct place and how to become more organized!

 

Whatever type of decoration system you settle on, the work and time you invest will reflect your love and care and have a direct relationship to the ongoing results you achieve.

Hotel Chocolat: Easter Range Review – Yummy!

It is almost unimaginable to think of a chocolate lover who has not heard of Hotel Chocolat, the brand that brings you exclusive chocolates made from cocoa that is grown in their own plantations in Saint-Lucia and Ghana. If you indeed belong to that small percentage of people who haven’t tasted their heavenly chocolates, allow me to give you a little background. Starting as a small chocolatier almost two decades ago with catalogue selling under the name Geneva Chocolates, moving on to Choc Express and finally to Hotel Chocolat, today the company has 70 stores across UK, and even a unique hotel and restaurant, set amongst the plantations.

With Easter just round the corner, I was approached by Hotel Chocolat asking me to publish my review on their Easter Range of Chocolates that are not just finger-licking delicious but also uniquely designed and packed, making for perfect Easter gifts. To begin with, it’s a broad range which has something to suit all tastes and pockets.

Extra Thick Easter Egg

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You can take your pick from the perfect extra thick eggshells that hide small, alcohol-free egglets in a variety of funny, smiley shapes and fruity flavors packed in a glittery box tied with a ribbon to packs of tiny or medium-sized chocolate eggs in custom packs.

Champagne Egglets

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Depending on the recipient of the gift, you can choose a milk chocolate egg or champagne egglets that are filled with premium champagne and pink champagne truffles.

City Bunnies Milk-Free Milk

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In case you want to pick chocolates without dairy content, they also have a milk-free range containing cocoa and almond powder.

The one that I could not help but pick for my 6 year old daughter was the Big City Easter Bunny. It came in a transparent pack and is basically a hollow milk chocolate in the shape of a bunny, all dressed to party!

Big City Easter Bunny
Big City Easter Bunny

The one that I must mention for its uniqueness is the Splat Egg Caramel, which is a caramel milk chocolate egg that comes with a colorful white chocolate splat. Another unique chocolate egg was the diamond-faceted Easter egg made up of 65% cocoa supermilk chocolate.

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Of course, if you are buying it as a family gift, Hotel Chocolat’s Easter Range has a number of choices in The Easter Family Collection which has milk and white city bunnies, dark city bunnies, chirp and hop chocolate slabs, varieties of egglets, and yes, a Big City Bunny, all for just £35 and packed in a transparent gift box.

I found my perfect Easter gift at Hotel Chocolat and I am sure you would too.

Disclaimer:  I was sent a selection of Easter chocolates for the purpose of this review. All wordings are my own.

Look Inside Video Game Addiction

Video game addiction is real and lots of people have experience this. Usually, with every mention of video games the assumption is more, who plays them will get addicted. But that is far from the case. As much as they are people addicted to games, there are many others who have it as a simple hobby. Video games are more and more becoming a reason in the crumbling of relationships. The dangers though are real. Without setting boundaries for yourself and others, you turn out to be addicted and shrug off responsibilities and relationships.

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We find cure for video game addicts to be not easy because addicted gamers want to spend more time and money on video games to feel the same “high,” skipping out on everyday duties like household chores or homework to play games, excessive thinking about game play, trying to play less and failing, and stealing games or money to play. In their view, they don’t see these actions as an addiction. Even though the U.S. is lagging behind countries like South Korea, which have more than 100 clinics for video game addiction help, they pay great attention about American colleges deeming video games as sport. It is vital if we first understand the impact of these games on our youth.

Video games have turn out to be a most important source of entertainment. People not only play them at home only, but they also play on their mobile devices which they can take anywhere. This ease of access makes it even more easier for people to develop or increases the addictions to these games. The time spent in gaming should not outweigh everything else put together. It supposed to be not get in the way of sleep, and spending time with family. As real as these dangers are, don’t think that all gaming is bad. There are plenty of benefits such as improved memory, coordination skills, and problem solving. In spite of the side effects of video game addictions, video games help people develop essential social skills and become more engaged in critical thinking.

Video Game Addiction Can Ruin Relationships

Similar to any other addiction, this can take a intense toll on a person’s relationships, career, and health. Addiction to any number of things can ruin relationships but gaming addiction seems to go about doing it in a rather fascinating and underhanded way. First of all, when an person becomes addicted to a game whether it be a console game, a PC game or an online game, one of the first things those around the game addict will notice is that he/she becomes so fascinated in the game that it effects every part of their life starting with the social aspect. Please have a look at games list which can cause your relationship suffer:

1. Call of Duty
2. Football Manager
3. Grand Theft Auto
4. FIFA
5. Medal of Honor
6. Halo
7. Super Mario Brothers
8. Gran Turismo
9. Mario Kart
10. Guitar Hero
11. Assassins Creed
12. Pro Evo Soccer
13. Resident Evil
14. World of Warcraft
15. F1
16. Red Dead Redemption
17. Need for Speed
18. Fallout
19. Gears of War
20. Angry Birds