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Unusual Ways To Relieve Stress

Unusual Ways To Relieve Stress

Stress might be invisible, but it can cause damage to people as if it were a physical ailment. Feeling stressed isn’t nice, and going through some of the physical changes that it can present isn’t nice, either. You could lose your appetite, feel tired all the time, struggle to sleep, want to eat even more, lost your hair – the list goes on. The body responds to stress in different ways, and people deal with it in different ways.

 

However, you may want some new methods of relieving stress that you haven’t heard of before.     Here are some unusual ways of relieving stress that you might find interesting!

 

Meditate

Sitting around ‘doing nothing’ might seem strange when you feel stressed, but meditation is so much more than that. If you haven’t tried it yet, download an app and see if you can carve 10 minutes out of your day to do it. You’ll relieve stress in general, feel happier, and have more clarity to deal with the issues on your plate. Meditation is one of the best possible ways to deal with a variety of issues. Try meditation before you try medication!

 

Wear Aromatherapy Jewelry

Essential oils and aromatherapy are an effective way to feel better. You can use a diffuser in your home to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, but what about when you’re not at home? Enter: aromatherapy jewelry. You can now wear your aromatherapy on your wrist or around your neck so that you can enjoy the benefits of your favorite oils wherever you go.

 

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Spend Time With Animals

Spending time with animals is a great way to feel better. If you have your own pet, that’s great; spend some time petting them and playing with them and you should find your life feels brighter pretty soon. However, you don’t even have to have your own pets. You can learn more about emotional support animals and get an idea of what they do for people.

 

Use A Pink Himalayan Salt Lamp

Having a pink Himalayan salt lamp in every room might seem excessive, but it’s a great way to give each room a relaxing glow and relieve stress thanks to the benefits of the lamp. The lamp creates a healthier atmosphere wherever it is placed, and lifts moods almost instantly.

 

Scream Into A Pillow

Maybe what you really need to do is let all of the stress out. Grab a pillow and scream as much as you like into it (so you don’t alert the neighbors). Punch it and kick it a bit too – go for it! If you don’t want to do it at home, you could always find a nice secluded spot and scream there instead.

 

Break Some Plates

There are places you can actually visit now to throw plates. Imagine how good that will feel when you’re stressed out! Throw as many as you like and get all of that stress out before you leave.

 

What do you think of these unusual ways to relieve stress? Are there any that jump out at you that you want to immediately try? Leave your thoughts below!

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How To Recover From An Accident At Home

How To Recover From An Accident At Home

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If you’ve found yourself to be in a serious accident, this is always a scary time in your life where you reflect on all the things that are most important to you. Regardless of what actually happened – you’ve been hurt, and that not only takes its toll on your body physically, but mentally too. Going through a difficult experience can be hard on the mind. You may find that your outlook on things have changed, or you’re finding it tough to deal with exactly what has happened, and how your life may have changed, whether it be for a few weeks, months, or even permanently. With this, you may start to fall down a slippery slope and end up depressed, not knowing how to climb back out again.

 

This is why it’s so important that you take the time to recover properly once you’re home.

 

Here’s what you need to do.

 

Ask for help

There is nothing wrong with asking for some help – it doesn’t make you any less of a person. Understandably you may not be able to do certain things by yourself right now, let alone try vacuuming the home. So don’t be afraid to call a friend or family member to help you out. This might be things like cleaning, washing clothes, or even doing your grocery shopping for you until you feel ready to venture out of the house yourself. Doing this will also provide you with a bit of company, and that is always important.

 

Install the aid   

No matter what your injury may be, you may realise that you can’t do things that you once could, whether that means walk up and down your stairs, or find a comfortable position when sitting down. Your sofa might not be the best thing for your body right now because it doesn’t give you the necessary support it needs. If this is the case, you will want to look at Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare and see what products are available that will make things a lot easier for you around the home until you get better.

 

Speak to someone

You might be feeling as though you’re alone, or you’ve lost the purpose you once had because things have changed. If you’re low within yourself then it’s important that you reach out and talk to someone. It may be the last thing that you feel like doing, but you need to keep your mental health just as looked after as your physical. Make an appointment with your doctor and tell them how you’re feeling. They will be able to advise you on the best thing for you, like having weekly therapy to teach you new techniques for dealing with how you feel.

 

Now you have a few ideas, make sure you bear them in mind. You should also try and get out of the house when you feel up to it because being stuck within four walls is never good if you already feel rather down.

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Mood Swings and Your Health

By Tia Cristy

Mood Swings and Your Health

Sometimes we all get grumpy, sad, mad, depressed, etc., but when is it time to get concerned about your mood swings? Are you quick to get angry? Do you have instant irritation when driving anytime you get behind the wheel? Maybe you’re dealing with intense anxiety? Are you sad in moments of quietness? Do you feel lonely all the time? Do you get really high highs and then get pummeled by the lowest of lows? What about feeling indifferent about everything?

Recognize Your Moods

Admitting to yourself when you are actually feeling some sense of negativity will help you recognize how frequently its happening. High-stress in the work place or home can cause moods to fluctuate, but we must take control of our mental health before it can snowball into a large issue. Once you become aware of the frequency of your bad mood, then you’ll be able to tackle what is causing your mood.

Pinpoint Your Stressor

Nobody enjoys traffic, but guess what, we’ve all dealt with it at one point or another, but most folks don’t allow their blood pressure to increase to dangerous levels. Let’s be honest, getting angry to the point of seeing red over anything isn’t acceptable. It’s best to try to pinpoint what is causing the stress so you can cure the problem, not just treat the symptom. Are you stressed at work? How’s the home life? Is money the root to all your stress? Do you feel pushed to your max? Do you feel underappreciated? It all happens at one point or another because we are human. But here’s what you need to do when it does happen… change your mindset. The saying I like the best is… ‘Fake it till you make it’. Remember to tell yourself, and others, life is good. Soon you will begin to believe everything is great. When anger or sadness comes on quickly, quickly change your sights to the beautiful day or maybe give yourself some self-appreciation.

Mental Health Checkups

Staying on top of your mental health is so important. Do you know that stress can fire-off inappropriate neurotransmitters in the brain, which releases chemicals preparing you face a lion, instead of your Tuesday morning meeting? Sadly, this reaction results in misfires in the brain. These misfires can cause damage if not stopped. So, what stops misfires? The simple answer… handling stress before you stress. But here’s a few things that can help.

  • Talking to an online professional at Better Help is a great way to work on your mental health and release stress.
  • Start a daily exercise routine to expel the pinned up emotions.
  • Learning meditation is an amazing way to keep your mind healthy, as well as your body.
  • Getting more essential amino acids in your diet though food or supplements can change and reverse negative brain function.
  • Make sure you are getting your B vitamins—Especially for those that are gluten-free or on another specialty diet. (Remember to always consult your primary physician before starting any supplements and vitamins.) B Vitamins are powerful food for the brain!

Overall Health Can Cause Mood Swings

So you’ve tried meditation, started eating cleaner and found yourself a great therapist, but the moods haven’t improved. It’s time to talk to your doctor. Moods can certainly be a symptom of something else going on in your body. It doesn’t always mean it’s something serious since it’s known that seasonal allergies can actually cause mood swings, but it’s best to find out what could possibly be the culprit behind your mental disruptions. If your or anyone you know is dealing with depression or mental health issues, it’s important to know that you are not alone. There is help. Reach out to a family member, friend, colleague or talk to a professional, please.

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Forget Meds, Discover The Best Ways To Deal With Pain

Forget Meds, Discover The Best Ways To Deal With Pain

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According to the latest reports, over ten percent of people in America suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain can occur in various areas of the body from the head to the arms. It also has a range of different causes. You might have hurt yourself through a repetitive strain. Or, you could have developed it due to a preexisting condition. For instance, people who suffer from arthritis typically have pain in various limbs and even their lower back.

 

You might think that there’s only one solution to dealing with serious levels of pain. Most people do immediately head to the doctors in the hope of gaining meds to provide relief. Unfortunately, this can lead to complications including addiction. For serious levels of pain, heavy medication is needed which makes it more addictive. The good news is that there are a range of alternative treatments that can provide pain relief.

 

Electric Therapy

 

Science and technology have lead to great advances in pain relief including electric therapy. With electric therapy, you can purchase products that stimulate the nerves in the muscles. Over time, studies show that this does provide a high level of pain relief although it can take some getting used to. Indeed, some people find the experience uncomfortable and awkward, at least at first. That said, others have seen fantastic results, and it can be particularly effective for those suffering from RSI.

 

If you are dealing with chronic pain, you can consider purchasing a piece of equipment like this online. Despite the advanced tech, it is totally affordable and would easily fit into a weekly shopping budget. Devices vary as well, and you can pick one based on where the main source of your pain is. For instance, if you regularly feel pain in your feet, you can get a device that sends an electric shock through the bottom of your toes,

 

Massage Treatments

 

Massage treatments are also a fantastic way to relieve pain in the body. If you do have severe pain, it’s possible that it’s due to your muscles being tense and your body becoming stiff. If that’s the case, then a massage could do you a lot of good. You might think that massages are expensive and if you’re looking for the skills of a trained professional they can be. However, you can also think about purchasing the best personal massager that you will be able to use yourself at home. By doing this, you will be able to massage painful areas whenever you need to without booking an expensive massage.

 

CBD

 

You can also look into using CBD. CBD is a legally part of the cannabis plant. Various studies have shown that the product can be used to treat chronic pain. Results can vary, but typically if you suffer from chronic pain, you can experience a level of relief three times that of what typical medicine can provide. Working as a biological, natural drug, CBD impacts receptors in your brain and reduces the impact of the pain you feel without addressing the main cause.

 

We hope you find some of these unique, alternate treatment options helpful with your own chronic pain.

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Are E-Cigarettes Unsafe?

Are E-Cigarettes Unsafe?

The health risks of smoking cigarettes are now widely known and the ever-increasing prices of cigarettes are intended to discourage people from smoking. Also, in many countries, it is now illegal to smoke in a public place. Many smokers use e-cigarettes as an alternative, with vaping largely free of the negative connotations associated with smoking. However, research has shown that e-cigarettes are not a whole lot healthier than the time-honored tobacco equivalents.

Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is known to have addictive properties and to make users more susceptible to other addictive substances. Researchers from the New York School of Medicine found that nicotine from e-cigarettes could lead to cancer due to damaging string DNA. Also, Swedish researchers discovered that the use of e-cigarettes containing nicotine results in increased heart rate and blood pressure within 30 minutes.

This infographic from Union Quay Medical Centre  in Ireland, educating children from a young age about its dangers and implementing stricter regulations about the sale and advertising of e-cigarettes.

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Step into The Spirit of Spring

Step into The Spirit of Spring

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Now that Spring is firmly in the air you’ll notice people walking around with a little more spring in their step and a smile on their face.  Spring is a sensational season full of optimism and energy.  For this reason, many people use this as an opportunity to get their homes and gardens in order for the sociable summer season ahead of us.

 

Yet, having a Spring Clean isn’t limited to cleaning and decluttering; there are certain outdoor jobs that have been put off such as repairing the backyard fence panels that need to be tended to now we’re having warmer weather.

 

Indeed, in addition to sorting your house out for summer it’s equally important to take care of the garden.  In this post, we’re going to look at a number of ways to prepare your house for the sociable summer season.

 

Spring wouldn’t be Spring without the traditional Spring Clean where we give the house and garden a good going over.  In many ways, there is a science to this process that helps us manage the feeling of overwhelm that comes with having to tackle a whole house (particularly if you have a large family).

 

The first step is to declutter your home; meaning sorting through your items and working out what you no longer need.  What are you holding onto that no longer serves you?  Go through your wardrobe and determine what clothes can be given away to charity, passed on, or are so well worn they are no longer a feasible option.

 

If, like most people, you struggle with getting rid of items that hold a particular sentimental value, accept this, and understand that you don’t need to get rid of these items – you just need to declutter your home.  There’s nothing stopping you putting them in an airtight bag and storing them in the loft.  The point is to declutter your home so that you can get

organised.

 

The second step, is all about getting organised and this isn’t restricted to material items, as this is a great time to go through paperwork and take care of things you’ve been putting off.

 

The third step, is to thoroughly clean your home.  You might want to consider getting in a professional company to undertake a deep clean (e.g. steam the carpets) or you might prefer to do it yourself and bask in the cathartic emotional release that comes with decluttering, organising, and cleaning your home.

 

The final thing to consider in terms of sorting your house out for summer is the all important garden.  Winter is a time that pretty much necessitates horticultural neglect whereas now we are coming to Spring, it’s as if the natural world is awakening and coming to life, which has a similar effect on our psyche.

 

Now, as the days get longer, warmer and brighter, is the time for us to come out of hibernation and start preparing for those all important garden parties, barbecues and picnics on the lawn.

 

Spring is here and it’s time to get cracking!

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3 Ingredients Drink Can Help you Get Rid of Migraine in a Minute

By Guest Blogger, Vanessa R.

3 Ingredients Drink Can Help you Get Rid of Migraine in a Minute

 

If there is one thing I hate, that is a migraine. I just hate headaches. And I am sure I am not the only one.

There is just something extremely irritating in a migraine you cannot get rid of.

According to statistics, migraines affect almost 40 million Americans. So, chances are, if you do not suffer from constant migraines, one of your friends does.

To help you, and your friends, I will reveal a secret drink that I have found out to help me through the years.

If you want to help your friends, show them and point them to the drink. And always have it on your mind for the next time you suffer from an irritating and painful headache.

Causes for Migraine and Symptoms

If you are constantly suffering from a migraine, you probably already know the symptoms.

But for those who are not familiar with the symptoms, they include numbness, tingling, dizziness, tiredness, nausea and sometimes even vomiting.

Sensitivity to noise, smell and light is a common symptom and accompanies your migraine always.

Migraines can last up to 72 hours, and I am sure you wouldn’t like to suffer as much.

What you also need to know that migraines are often caused by stress and allergies.

However, the main factor contributing to migraines is dehydration and imbalance in your electrolyte levels.

Alcohol, stress, vitamin deficiencies can trigger a migraine, but the cause is always dehydration.

Drinking a lot of water can help you prevent migraines as you will keep your electrolyte at a high level.

One of the most important electrolytes is magnesium, so make sure to get more of that as well.

But if you do get a migraine, it doesn’t hurt to have a quick solution to the problem.

The Drink

Now all you need for this drink is a cup of water, juice from one fresh lemon, and just two teaspoons of sea salt.

The trick here is to use good quality salt, something like Himalayan sea salt for example.

With good salt, lemon juice, and water, you are getting more than 80 different minerals, magnesium included.

Good quality salt also helps you reduce pain and inflammation from a headache, as salt raises serotonin levels.

Mix all the ingredients together, and drink it bottoms up.

I know it is an old folk remedy, and you might be reluctant to use it.

But believe me when I say it, there are many natural and home remedies for almost every disease and illness, and many of them are as effective as traditional medicine or sometimes, even more effective.

And if you do not believe me, think about this for a second.

Do you know what happens when you go to emergency room for a migraine attack?

You get injected with electrolytes.

So why go to the emergency room for electrolytes, when you can make a quick remedy at home or at work?

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Signs You Need a Hearing Test

Signs You Need a Hearing Test

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Being able to hear is one of those things that we certainly do not appreciate until it’s gone. We take for granted the fact that we can hear people clearly day in, day out. We also take for granted that we can listen to our favourite songs and watch our favourite TV programs. Imagine how different your life would be if you had hearing loss. To try to prevent this scenario from occurring, you need to watch out for any symptoms that indicate you need a hearing test. With that in mind, read on to discover some clear signs that it is time to get an appointment booked sooner rather than later.

Missing out on everyday sounds – First and foremost, one of the signs that you could have a hearing issue is if you are missing out on everyday sounds. One of the most obvious examples is if you keep sleeping through the alarm on your phone, yet you never used to do this. Of course, you could just be over-tired, but this is not the sort of thing you should just ignore. Have you stopped hearing the message tone on your phone when someone contacts you? Maybe you cannot remember the last time you heard birds tweeting outside your window? Little things like this may mean nothing, or it could mean you have a hearing problem. Either way, it is vital to find out.

You have ringing in your ears – A lot of people assume that the only form of hearing loss is whereby sounds get quieter and it is more of a challenge to listen to people. However, there are many different hearing conditions that people can suffer from, and ringing in the ear is a common symptom that should never be ignored. This is also known as tinnitus, and it can be a warning sign of hearing loss. A lot of people experience ringing after exposure to very loud noise. If this ringing continues, then you definitely need to book a hearing test. This is something you also need to watch out for in your children. If your little one complains that he or she has ringing in the ears, this is not something you should simply ignore.

You have the volume cranked up higher than usual – Have you found that you are listening to the television on a higher volume than you once used to? Does your partner or your children complain that you have your music and alike too loud? If so, this could be an indicator that you need to have your ears tested. Of course, there are some people that simply like blasting music, however, if this is something that people have never complained about before and now they are suddenly moaning about how loud your tunes are, this could be because your music is a lot louder than before and you have not realised it because of an issue with your hearing.

You can’t hear in places that are noisy – Another sign that you need to look into hearing testing is if you cannot hear in places that are noisy. Hearing loss makes it very difficult to hear in places where there is a considerable amount of background noise. Examples include restaurants, parties, or when you are nearby a lot of cars.

“What did you say?” – Last but not least, do you find that this is a phrase you are saying more and more often lately? One of the biggest warning signs that you have a problem with your hearing is if you are always asking people to repeat what they have said. Does it always sound like people are mumbling or that their conversations are muffled? A lot of people find that children and women with high-pitched voices are the most difficult to hear at first. If this sounds familiar, these are not signs that you should simply ignore.

Do any of the signs that have been mentioned above? If so, it is better to book a hearing appointment sooner rather than later. After all, the quicker you pick up on a problem, the easier it can be dealt with. If you simply bury your head in the sand and don’t deal with it, you could end up suffering from permanent hearing loss, which could have been reversed if you had acted sooner.

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Benefits of Black Seed Oil

By Tia Cristy

Benefits of Black Seed Oil

It’s known as a cure-all or black cumin. Black Seed Oil comes in a liquid or pill form, as well as mild or extra-strength. It has been known to make people feel brand-new overall. But really, what is Black Seed Oil?

What is Black Seed Oil?

Black Seed Oil is the result of pressing the seed of the Nigella Sativa plant. It has been used in Asia and Middle Eastern countries for centuries to heal the body inside and outside. The oil is safe to take internally or to place on the skin topically. Rumor has it, princesses throughout history used the oil as a daily moisturizer to remain youthful.

Uses of the Oil

The Black Seed oil has been found to reduce blood-pressure, so if you already have low blood-pressure you may want to use this oil topically. Always consult with your doctor when starting natural supplements. However, the side effects of Black Seed oil are next to nothing. Some have developed rashes. But there haven’t been major issues reported. Other healing benefits have been reducing wrinkles, healing scars, antibacterial properties, etc. Then, upon further investigation Black Seed oil has been used to treat viruses, disease, STD’s, resistant bacterial infections, liver issues, cancer, diabetes, stomach issues, hair loss issues and MRSA. It has reduced symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and many neurological aliments. And on top of it all, it is a big promoter in weight-loss.

Have I Seen a Difference?

I started using the oil topically to see if I had any reactions first. It has a pleasant odor and absorbs fairly quickly into the skin. It feels silky, not greasy. I had extremely dry hands from a cold-harsh winter. I had used several of my go-to oil fixes and was only getting relief for a couple hours at a time. I decided to try a dab of the Black Seed on my hands. I have been problem-free for days after one treatment. Bonus, my hands still feel incredible. I started using it on my face only three-days ago, and I’m already happy with the results. We all know summer or winter months can be harsh on the largest organ. I’m feeling confident, I will continue to be happy with the results.

Can You Stop Taking Black Seed?

After all the research that I’ve done on those that use the oil, they have stopped the oil at one point or another for only a short period of time. It’s totally safe to stop. However, after a few months missed the positive reaction of Black Seed Oil and returned to taking the supplement again. (especially around Allergy Season)

If you are thinking about taking Black Seed as a daily health supplement, it’s recommended to start with the mild. If you are hoping to take it as a therapy, please discuss with your doctor on the dosage they recommend. If you need more information on dosage or Black Seed oil, contact The Blessed Seed. For 10% off your order use Promo Code: tipsfromtia10

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How To Make Your Health a Daily Priority

How To Make Your Health a Daily Priority

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Today our lives are busier than ever – building careers, family commitments, juggling hobbies and essentials – it’s no wonder really that modern life can often feel quite overwhelming.

 

But what consequences does having so many daily responsibilities have on our health and well being?

 

Well, when life gets super busy, as it often does, it’s easy to fall into the trap pof short cuts and bad habits that don’t prioritise our health. Acting on autopilot, we sacrifice ourselves and make a short-term choice, be that grabbing the quick dinner that we know is less than healthy for us or choosing to skip workouts and meditation sessions that normally keep us grounded.

 

By default, we tend to operate on auto-pilot mode, muddling through the days and making excuses to ourselves. The side order? A healthy dose of guilt and blame, as we recognise deep down that we aren’t making the choices we need to for our long-term health.

 

But life isn’t going to let up anytime soon, so what can we do to make sure health becomes a daily priority? It turns out some simple strategies can stop you having to compromise all the time…

Recognise The Choice Cycle

 

Trapping in feelings of self-doubt and tiredness, many of us avoid acknowledging our own agency in the matter. It’s easy to blame circumstances from ‘stopping’ us maintaining our health, but the truth is, although we can’t avoid what life throws at us, we can choose how we deal with it.

 

That autonomy is our gift, and refusing to accept that prevents many of us from achieving our wellbeing goals. Take a moment to step back from the situation and remove emotion from the equation. What would you say to you best friend or a relative that complained they were too busy to take care of themselves? Instead of judging yourself or blaming circumstances, acknowledge that life is busy and can be overwhelming – but also that you have a choice about how you react.

 

If you don’t actively choose to break the cycle, you’re going to end up stuck in a helpless, chicken and egg scenario – too tired and run down because of lack of exercise and healthy eating to make the right choices. Choose to prioritise your health – even if it means sacrificing something else. For example, if you love to fit in a morning HIIT workout, but don’t have enough time before heading to work – could you set the alarm a half hour earlier to fit it in? What if this meant going to bed a half hour earlier? What would you be missing? If the answer is another episode of that box set or a scroll through social media feeds then the choice becomes very clear.

 

What do you need to do in order to detox your body and mind? Treat being kind to yourself as a commitment that you choose to prioritise over all the noise in daily life, and you are taking back to the power and making a positive step – and that in itself can be very energising.

 

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Isolate Your Eating

 

How many of choose to eat while distracted? In fact, sitting there munching mindlessly while we catch up on emails is very harmful to your health. Studies have shown those who eat while distracted consume more calories, as the brain is switched away from it’s task of sending the message that you’re full to your stomach. So when you eat, make it the main event.

 

Sit down properly at the table and take the time to engage your senses – what can you see, feel and smell? If you need to, scheduling in a half hour for a meal really emphasises your commitment to mindful eating. Ask yourself about your emotional state if you find yourself reaching for a sugary treat you don’t need. What is making you crave it? Are you bored or upset? Resolve to fix the root cause rather than using food as an emotional tool. Savour each bite, learn to recognise when you’re approaching full up and reconnect your mind and body as you eat. When your finished, you’ll find that you feel more satisfied and are free to continue your day with renewed energy and a clear mind.

Have a Plan for Stress

 

Stress is a daily factor in our lives. In fact, a little bit of the right kind can be very effective as a motivating factor that keeps us on track – so you shouldn’t be seeking to erase every trace of it from your life. The key is to learn how to manage stress. If it gets out of control, it can act as a major trigger for overeating or drinking too much alcohol, cause relationship issues and get our hormones out of alignment, leading to multiple health problems.

 

Recognise that you can’t control every factor and that life will throw you curveballs – but understand also how to deal with them. Keep crucial perspective by moving yourself forward in time mentally – will this issue matter in a week? A month? How about in a year’s time? Learn what it takes for you to avoid critical levels of stress – do you need to learn how to delegate more at work? Do you need to put aside more time to rest? Or is it simply a question of scheduling in 10 minute power walks outside to keep you balanced and get some fresh air?

Treat Health as Its Own Reward

 

If you choose to ‘reward’ yourself with food and alcohol, it promotes all kind of negative associations and cycle of guilt and rebellion. Recognise that these things are not ‘bad’ or ‘good’ in themselves, it’s our approach to them that has positive or negative intentions. Processed treats should never be used to cope with stress or as a reward for doing something. Choose health and wellbeing for its own sake, as a conscious decision that you know enhances your life. Find comfort in other things, such as a deep aromatherapy bath, spending time with your loved ones, or finishing a chapter of that must-have thriller novel. Turn around your reward system and the effects can be life changing.

 

Choosing to put your health first is not one big decisions – it’s a series of daily choices. Commit to them and you will see positive results!

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