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Great Ways To Relieve Back Pain

Great Ways To Relieve Back Pain

 

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Your back is a huge part of your body and it acts as the epicentre for our standing ability as well as our ability to do things like sports. The back is a part of the boat which often suffers with issues and we can often find ourselves struggling with chronic back pain for days and weeks without knowing what to do to soothe it. Here are some quick and effective ways to sort out back pain and make sure that you are comfortable.

 

Get it checked out

 

The most crucial thing you need to remember when you are in pain with your back is that a trip to the doctors can be crucial for helping you through it. Make sure you take the time out to go and see a doctor and get yourself checked out if you feel that you are in pain because it could be something they can treat really easily for you there and then. A chiropractor is another option which can be helpful when you need it.

 

Lie down with your feet up

 

If you are having a difficult time with your back and you feel as if you need to stretch it out gently, the best thing you can do for this is to lie down next to a wall and put your legs straight up on the wall. This will act as a gentle stretch which can relieve tension without being too strenuous for the body. Make sure to relax your body into the stretch to get the biggest benefit from it. It is a simple move you can do for 10 minutes or so and this will be easy to do while watching TV in the evenings.

 

Release the pressure

 

A lot of the time you might find that back pain is to do with pressure on the spine which can cause some nerve issues and pain for you while you go about your daily business. Make sure to consider things such as spinal pumps as treatments as this can release any built up pressure and make sure that you are comfortable once more.

 

Stretch it out

 

Stretching your body is the best thing you can do when you have a bad back, and we know it can hurt but it is best to elongate the muscles and get rid of any knots which may be hindering your movement. One of the most effective forms of stretching you can undertake is Yoga, and you can do this for free at home using an app such as FitStar Yoga for your mobile or tablet. Some of the best moves to get your back moving including downward dog, locust, standing forward fold and poses such as reverse warrior and happy baby. Gentle stretches and poses can be just what you need to get those muscles moving once more.

 

Warm it up

If all else fails, a warm bath, a compress on your back or a hot water bottle can provide instant relief for your back and this can help you to move around and get on with your day with minimal pain. Of course, other treatments are advised alongside this and will treat the cause alongside the symptoms.

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Feeling Knotted? Here’s Why You Need A Massage

Feeling Knotted? Here’s Why You Need A Massage

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If you are always feeling like your muscles and joints are too tight this can put a downer on your day and it can also affect your ability to do simple tasks like everyone else. When it comes to being healthy and looking after your body a massage might be a great idea for you, and here’s why.

 

Relaxes the body

 

The main thing a massage can do for you is relaxing your body and making sure that you feel rested and refreshed. The job of massage therapists is to make you as comfortable as possible and this will help your muscles and joints to relieve their knots and feel flexible once again ready for exercise. Your whole body will feel amazing after a massage and it can be just what you need to hit thang reset button and feel great again.

 

Promotes sleep

 

Sleep is a huge part of life and unfortunately, many of us struggle with sleep and this can be detrimental to our health both physically and mentally. To make sure that we are healthy and happy we need sleep, and a massage can relax the body so much that you fall asleep on the table! Make sure you get a massage before bed and this will help you get a good night’s rest.

 

Improves mental health

 

Mental health is something which affects a lot of people around the world in different ways and with many, it is linked to stress. Stress on the body and the mind can take a toll on us and it can increase feelings of anxiety and depression in many people. However, when you have a massage the tension in your body will slip away and your stress levels will come right down. You can come out of there feeling calmer and happier as a person overall.

 

Keeps muscles healthy

 

Our muscles are constantly working for us every single day and they are what help us to stay fit and healthy throughout our lives. Our muscles are a big part of us and they need some TLC sometimes too. A massage promotes blood flow and healing of our muscles and it can make them stronger and healthier overall. Our muscles spend their life supporting us, so we should give back and support them once in a while.

 

Increase circulation

 

If you are the kind of person who is always boiling hot but you also always have cold feet and hands, you have poor circulation. Good circulation is crucial for our body because as blood pumps around our body oxygen is distributed to every single cell allowing it to live and thrive. A massage is a good way to increase circulation and blood flow around the body by hitting certain pressure points and pushing the blood around. It can be a huge help for circulation and keep you feeling healthy. It will also mean that you are less likely to walk around with freezing cold hands and feet all of the time which is a big win!

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How to Zen Out Your Space

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E.

How to Zen Out Your Space

Our lives are pretty hectic due to busy schedules and the constant urge to please everyone around us which is impossible, and sometimes too stressful. In all these circumstances, we often forget about our own needs and, most importantly, our health. Such a lifestyle leads to insomnia and eating disorders. Our body is our temple, and the only place we actually have to live in, so we’d better take good care of it first. We must learn how to focus on the important things in life and inner peace is definitely one of them. It happens very often that we don’t manage to clean the house or we have to deal with a pile of paperwork on the desk and unsorted laundry. That mess has to be decluttered before it drowns us in the vicious circle of dirt. Although some people are more productive when working under pressure and surrounded by mess, there is nothing better than living in a clean, fresh environment.

The rage for Zen-organized homes became a trend of the modern-day world, and this implies organizing your personal space with simplicity, minimalism and absolute peace. Here are some useful tips on how to turn your home into a laid-back place.

Start with rearranging your personal space

It goes without saying that a messy house equals a messy life. Cleaning your household the right way can turn any home into a safe haven and a private oasis of peace. A Zen-inspired place means owning a minimal amount of furniture, as it opens up the space and makes it easier to vacuum and clean. The furniture should be made of natural materials such as clay, marble and wood, because these bring a sense of tranquility and warmth. Avoid complicated details and dark colors. Keep your kitchen counters clean and dispose of everything from your bathroom shelves that you haven’t used for a long time.

Fresh air is the number one contributor to your health

 

Make sure to air your rooms frequently since no one likes to live in a stuffy place. In addition, you can even get yourself an air purifier for mold which is a legit game-changer. You can place them in your office, living room or bedroom, and apart from being super quiet, these also remove impurities such as pet hair, smoke and dust. What’s more, they are beneficial to asthmatics and allergy sufferers. Enrich your living room with a few plants or purchase some essential oils, since they raise the level of energy and mental alertness. As for the bedroom, keep it simple. There should be a bed, a closet, one lamp and two nightstands, and to spice it up, add a lavender scent. Lavender is known for repelling insects, but it also helps with stress and anxiety. Scented candles are also a plus as they bring in the warmth and peacefulness.

Choose soothing colors

When in doubt, choose white. White plays an important role when decorating small apartments. You can also go for the mellow colors such as olive, mauve, coral or lavender. These subtle tones are perfect and can lead you straight to the land of tranquility. Purity of lines and open light spaces make us feel unbothered and relaxed.

Keep calm and listen to music

 

We all deserve a little ‘me time’ once in a while, and what’s better than bonding with yourself in a foaming bubble bath while listening to your favorite music? There are plenty of exceptional artists that can help you get through a stressful day, such as Norah Jones, Bob Marley, Sade or Sia. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let the music shake the stress away. Nothing in this world is worth your anxiety, so seize the moment because, in the end, every little thing is going to be alright.

Get rid of electronic distractions

One TV in the house is enough and it should be placed in the living room. Remove all the cables and wires from your sight and keep your phone chargers in the drawers.

After you have mastered these little life hacks, be brave enough to Zen out your space and sail into a new life filled with vibrancy.

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Call the Psychologist… Panic Attacks are a Real Thing

Call the Psychologist… Panic Attacks are a Real Thing

Many folks might be saying, ‘Duh’, but that is exactly something that someone said recently after they had experienced that awful feeling of terror. Yes, panic attacks are as real as heart attacks. Here are a few facts to know about panic attacks and how to get past the fear.

You are not alone

When an individual is experiencing panic attacks, they feel utterly alone. But the truth is many people at one point in their lives has or will experience a panic attack.

 You are not weak

One of the best descriptions of why a panic attack occurs is because panic attacks are usually the mind’s reaction of layering up a lot of stressful situations on top of one another until your strong mind can’t hold anymore. This doesn’t mean you or your mind is weak, it means no one should have to be that strong for that long.

People that never experienced a panic attack doesn’t understand what you’re going through

This is a fact. Many folks can be compassionate that you are having emotional issues. But unless they have gone through this themselves, they just don’t get it. Some people think that you can just get over it, or let it go. Sadly, it doesn’t work that way, which leads me to my next point…

First step of getting better is you need to let go

I know it contradicts what we just said… but letting go by talking to someone who actually understands the reality of your panic can be extremely healing. At first, it might feel worse, but being able to talk about the symptoms and fear is like physically pushing it out of your body and mind, and sending it out into the universe to never return. Healing doesn’t happen immediately, but it starts the ball rolling. Talking with a psychologist or therapist online can be a great option in your recovery process.

Push yourself

Face your fears. We’ve all hear that, and there are times when you will have to push yourself to face those fears. Other times, you may decide it’s too much. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as you are progressing in other areas. Keep it on your list of things to build back up to.

Take your vitamins

Eating properly is important when it comes to complete health. Amino acids and B vitamins are a must in supporting brain health. Taking an amino acid complex could be a huge help in reducing panic, anxiety and depression. Talk to your doctor about adding in an amino supplement.

Pressure points can ease the pain, …or panic

Pressure points exist all over the body. They have the ability to heal areas inside and outside the body. There is a pressure point on the roof of the mouth that regulates the amygdala, (the gland that releases your fight or flight response). Press the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, directly behind your two front teeth. Press for several seconds, while remembering to breathe. It will reduce the panic, or in time stop it before it starts.

 

Remember, you are not alone. There are people out there that can help.  There are many methods to help heal your emotional mind. As you work on yourself, you will begin to feel strong again. But I think the moral of everyone’s story, …Don’t hold onto too much stress. A professional can help you learn how to do that. Eat right, and don’t forget your vitamins and aminos. As you do the work, this will pass. In time, it will be a strange memory.

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Most Common Sports Injuries and how to Treat Them

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Most Common Sports Injuries and how to Treat Them

 

Even though physical activity is the best thing you can do for your body, when you are not being careful, many bad things can happen. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or a rookie, you still have a chance to get injured.

When it comes to injuries themselves, there are countless types and variations, but still, some parts of our body are simply more prone to damage than others.

And in the sea of countless sports injuries, here is the list of the most common ones along with the ways to treat them.

Strained hip flexor

Hip flexors are actually the muscles on the upper front side of thighs. Their main functions are lifting knees towards the trunk and assisting with moving legs toward and away from each other. These muscles can become weak in individuals who spend a lot of time sitting and have a poor posture while sitting.

Sports injuries to this muscle are usually caused by sprinting, inclined running and other activities that involve quick turns and sudden starts.

Symptoms include pain while raising the leg, while climbing stairs or getting out of the car, as well as running. Bruising in the front of upper thighs and groin may also occur.

The best way to treat a strained hip flexor is rest and icing for approximately 20 minutes at a time for the first 72 hours. After those first days of recovery, it is time to apply heat for 20 minutes followed by laying down and gently sliding heels and stretching hip flexor.

If symptoms, pain and limited movement are still present after two weeks, you should make an urgent visit to the doctor’s office.

Torn or strained ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is the major kneel stabilizing ligament. The most common cause of ACL injury is slowing down and trying to pivot, cut or change direction. When ligaments inside the knee are torn, consequences can be severe. 

Common ACL tear symptoms are instability when walking or turning corners, and increased swelling in the knee. However, even though a light strain or tear can be healed with the help of ice and rest, complete tear requires surgery and a couple months of recovery with a very aggressive physical therapy regimen.

Pulled groin

This is also called a groin strain. The groin muscles run from the inner thigh right above the knee up to the upper inner thigh. They pull our legs together, and can be injured when performing quick side-to-side movements. The injured person will notice difficulty with lateral movements such as getting in and out of the car, as well as bruising and tenderness in the inner thigh or groin.

Treatment includes rest and icing for 20 minutes periodically during the first three days, and heat after those three days, followed by gentle and proper stretching and range motion exercises.

Shin Splints

The most common symptom of a shin splint is pain in tibia – the lower leg bone. Usually, athletes that participate in activities that involve a lot of running (such as soccer players) are the ones who get this injury.

The best way to treat a shin splint is icing, rest and gradually increasing all running activities. Shoes with a quality support also play a major role here.

Sciatica

This is actually a back pain that can travel down the back of your leg and even your feet. The feeling can be associated with burning, numbness and tingling down the leg. It is usually seen in athletes who are often in a flexed forward posture, like cyclists, and ones that perform a lot of trunk rotation like golf and tennis players do. The pain itself can be caused by a pinched nerve or a bulging disc.

To alleviate the symptoms, try laying on your stomach or stretching your back and hamstrings. And if the pain persists for more than two weeks, seek medical assistance.

Strained hamstring

Hamstrings are muscles located on the back of the thighs. Unfortunately, they can get tight, and are susceptible to strain and injury (pulled muscle). One of the biggest causes is definitely improper stretching and lack of stretching.

This can be treated with icing and rest in early phases, followed by gentle stretching and overall strengthening in order to prevent another injury. If the pain lasts longer than two weeks, the athlete should turn to physical therapy or ultrasound treatments.

Golf or tennis elbow

This injury is usually seen in athletes who perform many gripping activities, just like golf and tennis players – hence the name. Due to strong and repetitive action, forearm tendons become inflamed and make lifting things, making a grip, opening the door, shaking hands and raising your hand or straightening your wrist very painful. Athletes also complain that their grip is weak.

Doctors treat this with anti-inflammatory medications and braces, in order to take the pressure away from the area and prevent further injuries. Stretching techniques applied by a physical or occupational therapist can also break down that stiffness and build strength gradually.

Cracked tooth

Believe it or not, but according to American Dental Assistants’ Association, every year around 5 million Americans lose teeth in sports-related injuries and probably the most common of them is a cracked tooth.

Cracked tooth happens when a player sustains a sudden blow to the face. Symptoms include a sharp pain when biting down, constantly present tooth pain, especially when eating and drinking, and losing a section of the outer enamel shell. However, this injury isn’t always visible to the naked eye, and a person may not even experience any pain, so there is another reason for doing dental checkups regularly.

When it comes to treating it, it depends entirely on the dentist, but when it comes to preventing it, wearing custom dental sports mouthguards during a boxing, or any full contact sport session is mandatory.

The concussion is the injury to the brain due to the head trauma when the brain is shaken or jarred. Concussions are extremely serious and should never be taken lightly. An athlete who experiences this injury should immediately seek help of a professional who has experience in treating concussions.

Symptoms include confusion, dizziness, headache, nausea, slurred speech, light sensitivity and delayed response to questions.

Common treatment involves rest with the minimal mental or physical stress. 

Just because there is a risk of getting hurt, doesn’t mean you should now give up on doing sports. However, just like everything else in life, you have to be smart about it. Never forget to stretch, wear quality sports gear, and you won’t have to worry about anything.

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A Pain In The Neck: How To Treat Neck Pain

A Pain In The Neck: How To Treat Neck Pain

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Neck pain can occur due to a variety of reasons. It could be strain from staring down at a computer or an injury as the result in whiplash. In both cases, it can be aggravating, and in serious cases debilitating. Here are a few of the steps worth taking to help treat neck pain.

 

See a doctor

 

You don’t need to see a doctor if it’s a simple strain, but if it’s pain as a result of an injury, your first step should always be to get checked out. The pain could be muscular or spinal pain in some cases, which may need specialised treatment. Doctors may also be able to recommend activities worth avoiding such as driving or sports, as well as medication and stretches.

 

Know your legal rights

 

Neck pain can often be caused by whiplash. This may be the fault of someone else, which could mean that you’re entitled to compensation. Its worth seeking out legal advice to if you’ve got a case. Compensation could help pay for your recovery or help fund you if you’ve been signed off work (i.e. you may not be able to perform a driving job with a neck injury).

 

Consider alternative medicine

 

Certain forms of alternative therapy such as chiropractic and acupuncture work for some people with neck pain. Even a regular massage could help to ease chronic neck pain. Look into different forms of therapy and see what works for you.

 

Use hot and cold methods

 

The heat and the cool can both be effective methods against neck pain. When it’s an injury, you may want to use cold methods within 48 hours of the incident to reduce swelling. This could involve applying an ice pack to the affected area or a bag of frozen vegetables. For chronic pain or for injuries after two days, hot methods are generally better at combating inflammation by helping the muscles to relax. This could include applying a heated towel on the injury or taking a long hot bath.

 

Stretch it out

 

Various stretches can help to ease pain. These are best recommended by a doctor or physical therapist. Physical activities such as yoga and Pilates are great for helping neck pain too – your instructor should be able to recommend stretches based on your pain. Try to avoid any stretches that are instructed against as these might make your injury or pain worse.

 

Buy a firm pillow

A regular pillow could aggravate neck pain. It could be worth buying an orthopaedic pillow that makes lying down more comfortable. When travelling you may also want to buy a travel pillow to help support your neck. In the case of an injury, a physical therapist may be able to make recommendations.

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Stress-Busting Remedies That Actually Work!

Stress-Busting Remedies That Actually Work!

If you took a moment to research de-stressing techniques online, you’d be greeted with hundreds of links. Stress is something that affects all of us at some point in our lives, and it’s incredibly beneficial to spot triggers and use self-help techniques to try and keep it under control. There may be hundreds, even thousands of remedies out there, but these stress-busters will actually make a difference. If you’re prone to stress, why not give them a whirl?

 

Regular exercise

We tend to focus on exercise as a means of lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, increasing muscle mass and improving strength and flexibility, but it’s also one of the best natural stress-relievers out there. When you work out, your body goes through a series of processes, which result in increased serotonin levels and the release of happy hormones known as endorphins. Exercise lifts your mood, but it can also release tension and help you to relax. If you’ve had a hectic day and you need to unwind, activities like yoga, Pilates, and jogging may help while sports like boxing, spinning, and golf can help to reduce stress by providing a cathartic release. Sometimes, you feel like you need to offload energy and channel frustration, and exercise enables you to do this constructively.

 

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Finding a happy place

When you’re feeling down or fraught, where do you go? Having a happy place can help you feel safe and secure, but it can also provide an escape from whatever is stressing you out. Many people feel most comfortable at home, and you can make a house or flat more tranquil by dedicating areas to rest and relaxation. Use ambient lighting, comforting textures and aromas to help you unwind and chill out. If you’re interested in creating a reading room or a home spa or you’re keen to make your bedroom a calmer space, you can learn more about the power of scents, lighting, and color online. If you want to get out of the house and relax, think about what makes you happy. Visit a gallery or hire a studio space nearby if you enjoy art, go to meditation classes or take a walk or a jog in the park or on the beach.

 

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Talking it out

Many of us aren’t great at talking about how we feel. The trouble is that often, this means that we bottle things up and even the most minor molehills become mountains. Talking is such a therapeutic exercise, and it can really help you get things off your chest, clear your mind and solve problems that may be getting you down or making you feel anxious. Talk to people you trust and if you don’t feel comfortable speaking to people you know, consider seeing a therapist.

 

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Stress is a feature of modern life, but that doesn’t make it any easier to cope if you’re bogged down and struggling to muddle through. If you’re prone to stress, hopefully, you’ll find these remedies are effective for you.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

The change in seasons can bring about more than just cold weather. For some, this change comes with depressive episodes. Approximately 5% of the U.S. population suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, during the year. About 10-20% of recurring depression cases have a seasonal pattern.

What exactly is SAD? SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes with the changing seasons. Symptoms include fatigue, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and weight fluctuation. There are two types of SAD. Winter-onset is the most common with symptoms occurring in late fall to early winter and improving in the summer. Spring onset is the lesser known type of SAD that happens during late spring or early summer.

We know that SAD occurs with the changes of the seasons, but a diagnostic test for SAD still does not exist. Even without a formal diagnostic test, your healthcare provider can still perform a diagnostic procedure to determine if you suffer from SAD. Your doctor will ask a series of questions and perform a physical exam. Often, a complete blood count or thyroid test will be conducted to rule out any other health issues.

What are the treatment options if you’ve been diagnosed with SAD? There are multiple options for treatment that include traditional and alternative methods. Here’s a breakdown of SAD treatment options.

Traditional SAD Treatments
● Light Therapy- With light therapy, the person is exposed to a full-spectrum light anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half per day. The light simulates natural light and is thought to change the brain chemicals linked to mood.

● Psychotherapy- In psychotherapy patients are taught to recognize and change their negative thoughts, manage their stress, and utilize healthy coping strategies.

● Medication- In some instances, medication can be prescribed as a traditional method of treating SAD.

Alternative SAD Treatments
● Dawn Simulators- This treatment involves gradually increasing light a half hour before an alarm clock notification. This mimics the sun rising during warmer seasons.

● Supplements- Vitamin D supplements can be used to alleviate depression symptoms. Omega-3 oils are found in supplements or fatty fish and can relieve significant depression symptoms.

● Yoga and Exercise – Yoga therapy and regular exercise can effectively treat depression symptoms. Exercise releases the body’s feel-good chemicals called endorphins, but the real value lies in low-intensity exercise sustained over time. That kind of activity spurs the release of proteins called neurotrophic or growth factors, which cause nerve cells to grow and make new connections. This improvement in brain function is known to make people feel better.

● Meditation – Meditation techniques have been found to reduce stress in people with SAD.

● Acupuncture – This treatment can reduce the severity of depression. The benefits can last for up to one year.

To learn more, checkout the infographic below created by Regis College’s Online Master of Science in Nursing degree program.

 

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder
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How to Set Up Your Home Yoga and Meditation Space

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

How to Set Up Your Home Yoga and Meditation Space

 

For many people, yoga is the one thing that keeps them healthy – body, mind and soul. While it is all about finding the time to slow down, be still, and listen to your inner self, a lot of us just don’t have as much time as we would like to head down to the yoga studio. Have you ever thought how much simpler life would be if you could just create your own personal yoga studio? Here is a simple guide on how to create a designated yoga corner at home.

Do I need a yoga space at home?

Having a yoga space at home is not just a matter of convenience. Sure, sometimes when you are tired after work, or it’s raining outside, you just don’t feel like leaving home and heading down to the studio. But it’s not just about what is easy. Don’t be discouraged thinking your home is just too small. Your studio doesn’t even have to take up an entire room. Just choose one corner of a room where you feel pleasant. It could be in your bedroom, living room, or, if you enjoy fresh air, even your garden. Your yoga corner will affect the energy of the space making you feel calmer whenever you see it. It will also remind you to take the time to practice and meditate more often.

Prepare your space

Whether you have chosen an entire room, a rarely used corner or the outdoors, your first step should be not to add objects, but to declutter. Yoga is all about clarity and the free flow of energy. Too many objects, especially inconsequential ones, will staunch this energy flow. For optimal energy, you can consult the rules of Feng Shui. Take a look at your space: anything that distracts you and disturbs your sense of clarity and calm needs to go. For starters, clear out all the mess and all unnecessary objects, and get quality gym flooring.

Decorate and supply

Apart from your yoga mat, there’s very little supplies that you actually need. Depending on the type of yoga you practice, you might also need beads, a pillow or a singing bowl. If you like meditating to certain sounds, relaxing music, or practice guided meditation, try to set up your sound system to be as unobtrusive as possible. You could paint the walls a soothing color, or choose a corner by the window if you feel that looking out the window helps you stay connected to nature and your environment.

Finishing touches

Choose the details you want to add carefully and sparingly. Don’t give in to temptation to clutter the space again. Choose a few details that you love seeing and that will instantly help your mind go into a meditative state. A lot of people choose a potted plant and perhaps a drawing or a painting that speaks to them. A small statue of Buddha is also found at plenty of home studios. If you have children and would like to teach them how to practice mindfulness too, you could make calming glitter jars together and keep them in your home yoga studio as well.

Having your own tiny studio, or even just a corner of your home where you can practice or meditate could help you use your time to the fullest, even when you are too busy or tired to leave home. Actually, setting up this space doesn’t take too much money or effort at all, and it will bring you many relaxing hours enjoying the calming, beneficial effects of yoga at your own home.

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Tighten Up Vaginal Loosening

By Carvaka

Tighten Up Vaginal Loosening – Infographic

Loosening of the vagina is a concern for many women all over the world. It is something that many suffer with in silence as they are possibly too embarrassed to seek help or are of the belief that it’s an affliction that they have to accept. Fortunately acceptance isn’t the only option. There are in fact many ways that it can be helped, some not involving surgery or even a doctor’s visit. Issues like this can be upsetting for a woman (and of course for her partner). It is really important that women talk about this if it is causing them concern or discomfort as hiding or concealing it will not improve the situation. By not facing up to it and trying to find a solution, a woman’s self esteem can be badly damaged which of course can have a knock on impact on their daily lives.

This infographic from the guys over at Carvaka aims to explain the background to how some women have a loosened vagina; it examines the possible consequences of this issue; it highlights the ways that it can be treated and it also indicates some useful exercises which can also help matters. With any medical issue, it’s always best to seek your doctor’s assistance but certainly arming yourself with knowledge is important too so check it out below!

 

Loose Vagina infographic

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