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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.


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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7 Easy Everyday Drinks That Fight Inflammation

By Guest Blogger Jessica S.

7 Easy Everyday Drinks That Fight Inflammation

Chronic inflammation has affected millions of adults in recent years. Inflammation has been found to have direct links to the most common diseases causing the rising mortality rate. It may manifest in common conditions and diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory pressure. Not all inflammation are bad as this is the body’s natural signal to fight off foreign invaders. But too much-prolonged inflammation oftentimes leads to painful body conditions.

When the body’s immune response stays “on” and inflammation has persisted, the body might experience any of earlier-mentioned diseases and conditions. It is highly likely that inflammation is the root cause. It is the product of our stationary lifestyle and poor eating choices. Inflammation has led to a number of different diseases that we may not have noticed, thus accumulated over time. Luckily, experts have noted that there are anti-inflammatory foods that can help beat and help prevent inflammation and also provide relief.

It is imperative that you make drastic measures to change your lifestyle. As you age, these common diseases will hinder your daily activities and might cost you thousands in hospital bills and medication. By finding out more about the all-natural healing foods, you can get a head start on fighting the root cause of the cited diseases.

We have compiled the powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients in a colorful infographic below.  The graphic details drinkable solutions that can be made using the common household names such as green tea and ginger.

With the graphic below, you can finally put an end to inflammation even before it becomes a bigger problem.

7 Easy Everyday Drinks That Fight Inflammation

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The Lie-In King: Measuring Your Sleeping Patterns And Knowing When You’ve Had Enough

The Lie-In King: Measuring Your Sleeping Patterns And Knowing When You’ve Had Enough

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The Importance Of Sleep

We all know how important sleep is for both our mental health and physical health. For children and teens, it supports growth and healthy development. It is a time during which your brain makes new pathways and prepares for the next day ahead. It’s also time for physical repair of your body; for example, the healing and repair of your muscles, blood vessels and much more. But how much sleep is enough? How much is too little? How much is too much?

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Recommended Sleep

We spend a third of our lives asleep. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But for adults, it is generally recommended that you get eight hours of sleep a night and those hours mount up. So why is this the recommended amount of time? Well, research suggests that those who regularly get less than this amount are 12% more likely to experience a premature death. The same studies found that those who regularly sleep for longer than this eight hours are 30% more likely to experience a premature death. Scary stuff, right?

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Not Getting Enough Sleep? Why?

Obviously, eight solid hours of sleep isn’t always possible. There are all sorts of reasons that people might not go to bed at 10pm and rise at 6am. Some are unavoidable, whereas others are. Some justified reasons for missed hours of rest might revolve around family and work commitments. You might have a lot of work on. You might have family events to attend and a 9am start in the office. Maybe you have a newborn baby who wakes you regularly. Perhaps you do night shifts. These are all fairly inescapable reasons. However, a lot of the time, the reasons we crawl out of bed, groggy eyed, after a couple of hours’ restless sleep are entirely avoidable. We might kid ourselves that it’s not our own fault that we’re unrested when it comes to getting out of the sheets. But a lot of the time it is. There are so many external factors garnering for our attention nowadays that we’re distracted. Think of all the times that you’ve stayed up scrolling through meme pages and your Facebook news feed. The times that you stayed out for “just one more” down the pub. Every occasion you’ve binge watched a series of Netflix through the night, knowing full well that you really should have closed the laptop a couple of hours ago. Matters aren’t helped by other stimulants. Artificial lighting, caffeine, alcohol and energy drinks, for example.

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Getting Too Much Sleep?

Too much sleep sounds like a luxury to those of us who wake at the crack of dawn for a daily commute. But it is a problem if you get more than eight hours’ sleep daily. It sounds bizarre doesn’t it? This is backed up by scientific evidence though. Scientists have conducted all sorts of studies on sleep and found that those who regularly got more than nine hours’ a night had a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. So why might you be sleeping too much? It might be good to check in with your GP to find out. Oversleeping is sometimes a medical condition called hypersomnia. Symptoms include extreme sleepiness throughout the day, which isn’t generally relieved by napping. Oversleeping could also potentially highlight a mental illness, such as depression.

Working Out If Your Sleep Pattern Is Healthy

We all have different lifestyles, but not to worry. Sleeping straight through the witching hours isn’t the only way to get a healthy night’s kip. Here are a few ways to check that your sleeping pattern is healthy, whether you’re sleeping in the day or night.

  • You fall asleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down in bed
  • You regularly sleep for a total of 7-9 hours in every 24 hour period
  • While in bed, your sleep is continuous (you don’t wake regularly and struggle to get your head back down)
  • You awake feeling refreshed
  • You feel alert during your waking hours and are able to be productive
  • You don’t have any nighttime concerns, such as snoring, sleep apnea or restlessness

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Getting A Better Night’s Sleep

So now we understand the importance of sleep, how do we go about improving our sleep cycle? Well, lifestyle changes are going to help dramatically. Here are a few ideas to consider.


We’re easily distracted. When it comes to going to bed, turn the television off, put your phone down and put your laptop out of reach. Minimize external influences that may keep you up later than you need to be.


For some of us, the reason that we are unable to get to sleep easily is discomfort. You should make sure that the room you’re sleeping in is a comfortable haven with a good atmosphere. If you’re sensitive to light and sound, consider investing in black out blinds, sleep masks and earplugs. Noisy neighbours or housemates can also pose a problem. A lot of the time, people don’t realize that they’re making too much noise. Politely confront loud individuals and they’re likely to change their behaviour and be more considerate. Make sure that there are good vibes in your room. A cluttered, messy room can be hard to nod off in. A clear, tidy room has a less busy atmosphere and will leave you feeling more relaxed. A final thing to consider? Your bed. Your bed should be comfortable. If you have springs poking in your back, it’s not surprising that you’ll be tossing and turning all night. If it’s time to replace your mattress, Check out My Green Mattress Pure Echo (solid review here).

Medical Issues

As we mentioned earlier, bad sleep patterns may be a consequence of medical issues, such as insomnia, hypersomnia and sleep apnea. If you believe that you might suffer from any of these issues, or other issues, contact your GP. They will be able to diagnose your problem and offer you treatment. Be it tablets or counselling. There is a way to help you. You just need to confront the problem, seek help and find out what will be the best method of treatment for you as an individual.

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Preparing Your Home For A Healthy, Happy Winter

Preparing Your Home For A Healthy, Happy Winter


The nights are drawing in, and there’s a definite chill in the air. As clocks start to go back around the world, we prepare for the winter months ahead. Mindfulness teaches us to embrace the changing of the seasons and everything they offer. Being present in the moment has a positive influence on our overall wellbeing.

Many people love this time of year and everything it offers. They love the coziness and the idea of winding down. While for others, the thought of the dark months ahead leaves them feeling depleted and low. Whatever your take on the winter months, there are a few simple tips you can follow to ensure a happy and healthy winter.

  1. Simple Maintenance Checks

Before you settle in and fully embrace the concept of hygge, give your home a little TLC. Make sure it is ready to face rain, snow, storms and plummeting temperatures. A few careful checks will ensure you spot any underlying problems and could save you a lot of money. Address any serious issues first, such as foundation crack repair or roofing fixes. Then move to less pressing problems. This will avoid damage impacting on other areas of your home. Your pre-winter checklist should include the following.

  • Check the roof and chimney for signs of damage.
  • Ensure the gutters are free from debris.
  • Make sure the drains are flowing freely, and there are no blockages.
  • Ensure you have sufficient loft insulation, which will save you money on fuel bills.
  • Bleed radiators and ensure they are functioning at full capacity.
  • Have chimneys serviced and swept.
  • Ensure heating systems are serviced and fully functional.
  • Consider cutting any large or overhanging trees. Branches can snap under heavy snow or during storms and could damage your home.
  • Fix any cracks in pathways which could be exacerbated by the bad weather.
  • Insulate pipes to prevent freezing.
  • Replace mats in entryways and invest in a boot scraper.
  • Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Repair seals around windows and doors and check for draughts.

Let The Light In

During the winter months, many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. This is due to the lack of sunlight. Many of us wake up in darkness and return home in darkness after work. If the lack of sunlight affects you, make the most of the available light. Open curtains and blinds to allow sunlight to enter. Spend time out of doors as much as possible. You could also consider investing in a SAD lamp.

Lighting candles, lamps, and fairy lights will add a welcoming glow to your home. Light some scented candles to contribute to the cozy ambiance.

Invite Friends And Family

Though much more time will be spent indoors, don’t isolate yourself. Humans need the company of others to feel safe, happy and fulfilled. So extend invitations to friends and family. Cook a hearty supper or bake some cakes. There’s nothing nicer than steaming mugs of hot chocolate while the rain beats against the window. Light a fire if you have one, gather together and enjoy the company.

Whether winter is your favorite time of year or you hate it with a passion, make the most of these months. Protect your home, cozy up and spend time with the people who matter most.

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4 Simple Changes You Can Make To Your Home To Clear Your Mind

4 Simple Changes You Can Make To Your Home To Clear Your Mind

A lot of us struggle to switch off when we get home from work. We lie in bed wide awake and can’t shut off. You might be surprised to know that your house could be the reason you can’t clear your mind. Here are a few simple changes you can make to your home to help you release some stress.

Add some scented candles

You will be surprised to know that scented candles can help clear your mind. In particular, scents such as lavender can help reduce anxious feelings and balance your moods! And lemon can make you feel calm. Therefore, you need to add some lovely scented candles around your house. Put them in the rooms you spend the most time in, such as the bedroom and living room. And as well as helping you feel calm, they are great to add some character to your property!

Get rid of all that clutter

There has been a lot of research which has found that clutter can cloud your mind. It can stop you from being able to focus on anything. And it can stop you from being able to get to sleep quickly at night. Therefore, the best way to clear your mind is to get rid of that clutter. This weekend, dedicate a day to cleaning your home. Get rid of all those unnecessary items that are making you feel stressed. If you have a lot of items to get rid of, you might want to look into skip bin hire. That way, all the mess can be removed quickly from your home! Once all your unnecessary items have been removed, you can give everywhere a good clean. Not only will it help to clear your mind, but it will make your house look nicer. And cleaning will ensure your family stays healthy in your home!

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Change your wall color

If you are feeling stressed, it could be down to the color of the walls in your home. There has been a lot of research which has found the colors can affect our mood. For example, red increases your energy, while yellow can fill you with excitement. If you are struggling to feel calm in your home, you need to repaint your room in a calming color. Blue would be an excellent choice for your bedroom; it has been found to make people feel relaxed and serene.

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Move around the furniture

If you have too much furniture in one room, you need to move it around to create some space. After all, if there is too much going on in one room, it will clutter your mind! Therefore, get moving your furniture around to make the room feel more spacious. And according to feng shui, it can help improve the energy in the room! As this feature says, any impact on the environment can lift your mood and provide satisfaction. So you might feel better straight away after moving the furniture around in the room!

Hopefully, once you have cleared your home, your mind will empty of negative thoughts!

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