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How To Reduce Stress In Your Life

How To Reduce Stress In Your Life

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Your emotional wellbeing is just as important as your physical health, and it’s vital to take care of yourself mentally. There are a number of things which can your affect emotional health negatively, from being unhappy in your job and working too much to getting married, moving house and suffering from a traumatic event like a car accident or death of a loved one. So, apart from avoiding life in general and trying to steer clear of any significant events – what else can you do to keep your stress levels at bay?

Meditate

Mediation used to be seen as something that only hippies and Buddhists, however today because of the stresses that modern day living brings, practising meditation has never been more popular. Thanks to technology and apps, it’s never been easier to meditate either, as you can find guided meditations on youtube or there are specific apps for it. Take a look at Headspace or Calm, and within those you will find short or long meditations, to help you to keep calm, to help with anxiety, focus, personal growth or to help you sleep better. Even if you take five minutes on the bus on your way to work to meditate, it can genuinely help your stress levels and help you to deal with what the day will bring. Give it a go and see if it works for you.

Breathe

Breathing exercises can really help you to relax. There are also a lot of breathing exercises you can do so you can have a look and see which one feels right for you. It’s similar to meditating as you need to try and clear your head and just focus on your breathing, and that’s all. If you don’t manage to fit in time to do this consciously, just remember next time you’re feeling stressed how much breathing can help you. Take a moment, go and find somewhere quiet and just breathe. You will feel better and calmer almost instantly.

Write Things Down

People often claim they are stressed because they just don’t have time to get everything done. However, you will often find that the more you do, the more you can do. Try to make time to write your thoughts and feelings down. Almost like a journal. It can really help for you to get some focus and clarity of what you’re doing, what you need to do, what you want from life, and what your goals are.

Think Positively

Positively talk to yourself. Be aware of your own thoughts, and if you catch yourself talking down to yourself or negatively thinking about yourself, then stop, take a minute and re-think. Change your thoughts and think more positively. The more you do this, the better you will feel.

Get Fit

Exercising is one of the best tools for beating stress. Many people find it therapeutic, and it’s for many reasons. First off, there is the time to yourself, which helps you to get your head clear about things that are stressing you out. Then after that, there are the endorphins which your body releases when you exercise, these are the chemicals in your body which make you feel happy. Next, there’s the bonus of getting fit and healthier, feeling great, looking great and maybe even losing weight. Finally, there’s a sense of achievement. Exercise is great for setting goals and achieving them. If you’re already fit and a great runner there is always something else you can work towards or always something you could improve on. The challenges are endless. If you’re a total beginner then the sense of achievement when you realise you can run for just five minutes without stopping, you move up on the weights in the gym, get faster at swimming or can finally touch your toes in Yoga – you will feel amazing.

Eat Well

This goes hand in hand with exercising, but it is also another essential ingredient for managing stress. Food which can help include brazil nuts which are high in selenium and selenium is said to improve mood as it reduces inflammation. Then there’s fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, and herring, which are all high in omega-3, which is good for your mental health. Also, try to include a lot of vitamin D in your diet as vitamin D deficiency is being increasingly linked to mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety – eggs are a great source of vitamin D.

Talk About Your Feelings

A problem shared is a problem halved. If you’re stressed about something, tell someone. You never know what useful advice they could give you, they may even be able to solve your problem for you, you just never know until you speak out and share your feelings. Also if there’s nothing they can do for you, just listening is sometimes all you need, or just talking to someone and getting what’s going on in your head out in the open can make you feel instantly better about what’s going on.

Delegate

If you have got too much on or there is something big in your life, then don’t take it all on yourself, ask people to help you. It shouldn’t all be on your shoulders, so share the load. Sometimes others just don’t realise that you’re struggling but if you let them know they would be more than happy to take some jobs off you and help you out. Similarly, if you need professional help, then get it. Don’t be afraid to go for it, don’t be ashamed and try to deal with everything on your own. Whether you need a cleaner in to help you out at home to take one job off your mind or you need to go and see a counsellor to help you deal with issues, then go for it. So many people do it, and it’s what these professions are there for.


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5 Great Reasons Why You Should Spend More Time Outdoors

By Guest Blogger, Cloe M.

5 Great Reasons Why You Should Spend More Time Outdoors

 

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Fresh Air

Surprisingly, many common household materials are toxic, and your home could be full of pollutants.  Many household and office products contain formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds. Furnishings that are treated with a flame retardant constantly emit dangerous chemicals into the air you breathe in your home or workplace.

In addition, dirt, dust, mould and pet dander are all common indoor pollutants that can seriously affect your health. Of course, keeping your home clean and having good ventilation will help. However, to enjoy the highest amount of clean, invigorating, unpolluted fresh air, get yourself outside.

Lower Stress Levels

Many studies prove that time spent in natural surroundings really is good for you. In some countries, such as Japan, ‘Forest Bathing’ or ‘Green Therapy’ is an accepted and prescribed remedy for many ailments. A stroll through your local park or a visit to a spectacular beauty spot can reduce stress and depression, improve our attention span, inspire our creativity, and make our brain healthier.

Being in a forest can also lower blood pressure, pulse rate, and cortisol levels. Also, our short-term memory can be improved by as much as 20-percent after interacting with nature. We can feel less tired and more likely to get a good night’s sleep. Not only that – just being outdoors and immersed in nature undeniably just makes you feel good!

 

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Encourages Physical Activity

Just being outside inspires you to move about. Walking is an excellent exercise that requires no equipment – and while you can increase their walking on a treadmill, you can gain even more benefits by getting outside and enjoying a stroll through a park, along a river, or on the beach.

When you spend time outside, surrounded by beautiful scenery, you will often feel inspired to keep walking to see more. A great way to get more physical activity outside is to get a dog – all the inspiration you will need to get yourself outside on a more regular basis. Dogs are great jogging companions – their enthusiastic running will inspire you! Also, stick and ball throwing are great dog-motivated physical activities.

Another new trend that is taking off, is jogging while collecting litter. Studies have revealed that you can burn almost double the calories by incorporating bending and stretching between short bursts of running. You will also be helping to keep the planet cleaner for yourself and future generations to enjoy.

Get More Vitamin D

Many people do not get enough Vitamin D from the foods they eat or from sufficient time outside in the sunshine, meaning that Vitamin D deficiency is a fairly common condition.  Low levels of this vitamin are linked to an increased risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s, depression, complications during pregnancy, and osteoporosis. Even just fifteen minutes of direct sun exposure on your skin, preferably in the morning or late afternoon, is the best way to boost your Vitamin D levels.

 

 

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Improves Eye and Body Health

Our eyes suffer from constantly focusing on things that are close by, such as computer screens. Allowing our eyes to look off into the distance allows them to relax and recuperate. Also, studies have revealed that children who spend more time outdoors are notably less likely to develop nearsightedness.

Finally, remember kick off your shoes and feel the grass beneath your toes, or the sand under your feet. Going barefoot increases our contact with nature and enhances the benefits. Furthermore, children who roam without shoes can develop a better sense of balance, as well as healthier feet and stronger immune systems.

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Cloe Matheson is a freelance writer from Dunedin, New Zealand who loves taking long outdoor walks to boost her creativity and lift her spirits. What better way to end a working day than to hear rustling leaves and to feel the gentle breeze brushing against your face? Check out more of Cloe’s work on her Tumblr page.

 

 

 

Is Your Home Healthy?

Is Your Home Healthy?

Most of us do what we can to keep healthy. We eat a well-balanced diet filled with vitamins and minerals. We try to get plenty of exercise and give our bodies a chance to recover with a good night’s sleep. We go to the doctors when we are unwell, we vaccinate our children and take any medication we need, we attend checkups and go for routine preventative scans, and we take the time to read about new developments which could improve our health. As a society, we’re even starting to take better care of our mental health and break down the barriers of talking about mental health issues. But, this could all be pointless if you live in an unhealthy home.

 

Your home can be full of toxins and disease which can make you and your family unwell. So, it’s important to check for the signs of an unhealthy home and do something about it before it has an adverse effect.

 

Air Quality

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Breathing in dirty and dusty air can have a poor effect on your health, especially if you already suffer from a condition like asthma. Long-term it can lead to heart disease and issues recovering from coughs and colds. Investing in an air purifier can filter out small particles making your air cleaner and healthier.

 

Damp

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A damp home can be both unhealthy and uncomfortable. Damp can also lead to the growth of black mould, especially around your windows. Over time living in a damp home can lead to more coughs and colds, a weakened immune system and more serious conditions like pneumonia. The spores from the black mould can also lead to skin irritation, sore and infected eyes, nose and throat, rashes, fatigue, headaches and chronic coughs. For those with an already weakened immune system, the risks can be even more dangerous.

 

To keep your home free from damp, install insulation, open a window when you shower, keep your home at an even temperature, by getting your heating checkout out by ABC Home & Commercial and leave it on at a low temperature. Repair window seals and dry washing outside or in the bathroom with a window open when possible. If you are still having issues, consider investing in a dehumidifier.

 

Control Your Light

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Light plays an important part in our health. Not getting enough natural sunlight can lead to a vitamin D deficiency, weak bones, poor skin tone and texture and weakened hair and nails. It can even cause depression and seasonal affective disorder. But, living in a very bright home can mean that you struggle to get to sleep properly and have a hard time reaching a deep sleep, which can leave you tired and lethargic and weaken your immunity.

 

Try to open your curtains during the day to let as much light in as possible and spend time in the rooms that get the most sunlight. Then, for the night time, fit curtains with a thick blackout lining and invest in an eye mask to help you sleep.

 

Deep Clean

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Most of us are quite good at keeping up with the everyday cleaning jobs involved with keeping our homes clean, tidy and hygienic. But, what about those jobs that only need doing every few months or less? Many of us forget these completely. This can lead to a buildup of dust and dirt, mould, damp and the growth of unhealthy toxins which can make you unwell.

 

So, make a Rota so that you can’t forget these jobs. Try to do one a month if you can. These jobs should include things like having your duvets dry cleaned, cleaning your curtains, washing your shower curtain, cleaning your sofa cushions, cleaning your fridge, freezer and cupboards shampooing your carpet and hoovering under all of your furniture.

 

Clear Out Your Cupboards

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When was the last time you went right to the back of your food cupboards? Or looked through everything in your fridge? Do you have a jar of pickled onions that’s been there for years? Many of us keep food well past its use by date as we just don’t look at it that often. Look through all of your tins, herbs and spices and everything in your fridge and freezer, checking dates and getting rid of anything that’s past its best.

Your home should be a place where you can rest and relax. When you are ill, it should be where you can recover and get better. You should feel completely happy and comfortable. It can’t be your safe space if it’s making you unhealthy, so take the time to look after it, just like you look after yourself.

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