What To Do When You Need A Little Lift In Life

Unfortunately, none of us are immune to having a bad day now and again. But we can certainly make thing betters by employing some self-care techniques. Just like the ones below. Read on to find out more.

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First of all self-care activities don’t need to be grand gestures. They can be the smallest things. They just have to demonstrate to yourself that you are worth spending a little time and money on and make you feel better than when you started.

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In particular, painting your nails can be a small self-care activity that can make a big difference. This is because it feels good to improve your appearance, and a nice bit of nail art will always brighten your day. But also the act painting your own nails or going to a salon to get them done gives you some time to relax and focus on yourself. Which can be a very de-stressing experience.

Get some advice

Next, if you are feeling in need of a little lift why don’t you make it a priority to get some advice. You could call a friend and talk through the problems that you are facing. Or you could try on of the psychic phone numbers out there.

You could even speak to a trusted college or a member of your church. It doesn’t really matter who you consult, as long as they are understanding and they can offer you some support and advice.

Do your hair

Getting your hair done is an old school tried and tested method of giving yourself a bit of a lift when you’re feeling down. A new hairdo can lift your spirits as well as make you feel like a new person.

But what can you do if this would be the perfect self-care activity, but it’s just too expensive to go to your regular salon? Well, you could always try volunteering to be a hair model at a training salon.

This is why they offer haircuts at a vastly reduced rate because it is learners that will be doing it.

Of course, you have to be willing to go for some of the more on trend and far out styles. But there are experienced hairdressers on hand supervising the process, in case anything goes wrong. So you don’t need to worry about that side of the equation.

Treat yourself to a night out

It can also be a great idea to treat yourself to a good night out on the town. Maybe you feeling low is a good excuse to get the girls together and head out for some cocktails?

Or why not entice your other half into dinner and movie? As spending some quality time with loved ones and friend is often a sure fire route to feeling a little happier.  

Watch something funny

Lastly, if all else fails, then a great self-care activity is to watch something funny on the TV. This could be a new show, or an old favorite that you know is guaranteed to make you giggle every time.

After all, laughing releases dopamine, which is something that you can really help to lift your mood.

Lift Your Spirits Without Resorting To Drugs

 

Depression in a major issue in the West. According to research done by academics in the US, women are more unhappy now than they have been in history, despite all the social progress that has been made since the 1960s. What’s driving it isn’t entirely clear, although many commentators think it has to do with the pressures of work, intense competition and the need to perform in every aspect of life.

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For regular women, the question is what to do about it. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do without having to resort to drugs (although you should contact your doctor if you are suffering from serious bouts of depression as well as continue taking any medication as prescribed). Here are some simple ways you can lift your spirits the natural way.

Cuddle Your Favourite Furry Friend

Research has shown that people who own dogs are happier and live longer. And is that any surprise? Dogs are always in good spirits and never judge you, no matter how bad you look or feel. Dogs always want to play and, unless they are ill, have infectious amounts of energy – just what you need when you’re feeling depressed.

What’s more, simply stroking your furry friend helps to release positive endorphins, making you feel good, no matter how bad things might seem.

Get Some Uplifting Conversation In Your Life

One of the reasons many women are so unhappy is because they are so lonely. If you’ve lost loved ones, it can be hard to move on with your life and do the things you enjoy. Do anything you can. Talk to a friend, try out one of those psychic phone numbers you see posted on the internet, even sitting down with somebody you don’t know in a coffee shop can work wonders. Be brave and seek out conversations. You’re negativity won’t go anywhere if it is left to fester by itself.

Volunteer For Something

Ever wondered why so many people volunteer? Usually, it’s because giving feels good. If you’re not used to giving, give it a try. You’ll be surprised just how significant your help can be and how it can impact people who are in need. There are loads of ways to volunteer, from walking dogs to helping set up a school in the heart of Africa. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you make friends along the way and throw your all into whatever projects you get involved with.

Take A Walk In The Sun

Besides the pressures of life, another reason so many people wind up feeling down is because they don’t spend enough time in the sun. It turns out that the human body absolutely needs the sun, not just for the vitamin D, but to feel alive and healthy. Our body clocks depend on it, and so being shut indoors all day can throw them out of whack, leading to poor sleep and generally feeling miserable.

Do you have any ideas for how to lift your spirits naturally?

Living A ‘Normal’ Life During Your Pregnancy

Being pregnant is said to be one of life’s miracles, and in many ways it is. There is no other experience that comes close to your first pregnancy, and the feeling of your baby growing inside you. It can also be a very special time for you and your partner (plus any extended family) as you prepare for your new arrival. But as much as pregnancy can be a beautiful thing, for many women it is also an inconvenience of sorts. You may be a career woman with a successful business, and can’t fathom the thought of taking time off despite everyone saying you need to go on maternity leave. Or, maybe you are into fitness and want to keep being active, rather than sat at home on the couch all day just because you are pregnant. But what many people don’t realize is that life doesn’t have to stop just because you are pregnant – you can still go about your day just as you did until your due date creeps up. Here are some ways you can continue to go on ‘as normal’ even while growing your baby!

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Ask for help


Sometimes, when you are pregnant, people can’t do enough for you. They take one look at the bump and make it their mission to do anything they can for you – opening doors, giving up seats and lifting heavy objects. But if you are not visibly pregnant – remember, some women hardly show at all – you may not receive this kind of help. The important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t feel embarrassed to ask for it, if you should need it. You shouldn’t need to go on maternity leave early just because you are no longer capable of doing certain tasks. Explain to the people around you that you are pregnant and you may need a helping hand from time to time – they will surely be happy to oblige!

Look for pain relief options

The one thing about pregnancy that they don’t show in the movies is just how much your body will change. In some cases, you may find yourself with pain in places you have never experienced it before, as a result of carrying a baby. A commonly afflicted area is the hips, as a lot of pressure is put on them by the baby. If this pain is stopping you from going about your daily activities, you may want to find how to relieve hip pain when pregnant. There’s no point suffering when there’s something that can be done about it, and with some help, you could be back on your feet in no time.

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Give yourself more time


One thing to remember during pregnancy is that you still have the same capabilities as before – you may just need to go a little slower. Your body will go through may change during your pregnancy, and you will need to be prepared to change with it. Take your time with physical activities and don’t rush anything. You can still get the job done, but just go at your own pace.

Keeping Your Skin Fresh: Ways To Feel Good This Winter

Through the winter, it’s particularly difficult to keep your skin in good condition. The cold air and wind can strip it of its natural oils, which makes it more easily damaged. That means that you might have to make a few changes to your skincare routine to keep feeling and looking good…

Keep Hydrated

During the winter it’s easy to forget to drink water. We tend to go for hot drinks instead when it’s cold outside but the sad truth is that a Starbucks coffee won’t be nearly as helpful as good old water at keeping your skin in top condition. The skin is an organ and it’s made up primarily of water – which means that if you’re dehydrated, your skin can start to look dull and lifeless. Make sure that you carry a reusable water bottle with you during the day and that you put drinking water into your daily routine.

Cover Up

We all know that you have to cover up to stay warm in winter and to protect your skin from the winter in the summer, but we never think about protecting our skin in the winter as much. Make sure that you wear a warm scarf and if you’re out in the cold wind, pull it up over the bottom half of your face to stop yourself from getting raw red chapped skin. The same applies with hats – not least because you can lose a lot of body heat through the top of your head so it’s important to wear a hat to stay warm and cosy.

Invest In Skincare

During the winter it’s important to keep on top of your skincare routine. If you have oily skin you might not think that you need to keep moisturising, but oily skin can still be dehydrated. If your current skincare regime isn’t working for you and your skin feels sore and dry, try out a new company like Bioderma skincare – look online to find out which brands might work for you. Ensure that you moisturise carefully before you go to bed, and put on eye cream to save the delicate skin around your eyes from getting too many wrinkles. Use an oil based cleanser to remove your makeup every evening before you go to bed or when you get home from work – even if you have oily skin, this should be effective at rehydrating your skin.

Change Your Makeup Routine

 

Check to see if the colour of your foundation is still working for you – many of us need to go a couple of shades paler in the winter when there’s less sun, although you still need to wear sunscreen with a high SPF under your makeup. It’s harder to stay dewy and fresh faced this time of year, so make sure that you use a blusher that makes you glow, and try strobing to highlight different parts of your face like your brow bone, your cheekbone, and the bow of your lips. Make sure that you keep chapstick in your pocket so your lips are always smooth and unchapped.

Health Issues To Watch Out For

Our health is valuable to us, and so we should try to look after it as best we can. Part of that is be educated about things that are good for us and the things that are not. It is also important to be aware of anything that is risky to our health. To help you build your knowledge on health, read on for a basic guide.

Bacteria

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Bacteria are microscopic organisms that are present just about everywhere. In fact, we have bacteria all over us, and inside us as well. Bacteria sometimes get a bad reputation, but in fact, there are lots of positive jobs that they do for us. For example, in our intestine, there are good bacteria that help us to process and digest our food efficiently.

However, there are some harmful bacteria as well as helpful one such as e.coli and chlamydia. If you have e.coli you will probably know about it very quickly. But it isn’t always easy to tell if you have a bacterial infection, like chlamydia. So you can get a test and find out that way. Then if you test positive, order treatment online.

To protect against bacterial infection you can do several things. The first is to use an antibacterial hand wash or gel, which will kill them on contact. The second is to always make sure that you teach the kids to wash their hands after going to the toilet. This is where a lot of bacteria can be picked up. Thirdly, ensure that you always eat in restaurants that have a high hygiene rating. As they will be aware of the risk of bacterial contamination and will have put processes in place to stop this and protect their customers.

Viruses

Viruses are even smaller than bacteria, but unlike bacteria, they do need a living host to be transmitted. That means they cannot survive for any significant amount of time outside of the body.  Whereas bacteria can. Bacteria can cause even multiple and thrive outside of the body, and that is one to the things that make some bacteria so dangerous.

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Once viruses get into your system, they take over a cell and make it replicate themselves rather than what the cell was originally being used for. Some particularly nasty viruses include Flu and HIV.

Happily, the spread of the virus can be stopped with good hygiene. Hand washing, coughing and sneezing into a tissue can help stop the transmission of viruses from person to person.

For some viruses creating a barrier hat stop bodily fluids passing from one person to another can also help to stop transmission.

Smoking

Most people are now aware that smoking is a massive health risk. Smoking tobacco can affect the lungs and heart. It can lead to COPD which is where the sufferer has trouble breathing and getting enough oxygen.

Smoking is also linked to a higher rate of lung cancer. Cancers are an illness that results from a malfunction within our cells. They are caused when the body’s repair system is triggered and goes wrong. So anything that causes the body’s repair system to trigger often increases the chances that something will go wrong. This is why some people also believe that taking antioxidants is good for you. As they clear up the free radicals in your system and stop them damaging the cells.

The best course of action for any smoker is to give up. In fact, they can decrease the risk of smoking-related diseases to similar of that of a person that has never smoked, over a certain amount of time.

Of course giving up smoking isn’t as easy as all that. That is because nicotine the main ingredient tobacco is addictive. It fools your brain into thinking that it needs it, to survive. When in fact, we can function perfectly well without out. It is just uncomfortable while going through the withdrawal process.

There are products available to help with this, though. You can try e-cigarettes which delivers a dose of nicotine in water vapor. What this does is bypasses all the harmful chemicals that are added to a cigarette. Which is what is mainly responsible for disease.

Or you can give nicotine replacement products a go. Available in lozenges, inhalers or patches, these deliver a steady supply of nicotine, so it makes it a lot easy to break the habit of smoking. Of course, you will need at least some willpower this way too.

Sedentary lifestyle

When watching out for your and your loved one’s health, it’s important to keep an eye on how much activity they are getting. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can lead to all sort of problems like weight gain, depression, and stress on muscles and bones.

Try to build activities into daily life at home that encourage everyone to get up off the sofa and move around. Cycling is a great aerobic activity as it running or walking. Or why not attend a fitness or martial arts class as a family group?

If you would rather exercise separately, then the gym is a positive option. Or there is swimming or why not try an exercise video, so you can workout at home.

Mental health

Mental health can be a tough one to watch out for because no one really now what is going on inside another person’s head. Our individual experience is so subjective that it can be difficult to define what we are feeling, let alone what the feeling of someone close to us are.

Even so, there are some signs that you can look out for if you are concerned about someone you love’s mental state. Sleep is a good indicator. Sleeping more or less than usual can signify a change in mental health. The same goes for the amount they are eating.

A classic sign of poor mental health is when a person withdraws from their friends and family. A depressed person may also stop doing things that they enjoyed up to that point. It is always worth having a conservation with the person that you are concerned about. Ask them if they need some support or help with the issue that they are going through.

How to Reduce Keloid Scarring After Surgery

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Most of us have at least a few scars – some with an interesting back story, some from routine surgeries like appendectomies. These scars often fade away within 18 months, but some people have problems with red, raised and stiff scars, known as keloid scars.

These can be unsightly and even painful and some keloid scars carry on spreading long after the wound has healed. Up until recently, surgeons outside the plastic surgery field didn’t pay much attention to scarring, but now they are offering help and advice to make sure their patients feel happy and comfortable with the results of their surgery.

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Previously, surgical patients were often sent home with some antibiotic cream and told not to scratch, but patients now have more options to reduce and even prevent scars.

How are scars formed?

If a wound reaches the dermis, the lower layers of the skin, it’ll leave a scar, but the severity of the mark depends on how well the skin repairs and how the collagen behaves.

Collagen is a fibrous protein that ideally should arrange itself in a criss-cross pattern. With successful healing, the skin around the wound edges closes together with the help of collagen and it forms a flat, thin, smooth appearance. With efficient healing, scarring can take 18 months to finish and to stabilise, losing colour and bumpiness.

However, sometimes fibroblasts – cells responsible for repairing the skin – go overboard and a new set of blood vessels forms, which feeds the scar. This sets off extra collagen production, which instead of criss-crossing neatly, lays itself down in thick, parallel lines, gluing layers of tissue together and forming rigid bumps.

How to help scarring go to plan

Using silicone

Silicone is available as a gel, a spray or as a sheet and it keeps the wound moist, stopping it from becoming rigid; many plastic surgeons prefer to use a spray that dries in minutes to become breathable, flexible and invisible. Many surgeons recommend it for preventing keloid scars and it should be applied as soon as the wound is healed. If you have a breast reduction from Gary Ross you should ask about silicon scar treatments, especially if you’re at risk from keloid scarring.

Cortisone cream or tape

Cortisone calms down the fibroblasts and also softens the scar. This treatment works best when scars are less than six months old. Creams are the cheaper option, with tape acting as a slow-release delivery system.

Why do some people get keloids

It’s not fully understood, but factors like genetic predisposition, poor cutting technique and the location of the incision are important. In keloid scarring, the collagen escapes beyond the actual wound, getting into healthy tissue and even continuing to grow after healing. Keloids are 15 times more likely in people with dark skin, although fair-skinned red-haired Celtic people get them more often too.

Age is also a factor, with people under 30 sometimes “over-repairing” injuries.

The shoulders, chest, back and ear lobes are particularly keloid-prone, as well as the skin over moving joints.

If you’re worried

Talk to your surgeon before the procedure and explain how important the appearance of the scar is to you, especially if you’re having plastic surgery.

Convincing a friend to stop smoking

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Do you know someone who smokes? Would you like them to stop (hint: of course you do)? Anyone who’s tried to cajole someone into quitting cigarettes knows that it can often be a very difficult to succeed. To win them round, you’re going to need some effective arguments.

The smoking kills argument 

No ifs. No buts. Smoking is one of the most harmful things that someone can do to their body. Each cigarette contains around 3-4000 chemicals, around 70 of which are carcinogenic. Smoking is linked to a variety of life-threatening illnesses, including strokes, emphysema and various cancers, and around 100,000 people in the UK alone die each year from such smoking-related illnesses.

If you’re trying to convince a friend to quit, the threat-to-life argument takes some beating. It may help to point them towards information about how their health can improve again after quitting.

The beauty argument

While it’s true that smoking kills, it’s also the case that it does you no favours in the beauty stakes either. Smoking constricts the flow of blood around the body, which ultimately leads to baggy eyes, and wrinkled skin.

Smoking prematurely ages the skin, yellows your teeth and fingers, and the stinky smoke sticks to your hair and clothing. If you’re trying to convince someone to quit, making the argument that they can help save their looks by doing so may just work if the health concerns fail to land.

 The money argument 

If appealing to their health doesn’t do it, try appealing to their purse instead. Cigarettes are one of the most heavily taxed products available, which has led to a huge increase in their price. In 2016, the average price of a pack of cigarettes is greater than £8. Over the course of a year, an average smoker will spend more than £3000 on something they are literally setting fire to.

That money could be spent in so many better ways – a family holiday, a couple of nights out every month, or a whole new wardrobe.

Well then how do you quit then?

For some, quitting cold turkey is the only method which works, but it requires a lot of willpower and isn’t for everyone. Traditional nicotine replacement therapies (think patches and gum) have their place, but increasingly, smokers are turning to e-cigarettes instead.

E-cigarettes, if you haven’t come across them, are battery-operated devices which vaporise an e liquid which contains nicotine. The vaporised liquid is then inhaled just like you would with a cigarette.

The great advantage that such products have is that they are free from the thousands of chemicals found tobacco smoke, so are much safer to use. They’re also a good deal cheaper than continuing to smoke too!