Our generation is known to hurry along the way, making hasty decisions and getting nervous when several things need to be done at the same time. Due to pressure on having a successful career and maintaining a job, children, a clean home and a healthy lifestyle, many suffer from stress on a regular basis.
Luckily, there are ways to prevent this from taking up every day of your life.
• The most important thing to do in order to prevent stress is to make time for yourself. Many of us rarely have time to sit down and relax without thinking about work or when to clean the bathroom, but it is vital that your body is allowed to calm down and relax every now and then. If once a day is too much to ask try to sit down with the newspaper, a good book or other soothing activities at least once during the week.
• The ability to think positively is not as easy as it sounds, but it is very effective. When approaching a new situation you might feel the stress starting to build up, because you are drawing conclusions to events you cannot foresee. Avoid this by taking a deep breath and look at the positive aspects of the task instead of focusing on the negative. It takes some practise to be able to approach things with a positive mind, but it can work wonders.
• It is often said that laughing can improve your life and this is certainly true. It is important to take the time to laugh and enjoy situations in your day to day life and you will soon find that laughing makes you a happier and more relaxed person.
• Whenever you are faced with a problem or situation take a step back and look at the problem. Break it down into smaller parts and approach it little by little instead of handling the issue all at once. In this way you can take control over the situation and it is more likely you will see a result which satisfies you rather than creating an additional problem.
When experiencing a headache the easy option is to consume painkillers to make the pain go away as fast as possible, rather than trying to get rid of it naturally. There are several methods you can use to prevent these headaches.
• Many live by the ‘5 a day’ rule, however, scientists claim this slogan is not correct and is simply made to encourage people to eat more fruit. There are no actual guidelines to how much fruit you should eat per day, but what is known is that you should eat some every day.
• Whether the headache is severe, hardly noticeable or an every day one it doesn’t only come down to your head. Your eyes might be the problem – or your eyesight to be more direct. If you feel yourself squinting more when you are trying to focus on an object or a word, it is about high time you get your sight tested. If you spend much time in front of a computer or TV you should stop and rest for awhile every now and then.
• It might seem as exercise is related to all health problems, but it does in fact work. If you are on your way home from work and trying to nurture a headache, you might want to try going for a walk before you settle down for the evening. This might seem difficult once you have sat down in the comfort of your couch, but it’s as easy as getting off the bus a few stops earlier, or walking from the train station instead of catching the bus.
• Foods such as mackerel, broccoli and ginger contain anti- flammatory properties and these can help your muscles to relax, especially the jaw and your temples. Green tea, papaya and blueberries might be more tempting and these will give you the same relaxing effect.
• Try to avoid caffeinated drinks for the most of the day. Restrict yourself to drinking these as they keep you awake and can cause strain. Try decaf options or herbal teas if you want a hot drink.
• Whenever you feel a headache coming on you might find yourself massaging your scalp or your temples. This, in fact, can ease the pain and eventually make the pain go away. Think of it as pleasuring your muscles.
A huge majority of the public suffers from sleep deprivation and insomnia which leads to lack of energy, exhaustion, poor health and many other negative aspects which can have an affect on your daily tasks and commitments.
There are, however, ways of preventing this so that you can get the sleep you need.
• Avoid drinking alcohol upto a few hours before you go to bed. It is common for us to believe that a couple of pints will put us to sleep faster, but you can risk interrupted sleep because you feel the need to go to the toilet during the night.
Alcohol also causes snoring in the way that it restricts airflow to the lungs, which again contributes to a hangover.
• Many claim that the smell of lavender calms your mind and body more than other scents and it is therefore believed that scented candles, air fresheners and laundry detergents with lavender scents can put you to sleep faster.
• The bedroom should only be used for sleeping and relaxing only, not other activities such as watching TV, using a laptop or doing tasks connected to work or school. A bedroom should only be related to sleep as your brain will be reminded what the room is intended for when being in there, as opposed to feeling the need to complete unfinished tasks. If you don’t have the option to use other rooms try to stay clear of the bed unless you intend to sleep.
• It is very important to avoid drinking caffeinated drinks after a certain time during the day. Many chose to set a time a few hours before they go to bed, while others might decide not to drink anything containing caffeine after working hours. This is difficult for a nation which drinks a lot of tea, but the option is to drink herbal teas as they don’t contain caffeine and soothes the body and mind.
• During Winter especially we often turn up the heat to prevent waking up cold during the night, but this is something you want to avoid if you want a better sleeping pattern. Experts say a bedroom should be cool as opposed to warm, so it might be worth opening the windows for a little while before you go to bed.