Thursday 23 July 2020

5 Simple Ideas To Relax And De-Stress


Stress hugely takes its toll on both our physical and mental health. It’s so vital that we find techniques which help us to feel relaxed and at peace. Perhaps you’re looking for a new stress-busting tactic to add to your routine? If so, be sure to try out a few of these simple ideas.

1. Yoga

Yoga is one of the best exercises to de-stress and experience a sense of relaxation. By practising yoga, you’ll experience many benefits, including building your core strength, increasing your flexibility, toning your body, and improving your balance. To get you started, the Daily Yoga app is a fantastic tool. The application features hundreds of different classes at various levels. Here you’ll find everything from slow and chilled Hatha yoga to up-tempo Ashtanga.

2. Mindfulness

Mindfulness means aiming to focus on the present moment, and being completely attentive, instead of worrying about the future or past. Though it’s not an abstract idea, it’s harder to do than you’d think! Meditation overlaps with the art of mindfulness. By clearing the mind, we permit ourselves to be present and engaged. To help you to learn more about mindfulness, try reading books such as ‘The Gift Of Presence’ by Caroline Welch.

3. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has been praised for centuries as a fantastic relaxation tactic. The idea is to use various essential oils for their health-boosting properties. You can choose to add essential oils to a bath, inhale them, or apply them to your skin. Remember to mix essential oils with a carrier oil before application; this is because some oils are too potent to apply directly. Different oils have different properties; for example, ylang-ylang is excellent to boost your mood, and lavender is the best essential oil to relax.

4. Gratitude Journaling

Studies have indicated a connection between showing gratitude and feeling happier. If you’re looking to feel less stressed out, it’s a great idea to start a gratitude journal. The practice couldn’t be simpler; all you have to do is write down the things you are grateful for each day. Even if you can only think of one thing per day, in time, you’ll get used to the practice, and have more ideas! Nothing is too small to express gratitude for, whether you’re grateful for your scenic walk to work or for the taste of your morning coffee!

5. Herbal Remedies 

Sometimes we need a little help to unwind, and luckily there are plenty of great herbal remedies which can help us out. Ashwagandha is a great herb to ease stress; it’s known for reducing the presence of the stress hormone in our bodies. As well as this, herbs like St. John’s Wort and Rhodiola are perfect for easing the symptoms of anxiety. Another fantastic way to relax is by trying CBD, made using a compound from the cannabis plant. If you prefer to smoke, try a CBD infused vape or consider using bongs for something more recreational and fun.

If you are taking any kind of medication you’ll need to discuss herbal supplements with your doctor, to ensure that they are suitable. When all else fails, take things back to basics. Simple practices like keeping fit and getting extra sleep can do wonders for easing stress.

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Monday 6 July 2020

4 Skin Conditions That People Always Mix Up

It seems that the temperatures are going to rise again. Maybe there’s a chance for a British summer after all for those of us who have replaced their yearly trip abroad by a staycation holiday. It doesn’t matter where you go for your summer break. We all know how to recognise a Brit on holiday: they’re turning a delicate shade of dark pink in the sun! 

However, other skin conditions could also turn your face red without sun exposure. The typical sun rash, for instance, is unpleasantly common in summer. Most people experience a minor rash as a result of sweat, sunscreen protection allergy, the friction of the fabric on the skin, etc. In other words, you could turn red without getting a sunburn. Here are four different conditions that can affect skin pigmentation and are easily confused. 

You might have heard of the autoimmune disease that creates red, dry, itchy, and scaly areas on the skin. Psoriasis, unfortunately, is a genetic disease, which means that if there’s a history of it in your family, you may be at risk. The autoimmune condition can be triggered by a variety of symptoms and typically starts in adult age – which means it could happen to you tomorrow! Thankfully, however, in 75% of cases, topical cream applications such as Grahams Psoriasis Cream can improve the skin dramatically and keep red patches under control. 

Eczema is an allergic reaction to a trigger. Most people are familiar with the condition, which is why other less common skin issues such as psoriasis or rosacea are often confused with eczema and overlooked. In doubt, you should also consult a GP to make sure you’re using the right products! You can quickly soothe your skin with safe, natural remedies as recommended by Holland and Barrett, such as coconut oil and honey. However, to prevent the allergic response, you should identify your triggers and protect your immune system. 

How can one mix up acne with any other skin condition? The answer is simple: Many allergic or autoimmune skin conditions can develop pimples and bumps similar to acne. One other issue that becomes more visible in summer is acne scars. In summer, when the skin is exposed to the sun, it can dry out some areas quicker than others. Red acne dents or raised scars tend to get more difficult to hide. Most people revert to cosmetic treatments to help the skin heal. Treatments that remove the outer layer of skin and boost collagen production can remove acne scars. 

Rosacea can affect up to 10% of the population, typically between 30 and 50 years old. It can appear out of the blue and cause red and swollen patches to appear on your face. It’s not curable, but most people find relief with topical cream treatment, medication or laser therapy. On the first onset, it can easily be confused with eczema or sunburn. However, if the red patches don’t disappear, you will need to make an appointment with your GP to receive a diagnosis. 

Red patches that appear on the face can flare up for a variety of reasons. Don’t dismiss skin redness in summer. It may not be a summer rash or your typical sunburn. More often than not, understanding your skin issues is the first step to managing the condition and getting it under control! And remember: your GP can provide much better support than self-medication! 

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