Category: Health Stories
Following a hard, stressful day at work, relaxation is essential – but not always so easy to achieve. These are five ways of helping you to switch off at the end of a long working day.
1. The Alexander Technique
This is a way of lying down that sees you flat on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor. The ideal time to spend doing this is 10 minutes, and the great thing is that you can do it absolutely anywhere, with no special equipment of any kind required. It has several relaxation benefits, easing tension, stress and an aching back and giving you time to reenergise yourself for the remainder of your day.
2. A bubble bath
The relaxation benefits of this have long been recognised, making it a favourite method of unwinding at the end of the day for many people. For the best results, add high quality bubble bath, preferably of the sort you would find at a spa resort, as you want plenty of bubbles for soothing away aches and pains. A combination of soft bubbles and hot water is perfect for achieving this – following a half-hour soak, you’ll have forgotten about work completely.
3. Scented candles
This can be another fairly simple way of unwinding, as the scent from the candles is designed to soothe and relax you. You can get effective scented candles for not much money, and your focus should be less on the price and more on the scent – palm, soy or beeswax candles are the best ones to go for. The time that you should spend on this relaxation activity is essentially the time it takes for the candles to burn down, and by the end of this time you should be ready to drift off to a perfect night’s sleep.
For those who prefer something a little more physical to help them relax, there are yoga poses which are specifically designed for this purpose. A particularly good one is the child pose, which sees you kneeling with your arms by your sides and your head down on the ground in front of you. This has a relaxing, restorative effect on both the body and the mind, and should be maintained for as long as you need. Ideally, use a proper yoga mat for greater comfort.
5. Online gaming
Although this is a pretty adrenaline-fuelled activity, it can actually be a fantastic way to unwind, and help you to forget about the worries of the working day. All you need is a computer or mobile device to be able to sign up to one of these sites and places that have games to suit both first time players, like online slots, and experienced players, like baccarat or poker. Set yourself a limit of a couple of hours a time though, so you don’t spend more than you can afford.
Any one of these activities will help you to ease your mind and body at the end of a hard day at work.
As an athlete, you want to do everything you can to improve. To perform at an elite level, you need more than mere talent. To gain an edge over other talented athletes, you can emulate what the great professional athletes do to succeed. Consider these tips to outperform your competition.
The NFL’s J.J. Watt
No sport gets more attention in the U.S. than pro football. The NFL consistently draws the biggest TV audience during the season. Even the spring NFL Draft gets huge ratings. The popularity is growing, because fans can now access every NFL game. A provider of Long Beach DIRECTV explains that the NFL Sunday Ticket lets viewers watch every NFL game, regardless of where they live.
Men’s Health quotes Watt as saying he enjoys doing mundane workouts that other athletes may skip in their training. Watt believes that he gains an edge by doing the less interesting workouts. Even though Watt is one of the best players at his position, he consistently trains hard to improve. He finds a way to enjoy the training process.
Train Rouge explains that athletes who get stronger relative to their body weight can produce and absorb more force in their sport. As Watt gains strength, he can throw off blockers and get to a running back most easily.
An athlete must also be mentally present when they train. If they go into a workout distracted and unfocused, they won’t get the maximum benefit from the workout. Focus allows the athlete to push himself past discomfort and make improvements.
Mike Trout’s training regime
Mike Trout has established himself as one of the best players in major league baseball. In addition to his physical skills, Trout is a student of the game. He studies his opponents and looks for trends. If he can identify a trend, he may be able to gain an edge on his opponent.
Trout plays the outfield, typically in center field. If he knows that a batter normally hits to left field, Trout can move over toward left field. If the ball is hit to left center field, he’s in a better position to field the ball.
As a batter, Trout also knows his own tendencies. Specifically, he knows his own strike zone. If a pitcher throws a pitch that is difficult for him to hit, he will lay off that pitch. Trout knows the types of pitches he can hit, and which part of his own strike zone is best for hitting.
Gaining focus and relaxation to perform well
All great athletes want tools to maximize their performance at key times. Here are some tools athletes use to perform during big moments:
- Relax using self-statements. Like many things in life, what we tell ourselves can have a big impact. Great athletes are careful about what they tell themselves. They try to focus on key words that help them relax and focus.
- Visualize a successful outcome. If you’re a high jumper, you can visualize yourself clearing the bar as you perform your jump.
- Trust the process. If you trained and are prepared, relax and let your good outcome happen.
Again, to perform at a high level, and athlete needs more than mere talent. Use the preceding tips from pro athletes to outperform your competitors.
Like most people who are hooked on drinking, you’ve probably tried many times to give up, but your efforts have been in vain. Soon after quitting, you find yourself back to square one. A probable reason for this is that you don’t have enough motivation to quit for good.
Yes, you’re aware that drinking is bad, but you don’t know exactly to what extent. Perhaps, the following information will change your mind. These are all the good reasons you need to finally kick the habit.
Reason to Quit # 1 – You’ll lose weight more easily
Struggling to keep those pounds off? No matter how hard you work out or how strict you are with your diet, if you drink alcohol all the time, you won’t burn any fat and you won’t lose weight anytime soon. Alcohol supplies the body with empty calories, forcing it to store fat and sugar. It also prevents the body from absorbing important nutrients.
That’s not all. Alcohol also messes up your metabolism, increases the appetite, and makes it difficult for you to stick to your exercise routine. All these will mean gaining extra weight, putting you farther from your weight loss goals.
In a study published in the American Journal of Nutrition, it was stated that alcohol is a trigger for excessive food consumption. Another study published in Obesity Journal confirms this, and explains that it’s because alcohol elevates our senses and boosts our cravings. Food seems more visually attractive and a lot more delicious for the taste buds because of alcohol intake.
Reason to Quit # 2 – You’ll have clearer and more beautiful skin
Have you noticed that your skin always seems dry? Alcohol can be blamed for this. Because it’s a diuretic, meaning it causes you to urinate more, it can also lead to dehydration. With less water in your body, the skin appears dry, dreary and even older than you really are.
If you quit now, you will see a great improvement in how your skin looks and feels. Expect people to compliment that you look younger than you used to.
Reason to Quit # 3 – You’ll have better sleep
It’s a common mistake for people to think that alcohol helps them sleep. Yes, some alcoholic beverages like beer will make you feel drowsy and lightheaded, as if you’re sleepy. But even if you do manage to get an eyeshut, it will only be for a short while.
Alcohol prevents you from getting into deep sleep. That’s why, you’ll wake up feeling tired. Disrupted sleep not only makes you cranky but also takes a toll in your overall health.
Reason to Quit # 4 – You’ll be less susceptible to diseases
Alcohol may be the life of the party but at the end of the day, you have to ask yourself, is it worth it? Is all the fun worth the diseases that you’ll get in the long run?
Alcohol consumption increases the risk of many types of cancers, cognitive problems and cardiovascular ailments. It has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and is said to cause the brain to shrink over time. It also shoots up the risk for hypertension, kidney disease, type II diabetes, nerve damage and stroke.
Think about it. Isn’t it better to be happy and healthy both at the same time than just to be happy?
Reason to Quit # 5 – You’ll be in a better mood
It’s true that most people drink alcohol to have fun. But that euphoric feeling you get after chugging down a couple of beer bottles is only fleeting and temporary. Fact is, alcohol can put a damper on your emotions.
There will be improper balance of negative and positive emotions. One minute you feel like you’re on top of the world, and the next, you feel like you don’t want to live anymore. Alcohol can do that to you and your emotional health.
For some people, life without alcohol seems impossible. But the moment you realize how much better your health and overall life will be when you go sober, you will be more motivated to quit this unhealthy habit permanently.
A few days ago, I underwent surgery to remove a cataract and replace my occluded lens with an implant.
I was filled with dread as the day approached! I need not have been, since the procedure itself was relatively quick and simple (for the surgeon, anyway). As it turned out, the prep time took longer than the actual surgery.
Post Surgery Care for Cataract Procedure
What is more of an inconvenience, is the post surgery care. Be prepared “to be busy,” is how my doctor put it. After the surgery is over, the patient is expected to follow a rigorous eye drop administration schedule. In my case, there are 3 medications that need to be administered. One drop every 4 hours, another one is given every 3 hours, and the final one is administered just before bed time.
In addition to the medications, there are rules to follow. There’s no swimming for 2 weeks. No eye makeup for 2 weeks. There’s to be no pressure on the eye itself. No bending, no strain upon the eye from heavy lifting, for example. Before going to bed, I must attach a shield that covers my eye. This will prevent me from rubbing my eye while I sleep, and there’s to be no eye rubbing! I am definitely wanting to rub my eye. I never realized how much I did that until someone told me I can’t! There’s enough itching to make you crazy. I just blink my eye, or open it wide to try to interrupt the itching when it happens.
This will go on for about a month. Once a month has passed, and the doctor has confirmed that my eye has fully healed, I can get back to my usual habits.
Life in High Definition
The morning after my surgery, after my pupil was no longer extremely dilated, I awoke to see the world in a colorful clarity I had forgotten existed. I now get the big deal about Hi-def TV. I had been wondering what all the fuss was about. It’s amazing to see vibrant colors and clear text when I’m reading. That’s even with only one eye fixed. I can’t imagine how it will be with new lenses in both eyes!
If you’re not seeing as clearly as you’d like, see your doctor. If you’re having trouble driving at night, it could be cataracts. Make an appointment to see your eye doctor and prepare to be amazed.