Is honey really beneficial for putting herpes in remission? You bet!
Raw honey is one of nature's super foods and is an antimicrobial and antioxidant. It is packed full of germ fighting properties that can kill viruses and bacteria. Raw honey contains 27 minerals, 22 amino acids and 5,000 live enzymes. It keeps you healthy by helping to fight the Herpes Simplex Virus and boosting your digestive system.
Manuka Honey is best (more powerful), which is a type of evergreen plant grown in Australia and New Zealand, but any raw, wildflower honey will do. Why wildflower honey? If you can, always choose wildflower honey over Alfalfa or Clover honey found readily available at grocery stores. Alfalfa and Clover crops are often sprayed heavily with pesticides and tend not to have the medicinal properties available in multiple plant honeys. Furthermore, commercial bee keepers may feed their bees sugar water, which dilutes the power of the honey. Here's a tip. Pure wildflower honey has a very unique tastes, it smells a little odd, and will slightly burn or sting at the back of the throat when taken undiluted. These are classic signs of a great honey and why you'll want to buy your raw honey from a local beekeeper or farmer's market.
Honey infusions can be added to tea for sweetening or spread on toast in the morning. They can also be used to drizzle on cereals, to add to homemade granola, and for glazes on meats. Then, decide which herbs you want to use to create an infusion. You'll need a glass jar to place your honey in. The lid needs to fit tightly. Fill the jar half way with fresh herbs or a quarter full with dried. Top with honey, stir, and cap it. Place the jar in a sunny window and turn it over once per day for at least one week. During the week, if the herbs swell and rise above the honey, add more honey to cover them. Strain once you reach the flavor you are seeking and use as a sweetener in your tea, Honey infusions can be drizzled over fruit, pancakes or toast, desserts, or cereal. You can also use a honey infusion as a sauce or marinade.
Directions for Use: One daily spoonful in your tea or spread on your toast is all that is needed to reap the medicinal benefits of honey. Honey is considered safe for diabetics when used moderately. Honey, in combination with Cinnamon, helps to keep blood sugar from spiking as much as it normally would without it, so if you are diabetic adding Cinnamon to your honey infusion would be very beneficial. However, taking no more than 1 Tablespoon by mouth each day to avoid blood sugar issues just makes sense. Raw honey can be directly applied to breakouts to relieve symptoms and reduce breakout time.
Note: Infants and toddlers should not eat honey, as they may suffer an allergic reaction.
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Kumbacha tea is touted as great for helping to boost the immune system. I found a lot of great people saying it worked for them in helping to relieve herpes symptoms. However, I couldn’t find any studies backing it, while I did find studies revealing side effects, especially when it isn’t made correctly. For this reason, I'm keeping this HSV Remedy Review Blog is short and sweet.
I do not suggest Kumbacha as one of your top remedies for HSV, unless you know and trust a reputable brewer. Also, do not drink Kumbacha if you have an immune disorder.
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Cornstarch can be a way of relieving irritated skin from conditions associated with dampness. It helps to keep skin dry and can be dusted on the skin under the breasts, between the thighs and on baby's bottom. This home remedy should only be used temporarily, sparingly, and only on healthy skin. However, DO NOT use Cornstarch to relieve dampness or irritated skin very near the vagina, penis or anus.
Bacteria breed in damp Cornstarch. Body movements (walking, sitting, squirming, sex) can move Cornstarch into body folds where natural yeast and bacteria begin to feed on the sugars in Cornstarch causing yeast and bacterial infections.
DO NOT use Cornstarch to dry out Herpes blisters. You do not want to increase the chance of a secondary infection. Instead, dry irritated skin with a hair blow dryer, wear cotton underwear, and allow air to circulate and your skin to breathe by wearing loose clothing.
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Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a mushroom used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to boost the immune system and to fight of certain viruses, such influenza, including Avian and Swine Flu. It is known to help with other conditions as well, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, insomnia, heart and liver disease.
The parts of the mushroom used for viral defense are the parts above ground and the filaments that connect the mushroom groups. In TCM, Reishi is often used along with the herb, Astragalus, for immune defense. This combination works very well for those with Herpes Simplex Keratitis (a Herpes infection of the eye, which can cause blindness).
Studies show Reishi may inhibit the spread of HSV-1 and HSV-2. It may also help to reduce the pain associated with Post Herpetic Neuralgia, which is pain experienced one healing has taken place after a severe bout of HSV-2 or Shingles.
Reishi can be taken in supplement form (dried or liquid extract) or purchased in powder form.
When used daily for more than 3 months, Reishi can cause dry nasal passages, mouth and throat. Other side effects, such as itchiness, rash, dizziness, headache and upset tummy.
Do not take if you have low blood pressure (or on medications to increase it), have diabetes or an autoimmune disorder.
Reishi can delay blood clotting, so anyone taking Aspirin, Warfarin (Coumadin) or other medications or supplements that alter blood clotting may be at risk. Stop taking immediately if you develop a bloody nose or have bloody stools.
Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Not giving to children under the age of 12 is just good advice.
Because the potential for side effects, Reishi is not one of my top 5 remedy suggestions for putting your Herpes in remission. However, it may be beneficial when used sparingly in conjunction with other remedies. For instance, you could place a bit of Reishi powder in a healthy shake every so often.
Acemannon is a complex polysaccharide found in the inner leaf gel of the aloe plant, which contains many nutritional qualities and is immensely responsible for all of the health benefits that Aloe Vera provides. Scientific research has shown that acemannan is useful to the immune and digestive systems and is helpful in putting HIV and HSV in remission.
Medicinal Benefits of Acemannan
* This information was retrieved from AloeCure.
According to Michael T. Murray, N. D., author of the book, The Healing Power of Herbs (1995), Acemannanhas demonstrated significant antiviral activity against several viruses, including acting against replication of, both, HIV and HSV.
Acemannan can be taken in supplement form. Is it worth a try? Absolutely! It's important to make sure that the Aloe Vera product you are using is made from the inner Aloe Vera leaf, and not outer or whole leaf, which can cause gastric distress.
Also, see The Online Course: Putting Herpes in Remission Naturally.
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Acyclovir is the generic name for the antiviral drugs used in the list of prescription drugs listed below. Each of these antiviral medications is used for specific symptoms related to Herpes Simplex Virus and are dispensed in varying dosages depending upon the severity of the symptoms they are to combat.
Stavig (acyclovir) is commonly used for treating cold sores and is applied to the upper gum of the mouth.
Valtrex (valacyclovir hydrochloride) is used to treat cold sores, genital herpes, and shingles (a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus) in adults. Valtrex is also used to treat cold sores and chickenpox in children. It is in pill form and taken by mouth, but your pharmacist can use the caplets to make an oral suspension.
Xerese (acyclovir/hydrocortisone) contains two medicines used to shorten the healing time and prevent worsening of cold sores. It is a topical medicine and applied directly on the skin.
Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) is a topical medicine applied directly to the skin used to treat cold sores.
Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) is a topical medicine applied directly on the skin used to treat herpes, including cold sores and genital warts.
Zovirax Oral (acyclovir) is a medicine used to treat shingles (a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus), genital herpes, and chickenpox. Zovirax oral is available as capsules, tablets, and a suspension.
The following is not a complete list of side-effects.
Note: The side-effects of Zovirax to an unborn child (during the months of pregnancy) is unknown. However, it is known that traces of Zovirax can be transferred through breast milk to a nursing child.
There are times when antiviral medications may be necessary to get severe symptoms under control. However, in many cases, antiviral herbs and spices cause little to no side-effects. The Online Course reveals which ones work the best for putting herpes in remission.
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Zinc is, indeed, one of the best minerals there is for helping to heal skin disorders, including HSV-1 and HSV-2. Zinc deactivates the herpes virus and inhibits the reproduction of herpes-infected cells.
When you are living with HSV, you probably shouldn't be without Zinc, but here's the thing. While getting your supply of Zinc from your foods and taking it in supplement form are both completely advantageous toward putting herpes in remission, it is applying Zinc topically that reaps the most benefit when it comes to healing herpes breakouts. Zinc can heal herpes breakouts up to 40% quicker when applied topically as a cream and can help to reduce pain. There is no clinical proof that supplements work as well to reduce symptoms after the fact.
Keep in mind, Zinc may interact with some antibiotics and with the drug Cisplatin, which is used in chemotherapy.
Note: Chocolate contains Zinc. However, chocolate can trigger herpes breakouts. It's perfectly fine to savor chocolate indulgences now and again but moderation is key in putting herpes in remission. No bingeing! Further more, nuts are also often an HSV trigger, so chocolates containing nuts are a double whammy for causing breakouts. Sorry.
Also, see The Online Course: Putting Herpes in Remission for a list of the top supplements for putting herpes in remission.
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L-Lysine, an amino acid, is a popular supplement on the market for helping to prevent Herpes breakouts because it actually helps to restore pH balance. I, myself, have used it in the past with mixed results. Personally, I saw very little improvement in reduction of recurrences or in the severity of breakouts.
L-Lysine has to be taken a fairly high dose, say 1250 mg. Some even say to take 1000 mg up to 3 x per day, but I don't suggest it and here's why. L-Lysine increases the amount of Calcium your body absorbs, may increase cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and may also interfere with certain medications. Taking Lysine in mega doses may throw other amino acids and nutrients out of balance.
L-Lysine may also cause stomach upset, gas, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea.
While L-Lysine can certainly help to jump start balancing your pH, it is not meant to be taken indefinitely and it works better as a preventative than a remedy for existent breakouts. Instead, I suggest a balanced diet, one that naturally contains L-Lysine rich foods, rather than taking L-Lysine indefinitely. See The Online Course: Putting Herpes in Remission Naturally for a comprehensive list of L-Lysine rich foods.
The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database considers Peppermint oil as safe when applied topically to the skin, but studies are limited.
A couple of German studies, both from the University of Heidelberg, observed that Peppermint, as well as Lemon Balm, Prunella Vulgaris and Sage (all in the same plant family), showed high antiviral activity against strains HSV-1 and HSV-2. Peppermint also showed activity against an acyclovir-resistant strain of HSV-1.
When choosing to drink Peppermint tea or other concoctions containing Peppermint, keep in mind that while Peppermint can help with stomach complaints, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it can also cause problems by relaxing the esophageal sphincter (the muscle at the top of the stomach that holds it closed so food can't come back up) and cause indigestion, heartburn, and acid reflux.
Symptoms of Peppermint toxicity are breathing difficulties and heart palpitations, reddening or inflammation of the skin, hives, burning or stinging. Taking large quantities can lead to even more serious problems.
Because Peppermint oil can be extremely toxic in small quantities over time it should be sparingly. For this reason, I do not suggest it as a natural remedy for putting herpes in remission unless used to apply topically. However, the other herbs mentioned in this blog would do a far better job, in my opinion.
Also, see The Online Course: Putting Herpes in Remission for complete information on antiviral herbs and spices.
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The Herpes Blitz Protocol is a program that promises to destroy the herpes virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) within days by eating 3 delicious Moroccan foods each day. It is offered by Josh Parker who states he contracted herpes himself and no longer has herpes. Is it a scam? No. I wouldn't say it's a scam, but it is clearly hard to follow.
The program can be started for as little as $27, which sounds great, right? Keyword "STARTED".
One thing you don't know unless you listen to his very, very, very long video is that these 3 fruits won't work by themselves to 'cure' your herpes. Duh. Yes. I am being sarcastic. I absolutely detest that people get lured into thinking they can eliminate their herpes by eating or drinking or taking one or two or three little items just to find out, after they spent their money, they still, which he admits in his video, will need to follow a myriad of other dietary and lifestyle changes in order to 'cure' their herpes. And, let me just say, there is no cure. And, no one can tell you that you will 'cure' your herpes within a certain amount of days. You can put herpes in remission, but not with 3 fruits. Not even with 3 Moroccan fruits.
Here's the thing about the Moroccan fruit. In his video, Josh talks about how Moroccan soldiers were seemingly unaffected by the Herpes Simplex Virus when a group of sexually active soldiers started coming down with symptoms of herpes while the American soldiers in the group were coming down with symptoms left and right. Long story short, Josh determined it was because the Moroccan's diet consisted of eating these 3 fruits on a regular basis, which kept them from contracting herpes or, at the very least, experiencing any symptoms.
The 3 fruits contain active ingredients quercitin, resveratrol, and curcumin, but then he goes on to say how getting in the right amounts each day would be difficult and, even if you could, herpes would still be alive inside your body. So, he goes on to describe a smoothie protocol you are to use for 7 days. Then, to destroy herpes forever (to kill the virus, so it doesn't even show up in blood tests over and over) you're to go on a 21 day destroy phase to unmask and obliterate HSV-1 and HSV-2, which he named The Herpes Blitz Protocol.
I purchased the program eager to find out what he was offering. It took forever to get through the checkout process as I was offered a variety of add-ons (which vitamins to use, tips on exercise, sleeping better, diabetes, Alzheimer's, how to lose belly fat, reverse hearing loss, improve vision, increase testosterone, faith healing, cupping, Tai Chi, aromatherapy, cookbooks, grocery lists, etc.) all for an additional amount of money.
After reviewing his protocol, I saw Josh put together a very strict dietary regimen that seems to completely ignore the #1 reason for more frequent or severe herpes breakouts, which is improper pH balance. I thought, perhaps, the foods he says are good for destroying the virus might help to balance pH without saying as much, but his recipes do not suggest this. In fact, his recipes include items known to be HSV triggers, such as chocolate and strawberries.
While Josh does offer some valid information on antiviral foods and herbs I'm not sure he can deliver his promise of an absolute cure. However, he does offer a 60-day, money back guarantee that if your herpes isn't obliterated in 4 weeks. How are you supposed to tell? Go get blood tests to see if herpes is still in your system. Of course, it is possible to have a negative reading. That's outright admitting there's no way to tell if the protocol obliterates (kill) herpes as he says it does.
What Josh does not mention in his videos is that Josh no one can tell if they have been re-infected with herpes after they've been "cured", so he offers you a prevention program which may just be another way of covering his A$$ (sorry about the crassness) when the program doesn't work.
In my opinion, so far I see nothing about The Herpes Blitz Protocol that seems humanly possible without experiencing overwhelm, which is an HSV trigger, and would likely bring on a herpes breakout.
Furthermore, I'm not completely happy with having my inbox blown up with sales pitches for other products, as well as the one I already purchased, that read as if he doesn't even know I am already a customer. Not to mention, the emails from several other sellers I am still unsubscribing from.
Still, if you are someone who prefers a strict menu to follow Josh's protocol may be worth following. However, there's one drawback. he doesn't tell you what to do after the 4 week period comes to an end. Do you go back to eating the way you were, decide on eating a healthier diet or stick to his strict regime for rest of your life? It's a question I asked. The answer? You're expected to follow this strict diet for the rest of your life or come up with a diet on your own. Are you kidding me?
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Echinacea is a flower with bright pink petals and a dark reddish-orange center. Its relative is the Daisy. It became popular in America in the 1800s and, again, in Germany in the 1920s. It is often used to treat colds and flu and some other illnesses, infections, and conditions by supporting the immune system.
There are 9 different species of Echinacea and three varieties are, typically, used in treatments. But, while Echinacea has been used for a variety of conditions, none of them have been backed by studies.
Echinacea is an immuno-stimulating herb with some antimicrobial properties and is high in antioxidants. Echinacea is not an anti-viral. While there have been numerous studies on Echinacea, results have been mixed. Some studies have shown it can help to reduce a cold or flu virus by a day or two, while others show it works no better than a placebo. For example, researchers in the U.K. compared it against a placebo and found no difference in control groups after 6 months.
Topical remedies that boast Echinacea's healing power over Herpes Simplex Virus are false. Additionally, some Echinacea products have been found to be tainted with arsenic, lead or selenium.
For its immune stimulating benefits, Echinacea can be taken in taken as a supplement form or as a beverage (tea). However, Echinacea is to be cycled. Generally, I suggest 10 days on and, at least, 7 days off. When taken for long periods of time it can lower white blood cell count. It can also interfere with certain drugs.
Children under the age of 12 are more sensitive to Echinacea and should not be given Echinacea, as 7% develop a rash, which could be an allergic reaction.
Some Echinacea products have been found to be tainted with arsenic, lead or selenium.
In my opinion, Echinacea, when added to your regimen can't hurt but isn't one of my top 5 remedy suggestions for putting herpes in remission. While it may help to boost the immune system, there are far better for putting Herpes Simplex Virus in remission.
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You can bring natural energy into your home by learning to decorate with nature itself. How many times have you pocketed a special looking rock or a pretty little shell? Bringing these treasures home with you not only remind you of fond moments and special memories but ground you spiritually with the earth you live upon. The materials you use in your home (furniture, carpeting, towels and sheets, cleaning products, etc.) can be natural as well.
House and yard work can help to ground you, especially when you have been “all in your head”. Moving your body and accomplishing tasks enables you to move beyond mental stress.As you maintain your balcony and/or yard, you’ll find you’ll clean up and brighten your own energy field, which feels great. And, the fresh air will help you to get a good night’s sleep.
Feng Shui Tip for Bringing Nature into the Home
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Feng Shui Tips for Office & Work Surroundings
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Feng Shui Tips for the Kitchen & Pantry
Uplifting Dining Areas
In times past, front doors were often the same ones customers entered to purchase their wares with the family often living in smaller quarters upstairs or behind the curtain at the far end of the room. In some places, this still holds true. Your front door (or gangplank) provides the first impression to everyone coming through it, even you. What does the entryway to your home say to others, to you? Is there adequate lighting? Are the light fixtures clean and bug-free or are there old moths inside with dusty spider webs clinging to the shades or sails? Are your steps free of debris? Do your keys work well in their locks? Once inside the door, are people going to trip over things in the dark or is it light and airy with plenty of space to maneuver around? These things say a lot about your energy level or your vibration. What vibe are you giving off?
Feng Shui Tips for Entries Ways & Hallways
When light enters the body, it affects the major gland of the endocrine system, which is the pituitary. The pituitary gland controls hormones released by the endocrine glands. These regulate body functions such as metabolism, energy levels, appetite, sex drive, quality of sleep and growth.
You don't have to see color to be influenced by it. By choosing, more carefully, what colors you wear and bring into your environment, you can bring about better emotional, physical, and mental balance. The colors you choose to have around you communicate to the world what you feel and who you are.
While you may have a certain affinity to certain favorite colors because they support and resonate your own personal vibrations, it is still important to include both warm and cool shades in the colors you wear and include in your personal spaces. For example, coordinating your outfit with a complementary color or to your color scheme at home can instantly help to balance personal and environmental energy. A color wheel can help with this. To find a color wheel you might visit a paint store, local library or bookstore.
Color positioning can help to create more harmony in your environment as well. Just adding just a splash of color here and there can instantly change the energy of a room. Pets are naturally sensitive to energy vibrations and they appreciate colors that mimic the quiet side of nature, at least while they are at rest.
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Mindfulness is simply taking your mind off of things for a while. It doesn't have to be complicated. Consider it as just a few minutes out of your day to gain your balance, refresh your perspective, and give yourself a break from any overwhelm you may be experiencing.
Mindfulness is not like praying. When you pray, you ask or thank. In mindfulness, you focus and listen. The key to mindful meditation is to concentrate on something positive, without being distracted, for a certain length of time. Don't worry if your mind keeps drifting to your shopping list or last night's events. This is normal. It's OK. You don't have to make your mind a blank page, which is difficult for most people these days.
Go somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed and get into a comfortable position. It's nice to have a spot in your home for just this, a place to be quiet or pray. Close your eyes and regulate your breathing, neither too shallowly or too deeply. As you breathe out, imagine you are expelling all of your tensions and worries. Let negative out. As you breathe in, you are taking in peace and love. Let positive in.
While being mindful you might also focus on what you hear, smell or feel around you. For example, really feel the sun on your face, smell the earth and newly fallen leaves in the rain, hear the birds singing, the wind in the trees or waves rolling up on the beach, focus on the warm coffee cup in your hands or hot sand between your toes. Or, simply picture a place in your mind you would like to be that is calming and focus on your senses as if you were already there.
Being mindful isn't about creating exciting, mental rendezvous or preparing for meditation. No. It's about creating a mental oasis of serenity that you can pull into place wherever and whenever you feel stressed for a short or as long as you like. Of course, the longer your mindful practice lasts the more relaxed you'll feel.
After your mindful "meditation" sit for a moment or two and reorient yourself to your surroundings, your breathing and your senses. Smile and give yourself a shoulder hug for taking a mindful timeout.
This following simple deep breathing exercise is a simple way to melt away stress. Before you begin, sit on a straight-backed chair with your back straight, palms on thighs and feet flat on the floor.
Close your eyes, breathe naturally, and inhale to the count of 4 and hold your breath for the count of 4. Without straining, exhale to a count of 4 and hold your breath for a count of 4. This is one breath cycle.
Repeat this cycle (inhale to 4, hold 4, exhale 4, hold 4, etc.) while focusing on your Solar Plexus, which is located at upper stomach area just below your breastbone. This is where your inner light resides, your sun. Feel the warmth of your inner sun spreading from your Solar Plexus throughout the rest of your body as you breathe in and out.
You might not be used to breathing deeply. Tension and stress cause you to become a shallow breather. If you become lightheaded or dizzy you are breathing too deeply. Don't take in so much air. Take more shallow breaths. Or, breathe in and out to the count of 2 or 3 and increase your count to 4 only as you get used to breathing more deeply over time. The idea is to breathe naturally and relax.
Calming benefits are immediate while it can take up to 6 weeks to experience a profound meditative state.
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All too often, stress at work will wear you down and make you wish you were doing anything else but what you are doing for a living. But, sometimes, when you truly dislike or even "hate" your work position in life it is simply because you are ill-prepared mentally or physically for your day (or night). The following 10 suggestions are meant to help your work shift go more smoothly and reduce sensitivity to stress on the job.
#1: Get to bed at a decent hour (before 11:30 PM) or early enough to sleep 7-10 hours at night. If you work nights, keep a regular sleep schedule. Get up early enough to not have to rush. More sensitive or overwhelmed people become anxious when rushed. Being rushed can set a negative tone to the rest of your day.
#2: Eat breakfast with a proper dose of protein or have a protein shake. It is always best to eat a larger amount of protein with your first meal of the day. This helps to stabilize your blood sugar and mood throughout the day.
#3. Now, I don't know about you, but I can't lay my clothes out the night before because by the time morning rolls around I'm no longer in the mood for whatever I laid out the night before, so I'm not going to tell you to do that. However, I do suggest that you make time in your weekly schedule to have your basics ironed, hung up, and put away in their places so all you have to do is grab what you want to wear in the morning.
#4. Wear comfortable shoes. A poor fitting shoe will cause aches and pains all the way up your body. Poor fitting shoes can make your back hurt and give you a headache. Better shoes usually cost more but they will save you money by saving your health in the long run. another option is to buy insoles.
#5. Dress up to the next level in your position. Often, when we aren't happy with our jobs we lose self-esteem and begin to let go of our appearance because we just don't care anymore. However, this only causes others to see you in a negative light and will greatly reduce (if not eliminate) your chance for a promotion. If you are in sales and you want to be a supervisor, dress like one. If you are a supervisor and you want to be a regional manager, dress like one. In other words, when it is at all possible, take your appearance up a notch while still dressing in clothing that feels comfortable to you (not scratchy, too tight, too warm, to cold, etc.). You will find that when you place effort into how you look other people will take you more seriously. And, remember to smile.
#6. If you sit at a desk much of the day make sure your chair is comfortable. Bring in a cushion or wear some form of back support. Make sure your legs are relaxed in front of you with your legs only slightly bent in a relaxed position.
#7. Your eyes, when sitting up straight (and looking straight ahead), should be focused at about 2 inches below the top of your monitor screen. To keep from getting a crook in your neck, your phone handset should have a shoulder pad attachment. Look away from the screen and stretch regularly.
#8. Keep your desk or work area clean and organized. This reduces tension and promotes focus.
#9. During breaks, if you can, go outside or look out of a window for a few moments in nature, especially if you work in a cubicle.
#10. Plan for and eat your lunch daily. Stash of trail mix or some other healthy snack hidden in a drawer for just in case.
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Family get-togethers can be stressful, to say the least. Special holidays are often filled with happy traditions but, for others, it can mean loneliness, frustration, and sadness for, both, personal or financial reasons. Even picnics with friends and work-related potlucks can be stressful.
Perhaps, like me, you have a hard time coping with large groups of people, even when it is family. I know I don’t have to tell you how hard it is to walk into an environment filled with various smells, odd lighting, changing temperatures, a cacophony of voices (some familiar and some not) and familial expectations that can make you feel trapped, like others wanting you to share your thoughts and feelings on a subject or asking you to say grace. Then, there’s the having to make excuses to leave when your sensitivities are about to make your head burst and hoping no one will be upset after you make your exit. It’s enough to make you want to play hooky from the event altogether. It’s called overwhelm.
None of us like overwhelm because of the way it makes us feel and, all too often, we turn down invites. But, without participating in life, we run the risk of low self-esteem, which doesn’t feel good either. When we fear feeling a sense of overwhelm we are actually fearing life or our reaction to it.
With that said, and thinking in terms of happy tradition, perhaps it is time to start some of your own traditions that honor your sensitivities and who you are at this time in your life. So how can you plan ahead of time to reduce stress at get-togethers?
Perhaps you could…
Tips to Keep Your Energy from Being Drained
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