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Getting On Top of Life

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The working week and other commitments can take a toll on our well-being. Our recent experiences of most people being in lockdown also take a toll, in a rather different way. The positive side of this is that we appreciate a return to a more normal routine. But in all cases some good habits and mental attitude adjustments can benefit our enjoyment of life.

Those of us who were unfortunate enough to suffer the actual Covid-19 virus, and not just the social side effects that dealt with the virus, may suffer lingering depression and anxiety for several years after the main illness has cleared up. This was common with those who suffered similar illnesses with SARS and MERS. A changed approach to life can help get us past this issue.

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Use Anxiety to Motivate and Change – We tend to think of anxiety as something to avoid. And there is some truth to this. But the process of avoiding anxiety, getting past the problems that cause it, can really drive us to get things done. Anxiety is the response that comes from having a gap between where we are and where we want to be. Turn this into energy, and get a lot closer to where you want to be.

Setbacks As Preparation Time – It is frustrating to have our goals and projects put on hold. But we can view this as time out for assessment and planning. It is easy for our lives to become routine and automatic living. If we are forced outside this pattern we may also be forced to be more creative, or to simply reassess our regular lives.

Personal Life – We all have work and family commitments. But we will be better at fulfilling these commitments if we are in a good frame of mind. And a well-adjusted personal life goes a long way to getting a good frame of mind.
One trick recommended by an older audience is to get up early, before anybody else, and spend 30 minutes reading with a cup of tea/coffee; some people just meditate. Even if the rest of the day is hectic, this is enough to keep us balanced.

Think of Others – We can become neurotic if we are self-centred. Or at least we cannot get past the neuroses that we already have. But the age-old advice on giving to charity to get past your own confined world actually works. Connect with others, be empathetic, and give for the sake of giving.

Massage – Regular massage improves our immune system, our mental health, and has many other benefits. This will directly not solve life’s problems, but it puts us in the right frame of mind for solving problems. And life feels better.

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Our general well-being is a huge part of our lives. Have a regular massage to improve your mental and physical health.

Mental Health

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The extended disruption to our usual routine, caused by the Pandemic lockdown, is something of a strain on our mental health. Humans are meant to be active and social. It is difficult to do these things if we are unable to get out of the home. So we tend to find ourselves ill adjusted.

We all understand how important it is to keep our bodies healthy, even those of us who tend to neglect our diet and exercise. Our mental health is just as important. And it is strongly connected to our physical health. If we eat poorly and do not exercise our mental health suffers. If we neglect our mental health our physical health, perhaps as a compromised immune system, suffers. So we need to look after our physical and mental health.

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Diet – Eat a healthy diet, including fermented foods for good gut bacteria. Keep alcohol to a minimum, and avoid junk food. We will think and sleep better with a healthy diet.

Sleep – A consistent sleep schedule makes all the difference to our health. We need a sufficient number of hours (usually 7 for most people) and it needs to be at the same time of the night/day. If we fall out of the regular schedule it takes several days to fully recover. If jet lagged we can adjust about 90 minutes of lost sleep per day.

Exercise – At the very least do some walking. The find some activity that causes you to sweat.

Limit technology use – Our ancestors, even people in the 1990s, do not live on social media. We can thrive on a lot less screen time. Do not use a phone for an hour before sleep. Lockdown means that Skype/zoom are useful for socialising, but these are only a substitute for the real thing.

Do something enjoyable – If we have a hobby, preferably something creative, then do some of this every day. Watching TV does not count as a hobby.

Do something new – This prevents stagnation. Bake a new type of cake, try writing, start and complete a DIY project, or just learn a skill.

Meditation – This goes a long way to lowering stress. If you are new to this, find an mp3 or YouTube video designed to help meditation.

Comedy – Anything that help us laugh in good conscious, not in malice or cruelty, is good for us. Old classic cartoons are good for this.

Sunlight – we need this more than most people realise. Get at least a few minutes sunlight in the morning when you wake. This wakes us, increases vitamin D, and helps us sleep 16 hours later.

Coffee, chocolate in the early morning seem to boost mental energy.

Break routine – Even if it means eating breakfast in the front garden, do something a least a little unusual.

Be generous – Giving to others really seems to make us happy, or at least not feel useless when we are frustrated and down. Give the gift that the other person likes/wants/needs.

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Massage can help keep us physically and mentally healthy. It helps when we are ill, but also helps keep our health optimal.

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How to Deal With Lockdown and Winter?

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It is hard to drag ourselves out of bed during winter. The fact that we are in lockdown again, and probably working from home doesn’t help motivation, though it might mean sleeping in instead of getting up early to go to the office. But most of us have the experience of really not wanting to face the day after a week of staying at home in cold weather. Let’s face it, staying in the home offers no surprises and no reason not to stay in bed.

It helps if:

Accountability – If we live with others then we have some reason to get up. Need to cook breakfast for the kids, do something for the significant other? If we get out of bed 5 minutes before them then we can make them feel bad for being lazy..

Night Before Preparation – Have your clothes ready by the bed for when you get up. Have a breakfast pre- prepared from the night before. Have something to look forward to in the morning.

Heater timers – Set the timer for 30 minutes before you rise, so you at least get up in a warm room.

Light timers – If bright lights come on at the same time as the morning alarm then we tend to wake up. Sometime Sunlight through the window is best.

Pre-warmth – If you habitually wear long-johns during the day, then wear them to bed the night before. This way they are already warm from body heat when you get up. Change and wash them at least every other day.

Massage – We miss human contact when isolated, and we suffer stress from so many things in our life. If a massage helps us sleep well then we may find it easier to wake.

Reminding on Why – Tell yourself why you need to get up in the morning, there are things to do. Remind yourself of this the night before so as to get the right frame of mind.

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Massage Cupping

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Cupping is a very old technique used in some forms of massage. It dates back many centuries.
Cupping is though to be useful for improving flexibility, lossening facia and for generally improving the effects of other massage techniques.
The Technique Itself
The massage therapist will place several cups over areas of the body, and then remove the oxygen from the cups wiht either a pump or by either burning it with a candle. This creates a vacuum that draws the skin into the cup. Blood wil rise to the surface of the skin, perhaps drawing toxins out of the body in the process.
The vacuum cup is left on the body long enought to create a pink or red welt. This will take several days to fade. The process can be painful , but it will help alieviate many physical ailments.
The Benefits
Cupping can benefit acute pain, and improve physical movement. It decreases msucle tightness, adn can work to decease the fascia tightness around the muscle, even when other techniques prove ineffective.
There is minimal scientific evidence to support the benefits of cupping. But anecdotal evidence shows it is effective.

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What Massage Can Do For Neck Pain?

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A pain in the neck is a common metaphor for anything we find troubling. Anybody who has suffered a pain knows how applicable this metaphor is.

About 15% of the population literally suffers neck pain. This can be caused by a variety of things, from bad habits like poor posture, sitting poorly in front of a computer screen, or Carrying heavy loads the wrong way, to more serious aliments like arthritis or impact accidents. Whatever the cause the pain is a constant nuisance.

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Regular massage aims to keep us free from pain, and make us a bit healthier in the process. At the very least a massage can alleviate the pain we might feel in our neck, and in some cases it can help cure the underlying cause of that pain.
Initially a massage may exacerbate the symptoms of neck pain. But gentle massage to the body, including the back, head and chest, proves to reduce the pain.

Massage can also keep our joints limber and improve circulation, so we are less inclined to habitually sit or stand in the same manner. If we can break our bad habits we may remove the cause of many neck-aches. This is much more effective than a painkiller, which only removes the symptoms, perhaps letting us continue the bad habit that caused the problem in the first place.
If we have already suffered a serious injury then regular massage can speed up the recovery.

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Suffering any ailment? A regular massage relives the symptoms and speeds up recovery time. feel better with a regular massage.

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How Can I Alieviate Depression?

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Depression affect a large minority of individuals at some point in their life. Perhaps 20% of individuals suffer depression for an extended period. Other individuals find themselves having to support a family member with depression. It is a serious issue.

Depression is often misunderstood. It is not the sense of loss when somebody dies; it is distinct from sadness, or being miserable. Depression is feeling nothing at all, except perhaps that there is no point to life.

Depression can be chemical in nature, or it can be related to lifestyle. And these two factors are not mutually exclusive. Our lifestyle affects our chemical makeup; a chemical change may lead us unable to live a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes the cause of the depression remains a mystery.

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Massage is about relieving tension in muscles, improving circulation and being in better general health. It may not directly cure depression, but it can improve sleep, relieve muscle pain, and improve general health. It also tends to improve our mood. These changes can make a significant difference to depression. Occasionally they may target the root cause, such as insomnia.

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– Have an allergy test. Some individual allergies or intolerances will cause depression.
– Avoid artificial sweeteners. These cause depression, fatigue, poor memory and confusion in many people.
– Get some early sunlight. Get up early in the morning an watch the Sunrise. Stay awake during the day.
– Avoid irregular sleeping hours. Keep a regular schedule. Avoid shift work and see if this helps.
– Do exercise as much as is practical. be out and active.
Try to be social. Try to connect with others, individually or in a group.
– Mediation helps some people
Eat a natural diet, avoid junk and processed foods.
– Physical hobbies, woodwork, musical instrument, gardening, anything working with our hand or being creative can help. A sense of connection with what we do can help.
– See a doctor, perhaps there is an underlying medical condition causing the depression. Dental problems such as gum infections can also lead to depression.
– Depression can be linked to a feeling of being disconnected. Try to connect with something of interest.
Massage can make a big difference.

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How to Achieve Some Positive Feelings

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Our bodies will release endorphins in some situations. We experience endorphin release when fulfilling a desire like eating, or when exercising. We can also experience then when injured or stress. These endorphins make us feel good, sometime euphoric. It is good to find natural ways to release endorphins and feel good about ourselves and life.
Exercise
About 30 minutes of continuous or 60 minutes of moderate exercise will give us a good endorphin boost. Group exercise seems to work better than a solitary workout.
Of course exercise also boost out long term health. And makes further exercise easier.
Acupuncture
Some people find this give them a big boost. Often they undergo acupuncture to treat some medical condition. But the treatment does more than just relieve the pain.
Get Up early
Humans seem to be designed to wake with the sunrise and sleep during the dark. If we resist this we tend to slide into depression or lethargy. Try getting up in time to watch the Sunrise, and feel an early morning rush .
Sunlight at any time of the day will boost our mood. But early morning is the safest time, so you can avoid sunburn.
Meditation
This is both the simplest and most challenging task in the work. Some people find sitting still in silence for 30 minutes or more to be difficult. But this practice helps us feel together and joined to our surroundings. Let your thoughts, positive and negative, pass without judgement.
Essential oils
Smell has a very visceral effect. Try rosemary, Citrus fragrances like orange, grapefruit, or bergamot.
Chocolate
There are chemicals in cocoa that release endorphins, so the cocoa in chocolate, even the drinking kind, will help make us feel good. Try to find a low sugar variety.
Be Sociable.
Being with friends, and laughing, is a bog boost to our emotions. even the simple act of enjoying a film works well. Music
Massage
Many people come to massage for a variety of reasons. a few want to treat an injury or stress, perhaps insomnia. Some just like how a massage feels. But all notice that a regular massage will boost their mood.

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Regular massage can keep us in better health and a better mood. Face your life and its challenges in the best frame of mind, including a regular massage.

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How to Deal With Restless Legs

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Some of us suffer restless legs when we try to sleep at night. This is either compulsive spasms or occasionally the numbness of legs that feel ‘dead’. While this does not appear serious at first it can cause great trouble when trying to sleep, and lead to significant tiredness the next day. This type of problem can cause long term health issues, including cardiovascular problems and cognitive decline.

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Some recommended treatments Include:

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, chocolate or any stimulate during the evening. Some people avoid it after 12 noon.
  • Some people find that avoiding protein during the evening, either in meat or nuts, will remove the restless legs problem. Eat protein in the morning instead.
  • Keep legs warm. Sometimes long flannelette pants make a difference.
  • Drink plenty of water early in the day, which removes restless legs at night, at least in some people.
  • Are you wearing high heels or build up shoes? This can cause restless legs for several weeks, until the muscles develop in your legs. Inversely, if you are used to high heel shoes you can suffer restless legs after you stop wearing them.
  • Take a magnesium tablet a few hours before bed. A effervescent tablet dissolved in water works quickly.
  • Eat food high in potassium, like bananas. Try a potassium supplement.
  • General good nutrition is a factor. Eat green vegetables and/or salads every day.
  • Have a doctor check for any underlying conditions.
  • Try elevating the legs slightly, perhaps putting a pillow underneath them, or raising the end of the bed.
  • A hot water bottle under the legs can help. Have a cloth cover over the bottle as this keep the temperature more even during the night – warm rather than hot or cold.
  • An electric blanket, perhaps just for the lower part of the bed, can sometimes help, just by keeping the legs warm.
  • Put a bar of soap under the legs. This is one of those old wives tales that actually seems to work. Use plain, unscented soap. Replace the bar every week or two, or when the soap smell has gone.
  • Wet a bar of soap and rub it on the back of the calves of the legs.
  • Get up and walk around till the legs feel better.
  • Staying physically active and eating a healthy diet is a long term solution to restless legs. Unfortunately, the increase in exercise can initially make the problem worse.
  • Massage and stretching can help the circulation in the legs.
    A regular massage can help prevent the restless legs problem by improving circulation and general health.

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How can Massage Help Me?

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Regular massage is popular with many people. Some training for sport use massage to help recovery after training. Some people with medical conditions find massage alleviates symptoms of their affliction, and helps their body deal with the problem by boosting immunity. Many other individuals like massage simply because is feels good, helping them stay in better health.

– Massage will improve circulation improved circulation reduces toxins in the body.
– Massage boosts the immune system, so illness is less frequent and recovery is much quicker.
– Massage helps us recover from exercise and sport exertion. So we get more benefit from the training.
– Massage reduces mental and emotional stress. This may not remove all the causes of stress, but it certainly helps us to deal these causes, and perhaps be in a better position sort out a few problems.
– Massage alleviates depression.
– Massage will help us feel more alive and think more clearly by improving the mind/body connection.
– Massage boosts increase energy. Many diet and exercise fads have come and gone, but massage always remained popular because it is effective.
– Massage can alleviate insomnia. This improved sleep boosts health in many ways; we think more clearly, have more energy, and avoid absent minded mistakes.
– Massage can relieve many types of headaches.
– Massage will relieve muscle pain
– Regular massage helps us look younger by improving the appearance of skin.
– If we have an office job that requires us to sit all day the massage will help compensate for this stain on our body.
Most noticeable of all, Massage helps us relax.

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Posture

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Our posture is the position in which we hold our body. There is an ideal posture, which allows an even distribution of weight in the spine. Ideal posture allows for better general health, better sports performance, and reduced chance of injury.

The ideal posture would be standing straight, with an imaginary line running from the top of the head through to the area of the foot just in front of the heel. The spine should be almost straight, curved out slightly to the back behind the shoulders.

If we hold our-self in the wrong posture for extended periods of time we will find our body will tighten to that position. This causes strain, and can be a difficult habit to break. It will reduce our mobility.

Improve Your Posture:

  • When standing of sitting lift the sternum, the front of your chest, so you head neck and shoulders sit comfortably. This should not require too much muscle effort.
  • Perform a few stretches, leaning back and pushing your midsection forward while pulling your shoulders and neck back. Do this while kneeling.
  • General exercise that builds muscle will make good posture easier. Try squats, dead lifts, lunges, running.
  • De -stressing will help posture. Massage helps here, as does meditation.
  • Keep the weight off, so you don’t have to spend so much effort holding up the weight.

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