Stress can impact your health and well-being. Understanding where it comes from and how it can affect you are crucial to remaining mentally and physically fit. Here’s what you need to know.
It’s important to be able to recognize if stress has become a problem. The symptoms below are common and not a cause for alarm when they occur occasionally. However, if they get worse or become ongoing, this could indicate that something’s wrong. Watch out for:
• Increase or decrease in appetite
• Mood swings
• Difficulty concentrating
• Irritability or aggressiveness
• Sleep problems
If you realize you’re living with too much stress, you need to identify its source. Think about your relationships, both personal and professional, your home life, your job, and how busy you are. You should also identify daily irritants such as a long commute, as these tend to add up and can impact your mental health.
What you can do
Once you have an idea of where your stress comes from, you’ll be in a position to take steps to improve your situation and health. In some cases, it’s a matter of adjusting an aspect of your life, such as how much work you’ve taken on, or working out a problem in a relationship. Importantly, things like meditation and therapy can help as well.
Whatever you do, don’t let stress take over your life. Over time, it can cause you to develop serious health issues and poor coping mechanisms like the consumption of fatty foods, alcohol, and drugs.
3 types of hair loss solutions
For many men, hair loss is something they’d like to reverse. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions available for those who want to regain a full head of hair. Here are three effective treatments for hair loss.
1. Hair replacement
This non-surgical technique consists of adhering an ultra-realistic hair piece to your scalp using a hypoallergenic resin. Once the hairpiece has been secured and styled, it becomes virtually unnoticeable and remains fixed in place. This is a perfect solution for active men, as you can strap on a bike helmet or even go swimming with a hair replacement.
2. Micrograft hair transplant
3. PRP therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary new treatment that stimulates and strengthens hair follicles. During an appointment for PRP therapy, a sample of your blood is taken then centrifuged to isolate the PRP. The PRP is then safely injected into your scalp. Since the substance is derived from your own body, there’s minimal risk of having an allergic reaction.
To determine which hair loss treatment is most suitable for you, schedule a consultation at a hair loss clinic near you.
Winter veggies: the virtues of parsnips
Parsnips are a sweet, cream-colored root vegetable that can be enjoyed raw or cooked. Closely related to carrots, this vegetable is packed with nutrients and associated with numerous health benefits. Here’s a look at the perks of parsnips.
Parsnips are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and polyacetylenes, which can help protect against cancer and other chronic conditions.
Parsnips contain several B vitamins including folic acid (B9), which is essential to the proper development of the fetal nervous system during pregnancy.
Potassium, magnesium, manganese, and other minerals found in parsnips promote good oral health and proper bone development. They also help protect against free radicals.
Parsnips contain nearly twice as many carbs as carrots, which makes them an excellent source of energy.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the benefits of this tasty vegetable, from a roasted parsnip soup to a shaved parsnip salad. Look for mouthwatering recipes online or flip through cookbooks at your local bookstore.
If you’re allergic to pollen, ragweed, or nuts, you might also be allergic to parsnips.
5 ways to help someone with Parkinson’s
If someone you care about has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be wondering how to offer your support. Depending on the severity of their condition, there are several ways you can help.
1. Encourage them to regularly engage in physical activities such as walking and stretching.
2. Remind them to correct their posture. A rounded back or slumped shoulders can affect their ability to breathe and eat.
3. Assist them in sorting through their clothes and taking them shopping if needed. Every piece should be comfortable and easy to put on.
4. Help them adapt their home to reduce their risk of falling. This can include removing carpets and installing handrails.
5. Give them challenges to maintain their communication and writing skills. For example, suggest that they read a magazine article out loud or write in a journal every day.
For more ideas about how you can support and encourage a loved one with Parkinson’s disease, speak with a health-care professional, or consider joining a support group.
Movember : How men can take control of their health
Did you know that around the world, life expectancy among men is six years less than it is among women? This is due in part to the higher rate of suicide in men. The incidence of prostate and testicular cancer also plays a role. So does physical inactivity among men, with its attendant medical risks, notably heart disease.
It’s against this backdrop that Movember takes place every year. This month-long event aims to encourage men to take better care of their physical and mental health.
Here are some ways men can be healthier:
1. Remain in touch with family and friends and seek out new connections.
2. Talk with people you trust about important personal issues (breakups, fatherhood, financial problems, and anything else that’s going on).
3. Learn more about your family history to assess your level of risk for developing serious medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
4. Stay active. Run, cycle, go to the gym, participate in team sports, and find other ways to keep moving.
5. Consult your doctor right away whenever you have a health concern.
For more information about Movember, visit movember.com.
How to avoid feeling stuffed over the holidays
While it might be hard to resist that second helping of turkey and mashed potatoes, overeating can leave you feeling sluggish, bloated, and even nauseous. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy just enough of your holiday meal.
• Eat a balanced breakfast. If you sit down for a big meal feeling famished, you’re more likely to overeat. Opt for filling foods like oatmeal with berries or scrambled eggs on whole-wheat toast. Depending on when the feast will be served, you might want to have a healthy snack later in the day to tide you over.
• Start small and go slow. You can always go back for seconds but start with a tiny portion of each dish you want to taste. Chew slowly and take time to fully enjoy your food. Put down your utensils between bites and converse with the people around you. This gives your brain time to signal satiety.
• Finish with a mug of tea. Rather than sip a liqueur (which can actually slow digestion), brew a pot of herbal tea at the end of your meal. Peppermint, ginger, or fennel infused in boiling water are particularly effective at soothing an upset stomach and promoting digestion.
Finally, it’s a good idea to take a walk after you’ve eaten. The fresh air and movement will restore your energy and allow you to work off your meal.
5 creative ways to keep busy this winter
Making art can contribute to your overall health and well-being by helping to improve cognition, concentration, self-esteem, and more. If you want to reap these benefits and stave off boredom this winter, here are five creative activities to try.
If you don’t feel comfortable starting with a blank canvas, a paint-by-numbers kit is an ideal way to familiarize yourself with this hobby. In addition to improving your dexterity, painting provides a chance to put your worries aside and create beautiful artwork.
Whether you prefer to belt out your favorite lyrics in the shower, car, or kitchen, singing is a great way to let loose and express your emotions. Even if you don’t think you have a good voice, this pastime can boost your confidence and reduce your stress.
Adult coloring requires concentration and precision as it usually involves filling in mandalas and other complex patterns. In addition to reducing stress, this activity stimulates both the logical and creative sides of your brain.
This art form can help you gain a new perspective of the world. Plus, it’s a great way to hone your observation skills and express yourself. From magnificent vistas and bustling cityscapes to portraits of your pets and family members, you can use any type of camera to capture moments that fill you with joy.
If you want to add a social element to your creative activities, find out if your local community center, library, or retirement home offers classes. Alternatively, you can plan weekly art sessions with friends and family members.