Remedies For Stress-Related Hair Loss

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Many people who had Covid-19 are experiencing hair loss. Stress from being diagnosed with it can also wreak havoc on tresses. Others are experiencing hair thinning simply from stress since the pandemic began.

The good news is it’s not permanent. Read on for more information about stress and hair loss.

Is stress-related hair loss permanent?
If your hair loss is caused by stress, it’s possible for your hair to grow back in time. The rate of regrowth will be different for everyone.

If your hair loss has been triggered by stress, managing your stress could be the key to returning to a healthy rate of hair growth.

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What you can do
There are a number of things that you can do to reduce hair loss and encourage new growth.

Diet and nutrition

Eating a balanced, nutritious diet of whole foods is necessary for the health of your body — and your hair.

Foods Great For Your Hair:

EGGS

NUTS

BERRIES

SPINACH 

BROCCOLI

SALMON, TUNA, MACKEREL, HERRING SARDINES

FLAXSEEDS, CHIA SEEDS

KIWI FRUITS 

ORANGES 

STRAWBERRIES 

SWEET POTATOES 

PAPAYA 

WALNUTS 

BRAZIL NUTS 

MUSHROOMS 

CHEESE 

BUTTER

While it’s important to include all of the essential vitamins in a healthy diet, there are some that may be vital to hair growth:

Vitamin C. This vitaminis essential for building collagen, the skin’s connective tissue that is found in hair follicles. Foods that contain vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers, and strawberries.

person taking pill
Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on Pexels.com

Vitamin B. This complex of many vitamins promotes a healthy metabolism, as well as healthy skin and hair. B vitamins can be found in foods like dark leafy greens, beans, nuts, and avocados.
avocado
Vitamin E.  This vitamin contains potent antioxidants, which can contribute to a healthy scalp. Foods rich in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, spinach, olive oil, broccoli, and shrimp.

bowl of sliced broccoli
Photo by Buenosia Carol on Pexels.com

If you aren’t getting enough of these nutrients in your diet, talk to your doctor about supplements. They can discuss your options and recommend the best dosage for you. You should never add nutritional supplements to your routine without your doctor’s supervision.

Keeping properly hydrated is also essential to overall good health. Every cell in your body relies on water to function properly.

photography of a man drinking water
Photo by Thomas Chauke on Pexels.com

Men should aim for 15 1/2 cups of water per day, and women should aim for 11 1/2 cups per day. That amount can come from food, water, and other beverages. A reasonable goal is to drink 8 glasses of water per day, and allow the rest to come from your diet and other beverages.

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Stress management

Learning how to effectively manage your stress levels may help you reduce your risk for further hair loss. Of course, this is often easier said than done.

You may have to try several different stress-management techniques before you find what works for you.

Popular ways to reduce stress:

Exercise. Exercise is a great way to eliminate stress. Try taking a light daily walk, signing up for a dance class, or doing some yard work.

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Hobbies. Occupying yourself with something that you enjoy doing can be a great way to combat stress. Consider doing volunteer work, joining your local community theatre group, planting a garden, or starting an art project.

person writing on white paper
Photo by bongkarn thanyakij on Pexels.com

Writing. Try taking a few minutes each day to write about your feelings, and the things that cause you stress. Reviewing the daily items that trigger your stress may help you to discover ways of coping.

woman meditating in the outdoors
Photo by Oluremi Adebayo on Pexels.com

Breathing and meditation. Meditation and breathing exercises are great ways to allow yourself to focus on the present moment. You may also wish to try techniques that combine meditation with physical exercise, like yoga or tai chi.

women practicing yoga
Photo by Elly Fairytale on Pexels.com

Topical treatments

Castor oil. This is a popular folk remedy for hair regrowth. Although anecdotal evidence suggests that topical use can increase hair growth, research to support this is limited.

What if you aren’t seeing improvement?
It’s possible that your hair loss isn’t stress related. There are many factors and conditions that could cause you to lose your hair.

Other common reasons for hair loss include:

aging
genetics
medications, like some blood thinners or antidepressants
chemotherapy
illness or recent surgery
hormonal changes, like childbirth or menopause
nutritional deficiency, like a lack of sufficient protein or iron

The bottom line
If your hair loss is stress related, your hair follicles haven’t been permanently damaged. Managing your stress and taking good care of your health could result in your hair returning to a normal rate of growth.

If OTC measures aren’t working — or you aren’t seeing results — see your doctor. They can help diagnose the reason for your hair loss and advise you on any next steps. If regrowth is possible, they can help determine the best treatment plan for your symptoms.

For More Tips on Helping Stress Related Hair Loss visit:

https://www.healthline.com

Obesity or Greed Epidemic? by Maria Dorfner

I wrote this in 2005, fifteen tears ago. As we now face a global health epidemic with Covid-19, we’re seeing how this Greed Epidemic correlates to poor health outcomes, as obesity predisposes people to far worse outcomes if they contract Covid-19. That’s not stigma or shaming. It’s reality. Lifestyle and behavioral changes can do a lot to prevent illness. Some are genetically predisposed for obesity, but they too can make lifestyle changes when they are aware of it. Everyone needs to be proactive about their health, because as long as people profit from you being sick, there is no incentive for them to make you healthy. If you need to drive or walk further to get healthy food in your neighborhood, do it. If you need to move more, do it. No one can do that for you. Stay informed. Know who profits from you being sick, and who has your best interests at heart.

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Today, as some docs want to regulate toxic sugar I’m reminded of a blog I wrote on this day in ’05:

June 4, 2005 – Every day we are bombarded with media messages about the “obesity epidemic“.  The AP puts a new story on its wires and TV news writers end up rewriting the wire copy for broadcast, so the propaganda ends up in our living rooms.

Who is distributing the Press Release? What is their motive? What have they got to gain by scaring the public into believing we’ve all got one foot in the grave? Turns out, a lot of folks have a lot of money to gain.

In 1988, the World Health Organization (WHO), officially declared obesity a disease. You can’t declare something a disease unless it’s widespread and statistics back it up. Recently, we have seen how the Centers of Disease Control (CDC)…

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How Anger Makes You Physically Sick

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Keep it in? Let it out? Both can be hazardous to your health.

Anger or rage can lead to physical and emotional problems. 

Angry people shout, throw things, have tantrums and can get aggressive or violent. They also harm their own health.

Understand anger can stem from unresolved grief.

Grief from any type of loss: job, financial, death, divorce, breakup, illness –and it can get redirected an innocent people or inanimate objects.  

It ends up causing more damage.

When such grief isn’t healed appropriately, it can turn into unresolved anger, which threatens innocent people.

 

Physical Effects of Anger

Anger affects your heart, brain, and muscles.  Physical signs and symptoms of anger include:

Emotional Effects of Anger

There are a number of emotions before, during, or after an episode of anger:

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GAME CHANGER: NEW SMART HEART MONITOR

Make sure you’re not walking around with an underlying heart condition, especially now during Covid-19.

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Super excited to tell you about a new smart heart monitor you can use at home. It will help 28 million heart disease patients in the U.S. keep track of their heart.

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Keep track from the comfort of their home at any time. And it’s just been FDA approved.

eko4Meet Eko DUO.  The first handheld mobile, wireless, EHR-connected stethoscope, which connects to your smart phone.

It allows you to amplify, visualize and record crystal clear heart and lung sounds.

Imagine not needing to wait for your next followup appointment to transmit a concern to your physician. It works under the supervision or prescription from a physician.

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Eko Duo is set to help millions of heart disease patients who are often discharged with little more than an info packet and instructions to monitor their weight.

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Now patients can be sent home from the hospital with a direct link back to their physician…

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Jaysin Voxx Creates Music To Heal World

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Meet Jaysin Voxx, who has released a timely, positive pop song called,  “A BETTER WORLD.”

I interviewed Jaysin about all his inspirations, reasons for writing the song and his goals.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE SONG, “A BETTER WORLD”?

JAYSIN VOXX: “Michael Jackson has always been a great influence for me, perhaps in ways that other artists don’t usually mention.  You see, I see MJ not just as this amazing performer, dancer, singer, but I look at him in a World view.

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“MJ was always aware of his surroundings, trying to improve the World we live in, with his music, with his outreach, with his giving.  I always found it inspirational that every one of his songs you could probably play in church, or for your grandma.  I mean, he did have “Dirty Diana”, but in the end…it wasn’t really that dirty.”

“So, I look up to Michael Jackson still today because I believe and know music has power, and we should use that power for GOOD, to Heal, to Unite, to Save.  Like my song says, “Music…People We Gotta Use It…Because the Music Gon’ Heal The World Tonight…”

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HOW DO YOU HOPE YOUR SONG WILL HELP HEAL THE WORLD?

JAYSIN VOXX: “I want my music to be part of that healing.I even put that line “Heal The World” in my song because I believe in it so deeply! I want my song “A Better World” to do just that, Make it Better.  We need to really think of the people of the World as joined, as one.  I for one, will always strive to give back.”

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WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH THROUGH RELEASING IT?

“I hope to raise money with my music to be able to travel and perform my song and have a team with me to help build houses, help with global medications, and anything else that is needed in places around the globe.  I want this song to be the anchor for me to create many missions to show the World some kindness and not feel so divided.  We truly need each other.”
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DID GLOBAL EPIDEMIC AFFECT YOUR VIEW OF THE WORLD?

JAYSIN VOXX: “I feel that CoVID-19 has finally proven one very important thing.  That as we go about our lives in different countries, seemingly not affected or even caring about their lives versus ours, that finally, its so very obvious with this Pandemic, that we are all connected.  We DO breath the same air, we DO suffer together, and we DO Heal Together.”

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WHY DO YOU FEEL YOUR LYRICS ARE IMPORTANT NOW?

“This song is important because we musicians have a duty to be better examples, don’t you think?  Stats show more people listen to Music Artists and Celebrities than they do their own Government, or even Family.”

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WHAT ELSE DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE THROUGH YOUR MUSIC?

“I want to be the change for something better in Music, to change the current depression and constant promomtion of drug use in songs and artists ( esp in the U.S. ).  I want my music to Heal and Inspire, and Lift Us Up.  I believe happiness leads to prosperity.”

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HOW HAS MUSIC HAD A POSITIVE AFFECT ON YOUR OWN LIFE?

JAYSIN VOXX: “Positive Music in my life has been very helpful to me.  Positive Music has kept me in school caring about my grades, kept me from being sucked into drug abuse that was going on with a certain group of friends in high school, and ultimately Positive Music has always been a beacon that showed me, I can be successful, even famous in the Music Industry and actually do it with a good image, without a ton of tats, and create music that makes people happy and inspired.”

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?

JAYSIN VOXX: “I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, my Dad is a Navy man, my Mom took care of the house.  The Bay is expensive and we didn’t have a lot.  What we did have was we are all musical people.  My Mom and Dad both sang in the Church Choir, my Sister plays incredible piano, and I started singing at 3, performing in church at 5.”
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HOW DID THOSE EARLY DAYS INFLUENCE YOU AS A PERSON?

JAYSIN VOXX: “Music and Church were both cornerstones to how I grew up.  People get confused when they talk about Church and Religion; it gets distorted.  I feel its growing absence is the reason for a lot of the World’s problems right now. It’s important we have foundations in this World, things that keep us grounded.  Here in America, I’m sad because we have taken God out of so many places, our schools, our conversations, our country. “

 

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HOW CAN POSITIVE MUSIC IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH?

JAYSIN VOXX: “Mental Health and Positivity are so easily overlooked it seems. It’s important that all us really focus on mental health, especially at stressful times like these. I wept when Italy was hit so hard by the Pandemic.

Positive Music is often the best medicine to reduce stress and provide comfort, even help us be better people.

I felt the pain Doctors must’ve felt in China when they were trying to get the word out last year about Covid-19 and were denied and prevented. I was horrified when I saw all the deaths in one day in New York City.

I don’t believe we can truly feel for each other until we start seeing each other as tied together.  I also believe God has given me the ability and soul to feel those pains and fears and the need to reach out.”

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“There is a lot of great production and music these days, but I believe the bar for Lyrics and Songwriting is at an all-time-low.  It’s funny, I think of how you never hear negativity come from such successes as Bill Gates, Sean Combs, or Will Smith and yet many aspire to live like them, be them. ”

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WHAT OTHER ARTISTS INSPIRE YOU?

“I’m encouraged to see recently that Selena Gomez and Katy Perry are trying to use their music to bring about some good.  It’s often such a contradiction that usually the most popular songs lately have some of the most depressing and negative messages. I want to change that.”

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WHO DO YOU HOPE TO REACH MOST WITH YOUR MUSIC?

JAYSIN VOXX: “I have a pretty young demo, 13-17 mostly and I believe I have a responsibility to give them something better to look up to.”
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WHAT’S SOMETHING POSITIVE YOU WANT TO SEE POST COVID-19?

JAYSIN VOXX: “The only truly good thing that I know and want to come out of this Covid-19 Pandemic, lockdown, social distancing, etc is that….WE ARE ONE.  2020 has proven, We as a World will Perish or Survive Together. “
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ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD?

JAYSIN VOXX: “This World is like a relationship, it takes work.  We must bond together to Survive and appreciate this great, diverse, wonderful Planet of ours, and really make it A Better World.”
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WE AGREE. THANK YOU, JAYSIN FOR A GREAT INTERVIEW.

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Hope this has given people some helpful insights into Jaysin Voxx’s inspiration for why he wrote this song and the Artist he is today.

Follow Jaysin Voxx on Instagram or Twitter at @JaysinVoxx

Visit his website at: www.JaysinVoxx.com

MEDIA INTERVIEWS:

Contact Jaysin by email at: abetterworldvideo@gmail.com

Listen to “A BETTER WORLD” here:

Jaysin Voxx “A Better World” Positive Peace & Unity Music 2020

 

Stay healthy!

Blog contact: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

Remedies For Stress-Related Hair Loss

stressed woman looking at a laptop
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Many people who had Covid-19 are experiencing hair loss. Stress from being diagnosed with it can also wreak havoc on tresses. The good news is it’s not permanent. Read on for more information about stress and hair loss.

Is stress-related hair loss permanent?
If your hair loss is caused by stress, it’s possible for your hair to grow back in time. The rate of regrowth will be different for everyone.

Human hair growth occurs in a cycle of four phases.

The average human scalp has about 100,000 hair follicles. At any given time, each of your hair follicles is in a different phase of this cycle:

Anagen phase. This is the growing phase of hair. It lasts two to seven years

Catagen phase.
This is a short, two-week phase that occurs when the hair follicle begins to shrink.

Telogen phase.
This is a three-month resting phase.

Exogen phase
. This phase occurs when the follicle sheds the hair and begins new growth.

If your hair loss has been triggered by stress, managing your stress could be the key to returning to a healthy rate of hair growth.

calm

What you can do
There are a number of things that you can do to reduce hair loss and encourage new growth.

Diet and nutrition

Eating a balanced, nutritious diet of whole foods is necessary for the health of your body — and your hair.

Foods Great For Your Hair:

While it’s important to include all of the essential vitamins in a healthy diet, there are some that may be vital to hair growth:

Vitamin C. This vitaminis essential for building collagen, the skin’s connective tissue that is found in hair follicles. Foods that contain vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers, and strawberries.

person taking pill
Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on Pexels.com

Vitamin B. This complex of many vitamins promotes a healthy metabolism, as well as healthy skin and hair. B vitamins can be found in foods like dark leafy greens, beans, nuts, and avocados.
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Vitamin E.  This vitamin contains potent antioxidants, which can contribute to a healthy scalp. Foods rich in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, spinach, olive oil, broccoli, and shrimp.

bowl of sliced broccoli
Photo by Buenosia Carol on Pexels.com

If you aren’t getting enough of these nutrients in your diet, talk to your doctor about supplements. They can discuss your options and recommend the best dosage for you. You should never add nutritional supplements to your routine without your doctor’s supervision.

Keeping properly hydrated is also essential to overall good health. Every cell in your body relies on water to function properly.

photography of a man drinking water
Photo by Thomas Chauke on Pexels.com

Men should aim for 15 1/2 cups of water per day, and women should aim for 11 1/2 cups per day. That amount can come from food, water, and other beverages. A reasonable goal is to drink 8 glasses of water per day, and allow the rest to come from your diet and other beverages.

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Stress management

Learning how to effectively manage your stress levels may help you reduce your risk for further hair loss. Of course, this is often easier said than done.

You may have to try several different stress-management techniques before you find what works for you.

Popular ways to reduce stress:

Exercise. Exercise is a great way to eliminate stress. Try taking a light daily walk, signing up for a dance class, or doing some yard work.

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Hobbies. Occupying yourself with something that you enjoy doing can be a great way to combat stress. Consider doing volunteer work, joining your local community theatre group, planting a garden, or starting an art project.

person writing on white paper
Photo by bongkarn thanyakij on Pexels.com

Writing. Try taking a few minutes each day to write about your feelings, and the things that cause you stress. Reviewing the daily items that trigger your stress may help you to discover ways of coping.

woman meditating in the outdoors
Photo by Oluremi Adebayo on Pexels.com

Breathing and meditation. Meditation and breathing exercises are great ways to allow yourself to focus on the present moment. You may also wish to try techniques that combine meditation with physical exercise, like yoga or tai chi.

women practicing yoga
Photo by Elly Fairytale on Pexels.com

Topical treatments

Castor oil. This is a popular folk remedy for hair regrowth. Although anecdotal evidence suggests that topical use can increase hair growth, research to support this is limited.

a man in red shirt covering his face
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

What if you aren’t seeing improvement?
It’s possible that your hair loss isn’t stress related. There are many factors and conditions that could cause you to lose your hair.

Other common reasons for hair loss include:

aging
genetics
medications, like some blood thinners or antidepressants
chemotherapy
illness or recent surgery
hormonal changes, like childbirth or menopause
nutritional deficiency, like a lack of sufficient protein or iron

The bottom line
If your hair loss is stress related, your hair follicles haven’t been permanently damaged. Managing your stress and taking good care of your health could result in your hair returning to a normal rate of growth.

If OTC measures aren’t working — or you aren’t seeing results — see your doctor. They can help diagnose the reason for your hair loss and advise you on any next steps. If regrowth is possible, they can help determine the best treatment plan for your symptoms.

[Medically reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, DNP, APRN — Written by Kitty Jay on Jan. 25, 2018]

For More Tips on Helping Stress Related Hair Loss visit:

https://www.healthline.com

How To Avoid MASKNE: Mask-Related Acne

117119113_3363927736977095_1204111204041956202_oWEARING A MASK IS OUR NEW NORMAL, BUT AS WE COVER OUR MOUTHS AND NOSES TO STOP COVID-19, SOME OF US ARE UNCOVERING A NEW PROBLEM CALLED “MASKNE” OR MASK-RELATED ACNE.

CLEVELAND CLINIC DERMATOLOGIST SHILPI KHETARPAL (PRONOUNCED SHILL-PEA KET-ER-PAHL) SAYS SOME MASKS AREN’T VERY BREATHABLE AND CAN TRAP HOT AIR –AMONG OTHER THINGS.

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“Sweat, bacteria, heat, all of that accumulates and essentially creates the perfect storm for, you know, bacteria to multiply and that’s when we’re seeing acne.’

TOREDUCE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING “MASKNE” DOCTOR KHETARPAL RECOMMENDS WEARING A ONE-HUNDRED-PERCENT COTTON MASK, WHICH IS MORE BREATHABLE.

IT’S ALSOIMPORTANT TO CLEAN YOUR MASK DAILY TO WASH AWAY BACTERIA AND SWEAT.IF YOU’RE USING A MEDICAL MASK,

SHE RECOMMENDS CHANGING IT EACH DAY.SHE ALSO ADVISES AGAINST WEARING HEAVY MAKEUP UNDER A MASK BECAUSE IT MAY CAUSE IRRITATION AND GET TRAPPED IN YOUR SKIN.

INSTEAD, OPT FOR A LIGHTWEIGHT, TINTED MOISTURIZER OR SUNSCREEN –JUST BE SURE TO LOOK FOR ONE THAT’S OIL-FREE AND WON’T CLOG PORES.

AND WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR MASK OFF FOR THE NIGHT, WASH YOUR FACE WITH A GENTLE CLEANSER.

IF YOU’RE STILL STRUGGLING WITH PIMPLES DESPITE YOUR BEST EFFORTS TO PREVENT THEM, PRODUCTS FORMULATED TO TREAT ACNE MAY HELP.

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CG: Dr. Shilpi Khetarpal/Cleveland Clinic:[:11]

Youcan certainly try over-the-counter treatment ingredients like salicylic acid,benzoyl peroxide,glycolic acid –these all come in,like cleanser or leave-on forms,that’s definitely a good place to start.”

DOCTOR KHETARPAL SAYS ACNE TREATMENTS CAN BE IRRITATING AND DRYING, SO USING A GENTLE MOISTURIZER AT NIGHT IS A GOOD IDEA.

SHE ADDS THAT PEOPLE WITH TENDER, DEEP CYST-LIKE ACNE SHOULD SEEK THE HELP OF A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, BECAUSE THAT TYPE OF BLEMISH CAN SCAR.

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Disclosure: Maria Dorfner, founder of this blog, is the co-founder of The Cleveland Clinic News Service. (CCNS). In 2001, she and Angela Calman created and launched The Cleveland Clinic News Service (CCNS) on-site in Cleveland, Ohio. CCNS health and medical content is consumer-friendly, professional broadcast quality (available in HD), available to media outlets each day. For 19 years, major television, radio and web outlets have downloaded valuable health content from newsroom.clevelandclinic.org

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How To Stay Positive In Negative Situations

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1. Find the optimistic viewpoint in a negative situation.

One of the simplest but most effective ways to build a more positive outlook has in my experience been to ask more helpful questions as often as possible.

When you’re in what seems like a negative situation ask yourself questions like:

  • What is one thing that is positive or good about this situation?
  • What is one opportunity within this situation?

Process your thoughts and feelings first. Trying to force optimistic thinking when you are still in an emotional turmoil or a bit shocked usually doesn’t work well. Calm down first.

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2. Cultivate a positive environment.

Who you choose to spend your time with and the input you get from further away like the TV, the internet and magazines will have a huge effect on your outlook.

To be able to stay positive it is essential to have influences in your life that support you and lift you up instead of dragging you down.

So carefully consider what you let into your mind.

You can for example ask yourself:

  • Who are the 3 most negative people I spend time with?
  • What are the 3 of most negative sources of information I spend time on?

Consider the answers. Then think about how you can start spending less time with one of those people or information sources this week.

And how you can spend more of the time you have now freed up with one of the most positive sources or people in your life.

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3. Go slowly.

Stress builds up. Negative thoughts about just about anything can start to well up.

Slow down for a few minutes – walk, talk and eat slower – then your mind and body calms down too. It becomes easier to think things through clearly again and easier to find the optimistic and constructive perspective.

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4. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

It’s very easy to lose perspective, especially if you are stressed and you are going too fast.

And so a molehill can become a big and terrifying mountain in your mind.

A simple three step way to handle these situations so they don’t get out of hand is to:

  • Say stop. In your mind, shout “STOP!” or “NOPE, we are not going down that path again!” as soon as thoughts of this kind starts to spin in your head.

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  • Breathe. After you have disrupted the thoughts by shouting stop sit down and just be still. Breathe with your belly and focus on just your in-breaths and out-breaths for a minute or two to calm your mind and body down.
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  • Refocus. Question your mountain building thoughts by talking to someone close to you and getting a more grounded perspective on the situation by just venting or by getting his or her input. If you don’t have anyone to talk to search for a free counseling hotline.
  • Or simply ask yourself this to widen your perspective and to chill out: Will this matter in 5 years? Or even 5 weeks?

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5. Don’t let vague fears hold you back.

Sometimes you may want to take a chance in life. Start a new habit that feels unfamiliar, your own business on the side or ask someone out for a date.

A common trap when you want to do one of those things is to get lost in vague fears and about what could happen if you actually took action.

And so the mind runs wild fueled by fear and it creates nightmare scenarios and plenty of self-doubt.

Ask yourself this: honestly, what is the worst that could happen?

When you figure that out, spend a bit of time on trying to figure out what you could do if that often unlikely thing happens.

You will discover that the worst thing that could realistically happen is usually not as scary as the nightmare a fear-fueled mind could produce.

Finding clarity in this way doesn’t take much time or effort and it can help you to avoid much mind made suffering. And help you to get going, step outside of your comfort zone.

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6. Add positivity to someone’s life.

What you send out you tend to get back from the world and the people in it.

Not from everyone. And not every time.

But what you send out there matters a whole lot.

What you give them and how you treat them is what you’ll get back. And the way you treat others and how you think of them also tends to have a big effect on how you treat and think about yourself.

So give value and spread the positivity by for example:

  • Help out. Lend a hand when moving. Give a friend a ride in your car. If he or she needs information then help out by checking it up on Google or ask a friend.
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  • Just listen. Sometimes people don’t want any direct help. They just want someone to be there fully and listen as they vent for a little while.
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  • Boost the mood. Smile. Give hugs when appropriate. Play uplifting music when hanging out with a friend or suggest an inspiring movie for your movie night. Or encourage someone who has had a bad day or is going through a tough time.

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7. Exercise regularly, eat and sleep well.

This is very obvious of course.

A good night’s sleep or good workout can have a big impact when your thoughts are pessimistic and you have a lot of tensions on the inside.

Be mindful about these basic habits, because they do have a huge effect on your mind.

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8. Take criticism in a healthy way.

One of the most common fears is the fear of criticism. It can hold people back from doing what they want in life.

Because having negativity flowing out of someone’s mouth or email and it being about you can hurt. And being rejected can sting quite a bit.

But if you want to take action on what you deep down want then criticism is pretty much unavoidable. So the key is learning to handle it in a healthier way.

By doing so your fear of it will lessen and it will hurt less if you do get criticized.

Here are four healthy steps to take when you receive criticism:

Step 1: Don’t reply right away.

When you are angry, upset or riled up then is time to calm down a bit before you reply. Take at least a couple of deep breaths or a little time to process the message before you respond.

Step 2: Really listen to the criticism.

Try to remain open and level-headed and figure out how this message can help you.

Ask yourself: Is there one thing I can learn from this criticism? Is there something here that I may not want to hear but could help me?

Step 3: Remember the criticism isn’t always about you.

Some criticism is helpful. Some is simply attacks or someone lashing out because they are having bad day, year or job.

To lessen the sting of such criticism – often really angry or overly critical in an unconstructive way – I try to be understanding. I think to myself that this person might not be feeling so good at the moment.

Step 4: Reply or let go.

No matter the content of for example an email I try to keep my reply level-headed and kind. I may add a question or two to get more specific feedback that is helpful.

And if they don’t reply or I have simply gotten a nasty attack then it is time to delete it and to let that situation go.

9. If something still gets under your skin then know what to do.

Sometimes something can still get under your skin and hurt you. Even if you use the steps above.

Two things can help with that challenge:

  • Let it out. Just letting that issue out into the light talking it over with someone close can be very helpful to see it for what it actually is. And to find a healthier perspective on the situation.

 

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10. Start your day in a positive way.

How you start your day usually sets the tone for the rest of your day.

So be careful about how you spend your mornings.

If you get going at full speed, lost in future troubles in your mind then the stress, perceived loss of power of over your life and negative thoughts will ramp up quickly.

If you on the other hand start your day by moving slowly, by having an uplifting conversation with your family or friend or you spend some time with reading or listening to inspiring and helpful articles or podcasts over breakfast it can make a big difference for how your whole day will go.

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11. Mindfully move through your day.

When you spend your time in the present moment then it becomes so much easier to access positive emotions and to stay practical about what you can actually do about something in your life.

When you get lost in the past or future like so many of us have spent a lot of time on doing then worries very easily become bigger. And failures and mistakes from the past being replayed over and over in your mind drag you down into pessimism.

By moving slowly through your morning and hopefully through much of the rest of your day it becomes easier to mindfully stay in the moment you are in.

Another simple way to reconnect with the moment you are in and to put your full attention there again is to focus just on what is going on around you right now for a minute or two with all your senses.

See it. Hear it. Smell it. Feel the sun, rain or cold wind on your skin. Be present.

It might sound like a small and insignificant thing to do. But this simplifying reconnection with the moment can have a very positive effect on the rest of your day.

-Hendrik Edberg

http://www.positivityblog.com

 

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