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While living a healthier lifestyle, food and exercise have a role to play. Most people ignore the importance of mental health. In this posts, I shall be shedding light on what mental health entails, importances and tips on have been healthy mentally.
What is mental health?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
Mental health includes our emotional, social and psychological well being. mental health problems occur as a result of imbalances in the either emotional, social and psychological well being. in the incident of a headache, we are quick to a pain killer without taking a deep thought of the why. At times, a headache is a symptom as opposed to it being the real problem. for example, having an abrupt headache can be associated with a hit on the head or prolonged stress. the later touches on mental health.
Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Problems
- Racing heart beat
- Lack of motivation
- Feeling really down
- Lack of self-esteem
- Unable to sleep or insomnia
- Difficult breathing
- Over worrying
- Racing thoughts *at times irrelevant
In addition to other health issues, mental health needs to be aired more than it does. people should also be aware of Stigma against mental health problems and stop the stigmatization.
Mental health is just as important as physical health.
 World Health Organization. Definition of mental health. http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/en/
A new month is an opportunity to explore new things as well take stock of what we have and the activities we have undertaken. Take time to reflect and evaluate August, what went well, bad and what you want to continue, stop and probably the pending matters. This way you will be on track with your goals and aspirations for 2017.
As we match into September, do not be too caught up with fulfilling your goals for the month. Be on the look for opportunities which can either be fruitfully in the short term or long term.
As you plan on what to accomplish this month, here is my intention for September:
My goal this month is to dedicate more time to my blog and produce more content.
Share your September goals/ aspirations/ intentions in the comments section.
Happy new month.
The greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of the interested listener.
Listening is one of the soft skills that may not be taught but developed over time. Otherwise, we may become poor listeners. Listening is a great skill to learn and
Here a few items to note while listening, really listen to one another:
- Listening to people brings out your love and concern for them.
- Giving one your time, you give them a portion your life.
- A listening eye is an act of kindness. Make kindness your lifestyle and not a time show.
Friendship isn’t a big thing, it’s a million little things such as listening.
Learn to be an amazing listener.
Sugary and carbonated drinks are considered a health hazard. This also includes diet soda, which typically does not add any beneficial nutrients to your body.
This is one of the most obvious effects of drinking soda. Fructose corn syrup which is high in sodas has been linked to obesity.
Weakens your teeth
Drinking soda as your preferred beverage may lead to tooth decay, dental cavities, and bone damage. The sugar coats your teeth and gums for a while and breaks down the enamel (the outer cover of the teeth) paving way for tooth rotting.
Too much sugar drains the body cells of water which leads to dehydration. Caffeinated drinks also have natural diuretic properties which are characterized by numerous trips to the bathroom.
Your skin beats out
The high sugar content in sodas interrupts your insulin levels and contributes to skin break out and acne format. The sugar also dehydrates the skin leaving it vulnerable to harsh conditions. Diet soda is no exception; they are acidic which also interrupts your PH levels leading to dull skin.
Weakens your bones
Your bones become brittle and low in density, especially when drinking Cola. The phosphoric acid in sodas leeches calcium which increases the risk of fractures and later osteoporosis.
Despite the dangers of drinking soda, a small amount once in a while is not harmful. With lots of water, your body will be in symphony ; your PH levels are balanced, your skin will be glowing and you will have healthy teeth. Moderation is key.
Since I can remember, I have had tea for breakfast with either buttered or toasted bread or muffins or scones (For recipe).
I can say it is a family thing more so a Kenyan thing. In my country, Kenya, tea is more than just a beverage. Despite the season or weather, you will also find someone having a cup of tea at home or a coffee house. Tea, hot tea is ENERGISING after a long day at work. Tea people together; tea party. Catching up with friends, going out on a date, it’s all about the tea.
Quick Fact: Did you know that the 4 O’ Clock tea was originally by Queen Alexandra. This has also been a ritual in my family. It is a break between lunch and dinner to catch up, mainly over the weekend, and also refuel the body.
Daily Prompt: tea!
Running is one of the simplest exercises known to man. In comparison to non-runners, runners are more likely to extend their life expectancy. Whether you are a starter or a regular runner, you stand to reap from running benefits such as a healthier and longer life and clearing your mind. Running can also give you great results without having to subscribe to your local gym.
Being on the running track, you need to take caution at all times. Here are tips that
- Walk before the run
Walking enables you to warm and get ready for the run. Walking lowers the risk of injuries as the body especially the joints are being prepared for an activity. Consistent walking and increase in speed
- Book it
Just like any other activity, it is great to book your running time on your calendar. This helps you be more organized and block your calendar. Follow a training schedule and plan out your runs/jogs.
- Days off
Your body needs a day or two to rest and re-energize. The ‘rest days’ enable you to recover from the cramps. On your rest days, you can be lightly active through walks or take a swim.
- Gear up
The right gear ensures that your body assets are free from injuries. Get to a sports store and get yourself a proper pair of running shoes. You may seek advice from store personnel, however, be cautious as some of them may persuade you to purchase unfit running shoes. For ladies, a properly fitting sports bra is handing while running to keep the babies from bouncing and disrupting your running.
- Take a breath of life
As you run, remember to always take a breath. Should you feel short of breath, slow down and a take breath. BUT do not abruptly stop, this will be like shutting down your body at once. Breath to relax and refill your energy box.
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I know it has been a while since we had this amazing column. Good news it that its back.
We all have goals in our lives. Knowing exactly where you want to be and what to get there is half of it. The difference is not that we are wired differently. But what are you doing to achieve your goal?
Lastly, I will end the post with a quote:
“Having an aim is the key to achieving your best.” – Henry J. Kaiser
Fly away to your achieve your goals.
It is important for us to take in water, however, we forget to do so or just do not like doing it. Drink water regular may be boring especially since it is tasteless or just tiresome because of the numerous bathroom trips. Also, inadequate water intake is hazardous to our health since we get dehydrated which could result in headaches, confusion, and dizziness. To avoid these symptoms and bad moments, here are top tips on how to drink water more regularly and not forgetting to do so.
Make it accessible.
The first rule of turning something into a habit – make it easy to do. In order to drink more water, have some. In this case, you may have your water in a bottle or a glass or a mason jar on your desk always at hand and you’ll drink more naturally.
The easiest way to get yourself to drink more water is to make it taste good. It especially helps if you are trying to transition from sweet soft drinks into drinking something that has no taste whatsoever making it all that harder to get used to. You can use any flavor you like, make cucumber or lemon water. Try as much as possible to keep away from any sweet additives.
Add a straw
Do not love milkshakes? I do. Other than the taste, I love milkshakes since the have straws which makes them easier to sip. I tried adding a straw to my water glass and I found that I sipped more water than before. You too, can it this technique and see the change. Be sure to share your different experience with others.
Tracking your water intake will help you be accountable for how much water you take and more that you need to take. This can be through daily or frequent reminders on your phone through alarms or computer reminders. You may also consider mobile based applications, I use the Water Drinking Reminder for the Android users and Daily Water Free for the IOS users.
Get your eight glasses of water and enjoy the benefits.
It’s a new month. I am excited to welcome you to the 7th month of the year… half the year is out. Welcome to the second half of the year… the month is still new and young.
Yaay!! to the pretty (hopeful) new month. In the celebration mood, I would like to wish all July babies happy birthday in advance… yes. You will be adding a great year to your life.
This does not mean that I am leaving out everyone else.. No.
You are all special in different ways. I wish you all a half year filled with blessing and I hope that you make great and awesome decisions.
Last but not least. I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has taken the time to follow, comment, like, share and re-blog on my posts. Thank you for being awesome.
Remember to be happy at all times…
In pursuit of living a healthy lifestyle, there more to it than just food. With the international yoga day just around the corner, let’s talk about the contributions of yoga to your healthy well-being. Mine too.
The main aim of the international yoga day is to create or raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga. Yoga is said to unify the body and the soul.
1. Builds Strength
Yoga involves you being a still posture for a certain period of time. Over time, it helps the body build strength on certain muscles.
2. Reduce stress levels
The breathing techniques involved in yoga, help in releasing body stress and tension in the body.
3. Improve flexibility
In addition to building muscle strength, yoga also helps with body flexibility. as the body changes into various position, the joints become more flexibility with no pressures applied.
4. Keeps your weight in check
This is dependent on the type and intensity level of level. The higher the intensity level, the higher your heartbeat and more calories you burn.
5. Mental wellness
Regular yoga enables you to be calmer, have a clear mind. It also relaxes the mind and improves your concentration span.
If you are pregnant or have any complications such as heart issues or diabetes, consult with your health physician and your instructor as well. This way you avoid extra damage to your vital body organs.