Health In & Out

All we girls hear about is dieting and being thin. It gets a little old! How about some advice on just being healthy. It’s not all diet and exercise and fitting into a mold…it’s embracing your body and taking care of yourself so that you may live a long, healthy lifestyle!

When Counting Sheep Isn't Enough: Tips On How To Get Enough Sleep


Research shows that as many as 87% of high school students in the United States are sleep deprived. Are you one of them? If you are a typical teenager, then the chances are that you are indeed not getting enough sleep.

The problem with not getting enough sleep as a teenager is that it can have a negative effect on both your school and home life. Your grades can start to suffer and you are most likely to be getting into fights because you are cranky.

Ways To Improve Your Sleep

The following are all easy-to-follow guidelines that will help you get a good night’s rest.

  • Your bedroom needs to become a quiet haven in the evening. Turn off your computer before you go to bed and if your household is noisy at night, invest in a pair of earplugs.
  • If you are feeling anxious or stressed try relaxing with soothing music (or white noise) before bedtime. Yoga is also known to relax you and prepare your body for sleep. If you are spiritual you can take time reading your favorite scriptures or even meditate. If you find yourself unable to sleep continuously it is suggested that you consult with your doctor for assistance and remember that most sleeping disorders are covered by medical insurance.
  • If you are feeling under the weather go to bed earlier than usual. Your body will need the extra rest to recuperate. Remember to plan for the additional sleep ahead of time if you have to wake up early the next morning for school.
  • Certain dietitians suggest eating a carb-loaded snack before bed to aid in sleeping. These snacks will make you feel warm and drowsy and can enhance your sleeping experience significantly. Good foods to snack on include pretzels, crackers, popcorn, fruit or even just toast with jam or honey.
  • If you are unable to sleep in light try putting blackout shades on your windows and make sure your door is properly shut at night. Comfortable and lightweight sleeping masks are also available at many stores if you really find yourself battling with even the smallest amount of light.
  • Taking a hot shower or bath before bed and keeping your room cool to lower your body temperature is known to trigger deep sleep.
  • Try to figure out what is keeping you awake at night. If you are on any medication check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if these could be the cause of your insomnia. Other common culprits are caffeine (coffee, cola, caffeinated energy drinks) or stressful situations (exams, sportstry-outs etc). Try taking a soothing tea made with chamomile before bed. Again, if your insomnia persists please seek professional medical attention.
  • Certain scents are considered to have sleep-inducing effects. Try orange blossom, lavender, chamomile or marjoram. You can buy scented candles, incenseor essential oils. Just be sure to put out any candles before you go to sleep.

Once you are able to get a good night’s sleep more often, you won’t only feel better but you may see an improvement in your grade and performance on the sports field as well. You will be happier and more relaxed resulting in your friends and family feeling the same.



How To Protect Your Skin While Looking Good


It’s very easy to find all manner of products that can help shape your skin, and help give your skin a good glow. Of course, there’s the cost involved which you must account for, but for the most part – it’s very easy to find a means to an end when it comes to skincare and beauty. It seems like there is a product for every purpose, if you’ve got the cash of course – but even then, there are plenty cheap options available as well. The thing is, however, that we also need to think about protecting and caring for our skin – as well as making it look good. A healthy glow is one thing, but if our skin is unhealthy, well, it’s not exactly healthy is it? We need to seriously think about skincare, and what we can do to our skin to ensure it looks good at all times, we need to also think about our routines and regimes – and if we are performing them with health in mind. While we are trying to make our skin we look, we need to think a lot about protecting our skin from damage.

Shaving

Firstly, shaving. Most women shave bodily hair off of their body – but incorrect technique, dodgy shaving equipment and a lack of aftercare can lead to damage. Ingrown hair, damaged skin, cuts, infections, lumps, and bruises can be caused by incorrect shaving techniques and poor equipment. Always shave with a sharp blade to avoid cuts and for a closer shave, to avoid being caught short with a blunt blade, companies like 99 Cent Razor offer subscription packages, which can be pretty cheap and ensure you’re always shaving sharp. Ensure you lotion and care for your skin after a shave to ensure it’s in good shape after. Shaving during a bath is your best bet as the hot water brings the hair out and allows for a smoother shave.

Exfoliation

If you want your skin to be clean, you need to exfoliate and use scrubs, gels, pastes, and rubs to drag dirt from your pores. However, use them with care – applying them to the skin with force can lead to skin damage. Instead of tearing your face apart, apply the exfoliating product and leave it on the skin for an extended period of time. Allowing the product to work its magic is a lot better than forcefully applying an irritant to your face!

Suncare

The sun is a big danger to the skin, but it also allows us to tan. Despite the incredible danger, the reward of a healthy tan is simply too much of a lure for some. This means that people are ready to risk their health for a glow. Don’t. Don’t bask in the sun without sunscreen, and ensure you’re out of the sun between 11 am and 3 pm. If you’re in the sun, hydrate and wear a hat. The damage caused by the sun’s rays can have a lasting effect, and the consequences are avoidable.

 



Getting Fit While At Uni


It can be easy for your active levels to go down the pan when it comes to university. After all, you might not have to walk very far from your dorm when it comes to classes and hobbies. And you can spend a lot of time in your room working on assignments rather than getting active in the sunshine. However, your fitness doesn’t have to go down the pan while you are at college. In fact, here are some ways you can get fit while at uni.

Look into going to the campus gym

Depending on the size of your uni, it’s likely there might be a gym on campus. After all, they want their students to stay healthy while they are living at university. Going to the gym might be the last thing you want to do after a day of lectures. But a session in the gym can soon see you feeling a lot of healthier. After all, you can use the equipment to help you stay in shape. And going to the uni gym can often be a good social event. After all, you can meet some new friends and work out together. If you are worried about costs, a lot of uni gyms offer students reduced rates, so it doesn’t have to break the bank!

Invest in a new bike

It’s likely you left your car back home while you are at university. After all, it’s not necessary to have it at uni. And you can just rely on public transport to get you around the city. But if you want to get fitter, you might want to think about getting a bike. After all, it’s a great way to fit some exercise into your life when you are a student. You can go for a bike ride after your class to work your muscles. It’s one of the best forms of exercise as it works all your body. And an hour on your bike a day can soon see you losing the pounds. It can also help you to get to the other side of town easily. After all, getting the bus can be a drag. Just make sure you look into bikes which will keep you safe. In fact, look online at the pros and cons of Genesis V2100 bicycles, and other makes before buying. That way, you know it’s right for your uni area!

Go for a jog around campus

It’s so easy to just stick around in your room for hours on end. But it’s not going to be very good for your health if you don’t get active. Therefore, it’s time to get up and around campus. After all, it’s an excellent way to ensure you get some fitness into your life. And it can help you to see everything going on if you are a newbie. It might be that you go for a jog around campus. You can then get some good exercise into your life, and the fresh air will do you good too. Or if you are less fit, start with a walk, and you can soon build up into a daily jog!

And don’t be afraid to start a fitness group. After all, there might be other students who would be interested in getting healthier while at uni.



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