Q&A: What is the most effective essential blend for use in aromatherapy massage for stress and anxiety?
This is normal for a lot of people, but it is not ideal, and there are things you can do to improve the situation. While I agree that seeing a doctor can be helpful, there may be other simpler and cheaper steps you can take to improve the situation.
First you need to answer these questions:
All of these things are known to negatively affect your sleep quality if you don’t control them, and they can have the effect of leaving you feeling drowsy and sleepy in the morning, even if you don’t perceive a problem with any of your current habits.
Get the answers to these questions for yourself. Tackling them one by one will help you fix the problem. Some may even be fun and improve your life as a whole.
If fixing these things doesn’t help, you will still benefit from having these answers to give to your doctor. Doctors typically don’t have time to go over your personal history and consider all these factors during a 15-minute appointment. If you have these answers at the start, you will be giving yourself the best chance of fixing it.
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Q&A: I'm a programmer who writes code at night. Now I either can't fall asleep or have problems waking in the morning. Is this normal? I'm 17.
Hi, in general what you are describing is not a good sign. These occurrences are your body telling you that things need to change, and there can be serious long term consequences to not giving the proper attention to your body’s sleep needs. Do what you can to change your programming schedule. Studies have shown even small amounts of light (like that from a computer screen, or even on/off lights on appliances), at night, can have a real negative impact on your sleep quality. Read this article  for more information on how this works.
The sooner you can get to a more regular sleep schedule, while protecting the quality and quantity of your sleep hours (aka - sleep hygiene), the sooner you can have the better state of mind and body you want during the day.
Nutrition is also a key factor in getting better sleep that is often under-estimated. Be mindful of the quality of food you consume, limit sugary drinks or alcohol, etc. This will also help you get better quality sleep and feel better during the day, whatever time you choose to go to bed.
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There are important nutritional considerations to eliminating acne that you can read about elsewhere on this site, or purchase a Nutrition & Supplementation Personal Report for a personalised answer. Aside from proper nutrition, you should also use essential oils. These are plant-based volatile molecules (they are not vegetable oils like coconut, almond, etc) that you can use very sparingly, topically, for a powerful effect.
Essential oils that have anti-acne properties include: lavender (lavendula officinalis), frankincense (boswellia carteri), basil (ocimum basilicum), bergamot (citrus aurantium var bergamia), and tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia).
For acute cases: Apply a drop of lavender oil, for instance, directly to a pimple or a budding pimple 2–3x per day. It will help dry it out very quickly and calm the inflammation. Some see results in as little as one day. This is safe to do with lavender and frankincense essential oils. Tea tree essential oil should not be applied directly. Dilute it to roughly 1 drop per 1 ml (or 5 drops per teaspoon) of a “carrier oil” such as almond oil or apricot kernel oil, then apply it to the area.
For prevention: Try to eliminate toxins, artificial products, chemicals, preservatives, and antibiotics from your skin care. This means either making your own skin care products fresh, or buying plant-based skin care products that you are certain are free of: phthalates, parabens, triclosan, antibiotics, artificial colorings, and other chemicals which can mimic hormones in the body and have even been associated with cancer. The body’s need to deal with these chemicals we put on it, in addition to the toxins in the air and the toxins we put IN it, are part of what causes acne to occur and recur. An all-natural skin care regimen that also includes the nutritional suggestions mentioned in other answers will be your best bet.
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Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is known to be acutely toxic to liver cells (i.e. - “hepatotoxic”). If you take too much at once, you can cause serious and even fatal damage to your liver. Taking the recommended amount of paracetamol only on infrequent occasions has not been clearly associated with adverse long term health consequences.
You should seriously consider taking antioxidant supplements to support your liver if you are also consuming things that hurt it. Milk thistle (standardized for high silymarin content, at least 80%) is a gold standard herb for protecting the liver from paracetamol poisoning. N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is another supplement that helps protect the liver (and kidneys) by indirectly increasing glutathione - one of the main chemicals responsible for helping our body process drugs. Both supplements are very commonly used to protect people from paracetamol (i.e. - Tylenol or acetaminophen) overdose as well as alcohol poisoning.
Milk thistle (University of Maryland Medical Center Database)
Cysteine (N-Acetyl-Cysteine, University of Maryland Medical Center Database)
The Little-Known Dangers of Acetaminophen (Life Extension Article)
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Q&A: I'm driving myself to insanity with over-thinking, self-analysis, self-doubt, self-loathing, internal misery and zero action. What the heck can I do to completely change my brain and actually enjoy my life?
For several years of my life, I feel like I could really relate to this question. But I’ll keep this answer as short & sweet as I can.
First, know that you can get out of your brain. You are suffering in your inner world, but it’s because you are unwittingly using your brain to process things it was not meant to process. Your brain is not meant to dominate your entire life. You are not your thoughts. You have other processing units, like emotions, will, wisdom, higher guidance, perhaps a “soul” (depending on your beliefs), sexuality, instinct, etc.
If you are anything like me, you cannot stop your brain from thinking a lot. It’s just what it does. And consciously trying to stop it does not work. It’s like what they say about how you cannot fix an overactive ego by trying to (because paying attention to it just feeds the ego even more).
There are two practices I’d recommend to change your brain:
1) Bring your brain under control by practicing *asking* for its input. It sounds weird, but next time you are considering something, say to yourself: “Ok brain, what do you think?” and wait for the answer. The answer is not what matters - it’s the practice of asking the question that shows the brain its proper role: the brain is your TOOL, not your master. Cultivate this practice as often as possible. It’s like building a muscle. Do it for small issues at first, then bigger issues as you feel more comfortable.
2) Cultivate an attitude of gratitude (I didn’t intend the rhyme but I’ll take it). Try writing down 5 different things you are grateful for every evening. It could be as simple as being grateful for food on the table tonight, or two eyes that work whenever you want them to. You need more balance in your brain and body. Every minute you spend thinking of things that make you feel gratitude is a minute that you are NOT over-thinking, over-analyzing, and self-loathing. It’s impossible to feel internal misery at the same moment that you are feeling gratitude. If you really want to get fast results, practice hugging yourself as well - reach down and sincerely hug your stomach area and say “thank you” out loud. It may seem ridiculous at first, but ignore that feeling.
Do these things as often as possible - they really are like building a muscle - and you will be shocked at how quickly your inner environment changes for the better, allowing you to enjoy your life. And have a little faith that your brain will fall in line with the rest of you. If you operate with this positive intention, it absolutely will.
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