I am sharing my response to an article on Medium entitled "If It Doesn't Suck It Isn't Worth Doing." The author states, among other things, that self-love is a hipsteresque trend that has sadly supplanted the work ethic and impeded Americans' (especially young people's) progress toward their goals.
For the record, I believe he is wrong. Self-love is not a useless trend. It is an important development. It doesn't hinder our progress toward our goals -- it is actually the KEY to unlocking them and achieving the flow state.
Here is his original article.
Here is my response (also found at the bottom of the article itself).
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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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