How To Make The Most Of Every Day

No matter how old we are, there can be times in our lives when we start to feel that every day is just the same as the last, and nothing interesting or exciting is going to happen. These are days that we wish away, and that is especially true when we are looking forward to a particular upcoming event. It’s a shame when this happens, as with a little more positivity, every day can be a wonderful one, even if nothing ‘exciting’ happens there at all. Here are some of the best ways to can make the most of every day.

Wake Up Early 

Waking up as early as you can is a wonderful way to start the day off well. Make sure you still get enough sleep, though, by going to bed at a reasonable hour!

Whether you live at home with a young family or are on your own, it makes no difference. This is one thing that everyone can do in any circumstance and starting the day in the right way means that you will feel much more positive about everything that comes afterward.

Here is your chance to take some quiet time and to really look at the world around you before the hustle and bustle of the day begins in earnest. Many people are most productive first thing, and if this means you get up early and work so that you have the rest of the day to enjoy yourself, then that makes a lot of sense too. Whatever your reasons for getting up early and no matter where you live or what you do, it will work to make your day a better one.

Be Less Stressed 

Sometimes being less stressed is easier said than done, but you should remember that when you are worrying and stressing about things – particularly things that you cannot change and have no control over – you are missing out on the current moment, and losing your chance to enjoy it. As well as this, you won’t be able to see the future either, and it can all seem rather bleak.

On top of making your day a more negative one, your health can suffer a lot when you are stressed. Physical side effects include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Lack of sleep
  • Headaches

Mentally it can cause paranoia, depression, and anxiety. Stressing as little as possible is, therefore, the best thing if you want to be able to make the most of every day.

If you can work out what it is that is causing you stress; then you can also work out how to combat it and create a plan to alleviate the stress you are feeling. Whether it is down to health, financial worries, your job, or your relationships, there will always be someone who can help you, even if they are just there to listen. It may be that you are simply getting older and require more care. For more information on a possible next step if this is the case, such as assisted living, click here.

Once you have dealt with your stressors, you can certainly make the most of every day.

Eat Well 

Eating is something we have to do to be able to function and, ultimately, to stay alive. The more healthily we eat, the better our bodies are able to function, the healthier we will feel, and the more we can enjoy the days as they come and go. This is why giving up junk food and eating more fruits and vegetables can help to give us a much more positive outlook on life.

You will be amazed at how much better you feel if you stop eating (and drinking) all the things that are bad for you and start eating (and drinking) the things that are good for you. Your energy levels will increase, you will lose weight, you will feel fitter, and you will generally be more ready and able to take on any opportunities that come your way.

As well as eating more healthily, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water through the day will also help to boost your immune system, keep you feeling healthy, and keep you more productive too.

Exercise 

Trying to make the most of every day may not leave you much time for exercise, but when you realize just how important it is, you are more likely to clear a space in your schedule for it. Regular exercise will make you healthier, of course, but it will also realign the hormones in your body, reducing the number of stress hormones (like cortisol) and increasing the amount of ‘happy hormones’ such as serotonin. When this happens, you will feel happy, less stressed, more at ease, and calmer. You will also be able to see the changes in your body when it comes to your strength and any weight loss that might occur. Since you only need to do around 20 minutes of exercise per day to make a difference, it should be easy to slot it into your schedule, and when you do, you will be able to make much more of every day.

Practice Mindfulness 

Mindfulness means being in the present so that no day is ever a waste. It can be hard to do this, and it is a difficult habit to get into, but once you are able to be more mindful throughout your day you will find that every day is just as important as the last and the next, even if you don’t really do anything or it isn’t an especially memorable one. When you are present in the moment, you aren’t distracted by anything; you are fully focused on what is happening, and enjoy the moment much more. Going for a walk in nature, taking the time to paint a picture that you are concentrating on, reading a book, or sitting quietly and meditating are all good ways to be more mindful. These ideas are much better than watching TV which, although useful for unwinding and something that can be enjoyed as a treat, usually means that you aren’t really in the moment at all.

Does stress affect sleep?

Not all kinds of insomnia has its roots in stress but stress could be called a major contributing factor to sleep-loss.

A Survey that was take throughout America to gain insight into sleep habits of adults found that at least 40% of adults report not getting enough sleep.

A majority of adults surveyed that is 3 out of 4 report getting less than 8 hours sleep. 1 in 4 adults sleep for less than 5 hours every night.

Such sleep habits can put them at serious risk of several illnesses, loss of productivity and many mishaps.

But if stress is a contributing factor, reducing the same would bring in much-needed relief.

Stress can trigger insomnia and stress induced insomnia affects our ability to fall asleep and stay that way. This could in turn trigger hyper arousal disturbing sleep patterns and upsetting those.

Discovering the root cause of sleep problems

You may feel that sleeplessness is triggered due to insomnia but there could be other factors at work here.

To understand if stress is the real culprit try to figure out when did your sleep problems begin?

If you always feel let down that could be due to several factors including depression, chronic mood disorder or low serotonin production. This may or may not contribute to sleep-loss and the underlying factors could be something else.

If you began taking a certain kind of medication, some of the understated effects include loss in sleep.

Was it a major assignment at work that kept you awake with many sleepless nights in between? Is the stress from such assignments regularly hampering your sleep?

If stress is the reason for sleep troubles you should try to relax as much as possible.

People tend to worry too much they’re not getting sleep. And that worry fuels further problems— resulting in no sleep at all.

If it’s chronic stress you’re suffering from understanding how it acts on your body and responses the body produces in turn is going to help resolve it.

How does chronic stress act on us?

When our brain perceives a threat it releases a wave of hormones that trigger specific bodily responses.

Release of adrenaline results in the fight or flight response. But since today’s social situations are way different than what we experienced as primitive men where such responses actually helped us survive, today these responses just result in unfulfilled trigger responses.

This causes stress to build up over time. And as the situations that stress us have no end in sight the stress keeps building.

How to solve sleep problems by solving stress?

A healthy bedtime routine can go a long way in stemming sleep problems. I don’t know if you know this- but our body is regulated by a biological clock called circadian rhythm.

  • You won’t be able to lengthen the time you get shut-eye with one night. Slowly working towards a longer sleep time by sleeping early and waking up earlier is the way to go. This gradual increase will lengthen your sleep time.
  • We don’t notice this but most times a really comfortable pillow can help us with our sleep problems. There are people who like sleeping on the side and others want support on the back and such specialized pillows can make sleep a pleasant experience, help you sleep longer.
  • When suffering from insomnia you need to allot a time before you sleep to winding down. During this period it’s better not to read or do anything taxing including watching television. The blue light from digital screens disrupts our sleep cycle and interferes with the night time. We need a space for the alerting mechanisms in our brain to shut down and allow the brain as a whole to hibernate and go to sleep mode. You can listen to some soulful music to accelerate the shutting down, especially ones that seem to have a calming effect on you.
  • When sleeping try to avoid uncomfortable positions that can cause neck pain.
  • There’s little doubt to the fact that insomnia is an experience no one wants in their life. Insomnia itself is a cause for anxiety. We have trouble falling asleep and we raise a lot of trouble worrying if we’d fall asleep.
  • Instead of twisting and turning all night you should take control of your sleep habits and the bedroom. Associate positive emotions and sentiments with the bedroom. So don’t partake in anything that spoils the positivity associated with that room. Consequently move arguments out of that room, don’t eat food in your bedroom, don’t take your job to the bedroom, talking on the phone and other such activities should be avoided.
  • An extremely popular actor who’s known all over the world with tons of ad projects and movies under his belt has a policy that once he enters the house, he won’t take any calls from anyone. The house is for family interactions.

How to Protect Fair Skin from The Sun

If you have fair skin or have children that do, you will know how hard it is to protect your skin from sunburn and just how easy it is to burn. Fair skin is more at risk in the sun than any other skin tone and burns the quickest. This is due to a natural substance found in the body called Melanin. The more Melanin you have in your skin, the darker your skin tone is. Those with fair skin have little Melanin, which helps protect the skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Here are a few ways to protect that fair skin next time you are going out in the sun.

Sunscreen

The most important part of protecting our skin is ensuring that we have a reliable sunscreen with a strong factor. For fair skin, factor 50+ is the best way to ensure that our skin is protected from the UV rays and that we reduce the risk of sunburn. The SPF of a sunscreen can be confusing to many people and we shouldn’t assume a factor 50 sunscreen means it can last all day. Understanding what SPF means and how it relates to protecting the skin from sunburn is important in understanding why we still need to reapply it often.

Experts suggest that we should still reapply sunscreen every 1-2 hours. You do not need to lather yourself until you stick to everything in sight. Ensure your skin is covered evenly as layering will not make it any more effective. As we sweat, we will lose the effects of the sunscreen and, therefore, that is why applying every 1-2 hours keeps us safe from UV rays. This is especially important if you are using the pool or sea, as even waterproof sunscreen will eventually come off. Apply sunscreen around 20 minutes before going out into the sun, so that your skin has time to soak it in and reap the benefits. Every person with fair skin may have different skin needs. There are sunscreens for those with oily, dry, or combination skin, which can give you the best skincare whilst protecting your skin from the sun.

Using Hats/Umbrellas

Just because you are wearing sunscreen, it does not mean your fair skin is fully protected from the sun. A prime target for UV rays can be your scalp, as chances are you have not used sunscreen here as your hair provides cover. Unfortunately, your hair doesn’t completely protect you from sunburn and the best way to avoid a dry, sunburnt scalp is a hat. If you are not a fan of wearing a hat, there are many alternatives such as scarves or caps. If you are sunbathing, it is best to stay under an umbrella to avoid the UV rays, especially if you are prone to falling asleep in the sun.

Treating Sun-Damaged Fair Skin

If you have damaged your skin in the past, you may have permanent sun damage or age spots from doing so. The Dermatology Center in Plano offers a variety of treatments for sun damaged skin, including face peels that help your skin to go back to its original healthy self. Dermatologists can advise you on the best products for your fair skin to prevent this happening again. If you have recently damaged your skin and are suffering from sunburn, there are ways to promote the natural healing process and stop the pain that can come with sun damage. Take Paracetamol and Ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling that sunburn can cause. Check the packets to ensure you know when and how to take pain relief effectively and safely. Cool water can soothe the damaged area if freshly burnt. Do not use freezing cold water as this temperature change can make you feel worse. Aloe Vera gel is a great natural healer, especially when treating sun damage for all skin types, especially fair skin. Applying this in a circular motion will encourage blood flow to the area and soothe the upper layer of the skin. Do not expose your skin to the sun once it is damaged, as this can cause further pain and damage to the area and will prevent healing from the beginning. Once the skin is damaged, it does not have any natural protection from the sun and, therefore, can be damaged even more easily.

Benefits of The Sun

Although the sun can be damaging, especially to fair skin, this shouldn’t stop you from getting those sun rays. The sun is responsible for increasing our vitamin D levels, a vitamin that plays a vital role in helping us to have healthy bones and teeth, it supports the natural defense system in the body, which helps us to fight infections, and it supports lung function. We need sun exposure to prevent illnesses such as scurvy, but we just need to know how to best protect ourselves whilst reaping the benefits. Skin damage can cause many problems, so those with fair skin need to be extra careful. Getting out in the sun can also increase our physical activity and reduce the risk of obesity, and it can improve our mental health.

Just because you have fair skin, you do not need to be worried about missing days out. Sunscreen is there to protect those with even the fairest of skin, and reapplying throughout the day and going into shaded places will help reduce the risk of any sun damage or sunburn. Sunlight exposure increases our serotonin levels, which is involved with our well-being and our general mood. The sun can increase our general happiness and is a great mood booster.

Protecting your skin is important no matter what skin tone you are, but those with fair skin need to take extra precautions as they are the most at risk. Promote this from an early age with your children if they have fair skin, and if you are swimming, apply waterproof sunscreen regularly to avoid skin damage.