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Fall is here, winter is right around the corner and you feel more congested than ever. Your problem may be indoor allergies. According to WebMD humans spend on average 90% of their lives indoors! Due to this fact it is important to clean your living space as well as possible and stop these indoor allergens at their source.

allergies

Common house hold allergens according to www.medicinenet.com include dust mites, cockroaches, mold spores, dogs, cats, other pets, and indoor plants. To combat these allergens you will need to tackle a number of common places in your home.

Bedroom – Make sure you wash your bedding weekly. The bed is a common place for dust mites to gather. Washing will help control the dust mite population in your home.

Kitchen – Wash your dishes daily. This is very important to control pests such as cockroaches according to www.creaturecontrol.net.

Common Areas – Common areas may have plants, dust mites, and mold. Be sure to control these areas with daily vacuuming, making sure that your plants are not building up mold, and washing your windows.

If you have a pest control problem or mold contact a professional to help control and determine further action.

If you are continuing to have allergy symptoms see a physician.

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Is Health Important?

It is something we all take for granted time to time, our health. Why do we forget something that is so vital for our survival and well-being? It is so easy today with constant distractions, email, television, work, and the iPhone 6.

We get caught up in ourselves and before you know it the day is done and you haven’t even walked 2,000 steps! So we are here to give you some simple tips to get away from it all.

1. Leave the phone – Most of us have smartphones that seem to be attached to our hands at all times. Instead of contently keeping the phone with you leave it somewhere out of your reach, or better yet, turn it off once you get home from a long day.

2. No more email – Email does not need to be checked constantly throughout the day. Try checking your email every 2 or 3 hours at work and leave it alone when at home.

3. Get outside – Walk the dog, go for a walk with your significant other, or just go and enjoy some fresh air!

The above are just a few steps to decrease stress and increase well-being; which, we all need a little more of.

Desk Job Blues

When you work sitting down all day you tend to gain weight quickly. This is a common problem of living the “Cubical Life”. It  isn’t an easy thing to solve but it can be if you put some effort into it! Here are three ways to beat the desk job blues.

1. Drink water – Most people don’t get enough water during the day. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout your workday. This will help you stay focused and energized.

2. Lay off the coffee – I know, I know, we all love coffee but too much is not a good thing when you are sitting all day so cut back a little substitute water in its place.  

3. Get up! – move around, don’t just IM your boss go say hi, bring her your message the old fashion way it will get you away from the desk and up and moving around. 

Stay Home From Work

That morning, not the morning you have been waiting on for months but the morning you have not expected. The one where you ask yourself a series of questions most of which are incorrect. After thinking with what little power you have left you call your boss to give them the bad news. We have all been there, you are sick and not the sick where you can take some cold medicine and make it through workday fine sick. It’s the please don’t talk to me, I feel like I’m never going to get out of bed sick. Some of us push through it and make it to work  with the help of medicine, coffee, and water we simply get through it.

I’m here to say, right now, why are you trying in the first place? Work was meant to have productivity not sluggish performance. Ultimately productivity and quality of work matter to the company and that is what you will not give them coming in sick. Not to mention, the chance that you will make others at your work place sick leading to more loss of productivity and quality of work.

Stay home. Your body, and boss will thank you….even if s/he sounds a little angry at first.

 

We Only Get One

Its your 16th birthday, and you wake up to the sound of a car pull into the driveway. You run outside to see its your dream car you’ve wanted your entire life. After thanking your parents for the wonderful gift you ask your dad for the keys.

“Now before I give you these keys, I want you to know this is the ONLY car you can have for the rest of your life. If you take these keys, the car is yours but you will never drive anything different for as long as you live. Are you okay with that?”

If you chose yes to that question, how would you treat that car? You would take the best care of that car that was humanly possible – changing the oil every 3,000 on the dot, fueling with only the best fuel, and driving it as carefully as you could. Of course you would, its the only car you’re ever going to receive in your lifetime.

Now why wouldn’t that be the case for our bodies? It is the only vehicle we are given in this life yet so many people treat it so poorly. There are a multitude of things that people do and don’t do that make our body sluggish, over weight and overall unhealthy. The biggest culprit of the group – diet. More than 1/3 of adults in the U.S. are considered obese, and a staggering 12.5 million children and teenagers are in the same boat. We have become a lazy society who trade taste and convenience for our health and well-being.

A simple change in your every day diet can go a long way. All it takes is a conscious effort to change the horrible habits we’ve all grown accustom to. For starters, don’t skip breakfast. Without breakfast, our metabolism remains sluggish throughout the day until we eat something later. Another simple and rewarding tip is to make a home cooked meal for dinner every night. While the task seems daunting, it can be a fun and healthy way to change bad eating habits created by fast food and other restaurants.

For more tips on easy ways to eat healthier you can visit:

 

http://www.oprah.com/health/Quick-and-Easy-Ways-to-Improve-Your-Diet

Lets All Feel Better

It’s easy to say “lets all feel better.” It is the how part of the equation many people have trouble with. Stress and anxiety can have some damaging effects on a person’s psyche. Yet stress and anxiety are real things that people face and cope with on a daily basis. So the real question in the end is not what we all deal with, but how to deal with it correctly.

There are lots of ways people deal with the stress and anxiety of daily life. Some good,  some not so good. We’re here to focus on one of the more positive activities you can do for your health and personal well being – exercise. Now like most people, I struggle with finding the time, and energy to exercise on a daily basis. Looking back, I can see its never been a time or an energy issue, only a motivational issue. Exercise does so much more than just change how our body looks on the outside. It causes the release of the feel good chemicals in the brain, neurotransmitters and endorphins, which leads to a better overall mood. In an article published by the Mayo Clinic, exercise has been found to increase personal confidence through the setting and reaching of goals. It also distracts people from the stress and worry of every day life, and get people out of their shell by putting them in social situation with people just like them.

At the end of the day, if your not feeling the best about yourself in any way, shape or form, exercise can be a key component in the reversal of that stress and anxiety – helping you feel better now. So quit all the excuses of why you can’t exercise and lets all feel better, together.

Here is a little motivational video to give you that little kick in the butt everyone needs: