How often we should wash our hair
I myself, wash my own hair every day. No matter how hard I try to find a shampoo that will keep my hair fresh, I have to put it in a ponytail on the second day after washing or use a dry shampoo.
Many people think that if they wash their hair daily, it will get dirty faster. However, in reality, the skin on the head and hair suffer more from dirt at the hair roots, than from it frequently being washed. Skin oil, dirt, and dust that accumulate daily on the head, clog pores, which means hair gets fewer nutrients.
You can try using deep cleansing shampoos for oily hair once a month. Men’s shampoos also help perfectly in these cases.
Why we lose more hair in the spring and fall
Let me clarify this from the beginning: cutting your hair won’t help (I have a couple of clients who visited me to shorten their hair, thinking they lose it due to gravity). As a rule, the seasonal loss of hair happens by itself. Our task is to not worsen the situation, but to try to decrease the loss with the help of the right treatment.
Why our hair gets tangled
It can happen due to incorrect care or bad habits. For example, I often roll my hair around my fingers and end up getting knots in my hair and split ends.
However, the most frequent reason for tangled hair is its dryness. Hair consists of a core and a shell similar to a tile. When the top layer dries, the flakes that are tightly adjacent to each other open and cling to each other, forming knots. In order to prevent it, you need to do moisturizing masks more often and use special sprays that can be applied right after washing and on dry hair during the day.
Thin hair is more prone to getting tangled. People with thin hair should be more careful about choosing their shampoo — it should carefully clean your hair and not over dry it. It’s better to choose shampoos with the following ingredients in their composition: sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, сocamidopropyl betaine, lauryl glucosid, and decyl glucoside.⠀
Is hair Botox really that necessary?
Hair Botox is often mistaken with Keratin Straightening, but it’s a completely different procedure. Its effect is aimed at hair “restoration.” Why do I use quotation marks? Because you can’t restore your hair’s health with this method. You’ll only temporarily fill the damaged areas inside the hair, improve its look, and get rid of tangles.
Even if you get hot hair Botox from a master, it’s likely that they will burn your hair. Some hairdressers mistakenly use the same temperature of a hair strengthener — both for natural hair and for weak blonde curls.
Moreover, hair Botox gets rinsed out after a month or 2. The hair goes back to its initial look and the person has to go to the salon again. By the way, the average price for this procedure is about $50 — and you can buy a lot of high-quality hair care products for this amount of money and treat it well.
How water affects our hair and the skin on our head
If there a white coating inside your faucets and teapots, it means that the water you are using is hard. You actually get this same coating on your hair. Salts from calcium and magnesium gradually accumulate on your hair, and curls become lifeless and brittle. At the same time, dandruff, as well as an increased risk for eczema, may appear on your overdried scalp.
Hard water is harmful to colored hair — it quickly washes out the color and even the brightest cold blonde will turn yellow really fast. Hair clogged with salts is worse for coloring too, it is more difficult to lighten it and give it a cool shade.
How one can solve this issue:
Why your shampoo keeps damaging your hair and how to replace it with a less aggressive one
When buying shampoo, many people pay attention to the “natural” composition, but few of us know what SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) is. The constant use of sulfates can cause irritation, dryness, itchiness, the development of allergic reactions, and hair loss. These substances make our wonderful curls have less body because they perfectly remove not only contamination from the hair, but also the natural protective barrier of the skin.
I often hear these words from my clients, “I use only sulfate shampoo and can’t start using a different one because I instantly get dandruff and itchiness.” This happens because the skin of your head has gotten used to aggressive components. Try using a deep-cleaning shampoo, wash your head with the new product several times, and everything will be OK.
Here are the components that don’t harm your hair:
What hides behind sleeping with wet hair
Never ever go to bed with wet hair. Even if you are very tired, dry it a little at least. Otherwise, you won’t be able to style your hair in the morning or give it the necessary volume at the roots. Once your hair dries in a certain way while you sleep, there is nothing you will be able to change about it in the morning.
Moreover, wet hair is the perfect environment for various bacteria and microorganisms. You might end up getting dandruff, itchiness, or other scalp issues.
Pat your hair dry after washing, but don’t rub it and don’t wrap it — it is too sensitive and brittle for that. It’s better to start blow-drying your hair with cold air — because it’s less harmful. If you feel too tired and don’t want to do anything with your hair, you can use a special spray to help it dry quickly.
Busting myths about men’s alopecia
I would like to bust several myths about men’s balding heads and perhaps increase someone’s self-esteem.
Now let’s talk about the advantages of having a bald head. This head visually makes a man bigger and more massive. That’s why many bodybuilders shave their heads or get short haircuts. In addition, a man with a bald head will always look stylish and this hairdo will go with any look.
Bonus: How I saved someone’s hair after a botched visit to another salon
My neighbor called me crying and asked me to come to her place to correct her color. I took my magical hairdresser’s supply kit and rushed to her. Turned out, she visited some beauty salon and asked them to do something called root stretching. (Root stretching is a technique we do to blend out the natural root color. We do this by painting on the color first as though we’re doing a normal root touch up, then we weave out sections of the hair like Balayage to “stretch” the root color around a quarter, or even halfway down the hair shaft.) I was taken aback when I saw what was done to her hair in the salon: her root area was lighter and then she had these red stains and dark ends.
I made a decision to remove the stains, to give her hair a more natural shade, and to color the roots well. Yes, there is still a lot of work to be done, but at least we managed to get rid of the stains and she can leave the house now without being embarrassed. My client is happy, she loves everything.
New, environmental-friendly method of creating leather
Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez have devised a method of transforming cactus into vegan leather called Desserto. It is made entirely out of cactus, and this leather can be used to make everything from shoes to wallets.
The cactus is very resilient, and it can withstand low temperatures during winter without dying. According to their website, they select and cut only the mature leaves of the plant without damaging the cactus itself, and do a new harvest every 6 to 8 months.
Creating vegan leather is already a reality.
Up until now, the company has been able to utilize cactus leather in many ways, creating handbags, car seats, shoes, and even apparel. And since the material is completely organic, the leather is breathable, which has often proven to be a problem when it comes to synthetic alternatives.
In the process of creating cactus leather, they cut the mature leaves and dry them under the sun for 3 days in order to achieve the exact humidity level needed. Then, they process the organic raw material to make the patented formula required to create vegan leather.
Furthermore, another important environmentally-friendly fact is that cactus leather is partially biodegradable and contains zero plastic. The fact that it’s biodegradable makes this material even more valuable.
Cruelty-free, sustainable alternative to animal leather
Thanks to its durability and high resistance to low temperatures, this organic, sustainable product can replace the use of animal leather and other synthetic materials that are not environmentally-friendly.
Currently, the brand is negotiating projects with major players in a variety of industries and working to make the material more accessible to small and medium-sized businesses. So before you know it, you might just find yourself putting on a pair of cactus leather shoes.
There’s no harm done to the surrounding biodiversity.
They haven’t had to cut down any trees at the farms that supply the cactuses. In fact, they’ve done the opposite, as they plant a native cactus from the region, it actually helps the biodiversity of the area.
Adrian and Maret’s methods cause no harm to the surrounding biodiversity. Their plantation is fully organic and their natural techniques stimulate the soil’s microflora and microfauna, which is then preserved without any damage caused whatsoever.
1. You may need to adjust things to get the most effective attachment when breastfeeding.
Medical experts strongly recommend breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months. Your baby should get only breast milk, and no water or juice. But adjusting your newborn’s latch also matters, so both of you can feel comfortable. Here are some recommendations:
2. False labor can start when you’re tired, dehydrated, or on your feet too much.
Closer to the fourth month of pregnancy, you may start to notice some contracting and tightening of your uterus from time to time. They may come unpredictably and irregularly. These contractions are usually painless and concentrated in your abdomen. It can happen if you are tired or dehydrated, or even after long walks.
What you should do:
3. Breast stimulation can speed up labor.
It’s recommended that women wait at least 39 weeks to deliver their baby. If you’re 40 weeks in, here is a natural way to induce labor, but only after talking to your doctor who is familiar with all aspects of your health and pregnancy.
Stimulating your nipples can cause contractions in your uterus. This happens because of oxytocin production. It’s the same hormone that causes the breast to eject milk. You can manually stimulate your nipples, or you can try using a breast pump.
The benefits of breast stimulation include:
4. It’s best to let the baby set their own birth date.
Yes, the last weeks of pregnancy can be hard and a desire to deliver the baby right away is normal, but despite those feelings, doctors say that nature should set the time of birth and it’s better to wait a bit more.
There are very few cases where labor induction should be allowed:
5. Pain is your friend as labor progresses.
Nature is smart and pain during labor plays an important role. It helps you progress by releasing hormones like oxytocin. And, as we already know, it helps with the contractions. When the contractions are painful, other hormones that help to manage the pain are released: these are called endorphins.
But anxiety and a high level of stress can slow down the process. That is why it’s so important to feel protected and to not be afraid of the pain.
6. Oatmeal with fruit is a great meal for after the delivery.
Hemorrhoids are pretty common after labor. And the postpartum medication that the doctor might prescribe can make pooping even more difficult.
But you can take care of this issue yourself. Start your day with oatmeal. It helps to move things along down there because it has a lot of fiber. You can also eat more chicken soup and apples.
7. The baby blues are different from postpartum depression.
First of all, you should understand that some feelings of being broken are normal after labor. But baby blues and postpartum depression are different things. Baby blues are feelings of moodiness and sadness that typically last around 2 weeks. Postpartum depression is a more serious thing. It occurs when symptoms last for more than 2 weeks.
You may feel a sense of worthlessness and lose any interest in your daily activities. Postpartum depression requires medical treatment in comparison to baby blues, specialists say. And it’s also important to know that it can develop at any time after giving birth, even up to a year after delivery.
8. Your period may not return during the entire time you are breastfeeding.
Typically your period should return about 6 to 8 weeks after you have the baby, medical experts say. If you are breastfeeding, the return of your period can vary. It can be useful to know that women who breastfeed exclusively might not have a period the entire time they breastfeed. But for some, it might return even after a couple of months, whether they’re breastfeeding or not.
You should also pay attention to the amount of bleeding you experience after having the baby. Heavy bleeding generally can last for up to 10 days after labor. And some light bleeding or spotting can continue for up to 4 to 6 weeks.
1. “Self-scanning my way around Waitrose with the Quick Check handset almost makes shopping fun.”
2. “My local supermarket planted a garden on their roof and is distributing the goods directly in store!”
3. Rimping Supermarket reduced their plastic waste by using banana leaves as wrapping for their produce.
4. Eataly has a vegetable butcher who cleans, peels, and chops your veggies for you.
5. Cool off with your family and friends at the local grocery store’s very own ice skating rink!
6. German grocery stores have implemented the Pfand program where you earn a certain amount of money for every bottle you recycle.
7. The horseshoe-shaped Markthal is an apartment building that is built over a food market.
8. At Amazon Go, you can just walk out of the store after grabbing everything you need.
9. The opulent Eliseevsky is the dream grocery store for people who love the maximalist style.
10. Metropolitan Market has in-store concierges called Red Coats who help shoppers with their meal planning.
11. Organic Garage sells organic products at a cheaper price and provides self-service stations like their reverse osmosis water station.
12. Basics Market helps their customers learn how to cook what they buy through their own culinary classroom.
13. At Spinneys, you can watch TV, sip coffee, and read while your groceries are being prepared.
14. Customers of the zero-waste store, Unboxed Market, can dispense groceries directly into their own containers and bags.
15. Japanese convenience stores let you buy airfare, ship your package, and buy tickets to events and tourist attractions.
1. “A $30 thrift find and it lights up!”
2. “I thought this was just a bangle at first. $5!”
3. “I found this magical hidden storage end table.”
4. “The store owner said it was 50 to 60 years old.”
5. “The best $1.99 I will ever spend in my lifetime!”
6. “An OshKosh wardrobe steamer trunk I scored for $50 today!”
7. “A butter dish (cover only) I claimed from my grandparents’ cabin”
8. “I found this several years ago in a Goodwill in Albany, OR.”
9. “My new favorite serving platter!”
10. “Thrifting vintage Avon perfume is my favorite thing.”
11. “An unsuspecting hatbox with a false top reveals a forgotten beauty.”
12. “Just $2 — the lady had absolutely no idea who these people were.”
13. “Not sure if holding the fans were their original purpose.”
14. “The secret drawer is undetectable. I had never seen one before!”
15. “An Easter surprise — I’ve given him a good wash.”
Psychology Shows 12 Things Men and Women Need to Change in Their Communication Styles in Order to Understand Each Other Better
1. Women: Don’t read between the lines.
There’s evidence that women read more into interpersonal meaning in messages with their mates. In other words, they tend to “read between the lines,” and attribute values of intimacy and closeness to their partner’s words. On the other hand, men are more literal and might just expect the center of that conversation to be on a subject.
One example would be our illustration above. If he says “We have the semifinals today!” he means that. He doesn’t mean “I’d rather be with my friends, you’re boring!”
Understanding what each other wants out of a conversation in a relationship will help bridge the differences. This objective translation will also allow each member to feel cherished in the relationship. More on that later...
2. Men: Don’t advise, just listen.
Ah! The common “You just don’t get it...” Well, maybe it should be more like, “You just don’t understand why.”
Women tend to see communication as a way to explore feelings and feel comforted by their partners. AKA: She’s not looking for a solution! It’s more about the journey and conversation itself that matters for her. On the polar opposite side... men have a tendency to want to think of clear solutions, healthy advice, and they want to deliver it as fast as possible. Because of this, couples can gain from just getting a better understanding of what the other is looking for. He wants to give advice, but she just wants to be heard.
3. Women: Appreciate that he wants to comfort you.
Men: Act like you care.
Men will see a problem that needs to be solved and show care for their partner by putting their energy into solving the problem for her. This means he will get analytical, explore different problem-solving tactics, and try to communicate them to her.
Meanwhile, she’s really just looking for an attentive listener. The man could really help his relationship by asking heartfelt questions in order to understand her better and make sure she feels like she’s being listened to (perhaps via some nonverbal cues).
4. Women: Understand that men also enjoy some “quality me-time.”
Men are often accused of being uncommunicative or withdrawn, and on the surface, this may appear true. But women might have a lot to gain from understanding the reasons for this behavior.
If your man seems a little bit isolated, this likely means that he’s just taking a quick break from his problems. This mini-vacay may take on the form of a marathon of video games, watching TV, or reading. Don’t fret about it — just give him his space! And make sure to make him feel like everything is going to be alright by letting him know that you trust that he is on top of things.
5. Women: Try to be more clear about your intentions.
Women and men are different in how they say things to one and other. Women are a bit more indirect than men, tend to avoid direct accusations, and might prefer to launch indirect allegations instead.
So it might be best for women to be more precise with their man and for him to delve a bit deeper into what exactly they are actually discussing.
For example, she might not say, “I’m mad about what you said at dinner last night.” Instead, she might opt for a sarcastic remark such as, “Maybe you should think about being nicer during our dates.” When this happens, you might both be arguing about or defending different things.
6. Men: Make sure she knows you’re listening by giving feedback.
Partners differ in their communication styles via verbal responses, physical contact, and eye contact. Generally, men won’t place much stress on reaffirming his partner that he’s listening via eye contact or other verbal cues like, “aha... oh... well... yes...”. On the other hand, women place a strong emphasis on this constant feedback to assure themselves and those they’re speaking to that that both parties are engaged in the conversation. Humming might go a long way if you’re a guy!
7. Women: Try seeing a task as just a task.
Men: Add some romanticism into the task itself.
Women engage themselves by building trust first through talking and then participating in tasks together, that they will accomplish because of that trust. Men tend to dismiss this trust chat and instead rush straight into the mission of accomplishing a task. For example: If they need to work with their boss, they’ll do it even if they don’t like her.
Both parties stand to gain from taking a step back and seeing the way their significant other behaves, and always acting with additional empathy. They both may have the same objective in mind, but different ways and speeds of getting there!
8. Women: Understand that men often need to be doing something while they chat.
Men tend to communicate while doing, and the activity itself is central to fostering a feeling that they can open up emotionally. Meanwhile, women feel closer while speaking — they can go without the need for a secondary activity. Recognizing this may help women understand when their partner seeks to do something before, or even in the middle of, an argument. He might just be seeking out a better environment to discuss the issue, while she’s trying to discuss everything right now!
9. Men: Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
They may perceive that the need to ask for help is a reflection of their inability to achieve something. Meanwhile, for women, offering advice is perceived as a sign of caring for someone else. To bridge this gap, it may help to be as clear as possible about your intentions, rather than to allow the other person to just assume that you’re seeking to help as a way of pointing out their weakness to them. Yikes!
So, as an example, let’s take a look at the illustration above. Imagine he’s on his computer trying to solve a problem. Don’t just say, “You’re doing it wrong, you need my help.” Try saying instead, “I’ve had that bug before, want me to check and see if I can fix it?”
10. Women: Realize that men are selective listeners.
They’re what we call “selective listeners.” This point ties into the previous point about men seeking to solve problems — they’ll only listen long enough to ask as much as they deem necessary in order to find a solution. On the other hand, women show greater appreciation for verbal and non-verbal cues and may be offended if these 2 are not present.
11. Women: Don’t let your anger accumulate.
Men “compartmentalize,” while women see each argument as part of a greater whole. In other words, men are perfectly fine having an argument on a particular subject, letting it go, and moving on to a second subject without much thought about the former argument lingering in their minds. Whereas a woman is likely to carry her anger over onto the next item on the list. It may for help both to understand that this isn’t just her “not letting it go” or him “forgetting about it.” Instead, both members of the relationship simply understand problems and the relationships between them differently.
12. Women and men: Welcome your partner’s communication style.
Although almost all of us have succumbed to the previous points, it’s also important to acknowledge that different people (regardless of their gender) have different communication styles. Some may be more competitive communicators, be okay with challenges, and be direct in their communication. Others may be more affiliative communicators, meaning they fall into the group of people who enjoy asking others for feedback, they like listening to all sides, and they generally avoid conflict. So, remember, your partner is also unique.
What’s a good coffee without our favorite mug. Mugs are what we use every day, and we can’t have a good coffee with a bacteria-filled mug.
After filling our mug with coffee and cream, we literally touch the mug with our hands and lips, and if our mug harbors bacteria, it could be harmful to our health. It’s important that we wash our mug immediately after we use it, because in as little as 45 minutes, environmental pathogens like mold can start to grow on it.
Mites and dust can accumulate on our mattress over time, and this can be harmful for people, especially those with allergies or respiratory problems.
When our mattress isn’t in perfect condition, we might have problems sleeping and this can lead to heart or kidney disease. Generally it’s recommended that we change our mattress every 8 years, but it all depends on the type of mattress.
It’s recommended for us to change our pillows every 1 — 2 years, because whenever we use them continually when sleeping, they can act as an absorbent for dead skin cells and hair, and they can also become the perfect environment for dust mites, which can be harmful to our skin.
It is a good idea to change our pillows every 6 months, and using a protective case between the pillow and the pillowcase is also recommended.
What’s a fresh bath without a clean towel? If your towel isn’t properly maintained, your skin might get irritated, or even infected with bacteria. Also, whenever your towel is damp, it becomes the perfect breeding ground for germs.
Your towel should be washed after every 3 uses to maintain the proper hygiene (this is the best way to prevent getting any kind of infection from your towel). Additionally, you should change your towels at least every 2 years, because they tend to lose their absorbency after that period of time.
5. Shower liners
Washing your shower curtain liner once a week is not something you should see as stressful. It’s necessary, as it gets rid of bacteria, mold, and dirt that accumulates on it over time.
You should change your router every 3-4 years to avoid experiencing slow network connections. We upgrade our phones, sometimes yearly, and that’s a good thing, but forgetting to upgrade our router, shouldn’t be seen as optional. Our home routers need an upgrade too, in order to get improved internet speed.
7. Old clothes
Getting rid of old clothes, is something we should try to do every year. It’s a good way to keep your closet organized and ready for a fresh start.
Here are few ways you’ll know that it’s time to give up your old clothes:
Your bedsheets should be washed once a week to avoid harboring any kind of illness. When they’re not properly maintained they can breed fungi, bacteria, and dust mites, and this could be dangerous to your health, especially if you have asthma or allergies. Dirty bedsheets can also cause contact dermatitis. Your bedsheets should be washed thoroughly with hot water to kill any form of germs on them.
Loofahs can harbor germs, dead skin cells, and remnants of oil and dirt that could be deposited back on our skin if we don’t change them often.
Your loofahs should be changed every 3 to 4 weeks, to maintain the proper hygiene and avoid dermatological problems.
10. Old appliances
Most appliances will only last you 10 — 15 years, even with proper maintenance. It’s advisable to change most of your appliances after 10 years of use, because they will most likely develop faults after this time. Even if you repair them, there’s a high probability that a fault might come up again so changing them every 10 years is advisable.
1. Your tongue never gets tired, unlike your other muscles.
Have you noticed that despite the fact that your tongue is a muscle, it never gets tired or sore? That is, of course, if you don’t suffer from any type of medical condition. Then, unlike the muscles of your legs or arms, which would hurt if you did a lot of physical activity, your tongue can handle constant movement because it’s actually made of 8 muscles. It is also extremely flexible because of that. Could that be why some of us never get tired of eating?
2. Every tongue is different.
Every single tongue is different and unique. Kind of like your fingers, your tongue has its own unique print, so it could be used as a method of identification. It might not be too pleasant, though. Can you imagine having to scan your tongue at the airport, instead of using your thumb?
3. Can you roll your tongue?
Scientists are still trying to find a logical explanation for the fact that a large percentage of human beings can roll their tongue to make a “u” shape, while a smaller percentage cannot. The main argument behind this suggests that it all comes down to genetics, but studies have been conducted where parents could not do it, and their children could. Other studies say that the language you speak might play a role too. We can’t tell for sure yet what having this great gift depends on, but you can give it a try and see if your friends can do it too.
There’s something else — a small percentage of people can also do the “clover leaf tongue.” It’s one of the rarest options of shapes that your tongue can make!
4. Tongues don’t get tired, but they can get fat.
Like we said in the first point, the human body suffers from constant exhaustion — and the exception to this rule is the tongue. Of course, that might lead some people to think that the tongue is constantly exercising and in shape, but in fact, just like any other muscle, your tongue can get fat if you gain weight. Actually, snoring and sleep issues can be related to having a fat tongue!
5. Your tongue doesn’t really sense different tastes in different areas.
Due to a poor translation of a thesis, the most popular “taste map” of the tongue was actually misunderstood. What we know as the areas where the tongue perceives tastes, like sweetness at the tip and bitterness in the back, is just not a thing.
German scientist David Hänig presented his doctoral thesis in 1901, in which he suggested that the tongue had more sensitive surface areas than others, but his work was misinterpreted by a graph he used to show those areas.
In 1974, scientist Virginia Collings confirmed that tastes can be detected by any part of the tongue. What varies from area to area is the intensity with which they are perceived. By the way, taste buds are actually nature’s way of saving our lives, because they allow us to identify bad or poisonous food before eating it.
6. It’s impossible to capture the flavor of something by just using your tongue.
Tongue identifies tastes, not flavors. Aren’t those the same thing? Of course not. Try eating candy by covering your nose. Your tongue will identify that it’s sweet, but you won’t be able to tell if it tastes like chocolate or strawberry, since distinguishing flavors is part of the sense of smell, not taste. If you don’t have a piece of candy nearby to try, think about the ugly feeling you get when you get the flu and your nose is congested. Then, when your sense of smell is blocked, it seems like the food you eat has no taste at all.
7. It’s the part of the body that heals the fastest.
How many times have you bitten your tongue? Probably a lot, but after a few minutes you usually forget that it even happened. That’s because, thanks to saliva and the tissues that make up the tongue, this is the part of the human body that heals the fastest. We don’t recommend testing out this point at home, though!
8. The color of your tongue can tell you something about your health.
If your tongue is a light pink color, then congratulations! It means you’re probably healthy. Otherwise, it might mean you need to go to a doctor to get checked. Colors might vary between different shades, and each one indicates something different. If it is very red, you could have anything ranging from a minor infection to heart problems. Yellow indicates stomach or liver problems, and white can indicate dehydration. You can check out this article from Bright Side to find out what the color of your tongue can reveal about your current health.
1. Eat more spicy food.
Sprinkle some cayenne on your favorite foods, or cut up a pepper with some veggies. It’s a very simple trick that boosts your food’s flavor and promotes weight loss by reducing hunger, according to this study. “We found that consuming red pepper can help manage the appetite and burn more calories after a meal, especially for individuals who don’t consume spice regularly,” a researcher claimed.
2. Drink from a tall glass.
Sugary drinks are usually not recommended in a diet. A simple trick to consume less without missing your favorite beverage is to pour your drinks into smaller, taller glasses. As suggested by this study, you’ll feel like you had more to drink. Add some extra ice to your drink to make it look even more full (when it’s actually less)!
3. Enjoy peppermint.
The scent and taste of peppermint can promote weight loss by fighting any food cravings you might have during the day. So to reduce over-snacking, we suggest buying a mint-flavored candle or having some delicious mint tea during the day.
4. Eat with your non-dominant hand.
It might be a bit of a challenge, but eating with the “wrong” hand will make you eat slower and be more mindful. It’s said that this will decrease hunger and lead to higher levels of satisfaction between meals.
5. Buy a set of colored plates.
This study suggests that having a color contrast between your food and your plate is the key to making you serve yourself less. Even though the reason is not entirely clear yet, other research found that people eating from red plates consume less overall, independent of the color of the food.
6. Buy smaller plates as well.
If you over-serve, it’s very likely that you’ll also overeat. Shockingly, in this research, even the nutrition experts served 31% more without being aware of it when given a larger plate to eat off of. Apparently, it’s the distance to the border of the plate that makes you decide on what a proper portion is instead of the amount of food itself. So you’d better buy some more small plates!
7. End your meal with a new kind of sweet treat.
We all love sweets and most of us can’t wait until dessert while having dinner. Unfortunately, we also know that these treats don’t fit too well in a diet. Try treating yourself in a different way, like by enjoying a cup of sweet tea after dinner.
8. Start every meal with a glass of water.
Symptoms of dehydration can be what’s causing a rumbling belly instead of actual hunger. Consuming plenty of water and herbal tea will help keep you satisfied throughout the day. And luckily, water is one of the few things you can indulge in as much as you want without worrying about calorie intake.
9. Add veggie fillers.
An easy way to cut calories is by filling up your meals with many veggies. Here are some ideas for how to eat more veggies: swap in mushrooms for half the ground meat in recipes, make oatmeal more filling with diced apples, and use whole wheat pita in place of bread so you can stuff it with more veggies.
10. Make carbs the topper instead of the base.
Grains make blood sugar levels spike after meals, leading to weight gain. So we suggest you rethink the way you use them. For example, instead of starting with a granola base in the morning, fill your cup with yogurt and then sprinkle just a tiny amount of granola on top for the crunch you crave.
Emotional exhaustion, an overload of stimuli
When someone is emotionally exhausted, they often get overwhelmed or feel overloaded. Contrary to what you might think, overworking is not the only reason that this happens (this is sometimes referred to as burnout syndrome). Emotional exhaustion happens in many other situations too. Sometimes it comes up in more personal circumstances like with couples, while parenting, or in people whose job involves taking care of others, like nurses. It is actually linked to taking on more responsibility than we can handle — it’s more like an overload of emotions. It presents itself as physical tiredness and a feeling of lack of control over our life.
What the study found
In this study, Dr. Jordi Fernández-Castro of the University of Barcelona and his team analyzed how a group of 96 nurses from the ER and ICU perceived demands, control, effort, and rewards. They also measured how their perception changed depending on the task they were asked to perform. The goal was to find out if these factors were linked to emotional exhaustion.
Using an app specifically designed for this purpose, the nurses had to answer 4 questions related to demand, control, effort, and reward during their tasks. The results showed that fatigue decreased with reward, but increased together with the level of emotional exhaustion when demand was more important.
In other words, how important a task is and what we get out of it play an important role in fatigue at the workplace. Personal factors like lack of sleep play a part as well.
Possible causes for emotional exhaustion
Despite the fact that nurses from the study showed chronic stress due to the nature of their work, anyone can be at risk of suffering emotional exhaustion. A person can become progressively overwhelmed with negative emotions, thoughts, or feelings until they become unable to cope with the stress. The feeling of being tired may increase throughout the day, especially at times when work is the most demanding. It only gets a bit better when it is compensated with a perceived reward. This reward can be personal or financial in nature. Clearly, another example of reward can simply be a moment of true rest.
Nurses are a good example of what the constant demand for responsibility at work can cause. Together, other circumstances could trigger emotional exhaustion too, like:
A few symptoms that might help you check whether you suffer from emotional exhaustion
Emotional exhaustion can come “silently,” but can be noticed in multiple ways, like with when you feel more physical fatigue than normal, or if you have headaches, depression, or problems falling asleep. That said, certain symptoms have nothing to do with exhaustion, so it’s always recommended that you seek professional help if any of these occur.
You might also have difficulty focusing or visualizing things.
If you’re suddenly starting to have difficulty concentrating on things, you might be emotionally exhausted. Some people might even have trouble organizing or planning things in their minds.