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We’ve come a long way as a society. We’ve eradicated many a disease that used to cut people down in their prime, and we’re making advancements when it comes to eradicating – or at least minimizing effects of – the health conditions that can ruin a person’s life.
Still, the future and the past is not much use if you’re suffering from one of the common health issues now. Below, we take a look at eight of the common health-related problems that people across the country are suffering from, and how you can get them under control.
If you have acne, when you already know just how damaging it can be to your self-esteem. You might have big plans for the weekend, but if you wake up and you’ve suffered an outbreak, then you’re likely to prefer hiding away under the covers than heading out to socialize.
While it’s commonly an issue that affects teenagers, it does affect a lot of adults too. In all, around fifty million Americans have skin problems.
More often than not, the problem comes down to lifestyle changes, not medication. Exercise, drinking more water and getting a good night’s sleep have all been shown to be effective against the onset of acne.
Poor Weight Control
We live in an age where we can have anything and everything, often at any time of the day. But here’s the thing: humans aren’t supposed to have everything they want!
In America, somewhere in the region of 30-35% of the population are considered overweight. While it’s hard to give a “one size fits all” solution that’ll benefit everyone, some things do seem to work across the board.
For example, avoiding fast food, getting exercise, and cutting down portion sizes are three easy to implement tasks. Try these three things for three weeks, and they’ll sufficiently be a part of your routine. There’ll be no looking back!
More than thirty million Americans are living with diabetes, the majority with the ‘Type II’ variant. There are no overall cures for diabetes, but thanks to greater knowledge about lifestyles and better medication, the disease is increasingly manageable.
The key is to have a diet that is tailored to deal with your diabetes, and to have the correct medication; learn more about the latest drugs that can have a big impact without involving a big lifestyle change.
You’ll also benefit from increasing your activity levels; working out and jogging several times a week can make a big difference when it comes to controlling your diabetes.
In the Mind
As we said earlier, we live in an age where we can have things that our ancestors could only dream about. However, it turns out that being able to have a house filled with material goods doesn’t necessarily make us happier – in fact, it might be doing the opposite.
Mental conditions such as anxiety and depression are increasingly on the rise, and in the case of depression, is on course to be one of the world’s leadest health concerns in the coming decades.
There is no single cure for depression and anxiety, but a few things have been shown to help. For example, limiting alcohol intake, getting regular exercise, and practising mindfulness and yoga.
In any case, we’ve learned as a society that keeping things bottled up is an ineffective way to treat the conditions. Talk it out; someone will always be there to listen!
Struggling to Sleep
We’re working harder than ever before…but that’s not helping us to sleep. Indeed, around one in three Americans have a case of at least mild insomnia.
And the thing about being unable to sleep is…it doesn’t just affect you at the time, it has a knock-on affect the following day when you’re unable to be productive.
Fortunately, we’re learning more and more about what causes an inability to sleep. If you’re hooked on your smartphone, then you might want to try disconnecting for a while.
Research has shown that people avoid screen time in the two hours before they go to bed typically have a better night’s sleep than those who are consistently on their phones, tablets, and laptops.
Asthma is relatively common, and worrying is actually on the rise, though no one is quite sure why. Some 25 million Americans have breathing problems, and when it comes to asthma, there’s no long-term cure.
Hopefully, you’ll always have your inhaler nearby. But if you don’t, then there are other ways to manage an attack. If you begin to feel the onset of an attack, then sit upright, and take long and deep breaths.
It’ll also help if you keep yourself from the trigger that caused your attack. A hot drink can also help. But of course, the best advice is to always have your inhaler with you – you never know when an attack will happen.
Sometimes too, meditation can help calm that anxiety.
Back pain doesn’t have to be chronic; most instances are acute, and the majority of the population – some 80% – will suffer this at some stage in their life.
While backs are notoriously difficult to heal, there are things you can do that will limit the pain. For starters, don’t just lie there and wait for the pain to subside.
Unless you’re in severe pain, it’s best to keep things moving along. Keep your weight in check, and stretching throughout the day – especially if you work in an office – will also help keep the pain at bay.
Cold Weather Health
Sometimes, it’s not necessarily an individual health issue that’s the problem…it’s a seasonal health issue.
Take pneumonia, for instance. This illness strikes millions of people each year and is so severe that it may involve a trip to the hospital. In some cases, it’s even more severe than that, resulting in death.
The best check against the illness is to have good prevention measures in place. Quitting smoking, washing your hands and having good hygiene, and avoiding people or areas of illness will all reduce your chances of getting pneumonia yourself.
When we take care of our health there are so many more things we can enjoy and participate in. Looking at these 8 aspects give us the opportunity to truly jump into a joyful life.
And since we are here to enjoy, be loving and vibrant. Let’s do these things! How are you taking care of you?
in peace and gratitude,