Self-Actualization 101

Some people spend a lifetime trying to figure out who they are and where they are going in life while others achieve self-actualization early on, gaining insight into who they are and where it is they want to be. Very few people take the time focus on their self and finding their real purpose in life. It’s no wonder so many of us question what it is we were put on this earth to do.
Self-actualization challenges us to achieve our highest potential in life and find ways to sustain it.
What is Self-Actualization?
Have you ever mentally thought about what it would take for you to be happy in life? Think about your dream job. What are the qualities that make it your dream job? What about your dream home? Where is it located?
Maybe it’s not a home at all but an RV trailer you take on the road going from place to place. Who is your dream mate or spouse? Does the life you imagine include children? Each of these questions challenges us to envision a life that is our very own and operating at its fullest potential.
An article published in Psychology Today, states that we achieve self-actualization when we are at our best in all aspects of our life.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Self-Actualization
According to Maslow, self-actualization is the pinnacle of our hierarchy of needs. It addresses our physiological and safety needs, the need for love and belonging, the need for self-esteem, and self-actualization. It might surprise you to know that only 1 percent of the population achieves self-actualization.
Once we achieve self-actualization, there is a sense of impending satisfaction and inner peace. With this accomplishment comes self-regulation and control of multiple facets of our lives including problem-solving, creativity, and mental wellness.
How to Achieve Self-Actualization
Kay Green identified four steps to arrive at Self-Actualization in an article published by the Huffington Post.
Do Not Compare Yourself Against Others
How many of us fall victim to keeping up with the Joneses? If your friends are getting married and having kids, you begin to question if you should be taking the same steps towards the altar. If your best friend is going back to school, you also wonder if you should be going back to school for an advanced degree as well. Unfortunately, we have a terrible habit of comparing ourselves to others and using it to determine where it is we want to be. Stop measuring yourself against others. Although it is only natural to measure what we have to others, finding that there are gaps can cause you to self-criticize and stress about things that are beyond your control.
At the core of self-actualization is control. Self-actualization spits in the face of qualifying or quantifying your accomplishments against others. It challenges you to instead, evaluate where you are as an individual and compare that finding with where it is you want to be.
Full Acceptance of Self
Self-actualization requires us to accept ourselves for who we are in entirety. This requirement challenges each of us to acknowledge the good and bad of who we are. You must love yourself for your faults and the precious gifts that you can give the world. On the flipside, you cannot embellish these gifts that are better known as strengths.
This step is all about full recognition of who you are and how you use your assets and flaws to reach your fullest potential. You must have the capacity to find humor in everything about yourself and not take yourself too seriously while also having compassion for others and their uniqueness from who you are.
Recognize that You are In Control
With self-actualization, you control your destiny. There are external influences poised to impact your behavior and overall strategy. Self-actualization, however, is also about self-awareness. Self-awareness helps you to see that your work is never complete. It requires continuous growth and evolution of self from a personal and professional standpoint. Thus, our state of fulfillment is temporary.
As the world moves through a lane of chaos, if you are operating in a self-actualized state, you will continue to be true to who you are and how to navigate the situation based on your strengths and weaknesses. However, in those instances where you find yourself losing sight of who you are in the moment, use the collapse of control to learn more about who you are and where it is you want to be in similar situations should they occur in the future.

Continuing Growth
The self-actualization journey is never-ending. As you master one area of your life, you jog over to the next area of your life requiring attention. This effort is a cycle and therefore, over time, do not be surprised if you find yourself working on some part of who you are for a second, third, or fourth time.
Not everyone will make an effort to self-actualize whether due to unawareness or cultural bias. Those who do however have the opportunity to reach a state of fulfillment in life.


10 Ways To Improve Yourself

If you are interested in personal growth and continual improvement, you are probably always searching for ways to improve yourself and your life. Focusing on personal betterment is an excellent life skill, one that will help you enhance your knowledge and achieve your goals.

While there are certainly many areas of personal growth upon which you can focus, here are a few to get you started. Our ten ways to improve yourself are small steps you can make toward larger self-improvement goals.

  1. Learn a new language or hobby. When you are open to learning new skills, you stretch yourself in new and different ways. Languages can spark interest in other cultures and places, and hobbies provide physical and mental stimulation. Continually learning is excellent for your brain development, and a stance toward learning helps you approach life’s obstacles with positivity instead of fear.
  2. Exit your comfort zone. When you are comfortable, you begin to plateau. When you make efforts to get outside your comfort zone and try something different, you are stretching yourself. When you change your context or circumstances, you learn new skills and practice resiliency by dealing with new situations.
  3. Make journaling a habit. Writing in a journal every day can increase your self-awareness and contribute to your ongoing self-reflection. Writing in a journal helps you clarify goals, work through painful emotions, and gain insights into yourself and others. Whether you keep it private or share it digitally through a blog, the act of daily writing can benefit your life in many ways.
  4. Make your environment as inspirational as possible. When your living or workspace is dull, disorganized, or depressing, this impacts your ability to be happy and productive. Create a space that inspires you through its mood and tone. When you are happy in your space, this will be reflected in how you feel and what you do.
  5. Cultivate better habits. Whether you smoke, bite your nails, are consistently late, or swear too much, losing a bad habit can be hard. Instead of focusing on the negative, look at this as an opportunity to learn how to do better. You are cultivating a habit of being punctual, living healthier, or making others feel more comfortable. This allows you to set attainable and measurable goals each day, which is more productive.
  6. Request feedback. During your journey toward self-improvement, it is always good to get the perspective of others. How do the people you love and know well think you can improve? What are ways you could be a better friend, mate, colleague, or loved one? Getting feedback from others also helps you see new perspectives and recognize your blind spots when it comes to your growth.
  7. Create a personal challenge. Set a goal, and work diligently toward it for 30 days. A month is a reasonable amount of time to make a plan, place it in motion, see some results, and reflect on your next steps. 30-day challenges are workable challenges that allow you to make small steps toward larger goals, as well.
  8. Get rid of negative influences. We all know at least a few people who bring you down in life. Make every reasonable effort to remove those people or their control from your existence. When you start to feel dragged down by others, remove yourself from the situation, address it directly with them, or practice turning their negative influence into positive experiences.
  9. Make friends with leaders. When you have a professional goal, surround yourself with people who know how to accomplish things. Target those top in your field and those with the knowledge and expertise, then learn from them through your professional relationships. Surrounding yourself with people who are successful can help you achieve similar results as you improve your skills and gain new insights.
  10. Let go of fear. We are all scared of something. Maybe you are scared of many things. These fears prevent growth, so addressing them is essential. Addressing your fears, instead of continuing to ignore them, is necessary for your forward progress, so face those fears and move on to accomplishing your dreams.

Go and get all that you deserve!


What You May Not Know About Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are not only embarrassing, but can harm your future health and well-being if not treated quickly and properly. These sexual diseases include gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, genital herpes, genital warts, Hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis and are sometimes manifested by discharge from the vagina or penis and pain when urinating.

Statistics indicate that half of all sexually active adults will contract an STD by the age of 25. These are serious and harmful illnesses that require immediate treatment. Some are incurable and can result in death.

An early diagnosis could mean the difference in life and death. The more you know about STDs the better able you will be to protect yourself. You need to be aware of the basics of STDs such as how you may contract them, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment and how to protect yourself from them.

If you’re a sexually active adult, you owe it to yourself to know all you can about STDs and what you can do to prevent it from ever happening to you.

Having Sex Isn’t the Only Way to Get an STD

Many people – especially sexually active teens – have the impression that they can only contract an STD by having sexual intercourse. That’s simply not true. Some STDs can also be spread by having contact with an infected area or open sore on another person.

It’s also a false belief that you can’t get STDs if you only have oral or anal sex. You should be aware that STD bacteria and viruses can also enter the system through cuts or abrasions within the mouth, anus, penis or genitals.

Unknowing teens are especially vulnerable for contracting STDs and the statistics are rising among both the rich and poor. It’s vitally important that sexually active teens are aware of the serious health problems that STDs can cause now and in later life.

For example, permanent damage can occur from the ravages of an STD in the form of infertility – never being able to have a family. If a young person contracts HIV/AIDs, the result can be long years of treatment and even death.

STDs are such an embarrassing issue that many people don’t tell others they have one and the symptoms may not be noticeable. Or, a sex partner may not know they have one and unknowingly pass it on to others. This is why STDs are so easy to spread.

The chances of someone contracting an STD increase if they begin sexual activity at a very young age, have multiple sex partners or have unprotected sex. Even with protected sex by using a condom, diaphragm or other method, an STD may occur and possibly leave your health damaged forever.

An STD may not only affect your health negatively – it may also ruin your intimacy with others as well as setting yourself up for a reputation that may be difficult to shed. Protect yourself by learning everything you can about STDs and taking precautions so it never happens to you.

How to Recognize Symptoms of STDs

With certain STDs, symptoms may not be recognizable or uncomfortable enough for a person to identify. Since the symptoms aren’t always obvious, you need to see a doctor on a regular basis for examinations and testing.

It’s especially important to be tested if you suspect or know that you’ve been exposed or if you’re sexually active with various partners. Some STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are fairly easy to treat while others require a treatment plan that should be monitored and managed by a healthcare provider.

It’s vitally important that you inform your sexual partner(s) so they can also be diagnosed and treated. If an STI remains untreated, you’re more at risk of contracting another type of STI – which can be more devastating – such as AIDs or HIV.

The untreated STI can damage your immune system to withstand infections in the genital area and sores or abrasions may occur, increasing your chances of getting the HIV virus.

It could also result in infertility. Even if you have no symptoms of an STI, you may pass one on to sexual partners. The hepatitis STI can be transmitted to another if one person is infected with the virus and passes it along through the blood.

Others may only be contracted through sexual contact. An example of STDs that are difficult to detect is Chlamydia, a bacterial infection in the genital area. Early-stage symptoms are sometimes missing and when you do realize them it may be a few weeks into the infection.

During that time the STD can be passed on to many others depending on how sexually active you are. When symptoms of Chlamydia do occur, you may experience pain in the lower abdomen, pain during urination, discharge from penis (or vagina in women), pain during sexual intercourse (for women) or testicular pain in men.

Genital warts (Human papillomavirus or HPV) infections are common among sexually active persons and could cause women to contract cervical cancer in time. You may notice small areas in the genital area that are flesh or gray in color and may form a cauliflower shape when bunched together.

You could also experience bleeding during intercourse or some type of discomfort in the genital area such as itching or pain. But some people experience no symptoms at all. Be aware that genital warts may be found on the penis, anus or scrotum or even within the throat or mouth if you’ve had oral sex with a person infected with the virus.

The tichomoniasis infection is caused by a parasite (Trichomonas vaginalis) and is a one-cell, microscopic problem spread by having sexual intercourse with a person who has the infection.

In men, the urinary tract is commonly infected, but there may be no symptoms. In women, the trichomoniasis infection can be manifested in the vagina. You might experience slight to severe irritation and inflammation within five days to a month from exposure.

You’re also likely to experience other symptoms such as a vaginal discharge (or penis), itching in the genital area, pain during intercourse or when urinating. These may also be symptoms of other STIs, so see your healthcare provider immediately when experiencing these or other symptoms.

Gonorrhea (also called “the drip” or “the clap”) is a nasty STD infection of the genital tract, but can also appear in your eyes, throat or anus. It’s highly contagious and the first symptoms will usually appear with the first ten days after you’ve been exposed.

You might also have the infection for months until symptoms appear. Some of the symptoms include pain or irritation whey urinating, a bloody or cloudy discharge from the vagina or penis, itching in the anal area, painful and swollen testicles and heavy menstrual bleeding.

Sexual contact is the usual method for transmitting gonorrhea, but body fluids may also pass on the infection. It’s common for pregnant women to pass on the infection during childbirth.

Those who have sex with multiple partners are more likely to contract the disease. The gonorrhea bacterium grows and multiplies in the mucus membranes, especially in the moist and warm areas such as the cervix, uterus, urethra (men and women) and the egg canals.

It can also be present in the anus, throat and mouth of men or women. Other, especially horrific STDs include Hepatitis A, B or C. They’re all considered viral infections that can affect the liver.

Although B and C are the most damaging, all three can inflame the liver and cause consequences such as extreme fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, fever, joint or muscle pain, itching and yellowing of the whites of your eyes.

It could be weeks or months before symptoms of a Hepatitis infection appear, but some damage to your liver may have already taken place. If you think you’ve been exposed to a Hepatitis STD infection, be screened immediately so you can begin an effective treatment plan.

Another highly contagious STD virus is genital herpes, caused by the HSV (herpes simplex virus) which invades your body through small cuts in the skin or through the mucous membranes.

You may never suspect that you have the genital herpes virus because the symptoms may be so light and hardly noticeable. If the virus does manifest itself in your body, the initial flare-up is usually the worst. After that, you may have frequent flare-ups or never have another.

Symptoms of the genital herpes virus include pain or itching in the genital area, inner thighs or anus. It can appear after several weeks of exposure in the form of tiny red bumps, open sores or blisters in those areas of the body.

The herpes ulcers can be particularly painful – especially during urination and may be accompanied by flu symptoms such as nausea, fever, headache and muscle aches. In many cases you may be able to pass on the infection – even when there are no ulcers.

Some symptoms such as irritated hair follicles, pimples on the genital area and itching may not be an STD, but it’s best to get it checked out rather than worry needlessly or take a chance on passing an infection to others.

How to Diagnosis and Treat an STD

Early diagnosis and proper treatment are keys to preventing the disease from becoming worse and to prevent possible health issues that could lead to life-long problems or even death.

Most of all, an early diagnosis and treatment will help avoid passing it on to others. Most STDs can be diagnosed with a simple urine sample, but it may be necessary to test fluids from active sores to obtain the correct diagnosis.

For other STDs such as HIV or certain stages of gonorrhea, a blood test is necessary to confirm the diagnosis. You can also be tested for an STD if you have no symptoms but suspect you may have been exposed.

This process is called “screening” and isn’t part of a typical healthcare checkup, so you may have to request it. Some healthcare screenings automatically test people who are ages 13 to 64 by blood or saliva samples to determine if they carry the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which can lead to AIDS.

Pregnant women may be tested for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and chlamydia during the first visit for prenatal care –especially if the woman is at high risk for an STD. Also, women who are age 21 and older are usually given a Pap test for certain conditions such as cancer or pre-cancer, HPV and inflammation.

Hepatitis C is prevalent among men and women born between the years of 1945 and 1965, so if you’re in that age group you should be tested. If you’re a sexually active woman under 25 years of age, you should be tested (by a urine sample or vaginal fluid) for the chlamydia STI.

Since men who have sex with other men run a greater risk of contracting STIs, it’s recommended to have that frequent (at least once a year) screening tests for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and hepatitis B.

It’s not a very romantic topic when you first meet a new partner, but you should discuss STDs before you engage in anal or vaginal intercourse and ensure that you’ve both been tested.

Unfortunately, HPV (papillomavirus) testing isn’t available for men and there are no reliable tests for genital herpes. You could contract the virus even when your partner has no symptoms.

Bacterial STIs are easier to diagnose and treat, but viral infections aren’t always completely cured. They can be managed, however, and a rapid diagnosis and treatment plan may help lower the risk of infection in the baby if you’re pregnant.

Treatment of an STD includes various methods, depending on the nature of the infection. Antibiotics may be used to eliminate such parasite and bacterial infections as chlamydia, trichomoniasis and syphilis while an antiviral prescription may be used to treat and prevent herpes.

Antiviral drugs also help to keep the HIV infection at bay for years at a time, also lowering the risk of transmitting the disease. Early diagnosis and immediate treatment of an STD is the only way to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment. Go for retesting as often as your doctor suggests to ensure you haven’t been re-infected.

Preventing and Managing STDs

Receiving a diagnosis of having an STD can be devastating. But, early diagnosis, treatment and future prevention are imperative to successful management and eventual cure. Prevention is key to contracting more or another type of STD or passing it on to others.

Safe sex is one way to lessen the odds of becoming infected and spreading it to others. If you’ve already been diagnosed, keeping up with the proper treatment can prevent devastating symptoms and infecting others.

Keep in mind that taking steps to prevent an STD is much easier than seeking diagnosis and treatment. Public health departments are great resources for information about prevention and treatment and can help with issues such as notifying your partner(s), seeking treatment and even counseling to help you deal with the emotional repercussions.

One reason it’s important to notify your partner of the infection is to reduce the risk of getting re-infected and so that he or she can notify other partners. Notification is especially important if you’ve been diagnosed with syphilis or HIV so the other person can begin testing and preventative treatments.

Some ways to help prevent infection of an STD is to use condoms every time you have sex. A device called a “dental dam” is available for women to use when receiving oral sex. If you have sex with multiple partners, be sure to get timely exams (genital for men or gynecological for women).

Regular screening for STDs help you catch them early and treat them for the most desirable result. Be completely honest with your doctor about the type of sex you’re having (oral, anal or vaginal) and how many partners you normally have sex with.

If you’re too embarrassed to see your family doctor, seek out a clinic to receive a confidential exam. Be sure to get an exam if you think your partner may have passed on an STD – even though you may not be experiencing symptoms.

Even if you have no symptoms of an STD, it’s imperative that you’re tested often – especially if you’re having sex with multiple partners. You may believe your partner(s) are free from STDs or you might be using protection and think you have no need to be screened.

But the truth is that hoping your partner is telling you the truth about not having an STD (he or she may not have symptoms) and using protection is no guarantee that the method will work. Whether you’re straight, married or gay, you’re at risk for contracting an STD if you’re having sex.

Today, it’s possible to receive same-day screening for some STDs and there are treatment and counseling centers available in almost every city. Unfortunately, finding new treatments to counteract STDs is extremely difficult and some of the old treatments, such as antibiotics are becoming less effective because of new organisms that resist the treatments.

Each new drug is subject to rigorous testing and trials and after months and years of testing, most of these never reach the marketplace. The drug AZT was originally used to treat cancer, but discovered in later years that it was also effective in slowing the onset of HIV infection to AIDS.

Certainly, the diagnosis of an STD can be devastating, but there are treatments available that can ease the symptoms and in some cases, cure the disease. Keep in mind that contracting an STD doesn’t define who you really are.

Seek emotional counseling if you’re having a hard time accepting the fact that you have an STD diagnosis – and take the necessary steps to prevent contracting another STD or passing it on to others.


Skin Issues Affect Your Body and Mind

Imperfections of the skin can cause our minds to feel bad about ourselves and how we’re presenting ourselves to the world. It causes frustration and can lead to social withdrawal and feelings of inadequacy.

Rashes, eczema, dandruff and warts are skin conditions which reflect that something is wrong internally. These conditions may also signal that we’re under stress or that we’re thinking of ourselves as inadequate.

There are so many skin conditions that it would be impossible to list them all in this report, but some of the more common ones include rashes such as hives, rosacea, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema and other conditions such as moles, chickenpox and acne.

Skin is our most visible organ – and it’s out there for all to see, along with the emotional trauma from diseases and conditions of the skin that can be very damaging to our minds and bring about feelings of self-doubt and other insecurities.

When we’re nervous or stressed out about a visible condition such as skin issues, the problems can compound. Skin conditions become worse and we feel worse about it, starting a vicious cycle that’s difficult to break.

Blushing, breaking into hives when stressed or afraid, depression and other psychological problems may cause breakouts of eczema, alopecia, acne, rosacea, psoriasis and vitiligo – proving that the skin and the nervous system are closely intertwined.

Skin Conditions Causes and Symptoms

There are so many causes and symptoms surrounding the skin and all of the conditions that can manifest within it that it’s virtually impossible to list them all in this report. Some are temporary, such as pimples and acne on teenagers, while others may be a permanent skin disorder that plagues you through the years off and on, or continually.

Genetics may play a part in some skin conditions while others are based on situations such as stress or exposure to the elements. Some skin problems may be life-threatening, such as skin cancer.

One common skin condition which affects many teenagers and even adults is acne. Acne is manifested by papules (bumps caused from infected hair follicles), nodules (hard and painful bumps beneath the skin), cysts (infections signified by pus beneath the skin) and pustules (small pimples with pus).

Causes for acne include changing hormones such as the androgen hormones, which increase during puberty. The sebaceous glands produce excess amounts of sebum and become enlarged.

Eczema is a common skin condition where the skin becomes dry, itchy and inflamed. It’s characterized by gray or red patches on the skin and could have small bumps that secrete fluid.

Causes of eczema are numerous, including your environment. Smoke from cigarettes, pollen, the clothes you wear and even extreme cold may cause an outbreak of eczema. If needed, change your wardrobe and your home décor to fabrics made from cotton and natural fibers rather than synthetics and rough-textured fabrics.

Psoriasis is characterized by several issues. You may have thick, inflamed patches of skin (plaque), a red and shiny rash in the skin folds (inverse), a rash that looks like bad burns and appears on many areas of the body (erthrodermic), white pustules which are surrounded by reddish skin (pustular) or tiny red spots on the face, scalp, limbs and other body parts.

Psoriasis may be caused by certain triggers such as those which affect the immune system. For example, infections in the form of skin or throat issues, cold weather, consuming large amounts of alcohol, stress, injuries of the skin including a cut, sunburn or bug bites can all be contributors to this skin disorder.

Smoking is also a culprit that causes psoriasis – as is excessive alcohol consumption and medications like those for high blood pressure, antimalarial drugs, lithium and iodides.

Psoriasis is an issue that is thought to be an immune system problem originated from your body’s cellular system. It can be not only painful, but embarrassing for those who suffer from it as well.

The T cells in your body are used to fight off harmful bacteria or viruses, but with psoriasis, the T cells tend to attack healthy skin cells as if they were infectious or need healing.

Rosacea is characterized by flushing, redness of the skin and broken blood vessels, acne-type breakouts, bumps and thick skin on the forehead, skin, nose, chin, cheeks and ears and perhaps watery and itchy eyes that are bloodshot.

The exact causes of rosacea aren’t clear, but there are several factors that might exacerbate the problem. For example, some foods such as spicy foods or dairy can trigger symptoms of rosacea as can issues with the blood vessels – especially of the face.

Shingles are one of the most irritating and annoying of skin issues. They may appear as a rash that surrounds the torso and spine or itchy, fluid-filled blisters or red patches. Those who suffer from shingles may experience headache, fatigue, fever and chills with the breakouts.

One skin condition that is a chronic inflammatory disease is lupus. Lupus can severely affect the joints, skin and organs within the body, cause red, scaly lesions on the head and face and a number of other issues including sores within the mouth and nose.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to attack and damage healthy tissues rather than viruses and harmful bacteria. Lupus lasts for a lifetime and can cause severe symptoms.

Dandruff is a skin condition marked by the flaking of skin on the scalp. It’s not a serious condition – nor is it contagious, but it can be embarrassing because of the white skin flakes on your dark clothing.

Oil on the scalp causes skin cells to clump and then flake. Causes of dandruff include conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic reaction to hair products and dry skin. Too much yeast in your system may also cause dandruff.

Treatment for Skin Conditions

Some skin conditions may be treated with oral antibiotics while others may respond best to other types of treatment such as creams or ointments. Acne might respond best to treatments such as a topical gels and creams.

Retin-A, Renova, Differin and Tazorac are topical creams and gels and all work to unclog pores. Sometimes dermatologists will use oral antibiotics along with a topical retinoid to kill the bacteria around the pores.

Eczema is best treated by first diagnosing the type. Although the treatments are varied, ointments and creams used to control inflammation and infections are usually recommended.

Sometimes antihistamines may help with itching and it’s best to avoid using anything that might irritate the skin. Wearing natural fiber clothing such as cotton is also recommended.

Psoriasis does best with treatments that care for the skin. Topical ointments and light therapy may cause some relief and medications such as steroids, anti-inflammatories, immunosuppressive drugs and vitamin A keep skin cells from rapid regrowth.

Rosacea can usually be treated by antibiotics or the same medications used for acne treatments. These treatments can reduce the severity of the condition, but if it goes untreated, rosacea can worsen over time.

You can use light therapy, moisturizer and sunscreen to keep the symptoms of rosacea at bay and artificial tears help if it enters your eyes. Vitamin A and topical antiseptics are also used in many cases.

Shingles treatment includes medications or ointments for pain relief. Often used are antiviral meds such as valacyclovir and acyclovir. If you received a chickenpox vaccine when you were a child – or had a shingles vaccine as an adult, you can reduce the risk of getting shingles.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, analgesics, nerve pain medications, anesthetics and antiviral drugs are sometimes recommended to relieve the pain and alleviate the symptoms of shingles.

There is no cure for lupus, but treatments to improve quality of life are available and will help alleviate symptoms and flare-ups. Lifestyle changes may be necessary, including changing your diet and protecting your skin from the damaging rays of the sun.

Medications such as steroids and anti-inflammatories may also be used to help manage the disease. The main goal is to reduce the inflammation that lupus causes in the joints and flare-ups of the skin.

Dandruff may be cured or alleviated by home remedies such as baking soda which helps to balance the scalp’s pH levels to lessen the growth of dandruff-causing fungi. Simple wet your hair and run some baking soda into your scalp. Rinse it out after 2 minutes with warm water.

Another remedy might be to massage a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp, rinse and then rinse your hair with a solution of a teaspoon of lemon juice and a cup of water. The acidity in the lemon helps to keep dandruff from recurring.

Sometimes you may have to try several treatment types before finding one that will alleviate the symptoms of a skin condition you might have. Don’t despair if one or more treatments don’t work at first. Sometimes it takes awhile for the skin issue to react to treatments.

How to Prevent Future Skin Issues

One way to prevent most skin issues is to avoid certain triggers. For example, extreme cold may cause a breakout of eczema when the skin becomes dry. Make sure you use lots of moisturizer – especially on exposed areas of the skin such as hands and face.

A humidifier is a necessity for adding moisture to the dry air indoors. Try to keep the humidity levels at around 50 percent. Also, try to prevent dust mites in the home. Dust mites can trigger outbreaks of eczema – especially in children.

You may help prevent dust mites by keeping your home free of carpeting, blinds and rugs. Make sure you wash your bed linens and curtains in hot water each week and thoroughly clean rooms.

Try to choose clothing made of natural fibers and wear loose-fitting clothing so that you don’t restrict air flow to the skin. Synthetic fibers tend to cut off the oxygen to the skin and cause bacteria to form.

Lifestyle changes, such as choosing the proper diet plan, drinking more water, exercise and avoiding sugar may do wonders for almost any skin condition. Also make sure you wear sunscreen outdoors and protect yourself from extreme cold.

Stress and Skin Issues

Stress and anxiety are two of the main causes of most skin conditions. When your stress levels are high, the hormone levels become imbalanced and the nervous system sends panic signals to the adrenal glands, which then deluge the system with cortisol and adrenaline – two main stress hormones.

When stress occurs and the body is flooded with stress hormones, the skin reacts to the stressors. It can no longer be a shield and protect the body, but instead breaks down and possibly develops some type of skin issue.

Often, when a person addresses his or her stress issues with proper management, the skin condition goes away or the symptoms are greatly alleviated. Most dermatologists recognize that addressing stress and anxiety can help with the overall treatment of most skin conditions and will recommend it along with topical and oral meds.

Gaining power over stress not only helps with various skin conditions – it also helps to benefit your lifestyle and outlook for the future. Some things you may be stressing about might be irrational, but you could need help in recognizing this.

Deep breathing exercises, yoga stretches and meditation, visual imagery and guided relaxation are important to keeping your immune system healthy – which, in turn helps to naturally treat skin conditions.

Consider stress and anxiety as a determining factor for your skin condition if the conventional treatments aren’t working as a solution to your problem. The body and mind connection when it comes to skin issues is a fact and when properly treated, both can play a huge part in alleviating and even curing the condition.

Research more about how skin conditions may result from stress and anxiety in your life and you’ll find much information about how to manage and treat your own skin issues without suffering the side effects of damaging chemical products.


Mastering Ourselves to Master Our Destiny

Have you ever been in the room with someone who doesn’t seem to realize that they are overstepping boundaries and generally just making other people around them feel uncomfortable? Have you ever wondered during such times whether or not you yourself might come across as one of these types of people?

The sad fact of the matter is that many of us are oblivious to our own faults and social faux pas, and because humans are social animals this can sometimes get seriously in the way of our success. Fortunately, learning how to communicate effectively in the ways that help others feel at ease around us is a skill that we can develop over time.
The first thing we need to do is to feel confident.

When we are not confident in ourselves and our opinions, it shows. Other people can tell when we are trying too hard, and that becomes unappealing and a little bit embarrassing to them. If you want to master your destiny and communicate in an authentic way, then you need to realize that you are a capable and competent person with your own plethora of strengths.

Here is a little secret: you don’t need to impress anybody. You are simply there to share ideas and try to have a good time doing it. Whether people agree with you or not isn’t the end of the world; opinions and ideas are just that. It is fact that is indisputable, and if you find yourself bickering about facts, as long as you are doing so in a respectful way, then chances are high that you are garnering respect while doing so.

The next thing you can do to communicate authentically is probably so simple that it might sound stupid. Think before you open your mouth. You have probably heard this all your life, but it couldn’t be more true than it is in the world of achieving goals and networking.
You do not want to go off half-cocked and make a fool of yourself in front of someone who may remember you as a hothead later on down the line when it could truly matter.

Instead of blurting out all of your thoughts and opinions, learn to listen and make mental notes to look into ideas that challenge your own. It is always good to be open-minded to new perspectives, so give it a shot!

Last but not least, learn how to concede. Many of us are insecure and will hold tightly to an idea or opinion even if we are proven wrong. Don’t let yourself be that guy.
Instead, learn how to listen to opposing perspectives and give everybody the impression that you are going to respect them no matter what they think or believe, even if that happens to differ from your own personal thoughts and opinions.

Once we have mastered ourselves in the art of communication, then all that is left from there is to go after what we truly want with no apologies! Only then can we be true masters of our destiny!