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Something Stinks: 3 Important Tips for Alleviating Body Odor

Something Stinks: 3 Important Tips for Alleviating Body Odor

No matter what line of work you’re in, at the end of a hard day’s work you most likely stink.

While there are numerous advertisements out there offering surgeries and procedures to help alleviate body odor for good, you should only pay attention to them as a last resort. There’s a lot you can do to help prevent body odor without shelling out thousands of dollars or putting your body through unnatural processes.

Before you decide to put your body through something that may or may not be necessary, check out some of these preventative solutions to excessive body odor.

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Keep Hair Neatly Trimmed

There’s a reason the hairiest parts of your body are also the most prone to body odor: Your hair is porous. In other words, water (read: sweat) easily becomes trapped within hair follicles as you go about your day. While sweat on your forehead or arms is easy to wipe away, the sweat that collects on your scalp and underarms stays there until you’re able to take a shower.

For this reason, it’s best to keep your body hair as neatly trimmed as possible. Completely eliminating sweat can’t be done – nor would it be healthy to do so. But by clipping your underarm and other body hair whenever it gets too long, you’ll keep control of how much sweat collects on your body throughout the day.

Maintain Clothing and Shoes

It goes without saying that dirty laundry stinks. The reason for this is, much like hair, most of the fabrics our clothing is made out of is porous and prone to trapping microscopic beads of sweat.

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But think about that for a second. By wearing clothing made of fibers that absorb your sweat – such as cotton – you deflect the stench from your body onto your clothes. On the other hand, if you choose to wear synthetic clothing that likely doesn’t absorb moisture well, you’ll allow your sweat to stay attached to your hair follicles.

So what if your clothes stink? You can always change them.

Speaking of that, you shouldn’t be wearing the same shoes day in and day out. You should own at least two pairs of shoes you can use on a rotating basis. That way, you’ll give each pair a day to air out before wearing them again. Not only will this give your shoes time to deodorize, but they’ll also last longer. Your feet have stopped growing anyway, right?

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Use Natural Remedies

With so many commercials for deodorants and chemical treatments relating to body odor, it’s easy to overlook the fact that you might already have the remedy you need in your house right now.

Though it might sound a little counter intuitive, vinegar is an incredible deodorizer. The reason for this is, due to the acidic content of vinegar, applying it to your skin will reduce your skin’s pH levels. When this happens, the vinegar kills off odor-causing bacteria. Of course, you should be careful not to apply vinegar to broken skin in order to avoid burning or irritating any small cuts or wounds. Furthermore, when first using vinegar as a deodorant, use small amounts to gauge how your skin reacts to contact with the acidic liquid.

Similarly to vinegar, witch hazel lowers the pH level of your skin as well. It also is an antiseptic that sterilizes your skin, again eliminating bacteria from the surface. While it doesn’t offer lengthy protection like 24-hour commercial deodorants do, using witch hazel as needed throughout the day is a natural way to stave off body odor without exposing your body to excess chemicals.

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As far as your feet go, there are two main natural remedies that both act in a similar manner. You can soak your feet in either saltwater or tea for about 20-30 minutes daily to help alleviate chronic foot odor. In both cases, the solution will rid your feet of excess moisture and sweat that has collected throughout your busy day.

Just remember to pour the tea out after using it…

Featured photo credit: sweat / joe porteous / flickr via farm1.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on July 8, 2020

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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