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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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