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Puffy Eyes In The Morning? This Might Indicate You Need To Adjust Your Lifestyle

Puffy Eyes In The Morning? This Might Indicate You Need To Adjust Your Lifestyle

Remember those mornings when you were sure you had slept well, and you knew that you had slept for at least 8 hours, but when you woke up and looked in the mirror you noticed how puffy your eyes were? And yet you are 100% sure that you did not cry while sleeping.

So why is it that you have puffy eyes? For sure, you want to get to the bottom of it because you do not want to use up another stick of concealer ever again.

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Mainly, the cause of puffy eyes is fluid retention (or mild oedema) which is common and most of the time usually harmless. However, puffy eyes can also be caused by deeper reasons. The good news is, the more watchful we are of little things that our body might be telling us, the more that we can do to prevent it.

Here are some of the reasons we may have puffy eyes:

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1. Too much intake of sodium

As reported by Medical News Today, having too much salt in our body causes oedema or swelling. To balance this out, we need to drink enough water and limit our salt intake. If we have a lot of sodium and not enough water, our body holds on to excess fluid to prevent dehydration, which causes puffy eyes. Puffy eyes caused by too much sodium are easy to get because high levels of sodium are always within our reach. Most of our sodium intake comes from processed foods such as microwaveable meals, bread, bacon, and drinks. The fewer processed foods we eat, the lower our sodium intake. According to the Center for Disease and Control Prevention, sodium is very accessible in food products such as pizza, breads and rolls, poultry, soups, cheese, etc. So be careful and make sure that you choose the unprocessed and low sodium varieties for your food choices. Let us lessen sodium intake and always drink lots of water.

2. Lack of protein

According to the Harvard Medical School, lack of protein in the blood — which can be caused by malnutrition, kidney and liver disease — causes swelling in our body. The Kidney Fund says that this is due to low albumin (which is a protein) in our blood. The albumin’s job is to get rid of extra fluid. So make sure that you eat a healthy diet so that your body can produce all the albumin it needs.

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3. Bad kidney function

Puffiness around the eyes, especially in the morning, may be a sign of kidney disease. How does bad kidney function show up in puffy eyes? According to the Medical News Today, it is because the kidneys might not be eliminating enough sodium in the blood. As mentioned above, too much sodium causes oedema. Kidneys can also let albumin leave the body, causing yet more issues with extra fluid.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, other symptoms of a chronic kidney disease include nausea, feeling tired, vomiting, swollen feet and ankles, lack of appetite, dry and itchy skin, pain in the back and pain in urinating. So if you have some or all of these together with puffy eyes, please go see a doctor to get tested for kidney disease.

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4. Eating too many carbohydrates

A study for the National Institute of Health showed that a high carbohydrate diet results in more insulin secretion and sodium retention. And the more sodium in our bodies, the more water retention we have. Staying away from processed food and carbohydrates will give us a lower chance of getting oedema. The American Heart Association recommends getting carbohydrates in as natural a form as possible — like getting carbohydrates from potatoes instead of bread.

We are what we eat, and what we eat affects how we look and how we feel. Little things in our appearance can signal a lack or an excess of something in our bodies. The good thing is, we are in control of what we eat. So let us watch for signals that our bodies are sending us because this is the first part of taking care of our bodies.

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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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