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5 Tips for Buying the Right Pillow to Avoid Neck Pains

5 Tips for Buying the Right Pillow to Avoid Neck Pains

Have you ever woken in the morning with a stiff neck? Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you have periodic neck pains? These could be caused by your pillow.

Although the neck pains could go away after some time, the uneasiness may remain. The neck pain could get worse and this can hurt your normal routine. Don’t overlook this problem. You should get to the root of the problem and get it addressed.

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The Causes of Neck Pain

The neck and spine area need proper support when you are sleeping. If proper support is not there, then neck pains and backaches can be expected. Sleeping position can be a factor, but to fix this problem , you should purchase the right pillow that matches your sleeping habits.

Changing your pillow can solve the problem. You will not feel neck pain unless you have some other condition besides a poor choice in pillow. You can purchase a Memory Foam pillow with cushioning.

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How to Choose the Right Pillow

You should research causes and pillow types before choosing your preferred pillows for neck pain. You don’t want to  rush into a department store and choose one off the shelf. You have to consider certain factors to find the perfect pillow that would address your neck pains. Here are the factors that you need to consider.

  1. The pillow needs to be wide enough to fit your head and neck. Most people feel that the backs of their head is the only body parts that have to be rested on the pillow. This is a big misconception because aside from the head, the neck should also be rested on the pillow. With the head and neck properly supported, neck and back pains can be avoided.
  2. Stick to using a single pillow for your head. You can have other pillows but they should be for other purposes. Having too many pillows beneath your head can cause your head to tilt resulting in pressure on your neck areas.
  3. Pick a pillow that suits your sleeping position. If you sleep on your back, you would not have any preferences because any pillow will work, but, if you are a side sleeper or you sleep on your stomach, you need to pick a pillow that is slightly flat and well-cushioned. This is to ensure your neck would not get strained by your unorthodox sleeping position.
  4. Side sleepers are also advised to have a body or knee pillow to make sure that their backs are kept straight throughout the night. The body or knee pillow will prevent your knees from knocking together while you are asleep, relieving stress from your spinal area.
  5. You have to know the material inside your pillow. Some materials can be potential allergens that would cause allergies and irritations to your skin. Some materials are better for sleeping than others. It is important to note the material used for the pillow. Silk and soft cotton are good materials that you can opt for a pillow.

Remember that not all pain is relieved with the right pillow. Chronic pain might be indicative of a much larger problem, such as cancer in your spine or shoulders, headaches or stress. If you have found the perfect pillow for your slumber, but you still experience pain, you should visit a doctor to discuss possibilities.

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In addition, to release tension in your neck, you could try acupuncture or massage therapy. Both of these treatments complement other options available to you. Visiting your doctor, acupuncture, and massage therapy along with the proper pillow should relieve your stiff neck. I hope these tips help you solve your neck pain.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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