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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.

Featured photo credit: http://www.health.harvard.edu/ via health.harvard.edu

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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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