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12 Warning Signs You Have Poor Circulation Even If You’re Young

12 Warning Signs You Have Poor Circulation Even If You’re Young

Lots of people think that only older people have problems with poor circulation, but that isn’t necessarily true. Lots of young people suffer from poor circulation due to poor diets and a lack of exercise.

This can cause people’s health to decline, as blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all parts of your body. If you’re worried about your circulation, here are 12 warning signs of poor circulation.

1. Being Tired All The Time

If your circulatory system has slowed down, it will struggle to deliver oxygen and vitamins to your body. This can slow down your metabolism, so that your body will start to conserve energy. This will make you feel tired on a daily basis.

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2. Cold Hands And Feet

If you have bad circulation blood struggles to travel to the furthest parts of your body, so you will notice that your hands and feet are much colder than the rest of your body.

3. Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Dark circles under your eyes can be caused by a few things, but poor circulation is one of the most common reasons. Press under your eye and remove your fingers; if the area is lighter when your fingers are there but darkens when you remove them, it might be related to circulation.

4. Difficulty Thinking Clearly

Poor circulation means that your brain isn’t getting enough blood, so your mental abilities will slow down. You might notice that you aren’t thinking clearly, or that your memory has worsened.

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5. Loss of Appetite

Another sign of poor circulation is a lack of appetite. This is because your digestion becomes impaired if your blood flow slows down, so you will feel less hungry.

6. Digestive Problems

A lack of blood flow to your digestive tract will also cause digestive problems, as your body will struggle to digest food properly. This can result in loose bowel movements and a feeling of nausea. You may also notice that you often feel weak and tired.

7. Numbness In Your Arms And Legs

Numbness in your arms and legs happens when the blood flow to them is cut off. This is often described as your limbs falling asleep, and you may also notice that your limbs tingle as the blood flow improves.

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8. Swollen Feet and Hands

Swollen feet and hands are a serious sign of poor circulation. This is caused by nutrient imbalances and your body’s struggle to keep fluid in your blood vessels. The fluid can leak out into the surrounding tissue, creating the swelling.

9. Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are visible purple veins underneath your skin. This is caused by poor circulation, which causes the veins under your skin to swell and twist. They don’t always hurt, but they can become itchy and painful.

10. Weaker Hair And Nails

Brittle, weak hair and nails are caused by a lack of blood flow to the extremities. If your nails and hair chip and break easily, you may have poor circulation.

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11. A Tight Feeling In Your Chest

One of the main symptoms of bad circulation is angina, which feels like tightening in the chest. This is because the heart isn’t getting enough blood flow, and it is a good indicator that you have poor circulation.

12. Leg Ulcers

Another symptom of poor circulation are leg ulcers that develop around the ankles and knees. This is caused by a lack of blood flow to the legs, and you may notice patches of sore, inflamed skin on your legs that won’t go away.

Do most of these signs of poor circulation apply to you? If so, arrange to speak to your doctor about the problem and possible solutions.

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Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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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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