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5 Health Tips in Creating An Asthma Free Home For Children

5 Health Tips in Creating An Asthma Free Home For Children

Asthma is a health challenge that affects your respiratory track, which can lead to a serious medical condition if not properly handled. If your child is suffering from asthma, you will want to create the safest possible environment for him/her in your home. But, in order to achieve this, you need to know the factors that trigger asthma and take all the necessary steps to eliminate them from your home in the best possible way.

One of the best and effective ways to control asthma is maintaining good air quality inside your home. Certain elements such as smoke from a cigarette or burned wood, dust, cooking gas and certain sprays such as perfumes can trigger asthma attacks in some people. Furthermore, air pollution and pollen are common triggers that can enter your home, especially if you leave the doors or windows open during the summer months.

Here are some vital things to know about how to eliminate the common triggers of asthma in your home.

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1. Change The Air Conditioning Filter

When buying a home, consider purchasing a property that heats from the baseboard or radiator heater. Forced-air systems can enhance the development of mold and dust mites. If your home has a ventilation system of this type, you may want to seal the ventilation outlets or ducts in your child’s room with aluminum blankets and masking tape. You may also want to clean the other ducts in your home and change your heating filter regularly.

If you have to open the doors and windows of your house during the days with a high percentage of pollen outdoors, do so after mid-morning, because higher amounts of pollen usually occur between five and ten in the morning. If air quality is a problem, open the doors and windows of your home early in the morning before air pollution has time to build up. This practice could eliminate attacks in your home.

2. Dealing With Dust Mites

Dust mites is a common asthma trigger. Dust mites are microscopic insects that live in the dust part of your dwelling. Their diet consists of dead cells from the superficial layers of the skin of humans. Generally, they are found in abundance in upholstered furniture, in some types of beds and mattresses, and in carpets. The highest concentration of dust mites is usually found in the rooms.

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3. Avoid Smoke and Dust

Do not allow anyone to smoke inside your home. If you smoke, stop smoking or smoke outside your home. In addition, change your aerosol cleaner products for versions that do not have an atomizer. Avoid candles with fragrances or room deodorant. Use air conditioning, especially on days when the dust or mold count is too high or when there are warnings about high levels of pollution.

4. Eliminate Dust Mite

Vacuum and clean the dust from your home (especially your child’s room) at least once a week. Use a special bag with small pores in your vacuum cleaner or purchase a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. When cleaning dust, wipe it with a damp cloth to avoid spreading dust mites in the air.

Avoid covering feather-based beds, bedspreads or pillows and instead, choose bedding that is made of synthetic materials. Wash all bedding in your child’s room with warm water and then dry it in the dryer.

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5. Be Careful With Animals

Animals are significant asthma triggers – many people with asthma are allergic to one or more animals. Allergy symptoms in these people are caused by the reaction of their bodies to a specific protein found in saliva, urine or debris from the superficial layers of the skin of some animals (hair or animal feathers). The hair of the animals does not cause allergy in itself but can store dust mites, pollen or mold. Any animal that lives in a cage, both birds and rodents like gerbils, can produce waste that will attract mold and dust.

If you have a pet and your child is allergic to it, the best thing you can do is find another home. All warm-blooded animals can cause allergic reactions, however, cold-blooded animals (such as snakes, lizards, fish, and turtles) do not.

6. Controlling Your Child’s Asthma

It may seem complicated to keep your home asthma proof, especially if your home has multiple triggers. The truth is that you will not be able to eliminate them completely.

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Ideally, take these steps to reduce asthma triggers in your home – when combined with the rest of your child’s asthma action plan, which may include regular use of medications and even injections to eliminate allergies – your child will breathe better and have fewer asthma attacks.

If you practice these measures but are still concerned about the quality of the air inside your home, you can purchase a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, (also known as an Efficiency) for your child’s room or playroom. There are also air filtration systems, but these are usually much more expensive.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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