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7 Natural Ways To Soothe the Common Stomach Problems

7 Natural Ways To Soothe the Common Stomach Problems

A stomach problem can make or break your day. Next to a toothache, a stomach ache is one of the most debilitating pains a person can experience. Many common stomach problems like indigestion, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea and cramps can be ways our bodies are telling us something is not okay within our system or eating habits.

On one end of the spectrum, it could be that you are menstruating, having a case of food poisoning or reacting to an unknown food allergy. In worst case scenarios, one has to be careful of ulcers or even cancer. There are many ways to soothe the common stomach problems you may be facing. The best remedies for chronic stomach illnesses are often found in nature. You can get creative in your approach to soothe the common stomach problems you have been experiencing.

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1. Start a food journal.

We can’t all eat like we’re 18 anymore, and our body won’t like it if we try. Start a journal or make quick notes throughout your day when stomach discomfort arises. Make note of what you ate and when you noticed the onset of symptoms. Tracking your diet and recognizing your body’s reaction to certain things you are eating is one of the first ways you can start finding ways to soothe the common stomach problems you have been having.  If you are able to see a physician, you may want to bring your food journal along with you so they can get a glimpse into your eating habits. You may learn you are exhibiting gluten or lactose sensitivities, gallbladder disease or perhaps even gastroenteritis or Acid Reflux.

2. Give up cigarettes, drinking or late night snacks.

This may be a lot easier said than done. These are hard habits to break, but doctors continue to insist that these factors affect your body more than you could ever realize. Cigarettes, regular drinking and late night snacking can age you, make you feel tired and crave more salt or sugars, and in turn, leave you stressed and in pain. Cigarette smoking can lead to colorectal polyps or bowel cancer. Peptic ulcers are also common among cigarette smokers. Cigarettes, drinking and lots of snacking can mess with your gut health. There are noticeable differences once you give up these habits. Even coffee can create considerable damage to your stomach lining and will only increase your discomfort.

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3. Drink ginger tea.

Ginger plain is an ancient remedy that can effectively calm and soothe your upset stomach. These days, you can find many ginger teas that also do the trick. However, it’s best to drink ginger tea earlier in the day and not right before bed as it can prevent you from getting a good nights rest. If you are in pain, and want to sleep, you may opt for a mint or fennel-based tea. The brand Yogi Tea has a great selection of teas according to your physical needs. If you cannot find them at your local grocer or supermarket, you can order online from them directly or on Amazon.com. Ginger is also a great option for a cold or nausea.

4. Incorporate zinc-carnosine, licorice extract, and cranberry into your diet. 

This “dynamic trio” are great at preventing gastric inflammation. Zinc-Carnosine was used in combating gastric illnesses among Japanese people and was found to be very effective. Introducing licorice root and cranberry juice are also powerful ways to soothe your stomach problem. Many may say that milk is a good way to soothe a stomach problem, but it can have adverse effects, as milk can be hard for the stomach to process when in a beleaguered state and some people are lactose intolerant, which will only worsen their condition.

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5. Try yoga or acupuncture.

These yoga poses or these can be a comforting activity even during discomfort, as they allow you to stretch your body and make a soothing space in your inflamed regions. The Corpse Pose is very kind to your body, allowing you time to breathe and settle into your body without pressure or any other physical demands. As you check in with yourself, you can move into another pose that will help alleviate your pain.

I once heard a yoga instructor say that many of their clients tell her that attending yoga is the only time they are “allowed to play or rest or just breathe.” During the frantic movements and activities of life, it’s easy to abandon yourself and forget that even as an adult, you need a safe place to process everything and get in touch with your precious temple, also known as your body.

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Acupuncture is another method in reducing the stress some parts of your body are receiving when you are experiencing a stomach problem. If you are too frightened of needles, you may consider visiting with the acupuncturist first and discussing the procedure in person, or looking into acupressure as a starter.

6. Eat plain rice.

Rice is one of the most commonly consumed foods all over the world. It has been relied on for many a century and transcends culture. It can be filling and will absorb acids and gases, and it can help you have more solid and consistent stools. It’s a great option if you are suffering from diarrhea or another stomach problem. Eating it plain will avoid any unnecessary inflammation, but if you cannot bear to do so, a vegetable or chicken broth or even yogurt, as the Turkish do, can be very helpful. Another interesting recipe for alleviating an upset stomach, is to make a rice tea. Boil a half a cup of rice in six cups of water for about 15 minutes. Then strain the rice, and pour the remaining water in a mug and add a bit of honey or sugar and drink.

7. Nibble on Caraway seeds.  

Caraway seeds have a long history of superstitious powers. Those were never proven, but their positive effects on the stomach have been. They can be used when you experience heartburn, bloating, gas, loss of appetite and other pains of the stomach and intestines flare up. Caraway seeds can even kill bacteria, a leading cause of much of the stomach problems we experience today, and get your bowels back into working order. You can nibble on the seeds or find an extract oil to include in a soothing drink or other meal. Those with diabetes, however, are told to be careful of their intake of caraway seeds. Remember that your best option is always to see a physician you trust that can provide you a more nuanced approach to your wellness needs.

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

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.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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