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The Essential Guide To Sh*t: 12 Best Methods To Relieve Constipation

The Essential Guide To Sh*t: 12 Best Methods To Relieve Constipation

The “potty problems” are something we all dread. Constipation is painful, it leaves you feeling gassy and bloated and it’s definitely a matter to be concerned about. If you are suffering from constipation from too long and there is bleeding, you should immediately consult a doctor. But following these natural remedies and precautions (tried and tested by my friends and relatives) will help you in the long run to avoid constipation.

1. Increase your fiber intake

There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Both can prevent constipation. Soluble fiber has cell walls that retain water within the cellular structures, making waste softer, larger, and thus, easier to pass through your intestines. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to your fecal material. Go for whole-grains, cereals and pastas. Wheat bran can be very effective as a natural laxative.

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    2. Some helpful foods

    Include runes, pears, broccoli, flax seeds, kiwi, carrots, beans, peaches, pineapples and figs in your diet regularly to make things easier. They are packed with vitamins, several minerals and lots of anti-oxidants too. They are packed with fibers and good for your intestines.

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      3. Avoid these food

      Avoid chocolates, dairy products in large quantities, red meat, bananas, and caffeine. Well, caffeine can go either way, depending on whether or not you are dehydrated already. If you are, avoid caffeine.

       

      4. Exercise regularly

      Maintain an active lifestyle. Running, jogging, stretching, swimming: any aerobic exercises will keep your digestive track healthy and puts impact on your intestines.

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        5. Herbal Teas and Warm Drinks

        Dandelion tea, senna tea, peppermint tea, green tea, black tea, fennel seed tea, burdock root tea, licorice root tea and clove tea are natural laxatives. Drink these separately or try mixing some of the ingredients together according to your taste, to make your own laxative tea. Sipping warm water throughout the day instead of cold water will also help.

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        6. Acupressure

        Some people say that acupressure also helps in constipation. A point called Large Intestine Four is located at the most elevated spot when the index finger and the thumb are placed close together. Applying pressure here might help.

         

        7. Changes in lifestyle

        Lead a healthy lifestyle. Stay hydrated, fix a schedule for your bowel movements, do not ignore the nature calls and limit the use of laxatives.

         

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        8. Avoid alcohol

        Alcohol dehydrates your body and electrolytes are lost which are essential to retain moisture in your stool. It suppresses intestinal peristalsis and kills the urge to move your bowels. Avoid alcohol strictly if you suffer from constipation.

         

        9. Yoga postures

        There are many yoga postures to relieve constipation but surya namaskaar (sun salutation) pose is the best and the most effective one. Performing this exercise, consisting of 12 poses, with synchronized breathing, heals the disorders related to liver, pancreas, indigestion, intestinal problems, and acidity, thus curing constipation.

         

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          10. Apply heat and massage

          Applying heat to the front of the pelvic area with a warm towel or heating pad may help as well. You can also try massaging your belly, with slight pressure, in a clockwise direction starting at the navel and moving your hands away from the center.

           

          11. Relax in steam baths

          Constipation might be a sign of toxicity. Instead of getting passed from the system, toxins get reabsorbed from the wastes. Relaxing in steam baths or having baths in warm water might help to relax the colon, detoxify your system and alleviate the symptoms of constipation.

           

          12. Medicines/Supplements

          If any of the above methods are not working for you, many drugs (laxatives) like lactulose or docusate, can help you to relieve chronic constipation but make sure to consult a doctor before starting any such medications.

          Featured photo credit: Andrew via flickr.com

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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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