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So You’ve Got a Sunburn…Here’s What To Do

So You’ve Got a Sunburn…Here’s What To Do

Gaining a golden-brown glow by putting in no more effort than simply spending time in the warm, summer sun sounds like a dream. Who wouldn’t want to bathe in the rays of the sun while relaxing outside? Even with the knowledge of just how harsh the sun can be on humans’ skin, people still choose to tan in the sun on a fairly regular basis. Although this activity is enjoyed by many, it has some drawbacks that can turn this sunny, summer dream into a nightmare.

This story begins with you lying down poolside for some fun with your friends. Everyone is in and out of the water without giving much thought to whether or not you applied your sunscreen. You have indeed skipped that step and opted to tan without any protection from the sun.

Now it’s time to pack up and you’re on your way inside the house when it happens – your skin begins to burn. You reach for the affected area and immediately regret that move. You’ve got sunburn and your skin has become sensitive to touch. You neglected to cover all the exposed areas of your body and equipped with this information, the sun chose to play a cruel joke on you. Your skin is inflamed and you’re in pain, but aren’t sure what to do. Try not to panic: there are some ways to bring you relief.

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1. Start by taking aspirin or ibuprofen

If taken within 24 hours of the sunburn, these medicines will help relieve the inflammation that you’ll suffer as a result of the burn.

2. Apply lots of lotion to your skin

The sun did a number on you, including removing moisture from your skin. Restore this moisture to your skin by slathering on lotion that contains calming ingredients such as aloe vera. It will not only moisturize your skin, but soothe it as well.

3. Cold water helps

Soak a washcloth in cold water and use it on your skin to soothe the burn.

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4. Drink plenty of water

Following sunburn, many people are dehydrated. Be sure to replace the fluids in your body by drinking lots of water.

5. Apply sunscreen

Preventing sunburn is as simple as coating your body with sunscreen that has a high SPF count and avoiding exposure to the sun when its rays are at their strongest, between 10am and 4pm Sunscreen can help even after you’ve been affected by sunburn, though. You should use sunscreen to continually repair your skin.

6. Take a calming bath

Treat yourself to a soothing bath that contains baking soda or oatmeal. This will comfort you as you work to repair the damage that the sun has left behind.

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7. Cornstarch is a good option

Although your skin is tender, you cannot avoid coming into contact with some surfaces such as clothing and underwear. Try using cornstarch on those areas in order to make it easier to feel fabrics against your skin.

8. Look for Lidocaine

Lidocaine is an active ingredient found in many topical pain relievers. When searching for a skin cream or spray to temporarily relieve you of pain, make sure it is one that contains Lidocaine.

It’s understandable that you want an enviable skin tone, one that you can obtain free of cost. After spending all that time in the sun, however, you’ll ultimately be paying a bigger price than you ever would have by purchasing a bottle of self-tanner. Exposing yourself to the sun’s inviting yet harmful rays for prolonged periods of time without proper protection places you in painful predicaments such as dealing with wicked sunburn, and can eventually lead to skin cancer.

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There’s nothing wrong with enjoying time outdoors as long as you are sure to practice safe habits while in the sun. This includes protecting your skin from the sun’s negative effects. You may have suffered sunburn this time, but you’ll survive it and can go on to use this story as a lesson about preserving the health of your skin.

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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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