5. Mid-Morning Munchies
If mid-morning snacking is causing you to pack on the pounds, then it may be time to overhaul your morning eating routine. Grabbing a bowl of sugary cereal in the morning or making do with only a cup of coffee can provide an energy rush that quickly dissipates. Maintain your energy level throughout the morning by providing your body with a fiber-rich, nutrient-packed breakfast. Include fiber and protein in your morning meal to keep your belly feeling full until lunchtime. Good choices include oatmeal topped with nuts and berries or a slice of whole grain toast topped with nut butter and sliced bananas.
4. Mild Case of the Blues
Depression is a sign that chemicals in your brain have gotten out of whack. If you experience signs of depression such as listlessness, a loss of interest in pleasurable activities, insomnia, or excessive sleepiness, be sure to contact your physician. Meanwhile, it can be a normal part of life to experience moments of feeling blue. When you find yourself feeling down, take time to reflect on and enjoy the beautiful things in life that make you happy. Get out for a walk in the fresh air and sunshine. Hug a friend. Sniff a bouquet of flowers or sip your favorite tea.
3. Nasal Congestion
Allergies, sinus infections, and the flu can all cause an aggravating stuffy nose. While bacterial infections require antibiotic treatment, many times nasal congestion is caused by viruses. Since viruses do not respond to antibiotics, it is crucial to keep yourself comfortable and able to breathe while you wait out the infection. Using a humidifier can help moisturize nasal tissues and ease breathing. Drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated. Avoid irritants such as smoke. Overusing a nasal decongestant can cause rebound congestion. Instead, try using a nasal saline spray to safely relieve your symptoms.