It’s summer and the living is easy! But is it healthy? One way to live easy & healthy is to protect yourself from the sun. Wearing sunscreen is good but wearing a hat is better. Is it the Right Hat?
Does the hat you are wearing protect your from the sun? This is a good rule of thumb from Dr. Frank Perna of the National Cancer Institute. ” He says that if you can see through the clothing, so can the sun. And UV can pass through it and it will not provide you the optimum protection. Did you know that some clothes actually are now marked with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) You should also choose a large brimmed hat and one that covers your ears and neck. Looks like My hat above would not cut the mustard!
What kind of hats do you use during the summer to protect your face and head from the sun?
Too Often, we put ourselves last in the chain of self-care. It is critical to put your own self care first. I’ve learned this from my family, my friends and, oh so many of my clients.
Think about the last time you were on an airplane. Did you even listen to the flight attendant when she was going through safety features of the plane? Did you hear her/him say “In the case of emergency, oxygen masks may become necessary. Please place your mask on first and then assist with others.” It’s a basic example of how vital it is to take care of yourself to help others. It’s an example well known. And, one that often is used in articles like this one.
My Dad & I taking Self-Care time together ~ resting & relaxing at the family’s summer home.
If we don’t take care of ourselves, truly no one else will. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, then others will suffer. We are heading into Father’s Day Time. Let me ask you this: What ‘father’ do you know has taken the time for self-care well? I do know some but they are few and far between. They, too often, run themselves thin. They work hard both at the office and at home. They devote 100% to their families and often don’t take the time to care for themselves. (I put father in quotes above because there is a little father in each and every one of us.)
What is self-care? It’s a combination of many, many factors. It’s taking time to eat well, be active and socialize with friends and family. How often does a ‘father’ need to simply grab a beer with a friend but doesn’t do it? How often does a ‘father’ complain of back pain and yet, won’t take the time for a half hour massage to alleviate it? How often does a ‘father’ put themselves last before all others?
Too often. Self-care is critical and it comes in all shapes and sizes. So my question to you today is “How will you put your own oxygen mask on?”
Many of my clients suffer from sinus pain, and the spring allergy season brings out the worst of it. While here are the obvious over-the-counter remedies and holistic approaches to get relief, if you can avoid the triggers in the first place, the pain will not be there, right? But who wants to stay indoors on a beautiful spring day?
Here are a few acupressure points, along with some other helpful tips, can ease the pain when it occurs.
Acupressure Points for Sinus Pain
Apply firm pressure and hold each for 3 – 4 minutes with fingers at a 90 degree angle in relation to the face or head while the chin is horizontal to the ground:
->the indentation of the inner eye next to where the bridge of the nose meets the eyebrows.
->the area below the center of the nose above the lip
->at the base of the nostrils just outside of them
Tips for Relief
-> Use an ice pack apply to sinus areas ~ forehead and over the bridge of nose toward base of eyes
-> Try a neti pot to irrigate the tissues and it’s linings
-> Drink adequate water throughout your day.
-> Use aromatherapy Steam – boil water in a pot, turn off heat, add some rosemary leaves or a few drops of eucalyptus. Then put a towel over your head, and put your face over the pot to breathe in the steam for several minutes. -> Get a Sinus Relief Massage ~ preferably by a therapist who has a specialty in acupressure facial techniques
-> See your doctor if there are signs of infection or pain lasts several days.
By doing these simple things, you should be able to relax and enjoy the spring ~ even for the hardest hit sinus sufferer.