By Angela Bekiaris
Sinus problems take place when too much mucus builds up in the cavities behind your face. This causes one or more of these cavities to become swollen or inflamed. For some – especially those with asthma or allergies – it occurs regularly and can lead to pressure around then nose, bad-tasting postnasal drip, headache, exhaustion, or other symptoms.
Coping With Sinusitis
Got the sniffles? Bet it’s making your day-to-day duties really difficult. There are ways to deal with sinusitis, though – and naturally, too. Everydayhealth.com shares some tips to help those sinus sufferers out there, especially as the season changes.
1. Heat Up (Or Steam Up) Your Face: This is one of the most effective home remedies out there. Inhaling steam will help open up the passageways and soothe the sinus tissue, say experts. So whether you stand in the shower while it’s running, or boil a pot of water and tent a towel over your head as you lean over the pot, make sure to try this method out before hitting the pharmacy.
2. Irrigate Your Sinuses: Find out about nasal washes or a nasal douche and get started immediately.
3. Hit A Yoga Class: Yep, it seems yoga is good for just about anything. Experts say the exercise programme could help you feel better – a supported yoga pose where your head is elevated will help you feel better without putting too much pressure on your sinuses, claims Leslie Kazadi, a certified yoga therapist who teaches around Los Angeles and online.
4. Stay Hydrated: Experts say drinking liquids will help ease sinus pain and loosen congestion. When you’re hydrated you decrease the thickness of sinus mucus so it flows easily, explain medical professionals, who add that when you’re blocked up you should also stay away from caffeinated or alcoholic drinks.
Stimulate Mind & Body
Exercise isn’t just for fantastic abs.
There are so many ways to get the body and the mind into gear. Here are some to try out this week:
1. Gardening: While it’s a light form of exercise, gardening is a great way to burn some calories and stay in shape. Plus it helps keep the mind active and happy. Did you know that gardening develops muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness? Plus, while it burns calories, it also has a calming effect on you which helps relieve tension and distract you from current worries. You’re also gaining more by being outdoors – a little vitamin D is great for everyone.
2. Stand-Up Paddling: This is a great way to tone those arms as paddling strengthens the upper body muscles, but it’s also a relaxing workout, where the body and mind calm down thanks to the scenery and motion. (And just to get you more excited, it’s a great way to work on those abs!)
3. Bush Walking: This is a fabulous way to tone the whole body – from your thighs to your calves, and your brain. Bushwalking is a great way to burn calories, as well as help you de-stress and stay calm, even if it’s just for the duration of the walk. The sunshine, the trees and the bird life is a perfect way to take things slow and forget about things for a little while.
4. Cycling: Yes, it is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy, but it’s also a fantastic way to just switch off from reality for a while. While some enjoy it as a hobby, and others take it to extreme lengths, it has benefits for both beginners and advanced. Experts explain that the rhythmic movement of cycling can distract your mind from cares and worries while you take in the sights and enjoy the scenery and fresh air.
5. Tennis: What a fun way to stay healthy from head to toe! It’s enjoyable, it’s social and it has a bunch of health benefits such as keeping you fit, teaching you how to stay focused and relieving stress. Who knew hitting a little green ball could have so many, er, advantages, right?
6. Yoga: We know that yoga is great for body and mind, but do you know why? Not only does it help tone your body in a calm and relaxing atmosphere, but a little yoga session a week could keep you calm and controlled too, say experts. Yoga has been dubbed the ultimate mind-body exercise – for young