At some point in your life you’ve probably had muscle cramps. They can occur during a workout or just when you move a certain way, or they may even wake you up in the middle of the night.
Muscle cramps are very common, and usually harmless, but they can be extremely painful, and can signal that something else is wrong within your body. While cramping an occur in any muscle, the lower legs and feet tend to be the most common.
If you’re suffering with muscle cramps, check out these 4 common causes and how to remedy the situation.
In order for cellular functions to happen correctly, cells need to be hydrated; keeping the proper balance of water and minerals. Muscle cramps are especially common in athletes and physical laborers, particularly in hot conditions when our bodies require much more water. If you’re experiencing regular cramping, increasing your water intake may be a simple solution.
Our bodies require a very delicate balance of minerals to be kept. As we sweat and our bodies continue basic functions, this delicate balance can be thrown off if we’re not regularly replenishing those minerals. And while potassium is often the most vilified when it comes to muscle cramps, sodium, calcium, and magnesium also play an important role. Many people assume that if they’re having muscle cramps it means they’re deficient in one or more of these minerals, but too much may also result in cramping.
You may need to change your diet, or increase or decrease your supplements. It’s important to speak with your doctor about what changes you can make to get your body back into balance.
Overusing any muscle can be a big cause of muscle cramping. Whether this is chronic overuse or a sudden change in intensity of your exercise routine, the nervous system is usually to blame here. When you’re really pushing yourself during a workout, your nerves can become overexcited and it can be difficult to calm them down. This is just another reason to take the time after every workout to cool down, stretch, and let your muscles and nervous system calm back down into a resting state. But if those deep cool downs aren’t cutting it, you may want to try backing off your workouts and see if your body adjusts. And if you still want to increase your intensity, just do it slowly.
LACK OF MOVEMENT
On the opposite end of the spectrum, too little movement can be just as detrimental and result in muscle cramps. Your nervous system is probably to blame here and it’s simply a malfunction of the nerves. A little stimulation to them can often solve this problem. If your job keeps you sitting all the time, try taking a 5-10 minute break every hour and just walk around the office.
It’s all about balance. Your body requires a delicate balance of water and minerals, movement and rest. If you’re experiencing muscle cramps, what changes can you make to get your body back into balance?
Reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, China and India and has been practised for thousands of years. It has become more popular in the UK since the 1960’s and today is a popular and effective treatment.
During reflexology the Reflexologist applies pressure to zones on the feet which correspond to areas within the body, doing this will aid health, reduce congestion, increase well-being, restore natural balance, de-stress, and relax. It supports the body’s own ability to correct and heal itself, bring back balance in the body.
What can reflexology do for you?
Every year during the holiday season, we get a serious urge to start working on our New Year’s resolutions. Everyone is deciding what it is they would like to change in the upcoming year in order to better themselves and that involves making new changes. For some this breeds anxiety and sometimes even sets them up for failure when thinking that their resolutions must match those of others. Be careful not to fall into that trap. Make a resolution that speaks to you! Only you know where you’re at in your life, the things you struggle with, and the things you could work on. What means a lot to you may not mean a lot to others. What will be a massive change for you, may be a minor change for others and vice versa.
The key in making changes that will be encouraging and not discouraging is a lot easier than you may think. The first step is to find a small block of time that you can reflect. Use this time to write down the areas in your life that make you happy and bring you joy. Also, use this time to write down the areas of your life that you feel are lacking. Are these areas that you can adjust? Are these areas that may take a team effort? The main goal is to address the things that you can take on without the help of others, then maybe you can take on ones that require a little more involvement. Don’t try to make some massive life change immediately, but prioritize the most important changes that need to be made and start from there. They may be interconnected, so start with the changes that need to come first, then you can move on to the others.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Once you have decided on what changes you would like to make in your life, break them down into smaller “bites”. If you take on a daunting task, expecting to tackle it all at once, you are setting yourself up for failure as there are very few people that can switch our minds and bodies over that quickly to make a lasting change. Write down steps that need to be taken to accomplish your goal and go from there. Create a timeline that is achievable for you to implement these changes. It may help to give yourself time when making changes to adjust before you move on to the next change. It may help to set guidelines in order to keep yourself on track. Just remember not to get discouraged if you are struggling with changes. Take a moment to ask yourself why you are struggling with that change. Does it create negative feelings you were unaware of? What steps can you take to work through these negative feelings? Once you have solved the issue, adjust your time line and stay on track.
The most important thing to remember is to give yourself grace when things don’t go as planned. You have made goals in order to go in a positive direction, that is the hardest step to take! Some may never take that step. If you aren’t achieving the changes you planned in the time frame you expected that’s okay. Continue to pursue those changes. We are all a CONSTANT work in progress. To be successful in life no matter the title (stay at home parent, corporate manager, retail worker, etc.), you must always be striving to improve. People aren’t just born with greatness, they strive to gain it, and what greatness means to one person may be completely different to you. That’s the beauty of it all.
Maintain an open conversation with yourself and regardless of the outcome you will make progress.
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Why Use An Essential Oil Diffuser?
Diffusing essential oils is a great way to maximise the benefits of aromatherapy and it is far better for your health and well-being than spraying artificial scents or burning scented candles.
The limbic system (the emotional centre of your brain) is strongly linked to smell. This is why the smell of fresh baking, for example, will invoke a happy memory!
Benefits of Using An Essential Oil Diffuser
How Do I Diffuse Essential Oils?
Simply add some drops of an essential oil and the required water to a diffuser, it will use ultrasonic vibrations to transform water into mist and this will disperse through your room.
Which Oils Do I Use?
Essential oils have different properties, and they can help in so many ways. Below are just a few ideas:
InnoGear 150ml Essential Oil Diffuser
This is the diffuser that I have been using, it’s not too big, or too small. It’s just right for the office, lounge, bedroom, and is small enough to take it with you when you travel. It also has 7 colour changing mood light which gives off a lovely soft glow.
Here is a link to this diffuser if you’d like to buy one for yourself.
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