Just Say No…And Mean It.

By CysterWigs Contributor

Agreeing to take on extra projects at work, helping someone move on your day off, or even reluctantly accepting an invitation to go out with friends – you agree to it when you really don’t want to. We’ve all been there, right? Even though saying yes can make us feel useful and important, it can lead to stress, anxiety, and resentment. But, most of the time, we only have ourselves to blame.

It’s understandable – saying no may feel aggressive or rude, like you’re rejecting the person who’s making the request. But in reality, you saying no doesn’t make you the “bad guy.” In fact, learning how to say no is an effective skill that will help you benefit in your career, personal life, and even when it comes to your own well-being in the long run. Saying no is an essential element to building a more fulfilling, authentic life.

Here are 5 things to keep in mind when saying no:

You are not an unlimited resource – set boundaries with your time and resources because you only have a limited supply to go around. If you give it all away, you’ll have nothing left for yourself.

Be selfish – put your own needs first, not those of the people asking something of you. Your goals matter the most. So, if the asks are not conducive to your needs or goals, you don’t have to entertain them.

Be firm – you don’t need to explain every time you say no. You have every right to make the decision that’s best for you. If someone can’t respect your answer, they definitely don’t deserve an explanation. You also don’t need to apologize. Give a firm no and don’t waver.

Just say it – don’t be afraid to be direct. Beating around the bush only makes things more awkward. If you don’t want to attend a party, just say so. That’s way better than lying. You don’t have to rage out with your answer. You can just say that you appreciate the invite, but partying is not your jam.

When you say no, you’re making room for a bigger yes – make intentional choices with your time. The biggest advantage of saying no: it frees you to say yes to people and opportunities that truly matter to you. Don’t feel bad about passing on an event or turning someone down. There will be other events and please know that your rejection is not the first time that anyone has been told no.

Trust us. If you start saying no more, you’ll feel less stressed and more like yourself.

10 Benefits of Drinking Tea

By CysterWigs Contributor

For centuries, tea has been a refreshing or comforting go-to no matter what season it is. Studies have shown that natural teas come with quite a few benefits. They are packed with flavonoids and antioxidants that can help prevent ailments in a natural and effective way. The effect of teas may depend on the variety you choose to consume. From green, black, oolong, white or pu-erh teas, each one offers its own set of perks. Here are just 10 ways that tea consumption could possibly boost your overall health.

Health Benefits of drinking teas

True tea is usually obtained from the plant Camellia sinensis. The health boosting content comes from the high amount of antioxidants present in it. These teas also contain polyphenols as well as catechins that are known to be beneficial for our body.

1. Lowers stress levels
Tea is known to relieve stress and promote relaxation. It reduces the release of the hormone cortisol (which is known to increase stress). According to one study, after drinking black tea for six weeks, the test subject showed a significant decrease in stress. It was also found that tea could be helpful in stress recovery. Green tea contains high amounts of polyphenols that fight stress and anxiety, however, green tea is known to contain a higher caffeine content than white tea. If you’re trying to avoid caffeine, always check the label before you buy.

2. Reduces cholesterol
Another great benefit obtained from teas is reduced cholesterol. Tea can help inhibiting cholesterol absorption from the large intestine. Chinese tea or pu-erh tea has been reported to have a better ability to reduce high cholesterol. Besides, green tea is also effective in lowering both LDL and triglycerides in an incredible way.

3. Improves focus
The catechins present in tea has been known to prevent brain aging that’s incurred due to stress. The combination of L-theanine and caffeine present in teas is also found to be helpful in improving the memory and reaction time, thereby making you feel more alert and focused.

4. Improves heart health
Consumption of green tea may help in reducing heart diseases in a natural way. It aids in lowering the levels of fibrinogen. Fibrinogen is a substance present in the body that promotes the formation of clots, thereby leading to strokes. In a study on the effect of green tea on coronary artery diseases, it was found that the consumption of tea was associated with a lower risk of the condition. The study also revealed that the presence of polyphenolic antioxidants was helpful in preventing atherosclerosis.

5. Helps with weight loss
Some teas such as Pu-erh tea, green tea and black tea are highly effective in reducing belly fat. Pu-erh tea helps in lowering the blood triglycerides as well as blood sugar levels. This can promote weight loss in a natural way. It suppresses weight gain due to its anti-obesity effect on the body. On the other hand, black tea, being high in flavonoids, has been shown to induce weight loss in an effective way.

6. Lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Aging can significantly alter your brain function. Drinking tea can keep your brain functioning in a better way. Multiple studies have shown that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons in test tubes and animal models, and potentially lower the risks of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Besides, tea is also known to improve overall brain functioning by increasing attention and enhancing memory.

7. Fights allergies
Tea has been used in many parts of the world for many years to combat allergies. During the springtime when allergies are caused more easily, tea may help you prevent them naturally. Black tea contains theaflavins, which are found to lower the chances of allergic reactions in individuals consuming it. Another tea that may help reduce allergies is green as it is high in quercetin. This compound not only provides a distinct color to the tea but also inhibits the immune reaction that leads to allergies.

8. Reduces inflammation
Whether it is black tea, oolong tea or green tea, all are helpful in reducing inflammation in the body. This is due to the presence of the polyphenols that foster an anti-inflammatory action to the body when consumed on a regular basis. Teas also help in enhancing your immune system, thereby reducing the risk of many ailments that are caused by low immunity. Tea is known to improve the concentration of T-cells in the body which increases the ability of the immune system to fight better against infections, both viral and bacterial.

9. Helps reduce your risk of blindness
Drinking tea on a regular basis is a great way to maintain your vision. Teas have been found to be highly beneficial for reducing the progression of cataract and keep your eye lenses in good form. Black tea and green tea contain a high concentration of antioxidants that may help in reducing the chances of cataracts and prevent blindness.

10. Fights Cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, tea may greatly help in the prevention of cancer. The polyphenolic compounds present in green tea such as EGCG as well as the theaflavins present in black tea are high in antioxidants. Therefore, these compounds have a protective action on the body. They help in preventing DNA damage and reduce the risk of cancer. The detoxification action of green tea may inhibit the development of tumors in the body. The polyphenols present in teas have also been found to hinder proliferation of the tumor cells.
Teas can be highly beneficial for the health when consumed in moderate amounts. The effect of tea on your body will depend on which tea you choose to drink. It is important to know that tea contains caffeine in small amounts. Black tea contains a higher amount of caffeine as compared to other teas. The caffeine content in teas also depends on the time of brewing. The more you brew, the more caffeine gets extracted in your tea. Green tea and white tea has less amount of caffeine present in it. If the caffeine content affects your health, you may choose white teas and steep them for a shorter time to reduce the caffeine content.

Note: CysterWigs is in no way recommending that you use tea to treat any ailments. If you are experiencing any issues, please talk to your doctor.

Resources
https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/tea-types-and-their-health-benefits#1
https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17286/9-surprising-health-benefits-of-drinking-tea.html
https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/preventing-illness/the-health-benefits-of-tea
https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/10-possible-health-benefits-of-drinking-tea
https://www.today.com/series/one-small-thing/top-10-health-benefits-drinking-tea-t81111
https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/teas-brain-function-10941.html
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/weight-loss-tea#section3
http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/health-benefits-of-tea/
https://www.teatulia.com/tea-101/caffeine-in-tea.html
https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/tea-fact-sheet#q3

HOW STRESS AFFECTS THE SKIN

Stress is present in our daily lives. The pressure at work, family problems, difficulties in studies, etc. are some stressors that can adversely affect your appearance and body as a whole. Stress negatively affects us everyday thanks to the frenetic pace of life and the high levels of self-imposed activities to which we are subjected. Thus, in times of increased workload, our skin might be dull, lifeless, have enlarged pores or even be quite red. Also, one of the worst consequences of stressed skin is the decrease of its protective barrier, so it becomes fragile and more sensitive to external aggressions.

How stress affects the skin

Stress can trigger a chemical reaction in the body to become more sensitive and reactive. Have you observed that when you’re stressed, you get more pimples? This is because the skin produces more cortisol and other hormones in your body, which tells the sebaceous glands to produce more fat, which causes acne and other conditions. Stress can worsen existing skin problems such as:

Psoriasis – a condition that occurs when cells grow too fast causing irritation
Rosacea – a condition that produces permanent redness, swelling, pimples, and visible veins
Eczema – a condition that causes redness, swelling, and itching. It is common for people with skin conditions to feel insecure and thereby experience more stress, making the problem worse.

Stress can also trigger an adverse effect on the barrier function of the skin, thereby causing water loss and reducing the skin’s ability to heal itself especially after an injury has occurred. This can be evident in people with pre-existing skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, as it slows the entire healing process down. It also dries out the skin. Depending on your body’s reaction to the increased production of cortisol, your skin can end up becoming too dry. Cortisol can hinder the elasticity of the skin and water retention, thus dehydrating your dermis.

Remedies

Relax your mind. Many stressed people forget that they can embody a way of life that limits stress altogether. It is essential you take time every day to meditate or relax. Even taking a few deep breaths can help ease stress.

Nourish your body. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains and whole fruits and vegetables. Fish containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and herring is especially suitable for your skin.

Exercise. Physical activity boosts circulation, which battles the effects that adrenaline can have on the skin. In other words, physical activity helps your complexion. When there is more blood flow to the skin, there are also fewer toxins, less cellulite and more healthy, radiant-looking skin.

Sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in limiting cortisol. During sleep, our skin repairs what has been damaged during the day. Make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep for healthy stress-free skin.

To Sum Things Up…

The correct way to minimize stress is to live healthily: sleep well, hydrate and have a fixed work routine that is pleasant as possible. Say goodbye to stress and give way to healthy skin full of life — hydrated and perfectly renewed!


You can see all of Julia’s posts here.

Take Charge of Your Wellbeing with Essential Oils

By CysterWigs Contributor

Essential oils have been used as an effective alternative medicine for ages. Since the oils are extracted from plants, they can contain the most beneficial and medicinal extracts of the plants. The smallest amount of essential oil can go a long way and provides numerous benefits that can help improve your mind, body, and soul.

The extraction of essential oil is usually done using the leaves, flowers, bark, stem, seeds as well as other parts of a plant that have a high medicinal value. Each oil may possesses a distinct aroma that has a soothing effect on the body and mind. Due to this reason, these oils are extensively used in aromatherapy.

Essential oil Benefits and Uses

* Promotes relaxation

Certain aromatic scents of essential oils may help in promoting relaxation while reducing everyday stress and anxiety. For instance, you can simply diffuse a little bit of lavender essential oil in your room for a relaxing effect.

* Improves brain functioning

Some essential oils can stimulate brain function by increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain. Diffusing aromatic oils such as peppermint and rosemary in your surrounding may help in increasing focus and alertness. It may also help in boosting your energy level.

* Better digestion

Some essential oil when consumed in low concentration may support digestion and reduce the symptoms of diarrhea as well as treat leaky gut. You can take peppermint oil, ginger oil, and fennel essential oil for this purpose. If you are currently taking medications, just be sure to check with your doctor before you start to make sure there are no interaction risks.

* Pain management

Eucalyptus oil is a great natural remedy for muscle aches and pains. Before applying this oil to the body, make sure you mix it with a carrier oil like coconut, jojoba, sweet almond or avocado oils. There are a lot more carrier oils out there. You can google them or talk to someone who works in the cosmetics section of your local health food store. Along with a carrier oil, you can also mix eucalyptus oil with cypress and wintergreen oils to make an effective pain relieving balm. For headaches, try applying peppermint essential oil to your temples to relieve tension. Again, you’ll want to mix this essential oil with a carrier oil before applying.

* Makes skin beautiful

Essential oils have a detoxifying and anti-aging effect on the skin. The antioxidant and antibacterial natures of these essential oils are great for flawless skin. Try mixing tea tree oil in your facial cleanser to get rid of acne and blisters. Or, you can add sandalwood, lavender, geranium and frankincense oils to an unscented lotion to make an effective anti-aging cream for your skin.

Essential oils have many more benefits. They can help soothe bug bites and eliminate pests from your house. Some essential oils have antibacterial effects, while others have relaxing and calming effects. Some oils may alleviate symptoms of diseases whereas some are used to enhance your beauty. In a nutshell, essential oils not only make you healthy and beautiful, but they can also uplift your mood and make you happier.

Resources

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-use-essential-oils-guide-essential-oil-benefits-and-essential-oil-uses

https://draxe.com/essential-oil-uses-benefits/

http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=24658

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5447774/

Five Myths About Hair Loss

By CysterWigs Contributor

As common as hair loss is, you would think that most people understand the basic mechanisms of how it caused and a sense of effective treatment options. However, this is not always the case. There are so many old wives’ tales and fake news articles on the topic that it can be hard to know who to trust or what to do when you find yourself in this predicament.

We’ve taken a few of the most common hair loss myths and debunked them for you. Some are more outrageous than others and they actually might make you chuckle as you read along.

Standing on your head will make your hair grow back.

This inversion method requires you to stand on your head for three to five minutes to allow extra blood flow to your scalp to stimulate hair growth. Some people report that they have noticed upwards of an inch of growth in two weeks. Now before you reach for your yoga mat and head for the nearest wall, remember that the brain is situated just under the scalp and has an ample blood supply. Also, there are no recorded cases of hair loss due to low blood supply.

Male pattern baldness is passed down through the mother only.

Genetic androgenic alopecia is a dominant trait and can be passed down from either parent. Even if you father doesn’t have hair loss but your maternal grandfather did, it is likely you will. Also, there is not just one gene for hair loss. There are many different types affected by several factors which may or may not be genetic. In these cases, it may only be expressed from a small genetic factor and be majority environmental or the other way round.

Shampooing daily will make your hair fall out.

Regular shampooing with good quality products won’t have any effect on existing hair loss or cause your hair to fall out. All it will do is keep your hair clean or in the worst case scenario encourage excess oil production and make it feel a little more greasy. Weird right?!?

Biotin and other supplements make your hair grow back.

There are no scientific studies that show that Biotin has any effect on hair loss. In fact, it can actually cause severe acne and other side-effects in high doses. Supplements should only be taken when directed by physician to treat a deficiency. If incorrect amounts of vitamins and minerals are ingested, they could have negative effects on the body, including throwing off it’s sensitive balance.

Cutting your hair will make it grow back faster.

Your hair grows from the roots not the tips, so cutting the ends will not have any effect on the rate of hair growth. It is important to note that if you suffer from breakage, trimming the hair can prevent split ends and damage to the hair shaft. If your hair is damaged, it will seem like your hair isn’t growing.

So now when you hear these myths about hair loss, we hope you’ll be able to hit people with a few truths and educate the masses.