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Exercising can sometimes lead to headaches and seeing spots if you are tired, overexerting yourself or…

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Exercising can sometimes lead to headaches and seeing spots if you are tired, overexerting yourself or are dehydrated. In some cases, the exercise itself may be causing your headache, which can be reason for concern depending on the underlying cause. Exercise may be simply exacerbating another condition, such as a migraine headache. If you have headaches and see spots consistently while exercising, consult a doctor.

Exercise Headaches

Exercise headaches, also referred to as exertional headaches, occur during or after heavier exercise, such as running, swimming or weightlifting. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise headaches are divided into two categories. Primary exercise headaches result solely from exercise and are harmless. What causes them is unclear, but they can be treated with medication. Secondary exercise headaches result from another underlying cause, such as problems with the blood vessels of the brain and heart. Primary exercise headaches last from 5 minutes to 48 hours while secondary exercise headaches often last a day or more. Both types of headaches share symptoms of a throbbing, bilateral headache, but a secondary exercise headache can also have symptoms of vomiting, double vision and neck rigidity. If these symptoms occur, seek immediate medical attention.

Hypertension

One in three American adults and two out of three of those over 65 suffer from hypertension, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, has a variety of causes. While lack of exercise can be a cause, if hypertension is uncontrolled, exercise can make the symptoms more noticeable. In addition to headaches and visual disturbances, you may also experience nausea, confusion and seizures. Consult your doctor to have your blood pressure monitored.

Migraines

Migraine headaches are a common cause of throbbing headaches accompanied by visual disturbances. The cause of migraines is not clearly understood, but it’s believed that genetics and environmental factors play a role. Migraines are complicated and can have a variety of symptoms, but they are most often described as throbbing and on one side of your head. Some migraine sufferers experience visual distortions, such as seeing spots or flashes of light. Sensitivity to light is also a common symptom. Exercising is not a cause of migraines, but it may make one worse or more noticeable because of the increased blood flow to your brain.

Other Causes

Lack of nutrition, fatigue and dehydration can all affect the amount of blood flow to the brain, leading to headaches and visual problems, such as seeing spots, particularly during exercise. To avoid dehydration, drink one to three cups of water before exercise and drink plenty of water during and after. Eat a smaller meal 2 to 4 hours before exercising and get plenty of rest the night before. If you forgot to eat or otherwise skipped your meal, eat a small snack no fewer than 30 minutes before exercising.

Treatment

As soon as you start to feel a headache coming on or you start to see spots, stop exercising and rest. Drink some water or eat a small snack if you suspect dehydration or lack of food is causing your problem. If the headache doesn’t go away, or is accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, stiff neck or the feeling like you are going to faint, seek immediate medical attention. If you regularly experience headaches and see spots while exercising, refrain from exercising until you consult a doctor. There are some serious medical disorders that could be the culprit and exercise could make any underlying problems worse.

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5 Lifestyle Changes You Should Do in 2020

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Doing various lifestyle changes can be difficult especially when you attempt to initiate huge modifications that merely remain unfulfilled over time. Experts assert that planning small changes is more practical and achievable in real life.

Drink more water

The regular intake of water provides a multitude of benefits. Water helps reduce the frequency of migraines; it helps slow down aging; it aids in digestion; it assists in weight loss, among others. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water each day provides you with more energy, enabling you to manage the daily grind.

Go for daily walks

We all know that exercise helps keep us healthy, as well. However, not everyone has the time—or inclination—to start a rigorous and time-consuming exercise routine. Nonetheless, you can still keep yourself healthy by taking daily walks. You can start by taking a walk after you get up from bed each day and then do another round when you get home from work in the afternoon. If you are working from home, take several breaks and walk in your front yard or garden for a few minutes each time.

Begin writing a gratitude journal

Stress gets accumulated due to the many upheavals of daily life. There is a lot to complain about and work can become too stressful at times. You should know, though, that stress and worry can be debilitating to your health. Starting a gratitude diary allows you to destress yourself, realize how blessed you are, and allow catharsis to unfold.

Do a few minutes of reflection and meditation

Because you tend to be so busy each day, you forget to find time to reassess all the things that you are already blessed with. Worries are everyday facts of living. However, you do not have to dwell on them all the time. Find a few minutes to reflect upon the good things in life. Stay still and silent for a bit. Listen to the birds and smell some flowers if you can.

Ask for help when you need it

The funny thing about most people is that it is considered a crime to ask help from others. Most people think that admitting the need for help is tantamount to admitting weakness—a terrible blunder for one’s dignity. However, it is essential to remember that no one’s perfect and that a lot of us need assistance from time to time. Learning to lower yourself and admit the need for aid ultimately lightens your soul—and even helps you learn the virtue of humility.

In essence

It is necessary to plan some changes in your life. These changes can help lighten your everyday burden and eventually welcome more positivity in the different aspects of your existence. However, you should start with doing small modifications. Keeping them small allows you to easily fulfill them because big goals tend to be too difficult especially when you’re too busy trying to keep up with the daily hustle and bustle. Also, laugh a little. Accept your frailty and be at peace with the world.    

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8 Ways of Dealing with People You Don’t Like

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It always helps to note that no one in this world is perfect, according to the author of “A Paperboy’s Fable: The 11 Principles to Success,” Deep Patel. That means that everyone, including you, is filled with various weaknesses and strengths that need to be considered when attempting to understand someone else.

Patel highlights several tips for dealing with people you don’t like. He asserts that it is essential for everyone to learn—and remember—these tips, especially since the failure to do so may only mean limiting oneself in the process.

Accept that you cannot deal with everyone

Patel says that it is normal not to like everyone. Each person has his own personality. Some may have a dominant personality, and others may have a timid one. However, this does not mean that you are a “bad person,” which does not mean that the other person is one.

Attempt to find positivity in the other’s words

It is always essential to give someone the benefit of the doubt. Not everyone is out to sabotage you, and you aren’t always about to hurt anyone, too. Hence, even when someone else says something hurtful, it may not be meant that way for the other person. Learning to pick through the other’s words of the other person may be helpful, as well.

Stay in touch with your emotions

Patel also mentions that our emotions play a significant role in understanding the people around us. Our feelings can affect how we view others. As they say, when you are in a bad mood, you also tend to see the world as ugly. In contrast, feeling good tends to make us see the world in a more benevolent light.

Try not to take things personally, and put some space

Taking things personally all the time can also hinder understanding. Emotions play a massive part in analysis. Staying objective lets us see the bigger picture and permit empathy to arise. Put some space between you and the person you don’t like, as well. This will further allow you to look at things more objectively.

Calmly express how you feel and find a referee

When you’re about to burst, try to relax yourself first. Spontaneity can be good at times, although saying what you feel when you feel so may further damage communication. Try to soften your words and say things in a quiet, relaxed voice. You can also find a mediator to help you communicate your thoughts better.

Choose your battles

Remember also that not all battles are worth your time. As they say, try not to go down to the other’s level. If you can still ignore them, then you are free to do so.

Never be defensive

Defensiveness means you are on your way to the losing end. It is always best to state facts and avoid having to explain everything you say. As long as you aren’t doing anything wrong, there shouldn’t be a reason for you to explain yourself to anyone.

You are in control of your own happiness

In the end, you are the one in control of yourself—and your own happiness. Never let anyone dictate how you act or feel. When you let others irk you to no end, you are merely allowing them to control you.

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Black Designers Celebrated During the Milan Fashion Week

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Five designers were part of the Black Lives Matter campaign in the Italian fashion group of the event. A name inspired by the international movement trending worldwide as a form of protest against racial injustice. However, due to the pandemic, the event was one of the first fashion week’s virtual shows. The digital event named We are made in Italy was filmed at Milan’s grand Palazzo Clerici and hosted the summer/spring 2021 collections of Joy Meribel, Karim Daoudi, Mokudu Fall, Claudia Gisele Ntsama, and Fabiola Manirakiza. As Manirakiza was initially from Burundi, Mokodu Fall and Claudia Giselle Ntsama grew up with a family of tailors from Cameroon. At the same time, Karim Daoudi was born in Morocco, and Joy Meribel grew up in Nigeria. The five designers were mentored by the only black member of the Italian fashion council, Stella Jean. The Italian-Haitian was also campaigning against racism in the industry. According to Jean, Made in Italy used to represent itself around the world as a white concept. However, now it is no longer like this as the new Italy doesn’t want to be part of it.

Going against the grain

According to the Italian high fashion black designers, they believe that it is essential to show the world that Made in Italy doesn’t correspond to any particular color.  They want to abolish the prejudice of being Italian means being white. They claim that this world we live in is a world that only a few know of its existence, and even fewer are able to enjoy it. 

However, since the show was dedicated to black Italian designers of Milan’s fashion week for the first time, it’s debut was the marking point in the official calendar. A strong move of the organizers in the hope of highlighting the lack of diversity in the industry. 

According to Stella Jean, it is quite depressing to think that most Italian brands enjoyed by worldwide attention have a mass amount of influence on billions of people who don’t even realize that an entire generation in Italy is asking for a voice and space.

Jean demands that the sector governing body support black designers and have called out Italian fashion houses to confront racism.

Making a permanent mark

Some may even say that predominantly, Italy has shown blindness to horrifying racing hiding underneath its skin. 

Jean claims that it is unfair that some people remain invisible. Italian brands tend to pretend not to see them and give most of their attention in an inappropriate way towards the Black Lives Matter movements outside of Italy. Instead, they would focus on things happening in the United States while ignoring things happening in their own country. She believes that Italy has a serious racial problem, and if we don’t open the wound now to heal it, it will never heal. 

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