Foot Loose: Combating Athlete’s Foot

Starting off on the Right Foot. As the fall approaches and many students head back to school and college—and to their sports teams, they have a lot more on their minds this upcoming semester than hitting the books and making grades. They have to think about athlete’s foot.

What is It?

According to the Mayo Clinic, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that is usually found between the toes. It is often caused by immense sweating and wearing tight shoes—such as soccer cleats. Symptoms include a foul odor, itching, peeling skin, and even a rash.

Toe Treatment

Most treatment remedies can be found over-the-counter at any local drug store. Some of these include anti-fungal sprays, powders, creams, and so on. While it’s fairly easy to treat, there are some severe cases that require a visit to the doctor.

 

 

I’m Afraid I Might Have Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder is a very real condition that currently affects over 6 million Americans. If you are concerned that your day-to-day worry and stress is heightened and persistent, it’s possible you are suffering in silence. Let’s take a look at what you’re experiencing and see if it’s time to get the healthy care you need.

Take an Honest Evaluation

One of the most important steps in getting help or cure for any physical or mental condition is to address it. Our society, although supportive in many ways, can make us feel “embarrassed” or “ashamed”—especially in the arena of mental health. It’s essential you take note of your feelings and behaviors, and what triggers them in a negative way.

For example, one day, you may see a news report about an earthquake that occurred across the globe. The next day, you start worrying that an earthquake might happen in the city in which you live. You stop taking the subway, afraid that if there’s a quake, you’ll be trapped. You text your children several times a day, worried that they won’t follow school safety protocols. You freak out if they don’t respond right away. This goes on for days, or weeks. You’re afraid to go far from home. You’re so afraid of your own worry that it makes you feel even more helpless and fearful.

Anxiety can take over and sweep you into a downward spiral of debilitating emotions.

Anxiety disorder doesn’t suggest there’s something “wrong with you.” It’s a medical label for those of us who experience more worry and fear (and more often) than the average Joe. When addressed properly, anxiety can be managed and dissipated.

When It Feels Like It’s Just Too Much

Unfortunately, often, panic attacks occur when the anxiety becomes too great to tolerate.

Here are some symptoms that accompany panic attacks:

 

  • your heart rate increases and you feel like your heart is pounding too hard or too fast

  • you have the sensation that you can’t breathe or can’t catch your breath

  • chest pain

  • nausea or stomach pain

  • dizziness

  • sweating

  • you think this sensation will never end

  • you think you might pass out or die

Yes, those are scary symptoms. They are frightening for the person who is having the panic attack as well as for anyone who is with that person.

What Action Can I Take?

When you’re in the midst of a panic attack, you can feel completely overwhelmed and helpless. However, if you’re reading this and you can relate, the next time an attack comes on, you’ll be armed with some tools.

The first thing is that you will recognize what is happening to you. You can actually say to yourself, “I am about to have a panic attack”, or “I’m having a panic attack.”

Acknowledge the episode.

Don’t let it get the best of you.

If you feel it coming on, try to take a mental step back. Try and look at yourself objectively, as if you are the professional and not the patient. Tell yourself you will get through this. You will live through it. You know you will!

Start taking deep breaths and focus on relaxing and getting to a calmer place. This will help distract your brain from the worrisome thoughts.

If you know someone you trust and understands what you’re experiencing, call them. Don’t feel ashamed. Asking for help is noble.

Best Practices

Whether it’s you or a loved one who is suffering through an attack, assure yourself (or them) that everything will be OK. Because it will be. You know it will!

Crying, hyperventilating, falling to the ground, curling into a ball—these are all common reactions to anxiety overload transformed into panic. Once the panic subsides, the body will naturally relax, and most often will become very tired (and feel worn out.)

Talk through your episode afterwards. You may be able to more clearly see the origin of worry and its trigger.  Next time, you may be able to prevent an episode before it grabs hold of you.

Help Is Available

When we get beyond the stigma of mental illnesses, we can all begin to heal ourselves—and society as a whole. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends or family. If you feel you won’t be taken seriously or understood, then go to an outside source. There are many professional resources for those suffering from anxiety disorder.

Speak with your health practitioner or go online and do a search, “help for anxiety disorder.” Again, it’s a pervasive mental illness and it can be helped. If you want help, it’s available.

For other articles on best physical and mental health practices, check out www.GetThrive.com

Sources:

https://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/panic-disorder-agoraphobia/symptoms

http://ascopubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1200/JCO.1991.9.6.1004

http://theheartysoul.com/panic-attack-symptoms-signs/

Lacking Motivation, Get Motivated? Try This!

You haven’t been exercising much, and from a dark pit, very deep in your stomach, a crabby voice nags, “Go to the gym.” You respond to that voice by ignoring it, telling it you’ll do it tomorrow, and/or shoving food in to shut it up. Bottom line: You’re having trouble motivating. Get Motivated!

“I’m taking care of my procrastination issues; just you wait and see.” – Anonymous

What Works For Some, May Not For Others

When that inner voice reminds you of what you “should’ be doing, there are several ways to react. Unfortunately, we often beat ourselves up just a little bit more. We call ourselves losers, rebel/act out, or withdraw and give up. Those aren’t really productive ways to deal with a slump.

One of the best ways to positively motivate just about anyone is to be kind, understanding, and respectful. Then, offer a reward. You can do that for yourself!

Start by making a list of the benefits you will reap from getting off the couch. In the meanwhile, read some of the quotes strewn throughout this piece—perhaps they will jar you into action.

“Many great things can be done in a day if you don’t always make that day tomorrow.”

Here is a list of suggestions to help you rekindle that motivation you had at one time to work that body:

1) You know you’ll feel better afterwards. (It’s so cliché but couldn’t be truer.)

2) It’s an excuse to wash your hair. (Not so often used, but it may work for someone…)

3) You can fantasize about food during your workout, without guilt.

4) Make a plan with a friend who will un-friend you if you cancel. Schedule a bike ride, run, walk, do whatever type of exercise with someone you like and who won’t cancel on you. You’ll get it done, and it’ll be fun.

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

5) Download some movement-inspiring music onto your phone. Or, download a show or radio series you want to binge-watch/listen. If you’re not running outdoors, you can enjoy all of the above while on a treadmill, stair-stepper, or elliptical machine.

6) Start with small goals. You don’t have to go on a 9-mile hike. Take a brisk half-hour walk. That’s what will get you feeling successful and will reignite your motivation.

7) Buy something new and cute to wear while exercising. Baggy sweats do zilch for self-confidence. Even if you’re not in your best shape, something colorful, and trendy, without dryer fuzz balls or cat-claw pulls in the elastic will make you feel as good as you deserve.

8) Sweating releases toxins. If you imagine your body letting out the poison, you might get more motivated to perspire. Or, you might get grossed out. Hoping the “release” philosophy wins you over.

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”- Don Marquis

9) Workout now and then promise yourself a gift for later. It could be a cookie, a bubble bath, or a day off tomorrow from the gym.

10) Use social media as a way to get a pat on the back. Post a selfie while you’re working out like a beast. Or, after exercising, shower, then take a beautiful, clean selfie and brag about how hard you worked out earlier and how good you feel now. You’re sure to get many “likes”.

Whatever you have to do to manipulate yourself into exercising, just do it. You know you have to. So stop procrastinating. Don Marquis said, “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”

Why not choose this sentiment instead? … “A year from now you wished you started today.”  If you apply it, you’ll start today. Then a year from now, you’ll have no regrets, and you’ll be in some badass shape.