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    Overcoming stress and anxiety with simple measures

    We are faced daily with life challenges that may lead to stress and anxiety. If not taken care of, stress may interfere with our health, hence leading to early deaths. To overcome anxiety, we should practice healthy choices and come up with a successful and balanced lifestyle. Mental health Though stress isn’t a psychiatric verdict, it’s connected to your mental wellness. Mental health comprises of psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It affects how we feel, think, and react to life. Despite the daily life challenges, you can improve your mental health by: Staying positive: Always have a positive attitude towards issues. Find a balance between negative and positive emotions, such as anger and sadness. If the media is constantly broadcasting negative news then simply try to remove this from your life by turning off the television and radio. Furthermore, if your social media channels are dominated by negativity – do the same. Comparing your life with others is dangerous; be yourself. Connect with others: Avoid a lonely life. When stressed up, share what you are going through with a person you trust. Keeping it for yourself may lead to more stress and thus more possible health issues. Connecting with people will help you focus your energy on something more positive. Physical health Do regular exercises – skip a rope, do push-ups and squats, walk around, or involve yourself in games such as football, volleyball, handball if the measures allow it. Exercise helps control weight, improves mood, promotes better sleep, boosts energy, and puts the spark back into your sex life. Exercise is social and fun. Not only anxiety, but physical exercise helps prevent many other health concerns and problems, including:
    • Depression
    • High blood pressure
    • Stroke
    • Arthritis
    • Different cancer types
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Falls
    It also lowers death risks from all causes and helps improve cognitive function. Sexual health Your sex life is not only affected by hormones but also by psychological, relational, and social factors. When sexual hormones are stressed, closeness is replaced by absence. This means you lose all sensual interest- you lose the sexual urge. The can also lead to feelings of resentment towards your partner which is exactly the opposite of what we are trying to achieve This is what you should do:
    • Let your partner know you are stressed, then tackle this issue as a team.
    • Be positive and realistic that your sex drive will fluctuate. Be ready to allow your system nervous brakes to kick in. Activate your brake by cuddling, kissing and hugging, and massaging your partner. Sex toys can also help.
    Takeaway Stress may mess up your mental, physical, and sexual health conditions. It weakens the ability to think, focus, and function optimally to have a good quality of life. To break the burdensome chain that stress brings in your life, and live a healthier and happier life, practice effective stress management. Well-balanced life gives you the resilience to handle pressure and life challenges ahead.

    Solar Panels: Could this be the start of an energy saving revolution?

    Many consumers of energy have started to ask themselves if solar panels are worth the investment, and if they are able to save you money in the long term. Solar panel technology is relatively new in the consumer space and has started to see adoption increase in certain countries around the world. If you use a lot of energy, these can be considered to be an attractive proposition. To get the most benefit, you’ll also want to make sure you’re paying the lowest price possible for your gas and electricity. Ultimately, the total amount you can save from solar panels alone will depend on your usage statistics, where you’re located in the country and how much the total installation cost will be.

    How do solar panels help you save money on energy?

    For solar panels to be a viable energy cost reduction option, you will need to live in your current property long enough to recover the initial installation costs. By using this technology, you’ll be less reliant on electricity from the power grid as you’ll be generating your own. Over the past decade, the cost of electricity has soared, so if you’re able to generate your own power, you can save even more. Even while you’re not at home, you can store any energy that has been produced and use it at a later time. Previously, some customers even had the option to sell this energy back to the grid, although this Government initiative is no longer available to new customers. Aside from helping you save money; solar panels can also help to increase your property’s market value. Those in the property market may be more willing to pay the asking price, as this is a desirable feature, and will only become more popular in the coming years. This is especially important when you consider that we’re heading towards a more sustainable future. If you’re a landlord, a tenant may be willing to pay a little extra as they will save this amount on their utility bills.

    Is solar panel technology worth the investment?

    The amount you will be able to save through using solar panel technology will depend on a number of different factors. We have outlined these below.

    Energy consumption

    Start by looking at your gas and electricity bills for the past 12 months. If you see that your consuming a lot of energy, your household may benefit from installing a system with around 5kW capacity. This would help you generate between 18kW/h to 25kW/h. These figures are a rough estimate and will depend on how much sunlight is available and where you’re located. Most residential solar panels currently available are rated to produce between 250 and 400 watts each per hour. Domestic solar panel systems typically have a capacity of between 1 kW and 4 kW.

    Usage pattern

    The energy you generate through your solar panels will always be used before you access power from the grid. This means that if you’re primarily consuming energy whilst your panel is generating it, you will be less reliant on the grid helping you reduce your bill.

    Energy Storage

    Most installations will include an energy storage facility. This will allow you to store energy and use it later on when you need it. For example, during the day you could be at work while energy is being generated, allowing you to make use of it later in the evening upon your return.

    System capacity

    The more panels you’re able to fit on your roof, the more energy you will be able to generate. Having a system with larger storage capacity will also help you avoid wasting excess power. The size of your property will determine how many panels can be installed.

    Your location

    The amount of power you will be able to generate will depend on where you’re located in the country. It’s worth noting that solar panels don’t necessarily need direct sunlight and can utilise normal daylight.

    Initial cost of installation|

    One of the biggest barriers to entry for many interested customers will be the initial cost of installation. Typically, you can expect this to cost at least £5,000 in the UK. This figure could be much higher depending on what option you choose. It’s worth checking if you’re eligible for any Government grants. Hopefully, as the technology becomes more popular and manufacturing costs are reduced, this will become far more affordable in the near future. In summary, installing a solar panel system in your home will initially be expensive. However, you will likely see savings over a longer period of time. Think about your household energy consumption, and where you live in the country to see if you can take advantage of this modern technology. It may be worth waiting to see how things evolve rather than becoming an early adopter.

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