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We are bouncing off walls today as the jittery Gemini Moon skips through a wide range of aspects. It’s as if we can’t sit still because we’re bothered by little things we might normally let slide. We may vacillate between extreme negativity and abundant positivity without finding a resting spot in the middle. Like the rising and falling tides, it’s smarter to go with the flow, rather than attempting to justify our expansion or contraction. And, if that wasn't enough, Uranus joins Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto all retrograde this week. Now the planets appear retrograde just about every year as pass them on our lap around the sun, or are lapped by them, but they don’t usually all go at once.
But, hang on . . . . we're not done yet! It's still eclipse season as August begins. That's right ~ there's another one. Although we experienced two eclipses in July, sometimes the universe decides that it needs to throw a little more chaos our way. Why? Because chaos is often the agent of change, and change is the only way for our souls to grow.
On August 11 there will be a Solar Eclipse in Leo closely conjunct Mercury, which is retrograde in Leo. What does this mean? Well, most significant is that there will be some type of new beginning in your life that has roots in romance, children, or a creative endeavor. Wherever you have Leo in your chart is where you are willing to take a chance. Yes, you'll be ready to do this, but the fact that Mercury is retrograde (and Mars too) will absolutely bring with it some type of delay and frustration connected to your eclipse promise. Be patient and know that whatever seeds you try to plant with this eclipse won't truly get off the ground until the very end of August, when Mars turns direct and Mercury turns direct and moves past the degree he occupied during the eclipse.
With Mercury moving retrograde until August 19, you might be re-visiting some old drama connected to your love life or with a child, in an attempt to resolve matters. Clarity will arrive by the end of the month. This will also be a great time to revise an existing creative project you're working on. As you can see, between the eclipse and Mercury Retrograde, there is a simultaneous "out with the old, in with the new" energy at play in Leo matters. Retrogrades aren’t evil, contrary to some astrological rumors, but the retrograde planets slow us down, send us back to regroup and review, and remind us (with a few complications) not to take ordinary life for granted.
A Full Moon in Pisces on August 26 has you feeling ALL the feels. Not just your own, but everyone else's. This might be an emotionally draining time, so remember to do whatever you must to nourish your soul and recharge your spiritual batteries. It's as if the universe is trying to suck out every last bit of what is holding you back before you get pushed forward in a major way.
That push forward happens on the August 27 when Mars, the planet of motivation, finally turns direct after having been retrograde since June 26. Once this happens, every single red light in your life will suddenly turn green. Ready, set ... go!
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Raven is a self-described animal whisperer, lifelong pet parent, and owner of HolisticPetsAndPeeps.com. She is certified as a holistic consultant, aromatherapist, Angel Intuitive, Reiki practitioner (for animals & their people), and pet nutritionist. She encourages others to celebrate animals as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled! When Raven isn't busy being a slave to her very demanding senior cats or helping her favorite rescues with fundraising projects, she is most likely working on growing her businesses and raising awareness in an effort to make this world a better place for all animals.
In 2010, I was involved in a serious accident when a drunk driver ran a red light and broadsided our vehicle. This driver took the life of my fiance and injured me pretty seriously. That horrific incident not only turned my world upside down . . . it also caused several chronic issues for me healthwise, including neverending headaches and migraines.
Chances are, you are suffering from a headache today. There are likely a number of people reading this post right now who have a headache. That's because millions of Americans suffer from mild-to-intense headaches. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 20 people in the developed world suffer from chronic headaches on a daily basis.
For those who have more days per month with a headache than without, life starts to feel like an endurance test more than anything else. Between the pain, the throbbing, and the pounding, folks with chronic headaches will begin to have difficulty concentrating. This lack of focus can prove quite dangerous, especially if your job puts you in hazardous situations.
If your headaches began all of a sudden and have lasted for three months or longer, you may be experiencing what experts refer to as New Daily Persistent Headaches (NDPH). Such head pain may grow or slack off in intensity, but they are constant. There are medications to provide relief for such round-the-clock headaches, as well as relaxation techniques and biofeedback which have had some success in treating NDPH's.
Do you or someone you know have chronic headaches? Here are seven common causes, along with some idea about how to remedy such triggers.
Some prescription medications may have the potential to trigger a headache. It may not be just one medication causing the problem, but rather an interaction between prescriptions or even over-the-counter medications. If you've recently switched up your prescription routine, and seen a corresponding increase in headaches, please consult with your doctor.
2. Stress & Anxiety
Stress can take a toll on you, and it's a common cause of tension headaches. If you can avoid stressful situations, great. If not, learning to cope with stress and be more chill could really help. If you're unfamiliar with breathing exercises, just Google it! They're easy to find online and take very little time and effort to yield results. Breathing and relaxation exercises may ease anxiety in stressful situations and prevent possible headaches. Just remember to breathe, relax and maybe take a stroll if your present environment is causing you undue stress.
3. Auditory & Visual Causes
Loud, repetitive sounds can definitely lead to bad headaches ... just ask anyone who has lived nearby a construction site. But it's not just super-loud sounds, even low levels of continuous noise can trigger head pain. Calming music playing over noise-canceling headphones may help. Brightness from your computer screen, sunlight or overhead lights can ramp up the pain. Turning down your screen brightness, or simply switching your devices to night-mode, could make a significant difference.
4. Hormonal Changes
The sad truth is that women are more likely to suffer from chronic headaches than men. When estrogen levels drop, especially right before a period, you may be more likely to develop a headache. Keep track of your cycle in a journal or diary. By analyzing the data, you may be better able to plan for future headaches. I recommend that you share your diary with your doctor, especially if the patterns indicate a correlation between your cycle and chronic headaches.
5. Poor Posture
Believe it or not, but your parents were right. Maintaining good posture can have a noticeable effect on your health. This is no laughing matter, especially for those of us who spend a lot of time looking down at our phones (text neck, it's a thing). Whether you're in your office chair or on your couch at home, sit up straight and raise your device to eye level to keep your blood flowing. Be sure to get up and move around every so often, especially if you spend hours hunched over your desk. Just as it is important to be aware of your posture during the day, you should also be mindful of your body position when you sleep. Don’t sleep in a strangely contorted position - especially in a cold room – as this can lead to painful muscle spasms. No one enjoys waking up in excruciating pain, especially if you're already sleep-deprived, so take this suggestion to heart!
6. Too Little or Too Much Exercise
Since Ancient Greek times, thinkers and philosophers have cautioned us with variations on the phrase, "moderation in all things." Both physical over-exertion and not getting sufficient exercise can increase your risk for headaches. If you're leading a mostly sedentary life now and plan to begin an exercise routine, just be sure to start things off slow at the gym. Pushing too hard can result in an exertion headache from the swelling of blood vessels in your head, neck, and scalp. To avoid such scenarios, talk to your doctor before beginning or revising any exercise regimen.
7. Poor Nutrition
Food and drink release neurotransmitters, which can cause headaches in some people. Such triggers include aspartame, caffeinated beverages, chocolate, alcohol (especially red wine), cheese and others. Skipping meals or eating junk foods can deprive your body of sorely needed nutrition. Doctors recommend focusing on a healthy balanced diet, with a good mixture of slow-release energy foods (taken in small, evenly spaced meals) and limiting your intake of refined sugars. To ensure that you're getting all of the nourishment you need, I encourage you to check out our selection of premium health supplements. Each innovative product was carefully formulated by registered dietitian, healthy cooking expert and author Keri Glassman, founder and president of Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life.
If you have eliminated all of these potential causes as the trigger of your head pain, be aware that there are other serious causes that can lead to a sudden headache. Make an appointment with your doctor right away and ask them to order imaging tests such as an MRI or a CT scan - to rule out more serious conditions that require immediate treatment.
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Raven is a self-described animal whisperer, lifelong pet parent, and owner of HolisticPetsAndPeeps.com. She is certified as a holistic consultant, aromatherapist, Reiki practitioner (for animals & their people), and pet nutritionist. She encourages others to celebrate animals as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled! When Raven isn't busy being a slave to her very demanding senior cats or helping her favorite rescues with fundraising projects, she is most likely working on growing her businesses and raising awareness in an effort to make this world a better place for all animals.
Cats love to sprawl in the sun, but too much heat can cause serious health problems. Protecting cats from extreme heat is critical to helping them stay healthy and happy. With a little pre-planning and ingenuity, you can keep your cat cool this summer.
How do cats keep themselves cool?
Humans sweat, dogs pant, and pigs wallow in the mud. What do cats do to keep cool in the summer? In general, cats need to maintain an internal temperature of 101-102 degrees. So although many cats' wild relatives, such as tigers and jaguars, live in hot climates, house cats do their best to keep cool by sweating through their paws, licking their coats, and even panting if they are hot enough.
Primarily, though, they just dial down the energy levels. What's the point of rushing about in a frenzy when it's hot? Instead, they find a cool, shady spot with plenty of water nearby where they can snooze the day away. Cat parents should go with the flow here, making shade, water, and calm days always available.
How to tell if your cat is too hot.
Cats do not tolerate heat well. Signs of heatstroke in cats include vomiting, stumbling, and rectal temperatures above 105. Earlier indicators of heat-related distress are restlessness, drooling, and a slightly elevated rectal temperature.
If your pet is showing early signs of heat stress, move him or her to a cool place with plenty of water, a fan, and other cooling agents. Cat parents who sense their animals are already experiencing heat stroke, however, should contact the closest cat emergency clinic.
• Tip: check your hard floors for wet paw prints, a sure sign the cat is sweating.
How to keep indoor cats cool in hot weather.
Beating the heat doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. If you run the air conditioner in your home all day, your cat should be fine. Be sure to have a backup plan, however, in case of a power outage or other breakdown while you're away.
Are you using a window unit or portable air conditioner? If so, add a fan pointed directly at the cat. This system can help pull the cool air right down to the floor where the cat lives.
Other tips to keep your cat cool this summer include petting her with a wet cloth, scheduling playtime for the moderate mornings and evenings, and keeping curtains closed and drawn. Most importantly, never leave a cat, dog, or other pet inside a car, not even for a quick errand. Temperatures can rise dramatically in the space of minutes. Should you spot a dog or cat alone in a car, you can follow the Humane Society's directions for intervention.
How to keep your cat cool without air conditioning.
Creative tips on how to keep cats cool without A/C include:
Creating a cool retreat with a cardboard box and an ice pack wrapped in a towel. We suggest you make your own ice packs using water and avoid the gel-filled commercial ones that tiny claws can puncture.
Fill your cat's water dish with fresh water and add some ice cubes to keep the water cool while your out.
Try making popsicles for cats by freezing a low-sodium chicken broth or tuna brine.
Most specialists recommend against cutting your pet's fur, but we do suggest regular brushings to keep the coat at its optimum thickness.
How to help special cats stay cool this summer.
Kittens, senior cats, outdoor cats, and feral cats can all face special challenges with staying cool.
Kittens - These little guys love to play, so try to encourage calmer activities when it's hot.
Senior cats - Make sure these special friends get their exercise when the sun is low. Also, help them stay cool by serving cold treats or try giving them a raised cat bed for naps.
Outdoor cats - Place their beds in shaded areas, keep the water bowls filled with fresh water, and toss in plenty of ice cubes. A lickable ice block can be a long-lasting treat even on the hottest days.
Feral cats - If you feed feral cats, be sure to keep wet food moist as it will dry out in the heat. Take up uneaten food within 30 minutes since it attracts bugs and can spoil. As with outdoor cats, keep the water bowls filled with fresh water and ice cubes. Those who help with TNR programs may want to take a break from that work since a feral cat can easily become overheated and die in a trap.
Keeping cats cool in the summer is a major part of being a good pet parent. Have you tried other ideas we didn't mention? Let's all work together to keep our pets happy and healthy during the dog days of summer.
* Portions of this article excerpted from Modkat, PetMD, and the Humane Society.