Disconnecting Emotion From Your Everyday Life

Human beings were once rather primitive beings, one that only focused on the necessities of life. Looking at us now you might think that we’ve come a long way. Actually, we’re going backward in a way. Society has taught us from the beginning of childhood that your emotions are natural and you should let them out. However, the mark of a truly centered creature is to be at one with controlling your emotions. Letting them out is very broad and could mean different things to different people. We should all be asking ourselves whether we’re overly emotional or not. Too much emotion will cloud your judgment and even bring you to a point where you’re controlled by them. They’re a first reaction point, not a conclusion. It’s much easier said than done to command your emotions at will because in truth they are a series of chemical reactions. Rather than trying to sling a muzzle guard over them, it’s far better to understand how you can coexist with them.

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Adapting to our own pace

 

Part of the reason why we get flustered and so willing to let out our anger is that the world around us is doing the same too. Being ruled by your surroundings comes out in the form of being overly reactionary. A persistent, strong but subtle reaction to the actions going on around you will help you to remain centered. Listening to your subconscious voice as in the teachings of Ilchi Lee will give you a clearer aiming point of what can be achieved. Connecting the brain and heart is one of the methods he uses to cut away the middleman we self-impose. The Tao energy principles he imparts help one to adapt to the modern world. The world is so fast and busy, and people are consumed by making sure they’re moving at the same pace as others. This is a farce and should be discarded straight away.

 

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Meditation isn’t supernatural

 

Far from what you may see or hear in the media, meditation isn’t a supernatural experience. It’s actually well within the realms of science. Sitting still, in silence, or with relaxing music is about slowing down. It helps you to formulate your thoughts, figure out what you really want, list the priorities in your life, and at a lower level control your physical being. You won’t be transported to some kind of heaven or connect with a deity of some sort. However, you’ll find out more about yourself and truly focus on what you want. With so many pressures in the world, just simply sitting still with your eyes closed can be a much-needed relief. Meditation shows how great the simple things in life are and that not everything revolves around living for others.

 

No one is saying that emotions don’t matter or that you should ignore them. Love and anger may be at the opposite ends of the spectrum, but they’re linked and can quite happily switch positions in our lives. Disconnecting your emotions from the surrounding world will support your logical mind to react in a calculated and calm manner.

 

My friend got a boob job and I am soooooo jealous! List of why I shouldn’t!!

Okay, so my whole life I have been what you call… “well endowed” up top, thanks, mom…. I have always dreamed of a reduction and willing to give the excess away. But those dreams have never amounted to me having the courage or time to actually do this. BUT… today my friend had hers done. She considered herself “NOT well endowed” and decided after a recent divorce to do something about it.

Now I can admit I am a little jealous of her courage and ability to do this but I have decided to write a list of why this is not a good idea….  This list was difficult since I really, really want to get mine jacked up and reduced.

  1. Financial reasons, this is a huge cost and I would hate to spend that kind of money on myself. I am a believer to be happy with what God gave me.!
  2. Pain, I am a big baby when it comes to doing anything that will cause pain to my body!
  3. Loss of feeling, so I have heard that if you do get “them” done you lose feeling, that would suck.
  4. Risk of cancer, cancer is harder to detect if you have them done.
  5. Lastly, you would have to buy all new bras and clothes!! She had to borrow some of my shirts because her’s will be too small!!

Okay, so I feel a little better, not only do I hope my friend’s turn out perfect, I hope they are everything she wanted and will be happy with. In the meantime, I will keep enjoying my overabundance and work on losing weight.  I may be able to reduce my excess this way.

I will set goals this year, like lose weight, and once I meet a certain target reexamine if I really want to do this to myself. In the meantime, I can decide if any of the above reasons will prevent me from having this procedure done.

 

 

Refreshing Your Mind In 2018

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When it comes to the new year, many people create new goals. The phrase ‘new year, new me!’ while clichéd comes from a genuine feeling. People often feel that the year they have just lived could have used some form of improvement. Even the best will in the world will not guarantee that your previous year was successful on all fronts. Sure your business exploded in popularity and revenue streams, but did you shift that extra 10lbs of fat you once promised yourself? Sure, you might have made more friends than ever before, but did you cross anything off your bucket list?

 

Often we hold ourselves to too high a standard. We need to manage our energies as people in order to stay able, and we can’t achieve everything in that time frame. We’d argue that a better way of looking at the new year is instead of focusing on your goals, you should focus on refreshing your mind.

 

What does this mean? Well, this article intends to find out:

 

Challenge

 

Refreshing your mind often means taking part in objectives and activities which make you remember who you are, and what your original goals were. In a comfortable life, it can be easy to forget the goals we so wanted to achieve even a year ago. With the right form of challenge, you will once again be able to define yourself and come back to the real you. For example, do you wish to learn a new language? How about keeping your room tidy all year?

 

Now, these sound very similar to the aforementioned goals, but we’d say there’s a slight difference here. A goal, while excellent and important to keep, might not challenge you too much. It could be getting in a normal (yet positive) gym routine, aided by learning how your favorite athletes managed to achieve through resources like this http://aretheyonsteroids.com/legal-steroids/.

 

Challenge, on the other hand, is something we train for. It’s something we must always keep in order to feel normal throughout the day. A goal is something that can end. A challenge is something we must embark on every day to keep honing. Keeping your writing skills sharp, for example, or publishing two well-thought-out blog posts a day. Add challenge to your life, and you can trust us when we say your entire week will be imbued with a rejuvenation of purpose and clarity.

 

New Social Adventures

 

We’d like to draw another disconnect. While there is some challenge in goal setting, and some goal setting in a challenge, they’re not exactly the same thing. Just like this, socializing, and heading out on social adventures are very different. Socializing might mean relaxing with a few glasses of wine at a bar on a Friday night. This is pleasant yes, and is needed to sometimes reduce stress and have a fun time. A social adventure is much different than this. A social adventure promises to experience something new with a novel or close friend.

 

For example, taking your friend and vacationing to an extreme sports resort (such as black slope skiing or mountain hiking,) will give you an unforgettable experience. Not only will it be stimulating and exciting, but it will also be shared and prepared with an amazing backpack!! 

 

Everyone tends to view their life in milestones, not strict timelines. While you might not think this is true, just chart the path of your life mentally for a second. It’s likely that you refer to dates by their import, not their strict technical time. For example, the birth of your child is likely to be remembered as just that, not the 28th of February 2001. With this in mind then, you could see the importance of heading on social adventures. They serve as new milestones in your life because there is simply no way you can forget them.

 

In the effort to refresh your mind then, nothing could be more important.

 

Meditation

 

Sometimes refreshing your mind is not underpinned by action. Sometimes its basis is quiet reflection, a reflection that allows for a calm and spiritual method of coming into the present moment. Using a meditation technique such as Vipassana could yield some wonderful results, as it helps you detune from your rumination and strange cognitive thought patterns. If you’ve experienced a stressful year in 2017, this could serve as a necessary cognitive cleanser.

 

SImple sit down in a comfortable position (or lie down if you trust yourself to stay awake,) close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. Specifically, the air passing in and out through your nostrils. If you can, focus on just one spot, as this will help you focus. Now, slowly breathe at a rate that is comfortable for you. The first thing you’ll notice is that your mind often wanders. It’s difficult to control this, and doing so is the opposite of the intended effect here.

 

A good way to picture this is to imagine yourself sitting at the side of a road. When cars pass on the highway (your thoughts,) you see them but you don’t try to take hold of every single one. You just let them pass and let the next one come along. Take this attitude to your thoughts. If you witness them, letting your breath serve as the focus anchor, slowly they begin to settle down and quiet.

 

If you repeat this for incrementally increasing periods of time, but starting with ten-minute sessions, you’ll find your entire body beginning to relax. You will finish your sessions with a mental clarity you might not have thought possible before. This feeling can truly help you add a renewed sense of relaxation to your day.

 

This is not superficial. More and more people are starting to realize the wisdom of the ancients and understand how this development can lead to a more complete and wholesome person. As you progress in time, your ability to handle your ego and fear are much improved, perfect if you suffer socially or have issues with anxiety.

 

With these tips, your year of 2018 is likely to be the best you’ve ever had. We wish you the best of luck in your efforts.

 

 

Cancer Free Living – All Natural!

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This time of year is usually a mixed emotional time for my family. Two years ago in December, we lost our grandmother to cancer. The year before that we lost our aunt to cancer. Our grandmother didn’t even realize she had cancer until she was diagnosed with stage 4. She lived about 6 months before she passed. I watched her go through chemo and radiation. She slowly lost her fight. After I told my family about a friend of mine who chose alternative cancer treatment and how her cancer is now undetectable, my mother, sisters and I decided we are going to learn all we can about living cancer free.

The old saying that knowledge is power is so true. We mourn the loss of both my grandmother and aunt but are so happy to know we are educated enough to fight this disease if it continues to attack our family. If you or a loved one are fighting this ugly disease you need to read this story about Peggy.  It is not only such an inspiring story but so educational. You do have alternatives and never ever have to give up. You see Peggy was sent home to die, just like my grandmother, yet instead, Peggy decided to educate herself and fight cancer naturally. Now 10 years later she has had no signs of cancer.  I wish I had been this informed when we learned about my grandmother’s diagnosis.

The Cancer Free Living site offers so much information, you can learn foods to eat, habits and symptoms. You can never be too careful. I go once a year to get my mammogram and to be checked, so far we are doing what is needed to prevent this ugly disease from visiting our family again!!

Protecting Your Senses This Christmas

As we approach Christmas and New Year, the festivities are running high and the world becomes infused with gingerbread, cloves, flickering lights, fireworks and everything that you can imagine can be linked to Christmas. It’s wonderful and magical but can also have a detrimental effect on your health. And we’re not talking about the extra pounds everyone puts on over the holidays. But these issues can be easily prevented without them putting a damper on the holiday fun.

Sight

With the millions of lights suddenly adorning every street, store, house front, and tree it’s an assault on the eyes. You might think that eating dinner by the light of your Christmas tree is romantic and full of Christmas spirit, but you’re actually straining your eyes to focus on what’s in front of you. The same when you light candles and try to see by that light alone. Use lamps and the big light in a room to alleviate the pressure on your eyes to see in the dark.

Hearing

Apart from having to listen to the same bunch of Christmas songs since the first of November, the main thing to worry about is the fireworks. From Christmas Eve and onwards people love to keep the celebrations going by letting off fireworks every evening. And where

they aren’t much of an issue now and again, the constant barrage is enough to damage healthy ears, let alone those who already have damaged ears – which occurs more in the elderly. Hearing protection is simple enough in this instance; earplugs. You will still be able to hear the fireworks but dimmed enough to protect the delicate works of your inner ear.

Feel

Feeling can only be lost through nerve damage, which, usually, can only be damaged by extreme circumstances, but it can be temporarily damaged easily in the cold weather. Where it takes an extremely low temperature to cause instant frostbite, and people think that it only happens at the north pole, it can be developed within more habitable places like the UK, Russia and Northern parts of the US. The more you are exposed to the cold, the more the danger of frostbite grows. Which can cause irreversible nerve damage and cause you to lose feeling. Prevent this by wearing the right clothes out in the cold – don’t choose fashion over function. And by limiting the time you expose yourself to the cold weather.

The protection of your senses can be as simple as thinking things through. Like wearing a coat designed to withstand the cold, rather than layering a jacket with a jumper and hoping for the best. By giving your ears a break from the relentless booming of the celebratory fireworks. And by turning the lights up when necessary instead of straining your eyes in the attempt to be more festive.

A Step in the Right Direction: Everything You Need to Maintain Healthy Feet

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We don’t tend to pay all too much attention to our feet. For such a complex body part, the majority of us know so little about them! But not to worry. We’re here to help. Your feet and ankles are made up of a complex system of bones, ligaments, and muscles. Each component plays a major role in allowing you to stand, walk, and take part in a whole host of activities. It’s not until you’ve taken off your feet that you begin to realize how much easier your feet make your day-to-day life for you. So it’s time to show them a little TLC! Here’s everything you need to know about maintaining the health and hygiene of your feet.

 

Visit a Podiatrist

 

If you begin to notice any problems with your feet, it’s best to consult a Foot Doctor as soon as possible. This specialist will be able to carry out a full examination, diagnosing the issue at hand and providing you with the best advice possible. The good news is that where there’s a problem, the majority of the time there will be a simple cure. It just takes a good podiatrist to be able to recognize it and resolve things in the fastest, most effective manner possible. Whether you are experiencing issues with weakness, injury, deformity, or disease, you know where to go!

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Change Your Socks Regularly

 

There are plenty of microorganisms that can wreak havoc with your feet if left to their own devices. Take fungus, such as those that cause a condition called athlete’s foot as an example. These fungi favor warm, dark, moist spaces. Sound familiar? Well, in between your toes and creases on the sole of your foot provide the perfect habitat for them to thrive in. This is especially true if you re-wear socks time and time again. It’s generally recommended that you change your socks once a day. They should then, of course, be washed before being worn again. This is worth the time and effort. Why? Well, if you take a look at the symptoms of an athlete’s foot – itching, peeling skin, scaly rashes, and an awful smell – you won’t need much more convincing. Also opt for socks made from natural fabrics, as they are less likely to harbor as much bacteria and consequently smell better in general.

 

Have a Pedicure

 

Now, we all know that pedicures keep your feet looking great, but did you know that treating yourself to a regular pedicure can also have great health benefits? They ensure that your nails are trimmed to a good length, keep calluses at bay, remove dry and dead skin, and moisturize your skin. What’s more? A good foot massage (often incorporated into the pedicure treatment) boosts circulation in your feet too! So, if you haven’t been for a while, it’s time to treat your feet and book in for a professional pedicure.

 

By following these simple steps, you can help to ensure that your feet are as clean and healthy as possible at all times. None of them are too difficult and most of the time responsibility is passed to a professional who will undertake the hard work for you.

Cut Down On These 3 For A Longer Life

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We all want to live as long as possible, but it is often difficult knowing how to achieve that. Too often, we get in our way by engaging in behaviors that are not conducive to the aim of living longer. When we do this, it means that we are likely to be disappointed with the state of our health, and it might lead to a significantly shortened life. Part of the difficulty is in knowing where to begin, and that’s where the following comes in. In this post, we are going to look at some of the things you should cut down on if you want to live a longer life. Start with these, and watch yourself become healthier.

 

Sugar

 

We all know that sugar can be surprisingly harmful to your health. But the problem is that sugar tends to be everywhere. When you start to look at the ingredients in everyday foods and drinks, it’s amazing the kind of places you find sugar rearing its ugly head. If you are keen to do away with sugar but you are struggling to understand how it is possible, the key is to replace it with a healthier alternative that still provides the same kind of sweetness. Something like maple syrup is a good idea, or else you can get hold of various sugar alternatives to put in your tea or coffee. However, you do it, cutting down on sugar is always going to be a hugely beneficial way forward.

 

Alcohol

 

There are very few things good to say about consuming lots of alcohol. It will affect your mood negatively, you will be more likely to die younger, and your energy levels will be low, making you lethargic and meaning that you probably get less out of life. If you have recently decided you would like to get a handle on your alcohol, consider the following. First of all, set up a plan for doing so – a certain number of drinks per week, perhaps, or the number of units. Then make sure that you stick to it, and get an accountability partner if you want. Doing it with someone else is the best way to ensure that you carry it through, so that might be worthwhile to consider.

 

Caffeine

 

Although caffeine has been shown some benefits and is far from being all bad, the truth is that cutting down your caffeine intake is always going to be beneficial. Too much caffeine affects the nervous system in surprisingly damaging ways, and in the long run, it will mean that you are much less likely to live to old age. Of course, this is another one that can be hard to cut down on. Switching to decaf is a great idea, as is keeping a caffeine journal if you are truly addicted. With a little of the right approach and some patience, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to cut down on caffeine considerably before long.

Effective Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In 2018

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While we hope 2017 was a good year for you, chances are you experienced some of the ups and downs that are common to most of us. Problems at work, issues with the family, and unexpected events may have raised your stress level and increased your anxiety. This is why it’s important to take stock of your life as the year draws to a close, and make resolutions that will aid your mental health. Many of us plan to embark on physical exercise when the new year turns around, but our emotional wellbeing needs to be a priority as well. So, with that in mind, here are some things you can add to your list of resolutions, with a specific focus on your mental health.


Take time for yourself

There will be many demands on your time, with lots of people wanting a piece of you. People at work, at home, and even your friends will impose themselves on to you. Therefore, make time for yourself every week. Whether it’s something you do at home or spending time outdoors, give yourself some proper ‘me time.’

Remember your physical health

We are holistic beings, so what we do to ourselves physically affects us mentally, and vice versa. So, focus on your fitness levels, and cut down on those unhealthy snacks and eat nutritious meals. Exercise each day, and release those stress-busting endorphins into your brain. Then set yourself a decent bedtime, ensuring you get sufficient sleep to refresh you for the day ahead.

Spend time with the people who care for you

Whether it’s family or friends, be with those people who make you feel good about yourself. These are the people who make you laugh and smile, and encourage you when you are feeling down. Then cut back on those people who only make you feel bad. You know the ones we mean; those who are overly critical or have negative personalities that drain your emotional strength. If you don’t need them in your life, you don’t need to spend time with them.

Seek help for personal issues

If you have problems surrounding an addictive personality, get treatment for your addiction. Should you have unresolved issues within your life, consider going for counselling. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, and 2018 could be the year when you finally beat long-term difficulties that have been holding you back.

Learn coping mechanisms for stress

We can’t avoid stress in life, but we can learn to cope with it. So, you might start writing a journal, releasing your emotions on to the written page. Alternatively, you may try yoga or Tai Chi, or any other activity that is a proven stress reducer. There are also one-minute stress relief strategies that you can do when you find yourself becoming agitated. These activities will relax you and keep stress at bay.

Be realistic

Don’t impose unrealistic goals on yourself, especially when you are working on your new year’s resolutions. It’s okay to aim high, but you will feel worse if you set yourself goals that are not practical. Therefore, consider aspects of your life that are possible to change, and you will feel better when you know you have accomplished something.

Final thought

We hope our advice has helped you to think about your goals for the year ahead. Be kind to yourself and others, and hopefully, you will have a fantastic 2018.

Taking The Next Steps In Your Health And Fitness Journey

You may have gotten so far in your health and fitness journey, and gotten content with where you’re at. While being happy with yourself and your situation is great, becoming complacent is not. More often than not, there are a ton of ways people can improve their health and fitness journey, whatever level they are currently at.

 

If you’re interested in how you can improve, read on…

 

Relieve Stress

Ok, so you might be strong or fast or whatever, but are you taking the time to relieve your body and mind of stress? If not, you need to start taking this seriously. The fact is, stress can be a huge problem for both physical and mental health. It can cause illness and disease, as well as problems that you can’t see, like insomnia. It can also increase cortisol in the body which is renowned for holding onto fat.

 

How can you relieve stress? Go see a friend. Take a walk. Do some knitting. Get away from the screen and do something that makes you feel good. Be more mindful and take deep breaths. Try as many holistic ways to rid yourself of it as possible. Even a little stress should be eradicated.

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Get More Sleep

Are you getting enough sleep each night? The amount each person needs can vary, as we are all totally individual. However, you should ideally aim for 7-8 hours per night. Any more or less and you might just wake up feeling groggy and out of sorts. Studies have shown that people who get less than 6 hours of sleep per night function and feel like those who get none! That’s right; less than 6 hours and you may as well have pulled an all-nighter (apparently). You can begin tracking your sleep with apps or wearable fitness trackers if you’re serious about it.

 

Drink Higher Quality Water

Drinking liters of water per day helps us to stay hydrated and feeling energized. Drinking a pint in the morning can have a great effect on the mind – most don’t realize that they only feel groggy because of dehydration. However, if you’re sipping on the water with dangerous chemicals and toxins, you will be doing yourself more harm than good. By looking at the Big Berkey Water Filter and other options for filtering your water, you can find the best way to drink high-quality water. You should notice a huge difference in the taste and how you feel.

 

Work On Ways To Advance Your Fitness

Work on ways to advance your fitness. Take a look at the exercises you do and figure out how you can progress. Shorter rest times? Supersetting? Perhaps you can simply incorporate functional exercises, like pull ups and push ups. It’s all well and good being strong, but being functional should also be a concern.

 

Get More Steps Every Day

Going to the gym and working out doesn’t make you fit automatically. If you’re not clocking up enough steps each day, you’re probably a lot less fit than you think you are. Get a pedometer and aim for at least 8,000 steps each day.

 

Ready to take the next step? Go for it!

 

9 Ways to Get Fit by Accident

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There are millions of people in the world who know that they really should be getting more exercise, but who just find it difficult to fit the constant gym sessions into their daily routines.

 

But what if it was possible to get into shape, lose weight, and feel better, without any conventional exercise program, expensive home gym, or personal trainer?

 

In ages past, long before the internet, or even gas furnaces, it was natural for everyone to become effortlessly fit without even thinking about it. Days working the land, or, in hunter-gatherer times, stalking prey, meant that physical activity was innate. It was just something that everyone got plenty of, like it or not.

 

Today it takes a bit more work — but there are still ways of making physical activity, and fitness, a natural part of your life. Here are a few suggestions.

 

Take the stairs

 

“Take the stairs rather than the elevator” is probably one of the most commonly given bits of advice for people struggling to shed some pounds and improve their cardiovascular conditioning, and for good reason. It’s simple, and it works.

 

If you work or spend any significant portion of your time in the city, it’s all but inevitable that you’ll find yourself in high-rise buildings on a fairly regular basis, having to choose between the elevator and the stairs.

 

As simple (and inconvenient) as it seems, simply choosing to take the stairs more often than not can have a surprisingly positive impact on overall health and fitness. Your legs will really feel the burn, and before long you’ll be panting, with your heart and lungs getting a great workout.

 

Get a standing desk

 

One of the big new innovations in workplace furniture in recent times has been the standing desk — and it’s been a great innovation for overall health and fitness in the workplace, and in home offices, alike.

 

It’s well known today that sitting for extended periods of time carries with it an array of negative health consequences. In fact, it’s been reported that staying seated for a majority of your day may be even more harmful than cigarettes for the body and that it contributes massively to risk of all-cause mortality, or, dying from any cause.

 

Standing desks are bits of furniture which elevate your workstation to standing height, and allow you to work as normal, while on your feet. Most of them are easily adjustable so that they can be lowered back to a seated position as required (standing all day isn’t great for you either, after all) and some even include built-in treadmills so you can walk and work at the same time.

 

Use the Pomodoro Technique and then walk around

 

The Pomodoro Technique is a famous productivity hack which involves using a timer (originally a kitchen timer) to set periods of intense, all-out work focus, interspersed with small breaks in order to stay motivated and to refresh your mental energy.

 

The Pomodoro Technique involves working for 25-minute blocks, followed by 5-minute breaks, and is widely regarded as an excellent way of increasing focus and motivation in the office. Regardless of what kind of work you do, you’d be wise to look into using the Pomodoro Technique to give you an extra edge.

 

Instead of just using your 5-minute Pomodoro break to surf the web, listen to music, or check your phone, however, you’d be much better served by getting out of your chair, and going for a walk around the office, and having a good stretch at the same time.

 

Though walking is one of the easiest, least stressful forms of exercise out there, it’s also one of the most effective, with research finding that those who walk the most on a day-to-day basis have better health outcomes and mood overall.

 

Start off your day with a simple exercise routine

 

There’s a  fantastic feeling of accomplishment and refreshment that comes with doing some exercise at the very beginning of the day. While some people may opt for intense predawn workouts, like marathon training, or driving down to the gym for a max-effort squat session, simply having a straightforward, bodyweight routine that you do every morning can be a great option.

 

The important thing isn’t so much pushing your body to its limits, but warming the body up, getting blood flowing and wakeful hormones produced, and, of course, establishing a routine and habit of physical activity.

 

Try start with something which you can complete without any real strain or trouble, and in a short time frame. For example, you could do a set of pushups, a set of bodyweight squats, and a set of star jumps, one immediately after the other, perhaps with a few gentle yoga stretches to finish.

 

Commute by bicycle

 

Cycling rather than driving isn’t just a way of saving the planet, and it’s not just a way of sparing yourself some fuel costs, either. It’s also one of the easiest and most fulfilling ways of getting some exercise during the course of your normal day-to-day routine.

 

Studies have found that getting people to cycle to work, with no other changes at all, resulted in massively improved health outcomes, life expectancy, and overall fitness. It also ensures that you’ll arrive at the office each morning feeling energized and fresh, instead of stumbling through the door like a zombie and dragging your feet to the coffee machine before being able to do anything productive.

 

Commuting by bicycle also gives you more flexibility in your routine in general. It’s one thing having to park and collect a car, nevermind drive it into the city. A bicycle, on the other hand, is easily transported and dealt with in just about context.

 

Do something active at least once a weekend

 

A pretty common routine for people to settle into is to reach the end of working week, and completely give up on the idea of doing anything even a little bit strenuous until Monday. Under this system of extreme relaxation, the weekend gets spent on sitting around, maybe going to the pub, watching TV, and doing as little as possible.

 

It makes perfect sense that anyone would want to relax after a busy week at work, but there’s no reason why that relaxation has to be in the form of getting as little physical activity in as possible.

 

Simply committing to doing something physically active, that’s also fun, once a weekend can be a tremendous step in boosting your overall fitness, and in setting habits in place that will set you in good stead, concerning your overall health and wellbeing.

 

This could be anything from a long hike up a mountain, to playing Frisbee with your child or significant other in the park.

 

Sign up to classes or activities that will get you fit by accident

 

The idea of getting fit for fitness’ sake is a bit weird, when you think of it, and pretty recent in general. Sure, sure, ancient Greeks spent a lot of their time at the local gymnasiums working on getting sculpted abs and powerful torsos worthy of their own marble statues, but for most of the rest of human history, people were fit because it was necessary for some activity, not because they wanted to look good or live longer.

 

One of the best ways of getting fit, yourself, is to mirror this ancient approach. Instead of thinking about fitness in and of itself, think of physically demanding activities that you’d enjoy, and which would get you fit as a side-effect, and then sign up to some classes or groups involving those.

 

If you’ve also loved table tennis, for example, sign up for a local competition. Tennis? Find a partner and visit the local courts. Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to become a karate master? Well, there’s nothing stopping you from booking yourself in for an induction class.

 

Set “fitness triggers” around your home

 

When your goal is getting fit “by accident”, you want to rely as much as possible on making your fitness routine habitual and unconscious. One great way for doing this is to install “fitness triggers” all around your home, that remind you to perform a short burst of some physical activity.

 

One of the best examples of this would be to install a pull-up bar in the doorway leading to your kitchen and to set yourself the challenge of doing a certain number of pullups every time you enter the room.

 

The sky’s the limit as far as what triggers you can use. It’s all up to you.

 

Get a dog

 

Man’s best friend isn’t just a great social companion, he can also be a great personal trainer. All dogs need regular walks in order to be healthy and feel content and happy with their lives, and someone has to take them out for those walks. If you find it hard to motivate yourself to go out for walks, maybe you’ll feel differently if your furry companion is depending on you for its exercise.

 

If you’re really up for a fitness challenge, energetic, athletic dog breeds such as German Shepherds or Huskies will not only need regular walks but runs. Long ones.

“What Did You Say?” Unmistakable Signs Of Hearing Loss

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Everyone worries about their health. But, there are areas which appear more significant than others. The idea of living without your sight is not very nice. Compare that with muted hearing and the majority of people would take the latter over the former. Losing a sense is a traumatic experience, yet hearing is integral to a person’s way of life. So, when it starts to go, the consequences can be hard to swallow.

 

By spotting the signs, it is possible to limit the damage and save your ears. To do that, though, you must understand the symptoms as and when they appear. To help underneath is a selection of the leading alarm bells. When the following go off, you need to take action providing you can hear them in the first place.

 

Muffled Speech

 

This is a big one because it’s a sure-fire sign something is wrong. In the end, it may be a buildup of wax blocking the path. Or, it may be damage to the eardrum which distorts the clarity of sound. The worst case scenario is your hearing is deteriorating. Regardless, it’s essential to go to the doctor’s as soon as possible to find an answer. Hopefully, they will only have to syringe the wax and your hearing will come back to full health. If not, hearing aids and other devices which help boost the volume of sound are available.

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Volume On TV/Telephone

 

When you watch TV or take a call, it’s not hard to adjust the volume. All you have to do is find the button and press. The thing is increasing the noise on a device maybe because of hearing loss. It could be that the television or phone is quiet, especially if it’s a landline. Usually, different variables can affect the quality of the call. However, if others in the house don’t have the same difficulty, it is a bad sign. Regarding the television, let the rest of the house set the volume. Then, you can judge the noise level and gauge your level of hearing. Should everyone have it at the same intensity, then you are okay. If the setting is low and you struggle to hear, there is an issue.

 

Following A Conversation

 

The majority of people find following a conversation a simple task. Even if you’re hearing isn’t great, there are other ways, such as lip reading. The difficulty starts when multiple people speak at once. Then, it is much harder to read lips and piece together the conversation. Now, it is worth noting that it may not be a sign of hearing loss. Over time, it gets harder and harder to process signals. Plus, five people talking at once is confusing. But, a hearing specialist would find your answer troubling should you struggle to keep up. The only way to be sure if you’re worried is to see a professional and take some tests.

 

Straining To Hear

 

Sure, there are times when you need to focus on hearing someone speak. When it’s noisy, hearing doesn’t come as naturally. Still, there are other times when you shouldn’t need to concentrate. For example, when you are sitting at home and there are only two people in the room. Unless the noise is deafening, there should be no reason to strain. So, if you are doing it all of the time, there is something wrong. One way to tell is to relax the next time you speak with a friend or family member. If you’re not tense, you’re not straining. Also, gauge your tiredness levels. Focusing all day is mentally fatiguing and leaves people exhausted.

 

Misunderstanding

 

Finally, you may think you hear what they are saying, but what you repeat isn’t right. Lots of people do this, especially the older generation. Rather than be confident in what they hear, they have to repeat the sentence. Usually, what people with hearing loss say needs rectifying because it’s far from the truth. The reason, of course, is due to hearing problems. Another giveaway is saying “what?” a lot when people ask a question. Sometimes, people speak quietly or you miss the train of the conversation, which is why “what?” is handy. However, if you are saying it multiple times a day, then there’s an issue. To be sure, try and count how many times per day the word comes out of your mouth. Also, aanalyzeit in context.

 

These are only five signs, but there are plenty more. The key is to understand that muffled or low speech is a big warning sign and requires action.

How Can Pets Help Those With Mental Illnesses?

Pets are wonderful companions for anyone but have been shown to be particularly beneficial in older people as well as those with mental health issues. We have a special bond with our pets, and they can improve our lives in so many ways. Here are just a few of them.

 

They Encourage Socialising

Research has shown that walking a dog greatly increases your likelihood of having conversations with strangers, which can help owners to stay socially connected and less withdrawn. According to statistics, pet owners talk to more people, and this happens as they provide an excellent talking point. Since a large percentage of households own pets, they give us a common interest, and with their sweet and comical ways it gives us something to speak and laugh about. These days you can find dog walking groups, training and other activities online which could provide an opportunity to get out there and meet others. There are plenty of online forums too dedicated to your pet, so it’s a point of interest that you have which gives you the opportunity to connect with others.

 

They Provide Companionship

Pets give owners company, a sense of security and someone to share the routine of the day with. People with mental health issues or older adults living alone can feel isolated and lonely, having a pet there can definitely help with some of those feelings.

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They Give Us Purpose

One of the issues with mental health difficulties is they can cause you to lack purpose. Mental illnesses like depression can make it difficult to get out of bed, look after yourself, eat and everything else. But when you have a pet which relies on you to be looked after, it can be the boost you need to get up and motivated. We have to feed them, take them to the vets, make sure they have the right worm and flea medication- brands like Pet Lock can be useful for this since it kills both fleas and ticks. We love our pets dearly that even when we don’t love ourselves or feel worthless, we can find the strength to get up and give them what they need.

 

They Are Mood and Health Boosting

Pets have a significant impact on both our health and our mood. Dogs mainly, since they have evolved to become acutely attuned to us as humans and the way we act. Research has shown some powerful findings, for example, dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets, and people with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without who don’t. Interestingly, pet owners even have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, which in turn means that heart attack patients with dogs survive longer than those without. People who have pets, particular dogs will get more exercise due to walking them. But cleaning out a tank, vivarium or hutch can also count towards light exercise. Generally, pets provide a buffer against stress: simply having a pet close by has been shown to reduce our reaction to anxiety-provoking events

Living A Full Life With A Chronic Illness

Living with chronic illness or pain is one of the toughest things that a person can go through. The thing is with chronic illness, it never just goes away. You can learn to manage it, but it’s always there in the background. This doesn’t mean it has to hinder your life, though. Don’t scoff!

 

There are things you can do to help you live a full life with a chronic illness. Having the right mindset is the first important part. You don’t want to see yourself as a sick person. Distinguish yourself from your illness – it isn’t you, and it doesn’t define you. Here are a few ways you can live a full life:

 

Know Your Limitations

Knowing your limitations is the first crucial part of living a full life. Depending on your illness, you’re going to have different limitations. For instance, you may need to stay in bed for several more hours each day or take a break through the day to go and relax. Knowing what you need to do to keep on feeling good is so much better than saying yes to everything and compromising your health. The people who care about you will understand!  

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Self Care Is Key

Always care for yourself first, especially if you have children. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Make sure you take the time needed to recuperate, eat food that is nutritious, drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated, and get a little exercise if possible – a light walk outdoors could help you to feel better and more positive. Don’t get annoyed with yourself for not being able to do what everyone else is doing either. Love and understand yourself!

Be Honest With Others About How You Feel

If you’re not feeling great one day, be honest. Bottling things up will only lead to miscommunication and an unhappy life for all.

Have The Right Medical Team Behind You

Knowing that you have the right medical team behind you will give you peace of mind. Make sure you know your options for when you’re out of the house and you have a turn too, and make sure the people you’re with know what to do. For instance, they might not realize that your situation is serious and fail to call air evacuation services. Carrying any documents you have with you for others to look at and know what the matter is will also be helpful if something happens.

 

Define A Great Circle Of Support

Let go of people who aren’t lifting you up and making you feel great, and define a circle of support including your friends and family. Something like this is invaluable for making you feel better.

 

Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams

Why give up on your dreams because you have a chronic illness? Many things will still be achievable, it’s just that your path and timing may change. Look at inspirational people who have overcome adversity so you see for yourself.

 

You can live a full and happy life with a chronic illness – you just have to decide to.

TV Or Exercise? What About Both?!

 

To stay fit and healthy, a person has to exercise. Without working out, the body will store food as fat and the cardiovascular system will slow down. The thing is that watching TV is a lot more fun, not to mention easier. It’s simple: you sit down, hold the remote, and train your eyes on the screen. Of course, watching television instead of exercising is a sure-fire way to ruin your health, right? Well, not precisely because it is possible to workout in front of the tube.

 

Here are the things to consider the next time your eyes are glued to the box.

 

Exercise Is Basic

 

Thanks to the current gym culture, it’s easy to think a workout requires specialist equipment. Without weights and a treadmill, there is no way to exercise “properly” according to some people. They are wrong because working out is a fundamental activity which doesn’t need any gear whatsoever. Push ups and sit ups are prime examples. All you have to do is lie on the floor in front of the TV and start the reps. Cardio fans can pace back and forth from one side of the room to another. Don’t let gym owners fool you into thinking a sanitized environment is the only way to exercise.

 

TV Routines Are Fun

 

The great thing about working out in front of the tube is the element of enjoyment. Sure, some people enjoy pounding the pavement, but you are not one of them. Nope, you prefer relaxing in the comfort of your home copying others. Fantastic because a home exercise routine is all you need. Just pop the DVD into the DVD player and try your hardest to keep up. Yoga is a firm fan favorite because it helps the entire body and is doable anywhere.

 

Mental As Well As Physical

 

It is pointless to maintain your body if your mind doesn’t follow suit. The key to good health is the brain. Once it begins to falter, everything will fail because it is the control center. Lots of people suffer from mental illnesses, and some don’t even realize. Seriously, here are a handful of symptoms of bipolar depression that might surprise you. The main reason for poor mental health, however, is a lack of brain activity. Not using your mind causes it to slow down, and simple tasks become hard work. Watching shows which focus on thinking and problem solving is an excellent way to keep your brain engaged.

 

Sit Still

 

Yep, by sitting down you can burn up to one-hundred calories a day. Okay, it’s small amount and won’t keep the weight off forever. Still, there are ways to enhance the process. The best option is to fidget. According to Fit Watch, it is possible to burn up to 350 extra calories by tapping your foot or changing positions. And hey, who are you to argue with science? Of course, you need to couple it with a few more strenuous activities to have the desired effect.

 

You won’t hear this often but forget the gym. Instead, watch the TV and exercise at the same time.

How Your Outfit Can Affect Your Health

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You already know that clothes can harm your bank balance, but did you know that they can also damage your health? Alas, that sexy pair of heels or that stunning dress that you’ve had your eye on for so long might just contain hidden health hazards.

Here’s a little look at some of the ways your clothing may be out to get you.

 

Some clothes restrict movement

 

This isn’t the first thing that’s likely to come to mind when you think of your clothes doing you harm. More likely you imagined something like tripping on the hem of your dress and falling down some stairs.

Nonetheless, it’s a well-proven fact that the more sedentary people are during their day-to-day lives, the greater their risk of a whole range of illnesses, and even death.

To maintain good health, you simply need to be able to move around freely throughout the day. There’s a reason why Fitbits have daily step targets programmed in.

Your outfit may look good, but if it keeps you seated all day, it’s a future health hazard in the making.

 

Some shoes are dangerous

 

Obviously, heels can be dangerous in a variety of ways. They really could cause you to trip and fall down the stairs, or stop you from being able to run away in a bad situation (e.g., if a car comes hurtling towards you while you’re crossing the road).

Of course, there’s more to it, however. Certain shoes, while they may look great, are simply bad for your joints and muscles. Regularly wearing high heels is thought to contribute to poor posture and shortening of calf muscles, as well as various other health complications.

Even if you intend to remain a regular heel-wearer, it’d be worth your time buying a pair of foot-friendly orthopedic shoes from one of the many companies who provide them, such ShoeFinale.  

 

Dirty clothes can make you sick

 

You may have a pair of pajamas that you wear to bed several nights in a row without a wash, or perhaps a pair of jeans which you assume won’t get dirty for at least several days of wear.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of danger in wearing dirty clothes, and a lot of it comes down to the harmful microbes that can grow in the creases without you being any the wiser.

These microbes can contribute to everything from fungal infections to allergies. As if they weren’t enough, the accumulated body oils which build up in dirty clothes can also clog pores and cause skin irritation.

 

Some clothes contain toxins

 

Here’s a reason to be seriously careful about where you buy your clothes from, and why it pays to search for brands which advertise themselves as organic or chemical free.

Simply put, your clothes can contain toxic chemicals in the same way that your fresh produce can contain pesticides.

This is all a by-product of the manufacturing and dyeing process, and it shouldn’t be a secret that many clothes may be saturated in harmful chemical compounds when you consider that even major designer brands often use third world sweatshops for their manufacturing.

At the very least, give any new clothing you buy a good wash before wearing it, although this is unlikely to deal with the issue completely.

Breathe Easy At Home

Did you know the quality of the air in your home can directly affect your health? Not many people do. Nearly everyone understands the dangers of dirty air outside the home. Car exhaust fumes, passive cigarette smoking, and local factories can all have an impact on our lungs. The thing is, there are pollutants inside the home that are equally as bad for you as the ones you’re encountering outside.

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We spend much of our time inside, whether that’s at home, at the shops, or at work. It makes sense to learn all the ways you can make the air you breathe the healthiest possible for you and your family. If you haven’t heard of ways you can purify your home, then you should check out the list we have for you below and see how many changes you can implement in your daily routines.

 

 

  1. Ventilate. It may seem like an obvious solution – adding more air – but most would think to open a window and leave it at that. There’s far more to improving ventilation than just opening a window! Outdoor air is still polluted, so get in touch with air conditioning suppliers and get quoted for how much it would cost to have central air installed. This can then purify and cycle the air through the home for you!
  2. Eliminate. You need to be able to eliminate the source of the air that isn’t pure. So, dust build-up, smoking, and pets could all be a concern. If you are feeling any of these symptoms, you could possibly have an allergy to dander, which is making your breathing difficult. When it comes to smoking, taking it outside if you aren’t ready to quit altogether can make a difference to your breathing, as you have changed how the air in the house is balanced.
  3. Pipework. If you are an asthma sufferer, the slightest dampness or leaks in the home can really have an effect on your breathing. Mould spores and dampness in the air can certainly make life a little difficult for you. Getting in a professional to check over your pipes and ensure there are no leaks in the home is a must. Rain and humidity are causes here but if you’ve ensured that your home is watertight, then you will find it far easier to manage.
  4. Change Products. Cleaning is a must, but breathing in chemicals doesn’t have to be. Any one of these methods of cleaning the house without using harsh chemicals can be used so that you are lessening how many chemicals you breathe in. Toxic chemicals can lead to headaches, muscle aches, and general ill health so it’s best to avoid them where you can.

You have a right to breathe pure air and the only way to do that indoors is to maximize the air you have in your space. Don’t wait around for someone to tell you that you should have a better quality of air – look for it yourself.

 

A Primary Health Focus For Each Decade Of Life

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Twenties: Water Intake

 

There tend to be debates over how much water we should drink every day, but it’s a fair assumption that when you’re in your twenties, you’re almost certainly not going to be drinking enough. Think of the all the quintessential “twenties” behaviors: Partying, pulling all-nighters, eating junk food… there’s not a lot of room for water in there. Focus on getting eight glasses of water per day wherever possible.

 

Thirties: Skin & Hair

 

Our hormones are constantly changing, and they go through a significant shift when we move into our thirties. The first signs of this will likely be noticed in your skin and hair. Hair may become thinner, while your skin may begin to display fine lines or crow’s feet around your eyes. Look into vitamins such as Biotin to help these areas out and find yourself a skincare routine that suits your skin.

 

Forties: Suppleness & Flexibility

 

Hormonal changes are even more likely as you move into your forties, but now is the time to focus on your entire body. Ensuring that you’re as fit and flexible as possible is vital for ensuring you enjoy your later years, so get into the habit of doing yoga or pilates in your forties.

 

Fifties: Mental Health

 

There comes a time in life when we have to face up to the big questions. We have to ask ourselves to think about the possibilities that might be in store for us. Our fifties tend to be the time when we started to do this, wondering how to pay for Alzheimer’s care in the event of a diagnosis or even considering the loss of beloved friends.

 

These are big questions. Contemplating them can lead to mental health problems, most particular depression. Making the time for your mental health and self-care is therefore completely essential; develop a good relationship with a professional therapist and touch base with them on a regular basis.

 

Sixties: Bone Health

 

It’s simple scientific fact that our bones weaken with age. However, that doesn’t mean that you just need to surrender to a world of broken bones being part of your life. There’s a few things you can do to improve your bone density, but by far the most effective is regular weight-bearing exercises. The more you use your bones and expect them to endure the (mild) stress of moving, the less they are going to weaken as you age.

 

Remember all that yoga you got into the habit of doing when you were in your forties? It’s going to stand you in very good stead now. Keep up the habit, and add in a daily ritual of strength training by lifting light-but-substantial weights and going for a walk. Just small changes like this can ensure your bones remain robust, and you enjoy having a good time.

 

What About 70+?

 

By the time you’ve reached 70, it’s safe to say you know how to look after yourself. Keep grouping together all of the vital health information you focused on in the decades that have gone before, keep it up, and then reap the rewards of your hard work with pleasurable twilight years.

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Twenties: Water Intake

 

There tend to be debates over how much water we should drink every day, but it’s a fair assumption that when you’re in your twenties, you’re almost certainly not going to be drinking enough. Think of the all the quintessential “twenties” behaviors: Partying, pulling all-nighters, eating junk food… there’s not a lot of room for water in there. Focus on getting eight glasses of water per day wherever possible.

 

Thirties: Skin & Hair

 

Our hormones are constantly changing, and they go through a significant shift when we move into our thirties. The first signs of this will likely be noticed in your skin and hair. Hair may become thinner, while your skin may begin to display fine lines or crow’s feet around your eyes. Look into vitamins such as Biotin to help these areas out and find yourself a skincare routine that suits your skin.

 

Forties: Suppleness & Flexibility

 

Hormonal changes are even more likely as you move into your forties, but now is the time to focus on your entire body. Ensuring that you’re as fit and flexible as possible is vital for ensuring you enjoy your later years, so get into the habit of doing yoga or pilates in your forties.

 

Fifties: Mental Health

 

There comes a time in life when we have to face up to the big questions. We have to ask ourselves to think about the possibilities that might be in store for us. Our fifties tend to be the time when we started to do this, wondering how to pay for Alzheimer’s care in the event of a diagnosis or even considering the loss of beloved friends.

 

These are big questions. Contemplating them can lead to mental health problems, most particular depression. Making the time for your mental health and self-care is therefore completely essential; develop a good relationship with a professional therapist and touch base with them on a regular basis.

 

Sixties: Bone Health

 

It’s simple scientific fact that our bones weaken with age. However, that doesn’t mean that you just need to surrender to a world of broken bones being part of your life. There are a few things you can do to improve your bone density, but by far the most effective is regular weight-bearing exercises. The more you use your bones and expect them to endure the (mild) stress of moving, the less they are going to weaken as you age.

 

Remember all that yoga you got into the habit of doing when you were in your forties? It’s going to stand you in very good stead now. Keep up the habit, and add in a daily ritual of strength training by lifting light-but-substantial weights and going for a walk. Just small changes like this can ensure your bones remain robust, and you enjoy having a good time.

 

What About 70+?

 

By the time you’ve reached 70, it’s safe to say you know how to look after yourself. Keep grouping together all of the vital health information you focused on in the decades that have gone before, keep it up, and then reap the rewards of your hard work with pleasurable twilight years.

Helping Hands: How to Reach Out for Health Support

Everyone has times in their lives when they need help. Looking after your health isn’t always something you can do on your own, especially when it comes to your mental health. In fact, most of the time you need some form of help to deal with health problems. Some issues are easier to get help for than others, though. There’s no shame in seeing a doctor if you have the flu. But some health conditions, like STDs or mental illnesses, have a stigma attached to them and can make you feel ashamed. If you need to ask for help with your health, there are several steps you can take.

 

Remove Barriers to Asking for Help

 

There are a few things that can prevent you asking for help with a health problem. Many of them relate to social stigma or your own fears. Maybe you’re scared of seeming weak if you can’t deal with a mental health issue on your own. Or perhaps you’re afraid of the judgment that could arise from revealing you have an addiction or a sexually transmitted disease. It’s important to confront these fears and realize that asking for help can help you overcome them. There will always be people who judge others, but you’re often the one judging yourself most.

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Ask for Support from Friends or Family

 

When you need support to take care of yourself, your friends and family are the ones who will often be there for you. Whether you need someone to take you to a doctor’s appointment or listen to you share your problems, those who love you just want to support you in any way they can. However, they can also sometimes be the hardest people to ask for support. You might have fears about burdening them with your problems. Remind yourself that they want to be there for you and that you would do the same if they asked you for help.

 

Find the Right Resources

 

Knowing where to go for help is important if you need assistance with your health. If you have a physical health complaint, it’s usually not difficult to make an appointment with a doctor who can help you. However, there are some problems for which you might want to explore available treatment options. If you’re dealing with an addiction, the resources at  alcoholrehab.me can help you see what’s available. There are similar review and recommendation sites for various health issues. You might explore medical options, support services, and other ways you can get help.

 

Know What to Ask For

 

It’s also a good idea to think about what sort of help you need. If you’re going to ask a friend to help you while you’re ill, what do you want them to do? Would you like them to be a listening ear when you need to talk? Or perhaps you’d like them to provide practical support like helping to cook or clean. You can help others to help you if you know what you’re looking for.

 

If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask for it, whether from your loved ones or from professionals.

Keeping Fit This Winter

It always seems to be much easier to motivate ourselves to exercise when it’s warm outside. We want to be toned and beach-ready, so we’ve got a goal to work towards and going out for a run in the sun or cooling off in the pool is a nice way of spending the afternoon. Then, the cooler months hit. We don’t want to go out in the dark before or after work, we’ve got aches and pains, coughs and cold and frankly, just don’t want to. Many of us gain weight over winter, and while it doesn’t seem to matter as we’re covered up in layers anyway, it can have other adverse effects.

 

Even a few weeks off exercise can see your fitness levels start to decrease, making it harder to get back to your best when you are ready. On top of this, weight gain can lead to low confidence and self-esteem, trouble sleeping, greasy skin and lifeless hair and higher risks of picking up winter bugs.

 

So, while it’s fine to change your exercise routine in the colder months when you perhaps don’t want to run 10k in the cold and rain, it’s important that you do maintain some level of activity. Here are some great tips to help you stay motivated this winter.

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Address the Aches and Pains

 

One of the main reasons people put off exercise in the winter is that they ache. It’s perfectly normal to have some aches and pains when it’s cold, especially as you start to get older. But, that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it.

 

First, ask yourself if it is just winter aches and not something more serious? Listen to your body, take care of foot pain if you’ve got any, see a dr if you need to and start doing some yoga or Pilates to strengthen your back and core.

 

Exercise Early

 

One of the best ways to stop making excuses is to do the exercise before you’ve had time to think of any. Exercising first thing in the morning gets it out of the way. Instead of spending the day dreading going to the gym after work, you can feel pleased with your accomplishment.

 

Set Goals

 

You might want to make your goals a little smaller over the winter, especially if you are struggling with colds and illness. But, it’s still important to set them. Set yourself small, easy to reach targets that will keep you going and boost your confidence.

 

Try Something New

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An excellent way to motivate yourself in winter is trying new things. If you don’t fancy running or swimming, focus on home workouts or fitness classes. Try some online exercise videos as well as fun group classes like Zumba or spinning. Who knows, you might find something that you love or that you are really good at.

 

Remember to just keep moving. If you don’t feel like exercise, that’s fine, make sure you go for a walk or do some stretches before bed. As long as you are moving, you are burning calories and keeping fit.

What To Know About Facing Life With Disability

For a long time before now and even now, in many circles and groups, disability has been something of a taboo. It’s something we don’t talk about in any real way, often until it’s staring us in the face and we have to learn how to deal with it. It’s a big change, and often a difficult one. But by thinking about how to cope with it, we can make living with it a lot easier.

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Know what you’re dealing with

Many disabilities are there from birth or a result of an accident or injury. There are others, however, that come in with time. Knowing the signs of disabilities like eye disease, deafness, and back pain that could grow chronic can help us start challenging them a lot sooner and learning the realities of a situation. Beyond getting regularly checked out, it’s also worth looking at your family history and seeing any conditions in your family history that could serve as a risk factor in your own life.

Know what you can do about it

Your doctor is always going to be the first port of call when it comes to treating the symptoms associated with a disability and helping you find ways around it. But there are other groups and organizations that can provide real practical advice. From devices like hearing aids for developing deafness to coping techniques for chronic pain, there is a lot of advice on offer. If you’re diagnosed with a disability, it’s worth looking at groups and organizations near you that can help serve as a support system. Your healthcare providers and family can help, but sometimes getting someone who truly understands what you’re going through can help you find real practical advice for fighting it.

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Know how it will change your life

Of course, the difference between disability and other forms of disease or illness is that we don’t consider disability temporary. It requires some changes, which means we have to learn how to understand what our limitations are and how to cope with them. This might mean looking at benefits on offer or modifications we might have to make to the home. Learning to accept our disability and start living with it, not against it, can also help in the next point.

Know the other ways it might affect you

We’ve mostly been tackling the effects of physical disability on your life, and mental disability is another topic deserving a multitude of posts on its own. But it’s also important to be aware of the impact that physical health can have on mental health. Stress, depression, and lowered self-esteem are some very common side-effects of learning to live with a disability. Be aware of the risks and that you might have to face them through counseling or by joining a support group like those mentioned above.

Living with a disability can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to stand in the way of a fruitful, comfortable, and fulfilling life. Being proactive and facing those challenges head-on is going to give you the best chance of getting that.