Planning For The Future

The COVID-19 pandemic has got many of us thinking about the future and what it may hold for us. With an astonishing amount of deaths caused by the illness, it has made people realize that they are not invincible or mortal and that at some point, we will need to make plans for what happens when we are gone and what we leave behind for our families. 


Here, we look at some of the things that you may want to think about for the future.

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Make a will


You need to think about writing your last will and testament so that your loved ones and the legal authorities know precisely what you want to happen when you have passed and who is to have what. You may be sitting there asking ‘Well, How Do I Make A Will?’, and what it entails. 


A will is a legal document that lays out what is to happen with any properties or assets that you own, guardianship of your children should that be needed and the person who is to carry out your wishes after you die. Unless you own lots of property and assets, a simple will is all that is needed, but it is still important to seek proper legal advice. A solicitor will know all of the ins and outs and the latest guidance and rules. This can save a lot of unnecessary heartbreak for your loved ones in the future.


Talk about your funeral wishes


It sounds a bit morbid, doesn’t it? However, it is important to talk to your family about your funeral wishes before it comes to the point that they have to make those decisions themselves. Do you want to be buried or cremated? Do you want to be buried in a specific spot or have your ashes scattered anywhere in particular? Some people even go as far as choosing the music that they want to be played at their funeral and choose their coffins! You may also want to consider setting up a pre-payment plan so that you can pay for it all before you die, taking one less stress away from your family when it comes to that time.


Discuss what happens if you become too ill or incapable of making your own decisions


It is estimated that around one in 14 people over the age of 65 will suffer from dementia and one in six over 80. Sadly, this cruel disease, along with many other conditions, can take away your ability to make decisions regarding your care and your finances. You need to know what you want to happen should you get to this point – who will take over and make decisions on your behalf? To do this, you need a living will, a power of attorney and medical power of attorney. 


Thinking about the future can be a little scary, especially when we consider the fact that we are not going to be around forever. However, by thinking about it, talking about it and planning for it, we can take much of the stress away not just from ourselves, but our families and loved ones too. 

Relationship Goals: Coping With The Implications Of A Life-Changing Accident or Illness

The fact of the matter is that you never ever expect something awful to happen to you – or your loved ones. Bad things happen to other people, not you. However, the scary truth is that every single day, bad and unexpected things happen to good people. In the blink of an eye, a normal day can turn on its head and change your life beyond recognition. 


If you have the bad luck of being involved in a life-changing accident or suffering from a serious illness that has come with long-lasting implications, you may be wondering what the impact of this will be on your relationship, and how as a couple you can move past what has happened and build a sustainable future together. 


While things may be strange right now, the good news is that there is always a way to move past what has happened. Yes, it might be hard to see a future right now, but you can have one, you just need to understand what it will take to move forward. Bearing that in mind, below are some ideas to help make moving your relationship and life forward, after a life-changing or serious illness, a little easier. 

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Be patient, take your time 


One of the most important things when it comes to coping with a life-changing injury or illness is to be patient with yourself and your partner. Change is hard to adapt to, especially when it’s such an unexpected change, so don’t rush the adoption process, take things slow. Understand that perhaps, for a while at least, your relationship may need to be a little different, but that’s okay. Say, for instance, as a result of your accident or illness, you’re now wheelchair bound, a change like that isn’t one that you can simply move past right away. You need time to process what has happened, and so does your partner. 


Accept the change 


The next step is to learn to accept the change and what has happened. Say, for instance, you were involved in a terrible car accident which caused a brain bleed and has left you with significant memory problems. Accepting the fact that you need more support from your partner isn’t easy. For your partner, accepting the fact that you require more support is also difficult. Big changes like this can have a damaging impact on a relationship, which is why it may be worthwhile seeking some professional support to help you both accept, and adapt to, the changes within your lives and relationship. 


Focus on the future


One of the most important factors when it comes to recovery from any accident or illness is making sure to focus on the future, rather than dwelling on what could have been. It’s important to focus on the positives of your situation, such as the fact that you’re still here, because the sad truth is there are 56,800 fatalities in a single year linked to serious accidents – that’s a scary statistic. You might have to adapt to a new way of living, but the fact is that you got lucky because you’re still here. 


It’s not easy adapting after a life-changing accident or illness, but with the right support system in place and a caring partner, it is possible to lead a full and happy life.

Doing Your Utmost for the Environment

Nowadays, we’re becoming increasingly aware of the detrimental impact we’re having on the very planet we live on. Human activity is destroying the environment. We’re engaging with deforestation. We’re polluting the atmosphere. We’re promoting global warming and climate change, which in turn is melting icecaps, rising sea levels and increasing the number of greenhouse gases we’re emitting. This is all negative. We’re creating an uninhabitable space when we need to live here, along with animals. Now, there are various steps we can take to reduce our impact on the planet. We can go vegan. We can reduce plastic usage. We can walk instead of driving, or opt for public transport when travelling a distance. But there’s another area we should pay more focus to – energy.


We all use energy on a daily basis. We use electricity or gas to heat and power our homes, work spaces, and commercial or public spaces. Of course, we can’t really live our lives fully without energy. However, we can stop engaging with fossil fuels and opt for more eco-friendly, renewable energies instead. The infographic below will give you a little insight into smart grid technologies and how they can distribute energy in an efficient and green way! This, of course, isn’t a change you can necessarily implement yourself. But it is making green energy more accessible, meaning you can then act by opting for green and renewable energy instead of more harmful options on the market.

Infographic Design By University of California RIverside

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