How to REALLY take care of yourself when it all gets too much as a woman

Being a woman can come with an awful lot of pressure. You’re often the pillar of the home- the nurse, the counselor, the chef, and the chauffeur. That, along with being a supportive partner and a good employee can often feel like too much. 

 

We live in a society that states that we can have it all. We can, but at what cost? When it comes to having it all, what has to give? Your happiness? Your health? Your mental capacity to cope with the complexities of life can be really damaged.

How can you cope with these pressures when life gets too much? Here are some ideas. 

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Bring Self-Care into your Daily Ritual 

 

When your day is committed to looking out for the needs of others, it can be easy to abandon yourself and disregard self-care rituals as part of your daily routine. 

 

Even if it means getting out of bed a little earlier to make the time, make sure you get a hot shower to start your day refreshed. Brush your hair every day to keep it healthy and strong looking. And, if you enjoy wearing makeup, wear it to be kind to yourself, not to hide your appearance.

Self-care is imperative to your overall wellbeing. 

 

Get a Health Check 

 

Your physician can give you a good idea of how you’re really doing physically and mentally. Book yourself an appointment to get a health check. This way you can see if your stressful lifestyle is taking its toll on your physical health as well as your mental health. 

 

If you experience pain, you may be prescribed pain killers to enable you to keep going with your daily life. Be sure to follow the correct precautions when taking these medications, as prescription pain meds can be extremely addictive and damaging to your health if not taken according to strict guidelines. 

 

It’s common to experience addiction to these kinds of medication. If you’re concerned about your reliance on your medication, talk to your doctor about enrolling in a prescription drug addiction treatment program for women. This will take you through the necessary steps to take back control of your pain management. 

 

Stay Hydrated and Well-nourished

 

You’ll often check that those in your care have had enough to eat and drink- it’s vital that you do the same. Your body is 75% water- keep it that way by drinking fresh water at regular intervals throughout the day.

Eat fresh fruit and vitamin-rich vegetables every day as part of each meal. Allow yourself treats once in a while- live and let live. 

 

Invest in ‘Me’ time 

 

We all know that we cannot pour from an empty cup. The woman who tries to be all things to all people is exactly the same. 

 

Nobody is too busy to take the time to do things they enjoy. Watch that movie, read that book, invest time in working out and catching up with that series. 

 

Some things can wait. Of all of the important things in life- you are one of them.

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Dealing With Chronic Pain Without the Doctor

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Coping with chronic pain is difficult for anybody who suffers from it. While you might try to get to the doctor as often as possible, the time in between appointments and subscription refills can feel like a lifetime. It doesn’t need to be this way, though. There are ways to cope without a doctor. If you are struggling, these ways are worth looking into while you wait for your next appointment. 

 

Low Impact Exercise

 

Those who don’t suffer from chronic pain believe that exercise is impossible, but that is not always the case. Depending on the source of your pain, you can still maintain a healthy and active exercise routine to ease the pain and keep you mobile. 

 

Workouts such as running are not recommended, as they place too much strain on joints and muscles. However, you can still consider exercises such as swimming or yoga to help keep you in decent shape while also reducing the stress and pressure on joints. Exercise should always be part of your daily routine, and while you don’t need to do a lot, every little helps. 

 

Natural Remedies

 

Pain-relieving natural remedies are another useful stop-gap when waiting for prescription refills and appointments. Depending on where you live, you can seek advice on diffusing essential oils, sampling Edibles, or finding teas and similar food and drink that can prevent inflammation and residual discomfort. 

 

Often, you can get these remedies at the supermarket, although you may need an additional prescription for other treatments. It’s also useful to explore different options, and while it may not have the same effect as your regular medication, they can offer some assistance in the meantime. 

 

Support Groups

 

If you’ve not yet considered support groups, then this may be a useful remedy to your chronic pain. Too often do people feel alone with their pain, especially considering their family and partner, while understand, do not have the same experiences. 

 

A support group allows you to discuss your experiences with those who are going through the same things as you. From here, you can find different treatment methods and gain valuable insight into managing your pain from those who know what you are talking about. 

 

Pain Diaries

 

The final option is starting a pain diary where you can record your pain levels and thoughts as and when the discomfort occurs. Not only is it useful to note down your experiences to help work through issues, but a record will also help you identify pain patterns so you can make additional changes to your lifestyle is you notice a trend. 

 

This pain diary will be useful for you to refer to when suffering from extreme pain, and it can also be beneficial for your doctor to help decide on the best treatment to explore. 

 

Controlling Your Pain

 

While it’s not recommended to abstain from seeing the doctor altogether, it can take a long time for you to get an appointment. Instead of suffering through the pain, though, you can consider using these methods to control it better so that you are not in too much discomfort. 

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Why Speaking About Health Issues Is Important

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Everyone, sooner or later, will experience an issue with their health. This may be as immediate and unpredictable as a broken bone, or perhaps a long-lasting health condition that started in childhood and needs to be managed every single day. Of course, when these health issues occur, we may need to find a new normal, and this can be hard for some people. In this post, we hope to discuss the importance of talking about these experiences.

 

While communicating about an issue may not seem to be that important (as relating to others may not seem possible if they haven’t experienced it too), it’s something that we must absolutely partake in should we feel comfortable enough to do it. Speaking of our health issues is an important task, and can truly give us the space needed to get our feelings off our mind while also contributing to a more understanding culture of tolerance.

 

After all, we cannot help the conditions or health issues we experience to some degree, but we can change how we relate to them, and how we understand ourselves. With the following advice, you’ll see just how wonderful this process can be:

 

A Common Acceptance

 

When you speak about your health issues, you contribute to ideas of understanding, patience, and respect for one another. You also allow people without experience of your condition to shed ignorance and to become more aware of the life you go through. For example, we may have many ideas surrounding what it’s like to have high-functioning autism, but it’s only when we speak to someone who may have this as part of their daily reality that we can begin to understand, dispel myths, and become a better friend in doing so.

 

Advice & Referrals

 

When you speak of your health issues, you may find that you are given advice that you had never considered before. Perhaps your friend swears by a certain cure for heavy headaches, or convinces you to see a doctor, or refers you to the best spinal specialist. It’s this advice that can often help you look at your issue in a different way, or at least helps you think more conclusively about something. Without your initial effort of communication, this would likely never have been experienced to begin with.

 

An Emotional Outlet

 

Speaking about the problems you have faced simply feels good. It helps you stop bottling up your emotions and instead lets you release them in the best manner possible. Yet, living with pain can be a hard thing to do, and it might be something you lament. Talking about it can help you feel infinitely better, and it also stops you feeling as though you should be guilty for having those thoughts. In this way you can heal with care and insight, and provided you are willing to listen to another, contribute to a healthier norm of mutual understanding.

 

With this advice, you’re sure to correctly and carefully speak about your health issues with strength.

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8 Signs It’s Time To Visit Your Doctor

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When it comes to calling your doctors and booking an appointment, it can be hard to know where to draw the line. Whilst some people will call their doctors surgery for absolutely everything, others don’t want to be seen as a nuisance. Although it is important to know there is a time to book an appointment, don’t let that stop you from reaching out if you’re seriously in need. To help, here are 8 signs it’s time to visit your doctor:

 

– If You’re Struggling To Get Rid Of An Infection

 

If you have been suffering from an infection for a number of weeks and you are struggling to get rid of it, it might be time to speak to your doctor. It may be that you have a chesty cough or a sickness bug that just won’t budge, but without antibiotics that only your doctor can prescribe you will be struggling for much longer. For tips and tricks on how to help ease the pain of an infection, you can visit this site here.

 

– If You Have Sustained A Minor Injury

 

If you have managed to injure yourself but don’t think you need to go to A&E, it may be best to visit your doctors. Not only will they be able to advise whether or not you need to visit your nearest emergency room, but they’ll also be able to prescribe you something for the pain. if you find after a couple of days it still hasn’t helped, heading back for a second visit will definitely help.

 

– If You Are Experiencing Throat Or Ear Pain

 

One of the most painful things you can experience is either ear or throat pain and if you’ve been suffering for a few days then you’ll definitely agree it’s time to see a doctor. If you’ve been suffering from pain in your ear or you are experiencing hearing loss, it’s important you book an appointment as soon as you can to see a doctor or audiologist. Providing they have appointments, they’ll be able to help you within a matter of hours.

 

– If You Have Had The Flu For Over A Week

 

If you have had the flu for a couple of weeks and the home remedies you have tried have not helped it subside, booking an appointment to see your doctor may be the best possible option. Whilst they may not be able to give you any different medication to the ones you’ve been taking, they will be able to tell you if you have something more serious than the flu. For more information and tips on how to self-treat the flu, you can visit this guide here.

 

– If You Have A Persistent High Fever

 

If you have had a high fever for a number of days then you need to visit your doctor. Although it may just be a high temperature, it could be something much more severe. Give yourself a couple of days and if you’re not feeling better book yourself an appointment as soon as you can. In the meantime, you can try a couple of home remedies to keep your temperature down. If you start experiencing any other symptoms alongside your high temperature, call your doctor immediately.

 

– If You Are Experiencing Severe Chest Pain

 

If you are experiencing severe chest pains, booking an emergency appointment with your doctor is vital. They will instantly be able to tell you whether or not you need to go to A&E and if not, they’ll be able to advise you the best possible ways to help the pain subside. If you’re suffering from severe pain and can’t see your doctor, visiting an emergency room is definitely the next best option.

 

– If You Have Lost An Unexplained Amount Of Weight Quickly

 

If you have noticed you’re losing weight at an alarming weight and you haven’t done anything to cause it, you may want to think about visiting your doctor. Whilst they may not be able to get to the bottom of it right away, they will be able to run the necessary tests needed to find out if it is something serious. Whilst most of the time it isn’t, it is definitely better to be safe than sorry.

 

– If You Think You’re Suffering From Mental Health Issues

 

Finally, if you have been experiencing issues with your mental health it definitely bests that you book an appointment to see someone. They will be able to talk you through all of your available options, giving you the best possible advice you can get. If you’re struggling to find the courage to book an appointment, why not try asking a friend to go with you?

 

Are you always unsure when it is time to see a doctor? What symptoms do you look for? Let me know in the comments section below.

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