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Do you Feel Tired all the Time? – Check These 4 Surprising Reasons

By Guest Blogger Nicole N.

Do you Feel Tired all the Time? – Check These 4 Surprising Reasons

We all get tired, that’s a given; if you’ve punched in ten-twelve hours at the office, couldn’t sleep all night, did some serious spring cleaning and what not, of course you will feel exhausted. However, if you feel constant fatigue and are desperate for a nap after doing the bare minimum like climbing two flights of stairs or you start losing your sharpness and focus after only two hours of work, there is a good chance that an underlying issue might be at hand. If any of this rings a bell, it is time to dive into this list of potential reasons and find out what is causing you to feel worn out, so let’s begin.

Anemia

The culprit of fatigue and perpetual sense of exhaustion can be found in a staggering number of health issues. This is why it’s highly important to listen to your body and look for other signals it’s sending you in order to get your body in its natural healthy state. For instance, according to Mayo Clinic, if you notice that your skin is quite pale or even yellowish, your heartbeats are irregular, feet and hands cold, or you’re experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness and in the worst case scenario chest pain, you are looking at anemia. Anemia is a condition that occurs when your body isn’t producing a sufficient number of red blood cells, or it does but your body is destroying them. Two most common types of this health condition are iron deficiency anemia and vitamin B-12. The good news is, this condition is completely treatable; you just need to pay attention to the messages your body is sending you, and if you notice these symptoms, turn to your physician so you can get things under control and bring the spring back in your step.

Leaky gut syndrome

When presented alone, chronic fatigue and exhaustion can mean a number of things. However, when followed by an additional set of symptoms consisting of bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, aches and pains, there is a good possibility that you are suffering from leaky gut syndrome. The definition of this condition is perplexing, but put in simple terms, it is like having holes in your intestines, which in turn allow for particles that shouldn’t enter your bloodstream to do so. Inflammation in the body is the first symptom of this condition, but it’s a dangerous one as it can be the cause of  numerous other diseases.  Once you notice these symptoms, your first approach to tackling the problem should definitely be high-quality probiotics that will restore your bowel health. Another good idea is to do a colon cleanse using natural ingredients such as organic apple cider vinegar and honey. Apple cider vinegar serves as a prebiotic for healthy bacteria in the gut and it eliminates Candida overgrowth which causes fatigue among other more serious problems such as depression and yeast infections. If, however, your condition takes a turn for the worse and additional problems arise with your thyroid gland, weight gain, mood swings and skin inflammation, don’t waste any time before you turn to your physician for help.

Sedentary lifestyle

This particular cause of your fatigue is one that is quite common, especially in this day and age when a large portion of the population spends hours on end sitting, whether due to the nature of their job or simply because we spend an excessive amount of time pealed to a computer or TV. We might not see this as an issue, but a recent research by Queen’s University Belfast begs to differ. It states that prolonged sitting is just as bad for our health as smoking and its symptoms range from soreness, pain in your neck, stiffness, back pain, to chronic headaches, all this on top of a sense of constant tiredness. The news gets even worse, because  when disregarded, the condition can lead to the deterioration of spine, and development of heart conditions, all ‘thanks’ to the lack of movement. The solution is simple, and of course, it revolves around physical activity; once you get those legs moving, you will fix the damage caused by prolonged sitting, improve your metabolism and keep your heart strong and healthy.

Sleep deprivation

One of the reasons for your lack of focus and tiredness is definitely lack of quality sleep, but this problem is more often than not taken seriously enough. More than a ‘worn out’ feeling, poor sleep, if frequent and constant, can weaken the immune system, cause depression and memory problems, brain fog, and even hallucinations. In order to ‘take back the night’ and get your much needed quality snooze time, cut caffeine, alcohol and nicotine from your life. Get a sound machine if you are a light or troubled sleeper; sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow – the soothing effects of it are truly amazing.

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Don’t Wait For Bad Weather To Reach You – Have A Plan Ahead Of Problems

Don’t Wait For Bad Weather To Reach You – Have A Plan Ahead Of Problems

There have been so many heartbreaking stories in the news lately of people losing their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods because of terrible weather. It certainly makes us all pause for thought as we wonder how we would cope if it happened to us. Where would your kids sleep, and how would you make repairs to your property? Would you know who to call and where to go for help?

Most of us have an emergency plan in place should we be caught in a house fire. We practice our exit route and make sure the fire alarms are working. But what do you do after the fire is out? The same applies to flooding, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Few of us have a plan of action should our home be uninhabitable. Here’s how to make sure you and your family are cared for if disaster strikes:

Phone

Not everybody knows their own number. It’s important that you do because if you need to leave it behind you need a replacement quickly. Most of our data like contact details of loved ones are stored in the cloud. Even if your phone is destroyed, you can retrieve the data and get hold of the people best suited to help you. Memorize passwords to social media accounts like Facebook. This will be the first place loved ones will look for you. Most of us have instant alerts to activity on these accounts too.

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Insurance

Lots of us have got into the habit of shopping around for our insurance every year to make sure we have the best deal. The problem with this is we can forget who our current insurer is! Make sure you always have a photo of the document or emailed copy of any insurance policy. These will also be in the cloud waiting for you to log in from your new device. You can then contact your insurer to make a claim.

When it comes to buildings insurance, some companies won’t pay out for ‘Acts of God’. However, they’re not all heartless! Most insurance companies will provide immediate help and sort out a hotel and other provisions should you become homeless. Double check your coverage next time you take out a policy.

Cash

If your bank cards and cash are lost, you need to know how to get hold of your bank to give you quick access to money. You might need to pay for a hotel or buy your family a couple of meals. You might even need clothes and footwear. Fortunately, Twitter can help here. Search for your bank, and chances are you’ll find a live operator ready to tweet back a phone number you can call to get help. Never give your account details or full name on Twitter.

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Shelter

When there has been a huge scale disaster like the ones we’ve seen on the news lately, you need to find shelter. If there is time, pack the essentials like clothes, medicines, weatherproofs, food, and water. The emergency response teams will direct you to a local shelter and may assist you with getting there.

Of course, if you are already packed to go, you can get out quicker. Why not keep a packed wheelie case or backpack with photocopies of your most important documents? You can add a fresh set of clothes for each member of the family, a couple of days of your meds, and some other essentials for an emergency. Wrap them all up in a plastic bag inside in case you need to wade through floodwater.

Return

When you have the OK to go back, you need to start finding the best people to tackle the damage. Start with insurance approved companies like ServiceMaster that can get rid of all the hazardous materials in your home. Repairs can take time, so you need to assess if any part of your home is safe enough to be habitable. If not, hire a caravan or book a long-term hotel.

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You might have secured some of your property during the course of the year. Summer and winter maintenance checks help you keep your house in good condition. When you look after your property routinely, you can help minimize the damage that might occur during a storm. Clearing gutters, vents, and drains can help prevent problems occurring in the first place.

We all hope nothing bad ever happens. But if you have a clear and concise plan in place, you’ll be able to cope should the worst happen. Take care.

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Confidence Is Key: Addressing Your Causes Of Low Self-Esteem

Confidence Is Key: Addressing Your Causes Of Low Self-Esteem

Sadly, I encounter too many girls that grow up with low self-esteem issues. This doesn’t mean they hate everything about themselves and wish they looked entirely different. It can mean there are a couple of things that really get them down and they pray they can change. When you think like this, you lose confidence in yourself. It can make you not want to go out as much as you don’t like the way you look.

Confidence is the key to living a happy and fulfilling life, so it’s time you got yours back! I’ve listed some of the main causes of low self-esteem, with some tips on how to address them for good.

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Your Eyebrows

I remember the days when almost nobody cared about their eyebrows. Nowadays, they’re a crucial part of everyone’s look. If you’re born with really light eyebrows, it can be torture for you as it looks like you have none. Likewise, some people have really bushy eyebrows or ones in bad shape – there are loads of possibilities. Fixing an eyebrow issue can vary depending on how bad it is. For poorly shaped ones, it’s just a case of plucking and adjusting the style. You can draw on eyebrows if they’re too light, or get a permanent eyebrow tattoo. If you have a little click here, you can see a whole article I wrote about one type of eyebrow treatment called a Brow Lift. Check it out if you’re conscious of your brows and want to improve the way they look.

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Your Body

This is a very vague point because there are so many elements of your body that cause self-esteem issues. Some people wish they weren’t so heavy, and think they’re fat. Others want to have a bigger bum or more toned legs. There are plenty of girls that want bigger breasts or slimmer arms. Most of, if not all, of these problems, can be solved with a healthy diet and exercise. Plus, as seen on Top9Rated, you can get natural breast enhancement products too. Whatever your body problems may be, there’s always a way to fix them and make you feel more confident when you’re stood naked in front of a mirror.

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Your Hair

Your hair is another part of you that causes most low self-esteem issues. We want a thick head of healthy hair, but sometimes that’s not what we have. Thankfully, dealing with this issue is very easy. There are lots of natural hair treatments you can try, such as using coconut oil to condition your hair. You could also take vitamins like biotin to help strengthen your hair and make it look better too.

No matter what issues you have with the way you look, there are always ways to address them. Stop being so negative about your appearance, focus on the things you like about yourself, and improve the things you dislike. This will make you more confident, and you’ll feel so great for once. You’ll walk down the street with this newfound confidence, and it makes you feel elated.

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Common Myths of Aging Revealed

Common Myths of Aging Revealed

One of the facts of life is that we are all getting older. Whether we like to admit it or not, it is happening to all of us. But how we deal with it, as well as how we cope can be completely personal. Sometimes the challenge can be the number of transitions that we have to go through all at once. That can take its toll on us and affect how we see ourselves and how we feel. Declining health, changes in family life, and perhaps even a loss of independence can all occur as we begin the aging process.

Anxiety is also something that can make the aging process worse. We can worry about what might happen to us or to family members. We might worry about their health or situation, just as much as our own. Will we lose our mind? Will we end up in a wheelchair? It can go from one extreme to the other. So here are some myths about aging to set the record straight. You don’t want to make things worse for yourself by stressing about getting older and all that it brings.

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Dementia is Inevitable

Myth number one is that dementia is inevitable as we get older. Many medical professionals will tell us just how we should treat dementia if it does happen to us or to our loved ones. While it isn’t inevitable, it can happen. But it should be treated as a regular medical condition. Don’t just dismiss it as a normal part of aging, if it happens to you or someone around you. If someone around you becomes forgetful, then it could be because of a nutritional reason, due to medication, or because of a medical condition. Seek the help you or they need in order to deal with it and help it. It doesn’t, and shouldn’t have to be a fact of life as we age.

You Can No Longer Have Children

Myth number two is that you can not have children as you get older. I mean, this can be a myth up until a certain point, as our bodies will stop us being able to carry children eventually. But people are still having children into their late forties these days. Naturally, women are getting older as they are having children. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t have them if you are over thirty, does it? As long as you are living a healthy lifestyle, regularly exercise, and maintain a healthy weight, there shouldn’t be any reason to not have children as you get a bit older. Nature will let you know when you can no longer have children naturally. But these days, with fertility technology and things like egg freezing, it is allowing more and more couples, including same-sex couples, to be able to have children. So if you are a bit older and may not be able to physically carry a baby, there are still options.

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You Can’t Exercise In Your Fifties if You Didn’t Before Now

Many people think that as they get older, they can’t exercise, especially if they never had a regular routine in place before then. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is always a good time to exercise, and that is whenever you want to! If you haven’t done so for a long time, then you might find it hard, so you’ll need to build up your fitness and strength gradually. But in order to defy the signs of aging, to feel fit, and build up your strength, there has never been a better time to start exercising. So don’t believe this myth at all!

Sex Stops as You Age

In a survey of over three thousand people, all aged over 57, it found that their sexual activity depended on their health or their partner’s health, rather than their age. Those that reported their health as excellent or very good, were eighty percent more likely to be sexually active than those that reported their health as poor. So really, what this myth comes down to, is how you feel in yourself. It can stop if you want it to. It can carry on if you want it to. If you feel well and your partner does, then there is no reason why you can’t still be sexually active as you get older.

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You’ll Get Depressed As You Age

Younger people, perhaps even you though this when you were younger, that getting old is depressing. So because it is depressing, you are going to get depressed. But at the end of the day, depression is a mental health issue. People with clinical depression can be quite positive individuals. Likewise, someone that is quite negative, doesn’t have to be clinically depressed. So it is dependent on the individual. If you or someone around you is starting to show signs of depression, such as isolation, negative thoughts, weight loss or weight gain, then depression is treatable. So getting help is important if you think that this is the case.

Pain and Arthritis Are Inevitable

The final myth about aging is that you are bound to be in pain as you get older and will certainly get arthritis. While the latter can be common as we get older, it is simply due to wear and tear on the cartilage in our joints, not simply because we are older. Plus, there are plenty of things that you can be doing now to help reduce your chances of getting arthritis. Being a healthy weight, wearing supportive footwear, and reducing how much we do impact exercises like basketball or running. Exercising is a good way to avoid pain and arthritis, as it helps to build your muscles up. If you’re not used to exercise and take a fall, it will hurt much more than if you’re fit and can stop yourself from falling, for example.

So although aging is inevitable, it doesn’t have to have a negative impact on our lives. We can still get to do the things we are doing now and enjoy our life as we get older.

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STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO KEEP YOUR ELDERLY PARENTS FROM FALLING

By Guest Blogger Chris P.

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO KEEP YOUR ELDERLY PARENTS FROM FALLING

Elderly face many physical issues due to lack of strength, an imbalance in their body and due to weakness in their bones. One of the problems caused by these reasons is their falling. It was noted that the in the people of aged 65+ the cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries is falling. Falling may cause minute fractures to severe injuries which include broken bone, hip fracture and head injuries that sometimes become a cause of making the old people fearful or depressed and it makes them inactive and lazy due to which their health too is affected. There are certain steps which may prove helpful in keeping the elderly parents from falling. These steps are

1- Simple Steps
The senior citizens can be weak therefore they need support even to walk. Therefore it is beneficial for them to take simple and short steps. Dizziness may be another reason for falling. With age not only the number increases but also the problems that come in one’s life. It should, therefore, be made sure that some senior citizens should not stay alone as their falling can cause serious injury to them.

2- Vision problem
Weak eye sight is another issue which causes falling. Even if they use glasses, they may face vision problem as the short sightedness, and long sighted ness may change with time. It is therefore important to have a regular eye check-up so that the vision does not cause any problem for them.

3- Safety Assessment
There are certain things present at home which may become a source of falling for the elderly such as low light, stairs, and bathrooms. To prevent falling due to these things appropriate measures must be taken. For example, the house should be properly lighted so that they should not face any problem in seeing things, along with that the stairs should have two secure rails as they help in balancing while going up or coming down. Similarly, in case of bathrooms grab bars must be installed near the toilet and in the bath tub or shower. They provide great safety to the older people.

4- Signs that show difficulty in walking
There are certain actions which an elderly may perform proves that he is facing difficulty in walking such as when any senior citizen while walking try to hold the wall, furniture or any other object then it is vague that he is having difficulty in walking properly. These signs refer to that of dementia. In which the person may face issues like memory loss, weak mental ability. It may also occur after a stroke, and the person may feel difficulty in walking without any support. In such cases, the proper and timely medication must be given to them so that their health is improved.

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This article was written by Chris Palmer who regularly shares advice on elderly care. In particular dementia and supporting your elderly parent. You can find more by Chris on: https://www.agespace.org/.

 

Surviving Stressful Family Situations With Your Health In Tact

Surviving Stressful Family Situations With Your Health In Tact

No matter how loving and peaceful your family is most of the time, there will always be occasions when things are a little less than perfect. This can happen for a number of reasons. Even the closest family unit will occasionally have the need to argue, even if it is only to ultimately lead to resolution. But there are certain situations which are often particularly stressful, and one of the central concerns during those times is your own health. As long as you are able to remain focused on your health – and the health of your family – you should come out the other side in a positive light.

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Know The Stressors

For any relationship – whether it is between two people, or all the members of a family – there are going to be specific triggers for stress. This are usually related to points of tension between the parties involved, and sometimes they can be more or less the same kind of stressor for years on end if there is no resolution. It is a great first step to come to know the stressors that routinely set off arguments and worries in your family, as with that knowledge you are much better armed to deal with those stressful situations when they arise. Knowing the stressors enables you to catch the moment early on, which often means a swifter, more peaceful resolution, and a lot less stress for your body and mind.

Allow Space

Whatever the problem is, sometimes the single best thing you can do for your health is to allow space between you and your warring partner. When you do this, you essentially provide room for both of you to recover a little, and that is always an important step to take. Even if you are going through a divorce uncontested or something of equal significance, often moving away from one another for a few moments – or hours, or days – is the best thing to do. All relationships need their periods of proximity and their periods of release – you’ve got to respect the latter on equal par with the former if you want your relationships to have balance, and so limit the amount of damage that is caused to your health.

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Take The Holistic Route

Sometimes it is so easy to get bogged down in the details of the problem itself that you end up ignoring your own basic healthcare needs. A wise move is to make the conscious effort to continue to look after your own health even as you argue or struggle with your family members. Continue to exercise, eat right and get all the sleep that you need – and encourage your family to do the same. If you manage to do this, you will be able to approach the situation with a fresher attitude, and you will also find that you manage to retain your health throughout the experience.

By remaining mindful of what is really going on, you can approach these situations more bravely, and in a much healthier manner.

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Vital Tips For Mastering a Barge Cruise

By Guest Blogger Marie N.

Vital Tips For Mastering a Barge Cruise

 

People tend to mix river cruises with barge cruises even though they are technically not the same thing. Typically, river cruises can carry more than 100 passengers, whereas barges usually accommodate a few passengers to a couple dozen at most. If this sort of vacationing format attracts you, first you need to know a few vital tips for mastering a barge cruise.

How to pack?

The most important trick to have on your mind when you are packing for a barge cruise is to keep it light. Space available on a barge cruise is rather limited so it is smart to pack items you can use at least several times. If you can, bring only one suitcase filled with clothes and basic amenities.

Try to orient yourself around two colors and choose clothes on a casual side – one elegant outfit is quite enough. Do not forget to bring a raincoat or an umbrella along for the ride and make sure to pack all your toiletries into waterproof bags. Keep all your crucial documentation in one place and do not forget to bring digital copies on a stick in the case something gets lost

Prepare yourself

Considering you will know what regions you will visit on your barge cruise, you can buy all the necessary booklets and study all the landmarks and locations before the trip. If you do not want to spend unnecessary money, you can always opt to research the internet for information. This is very useful as you can use what little free time you will get to the fullest.

Additionally, you should study the itinerary of the cruise once you get it. Once you familiarize yourself with the overall plan of the trip, it will be easy to get comfortable and enjoy your relaxing river-bound cruise. Finally, do not forget to bring along your trusty camera (and a charger) to have a record of all the exciting places and events you will come across along the way

Stay open for new experiences

This barge cruise is all about you, so stay open for new experiences. First and foremost, you need to come hungry. This is an all-inclusive trip so you will spend a lot of time eating absolutely delicious meals made out of fresh produce and pastries. The staff in charge of supplies will venture out to local markets and shops every day to ensure you are eating the best your money can buy.

As expected, you will visit at least one winery along the way. These establishments offer an incredible assortment of these gourmet beverages and do not fret when it comes to tasting everything. Depending on the cruise, you might even get a chance to drive a boat yourself as part of the experience. Additionally, do not forget to pick up a few local phrases and words of the language of the country through which you cruise. In the end, do not forget to leave the boat at every port. There is usually a good reason barge cruise has chosen a particular location as its stop, so unless you are feeling really unwell, do not miss any of them for the world

Know what you can give to the cruise

You have to remember most of these cruises take time and you have to be sure you have enough energy and/or patience to visit some of these regions in such a way. Barge cruises are not for everyone and you have to know what you can give to the cruise, just as you should know what to expect of it in order to have the full experience.

They can last roughly from one week to two weeks so you need to be absolutely certain you have chosen the right region. Most of these cruises sail along the rivers in France, like the very popular Enchante cruise, Italy or Germany. Once you have gone through all the hassle of planning and preparing, boarding and sailing away, it would be unfortunate to realize you need a completely different two days into the trip.

Barge cruise is a quintessential relaxing vacation. Sailing down a river on a slow day with a small group of people is as meditative as experiences can get. If you take into the account the fact you are traveling through some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world and there is a treasure trove of surprises waiting for you around every river bank, you will only be able to ask yourself why haven’t you done this sooner.

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6 Ways to Hack into Our Happy Chemicals

By Guest Blogger Mathews M.

6 Ways to Hack into Our Happy Chemicals

 

Have you noticed how you always feel better after certain things, such as a laugh, a hug, a game of basketball, buying a new book, or being immersed in your hobbies? When you feel disappointed or sad in life, these things can always cheer you up, and you can start working again – stress-free and happily.

It’s likely that the thing you do is your happy chemical hack. There are four chemicals in us that are responsible for our happiness – serotonin, dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin. There are ways that we can cause them to flow intentionally, and get ourselves into a positive state. They have a great impact on our wellbeing, productivity, and motivation.

Serotonin

Serotonin helps eating, digesting, and sleeping. It is considered a natural mood stabilizer and it impacts everything from your motor skills to your emotions. We feel less anxious, calmer, happier, and more focused and emotionally stable when our serotonin levels are normal. Serotonin is the reason behind our mood swings, and depending on whether we have a high or low level of it in us, we feel in a good mood or sad and depressed.

Dopamine

Dopamine is the treat we get after a job well done. This chemical motivates us to take action and gratifies us with a surge of reinforcing pleasure when we achieve our goals. Low levels of dopamine are responsible for our lack of enthusiasm, self-doubt, and procrastination. Instead of allowing your brain to celebrate only when you hit a big goal, break big goals into smaller ones to create a series of little celebrations. This will cause a frequent release of dopamine, and to ensure a consistent dopamine-experience pattern, you need to create a new goal to achieve before you hit the current one. Celebrate with a dinner at your favorite restaurant or a bottle of wine.

Oxytocin

We need oxytocin to build healthy relationships, because it creates intimacy. It is released by mothers during childbirth and breastfeeding, and during orgasm. Often referred to as the “cuddle hormone”, its cultivation is essential for better social interactions and strong bonds. This is why a touch improves the immune system and reduces cardiovascular stress – it raises levels of oxytocin.

Endorphins

The body’s natural painkillers, these morphine-like chemicals trigger positive feelings and help diminish our perception of pain by acting as a sedative and analgesic. They’re released from the brain’s pituitary gland during orgasm, pain, emotional stress, and strenuous exercises, inducing feelings of euphoria or pleasure. If you’ve ever experienced a runner’s high, know that endorphins are to be held responsible for it. Even if the things we love doing are tiring, we don’t feel tired at all while doing them, but get hyped up.

Whenever you feel sad, blue, or depressed, remember that this is how you can trigger your happy chemicals:

  1. Get out in the sun. The production of serotonin can be boosted by sunlight. Whenever you find the time, go out for a walk and soak in the sun.
  2. Happy memories. Whenever you go through a happy memory in your head, you boost the serotonin levels in your brain. Our prefrontal cortex, which controls our emotions and self-reflections, requires serotonin in order to work right.
  3. Get or give a hug. A long hug calms you down, making you feel fuzzy and warm, because oxytocin gets released. It calms down your fear alarm, the amygdala, reducing stress and anxiousness.
  4. Laugh as much as you can. You can get happier by just opening your mouth and letting out a chuckle, or giggling when you think or hear something funny. It’s a healthy way to release emotions, attract people (because it’s an attractive expression), and release endorphins that make you feel less stressed.
  5. Don’t forget to smile. Just like laughing, smiling is a simple thing to do to improve your mood. You feel happier if you smile just like you smile because you feel happier. The face both creates and displays emotions, which means that it’s an equal in the emotional process.
  6. Have some green. Yes, you can boost your dopamine with green tea, but probably not as much as you can with a few puffs of weed. Long-term stress can reduce the production of endocannabinoids (chemicals that affect emotions), which marijuana can restore, stabilizing your mood. Many states in the US have decriminalized it’s use, such as Nevada, Colorado, Ohio, Washington, Massachusetts, New York, and more. So, you can get your favorite strain of medical marijuana in Las Vegas, and have an occasional smoke or a bit of an edible.

In the end, spending time around other people is a simple way of boosting the production of your happy chemicals. Go to a book store or sit in a coffee shop, and just share the same physical space (you don’t even have to talk to them). If there’s someone you can chill and chat with all the better and more beneficial, of course. Oxytocin is released during social interaction, supporting the serotonin system, making us feel good thanks to the benefits of both chemicals.

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Coping With The Fallout Of Trauma

Coping With The Fallout Of Trauma

If you haven’t heard of it, PTSD is one of the leading debilitating disorders in life for those who have been through a trauma. Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing experience, and PTSD – or post-traumatic stress disorder – is the fallout of that traumatic event. You may have come across PTSD when people speak of the military, and it’s very common in soldiers because of the events they are exposed to on a daily basis. The thing is, PTSD can be triggered in everyday events in life if they take a sinister turn.

When you go through a traumatic event, your body shuts down mentally to protect your emotions and help you to cope with the feelings more slowly. When you go through a horrific event that puts your body’s stress to the limit, you can be left feeling like you have to pick up the pieces of your shattered self-esteem. Coping with the aftermath of a traumatic event in life takes a lot of time and sometimes, compensation. If you have been through a vehicular accident, the resultant shock and stress on your brain can cause flashbacks that can make you feel weak, shaky and afraid. Your body goes into shock after a trauma because it needs to allow you to heal physically before it can work on your mind.

There are those out there who cope with a traumatic event by looking into the legal side. When something horrible happens, the feeling of needing justice to help move past the event is one that is overwhelming. Companies like http://nealefhima.com/riverside/lemon-law/ specialise in helping others to get the compensation they need to help them to get through the loss they incur as a result of an accident. This type of closure can go toward the coping with PTSD and other feelings after an injury. There is no right way to cope when a stressful event happens, there is only the best way. The coping mechanisms you choose to use to gain closure and heal your mind are just as important as the physiotherapies and hospital time spent getting over the physical side of an accident.

Recovery is a process, and it’s so important for people to understand that before they can move on mentally. The stress reactions that you feel may not just happen once, and may continue over a period of time. For some, this is debilitating and can prevent them from working. For others, the resultant trauma following the stress is as bad as the accident or event itself, as it can make you feel helpless and scared. One of the best ways anyone who has survived a traumatic event can cope is through talk therapy. Support is critical in the aftermath of fear and so group therapies, one on one counselling and cognitive behavioural techniques like these are going to help toward that recovery that is so necessary. Relaxation methods like yoga, meditation and exercise can also go a long way to helping your recovery.

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Top Self-Care Strategies For Your Mental Health

Top Self-Care Strategies For Your Mental Health

With so many Americans suffering each year from one mental illness or another (around 20% of all men, women, and children), it’s important to remember to care for your mind, body, and soul. In addition to any professional help that you may require for your mental illness, such as medication or therapy, living healthily is an important part of managing your illness. Your diet, lifestyle, recreational activities, friends, and routine can all have a major impact on how you feel, physically and emotionally, and so can also have a huge impact on your treatment plan. Here is a short list of self-care strategies, that can help you to ensure that your lifestyle has no negative impact on your mental health or treatment plan.

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  1. Express Yourself

Whether it be through drawings, diary entries, or dance sequences, it is always beneficial to express your feelings, and not bottle things up. If you find it hard to explain how you feel in words, you could show your drawings and paintings to your therapist, as a form of art therapy.

Expressing yourself artistically is also a great way to keep your mind and body active, and not dwelling on negative feelings and emotions.

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  1. Get Active

As above, being active is a great way to escape from negative feelings as you generally will focus on the physical activity you’re partaking in, rather than anything else. It’s also proven to reduce stress, as it pumps your body full of endorphins, which trigger a positive response in the body. Scientists have proved that endorphins are very useful at elevating your overall mood, decreasing levels of tension, and improving your self-esteem. In fact, a simple five-minute aerobic session has been shown to stimulate anti-anxiety effects

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  1. Be Social

Talking through your feelings with someone you can trust may be a great help in managing your mental illness. Regardless of whether the person is a family member, a friend, or a therapist, just having someone listen to what it is you have to say, and showing that they care about you and your feeling can really heighten your self-esteem. They may have also encountered similar problems to you, or have had similar feelings to you and so may be able to provide advice, as well as emotional support.

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  1. Learn About Your Illness

Learning as much about your mental illness as possible may help you to feel more in control of it, which will reduce your levels of stress and anxiety. Having a read of some blog posts, websites, or even taking a psychology degree online will all provide you will masses of information, all of which could help you better manage your illness. They could provide you will information on different types of treatments, as well as information that you could give to your friends and family so that you know that they too will always know what to expect.

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  1. Eat Healthily

Evidence has indicated that the foods you eat have a big impact on the development and management of certain mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. Those who have some level of mental health issue report eating fewer healthy foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, and more unhealthy foods, such as chocolate and chips, whereas over two-thirds of mentally healthy people report that they eat much more healthily. Stimulants such as alcohol and coffee, as well as many drugs, also have links to the development of certain mental illnesses. This shows that a healthy meal plan is an incredibly important factor in managing many different mental illnesses.

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  1. Have A Routine

For mental illnesses such as anxiety, having a routine or a plan for the day can help to reduce stress, as you always know where you have to be and what you have to do next. Just be careful not to make the routine too strict; otherwise, you may get panicky if you have to deviate from the plan for any reason.

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  1. Get Plenty Of Sleep

Getting too much or too little sleep can result in a range of negative emotions, such as stress, anxiety, and feeling depressed, and you will obviously feel very tired, even with too much sleep, which can make it difficult to cope with everyday life. You may also end up feeling lonely and isolated, as your tiredness may make you feel like you don’t want to be sociable. In extremely serious cases, if you already have a psychotic disorder, tiredness may even trigger a psychotic episode. For someone suffering from a mental illness, it is very easy to under or over sleep, which isn’t very good, when all of these negative repercussions come with it, and so getting into a regular sleeping pattern would be incredibly beneficial.

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  1. Know When To See A Professional

Managing your own illness through self-care strategies can provide many people living with mental illness a sense of control over their life and their illness, which in itself can help lower levels of stress and anxiety, raise your levels of self-esteem, and reduce the symptoms of your mental illness. However, this isn’t always the case, sometimes things can go out of your control, and sometimes you may need the help of a professional, whether that be a therapist, a psychologist, or a doctor. If you start to feel as though things are getting out of your control or that you can’t cope with everyday life, it is always best to contact a professional, just to be on the safe side.

Hopefully, these self-care strategies will provide you a sense of control over your life and your mental illness. However, you must always remember that you can’t always do everything on your own. Sometimes the best strategy for self-care is knowing when you can’t completely care for yourself on your own anymore, and when that is the case there is always someone that you can contact, whether it be family, a friend, or a healthcare professional, that will be more than happy to help you.

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