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Let’s Talk About Love

Let’s Talk About Love

Valentine’s Day was a day created as a Feast for St. Valentine. However, it has moved into a holiday of love and romance. Long-term and short-term relationships take part in the day, but please, remember the sexual health you must practice while celebrating love. Here’s some Valentine’s Day statistics. Stay safe!

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The Little Things Add Up Regarding Dating Confidence

The Little Things Add Up Regarding Dating Confidence

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If you’re reading this, there’s a large chance you’re interested in dating, and dating well. The search for love is not always easy. While it can happen naturally, and help you craft a story of love and beauty, sometimes things aren’t so simple. It takes effort for people to find the love they keep for the most part. If not in situational terms then in how they present themselves. After all, if you’re not giving the best of yourself, how can you expect someone to see the best of you?

 

Of course, you should be comfortable in your skin more than anything. But, if you really do value confidence when it comes to approaching those you are attracted to on sincere terms, it pays to take care of yourself. Being confident will give you more presence, help you achieve more suitable and worthwhile partners, and generally have more fun while dating! Dating can be turbulent. Sometimes you meet people you might not have wanted to looking back, and sometimes you can go for long periods without meeting anyone suitable. If you have the ability to however, you can develop a keen awareness for how you present yourself, and how your confidence translates to the dating scene.

 

This article will help you with that, as it’s not always relevant. Of course, these tips should be done for you more than anyone else you might meet in the future, as they’ll develop you into a stellar and well-presented person. Self-confidence redeems itself in how happy you feel within your own skin. Still, sometimes directing that in the pursuit of a potential love or close friend from dating can also be worth your time.

 

The little things add up regarding dating confidence. Here are just a few to take care of:

 

Smile

Who doesn’t like being smiled at? You’ll notice awfully quickly if the person you meet has an issue smiling with you. This can make you feel on edge, as the whole situation feels weird from a body language perspective. After all, verbal language is only 20% of overall communication. We are fine-tuned to understand and receive signals through body language, expressions, general movement when speaking and how open or closed their presence is to you. Smiling is an undeniable signal that you’re doing something right. This means smiling at the other person (genuinely) can also allow them to pursue certain avenues of dialogue, believe that their joke hit well, or simply feel comfortable in your presence.

Your smile makes you radiant. However, if you have a few aesthetic issues with your teeth, you might be defeating this beauty from the start. Ensuring that your teeth are well maintained and clean will contribute to this, via discerning the services of the best dentist available. It’s not negative to have a little work done if you notice glaring issues, as if your smile is less than it could be, you’ll try not to do it, and this closes off your body language. Simply brushing your teeth and flossing well, on top of paying attention to your breath (like never eating garlic before a date!) are pretty much all the steps you need to take to have a wonderful and beautiful smile worthy of envy.

 

Clothes

What you wear matters. It’s important to make good first impressions, so if you have a good idea of what to wear we’re sure that you’ll look wonderful. Never be afraid to purchase new items purposefully for a date – you deserve to feel comfortable and confident in yourself! A few words about wearing clothing however. It’s important that they fit, and if they don’t you should get them retrofitted or try and find new items. To look good, finding clothes that compliment your body figure without flaunting too much of your body (unless you’d like to of course, there’s no sense in body shaming!) will help you feel comfortable.

 

Of course, making sure all items match, that they’re well cleaned and are ironed of any creases can go a long way in making you look presentable. Even a white tee and some jeans can look good when you ensure they’re well taken care of. It also matters how you wear certain things. For example, there’s no sense wearing a beautiful dress if it’s too tight on you, or heels if they make you feel awful when trying to take step after step. Your clothes are a representation of who you are – so embed your own personal style here! A little accessory here and there never hurts when it comes to improving your confidence.

 

Personality

 

Your personality matters. Of course, it’s hard to ‘freshen up’ before a date in this regard without being somewhat false. You should always be relatively comfortable in expressing who you are. After all, if you have to pretend to be someone in order to make someone else like you, then it’s not fitting that that person will meet your genuine needs. There is always someone out there for your real personality, but only if you let it shine will you make that a possibility.

 

However, there are things you can do to give your personality the edge before heading out. Exercising that day, making sure you have had plenty of sleep and even meditating can help your cognitive abilities stand out, as you’ll be able to access thoughts and enunciate your words much better and in a non-sluggish flow. Of course, the content of what you say also matters.

 

This doesn’t mean preparing an initial list of talking points that you hope to cover in the scope of the conversation. You’re not attending a speech to sway people over to your political or religious opinion. You’re forming a connection, which means both sides of the table need to be in accordance with one another if the whole thing is going to work. This tip is not really one to do ‘before’ your date, but in general reading, staying on top of current events and being an informed person can work phenomenally in helping you come across as an intelligent and capable person. If they previously mention an obsession or interest they have, then why not read up on it a little beforehand? This isn’t insincere or deceptive at all, showing them you’ve made efforts to learn why they love that so much shows you’re willingness to try and be a gracious partner, and it subtly shows them you’re a person with much more to them than they might have originally assumed.

 

The best advice you can get regarding your confidence around your personality is to be yourself. Just relax. Try not to be false, even though of course you will be tempted to bring the best of yourself to the entire affair. This also means allowing disagreements, or potentially finding that you and the other person simply do not vibe together well. Not every date you attend will be a complete success. The funny part about this is that most dates will go much more smoothly if you allow them to go wrong, because the whole unnatural setup almost disappears in awkwardness if you do this. You’re a person, they’re a person, and both of you know the whole dating atmosphere is one of artifice and strange expectations. The sooner you can change that atmosphere to one of mutual humor and relaxation, the better you can both bring yourself to the relationship. Who knows where this could lead? You might find a friend or partner for life.

 

Wisdom

 

Dating is an exciting time to say the least. There are many possibilities that can occur, from you finding a love and a partner, to falling utterly for someone, to simply enjoying each others presence. It could mean you find someone to travel the world with and craft memories. It could mean you find the person you marry next year. With this, emotions can run high in anticipation. We also all know that feeling when we’re almost head over heels for someone immediately. This can make us act foolishly in our excitement, and come on too strong.

 

The biggest ‘little thing’ that matters regarding dating confidence is being able to put your emotions in check. Taking a step back and letting them win your affections, and earning theirs is much better than simply giving them away because you find that person attractive or interesting. People are complex, and you never know if you might blow an opportunity with them by being a little too gung-ho in your expectations. We’ve all been on dates with people who seem a little too keen to get hitched with us, and it puts us off. The chase is fun. Allow it to happen with both sides, and see what happens. This way you respect yourself and allow both parties to enjoy a very interesting story regarding the beginning of your relationship.

 

It also helps you see your own worth from moment to moment. Instead of thinking ‘how can I impress this person immediately?’ think ‘how can I contribute to this reciprocal conversation in a wholesome manner? You can proceed from there.

 

We absolutely hope that this advice gives you the best dates of your life from here on out. You surely deserve them.

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Cut Your Household Bills – Today!

Cut Your Household Bills – Today!

The saying “look after the pennies and the pounds (or dollars!) will look after themselves”, is never more true than when trying to cut the cost of monthly household bills. Little savings here and there will build up, to make a dramatic impact on your budget.

 

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When you actually take the time to check how much money you have going out of your account on a monthly basis, it can be quite a shock. Thankfully there are ways you can make savings and this article aims to highlight areas where big savings can be made. Your bank account will thank you for it and you will have more disposable cash.

 

Utility bills

Often it’s tempting to stay with the same supplier for years and years, as it’s too much hassle to swap – right? Actually it is really easy to change utility provider, as the process is completed for you by your new supplier. After all, it is still the same gas or electric, through the same pipes and cabling, just a different provider!

 

It is worth doing an electricity comparison or a gas comparison to see which providers offer the best deals. It maybe cheaper to go with a provider that supplies gas and electricity dually. It is unfortunate that providers don’t seem to reward loyalty, in fact your bills can rise steeply over time, so it’s best to swap utility providers frequently and do regular comparison searches.

Mobile phone

There is huge competition between mobile phone providers, all wanting the largest customer base. It is worth haggling with providers to reduce costs. Try to negotiate the cost of your tariff at renewal time, by quoting the prices other providers are offering. They may not agree to it straight away, so be prepared to negotiate over a few phone calls. Your current provider will want to keep you as a customer, so you should be able to get a good deal.

 

Look at the tariff you’re on and see if it’s still suitable for your usage. You could save a lot of money by going PAYG (pay as you go) once your contract has ended and keeping your old phone.

 

Reduce your food bill

Everyone loves the brands they use, which is a reflection of the clever advertising techniques that major brands adopt. However surveys and comparison research have shown that there is little difference between branded foods and the shops own. Occasionally it has been found that the food is exactly the same, made in the same factory, but with different packaging! Try switching to shops own products, menu plan and you will soon notice a huge difference in your shopping bill.

 

The place you shop can also be unnecessarily costing you money. If you like branded foods, one supermarket may charge more for exactly the same product, than the supermarket round the corner. Supermarkets brand themselves as premium or budget and price their products accordingly, even if the product is exactly the same. Change your shopping habits and save lots of money in the process.

 

There are many other ways of saving money, this is just a small snapshot. Just think of all the extra cash you will have left over to spend on leisure, new kitchen or to save for that dream holiday!

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5 Things that Put a Huge Strain on Your Relationship

5 Things that Put a Huge Strain on Your Relationship

Long-term relationships are hard work. When we’re young, we dream of finding our soul mate, settling down and living happily ever after; we don’t think about the work that goes into making a relationship work. But, it does take effort, and it’s important to realize this so that you don’t just give up at the first sign of trouble. Even the happiest of marriages have the occasional blip; it’s how you come through them that makes you perfect for each other. What makes a relationship work is different for all of us, but there are a few things that almost universally put a strain on them. That’s not to say that these things should be avoided, just that you should be prepared and give your relationship more time and attention when it needs it.

 

The Internet

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This is a huge change that modern relationships are facing. Our parents and grandparents either spent time together, or they didn’t. In today’s society, we spend time together, sat next to each other in fact, giving our phones and social media feeds all of our attention. We sit together, sharing our day with strangers online, barely communicating at all.

 

Social media, the internet and smartphones are fantastic tools. But, when you start giving them more attention that you give the people in your home, it’s time to take a step back. Leave your phones in other rooms occasionally and give each other your full attention.

 

Moving to A New House

 

Moving to a new house is tough. It takes a lot of time, effort and hard work, and your relationship can easily get neglected, especially if you don’t 100% agree on your new home or your reasons for moving. Try to make sure you are on the same page, talk everything through, be honest with each other and use a removalist to make sure the move itself is as easy and stress-free as possible.

 

Vacations

 

Vacations should be a fantastic stress-free time. In reality, they’re often not. We put huge amounts of pressure on ourselves and each other to have a great time, which can cause arguments and friction. Instead, be spontaneous, and relax. Just enjoy being together away from home.

 

Money

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Money is one of the leading causes of arguments in most marriages. We worry about it, we argue about it, we disagree on what to do with it, and if we haven’t got enough of it, we lay blame with each other. It’s important to start as you mean to go on with money. Always be honest and talk to your partner about what’s going on and never rush into a financial decision without consulting them first, even if it’s your money.

 

Family

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Family is another cause of strain in relationships. If you get on with each other’s family and enjoy spending equal time with both sides, then you should count yourself lucky. For many of us, it’s a constant battle. Learn to compromise, and to bite your lip for the good of your relationship.

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Find Motivation in Minutes

By Celebrity Guest, Patrick Manifold, Professional Basketball Player and Life Coach

Find Motivation in Minutes

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My biggest motivation for me personally is my goals, which together form the vision of the man I want to become. That guy is easily my biggest motivation! I truly love my life now… but his life looks absolutely incredible! So every single day that vision motivates me and inspires me to keep putting in the work I need to in order to make that vision a reality.

In the past I struggled with being happy along the way, and for some silly reason I only allowed myself to be truly happy when I had achieved something amazing, which of course was only sporadically, setting myself up for months of unhappiness. But over the last four or five years I have really made the conscious decision to enjoy every step along the way.

It’s true what they say, it is as much about the journey as it is the destination. So for anyone out there like me who is super ambitious, please remember that you can allow yourself to be happy every single day, just by making the conscious decision to do so.

During a recent interview I was asked why so many people are not motivated in life. I stated that the reason so many people are unmotivated about life is because they don’t have anything in their lives to be motivated about. If you don’t have goals, or things you want to do or achieve, or things that you truly love doing, then there is no way you are going to be jumping out of bed excited about life to get to work every day.

As you probably know I am the founder of a full-service personal development called ‘Manifold Motivation’ and as our name suggests, we specialize in motivation. I think that motivation is both an art and a science, or a ‘why’ and a ‘how’ as I often describe it.

The reason one thing motivates some and not others has to do with our unique emotional triggers. When I am working with a client who has ambition to do something, but can’t seem to find the motivation, I use certain techniques to find out what really matters to them. I ask them questions that delve deeper and deeper into their ‘why’. Once I have done this and got some results it is far easier for that person to make progress towards their goals, as they’re no longer battling against feeling unmotivated. Instead they can focus all their energy on the important tasks at hand.

The next step is that after you have figured out your ‘why’, you then have to find your ‘how’. This will act as your ‘motivational hacks’ to jump start you when you’re feeling lazy or uninspired. For me, I have lots of hacks for various areas of my life, and they are all equally important to my productivity. You have to find your own ‘how’, and your own ‘hacks’, but only you have the keys to unlocking what those are.

So if I could offer any advice to someone struggling with motivation I would tell them that firstly, they have to find a ‘why’ that truly drives them and inspires them to take action. And secondly, I would tell them to work to find different hacks they can use that they know will motivate them in minutes. You can either do these things yourself, or you can hire someone to help you get there faster, but regardless of the route you take, make sure you do something, because there is a door that leads to all the places you have ever dreamed of; but the key to unlocking that door is your motivation.

So you see, the secret to motivation is having a powerful ‘why’ and an intelligent ‘how’. These two elements form the art and science of human motivation, and that’s the quickest way to get you from you are to where you want to be.

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DIY Wood Gifts for Valentine’s Day

DIY Wood Gifts for Valentine’s Day

 

 

A new year is upon us, and that means that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. For those guys with wives/girlfriends to please, it’s time to think about romantic gifts. The question we have is, why buy your way through it all the time? With just a basic smattering of woodworking skills and a standard miter saw, you can create memorable gifts for your significant other. Besides, a thoughtful, handmade present will make a more profound impression than any store-bought gift.

With that in mind, here are some great ideas for DIY woodworking Valentine’s gifts:

 

Wooden Signs

 

This is so simple, even beginners can make them. They are very versatile and can be used as indoor decorations, or on the porch, or even in the yard. We would suggest using some beautiful grain wood for extra effect. Instead of covering the block with paint, stain the wood for a more rustic charm. For extra impact, add carved letters and heart signs instead of just painting them on.

 

Romantic Wood Blocks

 

This is another beginner-friendly option. Though they may not work as a centerpiece gift, these simple blocks can add a visual flair to other gifts. Don’t forget to paint the square blocks with romantic messages like “be mine.”

 

Valentine’s Ladder

Create your ladder using some store-bought two-by-fours and two-by-threes. Paint them in bright colors, and add any number of wooden carvings and other embellishments. Adding heart shapes for Valentine’s Day are of course a great idea, but you can also design this as an everyday decoration for the home. Your imagination is the limit here. These ladders will make excellent indoor decor gifts.

 

Picture Frame

Use the best quality wood and stain it for a classy look. Instead of gifting an empty picture frame, we would suggest adding some DIY flair inside the frames as well. Romantic photos are a great option. Another option would be to use some carving/crafting skills to add a romantic message and artwork inside.

 

Log Wall Hangings

This is an excellent option if you have a waste log lying about in the yard or near the house. Cut the log into thin circular slices. Choose the best band saw to do the job. Stain it in any way you see fit, and attach some sweet syrupy messages. These can be cut out from pieces of wood, fabric or any other similar material. Color them bright for contrast. Use heart and arrow signs as much as possible for extra effect.

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Feeling Lonely? Get Out There and Do Stuff!

Feeling Lonely? Get Out There and Do Stuff!

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Loneliness can be really difficult to contend with. Not only are you utterly miserable on your own, but, persuading yourself to make the effort to go out and meet up with people gets harder and harder as your loneliness persists. If you aren’t careful, you can quickly get into a cycle where you don’t see people, get frustrated about not seeing people and, as a consequence, don’t feel like seeing people.

 

While your symptoms are totally understandable, and loneliness is becoming something of a  21st century plague, you need to burst your bubble and get out there. Making contact with people when you are low is tough, but if you start making a little more effort each day, your symptoms will be alleviated and you will be so much happier. The key is to start small.

Go Out for a Coffee

Combating loneliness is about taking the initiative to get out of your home and break the cycle. Now going out to get coffee really isn’t going to break the bank, but it is going to get your outside of your home and into contact with other people. To begin with, you might want to rush in and straight out again, but give yourself some more time. Take a book an sit at a table if like. Have a chat with the barista about the type of coffee or what a lovely day it is. Smile at someone when you catch their eye and don’t be afraid to make conversation.

Talking to Strangers

In spite of what your mom said when you were a kid, talking to strangers is actually a good thing. It gives you an opportunity to connect with someone without having to follow up later on. This means that even if the worst does happen and you make a fool of yourself, you will see that there are no real consequences. In fact, once you are a little more comfortable making conversation, you should try asking a stranger something really stupid just to prove to yourself that whatever happens, even if someone thinks you’re weird, it’s not the end of the world.

Be Proactive

Some hibernation watching films and hiding under a rug is completely normal and there is a difference between loneliness and solitude that is important to note. However, when you are hibernating by habit, it’s time to get out there and do something different.

 

The final part of conquering your loneliness: making plans and then sticking to them. While you are lonely, it is easy to make plans and then flake out later on. However, if you are more proactive and stick to your plans, you will find that your relationships improve and your support network tightens up. Have a look on TicketOffices for some events you could ask friends to attend with you and make some plans to go.

 

Loneliness is difficult to defeat, but with a little determination and a lot of small steps, you will work your way to back to having an amazing group of friends and a wonderful life. Get out there – you know you can do it.

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Stress-Busting Remedies That Actually Work!

Stress-Busting Remedies That Actually Work!

If you took a moment to research de-stressing techniques online, you’d be greeted with hundreds of links. Stress is something that affects all of us at some point in our lives, and it’s incredibly beneficial to spot triggers and use self-help techniques to try and keep it under control. There may be hundreds, even thousands of remedies out there, but these stress-busters will actually make a difference. If you’re prone to stress, why not give them a whirl?

 

Regular exercise

We tend to focus on exercise as a means of lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, increasing muscle mass and improving strength and flexibility, but it’s also one of the best natural stress-relievers out there. When you work out, your body goes through a series of processes, which result in increased serotonin levels and the release of happy hormones known as endorphins. Exercise lifts your mood, but it can also release tension and help you to relax. If you’ve had a hectic day and you need to unwind, activities like yoga, Pilates, and jogging may help while sports like boxing, spinning, and golf can help to reduce stress by providing a cathartic release. Sometimes, you feel like you need to offload energy and channel frustration, and exercise enables you to do this constructively.

 

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Finding a happy place

When you’re feeling down or fraught, where do you go? Having a happy place can help you feel safe and secure, but it can also provide an escape from whatever is stressing you out. Many people feel most comfortable at home, and you can make a house or flat more tranquil by dedicating areas to rest and relaxation. Use ambient lighting, comforting textures and aromas to help you unwind and chill out. If you’re interested in creating a reading room or a home spa or you’re keen to make your bedroom a calmer space, you can learn more about the power of scents, lighting, and color online. If you want to get out of the house and relax, think about what makes you happy. Visit a gallery or hire a studio space nearby if you enjoy art, go to meditation classes or take a walk or a jog in the park or on the beach.

 

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Talking it out

Many of us aren’t great at talking about how we feel. The trouble is that often, this means that we bottle things up and even the most minor molehills become mountains. Talking is such a therapeutic exercise, and it can really help you get things off your chest, clear your mind and solve problems that may be getting you down or making you feel anxious. Talk to people you trust and if you don’t feel comfortable speaking to people you know, consider seeing a therapist.

 

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Stress is a feature of modern life, but that doesn’t make it any easier to cope if you’re bogged down and struggling to muddle through. If you’re prone to stress, hopefully, you’ll find these remedies are effective for you.

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Perfect Preparations: The Practicalities Of Getting Pregnant

Perfect Preparations: The Practicalities Of Getting Pregnant

The time has come for you and your other half to take the next step in your relationship. The decision to start a family doesn’t often come easily to some couples, but if you’re lucky enough to be in the position to procreate, get ready for the journey. The path you are about to take is by no means an easy one, be prepared for a little bit of worry, the occasional overthinking session and a few tears along the way. You want to breeze through this point in your life without a stress or struggle, so before you get to the point of trying to get pregnant make a few changes to your lifestyle. Small tweaks will help your body to prepare for the changes ahead and these steps will allow you to feel at ease as you start to begin your baby making journey.

Coming Off Your Birth Control

Talk to your doctor about the safest and most effective way to come off your current birth control method. Take a look online at the advice surrounding period care too and try not to overthink the changes your body will go through when coming off contraception. You may want to think about doing this for a few a months before you go full force into trying to get pregnant. Get to know your body as it is, in its purest and untampered form. Removing certain hormones can give you some side effects such as weight gain, acne and mood swings. This is a completely normal process to go through at first, so once you’ve got past that stage you can enjoy the intimacies with your partner and the journey you’re about to go on.

 

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Food Will Help You Flourish

You might want to consider watching what you eat. Even though you aren’t pregnant yet, there are certain foods and drinks that might counteract your efforts in making a baby. The obvious things to steer clear from are cigarettes and alcohol. You will need to cut these habits once you’re growing a baby so start sooner rather than later. Certain foods are known to have an effect on some women’s fertility. If you have a diet which consists of a lot of dairy or sugar you should try scaling back on these and consume more fresh fruits and vegetables. You want to body to be functioning at its finest so feed it the nourishing foods it deserves.

 

Combat Stress

It has been proven that meditation can assist women to lose their stresses and help them to get pregnant. Try and remain calm during the time to start trying to have a baby. Overthinking or stressing out about it can delay the process as your body will be putting unnecessary pressure on itself. Take time to do activities that make you feel calm and relaxed. You will soon feel at ease and be able to conceive in a beautifully, stress free manner.

Whatever your plans are, take each day as it comes and don’t put any pressure on yourself or your other half. Pregnancy can often take longer to achieve that you think, so be patient, stay calm and look after yourself.

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Help Your Friend Beat The January Blues

Help Your Friend Beat The January Blues

While we joke about the post-Christmas lull or the New Year blues, for some people these are very real and significant feelings that can lead to depression and anxiety. While we bask in the fun, laughter and joy of the festive season, we forget that for some, the crashing low of having those vibes cease in January can be too much to bear. If you think you might have a friend or family member who is suffering at the beginning of 2018, read on to find out how you can help guide them through this testing time.

 

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Getting To The Root of The Issues

 

Helping your friend to get to the crux of their problems is not a job that you can do easily without the aid of a professional. However, even after all of the encouragement, support and help you can give, it is up to your pal to decide to ask for help. The individual suffering from anxiety or depression needs to realize themselves that they have a problem. You need to be patient and wait for them to pick up the phone and make that all-important first appointment with their doctor. Until then, you need to be there, listen when they want to vent and let them know that you won’t desert them in their time of need.

 

There is often an underlying reason why people suffer from depression or anxiety. It could be because of a traumatic event in their past, a feeling they’ve had since childhood or the stresses of everyday work life. When they find the root cause of their issue, you can be there to support them in trying to overcome it.

 

Secondary Factors

 

Alongside depression often comes other facets that accentuate the issue. Depression and anxiety can cause feelings of self-loathing and intrusive thoughts. To try and block out these negative emotions, people may use alcohol or drugs as a crutch and as a way to forget. Again, it’s vital that your friend eventually recognizes that their addiction isn’t normal or healthy and they require help. When they enter a detox program, you can be present and support them through their inevitable roller coaster journey. Craving quelling medication like Vivitrol can ease the symptoms of withdrawal. However you may be concerned of your friend taking another drug when they are trying to get clean. So what happens, should you take opiates while on Vivitrol? Your friend won’t even feel the urge due to the antagonistic effect of the medication.

 

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Talking

 

Alongside a potential detox, seeking medical help and having you as a listening ear, your friend might appreciate a third party to talk to. This objective viewpoint can help them reveal more personal feelings and emotions that they wouldn’t usually even to their best friend. Don’t take this as an insult or be offended; it’s simply sometimes easier to talk openly to a stranger.

 

While the January blues are common, it is the depression that this can lead to which is more unusual. If you have a friend who is suffering or tends to feel low at this time of year, heed this advice and try to guide them to a more positive frame of mind in 2018.

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