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I Love My Car But I Love the Planet Too

I Love My Car But I Love the Planet Too

Nowadays, being a self-proclaimed petrol head can land you in an awkward conversation about the environment. There is no denying that car fumes have a significant impact. After all, we’re all aware of the risks of outdoor pollution. However, it doesn’t mean that petrolheads should feel guilty about their love of driving and cars in general. You can love your car and the planet at the same time. More importantly, you don’t need to buy an electric vehicle to prove to your friends that you’re a conscientious driver. Here are some of the ways you can stop feeling guilty about your car. 

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You can choose to drive less whenever possible

First of all, having a car is not quite the same thing as driving it everywhere. You can make a conscious choice to drive less to reduce your impact on the environment. For instance, switching to public transports or using the cycling path for short distances can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint. You can also arrange a car-sharing schedule with co-workers so that you can actively share miles and reduce the number of cars on the road. In other words, owning a car doesn’t mean you can’t use it responsibly. 

Changing your car is not always an option

While driving leads to high CO2 emissions, cars have more than one way of affecting the planet. The process involved in manufacturing vehicles is highly damaging – regardless of whether you own a diesel or an electric car. As a result, it’s fair to say that drivers who keep their vehicles for longer and look after their cars – from regular maintenance work to sct tuner improvements, for instance – are a positive force for the environment. Indeed, if all drivers were to keep their vehicles on the road for a few more years, car manufacturers could significantly reduce their production volumes. 

Are we ready to use electric cars yet?

Even though more and more manufacturers have promised to go electric, it’s fair to say that drivers are not convinced by rechargeable vehicles. Indeed, an electric car will need to be recharged sooner than you’d need to refuel your petrol engine. As a result, it may not be suitable for long-distance commutes. Additionally, despite the increasing number of charging stations throughout the US, EV owners continue to struggle to find a charge point on their route. Many have to research the most suitable itinerary ahead of the journey to identify where public chargers are. Additionally, while it takes only a handful of minutes to refuel a petrol engine, charging an EV can take the whole night, making long journeys almost impossible. Petrolheads have not bought an EV because vehicles are not suitable for everyday use. 

Are electric cars zero-emission cars? 

Finally, it’s important to mention that charging an EV can have a negative impact on the environment. Indeed, depending on how the electricity is produced, the vehicle may not help to tackle climate change. In other words, less fumes may not be a good thing, after all, if the charging method is not green. 

Should petrol heads feel guilty about driving their favorite cars? The answer is no. While you need to be more environmentally-aware in your choices, it’s fair to say that the EV revolution has still a long way to go. As for now, mindful petrol heads can be a positive force of change for a greener road behavior. 

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Be A Guide Through Their Life And Yours: Coping With Aging Parents

Be A Guide Through Their Life And Yours: Coping With Aging Parents

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Having parents getting older to the point where you need to look for a retirement community or another way to care for them is an incredibly difficult thing for us to go through. Naturally, they are going through a major change, but we are as well. It’s important that when we go through this, we have to figure out appropriate coping strategies. Naturally, there are things that we are all undergoing that’s a bit alien to us, so what are the best methods for us to be a guide, not just for our parents, but for ourselves as well?

Learn Around The Subject

When it comes to something like age-related cognitive decline, like Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s worth doing your research to understand the dementia causes and symptoms so you are better prepared. Understanding a subject as dense as getting older means that it can take a long time to learn, so at the same time, while you need to arm yourself with appropriate knowledge, don’t underestimate how much you can learn while living through the moment. It’s important to read around the subject. 

Look After Yourself As Well

Caring for your parents, or even worrying about them means that you can slowly sink into minimal forms of anxiety. As well as this your relationship with your significant other could struggle. It’s important to find the right ways to look after them, as well as yourself. Figure out if you need some proper me time, but also so it’s important not to feel so guilty on occasion. Life is very busy, but what you need to do is prepare adequately. The more things you can do to structure the day, the better it is for everyone. We have a lot to give to other people in our lives, and so we have to remember that we’ve got to give to ourselves as well.

Understand Your Emotions And Reactions

Because we have to process all these things that we’re going through, it’s a new sensation, but it’s very scary. If your parents are succumbing to cognitive decline you can very well go through the processes of grief before they pass away and this can feel, naturally, very upsetting. But it’s about ensuring that you don’t lock yourself off to these emotions. As we go through life, we have to remember that these things are natural sensations, and when we haven’t experienced them before, they can feel very raw. Sometimes we need to understand what we’re going through, but at the same time, we also need to process it. This is why we have to stay in the moment on occasion because it can feel like we are distancing ourselves for the very natural reason that we want to protect ourselves. But when it comes to the two people that raised you, it can feel like a very difficult thing to confront. But it’s okay to feel upset, and it’s okay to give yourself a break on occasion. What you are going through is very difficult, and rather than burying your head in the sand, coping strategies can help wonders.

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Alternatives That Compliment Traditional Therapy

Alternatives That Compliment Traditional Therapy

Therapy can be such a powerful tool, but sometimes you want to have something that feels a little less clinical. Treatment can be emotionally and mentally challenging, too, leaving you feeling like you have been pushed to your limits. Typically therapists are great at what they do, and that is long-term work taking place. Alternative therapies can often be a little more gentle for the person taking part. 

So if you are currently in therapy, or on the waiting list to be seen, you might like to explore some other options. 

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Yoga

This is an interesting one because you might not think that yoga would have such a significant impact on you mentally. But people who take part in yoga classes or do it from home find that it brings a considerable sense of peace. The breathing is controlled and designed to relax you and boost your relaxation and focus. The stretching releases tension that you are holding in your body too. 

Massage

Trained reflexologists can work absolute wonders when it comes to triggering the right pressure points for you. As well as the room being warm and smelling divine, you’ll come away feeling lighter and relaxed. The music and silence that you get to experience is a great way to quiet your mind too. 

Meditation

You can meditate any time the mood takes you, but in general, you are looking to have at least ten minutes of meditation per day. This trains your mind in dealing with intrusive thoughts. Listening to guided meditation with an app like Headspace or Calm will help you get started. Before long meditation doesn’t seem like something you have to do, but rather something you want to have in your life. Those ten minutes a day can give you a sense of peace and calm. Some guided meditation sessions will also talk through issues you might be facing at work or in your personal life. 

Acupuncture

This is a traditional Chinese medicine that has a lot of history. Incredibly fine needles and placed into the skin on specific pressure points. They say that acupuncture is ideal for helping you to reduce stress levels, lower pain in your neck, back and joints, help with migraines and headaches, improve your immune system and enhance mental clarity. It has long been recommended as a form of alternative medicine and therapy. You’ll need a few sessions to start to feel the effects, but the routine of going can be a comfort for many. 

Journaling

The joy of writing about your life can be as expressive and artistic as you like, or you can simply bullet point a few things. The act of writing allows us to explore our feelings and thoughts a little more in one of the safest spaces. And, if you like to draw, then this is even more enjoyable. 

Alternative therapies and medicines can have a lot of power, aside from the belief that they are working, most of the time when it makes you feel good, and it is worth adding into your weekly or daily routine. 

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How To Help Relieve Back Pain

How To Help Relieve Back Pain

Any type of body pain can end up being quite debilitating. It certainly can affect your day and how you get about. When it comes to back pain in particular, as it’s responsible for supporting your body, this can be really restrictive. Here’s how to help relieve back pain and hopefully allow you to continue with your day.

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Limit Your Bed Rest

As much as you may love a good lie-in in the morning, it’s not going to help with your back. Lying in one place on your back for so long is only going to cause more pain because you’re not giving it the opportunity to move about. You must limit your bed rest if you want to help reduce the pain that you are experiencing in your back. Try to replace any old mattresses with memory foam or a preferred style, but that helps aid back support.

Do Gentle Exercise

Any form of exercise is good for keeping your body moving and having that ability to stretch out your muscles. However, you want to do it in a gentle way so as to not do any more damage than what has likely already been done. Try to avoid doing any exercises that require heavy impact, whether that’s certain exercises or contact sports. Sports, where you risk falling over or coming into contact with something strong, is not going to feel good for your body. Avoid these where you can and look to do things like running or swimming instead. 

See A Specialist

When things get really bad, it’s a great idea to look into more professional options. A spinal surgeon might be needed if there’s something that can be done to help remove the pain completely. A lot of back problems are never one and the same. Some can be fixed, whilst others cannot and therefore simply need to be dealt with as and when that pain comes about. Whether that be through certain exercises or taking medication. See a specialist if you’ve only just got back pains and whether it’s anything they can do to help. 

Keep Note Of Your Posture

Your posture is something that can easily be forgotten about, and only others can see your posture unless you look in the mirror. So it’s one thing that you need to be more aware of, as it may be the thing that’s causing body pain. If you’re sat down at work, look at how you’re sitting in your chair. Your head should be level with your screen, not tilted down or up. You should have your back aligned up straight like there’s a bit of string being pulled from your head. Practice good posture daily, and it may have a positive effect on your back pain.

Improve Your Flexibility

And finally, look to improve your flexibility where you can. The more you can stretch out those muscles and joints, the better!

Not everyone will be able to benefit from these tips in particular, but it’s worth a go. 

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How To Recover From RSI

How To Recover From RSI

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RSI (repetitive strain injury) is incredibly common. Its symptoms include pain, numbness, movement difficulty and trembling (usually in the wrist, elbow or fingers) as a result of a repetitive action, usually sustained over many years. Most forms of RSI are developed through work-related activities such as typing or using machinery, but they can be developed through personal hobbies and activities such as tennis, playing guitar or even texting.

It’s possible to recover from RSI, but it isn’t easy. Just as it can take many years to develop these issues, it can also take years to reverse them (although generally not as long). If you’re currently suffering from any form of RSI, here are some of the measures that you can take.

Limit trigger activities

Rather obviously, you should try limit any activities that caused your RSI in the first place. This isn’t always possible – if you work as a writer, you may not be able to limit typing without getting a new job. However, you may be able to make small changes such as putting your keyboard at the right height and positioning it straight in front of you.

Use supports and ergonomic equipment

There are forms of support that you can buy to help reduce further damage caused by certain motions. Elbow braces for example are common in tennis and can prevent/reduce ‘tennis elbow’. Similarly you may be able to switch out tools for more ergonomic options. There are modern hedge trimmers for example that have better grips and reduced vibrations to prevent development of RSI.

Try different forms of pain relief

RSI can cause chronic pain and you can make things more comfortable and manageable by trying different pain relief options. As well as over-the-counter painkillers, there could be herbal options worth looking into such as turmeric extract and full spectrum CBD oil. You could also look into holistic treatments such as massages and acupuncture.

Try low-impact exercises

Whilst you may want to avoid certain exercises, it’s important to still do some physical activity. Allowing yourself to get out of shape could make the pain of RSI worse. Try low-impact exercises such as swimming or yoga which are unlikely to aggravate the injury.

See a physiotherapist

A physiotherapist may be able to help you with stretches and exercises specific to your injury. These could help to ease the pain and even reverse the injury. Physiotherapists may also be able to give massages to joints and muscles to help ease the pain.

Talk to your doctor about treatment options

There could be medical treatment options available such as steroid injections or even carpal tunnel release surgery that can help you recover from the injury fast. These options may only be available for those with severe RSI, but it’s still something worth discussing with your doctor.  

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3 Sure Fire Ways To Help An Elderly Neighbor

3 Sure Fire Ways To Help An Elderly Neighbor

We all like to think of ourselves as good neighbors. We want to be able to lend a bag of sugar if the need arose, and we enjoy saying hello every morning on our way to work. When we have elderly neighbors, we can take on even more responsibility. But this is important. These people might not be able to leave the house quite so often and could suffer a little more when the weather turns chilly. It’s up to you to be the person to make sure that they are ok. Take a look at how you can help your elderly neighbor.

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The Little Things

Sometimes an elderly neighbor doesn’t have family living close by, so could always use a helping hand with even the little things. Consider offering to pick up some groceries if you are heading to the supermarket. Ask if they need their medication picking up from the pharmacy for their long-term care and ailments. And see if they want their lawn mowing, if you are already out doing yours. These tiny good deeds are easy to do as it doesn’t take much effort on your part as you aren’t going out of your way. This can also make it easier for your neighbor to be more accepting of the help as they don’t want to feel like they are putting you out.

The Bigger Things

If you can, consider inviting your neighbor over for dinner once a week. It’s a kind thing to do and it’s a great way of getting to know the person living next door to you. Having a friendly chat and giving your neighbor something to look forward to can lift their spirits, especially if they spend a lot of time on their own. Cook them a nice meal, offer to head around to theirs and cook up a Sunday roast. If you can, offer to clean their humble abode once in a while or take them out on an excursion. Are you heading out for a beach day? Why not take your elderly neighbor with you? This will change the family dynamic for a day, but it could be fun.

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Be Observant

Scammers and door to door salespeople will watch out for those homes that have elderly residents as they seem like easy pickings. If you see any suspicious activity, you can notify the authorities and your neighbors family. If you spot someone at your neighbor’s door and they are struggling to get this person to leave them alone, it’s time for you to head out and make your presence felt. By doing this, you are protecting a neighbor and friend who is a little more vulnerable than others. You’ll also ensure that they never get visited by these con artists again.

Being a good neighbor means getting to know the people living around you. Be present, be kind, and be thoughtful. Your elderly neighbor may become a friend over time. Help them out when you can, make sure that they have everything they need, and welcome them into your home once in a while. It’s the neighborly thing to do.

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The Ultimate Guide To Deep Cleaning Your Home

The Ultimate Guide To Deep Cleaning Your Home

While your humble abode might not be ridiculously filthy, there’s no harm in giving it a deep clean annually. This can give us the opportunity to declutter, reevaluate our storage, tidy up the nooks and crannies and clean the aspects of the home that rarely see the duster, the polish or the hoover. Deep cleaning is more than getting the wet vacuum cleaner out, you need to consider how you will get each of your rooms looking brand spanking shiny new. Take a look at this guide to help you give your home a thorough deep clean.

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Rooms

Each room needs to be cleaned with a fine tooth comb. Each room will require different jobs to be completed. You might need a carpet wash in one room and a chimney swept in another. Go room by room and make a list of each job that needs completing. Your annual deep clean may take a few days to complete as you should finish cleaning one room before starting another.

Before you begin cleaning, you need to clear your living spaces of clutter. This might mean your ornaments or it might mean your bookcase full of CDs, the stereo and your cookbooks. Put them in another room along with your furniture so that you have a virtually bare room. This allows you to clean even the deepest of nooks and crannies.

Any clutter that you no longer want to keep should be dumped, recycled, given to a charity shop or sold. Don’t keep hold of it if you don’t want it. It will take up valuable loft space. Put some of your better quality stuff on eBay and make a bit of money for your efforts. What is one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms are the spaces that tend to hold the most dirt. Without going into too much detail, you spend around eight hours a night lying in bed, so dead skin cells will permeate through the room. At the very least you need to clean your mattress and whip on a couple of new protectors. You may need bed bug removal if you spy any critters and you will want to rub down the skirting boards and bed frames. Hoover your carpet and wash your drapes. When everything is clean you can redress your bedroom so that it becomes your haven of relaxation once again, without as much clutter and smelling fresh and delicious.

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Bathroom

The bathroom within your home should be cleaned on a regular basis, but there are some jobs that you probably don’t do as often as you should. Open up the plug holes, pour down some drain unblocker, and clean the hair and gunk from your shower heads. Check out the cistern of your toilet to make sure there is no limescale developing and mop the lino. A bathroom needs to be sterile and hygienic so this is the room that needs to be deep cleaned a little more regularly than annually.

Follow this guide, and you will have a fresh new clutter free atmosphere within your four walls. You will soon master the art of deep cleaning your home.

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How Do People Actually Feel Attractive?

How Do People Actually Feel Attractive?

Do you sometimes have that feeling, when you look into the mirror, that attractiveness is for other people? 

We all have a bad day when we feel vulnerable; one of those days when all you want to do is to hide away until you’ve made peace with the reflection in the mirror. Bad days happen to the best of us. But they are not without consequences. Indeed, it’s hard to stand for yourself when your inner critic is stuck on a loop of ugliness. Attractive people never have self-doubts, you tell yourself. But that’s where you’re wrong. Attractiveness is in all of us, and that includes you even on your bad days. You need to find your way back to the real you. 

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They buy the clothes for it

There’s no denying it; you’re not going to feel at your most sensual when you’re wearing a pair of oversized joggers. What you wear plays a significant role in how you think. Feeling attractive is all about choosing a delicate lingerie set that revive your inner femme fatale. After all, you have to dress the part! It’s up to you whether you prefer a cheeky babydoll with a bow or a pair of alluring French knickers. There’s a moment when you have to give your mind a chance to look at yourself from the right angle, and that includes buying the clothes that make you feel like a woman. 

They look after their body

Your body is a temple. You’ve heard the saying countless times before, but you’ve never really thought it through. There’s a double meaning to the temple imagery. Indeed, it means that you need to treat your body with the utmost respect, in terms of how you feed it and look after it. But it also means that, like a temple, it has the potential to shine – aren’t temples filled with the most delicate decorations? If you’re the kind of person who lives primarily on takeaway and goes to bed without removing their makeup, the chances are that the temple might be in need of repair works! But ensuring you give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay strong and healthy and that you protect your skin, you’re guaranteed to feel like a goddess! 

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Understanding the Causes and Treatment of Problem Thyroid Goiters

Understanding the Causes and Treatment of Problem Thyroid Goiters

Although most thyroid goiters are harmless, often thyroid goiters can be caused by autoimmune diseases tied to hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Treating the root causes can help minimize or even reverse the progression of the goiter.

Goiter is one of the most commonly encountered types of thyroid conditions. This refers to the enlarging of the thyroid gland that has roots in a broad array of different causes, among them autoimmune diseases. Although usually seen as harmless, goiters are sometimes indicative of a more serious condition or may lead to various other symptoms, which may require interventions as determined by a physician.

Addressing extreme forms of goiter is one of many disciplines under thyroid management. Patients in Provo can rely on a trusted healthcare provider to deliver accurate diagnoses and treatment programs to manage extreme goiter and a host of other thyroid conditions.

All About Goiter

Goiters refer to a larger-than-usual thyroid gland, which has many different causes. Most instances of goiter are harmless, having no associated inflammations, and do not cause any lasting impediment to the function of the thyroid gland. Often, these so-called simple goiters do not have a clear cause and can be left alone with little to no treatment as determined by the attending physician.

Most minor goiters are merely felt rather than seen, although a sufficiently enlarged thyroid gland is typically visible when one turns around while looking in a mirror. The only real symptom experienced by most people with benign goiters is a minor difficulty in swallowing. Problem goiters, however, do exist. These often involve the abnormal swelling of the thyroid gland that is caused by a motley group of different diseases.

Worldwide, the most common cause of goiter is iodine deficiency, although this is rare in the United States and the rest of the developed world due to the abundance of iodine in the water and many types of food. The second most common cause is autoimmune diseases, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and Graves’ disease. Doctors usually identify problem goiters is usually done through their associated symptoms and careful testing.

Hypothyroidism vs. Hyperthyroidism

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the cells of the thyroid glands. This causes hypothyroidism, a reduction in the thyroid gland’s ability to produce hormones, causing a shortage that can negatively affect the body’s thermoregulation and ability to consume and process energy.

Grave’s disease, meanwhile, is one of the most common causes hyperthyroidism, a condition that leads the thyroid glands to overproduce hormones, causing the body’s metabolism to speed up considerably.  Also an autoimmune condition, Grave’s disease involves the overproduction of antibodies, which spur the thyroid glands to produce more hormones in response.

Treating Problem Goiters

Problematic thyroid goiters are often managed alongside the conditions that caused them. Goiters stemming from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, for instance, are often treated through hormone replacement therapy, which supplements the thyroid gland’s production of hormones. This helps arrest the enlargement of the goiter but cannot shrink it.  

Goiters caused by Grave’s disease, on the other hand, are treated with antithyroid medications, beta-blockers, and radioactive iodine. Radioactive iodine is one treatment that can reduce the goiter’s size.

In extreme cases, surgery may be deemed necessary. Surgery is pursued as a last resort and is often only done when the body’s production of thyroid hormones has already reached baseline levels.

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