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From Organised Chaos To Calm

From Organised Chaos To Calm

Do you ever feel like your life is organised chaos? In fact, some of you might go as far as to say your life is very much unorganised chaos, and we can totally relate to that. When you have so many thoughts going through your mind, all of the time, and so many things that you have to do in a day, it can often feel like you are so not organised in life. You might not realise it, but this is actually going to lead to long term stress, and mental health is becoming too common to ignore that. Because stress is the leading cause of anxiety related mental health problems, as well as depression. So the aim of this post is going to be to try and turn your life completely away from anything chaos related, and into the calm. We’ve got a couple of tips that should help to strip some of that chaos away from you, and move into a more calm period in your life. Sound like what you’re looking for? Keep on reading to find out more!


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Declutter Your Home

So this is something that pretty much all of us are good at putting off, for a very long time. When you have your own family, or when you’ve owned your own home for a good couple of years, the amount of clutter can really build up. Not only that, the renovation work that you might want to do, might only add to the clutter.. So if you feel like it’s getting to the point where this needs to happen, you’re first going to have to think about bin hire. It’s going to save you so much time getting a bin hired for your home, and you’ll soon be able to get things done. So have a real good clear out, and look at anything you don’t like or don’t use anymore. You might be able to donate some of it! Once you dedicate a few hours to this, you’ll be surprised at how much space frees up.

Keep Your Days On Track

Sometimes it’s so hard to keep your days on track, especially if you’re always filling it with one thing after the other. Sometimes it’s hard to stick to it when you don’t write it down, so as silly as it might sound, a daily to-do list can help you to keep your days on track. If you do everything in order and quickly, you might find you free up more of your evenings and weekends!

Calm Your Thoughts

So we spoke about mental health in the beginning, and we know how prominent it is at the minute. So one thing we’d recommend is yoga. It’s a great way to process the thoughts in your mind, and help you to empty your head. The more stressful thoughts you’re having, the more negative you’re going to feel. But taking that time to truly relax through yoga can really help that. There are simple guides that will get you going online.

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5 Important Things You Should Know About Stress

5 Important Things You Should Know About Stress

Stress is a term and feeling you’re probably quite familiar with. We all deal with stress at some point in our lives, so it’s surprising just how many people know so little about it. There is an abundance of information on it, of course, both online and in the real world, but trying to wade through it all is a stressful act itself. However, that doesn’t mean that you should just ignore it. To give you a bit more of an insight, here are five important things you should know about stress.

 

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  1. Everyone Experiences Stress Differently

Although we all have to deal with stress, we don’t all deal with it in exactly the same way. Certain traits and patterns in our personality, both learned and inborn, can have an effect on the way we view and cope with a stressful situation. This can mean that two people who have lived through the same thing can handle it in completely different ways, with one finding it incredibly stressful and traumatic and the other not. Some of these traits are permanent, but others can be altered.

 

  1. Stress Makes You Sick

It’s clear that stress takes its toll on our minds, but what most don’t realize is that it can harm our bodies too. As well as mental health issues, stress can leave us vulnerable to physical illnesses and diseases, even if you’re only stressed for short periods of time. This is because it affects and inhibits your immune system, making it difficult, if not impossible to fight bugs. Prolonged stress can also tire you out, making it more likely for you to hurt yourself in an accident.

 

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  1. You Can Manage Stress

There’s no way to rid your life from stress completely, but it is possible to manage and reduce it to some degree. You can do so by sticking to a healthy diet, spending time with people who make you happy, and working out on a regular basis. Ignoring or bottling up your worries can make them grow, which is why it’s also beneficial to let them out, whether it be to a friend, counselor, or just in a journal.

 

  1. Certain ‘Relievers’ Cause Harm

There are lots of ways to deal with stress, but many of us turn to unhealthy options automatically, like excessive drinking. If this is something that you’re struggling with, then get professional help from your doctor. Trying to quit cold turkey on your own can be dangerous, often leading to harmful situations and individuals requiring treatment for delirium tremens. While alcohol may provide temporary relief from worry, it doesn’t solve anything, so shouldn’t be used as a crutch.

 

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  1. Some Stress Is Beneficial

Most people associate stress with negativity, but some forms can actually be quite beneficial. They provide motivation, which is useful when trying to meet deadlines and get work done, and excitement, which helps us to enjoy life and actually feel alive – This necessary for a person to be happy, productive, and well-balanced. It’s only when this stress becomes excessive and chronic that it turns into a problem.

 

Stress is something that affects us all, so, hopefully, with the information above, you now know a little bit more about it.

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3 Ways to Save a Life

3 Ways to Save a Life

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Suicide is now being treated as an epidemic. With so many people ending their lives prematurely across the USA, it is becoming more and more important that everyone is aware of the signs and symptoms of those having suicidal thoughts so we can save as many lives as possible.

 

The reality is that if we can all be more aware of our friends and family, we might be able to stop this epidemic in its tracks. No matter what the reason for suicidal thoughts, if we can just get the help our friends need, there is a much better chance that they will go on to live a long, happy and healthy life.

Learning About Mental Health and Suicide

It’s not a cheery subject, granted, but learning about all the most common mental health issues is a good way to get grounded in what the medical horizon looks like. Many people with mental health conditions are perfectly capable of leading normal and fulfilled lives and may be so adept at hiding their problem that you simply never know.

 

Depression and suicidal thoughts definitely fall into this category. Many people who go on to commit suicide never gave a hint to their friends and family what they were feeling beforehand and therefore never gave them a chance to help. This is devastating news for everyone involved and learning to identify symptoms or even just checking in on an emotional level every so often could make a significant difference.

 

Relias Academy’s online suicide prevention courses are ideal for giving you all the information you need and suggesting the actions you might want to take. Just remember that if you are concerned for someone, you might want to approach another of their friends or family for a little support. You don’t have to do this on your own and shouldn’t be expected to either.

Being There

When people say “I’m here for you” it often comes across as empty words. If you know that someone is depressed and needs more help, you might be tempted to say this to them but then wait for them to ask for more help when they need it.

 

Asking for help, no matter what the situation, is really hard. Instead of waiting for someone in need to finally come to you, you should ask them direct questions such as “how can I help” or “would it help if I … “. You don’t have to do everything for them, but offering more tangible ways of helping is a lot easier for your friend to either accept or reject. Plus, once you have offered a form of help and followed through, they should become more comfortable in asking for other things.

 

Sometimes the best way to be there for someone is to literally be there. Sitting with a friend, even if you settle into a slightly uncomfortable silence is another tangible way of demonstrating your commitment to the friendship. Being a listening ear is usually the best way to give someone time – especially when they may not know how to phrase their problem in other situations.

Ask Your Friends How They Feel

We are all guilty of asking the question, ‘how are you?’ without stopping to really listen to the answer. And, we are all also guilty of automatically responding, ‘I’m ok.’ This needs to change.

 

Asking your friends how they are feeling and really listening properly to their response is a great way to check in and make sure they are alright. We should be sharing more about how we feel and the pressures we are under, rather than brushing them aside and forgetting about how important our mental health is.

 

Talking to friends about their mental health is a difficult conversation to have but, given that this moment could be the chance they get to find help, it is important that you power through – especially if you are concerned. This is a pretty touchy subject so you should be prepared for your friend to respond badly, but don’t give up. It is important that they know that you are offering a safe space for them to talk things through.

 

Though you can’t be expected to be the only thing standing between a person and their darkest thoughts, these three simple approaches show just how easy it is to do something about the suicide epidemic we face. If we can all take the time to really care for our friends and each other, we will all benefit – suicidal thoughts or not.

US National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1800-273-TALK

OUTSIDE THE US… call your National Emergency for help.

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