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5 Good Reasons To Quit Your Job

5 Good Reasons To Quit Your Job

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Been thinking of quitting your job? Knowing whether to leave or whether to hang on in there can be difficult. Here are five good reasons to walk away from your job.

You hate your job

Everyone has bad days at work – but if every day is a bad day and you constantly dread going into work, it’s a clear sign you need to quit. Not everyone is able to find a job they love, but there should be enough of a sense of reward to keep you motivated. Your unhappiness with your job could be having a significant negative impact on your general mental health. Regardless of your experience with previous jobs, there is a job out there that will offer you more satisfaction – you just need to be prepared to search for it.

It’s damaging your health

Following on from the previous reason, if a job is damaging your health in any way – either mentally or physically – you should definitely consider quitting. Things to look out for include chronic stress, RSIs and hearing loss. Employers may be able to work with you to offer protection from these health risks, in which case you may not feel you need to quit. However, if not protection is offered, you should most definitely leave (and possibly sue if it’s something that can be guarded against). It’s also possible you may have an unrelated health condition that is aggravated by your work, which could be another reason to quit.

There’s no opportunity for progression

If you feel like you’ve reached a stagnant point in your job in which there’s nowhere left to progress, this could also be a good reason to quit. Finding a new job could give you the progression you’re after whether it’s better pay, more challenges or a more senior role. Of course, some people may be happy doing the same job every day with no variation – there can be a comfort in the routine. However, if this routine turn to boredom and frustration, you know that you’re holding yourself back and it’s time to break free from your comfort zone.

Your goals have changed

It’s also possible your goals may have changed. You may no longer want to stick on the same career path and may be thinking of switching to a new career entirely. Alternatively, your personal goals may have changed, which may interfere with your ability to continue your current job. This could include the desire to relocate or the desire to get an education. You may even want to start a family and may feel that your current job is ill-suited.

You’ve been offered another job

Another job offer can be a good reason to leave. You should however do your research to ensure that this new job is definitely better than your current one. Always take the chance to do an interview so that you can get a better idea of the company.


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Best Online Therapy When the Panic Sets In

Best Online Therapy When the Panic Sets In

Everyone on the planet has or will experience a sense of panic in their lifetime. For someone who has never felt the common symptoms, they will flock online for the best therapy options or natural cures.

Feeling anxious

Feelings of being anxious are common. Major life changes or past traumas can spark an uneasy feeling that can escalate very quickly into panic.

At the first feeling of that twinge, it’s best to expel that extra energy in a positive way. Doing something physical like walking or exercising can simply change the brain pattern.

Feeling overwhelmed

Has the boss laid too much work on you? Have you over promised family or friends of your time or expertise? When overwhelmed emotions can leech out in different ways. Sometimes the desire to cry is so deep, but no tears will flow. Anger can also be a result of feeling like you have too much on your plate. However, one of the most common symptoms is tiredness. Have you ever felt that if you could just sleep for a day, you’ll get back on track tomorrow?

Rest is exactly what your brain and body need. It doesn’t exactly mean sleep, though. Rest is when you can find peace of mind. It’s where you can reassess and prioritize what needs to be done. Maybe everything on your plate needs to be done, but with a clear mind, and realizing it takes one step at a time, it can all be accomplished. You will eventually become aware of how not to allow yourself to be spread too thin.

Feeling scared

Situations leaving you unnecessarily scared is a sure sign that you’ve put too much pressure on yourself and life around you. Think of the way a dam works. It holds back a large amount of water. By doing this, it stops a potential flood, and water can be routed to other areas where it would be most useful like irrigation resources for crops and water supplies.

When people hold in their emotions, this is ‘the dam’ concept. However, people don’t always reroute the emotions into something positive. They build up that dam thinking they’ve stopped those feelings on fear, being overwhelmed and anxious thoughts. Eventually, the emotions spill over or worse, …the dam breaks and everything stored up floods out everywhere.

Panic attacks

Together, feeling fear, overwhelmed, anxious, sweating, shaking, blurred vision, hard to breathe…This is all the result of the dam breaking. This is a true panic attack. And a majority of people think they are dying the first time this happens.

But you can stop a panic attack from starting by being proactive in your mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical and internal health. Adding brain foods into your diet is the first step. Balanced diets of vitamins and essential amino acids are necessary to protect the mind. This is the wall of the dam. B vitamins are great brain food, but if you’re contemplating supplements, always consult your doctor to see what’s best for you.

Now it’s time to reroute the water. Speaking to a professional is a great way to plan the reroute of your emotions. Some doctors might recommend medications to reduce depression and anxiety until you are able to manage situations better. You can check out some of the best online therapy to help instantly when you feel your emotions rising.

Using meditation, acupressure or pressure points can reduce the stress waters from rising.

Life is busy and unexpected for everyone. Now is the time to take back your mental health. Find peace and time to rest daily.


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Thinking Of Your Future Self: What Can You Do?

Thinking Of Your Future Self: What Can You Do?

Sometimes we need to be aware that the things we do today, will have an impact on our tomorrow. Sometimes we can get stuck in the here and now and focus too much on how we feel today, and making sure that we feel good about it, but often, sometimes those things on a long term basis will not help us in the future. It is always good to feel amazing in the present day, but if you can, making wise choices as well for your future self. Here are some of the things that you can do.

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Take care of your teeth

Your teeth are often one thing that you overlook, but in truth, we only get one shot at looking after our adult teeth. You may not be able to avoid accidents that cause your teeth to be damaged or fall out, but you can ensure that they are looked after, free from plaque and are in good condition. This is when things like a decent dental care schedule could work in your favour. Enabling you to go to appointments, have your teeth regularly checked and ensure that any treatment needed is done. It may sound like a simple thing, but we will all be thankful for decent healthcare in the future as we get older.

Work on your mindset

Your mind is a powerful tool, and so you should ensure that you work on this aspect of your life. The issue is that we can all develop habits of thinking. You may naturally go towards a negative outlook, think about the worst case scenario of generally feel not good enough. But this is your mindset, and it can be changed. Like anything habits need to be broken and made again, and you can certainly turn negative thoughts into something more positive. You could also work on other things like gratitude, which could also work towards helping you change your outlook on life for the better. Small steps can have the biggest impact.

Change your lifestyle

Your lifestyle is a big factor, and the things that you eat and the amount of activity you do day to day can also have a positive effect on your future self. You need to ensure that you nourish your body with the things that it needs to function more effectively. Activity doesn’t mean heading to the gym each day, but making a choice to be active everyday. This could be walking your dog, or even just taking the stairs instead of a lift. Changing your lifestyle is an ongoing thing, and takes work and effort to realise what will work for you and what won’t.

Becoming more aware of makes you feel good

Finally, you only get one life, and so it is vital that you become more aware of the things that make you feel good, and avoid those things that don’t. Of course, not all of us will have a job we love but yet we still need to do it in order to pay our bills. But the long term benefit of that is being able to live the life we want, so it’s an essential cog in the system. This is more about surrounding yourself with people you love and build you up, and also being able to do the things that you enjoy doing. Fill your days with as many good things as possible.

Let’s hope this helps you to think of your future self.

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Long Distance Driving: How To Make It More Enjoyable Than It Is!

Long Distance Driving: How To Make It More Enjoyable Than It Is!

Long distance driving is just the worst. It’s honestly so dull, and things are even tougher when you have to drive long into the night. Now, if you’re driving alone, then we’ve got a whole new layer to your boredom. Nobody is keeping you company, which is not only soul-crushingly tedious, but a bit dangerous too as you can easily fall asleep.

It’s hard to really pinpoint when a journey suddenly becomes long-distance, but I think any car journey that takes longer than an hour will usually be pretty long. Speaking of which, if you’re due to go on any long road trips anytime soon, then you better listen up! Below, you’ll find a host of tips that will help you make your long distance drive a lot more enjoyable.

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Download Some Podcasts

Along with music, podcasts are fantastic for long journeys. In fact, I would say they’re almost tailormade for this exact thing. A lot of podcasts are close to an hour long, which means you probably don’t have much time to listen to them during your day. So, getting in the car for a few hours is the perfect excuse to catch up on your favourite podcast shows. The best thing to do is head to the iTunes Podcast app and look at the charts. You can select different categories, then download the shows you like the sound of the most. Hook your phone up to your car, and you can play them through the speakers as you drive. It’s a brilliant way to laugh, stay informed, and just have a good time while you drive.

If anything, you’ll actually start looking forward to your long journeys as you know it’s a chance to catch up on all the podcast episodes you’ve missed!

Get Some Music Involved

I won’t spend a lot of time on this point as it’s pretty self-explanatory. If podcasts aren’t your cup of tea, then music is the next best thing. You could create a playlist on Spotify – or use one of the playlists they already have on there. Alternatively, you can put some CD’s in – the car is pretty much the only place people still use them – or just turn on the radio. Either way, music brings some sound into the car and stops you dying of boredom. Plus, you can sing along and get into a happier mood.

Start An Audiobook

One last note on the in-car entertainment front; audiobooks are excellent. Start a series or an autobiography, and give it a listen while you drive. For me, it’s the best way to get through a book in as little time as possible. If there’s something you’ve been eager to read but never got around to it, then listening to it in the car is a brilliant idea.

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Set Targets For Yourself & Passengers

The worst thing about driving is that you don’t really feel any sense of achievement as you drive. That’s where this tip comes into play, as it’ll help you feel more entertained and motivated while you drive. Essentially, you set small targets for yourself while you drive. For example, you have to reach a certain number of miles before you can stop to eat. Or, if your passengers spot 5 identical cars, then they get a reward. Little things like this can really bring some fun to the whole experience. I particularly like the miles idea as you start to feel a sense of achievement for every mile you get under your belt!

Avoid Aggressive Speeding

Honestly, it’s pretty impossible to stick to the speed limit on a motorway. Everyone goes above 70, but you should really avoid aggressive speeding – or speeding whenever there are cameras or police nearby. The reason for this is obvious; nothing makes a long-distance journey worse than getting pulled over and handed a ticket. Granted, you could still beat your traffic ticket when you get home and seek legal guidance, but it will completely ruin your mood. The rest of the journey will be filled with silence as you moodily trudge along at a snail’s pace, paranoid that you’ll get done for speeding again. So, try and stay quite close to the speed limit whenever possible, and avoid going way over it as you’ll likely attract attention and get pulled over!

Take Regular Stops

The worst thing you can do is drive without taking any stops. Service stations are there for a reason, so make sure you use them. The longer you drive, the more tired and grouchy you become. Not to mention the fact your legs will be sore, your back will start to hurt, and your bum will be numb. Even if you’ve got a new car and want to stay behind the wheel for as long as possible, you will benefit from some short time away from it. Yes, stopping makes the journey longer, but it also makes it way more bearable. Try and stop every 45 minutes to an hour, just to stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air.

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Don’t Drive When You’re Tired

Driving is a hundred times worse when you’re tired. You’re so eager to get home, and there’s the nagging feeling of fatigue in the back of your mind. It makes every journey seem much longer than it actually is. Plus, it’s incredibly dangerous as you can easily fall asleep at the wheel. So, to make your drive much more enjoyable, don’t do it when you’re tired. Get plenty of sleep before you’re due to drive, and have a coffee as a pick-me-up. This keeps you alert and fresh, then call it a day if you’re still driving in the evening and start feeling tired. It’s better to give up and try again in the morning than it is to power through at night while you’re tired.

If we’re speaking generally, then long distance driving is horrific. The thought of a long journey – particularly when by yourself – is enough to make your skin crawl. But, it doesn’t always have to be like this. Try these ideas the next time you go for a long drive, and it’ll amaze you how much more enjoyable it is!

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Holiday Blues

Holiday Blues

You might think that only people who spend the holidays alone are susceptible to holiday depression. That’s not the case. Depression doesn’t really care if you’re alone or surrounded by loved ones. Depression and anxiety can hit hard during the holidays. There plenty of factors around this time of year to push your mind to its limits.

First off, it’s cold

Seasonal depression is real! Lack of warmth and sun can cause any flower to wilt. So make sure you get your daily dose of vitamin D through your diet. Also, if the sun is shining, bundle up and get outside for a few minutes. This will help boost your mood.

Spending money

It’s true that some folks love to spend money, but there’s usually a pang of guilt in doing so. Especially, if it was a frivolous purchase. Other people feel a lot of pressure when spending money around the holiday season. Do they have enough money for presents? Is it a good enough present? How can I afford that? For parents, the largest concern is, I want to make sure they have a great Christmas… All of these thoughts put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Anxiety heightens, and that’s when depression can also slip into the party. Take the pressure off. Put a cap on your budget. Ask your kids if they could only have one thing, what would it be? This allows you to find out where their priorities lie. With friends and relatives, suggest a white elephant exchange or a Pollyanna. And do you still feel like you need to get something for everyone? Do a cookie bake or make homemade bath bombs and scrubs. Homemade gifts are always treasured.

Family drama, not made for TV

During holidays, lots of family drama can surface. It May sound too simple, but shake it off. Who cares that aunt so-n-so doesn’t think that’s a proper desert for the holiday dinner or grandparents think you’re in the wrong line of work? If you’re spending the holidays with them, the only answer should be you love them. Love them for who they are, even if you feel they can’t love you for who you are. If you can’t, then you should consider who you are spending your time with. This is the time of year to spend with LOVED ones.

It’s the end of the year and you still haven’t accomplished that

Every year, millions, if not billions, make New Year resolutions for their life. 12 months later, they didn’t accomplish what they set out to do. Take the pressure off yourself and try a five-year plan instead. Having goals is important. But having deadlines can cause anxiety. Give yourself a break. And remember, if it’s part of your destiny, you’ll eventually get there.

Which brings me to my final point, …Therapy

This is the time of year for giving, more than receiving. Therapy comes in many forms. So if depression hits, try volunteering your time. Donate gifts, food or clothing to the less fortunate. Helping others can pull you out of your own depression.

Mental health is important all year round. But there’s certain times throughout the year, the mind can be tested. We miss loved ones or ended-relationships during certain periods of life. Around the holidays, we are reminded this is a time to be spent with loved ones. And it’s alright to miss them, but we must remember to celebrate these times as well. If you can’t shake the blues or you feel them coming on perhaps it’s best to talk with a therapist. Remember, there are people that can help if you need to talk. Click Here if you or someone you know is suffering with depression this holiday season. You are not alone, please seek help.

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

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How Do You Develop Stress?

How Do You Develop Stress?

Everyone feels stressed at some point in his or her life for various reasons. However, stress can manifest itself in different ways, and if you are not careful, it can become a really big problem. Symptoms range from the physical, such as chest pain and insomnia, to the emotional, including low self-esteem and the feeling of losing control. In order to prevent this from occurring, it is important to have a thorough understanding of how you develop stress. Discover more below.

 

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How you develop stress

Stress is a term that is used to describe your emotional or physical response to pressures or demands that you may experience now and again. Common causes of stress today include illness, relationships, money, and work. In some cases, stress can be positive, as it helps people to take action, develop, grow, and be stimulated. However, if you cannot cope with the stress you are experiencing, this can impact your physical and mental health in a number of ways.

 

The source of stress has changed considerably over the years. Modern day stresses are often prolonged in nature and originate from something psychological. For example, you may have financial worries or you may feel under pressure in the workplace. When this occurs, your hormones surge, as your body’s alarm mechanism is triggered. If you are over-exposed to stress hormones, your bodily systems can be impacted, including your digestive, immune, cardiovascular, and brain system. This is when negative symptoms arise. These symptoms include irritability, headaches, muscle pain and tension, depression, a lack of confidence, insomnia, high blood pressure, hair loss, and much more.

 

Ways to cope with stress

Reducing stress begins with you and your attitude. You need to change your outlook. If you adopt a positive attitude, you will be better able to cope with stress. You need to try and alter the way you look at things. For example, if something goes wrong, don’t dwell on what has happened, but see it as an opportunity. Look for ways to do things differently to improve the situation. Positive thinking can also have knock-on benefits too, for instance, it can improve our resistance to illness.

 

There are a number of other stress busters you can make the most of as well. Exercise is a good one. While exercise will not banish stress once and for all, it can help to clear your thoughts and lower some of the emotional intensity you are experiencing. You should also take some time to yourself. We do not get enough ‘me time’ these days because we are so busy with work and our families, and life in general. Spend some time away from work, having quality time to yourself, every week. You should also avoid unhealthy habits, for example, caffeine, smoking, and alcohol. Don’t rely on these as coping methods.

 

Is someone else to blame for your stress?

Claims can be made if you are suffering the effects of stress and feel that someone else is to blame. This could be because you are stressed after suffering an injury that has changed your life. It could be because you are stressed because someone is bullying you in the workplace. The scenarios differ. However, psychological injuries are taken just as seriously as physical ones when it comes to making a personal injury claim, and so it is definitely worth exploring this further. Derrick Law Firm offers legal solutions for injury matters. They will listen to what has happened to you, and they will be able to advise you on whether or not it is worth pursuing a claim for compensation. After all, you do not want to waste your time if there is no chance of it being a success.

 

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of how stress is developed. For most illnesses, only once you get to the source of the problem can you rectify it. In fact, this is the case for virtually all of our problems in life. We hope that this blog post has helped you to get to the source of your stress, as well as providing you with some help regarding what to do about it. Do not forget to look into whether or not you are eligible for compensation if you believe that someone else is to blame for your stress.

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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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It’s Time To Start Taking Mental Health More Seriously

It’s Time To Start Taking Mental Health More Seriously

Can you imagine if someone came to you and told you that they had a serious illness, something like cancer, but said that they weren’t going to see a doctor about it, or do anything to try and improve their quality of life? You’d be seriously worried about them, right? Well, why is it then that so many people are willing to do that very thing when it comes to their mental health? People will ignore it, pretend it doesn’t matter, and refuse any treatment whatsoever. This is because there’s a strange level of stigma around mental health that doesn’t seem to apply to physical health. But why should there be? After all, the brain is an organ just like anything else. With that in mind, here are a few things that you should start thinking more seriously about in order to take better care of your mental health.

Diagnoses

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If there is something in your life that is actively causing it to get worse, then you should be willing to do something about it. If you had chronic stomach pain every day, then you’d obviously want to speak to a doctor about it and try to figure out why it was happening. And yet, people will spend years feeling miserable, or anxious, or disconnected from the world around them and still refuse to speak to a professional. If you feel like there’s something wrong in the way that you’re thinking or you’re worried about your moods, then you should always speak to a doctor. Whether it’s something simple like a persistent low mood or you think that you may have residual schizophrenia or any other serious disorders, the only way to deal with it is by getting a professional diagnosis. Ignoring a problem never did anything but make it worse further down the line.

Support

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No one is ever expected to deal with an illness on their own, so why should you be able to just because the illness is one that affects your brain? Don’t shut out the people in your life because you’re ashamed of the state of your mental health. They might not be able to fully understand what’s happening but by communicating with them and letting them know that you need help, you can create a strong support network for yourself which can make even the toughest times a lot easier to deal with. There’s no shame in needing to have people to lean on from time to time.

Self-care

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A lot of people are taught that needing to take time for themselves or put themselves first in any situation is inherently wrong and selfish. It’s incredibly important that you get out of this mindset because self-care is one of the most important parts of retaining control of your mental health. If you need time to yourself, or you need to spend the day under a blanket watching Netflix, that’s okay. Of course, sometimes self-care needs to take the form of being a little productive. Getting up and taking a shower can be an incredibly important step to helping you take better care of yourself when you’re really struggling.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Brain Function

9 Ways to Improve Your Brain Function

Part of staying as young as possible for as long as possible is keeping your brain functioning well. Whether you need a brain boost because you’re a mother of four with a full-time job and just staying awake is a challenge or because you’re trying your best to climb the career ladder and you need to constantly be on top form, you’ll need to give your brain a fighting chance. Here are some ways you can give your brain a boost.

 

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Play Games

Playing mentally stimulating games is a way of exercising your brain so it stays alert and ready. Your brain needs to be exercised, just like every other muscle in the body. You can play games like chess, word and picture puzzles, trivia games and many more. The great thing about this way of boosting your brain’s function is, it’s fun. You don’t have to look at it as a chore you have to complete to keep your brain young because it’s something the whole family can get involved in.

 

Exercise

Have you ever noticed how much more motivated you are after exercise? It’s as if the world opens up and you can see things brighter and clearer. That’s the benefit exercise has on your brain. It increases the amount of blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to the brain. It also lowers blood pressure and reduces mental stress. It’s ideal for anyone that feels their job is stressful. We can’t always avoid stress at work, but exercising can go a long way to relieving your tension. Going for an early morning run is one of the best ways of setting yourself and your brain up for the day.

 

What Are You Eating?

Your diet has a direct effect on how your brain is functioning. It’s best to stay away from saturated fats, which means the less take-aways you eat, the better. B vitamins and folic acid are ideal for brain function and you’ll find plenty of those in leafy green vegetables. If you’re worried that you’re not getting your fill of the vitamins you need, you may want to take a supplement. You can get everything you need from brain function support nootropic. To ensure you get a good range of vitamins in your diet, why not try making smoothies for your breakfast?

 

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Blood Pressure

Did you know that high blood pressure can lead to cognitive decline in old age? It’s also worth knowing that there are many things you can do to easily lower your blood pressure when you need to. Studies have found that stroking dogs can significantly lower a human’s blood pressure. That’s because most people become totally relaxed around dogs, especially puppies. You can also lower blood pressure by lowering the amount of alcohol you drink per week. For women, it should be no more than a glass of wine per day. For men, no more than 2 pints of beer per day.

 

Cholesterol

Bad cholesterol has been linked to dementia in older age. It’s important to improve your cholesterol as soon as possible. You can do so by adjusting your diet and getting regular exercise. If you’re a smoker you may want to think about cutting down or giving up altogether. Here are some ways you can reduce your bad cholesterol and get more of the good.

 

Mental Health

We’re all affected by mental health at some point in our lives. Whether you go through a difficult time in your life, like a divorce or you’re clinically diagnosed with a mental health issue, it’s important to do what you can to look after your mental health. It goes without saying that the more pressure we have on our mind, the more likely our brains will need help to function in the future. If you feel like you need help to get through a particularly tough time in your life, counselling can be a fantastic way to take care of yourself.

 

Use Protective Equipment

It’s only as we get older that we realise that the things we did when we were younger do have consequences. If you think you can get away with riding a bike without a helmet, think again. Every fall, every hit, every accident; it’s all absorbed by our bodies. Even if we believe we’ve walked away without major injury and recover with no issues, the aches and pains may come back to haunt us. So, if you want your brain to function as well as possible in older age, you’ll need to protect is. Wear a helmet on a bike, wear protective gear when walking through a construction site and don’t take your body for granted.

 

 

Stay in the Game

Retirement doesn’t have to mean that you’re stuck at home watching re-runs of The Golden Girls. To keep your brain active, you need to be around other people. So, as you approach retirement, start to join clubs and groups where you can talk to like-minded people. One of the biggest complaints from retirees is loneliness. And, loneliness is no good for our brains. Of course, there will be days when you just want to be at home and relax, but staying connected to the community is a big key in keeping your brain active.

 

Travel

There’s nothing that broadens the mind quite as much as travel. It’s wonderful to see how other people live. Experiencing other cultures is the best way to awaken your brain. Travelling allows you to see new sights, taste new foods and speak different languages. It’s also the perfect excuse to totally relax. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or exploring the wonders of the country you’re in, you’ll surely have forgotten about all the stresses and responsibilities of home. Take a look at some of the top travel destinations for over 50’s.

 

Keeping your brain functioning well isn’t hard when you know how. All you need is zest for life, a balanced diet and some good exercise for your mind to be in tip top shape.

 

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Be Happier in 2017: Don’t Apologize For All The Wrong Things

Be Happier in 2017: Don’t Apologize For All The Wrong Things

Sometimes it seems like the world is divided into people who are too full of themselves, and those who are too passive. Some people would push and shove their way through a crowd to get to the front of any queue. Some of the rest of us would meekly step out of their way while apologizing for slowing them up.

Now, before you think I’m suggesting we should all be like the first guy, I’m really not. Manners cost nothing, and being a decent person is the very least we should seek to do. But do you ever feel like you spend too much time justifying yourself, or apologizing for things that aren’t wrong? Because if we are forced onto the defensive like that, it really does give all the space in the world to the jerks.

Here and now, let’s go through some things that we – the friendly people – need to resolve to do in 2017. Maybe, in our little way, we can make it so everyone’s more of a mix of confident and polite. As a result, maybe we’ll all be a little happier!

Don’t Apologize For How You Look

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Not everyone has the confidence to go out every day looking like a model who has just stepped off a set. Not everybody wants to, either. We have a world where there are countless different styles and fashions, and identities. We also have a world where people feel more empowered than ever to criticize people for having those identities.

We need to be prepared to say “This is me. I know you’re going to say what you want to, but save yourself the bother of trying to get to me. You’re just venting hot air.”

This doesn’t mean that you don’t make the changes you want to make. But it’s your choice. If you want to go to the likes of Ramiro Morales M.D. to get something done, do it. But do it because you choose to.

Don’t Apologize For Caring

How many times have you been having a conversation and someone makes a throwaway remark that you find offensive? It doesn’t need to be anything all that extreme, either. Just a statement that shows a lack of care for other human beings. Often, for the sake of politeness, we let it go.

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There’s nothing wrong with speaking up when someone says something offensive. Sometimes, they don’t realize why it is. It’s not a case where you even have to patronize them. Just a couple of sentences saying you find that language troubling might make them think more next time.

Don’t Apologize For Expecting The Best

We’ve all been in a position where we have paid for an item or service, and it’s not been up to the standard we paid for. So many of us feel conditioned not to complain. What will people think of us if we get up and say something?

Do you know who doesn’t think like that? The jerk from the first paragraph. They will complain, even when there is nothing to complain about. And they’ll probably get what they want – which is why they never apologize.

You don’t need to do it like they do. Be respectful, be polite. Explain why you aren’t happy, and what would make it right. Let’s face it, the person hearing your complaint will be so pleased not to be getting berated that they’ll go the extra mile for you.

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