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Fighting Off Isolation For An Older Loved One

Fighting Off Isolation For An Older Loved One

As we get older, we all become prone to a range of health issues. However, amongst diabetes, heart disease, and the like, one of the most dangerous health issues of all is isolation. Here, we’re going to take a look at how older people are more susceptible to isolation, the devastating effects it can have on their health, and some tips on how to help them fight it.

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Why it matters

Isolation is considered amongst one of the greatest health risks facing the elderly in the modern age. It’s not fearmongering. Health studies have found that isolation has a causal link with an increased risk of premature death. Furthermore, it can seriously damage our quality of life.  Not only can insolation lead to depression, stress, and anxiety. People who are socially isolated after 50% more likely to suffer dementia and other cognitive decline issues. Furthermore, people who are isolated are more at risk of serious impacts from injuries, since they may not have people to check up on them as often as they would, otherwise.

Giving the company you can

Now that you understand the real threat that isolation can pose to their health, what can you do about it? The simplest answer is to offer them companionship. Your time may be limited by other responsibilities but visiting them once or twice a week, getting them out of the house (if they can healthily travel), and making a daily call can help them both get the companionship they need and ensure that they feel loved.

Ensuring the care they need

If you’re worried about an older loved one living together, there are several options. You can invite them to live with you or move in with them, though that would mean becoming their primary caregiver, which is a huge responsibility. Aside from that and helping them find a nursing home, you can consider companion care as an option. This way, they can live in their own home, be surrounded by the things they love, and get professional care, making sure that they meet their daily needs as healthily and safely as possible. Good companion care also includes conversation and companionship, taking care of more than just physical needs.

Helping them branch out

This tip largely depends on the physical independence of your loved one, what’s available in your local area, and how you can help facilitate them. However, there are websites that can help you find all kinds of activity and social groups for older people. Helping your loved one find a peer group that they can spend social time with can help keep them mentally and emotionally younger for longer, ensuring that they have genuine social connections and friendships that can sustain their mental health.

Companionship is a simple answer but, most importantly, it’s the right one. Making sure that your loved one gets the attention and care they need is crucial, and there are ways to ensure that even if you don’t always have the time to provide it yourself.

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Getting Your Confidence Back After A Disaster

Getting Your Confidence Back After A Disaster

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It’s natural to be scared of a disaster. Accidents, injuries, extreme weather, and being the victim of crime are all varieties of catastrophe that you might encounter in your life. As you’re not expecting it, you might find it knocks you off your feet and knocks your confidence. 

However, no one deserves to live in fear, and so here are some tips for you to get your confidence back after a disaster. 

Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice

If it happens once, all the following experiences will wonder if it is going to happen again, and this can be debilitating. It can affect your social life, your professional life, and even your everyday life. 

You can remind yourself that lightning doesn’t strike twice, especially in the same location. This is important to remember after being mugged or attacked. You can also use your past experiences to prepare yourself better. You may have been caught off-guard before, but now you know what could happen, it’s easier to take precautions to reduce the chance of it happening again. 

Have Someone With You

Taking someone with you while you are still struggling with when you need to go somewhere will help you feel safer and more confident. Someone familiar will always provide the mental safety net that you need to overcome any issue, and any decent friend will be happy to do so. 

It can be challenging to face locations that bring back bad memories all by yourself and having a friend or family member with you is vital for ensuring you can manage these early experiences much more comfortably. Hopefully, you will come to handle being out by yourself, but it’s okay to need some assistance at first. 

Look Your Best

If you’ve suffered an injury following an accident or even an attack, you may not look your best, and this can affect your confidence and mental wellbeing. To overcome this, think about fixing these issues, such as looking at cosmetic dentistry to repair broken or damaged teeth, or wearing makeup to cover black eyes. 

In a perfect world, you wouldn’t need to do this, but looking your best can help improve how you feel about the disaster. If you’re someone who regularly holds meetings or teaches classes, it can reduce the number of questions regarding your appearance, making things more comfortable for you. 

Be Thankful

Sometimes, though, your confidence cannot come from your appearance, other people, or constant reassurance. Instead, you can consider how grateful you are that the disaster was not more severe. 

From sudden natural disasters or crimes that can turn fatally violent, much worse happens every day. While it’s perfectly understandable to feel bad about what happened, you are also lucky where others are not. 

Striding Confidently Through Life

It can be challenging to overcome negative feelings following an accident, especially if you’ve never had anything of the sort happen to you before. However, by reminding yourself that it’s unlikely to happen again and having an excellent support network, you will soon forget all about it, and you can stride confidently through life just as you did before.

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The Roadblocks In Your Mind: Getting Over Your Fear Of Driving

The Roadblocks In Your Mind: Getting Over Your Fear Of Driving

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It is essential now. Wherever you are, you’ve got to drive in order to get anywhere on time. And whether you’ve been driving for a while and your technique is a little rusty, or you haven’t been driving for a while, but now it has become a necessity, when there are certain anxieties associated with getting behind the wheel this can cloud our ability to drive but also put us off driving for life. When we have a fear of driving, it is not necessarily about one single component, but we’ve got to figure out the reasons why we have driving anxiety. So let’s provide you with a plan of action to get yourself on the road again.

The Reasons For A Fear Of Driving

To be fair, there is no one-size-fits-all reason why people develop a fear of driving. Some people have a fear of driving stem from a bad experience or a fear of accidents. Fear of accidents or “dystychiphobia” usually covers people who avoid every situation that increases their risk of physical danger. And while you may think about the fact that a car accident could cause scoliosis or could result in a life-threatening injury, there can be a combination of anxieties. Reasons people fear driving can be down to claustrophobia in the vehicle or performance anxiety. When you start to break down the reasons for your fear of driving, you can start to tackle these problems one by one.

Tackling The Symptoms

We have to remember that while we’ve got reasons why we’re scared of driving, they can manifest themselves in specific symptoms. It all depends on the person, but some can feel dizzy, short of breath, confused, or even have heart palpitations. While some people might not experience these types of symptoms, if you have any of these, it could be solved with medication or counseling to address an underlying issue. There are general tips that can help. For example, managing your stress is a simple way to reduce symptoms of anxiety. If you are someone who quickly gets anxious, getting behind the wheel of a car can be one of the most stressful situations.

Stress management encompasses so many different components, but there are specific techniques that can help people that have a fear of driving. For example, there are driver hypnosis courses that can help you to break down the mysticism of being behind the wheel. As well as this, there are desensitization techniques that involve putting yourself into situations that trigger anxiety symptoms. From the perspective of a driver, getting into a car with the engine running could be the first step. When we start to consider our symptomatic reactions, we can then begin to undertake the appropriate course of therapy. Using therapeutic techniques like desensitization can take a long time to go from one stage to the next, but you’ve got to remember that you are always progressing in the right direction.

What If It’s Impossible To Overcome?

We can pinpoint our problems to a handful of specific situations behind the wheel, and we may worry that we’ll never get over a fear of driving. We’ve got to remember that if it’s too much, we shouldn’t force it. When we cause unnecessary stress for ourselves, this results in a feeling of danger for the people in the vehicle and can cause dangers for other people on the road.

You have to remember that if confidence is the underlying issue, there are ways for you to help yourself back to driving with a more proactive mindset. Having a few lessons with an instructor, especially if you’ve not driven for years, can be the perfect way to bring back that muscle memory. Or if you’ve got a particular fear behind the wheel, for example, driving on the freeway, you need to build up your resilience. Going from driving to the end of your street and back is the first step, and gradually you can start to cover more distance. As soon as you begin to build up your confidence you could look at driving near the freeway and seeing what people do to get on it safely, but also there’s a lot to be said for looking at other idiots on the road. When we are so scared of driving, but some people are going from A to B without issue, it can fill us with a bit more confidence. 

We have to remember that it’s normal to feel some sense of driving anxiety, but it’s not something that should stay with us for life.

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4 Top Tips For Looking After Your Health As A Woman

4 Top Tips For Looking After Your Health As A Woman

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If you’re worried about your health and you’re looking for advice when it comes to focussing on your wellbeing then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. From improving your diet to spending time with people that make you happy, there are lots of different things you can do as a woman to ensure you’re being as healthy as you can be. With that in mind, here are 4 ways to look after your health as a woman: 

– Know When It Is Time To Visit A Doctor

One of the most important aspects of looking after your health is knowing when it is the right time to visit a doctor. Whether you’re struggling with a physical problem or you’ve been experiencing problems with your mental health, you need to know when it’s time to book an appointment. If you’re unsure, you might want to consider asking a professionals advice too. In most cases, you will find that you can call your doctor’s surgery and ask if you need to see someone or if you can visit a pharmacy instead. 

For guidance when it comes to booking an appointment to see your doctor, you can visit this site here. 

– Eat A Healthy Diet And Drink Plenty Of Water

Another great way to look after your health is to ensure you are sticking to a healthy diet. Although this doesn’t mean you need to count your calories, it does mean you need to think about what you are eating and when. If possible, try to limit the number of treats you’re eating. 

When it comes to drinking water, you need to have at least 2 litres a day. If you struggle to drink enough water and you need a little bit of guidance, you can visit this site here. 

– Look After Your Sexual Health

When it comes to looking after your health as a woman, you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to look after your sexual health. Whether that means practising safe sex or seeing a doctor to treat vaginosis, you need to put your health first. If you need more information when it comes to bacterial vaginosis treatment and how it can affect you, you can visit this handy site here. 

– Surround Yourself With People That Make You Smile

Finally, you need to surround yourself with people that make you smile. Looking after your mental health is incredibly important and one of the best ways to look after your wellbeing is to be with people that you love and care about. Whether that means spending time with your family at home or visiting your friends in the city, the more time you spend with them the better. 

Do you worry about your health as a woman? What can you do to ensure you’re being as healthy as you possibly can? Did we miss anything off of the list? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. 

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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.

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OUTSIDE THE US… call your National Emergency for help.

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