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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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Working at Home: When the Going Gets Tough, What Do You Do?

Working at Home: When the Going Gets Tough, What Do You Do?

‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’

In the middle of a global health crisis and social unrest in most parts of the globe, the admittedly overused quote reminds you to persevere and find ways to come out stronger. That is particularly challenging when you’ve been stuck at home for months to prevent getting infected by the coronavirus.

Working from home might have doubled your coffee consumption to stay alert for Zoom calls and all-nighters. You might be lathering on an extra pump of hair loss shampoo to make up for all the times you frustratingly pull on your own hair throughout the day because of seemingly never-ending tasks.

It’s a tough situation. But it won’t go away by deciding to toughen up your exterior and focus on what you need to do. You might find it even more stressful when you keep blinders on and disregard self-care.

The lines of work-life balance might be blurred now that you’re working at home for an extended period. And the best way you can reconstruct and sharpen those lines is by being strict with yourself.

Take a look at these ways to make space between your work and personal lives at home.

Set a work schedule and stick to it.        

One of the best things about working at the office is that you’re free once your eight hours are done. When you work from home, on the other hand, it might feel like your workday never ends.

Observe your work patterns to determine your most productive hours. Work during those hours, shut down your computer when your shift is done, and turn it into a routine. Stick to this schedule to maintain that same level of freedom that you used to feel in the office whenever you clock out.

Stay connected but limit social media.   

Social isolation is one of the worst enemies when you work at home, especially now that the coronavirus situation is forcing us to stay at home and away from social gatherings.

It’s easy to lose energy and enthusiasm when you feel alone, so make time for regular video calls or text messaging with your closest family and friends. Just be mindful of social media usage. Too much time online tends to make you lose focus on your work.

Never sacrifice your sleep hours.

You might think it’s okay to stay up late every night because you don’t have to get up extra early to prepare for work. But the next thing you know, it’s 3 AM, and your shift starts in five hours.

Irregular sleep patterns affect your concentration and productivity throughout the day. You might not feel it, but your body is struggling to keep you moving, and your mind is working overtime to keep you awake. So be mindful of those sleep hours and be strict with bedtime.

The novelty of working from home wore out a couple of months ago. Now you’re faced with stressors like the lack of structure, blurred boundaries between work and leisure hours, and social isolation. These tips help you manage the stress of working at home. Be strict with yourself to be productive.

So when the going gets tough, don’t hesitate to toughen up.

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Mentally Preparing Yourself for Surgery

Mentally Preparing Yourself for Surgery

Thanks to modern medicine, surgeons can help us overcome some of the nastiest diseases and conditions that humans can ever face. Whether it’s injuries sustained after a car crash or something deeper in your body such as a failing organ or even damage to your skull, it’s possible that a surgical procedure could treat you and help you return to a normal life again. However, undergoing surgery is an incredibly tough procedure that requires you to have a strong mind and body in order to come out unscathed.

After all, surgical procedures aren’t guaranteed. There’s a small chance that they can fail or even cause more problems in the future. So to help you mentally prepare yourself for surgery, we’ve put together some handy tips and motivational advice.

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Learn as much as possible about the procedure through trusted sources

There are probably lots of different articles talking about things that brain surgery can include or the risk factors of replacing an organ. However, a lot of these sources aren’t based on factual information and could be sensational just to draw in clicks or even get you to buy specific products from them to help soothe your anxiety. Instead of trusting these websites, speak to your doctor instead and get to know your surgeon. They are the best sources of information if you want to learn more about your procedure.

Prepare some questions that you want to ask and don’t be scared of being blunt

Everyone is going to have questions for their surgeon and in many cases, it’s going to include asking questions like “what’s the success rate?” or “what are the complications?”. A surgeon’s job is to treat you and provide you with the best possible chances of surviving, but they’re also not afraid to be frank with you. However, do understand that they’re not going to have all of the information you’re looking for. They’re not going to look at or remember the exact number of people they’ve failed to treat or how many people suffer side effects from a procedure.

Establish a good relationship with your surgeon before the operation

Building trust in your doctor can be difficult, especially if you haven’t known them for a long time. It’s even harder when you have to meet with a new surgeon. If you have faith in the people treating you, then you’re going to feel much more at ease when the day comes to have your procedure. It’s difficult to get to know your surgeon, but take any opportunity you can to speak to them, get friendly and learn to trust them.

We understand that surgical procedures can be daunting, especially if your life is in the balance. Thankfully, this anxiety can be calmed by putting complete faith in your surgeon, getting to know them and understanding the procedure. Instead of focusing on the bad things that could happen, it’s good to take an objective look at the procedure and the risk factors so you can better decide what the right course of action is and also calm your nerves.

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Diet And Exercise Are Great… But Are You Neglecting These 5 Other Aspects Of Your Health?

Diet And Exercise Are Great… But Are You Neglecting These 5 Other Aspects Of Your Health?

Your health matters now more than ever! WIth doctors and medical centers doing all they can to help those affected by the coronavirus, we’re all learning to be more autonomous when it comes to managing our health. The good news is that we’re all finding inventive ways to work out without gyms and getting creative in the kitchen, cooking from scratch more and enjoying more fresh wholefoods. 

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Still, while diet and exercise are important, there’s more to your health than these twin pillars. If you’re not also taking care of the following, your overall health and wellbeing may suffer…

Mental wellbeing and stress management

The nationwide lockdown is likely to start to take a toll on our mental health, causing us to feel stressed and irritable. This condition is called cabin fever and while it’s perfectly natural, it can be ruinous to your relationships with others in your home. 

Dental health

You won’t have a visit to your dentist on the cards for the next few months. But this is all the more reason to double down on your dental health. And, sorry, but brushing twice a day just isn’t enough for most of us. You should be flossing and using mouthwash after brushing to keep your mouth free of the food residue and bacteria that can damage teeth and gums. 

Digestive health

Good digestive health is about more than just staving off indigestion, bloating and cramps. Your digestive health can have a surprising impact on your overall health. The tiny ecosystem of flora and microorganisms within your gut are often referred to as the second brain which can influence our mood and overall wellbeing. 

Eating more wholefoods, taking smaller bites, chewing thoroughly and getting enough sleep (more on that later) are crucial to gut health. 

Genital health and hygiene

Why are we so loath to talk about our downstairs buts with anyone other than our doctors? For all kinds of reasons, we need to make sure that we pay attention to our genitals. We need to make sure they’re clean and dry to stave off yeast infections and UTIs. If you experience pain or discomfort during sex and / or incontinece or constipation, you may be among the 1 in 3 women with a pelvic floor disorder. The good folks at Pelvic Floor Pro can give you the support you need. Even while under lockdown. 

Sleep

Of course, it’s unlikely that anyone reading this will be deliberately missing out on sleep. Still, it’s safe to say that many of us won’t be getting enough. At a time when we may know that loved ones are suffering and it seems like our bank accounts are leaking money, a good night’s sleep can be hard to come by.

Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t help yourself. Try to limit your exposure to artificial light (including blue light from screens). Try and get some exercise every day, even if it’s just a brisk walk. Be aware of your caffeine intake, especially in the afternoons / evenings. Take a hot bath around an hour before bedtime to lower your core temperature, and try keeping a diffuser with ylang ylang, jasmine or lavender essential oils by your bed.   

Keep all of the above in mind, and you’ll ensure a holistic approach to your health while under lockdown.

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Soothing Self Care Ideas To Try After a Rough Day

Soothing Self Care Ideas To Try After a Rough Day

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When you have had a terrible day all you want to do is sit on the sofa, eat chips and watch your favourite movie. Drowning your sorrows in the most unhealthy way possible seems to be your only solution at the moment, but are there better ways of dealing with things? Whether you’re trying to cope after an accident or you’re struggling with your relationship, self care will always be the winning answer. It doesn’t take much time or money to invest in a solid self care routine and this will always cheer you up after a rough day.

Expressing Gratitude

After a terrible day, the last thing you want to do is write down a list of things you’re grateful for. However, this can really ground you and make you assess what’s really important to you. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you may find looking at the crash report reassuring. Although the details might be difficult to read, it will help you to see the positives out of the situation. It may also help you to gain the closure you need in order to move on and be positive again. Expressing gratitude is so simple, yet so effective so make sure you give it a try for yourself.

Time With Friends

Spending some much needed time with those you love can really impact your mood for the better. They will be able to life you up when you’re at your lowest and they will always see the best in you. There is no better tonic than meeting up with your best friend for a cocktail and a chat!

Time on Your Own

You should never be afraid of spending time on your own, especially when you’re going through a difficult time. There are so many positives to being alone, because you can focus on what you really want to do. Make sure you don’t spiral into overthinking mode as this could become unhealthy in the long run. 

Movement and Eating Well

No matter how old or young you are, eating well will always make you feel better. The first thing you want to do when you’ve had a bad day is reach for a family size chocolate bar and lounge around on the sofa. Although this might seem appealing, it is so important to treat your body well. Moving gently and eating well with benefit your physical and mental health, so give this a go next time you’re feeling low.

With all of these things in mind, you will always be able to pick yourself up after a rough day. There are going to be times when you just want to give up completely and stay in your pyjamas all day. Although this is sometimes a good choice, you don’t want this to become a habit. Opt for healthier ways of treating yourself and you will soon be able to make a quick recovery from your bad day.

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Unique Hobbies to Exercise Your Body and Mind

Unique Hobbies to Exercise Your Body and Mind

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There is nothing more exciting than pursuing a brand new hobby that stimulates both your body and mind. If you have been stuck in a rut recently and you’re struggling to find a way to occupy yourself during your down time, some of the following ideas are perfect to try out. Whether you’re looking for ways to meet someone new, you want to stay fit or you want to exercise your brain, some of these unique hobbies might be the answer.

Fishing

This hobby may not have sprung straight to mind when you were racking your brains for things to do, however fishing is definitely something you should try. Side Bet Sport Fishing is popular, or you could grab a friend and head out to your local river or lake. There are plenty of places to hire your equipment so you can try it out before you invest in expensive items. Fishing is said to be very calming for the mind, so this is well worth a try if you’re struggling with mental health or you’re feeling stressed out. 

Performing

Performing at an amateur level is very popular at the moment. Whether you adore singing or you enjoy a dance now and again, this could definitely be your unique hobby of choice. Check out local theatre companies in your area and see if any of their upcoming shows tickle your fancy. If you don’t want to be in the limelight there may also be jobs for you to do backstage such as costume design, lighting and stage management.

Arts and Crafts

Get creative and step out of your comfort zone with some arts and crafts. Whether you’re making cards, designing gifts or painting a blank canvas, this type of hobby will definitely soothe your soul and feel therapeutic.

Skiing

Hit the slopes and try skiing for a brand new hobby and experience like never before. You don’t need to be a pro to enjoy a skiing vacation; you can hire an instructor for lessons. Grab a group of friends and make the most of your skiing holiday together!

Yoga

Yoga can benefit both your body and your mind in so many different ways. Not only can it make you more flexible, but it can also have a positive impact on your mental health. If you’re ever feelings stressed, overwhelmed or angry, yoga is the perfect solution. Join a local class and you are bound to love it from the very start.

Even if some of these ideas sound a bit scary or strange to you, it can’t hurt to give them a try. Joining a local club is very easy and you’re bound to make a lot of friends during the process. There are so many unique hobbies out there; these are just a few of the best and most popular ideas for you to try out yourself. What have you go to lose? From performing to skiing, you are bound to find a unique hobby that stimulates your body and mind.

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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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Neighborhood Watch: Why Nearby Crime Needn’t Take Control Out Of Your Hands

Neighborhood Watch: Why Nearby Crime Needn’t Take Control Out Of Your Hands

We all deserve to feel safe and secure at home. Our houses are our sanctuaries, after all, which is why it can be so devastating when crime casts its ugly shadow across our neighborhoods. 

No matter how near or far, crimes in the vicinity can shatter any feeling of safety you might once have felt. Irrelevant of their severity, you may start experiencing difficulty sleeping or anxiety when you leave your house empty during the day.

This is no way to live, and it could soon see you losing control of the calming space that you’ve created. You may even consider selling up as a result! Yet, given how extreme a lifestyle change moving can be, it isn’t practical or even affordable for many. 

Does that mean you’re doomed to checking your locks twenty times before you go out? Not at all. It merely means you might want to consider taking back control of your home safety in the following ways. 

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# 1 – See this as a warning

Nearby crime is never pleasant, but it can also act as a cold and hard warning to make home safety a priority. This should be the case whether recent crimes are on your mind or not, of course, but it’s surprising how many of us neglect all but the most basic safety precautions unless we’re moving into an area we already know is dodgy. Instead of stressing out after crime, then, focus on the fact that this gives you an incentive to install alarm systems and CCTV for returned control as you see fit. 

# 2 – Know your escape route

If the crime in question involved home intrusion, it’s also worth reclaiming control by planning an escape route should the same happen to you. Knowing, for instance, how quickly you can get to your back door could provide some peace of mind. You could also take the time to find the best bug out bag for storing near that exit point to guarantee survival as you wait for help to arrive. These steps may seem extreme from the outset, but you’d be amazed how much better you’ll sleep just knowing this option is there. 

# 3 – Focus on community

Many of us don’t even know our neighbors to say hello to these days, let alone look out for. Yet, focusing on community in the aftermath of crime can help everyone feel safer again. After all, you won’t feel half as alone in coping if you know your neighbors are keeping an eye out and vice versa. Even better, achieving this benefit is as easy as joining local community groups to express your worries, or setting up one of your own to address the crime in question and any fears it’s caused among residents. 

Some sense of lost control is inevitable when criminals make their mark on your community, but there’s no reason to let this issue spiral. Instead, put these pointers in place and take control of your home safety once again.

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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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