MindBodyEase.com: Blog MindBodyEase.com: Blog https://www.mindbodyease.com/blog/ Copyright by MindBodyEase.com en MindBodyEase.com Wed, 05 Oct 2022 00:57:25 -0400 How Strength Training Can Help Prevent Sports Injury While cardio and aerobic exercises can help build endurance, strength training is just as important (if not more) to work into your routine. Strength training can help improve speed, strength, agility, and muscular endurance, making it extremely beneficial for athletes.

Additionally, one often overlooked benefit to strength training is injury prevention. Read on to learn what strength training is and how it can help you prevent sports injuries.

What Is Strength Training?

Strength training is the performance of physical exercises designed to improve strength and endurance. It strengthens muscles, tendons, bones, and ligaments, as well as increases muscle mass. Strength training can be done using a variety of resistance, with or without equipment such as:

  • Machine weights (weight stacks, hydraulics, resistance rods or bands)
  • Free weights (barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, etc.)
  • Body weight (plyometrics, push-ups, pull ups, abdominal exercises, jumping rope)

How Strength Training Prevents Injury

We know strength training helps make you stronger, faster, and more agile, but it also helps to prevent injury both in the on- and off-season. A few ways it does this include:

Builds Muscle

Resistance via free weights, machine weights, or your body weight all help build muscle. Strength training promotes strengthening growth in ligaments, tendons, bones, cartilage, connective tissue, and muscle. Stronger muscles and tendons help keep the body in proper alignment and protect bones and joints when moving or under impact, and strengthening the right muscles can decrease risk of injury and improve performance.

It also helps build lesser-used muscles so they remain strong enough to work well with other muscle groups and prevent pain or injury.

Improves MUSCLE FUNCTION

Muscles that are weak and stiff don’t function at their prime, which can cause joint slippage, misalignment, and imbalances, increasing the risk of injury. Targeted strength training ensures the body is working the way it should be improving muscle function, and it can also help with stability and balance. When your muscles function as they are supposed to, you reduce risk of injury.

Increases Range Of Motion And Mobility

When your muscles, bones, and joints are operating most effectively, their range of motion is enough that using them during strenuous activity will not cause injury. Strength training increases efficiency and performance as well as reduces fatigue, ensuring the parts of your body move the way they are supposed to. Balancing muscles can also decrease abnormal pulling, which would cause the joint to move in an unnatural pattern (causing chronic pain, wearing of bones).

Eliminates Weak Areas

When a part of the body is used less during an activity, it can become weak when compared to other areas. Weakness can be caused by overtraining, undertraining, improper training, or not training the right muscles. When that weakened part is called into play during an activity, it can’t handle the stress placed on it and an injury can occur.

Strength training can help eliminate these areas and balance the body for all the activities it needs to do.

Improves Body Alignment

When the body is aligned, it can more easily engage in physical activity without injury. However, if muscles/tendons/ligaments/bones are misaligned, they can no longer work together properly. Strength training involves movements that promote alignment, helping to reduce injury risk.

Tips For Starting Strength Training

  1. Start slow. Starting out strong or with heavy weights can actually do more harm than good. If you’re just starting out strength training, consider simply using your own bodyweight. This can help you become familiar with the movement patterns and start teaching your muscles how to train properly.

  2. Use proper form. Without proper form, your body can quickly become injured. Before even lifting a weight, you should ensure you have proper form. A personal trainer can help you master the movements which set the stage for success later in your training program. They can also suggest corrections as you go so you’re functioning safely and effectively.

  3. Rest between sets and between sessions. Strength training isn’t about going hard for hours at a time, every day of the week. Inf act, it’s important to incorporate rest in your sets and between sessions. A trainer can help ensure you are doing the right number of reps with the proper rest times between lifting to give your body the chance to recover while building endurance. Then, resting between sessions can help prevent muscle fatigue or additional injury.

  4. Warm up and cool down properly. Dynamic stretches and movements can help improve flexibility, increase blood flow to your muscles, and allow you to recover faster. Starting a strength training session with muscles that aren’t properly warm can increase your chances of injury, so it’s important to prepare your body properly both before and after your session.

Why Train with A Physical Therapist?

Physical therapists (PTs) and strength coaches aren’t just there to help those who are already injured. They can also help you train to prevent injury. PTs can help spot weaknesses and determine where they are stemming from, ensure accuracy and help you understand how to work your body properly and prevent injury, and help you use training to recover from injuries and manage pain while preventing injuries from reoccurring in the future. Contact a strength coach/physical therapist today to get started with your strength training routine.

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Tips for Repairing Damaged Hair Heat styling, neglect, sun damage, chemicals, and many other things can cause damage to your hair. When hair is damaged, it can appear dull and brittle and may even break off and fall out. This can make it difficult to style and color and lead to overall unhappiness with your appearance. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to repair your damaged hair and restore healthy growth and volume. Read on to learn more.

Take a Break from Bleach/Dye

If you regularly color treat your hair, this could be a major reason it is damaged. Bleach raises the outer cuticle of the hair shaft and also damages the bonds inside the hair. This causes weakening, which can lead to breakage and splitting. In general, the ammonia in hair dye lifts the cuticle up to let the dye in. Peroxide, which contains a strong dying agent, can leave hair feeling brittle and zapped of moisture. Repeatedly color treating your hair can cause hair to become damaged over time, so taking a break is always a good idea if you can. Try out your natural color for a while, or ask your stylist about just touching up your roots.

Be Gentle

One of the easiest ways to get your hair into better condition is by changing the way you handle it. When your hair is wet, avoid brushing it, as it is at its weakest and most susceptible to breakage. Invest in a good wide-tooth comb, and work through your hair gently. Blot your hair dry instead of rubbing it aggressively with a towel. Use loose scrunchies if you are going to tie up your hair rather than tight elastic bands, which can rip out your strands. Use a detangling spray and consider sleeping on a satin pillowcase.

Use Leave-In Conditioner, Hair Oils and Hair Masks

Moisture-rich products that do not contain sulfates are key when it comes to restoring damaged hair. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get these products; you can find what you need at most drugstores! Choose a deep conditioning treatment, leave-in conditioner, hair oil, and hair mask that are designed to restore hair health and replenish moisture. You can often find products specifically formulated for damaged, brittle hair. A hair care professional can help you choose the right products for your hair type and condition.

Don’t Over-Wash and Use a Sulfate-Free Shampoo

If your hair is damaged, it is likely that it is too dry. Restoring moisture is a critical part of repairing damaged hair. Shampoo is, by nature, drying, as its purpose is to clean away the natural oils produced by the scalp and other debris. Some shampoos, however, are more drying than others. Look for a sulfate-free shampoo specifically tailored to damaged hair. Try washing your hair every other day at the most or a few times a week if you can.

Avoid Heat Styling

Heat tools, such as your blow dryer and your curling iron, can cause massive damage to your hair. Heat leaves hair dry and dehydrated, so as much as you can, try to avoid it. Let your hair air dry when you get out of the shower. Use low or medium settings if you have to heat style, and always use a quality heat protectant.

Get Regular Haircuts

As always, it is important to visit the salon and have your split ends trimmed on a regular basis. Split ends will cause your strands to break from the bottom upwards, leaving your hair brittle and frizzy. The frequency at which you should have your hair trimmed depends on a number of factors, so it’s best to consult with your stylist to develop a schedule.

Work with a Professional

The best way to restore hair health is by working with an expert. A hair restoration and replacement specialist can help you explore options like human hair wigs, high quality hair extensions, or hairpieces. You may even want to consider surgical hair replacement options, depending on the severity of the damage to your hair and whether you are experiencing hair loss. Fortunately, there are lots of hair restoration methods available, so reach out to an expert to determine your best option.

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Four Signs Your Hubby Has Alcohol Problems Alcohol is a part and parcel of many of our lives. Think back to some of the best times you’ve had with your partner and it may well involve it. From raising a toast on your wedding day to that big night out on the evening you met. It follows many people’s lives, and for many people it’s a perfectly healthy relationship.

However, unhealthy relationships with alcohol in relationships can lead to the breakdown of the latter and be incredibly difficult to live with. And it isn’t always easy to spot.

Alcoholism and problems with alcohol are more common than you think, with over 5.3% of all deaths related to the substance and over 13% of those aged 20-39. Which means that it’s not out of the ordinary for a partner to be suffering with such issues, of which you may not even notice.

Of course, providing help for your partner is crucial, whether that be alcohol rehab, or even just having that initial conversation to get the ball rolling with help. So, what are the signs that your hubby is suffering with alcohol problems?

Increased sensitivity

Sensitivity, anxiety and mood swings are heightened when people are influenced by alcohol, whether that be while alcohol is in the system or in a state of withdrawal where dependency is at its peak.

If your partner is behaving out of the ordinary and their behaviour and mood can flip in an instant, it could be an early sign that there’s a dependency on alcohol.

Not being able to stop

One of the more noticable signs is that if you’re out socialising or enjoying a glass of wine in front of the sofa, is the inability to stop. Where once upon a time, your partner may have been happy with one glass, one now becomes two, three, four.

Equally, can your partner survive a few days without alcohol. They may claim to be able to, but where’s the evidence? Those who have a problem with alcohol will often claim they can quit anytime but will often refuse to and even become agitated when pressured into doing so. Test them to try and have a night out without alcohol, and see if they can turn one night into two, three and beyond.

Physical appearance

The effects of alcohol can take their toll on physical appearance. You may find that your partner is putting on weight initially, with the classic beer belly beginning to appear. However, it’s aspects such as bad skin and a more unkempt appearance that you’ll really begin to see a difference in.

Alcohol dehydrates the body and that will play a part in the body not being able to keeping your partner's skin fresh, while it will also dullen the hair.

This is a huge warning sign as it can lead to the likes of liver problems, heart disease, diabetes and other serious ailments over a longer period of time.

Secrecy

You’ll also start to find your partner beginning to hide things. That could be drinking in secret, while it can also lead to financial worries if they are spending significant amounts on alcohol. Secrets can seriously damage a relationship and cause lasting damage. Confronting your partner head on if you discover they are hiding this is important, although it should also carry a clear pathway for them to put themselves on the road to recovery.

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Understanding Sleep Hygiene and its Effects on Mental Health Sleep is critical and essential when it comes to physical and mental health. It impacts your immunity, ability to fight diseases, metabolism, and mental functioning. When you miss out on sleep, you will likely feel the effects the next day in symptoms like inability to focus, lethargy, body aches, and more. However, you may not realize the emotional toll sleep deprivation is taking on you. Good sleep hygiene is the best way to combat these effects and improve mental wellness.  

What is Sleep Hygiene?

Sleep hygiene refers to a variety of practices and habits that are part of achieving quality sleep and comprehensive daytime alertness. Good sleep hygiene is characterized by a number of factors, from bedroom environment to a consistent sleep schedule to pre-bed routine. 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. are affected by a sleep disorder. Better sleep hygiene can help combat mental health issues associated with lack of sleep, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Chronic sleep problems
  • Psychosis
  • Mania
  • Paranoia
  • Erratic behavior
  • Poor cognitive functioning

Why Does Sleep Hygiene Matter?

Sleep is an essential biological human need. Much like breathing, drinking water, and eating, sleep is something we need to do to stay healthy and alive. Sleep affects your entire body and determines how well you can function the next day.

Additionally, sleep is a major element of human growth. People of all ages need sleep to recover from illness or injury and to prevent sickness. For young people, like infants, children, ad teens, sleep is crucial for physical growth.

Sleep hygiene matters because consistent poor sleep quality can lead to a number of serious physical and mental consequences. It can make it extremely difficult to function and have normal, healthy interactions with others. It can even impact your safety and the safety of those around you, as sleep deprivation is an impairment that can confuse your judgement and lead to an accident or injury.

Factors That Affect Sleep Quality

There are many different things that can influence the quality of the sleep you are getting. Examples include:

  • Food – Some studies suggest that certain foods interrupt the circadian rhythm. These foods cause inflammation, such as dairy, sugar, and gluten. Stimulants and caffeine, especially consumed later in the day, can impact the digestive system, confusing it and making it harder to fall asleep.
  • Sleep Schedule – If your sleep schedule is irregular, it can make it hard for your body and mind to know when it’s time to relax and shut down for the night.
  • Behavior – The amount of physical and mental exertion you make during the day can affect how much sleep you get. Stress can also impact your sleep quality, as can napping during the daytime.
  • Drugs/medications – Various prescription and over-the-counter medications can impact sleep. Diuretics, for example, cause people to need to use the bathroom more, thus need to get up more frequently during the night.
  • Environment – If your bedroom environment is not suitable for sleeping, it can create a problem. Your bedroom should be dark and quiet for ideal sleep conditions.

Tips for Improved Sleep Hygiene

Good sleep hygiene comes from making some adjustments to your routine to prioritize healthy sleep. There are plenty of ways you can do this according to your individual lifestyle. Things like work, school, family, and other time commitments should be considered before making a plan for better sleep. Work around your obligations and develop a routine that works best for you. Consider the following for better sleep hygiene:

Create a Routine

Developing a routine for the hour or two before bed is a great way to prioritize winding down and relaxing your body and mind. Performing this routine every day will enable you to fall asleep when you need to for a good night’s rest. Your routine might consist of:

  • Brushing your teeth
  • Taking a bath/shower
  • Doing skincare
  • Combing out your hair
  • Putting on pajamas
  • Reading
  • Listening to music

Try to put the electronics away as early as you can, as too much mental stimulation can make it difficult to relax your mind. The blue light generated by these devices can also decrease the production of melatonin.

Use a Sleep Journal

Sleep journaling is a great way to track your sleep habits. Record your dreams, sleep quality, interruptions to your routine, and any other important information each morning when you wake up. Over time, you will start to see patterns and figure out the exact factors that are preventing you from getting a good sleep.

Set a Sleep Schedule

It may sound difficult, especially if you have a lot going on during your day, but establishing a regular sleep schedule is a great way to regulate your bod and sleep better. Set a fixed wake-up time each day to get yourself into a rhythm. Try not to skip sleep too often to stay up working or socializing. Avoid naps as much as possible, as they can throw off your sleep schedule at night. If you are going to nap, try to keep them short.

Develop Healthy Daytime Habits

Healthy daytime habits can make it easier for you to get quality sleep at night. Avoid nicotine and caffeine, especially close to bedtime. Make sure you are getting plenty of sunlight and exercises. Try to eat earlier in the evening, as digestion can keep you awake. Try to limit the things you do while in bed to relaxing activities.

Create a Calming Environment

Your bedroom should be a relaxing space specially tailored to what calms and relaxes you. Good sleep hygiene requires comfortable bedding, so if you can, invest in a good mattress, mattress pad, pillows, sheets, blankets, and other bedding. Some people prefer heavier, warmer bedding, and some people prefer breathable sheets and blankets. Figure out what works for you and makes you feel most at ease. Set your thermostat to a comfortable sleeping temperature each night, and use eye masks or curtains to block out any lights.

Work with a Psychiatrist

If you have made adjustments to your sleep routine and are still struggling, reach out to a psychiatrist in your area. They can help diagnose the problem, create a plan, and connect you with the resources you need to achieve better sleep. Sleep conditions, such as insomnia, are very common and treatable. You may need medication or some specific practices to treat the mental health condition that is affecting your ability to sleep. Be sure to let your doctor know your symptoms, and don’t be afraid to reach out to them for help if you are dealing with sleep deprivation.

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The Truth Behind Why Men Are Giving Up On Dating Guys don't want to date anymore. We need to sound the alarm!

You must be thinking, "What's up with guys?" Why is it harder to find a date, someone who will stay with you for more than a few weeks? They seem to get bored very quickly when they text. They don't know what to do on their first date since they have never done it before. Everything is a little strange and getting worse.

You might be surprised to find out that you've been single for a while, not because there aren't enough available guys but because their hearts aren't in it. Many guys are giving up on dating, or at least giving you bad dates, which is shocking. It's the last resort on their list of things to do.

Don't think that you are the wrong person or there is something inherently wrong with you if they give up on dating. Here’s why.

1) You can always find someone "better."

Finding a new love interest has never been so simple, thanks to online dating apps like Tinder and other social media platforms. This can make us feel anxious and insecure, affecting our self-esteem. We might not want to put a lot of time or effort into a romantic relationship because we're afraid of being used and assuming that we are the right person for them.

One user said, "Most of the women I've dated ended things quickly when they find something more interesting. So much so that whenever I went out on a date, I was constantly worried because I always wondered, "Is today the day?"

A better way to approach any bad relationship is to ask, "What can I do right now to make the most of it?" What can I learn from this experience to help me become a better partner? What can I do to make sure that I don't look back and regret anything?

2) Women pick the wrong people to date.

Men are told that no matter what, if they are nice, they will get the girl. Then their dream girl comes along, and she's everything they've ever wanted. But she doesn't see him, or she's in the friend zone with him, or he's just not someone she would ever sleep with.

Women pick the wrong guys and stay with them for years. Then their hearts get broken, and they move on to a new guy like the last one. Because they never seem to win, good guys are giving up on dating.

3) Men can be lazy.

It can be tiring to date in the modern world. Small talk and online dating apps can take up a person's free time. Not only that, but a guy could talk to a girl for weeks, feel like they have a great connection, and then she could ghost him.

Dating can take a lot of time and effort, so it's no wonder many guys quit dating. Most of the time, it's too much work for little or no payoff.

4) Dates are harder than sex.

Guys also gave up on dating and chose not to have a love life because they just couldn't. It's easy to get laid that you don't have to buy someone dinner just to get some action afterward. Tinder and other apps in the dating world are great for hookups that aren't too serious.

Many guys like relationships that don't tie them down and let them keep their freedom and options open. Surprisingly, many women feel the same way and are not in a hurry to settle down.

5) It's scary to commit for a long time.

Dating can be fun, but once a guy has been out on a few dates with the same woman, he knows the "defining-the-relationship talk" is coming. And that can be frightening!

Some guys give up on dating because they don't want long-term relationships. They would rather date a lot of different women or have casual sex than have to settle down with one woman after a few dates.

Keeping things casual seems easier since they don't have to worry about feelings getting in the way.

To have a genuine love connection, a woman begins to demand and anticipate certain things from a man she is interested in. But not every guy wants to meet those needs, so they'd be happy to end things before they get too hard.

6) Some guys are happier being alone.

Guys are also giving up on dating because they are just happier on their own. No one can force you to go out on a date if you don't want to. They think self-love is better than committing to romantic relationships because it improves their mental health. And when you've been hurt before, it seems easier to stay away from serious dating.

7) Chivalry and dating are hard to understand.

There is a lot of pressure on a man when he approaches a female and makes the first move. They are expected to not only take her to the best place but also to pay for it. A girl can just show up and might not even notice how hard the guy tried to get her attention.

Guys are told everywhere that they need to treat women as equals, but all the old rules still apply when it comes to dating. A person can never tell if he did it right or a terrible job.

If there are no plans for a second date or a kiss at the end of the night, he can almost be sure he won't hear from that woman again.

Bottom Line

Most of the time, guys who stop dating do so for one of two reasons. Either they don't meet the kind of women they want to date, or it's hard for them to get to know someone they're interested in. Don't worry if you're one of these guys. You're not the only one.

But before you give up on dating altogether, you can do a few things to improve your chances. First, try to make more friends and meet new people. Second, work on getting better at talking to people. Don't be scared to meet possible dates in new locations and methods. Begin by putting in some effort and adjusting to your original idea.

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5 Ways To Stay Calm (When You Are A Busy Business Owner) Being a business owner can be a daunting, everyday struggle for your mind and emotions. 

From making cold calls to new prospective clients to dealing with unnecessary requests at 2 am.

Here are 5 things I do daily that keep me productive and ahead of the stress. 

1-Workout 

Working out has been a staple of super productive people for a long time. 

Several studies show that working out helps with everything from a better heart rate to better sleep. 

I usually work out 4 times a week. I suggest you aim for a habitual workout routine rather than a "super extreme" physical transformation in one week. 

Working out should be something that should feel to you as mundane as brushing your teeth or watching TV. 

This means that in time, and with a moderate workout routine, you slowly see the reduction in daily stress as you simply habitually hit the gym every week. 

You will start noticing that you can mentally take on higher levels of work-related stress while feeling an "I can deal with this" attitude. 

2-Get up early

Getting up early is not to start work earlier but to engage in a morning "just for you" routine that, in time, will allow for better mental clarity throughout the day. 

Many successful entrepreneurs have said that getting up early is a big part of how they can tackle the day's stress more efficiently.

Early is subjective based on your life, but I suggest you give yourself at least 2 hours before the rest of the world wakes up. Of course, the rest of the world could be your kids, spouse, or family. 

I personally wake up at 5am every day. I feel like I am getting a head start on the rest of the world. By the time everyone else is up, I have already gone through my morning routine, which brings me to my next step...

3-Have an "inner peace" morning routine. 

Inner peace is different; early morning activities you take on that have nothing to do with your regular, stressful workday. 

For me, my inner peace routine is working out, meditating, stretching, and reading a book. 

Most mornings, when I wake up, the only thing on my mind is getting my mind and body ready for the day. 

Doing the activities I mentioned is like my body and mind warming up before getting going at the 8am workday start. And speaking of 8am...

4-Practice time boxing for time management

Not too long ago, I read an article on Timeboxing. It is defined as looking ahead of your work day, then assigning specific time frames to particular tasks. 

Timeboxing can be considered a cousin to the "to-do" list. However, I like time boxing better as I feel it really laser focuses me on what is truly important. This brings me to my last point, the 80/20 rule...

5-Practice the 80/20 rule for all your work or business-related tasks

The 80/20 rule is defined differently, but I think it is the "your time is important" rule. 

This means that, as humans, we only have a certain amount of time every day, and that time does not come back once it is gone. 

A challenge I used to struggle with at the beginning with this 80/20 thing was:

How do I know what is 20 and what is 80?

Step 1:

Write out all the items you feel you need to get done that day, i.e., emails, calls, meetings, etc. 

Step 2:

Ask yourself, if I could only work half the day, which of the items from the above list would I focus on?

Answering this second question immediately forces your mind to point out the most important things. 

Once you have that list of most of the important things, ask the question again:

What would I focus on if I could only work for 2 hours today?

Obviously, there are a certain number of things you will get done beyond your 80/20 list, but once you get your must-do items, the rest of the items you get done will feel like a prize instead of a duty. 

About the Author:

Pablo Espinal is a father, online marketer, and web designer based out of the Brooklyn NY area. You can see more of what he does here: Saaiconsulting.com

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The Different Types of Fear and How to Overcome Them Fear is a natural response to danger, but it can be debilitating for some people. There are different types of fear, from fear of the dark to dog phobia. While some fears may be manageable, others can be quite paralyzing.

If fear stops you from living your life to the fullest, don’t worry - you’re not alone. Let’s get started!

The Many Faces of Fear

Fear comes in many shapes and sizes. It can be a lighthearted feeling of butterflies in your stomach before a first date. Or it’s a more serious and intense fear.

But fear can also be crippling, leading to panic attacks and avoidance of everyday activities.

The following are the common types of fear:

Social anxiety disorder

People with this common fear may feel like they are being judged or watched, and they may avoid social interactions altogether.

Social anxiety disorder can be classified into four main groups.

  • Performance anxiety. It is characterized by a fear of performing in front of others, whether singing, dancing, or playing an instrument. Performance anxiety can lead to fear symptoms, such as sweating, shaking, and difficulty breathing.
  • Fear of public speaking. It can affect anyone, regardless of experience or age. For some people, the mere thought of speaking in front of a group is enough to trigger a panic attack.
  • Stage fright. For some people, this is so severe that it prevents them from being able to do the things they love.
  • Social phobia. This anxiety can lead to avoidance of social situations, which can interfere with work, school, relationships, and emotional health.

Social anxiety disorders can profoundly impact a person’s normal life, preventing them from living to the fullest. If you think you’re suffering from these, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.

Phobias

Phobias are very interesting. People with phobias usually experience fear that does not pose a real threat to them.

Here’s a quick rundown of common phobias:

  • Agoraphobia: A fear of open spaces or being in public places where escape might be difficult.
  • Arachnophobia: This is a fear of spiders.
  • Acrophobia: This is a fear of heights.
  • Astraphobia: This is a fear of thunder or lightning.
  • Ophidiophobia: This is a fear of snakes.
  • Claustrophobia: A fear of closed spaces, such as elevators or airplanes.
  • Cynophobia: This is a fear of dogs.

Irrational Fears

This is based on your thoughts and beliefs. You may be afraid of things that are not actually dangerous or that you have no reason to be afraid of.

These are the five main types:

  • Fear of failure. This can prevent you from taking risks or trying new things. It can hold you back from pursuing dreams and achieving your goals.
  • Fear of success. This may sound counterintuitive, but other people are afraid of being successful. They might worry about the responsibility that comes with success, or they may feel like they won’t be able to live up to others’ expectations.
  • Fear of change. Change can be scary, whether it’s a change in our personal lives or a difference in the world around us. But often, it’s these changes that bring success in life.
  • Fear of the unknown. This is when we are afraid of something we have never experienced. We don’t know what to expect, and so we are scared.
  • Fear of rejection. This is when we are afraid that someone will not accept us or that they will reject us if we try to do something.

While fear is a natural emotion everyone experiences, it can become disruptive when it interferes with your life. If you find yourself avoiding activities or places because fear exists, it may be time to conquer it.

How to Conquer Your Fears

It’s estimated that we all have thousands of thoughts per day. So it’s no wonder some of those thoughts might be fearful.

But what if we could learn to control our thoughts and overcome fear?

Here are five steps that can help:

Understand your fear

Many phobias develop in childhood and are the result of a traumatic event. Once you understand the root cause of your fear, it can be easier to overcome.

Challenge your beliefs

Are your beliefs about your fear based on fact or fiction?

Sometimes our fears are based on irrational beliefs. When you challenge those beliefs, you may find that there’s nothing to be afraid of after all.

Face your fear

This step may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes the best way to conquer a fear is to confront it head-on. By facing your fear, you’ll often find it’s not as intimidating as you thought it was.

Seek support

Trying to conquer your fear can be difficult, so it’s important to seek out support.

Talking to a trusted friend or family member about your fear can help you understand it better and give you a new perspective. You may also consider talking to a therapist who can help you to develop coping mechanisms.

Be persistent

Many people have gone through the same scenario and come out the other side. The key is to be persistent.

Keep going even when you can’t take it anymore. Remember that overcoming fear is a process, and it takes time. But if you keep at it, you will eventually overcome your fears and become stronger for it.

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What Tools or Equipment Will I Use as a Doctor? What Tools or Equipment Will I Use as a Doctor?

Doctors are trained in the art of helping others. In order to do that efficiently, they have to have a wide variety of tools depending on their specialty. As a result, doctors use everything from medical devices and equipment to everyday items like their own hands and voice. Each tool helps in some way to diagnose, treat, or prevent illness or disease. As technology continues to advance at an exponential rate, the list of tools has expanded greatly. Fortunately, this article will give you a brief explanation as to what tools or equipment a doctor might use and why as well as examples of each.

Stethoscope

Stethoscope: What Tools or Equipment Will I Use as a Doctor?

A stethoscope is a handheld device used by doctors and nurses to listen to the heart and lungs. Its two main parts are a chest piece where sound vibrations are collected and a listening tube (also known as an earpiece) for the user to hear the sounds. The stethoscope is a very useful tool for doctors. They use it to listen to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. It is also useful for other medical professionals such as nurses, physical therapists, and radiologists.

Otoscope

Otoscope: What Tools or Equipment Will I Use as a Doctor?

An otoscope is a medical device that is used to examine the ear and canal. An otoscope consists of a light source, a magnifying lens, a blunt tip, and a sound channel. Doctors use otoscopes to look inside the ear canal and to check for ear infections or foreign objects. Foreign objects in the ear canal are common in children. Doctors also use the otoscope to test the mobility of the eardrum. Otoscopes are similar to small-head flashlights. They have a light source, a magnifying lens, a blunt tip, and a sound channel. Otoscopes are used to examine the ear and to look for foreign objects in the ear canal. Doctors also test the mobility of the eardrum with an otoscope.

Blood Pressure Monitor

Blood Pressure Monitor: What Tools or Equipment Will I Use as a Doctor?

A blood pressure monitor is a device used to estimate a person’s blood pressure. A blood pressure monitor estimates blood pressure based on the oscillations in sound waves caused by pulsations in the blood stream. Doctors use blood pressure monitors to evaluate and assess the health of their patients especially those who have hypertension (high blood pressure) or are pregnant. Blood pressure monitors are handheld devices that estimate a person’s blood pressure based on the oscillations in sound waves caused by pulsations in the blood stream. Doctors use blood pressure monitors to evaluate and assess the health of their patients, especially those who have hypertension or are pregnant.

Blood Glucose Meter

Blood Glucose Meter: What Tools or Equipment Will I Use as a Doctor?

A blood glucose meter is a device that measures the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. This can help people who have diabetes and those who are at risk for diabetes keep their blood glucose levels under control. Doctors use blood glucose meters to assess their patients’ blood sugar levels. Blood glucose meters are handheld devices that measure the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. This can help people who have diabetes and those who are at risk for diabetes keep their blood glucose levels under control. Doctors use blood glucose meters to assess their patients’ blood sugar levels.

Reflex Hammer

Reflex Hammer: What Tools or Equipment Will I Use as a Doctor?

A reflex hammer is a medical device that is used by doctors and physical therapists to elicit certain reflexes in their patients to check for nerve damage, muscle strength, and more. A reflex hammer is a small, usually plastic, hammer that is held in the hand and tapped against the patient’s joints and muscles to elicit certain reflexes in his or her body. Doctors use reflex hammers to evaluate and assess the health of their patients, especially those who have neurological disorders. Physical therapists use reflex hammers to test patients’ muscle strength.

Bandage and Bandaging Kit

Bandage and Bandaging Kit: What Tools or Equipment Will I Use as a Doctor?

A bandage is a piece of fabric used to wrap a wound. Bandages are used by doctors, nurses, and medical first responders to control blood flow, prevent infection, and protect a patient’s health. Doctors use bandages to wrap wounds, control blood flow, prevent infection, and protect a patient’s health. Bandages are pieces of fabric that are used to wrap wounds. They are used by doctors, nurses, and medical first responders to control blood flow, prevent infection, and protect a patient’s health. There are many different types of bandages, each meant for a different purpose.

Breathing Tube and Mask

Breathing Tube and Mask:  What Tools or Equipment Will I Use as a Doctor?

A breathing tube is a small tube that is inserted through the nose or mouth of a patient. A mask is placed over the patient’s mouth and nose. The breathing tube is used for intubation and is inserted into the mouth and throat while a mask is placed over the mouth and nose of a patient. Doctors use breathing tubes and masks to help patients who are unconscious or unresponsive breathe. Doctors use breathing tubes and masks to help patients who are unconscious or unresponsive breathe. A breathing tube is a small, flexible tube that is inserted through the nose or mouth and placed into the lungs. A mask is placed over the mouth and nose of a patient.

Scalpel, Surgical Knife and Suture Kit

Scalpel, Surgical Knife and Suture Kit: What Tools or Equipment Will I Use as a Doctor?

A scalpel is a small, sharp blade used by doctors during surgery. A surgical knife is an instrument that has a sharp, pointed end. Surgical knives are used by doctors during surgery. Doctors use scalpels and surgical knives to make incisions or cuts in the body and seal them with stitches. Scalpels and surgical knives are used by surgeons during surgery. They are small, sharp blades that are used to make incisions or cuts in the body and seal them with stitches. Sutures are long, thin strings that are used to seal incisions. The sutures are tied off at one end, and the other end is left open to be tied onto the skin.

Turnstile

Turnstile: What Tools or Equipment Will I Use as a Doctor?

A turnstile is a device that is used to control access to a certain area. Doctors use turnstiles to control who enters and exits the hospital. Turnstiles are devices that are used to control access to a certain area. Doctors use turnstiles to control who enters and exits the hospital.

Exam/Examination Chair or Table

An examination chair or table is a device that is used to support patients during medical procedures. An examination chair is used by doctors or dentists during examinations or procedures. An examination table is used by doctors during surgical procedures to place the patient on a flat surface. Examination chairs and tables are devices that are used to support patients during medical procedures. An examination chair is used by doctors during examinations or procedures. An examination table is used by doctors during surgical procedures to place the patient on a flat surface. 

Conclusion

In this article we have listed some tools or equipment used by doctors. These are some of the important tools or equipment a doctor might use and why as well as examples of each. There are many more tools and equipment that doctors use in their daily work. The best way to understand what these are is to talk to a doctor or visit a hospital. These helpful medical tools can be very useful in providing a comfortable and healthy environment for patients and doctors. In the fast-paced and dynamic nature of the medical world, these tools are very helpful in making sure that patients are treated with the utmost care and that doctors are kept comfortable and healthy as they treat their patients.

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How to Deal with Anxiety Regarding Daily Oral Care and Hygiene             Did you know your oral health is a window into the overall health of your entire body? More and moreresearch is showing the correlation between poor oral health and other serious health conditions. That is why daily oral care and hygiene are critical to a long and healthy life.

            The knowledge that you need to take good care of your teeth daily is not new or revolutionary. It is well known… but what if you are concerned and have anxiety about your daily dental care and oral hygiene routine? How can you overcome the feelings of anxiety that surround your oral care habits?

Recognizing the Signs of Anxiety

            Does your daily oral care routine cause you stress? Have you been failing to properly execute your oral hygiene routines and are wondering why? You may have anxiety regarding those routines. How do you know?

  1. You make excuses to procrastinate about your oral care routines.
  2. When you think about the process, the begin to breathe heavy and your heart races.
  3. You excessively worry about the negative effects of your oral care.
  4. You have difficulty focusing when it comes to your oral hygiene routines.
  5. You feel restless, irritable or on-edge when it comes time to perform your oral hygiene.

How to Overcome Your Oral Hygiene Anxiety

            If you feel this, is you, you are not alone. Anxiety is a common condition and people feel anxious for all sorts of reasons. If you feel anxious about your daily oral care routines, understand that it can be overcome and that you can make the changes necessary to adopt healthy and productive oral care habits.

            What can be done to make these positive changes? You know that you need and want to adopt these healthy habits into your life. What can you do to make that a reality today?

  1. Talk to your dentist

According to Mola Dental who have services to deal with nervous patients “Your dentist will be familiar with this type of anxiety and can give you suggestions to help combat these feelings of general dental anxiety”.

  1. Educate yourself about the negative effects of avoiding daily dental care

Knowing the negative downstream effects of not having proper dental care habits may not be enough to shake away the feelings of anxiety on their own but it will give you extra motivation to learn how to overcome those anxious emotions.

  1. Do breathing exercises to calm yourself

Breathing exercises have a fantastic way of reducing the effects of anxiety. You can slow your heart rate, calm your nerves and reset your mindset with simple breathing techniques.

  1. Distractions

Perhaps music, a podcast or an episode of your favorite TV show will help distract you from the anxious feelings that surround your daily dental care routine. If it helps you go through the motions and build the right habits, it is worth it.

  1. Be patient with yourself

Patience is key and this isn’t a race. Don’t aim for perfection, aim for progress and believe in yourself. These may soundcliché, but they are true and when you are working to overcome anxiety, anything that works is worth trying.

Progress is a process. Anxiety doesn’t have to stand in your way forever. Follow these steps and you will be on your way to a happier, healthier mouth in no time!

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Drug Rehabilitation Centres - How Do They Work Are you addicted to drugs? Drug Rehab Austin is a recognized institution, approached by hundreds of people who want to to stop their own illicit drug use.Unlawful drug use is all around not treatable by one-time processes like a detox, especially in cases with consistent and long term drug use. Drug Rehabilitation is a long interaction including various stages and interventions. People endeavoring to kick their medication use might experience intermittent loss in faith, hence it is fundamental to keep an uplifting perspective and comprehend that it is a long cycle and there are certainly going to be challenges and dissatisfactions. 

Drug Rehabilitation programs are dependent on the kind of medications and their utilization time, and the individual's psycho-physiology . Drug Rehabilitation incorporates treatment, the objective of which is to stop drug use, and to address drug-acquiring behaviors, and educate the individuals to prevent them from backsliding.

These are done in 4 Stages : Admission, Detoxification, Rehabilitation, and Aftercare.

Admission

This stage incorporates working with a professional, and creating an unmistakable specialist treatment plan contingent on your mental and physiological evaluation. They can inspect the decisions accessible with you and make a game plan that fits you the best. The appraisal ordinarily integrates mental, psychosocial and clinical evaluations, despite your arrangement of encounters with drug use.

Detoxification

The Drug Detoxification process implies ejection of remaining drugs and toxins from your framework. These are performed by clinical specialists, and should not be performed by a non-capable, as there is reliably a risk of making grave optional impacts esp expecting the individual is a chronic hard drug user. Clinical Detoxification, integrates solutions that are to be taken by the recovering individual and are by and large dependent upon the kind of medications consumed.

In-patient Rehab: This sort of recovery is normal in individuals with long haul and hard medication use.

In-patient is effective on individuals whose environmental factors are a trigger for drug use. The patient is brought to a treatment office, away from the toxic environment and set into the thought of clinical specialists. It is during the Drug Rehabilitation period that the patient discovers a sense of reconciliation with the secret issues behind their medication use and faces them. Tending to and standing up to those central issues is the way to an existence without unlawful medication use.

Drug Rehab Austin TX, is a good choice if you reside in the nearby area.

Aftercare:-

Making a viable aftercare plan is incredibly vital. A fair decision for aftercare is to pick Sober Living homes. Sober Living Homes are the platform between Drug Rehabilitation and standard society. These are sans drug workplaces that target keeping you abstinent from drug use, while bit by bit and without a doubt, transforming you into an impressive resident.

Sober Living Homes have a coordinated schedule, yet allowing the tenant to go in and out anyway they see fit. The plan ordinarily integrates getting certified capacities, working on actual wellbeing and imparting stories to various occupants. The relationship between people who share an interesting story can change a singular's life. Google Sober Houses Near Me to visit your nearest Sober living home.

The first means to this is all commonly a cooperation that incorporates meeting a specialist who can encourage a changed treatment plan considering your mental and real evaluation. They can discuss decisions with you and make a plan that fits you the best. The evaluation generally integrates mental, psychosocial and clinical appraisals, despite your arrangement of encounters with drug use.

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Online Running Need not be Mundane Are you a fitness freak who wants to maintain the best shape throughout the year? Even Olympic grade athletes try to maintain their fitness at peak levels during the competition period. However, there are other kinds of people who ensure that they live at their peak performance throughout the year. Some people like the defence personnel, Navy seals and marathon runners want to maintain an overall fitness. Online running is an effective way to stay at the top of your fitness levels.

The Only Disadvantage of Running Indoors

If you have been running for a while then you might have already known that running on a treadmill is not only draining but also energising. Since you can set the desired speed and distance, you will be externally pushed to do the set amount of distance. However, at the same time, running on a treadmill can be internally distasteful. 

When you run outdoors, you will be able to meet other people, see beautiful scenery. You can also explore a new route everyday and get natural excitement in the running process. All these are missing when you run indoors.

Get a Stunning Experience Using Vingo

Vingo is an user-friendly fitness app that can be used for both Indoor running and even indoor cycling. The app is versatile but that is not the real advantage of the app. This app creates a virtual world, where you can explore new places and meet new people while you exercise from the comforts of your home. 

The virtual world populates your look alike called the avatar in an exciting map. When you run on the treadmill, your avatar will run inside the map. Imagine playing a game where you run when you run in real life. So, this is similar to most games but the real change is your avatar moves only when you run on the treadmill. So, you will be able to explore more and play more by running more. 

The app comes with a number of exciting locations. So, you have a choice to make everyday. You can run in the arctic, antarctic or even on volcanic islands. So, make your mundane running into an exciting workout with Vingo.

Elevate Your Experience with Personalised Avatar

The app also comes with other features like personalisation of your avatar. You can easily create your avatar by uploading a photo on the app. Once your photo has been updated you can play around with the looks by fine tuning the outfits, running shoes, gears and other things. In fact, you can also take a canine companion when you run. So, imagine running in the most beautiful landscapes with a dog that follows you. Now, what more can you ask for your lonely and demotivating treadmill runs? 

However the Online running app provides more than just this. You can get attractive costumes when you achieve milestones in running. Another interesting feature of the app is, it is social ready. You can share your progress on social media on the go. So what are you waiting for?

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How Does Acupuncture Work And What Are The Theories Behind It? Acupuncture has been used for more than 2,000 years now. Many scientists have worked on it and they have explained this phenomenon and how this works. It is a complementary therapy in which tiny needles are inserted in different locations of your body.

It is done to solve many different help problems in the body and get rid of the pain that a person has been feeling for a long time. If you are complaining about pain in certain areas of your body and no medication is working for it then it is the right time to get acupuncture done on your body.

In this article, we will discuss how acupuncture work and what are the theories behind it. So, keep on reading to find out more information below about acupuncture services.

What Is Acupuncture?

It is a process in which tiny needles are inserted inside the body and then it is going to stimulate the nerves on the skin as well as the muscles. It is the best way to get rid of the chronic pain and the physical condition of your body. It is used in Chinese medicine and is also a common problem-treating solution that is used all around the world.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture works in such a way that it is a process that stimulates your nerves and muscles. It happens due to the needles when they are inserted into the skin then it can get rid of the pain that you are feeling in your body and it will have a huge impact on the central nervous system.

It is a good way to increase the circulation of blood flow in your body and get rid of the pain. It is a practice that is used in many parts of the world and it has a lot of benefits for pain relief. It is a mechanism that works for sure and it is prone to science as well.

Theory Behind Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a very common treatment and many people go for this procedure when they want to relax and get rid of the chronic pain. It has many benefits because it is possible to combine the statement with other different treatments to get a better result as well. It does not have any side effects and it can also get rid of headaches and migraine problems.

The best thing about this treatment is that it is flexible and it can target many different health concerns all at once which means that it is going to provide you with a solution for many different problems that the same time. Acupuncture is also used in treating low back pain and neck pain. According to some studies it is also proven to get rid of fatigue and migraine in many people and you can always expect good results after getting this procedure done on your body by a licensed professional.

Conclusion

Acupuncture works and it is a beneficial procedure for you. The professionals are going to insert sterile needles on your skin and you will feel a tingling session on your body when the needles touch your skin. However, it is not extremely painful.

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Green Lipped Mussel Benefits And Nutrients That Are Not Well Known Giving green-lipped mussel embedded in the diet is the best way to treat any kind of disease. As animals are already blessed with a great organ system, they will only face weakness for a poor diet. Animals with no love of humans spend their lives eating grass on roads. That is why they will seem unhealthy to your eyes. So, the policies have been changed to provide food to their animals. Animals with no home receive daily shelter from their surroundings. It is all because of social awareness. It has helped various humans to have a merciful heart for innocent animals.

1. Act As A Breathing Supplement

The rate of pollution is increasing over time because everyone is getting used to automobiles. Every home has two to three cars inside its garage. The effects of pollution are not only faced by humans; it has a mild impact on animals. Therefore, horses face breathing problems. A supplement in the form of semi-liquid is created for them. Owners of horses should give them supplements after every alternate day. The consumption will depend on the working hours of your horses. If they work 12 hours a day, give them supplements daily.

2. Performance Rate

If the performance is getting lower day by day, what is the hack for your horse? Well, it depends on the health records. Bring your horse to a veterinary hospital for a blood test. If its immunity level is not normal, supplements will be going to keep that rate high. Otherwise, it will decrease the life of your horse to some extent. In order to save its life, supplements will help you. People who cannot afford the pricing should consult with the government. The government will provide you with the supplements through your request application. Now the problem of supplements has been solved.

3. Digestion Issues

As we all know, adulteration has put us under stress. All of you are disturbed by the food supply. Because purity has vanished from the world. Age and the environment is the key element of the digestion problem. If you are really interested in changing your lifestyle, pick up the prescribed supplements from your nearest store. A pharmacist can guide you about the detailing as well. Therefore, don’t worry about your daily care routine. Everything will be okay after a while. So, be patient to observe the results.

4. Skin Allergies

Skin allergies are very familiar in the monsoon weather. You can protect your skin by applying anti-allergic lotion. Innocent animals could barely handle the precarious moment of their skin allergies. That is why they don’t walk like before. You will observe that they try to stay calm with no stability in their body language. So, here is the solution to this problem! Eating supplements on an empty stomach will remove the bacteria effect that is causing burning effects widely. Wait for a further fifteen days to have normal skin back in your life. 

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6 Mobility Aids to Help Caregivers in the Home If you are a caregiver, it is important to have the right tools to make your job easier. In this blog post, we will discuss six different mobility aids that can help you care for your patients or loved ones in the comfort of their own homes. These include wheelchairs, canes, lifts, walkers, and other mobility aids. Having these tools at your disposal make caring for others much more manageable!

Caregivers rely on many tools during the day to help care for patients or loved ones; having the right mobility aids can make all the difference. Below are six different mobility aids that can help make caregivers' lives easier.

What is the job of a caregiver?

Caregivers provide care for another person who is unable to do so themselves. This can be due to age, illness, injury, or disability. Caregivers help with daily activities such as dressing, bathing, eating, and using the restroom. They also provide transportation, housekeeping, and emotional support.

Caregiving is a rewarding but challenging job. Therefore, caregivers need to take care of themselves physically and emotionally. One way to do this is to use mobility aids to help with the physical demands of caregiving.  Websites like Mobility Medical Supply offer great advice and reviews on all types of mobility aids. 

Why are caregiving tools so essential?

Caregiving tools can help make a caregiver's life much easier. The right tools can help caregivers provide care for their patients or loved ones in the home and make it possible for them to do so without having to leave the house. 

This can be extremely important for caregivers who have to work or who live far away from their patients or loved ones.

There are various caregiving tools available, and choosing the right one can be difficult. Here are six caregiving tools that can help caregivers in the home:

Top 6 mobility aids caregivers should use

Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are a great way to help patients or loved ones get around the house. They can be used to help someone get from one room to another or even to get around the yard. Having a manual wheelchair handy can make life much easier for both the caregiver and the patient.

Canes: Canes are another excellent tool for caregivers. They can help patients or loved ones walk or even keep them steady on their feet. For example, having a cane handy can make it much easier to care for someone unsteady on their feet.

Lifts: Lifts are a great way to help patients or loved ones get in and out of bed. They can also be used to help someone get into a chair or onto a couch. Having a lift handy can make it much easier to care for someone unable to get around independently.

Walkers: Walkers are another excellent tool for caregivers. They can be used to help patients or loved ones walk or even to keep them steady on their feet. Having a walker handy can make it much easier to care for someone unsteady on their feet.

Transfer boards: A transfer board is a flat, solid piece of equipment that helps caregivers move patients from one surface to another. For example, if you need to transfer your loved one from their bed to a wheelchair, a transfer board can make it much easier and safer.

Bath Chairs: 

Bath chairs are a great way to help patients or loved ones take a bath. They can also be used to help someone get in and out of the shower.

Having a bath chair handy can make it much easier to care for someone unable to get around independently. 

Caregivers can use a bath chair to help their patients or loved ones take a bath without lifting them.

Final thoughts

No matter what type of mobility aid you use, it is crucial to have the right one for your needs. Caregivers need to be able to care for their patients or loved ones in the best way possible, and having the right tools can make all the difference. So do some research to find the best mobility aid for you and your family today!

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Autistic Senior Care - Could Professional Live in Carers Be the Solution? For many adults as they grow older there may be a need for some form of assistance. This might be residential care, a nursing home or using an in home care provider to offer the support that might be needed with declining physical health, mental health, or both.

This is equally an issue for autistic adults. One concern that many older autistic adults who are used to living independently have is that the type of help available to them. They may have particular concerns that care offered by the residential system may have little understanding of autism or lack the staffing levels to be able to cope with autism effectively, They may worry that they have to pay over and above the usual care costs in order to offer the autistic person the best support possible.

Autistic Adult Support Is Becoming More Crucial Than Ever

It is estimated that one in a hundred people in the UK, at least, are autistic, many of whom are adults now reaching their senior years. Some of these individuals may have also spent much of their lives living under a misdiagnosis of their condition, something that may only have come in light in later years when they saw a doctor for some other medical reason. Because of this, the support that is currently offered to autistic individuals is much more prevalent in the younger age groups.  Sadly, there is not a lot of research or support around autism in adults of middle age or greater.

Autism is a spectrum diagnosis that covers a range of intellectual capabilities. Autistic individuals often have other mental health or physical conditions. Many autistic adults, who do not display severe signs of intellectual disabilities have never been given a formal diagnosis either and priority specialised care for autistic adults is prioritised for those with learning disabilities. This means that only generic care is available and that is not always suitable.

Why might home be better?

Many autistic individuals thrive on routine, having everything where they expect it to be, having their meals at set times, and following a structured routine. This is something that can be hard to achieve in a more traditional residential care setting where they will not only be surrounded by other elderly people. In some cases, some residents may have memory issues which can be distressing to others. In addition, there may be frequent changes in staff and often with little notice.

A live in carer on the other hand will offer more structure to an autistic individual. They will be more able to closely follow a routine that suits the person they are caring for. This type of care also allows for them to be surrounded by all of their own belongings and keep them exactly as they want.

Some autistic individuals find it hard to form relationships in adulthood and as such may rely disproportionately on the help of a sibling or their parents. This is the life that they are comfortable with and the solitude that it provides is what they need whilst offering them the right level of support. For others who have previously coped, the need for someone to help them on a day to day basis may have become necessary. As such, live in care offers a practical choice that can work around the autism rather than against it.

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5 Ways To Deal With Crisis Fatigue Naturally We're all going through so much collectively, and now more than ever, dealing with our mental health is paramount. While many people turn to psychiatrists for pharmaceuticals to help them get through the day - which is sometimes necessary and shouldn't be stigmatized - there are ways to cope with anxiety or depression due to crisis fatigue more holistically. If you feel like you're in a mental funk due to the current state of affairs, keep reading for ways to start feeling better today. 

Get Outside In Nature 

Countless studies have shown the proven benefits to our physical health and emotional and mental health from simply getting outside. You can go for a leisurely walk or a more intense run to clear your thoughts. Enjoy their majesty through a therapeutic hike if you live near the mountains. Are you closer to the beach? Get on the waterfront and dip your toes into the ocean. Connecting with nature is not only mentally grounding, but it reminds us of how small we are in the scheme of things and simultaneously so important. Choose to get outside and reap the benefits of fresh air and Vitamin D. 

Choose Exercise - Everyday 

The importance of moving our bodies daily cannot be overstated. So many people gained significant weight during the lockdowns at the beginning of the global pandemic. Rapid weight gain is bad for our body's overall health, but it's also not great for your self-image and mental health either. While every body type is beautiful, when your body changes drastically during times of crisis, it can wreak havoc on your emotional wellbeing. Choose to exercise every day. The key to getting a workout in daily life is choosing a form of exercise that you genuinely enjoy - making it more likely to keep up with it. Physical activity is excellent for your body's health, but it also boosts essential brain chemicals that help us battle anxiety and depression. 

Work On Your Second Brain 

They say that our gut is our second brain - it's been proven. Making sure you're maintaining a healthy and happy gut is critical and definitely when your mental health is suffering. There are many ways to improve the health of your gut - namely pre and probiotics. There are many ways to incorporate these important things into your diet. You can go the route of supplements easily found at your local natural foods stores. You can also increase your gut health through healthy foods like krauts, kimchi, flaxseeds, mushrooms, and tons of other foods. Research foods that promote gut health and nourish your second brain with them. 

Staying Hydrated 

If the human body is sixty percent water, you should at minimum be drinking the recommended gallon of water a day. But, it doesn't stop there. Like other areas of our modern lives, the kind of water we hydrate with isn't limited to what comes out of the tap. Look into reverse osmosis water, alkaline water, spring water, purified water - the options are many. Choose one that works for your needs and your lifestyle. And, don't forget - if you're spending a lot of time physically active and sweating, you will need to up your water intake to more than the recommended daily amounts. Staying adequately hydrated keeps your body healthy and helps you avoid a myriad of health issues that can increase your likelihood of developing emotional health issues. So drink up!

Get Out Of Dodge 

When the world feels heavy, we all want to escape. Don't choose to escape through drugs or alcohol. That's the easy way out. Instead, get out of town - even if it's just for the weekend. It's a proven fact that people who take regular vacations have better mental health and are less likely to have cardiovascular issues and a lower risk of stroke. So, guard your complete health by allowing yourself time off to get out of town, unplug and unwind - it works. 

Taking care of your mental health is essential no matter what is going on - but with everything happening on a seemingly daily basis, it's more important now than ever to take steps to guard your emotional wellbeing. You can do this naturally if you take the proactive steps mentioned above. Here's to your health!

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All is Not Lost: How to Find Positivity and Hope While Battling Chronic Illness or Other Health Issues When you find out that your loved one is diagnosed with a chronic illness, it feels like the world disintegrates around you. The floor disappears under your feet, the walls float off into space, the air even seems to rush out of your lungs. I understand the feeling. I experienced the same feelings when we found out that my husband, Scott, had a “something” on his liver. 

Being a thorough person, my husband wanted to explore every avenue that might heal him. We went to all the appointments that would be expected in our western healthcare system, such as MRIs, CT scans, and biopsies. But Scott also had us investigate methods of healing that were from the natural or eastern-oriented sector, such as Reiki, bio-feedback and Cesium High pH Therapy. 

The western world only offered three things for cancer treatment: chemo, radiation and surgery. And the hope they gave seemed more like dogged determination than real hope. Besides, I could read between the lines: there really wasn’t hope for him with just these methods. Practitioners in the eastern or holistic sector, however, were forward-thinking, positive, and busy putting one foot in front of the other. And they had many treatment choices, not just three.

So, during this time where we found—in holistic healing—a promise of life lived outside of a hospital bed, there were three factors that gave us optimism and aspiration: connecting with people, integrative health, and a higher power. 

Build Your Connections

Some of your connections will hopefully be family and friends that you can depend on during this unbelievably difficult time. Our neighbors and family were an enormous support! Just like it “takes a village” to raise a child, it took a village to sustain me and Scott during this horrendously trying time. Their care lightened us and gave us the feeling that things would be OK.

A word of caution: while it is important to have people in your corner, it’s just as important to be mindful of who your supporters are. Some people support by being so overly concerned that they end up exuding fear and negativism. Their lower vibrations really do affect your energy. So limit your time with these people, for your own self-care and that of your sick loved one.

At the time we found out that Scott had a problem, I was involved with an alternative care company. I was connected with people—nationwide—who each had their own network of integrative practitioners. These people became the network I relied on for additional treatments. I was so new in the holistic world that I didn’t even know the titles to ask for. I just trusted that these people knew more than I did, and that allowed me to follow lead after lead.

If you don’t have any kind of alternative care network yet, a good place to start is at your local health food store. Ask them about their resources. Just like there are groups of people who love sailboats, or who collect gems or antique guns, there are groups of people who know about muscle testing, releasing trapped emotions or looking at the person as a whole: body-mind-spirit, instead of isolating or looking only at the physical body structure.

Know Your Options

One of the beauties of working with the holistic or integrative sector of healthcare is their positive outlook. I couldn’t help but notice the difference between the two floors of our local hospital: the floor that offered surgeries was quite energetic and happy, because people get better from surgeries. The floor that housed cancer patients was somber and sad because people die from cancer.

I have heard from so many people in just the last month who were told something like, “He’s only got three months.” This squashes hope. Often patients and family stop right there. They don’t look elsewhere; why should they bother? The doctor—the knowledgeable one, the one who makes decisions—already said, “There is no hope.” (And according to the treatments available in the western method, they are absolutely right). 

But for those willing to look outside standard western methods, there is still hope, maybe because they have many more options from which to choose. The Immune Therapy Center in Tijuana currently has 25 methods. I much prefer the energetic gleam in their eye from a hopeful approach than the deadened, glazed glance that skirts over a person who is already considered dead via western choices.

Another reason for the hopeful attitude of integrative practitioners is that they recognize that our physical health is tied to our emotions. And if our feelings and emotions can change, the health surrounding the areas that house our emotions can change too. That’s what they do in looking at the whole mind-body-spirit. They take the whole person into consideration, and when that occurs, miracles can happen.

Believe in a Higher Power

Which leads to point number three: connecting with a higher power.

From the beginning, Scott and I tried following the inspiration we felt came from a higher being - which for us, was God. Every day we did what we felt God’s spirit led us to do: call this facility, talk to that person, or find this link online. In fact, I was led to find one of our main energy workers because I was at the natural health food store, and I saw a sign about a class she was giving. I attended that class, which led to her coming to help us, which led to our going to The Optimum Health Institute in California, and that led to our going to a natural cancer clinic in Mexico. All from a sign at the health food store I noticed when buying organic veggies.

Feeling open to God’s spirit and inspiration is part of feeling supported by God. The other part is just believing in God himself. Stephen E. Robinson has a book called “Believing Christ” and he points out, “[People] believe in Christ, but they do not believe Christ.” (pg 9, Believing Christ, Deseret Book, SLC 1992). One way of putting that is that we are happy to think of the “good news” of the gospel, but we don’t think it applies to us personally.

For me, believing in God—that through Jesus my husband and I will both be resurrected, that God knows me, that God loves me and God always wants what’s best for me—that gets me through the hard times.  Among many beautiful truths in the world, the bottom line is that Jesus died for me so I can live again. Jesus is the only one who did that, and that changes my life. That gives me perspective and hope for the future.  Feeling supported by God and knowing there is more to His plan than I fathomed helped me to understand Scott’s choice and find peace with it.

Finding the Silver Lining

My daughter-in-law and I have both had a thyroidectomy. It’s a surgery that can destroy the vocal cords (thus the ability to speak), create ugly visible red marks on the neck, and even cause death. Both of us though, in our own ways, approached the surgery by looking to the future. “When I get better I will…” and “In the future I will…” Hope in the future is the silver lining. And amazingly, when your mind is on that trajectory, your health often follows the same path.

This kind of thinking goes even beyond a silver lining. It’s about finding positivity and hope, even when battling something devastating like a chronic illness. It’s training your brain to expect the best outcome, and never settling for less than. And the best way to keep this positivity and hope is to look outside of what you know, hold those you can depend on close, and trust that God has a plan that exceeds our expectations.

For more advice on how to remain hopeful despite adversity, you can find Scott’s Choice: Letting Go, Letting God on Amazon.

Elaine Brewster is a personal health and wellness advocate in the truest form: after walking by her husband's side during cancer, she saw that physical aspects were just one small part of our whole well-being as humans. Her best selling book shares raw, real, and relatable conversations about chronic illness, self-care for caretakers, grieving, spiritual and emotional well-being, and the need for a more proactive + holistic approach to health.

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‎5 Ways To Help Preserve Brain Health In ‎Elderly People

Have you been experiencing memory loss? Or are your loved ones finding it difficult ‎to focus on tasks? If that is so, you or your loved one's brain health might be at risk. ‎With our five ways to help preserve brain health in older people, you don't have to ‎worry about anything.‎

Physical body pains are not the only gift aging might give you. Often getting old ‎involves experiencing memory loss, inability to focus, and many other problems ‎related to the brain. Science has proposed many ways to preserve brain health in ‎older adults, and here we will be discussing 5 of them. ‎

So, without further ado, first, let's know how brain health gets affected with age.‎

What Is The Effect Of Aging On Brain?

The effects of aging on the brain are complex and multi-faceted. One of the most ‎significant changes that occur as we age is a decline in cognitive function, including ‎memory and attention.‎

You might not be able to focus on something while you are working. You might get ‎distracted way too quickly from a task. You tend to forget names and even dates as ‎well. These are some of the most common signs your brain health is at a ‎deteriorating stage.‎

However, these signs do come with age, and one cannot avoid them. If not properly ‎looked after, one might have to get help from memory care centers. We have ‎discussed what comprises your brain health in the next section.‎

What Is Brain Health?

Brain health refers to the overall well-being of the brain. This includes the overall ‎function of the brain, as well as the structure and size of the brain. Some of the main ‎aspects of brain health are;‎

  • Emotional Function: This involves how well you respond to emotions
  • Cognitive Health: It affects your abilities to process, learns, and remember
  • Tactile Function: it revolves around your ability to sense pressure, ‎temperature, and pain.‎
  • Motor Function: This is the ability to perform actions and movements

5 Ways To Help Preserve Brain Health

If you never want your or your dearest ones to suffer at memory care centers, then ‎you need to work on it now. Here are 5 of the best ways to preserve your brain health. ‎

‎1. Maintain A Healthy Diet‎

The first and foremost thing you need to do is maintain the best diet possible. You ‎cannot expect a healthy brain when all you eat is a nutrition deficient diet. To have ‎your brain, the healthiest try to involve the intake of antioxidants in your diet.‎

Increased vitamin C and E intake are essential nutrients to maintain a healthy ‎brain. Try to incorporate tomatoes, berries, fish, nuts, and vegetables into your diet as ‎much as possible.‎

Plus, you can also pop some biotins and vitamins in the form of prescriptions. Often a ‎proper diet might not be able to deliver the required nutrients into your brain's tissue. ‎An appropriate routine of the supplement will do for that. However, at first, make sure to get proper consultation from your physician.‎

‎2. Be Mentally and Physically Active‎

To preserve the health of your brain, you need to be physically active. Regular ‎physical and mental activity has always been linked with a decreased risk of ‎developing dementia. ‎

Being inactive while being old can often destroy your cognitive abilities. And in that ‎case, memory care assisted living centers would only help. To avoid this, start ‎having a proper exercise routine daily for at least 15 minutes and play puzzles.‎

‎3. Stress Management‎

Try to maintain your stress levels as low as possible. Old age can bring a lot of stress, which is something obvious. However, it is important to learn stress ‎management to improve brain health.‎

Try to meditate as soon as you wake up early in the morning. Also, learn to do deep ‎breathing exercises whenever you feel stressed out. The inhale and exhale strategy ‎works the best in this case.‎

‎4. Get a Proper Sleep‎

Not being able to get a proper amount of sleep can decline the health of your brain. ‎With an early bedtime and early rise regime, you will get adequate sleep. Maintain at ‎least 8 hours of sleep in a comfortable environment free of distractions.‎

‎5. Get Socially Involved‎

Socializing always works. Remember, catharsis is the easiest step to relieve your ‎brain from stressors and have a healthy brain. Try to join social groups that include ‎your age fellow. ‎

A friend by the side can be the best support while at the older stage of life. You can ‎also join groups to improve cognition while playing puzzles or telling stories. You ‎can join centers dealing with memory care in assisted living in your area.‎

Final Words

To sum it up, old age can bring along a lot of problems. But losing your brain health ‎is one of the worst problems at this stage. Not only would you be having difficulties ‎remembering something, but you will also be unable to perform cognitive tasks. ‎

So, make sure to look after the health of your brain by maintaining a healthy diet, ‎having a good sleep, indulging in physical activities, managing your stress, and ‎socializing!‎

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5 Bad Habits Your Smile Wants You to Break From creating mood-boosting endorphins to reducing blood pressure, there are many reasons why it pays to get in the habit of smiling more often. But when it comes to habits, some aren’t always great for your smile—and may put you in a position where you’re not as likely to show off your pearly whites. Whether you want to embody success during work presentations or charm friends at social events, here are seven bad behaviors you might consider breaking to build a better smile.

Treating Teeth as Tools

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but it isn’t indestructible. In addition to being vulnerable to acids—such as those produced by plaque—teeth can be harmed when they’re used as tools. For example, regular nail-biting exerts enough pressure to misalign your jaw and chip enamel. Using your teeth to open packages can have a similar effect.

Next time you feel the urge to use your teeth for something other than their intended purpose, opting for the proper tool—such as a nail trimmer or pair of scissors—can help save your smile from harm.

Brushing Too Soon, Too Hard

Brushing for two-minute periods twice a day is critical to fighting cavity-causing plaque. But while dental hygiene is important, tackling the task improperly can have negative results.

When you brush right after you eat, for instance, you are intensifying the acidic reaction in left-behind food particles. This can weaken your enamel and leave you more susceptible to cavities. If you wait 30 minutes after snacking, the acids will neutralize and leave your teeth safer to brush.

Similarly, you should also avoid applying too much pressure when you brush, as this behavior can wear away at enamel and gum tissue. If you feel sensitivity when you brush or spot receding gums when you smile, check with your dentist to see what pressure you should apply with the toothbrush. You can also achieve an effective clean without harming your smile by switching to an electronic or soft-bristled brush.

Hanging Up on Hydration

By keeping your body hydrated, you’ll be able to produce enough saliva to neutralize harmful acids in your mouth. Drinking water often also helps rinse away lingering food particles that can get stuck on teeth.

If you have trouble hydrating on a regular basis, consider carrying a large bottle of water with you, so that you’ll always have a convenient sip on hand. Setting reminders on your phone can also help you stay conscious of how much water you’re drinking.

Overindulging in Alcohol

While water is a great beverage for your smile, alcohol isn’t. Like coffee and soda, many alcoholic beverages—such as wine—contain tannins that can discolor teeth and dampen your smile’s brightness. Alcohol also contains acids that can harm enamel.

Even if you drink sparingly, it’s a good idea to consume a glass of water afterward to help counter the effects of alcohol. If you have trouble limiting your alcohol intake, you might also consider professional help to recover from a possible dependency. Entering a 30-day inpatient addiction program, for instance, can help you learn to live a healthy life without alcohol with the support of trained staff.

Passing Up on Protection

If you play contact sports, your mouth is always at risk for roughness. Catching a ball or an elbow to the face, for instance, can be enough to break or knock out a tooth. If you want to avoid a gap in your smile—and expensive reconstructive dentistry—it’s best to wear a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth any time you engage in hazardous physical activities.

Protection might also be necessary if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. Referred to as bruxism, teeth-grinding is a practice that can push teeth out of alignment, as well as wear down enamel. During the day, grinding can be eased by chewing on sugar-free gum or practicing stress-busting activities, such as meditation or rhythmic breathing. If you grind at night, however, your dentist may recommend a custom nightguard that will pad your enamel from abrasion while you sleep.

Remember, building a better smile shouldn’t be a solo effort. By visiting your dentist for bi-annual checkups you can catch potential problems early on and discover safe solutions to protect your teeth. Professionals can also introduce you to teeth whitening, realignment, and reconstructive treatments to repair any damage that bad habits may put on your smile.

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Owatonna Chiropractor Unpacks Massage Devices and Percussion Instruments Many patients come into the office with aches and pains. It is a fact of life that when we are subject to the law of gravity on a constant basis our skeletal structure will be exposed to pressure and injury. Whiplash injuries, disc herniations, and work injuries are all sources of insult to the neuromusculoskeletal system. Obviously, there are many possible ways to be injured beyond what has been highlighted.

The injuries that we sustain to our spines can have devastating impacts upon our quality of life and overall well-being. Many patients come into my clinic with previous injuries that are still causing them back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, and sciatica even years after their injuries took place. The conventional method of chiropractic care is to provide chiropractic adjustments to reposition the bones of the spine, break up the scar tissue that’s present, and help the body heal itself by taking pressure off nerves.

While conventional chiropractic methods provide amazing results for people, it is important to recognize that addressing the underlying soft tissue injuries, which often complicate pain syndromes, is equally important to improving clinical outcomes. This is where myofascial release technique and trigger point therapy come into play. These techniques are focused on addressing the spasms, imbalances, muscle tightness, and pain which too often accompany misalignments in the spinal column.

Myofascial release technique involves releasing the muscles through pinning and stretching the muscles while having them go through ranges of motion. For example, the supraspinatus muscle is often involved in rotator cuff disorders, so by pinning the muscle belly just above the shoulder blade and having the patient draw their arm away from their body the muscle can elongate under pressure which will help it to relax quickly. Trigger point therapy, on the other hand, is focused on compressing a muscle in a location which is causing a reflex pain syndrome somewhere else in the body. Compression of the muscle causes ischemia which is a loss of oxygen to the muscle tissue. The reduced oxygen flow causes the muscle to run out of energy which forces it to relax and let go.

These two soft tissue therapies are very different in their approaches, but they are very similar in how effective they are at helping to resolve soft tissue disorders and pain syndromes. Two different instruments are on the market for professionals which can have tremendous benefit when using these soft tissue techniques by augmenting the treatment mechanisms. They are called the Vibracussor and Arthrostim. The Vibracussor delivers impulses at high frequencies that help to reset the muscle fibers and break up scar tissue. The Arthrostim delivers stronger percussion impulses which help to stimulate the nerve fibers inside joints of the spine and extremities which can help to reset the muscle tone of nearby areas. Both approaches help to decrease pain, increase flexibility, and promote healing.

I have found that chiropractic adjustments in and of themselves are very beneficial for patients; however, patients that get a combination of chiropractic adjustments with soft tissue therapy, especially with the Vibracussor and Arthrostim instruments, seem to do very well. These instruments make a difference in patients who have structural changes to their neuromusculoskeletal system like altered curves and improper posture and positioning of the head. The Vibracussor is a favorite when addressing shoulder disorders, especially shoulder pain and rotator cuff tendinopathy. The Arthrostim can help encourage movement in the shoulder joints when there is frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, present.

If you’re loving your chiropractic care, but you don’t think that you are getting the results you are looking for, then consider consulting with a chiropractor that has training in these soft tissue therapies. Addressing the underlying muscular and ligamentous tissue damage could be the key to solving your case. I know it has been in many of my patient’s cases.

About the author:

Dr. Joshua Burnham sees many patients with chronic pain disorders. He is an Owatonna chiropractor that specializes in the Gonstead Technique. You can contact him by reaching out to him through his office’s website.

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