How to Help Your Child with Mental Health Problems

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Nobody likes to think that their teenage children are struggling with depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, though, these are things that, as a parent, you will need to be mindful of. Depression and anxiety are very commonplace, but when it comes to you noticing it in teenagers, it can be difficult. Kids will rarely have a strong understanding of all of the complicated emotions that they may have swirling around their heads. Your child may not realize quite why they feel the way that they do, and they will find it even harder to talk about it.

As a parent, you will no doubt, want to care for them and make the depression and anxiety go away. It is essential to understand that while depression and anxiety can be brought under control, it may never actually leave them. It will be far better that you provide an open and understanding ear. Your kids will appreciate your being available for them should they need your assistance as they learn to cope with mental illness.

Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety In Teens

Spotting the symptoms of depression and anxiety can be hard in our children. Many of the characteristics and synonymous with puberty. There may be times that they lash out irritably, or it could cause them to withdraw into themselves. And into the world of social media. This distraction from their current feelings can become a compulsion for many. For many teenagers, depression and anxiety may lead to eating disorders or self-harm.

Getting Treatment

For many minor instances of depression and anxiety, this can be managed with self-care. This will involve a combination of different techniques, such as utilizing breathing techniques and meditation to help with calmness. 

Exercising regularly is essential in the fight against anxiety and depression as it helps to create feel-good endorphins that will combat the chemicals that cause negative feelings. 

When there are other problems linked to your child’s depression, you may need to seek out a specialist. You may require advice on self-harm, eating disorders, and teen internet addiction treatment. These can be complicated areas for a parent to handle on their own, and it is vital that you try and listen and understand your child without judging them. 

A visit to your doctor may help in terms of getting your child referred to a suitable therapist for treatment. This may include talking therapy, as well as cognitive behavior therapy, which seeks to reset the way that we deal with certain situations in our lives. 

Offering Support

You must show your child love, support, and understanding throughout the worst stages of their depression. It is not their fault that they feel the way that they do, and they may have little control over their behaviors. Being prescriptive by telling them what they need to do or what they should be doing will not help them in this situation. Instead, talk it through with them and allow them the opportunity to take their treatment journey into their own hands

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Benefits of Using Weighted Blankets

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Weighted Blankets are becoming all the range. These trendy blankets recreate the sensation of a loved one hugging you during the night. This creates a warm calming effect and a feeling of being cradled in your mother’s arms again. Especially if you believe in Freudian theories. Regardless of whether you are someone who has trouble falling asleep or someone who sleeps alone, a weighted blanket may be the cure for your insomnia and restlessness.

What is the Science Behind Weighted Blankets?

The scientific studies are based on the science of grounding. Grounding is a practice that even ancient people believed in. Today, people are grounding themselves by getting closer to the earth. It is believed that the rubber soles on most shoes interrupt the flow of magnetic waves from the earth’s molten iron core. The benefits appear to be an improvement in mood, better sleep, and even reduced inflammation. 

Another popular trend is conductive mattresses that provide greater body heat conductivity. There are many styles. Some are infused with copper. Others boast of a gel coating that transfers body heat better. And yet others may conduct some of the natural magnetism from the earth’s core. These materials may even transfer the earth’s natural energy. This happens if connected to earthing rods or ports that ground them into the earth’s crust.

Anyone who camps out regularly and sleeps in a tent will tell you about how hard it is to sleep in an apartment or home where they can’t feel the natural magnetism and vibrations of the earth. This same principle is why many trust in weighted blankets to help them retain a sense of peace and calmness at night.

Purchasing a weighted blanket for adults may work as well as conductive mattress pads in helping to normalize cortisol rhythms in the body. Because grounding is a phenomenon that is difficult to measure in its continual subtle effect on the body, the true benefits are associated by way of other studies. 

Studies show that cortisol levels have a direct impact on the quality of sleep. This is because cortisol is the stress hormone and plays an important role in overall health. Research also proves that even connecting with the earth on nature walks can reduce stress, alleviate depression, and improve overall health.

Anecdotal Evidence

Anecdotal evidence may be a better gauge of how a novel understudied science works. The anecdotal evidence suggests that weighted blankets simply help to improve mood. It really doesn’t matter what scientific mechanisms are behind it. If other people are benefiting, it is likely that you will also benefit. 

And it is logical to believe that feeling the weight, as if a person were on top of you, would help to make you feel more relaxed and comfortable. People often sleep together in more intimate settings by relying on this exact mechanism. In bygone days, mothers would tuck their children in at night as a comfort. This same type of tension, feeling as snug as a bug in a rug, can help you to recapture the youthful nostalgia. 

Whether the earthing effect or nostalgic memories are playing a role is not really important if you sleep and feel better. It is recommended that people choose weighted blankets that are set to 10 percent of their body weight. Some blankets have double sides for a snuggly warming effect of fleece or a smooth cooling sensation from cotton. And some weighted blankets have washable covers to ensure that they are hypoallergenic and easy to clean.

The calming effects of these blankets are even beneficial to children who suffer from ADHD. It is possible that children may be wound up from stress and a lack of deep R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. If you can try an all-natural home remedy that works or assists in solving the problem, why not try it? You probably need some updated bedding materials anyhow.

Conclusion

Try using weighted blankets in your home if you are having any problems with sleep or simply like the idea of comfortable and cozy bedding materials. They come in a variety of weights, styles, and sizes to ensure the best feel and fit for everyone. They appear to have some basic scientific rationales for why they are so effective. And the anecdotal evidence of their effectiveness is what draws so much interest. Try one today to see how a weighted blanket can benefit you.

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How Going Offline for 10 Days Healed My Anxiety

How Going Offline for 10 Days Healed My Anxiety

The first thought before going to bed is to check social media networks and news websites. This is the very first thought in the morning. Does it sound familiar? Hectic life in combination with toxic feelings (sadness, anger, fear) that we consume from the online world leads to the feelings of total confusion, stress, and anxiety.

I have immersed myself deeply into what was happening in the world, and one day I’ve realized that the mix of conflicting emotions prevented me from enjoying life, developing, and implementing my plans. I suspect I’m not alone. Thus, I’ve decided to leave this emotional burden behind for ten days just to find myself and get distracted. Here is what I have learned.

How to Get Rid of Anxiety

Anxiety for me is the feeling of inner turmoil, nervousness, and tension. Some people can experience FOBO. FOBO, the fear of being offline, refers to the anxiety related to missing something important if you’re not plugged in at. all. times.

It is expressed in panic in case of the absence of WI-FI or in the urgent necessity to check social media every five minutes. I was very close to suffering from FOBO. When I’ve decided to deal with anxiety, I tried many methods. Here are the most effective ones.

Pet therapy

This therapy gives not only amazing results but also cuteness overload! I am a huge fan of dogs, and I know how beneficial communication with pets is. Dogs can express their emotions through sounds, facial expressions, and certain actions.

Dogs have helped me find my inspiration and motivation, increase enthusiasm, boost activity levels, reduce the level of stress, calm down, relax, and forget about all the gadgets. Thus, the best way to interact with animals is joint games, tactile interaction, and communication.

Aromatherapy

It has long been proven that essential oils (the extract from plants) have healing properties. Further, they help get rid of stress, depression, and anxiety, improve mood, and strengthen the immune system.

Mint and lemon help get rid of excessive nervousness, lavender, chamomile, sage elevate mood and contribute to the overall relaxation, mimosa and cedar relieve depression.

You can choose any oil, the main criterion is that it should make you smile and evoke positive emotions. So, instead of spending much time on the web, close your eyes and enjoy aromatherapy.

How Going Offline for 10 Days Healed My Anxiety

Meditation

Meditation contributes to the detached perception of the problems of the surrounding world, prevents excessive compassion, empathy, fear. It gives peace and helps people discover their own inner-self.

Each time I am beset by panic or nervousness due to the impossibility of being online, I meditate. I’ve tried many techniques, and this method turned out to be the most effective for me.

  • Sit in a quiet, calm, cool place.
  • Close your eyes and scan yourself to check the current condition of your body and mind.
  • Start breathing deeply, practice deep breathing. Take a deep breath, feel how the stomach fills with air, and then slowly exhale.
  • Gradually clear your mind of all thoughts. Do not analyze, do not think about anything.
  • Feel the silence in the body and mind.
  • Visualize the state of absolute harmony and peace. You feel only relaxation and peace. You have no anxiety, you are confident and relaxed.
  • Stay in this state for a few minutes.
  • Focus on breathing again.
  • Open your eyes slowly and complete the meditation.

Techniques to Reduce Anxiety

There are methods that can reduce anxiety and promote self-care, inner peace, and harmony. So, whenever technology-related stuff makes you feel anxious and stressed out, try some of these anxiety management techniques.

Acknowledge and accept your anxiety

Anxiety leads to imbalance, a lack of harmony, self-love, and self-confidence. The very first step you should take is to acknowledge and accept your anxiety.

Avoiding, resisting, or pushing away negative thoughts and feelings won’t be helpful. You should practice full acceptance and mindfulness because it anchors you to the present moment.

Notice what you think, feel, and allow these things to be there. Do it without judgment. You bring kindness and gentle attention to these feelings and thoughts by allowing them to exist. Once you’ve done it, you stop recycling negative thoughts and start creating new feelings, emotions, and memories.

Talk to yourself

Self-talk is one of the effective ways to reduce anxiety and gain inner peace. Usually, negative thoughts are greatly exaggerated. So, you should change what you think, and it will change the actions you take.

Immerse yourself in the inner world, think about the situation in a more positive way, tell yourself positive statements (affirmations) to feel better. Here are my favorite ones:

  • This anxiety feels bad, but I can get over it.
  • Anxiety won’t spoil my life and won’t control me.
  • I don’t need the phone to see amazing things around me.
  • My life is beautiful, I feel great.

Distract yourself

This is an effective way of focusing on something positive and optimistic that can channel your energy in the right direction. You don’t live in the digital world, instead of it, you live in the present.

Use a proactive approach and focus on something unrelated. Here are my tips.

Get creative

Art is a therapeutic way to express yourself and get distracted. There are different types of art you can try to unleash your inner artist. They are creative writing, artistic design, graffiti, mosaic, painting, photography, performance.

Do sports

Sport is stress-relieving as it lowers the level of the body’s stress hormone (cortisol) and promotes the release of hormones of happiness. Besides, it improves sleep quality, promotes mental well-being, and boosts confidence. Therefore, anxiety is reduced.

You can try different activities that bring you both physical and mental benefits, for instance, Zumba, yoga, walking, rock climbing.

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Read a book

This is a great way to plunge into the world of fantasy and be filled with positive emotions. Choose your favorite genre that makes you smile.

Practice relaxation

It’s important to combat anxiety by activating the body’s natural relaxation response. It can be triggered by different techniques that provide relief, boost the mood, and give a feeling of hope. Here are some tips.

Listen to the soothing music

Slow-paced instrumental tune or songs can induce the relaxation response by helping lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones.

Besides, nature sounds can be calming. Also, even your favorite energetic music can relax you.

Visualize being safe and comfortable

This type of meditation has a great calming effect on your mind and body. The technique is quite simple.

Sit in a quiet place and take a comfortable position. Imagine yourself in a beautiful garden, on the beach, or on a river bank. It can be any place that looks peaceful and harmonious to you. Watch how the waves come and go or the clouds pass by. Assign your bad thoughts and emotions to these waves, clouds, etc. and watch them float by.

Laugh

Laughing relieves stress, relaxes muscles, and improves the immune system. Truly, this is the best medicine!

How to Get Offline

Any activity should be used within reasonable limits. Though technologies make our life easier, if life is saturated with them, then this can lead to serious problems.

After I’ve been offline 10 days, I realized that sometimes a person needs a digital detox.

After this pause, I’ve become more productive, I’ve realized how many distractions I had, I’ve become much more relaxed, energized, and creative ideas have landed on me.

There are my tips on how to have a complete break from the web.

Put your phone out of sight

If there is no physical contact, then you don’t see any notifications and don’t use the phone. It’s simple! Instead of it, leave your phone at home as soon as possible, stroll the city, visit places that you have never visited. You will see how much interesting things happen in the real world.

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Use the airplane mode

This mode means that you don’t have an Internet connection. However, you still can use the camera to take photos, other Apps to read books or make notes.

Minimize daily distractions

If your work requires your control and attention, then try to minimize daily distractions. For this, switch off all push notifications, shut down the apps that are not important to you, check the email twice a day, postpone the implementation of non-urgent tasks, and plan your online activities.

Bottom Line

Being attached to your gadgets, virtual communication, and technologies leads to anxiety and addiction.

To combat this anxiety and become less dependent on technologies, practice relaxation, approach the described means in the right way to feel less stressed and more relaxed. Focus on real life, not the digital one, and always live the present.

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How Travel Can Benefit Our Mental Health

Health is associated with many things. To maintain good health, one must eat good nutritious food, exercise daily, sleep for 8 hours, and most importantly manage your stress. Although every idea is important to maintain good health, mental health is the key to live happy and healthy; you can only gain from a healthy mind. So take part in activities that help you to develop a strong and healthy mind. You should always build your lifestyle around those activities that keep you fresh, and stress-free.

Sports are a great way to maintain good mental health. Exercise can also help people keep their mental and overall physical health in check. But the most important activity a person can build his or her life around to maintain good mental health is traveling. You need a powerful body to live a healthy life, but you need a powerful mind to fuel that body as well. Traveling is a unique way to maintain great mental health. It is a fact that people who travel at least once or twice a year live a happier and healthier life.

Importance Of A Good Mental Health

To live an overall healthy life, you need a healthy mind. Mental health is the key to the happiness a person seeks in their life. When a person is stressed from work and daily lifestyle, the mind becomes vulnerable to depression, and that is where all the problems begin. Mind controls our body, and if our mind isn’t fresh and healthy, we are prone to diseases that are incurable. It doesn’t matter what we eat, do, and how much we sleep.

A good mental health needs exercise, just as our body to remain healthy and fresh. So it is imperative to take part in activities that keep it fresh and healthy. Always do something that makes you happy. For some people, traveling is the key to defeat depression and maintaining good mental health. When you travel to exotic locations, discover new cultures, explore the landscape, and talk to new people, you learn new things, and it opens a different part of the brain. Sometimes, a person may end up rediscovering him or herself. You can also find out about new passions and liken’s by traveling. So, explore new places for excellent mental health.

How Travel Can Benefit Our Mental Health

Traveling Significance

Traveling is a form of rumination that keeps a mind positive and productive. It helps a person to keep his or her mind young by healing the soul. It can no doubt create some stress on your body, but it resets and refreshes your mind.

Traveling is barred by no limits. Some people prefer to travel to beaches, some to the countryside or cities, and some wander in the mountains, and high altitude passes. There are so many possibilities a person can create when it comes to traveling, and every single one helps you to maintain a healthy mind.

How Travel Can Benefit Our Mental Health

How Can Travel Benefit Mental Health?

Travel does everything to a human body and mind that a person cannot do sitting at home. There are many benefits to mental health that are associated with traveling. We will discuss a few of them in this article, and they are following.

An Escape From Daily Struggles

Traveling is the best way to take a break from your daily routine. Life isn’t defined by what you do daily from 9 AM to 5 PM, but it is determined by what you are prepared to do when you push yourself out of your comfort zone. A monotonous daily routine can give you depression and can drown you in anxiety. To avoid taking a toll on your mental and physical health, you need an escape, and only traveling can help you.

Traveling Makes Your Body Strong

When you travel, you come across different challenges that you cannot face in your daily life. But these challenges help you to develop an attitude that makes you and your body healthy. You also take a lot of wear and tear on your body, but your mind is fresh, and that provides the necessary motivation to discover more. It increases your stamina and ability to absorb more stress.


Rediscovering Your Passions

What makes you happy? When you ask any random person this question, they will take some time to answer it. And sometimes, their answer won’t even satisfy them. But when they travel, and their mind discovers a new passion, they will certainly answer your question correctly. In my case, I didn’t know I wanted to climb mountains until I traveled to a valley.

Increasing Your Thought Processing Capacity

Traveling enables you to think out of the box. It does so by putting you in different situations where you are not in your comfort zone. So you need to consider and solve the issue in a limited time. It is actually a good brain exercise, and you are conditioned to solve problems quite efficiently. It also makes you creative, as you think about new solutions.

Learning New Ways To Enhance Saving

Traveling can sometimes force a person to stress about his travel costs, which is always high. However, when you learn the ins and outs of traveling, you end up finding different ways to earn discounts by redeeming promotions and offers. So you can cut your travel costs and enjoy savings. For example, I was helped by a travel agency in the UK on my last traveling trip. They gave me a promotion package of hotel and transport, which helped me save a lot of money. Learning new ways to save and spend mindfully is a great exercise that can reduce stress in daily living finances.

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10 Simple Stress Management Tips to Help Reduce Anxiety

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Stress is everywhere, and everyone experiences it. Stress is so common it has become accepted and normal. However, stress in incredibly unhealthy and ought to be taken seriously. One of the most notable and interrelated side effects of stress is anxiety. This post will break down 10 simple ways to manage stress and reduce anxiety. This post may contain affiliate links

10 Stress Management Tips

1. Breathe

The first and easiest way to improve stress management is to breathe. When you are feeling anxious or stressed, it is super easy to take a moment to do some deep breathing. One of the most beneficial ways to breath when stress is called diaphragmatic (or deep) breathing. Diaphragmatic breathing refers to a type of breathing where the stomach (not the chest) rises when breathing in, and settles when breathing out. Breathing this way stimulates a nerve that, in turn, stimulated the system in your body which relaxes you. Next time you are feeling anxious, take a few moments and take 10 deep breaths.

2. Get Enough Sleep

Believe it or not, all-nighters aren’t all that helpful. When you’re sleep deprived your brain functioning decreases significantly, and your metabolism slows! This is especially important for busy people who feel the need to stay up all night working. Instead of staying up all night working, practice proper time management allowing you to get plenty of sleep at night.

3. Relaxation Techniques

There are dozens of relaxation techniques. One is the diaphragmatic breathing mentioned previously. Another is progressive muscle relaxation or PMR. PMR involves becoming comfortable and slowly relaxing your body one part at a time. This method involves mindfulness, read more here. There are plenty more techniques, but I will only detail one more: meditation. Meditation is not easy at first and requires patience and commitment. It involves being in silence, emptying the mind, and focusing on breathing. If you would like to read more about relaxation techniques check out Help Guide.

4. Identify Triggers

What triggers your stress and anxiety? For me, I become incredibly stressed from parking in unknown, new, or busy places. Since I understand this as a trigger for me, I leave extra early so that I do not feel rushed to park, or I might carpool or walk from further away simply to reduce my anxiety. Knowing what triggers your anxiety can help you to build a plan so that you can better handle similar or repeated situations with less stress.

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5. Know Yourself

One of the most important tips is to know yourself. Understand your anxiety and stress and learn how to cope and manage. If you aren’t aware of what works, anxiety and stress can seem even more overwhelming than it naturally is. Spending time to learn about yourself can make that much of a difference.

10 Simple Stress Management Tips to Help Reduce Anxiety

6. Practice Self-Care

I know, I know, you are tired of hearing about self-care and all of the ways you can practice it. Instead of going on and on about how to practice self-care or the tools you need to do so, I will simply remind you that self-care is essential for stress management. If you are stressed, simply taking time to take care of yourself can make a significant difference and help you to relax.

7. Manage Your Time

I touched on it earlier, but managing your time properly can also help you to manage your stress and reduce anxiety a ton! A large portion of a persons anxiety and stress comes from deadlines and to-dos. If you manage your time and plan out your to-do lists promptly, you are likely to be ahead of the game and, in turn, less stress out!


8. Learn to Say No

Sometimes, stress stems from not being able to say no. We become overwhelmingly busy because people ask us to do more than we are capable of and we feel obligated to say yes, or feel rude if we say no. That needs to stop. If you are too busy, you NEED to say no. Saying no when you need to take a moment or focus your attention on a project you have already said yes to, is essential to improving your stress management.

10 Simple Stress Management Tips to Help Reduce Anxiety

9. Be Active

Being active is a great way to get out of your head and focus on something that is not stressful. Being active does not have to mean a vigorous workout at the gym. It can simply be taking a walk around the block, walking your dog, some backyard yoga, or it can be a vigorous workout. Create activity that works for you and helps you to empty your mind of all of your stressors.



10. Create Social Support

Lastly, it is essential to have social support. Social support is not only helpful in reducing stress and anxiety, but it is also essential for daily living. Having a positive social support system is one of the most effective ways of reducing depression and anxiety. A social support system does not have to be massive. Having a few people who truly care about you and support you in your corner is plenty enough!

Now that you have a better idea of how you can reduce your stress and anxiety, pick one of the 10 tips and implement it into your life!

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Embracing Self-Care Even When It’s Hard

There are many times in life when suddenly your ability to care for yourself goes out the window. In a flash, all of your learned habits become extremely difficult to uphold, and before you know it, you are letting yourself get behind with your own self-care. When this happens, however, it is best not to let yourself beat yourself up about it – as this will only actually make it worse in the long run. Instead, you should aim to get yourself back on track – not by deriding yourself, but quite the opposite – by taking positive steps in the right direction. Given that these circumstances are usually stressful or out of your control, it can be hard to do this – but still entirely possible with the right approach.

Dealing with Life Situations

First of all, you need to make sure that you are actually dealing with the life situation which has caused you to put your self-care on hold. This is important for a couple of reasons. Firstly, if there is something like this in your way, it is a good idea to get it out of your way  – and that means solving the problem, if possible. Secondly, your life situation is not separate from your ability to care for yourself but instead wound up within it. By dealing with the one, you are also helping the progress of the other. Fast solutions are best. If the situation is a divorce or a break-up, go for out-of-court solutions to get back on track faster. If it is the death of a loved one, grieve properly. Deal with your reality.

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Putting Yourself First as Self-Care

Usually, in times of stress, we have a tendency to look to others for guidance, leadership, and support. This is natural, healthy and to a certain extent useful. But if you have started to notice that you have probably been playing too much emphasis on others, then you might want to remember to try and put yourself first. This means stepping back, taking a moment to ask yourself what your own opinion on the matter is, and doing whatever you think to get your self-care back on track. You are the most important person in your self-care, so this is a hugely valuable thing to bear in mind.

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Being Kind to Yourself

If you are someone who often derides yourself for feeling a certain way or failing to be always positive, it’s helpful to learn not to engage in that behavior. Ultimately, it doesn’t help. What does help is to be as kind to yourself as you can manage so that you can look after yourself both now and in the future? You will find that this makes an enormous difference, so it is really worth thinking about. The kinder you are to yourself, the more likely you are to be able to embrace your self-care – exactly when you need to do that the most.

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5 Self-Care Tools To Amplify Your Self-Care Regimen

Self-care is a big deal and should be taken seriously. If you are not going to invest in yourself and your happiness and fulfillment, then what will you invest in? The following products are great investments to help amplify your regular self-care regimen.

Massage Tools

Most people don’t have the money nor the time to head out to a masseur when they get a bit of pain or tension in their back. However, you can still fix the problem and feel the benefits of a good massage by investing in a massage ball. A massage ball is just one of many self-massage products that you can find on the market right now, so why not try it out for yourself?

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Journaling for Self-Care

Another great investment in yourself is to Journal. Journals are fantastic for helping you process your thoughts and clear your mind of stress. When you take the time to sit down and process things in writing, you will get a better perspective on the things happening in your life. Here are some of my favorite journaling tools:

Invest In A Quality Mattress

You spend hours of every day sleeping in your bed. The mattress you sleep on will, therefore, have a big impact on how you feel throughout the day. With the right support, you will surely feel better. ChooseMattress is a mattress brand that will help you to have fewer aches and pains each day. The condition of your spine is vital, so do yourself a favor and make this upgrade sooner rather than later.

Self-Care Candles

Scented candles are perfect for relaxation, so why not invest in some for yourself? You will really benefit, and it makes those moments of relaxation in your home even more relaxing and enjoyable. We all know that those moments are few and far between when you lead a busy lifestyle, so why not make the most of them? I LOVE candles and recommend them to everyone. Read more about setting up a relaxing bath for the ultimate self-care experience here.

Fitness Gear

If you really want to be kind to yourself, you should try being physically active. To make it that little bit easier and to give yourself some much-needed motivation, you should buy yourself some fitness gear. Becoming physically active is one of the most beneficial forms of self-care because it not only strengthens your body, but it also strengthens your mind!

Looking after yourself sometimes comes at a price, and what better thing to spend money on than your mental health and happiness? Each of these tools will help your wellness in different ways, so be sure to make the most of them next time you want to treat yourself.

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How to Create the Most Relaxing Bathroom

Creating a relaxing bathroom design is essential if you enjoy unwinding in the tub after a long day at work. The last thing you want is a bathing space that is not fit for relaxation. This post will provide a few hints and tips for the most relaxing bathroom.

Improved Bathroom Lighting

Most people find the lights in their bathroom to be too bright when they sit down to relax in the tub. The same is often true in bedrooms as well. So, that just means you have to think outside of the box when it comes to planning your bathroom lighting. You have a light fitting inside or outside the bathroom that controls the electricity to that socket. Why not swap the switch for a dimmer? You can even purchase smart dimmers that you manage using your phone. That means you can adjust the level of illumination without getting out of the tub. Of course, you should always choose items that use LED bulbs rather than the traditional alternative because they last longer, and they don’t use as much energy.

Alternative ways to get dim bathroom lighting are the use of candles or fairy lights.

How to Create the Most Relaxing Bathroom

Bathroom Heating

Nothing is worse than sitting in a hot bath when the room is cold. The parts of your body under the water will feel fine, but you’ll still be tensed and cold. With that in mind, be sure to think long and hard about the heating system in your bathroom. Two solutions tend to work well across the board. However, one of them is far more expensive than the other.

Firstly, you might consider investing in a heated towel rail that you can fit on the wall in your bathing space according to the guys from http://www.warmup.ca. This option is cheap and won’t break the bank. If you have a larger budget, you might consider opting for underfloor heating. Just contact appropriate companies to obtain some quotes.

Another few ways to keep your bathroom warm for those of you who rent or live with roommates or your parents is to use a space heater or turn the heat up entirely. Space heaters are fairly cheap and you can turn them off and store them easily between baths. Another easy option is to simply cranky the heat in your home while you bathe. Last, the use of candles might be enough to warm the room for your bath while simultaneously providing a calming environment.

How to Create the Most Relaxing Bathroom

Call The Bathroom Experts

Once you finish making your plans, it’s time to get in touch with a reputable bathroom specialist. Of course, this is not necessary if you choose to heat via space heater, but if not, do not make the mistake of trying to perform the job without assistance or professional knowledge. Doing so might mean harm to your person, flooding, or electric issues.

Renovation professionals from http://mayfieldrenovations.com/ and other sites say that you should always ask to see a portfolio before spending your money. That is because some experts are better than others, and you don’t want to waste your money on someone who isn’t going to achieve your dream. If you struggle to find a suitable firm, simply ask family members and trusted sources for recommendations, read online reviews, or post a question on social media or online forums.

If you manage to follow the tips and tricks from this article, you should have a relaxing bathroom in no time. When all’s said and done, nothing is wrong with thinking outside of the box and trying something unique. So, make sure you put a lot of effort into the planning stage and leave no stone unturned!

How to Create the Most Relaxing Bathroom

What are some tricks you use to make your bathroom the optimal space for a relaxing bath?

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How to Create the Most Relaxing Bathroom



A People-Helping Career Can Improve Fulfillment

When it comes to your job, are you fulfilled? If you aren’t, a career helping others is sure to increase your fulfillment. Positions within the health and social care industry allow you to make a genuine difference in the lives of others. This is because you are helping them when they’re at their weakest and often lowest points. If you’re a compassionate person and want a fulfilling job that gives you purpose, here are some ideas to consider.

Medical

Working in the medical field allows you the chance to help people heal from illness and injury. Doctors and nurses are obvious choices, but there are a lot of careers in the field. Some examples are paramedics, air ambulance crew, physiotherapists, midwives, and so much more. The higher level careers take years of training. However, it’s not impossible to make the switch or to get started. To get started, you need to be focused, prepared to study hard, and start from the bottom.

The Most Fulfilling Work: A Career in the People-Helping Field

Mental Health Services

It’s not just our physical health that matters, but mental health too. And mental health services are an important element of healthcare. The higher regarded positions in the field like psychologists and psychiatrists take many years to study for and are good places to aim for.

Mental health nursing is also an excellent choice, it’s a well-paid job which you can work your way up in but only requires a three-year bachelor’s degree so ideal if you don’t want to study further afterward. Another great mental health area to go into is counseling. This positions require less schooling than a psychiatrist but offer direct interaction with helping people.

Care Work

Care work is often revolving around elderly people or those with disabilities. You could be working in a nursing home, group home, or one on one with a client in their own home. Many care jobs don’t require formal qualifications to get started, so you could get started right out of high school and work your way up. You will take courses as part of training and gain skills, qualifications, and experience as you go—which is useful if you need to work and earn money quickly.

The Most Fulfilling Work: A Career in the People-Helping Field

Social and Community Care Work

There are lots of roles within the community which can help others with their lives and health. Housing and homeless officers, social workers, postnatal health workers, and community nurses amongst many others fall into this category.

If you don’t want a regular office job and prefer to be out and about, working in the community, this could be a fantastic option. It ensures people are integrating well with society and have access to the help that they need. In the case of community nurses, it helps people who would struggle to get to a doctor or hospital on a regular basis.

A job within the health industry genuinely benefits the lives of others. You could be the difference between someone living or dying, someone giving up hope and going on to live a happy life. You might not be able to change the world, but you can change the world for some people in this kind of career, what can I say, it’s fulfilling.

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The Most Fulfilling Work: A Career in the People-Helping Field

The Benefits of Anxiety Journaling & Why You Need It

Since my move to North Carolina, I have been seeing a counselor on a monthly basis. Counseling is super valuable and I have learned a lot from it, including a lot about myself. One practice that I have taken from counseling is to track my anxiety. In my second session with my new counselor, she suggested that we track my anxiety feelings in a journal or on my phone—of course, I chose to write in a journal? Here are some benefits of creating your own journal.

Anxiety Journaling

What is anxiety journaling you might ask? Well, it’s a notebook, journal, notes app, etc. where you keep track of your anxious feelings. This can be done a million different ways. For me, as I said, I write in a cute little elephant journal. However, maybe your you, its easier to keep track on your phone. That’s entirely up to you!

I can imagine dozens of ways to track the anxiety, and it’s really up to you and perhaps your therapist. I personally take note of what the feeling is about, what my thoughts are while experiencing the anxiety, the severity of it (mild, moderate, high or severe), and the date and general time of day I experienced it.

The Benefits of Anxiety Journaling

Knowledge, Awareness, and Personal Growth

One of the greatest benefits I’ve seen since I started my journal is increased knowledge. Before I had tracked my anxiety, I knew that it happened and I maybe had an idea of what generally triggered it, but I really didn’t know anything about my patterns. Since tracking I have learned that I feel a lot of my anxiety in the morning. It is also generally triggered by driving and an ability to plan for or control something, especially in advance. There were some anxiety-provoking situations that don’t follow those trends of course, but that’s okay.

Not only am I tracking my feelings of anxiety, but I am learning more about myself and becoming aware of who I am and how my anxiety influences me. Naturally, when you gain knowledge and become more aware of something, you are able to grow. I am still in the knowledge collection and awareness stage but I am beginning to see myself grow. I am more able to tell you who I am regardless of the anxiety instead of defining myself by it. What I what and who I am is becoming more clear and I become more open to myself.

Overwhelmed?

I know how it may seem, overwhelming right? You already have anxiety, why do you need to worry about paying attention to it! I experience this on the occasion but mostly I have to make the choice not to worry about it. When I feel anxiety, it's not uncommon for me to not think much of it and go about my day. That’s okay, I’m used to those feelings occurring regularly and it will take a long time to build the habit of thinking about it and writing it down. It’s okay to forget sometimes.

It’s also okay if it’s not perfect. Sometimes you can’t really figure out why you are experiencing those feelings. That’s okay, write that down. Acknowledge the unknown feelings and over time you’ll become more knowledgeable and aware of its causes. This is a process and you won’t be able to do it perfectly, no one could. Just do your best.

So, with all this being said, what do you have to lose by trying an anxiety journal? Let me know how it goes for you!

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The Benefits of Anxiety Journaling

Seeing the World from Another Angle: Developmental Disabilities

I have worked in the mental health field for a decade. My favorite part of that work was the last half of it, working with kids from ages 3-21 with developmental disabilities and delays. I had absolutely zero experience with this population before then but I left with a lot of experience and a totally different person and mother.

Working with Developmental Disabilities

I was admittedly afraid of the kids at first because I knew that they could hurt me, and they did. I have a scar on my right eyebrow to show for it. A kid hit me in the face with a stereo cord because her CD skipped in the CD player. Before I left this facility, I would get injured in a lot of other ways. I was able, however, to help some of these kids be toilet trained, learn sign language, bond with others, and have fun.

Developmental Disabilities

I learned that kids with disabilities are just like other kids, which I already knew. They need love. When they don’t get it, they will act in ways that scream for that attention even though they can’t say, “Hey, LOOK AT ME! I NEED YOU!” or something like it. They can and will throw things. They will urinate on themselves and sometimes on you. Over a long period of time, their caregivers (or parents) will give up on them and bring them to facilities like the one I worked for.

What I Have Learned

These kids also need people to not give up on them after they don’t get something the first time. Their brains do work. I promise you they do. They just work a little differently. They may or may not be able to speak, but they can communicate. One of my favorite kids squeezed my arms every day to say “hello”, “goodbye” and when she was happy. Even though most kids with severe autism don’t even think of hugging you, she hugged me when she was being released. I cried along with her behavior analyst.

Most of all, they do hear. They hear very well. They can hear every word you say, and they can read your feelings when you are around them. If you don’t want to be around them, they can tell. If you love being around them, they can feel that too. I had so much fun working with these kids. It was not always pretty- I left work many days extremely tired, bruised and wondering why I ever signed up for this job, but I went back the next day ready for another round.

The best part was watching a kid finally “getting” something that a teacher, behavior analyst or one of us workers had been trying to teach them. It was incredibly rewarding, and hard to describe. It was also a lot of fun to do one-on-one work with them.

Developmental Disabilities On A More Personal Level

Each child has their own personality, and I am a mother of three. My younger son has severe ADHD and is also on the autism spectrum. He was diagnosed while I was working at this facility. As a result of his ADHD, he sees the world a lot differently than I ever will, and some days I wonder what the world is really like for him. He has some sensory issues and is a quiet child. We love him just the way he is. He just chooses to see the world from another angle, just as the kids I worked with and many others do.

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When you see a child with a developmental disability out in public, don’t automatically assume that they are to be pitied. You may be amazed at what they can do.

Wrae Sanders

Meet the Author

This Guest Post was written by Wrae Sanders of Brave Wings Coaching. Wrae is a life coach in Louisville, Kentucky and a mom of three with a BA in Clinical Psychology. When She is not working, she can be found reading or listen to podcasts. I hope you enjoy what she has to say about her experience with developmental disabilities.

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Seeing the World from Another Angle: Developmental Disabilities

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