Breathe Easy At Home

Did you know the quality of the air in your home can directly affect your health? Not many people do. Nearly everyone understands the dangers of dirty air outside the home. Car exhaust fumes, passive cigarette smoking, and local factories can all have an impact on our lungs. The thing is, there are pollutants inside the home that are equally as bad for you as the ones you’re encountering outside.

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We spend much of our time inside, whether that’s at home, at the shops or at work. It makes sense to learn all the ways you can make the air you breathe the healthiest possible for you and your family. If you haven’t heard of ways you can purify your home, then you should check out the list we have for you below and see how many changes you can implement in your daily routines.

 

  1. Ventilate. It may seem like an obvious solution – adding more air – but most would think to open a window and leave it at that. There’s far more to improving ventilation than just opening a window! Outdoor air is still polluted, so get in touch with air conditioning suppliers and get quoted for how much it would cost to have central air installed. This can then purify and cycle the air through the home for you!
  2. Eliminate. You need to be able to eliminate the source of the air that isn’t pure. So, dust build-up, smoking, and pets could all be a concern. If you are feeling any of these symptoms, you could possibly have an allergy to dander, which is making your breathing difficult. When it comes to smoking, taking it outside if you aren’t ready to quit altogether can make a difference to your breathing, as you have changed how your air in the house is balanced.
  3. Pipework. If you are an asthma sufferer, the slightest damp or leaks in the home can really have an effect on your breathing. Mould spores and damp in the air can certainly make life a little difficult for you. Getting in a professional to check over your pipes and ensure there are no leaks in the home is a must. Rain and humidity are causes here but if you’ve ensured that your home is watertight, then you will find it far easier to manage.
  4. Change Products. Cleaning is a must, but breathing in chemicals doesn’t have to be. Any one of these methods of cleaning the house without using harsh chemicals can be used so that you are lessening how many chemicals you breathe in. Toxic chemicals can lead to headaches, muscle aches and general ill health so it’s best to avoid them where you can.

You have a right to breathe pure air and the only way to do that indoors is to maximise the air you have in your space. Don’t wait around for someone to tell you that you should have better quality of air – look for it yourself.

How Healthy Eating Can Repair The Mind

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As you probably already know by now, life can be really hard sometimes, and if we’re not careful, it can begin to affect our minds and how we think and see the world. It’s important to remind yourself of the beauty out there, especially when bad things are happening, because without darkness we’d never be able to truly appreciate the light.

 

If you feel like you’re really starting to struggle, then know that there are always people out there that can and will help you, you just need to be brave and reach out. Talking to your friends and family, and letting them know that you’re not coping well is always a good idea so they’re aware of an issue. But you also need to speak to a doctor as they are professionally trained to evaluate the issue and give you the best care in order for you to get better. This may be by prescribing you with medication to level out the chemical imbalance in your brain which is making you feel so low. Or maybe they’ll refer you to a therapist who will be able to supply you with everyday coping mechanisms and strategies to get you through.

 

One thing that can make a whole world of a difference naturally while paired up with other necessary care, is by what you’re putting into your body. All different foods carry different benefits, so ensuring you consume these will naturally repair your mind bit by bit.

 

The snacks

If you are prone to snacking between meals, there are two options for this. Either break up your meals throughout the day so you have more, but smaller, so that you aren’t getting hungry all the time. Or, snack on healthy things that keep you going while you’re out and about. These can be a whole range of things from green olives and feta cheese, to cubes of melon, and even a mixture of nuts that you carry around with you. These are all things that give you energy and brain power, all while being a delight to eat.

 

The creations

Find a healthy recipe that tickles your fancy, get the necessary ingredients, and have a go at making the meal. Not only will you be consuming something different and exciting, but you’re giving your mind something to do and focus on, as a pose to trailing off in thoughts that don’t help. This way, you’re in full control over what you’re doing, and getting creative in a way that you maybe haven’t explored yet. You may even find you have a hidden talent and enjoy the process so much that it becomes a hobby of yours.

 

The company

Food is something that universally brings people from all parts of the world together. We share recipes with one another – some that have been passed down from generation to generation, and we create a bond over things that we love. It’s as simple as having a dinner party once in a while. When you’re low you often close yourself away, but you need to interact to remember how good it feels, and this way you can.

A Guide to Recovering from Trauma

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Anyone, anywhere young or old, can suffer from trauma. The emotional toll of things like accidents, surgical injuries, assaults and even terrorist attacks can totally debilitate a person and take a lifetime for them to get over, especially if they do not get the help they need to recover as soon after the traumatic incident as possible.

 

So, What Exactly is Traumatic Stress?

Traumatic stress is a common reaction to a traumatic event like a car crash, terrorist attack or hurricane. Incidents of this nature but the victims under immense stress, which can cause a whole host of symptoms, including shock, fear, anxiety, depression, flashbacks, anger and complete mental breakdown. That’s why it’s so important that victims of traumatic events, and witnesses to them, are helped through the aftermath.

If you believe you, or someone you are close to, is suffering from traumatic stress, here are some things you can do to aid recovery and get life back on track:

 

Limit Exposure to the Media

If you were involved in an incident that has led to widespread media coverage, it’s probably a good idea to switch off the TV, avoid the internet and even steer clear from social media for a while. It only takes one clip of the incident to start you panicking again, and that’s the last thing you need when you’re already suffering from the effects of trauma. Sit back and relax with a good book or spend time with good friends for a while instead of watching and reliving the traumatic event over and over again.

 

Accept the Way You Are Feeling

Trauma can cause all kinds of emotions that can take you by surprise. You might be very angry with the surgeon who messed up your operation to you could feel guilty because you survived an accident with your life while others lost theirs. You need to process and accept these emotions before you can ever hope to come to terms with them. So, feel whatever it is you need to feel and start to deal with those difficult emotions slowly at your own pace and only so far as you are comfortable to do so. If you try to force recovery, you will only make things worse.

 

See a Counselor

Seeing a professional to help you through your trauma will almost always be recommended. I know that for a lot of people, talking to a complete stranger about their innermost feelings isn’t exactly something that appeals, but it can really help, and with the help of a good lawyer legal representative from Medler Law Firm, you might be able to get the cost of your psychiatry bills paid for by the person(s) responsible for your current condition, depending on what happened to you and how it happened.

Good counselors will take things at your place and only ask you to share things you’re comfortable with, so you don’t have to worry about being pushed too far and making things worse if you do seek help.

 

Do Something Positive

When you’ve been through a traumatic experience, it’s normal to feel helpless about your situation and the events that took place. If you want to overcome this feeling and start to heal from your trauma, one of the best things you can do is take some positive action. Raise money for other victims, set up a charity, visit with other people who have been through traumatic experiences and you will feel more powerful and more in control of your life, which is definitely a positive when you’re trying to heal from trauma.

 

Exercise

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It’s probably one of the last things you want to do when you’re suffering from severe trauma, but exercising is great for boosting mental health. Even a brisk walk around the block will get the endorphins pumping, boost your mood and stop you from ruminating on the causes of your trauma. Apart from walking, yoga, running, basketball and dance are all good options for moving more when you’re suffering from traumatic stress.

 

Spend Time with Others

You might feel like isolating yourself following a traumatic event. In fact, you might want to hide away from the wider world completely, but to do so would be to give up on your recovery and sink further into your negative frame of mind. What you should do instead is get out there, spend some time laughing with friends and family, playing with children and petting dogs in the local park. Let yourself experience all of the wonderful things life has to offer, and you’ll feel a lot less stressed and more positive about life than you did before.

 

Take Steps to Reduce Stress

Reducing your stress levels should be a priority as you recover from trauma. Although a little bit of stress can be good for the average person, the amount of stress you will be under when you’ve had a traumatic experience will be off the scale. Good ways to relieve stress include listening to soothing music, taking a long hot bath and learning how to meditate, but you might have your own stress-busting go-to’s and they will be fine too.

 

Establish a Routine

Having a stable routine in place helps a lot of trauma victims to get back a sense of normality. Knowing what they will be doing from day to day, hour to hour and even minute to minute can be extremely comforting, so it is definitely worth a try. Just make sure that your routine includes a mix of essentials like work and chores and extravagances like meals with friends, trips to the cinema and time to work on hobbies.

 

Eat a Healthy Diet

The food you eat has a direct impact on your mood. If you eat healthy, nutritious foods including fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, you will feel much better than if you eat lots of sugar, chips and bad fats. So, eat a healthy diet if you want to get back on an even keel. You might have to go through a period of trial and error to see which foods make you feel good and which send you on a downward spiral, but it’ll be worth it.

Remove Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

I’ve been looking for something to help me get rid of the dark circles under my eyes. They have always been there but as I’m getting older they seem to be more defined now. I have learned that my dark circles can be caused by a number of things, not only lack of sleep. So I started looking around for remedies that may help minimize them or get rid of them. Here are a few I found that I want to start with.  

What Causes Dark Circles Around The Eyes?

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Oversleeping
  • Stress
  • Tiredness and exhaustion
  • Nasal allergies
  • Constant itching and rubbing due to skin conditions like eczema
  • Skin irritants in makeup products
  • Exposure to the sun (in the absence of a good sunscreen)
  • Aging

Sometimes, dark circles can also be hereditary. These usually disappear after a certain age

 

Remove Dark Circles And Under Eye Bags With Baking Soda

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What You Need

  • Baking Soda
  • Water

How to apply

 

  1. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of hot water or tea and mix it well.
  2. Take a pair of cotton pads and soak them in the solution and place them under the eyes.
  3. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it off and apply a moisturizer.

Practicing this procedure daily will render amazing results in just a week.

How it works: This mixture will work as a face mask on your face to eliminate dark circle and bags under your eyes. Now you can use this solution to get rid of puffiness of eyes and dark circles permanently.

Benefit: Baking soda has anti-inflammatory property it will help to improve the blood circulation under the eyes. And also it has skin soothing and lightening properties.

Lemon Juice For Dark Circles

What You Need

  • Lemon juice
  • Cotton swab

How to apply it

  1. Carefully apply the lemon juice under the eyes with the help of the cotton swab.
  2. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash it off.

Practicing this procedure twice daily.

Why This Works

As you might already know, lemon juice has skin lightening properties. Its vitamin C content also works as an antioxidant and rejuvenates and brightens the skin (20).

Caution

Do not forget to moisturize your skin after using this remedy as lemon juice may slightly dry out your skin.

Easing The Stress Of Being A Mom Will Help Your Family

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Working comes with a whole host of stress. You’re basically dealing with stress from nine to five, with small glimmers of hope and sunshine dotted about. Working as a mum is 24/7, which kind of gives you some inkling as to the amount of stress that is involved. Thankfully, it i the best kind of stress imaginable. It is fun and unique and amazing, inspiring and worthwhile, totally worthwhile, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful too.

Yes, every single mum situation comes with its very own unique set of circumstances. It comes with the territory. But so does the need for you to constantly place an emphasis on your own health and well-being, and don’t for one second think that is selfish. Your being healthy is the catalyst to your family being healthy too.

So, here are some top tips on how to stay healthy, stress-free and sane as around the clock mum. After all, you deserve it.

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Get A Granny-Nanny

We all have that moment when we search the internet for some help, someone who can assist with the kids for just a couple of mornings a week. That would be enough. Well, why not make that someone a granny-nanny. These are semi-retired women that typically don’t have family close by. Nurturing people that will cherish everything you do. They are people that love baking, gardening, reading, coloring-in, and they know how to ace homework, while also cherishing the wonders of children. They are people that want to be involved with children, that’s the key and, in return, you’ll be relieved of some of the stress. You can do those errands you needed to do or just grab a pinch of personal time.

Schedule Your Personal Time

Yeah, this may sound sad, at least to begin with, but if scheduling in some personal time in the same way you would schedule an appointment is the only way you’ll get it, then do it. Personal time is so important. Seeing friends, getting that soft tissue massage you promised your doctor you would get, seeing friends for a coffee, going for a run, having your nails done, or just sitting in a quiet park. Whatever floats your boat on that day. Don’t feel guilty about this either. We all need a bit of peace and quiet, and your family will thrive if you grant yourself that space. Just make sure your family knows that these are appointments, one’s that you can’t miss.

Bring A PA Into The Family

This idea of having a personal assistant to help in your personal life can be so rewarding, for everyone, especially if you are a mum that balances working with being a mum. The more you accept them into your family the better it will be too, not least because they will have such an important part to play. The reason we are referring to them as a PA is because that will help you distinguish their role a bit more. In the same way, you would lay out a set of tasks for an assistant at work, do the same for them each morning. Then they will know exactly what you would like doing, what principles you cherish and what is important to you, like the operation #dontforget you are championing. All this can be achieved while they also ensure your kids laugh from the moment they get picked up from school to the moment you get back from work, and you won’t feel stressed about the tasks that haven’t been done because, well, they will have been done. A PA is a right-hand person, someone you can trust no end, so why not have someone like that to help with your children?

Why You Should Visit Your Dentist

Ah, the dreaded D-word! Not many of us enjoy going to the dentist, probably because of terrible childhood experiences we had when sat in the dental chair. “This won’t hurt a bit,” they tell us, before jabbing a needle in our gums. Tooth extractions, fillings, root canal treatments… surely it would be easier to deal with the pain rather than suffer at the hands of a dentist. Well, as anybody who has ever suffered from a toothache will tell you, the answer is ‘no.’ The dentist is a better alternative, and thankfully technology has advanced enough to make the experience reasonably painless.

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So, if you have been putting off going to the dentist, here are the reasons why you may need to make an appointment right away.

You have tooth pain

Regular readers of this site will know the importance of self-care, but if you have been guzzling down sugary treats, you are going to get tooth decay. Hence the pain. Brushing your teeth for ages isn’t going to get rid of it. Flossing for the first time in months is not going to ease your agony. Unfortunately, if tooth pain persists for more than a couple of days, you are going to need treatment. Your dentist will get to the root cause of your pain and then deal with it.

Your teeth are crooked

Afraid to smile because of your crooked teeth? That’s a shame, as your smile can do much for your beautiful face. From impressing a potential employer to dazzling a first date, your smile has the power to give you confidence. But not if your teeth are wonkier than a rickety old bridge! Thankfully, your dentist can help. We know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, we are going to recommend a brace, but they aren’t the horrible metal contraptions you may be imagining. By going to the right dentist, you can get Invisalign treatment, braces that are comfortable to wear and invisible to the naked eye. Regain your smile and see a dentist today!

Your teeth are sensitive

Ice cream is amazing, but not when it causes you to yelp in pain. A cup of tea is relaxing, but not when it causes you to grimace in pain. If your teeth are sensitive to anything that is hot and cold, you are probably experiencing one of the symptoms of tooth decay. The hot and cold temperatures are hitting the nerve in your tooth, which is causing you to experience sudden bursts of pain. You are going to need a filling, so book an appointment before the decay spreads, as you may need to have the tooth removed if you don’t take action early.

You have bad breath

Are people avoiding you? Does your partner flee whenever you move in for a kiss? It’s probably because you have bad breath. Now, while brushing your teeth and taking mouthwash helps, if the problem persists, you probably have gingivitis. Again, seeing your dentist is important, as gingivitis can lead to other, more serious health conditions.

Finally

Even if you don’t have the issues mentioned above, it is still worth seeing your dentist on a regular basis. There may be problems you aren’t aware of, so the dentist will take care of them before you suffer the consequences. Believe us, once you do get a toothache, you will wish you had taken our advice earlier!

BIBLE VERSE OF THE day

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.