Self-Care

3 Tips for Optimal Mental Health

The importance of mental health and keeping your mind healthy are being recognised more today than, perhaps, any time in human history.  Society is no longer viewing mental health conditions as something people should be able to just ‘shake off’ or deal with on their own… yet, there are a number of things you can do to take care of your own mental health which is what we’re going to look at in this article.

We’re also becoming more aware of brain related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia that essentially rob the person of who they are and make them regress to the point of being an infant that has to wear name labels in their clothes.  

With such awareness, and perhaps even first hand experience of people suffering from conditions such as dementia, we’re all looking for ways to optimise our mental health.

Now, according to Harvard University, a number of studies have shown that you can reduce the risk of dementia with the six basic lifestyle habits:

  • staying physically active
  • getting enough sleep
  • not smoking
  • having good social connections
  • limiting alcohol to one drink a day
  • eating a balanced diet low in saturated and trans fats.

In addition to these basic lifestyle habits, you might want to consider the following suggestions that are proven to slow down cognitive decline and even avoid it all together.

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General, Health

Why Do Men Find It So Difficult To Go To The Doctors (And What Can You Do About It)?

It’s interesting, this idea of masculinity and being a strong father figure in a family. While now, this image is being challenged a lot, there are still shreds of evidence that show men aren’t as forthright or as open as we think. Going to the doctors is one of those great examples, and it’s one of those bad habits that can begin very young in life. Men tend to die a lot younger than women, because of issues like an illness that went undiagnosed until it was too late. But why is this?

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General

13 Evergreen Skills Every Parent Should Teach their Kids

We all want happy and healthy kids, but it seems like today’s generation is more interested in beating their opponent on the latest game than communicating face to face. There are, however, some skills that are evergreen and will help kids of today become better and more successful adults. While computer skills are important, it is important that your kids will manage without them. If you are a responsible parent, you will focus on building resilience and strength in your kids, so they will get on with others better and manage their lives successfully. Below you will find a list of skills you should focus on.

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Health

Heartbreaking News: These Bad Habits Are Damaging Your Heart

We have some heartbreaking news for you, literally! There are bad habits that many of us partake in that are damaging to our hearts. It’s not only about cholesterol, these habits can lead to heart disease and can increase the chances of a heart attack. Frightening! Thankfully, there are ways you can alleviate the problem. We will cover some of the bad habits here, and by knowing about them, you can take the steps needed to quit them before it’s too late for you.

Bad Habits Damaging Your Heart - The Southern Smiths: It's more than just cholesterol.

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Health, Self-Care

How To Keep Your Mind Healthy

We often hear so much talk about the next best diet trend and the best fashion tips to look like the celebs, and while these can all be useful at times, we seem to be forgetting something – our minds. Our minds are what make everything else function, and without it, you wouldn’t be able to do anything, so we need to give the strength and power that it has a lot more credit.

Having said that, sometimes it struggles and begins acting in a different way that maybe isn’t so healthy. You might find that your mood has gone down and you’re not the happy, bubbly, ray of sunshine that you used to be. You might start closing yourself away behind closed doors and cut all connections from your social circle. If this is the case, you need to do something about what is happening before you fall so far into a pit of depression that you feel as though you have no more hope left. Depression is a serious thing – mental illness as a whole is a serious thing. In fact, it’s one of the biggest silent killers, and we need to start doing more about it.

You may see posters around your doctor’s surgery or the hospital that often encourage you to stay positive and always do what you think is right, and that’s the masters of visual communications that work to engage you and stimulate your mind enough to take part and do something good. So there are things around you, you just need to have enough strength to open your eyes and truly see them.

Here are a couple of ideas on how to keep your mind a healthy one.

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Family, Health

How To Respond to an Emergency Situation

You never know when an emergency situation is going to arise, but it is highly likely that you will find yourself confronted by one at least once in your life. The way in which you respond could end up making all the different to the person who is in trouble. Of course, you are likely to go into a state of mind which is very different to normal when you are encounter any sort of emergency situation, but if you can, it is worth taking a step back to remember a few different pieces of advice.

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Family, Parenting

Conquering The Bedtime Battle With Your Kids

Do your kids refuse to go to sleep? Do you spend hours trying to get them to settle? Many parents can end up tearing their hair out when it comes to getting their kids to adhere to bedtime. Those precious hours between 8pm and midnight are supposed to be adult time – it’s your tiny pocket of freedom (although in many cases, even this free time is spent doing household chores) – and yet the kids are taking it away from you. Fortunately, there is a way to win the bedtime battle. Here’s a brief guide to getting your kids to go to sleep when they ought to.

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Home, Home Improvement

11 Demure Decor Ideas To Make Your Home Dazzle

You have always described yourself as house proud; you are the type of person who starts cleaning hurriedly as soon as you hear someone is due to pop round for a cup of tea. You always want your home to look the best it can ever be no matter what time of year it is. Looking for new ways to make your home gorgeous is always at the very top of your agenda. You have never been someone who does things by half measures, so when you give your home a makeover, you do it in style!

Being the happy host that you are, it’s imperative that your house is warm and welcoming through from top to bottom. You absolutely love taking on a new project and finally the time has come for you give your home a little added glitz and glamour. You want to completely transform your tired looking home into a perfectly pristine palace. It is time to get your creative flair flowing with a tonne of innovative and awe-inspiring ideas to brighten up even the darkest of dwellings. Although your home is just lovely how it is; give it this little extra sprinkle of pizzazz to really bring it back to life.

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General, Self-Care

Could A Medical Assistant Be Your Dream Job?

Are you a people person? Are you interested in helping others and making a difference? If you’ve always dreamed of a career in medicine, but you don’t necessarily want to be a doctor or a nurse, have you thought about becoming a medical assistant? A medical assistant undertakes a combination of office work and clinical care, providing essential support for both physicians and patients.

 

A day in the life of a medical assistant is likely to involve a mixture of administrative duties and practical tasks. You may spend a couple of hours in the office scheduling appointments and updating patient records before moving to wards and treatment rooms to assist physicians, prepare treatment areas and talk to patients about upcoming procedures. Medical assistants use a diverse range of tools, from otoscopes and thermometers to bandages and ECG monitors, and they work in various settings. You may find a medical assistant in a hospital, an outpatient center, a doctor’s office or an emergency care facility.

 

Being a medical assistant is hugely rewarding and satisfying, and this is an industry, which is growing all the time. As the infographic shows, the field has a projected growth rate of 23 percent. If you like the sound of a career as a medical assistant, you may be wondering what it takes to succeed. You’ll need qualifications and training, but you’ll also require patience, compassion and understanding, the ability to work under pressure, and excellent organizational skills. If you’re keen to find out more, take a look at this infographic. Who knows? This could be the perfect career choice for you!


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