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Healthy Habits we can Teach Our Kids

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As parents, our number one priority in life is for our kids to grow up happy and healthy. And one of the most important things we can teach them is how to achieve this themselves, how they can grow up to make good food choices and live an active life and have fun in the process. When they’re little we’re responsible for making these kinds of decisions for them, but by teaching them the value of a healthy life we can pave a good path for the future. Here are some worthwhile habits to teach our kids.

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Blogging, Tips, Tricks, and Advice

Blogging Angle: Keep All Your Blogging Business Online

When you start a blogging business, part of the appeal is that you can do it all online. You don’t need to go into the office or have meetings with people. You might sometimes expect to attend an event, but this is often only for a particular type of blogger. However, while you’re trying to keep everything online, there are always people trying to get in your way. They want you to talk on the phone or perhaps even come and meet them at their office. Maybe you’re even being inundated with mail. If these are frustrating things for you or you just want to be able to travel freely while you blog, try these tips to keep your blogging activities completely online.

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Family, Parenting

3 Ways of Encouraging Your Kids to Get Out and About

3 Ways of EncouraIt’s so important to encourage your children to get out of the house and explore the outside world. Kids need to experience nature, fresh air, and the infinite beauty of the outdoors. These days, with everything seemingly boiled down to a screen, it can be difficult to be the kids interested in getting outside. But it is important for expanding their experiences and boosting their health at the same time.

This is why you have to do as much as you can to try to encourage your children to want to leave the house. You don’t want this to turn into a massive issue every time you are trying to get them to leave the house, so think about what you can do to encourage this in them. Here are three great examples of things all parents can do to help their children get out and about and enjoy the outdoors.

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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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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.

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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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