self esteem

Tips for Building Your Self-Esteem

Everybody loses their confidence once in a while and feel like they’re not good enough. However, when feelings of inadequacy become persistent, you may be suffering from low self-esteem.

Self-esteem is the opinion that you have of yourself and even when times are tough it should be a good one. When you feel positive about yourself you feel good about your life. If you are currently suffering from low self-esteem here are some tips to help boost your confidence.

Acknowledge Your Strengths

We all have gifts and talents. This means that we are all good at something. Is there something that you’re good at that you have not done in a while? Maybe it’s time to start gardening, singing, or painting again. Getting involved in what you are good at is a great way to boost your self-esteem quickly.

Use Affirmations

Affirmations are a great way to boost your morale. Look in the mirror on a daily basis and encourage yourself just as you would a friend or a relative. Tell yourself all the opposite of what you are actually thinking. Not only is this a good exercise in discipline but it actually works. Over time you will begin to feel better about yourself.

Stay Positive

The relationships you build are extremely important. They will either drag you down or uplift you. One way to ensure that you stay positive is to remove people from your life who make you feel bad about yourself. It may be because of their actions or the words they say. Whatever it is ensure that you try to build relationships with people who will encourage you and your goals.

Say No

People pleasing too much can damage your self esteem, it is important to set boundaries.There are times when you must say no for your own sanity. Never say yes to something when you really want to say no to it. If you say yes when you really should say no then you will become angry and depressed by having to do something you really don’t want to do.

Challenge Yourself

Push yourself a little but not too much. Challenges make life exciting and conquering them can boost your self-esteem. There’s something about knowing that you have conquered a goal that you may have thought you couldn’t that helps you to feel better about yourself.

 If there is something you want to achieve, set small goals for it, each time you manage to achieve it, give yourself a pat on the shoulder. it’s okay to acknowledge that you have done something that you never thought possible.

Get Help

It can be hard to acknowledge that you may need help. If you do need help there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Getting professional help through counseling therapy  is one way of  putting yourself on the right path to feeling better about yourself. Therapists are trained professionals who will help you to build your self esteem in an atmosphere where you feel nurtured and validated.

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Can Diet Prevent Serious COVID?

Even with vaccines, people are still getting sick from COVID. So many people are now wondering whether there is anything else that they can do to protect themselves. 

It turns out that there is: eat a healthy diet. Right from the outset of the pandemic, it was clear that there was a link between nutrition and the severity of the disease. But now, thanks to further studies, the link is even more airtight. If you want to protect yourself, you have to eat more fruit and vegetables. 

Diet And The Immune System

It turns out that the food that we eat has a profound effect on the way that our immune system functions. Certain nutrients in plants program it to work optimally, and if we don’t get them, we are more susceptible to disease. 

Researchers think that a lack of fruit and veg compounds in most people’s diets is one of the reasons why so many people are getting sick long-term. Their bodies simply don’t have the resources that they need to mount a quick response to the infection, putting them at a disadvantage. 

There’s no single bullet either when it comes to food. It’s not just a question of eating more kale or pineapple. Instead, what seems to matter is the combination of foods that people eat. The greater the variety, the more protection that they have. 

The Effects Of Eating Plant-Based

People who eat plant-based get the majority of their calories from whole plant foods, not animal foods. Data suggest that these individuals – some of whom are vegan – have a 73 percent lower chance of developing moderate or severe COVID. Furthermore, the more plant-based a person’s diet is, the lower their chances of developing severe symptoms. 

Many organizations are now using COVID API tools to track statistics like these. The goal is to figure out what combination of factors will best protect somebody from the disease. For instance, how many portions of fruit and vegetables is optimal? How many minutes of exercise per day should somebody get? How long do they need to sleep to minimize their risk of infection? All these specifics matter when crafting lifestyle advice that can help protect people. 

Types Of Food For COVID

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So how exactly should the average person be eating right now? The World Health Organization (WHO) says that most people should be eating a diet rich in legumes (like beans and lentils), nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. It also says that people should be eating plenty of whole grains, like millet and quinoa. In total, people should be getting about a pound of vegetables per day, but the WHO isn’t against people getting more than that. In some cases, they may need extra nutrients to protect themselves against disease. 

There are also a bunch of foods that the WHO recommends that people avoid. Sugar intake should be minimal – preferably less than 12 teaspoons per day. And items like processed meat are strictly off the menu as far as who is concerned. People should try to get omega-3 nutrients for less severe COVID from flax or algae sources. 

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What Can Stress Do To Your Life?

Most articles will tell you that a little bit of stress can be good for your life, since it can help push you forward and improve your conditions. But largely, it’s something that we should hope to avoid. It’s not just that stress can compromise your enjoyment of your day, but that it brings with it a whole host of side effects that can make life positively miserable. These side effects can be both short-term and long-term. In this blog, we’re going to run through just what stress can do for your life.

Heighten Your Irritability

There are usually some warning signs that a person is feeling stressed. When you’re feeling well, the actions of other people won’t bother you too much. You’ll just let them go on with their thing, especially if they’re not doing anything that directly impacts you. But you might be very far from that attitude if you’re feeling stressed since you’ll likely be more irritable. Little things that you ordinarily wouldn’t notice will begin to bother you. 

Dampen Your Happiness

It’s clear that if we’re going to get through life unscathed, then it’s important that we’re having fun and feeling happy. Alas, if you’re stressed, then getting to that stage might be difficult, if not impossible. If you’ve ever been through a super stressful experience, then you’ll know that the idea of having a good time was probably pretty far from your reality. If you’re in a mild stressful moment, then it can be worthwhile forcing yourself to put yourself in fun environments. It’s not about forgetting the position you’re in, and you shouldn’t force yourself to be happy. But you might find that just by being there, you’re able to relax a little and have fun. 

Increased Tiredness

Stress can have a profound impact on the state of your body, and especially on your energy levels. You’ll be spending so much of your mental space thinking about what’s on your mind, then you’ll also be putting your body under stress too. And that means that energy can be hard to find. This is damaging because we usually need more energy when we’re stressed since we want to improve or change our circumstances. In that instance, it’s good to find other ways to give your body energy, such as running or taking cold showers (both of which can also reduce stress).

Lowered Immune System

Another way that stress impacts your body is through your immune system. It’s no secret that people that are experiencing stress are more likely to get ill than those who don’t. This is one of the key reasons why meditation can help to bolster your immune system. It’s good to relax! If you find that you’re getting ill frequently, then it’ll be important to look at your lifestyle and work on making it more relaxing. However, if that’s not possible for the time being, then at least make sure you’re boosting your immune system in other ways, such as by taking vitamin C tablets. 

Hearing Problems

Many of us take our senses for granted. We just assume that they’ll always be with us! But of course, that’s not the case. They tend to deteriorate to various degrees as we age. But there are also things that can accelerate the process, such as stress. Stress is one of the more common causes of tinnitus. This is because stress can cause hypertension, which is linked to tinnitus. While there’s no cure for tinnitus, it is possible to reduce the severity of the condition by reducing stress. 

Teeth Clenching

There are plenty of ways to keep your teeth in good condition, including learning how to relax! You’ll be able to influence how tightly your jaw is wound when you’re awake, but things become more difficult when you’re asleep. Teeth clenching and grinding can have a long-lasting impact since they’ll wear down the surface of your tooth. While you’re in the process of reducing the amount of stress in your life, it’s a good idea to invest in a mouthguard. This is a device you can wear while you sleep that helps to protect your teeth.

Disorganized Mind

We all know how much easier it is to get through the many responsibilities of life when we’re able to focus. But when you’re stressed, you might find that it’s much more difficult to focus. The tasks that you need to take care of can become much more difficult. And that’s a problem, on both a short-term and long-term basis. Meditation is very good for improving focus. 

Substance Issues

There’s no avoiding the fact that stress is undesirable. And when we find ourselves in undesirable situations, our mission is to find ways to change our state. Alas, when you’re unable to focus, what you decide to do to change your state might end up doing more damage than you realize. Many people turn to alcohol as a way of coping with stress, but this should be avoided since it will only make the problem worse. Instead, try to overcome the desire to drown your sorrows and invest in healthier habits, such as exercise, yoga, and meditation. When you do those things, you won’t just be giving yourself useful skills that’ll have a long-term impact. You’ll actively be avoiding the thing — alcohol — that would make your experience worse. 

Conclusion 

OK, now we’ve run through all the things that stress can cause. The question is: is there anything that you can do about it? Happily, there is. When you’re in the middle of a stressful period, it’s important to, first, recognize what’s going on, and second, take steps to minimize the sensation. There are any number of things you can do to combat stress. For example, there’s meditation, running, spending a night engaging in self-care (reading, relaxing), and consciously trying to limit the stressful factors. It can feel like stress is just part of your life when it’s there, but there are always things you do to put it behind you! 

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Easing Anxiety After COVID Lockdown

Everyone has some form of anxiety after the COVD lockdown. For some it’s major and for others it’s a minor inconvenience to your life. Especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety levels are high, with just about everyone becoming increasingly anxious about the post-vaccinated future. What will life look like now those most vulnerable have been vaccinated? Whatever questions you may have, spoken or unspoken, lockdown has been a rough ride for all of us and, by no means, is it over. 

However you managed to pull through, well done. In fact, well done to whoever is reading this right this second because you’ve been through hell and back, but you are sitting here, reading up on how to look after yourself. That’s a double win. Keep going. But, anxiety as we re-enter workplaces is bound to be high. Indeed, anxiety as we re-enter the world in general is bound to be high. Grown into an age of socially anxious, anxiously disordered minds, there must be ways to get through this and learn to survive again. 

Lockdown Anxiety

Over lockdown, even once, you must have thought ‘when will this end?’, ‘is it safe to even go to the supermarket?’, ‘did I wash my hands properly?’. Either way, for people who had never had anxiety before the pandemic, definitely experienced it during. However, those who were already suffering beforehand, trust me, this year has been a tough one. Lockdown was not a safe place. It was safe in terms of a lack of people, therefore a lack of social anxiety bubbling up to the surface, but it left you alone with your thoughts. After the novelty of not having to speak to anyone wore off, loneliness struck. But, not being able to do anything about it only encouraged us to sit in our loneliness further. As time drew on, the fear of going outside and bumping into someone (that you may have known or not known) was a real one. 

Generalized anxiety disorder sufferers- lockdown was not the one for us. No longer having a plethora of external stimuli to work with, your mind went to anyone and everything around you to look for worries. Claustrophobia is the one word that comes to mind when I relive it. 

Keeping structure out of lockdown

As we start to come out of lockdown, and re enter our offices (for help on marketing for your business talk to Joey Armstrong), consider what made you feel safe during. For example, when in lockdown were you at your most peaceful, or happy? Who were you with? Who weren’t you with? Consider all of these environmental stimuli, and recreate it. If you were with a friend, or a partner, or a family member, when you felt your most calm, call them at a fixed time every day, or week. Meet them for a coffee. Did you enjoy those daily walks where you could get out of the house for half an hour and just walk? Keep walking! Keep doing those daily walks. 

There are so many ways in which to safely ease yourself out of lockdown, especially for an anxious mind.

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How to Learn More About the Status of Your Health

The status of your health is obviously of extreme importance. Understanding what is going on in your body can be the difference between feeling good and not. Your health can be mysterious sometimes. It can be hard to decide whether you’re healthy or not, especially if you hold a different opinion about yourself compared to what you see almost everywhere online. 

It’s key to get to know your own health a bit more. It’s not as hard as you might think. Knowing more about yourself is only ever a good thing. You know what you can do, what you struggle with, and you know how to take care of yourself. And it may require some courage to see someone about a problem. 

Check the Status of Your Health

Below is a small list of questions to ask, to really reveal what’s going on with your health right now. If you’re truly worried about something, talk to your doctor about your concerns.

What are Your Energy Levels Like?

The first thing to think about are your energy levels. Are you able to get on with your day the way you want to? Do you fall asleep fast when you hit the hay at the end of the day? Are you always snoozing when you’re traveling in a passenger seat? Do you need to take regular naps to keep yourself topped up? 

Questions like these can be very revealing. Things like your natural metabolic rate, or your natural need for sleep can be very different to someone else’s, but an excess of any of the above behaviors can be a worry. They mostly point towards a ‘sleep debt’, but they can also be a topic for a doctor to go over as well. 

What’s Your Hearing Like?

Your hearing is an often ignored element of your five senses. Indeed, a loss of hearing can be subtle, and hearing itself can be slow to change over time based on your day to day interactions. Of course, if you work in a very noisy environment, or you listen to loud music on a regular basis, your hearing level could dip a lot faster than is average. 

And if you’re someone who already uses a hearing aid, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on how much the aid is helping you. Some people like to believe that the hearing restoration granted by such aids is 100%, but the truth is often far from this. But all in all, make sure you get your ears tested at least every 10 years, and try not to take any hearing loss lightly. 

What’s Your Diet Like?

Now it’s time to ask yourself, ‘Am I eating enough?’ Don’t think about your diet in too much detail here – think about how you feel inside. Ask yourself: 

Are you always hungry, sleeping badly, or often ‘hangry’? Because these are all signs your nutrition level is low, and even with a well intentioned diet, you could be doing your brain and body a disservice. 

The status of your health can be confusing to keep up with. Check in with yourself using questions like those above. 

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5 Mind-Blowing Changes To Your Body Postpartum

Pregnancy and birth completely transform you and can cause some changes to your body postpartum. Sometimes in very weird and not-so-wonderful ways. When pregnant and the growth of your belly seems almost exponential, there’s a tonne of information available to you. It doesn’t always feel like that after birth. Often you’re baptized in the fires of giving birth. And then only think about postpartum bodily changes when your midwives give you a rundown of what to expect. 

So the health of your mind and body postpartum can feel overlooked. Which feels overwhelming at a time where you’re running on little sleep and changing nappies on autopilot. There’s obviously lots you need to learn about pregnancy and taking care of your bundle of joy when it arrives. But you should do some homework about caring for yourself postpartum, so you don’t feel underprepared. 

No matter whether you’re about to pop, in the early stages of pregnancy, or you’re hoping to conceive soon. This info is for all of you. And it’s not a completely exhaustive list of everything that happens. (Because there are a lot of changes and everyone can experience them slightly differently). So if you’ve got a nugget of wisdom, go ahead and add it in the comments. 

Your Brain And Hormones

Your hormones will change drastically after giving birth, at least for a little while. They go from being the highest they will ever be before delivery to the lowest after delivery. Just after giving birth, your progesterone and estrogen levels will drop dramatically. This contributes to the baby blues, characterized by mood swings, anxiety, and sadness which usually resolve a week or so after birth. Postpartum depression can also happen because of this dramatic drop. This is where you’ll experience similar symptoms to the baby blues, but the feelings are much more intense and last longer.

Oxytocin, the bonding hormone, will go into overdrive though as it turns on mothering behaviour. And you’ll probably feel stressed and overwhelmed as you try to navigate the huge changes in mood while caring for a new life. 

What Can You Do About Stress?

  • Talk openly to your partner about your feelings. And let them take care of the baby for a while.
  • Ask friends and family for help.
  • Join a support group for new mums. 
  • Eat healthily and take care of yourself. 

What Can You Do About The Baby Blues?

  • Get as much sleep as possible.
  • Take time out for yourself.
  • Seek support from your partner. 
  • If you’re feeling down for longer than two weeks, then approach a trusted healthcare provider. 

What Can You Do About Postpartum Depression?

  • Knowledge is power so learn about the signs and symptoms of PPD. 
  • If you think you might have PPD, then approach your GP or another healthcare provider.
  • Get treatment from your chosen healthcare professional.

Your Breasts Postpartum

Along with the decrease in estrogen and progesterone in your body postpartum, your breastmilk making hormone lactin will kick in. This means that your breasts will get bigger as they swell with milk. It’s called engorgement and can make your breasts pretty sore until you start breastfeeding. If you’re not breastfeeding, then the engorgement can last until your body stops producing milk. If your breastfeeding, then you might experience nipple pain. Especially if they crack.

What Can You Do To Help Breast Engorgement?

  • Breastfeeding your baby or expressing the milk will help the most. 
  • Expressing some milk before feeding will help the flow of milk. 
  • Warm showers will help with the pain, but if your breasts stay swollen and painful, seek medical advice.
  • If you’re not breastfeeding, wear a snug sports bra, take ibuprofen, and utilise ice packs until the pain resolves.

What Can You Do To Help Nipple Pain?

  • Check that your baby is latching on properly with your doctor.
  • Ask about creams to apply.
  • Massage breast milk into your nipples after feeding.

Your Uterus, Vagina, And Vulva

This part of your body has likely seen a lot of action during delivery. And while C-section deliveries are a slightly different kettle of fish, they do have some similarities. You’ll have afterpains that feel a lot like menstrual cramps for a few days afterward. This is your uterus starting to shrink to pre-baby size. By about six weeks post-birth, your uterus will be pretty much its original size.

You’ll also experience something called lochia for about six weeks after delivery. This is bloody discharge as your body expels whatever’s left in your womb from growing a person. After a vaginal delivery, you’ll likely be pretty bruised and sore down there. And if you’ve had to have a stitched perineum, it’ll be quite sore while it heals. A C-section delivery will leave you with a sensitive and puffy belly with a painful incision. But what will help?

What Can You Do?

  • For painful stitched areas, painkillers and rest are your new best friends. 
  • Cold packs or a frozen sanitary pad tucked into your pants will help relieve pain. 
  • Get a doughnut-shaped cushion. Trust me. 
  • After a cesarean, don’t lift anything heavier than your baby, get lots of sleep, and use pillows to support you. 
  • Do kegel exercises.
  • If there are any changes like increasing pain, head straight to the doctor. 

Your Belly, Bladder, And Bowels

Ging to the bathroom will be a little different for a while after birth. Because of all the swelling, going for a wee can cause some pain. Not to mention a stinging sensation if your perineum has been stitched. And it can feel difficult to do it with all the pressure from labour. But it might go the other way, and you could be peeing like Seabiscuit in the week after delivery because of all the changes in hormones you’ll be experiencing. You might find that you pee a little when you laugh or sneeze, too, so your pelvic floor muscles might need a little attention. 

Constipation is pretty common the week after too. Whether it’s from medication you’re on, dehydration, having a C-section, or just fear of doing yourself damage. And unfortunately, you might have haemorrhoids to contend with. 

Your core muscles will be a lot weaker too, and lifting even the simplest of things can feel like a trial. It’s down to the fact that most pregnant women will have a certain degree of diastasis recti. Which is where you have a gap between the left and right abdominal muscles caused by those lovely pregnancy hormones thinning out the tissue. It might close on its own; it might not. If it doesn’t, you’ll want to contact your doc about speaking to a physio. 

What Can You Do?

  • When you’re peeing, spray your perineum with warm water. It really helps. 
  • And drink lots of water to dilute your wee. 
  • The same goes for constipation. Drink lots of water and get high fibre foods in your diet. 
  • Ask a pharmacist about over the counter medicine to help.
  • Get a cream for your hemorrhoids and make the most of warm baths. 

Your Skin, Body, And Hair in Postpartum

Pregnancy means you will gain some weight. And that weight gain can lead to stretch marks and varicose veins. Stretch marks can get irritating when they itch, so you’ll want to find a cream that’s great at treating itchy stretch marks. While all these things will reduce over time, likely, they won’t go away completely.

The skin on your face might change too. The tumultuous transitions of your hormone levels can lead to acne, dry patches or pigmentation. And you’ll likely lose up to a third of your hair. Thanks again to the drop in the hormones that made your hair luscious during pregnancy. 

What Can You Do?

  • Get creams targeted to your problems. Check with your healthcare provider that they’re safe to use while you breastfeed. 
  • Eat lots of fruit and veg.
  • When it comes to hair loss, don’t put your hair under any unneeded stress. Avoid tight bobbles and use the cool setting on your hairdryer. 

Final Thoughts on Postpartum

A hell of a lot happens to your body postpartum. It can feel like an overwhelming time, so make sure you speak up to family, friends, and your partner about your changing needs. Plus, sharing the hard parts will make the load a lot lighter for you.

It can feel like an eternity as you wait for your body to return to normal. That normal will feel different than before, but you will get there. Things like your period will take a little while too. About 6/8 weeks if you’re not breastfeeding, and it might not be for months if you are breastfeeding. But just because you don’t have your period doesn’t mean you won’t be fertile until they start. You can conceive again without one. But most professionals say to steer clear of sex until at least 4 weeks after birth. But go at your own pace. 

And remember, if something doesn’t feel right, or if you’re just unsure about anything, make an appointment with your doctor. It’s most likely nothing to worry about, but seeing a professional will get it sorted quickly if there is. And it’ll make you feel better. 

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Simple Tips to Help You Manage Stress in Your Life

When you learn how to better manage stress in your life and you’ll be happier and healthier. Let’s face it, stress infiltrates our lives daily. Every where we turn, it creeps into our activities, threatening our health and happiness. Even though stress is everywhere, it doesn’t have to take over your life in a negative manner. There are ways we can cut down on stress and ways we can add to it. Unfortunately, some of the things we attempt to help us lower stress, actually makes it worse. Let’s explore the common ways in which we tend to do the wrong thing and see if we can turn that around.

Tip #1 To Manage Stress – Timing of Workout

Working out is a great way to relieve some stress and feel good about yourself. Exercising will improve how you look and thus how other people might see you. However, working out at the right time is a real thing. Some of us find it difficult to work 8 hours and then go to the gym. If you’re like me, I need to cook dinner and that takes time. I then need to eat it early enough so I do’t go to bed on a full stomach. I also need to unwind. I like to use this time to read, do crafts, and meditate. So working out at night is not going to. happen. This is why experts say a morning workout is the best. It’s off your plate and you don’t have to consider it all day long, leaving less of a chance you’ll skip it.

Tip #2 To Manage Stress – Water

It’s common to reach for an alcoholic drink if you feel stressed. Drinking a glass of wine after work is quite a common thing for most people. However, it’s when you start to increase this amount, it becomes a problem. Alcohol is there to be enjoyed, with friends, family and at barbecues or restaurant meals. Too much is going to do more harm than good. Many people find that they feel better about their way out if this becomes an issue, when they contact an alcohol rehab center. Rehab centers like this one can help people get over withdrawal symptoms and then help to control craving symptoms too. 

Tip # 3 To Manage Stress – Food

It’s quite common for us to seek refuge with food. To some degree, it’s not a bad issue. If you eat something that is unhealthy but tastes superb, as long as you don’t overdo it, it’s not a big problem. However, if you are frequently indulging in unhealthy foods to make yourself feel good instead of feeling full, then this can cascade into an addiction. Pretty soon you’ll find that you’re overweight and you don’t like the way you look or feel. 

Managing stress is a skill that we learn over time. Do your own research on how to cope with stress from work, family life and the general anxiety-leading concerns such as how you look. 

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Stop Chronic Pain Ruling Your Life

You might feel alone if you’re suffering from chronic pain. It’s fair to say that this can have an impact on various aspects of your life. It can affect your physical health as well as your mental health. The good news is that you don’t have to let an issue like this dictate your life. You can take charge and improve your well-being at the same time. Here are some of the key steps that you should consider. 

Speak To Your Doctor 

A crucial mistake that you can make if you have chronic pain is to suffer in silence. You should never do this because there’s always an answer out there for you that is going to be worth exploring. A doctor can recommend a wide range of treatment options that could benefit you a great deal. They might start with traditional forms of pain relief before recommending more choices. 

Alternate Medicines

You might also want to explore alternative medicines. A big benefit of alternative medicines is that there’s a lot of research investigating how they can be used to help people. One of the options that you can explore would-be cannabis. In the past cannabis was classed as an illegal drug. But things have changed and times have moved on. Indeed, there are movements like the Last Prisoner Project based on getting everyone out of jail that has been incarcerated with crimes related to cannabis. The reason for this is that a lot of experts now see the benefits of cannabis. As well as being useful for helping people to relax, it can also provide pain relief to those who have been suffering from chronic pain for an extended period. 

Physical Therapy

You could also think about exploring physical therapy. There are countless research studies that highlight the benefits of physical therapy for chronic pain. For instance, you might want to consider exploring something like aqua therapy. A key benefit of aqua therapy is that it helps the muscles and the joints relax and research even shows that it can benefit your mental health too. 

Cognitive Therapy 

Finally, you might want to consider the option of cognitive therapy. The benefit of cognitive therapy is that it can be used to retrain your brain. This is ultimately going to mean that you won’t have to worry about the pain being a constant focus. It’s kind of like the ticking of a clock. A clock ticking is always loud enough to be heard if you’re in a quiet room. But the brain doesn’t notice it because it recognizes that the sound isn’t important. With training, your brain can be taught to view your pain in the same way. 

We hope this helps you understand everything that you need to think about if you feel like chronic pain is ruling your life. If you take the right steps here, then you will be able to make sure that you are pushing back against your condition and fighting to reclaim the quality of life that you deserve. 

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Use These Tips To Make Every Day A Better Day

Life is lived at such a rapid pace. We often forget to look after ourselves. With the stresses of work, family life, and everything in between, we don’t always take a step back and think about our own health and wellbeing. With that in mind, read on to discover some of the things that you can do to take care of yourself every day.

Don’t forget your medication

If you need to take any type of medication, one of the worst things you can do is not take it. However, with everything going on around you, it can be easy to forget to take it. Why not set an alarm on your phone or use one of the helpful phone apps that are available? If you need to use an inhaler, or take any type of pills, apps can help to ensure you do so at the same time every day. There are also some applications that will help you to see the benefits too.  

Do some yoga

This mere suggestion may have many of you feeling ready to skip to the next point. You’re not a yoga person after all! Well, give it a try. If you hate it, that’s fine, you don’t need to do it again. But you may be shocked to discover that you love it, and that it makes your body and mind feel refreshed and revitalized.

Recognize unhealthy habits

You won’t be able to deal with any unhealthy habits if you do not recognize them in the first place. From covering up real issues to damaging your eyes, there are a number of unhealthy habits most of us are guilty of. Make sure you recognize yours so that you can deal with them. Karan Bajaj often looks at healthy habits and business success, so figure out your bad habits at work too.

Wake up slowly

Are you someone who wakes up and immediately checks your emails the second you open your eyes? Don’t do it! They can wait. Give yourself 30 to 45 minutes to wake up slowly so you can start your day the right way. Take a shower and get ready, and then check your emails.

Keep a journal

A lot of people feel like they don’t have the time to keep a journal, but it literally only takes a few minutes from your day. It can be in bullet-form, and it helps you to focus your thoughts and get things off your mind. Make a note of how you feel, the people you have meet, what you have done, and so on.

Set specific time slots when you don’t work

Are you a workaholic? It’s important to get some balance into your life. By setting specific time slots when you don’t work, you will have the perfect opportunity to take better care of yourself.

As you can see, there are many different ways that you can take care of yourself on a daily basis to ensure that your mind and body are healthy. The importance of this cannot be ignored. We are all guilty of taking ourselves for granted from time-to-time, but it is so important to look after number one. 

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How To Live Your Best Life and Be Happy Right Now

Finding fulfillment in life is beneficial for your mental health and self-esteem. According to performance coach Neel Raman, it gives your life greater meaning and clarity. Moreover, you’ll boost your confidence and happiness levels while preventing people from determining your self-worth. However, a General Social Survey revealed that only 29% of Americans are happy with their lives. That said, here are some practical ways to live your best life starting right now. 

Surround yourself with positive people

Positivity helps you to lead a happier and healthier life while reducing your stress and anxiety levels. For these reasons, you may want to surround yourself with positive people. Moreover, they inspire you to focus on the good things you have while supporting you through tough times. What’s more, they challenge you to grow, learn new things and become better. You may start by eliminating toxic people from your life. You can also smile more to attract the right people and develop your interpersonal skills like respect, honesty, acceptance, paying attention, and active listening. 

Take charge of your happiness 

Although external factors can contribute to your happiness, your fundamental sense of fulfillment comes from within. Also, it might be frustrating to depend on others to feel good about yourself, as they might fail you at some point. Therefore, it’s prudent to be in charge of your joy and avoid short-term methods for feeling fulfilled. The first step is to accept who you are and forgive your mistakes as nobody’s perfect. It’s also prudent to also face challenges instead of complaining and work towards your goals. By all means, always put yourself first, and refuse to live according to other people’s standards. 

Lend a helping hand to others 

Recent psychological research indicates that helping others can boost your overall sense of identity and purpose. Moreover, it controls your emotions while reducing your anxiety and depression levels. Therefore, you may consider helping people out in any way you can. Fortunately, little acts of kindness can lift people’s spirits while making you fulfilled. For example, you may help someone with their grocery shopping or mow your neighbor’s lawn if they can’t do it for some reason. You can also volunteer at schools for hard-of-hearing students, but be sure to research hearing loss communication tips to help you out. 

Set tangible goals

According to motivational speaker Brian Tracy, you’re more likely to succeed if you set achievable goals. Besides, they can make you more productive and fulfilled. Therefore, you may create goals for whatever you wish to accomplish, either in your personal or professional life. For example, you may set a timeline for weight loss, going to college, or healthy eating. First, however, you need to create a working plan to achieve your set goals. Tools like Vision Board and Milestone Planner are excellent goal-setting tools to leverage for success.

Celebrate your accomplishments 

According to psychologist David DeSteno, celebrating your successes can enhance your confidence and fulfillment while motivating you to do more. Therefore, you may reward and acknowledge yourself each time you accomplish something. For example, you can buy a nice meal or your desired outfit after completing your daily tasks. 

Self-fulfillment doesn’t only come with more significant deeds; little acts can make you feel good about yourself. Hopefully, you’ll follow these tips for a more purposeful life.