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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. 

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Worried About Aging? Separate The Myths From Reality.

The longer any of us stay alive, the more we have to think about aging and the effects it has on us. We live in a society where a lot of thought is given to growing old, especially as it pertains to healthcare. Facing the reality of advancing years can lead any of us to become worried. It’s become fixed in the general conversation that aging leads to failing health, which is a huge part of the reason people fear the advancing years.

But how much is that level of worry warranted? As you look to the future, is it genuinely necessary to feel a sense of foreboding. Are the most common age-related health fears actually worth being concerned about? Below, we’ll look at some of the concerns that people have with regard to age, and see if they are anything you should be worrying about.

Osteoporosis

If you fall over when you are ten, you spring back up and laugh it off. If you fall over when you are 40, you might get a little embarrassed. But you’ll still typically be up and moving again in no time. But as you get towards 65 and over, a fall can be something that sends those around you onto high alert. This is because bone density and the potential complications from a fracture come into question. The truth is, there are things you can do to keep osteoporosis to a minimum. Eat plenty of fruit and veggies, get enough exercise, and avoid too much alcohol. Favor sources of calcium in your diet, and osteoporosis never needs to become an issue.

Losing your sight or hearing

It’s somewhat likely that your eyesight and hearing will become less sharp as you age. In fact, you’re liable to notice yourself squinting a little to read as early on as your 40s. As long as you take the hint and get glasses when you need them – and go for regular optician checkups – it needn’t go far beyond a little lost sharpness. Equally, your hearing will not be as good at 70 as it was when you were 20. In fact, one in three of us will experience noticeable hearing loss by the age of 65. It’s more likely if you spend a lot of time in noisy areas or use medication that is deemed to be ototoxic. But if you see an audiologist and do something to mitigate it, hearing loss doesn’t need to become a major concern.

Dementia

The greatest fear that most of us have when it comes to advancing years, dementia is certainly not a condition anyone wants to experience. It is frequently portrayed in TV dramas, to the extent where it’s easy to imagine that dementia is much more common than it actually is. Even into our 80s, just one in six people experiences symptoms of dementia. By managing lifestyle conditions such as diet, mental activity and physical exercise, it is possible to dramatically reduce the chances it will happen to you. You may still have forgetful moments, but this does not equate to dementia, which has a specific medical diagnosis that goes way beyond mere forgetfulness.

There’s no doubt that as we get older, health issues become more likely. But that’s due to the fact that health issues happen, and the longer we live the more likely they are to happen to us. As the above examples show, health issues can happen to you as you age, but there’s no reason to assume they will happen, or that they’ll be as bad as you imagined if they do.

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How To Change Your Perspective When Things Get Tough

Whether you’re dealing with a personal crisis or feeling stressed, it’s important that you’re able to put things into perspective. While this does not mean that you should minimize or otherwise try to ignore your problems, assessing the wider picture is useful when it comes to dealing with any emotional turmoil and when working towards a quick solution. However, changing your perspective is not always easy – and it can be hard to stop negative thoughts and feelings from worsening once they have already taken root in their mind. 

With that in mind, here are some easy ways in which you can begin to change your perspective when things get tough. 

Think about the wider picture.

It’s easy to let even the smallest of issues or problems interrupt our entire day. After all, we don’t often plan for things to go wrong – meaning that when they do, it can feel as the worst possible thing has happened. As a result, it is important that you are always able to put things in perspective by thinking about the wider picture. For example, you should think carefully about how much of a lasting impact this situation will have upon you. Will you still be dealing with the effects in a week? A month? A year? If the situation is clearly not permanent in any way, this can help you realize the importance of not sweating the small stuff – as you realize the ‘giant’ problem is not so big after all. 

Keep an eye out for positive inspiration.

It can be hard to break out of a negative mindset on your own. As a result, you must keep an eye out for inspiration that can lift your mood and provide you with hope and guidance moving forward. For example, this could include researching peaceful grace quotes sayings and later displaying them in your home. For example, if you choose to display a peaceful quote above your bed, it will be one of the first things you see each morning. This, as a result, can have a positive impact on your mindset for the day. 

Listen to others.

Another easy and straightforward way in which we can begin to put things in perspective is by listening to those around us. For example, asking a friend or family member for advice could help you resolve a problem much quicker, as they may be able to observe it from a more impartial angle. This is because they will be able to apply their own perspective to the situation, which may differ from yours considerably.

Try to give back.

Whether you are dealing with a busy home life or a hectic work schedule, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own lives without giving much thought to others. However, giving back to others by volunteering or working with local charities is a great way to put things in perspective. Seeing the issues that others have to deal with can help you realize that your own problems are not as severe as they may initially seem.  It can also provide you with the skills and techniques you need to overcome your own struggles. 

Know that it’s okay not to be okay.

Changing your perspective does not mean that you have to become the kind of person that is positive 24/7. This is due to the fact that this person simply does not exist – no matter what social media will have you believe. As a result, while it’s important that you don’t let your problems consume you (i.e, you find an appropriate way to deal with them), it’s equally important to remember that it’s okay not to be okay. 

Step away from negativity.

While some issues are unavoidable, we are often guilty of placing ourselves in situations that are inherently negative. For example, we may choose to spend time with people who we know make us unhappy. This could be due to a myriad of reasons – perhaps we feel we have known them too long to cut ties, or we feel as though they could change in the future. However, the more we continue to put ourselves in these situations – the more they will continue to impact our mindset and perspective. This is particularly true if they are the kind of person that seems to seek to drag you down through negative comments. As a result, if you are looking to change your perspective and start taking better care of yourself, it’s important that you cut them off at the source. Instead, focus your time and energy into people who will support you. 

Acknowledge your own mistakes.

When your perspectives on a particular situation begin to change (i.e., you begin to view the scenario through another person’s eyes), you may realize that you are actually at fault. For example, you may have engaged in an argument believing you were right, only to realize later that it’s not quite that simple. Whenever this happens, it’s important that you acknowledge your own mistakes and apologize sincerely.  While this could be a little embarrassing, it’s essential if you wish to repair your relationship with the other person. Furthermore, holding yourself accountable is the only way in which you can learn and develop – meaning your perspective of the world will only deepen and mature.

Focus on the positives.  

There can be something positive to take from every situation – no matter how unlikely that may seem. As a result, if you want to change your outlook on life, it’s important that you begin to look for the positives in each situation, even if they seem rather small. For example, while getting let go from your place of employment is often a cause of great stress and worry – there are a few positive elements to the scenario. It means that you’ll get to start afresh somewhere else, enter a new career entirely and meet new people. It also means that you get to challenge yourself by stepping outside of your comfort zone. 

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How To Overcome Your Fear Of Healthcare Appointments

Having a fear of Healthcare appointments is common. For those that feel worried or anxious to attend healthcare checkups or appointments, fear not because you are not alone. It’s not unusual to be worried to go to the dentist or seeing your doctor. There’s no reason to fear as they are there to attend to your health and ensure you are in good health. If you want to overcome your fear of healthcare appointments, here are some tips. 

Find a friendly practice

Not all practices offer friendly services. To overcome your fear, you may need a practice that puts patients first and understands people’s fears. 

For instance, you may currently fear going to see your dentist because they make you feel worried or tense. If that is the case, it will be worth finding a new practice. A place like Genesis Dental understands the worries and fears people have and ensure to create a welcoming and calm environment. A welcoming practice might be what you need to overcome your fear. 

Take a companion

It is essential to put your health first, so avoiding appointments will not be good if you have an underlying issue. If it is difficult to pluck up the courage to go by yourself, start taking someone with you. Although you may not be able to take them in or they might not be able to come with you forever, having company for a few visits might help you recognize that appointments do not need to be scary. 

A companion does not have to be a person. If you have an object or a positive affirmation that helps you feel calm, then take it with you. It can be held in your hand or your bag. Knowing it is there with you may help you stay calm and reduce your anxiety whilst at the practice.

Practice relaxation techniques

If you find that your fear comes when you are in the waiting room, try relaxation techniques to help calm your heartbeat and settle your mind. This could be breathing techniques or listening to music or a podcast. Finding a way to relax your mind and body will help you calm down and feel in control of your emotions. Breathing is a great way to achieve heart coherence, which can help alleviate feelings of anxiety. 

Exposure therapy

The best way to overcome a fear is by facing it. Exposure therapy will put you into the position you dread but in a safer environment. You could do this at the actual practice. If you tell your doctor that you have a fear of the appointments, they can work with you to make the appointment calm and relaxing. This exposure therapy will help you recognize that the appointment is nothing to be worried about. When you achieve a state of calm, you will become more familiar with the benefits and uses of the appointment. You can recognize why you are there and that it does not need to be considered a scary place.