Blooming Wellness https://www.bloomingwellness.com Health & Wellness Blog by Dr. Eeks Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:45:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 3 Crucial Reasons for Oral Hygiene https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/3-crucial-reasons-for-oral-hygiene/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/3-crucial-reasons-for-oral-hygiene/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:46:05 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14568   By: Daniel Click   Our teeth, lips, gums, and tongue are the keepers of our oral passageway. They all provide fundamental functions for the use of eating, communicating and preventing disease. It is important that you keep your oral hygiene to a high standard. With a lack of hygiene comes greater risk for infection, […]

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By: Daniel Click

 

Our teeth, lips, gums, and tongue are the keepers of our oral passageway. They all provide fundamental functions for the use of eating, communicating and preventing disease. It is important that you keep your oral hygiene to a high standard. With a lack of hygiene comes greater risk for infection, disease and general problems going forward. Teeth and oral health might be a last minute thought for some though there can be severe implications with not maintaining this aspect of cleanliness.

Not only does maintaining a high level of oral hygiene provide physical health benefits, but it also offers aesthetic benefits, which in turn, provides mental health benefits. As they say, “a healthy smile is a happy smile.” It’s not uncommon that someone will pay a large sum of money for a new set of teeth, teeth whitening or any other teeth cleaning procedures. Which not only goes to prove that people care about their teeth, but you should do as much as you can to avoid paying out for these procedures.

Preventing disease

Disease prevention should always be at the top of anyone’s list, especially this list. It’s obvious that no one is out there looking for things to go wrong, but you run the risk of gum disease and others without maintaining a regular cleaning routine. With brushing, flossing and keeping your mouth clean and fresh, you can be sure to minimize the likelihood for any infections or disease.

 

If you’re serious about the prevention of disease, infection and improving/maintaining your dental well being, there are many great dentists out there to assist in doing so. Blue Wave Smiles is a dental practice which focuses on this.

 

A boost in confidence

In today’s day and age, mental health is at the forefront of social and political agendas. Your mental health should play an equal part in wellbeing alongside physical health. Good health isn’t just about the absence of ailment. It’s about the overall status of the mind and body. Regardless of opinion, it’s clear that your appearance can play a huge part in affecting your mental health – for better or worse.

 

A healthy, clean white set of teeth can often bring positives to your life. You may pursue and set out into more social situations that you wouldn’t usually. You might have that extra self-confidence to ask that question or make that decision. Which in turn, can bring a better quality of life. A smile can say a million things about someone, and it can make a great first impression too. Be sure to maintain that happy smile and wear it proud.

 

Saving money

Everyone wants to save money where they can, that’s a given. No one wants to pay out for an unexpected bill either. It’s well known that dental work can be a costly service. So as a human who is susceptible to these costly visits, your best bet is to minimize the risk of having to go to the dentist and therefore the costs of these bills. If you keep up a consistent oral hygiene routine, you can be sure to avoid paying out for any expensive procedures.

 

You can also look to purchase cost-effective toothbrushes if you’re into saving your money.

 

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Simple Home Water Filtration Solutions https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/simple-home-water-filtration-solutions/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/simple-home-water-filtration-solutions/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:28:14 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14565 By: Tara Guillen There are a number of things that are essential to the survival and well-being of humans (and animals). Aside from breathe which we really do not have to do much to access, the two other most important needs of humans and all living things are food and water. Humans therefore tend to […]

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By: Tara Guillen

There are a number of things that are essential to the survival and well-being of humans (and animals). Aside from breathe which we really do not have to do much to access, the two other most important needs of humans and all living things are food and water. Humans therefore tend to place a lot of emphasis on these two, especially food.

Interestingly, though we take food and feeding very seriously, it has actually been shown that we can live without food for up to 21 days and more. However, we can only live without water for about a week. You can read about it here. This therefore means that water is of great importance to our survival.

Thankfully, there is an abundant supply of water though most of this supply is not safe for direct consumption. They need to go through some form of purification process to make them suitable for human consumption. While this is usually done on a large scale, home filtration systems offer individual homes the ability to really ensure the purity of the water they take.

Types of Home Water Filtration Systems

There are a number of systems or methods employed in the water filtration process. We will however look at just a couple.

Distillation

This process involves the heating of water until it changes its state to the gaseous state and then is condensed into distilled water. During the process of heating, harmful organisms are killed. It will also eliminate other non-organic substances such as chemicals and heavy metals.

The distillation process ensures that only substances that evaporate at a certain temperature will be collected. In this case, this will mean the temperature at which water evaporates.

Reverse Osmosis

As the name suggests, this process is a direct opposite of the principle of osmosis. Osmosis is the transfer of liquids from an area where there is the level of concentration is low through a semi-permeable membrane to an area where there is a higher level of concentration thereby diluting the higher concentration. Osmosis therefore seeks to create a balance between the two sides of the permeable membrane.

This process is the direct opposite of osmosis. Rather than seeking to create a balance, it seeks to further tilt the balance by allowing movement only from the area where the level of concentration is higher through the semi-permeable membrane to the area where the level of concentration is lower. The area where there is a higher level of concentration therefore gets more concentrated while the area with the lower level of concentration gets further diluted.

In the context of this article, the semi-permeable membrane only allows water pass through it. Pressure is applied on one side of the membrane, causing water to pass through it to the other side. As a result of the pressure being applied, water can only move in one direction. You therefore have filtered water on one side of the membrane and contaminated water on the other side.

Ultraviolet Disinfection

This is a very effective but pretty expensive method of water filtration. It’s basically a natural method that does not use any chemicals. It kills or disables harmful organisms by attacking their DNA or genetic core. Like we noted, this process is quite expensive to set up.

Carbon Black Filters

This is easily one of the most common types of filter. This system, also known as charcoal water filters, makes use of carbon block and activated carbon. These activated carbon blocks act almost like magnets, attracting the impurities in the water to itself as the water flows over it.

It is very common to find this method used in conjunction with other methods like reverse osmosis or others.

Choosing the Filter that is Right for You

The four methods we have looked above are just some of the major methods used. When you go to purchase a water filtration system, you may not find them displayed with these names. You will likely find them sold as water purifying pitchers, faucet filters, countertop and under sink water filters, gravity fed drip water filters etc.

It is therefore your duty to find out what method each product utilizes. This is very important because the different methods are more efficient in one area than another. The first thing you should therefore do is identify the contamination problem you have.

You can only choose the right method when you know exactly the problem your water has. Do this first and then find out which method will best address that problem.

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7 Bad Habits You Need to Ditch for Youthful Skin https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/7-bad-habits-you-need-to-ditch-for-youthful-skin/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/7-bad-habits-you-need-to-ditch-for-youthful-skin/#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 20:03:09 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14546 By: Daniel Trick For as long as humanity has been around, the desire to maintain a youthful appearance has been one of the primary beauty goals. Cleopatra, who was renowned for her beauty, used to bathe in donkey’s milk every day. The milk was rightly thought to be nourishing and keep her skin soft and […]

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By: Daniel Trick

For as long as humanity has been around, the desire to maintain a youthful appearance has been one of the primary beauty goals. Cleopatra, who was renowned for her beauty, used to bathe in donkey’s milk every day. The milk was rightly thought to be nourishing and keep her skin soft and beautiful. Legend has it she needed over 700 donkeys to supply the milk for her daily beauty regime. Cleopatra’s choice wasn’t an unusual decision in Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt, as historians found evidence that other individuals use milk to preserve their clear complexion and erase small lines. Emperor Nero’s second wife washed her face with donkey’s milk several times a day. Even in modern times, Napoleon’s sister also used donkey’s milk bath to preserve her youthful appearance. What our ancestors didn’t know was that milk contains alpha-hydroxy acid, or AHA for short. AHA can actively help to rejuvenate your skin by eliminating dead skin cells and stimulating healthy regeneration.

 

However, nowadays, you may not be able to justify wasting gallons of milk as a beauty bath. Thankfully, the skincare industry has long understood the benefits of AHA as part of a healthy and invigorating beauty routine. In other words, you don’t need to follow in Cleopatra’s footsteps to give your skin the best care products and regime possible.

 

But, despite the abundance of quality products and specialist knowledge, we haven’t managed to eradicate the aging process in your skin cells entirely. With the appropriate care and habits, you may be able to delay it for as long as possible. But preventing your skin from losing its firmness and plumpness is an impossible dream for now. Nevertheless, there are countless little changes you can make to help to retain your natural youthfulness for longer. Surprisingly, when it comes to maintaining our good looks, most people prefer to introduce positive habits into their routine instead of getting rid of unhealthy choices. In the long term, the positive gestures you introduce are counterbalanced by the continuation of harmful habits. Ultimately, if you want to help your skin to stay younger and healthy for longer, you need to ditch these habits for good:

 

#1. Tobacco leads to premature aging

It’s well known that smoking is bad for you. Manufacturers have been pressed by health campaigns to place informative warnings on cigarette packs for a reason. Smoking can lead to a dramatic mutation of your cells, which leads to cancer. Similarly, the exposure to cigarettes, or passive smoking, can also have a similar effect. Consequently, a lot of smokers have tried to cut down on their daily consumption, following the belief that smoking less would reduce the risk. Theoretically, there is some logic in their choice; however, countless cases have shown that sometimes the tiniest of exposure is all it takes.

Regardless of other health concern, tobacco can also affect your skin health. Indeed, each time you light up a cigarette, you reduce blood flow to the skin, cutting its ability to breathe for up to 30 minutes. Sub-optimal blood flow can accentuate the risks of wrinkles. Additionally, you don’t only deprive your skin of oxygen but also of nutrient, as the chemicals contained in tobacco smoke can lead to collagen and elastin destruction. Admittedly, if you’re a regular smoker, you may not be able to quit cold turkey easily. But you can consider switching for electronic alternatives with exciting vape juice flavors that can help you to control your smoking habits and regulate your skin exposure to tobacco. Indeed, vaping is entirely tobacco-free, meaning that it doesn’t have the same effects on your skin. Otherwise, don’t fool yourself into believing that vaping is altogether healthy. Vape pens contain nicotine, which helps you to quit without experiencing cravings gradually.

 

#2. Vitamin D is good but in moderation

Vitamin D is entirely synthesized by your body when your skin is exposed to direct sunlight. While vitamin D is commonly mentioned in relationship with the absorption of calcium, it also plays a significant role in many essential bodily functions. Low vitamin D levels can put your immune system at risk, which makes your skin more vulnerable to external factors. As a result, the skin feels tired, tight, and overall less plump, making you appear older than you are. However, while going out in the sun can sort out your issues, you need to be careful about direct sun exposure, especially at the beginning of spring as your body is hungry for natural warmth. Without adequate protection, it’s easy to get burnt and out your skin at risk. Sunburn happens when the external heat has burned through the natural moisture contained in the cells, leaving your skin to turn red and becomes tight. Additionally, sunburns also slow down the production of collagen, as the skin feels under attack. You can help your skin to boost its defenses with homemade anti-aging lotions. Indeed, gotu kola, a plant with skin enhancing properties, can dramatically improve firmness and elasticity.

 

#3. Short nights are not good for your beauty

If you’re the kind of person who likes to get in bed late and wake up early in the morning – it’s a typical night for anybody who works in a hectic environment –, your lack of sleep might be affecting your youthful looks. Take the time to observe your face carefully in the mirror before putting your makeup on in the morning. Some of the most common symptoms of tiredness show on your face:

  • Dark rings under your eyes
  • Puffy bags under the eyes
  • Saggy and drooping skin
  • Overall tired appearance

You might be telling yourself that you could take a short night with no issue when you were young, but ultimately, it’s not a matter of age. It’s a matter of repeated behavior. Your skin needs to recover from the lack of sleep. If you make your short nights – less than 6 hours sleep – a habit, the skin can’t heal, and you begin to notice issues. There’s no way around it; even the best anti-wrinkle lotions can’t replace the benefits of resting.

#4. Maybe you should stop chips and TV in the evening

Everyone should indulge a little in life. You know you can’t stick to a strict diet of healthy food and healthy habits all the time. And while it’s true that you should allow yourself a cheat reward from time to time, you need to be careful about the type of cheat you choose. Salty and greasy snacks, for instance, can have a dramatic effect on the skin. Ultimately, depending on your skin type, the pack of chips you’ve saved for a cozy night in front of the TV is likely to cause an acne breakout. The truth is that salty food naturally deprives your body of moisture. However, if you accompany the chips with a glass of alcohol, you can’t replenish the moisture you’ve lost, which increase the apparition of wrinkles for sensitive skin.

#5. Stop touching your face to think

What is your thinking face? You may not be aware of it, but most people feel their face when they are confronted with a difficult problem or a stressful situation. If you work in an office, pay attention to how your colleagues react to a tricky question. Do they rub an eyebrow with their fingers as they think? Do they cup their chin in a hand to consider? Do they place their cheeks in between their palms? Most people unconsciously touch their face as an emotional response. German researchers have facial self-stimulation can help to regulate stress. However, as it does, it also spread millions of germs on your face, which can lead to acne outbreaks, greasy spots, and tired complexion. If you’re worried about maintaining your youthful glow, you need to stop rubbing your face to think!

#6. You can’t retrain your eyesight successfully

More and more adults need corrective glasses to adjust their sight. The abundance of aggressive screen light in everyday life is one of the major cause of eye fatigue. But, unfortunately, most people struggle with their glasses. Glasses can be a handicap in everyday life. You can struggle with fog when you go through a temperature change, whether you’re walking inside or drinking out of a hot mug. As a result, many adults try to train their eyes to regain a clear vision. If you’re considering eye exercises, you need to know that they’re unlikely to improve your vision. In fact, the only thing you’ll get from not wearing your glasses is extra wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes, as a direct result of squinting to see what’s in front of you.

#7. You’re skipping gym way too often

Last, but not least, there are days when you just can’t motivate yourself to go to the gym. Once in a while, you deserve a little rest! However, if you make it a habit, you can be missing out on the positive influence of sports on your skin. A regular physical activity can visibly make your skin appear younger. At a cellular level, sports boost the production of collagen.

In the end, we’re all guilty of having a couple of bad habits. Nobody is perfect, after all! But if you want to make the most of your skincare routine, you need to get rid of the most harmful habits as soon as possible.

 

 

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Are You Taking Care of Your Ears? https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/are-you-taking-care-of-your-ears/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/are-you-taking-care-of-your-ears/#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 15:38:07 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14523 By: Daniel Trick It’s not necessarily something that you will always think about, but taking care of your ears is nonetheless very important, and something that you should be focusing on at least to some degree. The trouble is that it is the kind of thing that people often overlook until it is too late, […]

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By: Daniel Trick

It’s not necessarily something that you will always think about, but taking care of your ears is nonetheless very important, and something that you should be focusing on at least to some degree. The trouble is that it is the kind of thing that people often overlook until it is too late, and they start developing some hearing problems which are then hard to deal with. You might feel that this is something that you only have to worry about in old age, but that is not quite true. In fact, the earlier that you take a positive and proactive step towards looking after your hearing and your ears, the less trouble you will have when you are older, so it is certainly worth doing for that very reason. In this post, we will look at some of the essential things you should be doing in order to take care of your ears.

Protecting Your Ears

The most important thing to be sure of is that you are doing whatever might be necessary to properly protect the ears. In general, this means only that you need to make a point of not exposing them to a great deal of damage by the way of loud sounds, and that you should be sure to protect the actual physical outside of the ear too. This is a more involved process than many people realize, and you might be surprised as to how much you have to do to make sure that you are protecting your ears. Beyond the noise avoidance issue, you should also be sure that you are cleaning your ears regularly. However, what you should not do is stick cotton buds in the ear canal; these should only be used for the outside areas and not for the hole itself. If you do, you might only cause more damage than good, and you could end up causing permanent hearing loss in this way if you are not careful.

Ear Infections

One of the most common and least understood causes of hearing loss is infection. If you have ever had an ear infection, you will know full well that it is incredibly painful, and that it can lead to an almost entire loss of hearing in one or both ears. Although there might not be much you can do to avoid an ear infection, as it is mostly a matter of luck, you will find that keeping them clean, as discussed above, is an important way to fight this possibility. What’s all the more important is that you recognize an infection when it arises, and that you then take steps to do something about it. You will recognize the symptoms as increased pain in the ear canal, loss of hearing, and maybe excess wax. Left untreated, such infections can do much more than just damage your ears – they might even lead to a considerable illness in the sinuses which could cause further damage to your bone structure, so make sure you see the doctor immediately if you have these symptoms.

Hearing Loss

If you do start to experience hearing loss, for whatever reason, it is important that you get on top of it as soon as possible. If you leave it alone, then for all you know you might be causing a lot of trouble for yourself in the future, and you could be making the issue unwittingly much worse than it needs to be. It might be that you will need to get some kind of hearing assistance in the future, and should that come about then Miracle-Ear has something for your hearing needs, but for now you should do whatever you can to avoid that happening. That means seeing the doctor as soon as possible, and taking care of your ears if you think there is something wrong. As ever, getting rest is something that is always going to help hugely here too.

Exercise

You might not think that exercising is going to improve your ear health, but it does, and it is just one of many reasons that you should make a point of moving around wherever possible. The more that you get up and running, the easier your body finds it to deal with any problems it might develop, and that certainly includes any infections which you might have in  the ear. So make sure that you are fitting exercise into your weekly routine – not only will you generally feel better, but you will even be helping your ear health along.

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Aging Parents and Your Mental Well-being https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/aging-parents-and-your-mental-well-being/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/aging-parents-and-your-mental-well-being/#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 15:29:48 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14520 By: Daniel Trick It is not always easy to see your parent aging. When they start to need help with everyday things it can be emotionally draining for you as well as for them. They can feel frustrated with themselves and you could start to feel frightened about what the future holds for them. This […]

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By: Daniel Trick

It is not always easy to see your parent aging. When they start to need help with everyday things it can be emotionally draining for you as well as for them. They can feel frustrated with themselves and you could start to feel frightened about what the future holds for them. This is a typical reaction to seeing their functions diminish, but there is only so much you can do to help them. You still have your life to live and you should not feel guilty because you cannot dedicate all your time to them.

 

Assisted Living

 

This can be a solution to the problems experienced between children and their senior

parents. If your parents choose to live in this kind of accommodation, they have their own front door into their own space, but there are trained people in the complex to check on them every day. Keeping their independence can be important to elderly people, and assisted living lets them do that.

 

They are free to come and go as they please, to have visitors or to get involved in social events organized by the carers. But if they are unwell or need any sort of help, there is always someone on hand to ensure they get the care they need.

 

Nursing Homes

 

There can come a time when a nursing home is something that needs to be considered. Although most parents and children will fight against this solution, when they can no longer take care of their basic daily needs, it might be a necessity.  This can especially be the case if they develop some form of dementia.

Some people fear leaving their parents’ care totally to other people. They tend to think that no one will look after them as well as they could, and sometimes this is true. However, if your parents have to go into a nursing home and you think they are being neglected, or even abused, you can get help from a nursing home abuse attorney.  Sometimes, residents of nursing homes are scared to tell anyone how they are being treated, as they fear they will make it worse. But getting the right help for them will ensure that this does not happen and that their care is improved to the level it should be.

 

Set Up A Rota

Often, you will find that other family members and friends will be willing to help and all it needs is for you to ask. Trying to do everything yourself can be too much and eventually it will affect your mental well-being, no matter how much you love them.

If you set up a rota where you know they are being checked on every day and will get the shopping they need and other essential tasks done for them, it can help to take some of the burden from your shoulders.

 

Even just having a couple of days a week where you know someone else is taking care of their needs can help to make it easier for you to cope with the rest of the time.

 

Coping with the wide range of emotions as your parent’s age is not always simple, but if you let them affect your well being, you might not be up to caring for them anyway.

 

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Health Tips for Working from Home https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/health-tips-for-working-from-home/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/health-tips-for-working-from-home/#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 15:26:02 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14517 By: Daniel Trick The ability to work from home is great in so many ways, but like everything else it has its downsides, and one of those downsides is that working from home can have negative health implications. A big reason for this is the prolonged sitting invlolved since people who work from home tend […]

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By: Daniel Trick

The ability to work from home is great in so many ways, but like everything else it has its downsides, and one of those downsides is that working from home can have negative health implications.

A big reason for this is the prolonged sitting invlolved since people who work from home tend to work on computers and sit at desks, and in recent years many studies have really started to show the major negative side effects of prolonged sitting, and some have even said that it decreases life expectancy by years and it’s also said to be right up there on a danger par with smoking.

Another downside of working at a computer and sitting at a desk all day is that it can cause things like bad posture, tension headaches, and even migraines. If you’ve ever dealt with a migraine, then you know they’re no laughing matter and can really impact your life in major ways, and even limit your ability to be around certain things like strong smells, and although there are plenty of remedies out there and even some companies who have created ranges of the best perfume for migraine sufferers, we’d like to help you avoid migraines completely if possible, so in this post we’re going to share with you some of our top health tips for working from home.

 Stay active:

 As mentioned above, sitting for long periods really isn’t healthy, and we know that staying active is also part of a healthy lifestyle anyway, so make sure that you’re getting in at least 20 minutes of dedicated exercise each day – even if it’s just a walk around your block or a short round of yoga, it’s going to make a big difference to your body and your mind which will keep you more focused on your work and your ability to get things done and be productive.

 

Have starting and finishing hours:

 One thing that people who work from home commonly struggle with is creating a work/life balance for themselves, and the best way to deal with this is to create set start and and finishing hours for yourself just like you’d have if you were working for someone else. Not only will this make you more productive during the day because you don’t have an infinite amount of time to get things done, but it’s overall better for your physical and mental health.

 

Take proper breaks:

 If you were working for an employer, then you’d be required by law to take breaks throughout the day, and there’s real reasons for this – mainly it’s because the company don’t want to get sued because they didn’t follow the law, but the actual law is there to protect people from being underfocused and overworked which can result in accidents happening and cause health problems not to just the employee, but to others as well because both the body and brain need time to recharge, so give yourself at the very least a lunch break each day to eat something proper and healthy, and also a few breaks to just get away from the computer for a cup of tea or coffee.

 

 

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What’s Keeping You Up at Night https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/whats-keeping-you-up-at-night/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/whats-keeping-you-up-at-night/#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 15:15:30 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14514 Do you find it difficult to get to sleep at night? Or perhaps falling asleep isn’t a problem, but you constantly wake up and have a poor quality of sleep when you are able to get some. Either way, this could be a big problem for you as it will leave you very fatigued and […]

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Do you find it difficult to get to sleep at night? Or perhaps falling asleep isn’t a problem, but you constantly wake up and have a poor quality of sleep when you are able to get some. Either way, this could be a big problem for you as it will leave you very fatigued and exhausted the following day.

 

The best way to improve your sleep is to tackle the underlying cause that is preventing you from getting enough shuteye. There are various reasons why people find it difficult to sleep well through the night, but here are some of the most common ones.

 

Stress

 

Some people find that they have trouble sleeping when they are under a lot of stress. That’s because the stress can cause us to worry a lot, and these worries might be on our mind while we’re lying in bed. If your mind is overthinking in this way, you might be too distracted to sleep. There are some ways to beat this, though. Many people find that winding down for an hour or so before they go to bed can help them calm their mind. You might want to try this by enjoying a bath or reading a book before you turn off the lights.

 

Drinking

 

I’m sure that most of us find it very easy to fall asleep after we’ve had a couple of alcoholic beverages. However, a lot of people find that they wake up constantly or very early in the morning. If this is tiring you out too much, it could be time to cut down on your drinking before you go to bed. If you find that difficult to do, it could be down to an alcohol addiction and you might need to seek professional help. Another benefit of not drinking before bed, especially those of us who are more likely to sleep in, is that you’ll be able to get up early and have much more productive days!

Depression

Individuals who suffer from depression sometimes find it harder to sleep as well. This is often because it is closely linked to the stress issues that I mentioned in the first point. Quite a few people who are depressed also suffer from insomnia which can keep them up for most of the night. If you find that this is a problem for you, it could be worth speaking to your doctor about is as they might be able to prescribe you some medication to help you sleep better.

Pregnancy

Lots of women find that they feel exhausted during the first trimester of their pregnancy no matter how much sleep they get. This is all down to hormonal changes in the body. However, during the third trimester it can be incredibly difficult for them to get any sleep due to the size of their bump. To make it easier, try propping yourself up with pillows to get in a comfy position.

 

Hopefully, you can quickly put an end to whatever is keeping you up at night.

 

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Causes Or Cures New Episode: Interview with Dr. Michael Hengartner on Antidepressant Withdrawal and Effectiveness https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/causes-or-cures-new-episode-interview-with-dr-michael-hengartner-on-antidepressant-withdrawal-and-effectiveness/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/causes-or-cures-new-episode-interview-with-dr-michael-hengartner-on-antidepressant-withdrawal-and-effectiveness/#respond Tue, 09 Apr 2019 18:05:56 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14471   Some people call it the “War On Antidepressants” and others call it the “War Over Antidepressants.” Either way, antidepressants are in the news a lot, most recently related to the topic of withdrawal. Many doctors and stakeholders believe that antidepressant withdrawal ( what happens when you stop taking the drug) lasts, on average, up […]

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  Some people call it the “War On Antidepressants” and others call it the “War Over Antidepressants.” Either way, antidepressants are in the news a lot, most recently related to the topic of withdrawal. Many doctors and stakeholders believe that antidepressant withdrawal ( what happens when you stop taking the drug) lasts, on average, up to 2 weeks. Others say that isn’t true. Some say antidepressants are very effective for clinical depression. Others say that just isn’t true. Strong opinions are at the heart of the debate over antidepressants, which has escalated to a heated social media exchange and what some call a “Twitter War.”

Today’s guest on Causes Or Cures is Dr. Michael Hengartner, a highly published senior researcher and lecturer at Zurich University of Applied Sciences whose area of expertise includes psychiatric epidemiology, public mental health, psychosomatics, health services research, social psychiatry and psychopathology. In this episode, he presents evidence that challenges the notion that antidepressant withdrawal lasts, on average, only two weeks and also presents evidence that challenges the notion that antidepressants are effective drugs for clinical depression.

To listen via the web, use this link: Causes Or Cures: Michael Hengartner on Antidepressants

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Top Tips to Help Improve Your Well-Being Right Now https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/top-tips-to-help-improve-your-well-being-right-now/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/top-tips-to-help-improve-your-well-being-right-now/#respond Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:53:43 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14468 By: Daniel Trick   It is so important in the modern world that you keep an eye on your health and well-being. There are so many things you need to get right if you are serious about improving things, and you often need to look at the way you live your life, and the decisions […]

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By: Daniel Trick

 

It is so important in the modern world that you keep an eye on your health and well-being. There are so many things you need to get right if you are serious about improving things, and you often need to look at the way you live your life, and the decisions you are making in the modern world. Do as much as you can to understand what it takes to improve your health and well-being right now.

There are a lot of considerations that you need to make that might not always seem obvious to begin with. But this is why it is essential that you look at what need to do to get the most out of your life, and this is important. Make sure you look at these ideas, and use them to enhance your health today, and make the right changes to improve your life.

  • Self-Care Matters

Self-care is one of the most important factors when it comes to looking after your health and well-being. There are so many excellent tips and hacks you can utilise to help with this, but taking care of yourself and your best interests has to rank as one of the most important. Too many of us are so preoccupied with worrying about others, and, as such, we don’t take enough time to think about ourselves. That’s why you need to ensure you do this in the best possible way, and that you understand the right way of boosting self-care, as well as putting yourself in the driving seat in life.

  • Keeping the Black Dog at Bay

More and more people in this day and age seem to suffer from depression, and this is something that can have catastrophic effects on their lives. You need to do everything you can to try to battle against depression and keep the black dog at bay. There is no easy fix for someone who is depressed, and it is a mental health issue that certainly requires more coverage. There are plenty of theories surrounding depression, but the good news is that these days there is so much you can do to help in the battle against depression. Even simple things like downloading a breathing app and thinking hard about emotional wellness is so important for the future.

  • Healthy Eating

Many people have a lot of problems with unhealthy eating these days, and it is important that you do as much as possible to make sure you improve your diet. It’s crucial to think hard about what food you are putting into your body, and how you can go about observing a healthier and more balanced diet. This is something you can start working on right now, and there are a lot of techniques that can help you with this moving forward. The right diet will help improve your physical health, mental well-being, and help you function better on a daily basis.

There are a lot of aspects of your life and health that you need to work on, and this is a more delicate issue than ever before. You have to make sure you think hard about what it takes to improve your well-being and personal health, and these are all ideas that could help with that. Things like looking after yourself and improving the way you live on a day to day basis are so essential, and this is why you have to get this right for the future.

 

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Self-Confidence Under the Microscope: Looking Past the Cliches https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/self-confidence-under-the-microscope-looking-past-the-cliches/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/self-confidence-under-the-microscope-looking-past-the-cliches/#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:09:34 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14460 By: Daniel Click   “Be yourself.”   “Believe in yourself.”   “Just be you.”   “You’re perfect as you are.”   The above are just a few of the typical cliches that tend to arise when considering matters related to self-confidence. These cliches, along with countless motivational quotes on social media, are all variations on […]

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By: Daniel Click

 

“Be yourself.”

 

“Believe in yourself.”

 

“Just be you.”

 

“You’re perfect as you are.”

 

The above are just a few of the typical cliches that tend to arise when considering matters related to self-confidence. These cliches, along with countless motivational quotes on social media, are all variations on the same theme: if you want to improve your self-esteem, then you just need to believe in yourself, go your own way, and be proud of who you are.

 

There’s some value to the above sentiments, too – but for most people, merely choosing to improve your self-confidence isn’t an option. It sounds nice, but it’s just not that simple.

 

Why is this?

 

Very few things in life can be fixed with a few blanket, non-specific statements. Human emotions are complicated; that’s why conditions such as Imposter Syndrome (where people underestimate their abilities or feel their achievements are unearned) and Paradise Syndrome (where people seem to have everything they could ever need but are still unhappy) exist. Self-confidence works in much the same way; you can’t just tell someone with one of the above syndromes to get over it, just like you can’t tell someone with depression to simply “cheer up”.

 

Self-confidence works in much the same way; motivational quotes and cliches are nice, but if you have confidence issues, they will likely just skim the surface rather than making a lasting impact.

 

So self-confidence issues are permanent?

 

No – but issues with self-esteem do require a little more work than a few pithy phrases.

 

For the most part, those who experience issues with self-confidence have a reason. It may be a reason that is exaggerated in their mind, but it’s still a reason; for example, a person may feel that their facial skin has aged before its time, and they think that this is noticeable to others – so their self-confidence depletes as a result. There are countless “causes” of self-confidence issues, from weight to concerns over social status to economic worries, but these causes are real, even if they are somewhat exaggerated.

 

When you’re dealing with a real reason for self-confidence concerns, a nice statement or cute quote just isn’t going to cut past that.

 

How can self-confidence be improved?

 

For most people, a combination of two different techniques helps to alleviate self-confidence issues. The first is remedial; people can make efforts to lose weight, visit a leading aesthetic doctor, seek to make new friends, or any other measure that helps to address the cause of their self-confidence issues.

 

The second technique is to dig deeper, usually via psychotherapy or counseling, to provide the framework that helps people to feel more able to embrace the motivational quotes. While “believe in yourself!” isn’t helpful, working with a therapist to understand why you don’t believe in yourself, and how this situation can be improved, can be hugely beneficial.

 

In conclusion

 

A motivational quote or self-confidence cliche will never help to ease self-confidence concerns. However, a dual approach of remediation and therapeutic work can provide long-lasting results that address all aspects of self-confidence issues, which can help to set such concerns aside once and for all.

 

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Alternative Routes to Nursing https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/alternative-routes-to-nursing/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/alternative-routes-to-nursing/#respond Sat, 06 Apr 2019 00:13:23 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14434 Want to pursue a career as a nurse? The most traditional route into nursing involves studying a three to four year course at a university, graduating as a fully-licensed nurse. However, there are other routes that you can take if this doesn’t work for you. Here are some of the alternative routes into nursing.   […]

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Want to pursue a career as a nurse? The most traditional route into nursing involves studying a three to four year course at a university, graduating as a fully-licensed nurse. However, there are other routes that you can take if this doesn’t work for you. Here are some of the alternative routes into nursing.

 

Become a nursing associate

 

Becoming a nursing associate could allow you to get into nursing without having to study a degree. It usually involves two years of practical ward based training, followed by two and a half years of on-the-job training as a nursing apprentice. After all this, you can then gain your full nursing license.

 

Hybrid courses do exist which may include a shortened degree of 18 months followed by on-the-job training. Some people find this balance of education and on-the-job training beneficial, giving you both the experience of studying and the experience of working in a hospital before you get licensed as a full-time nurse.

 

You can apply for nursing associate programmes online. Having good school grades can help, as can having experience in a medical or caring role (such as working in a care home or working as a porter).

 

Take an online course

 

Most people that take the university route study on campus, however there are now a growing number of nursing courses available online. You can even study an online MSN to get into the higher ranks of nursing. These online courses allow the freedom to study in one’s own time from home, which could allow you to study around commitments such as work or looking after kids.

 

Online courses tend to have the same requirements as on-campus courses. In some cases, fees may be cheaper than studying at a university (you could also save money on living costs whilst studying).

 

Train abroad

 

You may be able to pursue a nursing degree abroad. This could allow you to travel and gain experience living in another country whilst studying. It could also be cheaper to study a nursing degree in some countries.

 

Applying for a nursing degree abroad could require doing some research into the country’s application process. You may be able to get help from study counselling services that can guide you through the process and ensure that you’ve got everything you need.

 

Most nursing courses around the world will be taught in English. Qualifications are usually also transferrable between countries. That said, there could be some courses that aren’t taught in English and don’t offer transferrable qualifications – this is something you may want to look into beforehand. You’ll also need to consider getting a passport if you haven’t already got one and a visa for that country if it is needed.

 

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How to Start Taking Better Care of Yourself, Starting Today https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/how-to-start-taking-better-care-of-yourself-starting-today/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/how-to-start-taking-better-care-of-yourself-starting-today/#respond Wed, 03 Apr 2019 15:33:01 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14396 By: Daniel Click In this day and age, it is very hard to take care of yourself. You may feel as though you never have the time, and that everything you do doesn’t make a difference. You have to know that it doesn’t need to be this way and that it is more than possible […]

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By: Daniel Click

In this day and age, it is very hard to take care of yourself. You may feel as though you never have the time, and that everything you do doesn’t make a difference. You have to know that it doesn’t need to be this way and that it is more than possible for a few small changes to make a world of difference.

Make some Time for You

It’s so important that you set a chunk of your time aside every day to do something for yourself. Try your hand at meditating, go to the gym or even sit down with your favourite meal. It is also possible for you to take up a hobby, such as painting or writing. When you do this, you can feel way more energised on a day to day basis, and you can also feel more relaxed.

 Purge

A space that is cluttered won’t be doing you any favours. You need to let go of the things that you really don’t need anymore, and you also need to make room in your life for new things. So, clean out all of your closet, and let go of needless items. Take the time to organise your workspace and get rid of anything that you aren’t sentimentally attached to. When you have done this, you can then go out and buy yourself something new. Having a stylish wardrobe can work wonders for your confidence and it can also help you to avoid being weighed down by things that you just have no use for anymore.

Your Physical Health

Your physical health is just as important as your mental health. If you don’t have a healthcare plan, then now is the time for you to invest in one. If you have any questions about using your Medicaid plan then there are so many professionals who can advise you on that.

 Get Outside

Think about it, when was the last time you went outside? Chances are it was at least a few hours ago. If you want to help yourself and your state of mind then go to the local park, buy yourself an ice-cream cone or even go to a local hotspot to see what events are happening right now. You might also want to consider walking to work instead of driving. Sometimes a breath of fresh air is all you need in order to feel better about yourself, not to mention that this can also work wonders for your mental health as well.

Keep a Journal

When you keep a journal, it gives you the chance to be alone with your thoughts. It lets you see yourself in the past and the present, not to mention that it can also help you to shape the decisions that you make in the future. Nobody needs to know that you create a journal either, in fact, sometimes it’s a good idea to have your own private thoughts on paper because it will help you to be more open with yourself.

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How to Cope with Stress-Related Insomnia Naturally https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-insomnia-naturally/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/04/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-insomnia-naturally/#respond Wed, 03 Apr 2019 15:20:54 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=14393 By: Janelle Coplin For those having sleep problems at night, life can be an overall living hell. Stress can have a large impact on our mental and physical health, and it often plagues our mind while we are attempting to fall asleep. If you want to cope with your stress-related insomnia naturally, here are a […]

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By: Janelle Coplin

For those having sleep problems at night, life can be an overall living hell. Stress can have a large impact on our mental and physical health, and it often plagues our mind while we are attempting to fall asleep. If you want to cope with your stress-related insomnia naturally, here are a few ways in which to do so.

Improving Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene does not refer to how clean we are when we go to bed, it actually refers to our sleeping routine. The best way to coax our mind and body into a deep sleep is to have the same routine each morning and night so that our brain associates this routine with sleep and begins to settle down for the night. This means sleeping with no distractions (yes, that means switching off your mobile phone!) and sleeping at a similar time each night. You should also do the same things before bed such as reading a chapter of a book, brushing your teeth and having a drink of warm milk.

General Wellness Changes

Sleep-related insomnia can be worsened by things you do in the day. If you are suffering with insomnia, although it may be very difficult to avoid, do not drink caffeine. This could just worsen your symptoms and leave you hooked on the stuff. Don’t take a nap, however sleepy you feel and try to improve your overall wellness by eating healthy and exercising. These can all aid in improving your mood.

CBD Oil

CBD oil is taken from cannabis, but does not make you high. Instead, this element has been proven to have many benefits to the body, such as aiding in relieving stress and anxiety, and there have been many preliminary studies done that show CBD oil aids in sleeping when suffering with stressors in your life. You can buy CBD oil online if you want to give it a go.

Meditation

Meditation is a great way to overcome stress and help you feel more positive about outcomes. Meditating for just 10 minutes a day may help you overcome your negative mindset and this in turn will aid in you being able to sleep at night. There are many apps that you can download on your phone to help you start meditating today.

Yoga

Yoga, much like meditation is about relaxing the mind. Unlike meditation though, yoga also brings your body into relaxation and provides your muscles with a well needed workout. Yoga can help you in overcoming any feelings of stress and aid you in sleeping for longer as your muscles need that sleep to aid in recovery. For those who don’t feel like a full body workout, yoga is a great and more relaxing alternative.

Aromatherapy

There are many natural scents that have been around for years and are proven to help us with our sleeping patterns and our moods. Aromatherapy includes using scents such as lavender to aid in our sleep quality and our overall mood. You can purchase lavender oils, sprays that you can use on bedding or pillows, or you can purchase your very own lavender plant.

Talking Therapies

If none of these are really getting to the root of your problem, it may be that you need to talk to someone about what is causing your stress-related insomnia. Talk to your doctor about the options available in your local area, whether this be talking with a therapist one-on-one or as a group to help in overcoming your problems or worries. Don’t suffer alone – even just talking to someone about what is causing you such stress can help with sleeping better at night.

Using these tips may help with your sleep-related insomnia, whether you try one from the list or combine them all.

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