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Caregiver’s Self-Kindness: Finding What Works Best

download (41)Lack of self-kindness can lead to the loss of identity, the blues, symptoms of depression, or a medical diagnosis of depression. You don’t need any of these things at this time of life. Instead, identify the self-kindness steps that work for you–a trial and error process. While you’re figuring this out, you need to continue to be a caregiver and take care of yourself.

Like buying new shoes, you have to “try on” self-kindness. You may eat lunch out with a friend for weeks, until you realize this is costly self-kindness. A new hobby may grab your attention until you realize you don’t like it. Getting together with family members can be self-kindness, but this is difficult if relatives live far away, and your meetings are few.

Whether you are a volunteer family caregiver or a paid health care professional, each caregiver has to determine the self-kindness steps that work for them. I’m in my 19th year of caregiving and am also a health and wellness writer. To produce articles and books I need time for thought and research. Therefore, I build quiet time into


Can Your Fitness Tracker Work Against You?

download (40)Fitness trackers are all the rage right now, but there’s one aspect of activity tracking most people never think about – the tracking part. Just like a cellphone or any other tracking device, an activity tracker logs data related to your whereabouts (or past whereabouts). In other words, your fitness tracker could work against you!

A Florida Case
Currently, the information logged by a fitness tracker is being used as part of a court case. A Florida woman claimed that she was raped while staying at her boss’s house, but her activity tracker shows that she did not do the things she claimed to do the night prior.

This woman claimed to be sleeping the night before the attack, but her tracker data shows that she was up and walking around all night – police suspect she was staging the scene of the crime.

This is just one case where fitness trackers are being used to hold people accountable. The data that a tracker logs can be used against someone in a court of law, and more and more this is what’s happening.

Used as Proof Too


Signs and Symptoms of Emotional Distress

download (39)Most people suffering from this form of distress find that they have very poor sleep quality. Sleep is essential to your overall well being and finding that your sleep is lacking or you fall asleep but cannot stay asleep will have a negative impact on you daily. Poor sleep quality comes out in other forms, such as exhaustion, struggle to concentrate and so much more, which only add to the signs and symptoms you are already facing with this form of distress.

Another sign you may not that may have you wondering if you are suffering and need emotional distress psychotherapy is weight fluctuations. Everyone is under the impression that when you are stressed you will lose weight, but this is not the case. In fact, many people suffering with distress find that they can lose weight and they put it on just as easily. Some find comfort in eating, which results in them putting on the pounds and then the next week, they cannot eat and the weight falls off them again.

A very common sign of emotional distress is headaches. Unfortunately this


Where to Start Your Health and Fitness Lifestyle Journey

download (38)Once we have noticed a problem in our lives or maybe something just missing and we come to the decision that the problem is that we are not living our lives quite as well or as fully as we should be living it, many of us have to step back a second and come to the realization that we do not know where to start. What changes should we make? Should I just dive right in fully submerged in this new lifestyle? How often and long should I be working out? These are all questions I am going to answer and more with specific instructions along with experiences of my own.

The first thing that you must do is decide on a goal for yourself. Do you want to lose weight? Do you just want to be living better? Both will lead to the same lifestyle later but if you are trying to lose weight your diet and exercise will need to be stricter. You should, also, not shy away from setting specific goals; goals that include time frames and are measurable and most


Bursitis: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

download (37)First things first… there are about 160 bursae throughout the human body. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac lined with special cells which secrete a lubricating fluid rich in collagen and proteins. It functions as a gliding surface to decrease friction between the bones, tendons, and muscles near the joints. Bursitis, then, is inflammation of a bursa, and it can cause mild, moderate, or even severe pain.

Bursitis is commonly located in the shoulder, elbow, knee, and hip, but can also occur in the heel and the base of your big toe. Overall, it tends to localize near joints that perform repetitive movements. Treatment generally involves resting the affected joint and shielding it from further damage, and with proper treatment, the pain associated with bursitis goes away within a few weeks, but flare-ups of bursitis are common.

How Do I Know? Bursitis Causes and Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of bursitis are aching and stiffness in your joints, pain during movement, redness and swelling near the joint, and pain with pressure at the site of the bursitis. You should definitely talk to your doctor if


Body Fat – How It Affects Our Health

download (36)World over, there is the general misinformation about ‘body fat’ and ‘obesity’. While obesity has gained the proportions of a global epidemic, the importance of body fat in the right proportions cannot be dismissed completely. Too little or too much of body fat can lead to health issues.

‘Body fat’ is a term used in familiar tones and most people tend to link it with cholesterol levels and obesity. The body requires certain amounts of fat for metabolic and structural functions although excess amounts of it can have severe health implications. Fat is naturally produced in the body by the absorption of fats from the foods we consume. The metabolism breaks down the fat and two byproducts – glycerol and fatty acids – are released into the body. Glycerol is processed by the liver into glucose which is the storehouse of energy; fatty acids are the major source of energy for the major body tissues, especially the skeletal and the cardiac muscles. Hence, the importance of appropriate amounts of fats in the diet is not to be ignored.

Benefits of body fat

Body fats contribute to


Health – Some Startling Facts Revealed

download (35)Human health has long been an issue of great interest and curiosity besides the subject of vast research and studies. What makes us tick?

The human body is like a well-oiled machine and functions well when all the systems are carrying out their ‘duties’ properly in conjunction with each other. But the larger ‘duty’ of managing the body well rests with us. Health is the vast sum of all functions that humans have to exercise in order to survive in a given situation or environment, the diverse the environment the greater the emphasis on health and its importance. But the irony is that besides illnesses and diseases that are the leading causes of deaths globally, factors like air pollution, water pollution, exposure to chemicals and pesticides also cause millions of deaths each year.

Let’s get in detail some information on this as well as other health related issues from around the world.

Risk factors

Health studies and medical data provide the startling fact that air pollution from industry and vehicle exhaust lead to the premature death of over 3.5 million people each year. When you find that that number is more than the combined deaths


Seniors: Strategies For Preventing Falls and Remaining Independent

downloadWho wants to be independent? I certainly do. To me, it means being healthy and able to do the things in life that give me pleasure. For many seniors, independence can also mean not depending on others for their care. A major cause for a loss of independence for them is falling.

While it’s true that most falls do not result in serious physical injury, there is a profound psychological impact. Once a person falls, they restrict their activities because of the fear of another fall. This action leads to greater risk of falling again, because inevitably they do less physical activity. This fear is very powerful, and negatively affects their lives. This fear is the greatest obstacle for re-establishing balance.

I’ve given several lectures on keeping seniors independent. Before each lecture, I pass around a sheet of paper for the audience to list the three most important areas of concern in their lives. At every lecture, staying independent and preventing falls is at the top of the list by a long shot. This is why I’ve devoted my practice to helping seniors with this issue.


5 Basic Tips on Working Out

download (34)When it comes to working out, the “right” way to work out varies from person to person. However there are a few basic tips that most people who work out follow. I will list out 5 basic tips that are used as common guidelines when starting to workout.

Safety First – Safety being probably the most obvious is also probably the most important. When you are a beginner to lifting it is crucial you learn the proper technique and the correct weight your body can handle. Many people who have looked past safety when lifting cannot lift properly now due to an injury in the past from not lifting smart.

Nutrition – Eating properly is crucial when it comes to getting the results you want from working out. Some even say nutrition is more than 50% of the battle when it comes down to getting results. So make sure your feeling your body the right way!

Sleep – Sleep is extremely overlooked when it comes to fitness. It is very important that you are logging in around 8 hours of sleep per night to let your


Proper Care for Prosthetics

download (33)Building the perfect prosthetic takes hard work. Proper limb care and skin care is essential to your health and mobility. To avoid swelling, discomfort, abrasions, trapped sweat, bacterial and fungal infections, here are some tips on how to take care of your extremity and skin. These tips are helpful in preventing or avoiding any further damage.

How to take care of your artificial limb:

• Your limb tends to swell in hot water as it dangles when you when you sit or stand in the shower. This will make it difficult to put on your prosthetic. That is why taking a shower at night will help to avoid swelling by raising the limb.

• If you have a prosthetic which is placed below the knee. It is vital never to sleep or sit with a pillow under the knee. This will lead to an inability to straighten the knee.

• For an artificial limb which is placed above the knee, it is important not to sleep with it on. When the limb is resting on a pillow, this promotes hip flexion or inability to straighten the hip.


General Health and Fitness – Four Ways To Jumpstart Your Morning

download (32)Feel like you need a boost to get out of bed in the morning? If so, you aren’t alone. Whether you suffered from a night of restless sleep or you simply weren’t able to log enough hours, everyone has those days where climbing out of bed can be very trying.

Fortunately, there are ways to get through these days. Let’s look at four ways to jumpstart your day when you’re feeling a little less than energetic…

1. Brew A Cup Of Coffee. On those days where you just need an extra boost, don’t feel bad about brewing yourself a strong cup of coffee. While you don’t want to get into the habit of doing this every day, the odd cup of coffee on occasion can have an energy boosting impact.

Even better, moderate doses of caffeine can improve insulin sensitivity, so this could assist with your blood sugar control.

2. Do A Quick Circuit. Circuit training is a fast and efficient way to jumpstart your metabolic rate, get in some quick exercise and promote muscular strength and development.

Put together a series of 5 to


Is It Possible to Get Taller After Puberty?

download (31)People are seeking new ways to get tall and keep on asking, “Is it possible to get taller after puberty?” Many people ask me different ways that could help them to increase their height. So finally, I have jotted down a few of the methods of increasing your height. You can check which of the following method looks convenient to you and follow it over a period. It is important to note that such methods should be adopted for a long-term in order to observe the results.

Exercise to stretch your spine

A proven way of increasing your height is through exercise. Exercise helps to make body and spine flexible thus, making your spine more prone to grow. You can see that the sportsmen have a tall and strong physique. They are also physically active since exercise gives their muscles and bones strength as well as vigor.

There are various ways to stretch the body, but this method requires time and persistence. Without determination and eagerness to increase your height, this method cannot work. Basketball, volleyball, skipping, and swimming can help your body to stretch. It


5 Simple Tips For Faster Leg Surgery Recovery

download (30)Foot surgeries can be daunting with feelings of not being able to get around and feelings of dependence on other people in cases where you should be going around your daily life in a productive way.

Here are 5 simple tips to help you recover faster from your leg surgery and get you going and back on your feet faster than you thought possible.

1. Your doctor is your best friend

Listen to everything your doctor says! This looks like a simple and straight forward advice but in actual fact, it can get tough to follow this advice where your movement and ability to get around is hampered.

However, in other for you to get back up fast and start getting around quickly, you must listen to your doctor because right now, your doctor is your best friend.

You must take your meds at the prescribed time, take rests, do your physical therapies in the recommended doses and at the recommended time to ensure the fastest possible recovery time.

2. Pay attention

Mostly, after leg surgery, surgeons will want to take weight off the foot or limit weight bearing to


New Year’s Fitness Resolutions And Keeping The Promises

download (29)The New Year provides an opportunity for people to make resolutions, though they are often faltered. People make promises about physical fitness at the beginning of the year, especially because of gaining weight due to excessive eating all through the year.

Although making resolutions are quite easy but keeping the promises are quite difficult. At the beginning of the year, people are excited about their fitness regime. But as the year progresses, their passion quickly runs out of steam. So it is hard to find people making long-term changes in their lifestyle based on the resolutions made.

Be Realistic

It is important to be realistic and flexible when setting resolutions made for the New Year. In spite of the best intentions, there are chances of life’s events preventing you from reaching your fitness resolutions.

Set Measurable Goals

One way to keep up with your New Year’s fitness resolutions is to set measurable goals. Hence, setting a goal of doing exercises twice a week is more concrete and easy to follow compared to setting a vague goal that makes it difficult to measure the progress. Similarly, setting obviously difficult


Weight Lifting Technique: Not Sexy, But Safe

download (28)I had just done a set on the calf press machine. A young woman standing nearby said, “You’re the only one in the gym who does this the right way.”

I knew what she meant. Most of the users treat the seated calf press like a leg press.

My first lifting coach was a technique fanatic. He used to grunt, “If you go into the weight room, you’ll see some funny s**t.” We all learned good technique from the start with that coach.

Does It Matter?

Lifting technique is important for safety. Bad form can lead to injury – and cheat the muscle out of its workout.

But bad technique can be an important signal that the target muscle can’t handle the workload. When the weight is appropriate, the lifting action will tend to remain correct.

When the target muscle lacks the strength to lift the weight – or the endurance to finish the set – the body “cheats.” It’s just an attempt to recruit less fatigued muscle fibers, or even get stronger muscles to help. An impressive solution, when you think about it. But it’s not safe.

Errors in


Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Constipation Naturally

download (25)Constipation is a health issue in which the affected person passes hard stools or is unable to empty the bowel regularly. Lack of enough fiber in one’s diet, certain medications or inadequate water consumption can all lead to constipation. Other conditions such as piles and fissures can manifest due to chronic constipation.

However, there are many tried and tested remedies that can relieve you from this problem in a safe and natural way. Instead of taking prescription drugs, you should opt for all-natural methods since they are free from side effects and are effective at the same time.

If you are not sure of how to treat your constipation naturally, then this article is for you. We are sharing some of the best tips that have helped countless people who suffer from irregular bowel movements throughout the world. So, keep reading to find out more.

Increase fiber intake

Today, our diet has less than the required amount of fiber. This is because the influx of processed food has taken over whole foods. The result is that our body is unable to get enough amounts of fiber to


Hammocking to Make Your Life Better

download (24)“Hammocking” is the name given to the activity of resting in a hammock. No matter if it is used to take a break and relax during the day, read a book, enjoy nature, take a refreshing nap or sleep a whole night, more and more people are joining this pleasant practice.

Why is this trend increasing every day, becoming so popular? Well, here we will show you some benefits of hammocking that probably you never imagined…

They suit you

The wonderful thing about a hammock is that once you lie on it, you can stretch and move in the direction you want, because it will mold to your body as if it had been made for you.

They are therapeutic

Resting in a hammock helps to relieve the pain of the lower back and neck. Additionally, when lying perpendicularly, pressured muscles are relieved as the hammock adjusts and molds perfectly to the shape and weight of the body, providing the support needed without any pressure points. Thanks to this, the muscles relax, allowing better blood flow and facilitating circulation throughout the body. In this way, the body enters


Compounding Pharmacy Vs Regular Pharmacy

download (23)In America, there are two main types of pharmacy; compounding pharmacy and regular pharmacy. There are some very important differences between these two types of pharmacy, which will be explained in the article below. You can choose which type of pharmacy would be better for you based on this information.

Compounding Pharmacy

This type of pharmacy has been around for decades, but it is only just starting to become more popular again. For centuries, most pharmacies were compounding ones, but they almost disappeared with the advent of mass-produced medicines during the mid-twentieth century. They practice a safe type of “alternative medication”, where each user has their own medication mixed especially for them by a qualified expert, based on the advice of the diagnosing doctor. It is considered as alternative medication because customers are not forced to rely on the industry standard for their particular medication, and therefore they are more likely to get a drug which meets their specific needs. Being able to tailor the drugs in this way means that patient’s have a greater choice over the medication that they have to take, because


Benefits of Drinking Enough Water

download (22)Our bodies comprise of many different components, of all of the chemicals and elements that our body is comprised of though, one stands out above the rest H2O. We are of course talking about water, our bodies are approximately 60% water, this alone should stress the importance of staying hydrated, if we are 60% water it would stand to reason water is very important to the healthy function of our body.

Even though it is staring us in the face, many people around the world do not get enough water. Now we are not talking about the individuals that do not have access to clean water (they want to drink water it is just not available). We are talking about the people around the world for whom water is readily available, and yet they choose to drink unhealthy alternatives such as soft drinks.

Even drinks like Gatorade and PowerAde do not yield that many health benefits for the average person as water does. Sports drinks are packed full of electrolytes and performance enhancing nutrients that is true. They are also packed with preservatives and chemicals