Could you live without your smartphone these days? Some people can’t. It seems we have become a nation that has our phones attached to our hands for the majority of our waking hours. Of course, this isn’t because we are constantly texting or talking to someone, this is because our smartphones can literally contain our lives. With that in mind, it is worth exploring how dependent we are on these devices, and what we can do with them. Maybe it will inspire you to make more of your phone in the new year, or perhaps motivate you to use your time more wisely.
We all know that meal planning can save us money when done right, but did you know your smartphone can help you stick to it? Not only could you record your weekly meals in there, but it could also help you generate a list to take to the store. There are even apps that will provide you with recipes by typing in a few select ingredients. Having all of this information at a touch of a button can save you a lot of time, and also save that money.
Streaming our favorite films and TV programs
Sometimes it’s hard to get that time to watch your favorite programs or films, especially as a busy mom. So you take your moments where you can, and your smartphone can really help with that. Having applications like Netflix could help you do that. Enabling you to even watch something fun at any moment, even when you are awake at night during a night feed.
Let’s go online shopping
Online shopping is a little dangerous for any shopaholic amongst us, but let’s be honest here, our phones have made it so much simpler. With our favorite stores having their dedicated applications, it’s now even easier to check out when a sale is on, or you just have to have that new pair of shoes.
Cash back, discount codes, and voucher apps
There are even more applications that can help save and make you money. Now with cash back apps there for every time you shop online, and even discount and vouchers online to help you make those all-important savings. Your phone not only helps you buy the products but save and make in the process.
Applications for children
Smartphones have been a parents savior. From letting your children watch videos online when you are wanting to eat a meal in peace in a restaurant, through to letting them play games that help stimulate their minds when you need time to do the washing or ironing. Also children end up having their own devices, which can be a worry, but also you might need to consider apps where you canview the location history of your child’s iPhone. As long as children are not spending too much time on them in one sitting, they can really benefit from them.
An online diary at our fingertips
Finally, with appointments, after school activities and children who have better social lives than we do, it’s important to have a diary to keep it all together. So even better that your smartphone has an online version that enables you to know where you are up to at any moment of the day.
Let’s hope this has inspired you to maybe use smartphones more wisely.
The first few months of your newborn’s life are among the most hectic and exciting times you’ll experience. As you rush to get them settled into your home, your mind is solely focused on them—as it should be. However, it’s easy to let your own self-care needs fall by the wayside during this time, which can leave you looking just as tired as you feel. Use these tips for post-pregnancy skin care to bring back your youthful glow and fit some “me time” into your day while you’re at it.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
The sun is the leading cause of many skin issues—and this includes those that develop postpartum. In fact, pregnancy-specific skin conditions such as melasma and dark, irregular patches on the face can worsen with heightened sun exposure. So, make sure you’re protecting yourself by wearing an SPF-30 sunscreen and sticking to the shade as much as possible.
Thoroughly Cleanse and Moisturize
It’s also important that you regularly wash your face and apply a moisturizer afterwards. At the end of a long day, new moms often skip this part of their routines in exchange for a few more precious minutes of sleep. However, this leaves harmful bacteria on their skin, which can quickly clog their pores and turn into acne. Stop this battle before it starts by washing your face twice a day and keeping it hydrated.
Another crucial tip for post-pregnancy skin care is to fit an exfoliation step into your routine. Exfoliation allows you to gently buff away all the oil, dirt, and dead skin cells that are making your complexion appear dull. It also works to dissolve any debris clogging your pores and, as a result, prevent future breakouts. Best of all, there are a couple different types of exfoliation products for you to choose from, so it’s always possible to find a product that fits your specific needs.
Get Enough Rest
Most importantly, make sure you’re always getting enough sleep. We know this is easier said than done when your baby frequently needs you in the middle of the night. But sleep is what allows the skin to repair itself and reenergize its cells. Without it, your skin is at risk for premature drooping and sagging. Because of this, getting a little extra sleep when you can is vital.
Christina Duron is a writer living in the Chicagoland area. Her passion for writing and mental health help create thought provoking and engaging pieces and hopes to use them to empower mothers and women to embrace the beauty of motherhood.
Having a baby can wreak all kinds of havoc on a mom’s body. From the long months of pregnancy and the experience of childbirth, all the way through breastfeeding and picking up your growing infant, there are continual changes and challenges putting pressure on your body frame.
That’s why it’s common for moms to experience physical weakness and muscular imbalance while pregnant and postpartum, such as with poor posture. To help understand what mothers can do to mitigate this experience, here’s a look at the importance of posture, along with ways to stretch, stabilize and strengthen your muscles.
Why Posture Matters
If you’re working out regularly, you might think your posture’s taken care of—but think again. The truth is, while exercise is important, it typically only accounts for a small portion of your day-to-day life. Even if you spend 45 minutes a day being intentionally active, for example, you’re still spending the vast majority of your time on autopilot.
The way you sit, stand and hold your body during the rest of the day has the biggest impact on your musculoskeletal system. If you’re typically sedentary, it’s common to be practicing compensatory, weakened and imbalanced posture that leads to misalignment and pain. To help your body fully recover from pregnancy, childbirth and the demands of caring for a baby, proper posture is key. This is why you have to make it a priority as a mom.
How to Improve Your Posture
There are many exercises and stretches that can help strengthen your core and improve your posture. The first step toward realizing their benefits, however, is to learn to stand properly, with the shoulder and hip stacked over the ankle in a straight, vertical line. Likewise, when sitting, your head, ribcage and pelvis should be balanced over both feet, and your feet should be balanced beneath your knees and hips. Draw yourself up while working at your desk. Avoid hunching over while you sit on the floor with your baby or prep for dinner. Practicing proper posture is a habit you can cultivate for better musculoskeletal health.
Additionally, here are four exercises specifically aimed at improving your pelvic and structural health as a mom:
Recommended in pregnancy for strengthening the pelvic muscles and preventing incontinence, Kegel exercises involve contracting the pelvic floor (“up and in”) for 10 seconds at a time, releasing and repeating.
To practice a chest opener, you stand up and stretch your arms around your sides to meet in back. Lock your fingers together and pull your arms away from your body gently, until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and release.
For the “Superman” stretch, lay flat on your stomach on the ground or an exercise mat. Stretch your arms out ahead of you. Simultaneously lift your arms, head and legs off the ground. Hold for 30 seconds before lowering.
This classic workout starts with you on all fours, back straight. You simultaneously raise one arm (straight ahead of you) and the opposite leg.
As the above tips illustrate, when it comes to your physical posture and health, there’s a lot you can do to mitigate back pain and postural problems. Staying active during pregnancy and following a good postpartum workout plan are both good strategies. Likewise, learning to sit properly and practicing posture-boosting stretches are key. So, if you’ve heard that the dreaded “mom slump” is inevitable, think again! Use the tips in this post to combat a hunched and scrunched posture — and help yourself feel better in the process.
Author bio: Ian Feurtado is Fitness and Wellness Director for Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, Long Island’s premier physical therapy company. Feurtado has been with Metro for more than seven years and has helped thousands of patients with his specialized exercise programs.
2020 has been such a crazy and challenging year for many. As it comes to an end, the opportunity to push reset arises and becomes the perfect time to focus on self-care. Take this time to move on from this tough year and pamper yourself with some self-care activities by following this 31-day self-care calendar. Plus the wallpapers and Insta-story stickers included will help you stay motivated and on-track throughout the journey! From meditating to giving yourself a spa day at home, this self-care calendar is packed with attainable and fun ways to help give yourself some well-deserved TLC.
Day 1: Eat Clean
Eating clean is a great way to start off the first day of your self-care journey! Make a day out of it and take a trip to your local farmers market.
Day 2: Listen to a Podcast or Read
Take the time to read that book you’ve been making to get to or start that new podcast your friend recommended!
Day 3: Meditate
If you need to compress, use this day in the self care calendar to meditate and recharge your batteries. Since this year has been stressful, there’s no better way of relaxing and getting rid of the bad energies. Download this wallpaper to motivate you get your meditation on:
Day 4: Declutter Your Space
Go through your old clothes today and get rid of things you don’t need. Hopefully this will also help you cleanse and declutter your mind in the process!
Day 5: FaceTime With a Friend
Reconnect with a friend today – old or new! That way you can chat about everything that’s happened this year, and maybe even over a glass of wine!
Day 6: Host Wine Night
Hosting a wine night, whether it’s by yourself or with friends, serves as a great and fun way to destress and close out a long week.
Day 7: Spa Day
Give yourself a bubble bath, use your favorite candle and make your own DIY spa day! Make sure to share your self-care day with this spa Insta-story sticker!
Day 8: Start a New Skill
Take on a skill that you haven’t tried before, like baking a new recipe, learning a new language, or how to paint something.
Day 9: Buy Some Flowers
Send a friend some flowers to brighten their day. You can even send some to yourself!
Start off the morning by practicing gratitude. You can do this by thinking about something you’re grateful for — focus on the positives! Download this wallpaper for your phone! It can help remind you of all the things you’re grateful for!
Day 12: Stay Hydrated
Remember to drink water today! Fill up your water bottle and take this day to stay hydrated.
Day 13: Compliment Someone
Find a way to compliment someone today, whether it be by texting someone or leaving a friendly comment on social media.
Day 14: Cuddle a Pet or Human
Cuddle your pet or loved one today! Cuddling has many benefits like lowering stress which makes it a great addition to your self-care routine.
Day 15: Coffee In Bed
There’s nothing quite like spending a cozy morning with coffee in bed. Take a photo of your cozy morning and be sure to add this cute Insta story sticker!
Take some time today to turn off the electronics and do something like read a book.
Day 18: Throw a Dance Party
When was the last time you busted out those dance moves? Be sure to throw yourself a mini dance party today to get your spirits up.
Day 19: Cook a New Recipe
Try out a new recipe today. Make yourself something decadent to treat yourself for everything you’ve accomplished this year!
Day 20: Write Down Some Goals
Sometimes self-care is doing what’s best for you, which includes planning for your life in the long run. Today, write down your top three goals that you want to achieve in the New Year. Take that paper with your goals and tape it somewhere you can see it each day, like your bathroom mirror!
Day 21: Try Yoga
Go take a yoga class today. Yoga is great for de-stressing and is perfect for boosting your mood! Use this Insta-story sticker the next time you do yoga to motivate your friends to try out this awesome form of self-care!
Day 22: Breathe
Remember to take a deep breath today. Be sure to breathe in and breathe out to release that bad energy.
Day 23: Say Yes
Say yes to something fun today that you’ve never done before! This is a great way to step out of your comfort zone and try out a new activity.
Day 24: Pick Out Your Favorite Flick
Snuggle up on the couch and watch your favorite movie today — this great for escaping the real world for a while.
Make some time to catch up with family members today and share your new self-care habits!
Day 27: Incorporate Hygge Into Your Home
Add some Hygge decor into your home and add some warmth with some fuzzy textures and twinkly lights.
Day 28: Shopping Spree
Treat yo’self is today’s motto. Put on a cute outfit and get yourself something nice. Make a day out of it by going to the mall with your girlfriends, or just chill in the comfort of your own home and do some online shopping. Use this Insta-story sticker to show off your fun day!
Day 29: Make a New Friend
Try to make a new friend today, or reconnect with an old one!
Day 30: Garden
Spruce up your yard today with some new flowers or plants! If you don’t have a garden, go shopping and pick up some plant babies of your own. Download this wallpaper to help you get inspired to garden:
Day 31: Take a Nap
You’re finished with your self-care calendar now, so take a nap! You deserve it after this crazy year.
Makenzie Pohl is a content creator who develops helpful and compelling stories. Her passion for digital marketing and creative writing has led her to cover unique topics ranging from travel to lifestyle. She calls San Diego, CA home and enjoys dining out, photography and traveling in her spare time.
As flu season nears, it’s time to start preparing to fight against any cold or flu symptoms — especially this year. Due to COVID-19, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts “elevated influenza-like illness” so it’s especially important to stay safe and healthy by taking CDC-recommended preventative measures.
You can start your flu prevention off by getting your flu vaccination, washing your hands and seeking treatment of antiviral medications if you become ill. In addition to those steps, there are a number of essential oils that contain antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help purify and cleanse your home of any bad germs.
Benefits: Antibacterial, antioxidant, strengthens immune system
Chamomile essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils out there, as it helps soothe depression symptoms and ease sleep issues. This oil also contains antibacterial properties that assist in fighting germs that cause the common cold and flu.
Try: Diffusing this oil in all common areas of your home to help keep the air clean and germ free.
Benefits: Antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral
Oregano essential oil is great to have on hand during cold and flu season due to its highly microbial benefits which help fight infection. It also contains antibacterial and antiviral properties which will help keep your space clean and germ-free!
Try: Diffusing this oil in your bedroom to promote good health as you sleep.
Benefits: Antiviral, stress relief
Bergamot essential oil not only contains a refreshing and fruity scent, but the ability to fight off infections that cause the cold and flu. The antiviral properties in this oil helps put up a fight against any viruses in the air.
Try: Making a DIY home spray to keep your home clean and smelling fresh.
Benefits: Antibacterial, antiseptic
Eucalyptus essential oil is commonly found in over-the-counter medicine like ointments and cough drops, so it’s no surprise that it makes a great oil to have around during flu season. According to the National Institute of Health, eucalyptus helps combat inflammation and stimulate the immune system so keep this in mind as you stock up on flu prevention essentials.
Try: Creating your own steam inhalation remedy to help ease any sinus issues.
Frankincense essential oil is another flu prevention essential as it contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties — great for fighting germs. It also helps ease respiratory issues like a mild cough or sore throat which are common symptoms of a moderate cold.
Try: Diffusing this oil throughout your home during the holidays or making a DIY salve for when you feel a tickle in your throat.
Whether you diffuse these oils, make a DIY home spray or steam inhalation remedy, try incorporating these oils into your flu prevention techniques this year. For more essential oils and tips to stay healthy this season, check out FragranceX’s infographic below!
Madison is a content creator and writer helping businesses build their online presence through informative, creative and shareable blog posts. When not writing on all things lifestyle, you can find Madison at the beach, hiking, planning her next travel adventure, or indulging her inner foodie at local taco shops.
As a young girl, you may remember pulling out that secret diary from under your bed and writing all about what happened that day. Growing up, a diary was a place for you and your thoughts to unravel on paper with no one else around. Now most of us see keeping a diary as a distant memory from our childhood. Believe it or not, picking back up this lost habit can benefit you tremendously in your adult life.
Journaling can teach us a lot about ourselves. Writing things out allows you to gain a better understanding of yourself as an individual. This added sense of self-discovery can put you in a better position for maintaining healthier relationships with others. Down below we cover how journaling can benefit you and provide some prompts to get you started.
How You Can Benefit From Journaling
Journaling is a great way to practice self-care and prioritize your well-being. Keep in mind that as humans, our minds are constantly running. Not taking the time to make sense of our feelings can leave us exhausted both mentally and physically.
Journaling is a great outlet and can help you develop emotional intelligence. Jotting down your most inner thoughts can make you more aware of feelings that you may have subconsciously been trying to push away. Burying your feelings can take a toll on your mental health. Even just dedicating 10 minutes every night to your journal can help alleviate some of the stress and tension that has accumulated throughout the day.
How to Improve Your Relationships With Journaling
Keeping a journal can make a big difference in how you manage your relationships. The key to maintaining a healthy relationship with anyone in your life is in communicating effectively. This is very hard to do if you aren’t sure how you feel about a given situation. When conflict arises our emotions can cause us to not be able to think clearly. Consider taking the time to write how you feel and make sense of it on your own before approaching your partner.
In the heat of the moment, we may also say things we don’t mean or regret later. Our emotions are powerful, which means at times they can get the best of us. When your emotions are at an all-time high, write everything you feel out in your journal. You are much more likely to communicate effectively with your partner when you take the time to reflect and evaluate your feelings.
Prompt Ideas to Get You Started
If this is your first time journaling in a while, it can be hard to get started. The following are some prompts to inspire you when writing:
Prompts designed for self-reflection:
List 10 things you’re grateful for today.
Write down 2 ways you’ve succeeded lately.
Expand on your aspirations for the upcoming week and how you can work towards them.
Reflect on how the day went.
Reminisce on memories that have made you happy.
Prompts designed for developing relationships:
Ask yourself how your partner makes you smile.
Reflect on some of the battles you and your partner have overcome.
Think about how your partner has rubbed off on you in a positive way.
Express what has been bothering you in your relationship.
Write about how you and your partner have come together to be better parents (if applicable).
Life can undeniably get very busy, but if possible try and designate a little bit of time every day to journal. Writing and expressing your feelings can benefit you in so many ways mentally. Download additional relationship prompts from Coupon Chief below.
Julia is a content creator who writes on topics ranging from business to lifestyle. She lives in New York City where you can find her running in Central Park, walking her dog, or eating vegan cookies. You can find her on LinkedIn.
The term “mental health” unfortunately has a stigma associated with it, and is scary to most people. Mental illnesses are very common today. Many people need to consult a psychiatrist, but few recognize their needs and look for treatment. Recent research data finds that an estimated 20% of the world population today suffers from some kind of mental disorder like bipolar disorder, anxiety, or depression.
Most people don’t seek treatment for depression. There are various causes behind mental health issues such as chemical imbalances and stress. A proper psychiatric evaluation can help identify the problem, its causes, and the various treatment options that you need to rectify it. Science has made great new strides in the field of psychology and has brought better treatment options that could benefit everybody.
Many people with mental health issues refrain from seeking help out of embarrassment or not are quite sure about who to see. It is important to be able to find out and recognize when someone might need help. There are a number of signs that indicate a need for help. You may want to consult a psychiatrist to determine a treatment plan and you may have to undergo therapy a number of times to be fully cured.
Inability to Control Emotions
People have moments or times when they are angry, sad, or irritated, and these are normal emotions to have these feelings in life. However, past cases find that they need to visit the Best Psychiatry Hospital or consult a psychiatrist to reap its benefits, if and when someone has excessive emotions that they find unable to get under control. A new triggering situation can be prevented by learning to effectively manage emotions.
Changes in Sleep Patterns
A lot can be said about a person’s mental health from their sleep quality and sleep time. People with mental health issues find themselves having trouble sleeping. They may wake up too many times throughout the night, feel trouble falling asleep or wake up too early. People with such issues do not often get the restorative sleep they need as they tend to spend less time in deep stages of sleep. A lack of proper sleep can make it difficult to cope with mental illness symptoms. Therefore, this results in the development of a constant negative feedback loop. Consult a psychiatrist at any time if you need help so you can be back to full health soon.
People with mental health issues often turn to drugs and alcohol addiction to help cope with their illness. It is a red flag if someone needs it on a regular basis and does not find themselves happy without the help of drugs or alcohol, irrespective of whether it is to deal with stress or help relax. This also results in addiction issues. Start therapy immediately and get treatment for depression if you are battling substance addiction so you can be back to full health soon.
Changes in school or work performance
Another sign that spells out the need for a psychiatric test is if an adolescent is suddenly missing class frequently or struggling academically. This is also true for people (adults) who may begin to find it difficult to concentrate on work tasks or begin to miss deadlines many times. Consult a psychiatrist if you are encountering these symptoms.
Withdrawal from social situations
People suffering from excessive anxiety, grief, or severe depression may want to avoid social situations. This could be due to difficulties they feel and face in relating to others or the inability to control emotions. If you experience these kinds of symptoms you need to consult a psychiatrist and get yourself diagnosed.
Mood changes are a significant part of any illness dealing with psychology. They may include borderline personality disorders and other medical problems. Psychotherapy is the main way to deal with and treat mental disorders like personality disorders.
Unexplained Physical Illnesses
Physical and mental health and illness are very closely related. Seeking help from a therapist or a psychiatrist after you find them is vital if you find yourself having recurring physical ailments without a specific cause. Symptoms typically include headaches, vague aches, and stomach pains. Therapists can slowly help you overcome these problems with the help of therapy.
Excessive Worry, Sadness, or Anxiety
Consult a psychiatrist or a therapist if you feel worried constantly or feel an excess of grief. It is also very crucial to get help when someone has suicidal thoughts. A lot of people today find the processing of new grief due to the loss of someone they love difficult. A therapist knows the psychology behind grief and will be able to help cope with the loss of someone you love through therapy. You need to search and consult a psychiatrist if you are struggling with grief today.
Temper Tantrums or Frequent Nightmares
If you find your child or a person having frequent nightmares or being unable to control tempers on a regular basis, it may be a telltale sign to consult a psychiatrist. Younger children often act emotions out behaviorally because talking about emotions is difficult for them. Bullying by friends at school could be a reason for this. If left untreated, this could result in personality disorders later in life. Have your children see a therapist or psychology doctor at the closest psychology center. You could find and have their school counselor or the Best Psychiatrist give them therapy, and get them properly diagnosed if they are exhibiting these signs today.
Relationships and family issues
Whether family, personal or work-related, relationships have their ups and downs. While relationships can be some of life’s best things, they can also be a source of problems and stress in life. An unfulfilling sex life /love life, a loss at work, irreconcilable differences, and other issues play a role here. Today, family therapy and couples therapy are known to help in these situations and get back to normal. Talking to a psychiatrist after you find them, whether in a group therapy setting or individual therapy, can help you get diagnosed and resolve issues that may form even in the strongest relationships in life. There is no shame in opening up to a doctor for psychiatric treatment today if you are a victim of sex violence or lead an unfulfilling sex life.
Irrational fears can involve a lot of things, including the fear that someone is watching you or following you. It also includes the extreme fear of situations (eg – social situations, flying, etc.) and objects (eg- spiders, dogs, etc.). These fears can also become obsessive in nature, leading to feeling intrusive and persistent thoughts that create significant anxiety. Irrational fears almost always lead to extreme or irrational behavior. They can make a normal functioning life almost impossible and result in emotional paralysis. If you are experiencing irrational fears or any of the signs, consult a psychiatrist to talk to and start therapy today. Soon you can be back to full health.
Past or Recent Trauma
Trauma is life-changing and can take a very serious toll on your psyche. You will find unwanted images and memories are often branded into your brain that seemingly unrelated things can trigger. Flashbacks, nightmares, disturbing images, feeling severe anxiety, and deeply painful emotions are just a few of the ways feeling trauma can make life very challenging. Therapy is known to help in these situations and get back to normal.
Common types of trauma include being assaulted, almost dying in an accident, witnessing something graphically tragic, an abusive family life being in combat, surviving a horrific natural disaster, or being sexually or physically abused as an adult or child. This can result in tendencies of self-harm and substance addiction. Consult a psychiatristor therapist for help immediately if you are having trouble processing grief and trauma, or if the signs above show up today.
Troubled Relationship with Food and Eating
Often combined with a distorted body image that is triggered by comments of friends and peers, this can be one of the signs of an eating disorder. Eating disorders can cause a whole world of problems for you. Not only do they unnecessarily consume a lot of your time and energy, but they can also fatally affect your health. Talking to a therapist will help you get back on your feet and benefit you in many ways.
Find the right help
The list above covers a broad range of signs of potential mental disorders today. Other things that should be considered seriously include unusual perceptual experiences, a long pattern of relationship difficulties, abusive behavior, low self-esteem, and problems in processing grief. While talking to friends and family is always encouraged, only a specialist in psychology will get you and be able to tell you what to do. There is no shame in seeking treatment from a professional about unfulfilled sex life or being a victim of sex assault. Speak up, find a therapist, and start therapy today. Soon you can be back to full health.
Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out
In recent times, there has been a lot of new development in the realm of mental health treatment. Science has made the accessibility of new treatment more affordable and faster. Find a local therapist today and build a therapy relationship that is communicative, open, and prosperous. Therapy is all about optimizing your mental health and helping you live life better. Think of therapy as a self-help science activity that will do wonders for your personality and make you ready to take on the world better and faster. Under therapist supervision, you will be able to get diagnosed for all sorts of psychological disorders.
Science and research data says the center of the problem behind many psychological illnesses lies in not being able to talk to one’s friends and family. Search and find therapy for every budget on this list. Talk to your family and friends and ask for help. New research tells us that personality can shift in response to therapy. Simply being able to get their problems out in open helps many people improve their mental clarity and improve their personality. A therapist can help you get the most out of life. Find the best psychiatric help center in your area, and consult with the best psychiatrists for depression treatment options.
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While you may want to remain light-hearted, life always includes a certain number of serious responsibilities. in particular situations, especially when you are a parent, those responsibilities often become the priority.
But the fact that you have serious responsibilities to take care of doesn’t, by any means, mean that you should live your life in a somber and overly serious way. If you can nurture a more light-hearted disposition, there’s a good chance that you will not only feel significantly better over the course of your everyday life, but that you will also radiate a more positive energy to the people around you, and will be more resilient against the challenges you have to confront.
Here are just a small handful of tips that might prove useful in helping you to remain light-hearted when you have serious responsibilities to take care of.
Make time for play on a regular basis
For some reason, we tend to believe that “play” is something primarily for children, and that grown-ups have to be serious and focused on the hard realities of everyday life, pretty much all the time.
In fact, though, there is good psychological research indicating that all human beings, at all ages, have a basic need for play. Among other things, play helps to relieve stress, fuel the imagination, and allow for a simulation of the highs and lows of life, in a low-consequence and ultimately enjoyable setting.
You’ve almost certainly heard the saying “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” and that saying contains much truth that can be applied to anyone, in any situation. Regular play is one of the best ways of keeping light-hearted, and maintaining a youthful and exuberant outlook towards life.
So, make time for play on a regular basis, whether that means getting a good selection of kids games and having family game nights, or whether it means playing a high-energy sport, or playing some video games from time to time.
Nurture a sense of humor about things, and look for regular opportunities to laugh
Throughout all of human history, humor has been one of the primary tools at people’s disposal for helping them to deal with often hard and tense situations, while maintaining a more relaxed and light-hearted attitude.
It’s all too easy in life to end up taking situations – and yourself – gravely seriously. But even the most intensely serious situations out there, i.e. things that are matters of life and death, need to be tempered and dealt with in a more even-keeled way, in many cases. If you just face everything head-on with grim stoicism and severity, there’s a good chance that you will have a breakdown.
There’s a reason why dark humor has been regularly utilized by soldiers in war, for example – and it’s not because they don’t take the situation they’re in seriously.
Look for regular opportunities to laugh, in everyday life. Seek out the humor in each moment, share jokes and funny stories with your friends and relatives, and enjoy a bit of comedy from time to time.
Be careful about the kind of information you regularly take in
One serious truism of psychology is that a major factor in how you perceive and experience the world around you, will be what you choose to focus on and look for.
The famous “Invisible Gorilla” psychological experiment split participants into two teams and instructed them to pass a ball back and forth, and to count how many times the ball was passed. In the middle of the experiment, a man in a gorilla suit walked directly into the center of the game. Remarkably, many participants hadn’t noticed the “gorilla” at all, when later asked about it.
These days, we all have streams of information bombarding and distracting us 24 hours a day – and the type of information that we allowed to dominate our consciousness will have a severe impact on how we experience and view the world as a whole.
For that reason, you need to be extremely careful about the kind of information you regularly take in. If you constantly ruminate on doom and gloom predictions and ugly back-and-forths online, you will be anything but light-hearted.
Make sure that you primarily take in the sort of information that you want to actively shape your life and your perspective on life.
Find avenues to express your own creativity through
Expressing any creative impulses you might have can be an excellent way of helping to keep you optimistic, relaxed, and positively minded about life. In short, it can be a great way to ensure that your orientation towards life is more light-hearted.
There are all sorts of different avenues out there that you could use for expressing your own creativity. You could try writing fiction, recording your own music at home, doing some painting, or making pottery, or any number of other things.
In any case, it can be truly life changing to really connect yourself with the wild and wonderful world of imagination, rather than spending all your time being completely focused on the technical considerations of life – like taxes and budgeting.
Take self-care seriously
Things like proper nutrition, good and adequate sleep, and proper work-life balance, can make a truly tremendous impact on how you feel, and on how capable you are of genuinely enjoying everyday life.
Self-care is something that should be taken seriously, in other words. Unfortunately, though, it is very common for busy people – and especially for ambitious people – to completely burn themselves out while leaving nothing on the table, and nothing in the gas tank.
Resting, feeding yourself properly, and doing what you can to catch up on your sleep, however, are not decadent luxuries. They are things that will make you healthier, happier, better company for the people you care about, and will also ensure that you are able to maintain a healthy, balanced, and substantially more light-hearted approach to life as a whole.
Don’t buy into the idea that it’s necessary, or desirable, to completely drive yourself into the ground.
A good mental health is a basic need the same way clothing, food and shelter are. It is the food for your whole being that keeps you going and helps you face all that life throws your way. So what are some things that psychologists advise us to do to have good mental health? Let’s find out.
Being of sound mental and emotional health is very important. Being at peace with yourself and your surroundings helps you cope with so much in the best way possible. You live life as it comes, and secondly, you appreciate the people around you. Overall you lead a charmed life. However, once in a while, the psychologists approved tips below can help you.
So read on so that you can learn to cultivate a better functional mental health status.
Meditate For Good Mental Health
All good mental health habits start when you are at peace and in zen with everything. That means you are content with your life as it is, and you are at peace with people around you. And the best way to get to this state as many psychiatrists will advise is meditation and mindful thinking. This could be anything from a yoga session or having a meditation session in nature.
When you are moving your body and burning all that excess fat, your mind gets rejuvenated too. When you look great, you feel great as well. Exercise then becomes a very significant way to gain good mental health. The activity you partake depends on your ability. It could be everyday things like walking to the advanced regimes that need a trainer. At the end of the day, you achieve so much from exercising.
By diet, we mean eating right and what your body benefits from. This is drinking lots of water and eating a balanced diet. Your meals must include proteins, minerals, vitamins, fats, and carbohydrates, among other foods. Some people might forfeit specific food groups or twerk the quantities to fit their needs. For instance, those who want to cut some weight could try a keto diet with fewer carbs and more proteins and healthy fats. All in all, a high diet will, for sure, keep you maintaining good mental health.
How to practice good mental health also means that you have to practice gratitude in every event of your life. When you are grateful for what you are facing, everything goes well. For instance, if you are thankful for your new-found date onhttps://datingrating.net/, most probably, that date will go smoothly, and even if it does not, you will be grateful for the opportunity and lesson learned.
Ever heard someone saying that laughter is medicine? Well, psychiatrists do agree that laughing has a positive effect on good mental health. Some situations may not be funny, but laughing at it lays off the event’s burden, making it easier to deal with. Please do not hold back laughter because it instantly lifts your spirits.
Music has a powerful effect on the brain, and one of those effects is relaxing and rejuvenating. When you listen to upbeat music that has a positive message, your mental healthwill stay positive. Music is stressed since listening to songs with words that discourage you kills the integrity of mental health that music helps achieve. For music therapy to be effective, fill your playlist with great pieces and do not forget to dance, that helps too.
Being present means that you live in the moment. If you are at a concert, instead of worrying about making it to work next week, enjoy the show. Being present makes you conscious of your surroundings, which makes you appreciate even the people around you. Living in the present makes it easy for you to deal with issues as they present themselves. More so, it gives you a chance to sort them out before they build up to stress you later.
Another sure way to have good mental health is to remain optimistic in all situations. It is known that good attracts good things; hence thinking positively will promote good mental health. Having a promising approach to life means that you only anticipate good results from people and events in your life.
Lastly, jotting down your feelings could also help you deal with them better. Writing it down is a way to let it out without the hustle of having to talk to someone which is tasking for some people. A personal journal allows you to relive it all through writing, which is very therapeutic and a useful tip for improving mental health.
Having good mental health is a personal matter that you must make the conscious decision to stay that way. There may be incidences that require outside counsel, and you must never hesitate using a mental health helpline, they do come through. If you have more to add on these tips, leave us a comment, we appreciate your input. Now let’s take this somewhere awesome and share the positive vibes.
Michelle Austin is a guest blogger and copywriter with more than 3 years of experience in the psychology of family relationships category. Worked for a long time at the Media Group as editor. Now she is a relationship coach for couples from Mansfield, OH. Her main goal is to help couples stay together in a healthy and strong relationship. Take care of yourself and be patient.
The importance of having correct posture is often overlooked despite the many benefits of good posture and clear drawbacks of poor posture. Posture plays a critical role in your overall health and wellbeing, so it’s crucial to actively work on improving posture.
Many people spend a large part of their week at work, so this is a good place to focus on your posture. Whether your job requires you to be sitting at a desk all day, standing, driving, or lifting heavy items, it’s incredibly important to ensure your posture is correct. In this post, we highlight the benefits of improving your posture and outline how to improve your posture at work.
Main Benefits of Improved Posture
Your posture can impact your physical and mental health. Correcting your posture may provide the following benefits.
Less Headaches and Reduced Risk of Injury
Poor posture puts tension on your upper body, which can lead to headaches and other injuries, such as to the back. The most common injuries due to poor posture are to the back. Back pain is also one of the leading causes for people to have to miss work or see a doctor. By improving your posture you can potentially reduce your risk of headaches and other injuries.
Boosted Self-Esteem and Confidence
By sitting up straight, you can actually improve the way you feel about yourself and your ability to make decisions. Studies have shown that improved posture can lead to increased confidence, mood, and self-esteem.
Increased Productivity and Energy
Since incorrect posture can lead to headaches, pain, and decrease confidence, as you might expect it can also impact your energy levels and ability to be productive. Feeling energized, confident, and pain free can help you stay focused on what you need to do at work.
How to Improve Posture
Below we discuss correct posture and offer diagrams to help you learn how to sit, stand, drive, and lift correctly.
How to Sit Correctly
When sitting at a desk, keep your shoulders back and back flat against the chair. You’ll want to look straight ahead at your screen, which should be at eye level. Your keyboard should be straight in front of you and easy to reach. Keep your feet positioned firmly on the floor and adjust the height of your chair so that your knees are at the same height as your hips.
How to Stand Correctly
When you’re on your feet, keep your head level and shoulders back. Try not to allow your head or shoulders to tip forward. Keep your hands relaxed and by your sides. Always avoid locking your knees when standing still. You’ll also want to wear comfortable, supportive footwear – avoid shoes with high heels!
How to Drive Correctly
Correct driving position means having your seat angled slightly back and your tailbone against the seat back. If you’d like you can add lumbar support, such as a towel, to provide additional support for your lower back. Make sure that you can reach the pedals comfortably; do not have your seat too far back. Also, utilize the headrest. It’s actually there for a reason!
How to Lift Correctly
Lifting incorrectly can be very dangerous. In fact, lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace. When lifting, have your feet in a wide stance and ensure your footing. Keep your abdominals tight and back straight. Bend at your knees and hips and then lift using your legs.
With many more people working from home in makeshift offices, it can be difficult to find the proper ergonomic settings for your workspace. When you consider the effects of poor posture on your body in the long term, it’s worth it to find ways to improve your posture, even in your home office.
For more tips and advice on how to improve posture, check out the visual below.
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