Are you interested in improving your health? Continue reading to learn some important health checks you may want to consider in order to maximise your health.
If the pandemic over the past year and a half has highlighted one thing, it’s the sheer importance of our health and wellbeing. As coronavirus and Covid-19 have rapidly spread around the world, underlying health conditions have become a major cause for concern and many of us are learning to take better care of our bodies where we can. Of course, there are countless things you can do to maximise your health, fitness and wellbeing. You can eat a balanced diet and stick within your recommended calorie count. You can get your recommended one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week. You can take Covid precautions, such as wearing a face mask or face covering, washing and sanitising your hands regularly and keeping a two meter distance from others. But there are also times when you should check in with professionals whose role it is to check in on certain aspects of your health. Here are a few different checkups you should keep up to date with now appointments are opening back up and things are getting a little more back to normal.
Eye tests don’t have to be attended that regularly. In fact, it’s recommended that you go once every two years. This is extremely low commitment, so there’s no excuse to miss this appointment. No matter how busy you may be, or what commitments and responsibilities you may have, it’s nigh on impossible to not have a half hour window free at some point in two whole years. The eye test itself will be pretty simple and straightforward. When you turn up, you needn’t worry, as it’s a completely comfortable and pain free experience. Your optometrist will greet you and take you into a room where the checkup will take place. They’ll use this opportunity to take a good look at your eyes and their overall health, from front to back, using their own eyes and special machinery and equipment. You are likely to undergo a number of vision tests to determine whether your eyes are functioning as they are expected to. This will help your optometrist to identify any eye related health issues or problems that you may be experiencing, such as glaucoma, cataracts or displaced retina. A simple eye check up can even take a look at the blood vessels inside your eye, highlighting any issues that you may be experiencing unrelated to your eyes, such as diabetes. Once this part of the process is over, you will have a standard sight test with letters on a board at the other side of the room. This will allow your optometrist to prescribe you lenses if required.
Most of us don’t have to have hearing tests regularly throughout our adult lives. We tend to have auditory tests as children, to ensure that our hearing is working well, and then don’t visit an audiologist again for a long time. While you don’t need routine appointments for hearing tests, you should make sure to reach out to an audiologist for an appointment if you experience any changes to your sense of hearing. In this situation, your audiologist will invite you to an appointment where they can help to identify and diagnose issues such as moderate hearing loss. If you have issues with your hearing, they will then be able to recommend treatments or hearing aids and guide you through the process towards helping your hearing.
Dental Check Ups
Dental checkups are a more regular occurrence in our lives. It’s recommended that we visit our dentist once every six months and this is for good reason. Decay and other dental issues can progress pretty quickly, and six monthly checkups help your dentist to identify and treat them quickly. The initial checkup will be simple and straightforward, generally including an oral examination and, if necessary, x rays. If any treatment needs to be carried out, such as fillings, root canals, crowns, extractions or anything else, your dentist will be able to schedule you a follow on appointment.
Sexual Health Checks
If you’re sexually active, regular sexual health checks will help to ensure your health and wellbeing. These will help to diagnose any STIs or STDs that you may have contracted if you have had unprotected sex or if your condom has broken. They are simple and you should get your results quickly. The healthcare professional may carry out tests there and then or provide you with something like a Chlamydia test kit. If other problems are unveiled, they will direct you through the correct course of treatment.
If you have a cervix and you’re aged 25 or over, you need to attend cervical screening. You may also hear this appointment and process referred to as a “smear test” or a “pap smear”. The process is generally pain free and pretty fast. It will allow healthcare professionals to take a look at cellular material in your cervix and whether it has any irregularities. Irregularities, if found, can be investigated to determine whether the cells are cancerous, and if you require treatment as a result, you will be referred on to the appropriate facilities. Following your initial cervical screening at the age of 25, you will usually be invited back for further screening once every three years until you are 44. Anyone aged between 45 and 60 will be asked to re attend once every five years.
Breast screening is another necessity for individuals with breasts. It’s a sad reality that breast cancer is something that many women experience in their lives. Fortunately for some, breast screening can help to identify signs or the presence of breast cancer early on, allowing treatment to commence sooner and maximising chances of survival. Generally, you don’t have to book in breast screening yourself. Instead, you are likely to receive a letter from your doctor as and when you should be having it carried out. If you have a family history of breast cancer, or if you notice a lump in your own breast, contact your doctor and they will be able to book you in for a check. Even if you don’t have an appointment, it is still important to carry out regular checks on your own breasts, which will help you to notice any changes to them yourself.
These are just a few health checks that may be relevant to you. Hopefully, this will serve as a reminder to book in if necessary!
Do you struggle with self confidence? Continue reading to learn how you can help yourself to improve your self respect and empower yourself.
When it comes to focusing on our life and dealing with people, a healthy amount of self-respect is necessary. Most of us will learn this lesson either through a natural predisposition to self-respect, or we will be taught it through tough experiences. The less you respect yourself, the less you’re likely to project confidence, and from there, the more you wil be the victim in social situations, or perceive yourself to be that even when you aren’t.
However, it’s very hard to think your way out of low self-esteem, and by virtue self-respect, if you’re not embodying it. This is not something we can endlessly theorize about, it has to be lived and tested. It turns out that we are all our biggest critic, what matters is how much you let that judgment define you or prevent you from moving forward, as this latter issue can be a real problem.
In this post, we’ll discuss (through inescapably theoretical terms), how self-respect is embodied, what that even means, and how you can move forward with confidence. With that in mind, let’s get started for the better:
Break Free Of Negative Cycles
Breaking free of negative cycles and patterns of behavior can help you enjoy a much better sense of yourself, particularly if settling an issue that has troubled you for some time. For instance, perhaps you realize that viewing illicit adult material online, even sporadically, makes you feel worse off despite how unfortunately prevalent and accessible it is. It could be that making the life decision not to consume that can be helpful. However, the same can be said for relationships, such as breaking your trauma bonding routines with a toxic partner.
The moment you put a dent in a bad habit, the better the chance of a good habit replacing it is.
Take That First Step
Taking that first step is a good idea. That’s all you have to do. For instance, the moment you decide you’re good enough to be treated with respect, automatically, you are. The first time someone tries to denigrate you, you can either withdraw or challenge it instead of accepting that kind of treatment. Then, you’re more likely to take that to a new social experience. The more you do this, the more you define yourself as someone worthy of respect. And that will come because you have respected yourself.
It’s very difficult to practice self-respect without self-care. This is because self-respect is not always a conscious decision on your part, but rather, a culmination of the little microdecisions you have made throughout your day. If you wake up at a good time after sleeping for a full eight hours, if you have exercised, and if you have meditated before attending a meeting, it’s much easier to feel confident and proactive compared to if you had woken up ten minutes before, rushed into the office and are still waking up. Self-care is self-respect, because by practicing it you define yourself as someone worthy of that approach. Don’t be afraid to care for yourself in that light.
With this advice, we hope you can understand how self-respect is embodied, not theorized, and how you may integrate it into your life.
Self love is based on more than your achievements. Keep reading to learn 3 ways to help you discover your own self worth and share it with others.
Many of us can struggle to understand and care for our own worth. We often think that our self-respect needs to be predicated on achievements, or our behavior. Of course, this last point isn’t that strange to consider, if you’re continually lying to people, failing to meet your responsibilities and struggling to move forward, then it’s not hard to lose a little of your self-regard.
But that’s not always the healthiest way forward. For instance, someone suffering from addiction will only struggle further if they repeatedly chastise themselves, as the first step to them getting help is admitting they need it and that they are worth of it. As you can see, self-worth is deeper and more important than we may give it credit for.
But how can you know your worth? After all, not all of us are in life or death situations like this, but we may simply be dealing with confidence issues, or wish to change our direction anew in life, or perhaps we just want to validate ourselves after our partner has repeatedly failed to do so in a bad relationship. In our guide, we hope to help you:
It’s hard to know your self-worth if you do little to affirm it. Sometimes, practicing it in actions, not with words, can help. For instance, going out and exercising and treating yourself well with nutrition shows that you are the kind of person who is worth being taken care of. Additionally, practicing self-love by taking it easy, meditating, learning the power of ‘no’ or simply taking yourself to a show you like to see (even if your friends aren’t interested) can be a great idea. These are the matters we end up remembering going forward.
Know Your Boundaries
Being able to understand our boundaries, and more importantly, being able to enforce them properly is also a good idea. Knowing your boundaries is the means by which we can turn down social dates if we need to, or to take a mental health day by booking a sick day from working from time to time. It’s in telling our partner that we want to be more involved in the financial planning or that we need the morning after pill, or in being able to try something like veganism or without apology and without explanation to those who may disapprove. Knowing your boundaries helps you become a healthier, happier and more wholesome person.
Sustain Good Friendships
It’s important to sustain good friendships, because we take more direction and influence from our closest friends than we may imagine. Taking the time to sustain good friendships and making sure that people are good to you, and you are good to them can allow you to feel less alone, as we are social beings and deserve to have those who support us. Having friends who we can rely on is also an essentially important activity, providing us with the means to better ourselves appropriately, and also feeling part of a tight unit. That helps us know our worth as having close relationships allows us to fully blossom.
With this advice, we hope you can more readily know your worth, which is no doubt bountiful.
Are you able to handle major life events well? Keep reading to learn 5 ways that can help you cope when life throws something new your way.
From time to time, there are always going to be various life events that crop up and completely throw you. This is just a part of life, and it can be very distressing indeed, but you can also get to a point where you are dealing with those events fairly well, or at least minimising what impact they are having on you psychologically. In this post, we are going to take a look at the process of dealing with major life events. If you can learn to approach some of the following, you should find that it is easier than you might have thought to deal with even the worst of what life can throw at you.
Try To Stay Balanced
There is a lot of talk about what the primary goal should be as you try to navigate this kind of situation. But something that is bound to be worth aiming for is to try and stay as balanced as possible. As long as you are balanced, it means that you are probably dealing with the psychological aspects of it fairly well, and you are more likely to be able to move on from it as well as possible too.
So what can you do to try and stay balanced? There are a few key things that might help. For instance, you could aim to recalibrate how you view the very fact of uncertainty. It is often the uncertainty about the future that makes this kind of experience so worrying, but you should aim to remind yourself that being uncertain doesn’t mean that the future is actually going to be bad. You can also balance yourself through positive self-talk and by making a plan for the near future. As long as you remain balanced, you should find it a lot easier and simpler to deal with whatever comes your way.
Finding & Embracing The Transition
Almost all major life changes are really forms of transition, where life is changing from one kind of experience to another. If you can start to view things in this way more than as a loss (even if there is also some loss there to be reckoned with) you are much more likely to deal with the situation in a positive manner, so that is absolutely something that you should think about. In order to do this, you might want to ask yourself just what the transition is here, and then the hard part is trying to get really excited about that, rather than merely remaining fearful. If you can do that, you should find that you are able to work with the situation a lot more, rather than working against it, as can be natural to do.
In some forms of major life events, this can be especially hard to do. For instance, if someone close to you has died, you might not want to just immediately treat it as a transition. You will of course need time to grieve. But over time, ultimately you get out of the mire by seeing it as such, so this is still something to keep in the back of your mind.
Keep Up Your Regular Schedule As Best As You Can
It is totally normal and natural for these big life events to completely change your daily experience, but if you want to try and keep a handle on things you might want to think about trying to keep up your regular schedule as best as you possibly can. This may be challenging, of course, but even if you just manage to keep a few of your normal things in place, you should be able to have a much easier time of the whole thing, so it really is worth thinking about for that reason.
Even just going to the same cafe you would normally visit or aiming to get up at the same time can really help. If you are finding it too difficult, try to do a little less. But bear in mind that having at least a ghost of the schedule in place can work as a very effective form of ballast, helping to keep you afloat even in the toughest times.
Get Help Managing The Ins & Outs
All major life events come with a lot of various things you have to do to get through them, not just the emotional stuff but also other ordinary things. For instance, moving house means that you need to sort out your home and do a lot of paperwork, get insurance and so on. When someone close to you dies, you have to think about organising a funeral, finding appropriate cemetery grave markers, contacting your distant relatives and so on. It is best if you have someone on your side to give you a hand with all of this, as otherwise it can just make things all the more overwhelming.
Keep In Touch With People
It can be very easy to fall out of touch with the important people in your life when you are going through something huge. But it is important to have them by your side as much as possible, and you never know when you might need them all the more, so you should aim to keep in touch with them as best as you can. If you do that, you are much more likely to have an easier time dealing with whatever is going on for you, no matter how serious or stressful or exhausting it might be. Do your best to keep picking up the phone or getting on social media to contact people, and you will find that you are much more likely to get through the situation in one piece.
If you can take all of this advice on board, you are much more likely to get through any major life event intact. Be sure to try for all of this, but also to forgive yourself when you fail to do any of it. That is also just part of the process.
Working on your mental and emotional health will benefit you and your relationships. Keep reading to learn more.
If the COVID pandemic has brought out mental and emotional problems you weren’t aware you were dealing with, you’re not alone. According to multiple recent studies, rates of anxiety and depression have skyrocketed. In comparison to last year at this same time, people were twice as likely to be displaying signs of anxiety or depression. When mental struggles arise, it can be hard to deal with basic everyday needs, let alone seek out a new relationship or work on your love life.
Making the first steps of seeking help for anxiety, relationship problems, depression, grief counseling, or generalized social anxiety is hard, but it’s also the most important thing you can do for yourself and your partner or future partner.
When is it time to find outside help?
If you have found yourself struggling with emotional or mental problems and are unsure if it’s time to seek counselling therapy, ask yourself the following questions:
What are the ways that these mental or emotional problems affect your relationships?
When you suffer from exhausting emotional difficulties or mental disorders that are left untreated, your sacrifice not only yourself but your relationships as well. Here are ways that various disorders or mental illnesses may impact your love life:
Mental health is important to our well being. Read more to learn ways to help your mental health.
Mental illnesses are not preventable. Let’s get that out of the way. There are definitely some ways for you to reduce the episodes, but when it comes to straight up prevention, that is usually a tall order.
With that said, there are some ways you can reduce episodes of mental illness and keep your mental health up. Let’s look at some ways.
A Healthy Lifestyle
First, having a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to keep your mental health up. Here are some ways to have a healthy lifestyle.
1. Get adequate sleep. Around 7-9 hours a night is recommended, though some needs change. If you are suffering from chronic insomnia, try adjusting your sleep hygiene. Unwind before bed, sleep in a cool, dark room, and do things that make you tired. If you are still having problems, get support through a therapist.
2. Eat healthily. Try to eat right most days and eat a balanced diet. This isn’t to say you can’t have the occasional treat, but don’t make it a habit. Eating right can give you energy and keep your mental health up.
3. Get exercise daily. Exercise releases endorphins, which can help improve your mood. Plus, it gives you energy and improves your physical health too. With exercise, you don’t have to go hardcore; a little walk outside can be what you need.
4. Get checkups regularly to make sure you're healthy. More on in this later. When you get checkups, you can not only talk about health concerns, but you can improve any problems before they get worse.
Try Meditation and Mindfulness
One way you can keep your mental health up is to meditate or be mindful. While these are found in Eastern religions, these techniques apply all across the board.
With meditation, the effects are quite obvious. When one is controlling their breathing, it can calm down their anxiety or restlessness. When you are clearing your mind of self-defeating thoughts, they will have less of an impact on your mental health.
Mindfulness is the full awareness of the present. It is achieved through meditation as well as being more aware of your surroundings.
Many of our mental health issues are caused by worry or regret. We worry about the future, especially with things we can’t control. Meanwhile, we may regret the past. Mindfulness teaches you that both mindsets are toxic, and you should try to avoid either whenever possible.
Another way to meditate and be mindful is through guided imagery. You imagine yourself in a location and use all five senses to your advantage. It’s a great distraction, and many people will use it to sleep, tool.
Mindfulness and meditation do not require any special teaching. While an instructor can help, you can also look at videos or apps that teach it. There is no gatekeeping with these techniques.
Finally, the biggest lesson both can teach you is to let go of what you can’t change. There’s a lot we can’t change in this world, and you shouldn’t use your energy on it. Instead, work towards what you can change, and you will go far in your life. Good luck.
Get Help Whenever You Can
Another way you can prevent mental health issues is to get help when you can. By help, we are referring to physical and mental health care. Let’s discuss both.
Going to a doctor when you feel unwell can help your physical health, which does have a positive effect on your mental health as well. When you go to a doctor, also talk about any mental health problems you have. They can help you when you have issues.
Getting mental health care from a therapist or counselor is possibly the best way to prevent issues or treat current problems.
Don’t wait until your mental health is at a low to get help. Here are some reasons why you may want to seek help.
1. When there is a big life change. Life changes can include something such as a move, a loss in the family, heartbreak, or another issue as well. When you are experiencing a life change, you may not see the mental implications until it’s too late.
2. When you’re dealing with too much stress. We all have to deal with stress from time to time, but too much stress can take a physical or mental toll on you. A therapist can’t make all your problems magically disappear, but what they can give you is the resources needed to tackle them. From creating a plan to teaching you how to let go of what you can’t change, talk to a therapist about it.
3.When you are having interpersonal problems. Whether it’s problems with your friends, family, or spouse, it can take a toll on your mental health. In addition, it can sometimes be hard to solve these problems on your own. When both people are shouting at each other and they don’t know how to resolve their issues, trying to resolve can backfire without a couples or family therapist. If you are considering online therapy, websites like ReGain can be valuable.
4. If you just want someone to talk to. That’s a valid enough reason to seek help. We all get lonely, or want to talk to someone who is objective. A therapist can help with that.
Sometimes, you may need to take medication for depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. The best way to handle this is to think of the medication as ammo against the symptoms, while you use therapy to try to defeat the cause. Don’t rely only on medication, but also don’t avoid it. It can be helpful for you.
Keeping your mental help up is important, especially as you grow older. Your mind is important, and it’s not something you want to lose. By getting help, being mindful, and being as healthy as possible, you can improve your overall mental health.
Read more to discover where you can find support when you need it.
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