Baroque Of Ages: Music, Its Health Benefits (And Drawbacks)

Pexels

Music is many things to many people, as well as it being the “food of love”, “it’s medicine”, to quote Kanye West. But also for all of its benefits, there are a couple of drawbacks, so let’s give you a rundown of why music is great for you, but how it can be bad for you.

A Major Key: The Benefits

There are many benefits to music, almost too many to list. Listening to music, especially classical music has been shown to improve the study habits of school children. In addition to this, taking music or singing lessons at a very young age can have a positive effect on academic performance as well as raise their IQ. It has a fantastic effect on stress, and this has been evidenced in people who listen to heavy metal music are actually more relaxed than the average person! Music also has the power to help you process information, have you ever listened to a song and been instantly catapulted back in time to a specific moment? That’s the power of music! It’s also been beneficial to those with Alzheimer’s. There is a non-profit organization called Music and Memory who are using music to help patients with dementia or in cognitive decline to remember a certain part of their life by being played a specific song.

A Minor Key: The Drawbacks

For all of its positives, there have to be a few negatives to listening to music. Mainly, the issue lies in listening to too much music, especially in how you listen to it. The one main problem with listening to too much music is that it can severely impact your hearing. There have been many cases of rock and pop stars who now suffer from tinnitus, such as Chris Martin of Coldplay, Will.I.Am, and Pete Townshend from The Who. For those that don’t know much about tinnitus, you can look at these tinnitus FAQs, just in case you suspect you may be suffering from tinnitus or a related hearing problem. Preventing hearing loss can be achieved by listening to music at an appropriate volume, as well as making sure you are not overexposed to loud noises and don’t listen to music at loud volumes through your earphones.

We all benefit from music in so many different ways, and this is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to getting the benefits of listening to your favorite artist. But in enjoying your favorite artist, it’s always beneficial to listen to it at a safe volume, but also it’s a fantastic well of information. From the mathematically complex structures of baroque and early classical music, all the way through to densely layered information via bands like Radiohead and Manic Street Preachers, music is one of those things that you can get constant gratification from. You can find new things every time you listen back to a song you’ve heard a million times before. And that’s one of the wonderful things about music, not to mention the fact that you can dance to it!

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

Simplifying Your Health Care Regime

Nowadays we live such hectic lifestyles that it’s easy to allow our health care regime to fall by the wayside. With demanding work deadlines, little ones to look after, and social lives to maintain, we can end up prioritising these areas and neglecting our own health and wellbeing. Sure, if a problem isn’t severe and doesn’t require immediate attention, we’re likely to put it off in favour of other ventures. But this can often happen time and time again until the problem becomes a major cause for concern, which is ridiculous seeing as it could have been prevented in the first place. So how do you go about ticking all of your lifestyle boxes without putting your own health and well-being on the back burner? Well, the key to balance is to simplify your healthcare regime. This organisation will reduce that amount of time that you dedicate to monitoring your health without cutting the process short. Here are a few ideas to help you along the way.

Photo Source

Online Consultations and Prescription Services

While your local health practice may be relatively near, you can often still find it difficult to get the time to book in for a face-to-face consultation. Appointments generally have to be booked on the day, and you might not be able to get there at such last minute notice while still getting to your nine to five position. Luckily, many practices have taken this into account and now offer online consultations. This is essentially an extension of telemedicine (where you communicate with your general practitioner over the phone). Before engaging in telemedicine or online medicine, you need to assess whether your situation is appropriate. If you are in severe pain or discomfort, are experiencing bleeding or difficulty breathing, or have had an injury or knock to the head, you’re going to need to contact the emergency services. However, if you are experiencing less urgent issues such as seasonal allergies, chronic illnesses, cough and sinus problems, or have dermatological concerns, online physician consultations are likely to be a good option for you! A qualified health practitioner will be able to deal with these cases from a distance. Online prescription services are also boosting in popularity. So if you have a regular prescription, you can fill in your request online, then simply have to pop into the surgery to pick up your slip. Perfect!

Image Credit

Taking it Easy When Needs Be

When it comes to your health, you need to show a little initiative from time to time. If you’re beginning to feel a little run down or worse for wear, chances are that you need a break! So rather than attempting to keep up with your usual routine, take a break and take it easy. Slow down your social calendar and show yourself a little TLC at home with your feet up, good quality healthy food, and plenty of liquids. This short period of relaxation, rest, and recuperation could prevent a more serious and debilitating onslaught of illness.

Don’t let life get in the way of a healthy and relaxed lifestyle for yourself. If you feel that things are getting out of hand, take back control. Following just these two simple steps can make all the difference!

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

Dealing With The Ticking Alzheimer’s Bomb

It’s never easy when a loved one receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. While the disease doesn’t receive as much recognition as it deserves, few other diagnoses can tear a family apart like this.

But, as with any illness, it’s essential to tackle the issue head-on. The chances are that, by the time a medical confirmation is reached, the condition is relatively severe. It may start with small moments of forgetfulness. But, most don’t receive a conclusive diagnosis until things have gone far past that point.

Hopefully, though, your loved one is still lucid enough to express their wishes. Hence, you can ensure you’re giving them the best care, and deal with things the way they want you to. While it will be a difficult time, the aftermath of the diagnosis is crucial. The chances are that you don’t have a great deal of time until things get worse. So, you should consider the following as soon as you can.

Picture Credit

Covering the costs

Sadly, with an illness like this, you need to be practical. So, the first thing you and your loved one should discuss is how you plan to deal with the costs. For the most part, this involves long-term care and even nursing homes down the line. There will inevitably come a stage when it’s no longer feasible for them to live at home. And, by that stage, they won’t be in a position to make sound financial decisions. So, you need to talk about it straight away and learn as much as you can, while you can.

First, ask about medical insurance. If they’re on a specialized plan, find out if it would cover the costs needed. But, if they’re on a standard medicare plan, you may need to look at the supplements like those mentioned by this company here. A standard plan generally only covers some of the doctor’s bills and 100 days of care. Look out for a plan which offers a more long-term solution.

Making difficult decisions

And, of course, that isn’t the only complicated issue. As morbid as it sounds, it’s also worth tackling topics such as power of attorney. This ensures that, when your loved one is no longer able, you, or whoever they choose, can take control of their estate and finances. To ensure that the selected individual sticks to their wishes, encourage them to make a will. Make sure, also, to talk about their desires so that you’re all on the same page.

Spend time together

Technical stuff aside, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a time bomb. As it stands, there’s no escaping the explosion. So, it’s also crucial you have fun with the person in question, and make the most of the lucid time they have left. You don’t want to look back at these meetings and wish you had done more. Take them for days out, and encourage them to do things they love. Life is too short, and a diagnosis like this should prove as a stark reminder of that.

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

Myths About Sleep: Debunked!

Do you ever think about what happens when you go to sleep? Do you ever think about the rumours posted about facts surrounding sleep and ponder whether or not they are true. Well, prepare to be amazed. There are so many false assumptions about sleep and what happens when you sleep or what can impact your sleeping pattern that we’re here to set the record straight. Let’s start by thinking about dreams.

When You’re Asleep, Your Brain Achieves Its Maximum Potential

Pic Source

False! This idea has been around for quite some time, but it was recently made popular again by Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Yes, lucid dreaming is a fascinating topic, and yes it is possible to fail to realise you’re asleep because a dream can be so realistic. But it has nothing to do with utilising your full brain power. In fact, we are always using our full brain power just not all at once, and we don’t use it all at once while we’re asleep either. The simplest way to think about this is that your brain is divided into sections. When you complete an activity, part of the brain related to that activity will light up on the MRI. You don’t need all of it though. For instance, you don’t need the part of your brain that handles your inhibition when you’re lying down in bed.

Electromagnetic Energy Is Keeping Me Up

Pic Source Link

It’s unlikely, to say the least. Let’s say that you are struggling to sleep in your bedroom. You might go online, and one of the first articles you stumble across may suggest that energy from EMF, electromagnetic frequencies can disrupt your sleep by screwing with your brain waves. In fact, it was recently shown in an exaggerated form on a popular TV show Better Call Saul. Now, the theory behind this suggests that the tiny amounts of radioactive energy that every single tech device produces impacts your brain. However, there is very little evidence to support this. Even standing on an electricity pylon probably won’t impact you that greatly because it’s far enough away from you. So, the chances of the TV in your room, designed to be consumer friendly causing an issue are slim to none. Interestingly if you do stumble on sites claiming this type of fear as fact, they are usually connected to a company selling EMF safety software and equipment on sites like SafeSpaceProtection.com. Fascinating huh?

Sleeping On A Firm Mattress Is Good For You?

Pic Link Location

Have you ever heard this one? You might have complained to your mum and dad about your mattress and mentioned that you have decided to buy a new one. Why bother! – They exclaim loudly. Sleeping on a firm mattress is good for your back, don’t you know. But actually, the science doesn’t back up their claim. In fact, sleeping on a firm mattress can actually be worse for you. It pushes your body into an unnatural position and as such may impact blood flow. It could also cause increased tension in the lower back muscles. According to sites like ChooseMattress.com, different mattresses suit different people. But that doesn’t mean you should continue to sleep on a firm mattress if it is causing you discomfort. Instead, it’s probably time to pick out a new one.

OBE Is Totally Real

Credit Link

It could be, we can’t guarantee this one isn’t true however we also can’t say empirically that it is. What we can tell you is that an OBE or outer body experience is classified as paranormal activity. There is a research grant in America that will give anyone a million dollars if they can prove empirically a paranormal activity. This grant has never been claimed. Now, it’s possible that technology simply isn’t there yet to show someone experiencing an OBE. Or, it’s quite possible that they are just a trick of the imagination. We simply don’t know, and for now, we’re happy to label this one as debunked.

You Can Function Fine On Two Minutes Of Sleep

Pic Source

The length of time varies. Some people say they can function on a couple of minutes of sleep. Others suggest that they can handle life in just a couple of hours, but scientifically they’re wrong. Experts suggest that you do indeed need at least eight hours to function effectively. While you can function on less, you will not be reaching your maximum potential and will be more prone to making serious mistakes. So, you might have seen hospital shows where the characters claim to be working on five minutes of sleep. If this were actually the case, those doctors would probably be killing more people than they saved.

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

Taking Away The Object Of Your Stress

(Image Source)

In the USA, stress is becoming one of the biggest health concerns the country has to face. With over 75% of adults experiencing high-levels of stress on a regular basis, it’s easy to see why this is a worry for the government. Impacting educations and careers, it’s a good idea to locate the source of this issue, removing it as soon as you can. To help you out, this post will be exploring some of the most common causes of stress in the modern world.

First, though, it’s a good idea to think about the damage which stress can cause. Being stressed all the time will almost certainly raise your blood pressure, putting your organs under greater pressure than they are supposed to take. Emotionally, depression is often the result of people ignoring their stress. By removing this part of life, you will give yourself the chance to enjoy a world free from anxiety.

Understanding how you’re going to get rid of stress is going to take some very intense introspection. You will need to consider the area which is causing your issues, while also identifying some ways to get rid of it. Below, you can find some examples of the most common stress causes in normal life, along with the ways you can remove them.

 

  • Money: Most people’s biggest worry in normal life is the money they earn and spend. You will never be able to predict every issue you face and will need to have a good plan in place if you want to avoid this being worrisome. Having a strategy to follow will make it a lot easier to feel confident in yourself.

 

 

  • Work: Next up on the list of stressful things, work is something which makes around 80% of people feel anxious, and can be very hard to master. Working in a job you enjoy will take away most of this concern. Like your money, though, a plan for when things go wrong will make it a lot easier to recover from setbacks.

 

 

  • School: A lot of people scoff at the idea of students being genuinely busy when they’re going about their work. Of course, though, university life isn’t exactly a bed of roses. The single most effective way to make this easier for yourself is by completing your work as soon as you get it. Deadlines will only be scary when you don’t have time to meet them properly.

 

 

  • Your Car: Finally, as the last area to consider, your car is very similar to a ticking time bomb. As you use it, it will slowly degrade and will need to have the odd auto repair here and there to make sure that it stays in good shape. Losing this element of your life will be very hard when you’re relying on it to take you to work.

 

This post should give you all of the inspiration you need to start removing the stressful areas of your life. A lot of people neglect this sort of work, choosing to live with the issues anxiety can bring. This is a shame, though, as the work you have to do to fix this is very little, and the benefits are so huge.

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

How Do You Know If You’re Really Healthy?

https://www.pexels.com/photo/portrait-of-beautiful-young-woman-over-white-background-255268/

The word certainly means something different to us all, but it means well. Because when you’re looking to be healthy, you’re keen to do something good – be something good. Health is precious; but it’s not always to know when you’re is in a good a position as you’d hope it would be. Sometimes, your bad habits can creep in, or the things that you consider to be healthy turn out to be worse for you than you think. So, it really can be difficult to know whether something really is good for you or not. And how are you meant to ever really tell? Well, if you’re keen to work out what’s best for you, here’s how can you can do it.

Get A Medical

Of course, the most obvious way to find out how healthy you are is to head to your doctor’s office and ask them! Getting a medical seems like something you need to do when you’re sick, or you’re worried about your health. But it can even be something good to get every once in a while – just to make sure that you are actually healthy. Because your vitals won’t lie. Speak to your doctor about your currently lifestyle and habits and see what they think – they’ll be able to tell you if you need to make any healthier changes.

Write A Diary

Another great idea for you to be able to work it out for yourself if to keep a health journal. This can be something that seems hard to do, especially if you’re worried about remembering to write in the diary in the first place, however it can be a great way for you to be honest with yourself and track how you’re progressing. By writing down your daily activities, along with what you eat and drink, you’ll get a good picture of your lifestyle overall.

Get Educated

Sometimes, the only way that you can really know how healthy you are, is to know more about food, exercise, and everything in between. By reading up on things that you do, like smoking or yoga, and even investigating things you’re considering, like the AlgaeCal plant calcium side effects, you’re going to be more educated. Then, you can use your education to make healthier decisions going forward.

Track Your Progress

Just like writing a diary, you should consider tracking your health progress with photos too. Progress photos can be great if you’re trying to get into a healthy weight range. Sometimes, scales just aren’t right. But tracking your progress with photos can show you just how healthy you’re becoming.

Know Yourself

Above all else, you should know in yourself if you feel healthy, and how to ensure that you can make changes for the best. Because how you actually feel in yourself is often the best and most accurate indicator. If you feel run-down and lifeless, then it’s a general indicator that you need to make a change. But if you feel full of energy and life, then you know that you’re on track. So know yourself and listen to how you feel, and you’ll always stay on track.

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂

Are You Putting Yourself At Risk By Doing These Things Every Day?

Many people don’t realize that the habits they form and do every day can seriously impact their lives – either in a good or a bad way. Most of the time, little habits can seem innocent enough, but in reality they are wasting your precious time on this earth and distracting you from what’s truly important.

Take stock of your life and ask yourself whether you do these things every day. If you do, then it could be time to stop:

Hydrating With Caffeine

Many people start their day off with a cup of coffee, and if studies are anything to go by, a couple of cups in the morning is nothing to be concerned about. In fact, coffee in small amounts has the potential to be good for you. That being said, drinking coffee well into the afternoon can easily disrupt your sleeping pattern – switching to something caffeine free is a better idea. It’s important to remember that lots of other things contain caffeine too, from fizzy drinks to chocolate. Make sure you’re limiting your caffeine intake, or you could find yourself restless and anxious. Drink plenty of water and other non-caffeinated beverages too!

image

Spending Countless Minutes/Hours Online

Spending too much time online is not good for us. If you work online, then there isn’t much you can do, but you should make an effort to get away from the computer and spend time outdoors if you can. Take regular breaks, and don’t sit in front of the screen for too long. This is another thing that can mess with our natural circadian rhythm, as well as cause untold amounts of stress. Don’t live your life online and make sure you interact with real people instead.

Driving Dangerously

There are many road accidents every day, all over the world. Many of which could have easily been avoided. If you’re casually checking your phone while driving, changing CDs, or taking your eyes off the road at all for any reason, you are driving dangerously. If you’re driving too fast, or even too slow, this is also driving dangerously. Driving without indicating, driving without making sure your car is fit to drive, all of these things amount to dangerous driving. You owe it to yourself and other road users to pay attention at all times, and make sure your car is fit for the road. While there are companies like Morris James Personal injury Group who specialize in helping after an auto accident, you don’t want it to get that far. Make sure you drive safely, and you won’t have to worry. Everybody thinks that it won’t happen to them, until it does.

Getting Up And Going To Bed At Different Times

Another one about your natural body clock and circadian rhythms. If you’re getting up and going to bed at different times, as well as snoozing your alarm, you’re wreaking havoc with your body’s natural rhythm. You should be getting up at very similar times each day, as well as going to bed at very similar times. You’ll get into a natural pattern this way, and you should fall asleep easier and even be able to get up without an alarm. You just need to ensure you’re consistent, and do this on weekends too. You’ll never feel fully rested if you fail to do this. Sleep is crucial, and less than 6 hours a night is as bad as having none at all. We should all be getting at least 7-8, although the actual amount can vary based on factors like age and activity level.

Indulging In Obvious Bad Habits

There are the obvious bad habits, such as drinking and smoking that you should avoid too. Drinking once in a while may not be so bad, but drinking too much too often is a huge risk on your body. Organs already have big jobs to do, without you putting poison into your body on top of this.

Reacting To Situations Without Thinking

When you react to a situation without thinking, you can easily cause more problems for yourself in the long run. For example, a problem with a colleague or even a family member. Do your best to stay mindful at all times, and think before you react.

Ignoring Small Issues Until They Get Worse

Small issues, such as niggling back pain or constant headaches, for example, can get worse until you end up seriously hurting yourself or ending up in hospital. It’s a good idea to have these things seen to as quickly as possible. Even if you think it’s nothing, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Contributed Post.

If you like what you’ve read here, please let others know of this post, blog, and site.

And thanks for reading!  🙂