Driving When Depressed: Should We Do It?

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It’s not something we consider until we’re in the very midst of it, when we’re feeling depressed, we don’t particularly want to do much, but life dictates that we carry out certain duties. This means, if we live a bit far out into the sticks, driving is our only option. But, should we drive when we are depressed?

What If You’re Taking Medication?

It depends on many variables, such as the severity of depression, as well as the strength of your medication. But it’s always important to keep an eye on if the medication has any effects on you while driving. Certain antidepressants can slow down your reaction times, and so, you have to take it on a case by case basis. But if you are able to function, and it doesn’t have a major impact on your ability to drive, or to drive well, then it is your prerogative.

What If Duties Override Your Own Frame Of Mind?

A lot of people feel that, even though they’re depressed, their ability to push through and to continue functioning overrides a lot of their negative emotions. It depends on your own frame of mind, but when you are piling duty after duty upon yourself, it’s at this point where you are driving down the freeway in the middle of the night, feeling exhausted  and lacking in focus, is where depression can creep up on you in a major way. The fact is, a split second is all it takes for us to get involved in an accident or an accident attorney to get involved, and the legal proceedings can swallow up our entire life. It’s important to keep ourselves busy if that is good for our frame of mind, but when it comes to operating a vehicle, there is a subtle point where it can be too much for you. This is why it’s important for you to…

Trust Your Instincts

You know if you’re not up to driving, but if there are pressures placed upon you, such as if you’re the only driver in your household, it can go one of two ways, a good way or a bad one! This is why you need to gauge the situation and come up with your own coping methods to ensure that you are focused behind the wheel. Sometimes, the challenge of getting behind the wheel when we’re not up to it can snap us out of this depression because we have something else to focus on. But this is something that may only work for mild depression and anxiety. Being depressed means that you can’t always trust your instincts. If the idea of driving at that moment in time is a scary proposition, then very simply, don’t do it!

A lot of people drive when they are depressed, but it depends on the severity of the depression, and what you are feeling up to at that moment in time. It is important to get out and about, but there are going to be times when you don’t feel like driving at all, even though the situation dictates that you must. And this is why it’s important not just to take your own considerations into account, but also if you’re going to be driving other people too.

 

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Out Of The Box Ideas To Help Alleviate Symptoms Of Anxiety

Anxiety is something that a lot of people deal with on a day to day basis. In some cases, it can be extremely crippling, but in other cases, it can be manageable. Not everyone can live with it, and why should you? Anxiety can be the thief of joy at times, and so you may be wondering what it is you could do yourself to try and alleviate the symptoms you are facing. A doctor may prescribe medication, but is that your own option? Here are some out of the box ideas that could help you to feel more in control of your mental health and wellbeing.

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A pet can make a big difference

Sometimes it can be so difficult to get out of bed and on with your life if you are feeling the strain of anxiety. The attacks can come thick and fast, and you can feel threatened by your current circumstances. So you want to think about a pet. This can be a great emotional support to you and websites like certapet have some great reasons as to why. But they can also give you a purpose, a commitment, something else to look after. Which in time helps you to move forward with your life.

Exercise and being more active could be the answer

It is one of the things that is suggested the most when it comes to anxiety and depression, but there is some proof in it. Exercise can be a great way to alleviate symptoms of anxiety. It could be something as simple as going out for a walk in the fresh air, or it could be motivation to start running or joining a gym. The exercise gives you that feel good factor, that can help clear your head and help you to see more clearly.

Is the answer in the food you eat?

It may surprise you, but the diet you have may be a big problem when it comes to anxiety. A junk and sugar-laden diet will only give you peaks of energy, and big comedowns when the sugar rush is over. Instead, try a diet that is balanced, rich in vitamins and nutrients and you may start to see a big difference.

Getting rid of negative influences in your lifestyle

When it comes to your lifestyle, you may find that you have negative influences, and this can be a big issue when it comes to how you feel. Instead, try and rid yourself of the negative influences in your life. From the people you spend time with, to the things that you do such as drinking alcohol, for example.

Focusing on your mindset

Finally, your mind is such a powerful tool, so you may want to take the time to focus on your mindset and thought process. This could have a positive impact on your life and help you to feel better about things. It may seem forced at first, but once you develop new habits, you will start to think a little differently.

I hope these options help you to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety you might be struggling with.

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Why Continuing Education is Good For The Soul

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There are few better ways to raise one’s self-esteem than to commit to a course of education, as the personal pride that comes from taking a course and finishing it, is one of the most personally productive things we can do to enhance our lives and career.

You’ll have probably already heard the saying “the more you learn the more you earn”, and this is true, for instance if you were to do network administration training in the context of IT, your earning ability in this field would dramatically increase, but learning is not limited to financial benefits.

The expansion of one’s self in terms of your personal development and the impact this has on your self-esteem and confidence is one of the greatest reasons to learn more.  Indeed, if you have children it’s very important you dream big yourself if you are going to encourage your children to dream big, as kids often model what you do – not what you say.

In this vein, if you are committed to your own learning then your child is likely to follow in your footsteps.

There’s a certain psychological power in progress that propels us forward, almost like a catapult – the reason it feels so good to achieve things in this context is because it gives us a physiological boost in the form of an endorphin rush that floods our brain with feel good hormones, akin to when we start exercising.

The improvement in self-esteem you’ll receive from learning something new is often a great way to deal with common mood ailments such as depression and low self-esteem.  Then, there are of course the financial benefits.  

In today’s world, most people can benefit from earning an extra source of income or improving their earning ability so that they can earn more money for each hour they work.  

In terms of making more money, there’s a simple formula to follow, as people are ultimately compensated based on the tangible value they create.  

Therefore, if you want to earn more, you simply need to create more value in terms of the end result and tangible outcome you provide; and one of the most common ways to provide more value is to get more education so that you are knowledgeable in a particular field.

You want to have a laser focus however, when it comes to the course you undertake, as education is ultimately an investment – both in time and money; so, it’s important you invest these resources wisely and not do a course just for the sake of it.  There are way too many graduates who are unemployed or working in minimum wage jobs, meaning, just because you have a degree does not guarantee you a prosperous career. You need to ensure the course you select is aligned with the trajectory you wish to take and that it can legitimately propel you from where you are to where you want to be.

In summary, education is a great way to expand your mind, increase your earning potential, be a great role model to your children, improve your self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence… but make sure you invest in a course or programme that provides ample return on investment for the time and money you are putting into it.

 

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Why DIY is Good For You

While many of us have the image of people pulling legs and arms into different positions, on a comfortable yoga mat as the depiction of what relaxation is. Or, maybe you have seen the slow living and mindfulness movement as the pinnacle of chilling out and improving your health. While both of those hold high spots for being wonderful for you, there are a few other things that get massively overlooked. One of them is DIY. So many people try and put off their DIY jobs, pushing them back, until what was once, an easy task becomes something so much more significant. However, there are a few sound reasons why you should don the overalls (get a great pair from froutlet.com) and get stuck into the job at hand.

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  1.    You get disconnected. When you are painting, drilling, sanding… pretty much anything you can’t be tapping away on your mobile phone. You can’t respond to text messages as soon as they arrive, because if you were to do that you might find your paint getting tacky as it dries – still in the pot, you aren’t paying attention and injure yourself, or (and for some people this is worse) you might drop or break your phone. Being disconnected, having music on and getting on with a job clears our minds and is a much better way of switching off than forcing yourself to.

 

  1.    Sheer satisfaction. Everyone loves to complete a project, but there is something special about finishing something in your homely space. Putting up shelves so you can show off things that mean the most to you, adding new splashes of color around the home, or freshening up what you already have to give a lovely facelift to the place. Accomplishments mean a lot to us when we are surrounded by them each day is a little boost for us.

 

  1.    Personality meets creativity. It might take a while to get around to it, but the colors we choose, how we furnish our rooms, what textiles and accessories we have – even the smell we have in our homes are the parts of us we want to express on a larger scale. Like you might put on a pair of silver brogues and dance the night away, you might add a grand chandelier in your dining room and marvel at it every time you turn the light on. Both are a little piece of who we are.

 

  1.    Continual learning. Learning is always a great thing, if you are learning to do things like fixing leaky taps, chair legs, or crumbling plaster, then you can pass those skills down to your children. Not only are the money-saving, but they give a sense of self-reliance. And, in times of a crisis ( which may or may not be DIY related ), you’re more likely to remain calm and tune into your logical brain.

So there you have it, some DIY might be just what you need to disconnect with the world and reconnect with your calm, logical skill gathering self.

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Wheel Life: Coping With Spinal Injury

When you’re breezing through life with your career, social life and planning your next fun run, you don’t really give a second thought to thanking your body for everything that it’s doing for you. Our bodies are often beaten and stressed and strained, and we don’t stop for a moment to think about the pressure that we put on it while we’re keeping calm and carrying on. Life gets stressful, but when you’re oblivious to dangers around you and then suddenly can’t use some of your body anymore, you can’t keep calm and you can barely carry on.

Spinal injury is not something to be trifled with and it’s not something to be brushed aside. It can happen to anyone; even the most active person could find themselves in a crash in their car or falling from a height. If these things happen, you could face a life with a permanent spinal injury, which can have a huge impact on the way that you live, where you live and even with whom you live. Speaking to Berkmyer.com can give you some help with the insurance claims after a crash and speaking to your hospital and surgical team can give you the help you’d need with rehabilitation. There are things that you can do to keep life moving forward after an injury, but you have to be willing to do them and work hard on them. Below, we’ve got some of those tips for you:

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Routine. When your life gets thrown a curveball and you need round the clock rehabilitation for some time, you get into a routine. Nurses and physiotherapists, alongside your family and your friends, can help you to put together a schedule for every day. It’s so important to realise that a schedule keeps you from being able to sink into a depression, as you have a structure that you can depend on to keep yourself motivated to get well.

Exercise. You may have a spinal injury, but it’s not an excuse for being lazy. You need to continue exercising the best that you can and eating well so that you can keep your spine and the rest of your body supported. When your life is in a wheelchair, gaining weight becomes very easy. You need to work on avoiding this so that your weight remains stable and healthy, supporting your recovery.

Hobbies. If you don’t want to – or are unable to – go back to work following an injury, you need to have a think about the things that you like to do in your spare time. If your old hobbies were extremely active which are not a possibility anymore, then you should think about creating some new interests. You can keep your brain busy and interests piqued.

Coping with the wheel life is going to be different to what you’ve been used to but it’s not impossible. Take your time to work out your next steps and us every angle for rehabilitation that’s possible.

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When Your Body Ages Faster Than Your Passport

The first mentions of the Fountain of Youth have been recorded as early as during the 5th century BC in the writings of Herodotus, a Greek historian who was a contemporary of Socrates. The legend says that it is a spring that restores the youth of those who drink or bathe in its waters. Needless to say that since, many have been looking for the secret of longevity into the water. A Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leòn even discovered Florida on his quest to the Fountain of Youth, and was told that the magical waters were in Bimini. However, it was later found that the water of Bimini is a pool of mineral and salted water, rich in calcium and magnesium. It’s said that its restorative properties might have inspired the story of the mystical fountain as we know it. Nevertheless, history recalls several pools of thermal waters across the world, renowned for their healing qualities but yet nothing that remotely sounds like an anti-aging miracle recipe. However, the reason we, as a species, are so obsessed with age is that we associate age with illness. But you don’t have to get old to develop health complaints that are associated with white hair and wrinkled faces.

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Memory loss can affect young people too

Typical old people’s issues

When you have grandparents, you know that there will be a time when you’ll have to figure out how to best take care of them. Getting old, even though it’s the most natural thing to do, doesn’t happen without health issues. Unfortunately, while some health issues can be managed easily if they are spotted early enough, there will be one day when your beloved relative loses their independence. The choice between becoming a carer at home or trusting a nursing home is a difficult one, but it is in the interest of your relative to choose what is best for them. There is a natural assumption that once the body starts developing specific failures, the aging process can’t be stopped. Consequently, it can be terrifying as a young adult to find yourself struggling with issues that you have experienced first-hand from your grandparents. Are you aging prematurely?

The answer is no. There are many reasons for your health concerns.

Sorry, what did you say?

If you find yourself constantly asking people to repeat what they’ve just said, or getting confused in a room where everyone is talking at the same time, then you might want to consider getting a hearing aid fitting.  Of course, losing your hearing is traditionally associated with old age and natural degeneration of your bodily functions. But, in reality, hearing loss can occur at any age. Imagine, for instance, someone who works as a DJ in a club and doesn’t use any ear protection. You can expect that the prolonged exposure to loud sounds will affect their hearing. Similarly, if you’ve been in an accident that has damaged your inner ear, you can experience some hearing deficiency as a consequence. Surprisingly, heavy smokers and people suffering from hypertension can also need hearing support.

My knees are killing me

Do you wake up sore? Do you feel like there is a debilitating pain crippling your every move? If this is the case, you might be suffering from arthritis. While joint pain is commonly associated with old age, it has nothing to do with how old you are. In reality, joint pain is the result of articulation swelling, caused by either inflammation or an idiopathic condition. As your joints are composed primarily of water, it’s fair to say that the Number One reason for arthritis complaints in young people is dehydration. But there are also many adults and teens who experience swollen joints as a result of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, aka inflammation occurring with an unknown cause.

I’m too young for eye problems!

Cataract creates a cloudy film in front of your eye, causing the person to need eye surgery to regain their eyesight. While cataracts are common for people above 65, they can also occur in younger age as a result of medical conditions. Diabetes, for instance, can encourage the development of eye diseases, including cataract, if it isn’t managed properly. Indeed, the presence of glucose in the eye can lead to the formation of an opaque lens. The use of excessive steroid medications, alcohol consumption or even heavy smoking can also be facilitating factors.

I can’t remember where I put my keys

Finally, poor health and lifestyle choices can accelerate memory loss in young adults, creating a favorable ground for early dementia. In other words, reduce your stress levels and change your diet if you’re worried about your memory!

Health complaints can happen at any age. In the absence of a real Fountain of Youth, you’re left with only one option: Looking after yourself to maintain your health.

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Fight Or Flight: A Manager’s Guide To Coping With Stress

Stress in the workplace is common. The vast majority of us work too much and relax too little. And, it’s not unusual for that to take its toll at some stage. Hence why endless articles inform managers how to reduce stress for their colleagues.

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But, what happens when managers are stressed? After all, they have more pressure on their shoulders than anyone. As such, they’re often fuelled by nervous energy and a lack of sleep. What’s more, there’s no one up high to ease the burden. The stresses are continual and without relief. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you think you fall into the stressed manager category, it’s time you took these steps to help yourself.

Lighten the load

There’s no doubt the workload is the most stressful thing for managers. If your employees are stressed from the pressure, how do they think you feel? You’re the first in the office and the last to leave. And, your to-do list is always a few pages long. But, you can take steps to lighten your load. Of course, you may think you already do that when you delegate tasks at the start of the workday, but that doesn’t work. After all, you then add the responsibility of overseeing to your list. Instead, we’re talking about outsourcing. If you aren’t already doing this, you should. Do you spend large portions of your day dealing with computer issues? Hand the job to an IT company like Houk Consulting who can take care of it for you. Do you waste hours on accounts? Hire an outside accountant to take over. These may seem like small things, but knowing you don’t have to think about them anymore could be just the relief you need.

Know when to draw a line under your workday

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Many managers also struggle to draw a line under their workdays. From the moment you started your own business, there’s a chance you’ve been working well over 9-5. And, in the beginning, that was probably essential. But, keeping that up is a sure way to burn yourself out. And, that’s not going to help anyone. So, set an endpoint for your days and stick to it. For the next weeks, aim to be out of the office by seven. You won’t believe how much better you’ll feel for it.

Praise yourself for work well done

Being a manager is also a pretty thankless task. There’s no one higher to tell you you’ve done a good job. And, that can boost stress levels no end. After all, work teams report loss of morale and work effort when they don’t receive praise. And, why would you be any different? So, next time you finish a big project, take the time to praise yourself. It may be that you just give yourself a metaphorical pat on the shoulder. Or, perhaps you go all out and buy yourself something nice. This small recognition is sure to ease you more than you’d think.

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