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.


  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.

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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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You Need To Prioritize Staying Healthy In Your Busy Schedule

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you most likely know the basics of living healthily. Eating well, exercising, sleeping, and avoiding bad habits are all obvious aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Perhaps you simply ignore some of these suggestions because of your busy schedule, but many people just feel as if they’re not capable of living such a lifestyle anyway. It sounds too demanding. However, that’s only if you see healthy living as a time-consuming activity rather than a part of your existing schedule. It’s time to take a look at your daily routine and make amendments so as to improve your overall health.

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Maintain a healthy diet.

First of all, you need to maintain a healthy diet. It can be hard to force yourself to cook a proper meal after a long and exhausting day at work, but following a consistent and nutritious eating pattern is essential to your overall physical and mental health. It can help to make a meal plan if you’re struggling to stick to your goals. You just need to make sure that you’re eating food groups which contain all the protein, fiber, iron, calcium, carbohydrates, and other important vitamins or minerals that you need.

Find time to sleep.

Many people tell themselves that they’re too busy to sleep in the modern world. It’s worrying that sleep is becoming such a non-priority in society, whether we’re talking about an adult who has a busy work and home life or a child who has to stay up to finish their homework and revise for upcoming exams. There aren’t enough hours in the day, we tell ourselves. There’s too much to do, surely? Of course, you’d be much more productive if you started resting properly. You’d be able to get more done during the day. That shouldn’t be your sole incentive, however. You need to think about your overall health. Drinking a cup of coffee might disguise the symptoms of tiredness, but there are other consequences to sleep deprivation. It can affect your mental health, weaken your immune system, and even undo the effects of a healthy diet and a regular workout routine (tiredness slows the metabolism and muscle repair).

When your body rests, it heals and recovers after a long day. Denying yourself that important process is affecting your health in more ways than you realize. You need to start allowing yourself the necessary rest to function healthily and happily during the day. You’ll see an improvement in your daily life. It’s worth putting off that important report until the morning. Approaching your schedule with a well-rested brain and body will make your day run much more smoothly. Of course, you might want to make some other health improvements if you struggle with insomnia or other interruptions to your sleep. Perhaps you seek medical help from Advanced Urology if stress incontinence is frequently the cause of restless nights. Remember, improving your mental health to relieve stress can help in this regard too. It’s important to work on your mental and physical health so that you can start sleeping properly and start a positive cycle.

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Quit bad habits.

Everybody has unhealthy habits. For most of us, we might eat the occasional piece of junk food or have a few glasses of wine to cope with a long day. And there’s nothing wrong with an occasional treat. It’s good to relax with friends and unwind after a long day. However, you need to keep an eye on your unhealthy behavior if it starts to become a regular habit. Most things are fine in moderation, but you need to quit bad habits if they’re out of control. Cigarettes, bad eating, and even sedentary lifestyles are all examples of behavior that can have negative long-term effects. Find healthier ways to relax and unwind if your busy lifestyle is getting too much for you. We’ll talk about that more in the next point.

Spend time with your friends and family.

How much socializing do you do outside of your work environment? It’s important to set aside time in your busy schedule to see the important people in your life. Isolation can exacerbate stress and other mental health issues, but talking and laughing with your loved ones can have the opposite effect. That isn’t to say a good night can instantly cure anxiety or depression, but it can certainly help to remind yourself that you have a strong support network of friends and family who care about you. You need to start prioritizing social events in your busy schedule. You should set aside the occasional night to go out and catch up with the people who matter in your life.

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Put Road Rage in the Rear-View Mirror

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One of the biggest causes of car accidents is road rage. It can lead you into making all sorts of irrational decisions which you wouldn’t normally make. It can also make other road users into your competitors instead of working alongside one another to prevent accidents. In fact, it has been estimated that overly aggressive driving accounts for one-third of traffic accidents out on the roads. So, if you feel like it is time to deal with your road rage problem, this article will aim to give you a bit of advice that helps you to be a little calmer.

Get Enough Sleep

Many accidents occur during rush hour in the morning as people are trying to get into work. One of the factors which is contributing towards this is tiredness, so make sure that you are getting the eight hours of sleep that you need on a nightly basis. Feelings of annoyance, resentment, and anger are much more likely when you are tired. Another major cause of car accidents is falling asleep at the wheel, so this gives you another reason why you should get your shut-eye before driving.

Plan Ahead

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When you are in a rush to get somewhere, you are much more likely to become frustrated with other road users. Not only this, you are likely to end up driving faster than you need to. Add at least a few minutes onto your expected journey time and you can feel a little calmer. You can also get some traffic updates before your head out so that you know whether or not you need to add even more time. And you should also check the route so that you are less likely to get lost and add to your feelings of tension and anxiety.

Turn Down the Music

The type of music that you listen to has been shown to impact your driving habits. So, if you are a regular listener of heavy dance music, rock or something similar, it may be time to switch to something a little more calming. Classical jazz is a genre that has been shown to reduce stress, so this is one that you could try out. Otherwise, you could try listening to something a little more intellectually stimulating like an audiobook or podcast.

Give Yourself a Break

If you are on a long road trip, it is important that you take the time to give yourself a break. Ideally, you should be able to stretch your legs and get a bit of fresh air. If you are cooped up in your car for hours on end because of a traffic jam, you can at least roll the window down to get the breeze on your face. If you feel like someone has wronged you on the road, try some breathing exercises to calm down again.

Don’t Take it Personally

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The problem with many people who suffer from road rage is that they take every single negative thing that happens on the road as a personal attack. It could be a simple mistake in cutting you off or causing you to have to break suddenly. If you take to get your revenge on the other road user, this is only likely to result in further problems and nobody is going to end up as the ‘winner’. If you do find yourself in an accident, you could visit this website. Remember, you can’t control what other road users are doing; you can only manage yourself.

Stop Tailgating

Tailgating is a bad habit which is ultimately not going to get you to your destination a huge amount quicker. Not only this, you are putting yourself at the mercy of the car directly in front of you. If they suddenly slam on the brakes, you have almost no time to stop yourself ploughing into the back of them. And when it comes to claiming on insurance, this is going to go down as your fault. So, make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination to reduce the temptation to drive in a dangerous manner to arrive on time.

Relax Your Grip and Use Cruise Control

When you are feeling stressed out about driving or in a rush, you tend to grip the steering wheel too tightly. In turn, this can make you feel even more stressed and anxious. Wiggle your fingers from time to time and try to practice a more relaxed grip to alleviate this problem. If your vehicle has cruise control and the conditions allow you to use it. This can end up being a great way to give your right leg a break and, in turn, bring a sense of calm to your whole body.

Keep Your Car Clean and Tidy

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Whether you are aware of it or not, clutter can end up adding to your feelings of stress. So, make sure that you take the time to get rid of any debris which is inside your car. You should also make sure that you keep the exterior of the car clean, and, in particular, the windshield. Poor visibility can lead you getting into dangerous situations on the road and this isn’t going to do your road rage any good whatsoever.

Spend Less Time on the Road

You can’t get road rage when you are not driving! So, you should aim to reduce your time on the road where possible. Perhaps you could walk or cycle more often and only use the car for long journeys. Maybe you could spend less time commuting by working from home more often. Ultimately, if you know that you have a problem, practicing avoidance may be your best course of action.

So, there we have just a few of the ways that you reduce feelings of road rage. Since you can’t control the driving habits of other people, it all comes back to you. But managing your feelings of stress to make yourself a better driver is certainly something which is worth doing.

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One Day At A Time: Learning To Cope After A Traumatic Incident


A traumatic event can cause a lot of conflicting emotions. We can all go through something incredibly stressful in our lives, but when it comes to an incident that is incredibly traumatic, like a car crash, we can feel incredibly unsettled, and struggle to reconcile our thoughts and feelings after the incident. If anybody has gone through something like this and is having difficulty coping, are there any practical, yet purposeful, hints and tips to help you through?

Accept Your Emotions

It can be very difficult to accept these various emotions. Guilt, anger, and shock are all common reactions to a traumatic incident. We are all different, and regardless of the situation, which might not feel traumatic for someone else, but can be for you, you need to work through it in your own way. Giving yourself time to work through what you’re feeling will help in the long run, but you need to be accepting that these emotions are there in the first place, rather than avoiding them. Only then will you look at ways to become more resilient and learn how you can cope with these thoughts and feelings.

Turn Your Feelings Into Something Productive

These sorts of emotions can result in you wanting to withdraw from friends and family, but if you feel like this, becoming more engaged with loved ones can be one of the tricks to helping yourself through an incident that was incredibly traumatic. The topic of closure is something that we all have our own opinions of, and some people don’t believe in it. There are so many ways to achieve closure, and it depends on your own moral compass. There are those people who seek to find an attorney so they can take legal action against the perpetrator who put them in this situation. But there are others who would rather not go down this route, arguably, because it can be quite protracted, causing them to relive the moment again and again. It is important to continue to be productive and turn these thoughts and feelings into something that can help you progress in the right direction.

Understand These Things Take Time

And once you’ve started to make the necessary steps in the right direction, there can be a sense of frustration, because you’re not improving or healing as quickly as you’d like. But we are all different, these things take time, and you need to work through it akin to your own strengths, mentally or physically. Some people can pass comment that you are still wallowing in this, but if you are working at getting better, you are not staying stuck in this emotion. And regardless what other people might think, forget about them! If people feel like you should be over it by now, they are clearly not worth your time or effort.

After a traumatic incident, learning to cope can be a timely process. But we all process things in a different way, and so, if you are trying to think of the best way to improve after something has had a major impact on your life, as long as you are making a concerted effort, then you are going in the right direction.

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