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Jun

The Importance Of Mental Health Awareness

The physical health of an individual is a highly significant concern in the day to day life of the modern individual. Proper diet and exercise regimes are strictly followed, and many now opt out of fast food and choose instead to lead healthier lifestyles surrounding organic food and regulated calorie intake.

Although much attention is paid nowadays to the importance of maintain a healthy body, far less attention is paid to the significance of maintaining a healthy mind. Mental health awareness, although gaining better footing now that it did before, is yet to come very far in being an accepted norm and topic of discussion in modern society.

Taboo surrounding mental health

Mental health is often viewed as a taboo subject to discuss, and its actual existence is also sometimes denied. Mental health and instability issues is usually brushed off as insignificant, and if worsened, those with such issues are stigmatized and casted out of society. More often than not, the necessary treatment and care is not received by these individuals. Society is yet to comprehend that mental diseases are just as much disease as their physical counterparts, and that most mental illnesses are based on physical anomalies of the body that go on to affect mental health.

School curriculum

One way in which to make mental health awareness an acceptable topic to discuss is to introduce it as a part of health education in schools. While physical education is readily available in almost any school, mental health education is virtually non-existent. In order to ensure the progress of the understanding of mental health concerns, awareness is key, and teaching children from a young age that mental health is as significant as physical health will provide the Launchpad with which to continue such progress.

Removing the stigma

Due to social misunderstanding of mental health, many of those who suffer from mental health concerns do not seek adequate help for fear of being stigmatized and made an outcast. Serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and dissociative personality disorder are issues that a clinical psychologist in Gold Coast must be consulted for. Instead, many choose to take their loved ones or children to the care of pastors and priests in the hopes of cures through exorcisms and other archaic practices. Mental health issues are thereby not considered to actually exist, in some societies.

Seeking help

Encouraging discussion about mental health and creating awareness from the grassroots level through school education will assist those suffering from debilitating mental illnesses to come forward to seek treatment so that they too can have a chance at living a normal and healthy life.

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Jun

Dealing With Arthritis Pain

Arthritis causes chronic pain somewhere down the line. Unbearable pan without a cure; so agonizing. Patients are loaded with pain killers one after the other, to mask the pain. However, these pain killers don’t come without other vicious side effects. It is never good in the long run. This article very briefly outlines the possible alternatives to pills and oral medicine, to combat pain that’s caused by arthritis.
There are many ointment, creams and patches that could be used by arthritis patients to treat pain and inflammation. They either numb nerve ending close to the skin, or inhibit the functions of certain proteins that cause inflammation.
Flat shoes that are covered, flexible and support the arch are always a better option than other high heeled and uncomfortable shoes. These types of shoes put less pressure on the knees, there by facilitating pain relief for arthritis patients.

Mid exercising or physio therapy is proven to be good to manage arthritis pain Care must however be taken not to over exert yourself, and to stop at any discomfort or unusual pain. Strenuous exercises like running, vigorous jumping can worsen the situation. Swimming, cycling, aerobics and other similar gentle exercises re recommended. One must always speak to their doctor before beginning any exercise routine, if they suffer from arthritis.
Applying cold or hot packs can bring some comfort. Supplying heat to the affected are relaxes the muscles while increasing blood flow. Cold compresses create the illusion of numbing by making the nerves choose the cold sensation over the feeling of pain.
Meditating often helps relieve pain. Stress releases certain chemicals that could be a culprit that worsens inflammation. Therefore, reducing stress by meditation can often help in reducing inflammation and the associated pain. There are many guided meditation lessons available suitable for such pain control.
These guided meditation lessons that are especially for pain management, use breathing techniques as their core meditation tool. This method pain relief, though trick and subjective, is the best as it involves no side effect or risks. If you want an online class for guided meditation then go to this link http://www.thewayofmeditation.com.au/free-relaxation-meditation/.
Many arthritis patients swear by acupuncture; a Chinese technique that uses tiny needles for its treatments, as a pain relieving technique. These needles help in better cl=blood flow, and the production of endorphins which acts as a natural pain killer.
There are also many typed of injections used for this purpose. A local anaesthetic is usually injected to a muscle or nerve to stop pain. Steroids are often used to reduce inflammation, and thereby pain. However, al injections carry the risk of bleeding and infections. Certain injections that are aimed at muscles can cause scar tissue if used too often than recommended. Similarly, wrong nerve could be injected when working with an injection that is directed to the nerves, causing discomforts in the muscle connected to that particular nerve. These reasons may lead to the patient rejecting injections, for the same reasons they want to get rid of pills; side effects.

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Jun

The modern lifestyles that young people lead can be busy and stressful. Leading a life of all work and no play can lead to many mental health problems including anxiety and depression. This is more so if the person is a working a full time job with no free time for themselves and lives pay check to pay check as most young people do without any money remaining at the end of the month to spend on themselves. Sadly however, due to the high cost of living this is the case with most young people and young families. There are many things you can do to help yourself to deal with this anxiety and depression you may experience however, not dealing with it at an early stage can make it worse where you may need professional help.
Seek professional helpSometimes, the mental stress you feel can be a little overwhelming and may be too severe for you to deal with on your own. In these cases you may need to seek out professional help or undergo anxiety hypnotherapy that can help relax you and ease these feeling that you are feeling. These great therapies have been used time and time again for centuries and have been known to work.
Anxiety hypnotherapy will not only relax your mind and make you feel at ease, but it will also help you to identify the source of your anxiety and depression allowing you to deal with it more effectively. You may even combine this therapy with a holiday out of town or sometime off your schedule for better results.
Take some time off your scheduleAlthough this may be easier said than done, it is important for you to find sometime for yourself. Take some time off work and take a holiday or do something you enjoy. A holiday does not have to mean an expensive trip or a stay at an expensive hotel or guest house. You may simply visit some out of town relatives or as a friend who lives far away to help you out with accommodation. During this time, it is important for you to engage in practices known for relaxation such as yoga, meditation or simply sitting in a peaceful place and enjoying some relaxing music. You may get a massage or even go for a class to learn some relaxation techniques at a monastery or a temple. These may seem like very small things however the combination of taking a break from your every day schedule and these techniques can have a big impact on your mental state.

02

Jun

Marriage is one of the most complicated relationships where along with the husband and wife, a gamut of emotions too stay together like love, happiness, romance, compatibility, excitement, tenderness, warmth, understanding, irritability, anger, responsibility, adjustments, ego, and a lot more. Marriage is basically a ride with ups and downs. Everyone enters into a marriage with the intention of making it work and nobody looks forward to divorce while getting married. However, sometimes problems or situations arise in a marriage where there are no longer butterflies in the stomach or the fizz is gone and the couple agrees to disagree. At such times one should not resort to divorce as the end all solution.

If things have escalated beyond simple remedies, it is advisable to see a wellness coach in Sydney who will help the couple see and realise the problem which they might not be able to see objectively and help mend the differences which the couple could not resolve on their own. A coach differs from a counsellor in the sense that he or she does not prescribe or dictate how to work things out. It does not seem like a serious condition that requires a treatment.

A coach works with the couple and thus gives them the sense of ease to open up easily and work towards a solution. A plan of action can be chalked out by the wellness coach in consultation with the couple such that the plan is open to changes, adjustments and a continuous follow up can be carried out by the coach to ensure the couple is making a conscious effort. One of the benefits of seeking the help and advice of such a coach is that they are not driving towards a solution or pressurising the couple to work things out. But they make them see things in a light they previously were not willing to and erase out the differences amicably.

If there was love before and now it seems like the spark has gone in a marriage, a conscious effort needs to be made to make things work. Sometimes all that is needed is a romantic gateaway or even a date. Rekindling the flame with a favourite movie, or a common song, or reading the vows or going through old photographs and steaming things up between the sheets also affect positively. Making a few personal changes or just giving each other time and a patient hearing is useful as well.

When a marriage has started out with love and understanding and the course of time has taken a toll on the marriage, efforts need to be made to put the spark back into it. And if a little help from outside can make a sea of change, then why not go for it!