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The Power Of Gratitude

There’s no denying the power that gratitude has in affecting our quality of life. With the ever present desire for finding ways to live a more fulfilling, happy and healthy life, countless studies are constantly being conducted as to what this means, and how to create it.

 

Simply, gratitude is an act of expressing a feeling of being thankful. This can be done in a multitude of ways – from verbal recognition to others, to self affirmations, to visualizations and meditation processes, to list writing. It is not so much how the gratitude is expressed, rather, the focus of being in that thankful energy. Mental health patients experience positive results when applying a gratitude practice of some kind in their therapies.

 

Some studies, in particular, have found that simply writing or thinking of lists of that which we are thankful for, even (especially!) on the most challenging days, this can help improve sleep quality. Additionally, a study which was conducted on war veterans revealed that participants who regularly took part in a gratitude practice were less inclined to long term post traumatic stress disorder.

 

Gratitude is for everyone, however, not limited to those who are seeking therapies. It’s all about shifting our focus from what is not going so well, or what is lacking, to what is going right. Oftentimes, when we say that ‘nothing is going right’ or ‘I have so many problems’ then, of course, this is what we will experience. There can always be something we are grateful for, even if it is as simple as our pillow, or being able to breathe. Shifting our focus from negative to positive gives us some space from the issues that may be overwhelming us enough to gain clarity in our minds and find solutions more effectively, as well as experience the benefits of the joy that comes with finding things to be thankful for. Overtime, the more you are grateful, the more you will find in your life to be grateful for.

 

For more advice on your overall health and wellbeing check in with a local chiropractor.

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Caring for Disabled Veterans

Facing a wide range of challenges, both mentally and physically health related, veterans often exhibit cases of more long-term, debilitating effects coming into their senior years. This means that not only do they deserve a high quality home care regime, but often need it more than what is expected of the general senior citizen population. Various pension programs, in many countries throughout the world, usually fund the cost of care of veterans. Whether it is preparing meals, medication schedule reminders, assisting with hygiene maintenance, dressing, grocery shopping, or offering a kind ear and friendly company, there are many ways that veterans can benefit from in-home care.

 

Physical disabilities from combat are an obvious and very prevalent situation – oftentimes missing limbs and wheelchairs add to a more complex in-care regime. Exposure to various elements and substances throughout their experiences have been linked to causing hearing issues, and in some cases, may have resulted in neurological imbalances. This is important to keep in mind when caring for any veterans in the home environment, as issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can also be very prevalent in any generation of veterans. It is estimated that 10-30% of people returning from war end up suffering from PTSD. This brings with it a range of emotional and mental fluctuations ranging from detachment to anxiety and distress and flashbacks being some of the common occurrences in a sufferer. This is especially important to know as PTSD can go well into the senior years, even decades after the events take place. This requires an in-home caregiverr to be mindful and gentle when it comes to the emotional state of the veteran.

 

To find a qualified caregiver, visit Griswold Homecare’s website: http://www.griswoldhomecare.com

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6 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Laser Treatments

There’s a lot of mystery and ambiguity surrounding laser treatments in the general population. Some hearken it as the miracle cure-all that works via pixie dust and unicorn tears while others have an image in their mind of a doctor shining a red laser pointer onto their faces or into their eyes. Lasers aren’t that complicated once you get down to it. Here are 6 things you need to know before stepping under the laser:

 

1. No, lasers don’t run on pixie dust or unicorn tears

 

Laser is actually an acronym. I’ll bet you didn’t know that (or maybe you did—and if that’s the case great!). It stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Lasers work with focused light. The light converts to heat as it passes through skin which can be harnessed to achieve a multitude of effects and treatments. In the case of laser hair removal, for example, the heat is absorbed by the hair’s dark pigment within the follicle. The heat damages that follicle, which ultimately inhibits hair growth.

 

2. Stay out of the sun before an appointment

 

This is critical for laser hair removal because the treatment cannot be received on tanned or sunburned skin. Yep. Save the summer glow till AFTER your treatment.

 

3. Everyone responds to lasers differently

 

Because we’re all individuals and not just a homogenous mob of genetic clones, different skin will respond to lasers in different ways. Most physicians account for this by conducting a small test patch to gauge how your skin reacts (depending on the type of treatment).

 

4. Results require consistency

 

As is the case with most laser treatments, usually multiple sessions are needed to achieve optimal results. So, if you’re looking for a one and done solution—do yourself a favor (and save some money) by looking elsewhere. Your physician will work with you to determine how many sessions your treatment will require.

 

5. Most treatments aren’t “relaxing”

 

Laser therapy is often accompanied by mild snaps—similar to the snapping of a rubberband against your skin. So, just keep your expectations in check before you saunter in thinking you’re about to get the Platinum Spa package. It will probably be uncomfortable.

 

6. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen

 

After treatment with a laser, your skin will become highly sensitive to the sun and UV rays. Slather on that sunscreen to prevent any harmful skin damage.

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