Working out and any type of exercise increases the happy hormones in our body. Those happy hormones give us a big natural boost of get-up-and-go.
Most humans have this great trick – if you set a goal, you become motivated to meet it and even excel beyond it.
It is similar to setting deadlines and completing to-do lists.
You get a tremendous sense of achievement when you check the goals off, which fills us with joy and purpose.
If you aren’t setting regular goals for things, it might be time to try it out and see if it works for you.
There are so many content creators out there that you are bound to find one that you enjoy. Look for content creators that focus on motivation, productivity, and simple tricks to help people be their best selves.
LifeHack has a great list of 20 videos that might give you some great ideas and get you up and going again.
We talked about setting goals, but it is time to plan something fun. Try to find an event, place, or person that you want to see in the future.
Consider everything you need to do between then and now, and another task closer to the fun thing.
You can also plan a fun thing to do each day too so that once you have tackled your day with the ferocity of a hungry lion, you can do something fun.
Find your peace
You might be feeling a little worn down or restless and unmotivated because you have a lot going on. Finding areas of your day to create a little bit of peace is essential.
Peace comes from many places. You might incorporate a walk into your daily life, where you are surrounded by greenery and silence. Or perhaps listening to a podcast or sleep story can help you gain a little clarity.
Most of the time, we push ourselves a little too hard for a little too long when what we need is to sleep a little longer and love ourselves a little more.
Stress can affect us all in different ways. It can affect our mental, emotional and even our physical wellbeing. It even affects how we behave and react to things. Stress isn’t all bad, we all deal with some form of stress in our lifetime, some on a day-to-day basis in our everyday lives, whether it be financial, family, work or even due to health stress. Learning how to cope and deal with the stress is key!
We all get so caught up in work deadlines, our hectic lifestyles, home/work-life balance that we forget to take five minutes to relax, have a hot cup of coffee, breath or even get some air. Stepping away for just five minutes could make all the difference to our stress levels. However if we stay in a state of high stress levels it can be damaging to our health.
Even life events such as having a baby, buying a house or even planning a wedding can lead to feelings of stress.
Signs of stress:
Chest pain/faster heartbeat
Struggling to make a decision
Avoiding people or places
Stress is sadly something we are unable to avoid, but we can learn how best to manage it. When at work try and schedule in five minutes to de-stress throughout the day, get some fresh air, call a friend or loved one, enjoy a hot drink and something quick to eat. Have five minutes to yourself, have a breather and relax the best way that suits you. When at home it is really important to still take time out to relax too.
I have had an awful couple of months lately, and have really been suffering with stress, anxiety and depression. Here are a few things I have found to help me manage and get through, alongside professional support.
Enjoy a relaxing bath
There is a certain kind of magic to bathing. Sinking into a nice warm bath helps you to relax and unwind, amongest many health benefits. A nice warm bath can be a way to indulge in spa-like bliss at home, surrounded by a few of your favorite things. Whether they may be a book or magazine, bath-bomb, candles, soft relaxing music or even a nice cool glass of wine or beer. Having a nice warm bath is a great way to help improve our health, such as help with a better nights sleep, helps to relax achy muscles, relieve tension, pain and inflammation. Taking a nice long soothing bath can be the perfect antidote to a stressful day. Closing that bathroom door and taking some much deserved me-time provides us with the chance to get away from things for a while and relax.
Everyone is creative in their own way, having a hobby is a great way to spend any spare time you may have. It is a great way to help you unwind from a stressful day you may have had, or even unwind from your daily routines. Spending time doing something you really enjoy can help improve your health and wellbeing massively. My personal favourite is sewing. Whether it be something outdoors, artistic, musical, learning a new skill or even just sitting quietly and reading, all will benefit your health as it is time out for you, doing something you love and enjoy. I am a great believer that those with a hobby are a lot less likely to suffer from stress, low mood and depression. Having a hobby or activity you enjoy will help to relax you, help you to feel happier and much more relaxed.
Demanding schedules and a busy home life leave many of people feeling trapped inside. Our busy lives can make it difficult to get outside and enjoy breathing in some fresh air from time-to-time. However the benefits of fresh air are endless. Spending time outdoors is one of the fastest ways to lift people’s moods and improve health and happiness. Being outdoors helps to lower stress levels, blood pressure, and even heart rate. Being outdoors also helps to keep your vitamin D levels up and also allowing our serotonin levels to increase. Being outdoors breathing in some fresh air will also help to clear our mind and lungs. Being outdoors can really benefit our physical and mental health. Trying to add half an hour into our daily routines can really benefit our wellbeing. Perhaps an after dinner stroll, taking the dog for a walk or even a lunchtime walk can make all the difference.
Interacting with loved ones, whether it be friends or family really does help. It helps to create emotional support to help you overcome life challenges. The best way to stay focused, and if needed then help to get back on track is by reaching out to loved ones. Our friends and family are our safe haven and people we can rely on at all times, helping us to feel at ease, even in the most stressful of situations. Speaking with loved ones can help ease our stress levels and help ease the pressure off of ourselves. Allowing us to have a much healthier coping mechanism for stress with the help and support if needed.
Have you ever tried meditation? I haven’t as yet, but it is something I am looking into trying and possibly adding into my daily routines. It is said to be one of the most popular ways to relieve stress. It is said that by calming your body and mind, your physical and emotional stress can melt away, leaving you feeling better, refreshed and ready to face the day with a much healthier attitude. For anyone not knowing what meditation entails it involves sitting in a relaxed position and clearing your mind. Making sure you are not distracted for at least twenty minutes, find a comfortable position, close your eyes and focus within. Try to focus your attention on your breathing by counting your breaths, or there are meditation soundtracks you can listen to. Meditation is free, always available and very effective in short-term stress reduction and long term health.
Many people think that exercise only has an impact on your body, when infact it has a very positive impact on your mental wellbeing too. It is said that those who are physically active are much more less likely to suffer from anxiety or depression than those who are not. This is said to be true because exercise causes particular chemicals to be released called endorphins, which are known to positively alter your mood. Exercising helps to relieve any feelings of anger, helps promote better sleep and also helps to relieve any tension you may have.
While stress is the body’s natural response to protecting itself, chronic stress or anxiety can have many long-term effects, including poor sleep or even sleepless nights. You dont have to wait until its lights out to start winding down, if you are struggling with sleeping. Try changing up your evening routine to see if it helps. Set the mood lighting down a little earlier, have a relaxing bath, try aromatherapy, listen to relaxing music or even try mindful colouring. A bedtime routine is a great way to start training your brain to trigger the process of going to sleep.
Stress unfortunately is an inevitable part of life, and it is impossible to take away all the stress and anxiety we may feel on a day-to-day basis. Taking time out for yourself to have a massage can massively help. Having a massage is a great way to seek relief from stress as it helps you to relax and de-stress. It helps to reduce your stress hormone and increase your serotonin and dopamine levels. Along with rebalancing your hormones a massage also releases muscle tension. When stressed your muscles tighten in response and can become painful. A massage can help offer stress relief and aid relaxation.
Writing is said to be a medicine for the brain. Whenever you are feeling mentally or emotionally exhausted try writing down what is bothering you. This will help you structure your thoughts and hopefully bring you some peace to your mind. Writing down our thoughts and feelings can help us become more aware/self-aware and also help us detect any sneaky/unhealthy patterns in our thoughts and feelings. This then allows us to be in/take more control over our lives and put things in more perspective. Furthermore it can help us to shift from a negative mindset to a much more positive one.
Chronic stress can be hard on our bodies and can also contribute to anxiety and depression. Finding healthy ways to help us all cope and take care of our minds and bodies is very important. Working out in the garden can help reduce cortisol levels – this is a chemical our bodies produces in response to stress. You dont even have to be working in the garden, just sitting out there helps too. Sow some seeds, pull some weeds or even give the garden a water. it all helps to take our minds off things for a while and before you know it time has flown by. Gardening can reverse the effects of stress, these benefits include better health, exercise, nutrition from homegrown vegetables if you grow them, improved mood from exposure to vitamin D in the sunlight and an improved focus and increased creativity. Getting dirt under our nails isn’t half as bad as we thought.
It is not always easy to recognise that stress is the reason why you could be acting, feeling or even behaving differently. If you are experiencing any unusual behavior then please do seek medical help or advice. You may find it hard to explain how you are feeling but talking about how you’re feeling really does help.
The world has encountered plenty of sharp and sudden changes over the past year. One of the most significant is many people switching from the office to remote working. This has immediately allowed them to slow their lives down. They needn’t deal with the hustle and bustle of the tube. They don’t need to cope with high-speed traffic on the motorway. But while this situation was forced on them, there are other steps you can take to slow down that are your choice, and doing so can help you reap the mental and physical benefits.
Ditch Your Smartphone
Smartphones are useful, yes but they’re also a massive time drain, and also not great for our mental wellbeing, either. Wherever you look, you see people’s successes, and this can make you wonder whether you’ve done as much as you could. But, we should know by now that this is only a chapter in other people’s stories. It doesn’t tell the whole picture, so you shouldn’t waste your time stressing over it. Instead, think of ways to replace your smartphone and engage your brain instead. If you’re partial to a puzzle, options can include https://www.pennydellpuzzles.com/sudoku/subscriptions/, and if not, there are always plenty of books for you to check out.
Stop and Appreciate
If you feel like your entire day is a whirlwind that only stops once you’re under the covers, you need to take a step back and consider if this works for you. Chances are that it doesn’t. So what can you do instead? Sometimes, slowing down is as simple as stopping for a second and appreciating the world around you. Breathe in the fresh air, watch the clouds float across the sky, or be happy with your home. This only takes a minute, but it can ground you better than a lot of other things in life.
Write About Your Day
Experts say that writing down your experiences is one of the best ways to help you get perspective. Rather than allow thoughts to swim around in your mind, you get them onto paper, and this makes them less abstract. It makes them real. From here, you can look at behavioural patterns and make changes, and you can also look back on the good times and feel happier.
Start Your Day Earlier
A lot of people will wait until the very last second to get out of bed, especially on those dark, cold winter mornings. However, while you might be toastier for a little longer, you also risk needing to rush out the door. This is a terrible way to start your day, so wake up and get out of bed earlier. This will give you the chance to ease into your day with meditation, yoga, or a relaxing breakfast, and you won’t be late to work or school ever again.
Take It Slow
Humans were not designed to go as fast as they could whenever possible, and failing to slow disown means you risk burning out sooner than you’d like. You don’t need to stop entirely, but you can slow your everyday pace and take it slow, take it easy, and give yourself the chance to breathe and recharge.
You have heard it said that stress is a killer. Stress wreaks havoc on the body. It affects blood pressure, blood sugar, the heart rate, and all the organs. It is a key factor in the risks of stroke and heart attack. It causes headaches, sleeplessness, digestion problem, and the list goes on.
When you are stressed, your body goes into slow motion. You lose your energy. You lose your drive and you invite depression to take over. The less you move the more stressed you become. But, you have the power to change this.
Making truth your reality
People who love you will give you the sound advice that you need to just calm down. Stop letting everything bother you. Do what you can do and walk away. That is very good advice if you do not have a job, a family, bills, pets, and a home. But, when you oversleep, the kids cannot find their science homework, your partner used your car and left it on empty, and the person in front of you seems to have only one objective, and that is making you late for work. Stress is part of life.
You can make some life changes that will keep these specific things from happening repeatedly, but there will always be stress in our high-tech world. Instead of focusing on the situations, let’s focus on changing the way we feel in order to process the stress.
Natures Xanax – only better
When stress and anxiety begin to affect our lives negatively, we go to the doctor. In some circumstances, people need the help of a prescription to calm down and press reset. The problem is, anxiety medication is addictive. When you finish the prescription, the anxiety comes back even worse than before. You cannot keep taking the prescription long.
The doctor may prescribe enough for a week or ten days, then take them away for a couple of weeks to protect you from addiction. So, you put your body through cycles of relaxation and then anxiety, and the cycle repeats itself as long as the doctor prescribes the medication. At the end of the “help”, you are worse off than you were before. You did not make any changes to address the issues.
When you are sedated, you usually do not move around much. Prescription drugs make you feel as if you are in a mental fog. You sleep, but it is not a relaxing sleep. You feel no better or relaxed when you wake up.
Nature seemed to know that we would have stress in our lives. Nature gave us a huge selection of plants that have what we need. Natural oils are harvested from live plants. These oils are easy to use and they are not addictive, have zero chemicals, and gives you the help you need to allow your body to return to normal.
Let’s look at a few oils that are proven to work. You can mix the oils for the desired effect, which only you can explore.
We will list a few examples of essential oils and the benefit it gives you. But there are hundreds of essential oils. You will need to find a combination that works for you.
Note: Essential oils are usually released into the air with the use of a diffuser. The oils enter the thin nasal membranes and are absorbed. You should be careful about placing essential oils directly on your skin. Use a carrier oil such as coconut oil, or test a very small place on your body and watch for burning or rash. You may be able to rub the oil of your choice on the skin, just be careful.
The following oils will calm you and allow you to de-stress and feel much more relaxed.
The use of these oils will calm your stress level and assist you in getting a relaxed night of restful sleep. Once your body is responding to this, you will need to boost your energy level.
Peppermint (Also a natural anti-inflammatory and pain killer for those sore muscles).
Now you can move on to mood enhancers. These oils lift your spirits, ease any muscle pain you have and generally make you feel good.
You are feeling better and more relaxed. Now fight off depression, boost your energy, and be the best you can be by exercising. When you are active, your brain naturally produces more serotonin. This is a feel-good hormone that balances your mood. Your body is ready to take over and keep you emotionally fit. Use the essential oils whenever you like, but do not use them instead of moving. You have to invest in your body to reap the rewards.
Wow, what a month I have had. I am seeing February in 1 stone and 0.5 lb lighter thanks to my new health kick! I am totally amazed and I am also still in shock.
I have learnt so much this time round from being a Slimming World member. I can’t quite put my finger on what is differenht this time – Perhaps it is where I am taking a different approach to it this time. And also remembering past mistakes.
A Few Of The Things I have Learnt And Will Remember Are:
To take my time. A steady loss is better than no weight loss.
I found that amoungst the clutter in the kitchen there is a spice rack that I actually LOVE!
Meal planning is actually fun, saves money and really does help me to stay on plan and in control.
To not be scared to introduce a new meal to our family menu. It is trial and error for a while but amazing new healthier foods will come from the trying them out.
I found muscles that I didn’t even know existed…..Ouch! yes I need to learn how to warm up properly before exercising – Lesson learnt the hard way!
Exercising can be fun. But even more comfortable and enjoyable when wearing the correct clothing. A clothes shop is needed I think.
To take and check body measurements regularly and take note. I was amazed at how much I had actually lost off my bingo wings, chest, waist and top of my legs. What don’t show on the scales can show in measurements.
That I don’t need a fancy gym membership to exercise. A home gym and the great outdoors can be just as good, if not better. All you need is an imagination and determination.
Not to add too many changes in one go. Make healthy swaps gradually. Adjust to a new lifestyle slowly then it isn’t such a shock and is much more enjoyable.
I have learnt to relax and enjoy my new lifestyle. I have learnt to not stress to much if I have a bad day as they do happen to everyone. I just tell myself now that tomorrow is a new day.
Opening up and chatting about my journey has also really helped me. I did feel embarrassed to start off with as I was previously a Slimming World member that lost just over 3 stone in weight. That loss soon went back on as my old habits came back. A lovely chat with family and friends really helped me and I am now ready and focused to turn that embarrasement into determination.
I have sat and wrote a list of where I went wrong last time. I have taken it all in and I shall remember them and learn from them.
We are now on a health kick and I don’t want to just lose weight – no way do I want to find it again or let it find me!
I want rid forever so it has to be a lifestyle change forever.
Are you like me and want to eat healthy but also hate having to use loads of pots when preparing a meal? How does breakfast in 90 seconds sound? and even better still it’s all done in one pot.
Breafast is the most important meal of the day and I will be first to admit that I often skip this meal as the mornings can sometimes be hectic. Is this a meal you skip too for the same reason?
Making breakfast easier
I have been currently looking at ways to overcome this problem. With the time of year and the mornings being cold, damp and sometimes frosty, a cold fresh fruit shake just isn’t as inviting at the moment. For me they are more for the warmer days. A nice warm breakfast is more needed at the moment.
One breakfast I have been currently enjoying and that is this loaded egg in a dish breakfast. A breakfast made using just the one dish and is ready in just 90 seconds. Breakfast has never been so easy.
How to make this tasty breakfast in 90 seconds
1 tablespoonful of skimmed milk
Lean ham – I used one slice.
Chop the ham into small peices and place in the dish.
Crack your eggs into the same dish.
Add the milk.
Add the seasoning. As much or as little as you like.
Mix the ingredients together.
Place in the microwave for 90 seconds.
Add any fillings of your choice
This loaded egg breakfast makes a perfect quick breakfast. The ingredients can be played about with and you can add any filling of your choice. Ian likes his loaded with more fillings and likes mushrooms, peas, cheese and other fillings added to bulk his out more.
This also makes a perfect breakfast for kid’s like Bradley who struggle to get out of bed in the mornings. He is now in college and still hasn’t changed from his school day’s – he still isn’t a morning person and ALWAYS needs reminding to have breakfast before darting out the door to get his train to college.
A perfect way to start anyones day. All you need is eggs, milk and any fillings of your choice.
We do enjoy cooking and baking – check out our food section to see what we have been making.
Pilates (pronouncedpuh-lah-teez) is a system of exercises developed by the German, Joseph Pilates during World War 1. The system was named after him but he referred to it as “Contrology.” He firmly believed that there was a definite connection between physical and mental health. The intent of these exercises was to strengthen both mind and body. If practiced consistently, Pilates will build strength, improves flexibility, and develop control and stamina. Pilates is practiced globally especially in countries in the Western Hemisphere. You can learn about the Pilates procedures and equipment used in the exercise programs at Pilatespal.com, Inc..
Principles of Pilates
Joseph Pilates never created a system of beliefs for his method, but the principles included here are evident from the pages he wrote and other documented materials. There is no set order in which the principles are presented, the list here is as follows: breath, control, concentration, center, flow and precision. These principles are the basis of many techniques of Pilates and they are normally accepted as the base of the system.
There is equal importance shared among the basic principles, but breath involves much more than respiration. In Pilates, breath is the energy of the driving force and the engine that propels the art. It can be viewed (as regarded by Joseph Pilates) as of life, of the mind, spirit and body. Breath then is observed here as the mutual thread that goes through every foundation principle; joining them together.
Breath is an important key to life. The only skeletal muscles necessary for life are the respiratory muscles, but too often breath is taken for granted. Understanding the anatomy essential to breath can assist in the optimum use of breath.
The focus of this principle is the procedure involved in doing the exercise rather than on exercise itself. In this principle, it is important to concentrate on the body’s alignment, and keeping the correct alignment and equilibrium during the entire exercise session. It is vital that the practitioner maintains mental concentration throughout the session.
In Pilates, a practitioner’s control of the body must begin somewhere: the center. Of the Pilates method, the center is the primary point. The body’s “powerhouse” are the set of muscles in the middle of the body, those surrounding the abdomen, hips, upper and lower back, inner thighs and buttocks. In addition, center is the point where if the body was suspended it would be balanced fully in all directions. Learn more about Pilates exercises here: https://www.wikihow.com/Do-Pilates
“Contrology” was the preferred name given by Joseph Pilates for this principle. It focuses on muscle control. Every exercise is executed with control. Control becomes refined with practice. Refined control is related to fewer errors, greater coordination, exact alignment, greater balance and improved ability to duplicate the exercise effectively over many attempts, by the use of minimal effort and evading unnecessary muscle tensions.
Precision is the precise manner by which an action is performed. The difference between precision and other exercise routines is the way it is done. Knowing about anatomy will assist the practitioner in realizing precision.
Flow is effortless, continuous movement; a physical energy applied from the center that will direct movements of the extremities. Achieving precision will ultimately lead to flow to and from and within each exercise to build strength and grit.
Equipment used in Pilates
The exercises are done on mats placed on the floor or on exercise apparatus developed by Joseph Pilates. These workout machines use pulleys and resistance from the body weight of the participant on the equipment and progressed spring levels. The reformer is most likely the most famous resistance equipment to be found in a Pilates workroom. Read here for more on Pilates.
Pilates is appropriate for both males and females whether you are a professional athlete or you are just an ordinary person or retiree trying to get back in shape. Pilates low effect and usefulness have made it the preferred foundation exercise techniques for many individuals around the world including celebrities.
When done correctly and regularly, and with the correct instructions that will assist you in embracing the main principles, Pilates will bring a change in your life. It will also enhance your lifestyle giving you healthy appearance.
I think we all find it hard to put down the mobile phone, step away from the tablet and avoid the hypnotic draw of the TV. Being away from technology is such a good thing for your mind and your body so why aren’t we pushing this more with our children and enjoy the benefits of tech-free days?
Tech-free days are extremely beneficial to give your little (or not so little) ones the time away from bright screens, distracting beeping and addictive games, plus the stress that comes with a life lead through social media. This is even more worrying in teenagers, especially with night-time use.
But worry not, as we’ve got some top tips to banishing tech (just for a little while) and encouraging your children to interact with the family and the world around them…
Too Much Of This
Quality family time
A great rule that will ease you into this introduction to family life is: no-tech at the dinner table.
Your family mealtimes may be as short as half an hour or as long as two hours, but this simple step will give your children a small break from tech so that they can take part in real discussions with their nearest and dearest. Quality family time may seem like a bit of a bore to them, especially if their friends are playing games online or frantically messaging on WhatsApp, but establishing this staple in your home will bring you that little bit closer.
Getting back to basics
When was the last time you saw your child reading a book? In this instance, Kindle books do count but it would be better if it was an actual book to fit the no-tech theme!
Getting back to basics simply means that you should encourage your children to spend some of their time enjoying activities that you did as a child. Such as reading a book, playing outside, enjoying some quiet time colouring in, playing cards or taking part in a family board game.
If you have children that range in age significantly, then you may need to find different activities to match their specific age bracket. This might also involve separating the children into different rooms, so one can read a book in peace while another can play table tennis or give you a run for your money on the miniature pool table! A great way to divide rooms as and when needed is with internal folding doors. With very little effort, you can turn a large living/dining room into two separate spaces for different functions.
Resting the eyes
Bright screens and games can leave the eyes feeling tired and sore if overused. Too much screen time for children can be very bad for children’s eyes which we should be more careful of and monitor usage more closely.
Making the bedroom a tech-free zone will also help to give your child a good night’s sleep, every night. Mobile phones should be placed in a drawer on silent for bedtime, tablets turned off and out of sight and there should be a strict no TV rule for an hour before they go to sleep.
Keeping the bedroom free of all distractions keeps your children in tune with what the bedroom is for: sleeping.
Although social media has only really been around for a decade, it has changed the way most people live their lives and interact with each other. Being a child in 2016 now means having several social media profiles, having several of your pictures online and the pressure to document your life through one of the many social tools available:
The list goes on for the benefits of tech-free days…
Wouldn’t it be better for your child to actually meet up with their friends instead of FB messaging them? How about a trip out to the beach or the local park that doesn’t involve a selfie, checking in to the local McDonald’s and spending the time filtering your photos ready for Instagram?
Not Enough Of This
For the very young children, this won’t be as much of an issue but their introduction to social media will mark their entrance into a world that encourages every movement to be documented. Is it not the job of a parent to delay that for as long as possible? Tech-free days will do so much to helping your children to have a rest break from social media, TV, games and internet browsing. It will encourage more quality family time, will help them to discover the joys of getting back to basics and will help them to interact with the world around them, not just the world from their mobile phone.
Pets are a source of much love and joy for families. Children especially enjoy and respond to the warmth and friendship they provide. A pet can be a furry best friend, partner-in-crime, companion, someone to cuddle with and much more for your child. Pets also make great teachers. They improve a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development while imparting a few valuable life skills as your child interacts with them. If you are considering adding a pet to your brood, here are some of the potential skills children can gain from looking after a family pet:
Valuable Life Skills
Unconditional love. Pets are non-judgemental and can be quite therapeutic for lonely children or those with emotional distress. A pet can give support and comfort as well as play with your child. This can help them learn the importance of friendship.
Responsibility and confidence. Giving your children age-appropriate chores such as feeding, grooming and cleaning up after the family pet helps them learn what it means to be responsible. In turn, the responsibility of caring for the pet can inspire confidence. Children as young as four can help with simple tasks such as filling water and food bowls. Bathing, grooming, walking, giving cats or dogsflea treatment etc., can be the responsibility of older children.
Empathy and compassion. As your child cares for a pet that is dependent on him, he learns empathy and compassion. Your child learns to read and recognize the pet’s needs and how to best fulfil them, especially if the animal becomes scared, falls ill or grows old.
Patience. Children can learn patience from housebreaking a kitten or puppy or by teaching their pets new tricks. These young animals don’t learn all they need to know overnight while other pets might be slow to learn. Dealing with these situations and other instances of animal training will teach your child that patience and consistency are vital ingredients in attaining success.
Coping with loss. Although you probably don’t want to think about this, the lifespan of most pets is considerably shorter than those of their owners. Commonly, your child’s first experience with the death of a loved one is the loss of a beloved family pet. If this is managed in a respectful way that pays tribute to the pet and acknowledges the pain and grief felt, the experience can be invaluable to children as they grow up.
Looking After A Pet Is An Important Life Changing Decision.
Before selecting a family pet, you should make sure you inform all family members, especially children, of your decision. You should also pay attention to the type of pet you’d like to have. Some, such as cats and dogs, require almost constant care and are well suited to families. Others such as fish, birds and guinea pigs might not provide as much interaction. Remember that just like people, animals have different personalities and traits. Understand the different breeds available and get recommendations from a vet before making your final decision.
Pets can teach children plenty of skills that will help them grow to become well-adjusted adults. Add in the pure joy that pets bring and it seems unthinkable to let your child grow up in a house without one.
As you may already know I am currently on a Slimming World journey in a bid to lose five stone. I have so far managed to lose just over three stone. I hit the three stone loss a while back now and have comfortably sat at this loss now for the past few months. Lately I’ve been wanting to push myself to lose the other two stone and start feeling good about myself.
I am due to attend an awards evening, this is a carer’s awards night for work. It is a Champagne four course dinner, with a formal dress code…..yikes!
I am not really a dress wearing person, due to my previous size before my slimming world journey I’d often be found in baggy trousers with a big baggy cardigan for comfort, all of which will be dark colours.
I have recently been on panic overdrive about what to wear to the awards night. I looked online at different outfits and saw this dress that I fell in love with straight away and knew that it was the dress for me. With the dress ordered – I ordered a size smaller than previously bought in the past, I done this in a bid to help keep me motivated and on track.
Due to my previous size, dresses never seemed to hang right on me, I like dresses that give you a shape and feel comfortable to wear. Unfortunately in the past this hasn’t happened. Since losing three stone my confidence has started to shine through and I now feel like I want to try different styles and actually go out in nice bright colours cardigan free.
The dress has been ordered – And has arrived……Yikes!
The table is booked, time and place to meet with colleagues is sorted…….Double yikes!
Now to find a nice bag, shoes and some accessories to go with my outfit – No backing out now.
I am really looking forward to the awards night but for me this is a BIG step out of my comfort zone. This will hopefully be a big step to a new me – One that is also back on plan and ready to lose the rest of the weight I so desperately want to shift.
Kid’s unfortunately don’t come with an instruction manual, we are all learning the best we can along the way. Peer pressure is a horrible thing that has probably effected us all when we was growing up.
It can have a positive effect on our life’s and it can also have a negative effect, it all comes down to choice and whether we let it have that negative effect. How can we best help and guide our children when coping with peer pressure at school?
Peer pressure can lead our kid’s to act out of character and do things that us parents know is not how our kid’s would not normally act. Coping with peer pressure can be a major worry for us parents.
I remember my days as a teenager and that feeling of wanting to be accepted and to feel like I belonged, I also remember being dared to do things and then doing them even though I knew in my head that it was wrong but still doing it just to be noticed and feel like I belonged…Stupid I know but that’s how it was!
When the boy’s started school I noticed a change of character, this soon settled down and then progressed again once they started secondary school, I then asked myself “is this just their character coming out or is it due to peer pressure”? it was hard to tell.
Signs of peer pressure:
Behaviour changes, suddenly becoming more rude, aggressive or even becoming more withdrawn or secretive.
Sudden changes in school grades or skipping classes.
Changes in different friends.
Changes of habits and going out at different times or suddenly returning home late.
Spending time doing things you know are odd for your child such as things that you know do not interest your child.
Change of style, such as hair and clothes.
As parents it’s our job to protect them and we are the most important influence in our children’s lives, all we can do is guide our children and hope they take our advice and the right path in life.
How would you guide and protect your children from peer pressure? would you intervene or would you wait for them to open up to you?
We Have Been Guiding Our Boy’s By:
We have let our boys have their chosen friends round for dinner so we can get to know them better and so we can see who they are spending time with.
We talk to our boy’s about their day and explain to them that they can ALWAYS talk to us about anything.
We also get to know their friends parents and keep in touch regularly, we look out for each others kid’s where we can.
We have regular contact with the school to keep an eye on the boy’s behaviour within the school…..We have even asked for our boy’s to be seated somewhere different, before now they have been seated next to a child who is known to the school to be disruptive and this had a bad effect on our child and his grades was dropping so action had to be taken, having our child seated somewhere else seemed to be the best option. With working together with the school on this problem made things easier and more effective.
We make sure that the boy’s are aware that we have noticed good behaviour, good decision-making, good grades at school, good time-keeping etc and then reward them in some way.
We have always told our boy’s that it is ok to say NO to anything that they don’t feel comfortable with.
We’ve also told our boy’s and made it very clear “there is always someone who they can talk to about anything if they don’t feel comfortable talking to us, there is always a family member, friend, teacher or anyone else that they feel comfortable talking to”.
We have told our boy’s to “think about the consequences of what it is they are about to do before they do it” THINK will this get me into trouble? if the answer is yes or I’m not sure then don’t do it!
The effects of peer pressure are horrible, it can get our children in some awful states and situations, sometimes in a lot of trouble.
Loss of good friends
Add pressure on relationships with family
Cause our children to lie to us
Risky behaviours such as drug and/or alcohol abuse
Truancy from school
Under age sex
Effect eating habits
These are just some of the effects of peer pressure and I am sure there are many more.
Way’s To Help Our Kid’s Through This:
Help build their self-esteem back up, this will help them feel more confident in themselves again.
Help them with way’s of saying no to bad situations.
Perhaps see if they would like to join a self-defence class, it may help them feel safer.
Tell them they can always ring or text if they feel they are in a tricky situation.
Let your child have friends home after school if they wish, that way you are nearby for tricky situations.
Book an appointment to see the teacher with your child to discuss the situation so your child is aware the school are also keeping an eye out too. The more eye’s keeping a look out the better.
Try and get them involved in out of school activities that way they can mix with other children away from school and form other friendships.
We have recently helped one of our boy’s through coping with peer pressure, it was an awful time for us all, it was hard, the hardest part was seeing our child doing things we knew he was not comfortable with doing, he was in tears and felt controlled by these children.
We saw the signs and alerted the school, we worked together with the school, with the support in place and our child knowing the support was there to help he then felt safe enough to break away from them. We knew it was not something that was going to happen overnight, we knew we had to sit back and wait for him to do it in his own time in his way but we got him through.
Did you know that this week was breakfast week (25th-31st January), in our house we all enjoy our breakfast….Well why wouldn’t we it is a good way to start the day.
With the weather being cold we have been enjoying a nice variety of hot breakfast’s such as Porridge, Shredded wheat, Weetabix etc. I have mine with a nice cup of tea, Lee and Bradley enjoy theirs with a nice hot chocolate. This week we have gone through so much milk, especially with it being so cold lately we have been having extra hot chocolate drinks.
We enjoy our breakfast as it gives us a good start to the day and with the weather being so cold it is nice to have something warm inside us for venturing outside to brave the cold.
One morning we was all in a rush so we experimented by making a homemade breakfast shake to have on the go.
One cup of natural yoghurt
One cup of milk
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
One cup of oats
We combined all the ingredients together and mixed in a blender, it was so quick and easy to make. We are lucky as the boys love their fruit and they enjoy experimenting with the fruit to make all different types of shakes. This was our first attempt to make a homemade breakfast shake and the boys loved it, they said it see them through until lunch time at school so that was a bonus.
We will definitely be making this homemade breakfast shake in the future as it was so filling and it makes a healthy breakfast to have on the go.
We love letting the boys experiment with foods and flavours, we feel it is important to let them, we also think it is great that they take an interest in what they are eating, we enjoy watching them try different flavours as they don’t like all foods and spices and when they come across something they don’t like trust me they soon let us know.
Do you have kid’s that like to experiment with food’s and flavours, do you think you would try out this homemade breakfast shake?
Disclaimer: We was compensated for the milk used for the purpose of the post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
I’m feeling rather excited as normality will be commencing from next week. I was in a car accident back in June leaving me in rather a bad way, I had suffered nerve damage and had a loss of feeling down the left side of my body. I was in a wheelchair for months, I was having intense Physio every week for months and I was needing carer’s to come in and help me, I was also under a specialist being kept a close eye on.
Trying My Best
With all of this going on I done my best to not let it get on top of me or get me down, I won’t lie there was the odd days where it did get to me and I did find it extremely hard not being able to do day-to-day things that I was once doing before my accident, but I soon found the fight in me and I turned that emotion into determination and I done all the exercises set for me to do by my Physio and I done it for my kids and husband.
I am feeling so excited and extremely lucky to be getting back to how life was before my accident, It has been a very long road of recovery for me and a mix of emotions all round for us all but we have been building my strength back up for me to be able to walk again un-aided and it has taken a lot for me to get back behind the wheel of a car again but I have done it, I am here I want my life back to how it was before, I want to be able to get in the car and go to work and help provide again for my family.
Back To Work I Go
So from next week our life should start getting back to normal and words can’t describe how excited I am, I am feeling so lucky to go through what I have been through and to walk away with what is looking like an injured shoulder and nothing more serious, all I will be needing worst ways is Physio on my shoulder, but that isn’t going to effect my life, I am just feeling thankful that’s all I have walked away with and it’s nothing more serious.
My return to work will be built upon gradually, I will be returning back to work on a part-time basis to start off with and building back up from there over time as Ian don’t want me taking on too much to soon so we had a meeting with my manager who agreed so that is what will be happening.
I have been so lucky to have the support that I have had from my amazing friends and family, I couldn’t have got through it all without them there keeping me going and help keep my spirits up, especially Ian and my kid’s. What I am looking forward to the most is taking the pressure of Ian, he has been absolutely fantastic, he has been my rock through it all, the up’s and the down’s. Last year was a rollercoaster year for us so we have our fingers crossed that this year has something much nicer in store for us.
Being overweight, scales have not been my best friend, as to me they was just a constant reminder of how overweight I had become, I have recently made a life changing decision and have decided to start living more of a healthier life, we are taking control of our food intake as well as being more active and not being afraid to step on those scales and take control of the horrid answer!
When these scales arrived, my first thoughts was WOW! they are so different to my old scales, my old scales look boring and uninviting compared to these ones. what I love is that they have a distinctive retro look to them and the chrome really sets them off, I know it’s not the look of the scales that give you your results but how much nicer are these scales compared to the old style scales. The 14 cm (5.5 inch) dial and integrated digital display is a lovely size and makes reading your weight more easier and from any angle too.
Some Great Features
Another feature I love is the synchronized electro-mechanical dial and LCD automatically illuminate and instantly point to your weight in lbs and kgs and the results are very easy to read. I love that I can sneak in the bathroom in the dark and check my weight myself without the added pressure of everyone asking what my weight was. These scales also have an in-built alarm so you can weigh yourself the same time each day if you wish, how cool is that a little reminder to help you to keep check if you are like me and wanting to loose those pounds, its best to keep check.
I Was Very Hesitant
I admit when it came to standing on the scales for the first time I was hesitant, purely because I hadn’t stepped on scales for quite some time. These scales have a large platform made of impact-resistant tempered glass with slip resistant feet, ideal for that extra stability.There are four high precision GX sensors that weigh up to 180 kg (400 lbs) with step-on technology that captures precise weight measurements upon contact (no tapping required) so there really was nothing for me to worry about.
Whether you are trying to loose weight or muscle tone these scales will keep up with your body changes and automatically turn themselves off when not in use to conserve battery life. There was one feature missing on these scales that I would have liked and that was to weigh in stone.
These scales normally retail for £29.99 but are currently selling for £19.99 on Amazon.
Disclaimer: we was sent the Ozeri bathroom scales in exchange for our review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own
I have recently been reviewing the Ozeri cardio tech premium series blood pressure monitor.
The monitor has a automatic hypertension indicator using an intelligent graphical display, it has push-button access to average blood pressure calculation, it has irregular heartbeat ( Arrhythmia ) detection, it has the clock, date & time stamp for each reading, it requires 4 AAA batteries these come with the unit and it also comes with a adult sized arm cuff ( 8.7″ – 16.5″/22-42cm ).This blood pressure monitor is portable, accurate and simple to use, it comes with a arm cuff design with clinically proven technology, it has advanced one-step operation, it is fully automatic on inflation and deflation, the monitor is designed for 2 users and stores 120 blood pressure readings ( 60 per user ).
Here is a picture I took from the user manual that explains the reading
Applying the cuff
Make sure the air plug is securely inserted into the main unit.
Apply the cuff to your upper left arm with the tube running downward along your inner forearm, the base of the cuff should be approximately 1″ above your elbow.
The cuff should be snug but not tight, you should be able to insert one finger between the cuff and your arm.
Sit comfortably with your arm resting on a flat surface and the cuff level with your heart.
Be careful not to rest your arm on the air hose as this could restrict the units airflow.
www.thehousethatneverrests.com this is the monitor
The monitor weight is approx. 10.6 oz ( 300g ) excluding batteries.
The main unit external dimensions approx. 7″ (L) x4″ ( W ) x 1 1/2″ ( H ) ( 180mm x 100mm 39mm )
Measurement range. Pressure: 0-300mmHg(0-40kPa)
Pulse value: (40-199) times/minute
Setting the date and time was very easy to do, with the unit off press and hold the SET button for 3 seconds until the YEAR begins to flash, you will then need to press the MEM button to advance the year, once you have set the correct year you then press the SET button to save it, the unit will then go on to the same process with setting the date and time, we found the process rather easy to follow.
To use the monitor you would choose if you are going to be person ( A ) or person ( B ), apply the cuff, press start, wait a few seconds and then you will have your reading.
This blood pressure monitor is a nice handy size and it comes with this great bag with handle.
Monitoring your own blood pressure
Monitoring your own blood pressure at home is a really useful way of monitoring your blood pressure in your daily life, it is convenient, you can also look back through the saved/previous readings, keep a close eye on your previous readings, if need be you can also take it to the GP and show them your previous readings if you have any concerns, if like me and you find it very stressful having your blood pressure checked at the surgery and find your readings are up and down, you can do the readings at home and show the GP, my GP never knows if my blood pressure reading is due to the stress of having it done, my medication or if that is my blood pressure so we have been keeping a close eye on our blood pressure since having this monitor, we have had peace of mind, we can check our blood pressure day or night, we find this monitor to be compact, portable and simple to use, it is not a big machine, it is of a nice size and can fit nicely in a draw or cupboard when not in use.
If you would like to purchase one of these Ozeri CardioTech BP3T Monitors to keep a close eye on your blood pressure, the RRP is £119.99 but there is a sale on at the moment so if you hurry you may be in luck and could purchase one at £49.99.
X Anita X
Disclaimer : We was sent a Ozeri cardio tech premium series BP3T blood pressure monitor in exchange for our review, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
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