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Aging Gracefully: Health and Safety Tips for Seniors

 

 

 

 

 

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Aging Gracefully: Health and Safety Tips for Seniors

by Maria Cannon

Aging gracefully involves many things; staying healthy is a priority, but safety is also a crucial part of getting older. For many seniors, making sure their home and lifestyle are in line with those imperatives can be difficult. You may have a disability that makes things a bit more challenging, or you might be on a budget that requires you to limit the amount of money you spend on improving your home to make sure it’s safe and accessible. Many seniors find it hard to get used to a different diet when they’re focusing on their health, especially if they’re living with diabetes or other conditions that require big changes.

 

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to boost your health and safety no matter your age or lifestyle,starting with maintaining or adopting the right mindset. Everything that’s going on in the world, combined with the challenges we all face on any given day, can make it easy to focus on the negative. But positive thinking can help improve your health and help you live longer. The key is to be intentional with your thoughts and reactions, focus on what’s good in your life, practice gratitude, and surround yourself with positivity.

 

Once you have your mind right, you can move on to more specific goals. For example, you might consider looking for a grant that will help you pay for modifications to your home, or working out a spending budget for the week that will allow you to cook healthy meals at home. With so many ways to stay healthy, you have plenty of viable options. Keep reading for some wonderful tips on how to get started.

 

 

 

 

Look Over Your Medicare Plan

 

Medicare is crucial for most seniors, but it doesn’t always cover everything you need. Supplemental insurance, such as a Medicare Advantage Plan, can help pay for extras such as dental and vision insurance and prescription medications. This is a huge benefit for seniors who are on a budget but have health issues they need to prioritize. Look at the website to learn more about this type of plan and how it can help you save money, but take special note of the open enrollment period, which runs between October 15 and December 7 every year.

 

Pick Up a Hobby

 

Hobbies can be invaluable for many seniors; not only does it provide relief for stress and anxiety, but it can also help you stay social and boost your mental and physical health. Think about the things you enjoy doing the most and work them into your routine. Whether it’s gardening, reading, or playing a sport, practicing a hobby you enjoy can help you feel good about yourself and can even help keep you happy. Hobbies that include friends or loved ones are even better.

 

Modify Your Home

 

Because your home should be a safe and comfortable place, it’s important for you to go through each room and take a look at how accessible everything is. Would a grab-bar or seat make showering easier? Would changing the flooring prevent slips and falls? Home modifications are common for seniors and individuals with disabilities, but they can be costly if you don’t have a good plan. Look online for information about grants that may be available in your state.

 

Get Enough Rest

 

Many seniors find it difficult to get adequate rest, either because of a physical ailment that makes sleep elusive or because of stress. You can prioritize good rest by making sure your bedding is comfortable, that your diet contributes to a healthy sleep routine (cutting out caffeine and eating foods like turkey and yogurt can help significantly), and exercising daily. With better sleep comes an improved ability to cope with stress, which will help with your overall well-being.

 

Staying healthy and safe well into your golden years can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful undertaking. Start a new plan for your lifestyle, and look for small ways you can change to avoid becoming overwhelmed. With some preparation, you can ensure that your mind and body stay healthy for years to come.

Alternative Treatment Therapies for Stress and Depression

Alternative Treatment Therapies for Stress and Depression

It is projected that 40 million American adults suffer from some form of anxiety problem — that’s just under 20 percent of the population. It’s an alarming statistic, but perhaps more concerning is the fact that many who have an anxiety disorder do not seek treatment out of fear, shame, or because they’ve had a negative treatment experience in the past. Traditional therapeutic approaches sometimes do not meet the needs of patients who require treatment, leaving many to look for alternative methods. Some of these may seem offbeat or even radical, but the essential goal remains the same: to get better with few or no side effects.

Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation therapy teaches patients with anxiety or depression to focus their thoughts and feelings away from negative concerns using a variety of techniques. Meditation therapy relaxes the body and the mind by focusing on breathing, which lowers the blood pressure, reduces stressful feelings, and helps eliminate panic attacks. Breathing therapy pulls more oxygen into the body, which relieves tension and improves your sense of well-being.

Supplement Therapy

The ability of herbal supplements to alleviate anxiety and depression is also under study by scientists, though researchers have discovered positive links between the use of specific herbs and the reduction of some anxiety symptoms. Some of the more common supplement remedies involve vitamin B-12, which can affect the central nervous system, and chamomile, which has a soothing effect on people suffering from symptoms of anxiety. Supplements such as inositol and valerian can also reduce feelings of anxiety. CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical found in hemp that has a number of medical benefits, including pain relief and the ability to reduce inflammation in the brain. Keep in mind that you should always consult with a physician before taking herbal supplements.

Yoga

Yoga is a meditative discipline that seeks to develop a healthy connection between mind and body through a series of poses. In addition to reducing depression and anxiety, yoga improves flexibility and alleviates joint pain. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, yoga is one of the top 10 alternatives for treating a range of mental disorders. It’s an especially popular alternative to more commonplace methods because learning to relax through yoga can help in other aspects of daily life.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is another possible treatment, but it can be a hard sell for people who have a problem with needles, even though it is a centuries-old Chinese discipline known to be effective at treating depression and anxiety as well as many physical ailments. Thin, sharp needles are inserted into the patient’s upper skin layers at points of the body associated with specific organs. Acupuncture’s effectiveness continues to be a source of scientific study, including its ability to engage the body’s natural painkilling chemicals.

Art Therapy

Creative pursuits such as dance, drama, music, and the visual arts help patients become mindful of their feelings through self-expression. The art you create provides a means of creating art that helps you better understand yourself and your responses to external stimuli.

Ecotherapy

People struggling with anxiety or depression sometimes respond positively to spending time in nature on a regular basis. This method may include taking long walks in the woods, growing your own food in the backyard, or spending time around animals.

With 40 million Americans suffering from anxiety or depression, there’s currently a great need for successful treatment therapies, whether they’re considered traditional or alternative. It’s worth considering that more people might seek help if so-called “alternative” therapeutic approaches were more readily available to them.

 

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I Need Your Opinions Please

Opinions Needed

Hi Everyone – I need your opinions please.  As you know, I recently published my little book.  I’m really excited that I did that, and I’m really proud of myself for reaching a goal and living a dream.  Reaching for your goals and achieving your dreams is something I truly believe in.  The book I wrote is called Thinking Positive Take the Journey into Positivity and it’s available on Amazon.

Now here’s where you come in.  I’m working on another book, fiction this time, which may or may not ever get finished.  Well not any time soon because my position in my school has changed and I have a much larger case load now with kids I know nothing about.  There is a large learning curve going on.  Added to that, I’m currently taking two classes online to get another teaching certification.

If anybody knows anything about macroeconomics, drop me a line because this class is  struggle for me.

Okay on to the opinion portion of our program.  I came up with an idea for a companion to my Thinking Positive book.  I’d like to make a companion journal with prompts and such to help people increase their own positive thoughts.  What do you think? Is this a good idea?  Sound off in the comments, or shoot me an email to thinkpos30@gmail.com.  I really do want to know what you think.  You all have been with me from the beginning and your thoughts and opinions matter to me.

Perspective is Amazing

I was on facebook this morning and someone shared a link to an article about teachers becoming digital panhandlers because we have campaigns on sites like DonorsChoose or gofundme to get supplies for our classrooms.  The person who shared the link was offended by the article title.  He found it to be incredibly demeaning to his wife who is a teacher and to teachers as a whole.  That was his perspective.

I read the article, and my perspective is entirely different.  Yes, he did call teachers digital panhandlers, but the article was not offensive or derogatory.  Instead it laid the facts out very clearly, and drew attention to the lack of school funding.  If schools were adequately funded, teachers wouldn’t need to resort to this “digital panhandling” to fund their classrooms.

The gentleman and I went back and forth essentially agreeing to disagree, but it really got me thinking about perspective.  It’s amazing how people see things differently, and we would all do well to remember that our view isn’t the only view.

Another woman commented that she donates her stipend checks right back to the school.  Stipends are checks people get for doing extra things like coaching.  I commented to her that I thought that was great, but I had to use mine to live on.  She immediately thought I was attacking her and thinking that she was independently wealthy, and she quickly disabused me of that notion.  Again perspective, I was honestly complimenting her for being able to do that, but from her perspective, I was attacking or judging her.  I think most of you know that’s not my style.  I was just impressed that she could do that, and sharing my own donorschoose campaign for people to see.

How we see things is influenced by our past experiences.  How other people see things is influenced by their past experiences, and we would all do well to remember that.

 

How to Turn Your Hobby into a Profitable Business

 

How to Turn a Hobby into a Legitimate Business

Maria Cannon

For many, the idea of starting a small business holds a certain appeal, but the hurdles to actually doing it seem too much to overcome. One of the main hurdles is the question what would I even do? Well, it is possible to do something you enjoy and make money. Turning a hobby into a legitimate business could be just what you need. Here’s how to get yourself set up to succeed.

 

Decide if it’s feasible to even try

Yes, the first step may sound discouraging. But it’s not – it’s just smart. Do the math. Take a deep dive into your finances and see if it is feasible to start a new business from the ground up. If you need some help, then get some help. Do not forget to include your partner/significant other in these discussions. It’s not just you that will be affected by the work that comes with starting a new business.

 

Know what your business truly does for people

If you don’t know what your business does, nobody else will either. The first thing you have to do if you are serious about turning a hobby into a business is find its main focus. If you make something and sell it, what is that product exactly? Why should people want to buy it? If you are offering your services in some other way, then what are those services – specifically? Why are you more qualified to dole them out than someone else? I’m just going to sell stuff on the Internet isn’t focused. I’m going to be a life coach sounds nice, but what services are you really offering?

If you are unsure and lack focus, some tried-and-true business ideas include selling hot items such as wireless earphones, phone cases and backpacks for men and women.

 

Plan before action

Do you have a strategy for one week out? One month out? How about next year? Without a clear plan for business growth, you’re not really starting a business – you’re just charging people for something you do as a hobby. Ask yourself what you want to do, how you’re going to do it, and when you’re going to do it. Time is important. As a post on Forbes suggests, “to ensure your strategies are brought to life, there needs to be specific action plans … and the necessary steps to get you there in an agreed time frame.”

Write out a business plan. Really – write it out.

 

Think positively

While you can’t simply will success into being you can certainly increase its chances of occurring by harnessing the power of positive thinking. Research has shown that those with a positive outlook in business tend to have more energy, better problem solve, and better bounce back from hardships (resiliency). The good news is that positive thinking can be learned and trained. That positivity will show through to your future clients and customers.

Most importantly, treat your hobby like a real job. If you treat it like a side project, that is all it will ever be. Consult experts in your field. Grow an online presence. Set work hours each day and grind. You really can make money doing what you love, but it won’t come easy.

 

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Enter the Drawing

Don’t forget to enter the drawing to win a free Kindle copy of my new book!  And just a quick note- Kindle put through an update to fix some formatting errors, so if you downloaded it previously, please get the updated version at no cost to you.

More Awesome Happy News

Hey Everyone I have more awesome happy news.

First there were some formatting errors with the original kindle publication.  I’ve fixed hem and emailed the nice Amazon people and hopefully they’ll let people update their copies.

Second, and here is where he awesome happy news comes in, when I was uploading the corrections, I decided to take Amazon up on their print copy offer.  So if you’re not a kindle person, and you want a physical copy, you can get it through Amazon.  Just click on the book and it will bring you to the hard copy page. Yes, I realize the cover is a bit different.  What can I say, I don’t know what I’m doing 🙂

awesome happy news

4 Ways to Stay Strong and Positive in Times of Sickness

4 Ways to Stay Strong and Positive in Times of Sickness

In times of sickness, it can be hard to keep your morale high. Medical conditions can make it difficult to get on with your normal routine. No wonder people undergoing any sort of treatment have to look for ways to keep them busy in order to enjoy their time. A positive attitude and motivation are necessary to get on with your life and stay calm.

Even though stress and painful treatments might seem as though they are taking a toll on your life, keeping yourself occupied with anything that your physician allows can help you stay motivated and lessen the amount of stress. This can be anything from meditation and easy yoga poses to reading a long overdue book. Sickness has a deep impact on the psyche of a human being. The recovery greatly depends on how motivated you are to put a brave front in times of hardship, be it any ailment that time and again causes pain or any sudden deterioration of health.

So, what are the things that you can indulge in during times of sickness to keep your motivation levels intact? Here are the activities that can cheer you up and help you cope with any situation:

1. Read a book or watch overdue series/movies

The more you keep yourself engaged, the better you can take your mind off the treatment. Being constantly reminded of your sickness because of your routine will make you feel isolated. So, let the doctors worry about your medicinal schedule while you can read a book or two with timely rest.

If the medical condition permits, movies are great to brighten the mood and stay connected with the outside world. Laughter is the best medicine and a comedy series or movie will only make you feel good.

2. Do not spend your time in isolation

While it is necessary that you take sufficient rest, do not avoid the company of your friends or family members. Do not hesitate to talk about your feelings. They know how difficult the phase is for you. Talk to them instead of feeling lonely. Your friends will make sure that, when they leave, you’ll have a smile on your face. They know you inside out, especially what makes you happy. You can rest assured that their company will brighten your mood and be just the distraction you need to keep your stress at bay.

It is the hardships that bring a family together and, with their support and encouragement, you are sure not to feel lonely.

3. Make your health your top priority

The only way you can recover fast is to make your health your number one priority. Your professional life and other commitments can take a back seat. This is the time to eat healthy foods. Even if you don’t feel much improvement in your overall health, it is necessary that you consult with your doctor and continue with a healthy diet. The important thing is to take rest and give your body time to recover.

4. Go out for walk and stay positive

You are either holed up in your room or are lying on your bed all day. Yes, you are sick but that does not mean that you will stop going out. Ask your doctor if you can go out for a walk. Even if it is hard to walk, see if you can go visit a park with the help of your loved ones. It will get out you out of sickness mode and help you relax amidst fresh environment.

Most importantly, you cannot let the situation get the better of you. It is just a phase that will eventually pass. You have to stay strong and positive to ensure your speedy recovery, even if that means reading motivational books or browsing through the Internet to read the experiences of other people who have gone through the same disease.

Motivation is all about mental toughness. How an individual can go through the entire medical procedure and still not lose hope is key to the respective person’s mental toughness. It is important to stay positive and indulge in something that helps to relax and get distracted. Be it reading a book or adopting a healthy lifestyle, it is essential to stay strong and positive and not lose your motivation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Suzanne Winchester

Suzanne is a chief editor at The General Post, and an independent healthcare industry analyst, speaker and entrepreneur, she is also a contributor writer for Bookyogaretreats.com.  Having hands-on experience in the health segment, she has answers to many health-related queries.

 

 

Put Your Dreams in Motion

Available at Amazon

I’ve made no secret about my desire to write a book.  Well, I’ve been writing and writing, and yesterday, I put my dreams in motion.  I formatted my book for kindle, and I self-published it on Amazon.

I put my dreams in motion and you can put your dreams in motion too.  It’s important to take time to do things for you!  Many people believe that it’s important to put others first, and to put the needs of your family before yours.  Being selfless is good, don’t get me wrong, but every once in a while you have to take time for you and do things for you.  For me, that’s what this book is.  It’s something I did for me, and I’m going to tell you that it feels wonderful.

So don’t ignore the world around you or the people around you, but make sure you take time for yourself.  Put your dreams in motion and live the life you’ve dreamed of.  I can tell you from personal experience that when you do, you feel so much more relaxed and so much happier.  The happiness you feel radiates out from you and encompasses the people that you love.  All that simply because you put your dreams in motion.

Visualize and it Will Materialize

Originally posted at Success.com

Visualize and it Will Materialize
by Steve Rizzo

Visualization is a common sense success strategy that can keep you motivated and focused to achieve your goals throughout the day. As I’ve often said, “Visualize and it will materialize.”

Visualization is the applying of your given gift of imagination to your faith and confidence. You can use it to discover ways to work through tough times, to rise above your problems and see the possibilities of a solution. It can also be used in the process of healing or to manifest a particular desire.

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