Caregiving can take a toll at times but acknowledging the positive aspects of caring for your loved one can be helpful. For some, caregiving provides a sense of meaning or purpose for life, produces pride, and is gratifying in allowing them to give back to someone else. Doing things both you and your loved one enjoys can make caregiving easier and less stressful. There are many joys in caregiving that are often overlooked such as:
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As transitioning into early adulthood begins, children go through the physical changes of the sexual maturing process- puberty. The stages of puberty are known as the Tanner stages and were created by professor Dr. James M. Tanner, a British pediatrician. Not everyone experiences the changes of puberty the same. The way one grows and develops can be completely different from the way their peers develop. The Tanner stages outline a general guide on the development of secondary sex characteristics.
The holidays are a time to be festive, spiritual, and enjoy the blessings of the people around you. We often forget this while we are stressing over gifts, dinners, and money! Millions of Americans try to overcompensate during the holidays, which takes a huge toll on their health in the long run. This in turn can lead to developing bad habits like caving in to sugar cravings, caffeine, or alcohol. It’s important to understand the value of our health while under holiday pressures. We make time for other commitments and people, but neglect our own physical and mental wellbeing. Tuning into our own needs will help manage and beat holiday stress this season!
Working and caregiving can become overwhelming at times for at least 60% of caregivers. It’s important to stay on track at work and at home to avoid conflicts overlapping. Practice keeping work and caregiving separate to properly succeed in both areas. The following should help you better manage caring for your loved one and earning a living simultaneously:
Thinking about the upcoming holidays also means thinking about holiday foods! We all get excited about seasonal foods, and some even cheat on their diet to enjoy the unavoidable deliciousness. We are all aware that holiday foods can definitely add a few extra pounds, but some holiday foods can also cause bad breath! In addition to poor oral health and hygiene, some holiday foods take a major role in food-related halitosis. Always remember to brush your teeth and mouthwash regularly, or as recommended by your dentist.
No matter what kind of health condition one lives with, it is important to be aware of all available treatment options. You may be on a medication but are unaware that another medication may be a better-suited option for you and your lifestyle. Many decisions go into finding the right medication. With medical research advancing every day, staying up to date on medications is something to talk to your primary health care provider about. Below are some topics to consider when thinking about switching to a new medication.
Children grow and mature at different rates. Some kids are tall, while others are short - but all parents want to make sure their child is growing at a healthy pace. Sometimes you may be concerned that your child is not growing as fast as their friends, or they may be teased by their peers for their short stature. While this may be normal for some, other children have growth disorders. These are problems that prevent children from developing normal height, weight, or sexual maturity. If you are worried about your child's growth and development, check out this infographic for an introduction to the different types of growth disorders and their causes:
Over 43 million individuals provide care for their midlife and older loved ones. These caregivers also feel tremendous burden and stress from providing care for patients with chronic illnesses. Some common risk factors include low educational attainment, residence with the care recipient, higher number of hours spent caregiving, depression, social isolation, financial stress, and lack of choice in being a caregiver. Feeling the impact of these stressors can be difficult to express, however it is very important to realize these stressors before it effects the caregiver’s quality of life. The following tips will help keep distress in check and allow for a healthier life while caregiving:
Exercise and Heart Disease - By The Numbers: Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to prevent heart disease. Statistics that support the link between fitness routines and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease continue to pile up. This evidence will hopefully inspire you to live an active lifestyle, and to develop an fitness program that works for you.
Health Benefits of Air Purifiers: We all may feel like we are protected from our environment’s pollution when are inside the comfort of our homes but that is not the case. Our homes trap odors, dust, pollen, and harmful particles that float around in our personal space. Vacuuming is not enough and has no affect on air controlling the air quality. Air purifiers are appliances designed to clean the air we breathe, tackle allergens, and reduce concentrations of pollutants and other particles that are harmful to our bodies. If you smoke in your home and/or are a pet owner, it is highly advised to purify the air in your home. Pets drag in germs and dander into homes and passive cigarette smoke inhalation can cause lung cancer in non-smokers. We should not be breathing in air that is tampered because it can also tamper with our health! Try out air purifiers in your home to notice the following changes: