Investing in your health is something that everyone needs to do, most people don’t and they end up paying for in the long run. Health is a rabbit hole, something that can always be improved, something that must always be taken care of. Thankfully, investing in your own health isn’t nearly as difficult as some think. While it’s often something you feel directly, though not always immediate, it definitely benefits you over the long term, so don’t give up too early. Health has many different aspects. While mental health and functioning is essential to consider, for the purposes of this article we are to focus on physical health. Thankfully, physical health is one of the most effective precursors to mental wellness, so this can be a useful set of advice in itself.
My husband, youngest son and I all have some level of asthma. Mine isn’t quite as bad as my youngest son’s and my husband, but there are times that I’m having troubles breathing. Having good air quality in our home is a must, as it should be in every home. If you’re looking to make the air quality within your home healthier, there are many ways that you can go about this. Not only will doing so make sure that you feel better, breathe better, and have better health in the long-run, but it will also help your family and your visitors to feel better, too. We’ve put down some simple tips here, for those who want fresh air throughout their spaces, but don’t know how to go about it.
I’ve talked in the past about how we have two children with mental health issues. My oldest has ADHD and our youngest has ODD. With those, we constantly have a lot of anger and stress in the home. We deal with it the best that we can, though it’s not always easy. For a while, I thought that I was the cause of my ids ADHD & ODD. After lots of therapy and talking with those who have studied ADHD & ODD for years, I know it’s nothing I’ve done in my parenting. Anger and stress in children aren’t easy to work with, however, it’s not impossible either!
Mental illnesses are difficult to diagnose because there aren’t any reliable biological markers—like blood tests, scans, or x-rays—to verify that something is medically wrong. But the symptoms are real, like mood swings, impulsivity, increased irritability, and irrational thoughts. Because mental illnesses affect people’s thinking and behavior, a diagnosis wreaks havoc on interpersonal relationships. When Steve first got sick, well-established family routines changed, and we lived for years in a fog of uncertainty as doctors worked to find a combination of medications to stabilize his mind.
Over the past couple days, I’ve been reeling in the reality of their deaths. Their tragic life-altering deaths. Not for us, as their admirers, but their families. This made me really start thinking even more about mental health and suicides, and how we need to help more. Sure we’re going to miss watching them on TV or using their products, however, those are just “things”. Their families are going to miss them as their spouse, parent, sister/brother, child, best friend, etc. The thing about mental health that so many people don’t understand, there are too many variables.
I’ve almost always battled with depression; but anxiety, that was new to me, about 10 years ago. I never thought I was going to be one of those people with an anxiety disorder, but here I am, going to be 40 in a few years and I suffer from anxiety almost daily. It’s been a crazy wild ride getting it under control, but I’m glad I’m finally at that point. When I was 15years old and was told by a high school boyfriend that I was fat and needed to lose weight. Mind you, I was 130 lbs at my heaviest during high school and that wasn’t until I broke my ankle middle of my sophomore year.
Over the past 12 years, I’ve been raising a son with ADHD. It hasn’t been easy, but it hasn’t been horribly hard either. Just like any child, a child with ADHD has their good days and bad days. The only problem? Those bad days can and typically are much much worse than a raising a son with ADHD. Anyone who knows anything about raising a son with ADHD knows the typical struggles: Inattentiveness, Doing everything EXCEPT what needs to be done, Temper tantrum throwing, Being impulsive, Forgetfulness…..Oh, and the list could go on and on…… probably for at least another 100 bullet points…
While most of us associate depression with sadness, the symptoms can take on a variety of characteristics. Chronic anxiety or periodic panic attacks can be symptoms of depression, as can overwhelming feelings of guilt or pessimism. According to the NIMH, people who are depressed can have a hard time making decisions or concentrating, and they can suffer from memory problems. Although we may think of a depressed person as lethargic, he or she can actual experience restlessness that may be accompanied by insomnia or other sleep problems. Similarly, other physical symptoms can manifest, such as chronic pain, headaches, and stomach problems.
I’m sure many of you so-called men are sick of hearing about how boys are raised to respect women. Oh well. If you’re a man, you shouldn’t have to be sick of hearing it, you should be helping us change it. Well, let me tell you something…. us women are sick of you so called men being disrespectful to women so much that we have to raise our sons to be respectful. We shouldn’t have to instill respect to our sons if they had men in their lives that respect women. This isn’t going to be a bash men post, it’s a post about how I teach my sons to respect women. As much as I know some women would love for me to do that, but because I know there are far more men out there that do respect women and treat all of the women in their lives with the utmost respect, love, and care.
Critics are everywhere. No matter what you do, say, act, dress, or even breathe. Someone is going to criticize you. In the blogging world, it’s like Mean Girls on steroids sometimes. You have to have white walls, perfect furniture, fur blankets thrown perfectly on the couches, pets are the perfect weight, breed, and colors, makeup is applied in the most recent style, and much more. If you don’t do those things, brands, followers, etc don’t like you….or worse…. say you’re trash because you’re not giving readers what they want. Here’s my thing, I’m me. Yes, I blog for my readers, but I also blog for me. This is my outlet, my enjoyment, my hobby that has turned into income.