Mental Health Advice

When it comes to healthy living, we all have a pretty similar idea of what that means. We think of exercise, eating right, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of sleep. However, these are just the ingredients for a healthy body, and we’re notorious for neglecting our mental health. Mental illness is a real problem, and it’s a pervasive one. Here are just a few ways to take care of your mind, as well as your body.

When it comes to exercise, there is a way to benefit both your body and your mind. Instead of using a treadmill to simulate walking, just go outside and walk around for real. The changing scenery and the sunlight on your skin will do wonders for your mental health. Walking in this way can alleviate anxiety and depression, improving your mood drastically. It also boosts creativity, which can help you enjoy your spare time more fully, as well as being more productive in general.

Mental Health Advice

Speaking of spare time, make sure to take some time for yourself. While it is often demonized to not be working all the time, it’s all but imperative that you take some time to unwind. Relaxing at the end of a hard day’s work can refresh you and prepare you for the next day of work. It can prevent, as well as alleviate, mental health issues.

In the same vein, treating yourself occasionally will be a nice reward for hanging in there and keep your morale up. Ways to do this are many, but here’s a few. You can watch a favorite movie or TV show, or find a new favorite. You can take up a hobby, like painting or writing, which work well for my wife and me, or you can treat yourself to a nice meal. So, grab yourself a bag of M&M’s and find yourself something to watch. You deserve it.

The Yogic Principle of Forgiveness

Another year has passed in my quest to live as a yogi, and another year looms with the chance for me, and you, to deepen that practice.

I recently had the great fortune to hear a discourse on wisdom from one of my spiritual teachers, Acharya das, whose wonderful lectures can be found online. He spoke of an amazing yoga master from past millennia, Bhisma, and his teachings. I heard something so simple, yet so profound, I knew this would be a most worthwhile topic for my meditation.

To attain freedom from anger, one should learn how to forgive.

A true yogi does not allow herself to be overtaken by anger. Whilst we breathe and bend, focusing evermore inwardly, it is easy to see how anger is a great disrupter of the peace we all seek to be our constant companion.

The dog barks while we’re in shavasana (corpse pose often done at the end of yoga exercise), the boss criticizes our work, the driver next to us cuts us off. There are many examples of miseries and ample opportunities in our daily lives for anger, or even irritation to arise. Yet we know we don’t feel good if we’re annoyed, aggravated or even infuriated. So the principle of forgiveness is a key to attaining peace and real fulfillment. Irrespective of whose “fault” something may be, forgiveness frees us from the burden of anger, which harms us more than the object of our displeasure. Continue reading “The Yogic Principle of Forgiveness”

Leading a Happy and Healthy Lifestyle Through Spiritual Growth

What is Spiritual Growth?

Spiritual growth occurs when a person finds ways to enrich their relationship with God and deepen their faith by discovering the devotion that lies within each of us. When a person is able to enhance their spiritual growth they become closer to God and are progressing towards living out His teachings in their own lives.

There are many ways to realize spiritual growth. For some people this will mean strengthening their knowledge of God’s word through Bible study, increasing their prayer practice, decreasing the magnitude of their sins, and making an effort to live in a more Christian focused way through their actions and beliefs towards those around them. The Bible verse 1 Corinthians 11:1 reminds Christians to live as the Lord does, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” In this way, spiritual growth can be achieved through every action and thought that is in keeping with the teachings of God.

Spiritual growth happens when a person finds a deeper connection to God. A person’s spirituality can flourish through a more in-depth study of the Bible and its teachings. The verse 2 Timothy 3:16 – 17 tells us that: “1All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” This passage serves as a reminder that one of the most enriching ways to grow spiritually is by reading the word of God and practicing the lessons that He teaches us in our daily lives.

Resources to Inspire Spiritual Growth

SpiritualBridge.org offers a wealth of resources for individuals who wish to strengthen their connection to God and to live a life in celebration of His teachings. SpiritualBridge.org understands the needs of the modern Christian and provides tools and inspiration for everyone who wants to enhance their journey in walking with the Lord. SpiritualBridge.org creates personalized devotionals for a broad range of people and their unique needs, including:

  • Youth
  • Parents
  • Families
  • Women
  • Married couples

Regardless of which category a person falls into, SpiritualBridge.org offers religious and spiritual wellness resources for anyone who has an interest in growing even closer in their relationship with Jesus, the Lord and Savior.

Through daily devotionals, Bible verses, prayers, and inspirational spiritual direction, SpiritualBridge.org brings the word of the Lord to fellow Christians around the world. Modern worshipers can enjoy access to e-books, the SpiritualBridge.org app, a prayer request form, and a multitude of thought-provoking articles that are relevant in today’s world.

From their thoughtfully-chosen verses to their mobile app for busy people who wish to connect to their faith throughout their day, SpiritualBridge.org provides motivation and resources for all of God’s children who want to deepen their faith and work at growing as a believer in Christ the Lord. Continue reading “Leading a Happy and Healthy Lifestyle Through Spiritual Growth”

Will Getting Good Grades In College Matter?

Going to college is a highly exciting time for every single young adult. It is a moment of change, when things start to completely change. You are on your way towards a new career and it is normal to worry and ask many different questions. There is so much that people should know about college life. The topic of grades is definitely one that has to be properly analysed. Some people will tell you that college grades do not actually count that much. Others will say they are incredibly important. What is the truth?

Statistics

We now know that many college students change their majors in college. In fact, over 50% will do so. Changing those majors is hard to do if the grades are not suitable. You need to get good grades in order to move towards a new major, one that has a potentially high admission bar. This is just one of the examples that could be mentioned and when grades are of utmost importance.

Why Grades Count

Besides what we mentioned above with the college majors, we should also know about the following reasons why getting good college grades is important: Continue reading “Will Getting Good Grades In College Matter?”

Health and fitness trends in UK

Britain is obsessed with slimming. Whether it’s celebrity weight loss challenges, glossy figures in magazines or health and fitness trends that sweep the country, we’re a nation trying to get slimmer. New data released by Slimming Solutions, a weight loss retailer, sheds some light into how we’re trying to lose weight.

Ages

Across a year of sales, the most popular age for buying weight loss pills was 37, or those born in 1979. This was closely followed by 47 year olds born in 1969. In third place, 31 year olds were most likely to buy weight loss products.

Regions

According to NHS data, the regions with the highest percentage of overweight men and women are:

  1. The North-East (68%)
  2. North-West (66%)
  3. West Midlands (65.7%)
  4. East Midlands (65.6%)
  5. Yorkshire & the Humber (65.4%)

How do these overweight regions compare with Slimming Solutions’ top regions, the areas where most people buy their weight loss products? These are:

  1. Belfast – the most popular region for weight loss products by sales was Belfast. While not featured on the PHE report, it was reported in January that six in 10 people in Northern Ireland are overweight.
  2. London – the second most popular area for weight loss products was also in the bottom of the NHS’ top 10 regions (57.3% overweight).
  3. Birmingham – the wider Birmingham area, including Solihul, Sandwell and Walsall, is the third most popular area for weight loss products from Slimming Solutions. This ties in with the West Midland’s position as the third most overweight in England.
  4. Manchester – The fourth most popular area is Manchester, which sits in the North-West, England’s second most overweight area.
  5. North East – In fifth place when it comes to buying weight loss products, England’s most overweight region seems to be lagging behind when it comes to shedding the pounds.

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5 High School Experiences You Actually Apply Into Your

Your high school years may not have been the most amazing in your life. However, that doesn’t mean that you didn’t have some spills and thrills that you can apply to your real life today. Everyone grow sup and realizes certain things were actually beneficial to them, and now we can say with certainty that we’ve found five that everyone will agree on.

Slipping on A Banana Peel (Or Anything For That Matter)

Everyone, at least once, slipped and fell in front of their entire class or potentially the entire school. The embarrassment was enough to make you not want to go back to school ever again. People didn’t let you live that spill down for years, but now you can see what it has taught you. If only someone had known what was back then. In the present day, you don’t have to worry about someone with the cure for cancer slipping on a dirty floor and lose their research forever.

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The Smelly Locker Room

Let’s face it, every locker room in every high school smells terrible. There’s no way around it. The place just smells awful. You either lived in that locker room for four years playing sports or you went in there once to use the bathroom and nearly suffocated. Either way, you learned an appreciation for air freshener and continued cleanliness.

Dirty Lunch Tables

Everyone sat down at a high school lunch table at least once with their glistening new shirt on and laid their arm right in something really disgusting that stained their beautiful, new shirt. It ruined your day. Actually, it might have ruined your week. Now you see why tables have to be wiped down and people who are on cleaning crews have to be so diligent. Continue reading “5 High School Experiences You Actually Apply Into Your”

Family Time: 6 Activities That Will Help Build That Lasting Bond

The more technology becomes a part of our lifestyle, the more complicated our lives become. One thing that should not get lost in the turmoil is family time. Setting aside time for family sharing is critical for supporting and nurturing your relationship.

Plan activities you can do as a family and schedule them as often as you can. Here are 6 ideas to get you started.

Enjoy Nature

This can be as simple as taking a walk together after dinner, or you can plan hikes, bike rides, scavenger hunts, bird watching or canoe outings. Some families sign up with community efforts to pick up litter or beautify a park. Many children today do not spend as much time in nature as kids once did, and sharing family time exploring the natural world nurtures children’s creativity and curiosity, provides play time, supports their health and development and allows the entire family to discuss and learn about the environment.

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Hold Family Dinners

Families that eat together have been shown to have better relationships. A recent study found that frequent family meals were significantly associated with lower depression, fewer risk-taking actions by young people and overall better well-being.

Play Games

Family game nights are a perfect way to share time together. Each family member can have a turn at choosing the game or you can rotate among a selected number of choices. Whether you choose board games, video games, card games or computer games, make sure every member can participate at some level.

Cook

What better way for everyone in the family to learn more about nutrition and the food they eat than to prepare and cook it themselves. Food preparation and cooking are important skills for children to learn, and even young kids can stir or add ingredients to a recipe under supervision. Continue reading “Family Time: 6 Activities That Will Help Build That Lasting Bond”

Work out like a movie star- get Ben Affleck buff

As The Accountant hits our cinema screens, we see Ben Affleck playing a muscle-bound accountant who lives a dangerous secret life unbeknown to the people around him. It’s not the first-time Affleck has bulked up for a Hollywood role, and it seems to come naturally to him, just like his acting and screenwriting.

You don’t need to have a Hollywood pay packet to be able to build the same kind of muscle as Affleck. What you do need is commitment and determination alongside the right training plan and clean diet. MaxiNutrition has used their nutritional knowledge and understanding of good training techniques to put together their top tips for you to follow so that you can have a physique as good as Mr Affleck’s.

Eat like a Hollywood star

You don’t need to be earning a Hollywood wage packet to be able to afford some of the best high-quality nutrition. To get the best muscle building results, high protein and a caloric surplus is key.

The first step is to work out your calorie maintenance level, which can be done via an online calculator. This is important to gauge your manageable weight gain. Ideally, you want to add between 500-1,000 calories to your daily intake.

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How to Deal With Mental Illness in the Family?

According to the existing studies, mental illness is one of the most common diseases in the world. It cuts across the demography and age and knows no geographical location.  If somebody in your family has been analyzed with any disorder, it is important to understand how to deal with it.

No blame game

The most common reaction to most people, when their dear one is diagnosed with a mental illness, is denial. Others take it as a personal blame, and they see like they have contributed to the illness. There are many mental disorders and there are tens of reasons and causes of mental disorder, and it is not possible to blame any one person or factor for such a misfortune. There are those that are hereditary while others suffer owing to a number of environmental factors. It is, hence; imprudent to blame any person or to blame yourself for when such an unfortunate thing happens.

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Acceptance

Most mental illness patients are victims of endless stigma and are looked at with suspicion. There are cases of even some of them being subjected to violence by a society that does not understand them.  The first step you can do to your family member suffering from mental illness is to accept the condition. It is difficult to overcome the emotions, but it is crucial to understand their condition and help them cope with it. The society is not yet prepared to accept people who are considered abnormal or who may demonstrate unusual habits. The stigma of mental illness is still very strong even at workplace.  It is hence important that you serve as the link between the family member and the rest of the community and help them understand what you are going through.

Support them

Most of the patients suffering from mental disorders are prone to many dangers in life.  You will recognize that most of them do not have someone to turn to and may suffer in silence after being neglected by the family and the community. It is, hence; important if you are a family member to support them both physically and financially. They may be undergoing medication and spending a lot in terms of medical bills and hence it is vital that you be there for them. Moral and emotional support too will help them in their struggle with the disorder and will help in the recovery.  They may not be conscious enough to do some tasks on their own, and it is important that you be there to show them the way.

Support group

You may be tempted to handle this task on your own but remember you are also a human being and you will need to share your experiences. Joining a support group of people facing similar challenges will not only give you a platform to share ideas, but it will also help you release pent up frustrations. You can also be a great help to the rest of the faction by giving them solutions to your problem. You can be sure your burden will be eased when you encounter people dealing with the same problems you are facing. Continue reading “How to Deal With Mental Illness in the Family?”

How To Get Help Taking Care Of Your Family

When it comes to taking care of your family, it seems like it gets harder and harder every day. The price of things go up, but how much you make on a daily basis never seems to grow. This can often lead to having more bills than money. It can be frustrating, trying to meet ends meet each and every month. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help you make the most of every dollar, and save money around the house.

A good place to start to learn about how to get help taking care of your household is to talk to your local Department of Human Services office. They can help you to begin the process to apply for various services that can help your family, from getting your daycare needs paid for, to even temporary cash aid.

These services are available to families in need, and they will all have different requirements. Most of them are income based, so you will need to make sure that you have any proof of income and your proof of residency available when you make your visit to your local Department of Human Services office.

Once you have these services, there are even more ways for you to get assistance and save money. We all know how expensive it is to have a cell phone. Thankfully, if you are approved for services, benefits and other services, you can likely be approved for Lifeline phone service, both in your home and on a cell phone. Continue reading “How To Get Help Taking Care Of Your Family”