It's Monday and we all know those GIFs and Memes about hating Mondays.
I'll admit right now I'm staring at this screen trying to get motivated myself....
So let's dive into the week with these 5 quick "Pick Me Ups"
1. The K.I.S.S. Rule
Just remember to "Keep It Simple Stupid".
We often are unmotivated because we feel overwhelmed at our "To-Do" list. Break the list down into smaller chores and focus on those.
Instead of thinking "I gotta clean the whole damn house" - "I'll just do the dishwasher and counter-tops", and when those are done, "I'll sweep and take out the trash", and when that's done, do the next small task.
My hubby usually says "Do what's in front of you". Eventually it'll all get done.
2. Give Yourself Breaks
It doesn't matter if you're a busy stay-at-home Mom, a blue-collar employee, or a busy Executive - allow yourself break times through out the day.
Give yourself a moment between tasks to decompress, clear your mind, grab a snack and such. These little breaks does give you a mental reset. Ever worked on a crossword or similar project and struggle for a solution, walk away for a bit and when you return the "answer" comes just like that?
Whether it's a 15 minute break or a whole night - breaks help us reset and refocus.
3. Don't Skip Meals
Too often people skip breakfast and just grab a coffee on the way to work.
Then they wonder why they have no energy to work.
Wake up earlier and make yourself a proper breakfast (or time to go grab a big take-out one). Your brain needs energy to be able to work, so if you starve it - your work suffers.
Have smaller snacks throughout the day to keep that energy level up as well. Grab an apple, granola bar, or even a chocolate bar (Shhhh) in between "assignments".
4. Drink Plenty of Water
We habitually reach for the coffee when we feel sluggish (me too), but you should be reaching for water instead.
It's likely that energy drain and sluggishness is due to dehydration, so having a big glass or bottle of water will pick your energy up in about 15 minutes.
Taking a short break to slowly drink that bottle helps regain your focus as well.
5. Exercise or Stretch
Yeah, I groaned too when I read this, but trust me it does work.
I spend a lot of time working on my laptop throughout the day and I've discovered that just taking a short break to get up and just do a whole body stretch does wonders for my attention span after I return to the desk.
Take a walk around your building, your neighborhood, or anywhere you are for a good refreshing break from your routine.
So, I hope these pointers help get you feeling good and your week off to a good start!
Do you have any other energy boosting habits you can share with me?
Are you disappointed with yourself because of multiple failures that you have experienced? If yes then you are not alone.
Failure is part of learning and can help you become a better person. However, your overall attitude towards life will determine the quality of life that you will live.
There are some small changes that you can make to really help improve the overall quality of your life.
In this article, we are going to educate you on 7 ways to improve the quality of your life.
1. Eat breakfast.
Most people especially those who want to lose weight usually think that skipping breakfast will achieve that goal quickly, but that is usually not the case. There are many benefits of eating breakfast.
Eating breakfast will give you the energy and endurance that you need to engage in daily activities. It also help improves your concentration and performance at work or school. In addition, studies have shown that people who eat breakfast have lower risk of suffering from health complications and are generally happier than those who skip breakfast.
2. Set goals.
Setting goals not only provide direction but it also helps make better decisions. Also setting goals enables you to have total control over your future and act as a motivation tool.
For instance, if your fitness goals are; to lose weight and attain a lean, sexy body, those goals will guide you and will help you remain focused.
3. Do what makes you happy.
There is nothing more fulfilling in life than being happy. That is why it is very important to do things that makes you happy.
Studies have shown that people are more productive when they do things that makes them happy. Studies have also shown that people who choose to do things that makes them happy are healthier compared to those who choose to pursue things that they don’t really like.
If you are passionate about certain sports, then don’t shy away from pursuing it because it will improve your quality of life.
4. Exercise daily.
Doing exercises help improve your fitness level as well as your overall body health. Performing daily exercises will makes you feel better about yourself. It also helps you learn about your abilities, a factor that can help you appreciate yourself better.
If you want to improve the quality of your life then you must be able to do things that you love and that can only happen if you have an excellent fitness level.
When you smile, neurotransmitter known as endorphins are released. They're usually triggered by the movements of your face muscles which are interpreted by the brain which in turn releases this important chemical.
Endorphin is a crucial chemical responsible for making you happy as well as helps lower your stress level and enables you to live a happier and more fulfilling life. Studies have also shown that laughing helps to stretch your body muscles and extends the lung as well as stimulate homeostasis. A good laugh helps release negative emotions and can helps to draw people closer together.
6. Learn something new.
Learning something new helps you become a better person. Knowledge is power. By learning something new in your life, you will not only be able to handle different challenges that life throws at you, but you will also be able to make informed decisions. Step out of your comfort zone and start learning something new that you know nothing about. There are many things to learn that can improve the quality of your life and of those around you. Identify things that you find interesting and take the initiative to learn it.
7. Plan your day.
By planning your day properly, you'll know what you need to prioritize and what's not important. As a result, you will be able to channel your time and energy on things that matter the most.
Planning your day enables you to stay focused and organized, a factor that will make you happy too.
Having somebody you love experience memory loss and is now dependent on you can turn your life around and it has an impact on the whole family.
Providing them with support and understanding on itself won’t be enough, it is essential to know how to help them. They need to learn how to cope themselves and regain some independence and here are some tips on how to achieve that.
When you hear that somebody you care for has dementia, you will probably be frightened at first. But then you’ll have to deal with the problem.
To do this, you have to know as much as you can about the illness in question. You have to be informed, so visit a doctor who can answer any question you may have. There are support groups you can join, where you can learn from other people’s experiences and get some practical advice on what to do and how to behave. Also, there are many websites you can visit which are dedicated to the issue.
Stick to a Routine
Organizing your life will be much easier if you make a good schedule and follow it. Both you and your loved one will benefit from developing a routine, since it will make it less stressful to adjust to the new situation.
Also, it could help you with your caregiving duties and make it less likely to forget anything important.
You should know that you aren’t perfect and can’t do everything on your own. It’s perfectly acceptable and normal to ask for help from other family members, friends and neighbors. You won’t be able to spend every moment of your time caring for the person with dementia, so you will sometimes need other people to take over some of your responsibilities or all of them when you need a break.
Sometimes you’ll feel overwhelmed and simply need somebody who understands you. This is where the support groups could be helpful. Also, contact social services to find out if there are resources available to you. Perhaps you can get counseling or maybe even professional in home care to take over for you once in a while.
You will sometimes lose your nerve and get frustrated if your loved one can’t remember something or if they have problems communicating, but don’t get upset or angry about it.
They don’t do it on purpose, it’s the illness. Talk to them in a calm voice and with a positive attitude. Even if they don’t know what you are talking about, they will understand your body language. Always talk to them with respect and affection, and don’t argue with them.
Use short and clear sentences and simple words, and keep your tone low, calm and reassuring. You can even joke, but never at their expense.
Manage the Medicine
Medical treatments are an essential part of your loved one’s everyday life. It’s your responsibility to keep track of all the doctor appointments or any medication they should receive. You have to make sure they don’t get ill or get any condition which can complicate the one they already have.
Keep them in good shape, take them outside and try to keep them on their feet as often as you can, or hire home care to keep your loved one in as good shape as possible.
Take care of Yourself
If you want to be a good caregiver, you need to feel good first. Don’t get too caught up in your duties to forget self-care. Eat regularly and keep your diet balanced, exercise a few times a week and visit your doctor as often as necessary to remain healthy.
Don’t feel guilty if you need some time for yourself. You are more than a caregiver, you are a person with their own needs and feelings and you need to see to them.
When your loved ones get ill and dementia takes over, there’s not much you can do about the illness itself, but you can make life more bearable for the person you care about. Nurse them with understanding and affection they deserve and never let the illness make you forget who that person was before dementia and all the good things they did for you and with you.
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Taking an infrared sauna is good for health and would be great for people who are deaf and blind. It is a well known fact that consistent infrared sauna use improves just about all aspects of the body's overall health.
But what about those with the challenges of a disability; in particular the deaf and blind. A person who is deaf or blind needs to make sense of the world using somewhat limited information. If the person’s sensory disabilities are great this challenge can be overwhelming. Behavioral and emotional difficulties often associated with deaf-blindness and can be the natural outcome of the person's isolation.
People with limited sight and or hearing experience the world around them through their limited sight or hearing, but mainly through their sense of touch. A busy day of being indedependent gets very tiring. What a wonderful sensory experience an infrared sauna can be to a deaf-blind person. In the safety of a small space they too can benefit from the many advantages of the infrared along with experiencing, due to their heightened sense of touch, the sheer enjoyment of the soft, gentle heat from the infrared itself.
Many who are deaf or blind have some usable vision and hearing. Some even have enough vision to be able to move about in their environment. They can recognize familiar people, see sign language at close distances or by tactile, and possibly read large print. Others have enough hearing to recognize familiar sounds, understand speech, or even speak themselves.
Deaf-blindness includes a large range of sensory impairments. Touch therapy could be enhanced through the use of infrared as well. These saunas are entirely large enough to comfortably hold many people at a time. A therapist and patient could enjoy quality time spent together while enjoying an infrared sauna's many benefits.
Infrared saunas offer a modern twist to the ancient steam sauna experience. Traditional steam saunas elevate the temperature of the air in order to warm your body. Infrared saunas heat the air within the sauna cabin as infrared emits a wavelength that heats only your body.
Imagine yourself outside on a warm summer day with the sun overhead gently warming you. Your body becomes heated from the sun, however, if the sun is blocked you will feel cooler, though the outside temperature hasn’t really changed. This is your body being heated by the sun and it’s infrared rays. Infrared saunas heat your body in the same manner. Infrared heat is perfectly natural. Infrared sauna therapy heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous side effects of our sun’s radiation. Infrared sauna therapy is natural, comfortable, inexpensive and wonderful for your health.
Brent Bauer, the director of the Department of Internal Medicine's complementary and integrative medicine program at the Mayo Clinic, wrote in a Mayo Clinic Report, “The appeal of saunas in general is that they cause reactions, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate, similar to those elicited by moderate exercise. An infrared sauna produces these results at lower temperatures than does a regular sauna, which makes it accessible to people who can't tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna.”
The very safe and healing benefits for the deaf-blind are akin to all who use this infrared therapy. The benefits are myriad. You can experience muscle and organ relaxation, detoxification, pain relief, improved cell health, better circulation, anti-aging, skin purification, immunity boosting, relaxation, lowered BP and even weight loss. It also greatly reduces the effects of depression.
However, due to the heightened senses of the deaf-blind how does infrared feel? It feels like sunshine on a warm day. The gentle light from the infrared envelops the body in rejuvenating warmth as it literally melts away stresses and worries along with ridding the body of all the many toxins with which we are daily bombarded. The temperature of an infrared sauna is comfortable at about 110 to 125 degrees. When infrared comes into contact with the body it penetrates well below the skin, raising core body temperature and enabling your body to sweat while sitting in a comfortable temperature. Because you’re still sweating as deeply as you can, an infrared sauna is going to feel much hotter than it actually is. This allows for you to sit inside the sauna for a much longer period of time. Because of this, you are likely to come back to the sauna night after night, reaping it's many rewards. So, not only does it feel great it's benefits are immense.
The daily lives of the deaf-blind parallel those surrounding them who are not deaf-blind. They never ask to be pitied or patronized as they too can be and are successful, independent and happy individuals who work, raise families and manage a home. They experience all the similar ups and downs of all those around them and they, too, can benefit greatly from the consistent use of infrared sauna therapy.
We all need to get some sleep and rest. Sleep helps us in so many ways, keeping our mind and body working at top performance. It is critical to our health and wellbeing.
Best of all it keeps people from being cranky and unhealthy. If you're the type of person that has a tough time getting to sleep, this information might help.
Here are the do's and don'ts of getting a good night of sleep.
Create a Relaxing Sleeping Environment
If you want to get to sleep, then you must relax. So, having a relaxing sleeping environment is key to sleeping well.
You create a relaxing sleeping space by turning off the lights and eliminating all noise. Turn off your cellphones, tablets, computers, TVs and the radio.
Relaxing Bedding and Sheets
Bedding is very important to get a good night’s sleep. The right type of bedding will make you feel comfortable. Soft sheets bed sheets will help you to unwind and relax.
You can buy cotton sheets for the summer time to keep cool during those warm nights. Flannel sheets are best for the winter if you tend to be cold.
The right form of pillows, covers, and sheets are also essential for sleep.
Establish a Sleep Routine
You should establish a sleep routine to make it easier to fall asleep. A sleep routine will help you to rest better because your body will get used to the schedule.
Every day your body will recognize that it is time to shut down and rest. Consistency is the key to making this work.
Figure Out What’s Keeping You Awake at Night
If you can not fall asleep easily, it may help to figure out why. Write down what is running through your mind and then address it in the morning or next day, during daylight hours.
You may find that you have a different perspective this way, and perhaps some clarity or a new way of thinking about the issue. Once you find out the problem, try and resolve it. If you are worrying about something, then figure out how to stop. The point is to deal with anything that is keeping you up at night.
Stress not only puts a damper on your ability to fall asleep, but it also can affect the quality of sleep that you get when you eventually doze off.
Don't Eat Before Bed
Do not eat before you go to bed for at least 2-3 hours. If you do, eat a light meal or snack.
Eating, especially before bed, has been known to keep people awake because your body is at work digesting.
Avoid Caffeine, Medication, and Alcohol
You probably already know that caffeine and drugs will keep your body and mind active. If you take these substances before sleeping, then you will probably stay up all night long. Unless medication is specifically for the sleeping hours, avoid taking it before bed.
Using Sleep Aids
While some over the counter or prescription sleep aids are beneficial, you should first try natural remedies. There are teas and elixirs to drink before bed that can relax you, essential oils, sound devices, and breathing techniques that may assist with helping your body to shut down.
Hot Water and Sleep
Hot water works wonders for relaxing the body and inducing a sleepy mindset. People that take a hot shower or a relaxing bath may find that they more easily go to sleep.
Are you napping during the day? If you are doing this because of a lack of sleep at night, you may be feeding right into the problem. Napping could worsen the problem if you are doing it at the wrong time, but done properly; it can offer the benefits of relaxation and improved mood and performance during the day.
However, if you can take a quick nap during the day, you may not be affecting your nighttime sleep.
Exercise During the Day
People that exercise in the day and regularly have had better results sleep at night. You should exercise to help you sleep better as well as to reduce anxiety and stress that may be keeping you awake at night.
Even moderate activity on a regular basis will help with sleep disorders, and it has been found to beneficial to addressing a variety of sleep deprivation issues.
The OrCam device is a smart camera that sits on the user’s glasses and reads text aloud to people who are visually impaired or blind.
While the OrCam device is not exactly “glasses for blind person”, it definitely looks that way. The device is so small and discreet, it is barely noticeable. Besides its compact size, there are many amazing OrCam features that make the device unique and accessible.
Easy to Use
OrCam MyEye is an intuitive wearable device with a smart camera that clips onto a regular pair of glasses and is able to 'read' text and convert it into speech relaying the message to the user. The device is activated by a simple intuitive gesture – pointing your finger or pressing a single button. Using OCR - optical character reading - technology, the device can read printed materials on almost any surface such as newspapers, books, computer screens, menus and more.
Many people who are visually impaired or blind have to carry around a heavy magnifying glass to read text. The OrCam MyEye is small and light and simply attaches to the right side of the user’s glasses frame. The camera weighs ¾ of an ounce and has a thin wire, easily hidden behind the ear, which connects to the base unit or “brain” of the device. The base unit is about the size of a cellphone and can easily sit in one’s pocket or on a belt strap.
“You are what you wear.” Wearable technologies have grown tremendously in the past few years. Smart electronic devices that can be worn on the body are practical and discreet. The OrCam is no exception. Although they are not exactly glasses for the blind person, the device sits on the individual’s glasses frame and is so discreet that it can barely be seen by others allowing the user to fit in with the crowd.
Unlike other OCR technologies, the OrCam does not require a scanner connected to a computer or internet connection. All the information stored in the device is private and only accessible to the user.
For people who are visually impaired or blind and have conditions that cannot be corrected by glasses or surgery, the OrCam MyEye can be life-changing.
Who would have thought that this little camera situated on a pair of glasses could help people who are blind or visually impaired regain their independence?