Achieving Happiness Inside and Out

Achieving Happiness Inside and Out

There are two completely different polarities of thought on the importance of our appearance. One tells us that the outside is not important. It’s the inside that counts. Don’t judge a book by its cover is a popular phrase that speaks unimportance to anything aesthetic or outwardly. Then there is the school of thought that our internal world influences our outward appearance. We are what we eat, that true happiness will shine through, are phrases often repeated in this world of thought. Which side is true, and where should we put our self-worthiness when it comes to appearance? Perhaps the answer lies in reconciling both reasonings.

For some, outward appearance is debilitating and for others, it is the expression of their true self. In today’s culture of inclusion and celebrating all skin and body types, it can be freeing or excessively complicated to hone in on our own sense of aesthetic, contentment and happiness. We sometimes can see this in others who appear to be glowing. It doesn’t matter whether we find their outward appearance attractive, they have a healthy relationship with their internal and external worlds and that has them beaming.

If we solely focus on our outward appearance, we can curate exactly an image that we wish to portray. Being good at design, fashion, styling, hair, and makeup can be extremely useful in playing and finding the look that best suits us and makes us feel good. Sculpting our bodies with exercise, alterations, and filters can also produce any appearance of our choosing. Whether this blooms true happiness is another question.

A woman might feel the calling to motherhood her whole life, but is also very worried about the effects it will have on her body. This fear prevents her from accepting that having a child would truly make her happy. Once she realizes there are options to address her changing body after birth, she no longer has the fear shielding her true desire. The aesthetic services at Chicago Weight Loss and Wellness Clinic have a balanced list of practices and procedures that address many issues aesthetically and holistically.

Pruning our internal world, self-exploration, introspection, and focusing on embodiment are the other known paths to happiness. If we are experiencing low self-confidence because of extra weight or bad skin, the pathway inward can reveal the root cause of these outward appearances. This path is very effective but there are no short cuts. Often, walking the path of self-knowing we find a lot about our appearance we are not happy with. If we stop there and only address the outward discontents, something still gnaws at us from the inside. We can appear happy with ourselves, but the inner compass knows better.

Inner work is to reveal what truly doesn’t make us feel good and put it to light. This at first does not make us feel better because we are confronted with some uncomfortable ideas which might also show up through acne or bad digestion. Once we reveal what doesn’t make us feel good we can then address these issues holistically. The trap with this type of wellness work is that we can get trapped in the weeds of all of our perceived problems. Becoming clear with our internal world and using that as a platform to build our outer appearance often builds a strong sense of self and confidence in playing and having fun with how we wish to express that to the world.

In a world where we are sold happiness in products and marketing, it is hard to know what contributes to happiness any more. It becomes a more and more important question whose answer gets buried amongst what others tell us. The illusiveness of happiness perhaps lies in between the lines; we often assume that if we’re happy we cannot feel discontent and vice versa.

Happiness is a feeling and feelings can rarely be calibrated into compartments. If we have accomplished everything we set out to do in our lives, but feel our outside body doesn’t match that inner balance, it can forever affect how we view ourselves and our accomplishments. Giving yourself the freedom to work on both, and realizing that our mutable bodies are living breathing creatures that are not meant to stay stagnant or fixed through a lifetime. We have the internal freedom to change and shift whenever we choose. Now we also have the ability to change our outer appearance as well.

How to Make an Emergency Response Plan for Your Family

How to Make an Emergency Response Plan for Your Family

There’s an interesting saying that goes: “Preparedness is the calm before, during, and after the storm.” Indeed, it’s good to get started on the idea of preparedness, knowing how unpredictable life can be. Emergencies can take all manner of shape or size, ranging from individual episodes of illness to wide-scale natural disasters. The most common ones in Australia—such as bushfires, storms, and flash floods—often occur with little to no notice beforehand.

It’s never too early to teach your young children about the worst-case scenario. Neither is it an inconvenient time to brush up on knowledge you’ve acquired in the past, such as how to do basic first aid or how to conduct an earthquake drill. One of the tools that will be of great help in jumpstarting your household’s overall preparedness for emergencies is your own Emergency Response Plan. Queensland Government’s guidelines on preparing an Emergency Response Plan serve as an excellent primer, and they highlight a set of 3 principles that should be upheld by your family:

  • Know – in that your household members should know the mechanics of the Emergency Response Plan, and where inside your house to find all relevant materials;
  • Involve – in that all of your household members should be involved in the plans and are prepared to do their part;
  • Practice – in that each member should practice what to do and where to go, so that everyone’s movements are nimble and confident when the time comes.

We’re also compiling our own tips for you below. Here are 4 additional points of action to supplement your household’s own Emergency Response Plan.

  1. Stock up on knowledge and skills that will be of good use during emergencies. Some of the physical and mental skills that could prove vital in the case of emergency are: knowing how to apply first aid, knowing how to swim, and knowing how to defend oneself. You could allot some of your family’s time and resources toward acquiring first aid certification from a first aid training provider in Brisbane,local swim classes, or other related endeavours.

    These are just some ways to keep your bodies fit and your minds sharp under the pressure of an emergency. Your Emergency Response Plan is best implemented by household members who are both physically and emotionally prepared.

  2. Keep all channels open. Put together a comprehensive list of people who can convey knowledge, and/or offer assistance, in a dangerous situation. Your list of contacts might include the following:
  • At least 2 family members who are not part of the household (such as sets of grandparents or aunts/uncles/cousins);
  • Your/your spouse’s workplace;
  • The number of the school/s your children go to;
  • Your local council;
  • Medical services;
  • Service providers for electricity, water, telecommunications, and others;
  • Your local radio station;
  • The weather bureau;
  • Veterinary services (if your family owns pets), and;
  • Insurance providers.

Keep this list updated and within everyone’s line of vision. You can tack up hard copies to your refrigerator, bulletin board, and on the doors of your bedrooms.

  1. Lay out emergency scenarios with your family. Take an opportunity to sit down and to be candid with your family about the different situations that could unfold. Walk them through where each family member is likely to be (i.e. in school or in the office), which persons would act as the first line of communication (i.e. neighbours or relatives), and how you will keep in contact with each other (i.e. cellular phone or landline). This part of your Emergency Response Plan can take the form of a flowchart; you, your spouse, and your children could all take turns drawing and explaining.     
  2. Assemble a medicine kit, emergency food and water supplies, and emergency power supplies. Ideally, your medicine kit and your stock of food and water supplies should take you through a minimum of 72 hours in duress. Your medicine kit should contain all the medicines and medical implements needed for first aid, such as the following:
  • Plasters;
  • Ointments;
  • Safety pins;
  • Scissors;
  • Tweezers;
  • Thermometer;
  • Painkillers;
  • Cough medicine, and,

The medicine kit should also contain emergency dosages of medication for those in your household suffering from a chronic illness.

On the other hand, your supply of consumables should include non-perishable, easy-to-eat foods such as biscuits, dried fruit, canned meat, powdered milk, and of course clean filtered water. Complete the assembly with flash lights, batteries, whistles, and basic hand tools. A good practice is to label everything with instructions for use, and with their respective expiry dates. Replenish each of these kits as needed every few months.

All in all, these four tips should be of good use in compiling a unique, well-crafted Emergency Response Plan for your household. Here’s to the good health and safety of your family!

Dental Tips For The Whole Family

Dental Tips For The Whole Family

Regardless of your age, proper dental care is key to your overall health. Issues with your mouth, teeth, and gums can have a negative effect on the rest of your body. Without proper brushing and flossing bacteria can build up in your mouth and cause unwanted infections. Let’s look at ways to keep the entire family’s dental care on track.

Start Right Away

Children need to begin caring for their teeth at a very early age. Not only will this create a strong and healthy habit but it can prevent early tooth decay and cavities. Dental care should begin as soon as your baby gets a tooth. In fact, cleaning babies’ gums even before a tooth appears can ensure bacteria does not stick around. When caring for your toothless baby’s grin just use a wet washcloth, no toothpaste is necessary. Once an actual tooth appears you can try using a very soft, infant toothbrush to see how your baby tolerates it. Toothpaste is not recommended until at least 18 months, and then a very mild, low fluoride paste is best. Always follow your dentist’s guidelines.

Floss and Brush Regularly

You know the drill, brush and floss twice a day. Brushing at least twice a day removes the thin layer of bacteria on your teeth called plaque. When plaque builds up it causes cavities. Brushing your gums is also important to stimulate them and keep them healthy. However, be gentle. Your gums are sensitive and delicate. Don’t forget to brush your tongue. Bacteria loves to hang out on your tongue and besides causing bad breath it can affect your oral health. As important as brushing is, it can’t do it all. Brushing cannot remove the debris that is hiding between your teeth, only floss can do that. Flossing is key to keeping your entire mouth healthy.

Use Fluoride Sparingly

Fluoride is used to strengthen the teeth’s enamel to prevent tooth decay, but it should be used in small amounts. Too much fluoride has been known to cause white spots on children’s teeth. Most Americans have fluoride in their tap water and it can also be found in most kinds of toothpaste and mouthwash. Fluoride can also cause sensitivity in some people. If you or your child has issues with fluoride ask your dentist for advice.

See Your Dentist Often

People of all ages should visit the dentist at least every six months, more if you have dental concerns. If money is a concern, research dentists in your area who offer their services at discounted rates for those in need. In Boston, Dr. George Hatzigiannis is known for providing dental care to the underserved communities in his area. He is a well-respected dentist who gives back to his community. If you aren’t located in Boston near Dr. Hatzigiannis, there are numerous dentists across the country who offer similar outreach programs.

Avoid Sugar-laden Treats

Whether you prefer pop or candy, it is wise to limit how much you eat or drink for the benefit of your teeth. Acid erodes teeth enamel and sugars produce acid inside the mouth. The problem is compounded when those sugary treats are sucked for extended periods of time because the sugar and acid surround the teeth and sit there doing damage. You may be surprised to hear that chewing sugar-free gum after eating and drinking can actually help your oral health. Chewing sugar-free gum increases saliva and that saliva helps to rinse away harmful bacteria.

Protect Your Teeth

Your teeth are at risk regardless of the sport you play. From hockey to soccer to basketball to swimming, no sport is completely accident-free. You can avoid injuring your pearly whites by wearing proper protection. Mouthguards can be purchased at most sporting goods stores and can be boiled and sculpted to fit your mouth. In addition to mouth guards, helmets are a great way to protect your teeth and your entire head. Not all helmets are created equal though, if your helmet doesn’t provide any mouth protection you’ll still need a mouth guard.

Avoid Harmful Substances

The dangers of tobacco use are well known, but you may not think about your oral health as an additional casualty when it comes to tobacco use. Smoking and using tobacco can cause numerous problems in your mouth from bad breath and yellow teeth to more serious issues, such as oral cancer and bone loss. Despite these potential problems, tobacco use remains one of the world’s greatest health problems. The best way to avoid dealing with tobacco side effects is to never start smoking or chewing in the first place.

Your entire family can benefit from good oral hygiene habits. These lifelong skills will keep them on the road to wellness and help them avoid the pitfalls that come with diseases and conditions of the mouth. If you can devote just two minutes morning and night to your mouth you will enjoy years to come of strong teeth and healthy gums.

 

Coping With Children’s Allergies

Coping With Children’s Allergies

With so many children suffering from allergies, it comes as no surprise that most parents are quite knowledgeable when it comes to the ways to deal with this issue. Still, it’s always a good idea to revisit the tips for coping with allergies, especially since there are always new discoveries, forcing us to rethink the approach we have been taking so far.

We all know how complicated life is when your child is suffering from allergies. It shapes their eating habits, social life and, very often, it has a profound effect on how our kids spend their free time. This affects not only the kid but the whole family, since they all have to adapt to the circumstances. Depending on the type of allergy, we need to invest less or more effort into preventing our kid from coming into contact with various allergens and treating the symptoms.

Whatever the case, one thing is for sure: we mustn’t give up fighting, but reevaluate how we care for our allergic kid and integrate some activities into our routine to help us all have an easier life. Here are some tips on how to go about this issue.

Finding the best allergy medicine

In order to be absolutely sure whether the treatment is right, you need to know exactly what triggers an allergy in your kid. Without this step, there’s no guarantee you’re giving your kid the best possible treatment. With so many new medications appearing on the market, you might be stuck with an older alternative that is inferior to a new medication. That’s why you need to make regular visits to your doctor and have consultations about the treatment.

Immunotherapy is said to be the closest thing to curing allergies, with more than 80% of people responding positively to the treatment. Allergy shots help your kid not only with allergies but also with asthma. Immunotherapy is particularly useful when it comes to kids who can’t take medications or whose medications aren’t working well.

Avoiding contact with allergens

If there’s no allergen, there’s no allergy to cope with. Creating an allergen-free environment is something most parents are most concerned about, since it’s always better to prevent than to cure a health issue. Some allergens are quite simple to avoid, but others are more difficult to deal with. For example, if your child is allergic to peanuts, you’ll make sure they don’t eat anything that contains or has been in contact with this allergen.

Similarly, if you’re not sure about the indoor air quality and your kid is allergic to mold, which is one of the most common allergens, you should find an efficient air purifier for mold to prevent the problem from aggravating. Finally, if your kid is allergic to pollen, you’ll simply avoid spending time in an environment that is rich in pollen.

Other tips

If possible, you should plan your vacations during non-allergy seasons. A nice ski-trip or fall camping holiday can be a great substitute for a spring holiday if that’s the season when your kid suffers the most. Traditional summer camps can be substituted with alternatives, such as art or surf camps.

When it comes to pets, experts claim that no animal is truly hypoallergenic. Still, there is a huge difference in terms of shedding when you consider various dog and cat breeds. So, if your child would really like to have a pet and you’re willing to make their wish come true, make sure you choose wisely. Also, if you already have a pet that causes occasional allergy symptoms, don’t give it up before you consider how much stress that would cause for the child. Instead, pay more attention to combing it regularly and keeping it outside as much as possible. If that’s not possible, try to find a new home for the pet in your family, since that would allow your child to pay occasional visits.

Take a break

You can have fun with your kid even if it has severe issues with allergies. A simple board game or any activity that doesn’t include contact with allergens will go a long way in establishing a better parent-child relation. You should never let your child feel that your life is greatly affected by their health issues, since they will feel guilty. Instead, keep a positive attitude and teach your child about the things they shouldn’t do if they want to be healthy.

Having a child suffering from allergies can be a great inconvenience, but it’s something a lot of us have to deal with. The most important thing is to be fully informed about the nature of the problems and the ways of coping with it so that the negative effects can be minimized.

4 Monumental Health Risks that Fly Under the Radar

4 Monumental Health Risks that Fly Under the Radar

Certain health conditions freak people out and grab headlines around the world. Think about the panic surrounding so-called outbreaks like mad-cow disease and the bird flu that caused momentary fright, but ultimately didn’t amount to much. These sorts of diseases get undue media attention, while other health risks tend not to receive the same sort of sensational coverage. Indeed, most if not all people are at-risk for these damaging health-related conditions, yet many aren’t even aware of them as potential problems. And while tweaking your workout routine and adding vegan meals to your diet is great, neither will help you gain insight into some truly appalling diseases. So, in order to help you take better control of your well-being, here are four dangerous health risks that tend to fly under the radar:

Radiation Sickness

We’re only just beginning to scratch the surface of radiation’s effect on the body. While radiation does well-and-truly allow for some critical medical and technological advancements, the negative side effects to prolonged radiation exposure are varied and horrifying. Often, the degree to which radiation sickness will affect a subject depends on how long and how severe their exposure to the radiation was. So while industrial accidents and nuclear facilities carry greater risks, even relatively innocuous devices that emit radiation could still exhibit some threat.

STDs

During the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and early 90s plenty of ink was devoted to STDs in general and AIDS in particular. People were confused and understandably worried about the nature of this new disease, and misconceptions still abound about how STDs can be spread. One big issue in regard to sexual wellness is that most people assume that if they don’t notice any symptoms, then they must not have an STD. That’s not the case, though. In fact, many STDs can remain asymptomatic for long periods of time, and the only way to know for sure if you’re STD-free is to visit a professional testing clinic. Otherwise, you could be opening yourself up to a whole host of potential issues.

Brain Aneurysms

Like the mythical thunderbolt, massive brain aneurysms typically occur without warning and leave little recourse for those stricken. What makes this possibility all the more frightening is that more often than not, no symptoms manifest themselves in the build-up to an aneurysm. Indeed, people can even live with minor aneurysms for years and not even realize it. Moreover, aneurysms can happen to anyone at anytime. Freaky.

Alcohol

Glorified everywhere from Super-Bowl advertisements to frat-house parties, alcohol is nevertheless a killer. Unlike tobacco, which has received an onslaught of negative PR for the better part of four decades now, the alcohol industry continues to operate with relatively few restrictions, despite the fact that around 90,000 people die from alcohol-related deaths annually. And that’s not even beginning to factor in the long-term effects of alcohol dependence. Plain and simple, the truth about alcohol abuse is sordid and ugly.

Simple Life Changes You Need to Make To Look Your Beautiful Best

Simple Life Changes You Need to Make To Look Your Beautiful Best

Beauty clinics can offer you some great treatments and remedies to some issues which you are having, but the truth is that much of the way you look comes down to how you live. I have lived in Scottsdale Arizona for a couple of years now and I haven’t really found a clinic which was right for me. I have seen some great reviews and helpful comments for places, the Sono Bello reviews for example are wonderful, but I’ve been more focussed on getting the way live right first. If you want to amp up the beauty stakes, it actually isn’t all that difficult, and these are the steps which should be taken.

Sleeping

When you don’t get enough sleep your entire body feels tired and drained, and guess what, that is how you look too. When iii don’t get enough sleep your body cannot rejuvenate and recuperate as well as it should, leaving you looking withdrawn and ultimately, a little less beautiful.

Water

Drinking enough water is such a simple task but one which so many of us fail to do. The effects of not drinking sufficient water each day are that your body becomes dehydrated and to hydrate itself again, it takes water from different parts of the body, in a priority system. What this means is that hair, skin and nails can all be negatively affected and it can leave people looking in poor health. When should drink between 2-3 liters of water every day, and men should be downing around 3-4 liters of that magical H2O.

Nightly Routine

I was asking a beautician friend of mine about which product I should buy for my face, and she shocked me when she said that it wasn’t all that important. What was important she said, was that I applied a cleanser, toner and moisturizer every single night without fail. The results of doing this have been magnificent and in truth, with the exception of one or two products which don’t work well  with my skin, she was right about it not being important which products that I used.

Sunshine

Sunshine is crucial if you want to look your best as it gives you a healthy boost of vitamin D which is great for anti-oxidizing, and for breathing life into your skin. I haven’t too much to worry about here in Scottsdale, AZ, as the sun is a feature of daily life. The sun however, does not need to be hot in order for the vitamin D to get into your skin, it simply needs to be out. Try to ensure that you are getting out enough and letting the sun touch your skin, it really can make a huge difference.

Beauty doesn’t have to be complex, it is generally the simple things which will have the biggest impact. There is no excuses either, the simple tips are easy to achieve and require very little effort.

Types of self defense weapons to protect you and your family

Types of self defense weapons to protect you and your family

Every day we read in the newspapers about attacks, robberies, and rapes. These attacks, robberies, and rapes can seriously damage the victim’s life. We never know what’s is going to happen when we step out from our house, or walking down to the parking lot. Both men and women will feel safer if we have some form of self defense weapons with us such as a pepper spray, a personal alarm, a stun gun, or an expandable baton that we carry with us.

There are many types of self defense weapons available in the market. As we look at some of these weapons, we may be able to choose something that is appropriate, easy to carry around and also easy to use during times of emergency.

  • Stun Guns

Stun guns are non-lethal weapons. Most stun guns are legal and highly effective. They may have a flashlight and not easily noticeable. Choose a stun gun that can be easily hidden among your car keys or in your purse. Stun guns has to have direct contact with the attacker to work by attacking the nervous system, delivering high voltage electricity to the attacker’s body. A stun gun is a perfect choice for college students or single women.

  • Pepper sprays

Pepper sprays are convenient and easily kept hidden until needed and they are very effective. Pepper spray causes intense discomfort and immobility to the attacker’s eyes. The effects could last for about an hour to give you plenty of time to make your escape to a safer place. Pepper sprays are inexpensive and there are many options available in the market. These are convenient to take along on your walks, jogs, going about running your errands, or commuting to and from college or work.

  • Tasers

Tasers are powerful and can immobilize an attacker to give enough time to escape from the situation and find help. A taser is easy to use and is able to help you repel an attacker at a safe distance of between 7 to 10 feet away. Tasers are non-lethal weapons and in times of emergency, just simply pull the trigger to release two high voltage electrodes to temporary paralyze the muscle function of a predator.

  • Spy cams

Spy cams are hidden cameras used to monitor your care giver of your child or your aged parent while you are away from home. It can also be used to keep tabs on your workers while you are not in your office or work place. You will be able to see who has been lurking around in your compound both in the day and night time.

Health Benefits Students Get from Playing Video Games

Health Benefits Students Get from Playing Video Games

Video games; there’s so much negativity around them. Growing up, it was probably a norm to hear parents telling their kids to ‘put that console away’ or else they would get grounded!

In fact, a large part of society has branded video games as a negative contributor to a child’s normal growth and development.

Moreover, a number of studies have shown that video games requiring minimal movement can adversely affect a child’s physical, as well as social development.

Counter-intuitively, there have also been numerous studies that have demonstrated the health benefits of gaming. That being said, here are 7 reasons why a video game a day can help keep the doctor away!

Video games serve as therapy for students suffering from chronic illnesses

A recent study conducted last year by the University of Utah revealed that children suffering from chronic illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, depression, and autism showed signs of improvement when allowed to play specific games designed for the study. The children showed a marked enhancement in resilience, as well as developing a fighting spirit.

Researchers that conducted the study believe that the games had the ability to target specific neuronal mechanisms that triggered the children’s reward systems. This greatly helped improve the kids’ demeanors as they tackled the daily challenges of their illness.

Video games greatly advance a preschooler’s motor skills

One might think that letting their 5-year old spend a few hours in front of the TV with a video controller held in their petit hands is not such a good idea. On the contrary, it just might be doing them some justice.

Not only do interactive video games improve a developing child’s motor skills, but it can actually help them improve their concentration levels as they have to focus on one thing for a long period of time.

Video games reduce stress as well as depression

A study conducted by the 2009’s Annual Review of Cyber therapy and Telemedicine found that people who suffered from mental health issues, but happened to be gamers, were able to easily vent their aggression and frustration by indulging in video games.

That being said, perhaps trying out a couple of Arcade Games Online might just be the stress reliever one needs.

Video games provide relief from chronic pain

Video games just don’t provide an avenue of relief and healing of emotional pain, but can also assist those in sever physical pain. A study was conducted by the psychologists from the University of Washington.

In the process, they developed a game that assisted hospital patients suffering from chronic physical pain to greatly reduce their discomfort.  The game in question was ‘Snow World.’

During the study, they noted that the patients that indulged in the video game required less pain medicine during their recuperation.

Video games can help improve one’s vision

Yes that’s right. Prior to what most parents believe, spending hours in front of the tv can actually improve one’s eyesight. In fact, fast-paced games such as ‘Call of duty’ require a lot of attention, and in turn, improve one’s eyesight thanks to increase levels of dopamine and adrenaline.

4 Ways to Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

4 Ways to Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

As the seasons change, so do people’s moods. If you are someone who struggles with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD as it is more commonly known, you will understand this all too well. Despite the fact that mental health disorders can cause disruption in people’s lives throughout the year, mood disorders are much more likely to materialize in winter.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), 4-6 percent of people will experience winter depression and an additional 10-20 percent will experience mild SAD. Instead of letting SAD negatively impact your life, learn how to regain control with some tried and tested treatment options.

What are the signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD?

Also known as seasonal depression, seasonal affective disorder usually arises during the onset of winter. When the days are shorter and there is less sunlight to give the body a healthy dose of Vitamin D, the full-body symptoms of SAD may transpire.

They may include a few or all of the following:

  • Excess sleepiness
  • Social isolation/withdrawal
  • Appetite changes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of loneliness
  • Loss of interest in formerly enjoyable activities

Perhaps the best way to truly understand if it is SAD that you are suffering from is to visit a doctor who can provide an accurate diagnosis.

Why shouldn’t I use prescription drugs to treat SAD?

Sometime back in the late 1990s, prescription opioid drugs began circulating, with devastating outcomes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 42,249 people died as a result of opioid overdose in the United States in 2016 alone.

Since opioid medications are usually prescribed to patients with depression and other mood disorders, it is imperative that you make yourself aware of the risks prior to using this type of treatment.

The most common risks include:

  • Addiction
  • Overdose
  • Drowsiness
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Intense itching

So, how can you steer clear of the risks?

Well, there are many other effective treatment options for SAD. Here are four ways in which you can relieve the symptoms of SAD without using medications with potentially unpleasant side effects.

1.Enjoy a Vacation

Geographic variation may have an intense impact on the prevalence of SAD, with people in Nordic countries experiencing the symptoms of SAD more often than people in sun-drenched places around the world like Jamaica, Africa and Australia, for example. For this reason, consider taking a trip to warmer climates. Exposing yourself to new environments will undoubtedly lift the mood and inject much-needed hope into the life of a person who is feeling hopeless.

2. Explore the Great Outdoors

In addition to relaxing on vacation, make sure you spend plenty of time exploring the great outdoors, too. Heck, you don’t even need to go on vacation to experience the benefits of getting outdoors! A stroll in the park, a walk along the beach or a run with the pet dogs amidst the picturesque winter landscape could be just what the doctor ordered. Natural light from the sun will stimulate Vitamin D production and act as a form of light therapy, which has been proven to lift the mood.

3. Get Into a Routine

After a while, routine can get boring. This is why it is important to mix it up. On the other hand, routine is crucial for making you feel balanced and less stressed. It also ensures you accomplish all of the things you strive to do each day, which is always a perk for the mood. A harmonious lifestyle will positively influence your mental state, so give it a go.

4. Be Open About Your Feelings

Keeping things inside will make you overthink, which may contribute to SAD. Discuss your feelings with the people you trust, whether this is a neighbor, family member or your doctor. If you find it hard to talk it out, try writing it down. Surrounding yourself with good company is also an instant mood-booster.

5. Treating SAD with Medicinal Cannabis

If you’re sold on the idea of using medical marijuana to treat your mood disorder (and why wouldn’t you be?) the next step is to find San Francisco dispensaries that stock suitable cannabis strains/products. Although you can expect one of the seasoned budtenders inside a store to aid you in your quest to find a cannabis strain for SAD, it wouldn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with the best strains for mood management.

Below, we touch upon some of the most effective cannabis strains for treating SAD:

  • Blue Dream – A sweet strain with a pungent blueberry flavor/aroma, Blue Dream is a sure-fire SAD-buster, thanks to its cerebral high and stress relieving qualities. You can also expect a burst of creativity when you try this strain.
  • Sour Grape – Why not try this balanced hybrid strain? A popular choice for pain relief, Sour Grape will leave you feeling clear-minded and free from anxiety.
  • AK Cherry Lime – Enjoy an indulgent body high when you try this sativa-dominant hybrid. Sweet yet spicy, AK Cherry Lime is also frequently used for treating clinical depression.
  • Lemon Skunk – Melt into a state of sublime relaxation with this appetite-promoting cannabis strain. The citrus-flavored strain is a good option for treating SAD, because it calms the entire mind.

A cannabis store that holds the relevant licenses and permits to legally sell medical-grade weed products will be worth looking into. Check out their online menu before visiting to get an idea of how you can medicate with cannabis.

4 Ways Beautiful Scenery Impacts Your Health

4 Ways Beautiful Scenery Impacts Your Health

Need some inspiration? Taking in beautiful scenery doesn’t just boost creativity. It can also benefit your health. Here are four ways it does that.

It’s no secret that taking the time to appreciate the outdoors can put you in good spirits.

But did you know that immersing yourself in beautiful scenery can positively affect your long-term well-being?

Here are some ways that your health can be improved by taking in the great outdoors.

Improve Memory and Focus

Are you often forgetful? Has anyone ever accused you of being aloof or not present?

This could be because the everyday grind of life is making you feel overworked and mentally exhausted. It can be tough to function under these conditions, and you might notice that your personal and professional relationships are suffering.

Multiple studies have been conducted that show taking the time to appreciate nature can help you remember important details and focus better in your daily life. Even a short trip to the park can help.

Helps Deal With Stress

Sometimes it can seem like your stressors are taking over your life. This is especially true if you live in an urban area, where people generally report feeling more stressed than in rural communities.

It’s important to take the time to appreciate mother nature. If you have a free weekend, go camping with some gear from 4WD Supacentre. The longer you spend away from your stressors, the better off you will be.

Fights Against Disease

There is preliminary evidence that suggests people who spend more time outdoors tend to have lower rates of illnesses like cancer and heart disease. Spending more time in nature may even be able to help curtail high blood pressure.

For those with anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses, taking in the beautiful scenery can have a seriously positive effect on your mood. Spending time outside may even be able to prevent your vision from deteriorating.

If you take the time to go on short walks in nature every day, you may end up living longer and healthier.

Provides Creative Energy

Are you a creative type who is struggling to find inspiration for your next project? Try taking a break from your process and immerse yourself in the great outdoors! Spending time outside may be able to help you be more creative.

Furthermore, because it can help with memory and focus, as stated before, taking a walk or going on a camping trip may be able to boost your overall intelligence in the long run.

Try it yourself. If you ever feel like you’re experiencing brain fog or unfocused thoughts, get out of your workspace and into nature. You might find that you have a renewed sense of energy for your upcoming project.

Beautiful Scenery Increases Your Quality of Life

If you take the time to appreciate the wonders of nature, it’s very possible that you and your family might live a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life. It’s never too late to get out there and experience the rejuvenating qualities of the outdoors.

For more information on how traveling can do wonders for your health, check out this post! And don’t forget to visit the rest of our blog for more tips.