Dearly Departed: 3 Strategies To Cope With The Loss Of A Parent

Image Source: Pexels

The death of a loved one invokes unparalleled sadness. However, grief takes on a new meaning when you are mourning the loss of a parent. 
When your mom or dad dies, you may struggle to come to grips with his or her passing and not know what steps to take to find closure. You may find it easier to move on with your life and find a resolution to your grief by using any of these three tactics to cope with the death of your parent. Continue reading “Dearly Departed: 3 Strategies To Cope With The Loss Of A Parent”

Chill Out: 3 DIY Ways to Keep Cool Without an AC Unit

It’s heat wave season. As the blistering heat scorches much of the country this summer, how do you plan to stay cool? For those without an air conditioning unit, or if your AC needs to be repaired, this question is not so simple to answer. You should call an HVAC professional like Cape Feat Air Conditioning if you live in a very hot locale; but in the meantime, here are three ways you can beat the heat even without a working air conditioner.

Continue reading “Chill Out: 3 DIY Ways to Keep Cool Without an AC Unit”

Memorable and Unique Funeral Ideas to Say Good-Bye to The Departed Soul

Guest post contributed by Zoe Sewell


There are many ways of making the funeral unique. One of the best ideas can be personalizing the arrangement for the departed soul. As the person, you lost recently was unique, the funeral you plan to honor the person must also be unique. There are various personalization options you can use for organizing unique funerals. The foremost option is providing every visitor a name tag. As the people who attend the ceremony belong to various areas of life of the departed soul, there is a chance, that the attendees will not know each other. You may have a table arrangement to allow the visitors to fill up the name tags.
Continue reading “Memorable and Unique Funeral Ideas to Say Good-Bye to The Departed Soul”

5 Health Checkups Your Husband Should Have

Guest post contributed by Peter Minkoff

Health checkups are the most important part of disease prevention. Although this is well known, most men put off going to the doctor. If your husband is anything like a lot of Australian men, you should continue reading. Ladies, this reminder is for you. Make sure your husband doesn’t skip these five essential checkups this year.
Continue reading “5 Health Checkups Your Husband Should Have”

5 Family Crisis and How to Handle Them

Although many life changes don’t happen overnight, some crises seem to occur in the blink of an eye. When a family crisis happens, communication often breaks down, and everyone in the family is affected. Children are not immune to the negative repercussions of a crisis, and they often deal with anxiety, stress, and sorrow when a crisis occurs. The following are five common family crises that, when appropriately handled, can rebuild or even prevent a breakdown in communication and negative emotions from overpowering reason and compassion.

Continue reading “5 Family Crisis and How to Handle Them”

Relative Relocation: 4 Tips for Moving Your Relatives into a Senior Community

Helping your elderly relatives move into a senior community is something you may find yourself doing one day. In fact, you may be in the midst of it now. Following some useful tips can help to make the transition fruitful.

Don’t be Pushy

You may feel that you must pressure them into moving into a senior community. You may feel this way if you begin seeing loved ones start to struggle with getting around. Finances and struggles to pay the bills can be another catalyst for these feelings. A major goal of many senior communities is to provide a relaxing environment. They are also often filled with opportunities and social activities for their members. Therefore, you don’t want to make the communities seem as though they are punishments. Forcing your loved ones to select a community too quickly can bring negative vibes into the process.

Continue reading “Relative Relocation: 4 Tips for Moving Your Relatives into a Senior Community”

Best Reasons to Try Paleo This Summer

Guest post contributed by Mia Morales

If you have been wanting to shed some extra pounds and change to a healthier diet, then you might have been doing some research about the Paleo diet. Even though it might never seem like the right time to try a new diet, the truth is that the summer can actually be the best time to transition to Paleo. Here’s why.
Continue reading “Best Reasons to Try Paleo This Summer”

Don’t Compromise Your Health: 4 Simple Checks Every Woman Should Do

 

A 2015 article published on ThinkProgress website has brought an important issue to light: gender stereotypes are very much present in the healthcare system. How many times have you visited a doctor due to chronic pain, headaches or period problems and your “diagnosis” was something along the lines: “It’s all your imagination”? This sort of doctors’ approach can discourage a lot of women from doing their regular and emergency checkups, which can significantly compromise their health. You should, by no means, pay attention to this discriminatory behavior.

Your priority is your health, and therefore, you must check it from time to time. Here are four essential yet simple checks you can do.

Gynecological health

Regular gynecological checkups are imperative, especially after a woman turns 25 or 30. You shouldn’t go to your gynecologist only when you have some symptoms or avoid going for a checkup thinking that nothing can happen to you. Virtually, every woman is affected by an infection or some other gynecological condition at some point in her life, and some of them, if left untreated, can lead to infertility and have other dangerous consequences. A typical gynecological checkup should include:

  • A breast exam – to check for any irregularities or lumps in the breast tissue. You should also learn how to do a self-exam.
  • A pelvic exam – where the doctor examines the female reproductive system. This exam also includes a Pap smear, which is used to detect the presence of abnormalities that can be caused by infections, cervical cancer, etc.

Hormonal balance

Hormonal imbalance is common in women of all ages. More often than not, women attribute symptoms of this condition to other causes and tend to ignore them when they are doing regular checkups. You would be surprised to know just how many signs indicate that you may have problems with hormones. Fatigue and poor sleep can be caused by an imbalance in thyroid hormones. Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and even depression can happen due to cortisol, testosterone, or estrogen imbalance. Low thyroid levels can lead to hair loss, dry skin and hair, and brittle nails. Changing levels of estrogen and progesterone manifest themselves through hot flashes and night sweats.

Do you know how easy it is to check that? A simple saliva test will tell you all about your hormones.

Heart condition and blood pressure

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in women and as such, it shouldn’t be ignored. Routine doctor visits can save your life, so try to make time for annual heart checkups even if you don’t have a heart condition. While you are there, ask for screening tests that include weight and BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose. If the results pose a concern, you might need to change your lifestyle. Blood pressure is something you can also check regularly at your home with a digital monitor.

Eye health

Did you know that 2/3 of visual impairment and blindness happens to women? The good news is that ¾ of visual impairment are preventable. Feeling the urge to visit your ophthalmologists yet? It is crucial to check your eye health on a regular basis. If you notice any problem, such as blurring vision, problem with focusing, headaches, eye strain, sensitivity to light and eye pain, you should make an appointment to do an eye test as soon as possible to see if you should start wearing glasses or contact lenses or undergo another treatment to prevent vision deterioration. If you are already wearing vision correction mean, regular eye exams are even more important.

“Prevention is better than the cure” is much more than just a saying. If you take proper care of your health right now, you will avoid a lot of troubles in the future.

4 Impactful Strategies You Can Use To Help Your Kid In School

Image Source: Pexels 

Every child has their own way of learning. If you tap into this learning process the right way, it can make all the difference in how your child develops and grows along with their education. While many strategies exist to help your child excel, it is those learning strategies that complement your child’s innate learning process that will produce the best results. Fortunately, because young minds are able to learn new skills, certain learning strategies exist that will augment any child’s ability to move towards the head of their class. Here are four such strategies that will impact your child’s performance in school. Continue reading “4 Impactful Strategies You Can Use To Help Your Kid In School”

Organic Gardening: Grow to Eat

Guest post contributed by Victoria Lim

Times have changed much in the past couple of decades; it seems like medicine and technology have made great progress, but our lives have never been more hectic. We work too much and barely have time for ourselves, we don’t get enough rest, and our diet is full of processed food and sugary drinks. It seems like the greatest treasure today is organic food, but at the same time, it has never been this expensive. Luckily, there are ways to get your hands on organic fruit and vegetables and to make sure you and your family are eating healthy.
Continue reading “Organic Gardening: Grow to Eat”