Communication is essential for a happy and healthy life. While some of us need more of it than others, no one can go without. Isolation is a serious issue which can lead to more health problems than the majority of us realize. Evidence even suggests that loneliness can increase the risks of mortality by 26%. In short; we all need someone to talk to.  But, what if you have trouble communicating? What if you keep trying to make new friends but never manage it?
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This can be disheartening. We blame ourselves for an inability here and even fall into spirals of self-doubt. But, what if underlying conditions could be to blame? Keep reading to find out whether any of these three issues are behind your struggles.


Social anxiety

It may even be that your issues here originate in your thought processes. Social anxiety is so very crippling. Far from shyness, this makes us anxious about social situations to the point where we’re unable to face them.  This can be a common occurrence with many plus size women.  I’ve encountered it in several situations like eating out, shopping or nightclubbing with thinner friends before I worked on my confidence levels.   If you have social anxiety, you may even find it difficult to concentrate on what people say or perhaps read too much into what they are saying. This makes communication difficult for obvious reasons. If you think this is your issue, there is help out there. Learning coping skills like CBT can change your thought processes around certain social situations. You may also be able to get help with finding some level of inner peace which could see you communicating far better from then on. Problems with hearing

Maybe the problem is more physical than mental.  Problems with hearing are the most common issue behind communication struggles. Not being able to hear what’s said can make conversations difficult to understand.  My mother has experienced this since losing some hearing in her older years.  She often gets frustrated and even accused of being forgetful but the truth is, she probably didn’t hear what was said and was too ashamed to ask you to repeat it.  If you think this is your problem, there’s an easy solution. Hearing tests are widely available, and can let you know whether there’s an issue.  My mother was shocked to see just how much hearing she had lost.  She was then able to ask, ‘what is best hearing aid on the market?’ Once we were more informed, we were able to address hearing issues straight away.

Autism

You may be surprised to see autism here, but many adults are beginning to come forward and consider this diagnosis.  The autistic spectrum is vast. As such, you might have autism without ever even knowing it. This condition involves an inability to read social cues or communicate with others. If you find that you can never get the feel of a conversation or always misread signs, then, this could be the problem. Again, a doctor could help you reach a diagnosis, and find coping mechanisms for making friends at last.


The thing to remember is that you don’t need to suffer in silence. Everyone deserves people around them, and that includes you. You just need to work out how you can make that happen.

Until Next Time... 


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A lot of people think of stress as an unavoidable part of life these days, but that’s not the best attitude to have. People are working longer hours and getting less downtime because they’re constantly answering emails and even working remotely when they’re out of the office. But if you’re not taking enough time to relax and manage your stress, you’re ultimately putting your mental health at risk. High stress levels can eventually lead to more serious problems like anxiety and depression if you don’t learn to manage that stress. If you’re struggling with your work and home life and you worry that it might be affecting your mental health, here are some simple ways that you can manage stress.
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Exercise

Everybody knows that exercise is one of the easiest ways to look after your physical health, but did you know that it does wonders for your mental health as well?  Most doctors agree that exercise is one of the most important things for people that are struggling with their mental health. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins which improve your overall mood and reduce your stress levels. You’ll also feel better about yourself if you improve your physical health and exercising regularly gives you a chance to get out of the house, find a sense of satisfaction and gain motivation that you may otherwise be lacking. These are all important steps when trying to manage stress and improve your mental health.
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Declutter Your Home

Having a lot of clutter in your house is bad for a lot of different reasons. It makes it more difficult to organize your life, it makes the house feel cramped, and it can affect your mental health. Possessions carry a mental weight and when we have too much useless junk in the house, it can have a negative impact on stress levels and mental health. A lot of those items may also have ties to a part of your life that you want to leave behind. If you have a clear out and get rid of the things that you don’t want or need, it’s a good way to get a fresh start, organize your life better, and improve your state of mind.

CBD

There are medications available for treating anxiety and depression but if you don’t feel like you need those,yet you still think you could benefit from something to help you manage your stress levels, you should consider CBD products. It’s a controversial solution for some but it’s perfectly legal and, although the research is still in its early stages, a lot of people are using it to manage stress and anxiety. You can buy CBD edibles online in all sorts of different forms. You can get it in tea or coffee, chewing gum or a powder that you can add to food and drinks. It might not work for everybody but it’s worth a try.
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Talk About Stress

This is such an important way of managing mental health but so many of us aren’t very good at it. Just speaking to a friend or a family member about how you’re feeling and what’s stressing you out will make a huge difference.  Better even, finding a mental health professional that can equip you with the coping skills for managing stress is even better.  Bottling it up will only increase the stress and damage your mental health further.


It’s important that you use these methods to manage your stress before it becomes a more serious mental health problem.

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“Blogging is more than just putting words out into the world on a carefully crafted website you designed and worked so hard on. Blogging is more than just writing content that you think is great or that you think people need to know about.”


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If that sounds familiar, it’s because I made mention to it from a blog previously posted onto the site. In that article, the emphasis was on algorithms but the concept is totally transferable. Blogging is more than putting words on a document; it can also enhance your health too.

Whether it’s physical or mental, the art of blogging has it covered. This is how it can help you.
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Venting

Mental health is just as important, if not more so, than your physical frame. People who are tired and stressed suffer from depression and that causes them to do things which are out of character. What you need is a way to relieve the tension and blogging is the ultimate release. Writing down your thoughts and feelings and sharing them with the world is a scary prospect yet it starts a conversation. And, that makes you feel as if you’re part of a community. Plus, it’s a job that pays and you’re the boss, so there’s no need to play office politics and deal with hating your career all the time.

Working Out

As well as feeling less motivated to exercise, commuting takes up valuable seconds of the day. Rather than being stuck in traffic, you could be doing something more productive. Because of the wait and the fact you are tired, you can’t be bothered when finally get home.  Exercising is more of a possibility as a blogger. Why? You have more time and you set your own hours.  If you want to finish early and exercise or go out for drinks or whatever, no one can stop you.
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Nix the Commute

It goes without saying that when you commute to work, there is always a risk element. Whether you’re driving, cycling or walking, there’s a chance of an injury. Anyone involved in an accident can call these experienced attorneys and learn about the steps to take to recovery. Bloggers who are home at their desk don’t have to worry about these issues as they don’t have a commute.  Commuting also lends to fatigue and anxiety elements.  Sometimes you just want to get home and relax. But, there are also changes which happen inside the body that you may not even be aware of during long commutes. Research proves that driving more than ten miles per day can be associated with several health concerns. By avoiding the commute, bloggers can be feel safer in so many different ways.


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In all honesty, you should be taking care of your health throughout the entire year!  But there’s no denying that winter is probably the season where most people end up the most health issues for several different reasons. Usually, you can trace it back to the weather. When it gets very cold, then there are more chances of diseases spreading and accidents happening.

To make matters worse, it feels like winter drags on forever these days!  Down here in Georgia, the weather flip flops so much that this season is usually my sickest time.  Coats in the morning and flip-flops in the afternoon is just ridiculous!  LOL You’ll be lucky if the weather takes a stable turn and stays cold at least until March. Make sure to look after yourself during this time.  Here’s how:

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Wear Appropriate Clothing

This doesn’t just mean wrapping up warm and putting on plenty of layers when you go outside, it also means you wear the right footwear for the icy weather. Slipping on icy walkways and falling over is one of the main ways people hurt themselves during winter. With Aitken Aitken Cohn, you could claim sizeable settlements for personal injuries if you slip and fall on someone else’s premises but, a settlement won’t help you when hurting yourself and being out of action for a few weeks. In reality, it makes more sense to wear shoes with plenty of grip, so you don’t injure yourself on the ice in the first place!

Carry Antibacterial Gel With You

Germs spread outrageously fast during winter, partly because the coldness makes everyone’s noses run, which they then wipe on themselves and touch other things, etc. So, the best thing to do is carry around some antibacterial gel with you wherever you go.  I ALWAYS keep some in my purse YEAR ‘ROUND. This will essentially kill any germs, by keeping yourself nice and clean.  Rub it into your hands every now and then - especially before you eat - and you’ll stop germs from spreading. It’s the equivalent of washing your hands, but you get the benefit of not needing a sink and soap nearby.  Especially if you have kids, then make sure they use it as well because they touch all kinds of germ-infested things!
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Prevent Dry Air In The Home

One of the bad things about winter is that it makes the air really dry. This basically means that there’s almost no moisture in it, and it can cause various health issues. It dries out your sinuses, which means you don’t get the protection of naturally occurring mucus to flush out any cold germs. As a result, you have to try and prevent dry air in the home, which can usually be done by keeping it warm and slightly humid. You don’t want to go overboard with the humidity, but a small humidifier at a low setting will help add moisture into the air.  We picked one up on Amazon last year because also running our fireplace was drying out the air in our home.

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Seasonal Depression

Ever head of the “winter blues”?  It’s a real thing.  Moods can sometimes shift from season to season.  Symptoms can start in the fall and continue into the winter months, zapping your energy and making you very moody.  Don't brush off these feelings as s simple a case of the "blues" or a seasonal funk that you can shake off on your own. Take steps to keep your mood steady throughout this season.

It’s vital that you take care of your health as it can help keep you on the right track. If you experience any health issues - either through sickness, mood shifts or physical injuries - then it messes up your schedule. Many of you are keen to get fit this year, and being ill or hurt during January/February can set you back and make you feel less than motivated. So, look after yourself, and you’ll stay on the path to a better you!

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When was the last time you thought about your own habits? Everyone is always looking for ways to boost your wellness but perhaps it’s best to simply start considering in what little ways you can alter your lifestyle slightly. If your days are filled with cigarettes, cocktails or a crazily hectic schedule nobody could ever keep up with, then maybe it’s time to reassess. Here is a list of five habits that may need your attention.
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1. Smoking

It’s a difficult habit that you know might be fatal to your health in the long run. When you are a regular smoker, you are not only damaging your own health and wellbeing, but you will also be impacting your family and friends too. Passive smoking might not seem like a huge deal to you, but it’s still a risk. Seek out specialist support from your doctor or therapist and you will be able to start a program that works for your individual needs.
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2. Drinking

Having a couple of drinks after work, you might not think it’s a big deal at all; lots of people do it. But, if you think that you are dependent on alcohol in any way, then this may serious sign of addiction. Yes, there are huge differences between bad habits and addiction, but you might want to check out the following how to stop drinking ebook and webinar. The pointers there might change your life for the better by teaching you how to recognize your downfalls and triggers.

3. Spending

This is my major one!  Lol  Everyone is guilty of heading out on one too many shopping sprees now and again, but this could actually be a cause for serious concern if your spending is out of control and causing finance programs. Try to spend mindfully and avoid impulse buying when you are out and about.  One thing that I’ve tried is setting aside a budget for the things I know I’ll want to splurge on instead of just trying to go cold turkey.  That’s not fun nor is it realistic.  This way I can still treat myself sometimes without blowing my budget.  Gaining control of your shopping habits is a lot easier said than done, but you will be able to find a method that works for you.
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4. Being too Busy
Nowadays it’s quite trendy to be busy all the time.  #BossChick, #Booked&Busy statuses are EVERYWHERE!  You fill up your diary to bursting point and you never get a moment to yourself. Try to give yourself at least one day a week where you can do whatever makes you happy.  Binge that Netflix show, hang out with buddies you haven’t seen in a while, go to a movie, etc.  Working on building your empire all the time is a lovely thought, but don’t forget to build what really matters.
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5. Overeating

This is also another one of my habits.  Did I write this post for myself?!?  Hmm??!?  LOL  People can often turn to food as a source of comfort when they have been through a rough time. It’s a good idea to address the reasons why you might be overeating, then you’ll be able to seek some professional advice. Your health might suffer in the long run if you don’t seek out the relevant medical advice.

No one expects you to quit these habits overnight but working on some of the root issues can set you up for a longer, happier and healthier life.


Until Next Time...
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