Staying sane during insane times

globalNever in a million years did I ever think we would be going through a pandemic in 2020. I can’t seem to be able to wrap my mind around how many people, young and old have died because of something that was so incredibly unforeseen. How does something this deadly even come into existence? Was this manmade and created in a laboratory?  And if so, was it released purposefully or accidentally? Was this meant to kill people all around the world? There are so many unanswered questions in the minds of many around the world and I believe it is during these tragic times we all need to work together through these terrifying days.

The last time there was a deadly global pandemic was the Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 H1N1 virus and was between 1918 and 1920. The Spanish flu was first identified in the United State in the spring of 1918 in military personnel. It was estimated that approximately 500 million people and accounts for one-third of the world’s population had been infected. The CDC estimated that 50 million people died hqdefault (1)from this virus worldwide with 675,000 occurring in the United States.

With the Spanish flu, the mortality rate was higher in people younger than 5 years old, between 20 and 40 years old, and those 65 years and older. High mortality among healthy people, between 20 and 40 years old was a distinctive feature of this pandemic. This virus was synthesized and evaluated; the properties it was made up with were very devastating and not well understood. Unfortunately, there was not a vaccine to protect people from the virus and no antibodies to treat secondary bacterial infections associated with influenza infection. There were limited ways to control this virus, such as isolation, quarantine, good personal hygiene, utilizing disinfectants, and limiting public gatherings.maxresdefault

It is mind-blowing, 102 years after the Spanish flu pandemic that killed 50 million people globally that we are facing another lethal pandemic. According to the Worldometer, as of today, there have been 2,906,751 confirmed cases worldwide and 206,669 deaths in 210 countries and territories due to COVID-19. We have only been aware of how detrimental this virus is before about 3 months, but truthfully it started in late 2019 in Wuhan, China.

anxiety-tips-web-500x375The stresses and rational concerns we are all coping with can be overwhelming. The stresses can include, but isn’t limited to:

  • Uneasiness and distress of your health and the health of loved ones
  • Sleep disturbances or eating patterns
  • Complications concentrating
  • Declining of chronic and mental health conditions
  • Escalated use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs

The good news is there are numerous ways we can control the amount of stress we are feeling. Of course, everyone responds, feels, and copes with stress in different ways, but I do hope the ways to cope with the stress I am going to share will be beneficial for you:

  1. Constantly watching or reading about the pandemic can be very disturbing, so the mind should take breaks from all of it. The continuous devastatingly heartbreaking information we are hearing and reading can take a massive toll on us, but we do image3have the ability to control this.
  2. Don’t forget to take care of your body. A few examples to care for your body are:
  • Stretch daily, do deep breathing exercises or meditate
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Develop a regular exercise regimen
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs, they will only create more issues causing stress
  1. Remember to take time to unwind. Attempt doing other activities you find enjoyable.
  2. Find alternate ways to connect with others, while we are still maintaining social distancing. Discuss the concerns you have with people you are comfortable confiding in.

coronavirus-anxiety-stressMany people around the world are feeling extreme levels of stress and uncertainty at this moment. As we try to maintain some sense of normalcy in our lives, we also need to understand how staying optimistic will help our mental health and immune system stay as strong as it can. Even if where you live ends restrictions staying home if you feel positivrunwell and continuing social distancing should remain in effect until there are far fewer cases and fatalities.

Over the years, many studies have provided an interconnection between good overall health and optimism. Of course, some skeptics that would prefer to argue that it is more an individual’s good health that makes them positive instead of vice versa. Regardless if the studies are correct or not, it is not a far-fetched thought to say optimistic people are generally happier than pessimistic people.

Whether you are an optimistic person or a pessimistic person, I am going to share a few simple ideas that may help improves your positive outlooks!

  1. Implement gratefulness. During times when life seems desolated, there are still many things we should be grateful for. Trying starting a gratefulness journal. Acknowledge both notable and small items you are thankful for. Include as much detail into this practice as you can. Important things could be your home, family, and friends, the ability to provide food for yourself and family, and any other things that are necessities. The smaller things might be simple short-lived pleasures such as a good book, a calming warm bath, or a hot cup of coffee or tea.
  2. Create a positive routine that you begin your day with. Even once we make it through this crisis that has plagued our lives for months now, morning routines are vital! It is best to not immediately check the news when you wake up; the news isn’t going anywhere and will still be available to view once you have had time to center yourself. It is astonishing how much a simple morning smile can begin your day off on a positive note.
  3. Slow down. Many of us are always in a huge rush to do things, which includes jumping to conclusions with information we heard on the news. There are some positive aspects of being isolated in our homes, it does allow us the ability to pace ourselves and not dwell on our anxieties caused by the pandemic. Focusing on things that are surrounding us in the present moment can be beneficial. Turn down the volume of our thoughts relating to stress and pay closer attention to our inner voices.
  4. Relax your entire body. Pay very close attention to your muscles, if you begin feeling your shoulders and or jaw tensing, take slow deep breaths and relax. Be aware of your muscles from head to toe and your breathing during the day, which will also assist with your mindfulness.
  5. Ensure that exercise is a part of your daily routine. If you are already an active person, you have probably already made adjustments to your workouts being at home instead of a gym. If however, you are not very active, try to incorporate some form of exercise into your life. Exercising can be beneficial both physically and mentally because it releases endorphins that target the feelings of positivity.
  6. Initiate and encourage a digital community. We all should be continuing to practice social distancing, but that does not mean we are not able to stay in touch with family and friends. Modern technology has given ways for video calls; group chats, and even allows us access to virtual parties and concerts, which are all amazing options. I had my first ever virtual call on Wednesday with my doctor’s office, which I could to be a fabulous way to communicate with the Nurse Practitioner without subjecting myself to possibly being exposed to COVID-19. During these times of massive uncertainty, it is crucial to know some of our friends and family members are dealing with the same stresses we are and maybe we could offer one another some positivity.
  7. Utilize diaphragmatic breathing, which will assist in strengthening an important muscle that helps us breathe, our diaphragm. You can also begin to include meditation into your life and doing multiple short mindfulness exercises throughout the day. A useful pattern to begin your day with is gratefulness meditation, and then incorporates a breathing exercise halfway through your day, and sleep meditation at bedtime. If you would like to read some great meditation examples, I encourage you to visit Bella’s website https://thoughtsnlifeblog.com/, she gives some fabulous and extremely helpful advice. Diaphragmatic breathing also has other benefits including lowering stress hormones and your heart rate and helps you to relax.
  8. Embrace humor and laughter in your life daily. We have all probably heard that laughter can be the best medicine, so it would make perfect sense why this is extremely important. The ability to find humor daily can improve your positiveness and benefit from a more optimistic nature. There have been several studies confirming the short-term and long-term benefits of laughter on the mind and body. The benefits include stimulating our organs, lessening stress levels, enhancing blood circulation, building up our immune system, and alleviating physical pains we may have.
  9. Avoid or at least walk away from distressing discussions and situations. Due to the fears involved with the pandemic, everyone is very well aware of; massive amounts of stress are also a strong possibility. During these times it can be easy to be pulled into pessimistic interactions which can intensify how we were already feeling. We can also become obsessed with the news, which alone can create overwhelming levels of panic. It is important to be aware and knowledgeable about what is happening in the world, it is also crucial to have a healthy balance between the amount of news we are taking in and a daily routine in efforts to maintain our mental health.
  10. Hold onto faith. This does not necessarily have anything to do with religion, but if you are religious you might be able to gain strength and optimism from your beliefs. When I stated hold onto faith, I am suggesting your faith in humanity, science, medical professionals, and the good in mankind. It’s about maintaining faith in our resilience, kindness, empathy, commitment, and the desire for a good healthy life for all.

we are in this togetherWe were all leading the life we yearned for before the pandemic and there is no reason we can’t get back to that point in time. It is going to require patience, persistence, and a great deal of resilience. I do think it is also best, regardless of what the governor of your state or president says, to avoid gatherings of too many people, practice good hand-washing, and definitely social distancing.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope the information provided was helpful to you and your family. I would love to read your thoughts on all of this and promise to respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

childabuse-prevention-monthApril is child abuse awareness month and it is extremely important to spread this message to as many people as possible. Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver either by action or lack of action causes injury to a child. This is an awful and widespread situation causing inexcusable physical and emotional pain to innocent children. Sadly, each year there are more than three million cases of either physical, emotional, sexual, or neglect in the United States. The following information will describe each type of abuse and the signs to each.

Physical abuse is when a parent or caregiver inflicts non-accidental physical injuries to aunnamed (2) child. Approximately, 28.3% of adults have disclosed being physically abused as a child. Physical abuse can involve striking, kicking, burning, choking, throwing, shoving, and any other activity that can injure a child. Unfortunately, the outcomes of physical abuse can be any of the following:

  • Internal injuries that can result in brain damage
  • Broken bones, sprains, and dislocated joints
  • Emotional and psychological harm

images (8)The majority of people abusing a child do not realize some of their actions and mannerisms show there has been abuse in the home. The following are signs of abuse the parent or caregiver can display:

  • Unable to explain a child’s injury or attempt explaining the injury, but it doesn’t make any sense
  • Exhibits aggression towards a child or becomes extremely anxious about a child’s behavior
  • Tries saying the child isn’t trustworthy and lies
  • Hinders or prevents the medical care of a child

There are many signs of physical abuse a child may without knowing is showing. It is important to be aware and pay close attention to the following possible signs:

  • Visible and severe injuries
  • Injuries are at different stages of healing
  • Child is not able to explain injuries in a way that is clear and makes sense
  • Frequency of timing and history of injuriesimages (6)
  • Bruises have distinctive shapes

When a child is being abused it is very common for the child to have some behavioral changes. Most often the child does not understand what and why this is happening to them and can become angry causing them to behave in uncommon ways, which can include any of the following issues:

  • Aggression towards peers, pets, or other animals
  • Displays the fear of parents or other adults
  • Wears long sleeve shirts, no matter the season
  • Develops feelings of fear, depression, and anxiety
  • Experiences nightmares and or insomnia
  • Self-destructive behaviors or attitudes
  • Acting immaturely, emotional and extreme behaviors

images (7)A child is being sexually abused when an adult has sexual intentions or the child or involves the child in sexual acts.  Sexual abuse can also be when an older or stronger child uses a younger or less strong child for excitement or sexual gratification. About 20.7% of adults have reported they were sexually abused when they were a child.

Before we go too deep into sexual abuse, I want to forewarn you this part was extremely difficult to write, so it may also be troubling to read. I am fairly sure, especially with the present company, I am not the only one that finds sexual abuse both degrading and appalling. If only this topic wasn’t grotesque enough, it gets much worse because of all the different types of sexual abuse, which includes the following:

  1. Non-contact abuse– happens when a child is abused without being touched, This downloadcan occur both in-person and online, which includes
  • Exposing or flashing
  • Showing child pornographic videos
  • Improper sexual talking
  • Pressure child to make, view or share child abuse images or videos
  • Force the child to masturbate
  • Threaten and coercions child to take part in sexual activities via phone or online
  1. Contact Abuse is when the abuser makes physical contact with the child victim and can include:

POSSIBLE+PHYSICAL+SIGNS+OF+SEXUAL+ABUSE– Sexual touching to any part of the child’s body, with or without clothing

– Uses part of a child’s body or another object to rape or penetrate a child

– Child pressured and forced to take part in sexual acts

– Forcing a child to undress and or touch someone else

Parents and caregivers typically have no idea how their behavior can display signs of sexual abuse. By being aware and paying attention, signs you might be able to view are the following:images (2)

  • Parent or caregiver neglects to look after a child
  • Unstable adult presence
  • Parent is jealous and possessive
  • Sexual relationships are problematic, unhealthy and dysfunctional
  • Parent depends heavily on a child for emotional support

When a child is or has been sexually abused there are many signs that should be noted. Again, the signs I am listing are unspeakably odious, but they do include the following:

  • Struggles sitting, walking and with bowel problems
  • Torn, stained, bloody undergarments
  • Bleeding, bruising, painful, swollen, itchiness of the genital area
  • Reoccurring urinary tract infections or yeast infections

sexual-abuse-749x1024Sexual abuse is an awful situation for anyone to go through, but children are innocent and do not understand what is happening. The child was likely told by the abuser not to tell anyone because no one would believe them and even threaten them to not say anything.  A child might be scared and angry making behavioral changes to be relatively common. Below are some behavioral changes that may be noticed:

  • Child does not want to changes clothes, especially during gym class
  • Withdrawn, depressed and anxiousness
  • Aggressive, poor relationships with peers
  • Negative self-image
  • Lacks confidence and self-care
  • Performance in school declines
  • Substance abuse, recklessness, suicide attempts
  • Sleep disturbances, such as nightmares, fear bedtime and bedwetting
  • Acting out sexually at a young ageimages (5)

Child abuse can leave behind more than bruises from physical abuse and or the inexcusable effects of sexual abuse. Emotional abuse can cause many other scars not visible to the naked eye. Emotional abuse is commonly called psychological abuse because it involves persistent emotional mistreatment of a child causing irreparable damage over time. Approximately 10.6% of adults reported they were emotionally abused as a child.

Emotional abuse is not always easy to detect because it is normally part of other forms of abuse. The issues that are involved with emotional abuse may include:

*Rejecting or ignoring- examples include showing lack of interest in a child, no initiating child-abuse-physical-emotional-sexual-9-638or returning the affection

*Shaming or humiliating- Example include name-calling, mocking, belittling

*Terrorizing- Examples include blaming, accusing, threatening, manipulating, screaming or yelling at the child

*Corrupting- Examples include encouraging bad behavior, pressuring a child into a criminal act

Whether the emotional abuse is being imposed on a child by a parent or caregiver, there are helpful signs to be aware of. I am not including all the signs because there is already a lot for you to read. Below are the signs a parent or caregiver may show:images (10)

  • Plays favorites between siblings
  • Atrocious anger management or emotional self-regulation
  • Terrible relationships with other adults
  • History of violence or abuse
  • Untreated mental illness, alcoholism or substance abuse

When a child is being emotionally abused they could display physical and behavioral images (9)signs. The physical signs may include the following:

  • Developmental delays
  • Speech disorder
  • Health issues such as ulcers and skin disorder
  • Weight problems

Examples of a child’s behavior change are as followed:

  • Learning disabilities and developmental delays
  • Excessively complaint or defensive
  • Intense emotions, aggression, anxieties
  • Destructive or anti-social behaviors
  • Inappropriate behavior (either too childlike or too adult-like)

Child neglect is a form of abuse where the parent or caregiver does not offer the care, supervision, affection, or care necessary for a child’s health, safety, and well-being. This can include physical, emotional, medical, and educational neglect. Child neglect signs are as follows:

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  • Continuing to leave a child in another’s care for hours, days, weeks at a time
  • Not providing food and drink, or clothing appropriate to the weather
  • Failing to supervise child for valid safety concerns
  • Allowing a child to be around an inappropriate caregiver
  • Exposing a child to an unsafe or unsanitary environment

Although some states that will not prosecute parents because of religious reasons, the parent can still receive a court order to protect a child’s life. Parents and caregivers are 2ee34a5f1acb222e256a76f8f088f420required to get a child-appropriate medical treatment for injuries and illness. Basic preventative care to ensure children remains safe and healthy is necessary.

Examples of medical negligence include, but not limited to the following:

  • Not taking a child to the hospital or medical professional for serious illness or injury
  • Withholding child from getting treatment
  • Failing to provide preventative medical and dental care for a child
  • Refusing to follow medical recommendations for child

Unfortunately, only one instance of neglect can cause lifelong distress to a child. Neglect tends to require a pattern of behavior over some time. Some signs suggesting a parent or caregiver needs assistance with nurturing and how to protect a child while they are in your care, which includes:unnamed (3)

  • Shows indifference or lack of concern for a child
  • Depression, drug and alcohol abuse or a mental health issue
  • Perceives child negativity
  • Expects a child to take care of themselves

 A child being neglected may show any of the following signs:

  • Clothing does not fit, clothes are dirt and not weather appropriate
  • Often hungry seeks out where the food is, shows signs of malnutrition
  • Low body weight
  • Often overtired and falling asleep during the school day
  • Hygiene problems
  • Untreated medical and dental issues and or incomplete immunizations
  • Frequent changes to schools and or physician

General_Facebook_f1Any form of abuse leaves traumatic memories that can’t be erased. The scars left behind may be a visible daily reminder and the deep-rooted emotional effects throughout life can and do damage a child’s sense of self-esteem. Current and future relationships can be impacted and the ability to function at home and school can be challenging. Effects from child abuse may include the following:

  1. An inability to trust and relationships can be a struggle. The ones a child should be able to trust, a parent or caregiver, so if it is one of these people abusing the child, it is understandable why the child will find trusting almost impossible.
  2. Deep feelings of worthlessness. When a child hears repeatedly negative words used to describe who they are, it becomes extremely difficult to overcome. As abused children grow up, they may neglect their education and settle for jobs with low pay because it is all they feel they are worth. Sexually abused children feel shame images (4)surrounding the abuse and battle with feelings of being damaged, which may allow people in their lives that have bad habits and intentions.
  3. Struggle with balancing emotions. Abused children do not feel safe expressing their emotions. This can result in burying emotions deep down so the emotions can be ignored. Adults that were abused struggle with anxiety, depression, and anger they can’t explain. Often adults that were abused will lean on alcohol and drugs to numb the painful memories.

If a child feels comfortable enough with you to explain what they have experienced, pay very close attention to the child and be compassionate. Of course, it will never be easy to hear about a child being abused, so there are some crucial things to remember and 7686078_0follow:

  1. Avoid reactions of denial and remain calm. If a child senses shock or disgust at what they are telling you, the child will become fearful to continue their story and shut down completely.
  2. Do not interrogate. It is very important to allow the child to explain what they experienced in their own words. If you ask the child leading questions they may get confused and flustered making it difficult to finish their story. The child has shown already they trust you, so trust them to continue.
  3. Reassure the child they did nothing wrong. Explain to the child it took a lot of courage to be willing to share their story with you. It may help the child if you thank them for trusting you and that you are there to help them.
  4. Safety needs to come first. If you feel you or the child is in danger, especially if you child-abuse-survivorsintervene further, leave any more intervention to the professionals.

First, I want to thank you for visiting my site today. Second, I know this information can be very disturbing, I mean it took me several days to complete allowing myself breaks from this painful topic. I think it is important to be aware of what can happen to children and also have ways to offer children comfort. I would love to read any fposter,small,wall_texture,product,750x1000.u2comments you have about the information I have provided.

I hope you are having a good week so far and staying safe! I know someday the new cases of coronavirus will level out and the fatalities will end. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

High sensitivity makes you stronger, not weaker

main-qimg-abb7dd235b660e3e1e5867419d060fb0Throughout your life, how many times have you heard that you are “overly” sensitive and emotional and care too much for others? First of all, this doesn’t make sense to me because I believe in a world that is full of negativity and hatred; we all need more compassion shown. Maybe the “overly” sensitive and caring people are here to combat the ugliness in the world today.

Unfortunately, many times our level of sensitivity and ability to care is viewed as a weakness. I do believe that anyone who can say Emotionally-Sensitive-Quotesanother person cares too much and views that person as overly sensitive does not understand just how the traits they very as a weakness are in fact a sign of vast strength.

It is because you care why you are not able to do what so many others do and turn a blind eye to someone who is suffering. Instead of turning around to walk away, the desire to do all you can to help runs deep within your soul. You will do whatever you can to contribute to alleviating the anguish another has experienced.

highly-sensitiveDue to how effortlessly you care, you have an endless ability to understand the unpredictability of the world we are living in today. You have the inner strength to look beyond your own needs but look toward to needs of another person. You do not have any issues sacrificing if it will help someone else find their way to better and happier days.

The way society is in 2020 is causing many to show little to no respect for another person and only look out for who they view as most important, themselves. You on the other hand always try seeing the good in everyone. You refuse to judge anyone for their flaws and can recognize we are all flawed. By having the ability to understand everyone has their own set of flaws, you can care for everyone despite their flaws and treat them with the respect they deserve.

One issue that gets your blood boiling is when someone in a powerful position abuses too-sensitive-1024x765their power. You will stand up to those behaving in a disrespectful manner and stand up for those that are being mistreated. You feel strongly that people deserve to be treated fairly and with the utmost respect.

While so many people are significantly passive, you are strong enough to fight for what is right. You always have the ability to be proactive solving problems, instead of reactive and fully understand the difference.

Your morals and convictions are powerful enough to not allow for your beliefs to be influenced. You are stubborn almost to a fault but instead, you are completely determined to do the right thing. You hold onto your integrity and remain passionate about your beliefs.unnamed

You do not have any issues showing your emotions in front of people. Like so many fears showing their emotions because they think they will be viewed as weak, you pretty much wear your heart on your sleeve. It takes a stronger person to be comfortable crying rather than a person who tries hiding their feelings.

Personally, I think it is sad that sensitive people are often viewed as weak. Honestly, it is the sensitivity that provides us with an ability to be strong, effective, and prosperous Too-sensitivewhen facing hardships. The traits that make us highly sensitive are the qualities that develop our inner strength. It is so important to not try being less sensitive but to acknowledge these as our strengths.

Somethings that highly sensitive people need to understand is:

  1. Awareness- Most highly sensitive people are very aware of their surroundings and feelings, which help them understand when stressed, overwhelmed, and what is required to be calmer.
  2. Creativity- Our creative adventures provide us with the ability to the way our energies to flow in positive ways.
  3. Empathy is being able to put yourself in someone else’s shows easily. This gives a sense of recognition while understanding human nature.64d884de435829b732b5bcae2d6bd0cb
  4. Appreciation- Highly sensitive people are able to notice details and deeply appreciate the beauty the world has daily. Appreciating life builds our inner strength because we do have so much to be thankful for and also brings a sense of inner calmness, happiness, and joy.
  5. Passion- Even though highly sensitive people tend to be gentle and compassionate, they are also extremely passionate. They often have very strong beliefs regarding their values and strongly believe in certain topics, which helps them to be resilient. Highly sensitive people will continue moving forward regardless of the challenges they may encounter, risk and dangers they could face and even their own internal fears.66dd38238519bc06a28f0b15bf8ba9af

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today! I hope you are enjoying your day, but also staying very safe. I can’t believe it is already April, but I guess time just flies by. I wanted to let y’all know that there four different awareness’s I am going to be writing about, one is Parkinson’s which will be dedicated to my stepfather, two is alcohol awareness as this affects so many, three is stress awareness which directly impacts my life and lastly is child abuse awareness.

I hope the information provided in this post was beneficial for your life. I do look oiupforward to reading your comments on it and promise to respond as quickly as possible. I do feel like y’all are a lot like me and you are highly sensitive people, which is not something to ever feel ashamed of. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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Eliminate bad habits and gain good habits

replace-bad-habits-with-good-habits-400px-4We all have good and bad habits that are perpetual and emerge from our unconscious minds. It is almost as though we have some kind of control over them. However, logically do we have any control over our habits?

How would you explain what is meant regarding bad habits? Bad habits are a negative behavior in regards to our behavioral patterns. Most commonly procrastinating, spending too 7040000947_dmuch money, nail-biting, spending excessive amounts of time watching TV or on the computer are bad habits.

Have you ever wondered what caused our bad habits? According to the author, James Clear, who wrote “Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results. Atomic Habits”, stress and boredom could be the key contributors to our bad habits. It is also possible that our boredom and stress are only on the surface and the causes of our bad habits are from much deeper issues. What we may have experienced might be bad-habits-2challenging and painful to think about, but if we are truly committed to making changes; we need to face the issues head-on. To overcome our bad habits, we will need to acknowledge them first.

No matter what good or bad habits we currently have, there is a reason they are in our lives. We might never know why these habits are in our lives, but they do have a purpose and even a benefit. Most of the time, our bad habits are how we handle stress.

It isn’t easy to comprehend how our bad habits can be beneficial in our lives. However,26ad67a072eb39fd803a5ecf73a8fbf1 we need to try understanding how instead of straightforwardly eliminating them, we should attempt replacing them with good habits that provide us with comparable benefits.

Do you know any good ways to break bad habits? Personally, I have several habits that aren’t just bad, they are awful habits. Through some research, I have discovered some ways to break the bad habit cycle we deal with.

Before I dive too deep into ways to break the bad habits, I am going to explain how our habits are driven by a 3-part loop sequence, that was initiated from Mayo Oshin,

  1. Trigger is the stimulus that starts the habit
  2. Routine is doing the habit and behavior itself
  3. Reward of the benefit is associated with the behavior

ooda-loop-simpleNow we can finally dive deep into Mayo Oshin’s coherent strategies that will help us utilize psychology when recognizing our triggers for our bad habits, quit procrastinating and begin easily getting things done.

Oshin’s three strategies to break bad habits include:

  1. Use the words “I don’t” as opposed to “I can’t”, which can assist with making better choices. In two different research studies, participants that use the words “I don’t” were able to meet their goals and had positive impacts on their well-being more than those that used “I can’t”.
  2. Practice becoming aware of the triggers. The more aware we are of our triggers that lead us to lean on our bad habits, the higher the chances we have on interfering with the existence of the loop leading us towards bad habits.

msc-mindfulnessAn addiction expert, Judson Brewer, performed a study with smokers trying to quit smoking. Brewer believes that practicing mindfulness frequently can help end the bad habits. In his study, Brewer found 36% of individuals that practiced mindfulness were successful with quitting, as opposed to the 15% that did not use mindfulness and were not successful with quitting smoking.

An intriguing practice exercise you can try is the following steps! The next time you are tempted with your bad habit, take a step back, answer the following questions and log your answer if you want something 5-minute-craving-busters-2824747_FINAL-5bd0bfe046e0fb0051c82ed7to reflect on

  • Where were you when the cravings occurred?
  • What time of day does this happen?
  • What was your emotional state of mind?
  • Who were you with?
  • What happened before your cravings?

You can keep your answers in a journal, so you can refer back to them at a later time and maybe notice a trend. This is a way to practice mindfulness and also assist you in taking more control of your actions. By tracking the issues you will be that much more aware of your 1933.1549052609behavior and offer ideas to stop!

  1. Use an “if-then” plan to replace the bad habits with good habits. It isn’t enough to only have a goal to break bad habits. To perpetually continue with a good habit, we need an intentional plan.

To create an “if-then” plan we need to do the following steps.

  1. Recognize a situation that commonly triggers our bad habits
  2. Identify a distinct reaction to the trigger. Typically, this would be a good habit to 5a1ef657150000a73c85a7aareplace and prevent falling right into the temptation
  3. Combine steps 1 &2 into an “if-then” format. Utilizing an “if-then” plan creates an easier reaction for our cravings and replaces them with a good habit because of the made ready automatic response. Over time, we will be able to see how effective it can be to assist in breaking away from bad habits.

I hope you found this information beneficial in your life. There is no pressure at all, buScreen-Shot-2019-01-08-at-9.10.06-AM-300x168t what habits of yours do you think are bad habits? I will share mine with y’all. One is definitely I always think I am fat and that I need to lose weight, but my husband always tells me I am crazy and don’t need to lose weight. I will say telling someone that thinks they are fat crazy might not be the best way to approach the topic, but men often don’t think before they speak. Another habit of mine that could be viewed as bad is that I apologize for everything, even when I didn’t really do anything wrong. I don’t know why, I just immediately say “I’m sorry.” One more habit, that can be viewed as good and bad 101961is, I am way too overly emotional about everything!

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have a great day and you are ending the week feeling the best you possibly can! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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The benefits of serotonin and how to increase levels

what-does-serotonin-doWe have all experienced those days when we felt a little down, cantankerous, agitated, or uneasy. Have you ever wondered why you had any of these feelings? There could be several reasons, but maybe it is something as easy as a low level of serotonin. Let’s explore what serotonin is, why it is important, and how we can increase levels when necessary.

Serotonin is most commonly known as the happy hormone. It plays a vital role in the “happy hormone.” It plays a vital role in stabilizing our mood, offers a sense of well-being, and happiness, while it also helps to decrease feelings of distress and concerns.Banner When our serotonin levels are low, we may have melancholic feelings and when our levels are high; we may feel tranquil and have serene emotions.

An interesting fact about serotonin is about 95% of serotonin is produced in the lining of our gastrointestinal tract (GI), which is where it manages the movement of our intestines. The other 5% is processed in the brainstem, where it communicates prompts between nerve cells in our brain.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy blood test to test for serotonin levels, but there are symptoms that would indicate if levels were low. The symptoms of low serotonin low levelsinclude:

  • Depression
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Impulsiveness
  • Abnormal sleepiness
  • Restless sleep
  • Low appetite
  • Stomach issues
  • Craving for carbs and candy

We have covered the negative effects of having low serotonin levels. There are many benefits serotonin can offer us that include:

  • Promotes good sleep by regulating our sleep-wake cycle that repeats every 24 hours
  • Helps synchronize our appetite
  • Encourages knowledge and memorysun-quote-1
  • Assist with stimulating positive feelings and social acceptance

There are several ways you can increase your serotonin levels, some choices are with specific foods, which include:

  1. Eggs-

The protein that eggs have can boost blood plasma levels of tryptophan. The yolk part of the egg contains many nutrients that are beneficial for our health which include tryptophan, choline, biotin, and omega-3 fatty acids.

  1. Cheese-

foodCheese is a great source of tryptophan.

Allow me to clarify what tryptophan is and how it is beneficial for our health. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that has several intentions such as nitrogen balance in adults and growth in infants, but it is also crucial in creating neurotransmitter serotonin.

  1. Pineapples-

Pineapples contain a protein called bromelain, which helps reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and helps suppresses coughs.

  1. Tofu-

Tofu is a good that is made of condensed soy milk and is then pressed into solid white blocks. There are several health benefits with tofu including being another great source of tryptophan and provides us an excellent calcium boost

  1. Salmon-SEROTONIN_BoostingFoods1-min

Not only is salmon rich in tryptophan, but it also contains other nutritional benefits that provide help balancing cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and is a source of Omega-3-fatty acids.

  1. Nuts and seeds-

All nuts and seeds have tryptophan. There have been studies that indicate eating a handful of nuts a day can decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems. Nuts and seeds also provide great sources of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.

  1. Turkey-

Turkey is full of tryptophan, which as we have already seen is beneficial.

Besides the various foods that have been discussed, there are many other easy ways to stimulate serotonin levels, which include:

  1. Exercising can trigger the release of tryptophan into our blood and decrease the increaseamount of other amino acids. The type of exercise could be swimming, bicycling, brisk walking, jogging, light hiking, or any other aerobic exercise
  2. Spending time in the sunshine can increase serotonin levels. To have the most benefits you should get at least 10-15 minutes outside every day and you could take your physical activity outside for an additional serotonin boost.
  3. Supplements- If you attempt to take new supplements, it is important to check with your healthcare provider first to ensure you won’t have any negative interactions with medications you are currently taking. A few possible supplements you could try are pure tryptophan, St. John’s Wort, Probiotics, Vitamin B12 and C, and Magnesium.
  4. Get a massage-

Massage therapy can increase serotonin and dopamine levels. Dopamine is another mood-related neurotransmitter. A massage can decrease cortisol, which is a hormone the body produces when under stress.

  1. Mood induction-happychemicals

When you think about things that make you feel good and happy, you can increase serotonin in your brain. This encourages the enhancement of our mood overall. Remember, that our moods are multiplex and are not easy to alter. Things you can try are:

  • Imagine a memory of when you felt a great amount of joy.
  • Remember a positive time you had with loved ones.
  • Look through a photo album of happy times you had in the past.
  1. Be positive-

When we think positively, we are decreasing the cortisol in our brains and creating serotonin.

  1. Reduce stress-

My Mind Is CalmWe need to teach ourselves to relax our minds and give ourselves the break we deserve. We need to care of both our mental and physical health.

  1. Yoga and meditation are known to lift our moods and can improve symptoms of mild, moderate, and treatment-resistant depression. Meditation is known to trigger parts of the brain for understanding, self-care, and emotions, problem-solving, adapting, and increasing awareness.
  2. Music therapy has been suggested by researchers that music could increase neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Listening to music typically has a relaxing effect on people.unnamed (2)
  3. Dance therapy has been shown to increase blood serotonin levels in those who try dancing. Dance therapy has also been suggested to use as a complementary behavioral approach to pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy in some individuals with mood disorders.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope your week is going well and you are staying safe from any risk of coronavirus. I am doing much better with this as I have not left the house in several days partially because the number of cases where I live seems to increase every few hours and it terrifies me. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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Ways to care for your mental health during a pandemic

coronavriusOn March 11, 2020, both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic due to the coronavirus. The coronavirus has affected 192 countries and territories worldwide and 1 International conveyance, the Diamond Princess Cruise ship. It has steadily been causing vast amounts of turmoil in most households around the world.

Only to add the apprehension things have occurred, no one ever thought they would see in their lifetime. Starting with sporting event cancellations, school closings, mass ppe-graphicshortages of personal protective equipment in hospitals, delaying elective surgeries, borders closing to International travelers, malls with either adjusted hours or closing altogether, restaurants only offering take-out, grocery store’s shelves are pretty much empty, employers being forced to allow employees to work from home if the work permits or laying employees off because they can’t afford them,  and I am sure there is more that I didn’t remember.

Even though it will not be easy, we all need to find ways to calm our overactive anxiety and feelings of distress. First, how many times do you check for updates regarding the coronavirus? Second question, how many news outlets, whether it is TV or online news CoronavirusAMUpdatesources? It may help your anxiety and stress levels if you try limiting the number of times you check for updates, such as no more than 2 times a day and NEVER right before bed. It is also very important to choose a credible news outlet for your source. It could provide you additional security to have at least two trustworthy sites because it will allow you to fact check the information.

No matter where we live, we are all in this together and will be until things start to improve. Not to sound negative, but things will probably get even worse before they begin to get better. It is critical to listen to and rely on trustworthy news outlets and WEBREADY_Free-Press-Editorial_Oped_Hannah-Riseman-900x600actual public health experts. It doesn’t matter who the politician is, they did not dedicate their lives to healthcare.

What does your body go through when stress and anxiety reach extremely high levels? What exactly is causing you the most worry? What do you fear the most right now? Is there anything you can do to make what you are worried about easier or end altogether? Allow your mind the time and honesty to answer these questions. Maybe this will distract you some and provide you clarity of your feelings.

The unfortunate truth is we have no control of this virus, but we do have control of what copingwe do and how we cope with major situations. I am going to share some ideas that may provide distractions to relieve your anxious mind.

  • Connect with family and friends via video chat, phone calls, emails, and social media.
  • Yoga- If you have not practiced yoga before and want to start, now might be a good time because learning and trying new things could be enjoyable and a healthy distraction.
  • Meditation- If you have never meditated before, that’s okay because there are numerous apps available that are easy to follow, such as https://www.headspace.com/ and https://www.calm.com/. You could also visit Bella’s website https://thoughtsnlifeblog.com/. Bella has many posts about meditation that are absolutely amazing and helpful.
  • Controlled breathing, which is called square breathing. Imagine your breathcoping traveling along a square. Inhale up the first side of the square, count to 3, and exhale. Do this on all sides of the square!
  • Read a good book
  • Watch a comedy
  • Eat familiar foods that you enjoy
  • Free yourself from stress by coloring
  • Form a calming atmosphere with sweet aromas
  • Get out your knitting, crocheting, sewing or any other creative craft you enjoy
  • Take a warm bubble bath to drown your stress away
  • Contemplate with your journal. If you do not have a journal, it might help you to EPIDT6GUCNBRLE5PF4CDD73D4Ystart one now
  • Pour yourself a warm cup of tea
  • Refresh yourself and skin with a facial mask
  • Get a deck of cards, puzzle or board game out to play

We do not really know how long we will continue being in monumental amounts of turbulence. We realize there is so much we do not have control over, such as how long we will be dealing with this pandemic, how many people will suffer because of it, or how our communities will be affected. None of this is easy to accept or even understand, but there are several ways we can reduce our personal risks of obtaining the virus.

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or handCoronavirus-Twitter-card-pic.xc9f75d90 sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth in particular
  • Even if you do not feel sick, stay home as much as you can
  • Avoid crowds and gathering with more than 10 people
  • Avoid all non-essential shopping and travel
  • Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when out
  • To help support your immune system, get plenty of sleep
  • Follow ALL recommendation from health establishments

self careWhile we remain in distressing time we need to not forget to care for our body and spirit. The following ideas are ways we can tend to our self-care while we deal with disturbances caused by the coronavirus

  • Be kind to yourself:

If you’re experiencing depression and or anxiety, go easy on yourself and know you are not alone

  • Maintain a routine as much as you can:

Even though you might be confined to your house, continue your normal sleep, meals, and work schedule

  • Make time for the activities you enjoy:

Read that book you’ve been meaning to start, play games you find enjoyable, cook julyselfcaresomething, and create something or anything else to occupy your mind from the stress you have been feeling

  • If possible get out in nature:

Sunshine and fresh can be beneficial for our mental and physical health. Whatever you do, obey the restrictions that have been put in place, keep your distance from people you may encounter, and avoid crowds

  • Find ways to exercise:

Of course, all gyms and exercise classes will be closed, but you can find alternative ways to exercise. Staying active will help relieve stress, anxiety, and even manage our moods. Get creative with what you are images (2)able to do without equipment, such as using your own bodyweight to exercise

  • Avoid self-medicating:

Be cautious about using alcohol or other substances to control your anxiety and depression

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today. I hope the information provided will be beneficial for you and your family. Times are anything but easy right now, but hopefully things will start improving very soon. I hope you have a great afternoon and you are feeling the best you can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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Higher levels of consciousness

higher-level-of-consciousnessMost humans are unable to comprehend what higher consciousness is because they stay comfortable at a lower level of consciousness, where they are primarily concerned with themselves. They typically remain more concerned about their own well-being, survival, and success.

There are those unusual times when there aren’t any threats or demands and the body and passions are stagnant allowing for an opportunity to access a higher mind. Neuroscientists call what is experienced at this time our neocortex, which allows us to neocortex-2acknowledge our sensory function that includes imagination, empathy, and impartial judgments.

According to Mary O’Malley, a certified counselor and author of “Belonging to Life: The Journey of Awakening”, we have six levels of high consciousness. O’Malley also believes that getting to higher consciousness will require specific shifts in our perception, behavior, and awareness. These shifts are crucial to advance to the next levels.

The following are O’Malley’s six phases of higher consciousness:

  1. Life happens to you-

perspectiveYou realize that you are not a victim of life. It is understood the more unconscious we are, the more we feel like we are the victim. Feeling like life is happening to you, the more often you will view things as threats. Being in a victim mindset doesn’t do anything for learning to be open to the thoughts that life is in front of us.

  1. Life happens by you-

This is the first stage of higher consciousness, which many people find themselves to be stuck in. Even though we might feel powerless in this stage, we will begin to control everything about our life. We finally stop being a victim of life and begin to live life by our own intentions. We know we aren’t creating our own reality, but instead clearly view it as showing up to a reality that has already existed.

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Once we have quit trying to control our life, we learn something wonderful; life isn’t something that can be controlled and being open we know life occurs delightfully. It is in this phase of higher consciousness we being choosing ourselves. What this means is we focus on ourselves, not in the past or any person or things that have caused us hurt and or harm.

  1. Life happens for you-

This is the fourth and most difficult stage in higher consciousness. The reason this is the most difficult stage is that it is based on trust. We must let go of our control and believe EmilysQuotes.Com-initiate-habit-choosing-choice-thoughts-thinking-ideas-feeling-good-feelings-support-powerful-consciousness-amazing-great-wisdom-advice-inspirational-Wayne-Dyerthat everything has a purpose, meaning and it will lead us somewhere amazing. There is something incredible and soul-altering with learning how to let go and just let things be.

  1. Life happens through you-

At this point, we have overcome the life-altering stage of acceptance and now need to focus on feeling. This might be the most peaceful part of the discovery of higher consciousness because it is all about gratitude. During this stage, we notice our awakening to the acceptance of what we can’t control, which offers us peace and calmness.

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Our excursion was all about questioning our existence, changes, and finally coming to terms with those changes. We are no longer a separate being, but we have merged into the creative flow of life and comprehend that everything and every-being are what they are and we are who we are.

The 7 step guide to achieving higher consciousness, according to O’Malley:

  1. Develop awareness-

Don’t just go through the normal motions; instead, expand on the awareness of what is Dvv__FNXcAA7ohogoing on around us. It is important to question everything while staying in the present internally and externally. By maintaining your awareness of everything inside and around us, our ability to react meaningfully to life will be much greater.

  1. Introspect-

We will not be able to attain our higher consciousness if we aren’t processing our internal struggles. We need to take time by ourselves, understand our thoughts, and determine the source of our struggles before we can begin reaching for higher consciousness.

  1. Control yourself-

We will be able to conquer our own reactions to our internal process and external circumstances of life once we allow our “observer self” to be released. Controlling one’s self is more than simply ending our impulses or delaying our reactions, but more about being accurate with them.19d203fc1da00ccd23768f834f6dd0ff

  1. Know and educate yourself-

Achieving higher consciousness requires a lot of awareness. Knowing who we are, what drives us, and what motivates us to take action. Self-knowledge is acknowledging our strengths, weaknesses, and negative human tendencies. The essential part of self-education is to consistently cleanse ourselves of bad habits while continuing to work on our virtues.

  1. Develop discipline-

Being disciplined means not letting our thoughts and or fears to control or silence ourselves or interfere with our journey to higher consciousness.

  1. Listen to your gut instincts-

quote-and-we-re-seeing-a-higher-level-of-consciousness-and-many-more-opportunities-for-people-neale-donald-walsch-30-62-13Many people believe that intuition is the highest form of intelligence. Intuition is quiet and less assertive than the intellect of the mind. Intuition is often ignored because it doesn’t put demands on us. It is vital to differentiate between good and misleading intuition because it can be easy to realize the difference if we are paying attention.

  1. Think first and speak later-

The majority of our issues in life are a result of our inability to think before we speak.D59WCDJU0AAoxT3

Do you know if you are changing to a higher level of consciousness? If you encounter any of the following signs you are more than likely changing to a higher level of consciousness and I do hope you will embrace this experience with open arms and enjoy it.

  1. You have softer energy-

While we are transitioning a higher level of consciousness, we will begin letting go of the anger and aggression we use to cling to. There’s no longer room for feelings that were generated by animosity while we are concentrating on our own inner workings.

  1. You take full responsibility for your life and where you currently are-

relaxWe have stopped trying to blame others and understand our past is a result of our experiences. We recognize we have learned from our past and embrace it.

  1. You own your emotions-

We do not rely on anyone else to bring us happiness because we know we have the power to create our own happiness. We no longer fear what might happen in life because we have prepared for any obstacles that might arise. We can even spend quiet time alone without feeling unproductive.

  1. You practice self-love-7e02134de77061ecee344d5e540ec1e9

We started taking care of our own needs before handling the needs of others, partially because we realize we won’t be able to help anyone else if we don’t take care of ourselves. We don’t expect perfection from ourselves and we now embrace our imperfections. We use our imperfections as a chance to grow into higher levels of consciousness. We value time alone to explore the inner workings of our mind.

  1. You are kind, loving, and compassionate-

We can forgive ourselves and others easier. We relish with helping others through their journey. We are constantly trying to improve ourselves and offer assistance to those CskKzCZWgAE6VNFaround us. Many people have noticed our new and standout kindness.

  1. You have a strong desire to change yourself-

There is something inside us encouraging us to make notable changes to our life. As we begin transitioning to a higher level of consciousness, there will be somethings that no longer fit in our life.

  1. You pull away from toxic people-

We are unable to deal with anyone that drains us of our positive energy. We will not welcome any drama into our life because it is full of negative energy and not worth the progress we have made in reaching a higher level of consciousness. We have determined that toxic energy only decelerates our transition.

  1. You have trouble sleeping-29a0550c907d31c872d07eb065f17fb5

It is not uncommon to struggle with sleep during your transition to a high conscious state. This may happen during those late nights or early mornings because our subconscious mind is sending messages to our conscious mind.

  1. You get rid of your destructive habits-

Whether we used to eat an unhealthy diet, drink alcohol, or smoke, don’t be shocked if we have no desire to partake in any of our previous bad habits. It has become clear to our long-term victories involve removing some indulgences in the short-term.

  1. You are more productive than you have ever been-

7cb1d4ef7f660f479fcc8df3b4ef2465We have the ability to work more accurately because we are in the present with everything we do. All of our priorities are clear, we do not surrender to distractions, and we do not waste any of our time. Our stress levels are lower because we can visualize the bigger picture and the ways everything fit together in the way we imagined it would.

  1. You no longer feel the need to compete-

We no longer feel the need to prove ourselves or compete with others because we are not comparing ourselves to anyone. We now realize that by helping others instead of competing with them, helps us to enhance our future.

  1. You have an immense sense of gratitude-af70c68ae852a3fc35e4b367ab5ebcf1

We value everything we currently have and what we will have in the future. We are grateful for the good we are able to see in the world. We are appreciative that even though there are still many things to be worked on, we will be a part of the solution as opposed to being the problem.

While we find our way to the discovery of a higher level of consciousness, we realize our entire life is improving. We recognize positive changes in comparison to that of the way we were in the past, that being infantile and self-centered.

Welcome the changes we have experienced and our natural capability to help others as the will to provide us with a higher level of fulfillment in our own life. The changes we 3772078-Wayne-W-Dyer-Quote-But-when-you-get-to-a-higher-level-ofhave made are good because it means we are becoming an even better person. Find peace in the changes made and respect the astounding person we were always meant to be.

Thank you for visiting my site 4ca53ff3c52d8dea919888a31a92c40atoday. I hope the information provided in this post was helpful for you in your life. As always I would love to read your thoughts on this post, but I am not pressuring you at all. I hope your weekend is going well and you are enjoying relaxing time in the safe and comfort of your home! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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Coronavirus Pandemic

timelineMany people have been on guard regarding the coronavirus for several weeks now and with good reason. The coronavirus outbreak started in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Providence, China. As of now, 127,000 have been infected and 4,300 have died worldwide. It has been said the people at higher risk are those that are elderly or have an underlying condition.

A study of more than 55,000 people in China showed the highest mortality rate was in individuals over the age of 80. Among all countries, Italy has had the largest numbers in this outbreak, with 12,000 infects and 800 deaths.cases

The known symptoms for coronavirus include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, and shortness of breath and difficulty breathing and even in severe cases death. Like most, if not all sicknesses, this spreads through the air from coughing and sneezing, also from close contact, as in touching and shaking hands with someone who has been infected.

CHS-432 Coronavirus Prevention Graphic (Half Page) V2:Layout 1.qEven those there isn’t a vaccine or treatment from the coronavirus, there are ways we can protect ourselves. The preventative measures that can be taken include wash hands frequently, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, clean and disinfect surfaces and objects, stay hydrated, aim to get 8 hours of sleep each night, maintain a well-balanced diet, avoid contact with those that are sick, and stay home if you are sick.

Most people that have been infected will recover on their own and considering there aren’t any treatments now, this is their only option. There are actions that can be taken to relieve symptoms including over the counter fever and pain reducers, room _111078922_cough_etiquette2_6403x-nchumidifier or hot shower, stay hydrated, and get plenty of sleep.

On Wednesday, March 11th, the White House announced non-US citizens will not be allowed to travel from Europe for 30 days. Trump says the travel restrictions are meant to prevent new cases from entering the states and will continue to be adjusted as needed.

Of course, Trump has taken to his favorite form of communication, Twitter. He has gone from tweeting that the restrictions would only apply to foreign nationals who traveled to one of 26 European countries in the past 14 days. In another tweet, Trump stated that Americans would be exempt from the restrictions and would be directed to limited airports to be tested. Again, in another tweet, Trump stated traveler and trade and cargo. He then quickly corrected himself on Twitter by saying the restrictions would only apply to people from travel, not goods coming into the country.

difference-between-epidemic-and-pandemic-2615168-01-c829c2e4591f47f9a3e5cd39687be4a7On Wednesday, March 11th, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak is spreading globally at a rapid rate and it is now considered a pandemic. To clarify the difference between an epidemic and pandemic, an epidemic is a rapid spread of an infectious disease to a large number of people for a short period of time. A pandemic is a disease epidemic that has spread to a large region, such as multiple continents or worldwide.

On Wednesday, the first person on Capitol Hill, a Washington Senator Maria Cantwell tested positive for coronavirus. Trump went on for days after the first case, saying the GettyImages-170441490virus was not bad, is under control and numbers would decrease in the states. He tried to spread his lie that this virus was nothing more than a Democratic hoax. Even as people continued to die and reports of positive cases increased, he continued to tell his version of the truth, which was a lie.

On Wednesday evening Trump announced his plan to be aggressive to combat the virus by taking the following precautions.

  • Ban on some travel from Europe for 30 days, but this doesn’t include the UK. He does prefer to protect locations where he has golf courses.
  • Commitment to waive co-pays and extend insurance for coronavirus treatment.
  • Small Business Administration to extend low-interest loans to affected companies.
  • Treasury Departments defer tax payments without interest or penalties for impacted businesses and individuals.
  • Call on Congress to provide payroll tax relief.

originIt isn’t easy to not worry about such an awful pandemic, but we all need to keep in mind how important it is for good hygiene, especially if we are out in large crowds. I think my thoughts for the president are obvious. I do feel confident that most of what comes out of his mouth is a lie and all the lies can be proven. You can see the past times he has spoken about coronavirus, he wanted to convince others this was not something to worry about and it is sad that some probably believed him because they believe every one of his lies. Now a person that is in Capitol Hill has it and maybe she images (2)infected others. I am sorry if I offended anyone reading this that thinks Trump is a good and honest president, I mean no harm to any of you. Honestly though facts are facts and most are pretty obvious!

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope this information was helpful for you and you are taking good care of yourself! I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on this information. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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What is an exacerbation?

downloadWhat is an exacerbation?

An exacerbation of Multiple Sclerosis can also be referred to as an attack, a relapse or an episode. All the terms all mean the same thing which is the occurrence of new symptoms or worsening of an old symptom. These range from mild to severe enough to interfere with a person’s ability to function in daily life. The exacerbation will follow the following criteria:

  • Previous symptoms become more severe or new symptoms have started to show.
  • Symptoms last longer than 24 hours, commonly lasting days or weeks.
  • A total of 30 days has passed since the start of the previous relapse.
  • Healthcare provider has ruled out all other possible causes for an exacerbation, including infection, heat, and stress.

It is critical to know when this is happening because early treatment can help reduce the4061413_0 impact on the person’s body. It must be known that no two exacerbations are alike and can change slightly.

The reason an exacerbation occurs is due to the immune system attack on the myelin sheath, which then causes slow or interrupted neuronal signals in the brain and spinal cord. An exacerbation can consist of balance problems, coordination, eyesight, bladder function, memory or concentration problems, mobility, fatigue, weakness, numbness or needle-link sensation.

Mild symptoms such as fatigue, numbness, and needle-link sensation could potentially improve on their own and not require treatment. More intense issues could be considered a severe exacerbation which could include vision loss, extreme weakness, and poor balance. During a severe exacerbation, a person’s daily activities could be a8da7fee83bb302fc12586a3f9ceba87affected and a short course of high-dose corticosteroids may be recommended by the specialist.

The high-dose of steroids helps reduce the severity and duration of the exacerbation. Even though steroids work well with the exacerbation, they can also have some rather unpleasant side effects including increased appetite, weight gain, fluid retention, high blood pressure, irritability, confusion or delirium, increased risk for infection, and easy bruising.

Symptoms for each person with Multiple Sclerosis are different. Being aware of common triggers for an exacerbation is vital for each person to know and even though symptoms can occur without any notice it is important to try avoiding certain things the best one possibly can.

4 Common Triggers for an Exacerbation:

  • Stress- Part of living with an illness like MS is emotional stress which can lead to other common MS symptoms such as depression. Stress does have the potential to lead to additional MS symptoms such as fatigue and confusion. It is a crucial part of MS treatment to have a good and solid support network of people that can help out both physically and emotionally.5b5818d351fd852135d701917fb6483c
  • Fatigue- Sleep is essential for those with Multiple Sclerosis. Small issues like lack of sleep can trigger MS symptoms. It is very important to have good healthy eating habits, sleep well, and getting exercise daily which will help combat MS fatigue.
  • Infection- Infections cause about one-third of all exacerbation. Urinary tract infections are very common because some people with MS have reduced bladder function. Any infection can weaken the immune system; even the simple ones like a cold or the flu and cause an exacerbation. It is extremely important to avoid being around sick people, but when it is unavoidable be sure to wash hands frequently.
  • Heat- Infections leading to fever can be something to worry about considering increased body temperature is a very common trigger. MS symptoms, especially tingling gets worse in the summer because of the heat. It is predominant to get into the air conditioning or take a cool shower to reduce heat symptoms from occurring.

multiple-sclerosis-awareness-month-tshirt-ms-orange-ribbon-noirty-designsThank y’all for visiting my site and reading about what an exacerbation is. Speaking from personal experience an exacerbation can be awful and also frustrating. Even though I do know that steroids help the episode duration be shorter, they cause my mood to change so much that I have a hard time with them. They cause my temper to come out much faster than it normally would and also cause me to feel edgy and unable to sleep.27b889827d7b041c766fd1b5e7ba47fa

For any of you that have experienced an exacerbation and were put on steroids, how did the steroids make you feel and did they help the episode not last too long? Also, if you have anything you would like to add to this, please let me know. I always want to spread the awareness as much as I can because I think it is important. Even in 2020 I do still think there are a lot of misconceptions about MS and people are very quick to judge, which can cause feelings to be hurt. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

27b889827d7b041c766fd1b5e7ba47faWhat is Multiple Sclerosis?

March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month. Multiple Sclerosis is an incurable neurological condition that affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.  The body’s immune system attacks the protective myelin sheaths that cover the nerve fibers which cause areas of scarring, known as sclerosis. The immune system also attacks and destroys the fatty myelin coating that surrounds and insulates nerve cells which is a process 348sknown as demyelination.

Experts suggest there being 250,000-350,000 people in the United States currently living with this illness. There is an indication the rate of the disease is increasing regularly in the 20th century with approximately 200 new cases each week. Those of Northern European descent have a higher risk for the disease, but Native Americans of North and South America and Asian Americans are at a lower risk. The disease is much more common in colder climates.

There are four types of Multiple Sclerosis, all having different characteristics.

  1. Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS). This is the most common form, RRMSbeing that 85% of those with MS are initially diagnosed with. Patients with this form will have relapses and periods of stability in between the relapses. Relapses are the episodes when new or worsening symptoms that are not caused by fever or infection appear. These episodes typically lase more than 48-hours. Between relapses are periods of remission where there is no clinical evidence of disease progression. Periods of remission can last for years, but this can range from person to person.
  2. Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS) can basically be considered the SPMSsecond phase of the disease. Most people that are initially diagnosed with RRMS will transition to this form at some point. Symptoms with SPMS will worsen steadily over time with or without occurrences of relapses or remission. There may or may not be times of relapses caused by inflammation, but will continue towards the progressive phase indicating nerve damage or loss. With this form of MS, the disability only continues to get worse.
  3. Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS) is less common than the ms_disease-course_PPMSother forms and only affects 10-15% of those with MS. On average people with PPMS start having symptoms between 35-39 years old. There is a slowly worsening of symptoms from the beginning with no relapses or remissions. With this type of MS there can be times of short-term, but temporary, minor improvements, however the decline of neurologic progression is constant. Symptoms of PPMS include pain, electric-shock-sensation running down the back and limbs when the neck is bent, trouble walking, vision problems, muscle weakness, trouble balancing, paralysis, numbness, prickling feeling, dizziness, shakiness, trouble thinking clearly, mood changes, depression, sexual problems, and trouble with bowel and bladder control.
  4. Progressive-Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (PRMS) is a rare form of MS. There will PRMSbe a steadily worsening of the state of the disease from the beginning with acute relapses, but no remission will occur. The symptoms of this form are the same as those with PPMS.

The first neurologic event suggesting MS is known as Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS), which usually lasts at least 24-hours. The symptoms will indicate a single lesion (Monofocal) or more than one lesion (Multi-focal) in the central nervous system (CNS). There are many symptoms involved with Multiple Sclerosis some being common and others being less common.

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  • Fatigue (Mental and Physical)
  • Pain
  • Tingling or burning sensation in the arms, legs, trunk of body or face
  • Vision issues (blurred or loss of vision)
  • Stiff muscles
  • Attention and memory issues
  • Dizziness, vertigo, and clumsiness
  • Trouble walking

Less Common Symptoms Associated with Multiple Sclerosis

  • Migraines
  • Speech problems
  • Body tremors
  • Seizures
  • Hearing loss
  • Itching for no reason
  • Mood changes such as depression or euphoria
  • Ability to concentrate or multi-task effectively
  • Difficulty making decisions, planning or prioritizing

Secondary Symptoms that can develop

  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sexual health issues

ms awareness marchWith all the possible symptoms one can experience, there are ways to manage most of them. Bladder control can be something one can experience and this can be rather embarrassing if it happens out in public, but there some suggested strategies to manage this.

  • Drink enough fluids. The kidneys need at least 2 liters of water daily in order to flush waste products. Do not try rationing intake because this could increase the risk of infection.
  • Time your drinks. Try to spread fluid intake evenly throughout the day.
  • Limited caffeine and alcohol intake. Both of these can increase the amount of MS Painurination.
  • Special exercises such as exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor.
  • Continence aids such as disposable pad can be beneficial.
  • Medication can be provided to reduce the urgency to urinate and help the bladder empty itself.

Pain with MS can be primarily due to the neurologic condition. Pain could also be due to secondary conditions, such as musculoskeletal issues as a result of altered posture or spasticity. The weakening of leg muscles tends to trigger aches and pain in the back or knees. The unfortunate truth is, people with Multiple Sclerosis can feel pain anywhere, but there are ways to help manage the pain which includes medication, physical therapy, and relaxation techniques.27b889827d7b041c766fd1b5e7ba47fa

Every person that lives with Multiple Sclerosis is different and deals with this illness in a way that serves them best. A person can experience similar issues as another but at the end of the day, we all handle it differently. Each symptom, relapse, remission, and medication affects each person vastly different but yet can understand what another person is going through. It is vital that no matter what stage the illness is, there needs to be an understanding of what our limitations are and to never push beyond that.

Thank you for visiting my site laughtoday! I hope the information I provided to you was helpful. There is a chance I have stated the same thing in previous years, but I do feel it is important for us to spread as much awareness as we can because it does not seem like this illness is going away anytime soon. I do want to believe that someday in our life time there will be a cure, but until then we must continue to live our lives the best we can. I hope you are having  a great day and feeling the best you can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes! 

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

P.S I will be doing additional posts about MS during the month, but felt they needed to be separate posts because there is SO much information available. The crazy thing is, no matter how many years I have lived with MS, reading about it is a little upsetting.