Pick-Me-Up-Thursday!

spread-peace-and-love-always2Happy Friday eve y’all! I hope your week has gone well and you are continuing to stay safe! Unfortunately, we are still not free from COVID-19. It is important that we all continue to do what is necessary to stay safe. Hopefully, you will still be able to enjoy the upcoming weekend. 

I have already told y’all that even during any shut downs that are still in place, I want toa6bb092530f8c55f6b006361812e654c continue my normal blogging routine. It is my hope y’all will find the quote I am sharing today a great pick me up and carrying you through until the weekend! I would love to know what you think of this quote and promise to respond as quickly as I can! 

I do have several blog ideas that I am working on and plan to have them completed by the end of the weekend. During this time we are all battling this pandemic, I have had a lot of free time DoavsuCVsAELo9Gto dedicate my time to what I am most passionate about and I have truly appreciated all of the support you have offered. 

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have a great day and you are 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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Parkinson’s Awareness Month

photo_781.normalApril is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Two years ago, I did a couple of posts about Parkinson’s disease and why it meant so much to me to spread that awareness of this disease. Unfortunately, my stepfather was diagnosed with this disease and has been struggling for several years now. I am writing this to provide information about what this disease is, symptoms a person may experience, treatments available, the five stages to Parkinson, risk factors involved, and the importance of exercise to someone that deals with this disease. I also do dedicate this to my stepfather, Bob Rushing, who I think is a remarkable man and thankful for him to be in my life.

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses What-is-Parkinsonsslowly. Men are 1.5 times more than women to develop this disease.  It begins with brain cells that are known as neurons, which control movement. As the neurons die or become impaired, the production of dopamine lessens, which causes movement issues. By mid-2020, approximately one million people in the United States will be living with Parkinson’s disease, which is more than the combination of people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. To really get the point across, there are about 10 million people worldwide living with this disease. Roughly, 60,000 American’s are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year. I guess one reason why I understand my stepfather is because as you already know I live with parkinsonsMultiple Sclerosis.

The signs and symptoms often start mild and once noticeable begin on one side of the body. The four main motor skills that can be affected are:

  1. Resting tremors are involuntary shaking affecting a limb while at rest. This typically occurs in hand or finger at first.
  2. Slowness of movement, referred to as bradykinesia. This is followed by shuffling gait, reduced facial expressions, and minor fine-motor issues.
  3. Stiffness- abnormally tight or achy muscles that occur in any part of the body and can limit the range of motion.
  4. Postural instability- not being stable on feet, which can cause problems with balance, walking, and turning around. Falls can be a valid concern.slide1

There are a few other early symptoms that could be noticed, which include:

  1. Cramped handwriting
  2. Tremors in hands and feet, especially in one finger
  3. Uncontrollable moving during sleep
  4. Vocal changes, which could mean a lower soft voice or hoarse sounding

The five stages with Parkinson’s disease are as followed-Early-Warning-Signs-of-Parkinsons-Disease

Stage One-

  • Symptoms are mild and often missed
  • Family and friend may notice differences in posture, walking, and facial expressions
  • Tremors and difficulties with movements are typically on one side of the body
  • Medication could be helpful to minimize and reduce symptoms

Stage 2- Considered a moderate form

  • Symptoms such as stiffness, tremors, and trembling are more recognizable
  • Muscle stiffness can cause completing tasks to take longer
  • Challenges with walking can start to occur, but balance isn’t affected
  • Symptoms will be on both sides of the body
  • Progression from stage 1 to stage 2 could take months to years

parkinsonstages2-01-1Stage 3- Middle stage

  • There is a major turning point in the progression
  • Symptoms are typically the same as in Stage 2, but loss of balance is more likely and there is a decrease in reflexes
  • Movements become slower
  • An increase concerns of falling occurs
  • Able to complete tasks, but daily tasks can be significantly affected
  • Medications and Occupational Therapy can help decrease symptomsin_america_001

Stage 4-

  • This stage, independence is what separates Stage 3 from Stage 4
  • An individual has the capability to stand without assistance
  • A walker or another assistive device might be necessary for some movement
  • A person with Parkinson’s disease is not able to live alone due to decreases in movement and reaction time

Stage 5- Most advanced stage-

  • A wheelchair becomes required in this stage
  • Around the clock assistance will be required856830e97d132d978a5cc2203c9f8d1c
  • The stiffness in the legs can cause the legs to freeze when standing, which can potentially cause standing and walking impossible
  • Typically, unable to stand on their own without falling
  • Nearly, 30% of people will experience confusion, hallucinations, and delusions, which can occur during stage 4 and stage 5
  • Up to 75% of people with Parkinson’s disease will develop dementia

With everything we have already gone through regarding this disease, there is still much more to explain. I want to share with you the complications that are in addition to the typical problems a person with this disease may experience. The following are 10 Infographic - Parkinsons Canada - EN(2)complications a person with Parkinson’s could experience, but each of these could potentially be treated:

  • In the later stages, cognitive problems might become an issue and could potentially lead to dementia
  • Behavioral changes such as depression can be experienced in the early stages and can be treated. Other emotional changes such as fear, anxiety, and loss of motivation can also occur
  • Swallowing issues can develop due to an accumulation of saliva as the disease progresses
  • In the later stages, chewing and eating can become a problem with the possibility of choking or poor nutrition
  • Sleeping troubles can occur, which could include waking frequently during the Screen-Shot-2019-10-03-at-8.41.45-PM-copynight, waking up early, or falling asleep during the day
  • Bladder and constipation are common difficulties. An inability to control urine or having a difficult time urinating can create frustrations. Due to a slower digestive tract, a person can become constipated, which only contributes to the aggravation
  • A changes or drop in blood pressure can cause dizziness and lightheadedness
  • May experience issues with being able to smell which makes it challenging to identify odors or the differences between the odors in the air
  • The probability of fatigue and loss of energy, especially later in the day is very likely to happen
  • Some people with Parkinson’s disease may experience pain, either in specific areas unnamedor throughout the entire body

Unfortunately, in 2020 there still isn’t a cure for this disease. Even if only temporary, there are options that could ease or even eliminate symptoms. Drugs that increase dopamine levels in the brain are beneficial. The main medication used for Parkinson is Levodopa, which makes dopamine restore the brain’s diminished supply.

Carbidopa, is commonly taken in addition to Levodopa to help prevent and reduce certain side effects, which include nausea, vomiting, lower blood pressure, and restlessness.parkinson disease drugs - moises dominguez - updated

MAO-6 (Monoamine Oxidase Type B) is an enzyme produced in our body that breaks down numerous chemicals, including dopamine. It also offers benefits for motor symptoms of Parkinson and is useful in early treatments.

COMT inhibitor is a class of Parkinson medications that do not have a direct effect on the symptoms but is utilized to prolong the effects of Levodopa by blocking its metabolism.

Amantadine can be used to prevent and treat the flu. It also is used to treat Parkinson’s symptoms, such as stiffness and shakiness.

Carbidopa-levodopa is a group of substances that block the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) at synapses in the central and peripheral nervous systems.

There are numerous reasons why exercise is significantly crucial for those living with Parkinson’s disease. Researchers discovered that a person with Parkinson, who exercises at least 2 ½ hours weekly, will experience a slower decline. Exercise also assists with maintaining balance, mobility, and being able to continue doing daily routines.

Of course, exercises between each person with Parkinson will differ, but could include b18a982b7214bf9090a36cc4fa4fe7f7things such as intensive sports training, treadmill training without body weight support, resistance training, aerobics, alternative exercises with things like yoga, leg extensions while sitting down, short walks with a friend, loved one, or even your precious dog, cycling indoors or outdoors, and anything else that can be done safely.

An individual with Parkinson’s disease can benefit in two different ways by exercising Symptom Management and slow disease progression.

  1. Symptom Management-
  • Reduces stiffness and improves mobility, posture, balance, and gait
  • Increases oxygen delivery and maintains neurotransmitters keeping the heart, download
  • lungs, and nervous system healthy
  • Reduces symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety
  1. Slows disease progression-
  • Improving mobility can decrease fall risks
  • Exercises such as running or riding a bike can produce changes in the brain that is caused by aging or Parkinson’s diseasemaxresdefault

Thank y’all for visiting my site today! I hope the information I have provided about Parkinson’s disease was beneficial and gave you a better understanding of this disease. It is possible the reason I can understand my stepfather is because of the challenges I face living with Multiple Sclerosis. I do realize that Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease are different, but the two also have things in common. I can understand his frustrations images (31)and the anger that comes with there not being a cure yet.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend, you are staying safe, and you are feeling well! During this tragic time people globally are experiencing, we have to try to remain positive because nothing good will ever come from holding onto negative feelings. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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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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Own your personality!

16-personality-types-infographicWe all have our own personality, which is the combination of characteristics or qualities that form who we are. Our personality makes us unique and different from others, which I think is great. I am sure everyone has heard the terms introvert and extrovert before and know the meanings, but did you know there are 16 different personality types? I am going to go through to explain the meanings and clarify the characteristics of each type. I find things like this very interesting and I look forward to reading what you think.

Introverts are quiet, reserved, and do not seek out any special attention. They are good listeners, self-sufficient, focused, and easy to please, observant, trustworthy, and committed to goals they have set for themselves.

Extroverts are friendly and outgoing. People that are extroverts have broad interests, enjoy communicating, enjoy being the center of attention, tend to act before thinking, excel working in a group of people, feels isolated if they have too much alone time, and enjoys talking about thoughts and feelings.

Now that we understand the meanings of introvert and extrovert, we can learn more about the different personality types based on the four-letter code found in the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator.

ISTJ-“The Inspector”. The four-letter code stands for Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging. A person with this type of personality prefers to spend time alone or in small unnamed (3)groups. They are planners and are unable to rest until everything that needs to be taken care of is completed. They prefer to follow procedures and maintain structure. Those who have this type of personality value loyalty to those that are in their life.

Strengths:

  • Detailed oriented
  • Realistic
  • Focused
  • Observant
  • Logical and practical
  • Orderly and organized

Weaknesses:

  • Judgmental
  • Subjective
  • Insensitive
  • Blames others

ISTP- “The Crafter”. This four-letter code stands for Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving. A person with this type of personality focuses on action, not emotion. They prefer working independently with a hands-on activity and the freedom to work at their own pace.

Strengths:

 

  • Logical
  • Learns by experiences
  • Realistic
  • Practical
  • Self-Confident
  • Easy going

the-myers-briggs-type-indicator-2795583_FINAL-5c4b6112c9e77c00014af95fWeaknesses:

  • Can be difficult to get to know
  • Insensitive
  • Becomes bored easily
  • Risk-taker
  • Doesn’t like commitment

The meaning of the letters for this personality type is Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging. When someone is this type of personality they tend to be reserved but warm-hearted. They are good at understanding emotions, but yet struggle expressing their own feelings. They prefer concrete facts over abstract theories.

Strengths:

  • Reliable
  • Practical
  • Sensitive
  • Responsible
  • Good eye for detail

Weaknesses:

  • Do not like abstract concepts
  • Avoids confrontation
  • Does not like change
  • Neglects own needs

ISFP- “The Artist”. This four-letter code stands for Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, MyersBriggsTypesPerceiving. People who have this type of personality are described as quiet, easy-going, peaceful, and caring. They tend to be doers, not dreamers.

Strengths:

  • Very Aware of their environment
  • Practical
  • Loyal to beliefs and values
  • Enjoys hands-on learning
  • Very caring towards others

Weaknesses:

  • Dislikes abstract information
  • Reserved and quiet
  • Strong need for personal space
  • Dislikes arguments and conflicts

 INFJ- “The Advocate”. The four-letter code for this personality stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging. Those individuals that have this personality are reserved and highly sensitive to how others feel.

Strengths:

  • Highly creative
  • Focus on the future
  • Values important and deep relationships
  • Enjoys thinking about the meaning of life
  • Idealistic

ATS-Personality-PicWeaknesses:

  • Has the potential to be overly sensitive
  • Can be difficult to get to know
  • Overly high expectations
  • Stubborn
  • Avoids confrontation

INFP- “The Mediator”. The four-letter code for this personality type stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving. The person with this personality spends a lot of time leaning their life’s purpose and how they can use their skills to best serve humankind.

Strengths:

  • Loyal and devoted
  • Sensitive to the feelings of others
  • Caring and interested in others
  • Works well alone
  • Good at seeing the big picture

Weaknesses:

  • Overly idealistic
  • Takes everything personally
  • Can lose sight of little things
  • Overlooks details
  • Social situations drain their energy

INTJ- “The Architect”. Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging. This type of person is images (1)highly analytical, creative, and logical and prefers to work alone.

Strengths:

  • Enjoys abstract concepts
  • Hard-working
  • Good listener
  • Deals well with criticism
  • Self-confident

Weaknesses:

  • Overly analytical
  • Very judgmental
  • Perfectionist
  • Doesn’t like talking about emotions
  • Can seem callous or insensitive

INTP- “The Thinker”. The four-letter code stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving. This type of personality tends to be quiet, enjoys alone time and they come up with solutions to problems. They also do not have a wide social circle because they prefer to be around close and select group of people.

Strengths:

  • Logical and objective
  • Abstract thinker
  • Independent
  • Loyal and affectionate with loved ones

Weaknesses:

  • Difficult to get to know
  • Insensitive
  • Prone to self-doubt
  • Trouble expressing feelings

what-do-the-big-five-personality-traits-say-about-you-1ESTP- “The Persuader”. The four-letter code stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving. Those with this type of personality are outgoing.

Strengths:

  • Energetic and funny to be around
  • Influential and persuasive
  • Adaptive and resourceful
  • Observant and action-oriented

Weaknesses:

  • Impulsive and can be reckless at times
  • Competitive
  • Can be dramatic and insensitive
  • Easily bored

ESTJ- “The Director”. The four-letter code stands for  Extraverted. Sensing, Thinking, Judging. People that have this type of personality take charge and have a more here and now way of thinking.

Strengths:

  • Practical and realistic
  • Hard-working and dependable
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Self-confident

Weaknesses:

  • Insensitive
  • Inflexible
  • Not good at expressing feelings
  • Argumentative and bossy

ESFP- “The Performer” The four-letter code stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving.

Strengths:

  • Optimistic
  • Practical
  • Enjoys people and socializing
  • Focuses on the present, but can be spontaneous

Weaknesses:

  • Impulsive
  • Does not like abstract theories
  • Does not plan ahead
  • Tends to get bored easily

ESFJ- “The Caregiver” The four-letter code stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, traits-coverJudging.

Strengths:

  • Enjoys helping others
  • Kind and loyal
  • Outgoing and organized
  • Dependable and practical

Weaknesses:

  • Can come across as needy
  • Approval-seeking
  • Sensitive to criticism

ENFP- “The Champion” The four-letter code for this type of personality is Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving.

Strengths:

  • Warm, empathetic and caring
  • Enthusiastic and fun
  • Strong people and communication skills
  • Highly creative

Weaknesses:

  • Needs approval from others
  • Disorganized
  • Tends to get stressed easily
  • Overly emotional

ENFJ- “The Giver” The four-letter code stands for Extraverted, Intuitive, Feelings, Judging. Those with this personality type tend to outgoing, loyal, and loyal.

Strengths:

  • Warm-hearted and empathetic
  • Wide social circle with the ability to be friends with anyone, not matter their personality
  • Encouraging to others
  • Well organized

Weaknesses:

  • Approval-seeking
  • Can be overly sensitive
  • Indecisive
  • Self-Sacrificing

ENTR- “The Debater” The four-letter code for this type of personality stands for Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving. Those who fall into this type of personality are innovative, clever, and expressive.

Strengths:

  • Creative
  • Great with conversation
  • Enjoys debates
  • Values knowledge

Weaknesses:

  • Can be argumentative
  • Dislikes routines and being controlled
  • Not very focused
  • Could be viewed as insensitive

ENTJ- “The Commander” The code for this personality type is Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging.

Strengths:

  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Self-assured and outspoken
  • Well organized
  • Good at making decisions.

Weaknesses:

  • Impatient and intolerant
  • Stubborn
  • Insensitive
  • Aggressive

575x360-v-as-114793358I hope y’all enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. Some of the things I entered as a weakness, I do not really view as a weakness. I mean, for instance during my research it continued showing a few things I do not view as a weakness. For instance, I do not think disliking confrontation because most things we will argue about do not matter in the big picture. As you read through this, were you able to determine what your personality was?

Thank you for visiting my site today. I can’t ever thank you enough for all your continued support and amazing comments from posts I have completed. I am looking forward to reading your comment and what you decided is your personality type. To be completely honest, my personality is a slight mixture of a few that I listed. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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~Get Your Life Back~

images (1)There is no denying the fact that life is difficult. Going through hard times at some point in life is inevitable and often totally unavoidable. Everyone deals with these troubles in different ways, some might face them head- on, and others may try to downplay the hardships hoping no one sees through the pain, this tends to be the way I had them. How do you deal with troubles that literally knock the wind out of you? Those struggles that come out of nowhere and leave you with your mind spinning out of control are extremely upsetting and painful to accept. It takes time, but it can be a long road.

Recently, I went through an ordeal that was not expected at all and it left me feeling lost.life-difficult I feel like my life was torn apart and there are no honest answers as to why. Not knowing the real reason or reasons, but understanding what I was told makes accepting much more difficult because I know it is a LIE.

Right now I am doing my best to pull myself together and start over, but this has been a terrifying situation that is causing more stress than I have ever felt before. What I went through recently is what inspired this post for today and I hope it will be beneficial to you if you are ever faced with a situation that brings you down lower than you ever knew was possible.

Keeping-Your-Life-Together-When-Things-Fall-Apart15 Ways To Get Your Life Back

1.) Quit Talking to Only Complain. No one wants to hear what you think is wrong with your life. Constantly listening to someone complain about anything and everything can be draining and in the end, will do more harm than good. Dwelling on problems you are faced with will worsen depression, anxiety, and cause more unneeded stress.

2.) Don’t live life in a reactive manner, but live your life in a productive manner. Many people procrastinate by putting things off for tomorrow, possibly to get out of the extra work and or because they do not want to do anything. The problem with procrastinating is it makes it easier to forget about that thing you were putting off. Continuing to put tasks off for tomorrow will leave you with a mountain of tasks to do, which will cause stress. Something that could have been avoided if you had taken care of things, instead of pushing them off for later.

On the other hand, you can live your life in a proactive way. By being proactive you are a lot more likely to get important tasks are taken care of as soon as possible, which will result in having less weighing on your mind and in turn cause less stress.

3.) Get and stay organized. Being organized is a very important ability to possess and images (2)an essential puzzle piece to success. In order for plans to work best and efficient, staying organized is required.

There are several methods for being organized:

*Chronological Order- place information in a sequence of dates or time frames.

*Order of importance- you can go from most important to least important and vice versa.

*Compare and Contrast

*Geographical organization

*Inductive method- Arranges information by complexity and puts facts before conclusions and recommendations.

*Deductive Method- Beings with a recommendation and follows with information that supports the recommendation.

4.) Set Goals for yourself. Setting goals can pave your way to where you want to be in life. There are three types of goals:  

main-qimg-eb0d2bc22d1837e47b003eb472418167  a.) Long-term goals are something you want to accomplish in the future and they take  time. This type of goal might be at over a year away.

 b.) Mid-term goals are goals you want to accomplish between 3 and 5 years. This goal can help to make sense of many short-term goals we may have.

  c.) Short-term goals are you want to accomplish in less than a year.

5.) Remove toxic people from your life. Toxic people are those that may belittle you, which can make it difficult to keep a positive attitude and stay focused on the goals that have been established. Toxic people tend to cause harm to another’s well-being.

6.) Put more effort into your physical health. It is often challenging to make a change and actually focus on our own health. With this change, we may need to take baby steps. You can start by limiting sugar and caffeine intake, which will improve energy levels and offers a better night’s sleep. Eliminating processed foods with large amounts of refined sugar will be beneficial as well. The combination of a healthy diet, proper sleep, and regular exercise can provide an enormous benefit 635213034708795798IMG_1227for physical and mental health.

7.) Tune in to what you are passionate about. It is important for our mental and emotional health to be able to balance work and something we enjoy and we have a passion for it.

8.) Understand & Accept yourself. This can be a long and difficult journey, but once you are on that road, it is possible. Take time to get to know yourself, what you are passionate about, and what your gifts are (you do have many gifts)! We all go through difficult and painful times, and life isn’t always going to be fair. As a matter of fact, life can be extremely unfair. The hard times we battle in life do not define who we are, but we will always remember them. Find the time to accept who you are and learn to love yourself.

9.) Quit chasing superficial happiness and validation while practicing more gratitude. Constantly chasing superficial happiness and validation is the same as a hamster running on the wheel in their cage. You will pretty much be on a continuous race, but you are not going nowhere. If you think about it, superficial happiness is not genuine and you really are feeling it the same way you would if it were meaningful. Happiness is something that is peaceful and quiet and should be enjoyed not pushed.

10.) Don’t stand by waiting, take action NOW. You will never succeed in what you want to accomplish if you do nothing. It is important to take time to plan ahead for whatever path you want to take, but also important to jump in and take ACTION! It is okay if what you planned for doesn’t go well at first, this may just be a minor setback and means you need to TRY AGAIN!

11.) Create an effective routine. Your daily routine consists of the things you already do 33. Life is not always fair. Sometimes you get a splinter sliding down a rainbow. - Terri Guillemetsdaily without having to think about them at all. Once you have a routine that works for you completed, this can take the pressure off of your mind and help you to worry less about what needs to be done.

12.) Face your fears and learn to overcome them. The first step would be to take a little time and be honest with yourself to determine what your fears are. All our fears do is create obstacles to achieving our goals. Once you know what your fears are, do not attempt to rid yourself of them, but keep moving forward inspite of those fears.

13.) Set Clear Boundaries. Declaring boundaries with people in your life is important for your own well-being. Try to not get drawn into people that only bring you down and cause stress. People that cause you additional hardships and bring absolutelygoal-einstein no benefit to your life. It isn’t selfish to be choosy about whom we allow into our lives, but it is perfectly acceptable because we are putting our own needs first.

14.) Remember what motivates you. Motivation is basically a desire or willingness to do something. There are several types of motivation, but I am only going to discuss the two main types.

        a.) Intrinsic Motivation is those that are motivated with their own internal feelings of satisfaction. They have a strong desire for feelings of satisfaction, pride, and contentment that come along with reaching a goal.

        b.) Extrinsic Motivation is from recognition given from external factors and other                    people. Those motivated by external factors do things for various reasons that      artworkimage-medium-21902316-7336573don’t fit in with predictable behaviors.

***Please take a moment to consider what motivates you. Are you motivated by others or your internal feelings? ***

15.) Live your life just one day at a time. Try to remember that you can’t change yesterday as that is in the past. There is nothing you can do for tomorrow because it is in the future and there, therefore, has not arrived yet. Today is the present and what you do with today is what matters. It is important to not dwell on what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow because you will miss out on what you have some power over, TODAY!unnamed (1)

Thank y’all for visiting my site today. I hope your week is going well and of course you are feeling well. I am looking forward to read what you think of this post because I know you have excellent ideas. I do promise to respond as quickly as I can to your comments. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday

musicHappy Monday y’all! I hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend. With all that happened last week,  I am hoping this week will be better all around. I spent my weekend writing a lot and also listening to music. There is so much great music out there and many songs speak straight to my heart and soul. Considering I was still feeling pretty awful from the week, sitting and listening to music was my peaceful solitude. 

How was your weekend and are you ready to tackle another week? Monday is not only the start to a new week, it is also way to try again at anything that didn’t happen last week. insteadofletting-min

This post is going to be shorter than normal, but the quote I am sharing is powerful and I hope it will help your week start off on the right foot! I actually found it a few weeks ago, but it just fits for today and what I needed to read again! 

I hope you have a wonderful day and you are feeling the best you possibly can. Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of    love ❤, comfort, and many      positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Let It Go Friday!

Let the weekend beginCongratulations, we finally made it to the end of the week! How was your week? I do hope you had a wonderful week and you are feeling happiness for the weekend ahead of us. It doesn’t matter if you have BIG plans or nothing more than sleeping in and relaxing all weekend, it will be amazing! I can tell y’all now that my plans for this weekend are to try to sleep in, grocery shop while most are watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, and I very excited to be part of my first ever Blogging Party hosted by https://thoughtsnlifeblog.com/! I think this is going to be a fun way to meet more fabulous bloggers! Thank you again Bella for the invitation! 

Now that we are officially at the end of a very grueling week, it is time to LET GO of any negative emotions that we may have felt during the week. Unfortunately, y’all already let go 25about the nasty migraine/headache I had early in the week, but there are other raw emotions I experienced during the week and I am very ready to let go them go because they are only causing a lot of pain! The quote I am  speaks volumes to me and I do hope it will resonates with y’all as well! As we let go of the negative in our lives, we are allowing room for more happiness and positivity into our lives. I know we all want for our lives to be full of much more joyful and splendid days, rather than hardships and pain. I mean seriously, who really wants to allow more negative into our lives when all we have to do is turn on the news if we want to see negative? The news is full of all the negative you could ever want to see!

shine and smileI do want to thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤ for visiting my site today. When I read your wonderful comments, they can warm my heart ❤ on the coldest of days. Y’all prove to me that through all the hate in this world, there are still good, caring, loving, and compassionate people still out there! Thank you for always showing the brightness in the world with the love in your hearts! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Pick Me Up Thursday

9d71b2f65a0b1d323b8b8cc91c5df29fHappy Friday Eve y’all! All I can say is, “What a week” and I hope your week was better than mine has been. Unfortunately, I had to miss work on Tuesday due the nastiest migraine/ headache I have ever experienced in my life. This was a type of pain I would not wish on anyone, even someone that is not the kindest of people in the world! It started while I was still at work and only continued to get worse. Thankfully, it did get better by Wednesday, but I still had a manageable headache. If I must have a headache I would definitely prefer the more manageable type!

Anyways, enough with the negative, let’s have a wonderful Friday eve with a fantastic 42ed034f7ea8cce244164a64fdd23412quote! Personally, I think the quote I am sharing with y’all today holds so much truth and it can be easy to forget. Life gets so difficult and sometimes we might say somethings we wish we hadn’t and whatever it is we said in a moment of frustration may have caused someone else emotional pain. Of course, none of us ever mean to say something hurtful to anyone, but words tend to fly out of our mouth before we can stop them. It might not be right, but it does happen to all of us and at the end of the day all we can do is apologize for whatever we said and try to do better next time around. 

I want to thank you all for stopping by my site today. I hope your week has gone well images (2)until today and it only gets better, especially being so close to the weekend! My hope for y’all is you are pain-free and not going through any hard times!  I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on the quote I shared with y’all today! Please know that no matter what I am dealing with I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

What you need to know about dizziness!

Dizziness medical concept. Vector illustration.How many of you have experienced dizziness before? I have honestly been dealing with this for many years and know just how difficult it can be. It used to be difficult to explain to others because I didn’t completely understand why it was happening, so I didn’t feel I had a right to try explaining it. When I experience dizziness today, the best and most effective way to help someone understand is, to say it feels like I am trying to walk a straight line intoxicated and it isn’t working.

Over the past few days, I to have had these dizziness times more frequently. I am not sure if stop-dizziness-conceptual-illustration-open-hand-text-163893555it is stress, over-tired, the weather changing or all three of them combined. What I can say is it has been extremely frustrating and I just want it to STOP!

I think many people confuse dizziness and vertigo, whereas they are similar they are different at the same time. Dizziness is not simply a disease on its own, but a symptom of a disease. Dizziness is a feeling of being lightheaded, woozy and or unbalanced. These issues affect sensory organs, such as ears and eyes and can cause fainting. There are many causes for dizziness, which include dehydration, migraines, medications, alcohol or problem in the inner ear where balance is regulated.

download (5)Vertigo and disequilibrium both cause dizziness, but they have their differences. Vertigo is known as a spinning sensation and disequilibrium is the loss of balance. Beign Paroxymsmal Postional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo. BPPV occurs when changing positions too fast and is short-term dizziness.

Meniere’s Disease is a disease that affects the inner ear. This can cause fluid to build up in the inner ear with associated ear fullness, hearing loss, and tinnitus. This disease can trigger dizziness and vertigo.

POSSIBLE CAUSES OF DIZZINESS ARE:

  • A sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Heart muscle disease
  • The decrease in blood volume
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Anemia ( low iron)dizziness-about.jpg
  • Hypoglycemia ( low blood sugar)
  • Ear infection
  • Dehydration
  • Heatstroke
  • Excessive exercising
  • Motion Sickness
  • Dizziness can also be caused by Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, malignant tumor or another brain disorder.

types-of-dizziness-hh19DIZZINESS CAN BE FELT IN A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT SENSATIONS INCLUDING:

  • A false sense of spinning
  • Lightheartedness or feeling faint
  • Unsteadiness
  • Loss of balance
  • Feeling like you are floating or swimming

If sudden dizziness occurs alongside any of the following, it becomes a lot more URGENT to notify your doctor IMMEDIATELY:dizziness looks like

  • Head injury
  • Headache
  • Neck ache
  • High fever
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Hearing loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Droopiness of the eye or mouth
  • Chest Pain
  • Ongoing vomiting

feat-how-to-get-rid-of-dizziness12 STEPS TO HELP PREVENT DIZZINESS

  1. IMMEDIATELY sit or lie down when feeling dizzy and do not get up until the dizziness has stopped. This is easy and could save you from falling because of losing balance.
  2. Utilize a cane or walker to help you with stability.
  3. When walking up or down theavoid-vertical-trip-fall-sign-s-4394 stairs, ALWAYS use the HANDRAILS! Personally, this has helped me many times when I felt a little dizzy halfway down the stairs and knew I would not make it without falling if I wasn’t holding onto something. So handrails can be your best friend that will never let you fall!
  4. Try doing activities to help improve balance.
  5. Do your best to AVOID moving or changing positions suddenly.
  6. If you experience frequent dizziness without any warnings, it might be best to AVOID driving a car.
  7. Caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco can trigger dizziness and possibly even make things worse, so try AVOIDING these substances!
  8. At a minimum try drinking 8 cups of water daily, get 7 or more hours of sleep a night and AVOID stressful situations the best you can.
  9. Eat a HEALTHY diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins to help prevent emergencycaredizziness.
  10. If you feel a certain medication is contributing to your dizziness, talk to your doctor about changing the dosage or the medication altogether. REMEMBER, you know your body better than anyone else and should be heard by your doctor.
  11. Over the counter medications, such as Meclizine (Antivert) or an antihistamine as they both help with nausea and dizziness. These medications can cause additional drowsiness, so be sure you will not have to be active or productive after consuming these medications.
  12. Ensure to rest in a cool place and drink plenty of water if your dizziness is caused by being overheated and or dehydrated.

6 REMEDIES THAT MAY HELP WITH DIZZINESS

  1. Dehydration: Of course various things that can cause dizziness, but we need to 82a2e997ed79b4c2f819093416cbb364understand that dehydration is the most common contributor. If you are feeling tired, thirsty and urinate less while you are dizzy, you should try to drink more water and stay hydrated because it should help you!
  2. Ginger: It has been said that ginger helps relieve symptoms of motion sickness, nausea, and dizziness. There are numerous ways to consume ginger including adding to your diet, Ginger Tea or you can take ginger supplements.
  3. Vitamin C: The Meniere’s Society has suggested the consumption of Vitamin C can a1fe476a2524caab5984b0763be3bd66reduce vertigo. Just a few ideas for you regarding foods that are rich in Vitamin C: oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and bell peppers.
  4. Vitamin E: The supplements for Vitamin E may prevent coronary heart disease, support immune function, prevent inflammation, promote eye health and lower risks of cancer. Another important thing about Vitamin E is, by maintaining the elasticity in the blood vessels, it helps prevent circulation problems. A few foods that contain Vitamin D are wheat germ, seeds, nuts, kiwis and spinach.
  5. Vitamin D: I think it is pretty amazing how much Vitamin D helps us. It promotes healthy bones and teeth, supports immune, brain and nervous system health, regulates insulin levels, and supports lung function and cardiovascular health. Some foods that contain Vitamin D are fatty fish, beef liver, orange juice, cheese, and egg yolk.
  6. Iron: People that have anemia are encouraged to get more iron because their levels change. A few foods that contain iron are red meat, beans, poultry, and dark leafy greens.

I know this post is slightly longer than I normally do, especially now that I am back vertigoworking full-time, but this was important to me because of the insane dizzy spells I have been dealing with for the past few days. I would be lying to you if I said they didn’t scare the hell out of me because they do! On a plus side though, at least I haven’t fallen because my last fall was disastrous.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you are feeling well. I also really want to thank you for taking time to not only read this long post, but to also leave great comments. The weekend definitely flew by fast, but I guess that is just how life goes! No pressures to answer this question, but do any of you deal with dizzy spells and if so how to you manage them? Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤