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How To Reduce Stress

Stress often seems like it’s an unavoidable part of daily life. Between work and family, most of us have a lot of pressure put on us on any given day. For this reason, we tend to view stress as inevitable. While it’s true that we’ll always find ourselves in stressful situations, there’s a difference between normal stress and stress that makes you genuinely upset. When it comes to the latter, there are things that you can do to reduce toxic stress in your life and feel better. Here’s how to reduce stress.

Learn To Say No

So often, we feel as if we’re bad people for occasionally saying no to things. Whether it’s a volunteer position at your child’s school or an extra project at the office that’s way outside of your job description, we’re constantly being bombarded with tasks and obligations that we simply don’t have the time to handle. Learning how to say “no” to these types of tasks can be invaluable in reducing your stress levels. Remember, you’re not a bad person for wanting to take care of yourself and maintain a rational schedule.

Take Better Care Of Yourself

If you’re living on fast food and never making time for the gym, then it’s no wonder that you have a lot of toxic stress in your life. Our mental health is often a reflection of our physical health. If you want to reduce your stress levels, try treating yourself better. This means eating healthier food and making time to hit the gym. You can also incorporate stress support supplements into your daily routine, which will help to reduce your stress levels holistically.

Stop And Smell The Roses

It’s important to occasionally pause and remember all of the things for which you have to be thankful. Gratitude is an important part of mental wellbeing. The more you appreciate what you have, the less stressed you’ll feel.

We can’t completely eliminate stress from our lives, but we can reduce how much it negatively affects us. If you follow these tips, you can reduce your toxic stress levels and feel more relaxed and calm.

 

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Posted by - January 10, 2018 at 1:12 am

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Therapy Culture and Practice with Older Adults

The increasing number of people living longer lives is a cause of worldwide debate over how to enable those senior citizens aging with dignity. Instead of seeing them as looming social and economic burden, it is important to provide them care and understanding. How we care for our elderly citizens is a reflection of who we are as a society.

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In a not so distant past, people took it upon themselves to take care of their aging parents, and this custom continues in some of the traditional societies. Today, not only that people do not have enough time to do so, but they are also aware that senior citizens require much more knowledge and a professional approach and treatment.

 

General Knowledge about Aging

To be able to provide appropriate care to elderly citizens, it is important to be aware of how aging influences them, both physically and mentally. It is inevitable that aging brings with it the need to accommodate to numerous physical changes and functional limitations. Furthermore, different development of social and psychological changes, have a significant impact on how will the person accept the aging process.

Some of the normal biological changes accompanying aging are the ones impacting sensory acuity, body composition, performance capacity, immunological responses, etc.

 

Clinical Issues Accompanying Older People

Practitioners and therapists must realize that most of the older adults do not face any clinical issues and generally have good mental health. Still, certain percentage (20-22%) meets criteria for mental disorder. Whether they already have a history of mental illness or they develop certain condition as they are growing old, it is crucial to give an appropriate therapeutic response to all of the symptoms.

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 Some psychological issues tend to present with an emphasis on somatic rather than emotional symptoms (late-life depression, anxiety, etc.), so it is essential to keep a close eye for those clues. Senior citizens living with dementia may experience coexisting psychological symptoms (anxiety, depression, paranoia, etc.). The best way to respond to them is being familiar with symptoms presentations and prevailing mental disorders in late life.

 

Communicating with Older Adults

Sometimes, we have a tendency of stereotyping older people, and we rely on those stereotypes to reduce any uncertainties regarding communication with them. However, if that is the only thing we rely on then we are risking of being misunderstood or even thoughtless. What to do then?

First, you must recognize your own stereotypes, and then acknowledge that they do not have to be accurate. Ask thoughtful questions, but avoid patronizing with your speech. This kind of speech is viewed negatively by most of the elderly people, because it is disrespectful and reminds of “baby talk”. Pay attention to your nonverbal communication signals too.

 

Caring for Older People

Taking care of the elderly people requires a lot of patience and respect, but it is also something that should be thought. Medical practitioners are a valuable asset for training and educating new professionals, volunteers, and other team members and persons who are nursing seniors. They can also convey their knowledge to family members who have taken upon themselves to care for their senior family member.

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There is also a possibility of attending aged care course designed to achieve the same goals. As for the professional caregivers, they are encouraged to pursue continuous education and improvement in order to enhance their competence and keep up with the ongoing changes in medicine and psychology. It is up to us, as a society, to produce more and more professionals to do so and provide them with all the necessary knowledge to be the best they can be in their jobs.

Posted by Sophia Smith - March 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

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Spectrophotometers in Health Care

ID-10041924Spectrophotometry is quantitative measurement of the reflection and/or transmission properties of a material as a function of wavelength.  Spectrophotometry may involve in visible light, ultraviolet light or infrared light. Spectrophotometers can be single beam or double beam. Single beam spectrophotometers measures difference in light intensities between a test sample and a reference. Double mean spectrophotometers can compare/calculate variation in light intensities produced before and after inserting into the device.

Spectrophotometers are useful in medical field, for estimation of carbon concentration in organic matter; detect concentration of pentoses and for various researches etc.

Spectrophotometers in healthcare:

If you plan to set up a diagnostic medical lab it is important to get one spectrophotometer. Spectrophotometers are indispensible for a medical diagnostic lab. Spectrophotometers are useful for determination of solid particles in any liquid or suspension, especially in blood samples. Read more…

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Posted by - April 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

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