Can it is possible to spread coronavirus through pets

In February a pet dog in Hong Kong tried ‘feeble positive’ for coronavirus and was put into isolate. The dog, a Pomeranian, had not demonstrated any side effects for the disease however its proprietor was affirmed as being contaminated with Covid-19.

Covid 19 from pets

Presently pet proprietors are turning out to be progressively concerned they could contract the dangerous sickness from their creatures – however is that deductively conceivable?

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5 Healthy Habits to Practice as a Family

Early childhood and adolescence can be both a wonderful and complicated time for our children. Between the stresses of not finishing up the school year in a traditional fashion to the ever-changing landscape of their world amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, healthy physical and mental habits can fall to the wayside. However, practicing healthy habits as a family is a fantastic way to bond during summer vacation as well as keep up with vital routines to a young person’s life. Here are a few tips and tricks to starting and maintaining healthy habits with your kids.

Take Habits on Together & Be a Role Model

Before you decide which habits are most important to instill in your young children, think about how you can help keep these habits alive. Many studies show the importance of sharing habits with your families from the start. If your children watch you as a parent take on healthy habits like eating balanced meals or flossing daily, they’ll be far more likely to join in. Many times the habits your children aren’t able to keep up with are the ones you struggle with as well! So, do yourself a favor and practice what you preach.

1. Create Early Balanced Food Habits

It’s not unreasonable to assume that your child is more likely to choose snacks and meals that they feel familiar with. That’s why it’s a good idea to start building those healthy food habits as soon as you possibly can. If we’re looking at this extra time at home in a positive light, more time spent at home is more time you can help your child build healthy habits with food and their food choices. Have a picky eater or a child that isn’t keen on eating green? You’re not alone. Make sure that as a parent, you’re taking the time to show your child healthy food while cooking and grocery shopping together. Keep healthy, well-balanced snacks available in your home, and instill eating at a regular time each day. Things you should avoid altogether or cease doing in your home? Don’t reward your child with their favorite snack for good behavior, and don’t reward make unhealthy food a reward during mealtime. Sure, we all know that french fries are a delicious albeit unhealthy food choice, but promoting those unhealthy choices over healthy ones as a reward can promote poor eating habits early on in life.

2. Promote Positive Food Habits

Eating and snacking is often a habit that is created during stressful times, or during times of general relaxation at home. Although it’s completely normal for children and parents to want to snack at home, make sure to make snack time healthy and promote healthy habits related to how and when food should be eaten. Make healthy snacks, even sugary fruits, more readily available than something like chips or candy. This way, no matter if your child is old enough to grab snacks on their own, they reach for something delicious and nutritious like baby carrots and not a Baby Ruth candy bar.

3. Brush and Floss Together as a Team

If your children are anything like mine, brushing teeth before bedtime can sometimes feel like entering a battle in the bathroom. My kids are more inclined to hop into bed, ready for me to read their favorite book, then take 10 minutes every night to brush and floss. However, you can make this habit easier by participating in brushing and flossing together as a “team”. Make sure that you don’t give in to those nights when your kids are eager to get the rest of their nighttime routine started. Instead, make dental hygiene an essential part of their nightly routine. In fact, make sure that this first step is indeed necessary to take together before you move onto the fun night time chapter or family movie time. 

4. Start a Family Garden

At a young age, I knew I wanted to teach my children the importance of being responsible over a living creature. I wanted to show my children that taking care of others can be as important as taking care of themselves. Although I’d already instilled the habit of cleaning up after themselves and taking care of their toys, books, and personal items, as they moved into their adolescence stage, I wanted to encourage an adaption of the habit. I knew my children weren’t ready to care for living animals on their own, as they were too young to even appreciate a small fish in a tank, however, I thought this was the perfect time to bond together in our family garden. Not only was tending to our small outdoor garden of easy to keep herbs a great way to teach my children the importance of sustainability by growing one’s own food, but it was a chance to show my children the importance of taking care of something living. Daily and weekly waterings became are now a key part of our family’s habitual routine. My children love to watch their efforts at work in their meals and in the garden box.

5. The Habits of Healthy Finances

Your toddler or young child may not be able to appreciate the value of the dollar and financial security right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start building healthy financial habits now to benefit them in the future. If you’re part of a banking system that lets you set up savings projects to keep track of your finances and goals, you’re already on the right track to building that healthy habit for yourself. How can you share this habit with your kids? Simplify the process for your child. Whether your child receives a weekly allowance, or simply begs you to buy a new toy every other month, it’s time to teach your child about the importance of being financially responsible, independent, and frugal. Sure, they may not understand the importance of putting money into the stock market, but helping your child save up their allowance for purchases that are meaningful to them will help them understand how saving and keeping track of spending can help them understand the gravity and power of the dollar. Respectfully keep good spending habits together and your children will develop with a healthy outlook on financial stability. 

The Importance of Spring Cleaning for Self-Care

As the flowers continue to bloom and the heat continues to reach sweltering temperatures, our minds turn to dusting off the curtains of our homes and clearing out the crawlspaces of our minds. Because spring is here—and summer is well on its way—which means it’s time to push up your sleeves and get to those spring cleaning tasks. Although some of us may not be as excited about sprucing up our spaces as others, but maybe that’s because ****. It’s not just about vacuuming a room or switching up furniture, it’s also about finding new and exciting ways to reinvent and reinvigorate yourself. 

So, if you’re ready to dig deep, it’s time to start spring cleaning with more than one end goal in mind. Sure, your space might look spotless, extra cozy, or recharged, but this time will give you the opportunity to clean up your self-care routine as well.

Keep it Simple

Now, spring cleaning for your home and for personal self-care doesn’t mean you have to take on the biggest, toughest projects. Sure, it’s great to plan to clean out your garage, but you don’t have to start with the most time-consuming tasks. So, keep it simple! And by simple, I mean declutter your closet or make your bed. The most important thing to remember is not to immediately bog yourself down with a to-do list as long as your ***. By keeping it easy on yourself and not putting yourself on a strict schedule, you’re sure to feel accomplished; no matter how small the task.

Declutter for Simplicity

There’s something that can be said about cleaning up with intent. That’s why it might benefit you to clean up to make room for more seasonal appropriate things in your home, or to declutter items you know you won’t be using until winter rolls back around. Decluttering not only allows you to finetune your daily routine (no more riveling through a messy dresser or a whole drawer of makeup), but it can help you take stock in what you have. As you go through the least organized areas of your home, make sure that you’re only choosing to keep around products and items that are helpful, bring joy, and make sense seasonally.

For the sole purpose of self-care, it’s a great idea to keep around those special products that not only boost your self-esteem but have a great purpose in your day-to-day. For me, that means keeping around the skincare products that help me bring inward joy and beauty outward. As I declutter, I make sure to set those sorts of items aside, decluttering other items that don’t bring me as much happiness or simply don’t do anything to enhance my daily routine.

Create a Space That’s Entirely Your Own

For the sake of spring cleaning and cleaning for self-care, it’s important to remember that the spaces your cleaning is meant to bring you happiness, relaxation, and security. Whether your space is solely your own or shared, it’s great to have an idea of what the “ideal” space might look like for you, your roommates, or your family. Although it’s unrealistic to clean an entire space out once a year and redesign it with items befitting an ever-evolving you, you can do small things to make sure a space feels like your own.

As you’re cleaning, make sure to donate or let-go of items that don’t amplify the feelings you’re trying to represent in your home. For instance, if your bookshelf is overrun with knickknacks that don’t have a forever home on those shelves, maybe it’s time to part from them or find them a better display area. Make of this what you want! Some people thrive in maximalist spaces, where every corner of a room is filled with pieces they’ve collected. Others thrive in a minimalist home. 

If you’re not sure what space you’ll thrive in, try and pick out one item in each room that brings about the feeling you’re trying to keep in that room. If you’d like your bedroom to be a cozy sanctuary, then pick out your favorite, coziest blanket to give you inspiration for what you’d like the rest of the room to feel like. Not only will this ultimately help you while you clean, but it’s a self-care refresher! After all, keeping around only the items that make your space feel like yours helps you relax and appreciate what you have around. 

Bring on the Summer: Mental Health and Self-Esteem

Addiction to Food

I used to go to the grocery store, and buy a tub of ice cream. Then I’d buy chocolate bars, dip the chocolate bars in the ice cream, and eat them. I was so embarrassed living that way. I tried so hard to overcome it. I’m a generally positive person. I usually like to face challenges head-on, but I found it almost impossible to overcome my desire to binge eat. I bought books, I read blogs, I purchased work out videos, I followed a nutritionist on Instagram: but, no matter what I did, I found myself perpetually repeating the cycle of feeling terribly depressed, ashamed of myself, and then binge eating my feelings away. Every few days, I found myself heading over to a grocery store—or worse, to a fast-food restaurant—and consuming thousands of calories that my body did not need. Miraculously, I found myself joining a gym, which was exciting at first, but I repeated the cycle of over-eating so regularly, that no amount of working out would burn off the necessary calories to facilitate a healthier body for me. 

When you have issues about your body, it seems natural to just want to go on a diet. Unfortunately for me, going on a “diet” did not constitute a healthy lifestyle change, but instead just perpetuated the cycle of shame and binge eating, only now with extra steps: I’d spend a few days at a time working out strenuously; each workout intermittently dispersed in between my lowest moments, and often ending in injury.

Which stopped me from moving.

Which made me feel worthless.

Which made me depressed.

Which made me eat.

Which made me ashamed.

Which made me exercise until I dropped.

Which stopped me from moving…

And so on, and so forth, for far too long.

The good news is, I learned that it was possible to break this cycle. First, I had to address the root of my problem. I hypothesized that I was binge-eating to self medicate and treat my depression. If I was going to see any changes in my body—And thereby, in both my mind and my soul, since I believed all three were inexorably linked— I had to treat the depression I had been so afraid to face. 

Counseling

I decided to invest in my mental health and meet with a trusted counselor.  It’s important for me to mention that I learned that I could not address one without addressing the other. I learned that I needed to integrate the two processes into one hole. Through months of therapy, I started to see myself in a new light: as a person worthy of love, appreciation, hope, joy, and life. Through dedicated therapy, I discovered my self-worth.

The Biological and Emotional Origins

When I addressed my problem from a Perspective that integrated both the biological and emotional origins of my need to binge eat, I was able to break down and compartmentalize, enough of the issues in order to address them rather than be overwhelmed by them.

  1. Maintaining a daily routine: this included sleep habits, meal prep habits, and exercise habits.
  2. Journaling and recording: in order to enforce this, I was extremely attentive to my routine and recorded every step, so that I could look through for discrepancies and correlate them to how I’d been feeling.
  3. An evening routine that set me up for deep, restorative sleep.
  4. Contacting a nutritionist (I used a free service offered by a local grocery store chain) in order to restore my “faith” in the goodness of food.

Man in the MirrorAfter a journey towards weight loss, and finding myself again, my body has been battered by the loss of skin elasticity. I have extra skin. It’s not pleasant for me to look at, and it serves as a reminder of a past I’ve worked hard to leave behind. And when I look into the mirror, I can’t see enough of the man that I’ve become, and still see too much of the lonely, hurting I only man that I once was. However, with each passing day, I do see more of my authentic self. I’m even releasing some harmful perceptions about cosmetic surgery, and am considering a procedure to address some of my looser skin. Even though it seems that summer may be “canceled” this year, I am sure that I’ll still have opportunities to take my shirt off and jump into a lake. Two years ago, this would have caused immense distress. Now, I feel only mild discomfort. With each morning, I feel blessed to wake up in the body that I’ve been given, and am learning to love and accept myself as I am. With hard work—counseling, therapy, nutrition, and hard-won new behaviors—I am discovering myself.

Bring on the summer lakes.

Tips for Better Sleep in Recovery

Sleep is possibly the most important activity you do each day, aside from nourishing and hydrating your body.  Seeing that we spend one-third of our lives engaging in it, it’s crucial to our survival and success.  Without it, our bodies cannot properly recover from the day’s activities, as well as our brains. 

Alternative Tips for Better Sleep in Recovery
Better Sleep

If you’re recovering from a mental health episode or an addiction, your body needs sleep that much more.  Restful sleep can be the difference in healing and making a full recovery.  Here are some suggestions for a better night’s sleep.