GUEST POST: How to Adapt to Major Life Changes During the Pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to deal with some pretty major life changes. We’ve had to adapt to remote work, learn to homeschool our children, get comfortable exercising outside of the gym, and find ways to fill our free time without leaving the house. By now, we’ve all settled into a new normal. While many states are starting to reopen, many of these changes are bound to stick around. Here are some tips to help you navigate pandemic challenges and cope with the changes in your own life.

Consider a Career Change

If the shutdown affected your ability to work, this could be a great opportunity to make a career change! There are all kinds of fun and fulfilling jobs you can do from home, whether you want to try freelancing or build your very own business. If you’re interested in becoming a freelancer, think about the type of work you would enjoy the most. You can offer nearly any service on a freelance basis, including web design, accounting, writing, translation, and admin support. Use job boards to browse freelance job categories and find the right choice for your remote career!

Maintain a Routine

A good routine is vital to success for anyone working from home. Not only will your routine help you stay on task and avoid household distractions, but it can also ground you to a kind of consistency during this time of unpredictable change. Start by developing a solid morning routine that will get you excited about waking up. Have a cup of coffee on the balcony, take your dog for a walk, or read a book. When you feel ready to start your day, jump into a work routine with scheduled breaks so you can avoid burnout. Finally, maintain a relaxing evening routine that can help you wind down and put those nagging thoughts to bed before your head hits the pillow.

Pick Up a New Hobby

Although lockdown restrictions are loosening, you may still be hesitant to return to all your old hobbies and pastimes. Ensure your days are still full of fulfilling and meaningful activities! Play around with some new hobbies until you find something that you can get really passionate about. Pick up a new instrument, learn another language, try baking bread, play around with crafts, or plant a garden in your backyard. Do something that makes you feel productive every day!

Keep Your Body Healthy

Maintaining your health is more important than ever right now, and not just so you can avoid illness. Long days spent in lockdown are bound to wreak havoc on your overall well being, especially if you’ve let your exercise routine slip or you’ve been snacking on all those tempting treats in the pantry. Keep your health in top shape so you have the energy you need to cope with the changes happening in your life right now. To enjoy optimal physical health, you need to focus on three main things—nutrition, exercise, and sleep. These three pillars support each other, so don’t neglect any one of them!

Protect Your Mental Health

The coronavirus pandemic may have caused you to lose the sense of control that you previously had over your life. As a result, you may be feeling anxious, sad, or even scared. This is completely normal, and many of us are going through the same emotions. Whether you’re worried that someone you love will get sick or you’re concerned about losing your job, these stressors can slowly chip away at your mental well-being.

Verywell Mind recommends keeping your mental health strong and resilient by taking good care of your body, developing healthy stress-reduction strategies, and maintaining your contact with supportive friends and family. It may also be a good idea to limit your exposure to negative news and sensational social media content that can only exacerbate your worries.

Humans are creatures of habit. This is why we hold onto the familiar and are resistant to change—especially when the outcome is wrought with uncertainty. Overcoming the numerous challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic likely means leaving your comfort zone, and you’ll come out of this a stronger person because of it!

About the author: Jennifer Scott is a single mom who writes about the ups and downs of her mental illness on SpiritFinder.org  The blog serves as both a source of information for people with mental illness and a forum where those living with anxiety and depression can come together to discuss their experiences.

GUEST POST: Type 1 Diabetes: Diet, Eating, & Physical Activity

It’s no secret to anyone living with diabetes: diet is key to managing your symptoms. This is true for everyone, from patients living active lifestyles with type 1 diabetes, to seniors who rely on long-term care.

Have you ever wondered why doctors place so much emphasis on diet for diabetic patients? Do you know how diet affects your insulin levels? If you’re curious about cutting-edge research on the link between diet and living a healthy life with diabetes, read on!

1. Why Do I Need to Be Concerned?

If patients with diabetes don’t take concrete steps to regulate their blood sugar, their symptoms may worsen. Wound healing is of particular concern for diabetics, as elevated levels of blood glucose makes it more difficult for wounds to heal.

What’s more, anyone with diabetes can develop diabetic foot ulcers, whether they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. In fact, 15% of people with diabetes end up developing diabetic foot ulcers, and 85% of those patients end up with lower limb amputations. But don’t panic — those are only in extreme cases, when diabetes is left untreated.

2. What’s the best diet for type 1 diabetes?

You’ve probably heard that processed, sugary foods increase the inflammation associated with diabetes. But there’s even more reason to focus on fresh, high-fiber foods like fruits and vegetables. A study from Monash University showed that fruits and vegetables sit for longer in the gut, creating fermentation and increasing your level of beneficial gut bacteria. This in turn reduces the inflammation associated with diabetes, and reduces the chance of pre-diabetic patients developing type 1 diabetes.

More recent studies have also explored the benefits of diets that incorporate some element of fasting. “Cycles of a fasting-mimicking diet and a normal diet essentially reprogrammed non-insulin-producing cells into insulin-producing cells,” says Valter Longo, the director of the Longevity Institute at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. But don’t just start skipping meals — it’s important to ask your physician what method of fasting you should try. There are fasting-mimicking diets that last only a short period of time, as well as special diet plans that allow you to reap the benefits of fasting without getting too hungry.

3. What Foods Should I Avoid?

Sugar is the most obvious culprit, but it’s not just sweets that contain loads of sugar. Anything processed is more likely to have more sugar, so stick with fresh foods wherever possible. High-fat foods can also make blood glucose levels spike — one study showed that pizza affects blood glucose levels for hours after consumption.

4. Besides Diet, What Else Can I Do?

Younger people with type 1 diabetes can also make sure to get a good amount of exercise to manage their symptoms. Studies have also shown that carefully choosing comfortable, cushioned footwear can help prevent diabetic foot ulcers — look out for anything that might chafe or cause a blister. Patients typically only notice these ulcers once they’ve formed a red sore of the bottom of the foot, and they can be quite uncomfortable.

By taking these healthy steps now, you can prepare for a long life of living a relatively symptom-free life with type 1 diabetes.

About the AUTHOR: Tracy Rairigh is a medical, business, and technical writer with a Writing in the Sciences Certificate from the University of Stanford Medical. She is also the owner of Rairigh Writing. With over 150 published articles in wound care, health and wellness and a degree in Engineering, she has a vast array of knowledge to pull from.

GUEST POST: #NoOrdinaryLifestyle: What Is Ikigai, and How Can It Impact Our Lives?

Though we all have unique motivators and interests, there is a common theme throughout humanity of finding our purpose, love and motivation. The concept of wanting to find our purpose in life spans ages, races and genders, tying us all together through our search for meaning in our lives.

In Japan, the concept of searching for your life’s purpose is called Ikigai (pronounced EE-key-guy). There isn’t a direct English translation for this concept, but it roughly translates to this journey of self-discovery.

Though your life’s purpose can seem like an abstract concept, the answer actually lies at the intersection of four simple questions:

What do you love to do?

What are you good at doing?

What does the world need?

What can you be paid for doing?

Once you start to identify your responses to those four questions, you’ll find that it’s easier to identify your Ikigai than you imagined.

It isn’t necessary to jump immediately into your life’s purpose: Ikigai can be applied to our daily lives as well. Ikigai is also the concept of living a more purpose-driven and fulfilling life in general by nurturing our bodies and minds.

Examples of “everyday Ikigai” include eating diverse, healthy meals, checking in with our loved ones, setting time aside to relax and cherishing life’s imperfections instead of beating ourselves up for small failures.

This mindfulness can help shape your mind and mody, and can perhaps even start you down a larger pathway of self discovery.

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If you’ve ever tried this approach and would like to share you purpose with us, comment below! #weallhaveapurpose

Author Bio: Emily Gibson is a content creator for Bestow. When she’s not typing away at a computer, you can find her hiking with her dog or watching live music. 

GUEST POST: How to Turn a Home Care Stint into a Career?

Right from the start- here’s the fact: the Baby Boomers are getting older, and the home care market is booming as well.

If we look at the number more closely, the home care market is going to more almost triple in five years, due to the growing number of the seniors, and a significant shortage of health workers in the US- amounting to half a million, as predicted by 2025.

Yes, the market is growing steadily, but you cannot work in that field just because it’s lucrative.

Take this seriously: not everyone can deal with the type of stress this job brings. You have to like working with people- not only patients but their families as well. Compassion and empathy have to be your top qualities.

It can also be physically challenging as well. The patients might be confused and disoriented, fearful or depressed, even aggressive. Some days you will only change bedpans. And you’ll also work shifts. Weekends and holidays included. Continue reading “GUEST POST: How to Turn a Home Care Stint into a Career?”

GIVEAWAY!!! No Ordinary Boat Show

Looking for my boat fans out there.

Do you love boats, looking for a boat or just enjoy a good boat show? If so, do you have any plans between October 25th – October 27th? If you need something to do, I have an amazing opportuinity for you to get out and enjoy some family time while exploring some of Tampa’s best.

This year, Progressive Tampa Boat show presented by West Marine will offer you two componets: in water, you’ll have the chance to see and explore over 150+ boats, while indoors over 350+. There will be over 100+ seminars occurring throughout the two days and bring your children to learn all the things about that boat life. Continue reading “GIVEAWAY!!! No Ordinary Boat Show”

Expecting parents: What your pediatrician may not tell you

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Expecting a child can feel overwhelming: There’s a lot to learn in the months before your baby arrives. Your obstetrician and pediatrician are excellent resources for caring for your baby and keeping them healthy, but they may not tell you how to keep your child safe in your home.

Parents and caregivers often think preventable tragedies won’t happen to their family, but sadly, accidents can happen to even the most attentive parents and caregivers. In 2018, 33 children in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties died from unsafe sleep, accidental drowning or abusive head trauma (also known as shaken baby syndrome).

These deaths are 100 percent preventable. Learn and share these life-saving tips for safe sleep, water safety and safe stress relief. Continue reading “Expecting parents: What your pediatrician may not tell you”

GUEST POST: Your Diet, Your Health: How to Eat Well, Feel Better, and Save Money

Do you think eating healthy is too expensive or wonder why you should bother? A healthy diet can shrink your waistline, but weight loss isn’t the only reason to choose nutritious foods over empty calories. Just look at these mental and physical benefits of a nutritious diet:

  • Better moods and fewer mood swings.
  • Improved focus.
  • Better sleep.
  • More energy.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Clearer skin.
  • Reduced digestive problems.
  • A stronger immune system.
  • Lower risk of chronic lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Eating well doesn’t have to break the bank, either. If you think healthy eating means shopping organic at high-end stores like Whole Foods, think again. While eating well on a tight budget might require more planning, it absolutely can be done. Don’t believe us? These six budget-friendly shopping and cooking tips will show you how. Continue reading “GUEST POST: Your Diet, Your Health: How to Eat Well, Feel Better, and Save Money”

GUEST POST: No Ordinary Guide to Moving Interstate: 5 Most Practical Tips of All Time

Moving, like having your legs waxed or cavities filled, is a task that is expected to be far from fun. However, not liking it won’t change the fact that it must happen when it needs to be done. Daunting as it may be, relocating to another state can become a lot easier and less stressful.

Resourcefulness and rational thinking can get you a long way in terms of relocating. From planning and packing to dealing with the actual move, you should be fine if you know (and follow) the five most practical moving tips of all time: Continue reading “GUEST POST: No Ordinary Guide to Moving Interstate: 5 Most Practical Tips of All Time”

Guest Post: No Ordinary Habits for Seniors: 6 Ways to Boost Your Quality of Life

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Healthy Habits for Seniors: 6 Ways to Boost Your Quality of Life

Quality of life means something different to each of us. Essentially, quality of life refers to the level of comfort and satisfaction you feel about your life from your own subjective perspective. Though we tend to think quality of life declines as we get older, seniors actually report higher levels of life satisfaction than younger adults. If anything is getting in between you and your best life, take back control of your health with these simple habits. Continue reading “Guest Post: No Ordinary Habits for Seniors: 6 Ways to Boost Your Quality of Life”

No Ordinary Halloween (GIVEAWAY)

Halloween is upon us friends and you know what that means. Haunted houses, costume parties, lots of candy and loads of fear for what may be lurking in the dark…

FEAR
A word that is constantly hiding around in everyone’s back pockets.  FEAR of heights, FEAR of public speaking, FEAR of spiders, and FEAR of the dark.  It comes in many forms and learns to camouflage itself in a way that you don’t know how to identify it until it’s too late to brace yourself for what is about to happen!

Has it been awhile since you’ve had those hair-raising moments long enough to slice anyone who stumbles in your way?  Are you ready to determine if you should tackle the “Fight or Flight” approach? Do you have that sensation AKA adrenaline that rushes through your entire body that makes you feel like you’re every superhero in the Marvel club?  

Well, you’re in luck! I’m proud to be partnering with Scream-A-Geddon again as they petrify our Bay area residents with 6 attractions in 1 location, it’s guaranteed to make you flash that FEAR card the moment you step on the premises.  Continue reading “No Ordinary Halloween (GIVEAWAY)”