GUEST POST: How to Reduce Chronic Pain at Home

Millions of people experience chronic pain, and the severity of that pain ranges from inconvenient to debilitating. However severe the pain, one thing is universal among all pain sufferers: in some way, pain negatively affects people’s everyday lives. Only you can know the severity of your pain and whether or not certain lifestyle changes and treatments are effective, but there are some adjustments that can be made that will likely be beneficial to anyone suffering from chronic pain. No Ordinary Liz explains how.

Eat to Reduce Inflammation

Not all chronic pain can be linked to inflammation inside your body, but a lot of it can. You can take anti-inflammatory medications, and you should if prescribed by a doctor. But you should also make dietary changes to reduce inflammation.

First, you need to cut out known causes of inflammation. These sources include fried foods, refined carbs, sugar, red meats, and processed meats. Saying goodbye to french fries, soft drinks, bagels, and steak can help you reduce your pain after your body begins to readjust.

Of course, it’s not just about what you can’t eat; there are also foods that you should eat in your fight against inflammation. Stock up on tomatoes, nuts and fatty fish such as salmon. Eat plenty of berries. Cook your food in olive oil instead of butter or margarine.

Do what you can to lose weight if you are overweight or obese, as “fatty tissue produces chemicals that cause inflammation, and carrying around extra weight can tax your body, increasing pain and discomfort.”

Get Help with Housework

If you suffer from chronic pain, even simple tasks like sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping can cause stress on your muscles and joints, leading to severe discomfort. Give yourself a break and hire some help.

If you can afford it, hire a cleaning service. Even if you can only pay for part-time assistance, you would benefit from the extra hands. Depending on the age of your children, look into either a part-time nanny or daycare services. Consider also hiring a lawn care company to maintain your yard. The cost of lawn care maintenance usually includes mowing, edging, and removing debris. Look for reputable house cleaning and lawn care companies by researching customer reviews and checking ratings.

Of course, some activities like gardening can actually help those with chronic pain, so you might want to do some of your housework yourself. But the moment it becomes clear that your home-making responsibilities are causing you pain, don’t be afraid to seek out help.

Reconfigure Your Bedroom

Unfortunately, sleep issues and chronic pain go together like peanut butter & jelly. If you have one, you usually have the other. Chronic pain can exacerbate sleeping troubles, and not getting enough rest can exacerbate chronic pain. To help get yourself out of this vicious cycle, make some alterations to your sleeping situation.

Turn your bedroom into a no-technology zone. Don’t bring your phone, computer, or even a TV into your bedroom. Don’t check work emails, don’t watch Netflix; in fact, don’t do anything in your bedroom except sleep and have sex. You must train your brain to think “sleep” when you get in bed, or else it will focus on countless tasks.

For some, total quiet is the way to go; for others, that complete quiet makes them focus on the pain. Find what works best for you. If you need some background noise, try a white noise machine, or play quiet, calming music.

Small Changes

While you may want to throw yourself into a host of changes to help fight your chronic pain, it’s important to take it a step at a time. Especially when it comes to new habits. Lifestyle changes are more likely to stick when they’re gradually implemented. So start small, maybe by getting help with housework. Once you have this figured out, turn to addressing your meals. By slowly adapting to these changes, you’re in a better position to really feel the benefits, making it easier to tweak what works and what doesn’t.

Everyone’s chronic pain is different, and much of dealing with it is trial and error. You try something, and it works or it doesn’t, and what works for one person completely fails for the next. However, by tweaking some basic elements in your home life, you can put yourself in a better situation to manage your chronic pain.

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About the Author:

Emma Grace Brown lives her life by her rules; and it works! When she’s not snuggling puppies, Emma promotes female empowerment through her website. Her mission is to help those who live with self-doubt to realize they don’t have to mold themselves to conventionality. 

GUEST POST: 5 Things to Look for in Your Dream Home

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Once you lay eyes on your dream home, you will know that it is the one. However, before starting this search, it is a good idea to make a list of all of your top priorities to serve as a guide. Here are five things to look for in your dream home.

Outdoor Living Space

One of the biggest selling points in today’s modern homes is the availability of an outdoor living space. This has become especially notable as families look to entertain more outside because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Elements to look for in your outdoor living space include a covered patio area, room for comfortable seating, a heating element, and the means to prepare food outdoors. Other desirable elements include proper lighting, a fire pit, and entertainment offerings.

Affordability

All of the features in the world will not make you happy if you are constantly worrying about how you are going to make your mortgage payment each month. For this reason, your dream home should be a house that you can easily afford. If not, you will not be able to enjoy it as much.

Be sure to consider new homes Edmonton Northwest when you are looking for a house that has all of the features you have always dreamed of at a price that will make you feel good about your investment.

Look for Flexibility

One of the most important things to consider when deciding on your dream home is what type of living space flexibility it will provide for you. This is particularly important if you are still growing your family. For example, if you plan on adding to your family, you will need a home that gives you room to grow.

If you plan on retiring in this home, you need to consider that you may have mobility issues as you age. For this reason, many families choose homes with main floor master suites if they plan on staying in the home for the rest of their lives. The more versatile that your home is, the more likely that you will stay in it for the long term.

Consider the Location and Neighborhood

Your home is more than just the structure. It is where you lay down your roots and make a life. Because of this, it is vital that you consider the location and neighborhood when landing on that perfect home.

If you have children, you will clearly make the available schools a top priority. If you are entering your golden years, you are going to want to consider factors such as convenience to the services that you need the most when you age, traffic patterns, and other elements that will contribute to your quality of life.

Practical Lifestyle Considerations

Only you know what will make you the happiest in your home. If your family is the active type, you may enjoy a big yard with room for a sports court or a putting green. If you are a movie buff or sports fan, you will appreciate the enjoyment of a media room to watch your favorite team or the latest blockbuster.

Wine connoisseurs will get a lot of use out of a wine cellar or wet bar. Understanding how you plan to use your home will help you to narrow down what amenities you find most desirable in a house. Be sure to consider how you live and your goals in life when weighing homes against each other.

Finding the house of your dreams may take some time and effort but it will be well worth it in the end.

About the Author:

Lizzie Howard is a Colorado native who after graduating from the University of Colorado spends her time as a freelance writer. When Lizzie isn’t writing, she enjoys going on hikes, baking for her friends and family, and spending time with her beloved yellow lab, Sparky.  Twitter – @LizzieH60862204

Not So Ordinary: The Unique Circumstances Around Adopting a Pet (Guest Blog)

I love when my readers reach out with an interest to write for No Ordinary Liz. I enjoy seeing how creative they get with their posts. This month, I have the pleasure of hosting Aimee Lyons, and her blog, DIYDarlin.  See what she suggests when you decide to bring home a little furry friend!

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Congratulations on deciding to adopt a pet. Pet ownership involves a lot of responsibility, but it’s also very rewarding. Of course, it’s normal to have lots of questions about what to expect. Here are some of the most common scenarios you’ll encounter during pet adoption and tips for each stage.

Pet Adoption Process

Once you’ve decided to adopt, you’ll need to fill out adoption paperwork and may be required to complete an adoption interview. To ensure it’s a good fit, meet your new pet in person before adopting. Some facilities also require a background check before releasing a pet to an owner.

Pet-Proofing Your Home

Once you’ve found the perfect companion, your journey begins. Prior to bringing your new companion home, you’ll need to prepare your household for a pet. This includes pet-proofing your home to make it a calm, safe, happy environment for your four-legged friend.

There are many DIY home preparations you can do in advance. For instance, you might move medicines and cleaning supplies out of reach or secure any wires so your dog can’t chew on them. This Humane Society article offers excellent tips.

Naming Your Pet

One of the first things you’ll want to do after bringing home a new pet is determine his or her name. If you’re naming or renaming your new pet, you might be looking for some unique name ideas. Luckily, Rover.com has created the ultimate list of the most unique pet names. Here are the Top 10 Unique Pet Names that made Rover’s list this year:

  1. Beau Dacious – Whether you love a good pun (“bodacious”—see what they did there?) or are simply a fan of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” there are many reasons why this name is a, like, totally excellent choice, dude.
  2. Won Ton – Although it might seem odd to name a pet after your favorite cuisine, one might argue that this name could be strangely appropriate if your pet is a Chinese breed. This name also makes sense if you choose to name your beloved pet after Wonton Soup.
  3. Reeses Puppycups – This self-explanatory pun is appropriate for anyone who loves the chocolate/peanut butter combo.
  4. Sitka – In addition to being a remote region (and a national historic park) in Alaska, the word “sitka” comes from the West Coast’s indigenous Tlingit tribe. It could be perfect for the right type of pet, such as a sled dog.
  5. Lupin – This is one of many “Harry Potter”-themed names to make this list. Any J.K. Rowling fan fondly remembers Professor Remus Lupin as the werewolf from the series. The word “lupin” comes from the Latin word for “wolf.”
  6. Willie Nelson – Whether you come from the Heartland of America or are Nelson’s biggest fan, naming your pet after him is one way to honor your favorite country musician.
  7. Gryffindor – Another nod to “Harry Potter” on Rover’s list, this name pays tribute to Harry’s own Hogwarts house, known for bravery and courage. This pet shelter has even created a free online quiz to help you determine whether your dog is a Gryffindor or not.
  8. Artoo Dogtoo – A play on R2D2 because what list is complete without at least one “Star Wars” reference?
  9. Tater Tot – This name fits short, stocky pets. Think: Corgis or dachshunds.
  10. Tyrion – Last but certainly not least, Tyrion is a name that will undoubtedly delight any “Game of Thrones” fan. A fan favorite in the books and show, what Tyrion lacks in appearance and height, he makes up for with intelligence and charm.

It’s a lot of responsibility, but if you decide pet adoption is for you, it can be one of the most rewarding choices you’ll ever make. The world is full of many animals in need of good homes. By making the choice to adopt, you’re saving

Aimee fancies herself a DIY goddess. She loves crafting, refurbishing furniture, remodeling rooms, and landscaping. She runs DIYDarlin, which provides DIY project resources and tutorials.

If you’re interested in being a guest blogger on No Ordinary Liz, feel free to contact me with your creative ideas!!