Mom Knows Best : February 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Easy Ways To Add A Little Health Into Your Everyday Life

Sometimes, the idea of getting healthy seems almost overwhelming. Although the dream is to be the sort of person who happily runs marathons and gets up at the crack of dawn to make protein shakes, let’s face it: who’s like that in real life, really? Luckily there are some much more manageable things you can do to bring a little more health into your life.
Switch Up Your Breakfasts

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Not everyone is a breakfast person, but the truth is that it really is one of the most important meals of the day. A good breakfast will fill you up until lunch, meaning that you won’t be tempted by any of those mid morning snack candy bars at work, and that you won’t fill up on sugary soda that’s bad for both your body and your teeth. Even if you’re the sort of person who just eats a piece of toast over the sink so you don’t have to wash a plate, why not change it up a little? Add peanut butter and sliced banana to your whole-wheat toast for some healthy protein, fats and potassium, and go for a supplement on the side like calcium to help your bones stay strong – check out real AlgaeCal reviews. You could also try out making smoothies, particularly if you aren’t great in the mornings – you could make them at night with your favourite flavour combinations, like banana and strawberry or a more tropical mix of pineapple and coconut water.
Start Getting Active

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A lot of people think that exercising means that you have to hit the gym for hours at a time – but that definitely isn’t true! A lot of us with our busy lives simply don’t have time to prioritise exercise and keeping fit, but you can shoehorn it into your life if you try a little harder. Make sure that you always take the stairs instead of the elevator, and walk instead of taking your car over short distances. If you have any friends with dogs then why not offer to walk them a couple of times per week? Remember that short bursts of exercise are a lot easier to fit into your schedule than longer ones, so try out some of Yoga With Adriene’s ten to fifteen minute yoga routines.
Get Mentally Healthy

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So many people neglect their mental health, which means that they just end up feeling worse and worse. If you have a busy life it’s important to try to take time for yourself, no matter what form that might take. Make sure that you see your friends on a regular basis and that you have date nights with your partner so that you can reconnect. Life with kids can be hard and busy, but you can’t let your relationship take a back seat all the time. A lot of moms find themselves feeling pretty exhausted a lot of the time but if you’re unhappy or anxious, go to see your doctor. Therapy is helpful for a lot of people, but you shouldn’t be ashamed or upset if medication is prescribed – you never know, it could help.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Giveaway-- February Is Heart Health Month

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Natural Vitality. Regardless, my opinions are honest. 

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  We all know that stress is not good for the body. Did you know that stress is also bad for the heart? February is Heart Health Month and I discovered a great drink that not only helps with stress but also is great for the heart. This Raspberry Lemon supplement tastes like a glass of refreshing lemonade and contains natural magnesium which not only helps your body relax but is great for the heart. I love my magnesium supplements to help me relax at bedtime. I was only taking my magnesium supplement on nights that I could not fall asleep but now that I found out magnesium is great for heart health, I will be taking them every night. This delicious drink from Natural Vitality is the perfect way to end my day and help my heart.

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I learned that magnesium can help lower the bad cholesterol and it also helps with high blood pressure. High cholesterol runs in my family, so I love that I have another natural supplement to help with that. My husband has high blood pressure so I need to encourage him to drink this delicious drink. I love that this delicious lemon raspberry drink is also vegan, gluten-free, and verified non-GMO. One bottle has 56 servings so there is plenty for me to share with my husband.  If you sign up for the newsletter at they will send you a free e-book about magnesium so you can learn so much more about this natural supplement.

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Ways to Help Your College-Bound Child

When it comes to your children you may not want to face it, but they do grow up. The fact of life is that, no matter how much you’d like them to stay young and tiny forever, there will come a day when they’ll not only be big enough to be able to move out, but they’ll want to move out too. College is the first opportunity for many young people to be able to get away from the family home, which is why you should seek all the help you possibly can when it comes to this milestone in your child's life so that you can make it as easy for both them, and you, as possible.


First of all, you have to remember that everything you feel about the move: the excitement for their future mixed with the sadness of everything they’re leaving behind — they will be feeling it all, only ten times worse than you. For every time they say things like ‘I’m nearly 18, just leave me alone’ or ‘I deserve some independence’, they will ask for your help or guidance. Because of this, you must be able to take whatever they throw at you with a pinch of salt; this means to be able to handle the cries for independence, as well being able to remain as there for them as possible. After years of dealing with the teen mood swings, I'm sure you can face just a few more. You should also reaffirm to them just how important these next few years are to them — both in the sense of being important in setting up the rest of their lives and in the sense that they need to create memories that they will retain for a lifetime.

As well as dealing with them in an emotional way, you also have to make practical plans for them, because they’re probably not going to want to do this themselves. You should discuss the financial budgets imposed on them, as well as who is going to pay for what. For instance, you may agree to pay for books and other supplies they’ll need academically at college, and you may tell them to fend for themselves when it comes to buying snacks and other, more fun, things. You should also inform them as much as you can about technology driven payment, i.e. the use of debit and credit cards.

You should also lend a hand when it comes to their big move. This could be anything from driving them to their destination; giving them advice on what to, and what not to, pack; or making sure that they are covered financially to get there on time and in one piece. If your child insists on taking much more than just a few items of clothing because they are moving into housing that offers more space than a dorm room does, consider getting the movers in. They will take the stress away of having to hire and drive a vehicle you may have no previous experience driving, such as a van or a lorry. You will also be able to have a peace of mind in knowing that all of their worlds possessions will make it to where they need to go.

So, there you have it. Your children (yes, they will always be your children), may be flying the nest, but that’s not to say that they still don’t need as much help from you as they did when they were babies. And it’s also not to say that they won’t be back upon occasion because they will!

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Getting Ready For Your First 5K Race

Congratulations, you signed up for your first 5K race!

  You have been running for a while and decided to sign up for your first 5K race. I want to say congratulations for all that training that you have done. Signing up for that first race is awesome! I know you are probably nervous and have many questions. I don't really remember my first race as that was many years ago. I have been running on and off since I was 20 years old. Over the years I have done many races and I am now about to run a 5k after taking a two-year break due to an ankle injury. So I will do my best to give you some tips on preparing for the race.

The day before the race

The morning before the race.  I like to eat a breakfast that has little fiber. Races are always early in the morning and I am not a morning person. That means I won't have time to empty my bowels in the morning so by eating a low fiber breakfast the day before, I won't have to do number two while running the race. Do drink your coffee though for your day before breakfast so you take care of number 2 potty business the day before the race. The rest of the day I try to eat healthy meals with low fiber also for potty reasons.

Running the day before the race? I like to run a couple of miles the day before the race. I already run every day so my body is used to it. If you are an every other day runner than don't run the day before.

Pick up race packet the day before. If you are able to pick up your race packet the day before I highly recommend it as the lines to pick them up at the race are always super long.

Look at the race info  I like to look at the race info the day before so I can figure out where the race is and where to park. I don't see a need to look at the race course as there is always plenty of people along the course to guide the runners.

Lay out your items for the race  I like to pin the race number to my shirt and lay out the clothes that I will be wearing for the race. This is also a good time to put the timing chip in your shoe laces if there is one. I also pack a bag with items that I need for the race. In that bag, I will put a bottle of water(great for hydration before the race), my iPod, a small microfiber towel(great for wiping up all that sweat after the race), a hair tie, a waist pouch for my keys, and a high carb granola bar. I just love this microfiber towel set as it includes a smaller one that fits perfectly in my waist pouch so I can immediately wipe all that sweat off after the race. It also includes a bigger one that is great to stash in my car for after the race. I love the bigger bag that I can place all my gear in.  These light-weight towels are ultra absorbent and dry so quickly. Unlike other microfiber towels, these are very soft. They even have attached loops to make them easier to hang up

Sleep I have a hard time sleeping the night before the race as I am a bundle of nerves. I take a warm shower and try to go to bed at my normal time. I also set my alarm clock.

The day of the race

Arrive at the race early  I like to get to the race at least an hour before the race starts. That way I can get a good parking spot close to the starting line so I can place items like my jacket and water bottle in the car before the race starts. Getting there early also gives me a chance to warm up, stretch, and use the potty. I like to go potty 15 minutes before the race starts.

Eat a good but light breakfast  I like to eat a healthy granola or meal bar an hour before the race so my body has time to digest it. Other good options to eat are bagels, bananas, oatmeal, or anything that is high in carbs. Just stay away from greasy foods. I don't drink coffee before a race as it will make my body want to do number 2 during the race. I will take some energy chews 15-30 minutes before the race for extra energy.  Below is a couple that I like to use. Also, make sure to drink about 8 ounces of water before the race.

Warm up  It is always good to walk or jog a bit before the race to wake up your muscles. I like to jog for about 5-10 minutes and do my usual pre-run stretches that way my muscles are ready to run.

Get in early Take your place in line about 5 minutes before the race starts. I am very competitive so I line up to the side in the very front as I don't want the other runners slowing me down at the start. Since this is your first race, I recommend lining up in the middle as that is a good place for beginners.

Enjoy the race  This is a tough one for me because of my competitiveness. I bring with my iPod so I can listen to music as I run. My goal for races is to win in my age category so I always push myself to run faster that the person ahead of me. Maybe this will be the race I just enjoy running.

 Pace yourself  This is something I learned from that I need to try on race day.
Most racers give their best effort in the first mile leaving two more to go! Aim to negative split your effort on race day—that simply means finishing the second half of the race faster than you ran the first half. Start conservatively and build your effort throughout the run. When you start out too fast, your body works too hard too soon and fizzles after the first mile, making your overall time slower, not faster. In the last quarter mile, kick it into the finish line to finish strong.

After the race

You crossed the finish line! Give yourself a pat on the back for running your first race. Grab your microfiber towel and wipe up the sweat off your face. Go to your car and get the larger microfiber towel if needed. I like to wet the smaller towel and cool myself off. Then I use the larger towel to dry myself. Then I walk over to the refreshment table to get some water and a snack. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your body at least 8 ounces. Enjoy the snack as you earned it.

Find out your time  Find out where the race results will be. Sometimes they post them up on a wall after the race or other times you have to go online for them. I like to stick around for the medal ceremony to see if I won 1st, 2nd or third in my age category. I am hoping that since I am older that I will win one of these places. The last race that I ran two years ago, I won 1st place in my age category. It always feels so good to win as it gives me a sense of accomplishment for my hard work.

I would love to hear any tips that any other runners may have so we can help out the first time 5K racer. What are your best tips for running a 5K?

Here is the link so you can more information on this microfiber travel towel set that is great for races!

"These opinions are my own and I received the three piece microfiber towel set to facilitate this post."   

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lemon Blueberry Bread

This pretty looking bread tastes so good

  The first time I saw a picture of lemon blueberry bread, I just knew that I had to make a loaf. The colors of this sweet loaf were just so pretty and I just knew that lemons and blueberries would taste so great together. I love the taste of blueberries in pancakes and muffins. I also loved lemon cookies and bars so I just had to find out how the sour flavor of lemons would combine with sweet blueberries. That was several months ago when I decided to make lemon blueberry bread. I have bought blueberries several times since then but my youngest son loves blueberries and eats up a whole pint in a day so I never got a chance to make the bread. The other day I was at the dollar store and discovered frozen blueberries in their freezer section. My son and I loaded up the cart with ten packages, let's just say I bought them all so I would have some to make this sweet bread. I, of course, then went to the grocery store to buy fresh lemons so I could make the lemon blueberry bread before my son ate all the blueberries. I am so glad that I made this lemon blueberry bread. It has a texture of pound cake and a flavor that is so good. The tart lemons and sweet blueberries combine so well together to give a nice sweet flavor. My family just loves this bread and I will be making this again.

  I love using fresh lemons in my baking as the flavor is so much better than the stuff in the bottle. I find that using a lemon squeezer gets more juice out of the lemons than if I use my hands. The lemon squeezer is also less messy so the juice stays off my hands. Last time I used my hands to squeeze the juice out, I got a bad rash that took a long time to heal. Funny that I can eat lemons but all citrus fruits do a number on my hands if I touch the juice. So this time around, just to be safe, I put on gloves when I sliced my lemons. Qualitools makes a nice lemon squeezer that is stainless steel and allows me to squeeze the lemon without getting the juice on my hands. It not only looks good but it is durable and I can put it into the dishwasher and not worry about it rusting. My 8-year-old son loves helping me in the kitchen so I let him squeeze the lemons. I did catch him eating my blueberries, though. I think he likes helping me so he can lick the spoon.

  This cool looking lemon squeezer is available on Amazon and is so useful beyond making lemon blueberry bread. I find myself using it for fish, vegetables, tea, water, and so much more. So I keep it in my utensil jar. I just tell the kids, after they use it to just rinse it off so it is ready to use again. I also keep a stash of lemons in my fridge.

    When I bake I also use Pure Vanilla Extract for the best flavor. The best vanilla comes from high-quality Bourbon vanilla beans as it offers a deep, rich, natural flavor. Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract uses a percolation process that produces a superior vanilla extract containing one of the highest vanillin levels. To me, that means baked goods with a delicious flavor. 

                             Lemon Blueberry Bread

                                                     1 & 1/2 cups flour
                                                     1 teaspoon baking powder
                                                     1 teaspoon salt
                                                     1/4 cup butter, melted
                                                     3/4 cup sugar
                                                     2 eggs
                                                     1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                                     2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
                                                     1/2 cup milk
                                                     1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
                                                     1 tablespoons flour

                                         Lemon glaze
                                                     2 tablespoons butter, melted
                                                     1/2 cup powdered sugar
                                                     2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
                                                     1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


       Preheat oven to 350*F and lightly grease a 9"x 5" loaf pan, I prefer using a glass pan for best results.
1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
2. Blend together the melted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Mix until well combined.
3. Slowly mix in the flour mixture and milk until combined.
4. In a small bowl toss the blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour. This flour coating will help prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of your loaf while baking.
5. Gently fold the flour coated berries to the batter.
6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
 7. Cool bread in the pan for about 30 minutes and then remove from pan. While bread is cooling you can make the lemon glaze.
Directions for lemon glaze
Combine the melted butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in a bowl, then pour glaze over the loaf.  Allow to set a few minutes, then enjoy!

"These opinions are my own and I received a lemon squeezer from Qualitools and vanilla extract from Rodelle to facilitate this post."

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ten Tips For Keeping The Family Healthy

  I don't like when the weather gets cold as that means we spend more time indoors. Spending all that time indoors also means that my kids are exposed to more germs. Germs equal kids being sick with coughs, runny noses, and stomach problems. Did you know that kids get on average 2-12 colds a year and adults 2-4? I hate seeing my kids when they are sick and hearing them is even worse as they cough all night. So I do many simple and non-simple things to keep my kids healthy. Here are some of the things that I do to keep my family healthy.

1. Get a flu shot  Every October I take my kids to the doctor to get their flu shot. My kids and husband whine about getting this shot but we have not had the flu in a couple of years. The only time everyone, except me, was once in the past 5 years. That was the year that the drug makers did not predict the formulation of the shot correct. The shot still helped as the kids and husband only suffered 3 days with flu symptoms.

2. Eat healthy Food I feed my family lots of healthy food like fruits and veggies as they are loaded wth vitamins and minerals that help our body stay healthy. I also give everyone a whole food organic multi-vitamin for extra nutrients. My boys only like fruit so the vitamin fills in the gaps of their diet. My active teen just started taking a multi-vitamin that is made for teens. His acne is flaring up so I like that Rainbow Light adds Healthy Skin Support to their Young Men's Multivitamin. They also make their vitamin in mini tablets so they are easier for my teen to swallow. I just love all the fruits and veggies that Rainbow Light puts into these tablets. My teen is getting some veggies into his diet finally!

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3. Wash the hands  I am a fanatic about hand washing. I make my boys wash their hands before they eat, after they go potty, and when they get home from school or from other places. I remind them to sing happy birthday twice while scrubbing their hands. I truly believe this is one of the best things to do to stay healthy as washing removes the germs from your hands. My youngest does not always do a good job of hand washing and he is the one that gets sick first. This Lemongrass Gel Hand Wash smells so good and encourages my son to wash longer. I love that it does not contain any antibacterial ingredients so it does not wash any the good bacteria on my kid's hands and it leaves them feeling soft and clean. This Method soap is infused with citrus extracts that are naturally derived and is also great in the kitchen to wash away those stubborn smells like onions.

4. Stay away from the doctor  I try my best to avoid doctor offices during the winter as they are loaded with germs. My ten year old was born in November and I schedule his well check up in April with his 8-year-old brother just to avoid the germ infested doctors. If my boys get an illness that requires a doctor visit, I will do a video Dr. call first.

5. Take Probiotics  My boys started taking probiotics 2 years ago and they have not caught a cold since them. To keep my boys interested in taking a daily probiotic, I let them choose the form and flavor of their supplement. Their new favorite probiotic is a tropical punch flavor Kidophilus made by Advanced Nutrition by Zahler. My picky 10-year-old said "this is so delicious" the first time he tried it. This delicious probiotic has friendly bacteria in it that helps recolonize the intestines thus improving the immune system. Zahler® Kidophilus™ can also halt the growth of disease-causing bacteria like salmonella and ones related to the virus-caused flu.

6. Drink lots of water  Water is important for health. I make my boys drink a glass of water every time they want a snack. Warm herbal tea is also another great way to get plenty of water.

7. Exercise  Exercise keeps the body healthy and helps it to fight off those germs. I make sure the boys and I get plenty of exercise every day, The younger boys run around at school and the teen does track. I go for a walk or run every day.

8. Don't share  I know we teach our children to share but winter time is not the time to share things like food, drinks, pencils, and other items. I don't even share my drinks or food with my kids as you can be contagious before that first cold symptom. I also wash my hands after I shake someone's hand or pray. Those germs are everywhere.

9. Keep your distance  If someone is sneezing or coughing than stay away from them. When my husband has a cold, I sleep on the couch so I don't get sick. I also do this as his coughing will keep me awake.

10. Take care of mom  You knowing the saying "moms don't get sick days." That is so true as when we moms are sick nobody takes care of you or the house. I make sure I take a daily multi-vitamin to fortify my immune system. My vitamin is also made with organic whole food and other good stuff in it to give me energy, feminine balance, and mood balance. When I take my Rainbow Light Women’s Multivitamin plus Balance & Energy, I can do my mom job better.

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"These opinions are my own and I received samples from Rainbow Light and Zahler to facilitate this post."

Keeping Your Family Safe In The Car

Keeping your family safe in the car is absolutely imperative. Car accidents are not rare, and you need to take every precaution possible to ensure that your loved ones are safe when you’re going on a trip. Here are some pointers to bear in mind:

Don’t Drive Without Putting On Your Seatbelts
Never start driving without making sure everybody is wearing their seatbelt first. Older kids might fight against this, which is why you should get everybody into the habit of it as early on as possible. You’re setting an example, so make sure it’s the first thing you do too.

Ensure The Car Is Safe Before A Trip
If you’re going on a long trip, you need to make sure your car is safe. Have it checked over, make sure the tyres are good and that it has enough water in it.

Make Sure Your Kids Know How To Act In The Car
Teach your kids how to act in the car. Make sure they know it’s fine for them to listen to their music, read, or play a game. However, they shouldn’t be too loud, argue, or do anything that could distract you from the road. Make sure they know how important this is!

Find The Right Car Accessories

Having the right car accessories will help you to keep your family safe too. For instance, if you have a young child, having a sign in the window to point this out could make other drivers exercise more caution around you. You also need to make sure your kids have car seats where appropriate!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Don't Do A Madonna: Grow Old Gracefully


While growing up is most definitely optional, growing old isn’t. It is something we all have to go through, and it’s one of only three things all humans share in common; we are all members of the human race, we all have to pay taxes, and we will all grow old. But despite this unavoidable process, a lot of fight it, desperate to stave off the appearance age, as if we can somehow turn back the clock. We are concerned with the way we start to look and feel and all sorts. But the best way to deal with your increasing age is to wear it well.

Age isn’t all bad, though. Some of the most desirable qualities come with age. We’re talking about perspective. We’re talking about wisdom. We’re talking about the experience. What we’re trying to say is, when you embrace the unavoidable fact you are always growing older, you can start to enjoy it more. As such, we have come up with a few ways to help you achieve the ultimate contentment and grow old with grace, style and, possibly even, some flair.


You Can Still Find New Things To Do
Life has a way of forcing us into routines whether we like it or not. We wake up at the same time, eat the same thing for breakfast, go to the same job, come home, eat the same dinner and go to bed at the same time. But when you grow old you are given a certain freedom (and perspective) to explore new things. Look for activities you’ve never tried. Go and excite you. Go and get scared. Go and laugh. It could be that you want to take a cruise. Or try parachuting. Or doing yoga or a private island in the Caribbean. Adventure is aimed at the youth, so why not break the mold and show the young guns who the boss is.


Look After That Temple Of Yours
Things may have started to go south, but that is natural with all bodies. What’s important to remember, is that it is the only body you’ll ever have, and that means you need to take care of it. Of course, this means supplying it with healthy meals that contain all the nutrients your body could need and chomp on foods that give you a burst of energy, but it also means other things do. The lovely people at explain how a great medical plan can help, while regular exercise is fantastic too. All if it will ensure your body feels as strong, sharp, smart and supporting as you need it to be.

Do What You Want To Do
Cat Stevens said it best, “From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.” And he was right. As we grow up, we are subjected to other people’s opinions, each of whom tried to guide us and shape us in their own image. Teacher, parents, grandparents, society, employers. It’s a barrage that we have to tolerate. But not anymore. Now is the time to figure out what you want to do, regardless of all the other swirling opinions. Do what makes you smile. Do things you care about. Be the change you want to see in the world. Do things that will make your jaw drop. Do things that will make your friends and family proud.

It’s Probably About Time To Forgive
Sorry seems to be the hardest word.” That’s just part of the pride most people feel because most people fail to realize that you can’t win any argument, ever. If you lose an argument with someone then you lose, and if you win and the argument you lose as well, because the other person will resent you for it. So now is the time to practice forgiveness. It will ensure you age with as much grace as possible. We’re not just talking about the forgiveness of other people, though. We’re also saying that you find a way to forgive yourself. Life is made up of a lot of years, and in that time we are bound to do things we aren’t proud of. But it is time to forgive yourself for them. You are human and humans make errors.

Feed Your Curiosity
Too many people see learning as a thing reserved for the young. You need to shake that thought because learning is what makes us better people. Learning is what makes us grow. And learning is something we do every day for the entirety of our lives. So embrace it. Be curious. Go and find out things you didn’t know. Open your mind to new ideas and cultures and opinions. It is part of growing old with grace. Keeping your mind closed, or refusing to take on board new information is what will give you the name of a grumpy old person. We once thought the world was flat, and we still would if it wasn’t for opening our minds and continually learning. Maybe it is time you learned about spirituality, or astronomy, or eastern culture, or your neighbor's political views. Maybe it’s time you saw the world. They won’t cause harm, but they could heal something. You were once a child that found curiosity in everything, from Lego blocks to chimneys to insects that wandered about in the garden. Don’t let that curiosity fade with age.

You Can’t Always Win
You may have realized this now, but failing is part of life. In fact, failing is one of the best parts of life. Failing is how we learn; it is how we improve, it is how we become gracious. What’s more, failing means that you had ambition and that you tried. That is why failing is so great. It shows us what is important, and the importance of trying to achieve your dreams (and it is never too late to try and achieve your dreams. Failing teaches us to get back on our feet, dust ourselves off and try again, this time taking a different tact. It is how we grow and become better people. So never stop failing, and never stop trying. It is part of life and one that should stick with us forever.

Serious Stress: Tackling It When You're a Carer

Being a carer can be a very stressful job. Although you might want to be there for your loved one, it can still be an extremely difficult thing to do. It can take its toll on your health, both physically and mentally. If you're not careful, you can burn out from the stress of everything you have to do. If you're not at your best health-wise, you can't be there for the person you care for. So it's essential that you find ways to deal with stress and perhaps take a break when you need one. Use the methods below to help you manage stress so you can be there for the one you love.

Get Help with Caring

Being a carer all on your own is the hardest thing of all. You need to be there for someone 24/7, and you don't get a break. It's a full-time job, much like being a parent. If you're someone's primary carer, you should think about whether you can get help from anyone else. Your first thought might be other family, who might be able to give some of their time. Even a neighbor popping in for an hour a day can be helpful. Another option is professional senior care or home care. You can have a carer or nurse come and look after your loved one to enable you to get out of the house.

Organize Respite

You don't necessarily have to have someone helping you with caring all the time. Another useful thing to do is to arrange respite care. It gives you a break, and it gives the person you care for a break too. Respite care can involve a number of situations. You could have someone come and provide home care so that you can go away or just have a few days to yourself. The person you care for could also go and stay somewhere else for a while. Even if you're not a full-time carer, respite care can help to reduce stress for both of you.


Get Emotional Support

Emotional support is essential if you're a carer. You can have a lot of feelings and lots of things affecting you. If you keep them bottled up, it could result in a lot of stress. There are several ways you can get the support you need. Some people speak to family and friends, although you might feel that they aren't able to understand as well you would like. Another option is to find a support group for carers so you can share your experiences with people who have been through similar things. You can also consider a therapist.

Take Care of Your Physical Health

Don't forget to look after your physical health too. If you're not at your best physically, it can be even more difficult to handle stress. You should get adequate amounts of sleep and a healthy diet so that you can stay well. If you get ill, it's important to allow yourself time to recover.

Caring for someone you love is a lot of work, so don't try to do it alone. Make sure you have support and take care of yourself to reduce stress.
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