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Sleep Disorder Problems After A Divorce – How Can You Help Yourself?

 

 

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You probably figured out by now that you will experience having a sleep disorder due to tensions, constant worries, and stresses from a failed marriage. It’s not an easy battle because you know that it can clearly affect your health conditions. So how can you get enough sleep and bring back those energy levels you once lost? Here are the top remedies we have for you. According to Alicia H. Clark, PsyD, “When your marriage which you thought would stand the test of time ends, your heart understandably is broken.”

 

Develop A Relaxing Bedtime Ritual – It’s important to follow a bedtime ritual especially when you already went through a lot of emotional stress from the previous experience of your divorce. You can at least try a cup of decaffeinated coffee or milk to soothe your body and make you feel relaxed. Take a warm shower to let your body reach its required temperature before going to bed. Also, consider cleaning and changing your pillows and sheets because it gives an extra comfortable feeling of relaxation.

 

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Maintain A Regular Sleeping Schedule – Well, sleeping in a well-maintained time doesn’t mean that you have to push yourself to go to bed and wake up at an exact time. You only need to follow a consistent day and night pattern that will allow your body to maneuver quickly. Having different sleeping schedules will create an impact on your body as well as your mental health if you continue to change it more often. You might feel stressed and exhausted throughout the day.

 

Avoid Having Your Gadgets Beside You – One thing that will help you attain that stress relief is by removing your mobile phones away from your bed. Your mobile gadgets inhibit you from producing sleep-inducing hormones (melatonin). Your body gets confused between day and night due to the emitting blue lights that your phone releases. It also disrupts sleep due to constant snoozing. Honestly, you don’t necessarily need to check it every time it snoozes.

 

TIP: “It’s important to be in touch with your own value system and know when your thinking is being driven by emotions.” –  Corrine Leikam, PsyD

 

Turn Off The Lights – Exposure to light can signal the body to stay alert. However, you won’t need it when you are about to sleep. Switching off the light before going to sleep helps in alleviating your stress levels. It also helps your brain to rest and stabilize your emotions as well. It supports in producing a maximum amount of melatonin that can assist in processing a much faster sleep.

 

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Make A Comfortable Bedroom – You probably don’t have time to think about a lot of things because you’re too preoccupied with the worries and emotional dilemma you have gone through the divorce. However, if you want to achieve that relaxing sleep, make sure that you take the time to evaluate your room. Clean it, change sheets regularly, use humidifiers, remove clogging stuff, check the temperature, and do everything that will make it a comfortable place that you would want to look forward to every night.

Following these simple steps might take time, but you’ll soon get used to it in the long run. Besides, it may not look so important at first, but eventually, you’ll realize the benefits it can give you in addressing your sleep disorder. Before you sleep, make sure to talk to your children. Remember that Shendl Tuchman, PsyD. said that “If your children are asking questions about things they have overheard, try to assure them that, as soon as anything is known for certain, they will be the first to know.”



Dysthymia After A Broken Relationship

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A broken relationship is depressing, and it can take a toll on a person’s overall health. According to Randy Withers, LPC, “It’s not like anyone expects terrible shit to happen. It’s not like people anticipate divorce, or miscarriages, or job losses, or trauma.”  Sometimes, when the emotional crisis is too much, people leave their senses and start to live a life that is unmanageable and toxic. Then it ended in a most unnecessary situation that they won’t be able to take back.

 

What Is Dysthymia?

Stephanie Smith, PsyD says that “Depression and sadness are often viewed as the same thing. Part of the confusion is that the most recognizable symptom of depression is sadness.” Dysthymia, or most commonly known as persistent depressive disorder, is a less intensified form of depression that goes on a longer span of time. It often misinterpreted as a profound and sad emotional struggle and most of its diagnosis can take up to a minimum of two years. The complication is noticeable because the case of depression appears frequent in almost two months in a row. It makes a person gloomy and down that, they don’t seem to enjoy life at all. Most times, nothing seems to make them happy, and that severely affects their mental, behavioral, and emotional state.

 

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How It Affects A Person

A person with dysthymia doesn’t feel the excitement and they don’t feel any better. They always sense the need to see things negatively. They have low self-esteem and have difficulty concentrating. In most times, even a mild situation makes them feel hopeless. They instantly get irritated about something, and they don’t value positive reinforcements. They lack the social skills in making friends and consider isolating themselves most of the time. They mostly complain about everything and they lack the ability to have fun. The low-grade depression is somehow much harder to manage due to the misinformation with regards to its origin.

According to Lisa Moses, PsyD,  “People often don’t realize that depression isn’t just one thing. It can have different causes and presentations. Some people look sad, others are more irritable, some withdraw, and others seem restless.”

Symptoms

One common symptom of the disorder is the loss of interest in things that they used to love doing. They find their hobbies not enjoyable anymore. Another sign of this condition is the problem of sleeping where they often feel tired and exhausted all the time even if they are not. Sometimes, they don’t want to do anything and prefer to stay in bed the whole time. Then there’s a bad eating habit where there’s a loss or increase of appetite. It can also be diagnosed with minimal shifts in their behavior. Though it may be unnoticeable, they should pay attention to the details of the changes that affect daily function.

Though the association of this health condition to major depression varies due to its mildness, it will still take a lot of years to be able to assist it. It can even start in early childhood or adolescent years and will eventually remain until adulthood, making it more impossible to get potential treatment. In worst cases, people who suffer from the disorder tend to believe that the symptoms of dysthymia are part of their personality. It may eventually link to family conflicts, substance abuse, and social dilemma.

 

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People with this disorder don’t know they have it. They’ll keep it for a more extended period before they can even acknowledge their condition. It prolongs a mental illness since people don’t prioritize seeking help because they think they don’t need it. This is where they’re very wrong and they should soon realize it – before they end up being depressed for life.

 



Psychiatry: What You Need To Know About Multiple Personality Disorder

Psychiatrists are having a long battle with multiple personality disorder where they sometimes see the condition as the most complicated case. It is a rare mental health condition that positively affects a minimal amount of population. People with this kind of psychological state feel the disconnection to what exactly is going on around them.  

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According to Jessica Bernal, LMFT “Education helps us learn about what these things look like and to understand that there are people all over every day that are super high-functioning — that have an education, jobs, partners — and have mental health issues.”

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Online Counseling Guides: How To Shake Off Stress In The Easiest Ways

 

There is a broad definition of stress, and sometimes, it also differs in psychological, physical, and emotional response. According to Rachel Fintzy Woods, MA, LMFT, “Short-term stress is a normal part of life and to be expected. Having bills to pay, challenges at work, relationship issues, and health concerns can all trigger anxiety.”

Sometimes, it can also be a result of the different things that a person needs to balance in his day-to-day life. According to Stephanie Dobbin, LMFT, CGP, the reasons for having stress come from “the long hours, the tedium and pressure of having to complete documentation in a timely manner, the unpredictability of being on-call, and feelings of frustration and inadequacy as they attempt to juggle home, family, and career.”

Let us say that it is somehow dependent on the things that can make you feel exhausted and clinically unstable. Since there are complete immeasurable factors that affect it, it can entirely become a damaging aspect of life. However, knowing the simple things that can lessen the formulation of stress will enhance your way out to avoid having one. 

 

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When Acne Strikes [Home Remedies]

 

Acne is a skin condition common to adolescents and young adults. It occurs when the skin develops red spots, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, oily skin, dark marks, and scars. Acne occurs when the hair follicle, commonly on the face, is clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and dirt.

 

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This skin condition can affect a person emotionally as it diminishes self-esteem. A person suffering from acne may be embarrassed or hesitant to interact with other people because he is afraid that they will be grossed out by his condition.

 

It can appear as early as puberty which is around the age of 12 that’s why teens are encouraged to be more cautious with their hygiene. Adolescence is the stage of life when a person is still undecided of his identity and tend to yearn for attention and acceptance, and having bad skin is a big problem!

 

 

Before your skin worsens, here are some simple remedies you can try at home to reduce and hopefully clear acne completely:

 

 

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  1. Vitamin A and E

 

Increase vitamin A and E intake. You can buy supplements from the pharmacy. Vitamin A is known to have antioxidant properties which can decrease oil production of the skin. It is also proven to contribute to healthy new skin cells and younger-looking skin. Vitamin E can help acne conditions by promoting fast healing and tissue repair diminishing acne marks.

 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

 

You can use apple cider vinegar as a toner or as a wash. It has a cleansing property which rids the skin of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells which are the leading causes of this skin condition. You can also drink apple cider vinegar to remove toxins from your system which can also contribute to acne.

 

  1. Green Tea

 

Green tea can help get rid of acne by causing a decrease in oil production. Aside from applying the green tea to the affected area, drinking it is also an excellent way to benefit from its acne busting properties. It strengthens the immune system and helps the body fight infections such as acne. It also decreases inflammation levels.

 

  1. Honey

 

You can add honey to your water and juices. You can take one tablespoon every morning and before bedtime. Honey has antioxidant properties which eliminate toxins in the body. It moisturizes the skin naturally and also serves as a facial mask to prevent dryness of the skin.

 

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  1. Lemon

 

Lemon is a rich in vitamin C which is essential in boosting the immune system. You can also use lemon as a skin astringent because it has cleansing properties that rid the skin of oil and dirt. It has a brightening and firming effect, so it can be very beneficial to acne as it clears the skin of acne marks.

 

People always notice our face first when they talk to us and having acne can be troublesome! It messes with our self-confidence and affects how we mingle with other people. Early treatment is imperative to avoid unpleasant outcomes like acne marks or scarring.

 

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There are other several ways to get rid of acne. You can try the remedies mentioned above, or you can also consult a doctor if you think its severity needs a more aggressive approach or medication.

 

 

 

 



Coping With Food Allergy Anxiety

Having a kid with a food allergy is very stressful for both parents and the kid, which sometimes ends up with the parents feeling paranoid.   

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Mother’s Anxiety

My niece Anaya has multiple food allergies that are very hard to control.   When she was younger, around one or two years of age, they often made trips to the emergency room.  There was one time when she had three anaphylactic attacks around the holiday season.  I witnessed how my sister and her husband were rocked to the core.  My sister developed severe anxiety, and I often saw her crying out of pity for her sick child.   She would worry that just one bite of the wrong food will end her daughter’s life. She even gave up her job just to be on Anaya’s side day in and day out.  

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7 Essential Acne Fighting Oils

Although acne can be a prevalent problem across people of varying ages, the treatment of such skin condition tends to work differently and uniquely for everyone. For so many years, different companies have developed various ranges of skincare products–from creams, mists, toners, gels, masks, and a whole lot more–with the similar promise of bright, glowing, and healthy skin. However, it is a challenge for acne sufferers to find a fantastic product that will do amazing wonders on their skin.

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