Here’s Why You Should Start a Blog?

bloggingEveryone seems to be doing it. There are blogs devoted to just about any subject you can think of…and plenty more beyond that. That being the case, should you join in on the fun? Here are some good reasons why you should consider starting your own blog:

Become a Better Writer

Practice makes perfect and that applies to writing, too. Keeping a regular posting schedule means you will be exercising your writing muscles on a regular basis. Also, as your audience grows, you will put more and more thought into your posts because you know that many people will be reading them.

Connection

The internet is a great way to connect with new people and a blog will help you link up with others who share your interests. You will also likely make the acquaintance of other writers and reading their work may prove inspirational. This can lead to some long-term friendship and mentor relationships that may considerably enrich your life.

Increases Your Knowledge Base

If you decide to write about a variety of subjects, you will become more knowledgeable in more areas. Even if you just stick with one area, you will soon become an expert in that field.

Allows You to Be Heard

Not everyone can have a TV series or weekly column in a major newspaper, but that doesn’t mean your opinion is necessarily less valid. Writing a blog means a potential audience of millions and may even lead to other opportunities for you to make your voice heard.

It Can Be Quite Lucrative

If you start a blog and it develops a real following, this can lead to sponsorships or positions doing professional writing.

Also, if you have your own business, doing your own blog can be a great way to increase traffic and get the word out, at no additional cost to you.

 

Graffiti: Legitimate Street Art or Public Blight?

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If you live in a city or town of any size, you have no doubt seen graffiti. It might consist of a few scribbled words or wildly elaborate tableaux that demonstrate the artist has genuine talent. Whether the latter is true or not, if the painter does not have permission to add their art, it is still a crime. Cities have wrestled with the notion of what to do about graffiti for decades. There doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer, though some have also started to embrace this form of street art by allowing it in certain areas.

Graffiti was often seen as a sign of rebellion and fight against public order. Someone with a grudge working out their frustration on either public or private property. It might be to express an ideology, cause general offense, or have no meaning whatsoever.

Whatever the reasoning behind most graffiti, it usually provokes a negative reaction. However, some of this art is so striking, even many authorities have expressed a begrudging admiration. British street artist Banksy garnered attention around the globe for his amazing work, which often incorporated satirical and/or subversive themes.

In an attempt to dissuade continued graffiti vandalism, some cities have adopted a “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” attitude by designating certain areas as places where artists can express themselves without threat from the law, providing they leave other spaces in the city alone. This experiment has often brought new life to sections of cities that were derelict or otherwise in desperate need of a facelift.

What is your take on graffiti? Do you feel it is right for artists to express themselves in such a way in order to make a statement? Are you willing to take the bad/offensive art with the good? Or should all graffiti remain criminal and banned?

How to Take Advantage of the Long Weekend

It’s hard to believe it, but we are already half way through summer. Sad, right? Well, don’t be too depressed because there is another long weekend just around the corner!  Many of us use that extra day to unwind, go for short trips, or just take a load off. However, if you are feeling the need to be more productive than usual this holiday, here are some suggestions on how you can take advantage of this long weekend:

Get in an Extra Workoutactive

Some of us only manage one or two trips to the gym each week because of time constraints. If your regular athletic centre is open this coming Monday, why not get an extra workout in? If it’s closed, you can always go for a run or do some additional physical activity of another sort outside in that wonderful August sunshine. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Spend Time With Your Kids

Instead of sneaking off for a fishing weekend with your buddies, take advantage of the extra day to spend more time with your children. Engage in a mutually interesting activity, play board games, have a long talk, or do something completely silly…laugh, bond, and have fun without worrying about time constraints.

Reading for Pleasure

We spend so much time running around these days and keeping up with various responsibilities that it seems like reading for pleasure is a luxury. Well, here is your chance to make a sizeable dent in that best seller that has been collecting dust for the past few months. Crack that spine and expand your mind!

Catch Up With Local Friends

Even though they may only live a few minutes away, it is possible to fall out of touch with friends. Get together for a BBQ, a few drinks, or just a relaxed conversation.

Do I Really Need Eight Glasses of Water a Day?

Water is everywhere and we, as human beings, are made up of water in large part. In an effort to reduce the amount of coffee and soda people drink, doctors and those working in physical fitness have emphasized that we should be drinking water instead. Depending on the article you read, the recommended amount is as low as 8 cups a day and as high as 13! That’s a lot of H2o and makes for some pretty dull beverages, if you like a little zing in your drink.

You may be at the point where you are sick of hearing about how much you need water; it is really that important?

Replenishing Fluids

Between urination, sweating, and even our breath, we expel a good amount of water every day. Certain health conditions can bring about vomiting or diarrhea, which also reduce fluid levels.

Doctors say that we need a consistent level in our bodies to maintain health, so that is where the eight cups come into the discussion. You can also consume other beverages that contain water as well as certain foods (e.g. fruit). However, also drinking those eight glasses of water will assure you hitting the minimum each day.

Monitor Your Intakewater

If you are not sure how many glasses of water you are getting each day, monitor your intake. You can write down each glass you have, but an easier method is to use of one several smartphone apps that will do the tracking for you.

You can also monitor your urine output. It should be yellow in the morning and then progressively lighter in color as your fluid intake increases.

In answer to our question, yes, you really should aim to have that much water per day. However, as we also mentioned, you can get that fluid in other ways, too, so you don’t necessarily have to go to the sink eight times a day. It certainly can’t hurt, though.

Cutting Soda From Your Diet

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Some call it soda. Others prefer to say pop. Whatever the name, these sugary drinks are far from healthy, even in their ‘diet’ form.

It’s not just that it’s full of sugar and calories. Studies have linked the health issues surrounding soda to obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, stroke, and even a greater risk of developing dementia.

Fortunately, it’s never too late to kick your soda habit. The AARP recently published useful tips on how you can gradually cut soda from your diet and live a healthier life. We’ve summarized these tips and added a few extra notes below.

  • Take it slow: Did you know it takes at least 21 days to form a new habit or break an old one? If you’re a frequent soda drinker, it will take time to unlearn that old habit (especially since caffeine is mildly addictive!) But if you buckle down and stick to a plan, you can get to a point where drinking soda is no longer a part of your regular habits.
  • Set clear goals: One of the important first steps in quitting any habit is setting clear, achievable goals. For example, if you currently drink multiple cans of soda each day, try cutting it down to just one. With that habit under control, you can move to a few cans a week or fewer. Eventually, you’ll be able to enjoy soda as an indulgence on special occasions.
  • Find an alternative: Got a craving for soda? Don’t let yourself go thirsty. Try drinking a healthy alternative, like sparkling water without sugar, instead. You can add fruit, cucumber, or fresh herbs to make it more flavourful.
  • Change your routine: For some people, cracking open a can of soda becomes part of their daily routine. You might be used to visiting the vending machine with your co-workers at lunch break, or swinging by the refrigerator on the way to your favourite living room chair. Try replacing this habit with something equally rewarding, like eating a healthy snack or getting some fresh air.

Do We Get More Conservative As We Age?

There has been much reporting that cable networks like CNN and Fox News are losing viewers to the one thing that even the savviest advertiser cannot combat: death. Let’s face it, these 24-hour news sources are largely geared to those in their golden years, as evidenced by the endless stream of blood pressure, incontinence, and Viagara ads. It makes sense: seniors are much more likely to be retired and in front of the television for more hours per day. The average age of a Fox News viewer has been pegged as both 68 and 70.

Another thing that seems true is that we become more conservative with age. This can be the result of several factors.

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The Decline of Intellectual Curiosity

This amalgam of scientific studies indicates that a person’s intellectual curiosity tends to decline with age. The willingness to learn more about different people, cultures, and ideologies plays a key role in helping to broaden one’s horizons. Those with more educated backgrounds tend to be more open to change and empathy for the positions of others.

Changes in the Ability to Judge

As we age, our ability to process information slows. While people in middle age and above can rely on years of experience while judging situations, they also are less adept at recalling information. That means that they spend less time thinking about the wide ranging aspects of information. This study showed that people in this age range tend to favor black and white interpretations over ones that might have some ambiguity. That can lead one to take a more conservative stance.

The Stress of Change

Young people tend to be more flexible and able to adapt to the demands of change. Battling the life challenges brought about by mental and physical changes, older people tend to prefer situations and a lifestyle that is predictable and unlikely to have any major alterations.

This posting included information from a very interesting piece on the Psychology Today website; for the full article, go here.

Visit Grandma Soon!

The decision to move a relative into managed care is a tough one. It can represent a dramatic change for any person, especially if they have lived a life of independence. However, just because a move is completed does not mean that people automatically adjust well to their new surroundings.

While many residents do adjust well and make new friends, it is important to remember that they are still part of the family. One of the reasons that people resist going into a home is the feeling that the family is “leaving them behind.” You have heard the old saying “out of sight, out of mind,” right? Well, that applies to people, too.

If your elderly mother or father is no longer living with you or nearby, it is easy to become busy and forget about them. However, they don’t forget about you. If someone in a home is lonely, they will greatly look forward to upcoming visits because it allows them to reconnect with the family. Cancelling a planned visit can be very disappointing and repeated cancellations can even lead to depression and anxiety. Your loved one may even feel that you don’t care about them anymore.

We are all very busy nowadays, but please don’t forget your relatives that no longer live at home. Try to put yourself in their place: if you spend all of your time in an environment you find different from the norm you have enjoyed for many years, people that remind you of your old life can mean a lot. Remember to also include them for family events, such as Christmas dinner.

Seniors also treasure the time they spend with their grandchildren. Remember to regularly bring them along as bonding with grandpa and grandma is also important.

While it may not be possible to see them every week, always remember to share quality time with your elderly loved ones as often as you can.

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How Seniors Benefit from Gardening

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We know gardening is a simple, rewarding hobby. But did you there are physical and mental health benefits to gardening as well? It’s only recently we’ve begun to recognize how the hobby can be to people of all ages feel stronger and healthier, including seniors.

Reduces Risk of Disease

Many of us don’t get as much physical activity as we should. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention  states that just 2.5 hours moderate physical activity per week can reduce the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoperosis, heart disease, and stroke.

Gardening is a great way to incorporate moderate, full-body exercise into your daily routine. Unlike many activities, like running and cycling, gardening is accessible to those who are older, have disabilities, or suffer from chronic pain. You can do it at your own pace in your own home.

Relieves Stress

You may have retired, but it’s still important to manage stress in your life. Stress can cause irritability, headaches, stomach aches, and increase your risk of a heart attack.

Fortunately, gardening is a scientifically-proven stress-buster. One study showed that gardening is more effective in easing stress than other leisure activities, like reading a book.

Andrea Faber Taylor, a horticultural instructor and researcher, says it’s the repetitive, soothing nature of gardening that makes it so effective. “The breeze blows, things get dew on them, things flower; the sounds, the smells,” she describes.

Lowers Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s

We still don’t understand all the factors that influence the incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementia. However, researchers in this study found that gardening is the single biggest factor in reducing a person’s risk of dementia.

The study looked at the lifestyle habits of nearly 3000 older adults over the course of 16 years. Those who were daily gardeners had a 36% reduced incidence of dementia.

It’s not certain why this is the case, but it might have to do with the fact that gardening involves so many of different parts of the body and mind: strength and endurance, dexterity, problem-solving, and sensory awareness.

Improves Mental Health and Depression

About 6.7% of the adult population suffers from depression, including seniors. Coping with mental health challenges can be especially difficult for seniors who live alone and have scant contact with friends and family.

While gardening cannot cure a mental health issue, it is proven to help patients feel better. This benefit stems from a combination of physical activity, natural surroundings, mental stimulation, and, of course, the personal satisfaction in growing something beautiful.

How PSWs Help Caregivers

Looking after my mother proved to be both the most difficult and most rewarding thing of my life. We all get old, and I knew that Mom’s health would decline, but it all happened very suddenly and in a way I didn’t expect.

Mom’s stroke left her partially paralyzed. She was also afflicted with a condition called global aphasia, which affects the communication centres of the brain. For the first few weeks after the stroke, she could not talk and found it very difficult to follow instructions.

Therapy with a speech pathologist brought back a good portion of Mom’s abilities, but there was only so much that could be done physically. She would need a wheelchair for the rest of her life and no longer had the independence to feed, cloth, or toilet herself.

I have been self-employed and working from home for a number of years, so I moved Mom in with us. It was a big adjustment for both of us, and, rather quickly, I started having trouble keeping everything in balance.

Fortunately, Mom qualified for home care assistance and we soon had a PSW coming in every morning. This was a godsend for me because our worker arrived first thing to help mom prepare for the day. This involved getting her out of bed, dressed, washed (or bathed), and fed a good breakfast.

Having these tasks taken care of for me made all of the difference. In my profession, the morning is the busiest time, so it was very tough for me to allocate the necessary time to get mom going. Quite frankly, I was worrying that the situation would no longer be do-able as it was affecting my ability to work and earn a living.

Another very important benefit is that the PSWs provided additional company and friendship for mom. This became something she looked forward to every day and it has certainly enriched her life as a result.

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Right At Home Senior Home Care

Sending your aging parent to one of the home care facility doesn’t mean you no longer care for them. This just means you want to give them the best care they deserve such as mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. This is a hard decision for most adult children because in some reason they cannot manage the right time to take care of their aging parent. This is not giving up. This is just asking for help for others that can provide the require care for the aging people. Finding and trusting a home care is very difficult. But as you research for the companies giving this kind of service for the older people, you can definitely choose which one to trust. Choosing company means know the feedback or reviews by their client and the rating of the site. You can also ask people who had experienced the service of the home care. When you sum up all the key points, it will be easier for you to decide where you entrust your loved one’s care and safety.

One leading home care facility is around the country of Canada. They provide first class services professionally. The Right at home senior home care really know how to give necessary need of aged people with superb treatment and assistance. Your aging parents will treat it as their second home peacefully. Adjustment is just normal but as they get to encounter the service they getting, you will have a peace of mind and worry no more.

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Giving the necessary need for your loved ones can prolong their life. Especially when they feel safe, well take care of and proper health monitoring. The senior caregiver gives supportive in-home care for best solution of comfort, safety, independence and like loving family relationships in the facility. A partner to help your loved one is all what you need.