Accessible Housing for All

Our homes are our palaces, we cherish them and decorate them to create our own perfect havens away from the rest of the world. These are the places where we feel safe, secure and comfortable. But what about if something happens to us, either for a moment in time, or more permanently, that makes our homes become a place of frustration, and even a danger to use? This is something that wheelchair users have to address all the time.

I have had times in my life when mobility was a problem. Straight after having Joe I was very ill, and needed a wheelchair to get around. I struggled with the most mudane things like getting around corners and through doors. I was lucky, this was a temporary setback for me, I was soon up and on my feet again. But for some people, this is what they face everyday. My family has a history of MS on both my maternal and paternal side, so I have seen aunties who have spent a great portion of their adult lives needing wheelchairs for mobility, homes that needed to install a stairlift to make life easier, so that they weren’t just confined to the lower levels, and bathrooms that needed to be converted into wet rooms in order to make them safe and usable. In short their houses had to be adapted to make them safe and accessible.

The idea that safer mobility in our homes is now only something we need to think of in terms of elderly relatives is now sadly outdated, the number of young adults who suffer with chronic pain is on the rise, and the stigma about talking about this is lessening, meaning more people are seeking the help they need to help them live independently. A Daily Mail report suggested that more than half of the adult population suffer with chronic pain, i.e. pain that lasts more than 3 months, with an NHS report echoing this, 1 in 6 of these people are in the 18-25 age group, which is quite a staggering figure, and this would, in the past, have made independent living very difficult for young people suffering, but wanting to branch out on their own.

But we can now at least adapt our homes to suit our needs and to give us a level of mobility that can also give a real quality of life. That can only be a good thing.

Take Time Out For A Little Self Care This Autumn

No matter how busy and hectic your life may be, you need to make sure that you take care of your wellbeing in order for you to be healthy and happy. Along with the fulfilling any responsibilities of work, family and motherhood, you should cater to your own needs such as adequate rest, nourishing food and regular exercise, and could also look into how therapy can improve your life if you are feeling that everything is on top of you.

Learn to Love Yourself

If you want to improve the quality of your life, then actually learning to love yourself is a big step forward. So many of us spend so much time beating ourselves up about every last thing, and then wonder why things don’t go our way. Look at all the things you do well, the people who love you and often rely on you, and what you have achieved in life so far, no matter how small or big those things seem. Orionsmethod .com offers a range of self coaching methods that can help you to step back and evaluate all those important life choices and decisions.

Take a Break

Finding some time to focus on you is vital for all mothers because their lives usually involve meeting other people’s needs throughout the day. This can be quite exhausting and if you are overwhelmed you will not be able to handle your obligations effectively. If your general wellbeing does not receive the care it deserves, you will end up being stressed and worn out.

Invest in some time to care for your needs, which will be beneficial for your health in the long run. Finding enough time for yourself requires planning when you have a busy life. Set aside time for the spa, lunch dates with friends and regular appointments with your doctor.

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Nutritious Diet

All mothers require a healthy diet that is well-balanced. It is important to plan healthy and simple meals if you have a hectic schedule to ensure that you get the nutrition that you need. Include all the recommended food groups in your meal choices. Your nutritional intake has a significant impact on your general health, immune system, weight and energy levels.

Exercise

Develop exercise routines that work well for your lifestyle. Exercise helps you to stay active. You do not have to run for miles or go the gym everyday to stay fit. Dancing, swimming and biking are some of the fun activities that you can get involved in to keep you physically active.

 

 

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Living the Good Life with Diabetes

Having diabetes means a lot of lifestyle changes have to happen. In fact, the entire situation can often seem overwhelming, especially when a person is first diagnosed. Fortunately, it becomes considerably easier to deal with as time goes on. I have been diabetic for almost 15 years, but recently I have been transferred from tablets to Insulin, and am now having to evaluate my food choices all over again. Below are some tips about diet and lifestyle choices that can help anyone that has been diagnosed with diabetes live the fullest life possible.

Fruit

Fruit is a healthy choice and one your body needs, but some types of fruit do contain a lot of natural sugar – fructose. You can and should still enjoy fruit, it’s health benefits far outweigh the bad, and a good way to indulge is by making your own juices and smoothies where you can use a smaller amount of fruit but still get the taste and flavour. It may be worth investing in a juicer from www.myjuicer.co.uk to help make life easier.

Dealing with fast food

One of the most difficult things to alter for most people is the way they eat. Fast food is notoriously unhealthy but if you are a diabetic and you have to eat it, choose lighter options such as salads as opposed to burgers or french fries. Take care to use the least amount of dressing possible, because this can turn an otherwise healthy option into something that is scarcely any better than the hamburger you just passed up.

Eating at other restaurants

Sometimes, eating at even the most upscale restaurant is no easier than eating somewhere that serves fast food. Typically, restaurants in general have a habit of serving unhealthy meal options and the portions are way too large. Again, choose a healthy option like a salad and baked fish or steamed vegetables. Ask them to hold the dressing. This is a much healthier option than many of the other things that are probably on the menu.

Eating at home

When you learn how to cook in order to help your diabetes instead of hinder it, your life will probably become much easier. If you are going to eat meat, choose healthier options such as fish or chicken without the skin on it and refrain from frying anything. Eat a lot of vegetables and make sure that you choose healthy options when it comes to the various ways that you choose to cook them.

Typical pitfalls

There are a lot of pitfalls when it comes to dealing with your diabetes. Eating a lot of sugary desserts or frying too many foods are never a good idea. Neither is consuming a lot of pasta. If you do these things and you don’t get a lot of physical activity, you are setting yourself up for disaster.

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Foods that help

Believe it or not, there are some foods that can actually help improve your blood sugar levels as opposed to hurting them. These include foods like cinnamon and coffee. If you love coffee, go ahead and indulge but try to leave the sugar aside. You can even incorporate some cinnamon into a few healthy desserts so that you don’t feel like you are missing out on everything all the time.

Test your blood sugar

This should go without saying. Get in a routine and test it often using diabetic test strips.

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Physical activity

You need to get a lot of physical activity. You don’t have to prepare to run a marathon, but it is a good idea to walk, ride a bicycle or play some basketball with friends. Do what you have to do to get off the couch and start moving.

Creating the right lifestyle

Without a doubt, your life as a diabetic will require a certain period of adjustment. Focus on changing your diet and becoming more active but do not beat yourself up if you are not able to make the change completely at one time. This is a process and there is nothing wrong with that.

Sleep matters too

Not getting enough sleep can cause people to become diabetic, so it only stands to reason that you need to get plenty of sleep if you are already dealing with this problem.

Watch your weight

Sometimes it is a struggle to keep your weight under control when you are a diabetic. The sooner that you find a way to maintain a healthy weight, the better position you are putting yourself in to stay healthy.