Understanding Health Anxiety

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We all feel anxious about our health from time to time, for example, when waiting for test results or going for an operation. However, when worrying about your physical and mental health becomes constant and overwhelming, you could have health anxiety.

People who suffer from this form of anxiety usually jump to the conclusion that any symptom they feel is linked to a serious illness. In other words, they catastrophize the situation. They are also often preoccupied with their future health; worrying that they will be diagnosed with cancer or heart disease, for example.

All forms of anxiety can be debilitating if ignored. It is important to understand the root of your worries and take necessary steps to manage your anxiety so that you can get the best quality of life.

Why do people suffer from health anxiety?

There isn’t one answer to this, but you could be suffering from health anxiety because of one or more of the following reasons:

  • You may be someone who is prone to worrying, making you vulnerable to health anxiety.
  • You may have grown up with someone who has health anxiety, a parent or sibling for example, and these worries may have passed on to you.
  • You may be going through a stressful period in you life.
  • You may know someone who is suffering from a serious illness, making you worry about your own health.

Common behaviors

People who suffer from health anxiety tend to fall into two camps. Those that constantly seek reassurance about their health or those that avoid anything that makes them think about it. Both are unhelpful behaviors. If you are always asking your doctor to do tests or searching for a diagnosis using the internet, this will only fuel your anxieties. Avoiding anything health-related will do exactly the same. The more you try and stay away from it, the more of an issue it becomes in your head. It’s important to learn about helpful behaviors like if a symptom persists for two weeks, ask your doctor for advice. Leave any diagnosis to the professionals. They are qualified in internal medicine and are there for your welfare. Self-diagnosing using the internet will undoubtedly make you more anxious.

What help is there?

There are many ways you can deal with health anxiety. What works for one person may not work for the next, so it is important to discuss the options with your doctor and find one or more that work for you.

  • One of the most effective treatments for anxiety is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. This form of therapy aims to challenge the thinking and behavior patterns associated with your worries.
  • There are some medication options. If your anxiety is linked to another mental health condition, such as depression, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants. If you suffer from panic attacks as a result of your anxiety, you may be prescribed beta blockers.
  • There are also a number of self-help techniques you can try that have proven effective for many people. These include yoga, meditation, breathing and mindfulness.

We hope you have found this article helpful.

 

 

Tips For Sticking To Healthy Eating

Each new year, we set ourselves the resolutions of eating more healthy, regularly exercising  and losing those few extra pounds. And each year we deviate and break these resolutions.

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But not this year. This is the year that your healthy eating plan will stick and make it past early March. It is so easy to fall back into your old habits, but it is crucial that you stick to your healthy eating plan, no matter what.

Do you want to be overweight? Do you want to damage your body by carrying around excess pounds? Then have a read of this.

To help you stick to your healthy eating plan, we have put together some simple tips to help you. To find out more, keep reading below:

1. Speak to your doctor

Make an appointment to discuss your weight with your doctor. He or she will know everything about your health and your body and will be able to offer you excellent diet advice. For instance, if you suffer from a certain medical condition, your doctor can suggest the best diet for you.

Your doctor may also refer you to a dietitian or specialist who can help you on your weight loss journey. For instance, your doctor may suggest that Denver diet counselling or another specialist company is perfect for your weight loss needs.

2. Start a food diary

Keep a note of everything you eat and drink each day, along with the calories and fat in each item. Make sure to record everything, including snacks – anything from an apple to a glass of wine counts towards your daily calorie intake.

By recording everything you eat or drink, you can track your average calorie intake and check that you are eating the right foods.

3. Choose a plan that fits your lifestyle and tastes

When choosing a healthy eating plan, it is important to pick something that fits well with your lifestyle and allows you to eat foods that you enjoy.

Don’t skip breakfast, make sure to choose a plan that allows you to eat a protein-rich breakfast. This will aid your weight loss by speeding up your metabolism, as well as keeping you full until lunch time.

4. Don’t buy junk food

If you want to stick to your healthy eating plan, do not buy junk food. Otherwise, you will be tempted to eat it.

Keep things like cakes, sweets, crisps, sugary drinks, ready meals, and takeaways out of the house. Any foods that are high in fat, high in calories and have very little nutritional value should be kept out of the house at all times.

5. Use portion control

Cut your portion sizes. Don’t serve your dinner on a massive plate, instead use a smaller plate for your food. This will ensure that you are controlling your portion sizes.

If there are any leftovers, make sure to put them away immediately, that way you won’t be able to go back for seconds. Pop leftovers in containers and keep in the fridge, you can then enjoy them the following day, instead of eating them all at once.

Good Habits to Develop ASAP: Live the Good Life

We all want to thrive in life. To live long and prosper is our ultimate goal. For some of us, this comes naturally; going to the gym, eating the right things and living life to the full. For others it can easy to get into bad eating habits, slouch around at the TV and generally just ‘survive’. Here are some healthy habits you must start ASAP if you want to live a good, long, life. None of them are complex or take time to learn, and you can start doing them today!

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Exercise Regularly

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do on a regular basis to ensure your body and heart stays healthy. I’m not saying you should run marathons or start benching heavy weights at the gym. A few brisk walks a week will suffice. Or maybe you prefer to swim? Your place of work walkable? Why not ditch the car for a peaceful, healthy and life-saving walk?

Habit to start today: Take a 10 minute walk to work or the local shop daily.

 

Eat Healthily

Coupled with exercise, the ‘fuel’ you decide to fill your body with can determine the quality and length of your life. If you find yourself regularly opting for fast food or microwave meals, you need to stop and assess your eating options. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard. Try to eat some meat like chicken with veg and maybe some sweet potato instead of your usual microwave goto dish.

Habit to start today: Grill some chicken with veg and sweet potato for tea tonight!

 

Stay Stress-Free

Stress is a killer. I think we take this too lightly. In this day and age, there is a lot of pressure on us to do better in our line of work, to get better grades at school, to succeed in whatever we are doing. This causes stress, and stress isn’t good for the body or mind. It’s advisable to take some time out now and then and learn to switch off. Read a good book after work/studying and only focus on your work/studying in designated hours.

Habit to start today: Buy a book and switch off to start reading tonight after work.

 

Visit The Doctor Often

We hate the doctors. We love to live in ignorance of what could be wrong with us, but it is vital to get checked up now and then. Checking up can make all the difference, especially in the later years of your life when the body is more prone to illnesses and diseases. You may have your life insurance and death wills all sorted, but that is no reason to double check everything is OK. There is nothing scary about it, the doctor will simply do any relevant screening and also check for blood pressure and cholesterol abnormalities.

Habit to start today: Book in an appointment for a check up with your GP.

 

Stay In Touch With Friends

Too often life gets in the way of seeing our friends and having fun. We get too wrapped up in our careers, our relationships, our kids and generally everyday life we don’t take a minute to kick back with people we can let off steam with. Doing this every so often will give you something to look forward to. You’ll genuinely feel happier. Happier people live longer, go see your friends!

Habit to start today: Text a friend, arrange a date!

 

I hope you enjoyed my article. Hopefully today will be the day you form a new habit that will allow you to live a longer, happier life!

 

Things You Should Always Remember About Home Remedies

There are moment in lives when things go wrong and our health is negatively affected based on various things that happen. Since so many are naturally afraid of doctors, they will turn towards home remedies. The truth is that many of the remedies are great and can help you out a lot. Nobody can actually deny that. However, this is not the case with many of the remedies.

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The big problem with home remedies presented on the internet is that they will simply not work. They are offered based on information that is currently outdated. In fact, some of the remedies actually end up damaging your body even more so you have to be careful what you read online.

The good news is that we are faced with some really good home remedies that can definitely be used in order to solve so many problems. You just need to visit websites that are a high authority in the industry like HomeRemedyShop.com. The bad news is that most people out there will end up simply trusting the very first home remedy that they find online. They will treat the condition that they have with what is found online and that is never a great idea.

Unfortunately, every single day there are people out there that end up in a serious condition as they simply choose home remedies instead of going to the doctor. As a simple rule of thumb, what you need to do is always go to a medic in the event that you feel that your body is not in great health. Talk with the specialist and then see if there are some home remedies that can be considered. Discuss them with the doctor. A really good medic will always let you know if the remedy should be considered or not. Contrary to popular belief, doctors do want you to use home remedies in the event that they are suitable.

In the event that you want to try home remedies and you do not have the time to go to the doctor, you can easily use the internet in order to learn information. However, you should never stick to what is presented on just one website. Have patience and basically double check every single remedy that you are going to find on the internet. In the event that there are many professionals out there that recommend the remedy, you can easily give it a try. Just be 100% sure that you do not need prescription medication. If that is the case, you have to always look for the regular approach.

Always remember that there are some people out there that will do all that they can in order to trick you into buying something, although the remedy is not of the quality that is presented. You should be careful and basically remember the double check factor mentioned above. That is what will help you out the most and it is basically the most important fact that you should remember. Have patience and never hurry the choice process.

 

Tips for quitting smoking

Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but it is possible if you are really dedicated to it. Even the heaviest smokers are able to quit smoking as long as they are sure that they want to, and have a few tips behind them to help them to get started. Here are some pieces of advice to help you to give up for good.

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Try an electronic cigarette

This is not necessarily a good way to help you to beat the mental addiction, but it is a great way to help you to wean yourself off of cigarettes physically. With an e cig you can buy e liquid of various nicotine strengths, allowing you to wean yourself off of your physical addiction to nicotine. Eventually you should be down to liquid with no nicotine in it at all.

Tell people that you are quitting

A lot of people don’t want to admit that they are quitting smoking, simply because they are afraid that they will fail. However, you are more likely to succeed with your friends and family behind you, and you are less likely to slip up if you know that people will be watching out for you in case you do slip.

Get rid of all smoking paraphernalia

If you do decide to get an electronic cigarette, this should be the only thing in your home that reminds you of smoking. Get rid of ashtrays, lighters etc, as all of these things allow you to slip back into smoking and signify that you aren’t really making a permanent change.

Set a date and stick to it

You can start trying to cut down or stop before this date, but promise yourself that after your quit date you won’t allow yourself to buy or smoke cigarettes ever again. A vague promise to yourself that you are going to quit is not strong enough to ensure that you stop smoking altogether.

Swimming, a Healthy All-round Activity for a Lifetime

Swimming is not only for recreation and sports, it is a healthy all-round activity that you can continue for a lifetime. Doing a regular swim is a great workout as the whole body needs to move against the resistance of the water, thus keeping you fit aside from having fun.

Splashing around maybe considered as a low-impact activity but has a lot of mental and physical health benefits:

  • Builds strength and tones muscles
  • Builds endurance and cardiovascular fitness
  • Alleviates stress
  • Helps a lot in maintaining a healthy heart and lungs
  • Better weight management
  • Improves flexibility

Swimming is a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise yet best be certain you know how to swim and do so in a safe environment. Below is a Premier Pools infographic that illustrates the many health benefits of swimming.

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