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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Recognizing a Teenager is Suffering with Depression and How to Help

Living with a teenager can be very confusing. One minute they’re floating on air and the next they’re down in the dumps with no explanation. The fact that talking with them about anything can be very difficult only makes the situation worse. Modern teenagers face a whole host of pressures, from their peers, from changes in their own bodies and fears about who they are and where they fit in. All the uncertainty and trauma makes it difficult to tell whether the way they’re feeling is a case of the teenage blues or the much more serious problem of depression.

How to Tell Whether a Teenager is Depressed
Depression is a common complaint in today's world and affects people of all ages, including teenagers. Teenagers often choose to ‘self-medicate’ as a coping method with drugs or alcohol. Depression usually gets worse in such situations, and you need to consider seeking addiction recovery treatments for your teenager. Estimates put a figure of 1 in 5 adolescents will suffer from it at some point during their teens. Bad moods and the occasional acting out are to be expected. However, depression is something completely different. Here are some of the signs to look for.
·       Problems at school – depression can cause difficulties with concentration and low energy. This often leads to a fall in grades, poor attendance and frustration with schoolwork when previously there wasn’t a problem.
·       Low self-esteem – feelings of shame, failure, unworthiness, and ugliness can be made worse when a teenager is depressed.
·       Running away – they may talk about running away from home or actually do it. This can be considered a cry for help.
·       Reckless behavior – dangerous or high-risk behaviors such as binge drinking, unsafe sex, and reckless driving.
·       Other mental health problems – eating disorders, self-injury, and other mental health problems can be associated with teenage depression.

How to Help a Depressed Teenager
Left untreated, depression can be detrimental so don’t wait to hope they’ll grow out of it. If you suspect your teenager is feeling depressed encourage them to talk about it in a loving and non-judgmental way. Talk to them about the signs you’ve noticed and let them know why you’re worried. Get them to share what they are going through, making sure you really listen to what they’ve got to say. Don’t ask too many questions and assure them you’re willing to provide support and help in whatever way you can.
Feelings of depression can often lead to isolation, so you have to do what you can to help them reconnect. Face to face time with your teenager helps immensely, and you can also encourage them to go out with friends or invite their friends over. Take part in family activities and provide opportunities for them to connect with other children. If they have any interests and talents suggest appropriate activities. One last suggestion is to get them involved in helping others. As well as being a powerful antidepressant, volunteering can boost their self-esteem.

Having a depressed teenager in the home can sap everyone’s energy. Helping them come to terms with the problem and finding ways to help is going to be of benefit to everyone.    






Monday, August 27, 2018

Here Are the 5 Foods Health Experts Want Your Family to Avoid - s post

Summertime is in full swing! And chances are high that your family is indulging in long BBQs and many eat-out sessions, followed by snacks in front of the TV.

While food is a large part of what makes vacation a time of fun for all, don't throw all caution to the wind. Take the advice of health experts and skip the following foods the next time you are loading up your shopping cart with groceries.

1. Juices and sodas

According to Total Dentistry of Cincinnati,a dental office in Cincinnati, OH, "[It should come] as no surprise that soda is loaded with sugar.  The public has been warned for years that drinking pop can lead to cavities and other health problems.  What some people don’t realize is that sodas aren’t the only beverages laden with sugar.  Even supposedly ‘healthy’ drinks can contain tablespoons of the stuff."

What does this means for your family? Fill those water bottles up with H2O! You'll end up saving a lot of money, and your children's teeth and health with be better for it. If you or your kids find it easier to drink fluids that have taste, create infused waters with mint or citrus.

2. Processed meats: hot dogs, ham, and mystery mixes

The World Health Organization wants you to know that processed meats could amp up your risk of cancer. In a study that included 10 countries with data from 800 studies, the conclusion was that each 50 g serving increases colon cancer risk by 18 percent.

Processed meats are foods that -- like their name implies -- are processed. For example, hot dogs, ham, bacon, pepperoni, and sausages.

What your family can eat instead: Chicken cuts on a skewer. Add a BBQ flavor to them and you get a healthy alternative!

3. Store-bought pastries

Pastries are sugar and trans-fat time bombs that are waiting to explode in your arteries. And while they might not cause you immediate trouble, rest assured, there will be a reckoning heading your way.

Healthline.com provides 11 reasons why you should avoid the sugar found in pastries. Firstly, sugar increases your chances of being overweight. It also increases heart disease risk and diabetes risk. It additionally increases the chance you'll have acne. It wreaks havoc on your mood, possibly causing depression as well. And that's only the start of the list.

We are mentioning store-bought pastries here because they are easy to spot. But they are likely not the only source of sugar in your life. Trash all those Pop-tarts, HoHos, Twinkies, Snickers, and more. Instead, to satisfy that sweet tooth, choose fruit and natural sources of sugar.

Or use these dessert recipes, approved by Mayo Clinic, for a healthier way to sate those cravings.

4. Boxed cereals

The breakfast staple of the American household is a source of hidden sugars that are best avoided. And boxed cereals for children often contain more sugar than the varieties for adults.

The American Heart Association says the maximum amount of added sugar a day is 25 g a day for women and 37 g a day for men. Boxed cereals contain as much as 15 g of sugar, which is more than half the allowed amount for women!

What to serve instead? Oatmeal with a banana as a natural sweetener. Oats are much cheaper than boxed cereal and many times healthier as well. Not only does it contain a high amount of fiber that our bodies need. But it also has minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins aplenty.

Eat oats in the morning for breakfast, and you get a slow release of energy that will keep you moving until lunch time comes around.

5. Margarine and butter

The longtime debate over which is healthier continues to this day. But both have their faults, so both should be used sparingly, if at all.

Margarine can raise levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and lower good cholesterol levels. Butter is high in saturated fat, and too much saturated fat can lead to heart disease.

Harvard Health Publishing suggests that you use olive oil as a healthier alternative to either option. Olive oil can be used as a spread on bread, or even in baking, if done right.

There you have it! Five foods that health experts want you to avoid and healthy alternatives. With just a couple adjustments to your meal plans and grocery shopping, you can affect your family's health for the better!









Wednesday, July 25, 2018

How Quitting Drinking Makes You A More Present Parent - guest post

Quitting drinking is a challenge. In fact, many people find that it is one of the most challenging things that they do in their lives. You will not only benefit yourself if you stop drinking, but you will also benefit your children. There are many ways that your children can benefit if you stop drinking.

You Will Feel Better

Alcohol can make you feel good for a little while. However, once that good feeling passes, you will likely feel bad. Alcohol can destroy your body and mind. Many people who struggle with alcoholism spend a lot of time in bed because they do not feel like doing anything else.

Because you will feel better mentally and physically if you stop drinking, you will be able to spend more time with your children. It is hard to enjoy spending time with your children when you are not feeling well.

Save Money 

Nearly 5 million people in America spend over $200 per week on beer. If you have been spending a lot of money on alcohol, then you will be able to improve your financial situation by quitting. The money that you spent on alcohol can go towards helping your children.

Enjoy New Activities 

Children love trying new activities with parents. However, being an alcoholic can make it a lot harder for people to enjoy new activities. Many alcoholics spend all of their time trying to drink more alcohol. Because you will have the time, energy and money to try new activities, you will be able to bond with your children more.

Your Mood Will be Better 

Alcohol is a depressant. That is why many people feel bad after the effects of it have worn off. Excessive alcohol use can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts. It can also lead to mood swings. Mood swings are the reason that many people often snap on their loved ones.

Because your mood will be better, you will be a better parent. Children can detect when their parents are in a bad mood. Quitting alcohol can also make you a more patient parent.

You Will Sleep Better

Alcohol use can lead to insomnia. It can also lead to sleep disruption and nightmares. Quality sleep is essential for health. If you are not getting enough sleep, then you will likely feel fatigued all of the time. Poor sleep can also lead to mood swings.

If you sleep better, then you will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start your day. You will also be able to focus better. That is why getting the proper amount of sleep is essential for being a better parent.

Your Life Will be Less Stressful

Many people drink because they want to eliminate their stress. While alcohol may temporarily help you forget about your problems, it will add to the stress of your life. Alcohol can stress you out in many ways. It can cause financial problems. It can also put a strain on your relationships. Additionally, it can make your work life more stressful.

It can be hard to parent when you are stressed out. It is also important to remember that the stress you have in your life will also affect your children. Because you will be less stressed out if you quit, parenting will be easier for you.

Set a Good Example

Setting a good example is one of the most important things that you can do as a parent. If you quit drinking, then you will be setting a good example. You will be showing them that it is good to abstain from alcohol. You will also be showing them that they can have the power to overcome a bad habit.







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