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Unhealthy Relationships Come in Many Forms

When we think unhealthy relationship what first comes to mind? Most of us would think of domestic abuse-a woman in a romantic relationship being abused by her partner. But the truth is, unhealthy relationships happen all around us, every day, and are closer to home than we might think.

An unhealthy relationship does not have to be romantic in nature. It can be between friends, siblings, workmates, neighbours, or even parents and children. But no matter where it happens, the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship are universal. Here are some things to watch out for:

One person being manipulated or controlled by the other.

One person feeling pressured to change for the other.

One person is belittled by the other.

One person avoids certain topics or actions for fear of angering the other, or feels worried when they disagree with the other person.

Arguments are not settled fairly, or during violence there is verbal or physical abuse.

All of these are signs we would recognize in a romantic relationship, but they can be more difficult to recognize in one that is not romantic in nature. If you recognize any of these signs in one of your relationships, it may be time to take a step back and examine the relationship as a whole.

This can be more difficult, especially in the case of parents and children. After all, parents seem expected to exert some degree of control over their children, yet as they reach adulthood when does that move from loving guidance to the realm of the unhealthy relationship? Let’s take a look at Anna’s relationship with her mother, Pam.

Anna is twenty-one years old and a recent college graduate. She has temporarily moved back home to look for a job, and spends her days sending in applications and tailoring her resume. Once in a while she goes out with her friends. The economy is terrible, and Anna’s brief move back home gets longer and longer. Pam begins to belittle her, calling her lazy and telling her she does not believe she is really looking for a job. Feeling constantly diminished, Anna avoids her mother where she can, and becomes afraid to tell her about her job search for fear she’ll just be scorned some more. All the time there is stress, a desire for approval and unspoken feelings building up within Anna.

Although this is a mild example, Anna and Pam’s relationship is unhealthy, and if something between them does not change, their relationship has the potential to become permanently damaged.

In this kind of unhealthy relationship, violence is uncommon, and the best solution is often to talk things out with the other person. The ability to communicate is a great healing skill, when it enables you to voice how another’s behaviour makes you feel. The two of you can discuss what can be done to fix it. If you do not feel comfortable talking to the other person alone, invite a trusted friend or family member to join the discussion. If no agreement is reached, it may be time to consider ending the relationship. If the offending party is a family member, it may be best for everyone involved to avoid each other wherever possible, if things truly cannot be fixed. If they are a friend it is in your best interest to cut your losses and end the relationship altogether. So easy these days, just press delete on the mobile phone.

Remember, only you can know what is in your best interests, and, as with all unhealthy relationships, the first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem in the first place.…

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Taking A Vacation In Your Office

The workplace can be very boring especially if you are doing the same thing everyday – sitting on your desk and staring at the monitor of your computer. This is especially true to men who are actually designed to be free as a bird and not spend the rest of his lifetime being in the prison called “office”. Here are some tips you can use to escape your office and take a vacation without leaving your work behind.
During lunch break, don’t just sit there and eat your lunch in your cubicle. Instead, leave the building premises and eat somewhere else. The human body is designed to handle only an amount of stress at a given time, and to free yourself from whatever causes that stress (in your case, the office) even just for a short period of time can help your body relax and recover.
When working with your computer, relive your past vacation experiences by uploading vacation photos and making them your computer’s screensaver. Studies show that viewing pictures of restful and quiet sceneries help reduce your stress by allowing you to feel the exact relaxing feeling you feel when having a vacation.
What’s more, when you breathe deeply like you do on vacation, you also free your mind from the worries and stress of work. Do this by closing your eyes for at least 7 minutes and breathe deeply through your nostrils. Deep breathing is a form of exercises that helps stretch out your chest muscles and gives your mind the signal that your body is ready to relax.
Another way to perfectly revive your senses is to listen to music and sounds that you usually listen to when on a vacation. The sounds of waves for example reminds you of times when you are relaxing on a beautiful beach. Pick out an instrumental CD that plays any sound related to nature and vacation and listen to it while working or during breaks.
You don’t have to suffer from the stresses brought to your by office work every single day of your life. You are too special to get stressed so find ways to enjoy and relax while working at the same time. Your boss will even thank you for it since a stress-free worker produces more excellent results.…

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Happy Family? It’s Easy!

Home evening family activities are the all kind of activities that can bond our family, and make us happier!
There are a lot of tasks we have to do at home. Such as cooking, cleaning, making a laundry, watching TV etc. Usually, we do those tasks at evenings, when we return from job. Those activities are very important, but we have to remember what task is the most important and try not to skip on it. The most important task, in my opinion, is investing in our family.
Why does it important to invest in our family is pretty obvious. We have to remember that our family is like a business. If we want it to work well, we have to invest! It means to help our kids with their home work, to play with them (even if we are tired), to be with our partner and to do family activities together.
Activities that are advisable for the whole family are those activities where each member of the family participates. For example, if we decide to make a dinner together, we have to make sure that everyone knows his task. Kids can arrange a table or make a salad, the adults can make a pancakes etc. It’s a great way to make a good atmosphere.
We can divide activities into categories like sport, thinking games, cooking, performances etc. When we decide what activity to do today, we have to see the whole picture. It means, if we did a singing performance yesterday we will not do it today! And if we already cooked this week we will prefer to do something else.…

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Read These Tips To Learn More About Pregnancy

It does not matter how old you are, or how many children you have, pregnancy is an awe inspiring, nerve racking, exciting time in your life. It is also one of the greatest miracles a woman can experience. Following are some handy hints on how to make the nine months as healthy and stress-free as possible.

Be sure to stay active while pregnant. Use low-impact exercises – walking and swimming – that keep you moving without putting too much stress on your body. This will help prevent excess pregnancy weight gain, improve the quality of your sleep, and increase circulation to your lower limbs, all of which can be a challenge when pregnant.

Take care of your teeth, and be sure to schedule a dental exam while you are pregnant. Significant dental issues, like gingivitis, often crop up during pregnancy. Keep brushing and flossing, too. If you have any concerns, see your dentist immediately.

Avoid any chemicals that could harm your baby. Many cleaning products have a strong smell and can be found in your home, your work and anywhere else you go. When you breath in these fumes, they can harm your child. Use products that are only made out of natural ingredients.

You should be touring your birthing facilities when time is near. Comfort makes labor go much more smoothly. Research different places if you can, so you can determine what you don’t like or like. You will want to ensure the facilities are adequate enough for not only yourself but for the person who will accompany you while you’re in labor.

Always keep a diet that has sufficient protein intake during this important phase. This healthy nutrient is beneficial to both you and your baby. Eggs, seeds, and various types of tofu are all considered to be healthy and high in proteins.

Try sleeping on the left side of your body once you reach your third trimester. Sleeping on the left side allows the fetus to get the blood supply needed, and allows blood to flow to your uterus and kidneys with ease. Sleeping flat on your back is possibly the worse sleeping position when it comes to maintaining healthy blood flow, and should be avoided whenever possible.

Baby-Sitting

It is important to learn how to take care of a newborn. Baby-sitting other people’s toddlers and newborns is a great way to learn this experience. Caring for other people’s newborns not only helps make some money on the side, but also gives you the life skills you need to take care of your own child.

Mom And Baby

Exercising in pregnancy is good for mom and baby. The benefits include decreased risk for gestational diabetes, less complaints of constipation and back pain and a quicker recovery from birth for mom. Stop exercising and see your doctor if you have signs, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fluid leaking, uterine contractions or vaginal bleeding.

Always ensure that if you have doubts or concerns about any part of your pregnancy, that you contact your doctor as soon as possible. We are confident the the above tips will fit you ease any stress you may have had. So, sit back and enjoy the ride, and the blessing that will arrive at the end.…

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How To Have A Healthy, Happy Pregnancy

Getting ready for a new pregnancy is a scary, but wonderful time in your life. There seem to be so many things to do, so much to learn, so many appointments to remember. We keep doing it though for the awesome payoff at the end. Here’s some tips to make your pregnancy as easy as can be.

If you smoke, being pregnant is the greatest reason you will ever have to stop smoking so find a way to do it now! As stressful as being pregnant may be, jeopardizing the health of your baby is a million times more stressful. This is a great opportunity to get medical help to quit and have the strongest motivating factor to keep you smoke-free.

Try taking your prenatal vitamins at night. These pills, while essential for the proper growth and development of your baby, can make some mothers feel nauseous. Taking them before you lay down or with food can help your body adjust to their effects. If you need to take them during the day, try chewing gum afterwards.

Consult your physician, prior to planning travel during your pregnant months. When you do travel, bring your prenatal records along, just in case something happens.

Before you are pregnant, it is a good idea to visit your dentist. Many times during pregnancy, your gums can be very sensitive, and a dental cleaning can be bothersome. You also will not be able to get any x-rays during your pregnancy, so it’s best to get that out of the way before hand.

Add 300-500 calories a day to your diet while you are pregnant. Don’t forget you are eating for two so you definitely need to increase your caloric intake. Make sure however that you are adding healthy calories into your diet. Adding 500 calories of junk food isn’t going to do anything to help you and the baby.

Take a childbirth class. Classes are offered in many doctors’ offices and online. Topics covered include nutrition, exercise, relaxation, epidural anesthesia, pain relief in labor, preparing for labor and childbirth, as well as breastfeeding and baby care. Classes are generally offered once a week over a six to eight week period. Studies show that couples that attend regular childbirth classes are prepared and relaxed during childbirth.

Baby-Sitting

It is important to learn how to take care of a newborn. Baby-sitting other people’s toddlers and newborns is a great way to learn this experience. Caring for other people’s newborns not only helps make some money on the side, but also gives you the life skills you need to take care of your own child.

Mom And Baby

Exercising in pregnancy is good for mom and baby. The benefits include decreased risk for gestational diabetes, less complaints of constipation and back pain and a quicker recovery from birth for mom. Stop exercising and see your doctor if you have signs, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fluid leaking, uterine contractions or vaginal bleeding.

You can combine these tips with 20 different books and still not be ready for everything that is to come. The important thing is to keep on learning and keep yourself healthy and happy. Soon you will have a beautiful new baby in your life, and all this work will have been worth it.…