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Quality Of Life Tips For Those With Compromised Mobility

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When you or a loved one has a disability that makes it hard for them to move around, it can be hard to make sure they have a good quality of life. This could be because you will be focused on the things you can't do, especially if you used to be able to do them and your mobility problems are the result of a recent accident or illness. But if you make a few changes and change the way you think, you can make your life better and be much more positive. With that in mind, here are some tips to improve the quality of life for people who have compromised mobility.

 

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Go Outdoors Every Day 

If your disability forces you to stay inside all the time, it's easy to get sad and feel bad about yourself. You'll spend a lot less time moving around, which could hurt your health. You will feel much better if you go outside every day, even if it's just for a few minutes. Fresh air is known to make people feel better, so breathing in the fresh air is also a benefit. 

Some days, you might just want to go out into your backyard or around the block. On other days, you'll be much more active and adventurous, going farther and staying out longer. If you have a good wheelchair-accessible car, this is a lot easier to do. Your world opens up, and you have a lot more freedom, even more so if you use a CD program to give you a personal assistant at home. 

Find Hobbies 

If you want to have a great quality of life, you should do a lot of interesting things. It's not fun to sit around and do nothing but stare at the walls, watch TV, or go online for hours at a time. It could even be bad for your mental health.

Find a hobby (or, ideally, more than one) to get into to keep your mind active and healthy and to make sure your brain gets as much exercise as possible. These don't have to cost much, if anything, but they can make the difference between a good quality of life and a bad one. Here are some hobbies to try:

·        Photography

·        Writing 

·        Studying

·        Puzzles

·        Collecting 

·        Painting 

Whatever you want to do, even if you're not an expert - no one is - as long as you're having fun and staying engaged, that's a good thing. 

Eat Well

Nutrition is something that is easy to forget, no matter what disability you have or if you don't have any disability at all. The better you can eat and the healthier it is, the better your life will be. This is because a healthy, well-balanced diet gives you all the nutrients you need to stay fit and healthy.

 

You'll feel healthy and upbeat if you eat well, with the occasional treat, of course. You won't have any stomach problems or headaches, and your overall health will get better. When your diet makes you feel good, you can do a lot more things like go outside, enjoy your hobbies, and so on. So, a healthy diet could be the most important thing of all for a good quality of life.


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Four Common Home Repairs Your Exterior Needs

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There are plenty of problems that can occur with your home, and not all of them are interior problems. In fact, most of the problems that occur within the home actually stem from the outside. Issues such as loose tiles on the roof and damp in the walls, may not seem very serious at first. If you don’t attend to those problems quickly, however, you need to think about the fact that they can build into much bigger issues that you will have to fix.


One of the best ways to combat some of these exterior problems, means using companies like RPS Metal Roofing & Siding, Inc to help you with them. For example, you’re not going to know how to replace your roof – and if you do then you probably don’t need to hire somebody else. You also may not know how to find the source of damp in the walls of your home. Calling an expert there’s always a smart plan, so before you descend into DIY, ensure that you know what you’re doing.

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  • Repairing the roof. Very few homeowners take the time to look closely at the roof, trusting that the roof is going to stand the test of time against all of the things that climate can bring. The problem is that this is not the case. While things might feel fine in the inside of your home, you need to know if your roof is in good condition. Having an inspection done every year or at least every couple of years, it’s going to help you to keep your roof in the best possible condition. If you don’t know how to inspect your roof, call in an expert!

  • Cleaning the gutters. Climate change has brought about a drastic change in weather patterns, and the wind and rain most places are experiencing lately has been quite alarming. You might find that a lot of debris is kicked up from your front yard or backyard into your gutter, and when this is blocked water builds behind the blockage and can cause a split. It could mean the reason for the damp in your walls could be down to gutter issues, and you will find that your dreams are backed up for the same reason.

  • Damage to the walls. You have to check the exterior walls for damage, because if you leave it too long you might find a leak inside the home far too late to be able to fix it. When you’re checking your exterior walls, don’t just look for places water can get in, but for peeling paint and other cracks and issues that need to be fixed.

  • Check the windows on the doors. You need to be looking for signs of rust and rot, as well as cracks in the patio plaster around the edge. When you do this, you’re going to ensure that your home is insulated properly and your windows and doors are doing what they should be doing.



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Beautiful Home, Happy Mind: How To Rig Your Accommodation For Wellness

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Collectively, we spend a considerable amount of time in our homes. In fact, since the advent of remote work, most of us are surrounded by the same four walls, twenty-four-seven. 


For this reason, it’s critical that we find ways to rig our accommodation for happiness. We need surroundings that make us feel content, relaxed, and rested. Our spaces can significantly impact how our days unfold and what we feel like most of the time. 


So what can we do to make our homes better places to live? And how can we modify them to support our happiness and wellbeing?


Switch Up Your Bedroom To Promote Sleep


The vast majority of people in this country aren’t getting enough sleep. Given the pressures of work and family, most people are lucky to get six hours, which simply isn’t enough. According to research, seven is the bare minimum. Less than that, and you’re asking for trouble.


On the flipside, getting enough sleep brings all sorts of benefits. These include better heart function, reduced stress, lower inflammation, and improved memory. You’re also far less likely to develop depression. 


Here’s how to improve your bedroom for sleep:


  • Ensure that it is dark at night. If you live in an area with street light pollution, install blackout curtains

  • Allow natural light to wake you in the morning. Either allow it to stream through the window, or use a synthetic natural light beside your bed and set it to a timer

  • Add the scent of lavender to the room. This will help you relax

  • Make sure that your bed is firm enough to provide support

  • Don’t allow any electronic devices in the bedroom and don’t use the time before you sleep to check emails


Allow Natural Light To Enter Your Home During The Day


Not getting enough light during the day is linked to a host of problems, including poor sleep quality, seasonal-affective disorder, and depression. Therefore, it’s essential to open up your rooms and let sunlight in, particularly during the morning and noon time. 


So what can you do? Firstly, you can begin by opening your curtains, allowing as much light in as possible. This is an instant solution that will immediately make you feel better. 


Next, you install new windows and doors here and there that will increase the space light has to enter. Large bi-folding doors at the back of your home can illuminate the entire ground floor of your property in the morning, particularly if they are south-facing. 


Put Up Photos That Mean Something To You


You can also try putting up photos that have special meaning for you. This way, you can feel like your property is your own. Photos elicit positive memories in your mind which can unconsciously boost happiness in your home. 


Sort your photos one at a time and go through each of them. Look at photos on your phone or computer and ask which of them you would like to print out and frame. Choose photos that depict good times. 


Set Up A Place Where You Can Meditate


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The benefits of meditation are extraordinary, and yet relatively few people actually practice it. It’s only a daily practice for around one percent of the population, with only 15 percent dabbling in it from time to time. 


One way to encourage meditation is to set up a space in your home for it. Having a beautiful environment in which to relax is essential for anyone looking to achieve lasting peace of mind in their home. 


When you meditate, you bring all sorts of benefits to your life. You can: 


  • Release things that are outside of your control

  • Feel fiercer and bolder in daily life

  • Take steps towards your goals or life ambitions

  • Embrace change and realize that all things are impermanent

  • Accept negative thinking patterns and allow them to pass by

  • Realize that there will always be more money in life

  • Make peace with your personal imperfections

  • Accept that life is about progress, not perfection

  • Practice acts of self-compassion

  • Allow yourself to feel a deep sense of bliss, independent of your circumstances


Make Your Bed


Many internet gurus swear by making your bed. But what’s the reason for this? 


According to research, only 27 percent of people make their beds. However, those that do report being happy an astonishing 70 percent of the time (which is pretty good in our society). However, among those who didn’t make their bed, only 38 percent were happy.


Making your bed only takes a few seconds, but it can have a remarkable impact on your day. Try it for yourself and see what happens. 


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10 Home Appliance Hazards To Look Out For

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Today’s home appliances are much safer than appliances that existed 20 or 30 years ago. However, you still need to be careful as to how you use them. There are all kinds of unwanted accidents that can occur if you fail to maintain or operate appliances properly - this includes everything from food contamination to house fires. Below are just some of the biggest home appliance hazards to look out for.

Fridge filth

Failing to keep your fridge clean could lead to you getting very ill. Spillages, leakages and crumbs that aren’t cleaned away can often end up containing bacteria, which can breed over time. This bacteria can then end up contaminating other foods in your fridge. 

To avoid this, make sure to clean any spillages up straight away. On top of this, try to take the time to occasionally deep-clean the shelves of your fridge with a wet cloth. You can also prevent contamination by always sealing opened or unpackaged foods. It could also be worth keeping meats on the bottom shelf to prevent any juices dripping onto foods below. 

Dirty dryer ducts

Does your dryer have a duct vent? If so, when was the last time you cleaned it out? Over time, dryer ducts can collect build-ups of lint. This needs to be cleaned out, otherwise it will eventually cause a blockage. Heat then won’t be able to escape the dryer and this lint will likely catch fire. In fact, there are thousands of house fires every year caused by dirty dryer duct vents. 

You can clean this vent yourself or you can hire a professional company like DUCTZ to clean it out for you. Dirty dryer vents aren’t the only cause of dryer-related fires - make sure to also keep your dryer well-ventilated and don’t place any flammable items too close to it. 

Toaster crumbs

Another appliance that is responsible for many house fires is the toaster. Toasters can accumulate crumbs at the bottom over time. If you don’t clean out these crumbs, they end up being recooked every time you use your toaster. Eventually, they could catch fire, at which point your toaster is likely to go up in flames.

If you use your toaster regularly, make sure to also regularly clean it out. Wait until it's cool, unplug it and then tip out any crumbs before cleaning out the inside with a cloth or a spare toothbrush. 

Stovetop clutter

Unsurprisingly, ovens are a major cause of home fires. One of the biggest dangers is kitchen clutter on or around the stove - items like letters, takeaway menus, recipe books or cereal packets could be at risk of catching alight. Even other countertop appliances can overheat and catch fire if you’re not careful. 

To be safe, keep the area around your oven clear of any items that could potentially be flammable. 

Unsupervised space heaters

Electric space heaters used to be a major source of house fires. This isn’t the case nowadays as fewer people own these appliances, plus many modern space heaters are a lot safer. However, they can still be dangerous if placed too close to a flammable item like a curtain or allowed to fall face-down onto a carpet or wooden floor.

The best way to avoid a space heater fire is to never leave these appliances unattended. You can then pick them up if they fall over and prevent a fire. As mentioned already, many modern space heaters are much safer and some even have automatic off switches that trigger if they fall over. 

Washer leaks

When it comes to washing machines, there are a few dangers to look out for. One of the biggest dangers is a leak. Water from a leaking washing machine can cause electrical fires, electric shocks and slip injuries. Damp caused by a water leak can also encourage mould growth, which could lead to unhealthy air quality. 

Leaks are more common with older washing machines. Once you notice a leak, get it repaired immediately. If leaks keep occurring, it could be time to get a new washing machine. 

Microwaved metals

There are a few things you should never put in your microwave. One material that you should definitely keep out of your microwave is metal. This includes tinfoil, metal bowls or a metal fork left on a plate. 

Metal reflects microwaves, which means that any food placed in a metal bowl will most likely not cook. However, the biggest danger is the risk of ‘arcing’ - jagged and uneven metal surfaces may cause sparks, which could lead to your microwave setting on fire. Try to stick glass or ceramic containers that are labelled as microwave-safe. 

Frayed cables

Over time, cables on appliances may get damaged. This can lead to wires being exposed, which could lead to a risk of electric shock or a fire. 

If appliances have frayed cables, consider getting them repaired or buy a new appliance. Cables are most likely to get damaged on older appliances, however a cable on a newer appliance can still get damaged if pests get hold of it or if it is yanked or bent too hard. 

Odd odours

Are your appliances creating an odd smell? There are a few smells that you should be wary of. Musty smells could be due to the presence of mould, while rotten smells could be due to spoiled food - this could be a sign that your appliances need to be thoroughly cleaned out. Burning smells are meanwhile never good - you should turn off any appliance if it is producing a burning smell, as it could mean it is overheating and a fire may already be imminent. A sweet chemical smell from a refrigerator could meanwhile be a freon leak,  which is toxic and should be repaired immediately. Gas smells from a gas oven meanwhile could be a sign of a gas leak - open the windows, get out of the house as soon as you can and call an emergency plumber to deal with the problem. 

This post at Domex lists a few of the smells to watch out for and how to get rid of them. In most cases, odd odours can be eliminated by simply cleaning your appliances. 

Wet hands

Handling electrical appliances when you have wet hands is an obvious but common mistake that many people make. You could get a nasty electrical shock, which in some cases could even be fatal. 

If you’ve just been doing the washing up or you’ve just cleaned your hands, make sure to dry them off before you start handling plugs and switches. 


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4 Tips For The Perfect Paint Job

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4 Tips For The Perfect Paint Job 

Are you getting ready to repaint the inside of your home? Painting your walls every few years gives your house a new appearance and makes it more inviting. Perhaps you want to paint your house to commemorate a significant family event, or perhaps you want to offer your children the room of their dreams with a fresh paint job. Maybe you want to sell your home. Whatever the case, the paintwork must at least look professional, even if it won't be (technically) professional. With that in mind, here is a list of clever recommendations to help you give your house the perfect paint job.

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 Clean The Wall 

When you're ready to paint the walls, make sure they're free of grime, oil, and other material that has accumulated over time. If necessary, use a strong cleanser. Always clean in a circular motion using a lint-free cloth. Begin from the bottom and work your way to the top. After the surface of the wall has been thoroughly cleaned, begin filling any holes and nicks in the wall to get the smoothest possible finish.

It might be at this point that you need some outside help. If you find that the walls are damp or there is mold on them, it's best to call on the professionals in mold and water damage restoration before you consider painting or even doing much cleaning. Once the walls are mold-free, you can continue with your painting project. 

Protect Your Floors

Spills are an unavoidable aspect of the painting process. You will undoubtedly spill paint on your floor or carpet, no matter how careful you are. You can use drop cloths to protect yourself from spills, and it's best to use cotton ones and place them all over the floor for the best result. Avoid using plastic since paint droplets will remain wet for a long time and might even stick to your shoes or clothing.

Mix Several Cans Of Paint In A Large Bucket

Did you know that the color of paint can vary somewhat from can to can? This is particularly true if you are working with a single shade and open the can in the midst of the task. This could result in a tiny color variance on your walls that seems inconsistent. Any wall with a skewed color scheme is unpleasant to look at, and you'll be hypersensitive to the fact that it's there. 

To prevent this, combine several paint cans in a single bucket. Fill the bucket to the brim, or at least as much as you need to paint the whole room. In that way, you'll have one consistent color for the entire job. 

Paint The Trim First

Professional painters follow a plan, which may explain why their paintwork is so good and constant across the whole house. The trick to having consistent color on your walls is to paint the wall trim first, then continue on to the wall and ceiling.

You don't need to spend a lot of time and effort painting the trim since it doesn't really require a flawless finish. If you're painting the trim first, you won't have to worry about painting the wall at the same time.


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Ways Gardening Can Improve Your Mental Health

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We have seen a drastic increase in the number of people who are gardening in their backyard, their garden, or even just on their windowsill. This is because it is easy to maintain, doesn't require too much time and you can grow your own food. With the popularity of community gardening projects, that provide tools and sheds from local companies similar to this shed company to help their community gardens grow. 

According to the National Gardening Association, gardening is growing in popularity because it provides relaxation, exercise, a sense of achievement, and fresh air. If you are an avid gardener or if you are just looking for a new hobby, there are several reasons why gardening might be the perfect activity for you. 

Especially if you are looking for something that can keep you active, get you outside in the sun, and help you relax after a long work week. Here are a few ways that gardening can help to improve your mental health: 

Gardening Makes You Happy by Lowering Stress Levels

Gardening is a great way to reduce stress levels. It can provide a calming effect and help you get your mind off of things. Gardens are also great for getting the brain and body into balance. They provide a sense of peace, relaxation, and calmness that is difficult to find in other activities.

It’s no surprise that many people spend their time gardening or want to start a garden but don’t know where to begin. So it helps if you figure out what it takes to start your own garden so you can enjoy the benefits while reducing stress levels at the same time!

Gardening Helps to Reduce Anxiety and Depression

It has been proven that gardening can reduce anxiety and depression by producing endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that help to regulate mood. It also helps to build self-confidence, improve sleep quality, and increase levels of happiness.

Gardening also improves cognitive function by stimulating the brain with physical activity. It increases the levels of dopamine in the brain, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of pleasure and reward.

Gardening Help To Reduce Your Blood Pressure 

Gardening may not seem like a major task, but it can provide several benefits that are worth taking the time to do. One of the most significant benefits of gardening is that it helps reduce blood pressure levels in people who are experiencing stress. It also helps people stay healthy by reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Gardening Can Aid with Social Bonds 

Gardening is a great way to build social bonds because it requires people to work together. It also provides a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when the garden is finished. Individuals can do it, or by groups of people who are working in their own gardens at the same time. One example of this would be community gardening, where multiple gardens are worked on at the same time for a common goal.


Some people might not have the time or resources to garden themselves and may need help from others, whether it’s from family members or friends from a local allotment or your local gardening community. 


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What Does Your Teen Actually Need From You?

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Parenting is the most magical thing you’ll ever do, but it does present new challenges once your son or daughter becomes a teen. This is a strange time in their lives, and it can leave you feeling a little useless from time to time. However, your teen still needs you in their life.


Knowing what your teen actually wants and needs from you can seem like a battle in itself. As long as you pay attention to the following features, stunning results should follow.


To Know You Are There


Teenagers are unlikely to rely on your guidance in daily life quite like they did during the toddler years. Nonetheless, a close relationship between parent and child is still vital. Maintaining a strong relationship with your teen will give them a source of stability. It also provides an outlet for them to discuss any issues that they may face in daily life. 


Given that those issues could range from bodily changes to problems at school. Providing this platform is key. Even if your child doesn’t feel the need to open up that often, knowing that they can is an emotional safety blanket.


A Growing Level Of Independence 


While teens still need their parents, this is also a time of self-discovery. As such, they will require increased independence. It allows them to maintain popularity with friends, become more responsible over the years, and feel ready for adult life. It is particularly important if they plan to go away for college as they’d suddenly need to fend for themselves.


As well as giving them more responsibility, you should help them learn valuable life skills like how to cook. Meanwhile, paying for your child’s driving lessons can be priceless. Not least because it is a qualification that they can use for life.


A Responsive Approach To Problems


Teeneagers see their bodies undergo many changes. While many of them are normal, there are several situations that need outside support. Taking them to see a pediatric chiropractor for muscle issues that are beyond growing pains can work wonders. The realignment can combat pains. Ongoing exercises will promote a full recovery.


As well as physical damage, you should pay attention to signs that your child needs help with mental health problems. Whether it’s medication or therapy, treating anxiety at the earliest stage will be vital. Letting them suffer is never the answer.


A Chance To Thrive


Every family has a different living situation. The fact is that you can’t help the fact that you need your teen to help care for a sibling or change your financial situation. While you can’t shield them from the reality of life, they should be able to enjoy life to the full. After all, these are some of the most magical years in their lives. Or at least they should be.


Your teen may have more responsibilities than some of their friends. Even so, there should be time for them to play out or enjoy hobbies. Likewise, they deserve the opportunity to complete homework and other tasks. Time is the greatest gift you can give.


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