Tips to Deal with or Overcome Chronic Illness

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Living with Chronic Illness can be stressful and frightening. It is helpful to learn how to cope with daily stress once you’ve gone beyond the initial diagnosis shock. A long-term health condition can make you feel vulnerable. It takes time for you to adjust and become aware of what works for you and what does not work. You can take steps to improve life and minimize the challenges associated with Chronic Illness. Here are four steps to deal with Chronic Illness

Take Time to Understand Your Condition

It can be quite helpful to know all about your health, from the treatment options available to the symptoms and the do & don’ts. Be specific about your questions to your doctor. Do not leave everything up to the doctors. If you do not understand ask questions. Make your health you business, do the necessary research Research on the Internet from a reliable source and make notes. Don’t forget to pay close attention to your body, as sometimes something that might have worked for others can do the opposite for you. Note what makes your illness worse or better. Sharing these notes with your doctor may help them better understand your condition and prescribe the most effective treatment.

Self- Management

You could set up a reminder to take medicines on time as directed and attend scheduled appointments with the health team. Also, turn to a healthier diet made up of nutritious foods that boost your health. Control your stress by being mindful of your daily decisions. Daily meditation is one of the ways you can control your stress levels. Surround yourself with positive people and positive thoughts.

Handling your Emotions

You can feel a range of emotions while dealing with chronic illness. Fear, anxiety, grief, loneliness, pain, stress can cloud your thoughts, making you feel weaker. Find ways to tackle these emotions, exercise, socialize, meditation. It helps the most to have a daily routine in such, do not just lay in bed. A study found that people who have a daily routine tend to manage their emotions better. Create a list of things that excite you and add them to your daily routine. It might be as simple as reading a book, spending time with your pet, or watching your favorite movie or series.

Being Adaptable

Adopting a new lifestyle can be difficult if you have long-term health conditions. It’s going to take time, and you need to be patient. Take a problem-solving approach to focus on the solution, not the problem. Embracing change will help you face the challenges as soon as they arise.

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Conclusion

Dealing with chronic illness can be overwhelming, one must take steps to manage your health. Learning about your conditions gives you confidence in your actions. Most people stress the idea of having a chronic illness, but at the end of the day, by practicing self-care and making marginal adjustments, you achieve a normal lifestyl

Tips to Overcome Procrastination

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It’s Sunday evening, and the clock seems to tick faster than it should be. You’re working tirelessly to complete an assignment of six o’clock deadline, while still scolding yourself for not starting it any sooner. How did this happen to you? What went wrong? Why didn’t you start sooner? Procrastination is something that we’ve done at some point in our lives. Whether you’re a college student or a grown adult, we tend to put off important work until we can no longer put it off. No worries! The following tips can help you overcome procrastination.

Realizing there is no perfect time to start anything

Count the number of times you’ve put off a task, saying you’re going to start it at a particular time. But the truth is, there’s no right time to begin. Trying to get to your job as soon as you get it, rather than putting it off for your weekend or the time you get home. We must learn not to give in to the urge to procrastinate in the first place. You might be surprised how much easier it was to finish the job once you get started.

Avoid distraction

It is hard to get any real work done when you have a phone that pings every minute someone sends a message. There’s a tendency to check who’s seen your Facebook status every time your phone’s screen lights up. Try switching off your phone till you work or get a quieter place without any distractions, such as phones, TV, music, or people.

Create a schedule

Having a schedule to do your task works best to overcome the procrastination habit. Not only does it help you to focus better, but it also makes you accustomed to daily working habits. Try making a To-do list of the work you need to do, estimate how long it might take you to complete that task, and double it to overcome the cognitive trap of underestimating how long the project could take. Every day accomplishing them will give you a sense of success every night when you to bed.

Reward yourself

Compensation encourages one to achieve goals and boost self-esteem.

You could try to reward yourself by giving yourself a chance to do something you love doing that could be a treat, watching a movie, or playing video games. It is vital to associate the idea of working with something that gives you pleasure.

Take breaks

It’s perfectly normal to feel tired and exhausted while completing a big project. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” take a break time to give rest to your body and mind. One may be inclined to the idea of completing everything in the first sitting, but the truth is that you will end up exhausting yourself. Once you’ve put together a work plan, try to detail the process you need to get through while you’re doing it. These tiny tasks act like “baby steps” that lead to a larger target.

Conclusion

Breaking the habit of procrastination is not easy. If that were the case, why would an estimate of 80% -85% of students struggle with it? The urge to put things off can be very persistent, especially if you have so many distractions around you. We can not always avoid procrastination, however, being mindful gives us a level of control over procrastination. Being organized certainly helps to get started in the process of overcoming procrastination and live a productive life

Basic Health Tips

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Did you know it takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away? There are personal health practices that, when put into practice, will not only give you a long, healthier life but also save you from expensive medical treatment and consultation.

1-Water

One of the primary health care practices is to take plenty of water, especially first thing in the morning. It helps your body detox and gets the bodily functions going. If you are the type that does not like plain water, you can squeeze in lime or infuse with fruits like strawberries or cucumber, or even mint leaves.

2-Exercise

Ensure you work out once a day at least three times a week to help the muscles stretch and have a fit body. Exercise will also boost your immune system, and you will also look good when those clothes start fitting you.

3-Healthy eating

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as part of the meal every day, decreasing heart diseases, obesity, and other lifestyle illnesses.

4-Good sleep

6 – 8hrs of rest should do you good. Moreover, did you know that a well-rested body rarely gets sick?

5-Avoid sugar

Sugary drinks and snacks are some things you should avoid. Instead of cutting sugar all at once, you can begin with reducing the intake and eventually let the habit go.

6-No extreme dieting

In the long-term, extreme diets sometimes do not work. You might even end up depriving your body of nutrients. Instead, you can have smaller portions than usual—half vegetables, quarter starch, and quarter protein.

Tips To Get Over A Heartbreak

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Heartbreaks are a delicate period to get through; there are mixed reactions of shock, pain, and confusion. On the positive side, it is a season that will end eventually. In case you require assistance during a period of heartbreak, please refer to below;

1 – Cry it out

There is no better therapy than crying the heartbreak out. Crying can be the very first step to healing. It also clears your head and strengthens you. Once you have cried it all out, it is time to get to the next step.

2 – Plan

Count your losses, then plan to live your life anew. There is no need to cry over spilled milk; instead, it is always good to look at the positive side and begin to re-align your goals and dreams, especially if you lost yourself at some point in the relationship.

3- No rebounds

Please do not, and I repeat, do not even think about going back, not even for closure. The reason to look back-keep moving forward

4 – Discover

If going to your favorite restaurant reminds you of him or her? Well, it is about that time you begin discovering new places alone. Go ahead and make new friends too. It will make you heal faster and expose you to new possibilities.

5 -Do not explain.

If you go out shopping and perhaps bump into mutual friends or relatives, it is not in your jurisdiction to start explaining what happened, who was right, and who was not. It is best to politely excuse yourself from the subject or feel free to walk away if the party nudges you too much.

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Looking back prevents you from seeing the rainbow ahead. Keep moving forward.

Tips To Save Money During Covid-19

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2020, Wow! who saw it coming? A year that should go down in history, The year that stretch our income beyond limits. The loss of jobs hindering revenue and the expenditure rate being very high makes every coin count. So how do I save money very fast amidst Covid-19, you may ask?

  1. EXHAUST!

Yes! You heard me right; that tube of cream or lotion has to be used to the last drop. Avoid wasting, ensures you spend less, and in case you have plenty of unfinished business in that area, you better get started because you have a lot of tubes to finish.

2.DIY (Do it yourself)

With so much time spent at home, please get to the internet and watch the Do It Yourself tutorial on baking, growing your herbs, doing your hair or nails. ThisDoing it yourself will save you gas money to the store, time, and give you pride that you can at least do something yourself.

3.BRUNCH IT!

Those leftovers do not belong to the bin! You can add spring onion, spices, bacon, or cheese to leftovers and be able to enjoy a good brunch. Making a casserole means you have one meal to cover for breakfast and dinner; hence, saving you expenditure for one meal and prep items needed.

4.STAY HOME!

Believe it or not, staying home will save you a lot of gas money, and food expenditure, most importantly, medical bills. With Corona lurking, you do not need to take the risk of being outdoors. Instead, find activities to do indoors like daily YouTube exercise channels, board games, learning a new language, or earn a degree.

5.MEDITATE

What? How does meditating save me money? Once you have a clear mind, you can budget better. Budgeting prevents unnecessary sending. Furthermore, meditation boosts the immune system, reduces blood pressure, and enhances our cognitive function. When you build your immune system, we spend less on medication and losses from impulse buying.

So there you have it, my top 5 ways of saving money fast.

The Gossip Cycle\He Say, She Say

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Grace: (Phone ringing from a distance) Hello! Hi Lydia? It’s been a while…

Lydia: Yes, it has; I hope you have been well considering….

Grace: Considering what?

Lydia: What I heard from Judy!! My oh my! It would help if you told me you are getting a divorce.

Grace: Me? Divorce? No, I am not!

Lydia: Well, that is what Judy told me yesterday when I met her at the salon.

Grace: I am not getting a divorce; if anything, Judy is the one who told me her husband was cheating on with the waitress from the local restaurant.

Lydia: What? I always knew their marriage was too perfect to be true. It is a shame even with her hot body, the husband is still cheating.

Grace: Can you imagine? I am happy I never signed up for her useless gym membership.

Lydia: Well, be careful with her; she is soiling your name. Let us catch up later over a cup of coffee.

Grace: OK. See you soon!

(Immediately after)

Judy: Hello?

Grace: Is it true that your husband’s mistress works at our local restaurant?

Judy: What?

Grace: What do you mean what? Lydia says that.

Judy: That ….! How could she? She knows who I am in this town.

Grace: Calm down; make sure you don’t mention my name. Bye!

(Hangs up quickly)

And it goes on and on, a never-ending story.

The gossip cycle could go on and on with the main culprit starting the fire standing so far from it, admiring the flames. Lydia is a clear definition of a true gossiper; they create trouble, invite others into it, then when things go haywire, they get themselves out of the drama and watch those involved fight each other almost to death. Death? Yes, end of friendship and trust that eventually leads to a divided community; Proverbs 16:28 “A perverse person stirs up gossip, gossip, separates close friend.” Over what? Just a wrong or even right word uttered out of context or without wisdom.

Jesus and his works were also victims of gossip. Many people, including His disciples, would question who he was and whisper. Being omnipotent, Jesus knew that the questions being passed around. He did not touch on it being a gossip. He took it upon himself to clear the air, asked them the same questions they have been whispering about, triggered a discussion, and clearing the rumors. So if you ever find yourself being gossiped about, know that our Lord Jesus, too, went through it.

In Ephesians 4:29, we are instructed,” Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what helps build others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” This simply means that since what you may be saying would be true or has an ounce of truth, it is best to keep it inside and not talk about it if it is not building or informative. The book of wisdom, Proverbs 11:9 says, goes on to say,” With their mouths, the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.”

In James 1:26, it is written that it would be pure deception to self and worthless if those who consider themselves religious cannot keep their tongues controlled. Like a horse is guided with the reigns, so should those who believe themselves “religious” can hold their tongues. Furthermore, James 4:11 further insists, “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.”

How do you then deal with a gossiper? One thing you could do is tell them straight to the face that you are not interested in talks that discuss others. This could work if you are bold enough to face them. When applying this tactic, you need to be ready to face rejection or vulgar response. They could also act cold altogether, so be prepared.

Alternatively, you could ignore them until they read the non-verbal communication and stop. Adamant gossipers have learned to ignore this cue, so you need to be consistent with the non-verbal. My favorite way of getting away from gossip is excusing myself. Another way of dealing with gossipers is to sit them down and let them know the implication of their actions. I also try to put them in the shoes of the person they are gossiping about to feel their pain and stop altogether. At times, they have not analyzed the damage of their words, and when I put them in the victim’s shoes, they get sorry, and some vow to change their behavior.

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You have the power to choose. Remember if you entertain a gossiper, “those who gossip with you will gossip about you.’

What is prayer?

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What is prayer? Prayer is communication with God, our Father. Communication is the key to a good relationship with anyone. Imagine you do not need to make an appointment to speak to the most-high, an excellent opportunity we all take for granted. Matthew 7:7 says, “asks, and you will receive.” Everything we need in life can be ours; start receiving by communicating with God.

Jesus taught us the basics of prayers that guide us through day-to-day life. One instruction is not to show off about our prayer life. “When you pray, do not be like those who only pretend to be holy. They love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners. They want to be seen by others. What I’m about to tell you is true. They have received their total reward. “When you pray, go into your room. Close the door and pray to your Father, who can’t be seen. He will reward you. He sees what is done secretly.” – Matthew 6:5-6

What does prayer exactly do in our lives? It helps us endure trials and temptations. When the disciples went to the Mount of Olives, Jesus asked them to pray so that they do not fall into temptations. (Luke 22:40) You see, Jesus, the son of God, also prayed to God, and one of the most crucial prayers was when He asked His Father to remove the crucifixion cup away from him. Luke 22:42-46 “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but your, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And in agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground. He rose from prayer and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow. And said unto them, why do you sleep? Pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” Therefore, clearly prayer is our source of strength.

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Prayer is therapeutic. Can you imagine being able to “rant” to an individual who is more superior to you but humble enough to lend you a listening ear and grant you the answer you need; without judging? We are instructed in Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”You need to note that what we received after we have prayed is dependent on the level of belief. So the ingredient to answered prayer is asking but asking in faith.

An integral tool of getting closer to God is through prayer. It is one of the channels of direct communication with God; we know Him more and His ways through prayer. The Bible says, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18.

Most importantly, the fellowship and communion of saints are very dependent on prayer. Prayer is crucial to keeping a close-knit relationship with each other. When Jesus resurrected, and before the Holy Spirit’s coming, the disciples were praying in the upper room. Prayer kept the disciples and followers of Jesus in unison

Finally, if you are struggling with prayer, worry not; you can reap the above benefits with what Jesus taught us in the Lord’s prayer in; Matthew 6:9-13

“This, then, is how you should pray:

”Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be your name,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil .”

Calm Down Before Your React

 

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It’s said that anger is a loaded gun pointed towards oneself. The average human behavior implies, ”for every action, there is a reaction.” However, it is essential to note that a human being should distinguish from the rest of the world and be an individual of excellence; one must know when to react. You need to hold esteem that not every person or situation requires you to respond at the back of your mind. Some problems require you to walk away; some require you to be quiet, while some will require you to watch and learn. When you look into the lives of successful people, they rarely react to everything. Even dogs do not bark at every stranger.

But is anger sin? While an individual may annoy you, you need to realize that anger is not a sin. What you do as a result of your anger is what counts as a sin. If you are the type who turns violent or speaks profanities, or even does outrageous things that you may regret later, then what you do is considered a sin. More so, staying in anger until the sun goes down or even prolonging for days is a sin. In Ephesians 4:26-30, 26 ”In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27, and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what helps build others up according to their needs may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice”

Fruits of the Holy spirit sum up a person’s character, one of which is the fruit of self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.”Therefore, even in anger, when we exercise self-control, we react in a mature and grown-up manner. When James the apostle talked about anger, he said that human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Does this mean that resultant action interferes with our journey to righteousness and be like God? Yes, it does.

In many instances, people who are fast to react in anger are like fools. Moreover, we have been instructed not to associate with hot-tempered people. Proverbs 22:24 “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person; do not associate with one easily angered.”

Jesus cautions against anger and even advice not to give an offering if you have pending issues. In Matthew 5: 22, “But I tell you that anyone angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

In the words of Deborah Ann Belka;

The Gift of Self-Control

May the gift of self-control,

Be something, daily you present

May you show self- restraint?

When others do things, to upset.

May you manage your temper,

When others have lost theirs

May you defuse the situation

whenever tensions, start to flare.

May you hold your own tongue,

when others are being rude

may your silence, be what alters

the unpleasantness, of their mood.

May you harness your pride,

when others egos’ are inflated

may your constraint cause . . .

their arrogance to be deflated.

May the gift of temperance,

you give to others everyday

may you have self-control . . .

no matter who comes your way!

2 Peter 1:5-6

“And beside this, giving all diligence,

add to your faith virtue; and virtue

knowledge; And to knowledge temperance;

and to temperance patience; and to

patience godliness

Our Attitudes Determines Failure Or Success

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When Cain and Abel gave their offering to the Lord, Abel’s sacrifice was accepted while Cain’s was rejected. Cain was outraged, but instead of asking himself why his sacrifice was rejected, he killed his brother Abel. His sacrifice was rejected because he was not grateful enough to give his best. Eventually, his attitude caused anger, a murderous spirit, and a lifelong curse.”

At times, we find ourselves in the shoes of Cain, wondering why others are more blessed than we are. However, we focus so much on them and forget to check our spirits and heart as we give. It is in giving that we receive. In what measure and why do we give? Do we do it as a necessity? Is it religious practice? Is it to show off? Or is it from the depth of our hearts?

While at the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus was amazed at an old woman who gave all she had. In Mark 12:41-44, “41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were placed and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people THREW in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and PUT IN two tiny copper coins, worth only a few cents.43 calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had.”

The attitude of the woman while giving thanks attracted the attention of Jesus. In case, you are wondering why God loves a cheerful giver. It is essential just as a form of courtesy; no one likes to be ignored. Let us not have an attitude of entitlement; instead, let’s have an attitude of gratitude. “Each of you should give WHAT YOU HAVE DECIDED in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER.” 2 Corinthians 9:7. When you are a cheerful, well-prepared giver, then whatever you give in gratitude to God is like a sweet-smelling aroma to the heavens that God readily accepts.

attitudeWe show gratitude to God by taking care of what he has given us—ranging from how we take care of our bodies, environment, finances, skill, and the list goes on. The better we take care of what we have, the more doors we open to being entrusted with more. It has never been a case of the rich getting richer. No! Rather, how do we manage what we have, and does God feel he can trust us with more?

A parable told in Matthew 25: 14-30; A master went on a journey and gave his servants talents to take care of while he was away. To one, he gave five talents, to another two and yet to another, one talent. Skills and talents are given based on their ability of the receiver. This proves that God is our creator knows us, so he gives us talents based on what we can handle. Each of the servants had the liberty to do as they please with the talent they received. The one with the five skills doubled them in trade. The one with the two also doubled his; unfortunately, the one who got one talent went and hid his talent bitterly criticizing his master. When the master returned from the journey and demanded an account of what he had given them, the two who doubled their skills were well celebrated and given much more to add to what they had doubled. The servant who hid his talent, the little he had been taken away from him and given to the one who had ten skills. The attitude towards your blessing is a determinant of our success.

Bear in mind that God does not need our gratitude; He is the master of all things and is capable of surviving without us. If anything, he has a choice of withholding blessings from us. It is essential to be GRATEFUL for all he is doing in life. An attitude of gratitude opens doors for more in our lives. An overflow of SUCCESS!

Simple Tips To Reduce Stress And Anxiety

1-Sipping a hot cup of tea: chose from chamomile, peppermint, lavender, or lemon balm

2-Reading a motivational book

3-Sleeping: even the creator rested on the seventh day

4-Socializing: Reach out to the people that love and care about you

5-Practicing proper breathing, try the 4-7-8 technique

6-Enjoying what nature has to offer you: enjoying walks, hiking

7-Proper nutrition: Replacing fast food with whole foods

8-Exercise: strengthen your body, stretch, tone, and rebuild

9-Replace negative thoughts with positive ones, put yourself in a happy place

10-Recognize your triggers; what makes you tick?

11-Face your fears, conquer them

12-Seek professional help: everyone has strength and weaknesses; allow someone who is qualified in a particular field to help you