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Are Your Kids Afraid Of The Doctor? Read This!

Going to the doctors is never going to be your child’s favourite activity. They are entering an unfamiliar environment, meeting strangely dressed people and potentially getting injections. But some kid’s fear is so crippling that they won’t even enter a doctors surgery. If this fear is left unaddressed, it’s more likely to worsen as they get older and could put their health at risk. As their parent, it’s up to you to help your child overcome this fear sooner rather than later. To help you get started, read through these useful tips to help you kids feel more relaxed at the doctors.

Use role play

Many children get nervous about doctor's appointments because they don’t know what to expect. In the days leading up to their check up, use role play to help your kids feel more prepared. Buy a toy doctors set and set up your own pretend doctors surgery. Encourage your children to use the tools in their set to examine their favourite teddy bears. You can also ask them to give you a check up if you wish. They can look in your ears, check your heartbeat and give pretend injection and medicine. Doing this will take some of the mystery out of the experience and can help your kids understand why they need a check up.

Validate and encourage

When you accompany your child to the doctors, it’s important to validate their fears. Let them know that you know it’s not pleasant but that you are proud of them for being brave. In addition to this, tell them you are going to be with them the entire time. This can help them feel more relaxed and a little braver.

Children often follow their parents lead. So if they see you talking to a doctor with ease, this encourages them to do the same. If you chat online with a doctor for advice on your child’s medical condition, encourage your child to ask questions too. This will show them that the doctor wants to help them and that they aren’t as frightening as they first thought.

Sit with them

Your child’s anxiety can increase significantly if they feel separated from you. So to avoid any tantrums, consider having them sit on your lap during their check-up. This will help to boost your child’s confidence and make them feel more protected. If they are too big to sit on your lap, another alternative is to hold their hand. Ask your child questions throughout their checkup to help them feel more in control too. You could ask them what eye the doctor can check first for instance. Just remember to not ask them for permission as it’s likely they won’t be willing to give it.

Reassuring your child that they are safe can work wonders when trying to ease their anxiousness around doctors. Depending on their age, you might also want to talk to them about why we need to go to the doctors and the benefits of good health. The safer they feel and the more they understand, the less stressed out your child will be during appointments.

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Self-Conscious About Your Looks? These Confidence-Boosters May Help

We live in a world where the way we look is under constant scrutiny. Even the most minor flaw can cause us to feel self-conscious about our appearance. It’s normal to have days when you don’t feel great. But if this is a persistent problem, there may be some solutions that can help. Here are some remedies, which may help to boost your confidence and make you look and feel great.

Skin saviours

If you have acne, uneven skin tone or scarring, it can take its toll on your self-esteem. If you have spots on your back or chest, you can cover them up easily. But it’s not so straightforward to conceal problems on your face. If you’re prone to outbreaks, there are various remedies you could try. Natural skin saviours include tea tree oil and Manuka honey. You can buy products that contain these ingredients from health stores. You may also benefit from adjusting your skin care regime. Do you exfoliate on a regular basis? Do you use perfumed products or sleep in your makeup? Sometimes, simple changes may result in a positive outcome. Treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels may also be worth considering. These therapies are designed to remove dead skin cells and regenerate the skin. If you are considering skin treatments, book a consultation with an expert to find out more. It may also be beneficial to see a dermatologist. There are medications available, which can target severe skin conditions.

Dealing with dental disasters

It’s very common to have dental flaws. Very few people are blessed with a perfect set of teeth. Nevertheless, imperfections can get you down. Do you hide when a camera comes out, or feel uncomfortable when you meet new people? If your smile is holding you back, it may be time to think about having dental treatment. There are so many amazing innovations in the world of dentistry that can offer a solution. Do you have chipped, crooked, stained, or missing teeth? If so, don’t panic. You’ll find that your dentist has a host of options that can give you a smile to be proud of. Veneers, tooth whitening, and composite bonding are popular cosmetic treatments. Invisible braces create beautiful smiles with minimal fuss. Implants, dentures and bridges can fill unsightly gaps. Call some local dentists and do some research. You can access a wealth of information online. You can find implant details here, for example.

Tackling body image demons

The vast majority of people would change something about their body if they had the chance. Do you wish you had a flatter, more toned stomach? Do you dream of having longer legs, or slimmer arms? The reality is that nobody is perfect. Try and avoid comparing yourself to others. It’s tough, but most of us don’t match up to fitness models on Instagram or models in glossy magazines. If you want to slim down, make this your goal for the next few months. Stick to a healthy eating plan and start exercising regularly. Focus on your good points, celebrate the milestones and give yourself a break.

Most of us place importance on the way we look. If you feel self-conscious, it may be worth trying some of these confidence-boosting solutions. It’s also worth remembering that nobody’s perfect. Even supermodels have days when they don’t feel great.

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Freelancing or Running a Business From Home? You Need The Perfect Home Office

A home office is particularly important for freelancers and anyone who runs their own business, although it’s something that’s useful in any home. Whether you have a spare room that you want to turn into the perfect home office, or just have an empty nook or corner somewhere in your house- here are the things you’ll need for a great functioning home office.


A Desk

Go for the largest desk you can fit in your space, having more room makes everything much more comfortable and is easier to work from. This is vital when you work for yourself and spend a lot of time at it! Something with a drawers or storage space is your best bet, perfect for things you need to be able to quickly grab but don’t want cluttered up the top. You can find good quality, inexpensive desks from just about anywhere, but for a fun project why not upcycle an old piece? Find a solid wooden desk from somewhere like Craigslist, and modernise it by painting it with a chalk furniture paint and switching out any handles.

A Supportive Chair

To go at your desk, a supportive chair is essential. Don’t skimp here or you could end up with painful problems later down the line, you need something comfortable with good back and neck support. If you have carpet down in your home office, you’ll need to chose a chair that doesn’t have wheels (or buy some plastic sheeting to go underneath it). Otherwise wheeling up and down over it will have your carpets looking bald in no time.

A Reliable Computer

Your computer is the workhorse of your home office, and when you work for yourself your livelihood quite literally depends on it. Always perform security updates to make sure that it’s not vulnerable to attacks, and back up your information regularly. If you notice any problems, make sure that computer repairs are carried out as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your machine. Choose a screen that’s big enough to see everything clearly without having to hunch over or squint, if you use a laptop or Macbook you could hook it up to a larger monitor. You’ll be able to see things more clearly, this is especially useful if you edit pictures or videos or do any kind of design work

A Filing Cabinet

Self-employment comes with masses of paperwork that you need to keep safe. Things like invoices and receipts are crucial when it comes to your tax return, and so invest in a good filing system. Ideally a proper filing cabinet, but at the very least a folder which is divided up by category so you know where everything is. There are a number of Ikea hacks for filing cabinets if you want something a bit more personal.


Things like pens and pencils, highlighters, paper clips, post-it notes and notepads- have a think about the stationery you’ll need to keep everything in your business running smoothly. Keep everything organised so it’s easy to grab things when you need them without rummaging through everything. Organisers like containers and pots are useful, as well as miniature sets of drawers for the desktop to keep everything neat and together.

A Notice Board

A noticeboard or a large calendar helps to keep you organised, stick to deadlines and gives you a general idea of your workload for the weeks ahead. Get into the habit of updating it regularly, and you’ll be able to see exactly what you need at a glance. We shared some cool printable calendars here, so you could easily make your own.

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Bedhead to Bright-eye -Bushy-tailed in a Few Minutes

How long is your morning routine? If you're fed up of getting out of bed early so you can sort yourself out, there's no need to continue. You don't have to spend an hour sorting out your hair, makeup and outfit every single day. A shorter morning routine can give you more time lounge in bed or to spend on other things. You'll be able to sit down for a leisurely cup of coffee or spend the time you save making a proper breakfast. And you don't have to compromise on how good you look either. Use these steps for a quick and effective way to get ready every morning.

Don't Leave It All Until the Morning

Your first step should be to reduce the amount you need to do in the morning. If you wake up with your hair out of control, it could take you forever to tame it. If you want to lower your morning workload, you can do everything at other times. For example, if you look for the best products for straightening hair, you can keep your hair straighter all the time. Use a straightening shampoo when you shower and your hair won't need wrestling into control when you get up in the morning. The same can go for your skin; if you look after it on a regular basis, it won't be as hard to perfect when you wake up.

Perfect Your Five-minute Makeup Routine

Makeup can be one of the most time-consuming things to concentrate on in the morning. One of the problems is that you start putting it on and then you lose track of time. Sometimes you might be a bit overambitious about what you can do before you step out the door. Working out a short routine that will still have you looking and feeling amazing will get you some time back in the morning. It's not just down to what look you choose. Practising your application can help you do it faster too.

Choose Outfits in Advance

Do you spend ages dithering in front of all your clothes, undecided about what to wear? If it's a source of lost time for you, don't leave it until the morning. Pick out what you're going to wear the night before, and lay everything out somewhere. You could even decide what you're wearing across the week so that it's all taken care of in one go.

Use Multitasking Products

If your bedside table or bathroom is littered with beauty products, it might be time to cut down. Instead of using three or four different products, you can cut them down to one. There are cosmetics you can use for your skin and your hair that will do several things at once. For example, you can use a foundation or BB cream that will moisturise and brighten your skin. Hair products can multitask too, helping to clean, hydrate and smooth your hair.

You don't have to spend too much time getting ready in the morning. You can get your time back if you reorganise your routine.

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Health || Living an Active Life With Arrhythmia

Arrhythmia is a blanket term for a number of conditions that result in the irregular beating of the heart. It can raise the chance of strokes and heart attacks significantly, which makes it a serious concern. Particularly for those who are into exercise and raising their heartbeat. However, it doesn’t make an active healthy lifestyle impossible. Here’s how you cope with it.

The symptoms

You may not be entirely sure yet whether you suffer from arrhythmia. If you have a suspicion, it’s best to get an idea what the symptoms are before getting overly concerned. However, if any of your symptoms include pain in the chest or palpitations, you will need to get yourself to the doctor no matter what. Other ways to test is by finding your pulse and counting your heart rate. A racing or slow heartbeat could also mean you need to get checked out. Shortness of breath, dizziness and sweating can be signs of arrhythmia, but not conclusively. If you faint or suffer near-fainting regularly, you should also get checked out. Again, if any of these symptoms are experienced frequently, you need to see a doctor.

Find out your treatment options

If you are worried that you suffer from arrhythmia, you want to see a specialist quickly to get your treatment options laid out in front of you. You can find one on AbbottEP.com or ask your doctor to recommend you. There are a lot of different kinds of arrhythmia. Some may be relatively tame whereas others can be life threatening without treatment. There are a lot of different treatment options, from lifestyle adjustment to fitting a pacemaker. It’s best to get to a specialist as soon as possible to know what the best foot forward is.

Getting used to doctor visits

If you have an arrhythmia, your doctor will likely tell you that it’s important you visit often. Especially if you feel a change in your condition. Make these trips to your specialist or doctor as effective as possible. Take a list of all medicines you’re on to your doctor. That way, they can better see what to prescribe you and prevent any combination from having harmful interactions. Check with your doctor before getting any over-the-counter medications. Even cold and flu medicines, which can prove a danger to those with arrhythmia. Be candid with any side effects from medication prescribed as well.


Part of a healthy life with arrhythmia is using the right nutrition to build a healthy heart and fight what could be an increased risk of stroke. Sites like Everydayhealth.com have a lot of tips for your diet. As you might expect, one of the most important ways of doing this is by eating a lot less processed foods. Processed foods are one of the leading contributors to a high blood pressure and high cholesterol. There are other, specifically, heart healthy foods to look out for. For example, salmon and other fatty fish are rich in protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids but low in the more harmful saturated fats. Every seven ounces of fruit and veg a day can decrease your risk of a stroke by 32%, too.

Adjusting your fitness plans

It will depend on the type and severity of arrhythmia, but it’s likely you will have to adjust how much exercise you get and how you get it. Your doctor will provide more specific details for you. Your doctor can help you organise a fitness exam to see how much stress your body can safely take. If you have to cut out on the intense intervals of training, consider things like walking groups. Spread your exercise over a longer time. Learn to check your pulse for signs of trouble. If you wear a pacemaker, avoid contact sports that can damage the device.

Cut the bad habits

You already know the kind of habits that you should be avoiding. All the ‘vices’ you know are unhealthy are specifically bad for your heart. We’ve mentioned cutting processed foods. Smoking is another that you can fight by using things like e-cigarettes or nicotine patches. You don’t have to abandon the pleasure of a drink, but you do need to do it in moderation. Stick to the safe drinking limit and make it a rarer occurrence. One habit that fewer people consider is not having breakfast. If you want to avoid overeating, it’s an important part of getting your metabolism and blood sugar levels on an even field for the rest of the day. That means fewer cravings.

Don’t think it’s safer to stay still

Some with arrhythmia might get concerned about doing any exercise at all. They might think it safer to sit still entirely. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Maintaining a low weight through your diet isn’t enough. Neglecting exercise builds visceral fat around your organs. This can be particularly stressful on your heart. Even if you’re concerned about pushing yourself too hard, you should get up, walk and be more active throughout the day. So long as you’re able to monitor your heart rate and stop at the first symptom of your arrhythmia acting up, you should be fine.

Fight stress

Your emotional health is intrinsically linked to your physical health. That’s especially true when it comes to stress and your heart. So you need to find new ways to deal with the natural stress that happens in everyday life. For example, some might think that ‘letting it all out’ deals with stress, but the opposite is true. It builds it up and even makes aggressive displays of stress a more likely occurrence in future. Helpguide.org recommends avoiding stress and expressing your feelings calmly when you do encounter them. Most importantly, besides the tips above, get your sleep. Staying up too late and getting little sleep makes you produce more cortisol, the stress hormone.

As you can see, the idea that arrhythmia makes a healthy style impossible couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, making healthier choices including exercise is actually good for you. Just make sure you have a specialist who can help you craft your health plans to the condition.

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