Depression || How You Can Make It Through The Fog

Depression is one of those things that can take hold of you, at any time, for any reason.
It can feel like you have emerged in a fog with no exit strategy. Depression can affect you in different ways, and not one cause or solution is right for everyone. It can all depend on how you handle situations. Many people choose to consider options like antidepressants or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Both of which are proven to provide successful outcomes however if you find you've not had much help with conventional treatments or you want to consider a more natural approach to combating your depression, then here are some things you could consider trying.

Consider natural supplements
Sometimes taking something can help, and while you don’t want to go down a medicated route, some herbal options could be considered. An oral supplementation might mean considering options like Gaba or Green Tea. Sometimes even trying herbal teas like Peppermint or Chamomile can have a calming effect on the mind, body and soul.

Work on a routine
Routine is one of the biggest ways you can combat a depression phase. This is where you work on trying to take yourself out of a comfort zone and provide a routine in its place that cements what you need to do. If you are feeling depressed, the chances are any routine will have gone out of the window. So start small by setting a certain time to get up, and then take it from there.

Exercise regularly
Exercising can release endorphins in the body that has a big impact on your mood. This is why many people choose to take up regular exercise as a way of defeating the depression for good. It can give you a focus and a new sense of wellbeing. It has been reported that regular exercise enables your brain to rewire itself into a more positive framework.

Take a look at your diet
Sometimes the foods we eat can have a lasting effect on the way we feel and think. Too many saturated fats and bad foods can make us feel lethargic and unhealthy. Adding to the feelings of depressions and cementing a low self-worth. This is why changing your diet for a healthier one could have a positive impact on your lifestyle.

Get a restful night’s sleep
Sleep can feel like the holy grail at times, and while feeling depressed can push you into sleeping more, it may not be the restful sleep you need. Instead, try and concentrate on the quality of your sleep instead of the amount. Find ways to improve your sleep like not using technology before bed and lowering your intake of caffeine and alcohol.

Have a positive mindset
Finally, training your mind to think more positively is a great way to combat depression once and for all. A lot of the time, depression is formed from a negative state of mind. This is where your thoughts are focused on what is going wrong in your life instead of what is good. Try and rework your way of thinking by turning each thought into a positive one.

I hope these ideas help you combat depression and make it through the fog. Always remember to seek help, having depression is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about and getting help early can make a huge difference to your life and your health overall.

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Money || Financial Implications Of Getting a Pet?

I think that every mum would agree with me when I say that at some point or another, all children become obsessed with animals. It seems to be a stage that most, if not all, kids go through.

While it’s lovely that they are so interested in something, when they start begging for a pet it can be a bit of an issue for us parents. It’s not just about the time and care that a pet will need, for a lot of us it’s about the financial implications that come with it. To give you a better understanding of the types of financial implications that come with being a pet owner, I’ve put together a list below. Hopefully, this will give you a better idea of what allowing your kids to get the pet of their dreams will cost you.
The cost of the pet. The first factor you need to consider is the cost of the pet itself. This will, of course, depend on what type of animal it is that your child wants. The most expensive pets to buy, tend to be exotic pets, horses, and purebred dogs. These can cost anything from £80 to thousands of pounds. The cheapest pets tend to be fish, guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, cats, and mixed breed dogs. However, some mixed breed dogs and some cat breeds can cost hundreds. To give you an idea, a labrador puppy on average costs around £450. Ask yourself, can you afford the initial cost of the pet?
Their everyday care. The next thing to think about is the pet's everyday care. Depending on the type of pet, it could live for anything from a couple of years to over 15 years. Before taking on an animal, you need to be sure that you can afford to pay for it for the duration of its life. To give you an idea, on average a horse can cost between £60 and £150 a month to feed, depending on the size and breed. While a cat, for instance, tends to cost between £15 and £45 a month to feed, depending on what brand of food you give them and how much they eat. Remember, it’s not just food that needs to be accounted for, monthly care costs, like flea treatments and worming the pet, also need to be taken into account.
Health insurance. All smart pet owners get health insurance for their pets. So that should they get injured or ill, their care is covered by an insurer. This means that although you might have to pay initially, the amount would be reimbursed to you by your insurance company. The insurance for a pet can cost between £5 and £80 a month, depending on the type of animal, its age, and any health conditions it may have. If you’re going to take on a pet, be it a horse or a rabbit, having insurance is crucial. Say, for example, as your dog got older it got Cushing's disease and needed Vetoryl for dogs; your insurance would cover the cost of this. You wouldn’t have to pay out for it. However, the question is, can you afford the extra monthly cost?
Toys, bedding, and other bits and bobs. Last but not least, there’s the cost of the pet’s bits and bobs. A dog, for example, needs a bed, food bowls, collar, lead, and a selection of toys, all of which will need replacing throughout its life. A rabbit, for instance, will need a rabbit hutch, water bowl, run, and a few toys to keep it entertained. Again, this may all need replacing throughout its life. It’s not just a case of buying your pet it’s bits and bobs once, it will most probably need new items throughout its life.
I hope that this has given you an idea of the financial implications that come with owning a pet. So that you can make an informed decision about whether now is the right time to add a furry friend to your family.

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