The Significance Of Emotional Stability In This Health Crisis


You may be wondering right now about the future of the world in the hands of the Coronavirus. With all the possibility of losing everything, you may have already managed to find a way to cope with specific situations. Perhaps by now, you already get used to the “new normal” everyone is talking about. But are you really convinced that you can live with it? If you can rate your situation right now, would you say that somehow things around you will get better even if the situation continues to be miserable?

Answering a question like that in uncertain times like this is entirely uncalled for. No individual in this world can assure themselves that things around them will be okay. Everyone feels the same way. All people are vulnerable to stress, anxiety, and depression, and these things can cause significant damage to overall health. So what can you do about it?


Keeping Emotions Intact

Understandably, there are things you can’t control. Take this pandemic as an example. So given the idea that you feel hopeless and useless in this situation, you get emotional. By emotional, it means you depend too much on what you think that you often ignore rational thinking. No, it is not an exaggeration because, as of this moment, you already felt sad thinking that you are weak and incapable of doing anything to get rid of the situation. Is that right?

But if I am wrong, perhaps the emotional turmoil you have is not about what you can contribute to the betterment of the world. Instead, it is about surviving this whole global health crisis. If that is the case, you deem to obtain assurance. You want to know how you will be able to survive and live through life like this. Admittedly, you do not like the “new normal” things that people are doing now. Perhaps it’s a bit of a hassle and lot likely inconvenient on most on your part. Therefore, the guarantee of frustration and anger is there.

So with all these immeasurable emotional burdens and mental stress you have, you know you can do better than just always think about negative things. Instead of focusing on what you can do, why don’t you let your creativity get on the stage? Allow your emotions to be like that. Honestly, it is okay to feel sad, worried, and angry because those are the emotions you need in a time like this. But after feeling that, you need to come up with a better plan to manage them and use them to your advantage.


Allow Self-Healing

I bet what you don’t get from this situation is the realization of the possibility of you becoming a better version of yourself. For most of these emotional battles you have right now, recognizing the pain and sorrow is the tricky one. So when you can finally acknowledge these issues, then that is the time you can make way for self-healing.

When you self-heal, you lose all the contact to negativity. You begin to picture things from a different perspective, and you come up with better solutions that can change your life. You begin to appreciate yourself and all the things you can do. You become happy and contented despite living with all the uncertainties.


Final Thoughts

If you are still confused about managing your unwanted emotions, you might want to start letting them in. Feel and endure them until they no longer hurt you anymore. That way, you can allow yourself to develop not just emotional strength but also mental awareness. Just hold onto yourself.

Benefits Of Attending Culinary Events

My friends and fellow cooking enthusiasts have been bugging me to attend a culinary conference with them for years. They kept on telling me that it was nothing like I had ever seen before, that I would understand why they loved it too much. So, in hopes of making their chatter stop, I decided to go to the 2019 Culinary Event.

In truth, I was half-expecting to be able to utter, “I told you so.” I thought the convention would only have Michelin-star chefs in formal attires, talking about their success and failures. I did see that, but there were also other benefits attending culinary events such as:


Finding New Cooking Tools

As soon as I entered the hall, I saw a wide array of cooking tools that I had not used in the past. E.g., 10-in-1 multi-cooker, egg or pancake shapers, layered condiment storage, and many more. I went out with shopping bags and a depleted wallet, but I had no regrets.

Getting Crash Courses To Chopping, Baking, Etc.

Despite being an avid cook, I have never gone to culinary school. I learn everything from the internet; I have not seen a real chef cook or bake in person. Thus, it feels humbling to see the experts do it and teach you how.


Tasting New Flavors

Undoubtedly, cooking expos won’t be complete without vendors selling new spices and dishes. Some come with jars of condiments that may be foreign to you. Others showcase their alternatives to various foods. The best part is that they will allow you to do an impromptu taste testing.

Final Thoughts

The only thing that made my mood sour on that day was when my friends exclaimed, “We told you so!” But I got over it quickly because I was genuinely thankful to them for dragging me to the conference. Now, I look forward to the next culinary event that I will attend.

How To Keep Food From Getting Spoiled?

The 2018 Food Safety Summit is highly memorable for me due to two events that have taken place after that. First, everything that I learned from it helped me ensure that none of the foods I prepared for our Super Bowl party would get spoiled. Second, I managed to go camping for a few days and keep the meat we had from going bad.
In case you have gone through the pain of seeing your hard work go to waste before, I come bearing tips from the said convention. Here are a few ways to maintain the freshness of foods:


Dehydrating Food
Considering you belong to a family of avid campers, there’s a way to avoiding canned goods in the wild: food dehydration. It is effortless to cut them to pieces at least a month before the trip, lay them out on a rack, and then take them out in the sun to dry. If you want to speed things up, though, you may buy an electric dehydrator. Then, before cooking, you only need to put the dried items in the water to rehydrate them.
Not Washing Raw Harvests
Raw vegetables and fruits should have a long shelf life when you put them in the refrigerator. The coldness can keep them fresh and stop over-ripening. However, you inevitably worsen the situation by washing the food items before refrigerating them because it causes mold formation. Try to wipe the harvests clean instead.


Cooling Before Covering Hot Foods
A lot of kitchen newbies commit the same mistake of covering hot foods while waiting for guests to arrive. In your head, you may assume that it’s the best way to make it seem like the dish is fresh off the stove. In reality, the heat build and water condensation inside can spoil it. You can partially cover the food to ensure that some of the heat can escape and not ruin your masterpiece.

When you follow these tips, you may never need to throw out food before even devouring it.

Why It Matters To Look After Your Mental Health

All aspects that make up your entire well-being are equally important, yet there is one thing that people often take for granted: mental health. For instance, you notice that you feel so down these days, and then your body aches. Together, they may be symptoms of depression. However, since you refuse to believe that you can acquire this disorder, you choose to take a pain reliever instead of considering that perhaps it is time to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist.


Why that is a wrong move is that a disease that should have been remedied on its early stages got left undiagnosed. You focused on one of its indications alone, which drugs may not even be able to cure because the root of the problem still exists. You will likely spend so much on pain-relieving medication, and your body parts will remain aching.

Now, in case that is too little of a reason for you to prioritize your mental health, here are a few more things that you may achieve once you do it.

  1. Enhanced Work Performance

When your psychological stability is in jeopardy, it can reflect in an instant on how you perform your tasks in the office. Nothing seems to work out well for you. Your attention span gets narrower; your comprehension skills drop to the ground. Worse, it might reach a point when your bosses start thinking of finding a replacement.


If you are not dealing with a mental disorder, though, you will be able to pick up instructions even when your superior only mentioned it while passing your desk. You can also complete tasks faster than everyone too as if the job is extremely easy for you.

  1. Calmer Environment

With problems reining over your system more and more every day, your usual cool demeanor and ability to look at a situation without judgment can turn upside down. The people around you cannot speak freely or make jokes in your presence. You pick fights with anyone who tries to reason out with you. It seems challenging for you to talk as well without sounding annoyed.

Once you take care of your mental well-being, your world may become more peaceful than ever. There won’t be individuals wishing for you to be gone. There may also not be nasty arguments occurring because no one will ignite them.


  1. Better Relationships

Folks with mental disorder have a knack for pushing their loved ones away either intentionally or unintentionally. If their sour attitude does not do the trick, they opt to isolate themselves from everyone.

You can merely move past this issue when you make mental health your priority. After all, that is the time when you need your friends and family the most. If you stop distancing yourself from them, you might find a solution to your problems with their help. Not to mention, your relationship with everyone strengthens.

Final Thoughts

As you might know by now, many people invest more attention – and money – to annual physical examinations and tend to ignore their sense of hopelessness, stress, anger issues, et cetera. The religious folks prefer to go to church and leave everything to God than to get psychologically assessed. This lack of importance that you show towards mental health is typically one of the reasons why some individuals end up worsening a psychological disorder, which may or may not be incurable. Thus, if you want to dodge that probability, you should look after your mental health now.



The Psychology Of Adult ADHD – How To Keep Being In A Relationship Amidst The Issues

Your partner is an adult person with ADHD, and you thought, this is just fine. Well, you are in for a ride. The challenges will be frustrating, but love can conquer all, right?

Tips On How To Handle ADHD-Related Issues With Your Significant Other


Study up on ADHD. It’s easier to prevent ADHD from significantly affecting your relationship if you know how it works and its symptoms. (For the both of you)


Know the implications of the behavior. If your partner is doing his or her best to understand your ADHD issues by practicing self-control, then you should also do your best to manage your symptoms. Don’t just dismiss their concerns but instead work on them. (For the ADHD adult)


Separate your partner from the condition. Always remember that the symptoms and responses your partner experiences like forgetfulness and nagging aren’t part of their character traits. (For the non-ADHD adult)


How The Partner With ADHD Often Feels:


Different. The mind of people with ADHD operates differently compared to those without ADHD.


Overwhelmed, usually because of the symptoms. The symptoms of ADHD can give stress to both of you.


Subordinate to their partners or spouses. Men who are often corrected by their partners can feel incompetent or emasculated which is a relationship breaker.


Shamed. People with ADHD feel a considerable amount of shame whenever their symptoms act up.


Unloved and unwanted. Constant negative criticisms can make them feel unloved and unwanted.


Afraid to fail again. The worse their relationship becomes, the more scared adults with ADHD will be in trying still due to fear of failure.


Longing to be accepted. People with ADHD will always want to be loved no matter their flaws. Everyone, even without ADHD, long for that.


How The Non-ADHD Partner Often Feels:


Unwanted or unloved. The non-ADHD partner may misinterpret their partner’s distraction as a sign of not wanting them.


Angry and emotionally blocked. There can be times wherein the non-ADHD partner feels resentment towards their ADHD partner but end up bottling their feelings to avoid outbursts. It is not a good way to cope with anger and can destroy everything once it all comes out.


Incredibly stressed out. Since they are the ones mostly responsible for a lot of tasks, their stress levels can go through the roof.


Ignored and offended. Whenever an ADHD person doesn’t do what they are told to do or act on their partner’s request, the non-ADHD partner may misinterpret this as being ignored.


Exhausted and depleted. Since they are the ones who have a lot of tasks and responsibilities, feeling exhausted is normal but irritating.

Frustrated. If problems keep on repeating again and again, this will cause frustration.


Take Responsibility For Your Role


If you have understood what it’s like to be your partner and you know where he or she is coming from, then you should take responsibility for your role. Both of you should be aware of your duties in saving the relationship.


The symptoms of ADHD can indeed cause arguments, but the person with ADHD isn’t the one solely to blame. The non-ADHD partner must be accountable especially with his or her reactions. 


Break Free From The Parent-Child Dynamic


Some people feel like they’re with a child instead of an adult who has ADHD. This happens when the ADHD partner fails to do the tasks assigned to them. As a result, the non-ADHD partner has to do the said responsibilities, and it is a cause for anger and arguments.


If the problems aren’t solved soon, the resentment between each other may only grow. You should break this cycle by first trying to calm down, talk about the situation two or three times until the ADHD partner understands fully without criticisms, and let go of the unnecessary issues.

Reduce Your Stress Instantly Before It Even Gets Worse


Reduce Your Stress Instantly Before It Even Gets Worse

Stress is one of the primary reasons why we get to have mental illnesses. In fact, it creates a lot of complications in our physical and emotional state too. Though it’s okay to feel the pressure sometimes, the overwhelming effect may lead to weakness and vulnerability. As a result, it leaves us with disorders and unwanted health conditions. 

tress is unavoidable, but do you know there are ways you can reduce it instantly? Yes, in fact, it may seem simple, but it creates a lot of difference once you get to try them. Continue reading so you can get the tips that BetterHelp prepared for you.


Stress Reducing Tips

 1. Watch your favorite show or maybe go see a movie. It is something that you might think doesn’t create a significant effect, but it does. The more that you over think about something, the intense pressure it gives. However, when you try to distract your thoughts by engaging with visual stuff, it skips your mind off your problems. It will allow you to have a beneficial gap with your negative thoughts between the distractions, so you can quickly tackle your issue of whatever it is that stresses you over. 


2. Move your body and exercise. Exercising is beneficial to your body because of tons of reasons. But there will always be a time that you’ll probably get tired of going to the gym. However, you can still do small chores in the house to keep you physically active. It will not only help in keeping yourself fit, but it will also reduce your stress. By the time you finish your household task, you’ll feel satisfied with your accomplishments on that particular day.


 3. Do something nice to your body. You may not see its connection to your mental state, but doing satisfying things to your body helps in making you feel stress-free. You can get a body massage, get your nails done, go to a salon, and so on. It is not about doing fancy things, but the simplicity of keeping you away from something that stresses you out. Sometimes, pampering yourself is therapeutic because you learn to eliminate the thoughts that don’t benefit your health in the first place.

 4. Use your family, friends, neighbors, and pets, as a support system. Let them know that you’re experiencing an emotional and mental problem. It will be nice to know that the people who care for you are there to support you at all cost. It reduces the stress when you communicate with them. They may not be helpful at some point; at least they are there to encourage you through your emotional and psychological crisis. You may not even need to hear some of their solutions to your problem, but sometimes, you only need someone to listen to you.


These are simple habits that are good for the time being. They give you a chance to come back to your issues and deal with them after clearing your thoughts. Stress can linger longer than you can measure, so you need to try these tips to get the stress out of your system. Eliminate bad thoughts and start working on getting better.

Anxiety Medication Treatments


There are no cures that eliminate anxiety entirely. However, specific therapy and medications can somehow manage and reduce its symptoms from occurring.  Many people who already completed a prescribed treatment were able to function normally with only occasional symptoms. Many attempt to deal with their anxiety on their own even if they know it is difficult to manage without professional help. Though the condition of anxiety may last up to six months, it can continue to worsen if not treated. 

Treatments for all types of anxiety disorders vary. It is usually a combination of therapy and medication. Therefore, there’s a need for the proper knowledge of what kinds of medicine applies to a specific condition. In general, there are categories of medication that fight all types of anxiety. There are benzodiazepine, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and Buspar medications. All of them help in lowering down the level of anxiety and depression. These related categories are used depending on the severity of the depressive state of the individual.


Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors–Serotonin, also known as 5-HT, influences a person’s mood.  It has multiple types of medicine that are often being used along with cognitive behavioral therapy to treat various types of anxiety. It is also believed to affect a wide range of psychological activity such as eating, sleeping, happiness, and wakefulness. In regards to SSRI’s mechanism of action, it is commonly given as an anti-depressant to stabilize a person’s mood. These are designed to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression for at least 2 to 6 weeks.  

Benzodiazepine– It is a sedative type of drug that treats anxiety. It gets categorized into three different acting effects such as short-term, intermediate, and long-term. Though it is useful at some point, individuals are not in a hurry to take benzodiazepine because it can cause disinhibition in some people who suffer from a severe level of anxiety. Therefore, there’s always a precaution in its use and one might consider a very low dose of the medication. 

Buspar Medications– It’s neither Benzodiazepine nor Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Buspar or otherwise called buspirone is an approved medication that treats a generalized anxiety disorder. It is a type of drug that binds with dopamine and serotonin receptors that helps manage chemical neurons that is responsible for positively affecting a person’s mood. It potentially increases the levels of substances of SSRI and making it more active. Its use is somehow restricted but guaranteed with a possible role. However, it still needs a proper prescription before mixing it with the other drugs.


It is typical of some medications to cause sleepiness, dizziness, and fatigue. What these medications share later on are stomach upset, headaches, little extra energy, sleep-related difficulties, drug interaction, and duration of usage.  Therefore, it is considered to use the drugs very conservatively in people with different ages with different emotional and psychological needs. If you need to get more information about the types of medicines you can use for your anxiety, you might want to check out BetterHelp for professional advice.

How Aromatherapy Can Soothe You And Your Partner’s Fatigue After Work

Home is the ultimate relaxation place for couples after a long and exhausting day at work. However, most homeowners have long since discovered a whole new level to up a house’s relaxing comfort. This technique is through aromatherapy, a natural kind of healing for fatigue and stress.


What Exactly Is Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a type of healing that uses the beneficial extracts and oils from plants and flowers either through skin application (massage) or by inhalation. It has proven positive effects most popularly for anxiety, nausea, fatigue, body aches, and headaches, among others. It is considered as complementary medicine and not to be used as the primary therapy for sickness, however. 


Range Of Benefits Of This Kind Of Natural Healing For The Couples

Many couples add aromatherapy in their home not just to become an accessory but also to make use of the following benefits of different essential oils: 



 1. The Aromatic Properties Of These Essential Oils Stimulate Energy 


Essential oils, especially from pine and eucalyptus, are known to lift up one’s mood after a tiring and stressful day from work. Spicy aromas (from the favorite oils cinnamon and clove, among others) have been shown to calm people, reducing headaches and irritable tendencies. These benefits are mostly extracted through inhalation or the use of diffuser at home. 



2. The Romantic Scent Of Certain Oils Can Put Couples In Mood For An Exciting Night 


Yes, there are essential oils that are more popular for their ‘romantic scents’ to spice up a couple’s night. Aroma oils like rose and sandalwood are mainly used as fragrances for women and men, respectively. These scents can stimulate each other’s sex drive and libido for a great night. Ladies mostly recommend the use of oil diffuser. Other than calming their husband’s office fatigue, these erotic aromas can put both of them in the mood for lovemaking. 



3. Essential Oils Aid In Easier Breathing And Relaxation 


The aromatic properties of essential oils can help home dwellers sleep better at night. Most will keep a diffuser on their bedside tables. Most will have one in their bathrooms. The most popular oils that can aid in better relaxation are chamomile and lavender.




 4. Aromatherapy Is Effective In Reducing Muscular Pains 


Remember this always: Essential oils are not to be applied directly to the skin unless diluted with a carrier oil or just water. 


Adding drops of essential oils like that from birch, cypress, and rosemary to bath soak are effective in reducing body pain and muscular spasms after a long day. Relieve tension and body stress while enjoying a soak or massage for a well-deserved rest for both you and your partner. 


 5. It Can Aid In Correcting Lots Of Health Problems 


Essential oils are also believed to aid in re-balancing the body and re-aligning the body with the state of mind. As such, a combination of oils from ylang-ylang, geranium, rosemary, and jasmine is said to ‘correct emotional issues.’ These psychological issues are also reported to be related to infertility, hormonal imbalance, and the overall imbalance in the feminine energy. 


Diffusing essential oils at home is more than just a ‘scent’ for the house. Aromatherapy can perk up you and your partner’s mood with the added benefits of your overall health. Stock up essential oils in your bathroom, bedside tables, living room and even in your closets, and you will feel more relaxed each day as you unwind in the comforts of your home.

7 Benefits Of Being In A Healthy Relationship

Relationships are extraordinary experiences. The connection, the laughter, the love, and even the frustrating times. Despite the fact that tough times exist even in the most loving of relationships, that challenges may occur and may test your love for one another, nothing–even the strongest of storms and wildest of waves–can deter a strong and healthy relationship.


While the most obvious benefits of being in a healthy relationship are generally known–like having a partner you can talk to and share problems, and someone to aid you in case of a financial burden–there are more surprising advantages and rewards you inherit when you are in a healthy and happy relationship.


Find out what are the seven additional benefits you incur by being in a healthy relationship:


  • Longer Life

Being in a relationship encourages a person to take better care of own self because of his or her loved one. University of Texas Sociology Professor Debrah Umberson stated that men, when in a strong and happy marriage, reduces the occurrence of risks in his life due to fist fights, over drinking, fast driving, and other harmful means. Holt-Lunstad, who performed a study on social ties, stated that the absence of a social relationship is equivalent to up to 15 cigarettes a day.


  • Reduced Stress

A healthy and loving relationship can significantly help decrease stress levels through emotional support. Having someone to talk to in hard times and speaking up to your loved one for advice can help in reducing stress and put you in a better mood. Being in a healthy relationship minimizes the production of cortisol, which is a stress hormone.




  • Ready Support

Having a partner means having access to emotional and social support from your loved one. Having someone who cares for you is a significant boost not just to physical health, but to emotional and psychological well-being, as well. Just being aware that there is always someone willing to be your confidant can make a positive difference to mental health.


  • Better Health

Because of the great emotional support you gain from your loved one, your physical well-being is positively affected. Spending time with your partner can make you happier and reduce the risk of becoming ill. Reduced stress and the absence of loneliness can significantly help in boosting your health, and it can lead to equally healthier behaviors, as well.


  • Healthier Behavior

Being in a relationship with your loved one will not just affect your well-being, it can also influence your behaviors. Having the encouragement to eat healthier, exercise regularly, and strip off your bad habits is a great way to have healthier behaviors. If you are with a healthy partner who encourages you to do the same, it’s a lot easier to change and engage in healthier behavior. 




  • Become A Better Person

Being in a warm and loving relationship can give a person a greater sense of purpose. Belonging to your loved one who is there to support you no matter what, and at the same time to point out your wrongdoings and help you correct them, can necessarily lead you to be a better version of yourself.


  • Happier Moments

When you’re in a healthy and loving relationship, you and your partner value small moments equally as you value big moments. It’s not always in the grand, flashy gestures. The most trivial things such as cooking breakfast and buying the flu medicine are equally valued as surprise candle-lit dinners and a one-week tour in Asia. Having happy moments, no matter how big or small, can help strengthen your relationship and escalate your one for one another.

Tips To Help You Through A Stressful Married Life

The marriage experience can be greatly varied per individual. Actually, your experience of marriage depends on who you choose to marry. In case you loved a Type-A person, your everyday life can get very chaotic and stressful. Moreso, if your personality is the opposite.


How will you able to regain your life’s intricate balance without sacrificing your marriage?

Here are some tips to get you through stressful married life, the natural way.


Invest In Essential Oils

Essential oils are from plant extracts that aid the body heal.


These oils retain the original scent from the plant from which they are derived. Thus, the natural healing qualities of the plants are in the oils itself.

Combinations of essential oils have various effects on the body, depending on the oil’s composition. There are essential oils that target to calm stiff muscles. Some oils aim to treat colds or headaches.

The most well-known function of essential oils is to use them for alleviating stress. There is a specific combination of oils are used to combat stress and enhance the quality of sleep.


Take A Breather

Sometimes, what you need is to take a break from it all.


Choose to go somewhere exciting, somewhere you were wishing to go to but did not have the time. You may decide to jump on the next train or the next flight if your wallet can handle it. If your marriage is that taxing, you may consider choosing to go on that trip without your spouse. Upon your return, you will feel that you’re recharged for another month or two to handle stresses from your marriage.


Short trips to the grocery or even taking a soothing lunch alone can revitalize you. Often, what you need is alone time without another person breathing down your neck.


Go For Scheduled Massage Sessions

Body massage is good for you. A good massage can release harmful toxins from your body. More than that, massage can relieve your mind of stressful thoughts you were harboring for months.


Many types of therapeutic massage can suit any taste. You can even choose the length of massage that works for your availability.


Make it more enjoyable by bringing your trusted girlfriend with you.


Opt To Sleep On Time

Do not discount the importance of sleep to relieve stress.


Lack of sleep can further aggravate stress levels and interfere with your reasoning. Your aim should be to sleep for a minimum of six hours every day. No less.


A good night’s rest can significantly help prep your body for another tiring day. Do this for a week and see the stark difference in your outlook.


Marriage is a journey. Of course, it has its high points and low points. There are bound to be rough patches in the middle of it. However, don’t think it is the end of the road for you if you are now undergoing this rough stretch. With these tips, you can be able to breathe a sigh of relief. You will be stress-free for more extended periods of time! You will surely enjoy your life more.