Depression – 10 ways to help beat depression related mental illness

Depression is a mental illness that most people seem to have some experience of, be it direct or indirect. Depression is controversial to offer solutions to because it is extremely multi-faceted; it can be due to genetic factors, brain chemistry, a response to illness, or social factors such as bullying. Continue reading “Depression – 10 ways to help beat depression related mental illness”

Low staff morale. Tips to greater productivity.

Sensible business owners will agree that employee morale is tied to the company’s success. Satisfied employees show an interest in the company’s progress, co-operate better with co-workers, make fewer errors and are more productive. On the other hand, low staff morale has a habit of spreading negativity throughout the organisation with the effects hurting its bottom-line.

The problem with low staff morale is that in the workplace it can be intangible and very hard to identify.

This article focuses on ways to spot low staff morale and how to improve work relationships. Continue reading “Low staff morale. Tips to greater productivity.”

Managing Stress – Finding a work-life balance that is healthy for all

Whilst stress is commonly interchanged with the word ‘pressure’, it is, in fact, a totally different thing. Stress is the feeling one suffers when they feel out of control of their life or circumstances. Stress can cause a multitude of physiological or emotional problems, all of which impact productivity and well being. Stress may be associated with a mental state but managing stress is a skillset that individuals should work on in order to achieve a good healthy work-life balance. Continue reading “Managing Stress – Finding a work-life balance that is healthy for all”

Bipolar Disorder: how to live with the diagnosis

If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, know this: Although it is a diagnosis that is not going away, it can be very manageable if you know how to take care of yourself. Gaining knowledge is the first key step. Below you will find information to help you understand the disorder and discuss it with others. You will also find information to help tackle the symptoms of the disorder. Lastly, you will gain the basic knowledge that you need in order to live well with bipolar disorder. Continue reading “Bipolar Disorder: how to live with the diagnosis”

Mental Health Treatments

1 in 5 adults are living with some variety of mental health issue which negatively affects their lives. Needing to locate facilities that offer different mental health treatments can be a complicated process. Like physical health issues, mental issues can get worse without appropriate treatment.

There are a variety of mental health treatments available. Often, an individual may receive more than one type of treatment while they are getting help with a mental health issue. For instance, a person may learn about their condition (education), talk to a counsellor or therapist, and make some lifestyle changes to support the positive things that they are making in their life. Continue reading “Mental Health Treatments”

Specialist care training – what is it?

As a carer working in the health care sector, it is crucial that every patient is afforded the correct support and care. Specialist care training courses can provide the skills and knowledge necessary to complete a range of specialist tasks, including the management of instances relating to conflict or challenging behaviour. Continue reading “Specialist care training – what is it?”

Abuse: Vulnerable adults and common signs

Everyone has a right to live an abuse free life, regardless of age, gender, race, or mental capacity. Normally, every adult will demand and fight for this right. But for vulnerable adults, due to their advanced age and intellectual impairments, cannot make such demands and hence, stand the risk of being abused.

What makes it worse is the inability of these adults to even identify abuse or to report it. Individuals with cognitive impairment may not be aware that they are being abused, while those with communication difficulties will find it difficult to express themselves. In some cases, the abusers prevent access to these people, making it even more difficult for help to reach them.

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Three Unexpected Signs That You Have Anxiety

When most people think of an “anxiety disorder,” they think of someone curled up in a ball, wracked by a panic attack. But not all people with anxiety feel full-blown panic. In fact, many people with anxiety never have intense feelings of nervousness or dread; nor will all people with anxiety experience other common symptoms like nausea, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. These people may not realise they are suffering from an unexpected sign of anxiety. As a result, many people with anxiety go undiagnosed and continue to suffer from anxieties surprising physical and mental effects.

So how do you know if you have anxiety? Check out the three unexpected signs below. 

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Anxiety – How to help someone through an anxiety attack

For the person experiencing an anxiety attack, it feels like the world has momentarily shifted on its axis. You only need to look at their sweaty palms, their fast breath, and their shaking hands to see the obvious impact these attacks have.

One aspect that often gets overlooked in regards to anxiety disorders is what these issues are like for the people witnessing the condition. If you are forced to watch a friend or family member suffering through a panic attack, you can feel completely alone, impotent, and incredibly confused as to how you can assist. Continue reading “Anxiety – How to help someone through an anxiety attack”

Five Tips For Time Management and Staying Focused

Distractions are a slippery slope and before you know it, hours or precious minutes have slipped by. Stay away from websites unless you have set aside time for browsing or while enjoying free time.

To help you stay focused, we’ve put together a list of five tips for your own personal time management.   Tips that can be used in your private life as well as your professional one.

 

Be Determined

Time management is like a diet, only a tad less painful. It can be just as beneficial and you will see the results sooner as you prepare yourself to be more determined. Along with staying focused, you have to be resolute to stick with your plan. There are exceptions to most every rule of course, and no one wants to stick to a plan that is not working, but being determined to stay on the path you have set will be a valuable asset.

 

Learn To Delegate

If you are running or managing a small business, there are a variety of things that can leach into your time. Micromanaging is a quick way to burn out, so find ways to delegate things. Perhaps it is trusting the postal service to take care of shipping, or setting up auto-withdrawal for your monthly expenses, you need to be able to stay on track and save time. Trust when there is the opportunity to do so.

 

Embrace Technology

Use email, Skype or phone calls instead of meetings. Sometimes meetings can just turn into meet and greets or friends catching up. You count in gas, lunch, and the time preparing, and meetings can pull valuable resources away from areas that need them. Meetings are necessary at times, so when planning an itinerary or schedule, make sure that 12:30 meeting with Betty Boop at the Bread Bakery is absolutely needed. Skype, instant messenger, and email are all valuable tools and sometimes can help you accomplish what you are looking to do in a much shorter period. This is very important when it comes to sales people as well.

 

Prepare in advance of meetings

If you know your work environment and are prepared, you will not need an hour-long presentation. Many times companies that cater to small businesses depend on the fact that small business owners are very busy and not as knowledgeable as they should be. If you are prepared with what you want and need, you can serve yourself better and save a great deal of time.

 

Do What You Need To Do

Procrastination may seem like a minor thing for people that have the skill and funds to start a small business in the first place, but it can get in everyone’s way. Knowing when to put something off and prioritizing is very important. When you are planning, put the things that need to be done at the top of the list and let those items command your attention. Sometimes things need to be put off because you do not have the time or assets to put towards them as well.

With these tips, you should be able to prepare and utilize your time better. Remember to prioritize, delegate when you can, stay focused and determined, and take advantage of the time you have.

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