Separation Anxiety

College can be an exciting and terrifying adventure for young adults and their parents. For students, it is likely the first time they have lived somewhere other than their parents house. No more home cooked meals, free laundry, or pantries stocked with food. For parents, it is more so terrifying than exciting. The amount of money going into their child’s education can be staggering so they want them to hit the books hard and stay out of trouble. Parents can only pray that their child learned something from them about the value of a dollar.


As soon as parents finish helping their son or daughter move into their new dorm, all bets are off. They will either sit down and start getting themselves organized for the first day of classes or they will head straight to the quad to flirt with other coeds and find out where the kegger is going to be later that night. Not that there is anything wrong with a kegger on your first day of college. As long as they wake up in time and make it to class all should be forgiven. It can be difficult for them to focus in those first few weeks. There are new faces everywhere, different buildings with an assortment of classrooms, and places to eat and mingle with other students. Parents should give them some time to adjust during this time. Let them take it all in and settle down. It’s also around this time they might blow through all of the money you put in their account on things like late night pizza and cheap beer. Instead of loading up their card with more funds, smart parents will pick up these Groupon coupons for FedEx and use them to send care packages because, let’s be honest, Little Jimmy isn’t so little anymore and he probably isn’t going through $300 a week on pizzas like he says. If you know he is enjoying himself too much but also bringing in a 3.0 GPA then you have a lot to be proud of. It’s not easy showing up for finals still buzzed from the night before and acing an exam. Way to go, Jimmy.

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Ramp Up Your Walking Regime in 2016

Do you love to walk but aren’t feeling a difference in your body shape or stamina? Our bodies quickly adapt to routines and tend to not change much if our workouts don’t change.  There are three ways to jazz up your walking routine and begin to see terrific results.  One key factor to be mindful of is the impact your diet has on your metabolism, energy level and body shape. Eighty percent of the battle of the bulge is won or lost in the kitchen.  Make sure you’ve cleaned your pantry and fridge of junk food, processed food and unhealthy snacks.  Once you’ve begun developing healthy eating habits, try these three steps to ramp up your walking regime. Here’s the breakdown on maximizing duration, frequency and intensity.


  • Frequency. At the beginning of your new walking plan, commit to walking at least three days a week.  Try to select the same three days and stick with these to develop a habit.  To keep it simple, consider walking every other day of the week.  After a few short weeks, your body will begin to expect the added energy gained from these walks.
  • Duration. As you revamp your walking program, aim for at least twenty minutes per walking session. This is long enough to begin to realize the benefits, but not so long at the beginning to seem overwhelming.  When you set smaller, shorter goals, there easier to attain and staying on track will be worth the reward in the increased energy level gained from power walks of twenty minutes every other day.
  • Intensity.  Now that you’re walking for twenty minutes every other day, push yourself to tackle hills and increase your speed.  Break down your walk into four mini sections of five minutes each. The first five minutes is your warm up session walking briskly to warm up your muscles.  The next five minutes should be at a higher intensity such that you can still carry on a conversation. The third five minute section should be full intensity with the objective to elevate and maintain a maximum heart rate for true fat burn and cardiovascular development.

After a few short weeks of the above routine, you’ll begin to not only see a difference in your shape, but have a renewed sense of energy and begin to look forward to your daily walks. Whether you’re walking around the neighborhood, a big box store or on a treadmill in the gym, be sure to use a quality moisturizer and drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.

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Different Types of Nurses

It is pertinent to mention that there are different types of Nurses and this is based on various factors. Some groupings are based on function, others on regional requirements while some are based on qualification. This piece might not give you all there is but would do a good job to set the ball rolling. Enjoy the read.

1. Certified Nursing Assistants: These have the basic skill to work with Registered Nurses. They have the general knowledge in their field and can handle not so complex medical issues. Although often regarded as the lower types of nurses, they do often attend CNA schools in order to gain the necessary qualifications.

2. Women’s Health Nurses: They handle issues related to gynecology, reproductive health in Women and such like.

3. Urological Nurses: They are experts in issues that deal with oncology such as Kidney stones, Men’s sexual functions, etc.

4. Psychiatric Nurse: They handle patients that have been diagnosed with mental illness. This can be either on a personal basis or by their attachment to a psychiatric hospital.

5. Research Nurses: They work in laboratories and help carry out medical research to create new discoveries in the field of medicine.

6. Palliative Care Nurses: These help people in the final stages of their Terminal illness to live in the most comfortable situation before they pass.

7. Nurse Practitioner: These have advanced degrees in their field and can handle multiple cases of health challenges. They are more versed in the work they do.

8. Military Nurses: These work in the battlefield and sometimes volunteer for peacekeeping initiatives.

9. Geriatric Nurses: They take care of the Elderly and help to manage the challenges that might be associated with age.

10. Forensic Nurses: These come into play in crime related health issues. They play their role to resolve and manage the challenges that arise.

11. Educator Nurses: They train and equip other healthcare providers to handle their beats with knowledge and skill.

12. Agency Nurses: These worked based on a shift basis and are not fixed to any healthcare center. They work for an agency and are assigned to locations as the need for them arise.

13. Nurse Anesthetists: These work with other Medical personnel in the surgery room to administer drugs and other materials that facilitate a successful surgery.

14. School Nurses: They handle treatments for Students within the school premises. They treat common injuries that might arise from sports activities.

Before I mention more types of nurses, I would like to give a list that would cover much more groupings. This is to help you develop your knowledge and put you on the right part for further research. Here are some of them: Nephrology Nurses, Neuroscience Nurses, Critical Care Nurses, Cardiovascular Nurses and so much more. Some of these areas require specialization and appreciable years of experience to work in. Let us look at other types of nurses to help give you a fair view of this broad area of human endeavor.

14. Holistic Nurses: These work to provide care for both the mind and body. They ensure you are in the right spirits and use therapeutic methods to get you in great shape.

15. Nurses who deal on Informatics: These kind of Nurses can be referred to as the back-end group of Nurses. They create programs and Computer software that help other Medical personnel to handle and treat patients.

Generally, there are so many types of Nurses that have not being mentioned. However, with this foundation, you can see that you have a better understanding of some of the types of nurses that exist. Your personal findings would make you appreciate the role this unique career is making to our lives.

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How To Get Over To The Toughest Phase – Depression

Depression is dangerous and can drain a person most of the energy. There are phases that depression makes a person go through. These phases can be hard and difficult. Recovery can be difficult. Self-help or getting help or assistance from a physician or counselor is important. The manner or way people view and cope with depression is different.


Denial and Isolation

The cause of depression is likely to be an accumulation of grief in a person. The loss of a member of the family through death may cause this to an individual. The emotions become overwhelming. Acceptance of facts as they are is impossible. The stage can, however, help a person to get rid of the initial pain after the occurrence of an event. It is important and vital to note that a person mostly feels alone and avoids associating with friends, relatives or other people. In this stage, one should be advised to mingle or even interact with people. With some people around, one may feel better and feel motivated to move on. However, this is hard for most people. They hate talking about the situation.



Anger comes in when the facts begin to get real in the mind of the individual. After denying of things happening and isolating themselves, they realize that something happened. The pain then reemerges before anger. The person gets emotions that are real and is angry about things that happened. One may direct the anger to the people around. It is rational not to judge such people as the period goes away with time. People may also feel resentment towards others. In this stage, talking to a counselor or physicians is a good and advisable option.


Guilt then comes in when an individual who is depressed now feels that they should blame for things that happened to them. They feel that the people around them feel the same around them, and this may not be true. The emotions and anger in a person are what leads to such feelings. They may feel they made someone leave them. This stage is very dangerous as one may even get or feel suicidal. The person may also feel guilt about their anger and resenting others especially friends and relatives. At this stage, doctor or physician consultation is essential. They have advice and can prescribe drugs that are helpful. You should explain every detail of the situation to the doctor. You should also ask for more sessions if you feel it is what you need.


In the stage, one feels that they should regain control. It is a way of preventing ourselves from the reality and the happenings that have passed. One may even be more prayerful and deal with God or other higher powers in the attempts to postpone things that are inevitable. You react this way when you especially feel hopeless, helpless and vulnerable, and this is normal. In this stage, sessions with a doctor are essential. Of one thinks they should change the doctor, they should do so. The aim or the idea is to get help to get over the depression.


During this stage, the acceptance of things happening, those that happened, and those we can’t change or have control of begins to draw in us. If one has left us, we worry how survival would be like to live away from them or without them. Worrying in the stage is very common. We need that time to tell ourselves that things happened. You need the time to try convincing yourself to let go. In the stage, it is essential to be close to friends or loved ones. Talk to them and let them hold or hug you for as long as you need them.


The acceptance stage is not reached or afforded by everyone. Those who can afford it, do so by acquiring help right from the earlier stages. Some people do not go beyond denial and anger, and this is unfortunate as the effects can be harmful and devastating both physically and emotionally, and not forgetting health. One needs to be brave in accepting of all facts. Friends and family need to show and give support.



Getting over depression stages is difficult for some people. With realization of the need to get help, it should be made easier. The phases are hard to go through but are inevitable. However getting to acceptance is hard but is achievable.





The content is written by Meighan Sembrano, an author at 


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Herbal solutions to the most common daily ailments

Acetaminophen (sold as Tylenol in the US and paracetamol in the UK) is one of the most recent painkiller drugs to come under scrutiny due to questions about how effective it really is, as well as evidence of some adverse side effects. More and more medical practitioners are reconsidering whether they should prescribe it, particularly for long-term treatment, even though you can also buy it over the counter. People take drugs such as this for common ailments – to reduce a fever or because they have a headache, for example. However, you have the option to choose natural solutions for conditions that cause discomfort in the form of essential oils and herbal remedies. Here are a few of the best for everyday complaints.



 What do you take for headaches if you don’t want to use chemicals? A wide range of factors, including stress, allergies, colds, and migraines, can cause headaches. There are also many herbs that are known to relieve particular types of headaches; for example, peppermint oil has been proven to be as effective as Tylenol when it comes to pain relief, and eucalyptus is naturally anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

Spruce oil has a similar effect to the hormone cortisone, while lavender is used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and promote relaxation. The best essential oils for headaches are those that blend the most effective individual herbs to make an all-purpose remedy – if headaches are an issue for you, it’s worth taking the time to get more information on potential herbal solutions.


Skin conditions

 You may be surprised to learn that burns can be treated with honey and also with prickly pear. Honey keeps the burned area moist and stimulates recovery, stopping infection. For treating sunburn, fillet a cactus pad (wearing gloves, naturally) and rub the slippery plant material you will find inside all over the sunburned area.

For cuts and grazes, you can make up a powder from a variety of herbal ingredients and treat your wound quickly and easily. Start with barberry, goldenseal, or another member of the berberine plant family, and add the root or leaf of comfrey and, if liked, some oregano, thyme, or rosemary. You can use this for a few days and then switch to honey.

 Rashes can be troublesome and as with headaches have a number of different causes. Hives are often maddeningly itchy, and echinacea can be very effective as it has wound-healing and antibiotic properties. Touch-me-not, also known as jewelweed, makes a good ointment, especially if chamomile or calendula flowers are added – all have soothing properties that will protect your skin. If you’re unfortunate enough to suffer a bite or a sting, you can treat it with the echinacea or prickly pear remedies.



Finally, if you’ve succumbed to the common cold or have a nasty sinus infection, turn to an essential oil that is blended to include eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon grass, and camphor. Remember that often the most effective solutions for everyday ailments are the simplest ones.

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Top Tips: Is Varicose Veins Ruining Your Dress and Skirt Days?

We must admit it; we love our dress up days and summer shorts. But there are just those factors that ruin everything. Just when everything is perfect in life, you lose the weight you gained, you attained a glowing skin and you have finally a good hair day, spider veins become noticeable and your summer plans has been dampened.

So what to do? Of course remedy them. But hey, they aren’t that easy to shoo away. They aren’t pimples and they aren’t your hair. So better be prepared and keep calm. So first check our little fact sheet below.


Introduction to Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Varicose veins and spider veins happens because pools of blood fails to circulate in the blood properly. Right then the veins bulges. These conditions commonly appears in the legs and the thighs but can possibly be developing everywhere in the body.

The large veins are called the varicose veins while the smaller ones are called the spider veins. The latter is medically known as the telangiectasias.

Who Is Affected by the Varicose and Spider Veins

The two conditions can be present in men and women. But then due to the child bearing condition of women, they tend to develop it while pregnant. The conditions are also experienced by older people. It is most common if you have a family history of it already. Other reasons why conditions affect you are:

  • Standing for a long time
  • You gain weight
  • You bear a child/ pregnant
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Inflammation of veins
  • Clotting of blood
  • Hereditary or inborn vein abnormalities

Why Women Hates Varicose and Spider Veins

It is as obvious as the sun but then let’s discuss it away. These veins that bulge tend to be unsightly and dampens your fashion sense. If ever affected by it, a woman’s choice is to wear a very thick stockings or wear pants all the time. Say goodbye to skirts, dresses and shorts.

Symptoms of these conditions can be fatigue, itching as well as aching, cramping plus the swelling of the legs or the part of the body that is affected. So it doesn’t affect you only aesthetically, but emotionally as well. See for example you get fatigued and cramping for the whole day, isn’t that emotionally draining as well?

Another reason why it’s as bad psychologically and emotionally is it dampens your self esteem and ruins yourself image. You may result to self pity in the end.

But hey, don’t despair. Varicose veins and spider veins may just be prevented. Here are the following tips for that.

Tips in preventing Vein Bulges in the Legs

  1. Do not sit or stand for a long time. Move around and take a break from time to time.
  2. Make sure you keep your blood circulating. Avoid actions or positions that may cause poor blood flow. Elevating legs as well as crossing and re-crossing at the course of your work will help.
  3. Alternate low and high hells. If you can’t let go of high heels, then at least try to alternate it from time to time with flats or low heeled shoes.
  4. Use sunscreen and use compression hose if you are up for it. The sunscreen will prevent veins from appearing. Compression hose will prevent it too.
  5. Eat healthy, live healthy. Eat a proper diet and exercise more. Keep it a routine.

But what if you haven’t done anything to prevent it? A leg vein treatment might just be your answer to that.

Leg Vein Treatment for Varicose and Spider Veins

As I have said the compressions stocking will work, but it can also be a supplement or the leg vein treatment. These treatments may include sclerotherapy, surface laser treatments, endovenous techniques, and surgery.

The sclerotherapy is the procedure wherein a chemical or medication is injection in the affected vein. After a few weeks these veins may fade. To achieve best results, it should be done every 4 to six weeks.

IPL on the other hand may also help as well. But this can be limited to some people only because it chooses skin types as well as colors.

Endovenous procedure makes use of the radiofrequency and laser treatment. This requires local anesthesia and closes the affected vein off.

Surgery on the other hand makes use of several techniques in the process. Pin stripping, phlebectomy, and ligation to mention.

So with these treatments it isn’t far that you can wear your dresses and skirts again without worrying about unsightly vein bulges. So have you had any experience with this? Which remedy worked for you? Share it with us here!

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Lowering the health insurance premium – Artifice

What are we supposed to do if we want to lower the cost of any kind of insurance policy? We will have to shop for the same and in addition try to make a larger deductible amount. If you simply increase the deductible amount you may easily be able to lower the cost of the health insurance premiums.

Furthermore, you need to be aware of what your requirements are. This is going to help you in buying the right kind of policy.

Tactics to follow in order to lower the premium

The following are some of the tactics which can help you lower your health insurance premiums:

  • Find out health insurance carriers that offer integrated benefits – Empie-Iozzo says “An integrated approach to care works to help members become healthier, while lowering costs for both employees and employers.”
  • Check newer plans – If you already have a health insurance policy for our family and yourself, you will have to maintain a constant check on newer policies. Newer policies are introduced every now and then and so it is important for you to keep a check on that and change the insurance carrier if required.
  • Shop around before buying a health plan – It is extremely important for you to shop around before you choose a particular policy for yourself and your family. Just as you are required to shop for a mortgage or any other kind of loan, in case of health insurance too, you need to sue the same strategy. Otherwise, it may never be possible for you to obtain the low cost health plan.
  • Change the coinsurance ratio – The coinsurance ratio is the amount which you are required to pay after the deductible requirement is met. in general, the ratio remains in the range of 80/20. Here the health insurance carrier is supposed to pay 80% and you the 20% with regards to the total medical expenses which is going to exceed the deductible amount.

All of the above strategies can help you in getting the premium amount lowered, with regards to your health insurance policy. 

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Health Tools that help keep track of your health

Nowadays the mobile devices are so very advanced that it has even health monitoring tools which help keep track of your health. Below are some of the health tools which help you in managing the health and your fitness goals. These can even have the records and sheets on exercise, diet tracking tools and so on.


  1. Diet monitor – This is the tool which helps you in analyzing the diet intake as it can record as to the foods you eat. It also shows the calories you packed!
  1. Health Plan overview – You can use this health monitoring tool to get little snapshots of your health. You can also use this tool to keep records of the major health events like those of the accidents or any kinds of illnesses which have brought major changes with regards to your life. This tool can also be used as a schedule which is going to help you in accomplishing the health check ups in the future, so that you do not forget any.
  1. Health and well-being checklist – You can use this tool in order to know about the various issues of your health which have been giving problems. You will then be able to decide as to which are the aspects that you will have to work on.
  1. Aerobic Exercise Monitor – You can use this form in order to keep track of the aerobic exercises. This helps in monitoring the intensity and the duration and also the frequency, of the exercise you’ do and how much it helps you in staying fit.
  1. Weights Program Monitor – This works almost on the basis of the aerobic exercise monitor. You can use this tool in order to monitor the weights training programs you follow. Therefore, this tool helps you a lot in building up and working on your strength so that you can go on to maintain better health standards.

All of the above are the health monitoring tools which help you in keeping track of your health. there are various others available too which can be equally helpful in managing your health more easily than before.

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Be healthy and be happy – Diet dos and don’ts

Health problems go on to increase as you age and so it is important for you to take action from the beginning. If you keep track of your health and what you eat, you may easily be able to do away with all forms of health issues.


Furthermore, a healthy life spells out a happy life. However, in order to stay healthy you will have to maintain quite a few things in life. So, the following are the dos and don’ts for a healthy life :

Dos of a diet and healthy living style

Below are the things you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Do get adequate sleep
  2. Do eat breakfast everyday
  3. Do take break in between works
  4. Do try newer kind of activities
  5. Do detox from day to day
  6. Do exercise everyday
  7. Do wash your hands every time before eating
  8. Do chew food properly
  9. Do visit the doctor on a regular basis
  10. Do drink plenty of water

Don’ts of a diet and a healthy living style

Following are the things you should avoid if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Don’t skip meals
  2. Don’t eat too much at a time
  3. Don’t stay up late in the night
  4. Don’t hydrae with soda
  5. Don’t have too much of junk food
  6. Don’t have too much of alcohol and don’t smoke
  7. Don’t restrict too hardcore diet programs
  8. don’t develop a completely sedentary life
  9. Don’t go to extremes of anything
  10. Don’t stress out

So, the above are some of the dos and don’ts of living a healthy life and diet. In addition, you will have to understand that not all of the diet programs are gong to work best for you. It can rather have an adverse effect on your health. Therefore, you should never have the diet pills, you should avoid following any and every diet that you come across. It always is better to consult a diet physician who will analyze your health and then go on to guide you in choosing the right diet chart.

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Few Useful Facts about Insomnia

It is a known fact that, to be able to lead a meaningful life, one must be able to sleep well at night. Unfortunately, insomnia is a very common problem today and in most cases, the patients’ ability to function during the day is greatly hampered by lack of sleep at night. It takes a toll not only on their energy, but in chronic cases, it can even contribute to serious health problems.


Fortunately, different kinds of sleep aids are available today. Although they help to induce sleep, some of them are habit forming. Hence one should be cautious about using them randomly.

What Is Insomnia:

Loosely speaking, insomnia is the disability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as one wishes. However, experts put it a little differently. They say that insomnia is actually a sleep disorder, in which a patient fails to get the amount of sleep he/she needs to wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Though, different people may need different amounts of sleep; therefore, insomnia should be defined by the quality of the sleep – not the number of hours one sleeps. Another important point is that, very often, insomnia is not a disease by itself. Instead, it may be the symptom of another problem. In such cases, it is always better to look into that first.

Symptoms of Insomnia:

If one faces difficulty in falling asleep despite being tired, it may happen that the person is suffering from sleeping disorder. Waking up frequently at night, waking up too early in the morning, not being able to go back to sleep immediately, dependence on alcohol or sleeping pills to induce sleep, can also be some other symptoms. Other than that, if one suffers from drowsiness, fatigue, irritability and lack of concentration during the day, it is time to check for insomnia.

Causes Of Insomnia:

It is a fact that emotional issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression are the root cause behind half of the cases. However, the daytime habits or sleep routine and physical health of the patient can also play a pivotal role. Indeed, diseases such as asthma, allergies, Parkinson’s disease, hyperthyroidism, acid reflux, kidney disease and cancer are known to induce sleeplessness. Moreover, medications such as cold and flu medicines that contain alcohol; pain relievers that contain caffeine (Midol, Excedrin); diuretics, corticosteroids, thyroid hormone, antidepressants; high blood pressure medications etc can also cause insomnia in many. Therefore, it is very important to identify all possible causes of the insomnia before one proceeds with the treatment.

Treatment for Insomnia:

As we have pointed out, various types of sleep aid are available today; but one should not use them randomly without consulting the doctor. Therefore, the first step is to consult the doctor and find out the root cause behind such sleeplessness. Meanwhile, one should also look into the daily habit and make sure there is nothing in it that may induce such sleep disorder. May be it is nothing but the late night TV serial, which is responsible for such sleeplessness.

Keeping diaries to identify the problems is also a good idea. Besides, it may also help if the patient sticks to a regular schedule, avoid stimulating activities as well as stressful situations before bedtime. It is also important to avoid short naps and limit alcohol, caffeine as well as nicotine intake throughout the day.

Moreover, one should learn to replace the self-defeating thoughts with more positive views. One can also use different relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation etc to overcome sleeplessness.

Exercising regularly and having warm bath before bed time may also help to induce sleep.  In short, insomnia is a curable disorder and one can easily overcome it without random use of sleep aids.

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