How to Help a Friend in Need

How to Help a Friend in Need

How to Help a Friend in Need

Have you got a friend going through personal struggles who you want to help?  Even when it comes to the people closest to us, knowing how to give help may not always be obvious.  Here’s some advice for giving the right support:

How to Help a Friend in Need

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Educate yourself

Understanding the problem may mean doing some research.  You don’t want to give them the wrong advice and support and end up making matters worse.  The root of the problem could be anything from grief, to an addiction, to work-related stress, to relationship problems.  Ask them for their input and do your own research online.  By educating yourself, you’ll be better prepared for helping them.  You can even research solutions to the problem together.

Know the boundaries

Knowing the boundaries can be tricky.  Some friends might not want help, but may need it – and while you don’t want to force your help on them, you may need to keep on at them before you get through to them.  In other cases, friends may be too reliant on you to the point that you feel like they’re taking advantage.  In these cases, you might need to distance yourself and try to encourage them to be more independent.

Learn to listen

Not all friends may be looking for advice.  Some people just need someone to talk to, a way to vent their problems.  Make sure you’re taking the time to listen to your friend instead of constantly giving your opinion.  Being too opinionated could stop them trusting you.

Lift some of the burden

If your friend is having to deal with a lot of responsibilities, consider small gestures that might be able to lift some of the burden.  This could include inviting over your friend for a meal so they don’t have to cook, babysitting children for them or helping with housework.  These small gestures will help build trust and make it easier to help them.

Seek outside help

Outside help could be required in many cases.  This might be anything from bereavement counselling to drug rehab, depending on the circumstances.  Try discussing the option of seeking outside support with your friend.  They might be reluctant to see a professional, so you may need to do some persuading.  There are lots of options out there to discuss such as group therapy sessions or individual counselling.

Be a healthy distraction

You might not want to make every meeting with your friend about the issue at hand.  Sometimes being a positive distraction can really make a difference.  This could include going on a day out with them and completely getting away from the issue.  They may then be able to overcome their problems while realising that there is still fun to be had.  

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Is your eyesight getting worse?

 

As we age and get older, many parts of our bodies begin to deteriorate. This is true for your eyes just as any other organ. Most people experience an age-related decline in their eyesight performance, especially as they go past sixty.

Some of these issues such as presbyopia and cataracts are normal and they can be corrected with surgery. There are some eye problems though, which may point to more serious disorders. These include macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Together, these five problems are considered the most common disorders with eyesight.

Is Your Eyesight Getting Worse

Potential Loss of Eyesight

After the age of 40, the risk of eye diseases and vision problems increases drastically every 10 years. Some vision problems can go undetected because people think they are a natural result of ageing. These disorders can become quite complex if they’re not treated on time so it’s always best to consult an optician sooner rather than later.

Protecting Your Eyesight

By implementing some simple tips and lifestyle changes, you can help protect your eyesight and maintain a clear vision well into old age.

Get Educated About Your Eyes

Some eyesight disorders are related to genes and family history. You should find out about your family history of any eyesight disorders which will help you take preventive measures from development of certain conditions.

Regular Exams

The best way to keep your eyesight protected is to visit a qualified vision specialist such as Personal Eyes care. If minor problems with eyes are left unchecked, they can develop into major problems that can lead to permanent loss of vision.

Guard Your Eyes against UV Rays

Ultraviolet rays in the sunlight can harm your eyes. Wearing sunglasses during the day when you are outdoors can reduce the risk of eye disorders.

A Good Diet

A healthy, balanced diet is just as good for your eyes as it is for your physical health. Studies show that the presence of antioxidants in your body can reduce the risk of cataracts.

Vitamin A has been linked with eye care and effective at keeping your eyes from becoming dried out. It has also been noted to reduce inflammation and plays an important role in decreasing the risk of macular degeneration.

Don’t Neglect Pain

If you experience pain in your eyeball or a lot of twitching of the eyelids and brow it could be a sign of something complicated. Your eyes are connected to other nerves that lead to the brain and people experience pain in eyes due to flu or common cold. Eyelid twitching can also be caused by caffeine in your blood stream.

However, if the pain or twitching is unexplained, you should get your eyes examined by a specialist who can give you a more personal eye care analysis.

Reduce Stress on Your Eyes

Too much stress on your eyes also leads to deterioration and eye problems. If you work in front of a screen for hours, try to take a break every 5 minutes to look away or close your eyes once every 5 to 10 minutes.

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One of the main concerns of those considering a vegan lifestyle is whether they will be able to get everything they need from an entirely plant-based diet. In short, the answer is yes, you can get everything you need to thrive on a vegan diet. To help you along, here’s how to source some nutrients and vitamins that are commonly associated with consuming animal products!

 

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When you’re looking to book your next well-deserved holiday, you should consider Costa Rica!

Why?

Because you can do as little or as much as you like…

sounds good to me!

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 I’m a very spiritual person, what with being reiki-attuned, a certified crystal healer and with a recent fascination with the moon and astrology.  My hunger for ‘deeper’ or ‘other level’ things is growing.

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It’s no secret that English is probably the most universal language on this planet. It’s used all over the place, in just about every medium you can imagine, and if something has an alternative language option, you could probably safely bet that English is the non-alternative option. That’s just how it is nowadays, the English language has made its way into all sorts of media, be it movies, cartoons, advertising, music, and despite a lot of things getting translated into other languages, English is still most definitely a language worth knowing. It might not be as exotic as some other languages, like Japanese or Greek, but it is arguably more useful. Regardless of whether you are a business owner, or working for yourself, fluent English language skills are most definitely something that would go nicely on your CV.

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If getting yourself up and started in the morning is something that holds you back from being all that you can be, then fear not as there are ways to combat this. Well, you could drink yourself a nice, hot cup of coffee for starters! Or, you could go for a far healthier and far more fulfilling option – working out.  Yes, working out is the best way to get you started in the morning and get your day up and running in the best way possible.  And there are some workouts out there that are better suited to mornings than others.  To see just a few of them, read on…

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We all relish the thought of relaxing in a comfy chair don’t we?

A chair that’s not only comfy but supportive, stylish and hard-wearing and a tub chair ticks all the boxes!  They were traditionally designed to keep in warmth by a fireplace.  So why break with tradition?

Dreaming of curling up in a tub chair…

We might not need the warmth in our modern living but don’t let that stop you dreaming of curling up in a tub chair with a cat, a cuppa on a small side table and your favourite book in hand.

 

But why dream?

But why dream?  You could be living the dream and cosying up in this competition from Tub Chairs to win a chair (worth £245).  Simply enter by retweeting the status below and following @Tub_Chairs on twitter (and don’t forget to read their terms and conditions.)  Competition is open to UK residents and ends on 31st January 2018.  You’ve got to be in it to win it!

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I know, the title has followed that rather generic, “It’s December so we need to focus on next year” formula, but that’s just part of the yearly song we all love singing along to.  However, unlike all the other blogs that do the super-generic thing of a) talking about New Year’s resolutions you should keep, b) how to lose weight in January or c) making more money next year, we’re going to focus on the most valuable commodity out there – time.

 

You can’t get it back once it’s been spent, you can’t grow it, buy it, manufacture it or press pause on it, and that’s what makes it so valuable.

 

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So, without wasting any more of yours, here are the best ways you can use your time more efficiently in 2018:

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In 6 months or so we’re going to redecorate and we’re going for a feature wall.  So we’re going to have 3 walls in the same colour and one wall in another colour to complement (or contrast – we haven’t decided yet) with the other walls.

I did this in a previous house, before I met hubby and before our daughter came along.  By doing simply doing this, I created depth, tone and warmth (despite using a blue tone. Yes, really!).

 

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Now that I’ve seen the range of wall murals from WallSauce…  I think our feature wall could contain a slice of the Big Apple!  Just imagine chilling out with a view of the Manhattan skyline at morning, noon or night.  Or having a famous bridge span adorning an area of your home!  Wow!  My personal favourite is the New York Cityscape at sunset mural.  Those lovely tones would look amazing when the late afternoon sun comes streaming through my windows in summer, and winter too.

 

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Fancy a slice of the Big Apple with a wall mural in your home?  Fancy away! Get them here.

 

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While you’re looking, consider how a simple change can really enhance your home.  The beauty of a wall mural of course, is that you don’t have to go the whole hog on the whole room.  And if you choose a colourful design, you can opt for accessories such as lamps and cushions to pick out the colours in your chosen design.  It’s an easy, peasy way to update an area of your home.  Your haven.

Which is your favourite design?

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