Monday 21 November 2022

What to get those Easily Stressed Out for Christmas!

{collaborative content} We all have those people in our lives that let life get to them a little bit more than it should. Those stressed-out family members or friends often look as though they need a good night’s sleep and a week’s holiday somewhere in the sun.

Keeping stress levels down is important for their health, so with that in mind, a Christmas gift that can help keep their stress levels low, is essential.

With that being said, here are a few products to gift to those who get easily stressed this Christmas.

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Mercia Whisky Founding Member Club

For whisky enthusiasts in your life, membership to Mercia Whisky Founding Member Club could make the ideal present. The launch of Mercia Whisky Founding Member Club provides members with unrivalled access to some of the world's finest and rarest whiskies, from limited-edition releases to special tastings and events - giving members an immersive experience of whisky like never before. As part of a whisky club, becoming part of this community means joining other passionate whisky fans, giving you the chance to share experiences, notes, and participate in discussions surrounding production of whisky. A gift like this not only offers spirits in its bottle but is symbolic of shared passions and communities!

Bath and body gift sets

Nothing screams stress-relieving than a bath and body gifts set. There are plenty of gift sets that will be out and available during the festive period and they make for great stocking fillers.

A nourish and relax giftset can be perfect for those who are needing a little light relief to relax during the evenings. Who doesn’t love lighting a candle when they’re stepping into the bathroom for a warm, bubbly bath?

A stress ball

It might not be the most exciting gift to receive at Christmas but for an all-year-round gift that will get plenty of use, a stress ball is ideal for the family ‘stress-head’. 

Stress balls come in all shapes and sizes. From the standard ball shape to funny and rude options that will suit the various personalities of those who would benefit from them.

Vouchers for massage and spa treatments

For those that have caused a lot of stress and tension in their body, a good way to get rid of that is through massages. Spa treatments and spa days in general are a great way for those who need to chill out, to get the relaxation time they need.

Vouchers for massage and spa treatments are a worthwhile choice and there are plenty of places to get them from. Whether that’s going directly to a spa facility and buying treatments or getting vouchers that cover a variety of spa locations.

Body essential oils

Essential oils are great for the skin and some essential oils in particular are known for their relaxation-inducing qualities. These body oils come in all different types of packaging from roll-on body oils to hair oils that can be massaged into the scalp for a de-stress, at-home experience.

Take a look at the variety out there and create a little hamper of essential oils that they can get stuck into.

Wellness Journal

A wellness journal is a must for those who are keen on keeping their stress levels at bay. For some, managing life and work can be easy enough and for others, it’s a lot more difficult. 

While not everyone might benefit from a journal or use it, there are some of those who get stressed but are particularly organised. They may enjoy using a calendar or diary for work and life currently. A wellness journal, therefore, might be a good option for them.

Those who get easily stressed can definitely benefit from any of these stress-busting products. 

Tuesday 8 November 2022

Top 3 Challenges of Long Term Disease Management.

{Collaborative Content} Being diagnosed with a difficult medical condition can be the start of many more challenges. Apart from the physical aspects, there are mental, emotional, and a long list of ripple effects. Statistics indicate that 15 million people in the country live with long-term health conditions. The numbers show the enormous pressure these individuals take on daily. Below are some challenges they experience when managing these long-term diseases.

  1. Finding means to lower healthcare costs

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Long-term illnesses are expensive to treat. The contributing factors are usually medications, specialised care, regular medical appointments, and drastic lifestyle changes. What makes treatment even more expensive is the unavailability of generic medications. Generic medications are usually available and easy to purchase from the pharmacy with a signed prescription. In some situations, however, certain long-term medical conditions require specific medications that are still on trial.

This means agreeing to be part of the drug testing process to manage a long-term condition. Once again, these things often do not come cheap. The added pressure of footing these medical bills intensifies the already trying situation. It explains why many people with long-term illnesses resort to different means to lower healthcare costs. Some may opt for complementary and alternative medicines, which are usually cheaper. It is also not surprising that some people have health insurance that does not provide ample coverage for treatment. Indeed, these challenges can become difficult to manoeuvre without financial support. Thankfully, some treatment centres rely on public funding to alleviate patient pressure. Check here for more information on this.

  1. Physical limitations

This is expected in the management of such diseases. These health conditions often take a toll on the body, limiting your daily activities. Sometimes also, the limitations are caused by the side effects of specific medications. These physical limitations can be categorised under minor and major restrictions. The former may last a few hours after consuming certain medications. On the contrary, major limitations may last for years, and the only solution is to learn to cope with the changes.

For example, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy is a chronic brain disorder that affects mobility and eye functions. However, certain treatment options can rapidly bring on lasting memory loss. Another challenge is the impact on daily life, which causes people to withdraw from society. The pressure of learning to live with these limitations and adopting coping mechanisms becomes challenging.

  1. Emotional challenges

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Physical limitations in people with long-term diseases can give rise to doubts about their abilities. Questions and uncertainties about long-term diseases take a major toll on emotional health. If left unmanaged, it can quickly spiral into a mental health problem. This is why data has shown that those living with chronic illnesses have a 25% to 33% higher risk of sinking into a depressive state.

Feelings of fear, denial, anger, and giving up are common emotions they face at this stage. Unfortunately, many people don’t seek help and sink deeper into depression. The challenge can only be overcome with specialist mental health interventions. Thankfully, there is a wide range of support services in the UK for people with long-term health conditions.