11 May 2017

Working From Home, The Best Cure For Overly Stressed Moms

Stress is a dreadful thing especially when you don’t have the luxury of just laying in bed until it goes away. Work can be a very stressful environment and sometimes it doesn’t really help when you think about the fact that your escape from that stressful environment is going home to your equally stressful children that just don’t understand how much you need a wine glass every time they start talking abnormally loud. That being said, the perfect cure is working from home. It might seem rather odd for some, but many people are adopting this business model nowadays. Read this article to find out how you can form your own work from home company but before that check out these top two reasons why working from home is a blessing for any mom just trying to make it each day.

No dress code, no tight shoes

Regular office environments often times have you dress up all business-like. It’s not even about the fact that you’re not allowed to wear what you want bur more about the fact that you are kind of forced to wear things that get really uncomfortable if worn all day. Sitting all day at a desk is already pretty tiring for the body, you don’t need to add a really tight pair of shoes on the list too. That all goes away when you work from home, because you can dress however you like. You can even work in your pajamas, if that’s what you want. No one is stopping you and you can perform your work duties and feel comfortable at the same time.

No huge to-do list at the end of the day

If you’re going to spend all day at work, going home won’t be the pleasant thing you dream about all day long because you’re be greeted with a ton of chores that you couldn’t do earlier since you weren’t there. Everything from cleaning to cooking to making sure the kids are taken care of usually falls under your jurisdiction, so once you get home, you are going to have your hands full. Working from home lets you put down your laptop or just get up from your desk and go do some of these chores while you’re waiting for someone to reply to an email or something like that. Once work is done for the day, you’ll find this amazing thing waiting for you called “free time” which you can use to watch your favorite show, read a book, spend time with the family or friends or just go to bed earlier and get a proper good night’s rest.

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03 May 2017

How Can Reduce My Anxiety at the Dentist?

For most people, the real problem with going to the dentist isn't the pain or discomfort that comes with their procedures. It's the anxiety that builds up before the appointment. The fear and expectation can be a lot worse than the reality.

Whether you are dealing with an orthodontic specialist, or just general dentistry work, a few easy tips can ease your mind before your next appointment.

Let Your Dentist Know
One of the first steps is to talk over your dental fears with your dentist. A good dentist will discuss all the details with you (see the next point), and can take extra steps to make you comfortable. They can take it slower, add a little additional freezing or sedative to help you relax, and can take more breaks to help you get through the procedure as stress-free as possible.

Not everyone has the same thresholds for pain or discomfort. Don't assume that your dentist knows precisely how you feel at each moment.

Know What's Going On
Information can go a long way in relieving your fears. Many procedures are virtually painless, so there is no sense being afraid of the pain when there won't be any. It's the uncertainty of the unknown that makes us nervous. Ask your dentist for lots of details, or do a little research online to see what's involved.

Take Your Mind Off It
Distraction can be a huge help during a dental procedure. This is one reason why a good dentist chats with you while working. When you're not focused on your mouth, you don't notice the sensations as much. Of course, with tools or fingers in your mouth, it's a little impractical to engage in return conversation but you can pay attention to what he or she is saying and focus on that instead of the work.

Not enough? Bring a friend with you to help with the conversation, or arrange to have some of your favorite music playing during your appointment. You may not be able to wear headphones though, so ask ahead how to get hooked up for your tunes.

Don't Let Your Anxiety Win
Whatever you do, don't let your fear of the dentist keep you from getting necessary medical care. A mild routine check-up is worth facing because it can save you from much harsher treatments later as cavities develop, gums get inflamed and infections start to spread. Even if there is no pain in your mouth, and it doesn't feel like there is anything wrong, stick to a schedule of annual checkups.

Skipping appointments can almost certainly result in more serious problems in the future, and it can also make anxiety worse by letting your memory get the best of you. When you go to the dentist for a check-up each year, it's easier to remember that it's not really that bad. If you haven't been to the dentist in a decade, your memories will be less accurate and  you can convince yourself that it was terrible. 

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27 April 2017

Making the best use of space in a cramped apartment

Living in a cramped apartment can seem really claustrophobic; especially if you do not make best use of the space that you do have. The good news is that there are ways you can make your apartment seem more spacious. You just have to put a little thought into planning and design.

In this article, we are going to give you some tips about how to create much wanted space, even if your apartment is tiny. Hopefully, we can make you feel a bit better about living in a less than spacious environment.

Make use of storage crates

Storage crates are popular when people are moving, or when items are getting packed away in storage units. The thing is, you can actually use storage crates every day. When your kids have been playing with toys, stash them away in a storage crate and push it under the table. That way you are not taking up extra floor space. You can do the same thing with other items, such as books or shoes.

Use curtains instead of doors

Cupboard doors take up more space than you might actually think. It's not just about the door itself, but the space you need in order to open it. For this reason, it's a good idea to use curtains on your cupboards instead. You can just pull them open and then draw them back across; no extra space is required.

Add some mirrors

Adding mirrors to your apartment will not add any extra space; but it will make your home feel more spacious. If you feel hemmed in, in your tiny living space, this is a big deal. We are not suggesting you go for mirror overkill, but a few of them, strategically placed, can make a big difference.

Make use of your parking facilities

If you have parking facilities that come with your apartment, you may be able to make use of some extra space there. You do not even need to have floor space for this to be the case. You can make use of above bonnet storage, which means you are using space which otherwise would not be put to any use at all.

Section off areas

The worst thing for a small apartment is for it to look confused and untidy. This makes the conditions seem even more cramped than they actually are. It's important to have specific areas for specific activity, such as a corner where you watch TV and a corner where you use your laptop or computer. Having some sort of definition in your apartment helps to make it appear more organized and more spacious. 

Living in a cramped apartment is not always easy. But, if that is your only option, you have to make the most of it. Hopefully, you can use some of the tips in this article to turn your apartment into a living environment that, at the very least, feels more spacious. 

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.