Health

Don’t be a cold shoulder:- Supporting a loved one during a tough time.

Seeing anybody go through a tough time can impact us, and when it’s the person you love, it will have a bigger impact than we ever thought. Your loved ones, regardless of the experience they are going through, require our support and attention in one way or another, but it’s difficult to offer help if they won’t let you in. So how can you be supporting in this respect, but still establish boundaries? Let’s try and answer the question.

Establishing The Root Cause

Sometimes we know the cause, sometimes we don’t. The fact is that trying to establish the root cause can be painful for a lot of people, but for people that go through therapy, getting to the root of the problem is the idea behind letting go of the problem that has been casting a shadow over their life. The other thing to bear in mind is that this may be a problem that has been going on for a lot longer than you realise, and it may just be coming to the surface now, such as an impact on their mental health as a result of their workplace or something that was beyond their control. If you look at personal injury attorney Ross Mirian’s website, there is an insightful article on the causes of psychological disabilities and how they impact people’s ability to work and that it can take on different forms. Conditions like depression or anxiety can take many different forms, and if you’re loved one has been masking these symptoms, then getting to the root cause should be a goal, but it may take some time to get there.

Sometimes People Need A Hug…

Yes, they may appear standoffish, or reluctant to have any physical contact, but the fact is that sometimes people need that sense of closeness just so they know that everything is going to be okay. It’s your job to look out for them and to respect the boundaries, but be ready for some physical comfort if they so need it. It’s a little gesture, but this little hug may be all they need right now. You might not feel you are doing much, but a simple hug will mean a lot. You don’t have to think of the right thing to say sometimes, just being there is enough.

The Clouds Will Lift!

When people are going through a tough time it can be very difficult to weather the storm. It can feel like that they will never get out of this frame of mind, and it can be difficult for you to remain strong for them. But the solution is to wait for the right time when they will feel a bit better, it’s at this point to lend a hand or recommend that they get some extra help. It is pointless when they are gripped in the vice of anxiety or grief, but these things do pass, and you need to ride it out.

It’s easier said than done to remain supportive to someone you love, especially if the issues go on for a long time, but it’s important that you have the inner strength to support them, as they don’t right now. It can be a very difficult time, and so it’s important that it doesn’t affect you in a psychological sense, so if you feel weighed down by anything, be sure to speak to someone who will lend a sympathetic ear. Ultimately you are trying to do your best by lending your support, and if you can do this to the best of your ability, this will be enough right now.

An evening of Relaxation at Ragdale Hall ….

Ragdale Hall is only about 30 miles away from where I live in Lincolnshire. I have been keen to visit for years, yet I have never managed to go. I have only been to a spa while on holiday, so I was really excited to visit for an evening spa experience. I invited my best friend to join me for the evening, it’s been a crazy few months for us both so some relaxation was just what we needed.

Relaxation At Ragdale Hall

Relaxation at Ragdale Hall

Arriving for an evening of relaxation at Ragdale Hall, I was pleasantly surprised by the grandeur of the Hall and it’s setting. Often you turn up at places to be disappointed, I am generally someone who does judge a book by it’s cover so to speak. On arriving at the reception we were greeted by the very friendly reception staff, she took our names and showed us through to the lounge area. We were offered drinks, both opting for a cup of tea, we were then given our locker keys and shown a map of the spa facilities. Informed about the various fitness classes we could take part in and where our evening meal would be served.

After enjoying a lovely cup of tea, we headed for the changing rooms. Found our allocated lockers which had towelling robes waiting for us in side. The changing rooms were clean and well looked after, plenty of benches to use to get changed at, or like me use the private changing rooms. Having got changed we entered into the Thermal Spa, we had taken flip flops to wear. My first thoughts went heading around the main pool towards the Thermal Spa was how claim everything was, no one rushing around, no mobile phones just a few relaxed people enjoying the surroundings.

The Thermal Spa

Ragdale Hall is home to 12 different heat and water experiences, each one build exclusively for Ragdale Hall. There was plenty of lovely seating dotted around in little groups, cold water and ice to drink was readily available around the Thermal Spa area, some of the heated rooms can make you really thirsty so keep up your water intake.

Before entering our first heated room, we made a wish at the wishing stream that runs through the spa. Taking a pebble and holding it in your hands to either make a wish or tell it your worries, before throwing it into the steam to wash away all of those negative energy’s before starting your relaxation.

First off we entered into the ‘Thought Zone’ a dry heated room, playing soft relaxing music and showing images on the ceiling to help to get those positive thoughts going. It’s also a silent room. Moving on to ‘Volcanic Salt Bath’, the ‘Colour Flow Cave’ which as really humid and smelt of jasmine and camomile. Then the ‘Scented Room’ which smelt of fresh herbs as soon as the door was open.

Next we entered the ‘Candle Pool’ to be honest it has to have been my favourite room to enter. It felt like stepping into an wonderful sanctuary of relaxation. Stepping down into the pool we swam across to a little bay and sat on the submerged seats with the water lapping over the sides of the pool, watching hundreds of little candles flicker around while looking up at the ceiling that was covered in little ‘stars’. Floating around in that fabulously warm pool was so claiming, so relaxing I just didn’t want to get out.

Then we went into the ‘Rose Sauna’ a tradition sauna you have in the gym however it smelt like roses and had a view of the outside waterfall and pool. If you have been in a Sauna before you will know how hot they are, we didn’t stay in to long before making our way to the ‘Outdoor Waterfall Pool’. By this point it was quite dark outside, which was great, I have always loved being able to swim in a nice warm pool when the temperature outside has dropped and it’s getting dark. I think it stems back from holidays with the family as a child.

Next to each room or cave there are pegs and even glasses holders, as many of the rooms are not suitable to wear your glasses in. My advise is if you wear contacts make sure you pop them in before you go, I completely forgot to put mine in and it wasn’t until I was getting changed that I thought about it. However if like me you can hardly see without glasses it was a bit annoying to keep taking them on and off between the rooms, so I shall remember for next time.

Heading back to the changing rooms to shower and get dressed before dinner. Everything you need is there, lush smelling shampoo, condition, body lotions not forgetting all the towels you could possibly need. Plenty of hair dryers and with seating so easy find somewhere to sit and get ready.

The Verandah Bar for dinner

Included within our package was a 2 course meal in the Verandah Bar. Now having not been myself before I was expecting a small leafy salad followed by fruit and water only to drink. However I was very pleasantly surprise by the menu. Stuffed flat breads or soda bread as an appetiser, we both opted for the rump steak and chiorzio burger with soda bread and chips, although it did take me 10 minutes as normal to decided what to have as there was a great range of items to choose from.

For pudding of course we went for the dark chocolate mouse and the Ragdale mess, (guess which one I went for?) All washed down with a an ice cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc, just how I like it.

I can normally find fault with just about any meal I go for, my Hubby and Sister hate going out to eat with me because if I find something wrong I will complain. Anyway I genuinely could not fault this meal, it was fabulous the waitress was lovely she was polite friendly what more could you ask for to finish off a wonderful evening.

Getting wedding ready at Ragdale Hall

Ragdale Hall would be the perfect place to visit for a pre-wedding destress and relax. Heading there a few days before the big day after all your plans are in place, I think would be a wonderful treat, I know I would have loved this before my Wedding. You could book in for a relaxing massage or a body wrap so many fabulous treatments to choose from to start the preparation for being wedding dress ready. Or why not have an over night stay for your hen party?

Ragdale Hall has so much to offer, our evening package cost from £59 Monday – Thursday or £69 Friday – Sunday. Although with this package no treatments were included, there was always the option to add something on to fit within your evening.

*Thank you for Ragdale Hall for inviting me along for the evening, I shall be returning again soon. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Paleo First Steps – Handling Hunger & Controlling Cravings

Whether you have been brought to the world of paleo in a bid to lose weight or just want to change your lifestyle for the better, there’s one thing that unites you with everyone else who has ever tried it, the first few weeks are tough.

While you will, over time, begin to adapt and feel your body doing much the same, there is no doubt that the initial stage is difficult. You and your body have been used to quick, junk meals. You’ve become accustomed to relying on carbohydrates so you can sustain energy during the day. You’re going to find it difficult to step away from that, especially when eating out and presented with so few paleo-friendly options. For the first few weeks, a lifestyle change such as converting to paleo is tough going.

By far the most difficult part is dealing with hunger and cravings. Some proponents of paleo eating will tell you they don’t feel hunger and they don’t have cravings – this isn’t entirely true. If you maintain the eating plan, then yes, you will get to a stage where the sudden urge to consume something that’s bad for you will fade. However, it’s going to take a little adjustment for your body to be able to realise it doesn’t need those sugary, starchy foods – and it’s during this transitional phase you’re going to be at your most vulnerable. So how can you get through it unscathed, and into the calm waters of paleo as it’s meant to be enjoyed?

Go cold turkey…

If you think you can slowly phase out the sugar and high carb items in your diet, then you’re probably in for a nasty surprise. The longer that you keep your body tuned to this way of eating, the more you’re just dragging out the inevitable. Make the break and make it as soon as you can.

This way, rather than enduring weeks of “phasing it out” misery, you go through a few days and then pass clear the other side. It’s quicker, simpler, and you’ll start to reap the health benefits faster too.

Find some support groups…

Getting your body to adapt to a new sugarless and starch-light life is going to take some getting used to, which is why you shouldn’t be afraid to look for ways to support your endeavors. It might be through using the likes of Lovidia to help control your appetite, talking to friends, or even just joining a few online support groups; anything that makes those tough few weeks feel a little more bearable is well worth it to you.

Start to experiment with recipes…

In the initial phases, you’re going to need to feel excited about food. This helps to prevent you from wishing for what you could have been eating if you’d not tried this whole paleo thing – and that leaves you vulnerable to cravings and bad decisions.

Experiment with different recipes, try new ideas, and keep yourself interested and engaged with the foods that suit a paleo lifestyle. While you might not be able to eat a takeout pizza after work, you can teach yourself to whip up a paleo-friendly dish that will taste just as good, and doing so will distract you from your cravings – perfect!

While the first few weeks might be difficult to manage, get through them and you could see your life and health improved exponentially. So keep on going, even when the going gets tough!

The best kind of supplements for a healthy routine

When you’re on a healthy routine, sometimes you use supplements to either accelerate your weight loss or your muscle gain. But what you should you really be putting in your body? Consider your diet down to the last detail when it comes to sticking to a routine, as you’ll need the right energy levels and natural healing to keep at what you do. Here are a few recommendations on what to take for a few different routines you can choose to better your physical shape.

Whey Proteins

Having some whey protein in your daily diet whilst getting fit is great due to its rapid absorption ability, and aids digestion. Try some supplements on gold standard for more assurance in your product quality, and a better chance of adding more lean muscle to your body.

Mix up a protein shake and drink it within an hour of the end of your exercise routine for the day. Not only will it soothe your muscles, it will promote healthier regeneration of muscle tissues and development of those biceps you’ve always wanted.

Fish Oil

You can get a variety of benefits from taking fish oil. We’ve all heard about it’s amazing omega 3 properties, but what exactly does that do for us which is so good?

Well, it can help cholesterol levels and all round blood vessel health. Fish oil is also good for the mind as well, as it helps increase the production of serotonin, which is what makes us feel happy and good about ourselves. This means fish oil works wonders on a person who feels stressed and wants to be able to relax better in their daily life.

You’ll only need to take about 3 grams of fish oil per day to garner its full range of benefits for your health.

Vitamin D

Depending on where you live, just going outside for a few minutes is all you need to do here. However, if you live in cloudier and rainier areas, like some northern countries in Europe and the US, try taking some Vitamin D supplements. Ingesting some Vitamin D on a daily basis is important for you in the colder months you often experience in these areas, as it can give you a boost towards your winter health.

Vitamin D works wonders on your mental and cognitive health as well, as having a daily source of the hormone can lessen your risk of Dementia and up the ante for your awareness and vigilance. You’ll notice better performance not only with your bodily health, but in your work as well.

Low levels of vitamin D can be found in dairy foods, which also have a strong source of protein and fibre, which will help tissue development and your digestion. It’s just healthy all round!

Diets work for everyone, whether they’re carb heavy, supported via supplements, or just needed to cut out a certain substance. For a more healthy routine by choice, consider some of these options. The future will look brighter!