Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Five Ways To Make Your Grandparents Life Easier.

Grandparents, known to many of us as the second set of parents, special people to say the very least. Grandparents are often known to hold families together, they're the ones we can speak to when we're not able to speak to our parents, they're the ones we can go to for some of grandma's homemade pudding, and the ones we go to for some chill out time.

After being there for their children and grandchildren for so many years, life can often take a toll on grandparents worldwide, and families come together to help them through the later stages of life. When the human body gets older, it's natural for our bodies to become weaker, we sleep more and need more rest and that's not to mention the aides that are around to help.

I've put together this post with the five things that my family found helpful when helping out elderly and less abled family members!

1. Hire a Cleaner
We all know time flies too quickly, so when there's a pile of task to do at someone else's house, illuminating as much work as you can is always a good start. Hiring a cleaner through a company will ensure trustworthy cleaners and ones who give a good thorough clean, alternatively you can pay the younger generations in the family to have a whizz around every day.

2. Buy a Simple but Easy Mobile Phone.
To the younger generation, having a smartphone is an essential, however to the older generation having a basic phone which can make a call as simple and easy as possible is an essential. Fork out on a easy to use mobile and leave it with the person you're caring for incase they need to make an emergency calls, one I recommend is a Doro Secure 580 which you can see here.

3. Order Dinner In Via a Meal Delivery Service.
Just like cleaning, having to cook for someone else and then clean up aft without even cooking for your own family can delay crucial time. Consider using a company who deliver meals to the door, or ask your local council about their meals on wheels policy!

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Such companies who deliver ready meals to your door are Wiltshire Farm Foods, Oakhouse Foods, Joseph Pip and many more, or you could just stock up on ready meals from your local supermarket, but again this could be time consuming and not always the easiest option.

4. Adapt The Home
If the situation you're currently helping out in looks like it's going to be a long term deal, then think about adapting the home to suit the person's needs. Wet rooms, stair lifts and hand rails are always a good place to start, but we mustn't forget other important home features like arm chairs and sofa's. Being able to pull yourself up when you're feeling so weak can be a difficult and dangerous task, invest in one or two riser recliner chairs and help the person you're caring for that little bit more.

5. Enlist in Help.
Don't be afraid to ask for help, whether it be from other family members or the local health and community team or even social services. Running your own home and trying to look after your own family is hard enough without added task being put on top of the load. Enlist help and take regular breaks for yourself, if you don't ask for help, no one will know you need it and will think you're handling things fine.

Until next time,
Jada x

Six Ways You Can Change Your Life Right Now.

There comes a point in your life when you realise that it’s time to get more organised. Perhaps you’re saving for a house, or you need to lose some weight? Whatever the reason, help is at hand! Stop coming up with excuses and start changing your life, you’ll thank me later for it.

Start the fitness regime you’ve always wanted to do!
If you’ve been unhappy with your weight, but done nothing about it so far, then now is the time. Sign up at your local gym and start getting more active, or start going for a walk every evening. There is a range of different exercises and classes out there; you’ve just got to put the effort in and get started.

Get your finances in order!
Are you saving to buy a house, or looking to rent somewhere? You might need to build up your credit score, so start looking at ways you can improve. Does that new handbag need to be purchased on your credit card? Look at ways you can consolidate your debt too; there are balance transfer credit cards which can lower the amount you are repaying by moving to a better deal.

Are you happy in your job?
Many people are unhappy in their job, but they don’t do anything about it. You spend years of your life at work, so why not be happy with the work you do? Have a look at job boards online, and see if there is anything better suited to your skills. If you need to retrain, then look into courses nearby. A lot of colleges run evening courses so you can study and work at the same time, so at least you can still be earning money.

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Be kinder to others.
Ok, so this may sound a bit of a strange one, but there is a lot to be said for being kind to everyone. Think of the days when you are stressed and running late for everything. What happens? MORE bad things. You get the slow drivers in front of you; then you get stuck in a traffic jam. By the time you’ve arrived at your destination, you are feeling miserable. By changing the way you think and react to these situations, you can improve the way you cope with the everyday things. This leads to a better understanding of yourself and others.

Have more fun!
What do you do for fun? Whether you enjoy baking or traveling, you should never underestimate how good it is for your mind and body to do something you enjoy. Doing something you love is perfect for your wellbeing and also keeps you from becoming bored.

Live in the moment...
If you can learn to live in the moment, then you’ll feel a lot happier. It’s a difficult trick to manage, as it means no stressing about the future or obsessing over what happened yesterday. Live for today and you’ll find that life is all about the little moments of joy.

Jada x

Monday, 22 August 2016

Ideas That Will Help You To Love Spending Time In The Garden

If you’re lucky enough to have a lovely, private garden, you might be looking for ideas to make the most of the space. All of us wish we could spend more time outdoors in our own gardens. There are plenty of reasons why you might be a little put off! Try some of these fabulous ideas that will help you love spending time in your garden again.

Keeping in with the neighbours, and away from them, is easier with a good boundary fence. You may be allowed to enclose your property at the rear with a fence that is up to 2 metres high. It’s a good idea to check with your local planning office, especially if your home is listed or adjacent to non-residential land. You can also choose the material you use for your boundary within reason. A brick wall may require planning permission. Fencing can be made of wood or plastic to reduce the maintenance required. All solutions are likely to require concrete posts or footings.

Tending to your garden can be enormously enjoyable and highly rewarding. There are plenty of options too. If you’re worried about the quality of the soil, why not use pots, planters and containers? You can enjoy incredible colours from flowers most of the year. Why not check out a fruit plants and trees nursery to enjoy fresh food straight from your garden? You don’t have to turn your garden into an allotment to grow your own fruit and veg.

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When you have kids and pets, you need a garden that is lots of fun. It encourages the whole family to spend more time outside being active. A trampoline or a climbing frame can keep kids fit. And some can take an adult’s weight too! Why not create an area for sand and water play? Maybe you could enjoy chalk painting on your patio? For little ones, a covered area can be ideal to avoid excess exposure to the sun. It means you can use the area even on a damp day.

When you’re looking for a place to relax after a tough day at work, your garden could be ideal. You might have a little reading nook down by the shrubs. Maybe you could install a little arbour or gazebo? Water features are thought to offer a lot of relaxation, but you don’t need to stop there. As the days start to shorten again, why not light up your water feature and garden? You can choose different colours and even add some relaxing music. Some people like to enjoy meditation or Yoga in their gardens. A sun or garden room can be ideal for this.

Many people have just enough outdoor space to be able to enjoy a few days a year out in their gardens. But these ideas could provide just enough inspiration to get you back outside most of the year. Whether you’re having fun with your kids, or harvesting your own fruits, there is plenty to do out there.

Jada x

Friday, 19 August 2016

Tackling The Stress and Bad Habits.

A few weeks ago, I planned on giving up smoking along with my partner Gareth. Between the two of us, we spend a disgusting amount on cigarettes, and know that it's not good for our healths. I purchase my cigarettes in bulk, and had enough to last me until Sunday the 7th of August, so my plan was to give up then, with Gareth following suit when he felt ready.

Then came Saturday the 6th of August, the day my next door neighbour exposed himself to me, and it made all my plans go up in the air. I know it sounds like I'm making excuses, but I seriously feel like those packets of cigarettes I got through was part of the reason why I didn't have a breakdown. They kept me sane, and kept my stress levels from raising any more, along with lots of support of course.

It's so easy for a smoker to say they're going to give up smoking, but actually following through with the task is a whole different story as many will know, as the saying goes, it's easier said than done. Thousands before have done it, my own mum for example, she's been smoke free for 16 years, it would of been 20 years but she started smoking again for 18 months when her dad, my grandad got admitted to hospital, sadly he never came out.

Back when my mum gave up smoking, it was a case of going cold turkey or using patches which irritated her skin as she suffers with psoriasis, I myself can't use the patches either due to my chronic and severe psoriasis, but luckily for me there's a new product on the scene which seems to be working wonders with smokers who want to give up, I'm talking about ecigs.

After doing my research and checking out various reviews and sources, I've just purchased myself a Vape kits Vapelux and am looking forward to seeing how I get on with it. I've been smoking for seven years and utterly disgust myself when I think of the money I've spent during these seven years on cigarettes. After hearing so many success stories via vaping, I'm confident that I have made the right choice and not doing things alone via going cold turkey.

Unfortunately due to the recent situation, my psoriasis and Hidradenitis Suppurativa (something that I've not spoken about on the blog before but do plan to in the near future!) have got a lot worse too, I'm currently waiting for an appointment with a dermatologist at the hospital as my doctors have done everything they can for me. 

Life has been very stressful, but I'm taking all the right steps to get those stress levels down!

Until next time,
Jada x