Crochet Benefits

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Hello everyone.

I am wanting to start with a series of benefits that certain hobbies have on our wellbeing. Today I am going to start with Crochet.

Crochet began in Europe in the early 1800’s.

The benefits:

  1. Soothing effect: the repetitive movement of the craft has soothing and calming effects on the human body. The use of colour and textures increase the soothing benefits.
  2. Fingers kept nimble: The various stitches that crochet offers aids in keeping the fingers nimble and this is a great benefit for arthritis sufferers.
  3. Done everywhere: Crochet can be done in almost any type of setting. Whether you are traveling, watching TV or even visiting a friend, you can crochet and participate in the conversations or observe the views or watch your favourite TV show. It is also a great time filler.
  4. Crochet is portable: you can carry your project everywhere.
  5. Eye muscles toned: Because you are focusing on various ‘scenes’, your eye muscles are kept well toned.
  6. Crochet is creative: Crochet provides you with the ability to be creative. It gives you a sense of accomplishment when you are finished with your project. And it helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s developing.
  7. Pain management: Crochet consists of repetitive movements which aid in preventing and managing stress, pain and depression by increasing serotonin and dopamine, and it also boosts the immune system. Crochet is effective in long term pain management.
  8. Relaxing: Crochet has a calming effect on the human body and this helps whose who are suffering from asthma by reducing the number of attacks that they might have during the day and it works in the same way for those who are suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. And it has calming effects on ADHD sufferers.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, I enjoyed writing it up for you.

 

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Multiple Sclerosis

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Have you ever heard of MS?

Well, today I am going to give you some information on this autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune diseases are diseases that attack the body and damage the tissues. There are so many autoimmune diseases.

With multiple sclerosis, the body attacks the nerves. This will cause you to feel dizzy, numbness, tingling, and have muscle spasms. You might also experience vision problems, imbalance, loss of muscle control which will also affect the bowel and bladder continence and you could also have slurred speech.

No one really knows the exact cause of this disease, though it might be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Oh and it is not contagious!

The treatment that can be given for this disease will not cure it, though there are experimental treatments that are still in the trial stages, it will only help with the symptoms and relieve the discomforts of the disease.

The treatments might include medication, homeopathic or natural treatment. Physical therapy will also alleviate some of the pain or strengthen the muscles. Helping aids will be needed in the future, as these will promote a close to normal lifestyle.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned at the beginning of my article, there is no known cure.

Who is at risk for MS? Having relatives with MS will increase your risk of developing MS and if you have diabetes type 1, thyroid disease or inflammatory bowel disease you are at a high risk. But if you are experiencing any of the symptoms, you should not think you have MS, go to the doctor and let him diagnose you correctly.

But don’t let that stop you if you are suffering from MS, try your best to do what you can and stay positive (this is hard to do but it can happen).

 

Diarrhea Solutions

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Diarrhea can happen to anyone. But when an elderly person contracts diarrhea they are at a greater risk of dehydration than the younger age group.

Here is a list of some of the possible causes of diarrhea in an elderly person:

  • Food poisoning
  • Malabsorption
  • Viral stomach flu
  • Medication

There may also be more serious conditions that can cause diarrhea in an elderly, and only a doctor will be able to assist. If you suspect something more serious than stomach flu, go straight to the doctor or ER.

When an elderly person starts with the first signs of diarrhea, fluids need to be replaced in the body almost right away. As diarrhea doesn’t only contain water, but also electrolytes (sodium, chloride, potassium, and bicarbonate) the person shouldn’t only drink water on it’s own. There is a solution that a person can make which will replace more than the water lost by the diarrhea or ask your pharmacist for a rehydrate solution.

Here is the recipe to make your own rehydrate electrolyte solution: 1 liter cooled boiled water, 6 teaspoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Give the electrolyte solution as often as possible during the duration of the diarrhea.

Diarrhea usually lasts up to 3 days, if it should last longer than that don’t hesitate to go to a doctor.

For at least a day after the symptoms have cleared, light meals are to be eaten. Just take it slowly.

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Flowers and Elderly People

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Flowers come in so many colours and fragrances and when they start to bloom, we know spring is here. Flowers bring life and colour to a room. The elderly will benefit from having flowers in the house. Flowers can boost a person’s mood and reducing the risk of depression, and flowers can have a positive effect on a person’s physical health. When a person receives a flower or bunch of flowers, they are filled with joy and happiness. Flowers have also been known to improve a person’s social interaction. Certain fragrances of flowers can have an effect on a person just as much as the sight of them.
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  • Rose can have anti-depressant effect on a person and it calms or uplifts the mood.
  • Lavender has a relaxing fragrance. It has been known to improve sleep quality.
  • Jasmine is a great favorite among many people. The fragrance has calming effects and it will reduce blood pressure and stress levels. It is also known to reduce the heart rate and breathing rate.
  • Lilies are lovely flowers to look at and admire. The benefits of the lily’s fragrance are numerous: they reduce stress, reduce anxiety, and reduce drepression. They also provide positive effects on the human body and health by enhancing and encouraging relaxation, boosting energy and encouraging positive feelings.
  • Frangipani helps with fighting depression.
 
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Flowers are important to have on display in the home, whether they are artificial flowers or real, they will benefit you and the elderly person you care for. The real flowers have fragrances and that is an added bonus. Work with the elderly person when arranging the flowers in a vase, or include them in the choosing of the flowers when you go buy from a store. And if you are going to hand pick flowers from the fields, farm or your backyard, include the elderly in the choosing of the varieties. It will be a lovely way to spend time together.  

Laughter is a Medicine

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I love the sound of people laughing and being happy. I can’t go through my day without laughter. Laughter is the best medicine in the world for the human body and the best thing about it is that it’s free. The human body cannot distinguish between a real laugh or a fake laugh. Laughter stimulates the motor region of our brain to become active and that produces the physical reaction – the sound of laughing.

Laughter has many health benefits:

Laughter boosts our heart rate.

Laughter boosts the production of certain antibodies that are responsible for boosting our immune systems.

Laughter reduces stress hormones – cortisol and epinephrine

Laughter releases endorphines which are responsible for relieving the body of physical pain.

Laughter protects the human heart by improving the function of the blood vessels and increasing the  blood flow. This will lower your risk of a heart attack and other heart problems.

Laughter can burn unwanted calories. 13 minutes of laughter burns around 40 calories.

Laughter can calm anger. It is the hardest benefit of laughter as one needs to laugh when they feel angry and that is not easy. Great news about the human body: it can’t distinguish between a real or fake laugh. So when you feel angry, fake laugh and you will start laughing for real and the anger will subside.

Laughter is great medicine for cancer victims. It has been noted that those suffering with cancer who laugh are able to cope better with pain and it provides them with a better sense of wellbeing.

 

Resourses:
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm
https://www.medicalbag.com/lifestyle/laughter-therapy-shown-to-boost-immune-function-in-cancer-patients/article/472627/
https://www.sciencealert.com/watch-here-s-what-happens-to-you-brain-when-you-laugh

 

 

Encouragement

This article is an encouragement article. We all go through periods where we feel like caring for another person is too much for us to handle any more. You are not alone with that feeling. Trust me, there have been days where I wonder if I should change my career choice, but that feeling doesn’t last long. 

When those feelings threaten, go take a walk and breathe in fresh air. Walk briskly.

Or you can listen to music in the next room. Close the door, put the music on a loud volume and just let it wash over you.

If you are feeling sleep deprived, take a nap when the person you are caring for has their nap, or if a neighbour could come over for an hour so that you can get a little snooze.

If you are a religious person, taking some time for being alone and reading your literature or taking a time to pray will really benefit you.

And simple measures, like having a cup of coffee outside or in your room, watching a movie and even reading a book in bed at night will really help you to start feeling positive about your duties. 

Foot massages are an excellent way to de-stress and relax. It is amazing how our bodies need that little TLC on occasion. 

As a carer of another person, we tend to forget about our wellbeing and refueling ourselves. We can’t give love and care to someone else if we don’t feel loved or cared for. And if there is no one to love us or care for us, we need to do it for ourselves. You can’t give if you have nothing to give.

Your responsibilities are great but they reap great rewards. You are doing a great job so don’t give up. You are needed in the other person’s life and you might not be thanked by them, but you are so valuable.

Good job to all the carers, caregivers, companions and nurses in the world. You are needed in a special way that no one else can fulfill.

 

 

Carer Hygiene

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As a carer, one tends to be so focused on the wellbeing and hygiene of our patients that our own hygiene and self care is neglected. It is very important to maintain correct personal hygiene of ourselves at all times. This is for the benefit of our patient and ourselves.

I do understand that the patient may take up almost our whole day and night – especially if we live with the patient due to them being our family member. But take time for yourself.

You don’t need to spend hours in the bathroom or in front of a mirror, simple hygiene techniques may be followed to obtain a good, clean and fresh carer. I hope that I don’t offend anyone and if you are offended by what I am going to say, that is not my aim. I have also had to change some of my outfits to suit the job I do.

Here is what I am talking about:

  • This is a touchy subject with some people, but I am all for it: keep your hair short. This allows for quick washing and easy drying. I am not saying all of you need to cut your hair, but if it is taking a long time to give it the best care and keep it clean cutting it to a modest shorter length might be the answer. I cut mine short as I wasn’t able to look after my hair the way it needed. But it’s all personal preference. No offense meant.
  • A quick shower or wash every evening before climbing in bed will be the easiest way to keep clean and fresh. Bathing is very important for the body. It helps to promote healthy skin. A dirty carer will not be pleasant to the patient and it may cause problems for both the carer and the patient.
  • Oral hygiene is also very important. Good oral hygiene promotes healthy gums and teeth. Bad breath is not pleasant for others.
  • Go natural with make-up. It looks very pleasant and it is a lot easier to apply if any at all.
  • If you injure yourself and have an open wound on your hands or arms,cover them with a band-aid or bandage. This will keep micro-organisms from entering the wound and that your patient doesn’t come into contact with your body fluids (blood).
  • Keep your nails short and clean. Dirt under the nails can easily cause infection if a person is scratched. Shorter nails reduce the risk of scratching others.
  • Hand washing is so important! It is the first line of defense. Don’t forget to wash your hands before you even start working with a person. If you touch a person or any of their belongings, you need to wash your hands before doing anything else.

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The carer needs to ensure that their dress code is suitable for the job that they are doing:

  • Avoid low rise necklines.
  • Avoid heels.
  • Avoid short and tight fitting skirts.
  • Avoid long earrings.
  • Avoid nail polish. Micro-organisms collect under the polish and it may cause infections if they come into contact with an open wound.
  • Avoid non-slip shoes.
  • Avoid bracelets and rings.
  • Avoid having long nails.
  • Avoid facial rings – it can hook and disfigure you. I have had to fight the urge to get a nose ring.

I can’t think of anything else to add to my list at this time.

Just remember you are caring for another human being. It is a great, rewarding job. You might feel that you can’t do or wear what you would like, but if it weren’t for you giving up all of that a person would be left to suffer alone without the help and care that they need. Keep up the good work. I know how it feels, I am in the same profession as you.

 

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