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The impact of drug addiction on families

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Substance abuse and addiction exert a huge impact on the family life of countless individuals who suffer from the devasting effects of addiction. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the person using drugs wants to hurt the family but the disease of addiction leads to social and financial problems that, sooner or later, affect family members’ lives in a very disruptive way. According to studies, parents who use illegal drugs or abuse alcohol are 3 times more likely to abuse their children and 4 times likelier to neglect them.

The problems that substance addiction may cause in relationships and family life depend on the severity of the drug problem, the behavior of the user, and the presence of other significant medical or psychiatric problems. Drug problems often cause mistrust, worry, frustration, feelings of anxiety, anger and, violence within a family. Also, according to specialists, addiction problems in families contribute to higher rates of separation, divorce, and financial problems.

Instability within the whole family system

Substance users are often unreliable and cannot be counted on to act as they say they will. Therefore, the incapability of relying on a partner or a parent leads to instability within the whole family system. The unpredictability of a family member who compulsively takes drugs can cause feelings of anxiety, emotional pain, stress, and a loss of trust.

Financial instability

One of the most worrying consequences of substance abuse on families are the economic ones. Drugs are rarely free and an addiction can quickly become expensive. Addicted individuals present signs of job instability and often try to steal money or valuables from the household to finance their addiction. Not being able to fulfill their job responsibilities due to the effects of their addiction often leads to unemployment which affects the financial foundation of the family. The loss of job of a parent who is supposed to financially support their family causes the whole family to suffer from lack of heat, food, electricity, or even roof over their heads.

Continuing familial damage

Parents are the most reliable role model of children from very early ages. They always look up to their parents to learn, copy their behaviors and life perspectives. Therefore, specialists claim that the negative repercussions of addiction within a family can linger for many generations in various ways.  Addicted parents start neglecting their kids and no longer offer them emotional and financial support and education, thus without their parents guiding, kids gain dysfunctional behaviors which affect their inclusion in the society they live in. Secondly, the effects of substance abuse can have a negative impact on role modeling which can cause younger generations to copy their parents’ behavior and engage in addictive behaviors as well. Consequently, children who grow up in a dysfunctional family due to the drug addiction of their parents, they are more likely to both develop an addiction and to become negative role models to their kids by repressing the anger, emotional traumas, and frustration they have felt as kids.

Isolation

Engaging in isolating behaviors is one of the effects of drug addiction that affect both the user and the family members. Medical specialists say that drugs exert a heavy influence on a person’s cognitive functioning and judgment, thus the addicted family member may suffer extreme behavioral changes which lead to acts that can make the family withdraw from both family or social activities. The sense of isolation is caused by the decision of some family members to distance themselves from their addicted loved one due to the inability to cope with the situation. Also, drug users often choose to isolate themselves from their loved one to try to hide their addiction or to be able to pursue it without being judged by their family members.

Child abuse

One of the most worrying impacts of drug addiction on the whole family of the user is the fact that it can lead to child abuse. Parents who suffer from drug addiction often forget about their parenting responsibilities and start neglecting their children or perceive them as a burden. Within families where alcohol or drug abuse are present children often have to take the roles of adults and look after their younger siblings and themselves. They also take all the household responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning, providing money, and even providing emotional support to the addicted parent. Due to emotional instability and behavior problems, parents perceive their kids as a barrier for their addiction so they often start abusing them, physically and psychologically, to repress their frustrations and anger.

How to help an addicted loved one

Battling a substance abuse disorder is a tremendous experience because illegal substances have devastating effects on the user and on other people directly involved. Spouses, children, and parents who witness a family member struggling with addiction experience emotional damage, as well as financial, legal, and medical consequences.

Having a family member struggling with drug addiction is a terrible experience but with your support and help, they have a greater chance of overcoming their addiction. There is no fast and easy way to help someone with an addiction and it requires patience, willpower, and determination.

Seek professional help– Professional counseling and rehab treatment is one of the most important steps of the treatment process. If you have an addicted loved one, you can find out more about the medical, emotional, and social support needed to tackle a substance abuse problem.

Establish trust– trust is an important aspect of any social relationship. It has to be built both ways for the drug user to accept your help and support

Communicate– often, drug addicts find it hard to admit to their loved ones that they have a substance abuse problem. Therefore, it may take some time for them to openly communicate with you about the struggles they are dealing with. Yet, if you communicate honestly about the negative effects of addiction, your loved one might be much more likely to be open to thinking about changing their destructive habit.

 

Tips for Styling Your Hair for Your 007 Casino Royale Themed Work Party

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When the James Bond movie Casino Royale was released in 2006 it reignited the elegance and sophistication that used to be associated with casinos. Especially the fancy ones where people could dress up to the nines and show off how wealthy and accomplished they were. The popularity of this movie has since led to a multitude of Casino Royale themed parties being held around the world. From prom parties all the way to work parties. However, nowadays the act of putting on a fancy dress or suit can feel daunting, it seems we are living in a time when comfort is the preference. Figuring out what outfit to wear, which shoes will match best and which hairstyle to do can feel quite overwhelming. We are here to solve one of your problems. A good place to start is to check out some online casinos to get a feel for the vibe. In particular female oriented casino sites like Platinum Play or Ruby Fortune are great to set the tone for your party and will give you great ideas. Below is a list of some classy and elegant hairstyles that match this theme to perfection. Who knows maybe they’ll inspire an outfit or two.

The updo side-swept chignon

This hairstyle is perfect for this theme because it exhumes elegance but keeps things simple. The style itself is easy to replicate. Simply start with thorough blow-dry, once the hair is all dry add some volume enhancing spray. Use you hands or a comb to part your hair into two uneven side. The idea is to create an asymmetrical parting, with one side (your better side) containing more hair than the other. Once done gather all your hair in your hands to create a low ponytail. The longer side should cover your ears and drape over your forehead in a side sweep while the longer side is tucked behind your ears. Tie the ponytail into a knot skewed to the side with more hair and add chignons. This style is especially perfect for people with square faces.

The Updo French Twist

This hairstyle is great for the older woman who wants to achieve a classic look with their hair. The Updo French Twist requires a blow-dry with some teasing. Once the hair is dry and volumizer has been applied to the hair section out your hair into a horizonal half. Creating a top half and a bottom half. Take the spray and start to lightly tease the top part of your hair starting from the front of the forehead to the end of the top-parting. Keep applying the hair spray to set your tease. Once done use a brush to carefully brush your teased hair back creating a front puff. Take all your hair and sweep it to one side and roll it into a twist. Use u-shaped pins to hold the roll.

The Layered Ponytail

This hairstyle is quite effortless and works best for those with long hair or long braids. To start off, apply frizz-ease styling mouse and towel dry the hair. Once the hair is dry create a center part into equals. Here we are going for a symmetrical parting. To get some natural free-flowing waves simply make braids on both side of the hair and applied volumizing spray. Once the hair is completely dry simply remove the braids to reveal loose wavy curls. The looser the braid, the looser the waves created. Collect the hair into a low ponytail and leave the hair to flow in waves to the bottom. At the top release a few of the front waves and let them fall naturally. This creates an easy but sophisticated look. Its also the easiest hairstyle on the list.

The Half-up Greek Twist

One thing that seems to characterize elegance in the hairstyle department is updos however letting your run wild and free can also be quite stylish and chic. This hairstyle is the perfect example of this. It also requires longer hair but can be achieved with short hair as well. Simply divide your front half of the hair into two equal side. This is of course after applying volumizer and hairspray. Once done, take a piece from each side of the hair and braid backwards securing them at the back with bobby pins. This hairstyle is easy and cute.

There you have it! Simple but easy to create hairstyles to suite any Casino Royale inspired theme party you get an invite to!

 

What Causes A Leaky Basement?

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Leaky Basement: What Causes It.

Unfortunately, there is a myriad reason why you might be having a leaky basement. All these problems should be handled seriously and rectified immediately. Leaking basements are a major problem in older homes, and considering the extreme weather here in Toronto, this can graduate to a bigger problem if not rectified as soon as possible.

We have compiled some of the main causes of the leaky basement so you can establish which one might be making your basement leaky. Take a look here, and you will be able to identify the culprit behind your leaky basement.

On the Foundation Wall.

The water can come from the top of the foundation wall and find its way to the basement. This is mostly with the rainwater especially where it drains on the walls rather than following the gutters. It is a main problem in older homes where the drainage systems are poor. To correct this problem, ensure your home gutter are functional.

Leaking Window Wells.

Sometimes window wells may fail to drain rainwater away. This is the case where gutters are clogged since rainwater overflows from the roof. To avoid this problem, make sure that the installation of your window wells and windows is correctly done. That can solve the issue of the leaky basement since the window wells have their drainage system.

The Basement Wall Cracks.

This can be a serious problem. So, you should understand why the walls are cracked. In most cases, the cracks result from pressure which has developed at the bottom of the basement wall. Water then gets through these cracks to the basement. If not checked in advance, more cracks might develop. In this case, a leaky basement is something you cannot avoid.

Tie Rod Leaks.

In most cases, especially in older homes, during construction, some rods were used. After the construction, those rods are removed, and they tend to leave some gaps. With time, these cracks may get filled with water leading to a leaky basement.

Leaker Sewer Pipe.

This is the main cause of leaky basement Toronto. The problem with sewer pipes is that the leaks are not usually significant, so they may take long before you discover them. It is until you discover a stain on the walls when you know they are leaking. Sometimes, you may notice mould growth slightly below the drain.

Leaky Mortar Joints.

Many basement walls are now being constructed of cinder block, wood, stone, brick rather than concrete. The mortar usually holds the blocks, and with time, the strength of the mortar becomes loosened. This makes it possible for the rainwater to seep in through the weak mortar.

Cracks in The Floor.

The cracks in the basement floor allow water to get in the basement wall and weaken it.

CoolSculpting & SculpSure: Do These Treatments Really Work?

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Fat is a complicated thing to get rid of but above all else, fat is something that is often demonised and misunderstood.

An increase in body positivity movements has helped more people to see fat differently but a large percentage of our society would still prefer to erase it.

Plastic surgery was once the only real way to get rid of the fat that couldn’t be targeted with exercise. While liposuction is still one of the top 10 most popular procedures around today, it has started declining in popularity because of the introduction of non-invasive procedures such as SculpSure and CoolSculpting.

If you are intrigued by what this fat elimination technology can do, this is what you need to know about these two procedures.

SculpSure – Understanding the Basics

In order to get rid of unwanted fat cells, the SculpSure system uses controlled heat to destroy them. During your treatment with a cosmetic doctor such as Dr Zacharia, an applicator will be applied to the area you want to treat. The applicator emits laser energy that will gradually heat up the stubborn fat cells and destroy them. The cells will then naturally leave your body via your lymphatic system. Patients will need to wait about three months to see a noticeable difference.

SculpSure is an FDA-approved device that can be used to treat the abdomen, thighs, back, love handles and the chin area, with each area requiring about 30 minutes.

CoolSculpting – Understanding the Basics

Also referred to as cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting has the same effect as SculpSure treatments with the key difference being that controlled cooling is used to destroy unwanted fat cells instead of heat. During your treatment, a suction applicator is applied to the area you want to target. This applicator applies cooling plates to the fat cells, which permanently damages them. Once the fat cells die, they will be eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. CoolSculpting is also an FDA-approved system but you do need enough excess fat for the applicator to adhere to. Basically, you need to be able to pinch the fat you want to target.

CoolSculpting can be used to treat the exact same areas that SculpSure can, with each area taking about 35 minutes to treat. Patients will also need to wait about three months before they’ll be able to see results.

Choosing a Body Sculpting Treatment

Both of these procedures are designed to treat stubborn fat in the same areas and the system you choose mainly depends on your preferences more than anything else.

Neither of these procedures is painful but some patients find either the heat from the laser or the cold from the CoolSculpting applicator to be slightly uncomfortable. It should be noted that both treatments are completely safe and will not damage the tissue surrounding the fat cells.

You may also want to consider how much fat you want to get rid of. If you only have a small amount of fat that you want to get rid of, the CoolSculpting system may not work because there isn’t enough fat to adhere to.

The good news is that regardless of the treatment you decide on, you won’t require any downtime and the risks are minimal. If anything, patients can expect some slight bruising, swelling and tenderness after their procedure.

It’s also important to remember that you will require more than one treatment to achieve your desired result. Consulting with a board-certified cosmetic doctor will give you a better idea of which treatment is right for you and what you can expect during and after your procedure.

Do the Treatments Truly Work?

Patients who have reached or are close to their goal weight but are struggling with stubborn pockets of fat will really benefit from this procedure. A number of studies have been conducted that prove the effectiveness of both the CoolSculpting and SculpSure treatments, including one by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology and a trial published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology.

One of the most attractive benefits of these procedures is that the results are permanent. Think about it this way – when you start exercising and eating better to lose weight, your fat cells will shrink but if you end up gaining weight, your fat cells will expand. Regardless of whether your fat cells shrink or expand, the number of fat cells in any given area will remain the same. During a CoolSculpting or SculpSure treatment, fat cells are destroyed completely, which means the change is permanent because the cells will no longer exist.

However, it’s important for patients to lead a healthy lifestyle after they’ve achieved their desired results or they could end up gaining weight in other areas where fat cells are still present.

To achieve the best possible results, make sure that you are consulting with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has the necessary training and experience to perform these procedures.

5 Authentic Reasons Why to Choose ExpoMarketing 

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ExpoMarketing is not only a recognized leader in the industry but also an award-winning organization in the show exhibit industry in the country. It’s services since 1991 have been top notch. At ExpoMarketing, we specialize in high-quality trade show booths for rent or to own. We also guide you through the process of deciding whether to own or rent a show booth by providing you with the pros and cons of both.

Why choose ExpoMarketing?

Excellent Customer Care Services

With an outstanding customer care services team, ExpoMarketing ensures that customers’ queries and requests are attended to in an exemplary manner. The team goes above and beyond to assist our clients. Our professional and experienced specialists will offer you satisfactory advice on the best design and form of the custom exhibit for your business. It has been our priority to ensure customer satisfaction, and that has given us the chance to be the best in the industry. We understand that time is money. Therefore, our team ensures that they save you both by delivering your expo exhibits on time and safely.

Expertise in Designing and Building Custom Exhibits

ExpoMarketing is an expert in designing and building custom exhibits for purchase as well as offer a complete range of portable exhibits and accessories. The in-house creative team is responsible for designing as well as producing all format graphics, while the professional’s trade show team takes care of all the logistical necessities from the word go till everything is in place.

Largest Rental Inventories

ExpoMarketing is known to have the largest rental inventories across the country, and our services are extended to every budget and brand. ExpoMarketing works with all types of organizations from multinational corporations to start-ups to other growing businesses for successful trade shows. Working with all brands, budgets and businesses make us stand out from the rest in the industry.

Customer Collaboration

Creativity and innovation are key facts when it comes to designing trade show displays. The professionals at ExpoMarketing understand the importance of creativity, therefore integrate their different ideas together to come up with a breath-taking and customer attracting trade show booth for you. We collaborate with the customer at every stage of the design and fabrication process to ensure that your ideal brand image is reflected and you are satisfied with the end product. Also, before the trade show event, we make it a priority to stage all our trade show booths in our facility for you to experience the booth either via video or in person.

Trade shows provide you with an opportunity to connect with clients and other businesses. For you to stand out during a trade show, you should have a show-stopping trade display. Invest in a custom made a display from ExpoMarketing as we ensure that your display is colorful, and instantly lets people know who you are as well as the kind of business you are carrying out.

Customer Value

We value our customers; hence, we are dedicated to ensuring that they stand out on the show floor by offering unique solutions using impactful lighting effects, striking graphic design, and premium infill materials. The customers who keep coming back time and again gives us the motivation to do the best we can to provide them with a better experience than the previous one.

Whether you are in the market for social media marketing, large format graphic, web design, a booth rental, or exhibit display at the next expo trade show do not hesitate to enquire for ExpoMarketing services. What makes us stand out from the rest in the industry is that once you reach out to us for our services, we proudly show you around our creative workflow, let you meet our creative design team and take you for a walk around the warehouse.

 

4 Ideas to Make Your Cloud Apps Work Together

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Apps to help automate workflows is basically an inescapable element of contemporary life at this point, and that’s a good thing. Streamlining everything from your run of the mill work-oriented output, personal everyday tasks, to the entertainment that helps you unwind after a long hard day is an amazing technological feat that we probably couldn’t foresee a few decades ago. But, what exactly is this nebulous idea of the “cloud,” and how can we get it to make our lives easier? While we do have a loose concept of what it means to backup our documents, photos, or music in the cloud, there’s surprisingly very little follow through on most users part to help make the apps work better. Granted, it can get a bit confusing with all the options out there to ensure that things work smoothly and efficiently.

Here are a few tips to help put the pedal to the meddle.

Figure Out What You Want to Backup

The key to making sure that the different cloud apps available via your web service or smartphone are potentially useful to you in the first place is to decide why exactly you need to have a cloud version of the content. Most likely, your workplace has already decided that you would use Google Suite for everything from email to share documents, Dropbox, and so on. But in addition to that, you have your own notes on your laptop or phone that you feel would be useful to sync with the work you’ve produced for the office. A good productivity app would help keep all the documents and random thoughts or to-do lists in check, and streamline your thoughts in one place easily accessible on the device of your choosing.

How Much Storage Do You Need?

Getting the cloud-based apps to work together efficiently depends on which workflow you need to simplify as well as how much storage is required to support it. You might have to either migrate your cloud-based data from one app to another – particularly if you need a private cloud, which provides you all the benefits of a public cloud but without relinquishing concerns over privacy and data; or a hybrid cloud, which is the most common one out there.

Yes, the cloud does offer a supposedly infinite amount of space to which you can add your entire digital existence, but it comes at a cost. And there’s no way for you to really know how to make the cloud-based apps you have worked together efficiently without first accurately gauging what your needs could be.

Managing a Client Database

Are you a freelancer who possesses a long list of contacts on both your email accounts and your smartphone? Or perhaps you work for a major company and part of your role is managing your boss’ contacts and fellow colleagues at the business? Not so long ago, a good old-fashioned rolodex was used to help keep these things in order. But now, your best bet is to sync your cloud-based apps and get the information properly listed on all your devices, or at least easily accessible in your online accounts.

This is especially important if you own a small business, or run the communications side of a company. Many employers use tools for hubspot mailchimp integration, or keep the address book app on their laptops synced with your smartphone to help make life much easier.

Geographic Availability

The internet has made things so much simpler for us, and it feels as though every bit of information is ready at our fingertips. But not so fast. While the cloud seems like this wonderfully utopian ideal that knows no borders, the reality is that where you are does matter. Some cloud apps are not available due to geopolitical issues; perhaps the service will be a bit slow where you are due to a bad connection, affecting the ways in which your cloud-based apps work together. Or, many companies, especially those based in Europe have to worry about where their data are being processed and stored due to privacy concerns. In all cases, researching your options will make a huge difference in the efficiency of how your workflows are managed.

A Well-Oiled Machine

Once you figure out the best ways you can use the cloud technology to your advantage, finding apps to sync your data as desired should be a snap. While the cloud has some drawbacks, with a little tweaking, it can work like a well-oiled machine and soon enough you will have very little use for old-fashioned notebooks and pen and paper.

5 Reasons You Should Hire a Professional Flooring Company

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The floor is just about one of the most important features in your home. It plays a big role as far as comfort, décor, and the value of your home is concerned. With time, however, it reaches a point where you need to upgrade your flooring. This is mostly when cracks, stains, and blemishes start to appear.

While it is not wrong to have confidence in yourself, it is good to accept that we cannot fit in all fields. When you do a particular task repeatedly, you are able to master it and it even becomes fun doing it. A sensitive project such as flooring repair or installation requires hiring a professional, and here are 5 reasons why.

1. The level of experience

Experience is the best teacher, so they say. You may decide to do the cleaning for your own house floor, but it is not hard to end up leaving ugly marks. It is, therefore, advisable to delegate this task to someone who is more experienced than you in the specific field. You cannot perfect everything on your floor. Sometimes there is a need to fix a broken tile and you’ve never fixed one, which necessitates hiring an expert depending on the task in question. Also, it is highly likely that you’ve never used some the tools and equipment involved in flooring work, which means that you may end up hurting yourself or even creating a larger mess on your floor.

2. A time-consuming task

Some tasks involved in flooring can be time-consuming and may end up taking much time than expected. You may find that there is a need, for instance, to change the whole set tiles, which can take a lot of time to complete. If you have a tight work schedule, you may not be able to fix it all by yourself. There is all the need to have a time frame within which the project should be completed. It is, therefore, advisable to hire a flooring company with the necessary skills to complete your project on time while you attend to your other duties.

3. The cost of the project

It is important to know the price quotation of your flooring project before you decide to do it yourself. You must consider all the prices involved, including the cost of materials and labor. For instance, you cannot mix concrete and do plastering at a go. One task must be completed first at the expense of the other. It is also important to consider the amount of workforce required to complete the specific task. For this and more reasons, it is a risky involvement to work alone and especially without the proper experience, you may end up incurring losses on material wastage. For this reason, you will want to compare prices between various flooring companies and go for the one you feel comfortable to work with. This will even enable you to cut costs and also get excellent results.

4. Room to enhance quality

There are chances that when you get a professional flooring company for a project, a quality check is a must. Whether it’s a new installation, replacement or repair, upgrading your floor will obviously improve the value of your home and add some new life to the particular room or space. Choosing a good flooring company will also provide you with many flooring options that you can choose from and also guide you through the process of maintenance and care.

5. Professional flooring companies are very innovative

Especially in the wake of technological advancements, products in the flooring industry are largely evolving and changing. For instance, new structures, designs, and patterns are always being developed. Experts at Online Flooring Store (https://www.onlineflooringstore.com.au/products/loose-lay-vinyl-planks/) stay that vinyl flooring is one of the best low-maintenance options out there, especially due to its durability, extreme beauty, and cost-effectiveness. You will also realize that some of the best professional flooring companies keep on adjusting to their consumers’ needs and keep on improving standards. Working with a professional flooring company will ensure that you get the most up-to-date products on the market.

While you can save a few bucks handling a flooring project DIY, the odds may not be in your favor compared to hiring a professional for the task. There is the issue of time, expertise, job quality, and cost. If you want the best results with flooring installation, replacement, cleaning, or repair, hiring a professional is undoubtedly the best way to go.

Is Your Health Connected To Your Past Life?

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Jamie was a 28-year-old nurse when she began to feel something strange was taking place in her life. Jamie would often wake up in a panic at night. It would take great effort to catch her breath. She felt as if she was pinned to the bed with something heavy pressing down on her chest.

Due to her training as a nurse, Jamie knew that a number of ailments could be responsible for her nighttime breathing problems.

Jamie underwent a battery of tests and was given a clean bill of health. One physician she talked to remarked that her health was in peak condition.

Jamie was more afraid than ever and could only wonder what was causing the symptoms she experienced at night.

Aches, Pains, And Ailments From A Previous Life

It is important to understand what a previous life is before continuing to investigate Jamie’s situation.

A previous life is one in which you walked the earth in another body. You are likely far older than you understand and may have walked the earth in a thousand different bodies.

The physical body is all that dies with death. The soul enters the spirit world where it remains until its designated time for rebirth.

Previous life memories are locked away in our subconscious. This allows us a fresh start with each incarnation. The intent is to accomplish what is required in this lifetime without interference from thoughts and feelings left over from the previous life.

But is it really that simple to forget a previous life?  

Are there situations from a previous life that can affect your hear and now? The short answer is a resounding yes and this is the answer to Jamie’s problem.

Past Sickness, Present Manifestation Of Symptoms 

There are a number of health issues from a previous life that can affect you in your present lifetime. A few of these effects are:

Unexplained Aches And Pain

Whether it is a migraine you just cannot shake or a stabbing pain to your abdomen, it is common to feel aches and pains that originated from a past life. A previous life experience like a fatal wound to a certain body part may result in phantom pains in the affected body part in a present incarnation.

Chronic Illness

Asthma is perhaps the easiest to trace common illness to a previous life event. Asthma sufferers, in most cases, were either smokers in a previous life, or lost a previous life to a disease like pneumonia or tuberculosis.

Problems With Weight

Many people who have problems controlling their weight experienced food deprivation in a previous life. They may have experienced famine or war in a prior life and overcompensate for the deprivation by overeating in their present life.

Phobias

Phobias have been traced by many people to bad experiences in a previous life. People afraid of a particular animal were likely attacked or had another type of negative experience with the animal in a previous life.

A Breakdown Of Previous Life Issues

In addition to aches and illnesses, your previous lives can cause you mental, emotional, and spiritual distress. Body Symbology studies the impact a previous life can have on a body part in an individual’s current life.

  • Head – Migraines and headaches could be a result of great mental pressure in a previous life.
  • Eyes – Vision problems are linked to witnessing a traumatic previous life event.
  • Spine – Pain and bad alignment with the spine is linked to a lack of bravery in a previous life.
  • Face – Pain and disfigurement of the face is linked to problems with self-esteem in a previous life.
  • Throat and neck – Issues in the neck of throat signal communication problems in a previous life. It can also indicate death by hanging.
  • Chest – Pains in the chest and problems with breathing are indications of an inability to provide appreciation and love to others in a previous life.

These and other symptoms may not be the result of one previous life. It may have taken multiple lifetimes for these problems to develop.

The pressure on the chest experienced by Jamie was a result of a previous life death in a car accident.

Readings And Healings

A previous life reading will provide you with the information necessary to understand the influences on your present life. Once you find the root cause of the problem, a number of healing methods are available. These healing methods include:

  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Meditation
  • Massages
  • Sound healing

The discomfort experienced from a previous life event is not something you must endure for the entirety of your present life. A reading or previous life regression therapy can provide you with the relief you need.

Tips for Conquering Garden Clutter

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With summer just around the corner, many of us are spending more and more time outdoors. Being outside and surrounded by nature has been proven to be good for our physical and mental health, helping to keep us happy and calm. If your yard is looking like a tornado ran through it, however, you may not find it so relaxing. Here, we go over some trending ways to stay on top of outdoor clutter and keep your yard looking its best.

Get Rid of the Unnecessary

The best way to eliminate clutter is by downsizing. According to the increasingly popular philosophy of organization guru Marie Kondo, you should get rid of anything in your life that doesn’t bring you joy. If you have yard decor, tools, toys, and other things that you truly feel you don’t need, you can have a yard sale or donate them to charity. Swedish Death Cleaning is another trendy decluttering strategy where you discard any items that you don’t need and embrace a minimalist approach to design and decor.

Set Up a Greenhouse

Greenhouses are another trend that’s gaining traction amongst gardeners and homeowners. It’s easier than ever to build a greenhouse using transportable kits. Creating a greenhouse set up in your yard can help you to keep all of your potted plants in a single space, reducing clutter around flower beds, patios, and balconies while also adding a unique aesthetic to your garden. Greenhouses also offer the added benefit of protecting sensitive plants from temperature, weather, and common pests.

Sweep, Trim, and Mow

One of the most important steps towards keeping a clean yard is regular maintenance. To prevent damage to your patio and foundations, make sure that your gutters are regularly cleaned. If you have a lawn, then neat, trim grass not only looks better, but there are fewer places for missing toys and misplaced yard tools to hide. Not only this, but shorter grass reduces the risk of pests such as ticks and fleas invading your yard.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for lawn maintenance. What works for your neighbor may not be as effective for you. You should mow every one to two weeks depending on how fast the grass in your yard grows, and use a trimmer or a weed whacker to tackle tough-to-reach spots such as in corners and along fences. If you have patios, you should also sweep on a regular basis to avoid leaves, dirt, and grass clippings from accumulating.

Tackling outdoor clutter keeps your yard looking its best and ensures that your friends and family aren’t tripping over loose objects hidden in the grass. You can use trending decluttering methods such as Swedish Death Cleaning and the KonMari philosophy to downsize and set up a greenhouse to consolidate scattered potted plants. Mowing and trimming your lawn is also an important step in keeping your garden looking its best.

Sleep Divorces: Compromising for a Better Night’s Sleep

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Life moves at the pace of a juggernaut. To keep bringing your A-game and work well for your employer, maintain a happy and harmonious relationship with your partner and, generally, keep your friendships strongly, day in, day out, you need to sleep well night after night. A lack of sleep can throw your general co-existence and interactions with others into chaos if you’re feeling tired and irritable constantly.

Compromise when it comes to sharing a sleeping space has been the order of the day, recently, it would seem. Some couples have shared with the world some of the bedtime compromises and arrangements they’ve made between themselves for both partners to feel content when bedtime comes and rested when morning arrives. First up is…

The sleep divorce

‘We’re getting divorced’ — neither person in a marriage wants to hear these words.

Sounds harsh, doesn’t it? But it’s not what you think.

According to a study discussed in Psychology Today, 30% of Americans would prefer to sleep away from their partner. In these ‘sleep divorces’, people in perfectly happy relationships agree to sleep apart — and it seems to be working.

So much so that relationship experts agree with the solution. The effects of a lack of sleep on our behaviour have an impact on the others around us, so a sleep divorce could be just what you need to keep things ticking harmoniously over in a relationship.

As well as getting a good night’s sleep and being able to communicate and discuss matters more reasonably with your partner, a whole host of other reasons have been suggested as to why a sleep divorce can work for you:

  • To suit scheduling conflicts – if you and your partner work different hours, you can avoid disrupting each other’s sleep.
  • To prevent sleep disruption — one partner might be a restless sleeper, which can really disrupt the sleep of the other partner.
  • To cope with different sleeping habits — perhaps your partner gets up a lot in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or likes to read or use their iPad before they settle down for the night.
  • To allow different sleeping environments — your partner might like to fall asleep with the TV on and the window open, whereas you could prefer to sleep with the window closed and as little background noise as possible.

Swapping sides of the bed and other ‘weird’ habits

A second example of compromising when it comes to sleeping arrangements went viral recently when a gentleman called Steve O’ Rourke triggered an intense but light-hearted debate on Twitter about some of his own bedtime habits. Mr O’ Rourke tweeted how some of these habits included swapping sides of the bed with his partner, rather than having a designated side; swapping pillows; and observing a rule of ‘first one in, chooses’.

By all accounts, the arrangements work for him and his partner and none of it felt weird to Mr O’ Rourke, but many Twitterati disagreed with their habits, stating that they had their own side. It wasn’t a complete case of Mr O’Rourke in the red corner and the rest of the world in the blue, though,. Lots of people spoke out in his defence and commented that it was nothing out of the ordinary. Some even confessed to similar habits  themselves.

But what can you do?

These are just a couple of examples of compromises that couples reach have reached when it comes to bedtime. What can you do if your partner is a noisy sleeper or disturbs you in some way, or even if they aren’t or don’t, but the two of you are just having a bit of trouble getting shut-eye in the same bed? Here are a few further suggestions:

Chat about the situation — and take steps to address it

You don’t want to ostracise your partner for snoring. It’s not their fault. That said, you may notice they tend to snore louder — or even just start to snore, if they didn’t already — when they’ve been drinking, exercising or performing some other activity. Raise the issue so that they have option to address it. If they do have a big night out with friends and will end up disturbing you, they may be happy to just crash on the sofa or on a spare bed in the guest room. If they have other sleep issues that are proving disruptive, they may be willing to visit a sleep therapist. Either way, give them the chance instead of lambasting them over it.

Leave your phone or tablet in another room

Despite all their clever functions, mobile phones and tablets are meant for use in waking hours. Once it’s time to hit the hay, you should put your devices to bed as well, to avoid disrupting your own sleep or your partner’s. By bringing them (the devices) into the bedroom with you, you expose yourself to the risk of checking your emails or waking up in the middle of the night and, instead of going straight back to sleep, tapping around some more. What’s that? Worried about sleeping in? No dice. Buy a good alarm clock. The devices stay in the other room.

Separate duvets

This is something of a cold-hearted solution, but it can work. Some people are more comfortable when they completely wrap themselves up in the duvet – but they leave their partner shivering when they do it; others like to only partially cover themselves with the duvet — but likewise leave their partner shivering when they do it. The solution? Separate duvets. Is it acceptable? Of course it is. If you can’t share the same duvet reasonably, and it’s not going to cause any ill will, then why not?

Compromise on pets

Are you one of those animal lovers that just can’t bear to be away from the dog and wants to have them there in the room with you? That’s all very well, but your partner might be less fond of the idea. Often, because the issue bothers them more, they’ll get their own way — and it looks like man’s best friend will be in a separate room. You’ll have to compromise over that. If your partner works away or works nightshifts, these are ideal opportunities to bring your pet back into your bedroom.

You don’t want to be at war with your partner inside of your bedroom or outside of it. Neither of you should go deprived of sleep. Best of all, breaking conventions around traditional sleeping arrangements could increase the harmony between you, rather than put you at loggerheads. Get chatting. Get compromising. Then look forward to some truly nourishing rest for you both.