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Is it Time to Seek Therapy?

I have spoken before on this blog about seeking mental health counseling, and provided some ways to find where you can turn to find a counselor that’s just right for you to speak to.  But how do you know when it’s time to talk to someone? The signs may be different for every individual, and some may not get to as far a point as others before they decide to find a therapist.  But, here I will provide a guideline that has some general symptoms you should be on the lookout for that will give you a hint that it’s time to talk to someone who can help.

You feel all emotions very strongly

When you’re sad, you’re not just frowning–you’re full out sobbing. When you are angry, it’s not just a little bit–you are full of rage. Extreme emotions do occur from time to time, but should not be the norm; feelings should happen in a wide range.

You have experienced a traumatic event that you cannot seem to get past

Of course, what is considered traumatic will vary from person to person, but some examples of highly emotionally affecting experiences include breakups, deaths in the family, and careers such as military and emergency healthcare. If you are withdrawn or cannot stop thinking about the process that happened to you, it might be the time to open up to someone about it.

You don’t enjoy things you used to

You may have once had a passion for gardening, or sailing, or drawing, but you can’t seem to find the energy to commit any time to any of your favorite hobbies anymore.  If you are generally bored by life, and especially those activities you used to love so much, you might be suffering from depression.

You have recurrent and unexplained aches and pains

It might not be something you realize at first, but mental health issues can manifest themselves in physical symptoms in a person’s body.  If you’re always nauseated, have an aching head, or other twinges of pain, this might be a sign of anxiety.

You are disconnected from your relationships

Whether it’s from a significant other or your best friend, you don’t talk to your loved ones about your problems or much of anything.  You can’t feel empathy or joy when someone shares their feelings with you.  You aren’t necessarily hiding something, but you just can’t imagine they’d understand and value your problems.

Your friends and family seem worried

If you have disconnected from the ones you love, they will notice.  If it goes on long enough and you don’t talk to them about it, they will worry about you and ask what’s wrong.  If more than one person asks you this, it means your mental state is obvious enough to those around you that they sense that you are not yourself.

These are just a few signals that you might want to talk to a therapist about any mental health circumstances you may be facing.  Trust your judgment and don’t be afraid to reach out. Help is here for you.

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Too Cold to Get Out? Try Online Counseling!

It’s a scientifically proven fact that millions of people suffer from “the blues” every year around this time.  If you think about it, it’s easy to come up with the reasons why.  The days are shorter, giving you less time to spend outside in the sunshine.  There are so many holiday functions, get togethers, and parties going on.  We are dashing from shop to shop trying to finish buying gifts.  We all have to-to lists that seem to never end!

Everyone might feel sad or down from time to time, but if you are experiencing a deeper feeling, which might have you shutting people out, making you lose interest in your normal activities, sleeping excessively, or not wanting to leave your house at all, it may be time to talk to a healthcare provider about what’s going on.  And if you’re a person who doesn’t want to leave your house, don’t worry–with telehealth, you don’t have to.  With an internet connection, an online counselor can virtually come to you!

Internet based medical and therapeutic services have been in existence for several years now.  Instead of having to go out to an actual office and wait for an indeterminate amount of time, you simply request an appointment, and you will be contacted in the comfort of your own home by the provider you choose.  You might have known that you can get checked out for such things as colds, sore throats, and rashes, but did you know that you can also find certified therapists and counselors in some telehealth services?

I myself have used some of these services before, and I have always been satisfied with the results.  I think the best part is, you can have one session as a sort of trial, and if the counselor or just the idea of telehealth turns out to be something that’s not for you, you can always decide to go the route of traditional therapy.

Since the advent of telehealth, both medical and other services such as counselling have been accepted by more and more insurance companies as being a cost effective way to get clients seen.  Thus, many insurance companies will cover the cost of virtual doctor visits.  And if your insurance company does not, you should know that telehealth visits are often still less expensive than going to the traditional provider’s office and paying out of pocket for a visit.

Another fact that might be important for you to consider is that the providers on telehealth services, most of the time, have all the same privileges online that they do in their offices–meaning they can write prescriptions, thought this is not true in all states.  That’s why seeing your doctor online might be a good choice if you just need to do a quick check up to get a prescription refill.

In the rush of this season, no one wants to spend unnecessary time in a doctor’s office! If you need to talk to someone, ask your doctor or insurance provider how you can connect with a telehealth service.

 

 

First Time Visiting Singapore Hack

Are you visiting the City in the Garden anytime soon? Singapore is like Europe’s equivalent in South East Asia where ordinary English will help you find your way through the city-state. However, brace yourself for the culture shock. The country is home to close to four different ethnicities each with their distinctive traditions and cultures.

Acquiring a Singaporean tourist visa is easy especially if it is for a short stay. Nonetheless, if you are looking to extend your stay and seek employment,  job agent Singapore can help you secure the needed documents.

Dressing

Singapore has a tropical climate, meaning the weather is generally hot and humid for most parts of the year. Pack light cotton clothes that will help you stay cool during your visit. Additionally, carry a pair of sandals. Besides, if you are planning to go hiking a pair of sturdy trekking boots can come in handy.

To sum it up, don’t forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.

Remember the Rules

First and foremost, it is illegal to chew gum in Singapore. Secondly, do not litter the streets otherwise you will get to clean the streets on Sundays.

Transport

Singapore offers a plethora of travel options. You can choose from the cable cars, hop on/off buses, or the tram. Hop on/off bus services provide a cheaper alternative for you to travel far and wide and explore more significant sights.

Fun Places You Should Know

Sentosa

The island should the first place you visit once you land in Singapore. The island is home to Universal Singapore Studios, the Dolphin Lagoon, the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom alongside many other fascinating places which are fun to visit.

Trip Down Singapore River

This one sure and simple way to tour most of Singapore’s iconic landmarks, such as the Merlion statue at Marina Bay and see the site of Raffles’ landing at the historic Boat Quay. Tickets for a cruise down Singapore river can be purchased online.

You can choose the mode you want to travel from hop-on buses to the traditional bumboats. A trip down the Singapore river will give an opportunity to discover Singapore’s perfect blend of modern and traditional heritage.

The Famous Night Safari

Singapore’s night safari is one thing you should not miss out on. Here in you get to take a tour through a nocturnal only safari park. You will get to watch the endangered Asian elephant, Malayan tiger species alongside many others.

The friendlier animals, such as the deer roam freely through the park with the fierce such as the tiger in cages. Here you can choose between taking a tram ride or explore through on foot.

Visit the Botanic Gardens

Singapore’s botanic gardens open their gates as early as 5 in the morning. It offers a perfect opportunity to talk that morning walk enjoying different tree and plant species.

Shop till You Can’t Anymore

Take a stroll down Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street will leave you spoilt for choice. Here in you will get a whole range of traditional garments, foodstuffs, and spices, antiques alongside many others.

On the side, remember to carry your camera to capture the most exciting events to share with your friends and family when you go back home.

3 Ways to Beat Insomnia Without Sleeping Pills

Insomnia is not necessarily a condition, but rather a symptom of some underlying cause. The cause itself could be physical, psychological, or even environmental, depending on the particular situation in question. While it would be impossible to determine the cause/causes without consulting a proper medical professional, insomnia in most people doesn’t stem from severe conditions. If you have had trouble sleeping recently or for quite a while now, here are three steps that can prove to be quite effective.

Even though you might be used to seeing your bedroom in a certain way, it doesn’t mean that your subconscious mind sees it in the same light as your conscious mind. Take care of the following to see a rapid change in your bedroom’s ambience:

⦁ Make your bedroom slightly cooler than the rest of your home
⦁ Repaint the walls with soothing colors such as light blue, pink, or purple
⦁ Make sure that when you switch off the lights and pull the curtains, the room becomes pitch black at night
⦁ Use scents such as lavender and jasmine to get more sleep through aromatherapy

Make Your Bed Sleep-Friendly

The bedroom is important, but it isn’t nearly as important as the bed itself for obvious reasons. It has been found that most sleep-related problems originate from the bed, so taking care of all the essentials will likely cure your insomnia as well. The mattress should be just right for the people who are sleeping on it. For example, medium-firm memory foam mattresses are recommended for most people, but if you have a back problem that keeps you up at night, you may need a firmer mattress. On the other hand, side-sleepers will not be able to sleep well, if at all, on a hard mattress. The bed isn’t only about the mattress though, because pillows are just as important. A waterbase pillow with foam or fiber on top for comfort and water below can work wonders for destressing the neck and relaxing the entire spine by combining support with flexibility. If the bed and the pillows you are lying on are customized to your specific needs, rest assured that you will definitely sleep better.

Skip a Night’s Sleep

Now here is an idea that nobody will tell you about because it’s a bit extreme. If you are having trouble with sleeping every night, then chances are that you wake up after just a few hours of sleep in the wee hours of the morning and spend your entire day in a drowse. This is something that further disrupts the sleep cycle and it continues till insomnia sets in deep. Try the following few steps (only when the day after isn’t a busy/work day) when you are having trouble sleeping and you may just cure your insomnia for good.

⦁ Don’t sleep or even lie down on the bed in an attempt to sleep during the night
⦁ Resist the urge to sleep during the early hours of the morning and go about your day
⦁ Do not allow yourself to indulge in caffeine or energy drinks too much
⦁ Although you will feel drowsy throughout the day, don’t sleep at all until it’s bed time
⦁ Get into bed a few minutes prior to bed time
⦁ Read a book or listen to relaxing music till you fall asleep automatically
⦁ Get in and out of bed every day at the same time after this

If none of the above methods are working for you, it is definitely time to visit a physician and get a professional opinion, but in most cases, these three steps are sufficient to cure insomnia and keep it at bay as well.

Psychiatry as a Career

When thinking about a future career, a lot of young people think either one of two things: they want a job that will make them a lot of money, or they want to make a difference in people’s lives.  Though it’s there there are many ways in which a person can choose to make a difference, an option that some may not immediately think about is a position in psychiatry.

So many people visualize being a doctor as being in the emergency room or operating room and holding people’s lives in their hands.  But there are other medical paths that are just as important and are needed more now than ever–psychologists and psychiatrists.

With the advent of mental health awareness and the stigma around getting help for yourself vanishing, psychiatry is becoming just as important as traditional medicine.  A psychiatrist can take on many faces for a patient: confidant, adviser, friend.  Think about some of these benefits of taking up a career in psychiatry.

DEEPER RELATIONSHIP WITH PATIENTS

Although some psychiatrists do work in busy hospitals with a lot of patient flow in and out, for the most part a psychiatrist will have a smaller patient load than a traditional physician.  Because of the nature of mental health treatment, a lot of deep issues are discussed between doctor and patient, and as a result the patient can feel a sense of trust and security as the relationship between the two is built up.

FLEXIBILITY IN PRACTICE

As I mentioned earlier, the number of people who are searching for help with their mental health problems is growing exponentially.  So, naturally, doctors are making themselves more available so they can help a greater number of people.  Psychiatrists are now reachable on many channels; online, in office, through telephone and email.  So a psychiatrist who doesn’t want to work in a 9-5 office setting doesn’t really have to all the time. If you’re a night owl, having video chats with patients on a graveyard shift might be right up your alley.

CAREER ESTEEM

In my opinion, mental health professionals are taking up one of the most respectable jobs.  It takes a strong person to be able to listen objectively to others’ deep-seated obstacles and not take the stress of the situation upon themselves.  In a lot of cases, although you may not hold someone’s beating heart in your hands, you may be saving their lives another way–by giving them the outlet they need before they harm themselves.

Psychiatry is a medical field that will have many upcoming opportunities in the future, so you should consider these points as you choose what you want to do in life.

Thinking About Marriage Counseling?

As a rule, I don’t generally like to give out relationship advice.  There are too many aspects to consider when it comes to the intricacies of relationships between couples, and what works for me and my marriage may not work for yours.  But, if you have been thinking that it’s time to talk to a neutral party about what’s happening between you and your spouse, here is some information for you to consider before taking that next step.

Counseling Isn’t Always Negative

The general consensus around marriage counseling is that you should only go if you and your spouse are having serious problems that you cannot work through, or that you are on the verge of a divorce.  At least, this is how couples in counseling are usually portrayed on movies and television.

But, sometimes it’s a good idea to think about finding someone to talk to before you get that far into an issue.  Sometimes newly married couples seek counseling because they might want guidelines on how to solve problems that arise during the course of their marriage.  Or one spouse might have something they want to address with the other, but are not sure how to go about it.  In these cases and others, a counselor can help open up communication between you.

There Are Several Options

You should know that there are more options now for marriage counseling than just sitting in a room and talking about your problems.  Online therapy is becoming more and more popular, and can be an excellent option for those who can’t find an office nearby, or those who need a more flexible schedule.  If you have a trusted friend you can both confide in whom you think will be impartial, that is another option.  Many pastors of churches will also offer counseling if you ask.

If you’re worried about cost, some insurances do cover counseling, so be sure to look into your benefits to know what exactly you might have to pay. Online therapy is affordable, and you can often purchase packages of sessions to help lower the price.  If you are intent on helping your marriage through a difficult period, you should weigh the costs of therapy against the cost of not getting any help–and that might be a price you don’t want to pay.

How Do Processing Terminals Work?

Most people take for granted the ability to quickly and securely pay for goods or services with credit cards, debit cards or mobile devices. However, the processes involved in making the act of paying so effortless are quite fascinating. Payment technologies represent the leading edge of both the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) currently entering everyday life. Cloud-enabled point of sale software applications such as Clover POS systems provide the necessary link between processing terminals and networks to give customers the convenient and safe payment methods they desire.

Moving Money With Ease

To accept payments other than cash, merchants must invest in a piece of hardware known as a processing terminal. These devices, which connect to cardholders’ banks through a secure network, capture and securely transmit account and transaction data. The issuing bank analyzes the information and sends an authorization or denial back to the processing terminal.

Payment software helps determine the speed at which the terminal can handle transactions. Leading cloud-based applications such as Revel POS or Clover allow the use of non-traditional processing terminals like iPads outfitted with card scanners. As developers continue to add innovations to both software and hardware, merchants and customers are enjoying the many benefits.

• Secure transactions
• Easy-to-use interfaces for customers and employees
• Acceptance of all forms of electronic payments
• Complete mobility provided by built-in wireless networking capabilities
• Tracking of inventory, sales data and loyalty programs

The payment solutions industry is rapidly evolving as product developers strive to meet the need of merchants to serve the continually changing habits and preferences of today’s consumers.

Choosing the Right Payment Processing System

If you are looking for the right POS system for your business, the payment experts at Merchant Account Solutions pride themselves in serving all types of companies. The firm also offers a lowest-rate guarantee, so contact a representative today, and learn more about the options that are available to you.

5 Facts about Summer Bugs in Florida

 

Summer in Florida constitutes humid days with thunderstorms and rain and this is perfect weather for pests to chirp in and take shelter in safe places. A female mosquito lays eggs and increases the population of their community within a few weeks. Rain invites in various pests, and these pests can make human life hell. Here are five facts about summer insects in Florida:

• Increasing numbers of mosquitoes can bring in various diseases.
• They can cause itchiness in the skin and welts that can turn in to rashes for delicate skin types.
• Mosquitoes can lay 100s of eggs in a place as tiny as the cap of a bottle.
• Summer brings in termites like ants, cockroaches, spiders, bed bugs, and more.
• One can keep their surroundings clean and remove any sort of water storage, but then one cannot control what neighbors do. Hence one needs to make sure to take extra safety and precautions.

Every person wants to have a hygienic and clean lifestyle. People believe in keeping their surroundings clean so that one can avoid any sort of pests or termites at home. But as soon as one steps outside the house, the mosquitoes start biting. There might be ants on the grass that can sting kids and make them restless due to intensive itching on the skin. Mosquitoes are also the carriers of various diseases, though some of them have already been eradicated, but still they bring in viruses for diseases like west Nile and Zika that can be harmful for humans– especially kids.

Summers are the time for vacations and kids like to go out and play. Hence, it is important to search for exterminators near you who can do pest control around the house so that there is no sign of any insect at all. Pest control mosquito treatment is carried out in four steps. The exterminators first inspect the area they are supposed to work on and identify the places that generates pests.

They kill the existing mosquitoes and then take controlling measures that last for some weeks. Once the mosquitoes are all killed and the entering of new pests are prohibited, they provide maintenance service every month so that mosquitoes can never enter the targeted area. People can enjoy outside the controlled area without having to worry about the bug bites.

The exterminators of Tampa are well aware of the localities and hence can take efficient steps towards controlling pests. They work for both commercial and residential needs and vow guaranteed solutions as they start their process. They even offer a money back guarantee in case the client does not end up getting an efficient result so that people can trust the flawless service for pest control and mosquito treatment. Along with keeping away the mosquitoes, they also work to control and remove termites, bed bugs, cockroaches, ants and other wildlife that are huge pests for residential areas that are meant for humans.

What is Mental Health Counseling?

You may have noticed that this blog has been writing a number of posts about mental health lately.  I truly believe that there has never been a more important time for people to be getting help if they need it.  The number of professionals choosing to work in the mental health field is growing, which is necessary because the number of patients seeking help is growing too.

If you think you’re in need of someone to talk to, it may be time to seek mental health counseling.  The word “counseling” is really just a broad term for the giving and receiving of advice or guidance.  Most importantly, a counselor gives you someone to confide in when it comes to your mental health.

A counselor can be someone from any of several different professions–social worker, therapist, even psychologists are considered counselors.  Depending on your location, you may only have one or several options on finding a counselor that’s right for you.

Mental health counseling can take many forms.  For nearly every problem a patient may have, there is usually a therapist who specializes in it.  Some examples of specialized counseling may include marriage counseling, family counseling, or drug addiction counseling.  There are also those who have certain skills in dealing with children or patients who have been through certain traumas, such as PTSD.

With so many options when it comes to finding mental health counseling, you may be wondering where to start.  Not long ago I wrote an article about how you can begin your journey and find the right kind of therapist for you. Another good way to learn about counseling options is simply through word of mouth.  Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family if they know anyone who they can recommend to help with mental health issues.  These days, the stigma on finding and getting help for yourself is pretty much gone, and most people are eager to share their recommendations on counselors they love.  It will also help to know you are not alone in your quest for mental wellbeing.

 

Therapist, Psychologist, or Something Else: Choosing a Mental Health Care Provider

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So you have come to the decision that you want to seek help with any mental health issues you may be experiencing.  First of all, you should feel proud that you’re making the choice to strive to be your best self.  But it can understandably be overwhelming when you begin the search to find the right type of provider for you.  There are so many choices now, which is absolutely a good thing, but it’s not always easy to determine where to find care.  I’d like to provide a small guide to help you make that choice.

TYPES OF PROVIDERS

To start off, just the terminology can be confusing! From psychologists to therapists, counselors to psychiatrists, it might be hard to know where to start.  Here’s the difference between providers and what they can offer you.

  • Psychologists–have a degree in psychology.  They have studied behavioral and personality disorders and psychotherapy. They can make diagnoses but can’t prescribe any medication.  They can help you determine a course of treatment and what your next steps might be.
  • Psychiatrists–possess a medical degree. They don’t typically provide therapy sessions, but instead meet with a patient to discuss prescribing medications.
  • Therapists–can have a degree in various fields.  They are ready to help you talk about and address problems and feelings, and guide you through them at your own pace.
  • Counselors–the same as therapists but usually they concentrate on one specialty or another, i.e. marriage counseling, family counseling, etc. Much like psychologists they can help you assess problems and follow a plan of action.

HOW TO CHOOSE

One of the first steps you will want to take is checking what exactly your insurance will cover.  Many insurances will only have a certain number of each type of provider in network.  It’s up to you to figure out if you are able to afford to go in or out of network for your coverage. Be aware that mental health issues often require multiple visits to deal with, so cost might be one of the most important factors.

Once you’ve got your list, start calling around.  You need to see who is taking new patients.  This can be a little disheartening at times because it seems that no one has an opening to suit you, but don’t give up. Providers can only take so much of a patient load and within a short amount of time there may become an opening available at your chosen provider.

If you live in a more rural area, you might have a more limited list to choose from.  I know I am in a small town and the only choice available in my town is a counselor.  Keep in mind that you might have to travel to find the provider with the right fit for you, but it’s an investment in yourself.

 

I hope this short guide has helped make your choices a little less daunting.  Most importantly, know that you are not alone, and there are people in the world who want to help you.