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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Mental Health Care

John B. Marine | September 07, 2019 | | Be the first to comment!
Mental health is a serious topic, and people who may suffer could really use your help. Getting the needed help can vary from person to person. There are still a number of factors that go into helping others deal. For this blog post, I will look at a few different things that can be done to try to get people to feel better mentally. So if you are inclined, I would like to welcome you to another post of "John's Life Space" in regards to mental health!






Mental Health Care: Beginnings


A person who admits weakness or has a number of mental-related issues is someone who may be willing or wanting to seek help. Some people, though, do not know where to start or who to look to. Not everyone can deal with any sort of mental pain on their own. If a call for help is requested, it is best to try to get the needed help any way possible to avoid being broken down substantially and progressively in the future. It is therefore a big issue to try to help certain individuals who may be ailing in the mental health department.

When I say "mental health issues," those issues in question can range from comical matters to more serious ones. Someone may simply be having some bad times and some bad days as an example of mental health issues. One person may have episodes of depression that lead to lowered self-esteem or being unable to think positively. That too can be a sign of some mental ailment(s) a person may be facing. If someone doesn't feel right mentally, it can lead to a number of problems that can range from poor health habits (such as overeating) or even increased hostility and anger. Some people admit they need help; some others may actually need help even if they do not show or want to be helped. It is best to try to get people to turn things around in time before it is too late.

Certain mental problems have certain levels. Even something comical can lead to someone being mentally unstable. For example, someone may be upset his/her favorite sports team lost a game or let a significant lead get choked away to a loss. This can be quite comical to many people. However, some may take even the smallest negatives too seriously to where someone starts breaking down mentally. The smallest and most insignificant things can lead to someone potentially heading down a path of poor mental health. Likewise, someone may have more serious mental health matters- such as having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you or someone/something else does not intervene, there could be a great deal of trouble down the road for that person. So begins the process to try to help someone heal in such tough times.


Starting the Mental Healing Process.

The first thing to note is that anyone with any sort of mental issues are NOT failures. The last thing someone who is already ailing is to feel even worse- as if the specific person is any failure in life or society. People who are down in such senses should not be laughed at or regarded as lesser life forms because of their status of having poor mental health. These are people who want to become (for lack of a better term) the best version of themselves. When people do not feel like garbage or be treated like garbage, people can feel better about themselves regardless of whatever circumstances they may face. Henceforth, the first step in trying to help others feel better is to simply take in what a person is going through and try to offer your assistance where you can.

If certain mental health issues further fester, people can start to becoming either truly depressed or even be reluctant to harm themselves or other people. Some people with certain mental health issues may become hostile and want to either injure or kill oneself or other people. Even some individuals responsible for incidents of mass shootings or any sort of mass violence have had certain mental health issues that led them to hurt or kill many people. Mental health is therefore a very serious subject. People who may be suffering mentally could have only so long before something disastrous could happen to themselves or to others. It is therefore critical that intervention of some kind must materialize before any worst-case scenario occurs.


It is time I offer piece-by-piece advice to help aid in people getting help with their mental issues. Please go to the next section...




Mental Health Care: Key Concepts


To help with the process of helping others feel better about their mental health, I have broken down my own advice into a few key pieces. It takes all of the following to really help people who may be suffering mentally. The prerequisites here include a mentally ailing person who must first admit to having such mental health issues, and a person willing to help must be able to provide facilities and care to try to help a mentally ailing person out to live better and happier. So please follow each heading and heed the advice to help make others' lives better.


Mental Health Care: Acknowledge.

The first step in helping someone feel better is to acknowledge someone is having some issues or may have some issues. Even a person who doesn't directly say he/she has some mental health issues, at least sensing someone is even remotely having such troubles should at least be recognized for it. Even if the person does not ask for help or feels like he/she needs help, at least recognize help is needed for someone.


Mental Health Care: Listen.

Communication is important in a situation involving helping someone with mental health issues. If someone honestly has any sort of mental health issues impacting his/her life, let this person share what has happened or is happening in his/her life. One's ability to open up is a showing of strength, as that person is letting go of a burden that is hampering one's life. Make sure to hear out what someone is going through. If possible, even ask questions to try to get the whole story.


Mental Health Care: Understand.

A person may actually be hurting and turns to you for advice and guidance. Rather than look at a person as a failure or as someone incredibly weak, understand this person is in a down state and is seeking any sort of help on offer. Try to understand a person's issues to hopefully offer something valuable in helping someone feel better. Do not try to complicate one's issues further being being generally mean and fussy at someone- these actions just makes a person's problems greater. I always like to say, "you do not solve problems by adding to them." So if you don't feel qualified or understanding enough to help someone out, then do not attempt to offer solid advice or provide anything useful or helpful. If you really do care about someone and want someone to be better, you have to work with that person and understand what one is going through and how that person is dealing with some situations in life.


Mental Health Care: Care.

The next element is in the care itself. Once a person admits to having certain mental health issues and once that person's issues are understood, then begins the process of trying to care for that person. It does not have to be constant contact and continuous contact, but regularly be attentive and aware of what a person is going through. Try to offer advice or try to help a person feel better any way you can. Even if you are not the most capable to help someone with their mental health issues, at least try. Someone is better off getting some sort of decent help rather than having no help at all. Everyone deserves to live happily and feel good. Offer anything you can to try to get people to feel better mentally.


Mental Health Care: Patience.

Finally, and most importantly, it takes patience to help those with mental health issues. The patience comes from not only the person suffering, but also from the person/people who help out such individuals. It is not likely one's mental health issues will be resolved overnight. Someone's issues may take seconds, days, or even years to be resolved. You still need to be in it for the long haul to get someone to feel better mentally.


There are the key concepts: acknowledge, listen, understand, care, and patience.




Mental Health Care: Final Thoughts


If someone is having certain mental health issues, you can do a lot to help someone get back on track and feel better. The process may take some time, but anything to help people feel better while in such a weakened mental state is certainly worth trying to help. A person can ultimately feel better if that person is willing to want help, and also if you are capable enough to try to help someone feel mentally better. I defined the healing process under five concepts: acknowledge, listen, understand, care, and patience. Everyone deserves to feel better and live happier. You can do a lot to help people who may be facing some sort of mental health issues. Even if you are not the best at giving advice or offering sufficient help, you can at least play a part in helping someone overcome their issues rather than let those mental health issues fester into something toxic and dangerous. Everyone deserves to live the best possible life and enjoy all life has to offer. One would rather get the needed help rather than have to live with mental pain for the rest of his/her life.


Having said all of this. I wish all of you well in trying to help people overcome various mental health issues.


Mental health. Make the discussion.





One thing I haven't mentioned, though completely obvious, is that people with more serious cases of mental health or in crisis should seek help from healthcare professionals or certain qualified individuals. That is the information I put in my disclaimer here on "John's Life Space." All I can do is offer advice to help people deal with certain situations. While my advice may not be the best, it is far from being the worst. I can only do so much to try to provide hope and promise in the darkest of times. I hope you can appreciate my efforts nonetheless. On this note, I will end this blog post. Good luck to you trying to help other people as well as helping certain mentally ailing people get the needed help to turn their lives around for the better. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Is Life a Race Against Time?

John B. Marine | August 20, 2019 | | Be the first to comment!
We do not live very long. Therefore, some aspects of life seem like we are racing to get as many things in our lives done before eventually dying. So it seems like we want to accomplish as much as possible while still alive. Some people, though, can sometimes feel a lot of their life has passed by because of squandering on certain life opportunities. There are also those who feel they waited too long in their lives to accomplish something, such as dating, getting married, or having children. This begs the question- is life a race against time?

The only reason why someone would think doing something before death is if one feels time is limited and that some opportunities don't come around often. It also pertains to people who feel they won't live too much longer and feel like they HAVE to experience something while still fairly young. How reluctant, however, are you to try to experience certain things or accomplish certain things quickly? No one truly knows how long they will REALLY live. Making the most of what time you do have is crucial, though you shouldn't stress certain things on your bucket list.

Maybe someone who takes life as being a race against time means they have to be in a rush to experience whatever they want to experience in their lives. This only adds stress and make you feel a lot less accomplished should you be unable to accomplish whatever you want. The best thing you can do is take your time and not become too focused on certain tasks you find important. Unless you truly feel like you know how much longer you have to live, you shouldn't have to stress too much on things.

Long story short... take your time. Live the best life you can accomplishing as much as you like. Life is not about accomplishing everything in the shortest amount of time. You have plenty of your life ahead of you for certain things you want to accomplish. Just don't feel you have to jam everything in a short amount of time. Don't pressure yourself any more than whatever pressure exists in your life at present.






This will be the end of this post. I hope you can take away a lot from this post.

Do you think life is a race against time? If so, of what importance do you find accomplishing certain tasks within a certain lifetime?

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Enjoying School or College

John B. Marine | August 06, 2019 | | | | Be the first to comment!
Going to school or college/university is an excellent opportunity to prepare yourself for the future. You get to learn new things, meet new people, and see the world. Despite this, some hate school. I figure for this blog post, I will try to offer some suggestions for which to help you enjoy school. These are not the best thoughts, but more like my own thoughts. So let's begin!


Before I Begin...

I mostly will refer to this topic as doing well in school. However, this can also apply to college/university students as well. So I will mention both sides in this blog post.






Enjoying School


Why do we enroll in school or college/university? It is because are trying to better ourselves while also learning certain things to help us right now and for the future. School is a chance to meet new people. Most of all, it is also an opportunity to see the world and interact. As intriguing as all of this sounds, most people admit they do not like school. Some people even don't enjoy learning. Some others don't feel the motivation to wake up and dress up for school or college. I personally admit I was never a good student back in my days in school and college. Despite that, I still knew there was great importance in doing well in school and college.

Most people would rather sleep all day, stay at home, watch their favorite TV shows, listen to their favorite music, and things like that. We tend to look at school in ways other than having the opportunity to better ourselves or meet new people. One must never pass up the opportunity to improve. No matter what your favorite hobbies are, your favorite hobbies and programs aren't going anywhere. You have to have a sense of priorities when it comes to work and play. While you'd rather relax, it is better you endure the rigors of school to make yourself a better person. School prepares you for life. It helps you to think about having a prosperous future rather than be a failure of society. Some people highly value education and learning.

If going to a proper school isn't good enough, there is the option of home schooling. Either home schooling is a way of getting a quality education while not having to go out into the world, or it is a way to get a great education when trying to blend in with society has failed. It is also possible one could be a special needs student that may not be as fortunate to be part of a general school audience and may therefore be home schooled a lot. Either way, there are options involved trying to learn from home for those who take part in home schooling.


Worst Cases of Not Enjoying School.

There are more serious cases of not enjoying school/college that can be damaging to one's life. Some people who really dislike school often engage in acts detrimental to them being successful in life and having less of a chance of landing a successful career or getting better jobs. Some who dislike school often skip class or even skip school altogether. Some could constantly get into trouble for not dressing according to dress code, constantly talking and interrupting class while in session, engage in fights with other students, and at the worst... even have disputes with teachers and faculty. These are more extreme cases in which school is not about school. Instead, this is a case where enjoying school does not mean anything to where students feel they are going to school simply to get out of the house and not do anything to make themselves better through the means of school. These can frustrate parents and relatives seeing their children do so poorly in school or not be better than they could be in school.

So how can we help others enjoy school? I will offer advice in the next section.




Tips to Enjoy School


How can we help others enjoy school? I can not help you with your situation if you hate school. However, I can offer a few tips to help you enjoy school. So here are some pieces of advice from me...


Enjoying School: Educational Opportunities.

If there is one thing about trying to enjoy school, it is in trying to make learning enjoyable. The traditional style of learning can yield only so much success in trying to learn. That is why we have entertaining methods and alternative ways to try to teach things to others. For example, I would watch "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" in my youth to enhance my geography skills. I also liked "Bill Nye: The Science Guy" in my youth to learn science. When trying to make education enjoyable was tough by simply going to class, there had to be other ways to try to accomplish learning and wanting to learn. This is something you have to want to commit to learning and then apply that want to your schooling.

Maybe the biggest barrier to school or college/university is to simply enjoy learning and wanting to learn. If you are going to be part of the experience, it helps to have methods to try to enhance your learning. Maybe this can be done by trying to find ways to make learning fun. If you are a parent, try to make learning something understandable to your children. Making learning easy and fun can help children to understand things better. For older types, it can be a bit tough since you are on your own to learn things in unique ways. What learning methods may work for children may not work for adolescents. The learning process is still the same and so should the willingness to learn. If you are taking on subjects or topics you are not good with or enjoy, you will have to do what you can to try to make the subject matter interesting. I can recall in Ninth Grade English that I had an advantage when we were learning The Odyssey, because I had some experience with Greek Mythology. I took advantage of this to eventually pass 9th Grade English.

If you are home schooled, your parents will need to help make sure you not only get involved in the learning process, but also in testing what you learn at home. So enjoying school gets to be a bit tougher when you are home schooled. Home schooling does not grant you a lot of the freedoms and experiences normal schooling provides.

While school may not be as fun as it could be, you still need to get yourself to savor the opportunity of making yourself better and more educated by any such means. You have to develop a willingness to learn and understand the positive results of your educational journey. These are the first steps of wanting to enjoy school.


Enjoying School: Meeting People.

One of the other things about school or college/university is in meeting new people. These new people can help you with your school work or even become your best friends. You also get to meet teachers and instructors who care deeply about getting you to be at your best. It is also possible you can enhance your social skills through meeting others at school. Even if you lack social skills, school can help you to be more sociable and look to people better. Besides meeting people whom can be great friends and solid assistance, there is the negative aspect of meeting people who may not like you or care about you. That is the way of life- you will meet people you will love and hate. At least the concept of meeting new people is helpful towards helping you to build up your social skills as well as help you work better with people. Outside of school, you may find certain individuals whom you may even have as best friends or even as a lover.

I must admit I was never really good at working with others. Either my ideas were not as approving as others in groups, or I simply preferred being on my own. Maybe there were times where I had a tough time dealing with people ranging from those who hated me to those who always saw me as a pain in the (you-know-what). You are going to deal with people whom you like and those you will loathe. Regardless, there has to be some sense of community, and you have to develop some sort of willingness to work with people. You may also find you will work very well with certain individuals and grow a special bond to help other people in your classes perform at their best. Imagine yourself helping your peers do better in school!

It will be tough meeting people when you're home schooled. For some, being home schooled is a way of focusing more on learning things while not being able to meet other people. Or maybe home schooling is simply to get into learning while not being able to connect with other people outside of home for help with your schooling.

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet new people while in school/college. Try to make yourself sociable and helpful towards your peers. Do not try to be everyone's best friend. Instead, try to associate yourself with like minds and with those whom interests are more in line with what you want out of learning and more. Try to build chemistry with others to help make learning more fun and even to have as good friends or even lovers (but still concentrate on school!).


Enjoying School: See the World.

Rather than just leaving the house, you have a chance to go to places to help you see the world and get engaged in any number of activities to help enhance your skills. Here in Houston, I used to enjoy going to places like the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Space Center Houston. These helped me to see the world as well as learn new things in new ways. Enjoy field trip moments when you are a student! As a college student, you may even get to take part in studying abroad. You can enjoy being in new places and taking part in new adventures. This will help you to learn better as well as getting more exposure to the world.

Seeing the world can be a lot different if home schooled. Your options of going out to great places and having fun can be limited if mostly home schooled. For example, going to a museum or a music concert may not be as possible to fund if you wanted to gain more exposure to something or enrich your mind. They are still things to consider to help enhance the learning experience.

Any chance you have to enhance your learning through visiting other places, take advantage of these moments. Let yourself become a better learner by taking part in various out-of-school or out-of-college activities and places. See the world while also enhancing your educational experiences!


I want to offer some final thoughts from everything you have read so far. So please take a look at the next section.




Enjoying School: Final Thoughts


School/College and learning is not fun to a lot of people. School feels more like chores rather than something that can be fun and worthwhile. As the saying goes, "it is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it." Your parents will want you to go to school to prepare yourself for life and learn things your parents may not be able to teach you. You have to get yourself to learn things rather than have someone force you to learn something. The school experience should be about a willingness to learn while also being able to meet new people and see the world. Even if you do not enjoy school particularly, at least enjoy the prospect of trying to make yourself better for the future. While in school, you will need to develop these habits to become better in life. So anything you can do to help make school more enjoyable should be taken advantage of to help make yourself better for years to come and to land jobs and have great careers.

Throughout this blog post, you may have noted that I mentioned home schooling. While home schooling takes away a lot of going to school environments and having many of the school experiences, home schooling still isn't devoid of the learning experience. You still can get the proper learning experience even if you are not out and about trying to learn. You still need to do what it takes to properly learn even when not at a proper school or college.

Even though I graduated from High School dead last among my seniors yet still be Most Improved Student, I am in no way any role model or example of success. I failed a lot of subjects and did not particularly feel I am an amazing student. While I did not feel too motivated to be my best, I still managed to get myself an Associates in the Arts in my college days. You do not have to be a good student to enjoy school. All it takes is wanting to learn and then pushing yourself to prepare yourself for life and greater opportunities. You don't have to be perfect or even a good student- all you need is to find ways to enjoy school and learning to be your absolute best in life and beyond.


Other Resources.

If you found my topic to be useful and enjoyable, allow me to point you towards some more resources online. Take a look at other ways to enjoy school/college:

How to Enjoy School: 14 Steps (With Pictures) (wikiHow)
6 Ways to Help Students Enjoy School (Amplify Blog)
Do You Enjoy School? (Debate.org) « this resource offers opinions from others regarding if people enjoy school and why or why not.
4 Ways to Enjoy College (wikiHow)
18 Things You Need to Do to be Happy in College (Huff Post)

If any links are broken, feel free to contact me so I can edit these with more available resources. I may add more resources regardless based on interest to this topic.





I hope you were able to find this topic useful. I would like to wish all of you students who may be going back to school or in school to become better and more loving of school/college. I can only do so much. The rest is up to you. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Complicated Relationships

John B. Marine | July 29, 2019 | | Be the first to comment!
Complicated relationships suggest a couple is in love, but the partners are not completely happy all the time. A complicated relationship is where a couple is together and love each other, but don't always see eye-to-eye on things. It is almost as if one expects a complicated couple are only one incident away from completely breaking up or divorcing (among married couples). Naturally, any couple will have moments of love and happiness... and then moments of hate and argument. Thing is... are the disagreements happening more often than the happy moments? If so, then something has to be done to make sure already bad times don't get worse. What no couple ever wants is for things to reach levels of violence. That violence includes physical violence or any kind of mental or verbal abuse.

NOTE: I am no relationship expert. The advice offered is mostly opinion-based. Consult a proper professional on relationship matters if you are in crisis with relationship-related matters.






Complicated Relationships


I will set the mood of this blog post with a picture. Here goes...

complicated relationships
^ from: (Slism) - You may be in a complicated relationship if you are in love with someone but constantly have issues being totally happy with your partner/spouse.

When some people disclose their relationship status on social media, you may have seen "it's complicated." It means that a couple loves each other, but there are times when a couple spends more time arguing or have a tough time unconditionally loving each other. Arguments and disagreements are natural in every relationship. However, when you face a complicated relationship, the love you share with your partner is shoddy at best. If such complicated relationships aren't improved or saved, a couple could be heading towards breaking up. A complicated marriage may teeter towards divorce. Whatever the case, complicated relationships need a number of things to save a relationship from being more troubled than they could be.


Complicated Relationships Among Parents.

A complicated relationship involving parents or relatives can be damaging. One may find oneself fearing parents could be in crisis in the case of a complicated relationship. You fear you will be alone if your parents break up from a complicated relationships. Or maybe there will be a single parent taking care of you.


How to Improve a Complicated Relationship?

Any number of factors can determine if a complicated relationship needs some saving.

• If the complication is caused by some sort of infidelity (such as cheating), then either a couple can try to work things out on their own or maybe seek a relationship expert. It is perhaps the best practice to seek help from a relationship expert, a marriage counselor, or some other qualified professional in this matter.

• It is probably best to try to do some fun (and even romantic) things together to try to keep the bond strong.

• While it may not lead to a positive outcome, a complicated relationship can be improved by having your fair share of talks and arguments. Get any would-be problems negotiated to try to move on from whatever transgressions you are facing as a couple. Just make sure to not let the talks reach violent levels.

• If you tried everything to improve a relationship, simply break up or go on some romantic break. If married, you may face the option of divorce. Breaking up and divorce may have different avenues, and either option can be both mentally and financially draining. So be sure to have plans in place should you go the route of breaking up or divorce (if married).


I will offer some final thoughts now. Please go to the next section.




Complicated Relationships: Final Thoughts


Couples love each other for the most part. Couples will argue and have disagreements. When disagreements become too numerous and often, this complicates relationships. To maintain a healthy relationship, it helps for both parties to be able to come together for the most part and not have so many differences among each other. You are not going to agree with everything about your partner. With this said, you need to try to make sure a complicated relationship does not reach any sort of violence. If you tried everything to maintain or repair any rocky relationship, it is perhaps best you break up or divorce (if married). Whatever the case, love works best when a couple are completely happy with each other and do not regularly engage in arguments and disagreements.

Just to say again- please seek help from a qualified professional if you are in crisis with a complicated relationship.





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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Best Online Therapy Sites

John B. Marine | July 06, 2019 | | Be the first to comment!
When you want online therapy, you have a number of options. Like many things in life, you can have many options, but finding the best options can be a challenge. So this blog post is a look at finding the best online therapy. I can tell you as a spoiler that that I am not going to name any specific sites in this blog post. This is more a general post in regards to finding the needed help online for online therapy. Whomever you choose is entirely up to you.

NOTE: This blog post was created in collaboration with BetterHelp. More information on BetterHelp will come later in this blog post.






Best Online Therapy Sites


I do tout BetterHelp on "John's Life Space" a lot. However, if you are seeking help for your mental health issues, BetterHelp isn't the only choice. There thankfully isn't a monopoly on what online therapy sites to choose from. Getting the psychiatric help you need shouldn't be a monopoly. You shouldn't have to let choosing a therapy site further complicate any sort of mental health issues you are having. Something I like to say is that you don't solve problems by adding to them. So if you need online therapy, you would much rather find a reliable source than be lost trying to find the best possible solution.

Even though it shouldn't be an issue of trying to find the best possible online therapy, you do want to find online therapy to best suit your needs and your budget. This is especially if you are seeking online therapy. It is also helpful you find certain online therapists that are properly licensed and accredited to assist you. Even if you fear meeting an online therapist that seems sketchy, at least you want to be able to meet someone who can be of worthy service to you. Finding the best online therapy site for you can also pertain to the nature of the site and its atmosphere. There are lots of things to consider in regards to picking the best online therapy site for you.


Final Thoughts.

I realize I am not helping my cause by not declaring one specific service as the best with a topic like this. However, picking the right online therapist should be your call and based on your own research. You need to consider various factors in regards to picking the best possible online therapy site for you. No matter what it takes, there is an online therapy site for you that you will love and may even recommend if you truly enjoy that service.

My job in this blog post is to help you pick the best online therapy site and what to consider in doing so. I did not name any specific ones as the best, as this is not any kind of review blog post. All the hard work and research on online therapy is up to you and you alone. So good luck to you!


For More Information...

Need any extra assistance in picking out the best online therapy sites online? If so, visit the following link for insight on the best online therapy.

I would like to thank BetterHelp for reaching out to me and offering me this topic to share with you all.





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Is Online Therapy Effective?

John B. Marine | July 06, 2019 | | Be the first to comment!
It helps to gain psychiatric help for when faced with mental health issues. Can psychiatric help be effective, even online? This is what I hope to respond to in this blog post in helping provide options for my audience. I will offer my own opinions on this topic to help you decide for yourself if you should take up on online psychiatry, and also I am here to help convince you whether or not to take up online psychiatry to help you in your mental health situations.

NOTE: This blog post was created in collaboration with BetterHelp. More information on BetterHelp will come later in this blog post.






Is Online Psychiatry Effective?


Any sort of psychiatry is effective when faced with mental health issues. When you are unable to get the needed help through a physical psychiatry office to meet with a psychiatrist, all hope is not entirely lost. You can try your hand at getting psychiatric help online. It would not hurt much at all to have psychiatric help online. Regardless, psychiatric help is psychiatric help whether online or offline. The only difference is that you are seeking psychiatric help conveniently as opposed to visiting with a psychiatrist in a physical office.

I think the reason people may put off or disregard online psychiatry are of many reasons, perhaps mostly the anonymous factor. It is completely understandable. One would rather be in close contact with a psychiatrist in person and gaining the needed help. If you are skittish about if online psychiatry is less effective than going to a real psychiatrist, then let us look at factors to help you at least consider online psychiatry. Think about shopping for a moment. If there was something special you want to buy, you could visit a store, a shopping center, or a mall to buy. But what if what you want to buy is not sold at a store near you? You can take up online shopping if applicable. Online shopping means you will not have to put up with parking or annoying people. Same applies for online psychiatry. Some people are unable to get quality psychiatric help and be able to access a physical office and meet with a psychiatrist in person. So when you are unable to access a real psychiatrist, your next best option is to consider online psychiatry to get the help you need.


Reasons Why Online Psychiatry Can Be Effective.

I can think of two reasons why online psychiatry can be as good as or better than non-online psychiatry. Consider the following...

• For one, I think online psychiatry is effective because if you are unable to appear in a physical office of a psychiatrist, he/she can still assist you through a number of sessions from a distance. You are still getting the needed help from a licensed and certified psychiatrist.

• The other reason why I think online psychiatry is effective is for financial reasons. Professional help costs money; and so when you may not have as much finances to get the best possible help, you are perhaps better off getting psychiatric help from whatever fine psychiatrist you can contact and within your budget. You might even be saving some money through online psychiatry by not having to worry about gas prices or any travel expenses.


Now that you've seen me discuss online psychiatry and its effectiveness, allow me to provide final thoughts for you all. So go to the next section.




Is Online Psychiatry Effective? Final Thoughts


Online psychiatry can just as effective as non-online psychiatry. If you can not afford to visit a physical psychiatrist at his/her physical office, you can still get the needed psychiatric help through online psychiatry. I look at this issue more along the lines of getting the needed help even if you are unable to access an actual office or be able to pay for the services. Getting the help you need is what is most important to get back to living a healthy and normal life. In this instance, you want to take whatever measures needed to try to make recovery happen. While it may be true you could get psychiatric help anywhere, even online, it all works best with a fully accredited and licensed psychiatrist to help you with your mental health issues. So consider all of your options when looking at psychiatric help- even including online psychiatry. And yes- online psychiatry is as effective as non-online psychiatry.


For More Information...

If you would like more insight on this topic, this article should be of good use to you, there is a good read here.

I would like to thank BetterHelp for reaching out to me and offering me this topic to share with you all.





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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Heat Safety

John B. Marine | June 23, 2019 | Be the first to comment!
The warm weather times can make for a number of different issues. For many people, these are times of wearing shorts and sandals, cooling off in pools, and things like that. This blog post pertains to various warm weather considerations to take into account. I am hopeful this blog post is as useful to you as any of my others here on "John's Life Space."

NOTE: This is not a professional post regarding hot weather safety. Instead, it is more a general digest. Consult more proper organizations for more professional tips regarding heat safety.


About the Label: "Health and Fitness"

This blog post features insight on general health and fitness. These are posts more concerned with either general health, or they may include certain insights on exercise and fitness.






Heat Safety


I am only featuring this image to help identify this blog post. Still, let's go to work...

heat safety
^ from: (Protective Insurance) - This blog post is all about staying safe in times of warm/hot weather.

As a native of Houston, Texas, USA; times can be unbearably hot here in Texas. Most places in the American south and southeast are usually quite hot during late Spring to even late Summer. It is therefore imperative to understand the dangers of dealing with heat.

There are resources for heat safety later in this blog post. For now, take a look at the following talking points in regards to heat safety.


Heat Safety: Clothing.

Some of the most basic things to consider when dealing with heat is to dress appropriately. During warm weather times or hot days, the standard is to wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Short bottoms or short one-piece outfits are the norm. Footwear such as sandals can provide open-air comfort as you go about your life.

It helps to wear either a cap or a hat to keep your head cool. If you are going to be outdoors where you will be in the sun a lot (such as at the beach or in certain sports stadiums that do not have any kind of covering), you may want to get a big straw hat to shield your head and the back of your neck.

To protect your eyes from the brightness of the sun, be sure to wear some sunglasses or have sunglass clips if you wear regular glasses. Not all sunglasses are created equal. Be sure to look for proper sunglasses that offer optimal protection for your eyes.

It also helps to cover yourself with sunscreen lotion to protect your skin from damaging sun rays. Look for sunscreen that offers the most protection with SPF. One case you want to avoid is getting sunburn. At the most extreme cases, you could develop skin cancer due to excessive heat leaving your skin unprotected from harmful UV rays.


Heat Safety: Hydration.

It is important you stay hydrated on very warm or hot days. You could suffer from dehydration if you don't drink enough fluids. It is recommended you drink water or even sports drinks. The rate of dehydration may be accelerated if you drink things such as soft drinks or any sort of alcoholic beverages. So while caffeinated drinks and alcohol can be a good way to prevent thirst, they may do more harm than good when dealing with warm or hot weather.

NOTE: In regards to alcohol, PLEASE do not consume alcohol if you are not of legal age to drink alcoholic beverages.


Heat Safety: Vehicles.

One of the most dangerous things in regards to heat is dealing with the heat in vehicles. Commonly, you hear of hot car deaths involving babies and children left in vehicles dying of heat exhaustion. The temperature inside of a vehicle can be much greater than the ambient air temperature outside. Hot car deaths can be easily prevented. If you feel you are in a place where you are in for a while, be sure to head back to your vehicle and check on your child(ren). Or if you are in a place where it is okay for you to have your child(ren) come along, then bring your child(ren) with you to get out of the heat. Make sure children are properly hydrated and well equipped to take on hot days.


Heat Safety: Activities.

People who must work out in the heat need to take special precautions to stay safe. I especially think of firefighters and even construction workers as an example of those who have to be out in the heat working. If you involved in an occupation that involves exposing yourself to outdoor heat, you will need to take breaks often and rehydrate yourself to avoid dehydration.

Those who play sports or exercise out in the heat also have to take measures to avoid heat exhaustion. Another issue in warm weather can involve players getting cramps from the heat. Make sure to have water or sports drinks at the ready while playing. Be sure to take breaks to keep your body refreshed. I remember hearing about one game in Major League Soccer where it was so hot that the game had scheduled breaks to keep the soccer players hydrated. If you are a parent or relative of youth athletes, be sure to take measures to ensure your child or children are okay when playing sports out in hot weather.


Heat Safety: Pets.

Look after your pets during hot days. They can suffer as much as humans do under hot conditions. Some animals do have their own routines to deal with hot weather, but you should do your part to help keep your pets healthy and hydrated in hot weather.


Final thoughts coming up.




Heat Safety: Final Thoughts


Dealing with heat can be dangerous. So make sure you take care of yourself and others when dealing with intense heat. Please do your part to try to take care of yourself and others. The best things you can do are to stay hydrated and also take breaks if needed. I find it most important to stay hydrated. Do not forget to also take care of your children and pets in warm/hot weather. They suffer as much in these times as you do. We can not change the weather, but we can surely adapt to remain safe and healthy.


Heat Safety Resources.

I love that people are using my "Helpful Resources" page for online resources regarding various life and health issues. I may add these to my "Helpful Resources" also. Take a look at these for online resources regarding heat safety:

Extreme Heat | Ready.gov
Heat Safety Tips and Resources
Heat Wave Safety | Heat Exhaustion Safety | Red Cross
Safety and Health Topics | Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Extreme Heat | Natural Disasters and Severe Weather | CDC
Sunscreen: How to Help Protect Your Skin from the Sun | FDA
Sunscreen FAQs | American Academy of Dermatology

I might add this section (or something similar) to my "Helpful Resources." Use these for now in regards to heat safety.





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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sleep

John B. Marine | June 11, 2019 | Be the first to comment!
Continually working hard is great, but we all need to rest at some point. How much sleep from naps and proper sleep is also important. Getting rest will help us to stay strong and return refreshed. So this post is on sleep. My only request... don't fall asleep on me trying to gain advice!






Sleep


Before discussing sleep, here is a picture to set the mood:

sleep
^ from: www.helpguide.org (best I could find) - Work hard every day, but you still need sleep and rest.

As important as being active is, we all need to rest to reserve our energy and be ready to take on challenges again with refreshed energy. Sleep make this happen. Anything from a simple nap to getting quality sleep will help make our bodies and our minds become refreshed to take on any number of tasks again. We need these moments to regain our energy so that we do not suffer any real health issues later. The last thing you would want is to keep overworking yourself to unhealthy levels.

In addition to trying to regain energy, sleep can also help you if you are sick or hurt. We sometimes need sleep just to recover from sickness or any sort of injury. Let us talk a bit about the finer points of sleep:


Naps.

A simple nap offers up gaining rest for a mostly short amount of time before getting back into the thick of things. Most naps usually are between about 30 minutes to maybe an hour. Be careful if a regular nap ends up feeling like a proper time of sleep! You don't want any unexpected power nap. Speaking of which...


Proper Sleep.

I am labeling "proper sleep" as when you go to bed for hours on end for when you take on the day/night again. In other words, an example of proper sleep is going to bed at night so you can get ready for work or school the next morning. It is usually recommended getting at least five or more hours of sleep.


These are just a few things to consider in regards to sleep. Now for some more things to consider...




Sleep Barriers


There is nothing wrong with getting sleep. However, there are some who may misconstrue getting sleep with being lazy. There is a huge difference between the two. Being lazy simply implies getting more rest and doing next to nothing rather than make something happen. Getting some kind of sleep is needed to stay active and be refreshed afterwards. Getting that sleep can come at a few costs, and that is where this section on sleep comes in.


Distractions.

Getting the rest you need can come at the price of distractions, which can be quite common. Anything from phone calls, loud noise, bad weather, and things of that nature can hinder getting sufficient sleep. Children and others you may live with can also be distractions in trying to get the needed sleep. So if you can, try to limit distractions as much as you can.


Sleep Posture.

Some people don't get the needed sleep because of some poor posture while sleeping. Some sleep on their back, some on their sides, and some others even sleep on their front. A proper way to sleep can depend on your posture, and knowing what works best for you can help in getting the adequate amount of sleep necessary. If you have certain health problems, you are going to change your sleep posture to suit whatever issue(s) you are facing. For example, a pregnant woman may have to consider sleeping in certain positions to stay healthy while also making sure not to suffer having some sort of failed pregnancy.


Having the Right Sleeping Conditions.

Perhaps what hinders you from getting the needed sleep can be with having the proper conditions or items for sleep. Some people may need certain things like having a room at the certain temperature to sleep better. Some people may even need to have a decent mattress set for which to sleep better. These things affect getting real sleep more than most casual naps, but it is important to get sleep any way you can wherever you may be.


Certain Health Conditions.

Some sleep conditions, such as sleep apnea, can limit getting proper sleep. You may want to consult with a doctor if you are having trouble sleeping due to certain health ailments. As unpleasant as it sounds, snoring can be a hindering element of trying to get the most sleep possible. Such loud noises trying to sleep can be rather hurtful. Snoring can be unhealthy. Mental health matters like depression can also deter your ability to sleep properly. Any sort of health issues you may have regarding trying to get proper sleep will need to be addressed properly so you can get the proper sleep you need.


And one last sleep barrier...

Knowing When to Sleep.

You don't want to fall asleep when you are trying to accomplish something. Some people often feign sleep because they want to keep trying at something or still have something fresh in their minds. If there is a task that needs to be complete, you want to stay awake for as long as you can. Certain things may or may not be too important to want to stay awake. Like for example, playing certain video/computer games or watching certain media. You also want to avoid falling asleep from being overly weak while working or operating a vehicle. Just make sure to know what is worth staying awake for so you don't end up mentally and physically paying the price later on.


Consider these and other factors in regards to sleep.




Sleep: Final Thoughts


Get some sleep. Get the right amount of sleep. Know when to get rest. Sleep is as important as trying to go through life as best as you can. Get the needed rest for when you truly have to get yourself rest. Don't overlook this by any stretch.


Depending on interest from others, I may add sleeping resources that might help you in any future edits. For now, though, I hope you found this post useful.





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Friday, May 3, 2019

Family Counseling

John B. Marine | May 03, 2019 | | Be the first to comment!
I am blessed to be part of a family where we aren't at each others' throats. However, some families and family members can't seem to get along for whatever reason(s). You may want to consider meeting with a family counselor if you can't settle your differences for free. This blog post is a discussion on bringing families together and even in trying to find a family counselor. I hope this post helps at least someone in this situation. Then again, I hope I am helping others with ALL of my posts on "John's Life Space."






Family Counseling


family counseling
^ from: www.peggybolcoa.com - When you can't settle family matters on your own, you may want to consider consulting with a family counselor.

When you usually see families, you usually see them happy and content. Not all families can get together happily, though. One thing to try to bring families together is to seek professional help from a family counselor. If you are unable to patch up differences in your family for free, then it wouldn't hurt to try to get family counseling to try to bring everyone together. Families are not supposed to fight each other or have significant differences among them. Certainly differences that lead to violence are things that have to be considered and talked about with a family counselor.

Your family should be your absolute best friends. They know you more and love you more than almost any friend you make in your life. Some people even consider family members as their best friends. So when family members can not seem to get along, it is an utter shame. Families who are in crisis are not just limited to sibling rivalries. Often times, certain relatives can't seem to get along, or maybe there's that one (or maybe more than one) family member who always seems to stir the pot and drive others crazy. In these cases, it helps to have someone try to iron out differences among other people.

If you do consider the route of getting professional help from a family counselor, be sure to have the finances to fund having sessions with a family counselor. You can try to look up local listings to find the nearest family counselor in your area. You may also look up online resources like Regain to find family counselors.


Why Families Fail to Get Along?

Any number of reasons can be the cause of why families have such disputes.


Can Family Counseling Help?

Well, it wouldn't hurt. Would you rather get along with your family or keep having disputes with one another? Some things in life you will have to spend money to try to live a better life.


Now on to some final thoughts.




Family Counseling: Final Thoughts


If your family can't get along and you feel help is needed to try to bring everyone together happily, then you are best served to consult a family counselor. Families should be like families- not strangers or savages. Not every family is properly equipped and composed of fine chemistry. For families in crisis or could use some help getting together peacefully, a session or more with a family counselor can help improve the bonds of families from imploding more than most disputed families may already be. You can have all the friends you want to make, but the best friends you can make are your family, and losing your family can have you feeling like you have nothing at all.


Resources.

I have been offered this resource to help you in case you need to find a family counselor, and also why you may need to consult with a family counselor if you are having family problems. Take a look:

Family Counseling on Regain

I may provide more resources if I find any. Or, you may contact me online with relevant and useful resources my readers and visitors can benefit from.





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