Integrative and holistic medicine can help many individuals who suffer from chronic diseases. A qualified healthcare professional can help navigate the person’s health plan, incorporating western medicine as well as holistic and alternative therapies. This will ensure the medical safety of the patient and lead the patient to the proper medications and therapies.
The article, “How Functional Medicine May Help With Chronic Illnesses” by Katharine S. reviews some of the benefits of holistic medications. She states,
“Functional medicine is a holistic approach that strives to maximize health and wellness by working on the optimal functioning of all human organs. It recognizes that each person is unique, from genetics to biological makeup. Functional medicine is said to help those who have chronic conditions by changing their lifestyles and taking nutritional supplements. Functional medicine can be used to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from various types of medical conditions. It can be used to treat pain and other conditions like arthritis, cancer, depression, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stress, and sleep disorders.”
If you would like to learn more about holistic health care and how to help others deal with chronic conditions, then please review AIHCP’s Integrative and Holistic Healthcare Specialist Program and see if it meets your goals. Qualified healthcare professionals such as nurses and physicians are accepted into this online program.
Exercise should be part of everyday life. When someone exercises consistently, there are changes throughout the body are beneficial. Consistency and proper technique are important for the overall culmination of health
The article, “How exercise changes your body after a day, a week, a month, a year” by Sophie Aubrey looks at the benefits of exercise as days and weeks and months go by, helping individuals see the transformation of overall health to the person. She states,
“When you take a break from working out, your body shrinks muscle fibres and breaks down blood vessels in the muscles that are no longer being used. “The body is always trying to conserve as much energy as possible,” Robergs says. It means when you return to exercise, you’re fatigued because high demand is being heaped onto your heart and lungs to increase blood flow through your contracting muscles, but your body has become less effective at doing this.”
Getting back after into shape, especially after the pandemic will present new challenges indeed. To read the entire article, please click here
Please also review AIHCP’s Healthcare Life Coach Program. The program is online and helps train qualified professionals in the area of healthy living and how to help others achieve that standard.
Children and their experience with loss usually begins with the death of a pet. Helping a child understand the finality of death but also allowing the child to express grief is key to this learning process, albeit, as painful as it may be to the entire family.
The article, “How to deal with the death of a pet when you have kids” by Mel Ritterman looks at this difficult and painful process. He states,
“Having to say goodbye to your dog is like losing a family member and your best friend all in one. It’s heartbreaking and so incredibly emotional. Then throw kids into the mix and it is just so much harder. How do you explain this to your children? How do you grieve when you have to be the parent? How do we explain death to kids?”
Pet loss and children enter into types of loss. One the loss of a pet and second the particular loss from the view of a child. These things make the loss no easier and require parents and caregivers to mourn but also teach their children the nature of loss in life.
Grief that transfers to work from home can be counter productive to the office or work place, but it is a natural occurrence and managers must be aware. Managers can help limit the issue by actually addressing it and helping employees deal with grief. Support and understanding are key elements in helping an employee function at work while dealing with grief.
The article, “How To Help Others Manage Grief: 16 Lessons For Business Leaders” from Forbes, looks to address the issue of helping employees deal with grief. The article states,
“Working through feelings of grief and mourning with your team can not only improve everyone’s mental health and overall satisfaction, but can also provide valuable insights to help you become a better leader. Below, the members of Forbes Coaches Council share 16 important lessons that business leaders can learn from the principles of grief management.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see how it can help you learn more about grief or progress within your professional career. Understanding grief in the work place is a critical leadership quality that needs to be utilized especially during the pandemic.
Children grieve and process loss differently than adults. This a critically important concept for all grief counselors to grasp in their understanding of helping children deal with grief. Children depending on their age as well as mental and emotional maturity all process grief differently. Understanding this key concept can prevent numerous errors in child development when helping a child a through the process of grief.
In the past, emotional and mental barriers to development of children were innocently but ignorantly created by concerned caregivers seeking to shield children from loss. Children were denied final farewells at death scenes, or prevented from attending a funeral. Hiding death, even that of a family pet as simple as a fish, were all considered important steps in protecting a child’s innocence from death.
In reality, sparing children the realities of death, or diminishing the event of death caused more damage to the mental and emotional development of children. Children would then inherit improper coping mechanisms as adults when dealing with loss. They would also have grief complications with past losses. The inability to say good bye, find closure, or fully understand the nature of the loss crippled their abilities to deal with grief as adults.
In preventing these issues, adults, caregivers and grief counselors need to address loss to children. An explanation of the loss should correlate with the understanding and mental maturity of the child regarding the finality of death. Death and loss should be seen as opportunities for the child to learn about death, especially in regards to smaller losses.
In dealing with these losses, caregivers should express death clearly without any figurative language and also encourage children to express their feelings and thoughts. If a child wishes to express that is fine and if a child wishes to express less, that is fine. The importance is that children are able to express their feelings and know that life will continue.
It is critical to allow children to express themselves as they fit not only for their own understanding but also to dismiss any ill thoughts regarding the loss that may fester within the child. Children sometimes can blame themselves for the death of an individual or hold guilt that most adults would dismiss. It is hence important to discuss the death clearly but also to have a full understanding of the child’s understanding of the loss in relationship to him or her.
By responding uniquely to each child’s need during a loss based on the child’s understanding, one can eliminate any possible grief complications and also allow the child to fully express him or herself. This enables a better transition mentally, socially and emotionally.
To learn more how to speak to and understand grieving children, then please review AICHP’s Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program. The program is open to currently certified Grief Counselors and is offered as an advanced specialty program. Those who meet the qualifications can become certified in this advanced specialty field and learn to better help children cope with loss and grief.
A nice look about people of different faiths and how they manage during the pandemic to prayer together while apart. The pandemic has restricted some religious public worship and has limited other ways we can come together, but we can still pray and we can still pray for each other. With social distancing, we can also within the various religious traditions still come together in safely despite the dangers.
The article, “Staying Apart but Praying Together” by James Estrin looks at how religious groups are remaining spiritual and strong despite covid. He states,
“The sanctuary at The Jewish Center accommodates more than 500 people but only 60 are now allowed inside at a time. Attendees must preregister online, answer a coronavirus exposure survey and have their temperature taken at the door. When weather permits, shortened services are held outside on the rooftop.”
The article covers other faiths as well. To read the entire article, please click here
Despite shutdowns, or restrictions, the faith remains strong during the pandemic and people will find a way to pray to God, whether privately or in public via safe measures. God does not wish his creation to test him but to respect the safety measures for all. This does not make one’s faith less but makes one logical. God can protect us from any plague, but we cannot as his creation test him and do foolish things that promote its spread.
Unfortunately ADHD is not just a phase but a reality that cannot be outgrown but one that needs to be dealt with. This requires not only understanding of the disorder but also application skills to better cope and when necessary, medication. ADHD can be used as a strength as well as one learns to cope with its ill effects and utilize other aspects for one’s benefit.
The article, “Is It Possible to Outgrow A.D.H.D.?” by Cheryl Maguire reviews how one can learn to better deal with ADHD. She writes,
“Some adults have essentially become asymptomatic because they have been able to use coping strategies,” said Robyn Mehlenbeck, director of the George Mason University Center for Psychological Services and president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.”
So outgrowing it is not truly a reality. Limiting ADHD and its affects on one is a complete possibility. Please also review AIHCP’s ADHD Consulting Training Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.
Too many times when mental crisis arises, law enforcement arrives. 911 cannot differentiate between crime and mental crisis. Many times, mental crisis leads to someone killed by the police. These alarming trends are part of the police reform. Crisis teams accompanying police and even better crisis training and protocol for crisis 911 calls should be employed to avoid unnecessary death.
The article, “When 911 Is The Only Option For A Mental Health Care Crisis” by Lisa Ryan looks at the fear and danger associated with a call to the police for a mental emergency within African American communities. She states,
“Family members of people going through a mental health crisis are sometimes reluctant to call the police out of fear for their loved ones. Violent behavior and outbursts can be met with lethal force. Mental health advocates are hopeful though that a new co-responder program – that pairs responding Cleveland police officers with social workers — may help.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Crisis Intervention Training Program to learn more about how to help individuals in crisis. With better crisis training, police and first responders can make a difference in avoiding unneeded lethal force.
Hypnosis through a trained professional or even in some cases self hypnosis can help one master discipline over bad habits. From smoking to nail biting, hypnosis can help reach the core of the issue and help individuals find better ways to cope with bad habits.
The article, “How self-hypnosis can banish bad habits” by Jaymie Hooper looks closer at how self hypnosis can help one overcome bad habits. The article states,
“Clinical hypnotherapist Georgia Foster describes this state as somewhere between being awake and being asleep. “It’s called the alpha-theta brainwave state and it’s what happens approximately 20 minutes before you fall asleep,” she explains. Once in this state of total relaxation, it becomes easier to change your habitual thinking patterns, which means it’s the perfect time to suggest certain goals or desires to yourself.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Clinical Hynotherapy Certification Program. The program can help train and educate professionals in the use of hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy can help others overcome habits that are no longer desirable.
Exercise is well beyond diet and weight management but is also pivotal to overall health in every facet. Mental health is also a a physiological benefit of regular exercise. Doctors prescribe exercise for many people especially when many jobs are sedentary.
The article, “How to Effectively Prescribe Exercise” by Brad Bergin Noel Amaladoss, MD , Antony Amaladoss, MBBS, D Psych, F Psych review the importance of exercise for mental health. The article states,
“The access to recreation centers and fitness facilities has decreased significantly for public safety purposes. This has made it particularly difficult to advise patients on how to pursue exercise. Yet, in psychiatry, we all prescribe exercise as a natural therapy to improve mood and manage depression and anxiety symptoms. There is a large body of evidence to suggest its benefits”
With recent the recent pandemic it has been difficult for many to exercise as much with restrictions to gyms. It is important for others to find alternative ways to exercise to maintain not merely physical health but also mental health.