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Jess Walter

Jess Walter

Jess Walter is a freelance writer and mother. She loves the freedom that comes with freelance life and the additional time it means she gets to spend with her family and pets.
What Medications Should Be Avoided During Pregnancy?

More than half of women experience sickness during pregnancy, making it a very common pregnancy-induced condition. The good news is that anti-sickness medication can be taken for this. 

However, there are a lot of medications that should be avoided during pregnancy, which can present a problem when there are so many illnesses that can occur throughout the nine months, as well as plenty of women having preexisting conditions that they’re already on medication for. 

Knowing what to avoid is important for both mother and baby’s health, but it’s also necessary to not suffer in silence and find safe, alternative medications for a happy, healthy pregnancy.
How to Introduce a Loved One to a New Nurse

In the U.S., 26 percent of seniors receive a mixture of paid care and family care, and nine percent rely solely on paid help, such as nurses who come to their homes. 

While the elderly aren’t the only people who need to get used to new nurses, they often require nursing services in order to age in place. No matter the age of the patient, it’s important for that person to feel comfortable with a new nurse.

How Art Therapy Helps Quell Anxiety

Wednesday, 28 November 2018
How Art Therapy Helps Quell Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., with around 40 million Americans (or 18% of the adult population) battling them. 

According to a recent poll undertaken by the American Psychiatric Association, this percentage is continually growing, with some of the biggest sources of anxiety being safety, health, and finances. 

If you are facing anxiety or panic attacks and you feel helpless, the good news is that there are so many ways in which you can attempt to limit or eliminate this problem, including controlled breathing, yoga, meditation, and, if you are creatively inclined, art therapy.
A Toolkit For When Other People's Anxiety Affects Us

Anxiety is a pervasive illness: studies show that spending time with people who are stressed or nervous can trigger our own anxiety through proximation

For Americans, the prospect of “spreading” anxiety may help explain why generalized anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the country, affecting about 18.1 percent of the adult population. 

If someone you love struggles with anxiety, it’s important to set boundaries and understand the symptoms, origins, and triggers of their mental illness, so that you are better equipped to manage your own mental health during times of high stress.
How An Eco-Friendly Home Can Boost Your Health

An estimated 3.8 million people die prematurely each year due to illnesses related to household air pollution. Three billion people cook using open fires or stoves that use fuels like coal and wood to produce heat, which pollute the air. But, many other everyday household items also contribute to poor air quality, such as cleaning products, air fresheners and paints. 

All of this is detrimental to one’s health, both short-term and long-term. In fact, environmental factors have been found to have a greater impact on the immune system than a person’s genetics.

Choose eco-friendly products to have a greener home that will benefit both your health and the planet.
Lifestyle Tips for Fighting Adult Acne

Between 12 and 22 percent of adult women have acne, despite the common perception it’s a teenage affliction. 

However, adult acne often differs from adolescent acne, because it’s typically hormonal in nature rather than a result of clogged pores or overproduction of sebum, the oil the skin creates. 

There are a wide variety of adult acne cures on the market, from antibiotics and contraception to radiofrequency laser treatments. While all these products can help acne, there are fixes that are easier and more natural that you can try first.
Losing Weight with Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is one of the latest weight-loss plans to hit the Internet, promising fast results without the rigor of more strict diets. 

With intermittent fasting, you are encouraged to eat normally most of the time while severely restricting calories once or twice per week. Some plans include a splurge day, allowing participants to eat their favorite high-calorie foods guilt-free. 

While around half of participants drop out of popular weight loss programs, intermittent fasting has only a 38% dropout rate. This eating pattern is thought not only to encourage you to take in fewer calories than you burn but also to slow the metabolism and decrease appetite. 

However, intermittent fasting isn't without its pitfalls. Here are the pros and cons of cutting back on calories a couple of times a week.
Fractora Laser: Key Weapon in Fighting Acne

Less than a decade ago, the standard treatments for acne included salicylic acid, retinols and, in severe cases, antibiotics –- medications which are not without side effects and which had consumers yearning for a safer, more effective approach. 

One treatment that is producing what beauty writers are calling ‘insanely good results’ is fractora: a fractional radio-frequency microneedle device that first burst onto the scene in 2011. 

Beauty writer, Megan McIntyre, notes, “I have been fighting moderate acne since my late teens. And I have tried literally every single one of those treatments with not one of them providing a lasting result.” Her testimony is just one of many independent reviews of a treatment that takes a ‘shortcut’ to clear, smooth skin.
Dealing with Arthritis: Gentle Fitness Routines to Keep Seniors Active & Happy

Fitness experts have predicted that this year will see more people doing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) as more Americans are finding ways to get fit and healthy. 

But, for seniors, trying to do HIIT exercises can be a challenge as it involves bursts of high-intensity exercise, and the risks of sustaining an injury are greater with this type of workout. 

Moreover, overly intense forms of exercise may trigger an older adult's pre-existing medical conditions, such as arthritis, which is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. 

Though HIIT and other forms of rigorous exercise—long runs, stair climbs, and deadlifts—can potentially cause injury to older adults, there’s no reason why seniors should avoid working out altogether. According to the CDC, older adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, and there are lots of ways to get fit without straining one’s joints or muscles or triggering arthritis symptoms. 

Here are a few gentle yet effective fitness routines to keep seniors active and happy.
Mental Health Benefits of Aging in Place

Eighty-seven percent of adults over 65 would prefer to stay at home as they age, aaccording to AARP. 

Modern technologies and improving assistance programs are helping older adults to "age in place" instead of transferring to an assisted living facility. 

Adults who stay at home into their golden years not only tend to be more content, but also maintain their cognitive health longer.

There are several ways that aging in place can help to improve a senior’s mental well-being and lead to a happier and healthier life.
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