Archive for 2019

Coping with a Workplace Injury as a Family

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

When a loved one has been injured at work, it can be stressful for everyone close to them. It can sometimes be challenging to know what to do. The person with the injury is going to need help at some point during their recovery. Plus, depending on the seriousness of the injury, help may be required for the rest of their life. The injury is bound to leave your loved one wondering how they’re going to adjust. As a family unit who love and care for them,everyone involved is going to be able to provide both emotional and physical support. Here are some of the ways you can help make your loved one’s life more bearable.

• Provide Emotional Support

Your loved one is going to be feeling a range of emotions as well as physical pain. Anxiety, depression, frustration, guilt and bitterness are just some of the emotions they’ll be feeling. The important thing for family members to realise is that these negative emotions aren’t directed at you, although it may feel like it at times. Try to be good listeners and allow them to talk through their frustrations and fears. There’s no need for any false reassurances; in fact,there are going to be times when it’s better to say nothing and just listen. Create a calm and safe atmosphere in your home and let them have space when it’s needed. The emotional support of their loved ones is going to help their recovery. 

• Make Sure They Don’t Overdo Things

It’s often tough for people with injuries to accept the severity of their condition and the impact it’s going to have on their life. Don’t allow your loved one to exert themselves too much and encourage them to rest as much as possible. Providing physical support when they first come home is crucial as it will help to speed up their recovery. However, as they recover,it’s important for you to help them regain some of their independence.

 • Help with Changes in Lifestyle and Diet

It does depend on the type and severity of the injury, but some life changes may be necessary. Members of the family are going to be able to help with these lifestyle changes. If they’re no longer able to drive, for example, another member of the family will have to take over driving duties. You’ll also be able to help them find new hobbies if those they previously enjoyed are impossible. 

• Encourage them to Seek Professional Help

When someone is seriously injured, professional help is available to help them recover. Some medical practitioners can provide care to help them get better. They may also be entitled to claim industrial injury compensation; in which case, you’ll need to help them keep their appointments. 

• Don’t Take Over and Let Them do Things for Themselves

You want to do the best you can to help your loved one recover, but it’s a fine line between that and doing too much for them. They’re going to need your help to start with, but you have to encourage them to do things for themselves

There are many things you can do to help a loved one recover from an injury. Any support you’re able to give them as a family plays a crucial part in their recovery.

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3 Tips for Recovering from Flu Quickly

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Influenza is one of the most common viruses to affect people across the world every year and often leaves people feeling weak, tired and drained of energy. Getting the flu can have a massive impact on your ability to carry out the most basic of tasks, and this can be a cause of stress to many people who have busy lives and a lot of responsibilities to undertake. While there is no cure for the flu, the symptoms tend to only last around a week, and luckily there are things which you can do to enable you to recover as quickly and easily as possible, such as these three simple tips.

Take the time to rest

If you try and push yourself too hard while you are recovering from the flu, you could end up prolonging your illness. Rest and sleep are two of the most important things for maintaining enough energy to fight off a virus, so you need to be mindful of your body and its needs. While it may seem like you’re adding to your stress by staying home for a few days, it could save you some sick days in the long run. 

Keep your body hydrated & Eat well

A high fever is often accompanied by sweating, which means that your body becomes more quickly dehydrated than usual. You may also find that you go to the bathroom more while you are unwell, which dehydrates you further. Therefore, it is crucial that you stay on top of replenishing lost fluidsregularly throughout the day so that your body can continue to function well enough to fight off the virus. Drink plenty of water and other fluids like herbal tea or hot lemon and honey. Alternatively, you could try the flu recovery IV supplements from which will help to keep you hydrated, while giving you a boost of all of the necessary nutrients to fight off an illness.

When you’re unwell, sometimes all you want to do is survive off of ice-cream and junk food, as these high-energy substances can give you much-needed boosts to your sugar levels which make you feel better temporarily. However, in the long run, this will make you feel worse rather than better, so it is essential that you commit yourself to eat as healthily as you can. Try to consume nutrient-rich foods which contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, and eat a balanced diet which will give you equalized amounts of protein for cell recovery and carbohydrates for restored energy. 

Utilize a vaporizer

When you are ill, dry air can make you feel worse, especially if you are congested. Adding moisture to the air using a vaporizer can help to loosen up congestion and ease your breathing. There are lots of different types of vaporizers which you can get at a range of prices, so find whichever one works best for you. You can also try using a few drops of essential oils in your steam which may aid your recovery, such as lemon or peppermint.

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