Relationships and Family

Relationships and Family

Relationships and Family
Relationships and family are at the center of human life, and they can have a huge influence on your health. Having good friendships and family support eases stress, helps you avoid mental illness, and gives you energy and courage for living a healthier life. Relationships start when you give someone else your time and attention. If you find yourself isolated, the best thing to do is reach out through community activities or family connections. Finding ways to help others will make you feel better, and then pay off later when you need support. Good health means caring for yourself, which is infinitely easier to do when other people are also caring for you. If your relationships are in trouble, take steps to resolve the conflict through communication or seeking counseling. The payoff is greater well-being for all involved.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    Show your love. Experts recommend beginning the conversation by explaining that you love your partner and want them to take care of themselves so that they live a long and comfortable life with you. Start and end your sentences with, "I love you."

    Pick the right time and place. If you're going to address erectile dysfunction, don't have the conversation in the bedroom when you both may be feeling vulnerable. Pick a neutral time and begin by explaining that you love him for who he is and not his physical performance. If you're concerned about how many times he got up to pee during the football game, don't bring it up in front of his buddies. Wait till your home and alone. And don't talk about memory loss just as he's looking for the keys. Wait till he isn't distracted and won't feel like you are calling him out.

    Make a plan together. After you listen to his concerns about the issue, explain that you want to work on it together and that the first step may be visiting a doctor to check for underlying health problems and get treatment.

    Opening up is the first step. While a diagnosis may be scary in and of itself, remember that there are treatments, if not solutions, to all of these ailments and talking about it is the first step to feeling better.

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    A , Neurology, answered
    Often, people feel anticipatory grief when they know someone they care about is seriously ill. Just as with grief after a death, family and friends may feel a multitude of different emotions, including sorrow, anxiety, anger, acceptance, depression, and denial, as they adjust to the new landscape of their lives. Depending on the type of illness and the relationship you share, you may feel closer and determined to make the time you have left count. Perhaps you are terribly anxious about what's to come or so firmly focused on last-resort treatments that you continue to push away any thoughts of the end. Possibly you long for release or feel guilty and conflicted. Although not everyone experiences anticipatory grief, all of these feelings are normal for those who do.
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    Well, they feel different. What your true self wants is clear and specific, generally unwavering and long term. When your ego - driven false self starts to whine, it's usually for something that just showed up - in an M&M advertisement for example - and you need to have it right away. If you don't acquire it immediately, you get an angry sort of desperate feeling. There is no pressure from the true desire, but if you thwart the demands of the ego, watch out, you've got a death match. Plus the appetite of the ego is insatiable. It wants the M&Ms and the late - night television show, the pack of cigarettes, the bottle of gin, and anything else that strikes its fancy. You start with a few candy - coated chocolates, and you end up passed out on the floor in a pile of ashes with an exercise infomercial droning in the background. Okay, this might be exaggerating, but there is some truth to this. How you are in anything is how you are in everything.

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    A , Pediatrics, answered
    One of the newest epidemics in the world of texting is Textual Harassment, a form of harassment delivered by text message. Textual harassment and techno-stalking are a growing concern, especially because it’s so quick and easy to accomplish, and affects all ages of both women and men.

    Textual Harassment is an unfortunate reality that has developed as a result of the growth and popularity of texting, to the degree that special laws have been put in place to protect the innocent.

    The laws that define textual harassment vary from state to state, but in California a single unsolicited text message that threatens physical harm or is obscene is enough to meet the definition of textual harassment. If the text doesn’t fall into either of these categories, then the text must be sent several times in order to be considered textual harassment.

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    What Are Some Tips for Dating After Divorce?

    Dating after divorce can be overwhelming and even scary. Actress and Dr. Oz Show guest Kirstie Alley talks in this video about some of her favorite ways to get fit, flirty and ready for a relationship.


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    A , Preventive Medicine, answered
    We live in a culture that believes that the family structure has little or no value. Yes, we pay lip service of how valuable the family is and how it is the basis for any civilized society with great values, but what have we, our corporations, or our government done to show supports for the value of a family?

    The politicians talk about family values, but keep spending money on their pork projects and other peripheral projects, instead of on what is the backbone and essence of any healthy society. We continually feel isolated, frustrated, overwhelmed with childcare, by both parents working, by lack of flexible hours in the workplace, and by lack of adequate, affordable health care for our families. Until we absolutely choose to stop this assault on the family system and demand support on levels of businesses and government, we must make the choices we can to transform our own lives so we can discover the fulfillment and happiness in a life of balance.

    Parents are so overwhelmed with guilt, worry, and exhaustion, they create poor boundaries to keep the family healthy. Parents put children first, and only if they have time later do they squeeze time in for their marriage relationship and their time alone to practice self-care..
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    As horrific as it sounds, the most dangerous part of living unconsciously is not our boring, predictable, rote behavior. What we do is right up there on the surface for all the world (including ourselves) to see. If we can observe our actions, then there's at least a slight possibility that we can change. The real problem arises when our thoughts become automatic and repetitive. These are significantly more difficult to isolate because they're so deeply ingrained and have become so familiar. Much of what you think is merely a routine response, having absolutely no bearing on your current situation. Acquired at some point in the past, it became a programmed reaction. Again, this is a useful tool for basic human survival on both the individual and collective levels.

    Ages ago, a caveman ate a toadstool and died. Today, pretty much everybody knows not to eat random fungi when wandering through the woods. At some point, you probably burned yourself and no longer play with matches. The ability to learn from previous experience is highly beneficial. But if you take that same type of thinking and apply it too broadly, it becomes crippling. You fail one math test in third grade, so you go through school convinced that you're bad at math. Your boyfriend dumps you, so you approach every subsequent relationship with trepidation.

    These conclusions are not necessarily true. You may be terrible at math, but you also may have just had an incompetent teacher. And even if you really are bad at math, just how bad are you? Can you balance a checkbook? Bad is a relative term. Unless you examine your beliefs, you will never know the truth and will go through life operating from assumptions that are most likely erroneous.

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    How can my romantic relationship affect my health?

    Your romantic relationship can affect your health in that a bad relationship can be extremely stressful and impact you negatively - and vice versa! In this video, psychologist Brenda Wade, PhD, explains how your love life can influence your health.


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    We all know all the good things that pets can bring to our homes (stained carpets aside). But they can also improve your health: Owning a dog, for example, lowers blood pressure of hypertensive people, and it does encourage walking (an hour of walking a dog in our patients gets the equivalent of 8 minutes of steps on the pedometer - so make sure you really do walk and not watch the dog). Does it relieve stress in the way that having a romantic relationship does? It's hard to tell for sure, but a couple of studies do indicate that it may. (Sorry, but cats have failed the few tests they have been used in to date.) And that's why pets are such a good source of healthy relationships, especially for those people without mates, as well as widows and widowers.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    Since there's no reproductive value in kissing, it makes you wonder why kissing evolved. The purpose of kissing is actually to show trust, since you're exposing the most vulnerable part of your body - your lips and tongue (if you're aggressive) - to another person. Kissing feels so good because your lips have the highest number of nerve endings of any body part besides your genitals.