Chronic Epstein Barr Virus Disease - How To Cope

Friday, June 29, 2012
People react differently when they are diagnosed with chronic Epstein Barr virus disease. Some people get depressed whilst others remain positive and hopeful. In fact, some people find that EBV disease helps them grow emotionally, making them stronger, more tolerant, and more understanding.

Here's some approaches that may help you cope better with chronic Epstein Barr virus disease.

Firstly it is important to express your emotions. Talk openly and acknowledge your condition, rather than pretend it doesn't exist. People who communicate their feelings tend to need less treatment, report fewer symptoms and retain more independence and physical function.

The next thing to do is to take control. The more actively people manage their chronic Epstein Barr virus disease themselves, the better they do. Setting goals like what you'll eat, how you'll keep fit, how you'll manage your stress, what supplements to take etc is far better than passively accepting whatever treatment is given out to you.

The next step is to think positively. Changing the way you think about your life can also help you adapt to chronic Epstein Barr virus disease. Developing an improved appreciation of life - stopping to smell the roses can help keep your spirits up and help you cope.

Another key factor is the importance of keeping active during chronic Epstein Barr virus disease. Physical activity makes a big difference in lifting your mood and helping you cope. A graded exercise program is recommended for those who are bed ridden or suffer from debilitating fatigue.

Some of the simplest, but most powerful secrets that strengthen your body's healing ability during EBV are laughter, joy and fun. These states have been shown to strengthen the immune system by increasing the number and activity of natural killer cells - the ones that seek and destroy viruses. These powerful emotional states lower the level of stress hormones in the blood, lower blood pressure and reduce pain. Laughter also oxygenates the brain, relaxes muscles, releases toxins and helps you cope.

These states don't come easily when you are in the midst of battling an illness like EBV. You need to find ways to bring them into your life just the same. Watching a funny video, listening to your favourite music or spending quality time with family and friends is a good starting point.

There should be many things in your life that you truly love and enjoy. Please make sure you are doing them. Making time for your emotional well being is an integral part of treating chronic Epstein Barr virus disease.

Osteoarthritis Disability - How to Cope and Keep Your Friends

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Osteoarthritis disability is frustrating and painful.

Although it originally starts with mild pain and some difficulty of movement, eventually you might end up not being able to do many things you were able to do before.

You might not be able to take long walks, or go jogging anymore when your knee is involved. If you enjoy knitting and crocheting it might get too painful to do it for any amount of time if at all. You don't lose the capability of doing things suddenly, overnight. It creeps up on you gradually.

There are different ways to cope with arthritis:

see a physiotherapist who can teach you how to cope and show you ways how to relieve the pain
use a heating pad on the affected joint to relieve the pain somewhat
wear a brace on the affected joint
try some arthritis creams and see if any help
take natural pain relief products
keep your sense of humor

Family and friends will be very sympathetic and helpful when you really have an arthritis disability. Don't be a "me do" person. Let me explain what a "me do" person is. It's a person who cannot accept help gracefully. They feel they need to do things themselves. and they're taking away the opportunity to have somebody else feel good about him/herself. Soon people will stop offering help because you have refused to be helped.

And then there are the people who will demand help, even for things they could do for themselves. They'll complain constantly and make sure they are not the only ones "suffering". Everybody around them has to suffer along with them.

It's all a matter of attitude. Besides, they are not the only ones that have an osteoarthritis disability. People tend to start avoiding other people that complain and whine constantly.

Your disability is only as severe as you decide it to be. You have to learn to balance things. Be gracious and let people help you when they sincerely offer it. But don't be demanding and expect people to do everything for you.

10 Tips to Help You Maintain Good Health

Friday, June 1, 2012
As we all start to get a little bit older, we begin to realize that maintaining good health becomes more and more of a priority and less of an indulgence. Why? The easiest answer is that as advances and improvements in medicine occur, our quality of life begins to improve. And with that, our lifespans are also positively affected and they get increasingly longer. That's great news for all of us! We're living longer so we get to enjoy our friends, families and hobbies longer.

But the trick to this hinges on one small thing- our health. Living longer is great but if it's not done with good health, then we start to question the effectiveness or necessity of better medicine. The good news is that it is not difficult to make the shifts needed to improve and also maintain your good health. Here are the top 10 ways to help you maintain your good health:

1. Get plenty of quality, restful sleep. Most adults need a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep but some feel rested on as few as 6 hours while others will require 9 hours. The number of hours is important but not as critical as the time you go to bed. Every hour of sleep before 12 midnight is worth twice that of each hour past midnight. You will feel a big difference if you sleep from 10 pm to 6 am versus if you sleep from 12 am to 8 am.

2. Drink plenty of clean water. Water is critical for the healthy functioning of our bodies and is intimately involved with every single organ and every single process of our bodies. Without it, our bodies will become sluggish and slow both inside and out. Aim for at least 10 full glasses of water a day, more if you plan on drinking caffeinated beverages or plan on being outside in warm or hot weather.

3. Engage in some kind of exercise or movement based activity that gets your heart pumping. Cardiovascular exercise as well as strength training of any kind is a necessary factor in maintaining health as it keeps the body strong, fit and flexible to take on any challenges you throw at it. Aim for a grand total of 30 minutes minimum of exercise each day, either in one bout or spread throughout the day.

4. Eat your fruits and vegetables. Be creative, use variety and find a way to add these nutritional powerhouses into every meal. They are nutrient dense, minimalist on the calories and are full of flavor as well as fiber. Focus on the dark, leafy greens especially for heart health, digestive system fluidity and for plentiful energy.

5. Find and eat an adequate amount of protein, leaving room for that protein source to fit into your lifestyle goals and physical needs. Decide for yourself if you need animal or non-animal sources of protein or both. Most active adults need about 45-60 grams of protein per day. This will change dependent on activity level as well as age itself. Picture one egg, that's approximately 16 grams of protein. A half cup of beans, about 7 grams of protein.

6. Maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. Healthy relationships will improve your quality of life in a big way. You will know that they are healthy if you feel encouraged, supported and loved as opposed to beaten down, exhausted or emotionally drained. Decide for yourself if someone or something should remain in your life and in what capacity it will be in.

7. Have something to live for, something that helps you to feel alive, vital and a part of something bigger than yourself. This could be a career, volunteer work, your spirituality, your creativity, absolutely anything. You could be active in sports, games, in your family, whatever it takes for you to feel needed, special and valuable.

8. Go to the doctor. Get regular check-ups. Just do it. Know what you're dealing with and allow yourself to be proactive.

9. Leave space for forgiveness, not only for others but also for yourself. The fastest way to let yourself become unhealthy or to feel not quite yourself is to wallow in feelings of sadness, anger, despair and pity. Let yourself be human, allow space for mistakes- yours and others- and be strong enough to let go.

10. Fill your fun quota every day to overflowing. Use that fun as a way to do something purely for yourself, to cut down on stress and create memories that you'll look back on with fondness.

It may seem like being healthy is a daunting task but in reality, it's just about being alive every single day. It's about being fully alive in every moment and doing the things that make your body feel good, make your heart feel alive and make you feel grateful every moment of every single day.