Helping Your Child Love Nature

One way to encourage your child’s interest in nature is by going on outdoor trips.  These can range from hikes on walking trails to vacations that include camping and fishing in the woods.  Have your child help select supplies and equipment for your dog who will accompany you on your trips.  Give your child the job of caring for the dog.  Be one of the families who takes their dog along when they go on extended journeys; some bring them on skiing trips and outdoor vacations – even on exciting activities like whitewater rafting and canoeing.  Involve the kids in selecting items for your pet when preparing for your trip.  Let them find the Groupon promo codes and pick the items to order.

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The Positive Benefits of Competitive Horse Riding

According to the American Horse Council, approximately 480,000 people across the United States are involved in some form of competitive horse riding. For the average individual who owns a horse and who has been riding around on the horse for three or four years, deciding to compete in a horse show can be a very exciting and nerve-racking experience. There are a lot of benefits that younger riders get from engaging in horse competitions.

First, it gets a rider out of their comfort zone. Horse riders, just like everyone else, can find themselves in a rut. They come across the same people, they go through the same routine, and they ride the horse around in the same area every single day. At some point, the challenge that they first experienced when they hopped on a horse for the first time is gone. Now it’s just routine. Having a stagnant routine of riding your horse can become detrimental. This is because a rider can have certain challenges when they are on their horse, and so instead of addressing the difficulties they have, they create a routine that makes it so they don’t have to confront those challenges. They don’t ever get any better. The challenges they had when they got on the horse for the very first time are the same challenges they have years later. Read the rest of this entry »

Scanning The Body With An MRI

An open MRI is similar to a normal MRI, but there isn’t an enclosed tube. This is often a benefit for many people who are claustrophobic or who don’t like the loud sounds that are heard while in the traditional machine. After learning of some techniques to use for the open MRI machine and learning of some of the answers to what you might fear with the overall process, you might be a little more comfortable.

You usually don’t need to do anything at all to prepare for an MRI. There aren’t any restrictions on eating or drinking as the scan is simply a large picture of the body that is being made. There are a few things that might pose a hazard that you need to let the doctor know about, such as a pacemaker, tattoos, any metal implants or medication patches that you wear on a regular basis.

An MRI usually takes abut 30 minutes to an hour depending on how many scans need to be done on the body. Sometimes, the doctor will want a detailed scan of a certain area, such as the brain or the abdomen. Detailed scans often take longer to complete instead of a basic scan that only gets a general view of the body. While the scan is being done, you will need to hold as still as possible at certain times when the picture is being taken. This is to give the doctor the best look possible at the body. An open MRI is usually more comfortable than one that is closed. It’s a table with the scanning machine going around the table instead of a tube that you’re inside. This is beneficial for older patients who might not be able to move as well as others to lay on the table for a traditional machine. It’s also a better option for those who are obese so that they can have a scan done as well. Children will also find the open system a bit less frightening a a parent or a nurse can lay on the table with the child while the scan is done.

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Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe at Home

If you have small children in your home, you know what bundles of joy they can be. They can also throw some challenges in your day-to-day routine as well. One of these challenges is that of keeping them safe, especially when they reach that age where they can take off on their own.

Too often, people tend not to see a danger until after an injury has occurred, after which they wonder why they never noticed it before. Detecting things that could cause injury to small children can be especially challenging because adults are looking at things from a higher angle than the children are. For example, if a cabinet door is left open in the kitchen and is sticking out to where someone could walk into it, the hazard is fairly obvious. This is because the hazard is at eye level. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Relieve Your Stress Naturally

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. It can even have some positive effects, such as the stress that drives you to succeed or to make better health choices. However, too much stress, or stress about things that you can not change, can do real physical damage to your body. Too much stress raises cortisol levels, which causes inflammation, and over time can cause illness or disease. The good news is, you can fight stress without relying on harsh medications. Here are some tips to help you get started today.

First, consider trying meditation. Meditation has been proven to lower stress levels both in the short and long-term. It also has been shown to lower blood pressure and improve the immune system. Start small by scheduling meditation sessions in 10 minute blocks. There are even apps available to help you meditate. Sit quietly and try to focus on breathing. Over time, it will get easier, and you will quickly see results throughout your day. Read the rest of this entry »