How You Can Improve Your Self-Esteem

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For many people, it is easy to get caught up in self-doubt. You might find yourself often feeling like you aren’t good enough or that you don’t have enough to offer.

We’re here to tell you that simply isn’t true. Every person is unique, has different talents, different beauties.

If you find that you are feeling down on yourself a lot, or lack self-esteem or self confidence, try some of these things to get you feeling good about yourself again.

Think About the Cause

 What is causing your self-doubt? Maybe you’ve experienced low self-esteem for as long as you can remember, or maybe it stemmed from a series of negative occurrences such as:

  • prolonged stress
  • being bullied at school or in the workplace
  • abuse
  • mental health problems
  • physical illness
  • relationship difficulties

All of these stress-causing situations can lead any person to experience self-doubt. But even in these situations, there are ways to find yourself again.

Avoid Negative Talk

It might be second nature to doubt yourself, your looks, or your abilities. But it’s time to recognize that and stop doing it. What is going to stop someone else from talking negatively about you if you do it to yourself?

If you wouldn’t say it to another person you love, definitely don’t say it to yourself.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

 Do you get caught up in feeling envious of those who just look so happy in their social media feeds?

We’re going to let you in on a little secret…that’s not real. That’s not to say that your social media friends aren’t having those real experiences and posting about them, but that’s not the complete story. Many of them probably face similar challenges to you, but choose to only share the good in their profiles.

Don’t compare some of your worst moments to others’ bests.

Focus on the Good

 This might seem cliché, but focusing on the good and keeping a positive outlook can totally help with your self-esteem.

Remaining positive can be extremely difficult, but it’s worth the effort.

Think about the things that you do like about yourself, or the things that others compliment you on. What talents do you have? What can you do well? And remember, talents don’t just have to be a tangible thing that you can make or do well like sewing or cooking. Talents can include being friendly, smiling at others, or the ability to carry on a conversation.

To help you focus on the positive each day, try keeping a gratitude journal. At the end of each day, try to come up with three things that you are grateful for that day before you go to bed. This positivity will start to seep its way into how you feel about yourself.

Change Your Looks

We don’t want this to sound like you need to change how you look. But sometimes we get down on ourselves about how we look, so if there is something that you want to change to feel better about yourself, there’s nothing wrong with that.

For example, many people don’t like there smiles. So they don’t smile in pictures, or hardly ever. And just the act of smiling can greatly improve the positivity you feel. Sometimes there are simple corrections you can make to your teeth to help you feel better about your smile. Just visit a professional like The Village Dental Center to ask about the options available to you.

Sometimes even simple changes in your hygiene regime can help with this too. Switch up your shampoo, take more showers, remember to floss, keep deodorant in your purse.

Just making some of these simple changes can affect your entire outlook on life and yourself.

5 Reasons You Need More Whole Grains

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When you hear the word “grains” you probably think of a piece of hay or some oatmeal, not necessarily something you want to stuff in your mouth.

Grains do sound healthy, but you aren’t exactly sure why they are healthy and how you can incorporate them into your diet other than at breakfast time or perhaps in certain types of bread that you use.

But grains actually have so many nutritional benefits and are an awesome way to get some much-needed vitamins and minerals into your diet.

And contrary to what many people think, it’s actually pretty easy to incorporate them into meals you make every day.

Here are five reasons you need more grains in your life, and after you incorporate them into your body, you will be very glad you did.

 

They are really good for your heart

 

Grains contain many things that are good for the body, one of them being fiber. Their high fiber content is one of the things that make consuming grains so good for you, and especially your heart.

Eating things high in fiber has been shown to lower bad cholesterol, as well as lowering blood sugar and regulating blood pressure. Also, fiber-rich foods could lower your chances of getting type two diabetes.

Even the American Heart Association says you should eat at least six serving of whole grains a day.

All in all, when you add things like whole grains to your diet, your heart will thank you.

 

They help to keep you at a healthy weight

 

Because grains contain many nutrients and are high in fiber, when you eat them they keep you fuller longer. This is also because they take longer to digest, but all this means is once again they make you think you are fuller and more satisfied.

And staying full with healthy foods will help you to resist sneaking on to many not-too-good-for-you foods, which helps to keep you at a healthy weight.

 

They give you all the good nutrients

 

According to the Mayo clinic grains contain minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and selenium, and they also contain fiber and certain types of grains even have calcium and vitamin c.

Selenium is good because it prevents the oxidation of blood, magnesium, and potassium help build strong bones, and they also contain iron, which helps oxygen be transported throughout the body.

 

They are wallet friendly

 

The great thing about whole grains is that most of the time it’s pretty affordable to buy them, especially in larger quantities.

You’ve probably driven by farms and seen Dome Technology grain storage silos, and while you don’t have to go to those lengths to buy affordable whole grains, you can go to some grocery stores and buy certain types of whole grains in bulk to use for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

 

They make your tummy happy

 

Eating a lot of good, whole grains have many digestive benefits which in the long run mean you will more likely have a happy and healthy tummy which will make a happy and healthy you.

Whole grains contain things like lactic acid, which help to create good bacteria in the intestine system, specifically in your large intestine, which will make food easier to digest but also will help to make your immune system stronger and help your body to absorb the nutrients from your food.

Also, the fiber in whole grains helps you to have more regular bowel movements, meaning fewer stomach aches or discomfort from things like constipation.

5 Ways to Help Aging Teeth

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Most people have experienced that nightmare at least once in their lives, the nightmare of looking into a mirror and seeing yourself with little to no teeth or that all your teeth have fallen out.

When you wake up you quickly rush to the mirror to make sure it’s not true, and luckily, it never is.

The thing is, even as you get older, losing your teeth doesn’t need to be an inevitability, if you take care of your teeth throughout your life you can keep them for the rest of your life.

As you age your teeth change, so there is definitely something to keep in mind to ensure your teeth stay healthy and strong for as long as possible.

Here are five ways to help your aging teeth, and to make sure that nightmare about your teeth never becomes a reality.

 

Eat foods that include good bacteria

 

There are some important bacteria in your mouth that play an essential role in keeping it healthy and keeping the bad things out.

As you get older, or really at any age, it’s a good idea to eat foods that help create and keeps these bacteria in your mouth.

Some foods that help in the production of these are fermented foods such as kefir, butter, cheese, and fermented yogurt. Some other foods and vegetables that are fermented and good for your mouth are foods like kimchee, sauerkraut, and drinks like kombucha.

Along with eating these types of foods, it’s important to eat foods that can help your immune system, which can help to prevent infections in your mouth.

Some of these foods are leafy green vegetables, garlic, spirulina, and coconut oil.

 

Maintain your dental work as well as your visits to the dentist

 

Most of us have had to have some form of dental work done throughout our lives, and the important thing for lasting and healthy teeth is to ensure that the dental work is well maintained and updated when needs are.

The best way to ensure that this happens is visiting the dentist regularly and listening to what they have to say about your teeth and mouth.

If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist visit websites such as www.grovecitydentalofblackfoot.com to make an appointment, or search google for a dentist local to you that can help you to keep your teeth well maintained as you age.

 

Keep your mouth full of moisture

 

Having a mouth that is moist seems kind of obvious, but as you get older your mouth can actually get drier and it may be not as easy as it used to be to have a mouth full of saliva.

Saliva is very important for healthy teeth because it cleans off the teeth which in turn helps to prevent tooth decay.

Some things that might be contributing to drying out your mouth could be medications you are taking, which most of the time are completely necessary, so good news is there are ways to counteract that.

One of the biggest ways to do this is just making sure you are drinking enough water, and when you do just having it rest in your mouth for a minute or two before swallowing can help. Drinking tap water also has the added benefit of having fluoride, which is also good for your teeth.

Also chewing or sucking sugarless gum or can help to increase the saliva in your mouth.

 

Be aware of any bad habits

 

If you notice or if your significant other points out that you tend to clench or grind your teeth at night, make sure to ask your dentist about getting a mouth guard.

Grinding your teeth slowly wears away your teeth, so the only way to prevent that is protecting your teeth with a mouth guard.

 

Have a good toothbrush

 

This is true at any age, but really a good toothbrush is so important especially as your teeth and gums age.

A toothbrush with gentle bristles is best, but also investing an in an electric toothbrush is a good idea.

Make sure to floss in between your teeth each day as well, and you are on your way to keeping your smile going as long as you are.

How Having a Pet Can Keep You Sane

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Most people equate those who have cats to a crazy cat lady, particularly if they love their cat more than people. But have you ever thought that having a pet might be keeping that person from completely losing their marbles?

Pets are known to help people with their mental health problems. It’s why a doctor can sign a pet off as a comfort/therapy animal, because they really do have therapeutic benefits – whether you realize it or not.

Stress Relief 

Petting your fur baby feels good. When you’re cuddled up with your pet on the couch, petting them, it can be hard to leave because it makes you happy. This action helps lower blood pressure and helps your body release serotonin, a relaxation hormone. Plus, it also cuts down on stress hormones like cortisol.

An added benefit is that this also soothes your pet. So keep calm and pet on.

Socialize

Pets, dogs, in particular, can help people who have a hard time socializing connect with others. It’s easier to start a conversation with someone about yours or their dog then if they didn’t have one. A dog is almost a forced social experience because dogs do need to be socialized and walked, so when their owners take them for walks or to the dog park, there are many opportunities for socializing with other people as well.

Not to mention taking your pet for a checkup to a professional like Sunnyside Veterinary Clinic. Vet visits are social interactions too.

 

Sense of Purpose

Being a pet owner generally makes people happier. This is often because it creates a sense of purpose, a reason to get up each day. As humans, we need something that motivates our sense of responsibility, and having a pet can do just that. They need to be taken care of, but more than that, you want to take care of them because they are another member of your family.

Ease Depression

A pet loves you unconditionally and is there when you need them. If you need to talk, they are there to listen, even if they can’t actively participate in the conversation. And as mentioned, petting your animal will help calm you and boost your mood. Animals take you away from yourself and put your focus towards helping them and being productive. Its a great opportunity to help your mental health.

Fitness Boost

Pets can definitely help you achieve a more active lifestyle which has its own list of benefits. Dogs need to get outside and play and release energy, and the pet owner is responsible for that. Even a playful kitten can help you become more active as you let it chase you around the house or play tug-of-war with a string.

Pets also make at-home exercise more fun and interesting. Have you ever tried doing yoga with your dog?

More Independence

Service animals can help people with disabilities to be more independent. It’s difficult to need to rely on other people all the time, but having a pet can help with that. Service dogs can help the blind find their way around easier, they can provide support to people with Parkinson’s disease, and a comfort animal can prevent the need for regular therapy sessions with a counselor.

Pets provide so many benefits to us that we don’t even realize. What does your pet help you with?

5 Habits That Can Drastically Help Your Life

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Everyone is striving every day to be a little better; to be the person that they have always wanted to be. That usually starts with creating certain habits that will help you to achieve that goal.

Sometimes in creating good habits, you have to work extra hard to leave the bad ones behind, but even if takes extra work, in the end, it’s worth it.

But for most of us, it can be hard to even know where to start and what habits are really going to actually be those good ones that shape us into the person we wish we were.

Luckily the answer to that question can be found here, and with habits that can put you on the path to reaching your goals, whatever they may be.

Here are five habits that can really help your life and help to drive you to the success that you deserve.

Be grateful

Gratitude is a great skill to have and it can really lead to an improved life because it allows you to take the time to be grateful for the things you have rather than constantly thinking about all the things you don’t.

Try to take time each day to think about or write down the things you are grateful for. You can even create something like a gratitude journal to keep the things you write down every day, that way if you are having an off or bad day you can have something to look at to help you remember as well.

Make the most of your mornings

It may seem small or impossible for some but waking up early and creating good morning habits really does set the tone for the rest of your day.

Wake up and create a little morning routine with all the things that will have you starting off on the right foot, whether that’s meditation, a nice big breakfast, a yoga session, riding your bike, or dancing to your favorite songs.

Take the time each morning to do whatever you choose and make it your morning ritual.

Always be learning

There is always something more we can learn, and always adding new skills to your repertoire can only benefit and help you in some way in the long run.

Have your friend teach you something they are good at, or teach yourself a new skill, or take a class from your local community college.

There are also places such as dwinc.org which offer life-skill classes and there are also many websites such as those that can help you sign up for classes that will help you with day-to-day learning such as how to budget or how to have a good job interview.

Make time for you

Making time for you and giving yourself time for self-care is a practice that is really important and really beneficial.

Take yourself out on a date and do all the things you love to do. Get to know yourself and reflect on how you are doing mind, body, and soul.

Having and creating a deep relationship with yourself will only benefit all your other relationships with other people, and it will give you the time to address any issues or needs that you have that you can only sort out yourself or can come to understand when you have to seek other outside help from friends, family, or a professional.

Connect with others

Whether it’s talking with a co-worker at lunch or calling an old friend and meeting them for ice cream, find ways to get out and talk with people face to face.

Not only will it be fun, but it will help you to get out and step away from things like work and social media which can sometimes drag you down.

A connection is what drives us as human beings and allows us to create friendships that can help us to be better people.

6 Reasons to Get Your Exercise Today

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You might have made a goal to start exercising so you can get into shape, but it’s usually easier said than done. Especially if you’ve fallen into a  remarkably sedentary lifestyle, that goal alone may not be enough to get you up and moving.

When that happens, the best thing to do is give yourself another reason–an immediate reason–to get moving right now. Lucky for you, we’ve already got six.

Because It’s fun!

Before you try to contradict me, hear me out. Exercise doesn’t have to be a means to an end, so don’t waste your time on a workout plan that kills you a little bit inside. If you wanted to try a new activity and it’s just not for you, that’s okay! Pick something else until you find the right fit.

Exercise doesn’t have to be running on the treadmill or bench-pressing your bodyweight surrounded by bodybuilders. Do you like riding your bike as the trees are blossoming? Extend your route. Do you think throwing frisbees is far out? Get together with a group to play ultimate frisbee.

So You Can Socialize

If you can’t stand being alone at the gym, left at the mercy of the critical voice in your head, recruit a few buddies to keep it at bay. Exercise is a great excuse to spend time with good friends or making new ones.

Even having one other person next to you can help the time pass more quickly between the latest gossip on your favorite TV series, witty banter, and their motivational support meant just for you. You may find yourself spending more free time being active just so you can be around those people.

To Gain More Confidence

With everything you face every day, it’s easy to get discouraged and doubt your abilities to do and be all that you want. Taking time to fit in a workout can help boost your spirits because when you prove to yourself that you can do something that’s physically difficult, you’ll recognize that you have the ability to make it through whatever else comes at you.

To Distract Your Mind

When the same thoughts and ideas keep replaying in your mind with no forward momentum, it’s time to take a break. Putting in a workout is a great way to channel that cyclical energy away from the problem at hand. Try to go somewhere else (like the gym or a nearby hiking trail) because the change of scenery will help you to get some distance from the problem.

Whether you’re trying to understand string theory or need to blow off loads of steam, physical exertion will give you something else to focus on so your mind is fresh when it’s time to return to go back and solve the problem.

So You Can Stretch Your Muscles

Sometimes, you’ve just been sitting too long and a good reminder of your physical capabilities is just what the doctor ordered. With a quick outfit change, you’ll be able to keep your health in check. You’ll avoid the need for hammertoe surgery by giving your feet some comfy gym shoes to wear as well as allow yourself to improve flexibility and range of motion.

Don’t forget that even simple exercises can help prevent injuries to important parts of your body like your spine.

Because You’re Preparing for Something

Did you set a goal that has a hard deadline? Often runners will use these types of deadlines to keep them motivated throughout a training period, but your goal doesn’t have to be running a marathon, or even a 5k.

Maybe you have an awesome vacation planned that requires walking all over a foreign city or hiking a gorgeous mountain. Whatever it is, remind yourself of how much stronger you’ll be if you don’t miss this workout! And remember how much more enjoyable the event will be if you’re physically prepared!

4 Ways to Support Loved Ones After a Cancer Diagnosis

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You just received a call from someone very close to you. A family member or good friend shared the devastating news that they have been diagnosed with cancer.

You are probably feeling pretty shocked and saddened that your loved one must deal with the condition. But you also know that you want to be there for them in any way possible.

At the same time, this is a first for you. You have never navigated the territory of someone you love going through this kind of hardship, and you have no clue how to act around them or how to ask what they need.

A cancer diagnosis is obviously most difficult for the one who has received it, but it can also be hard for those that surround them and just want to help.

Here are four ways to help someone you love after a cancer diagnosis that can also serve as a launching point for the support that they will need in the next couple of months or years.

Reach out

The very first thing you can do for your friend and family member is to actually just be there for whatever they need.

In difficult situations, people can feel like they don’t know how to act. Therefore, they won’t reach out to the person who is sick because they don’t want to seem weird around them.

In reality, the last thing that this person wants is to feel more alone than they probably already do. So even though it may seem weird or strange, just be there for them. Be honest with them when you don’t know what to do or say. They probably won’t know either, but they will be appreciative of your support and company.

Take care of the miscellaneous

When someone receives a cancer diagnosis, the last thing they want to worry about is the dishes they left in the sink or soccer pick-up next week.

As their new support system through this crisis, you can take care of those everyday, mundane things without them asking. When they come home from a treatment or from a doctor’s visit and find them done, they will be so grateful. Now, they don’t have to worry about any tasks at hand.

Research with them

Once they receive a cancer diagnosis, some people want to find out all they can about their diagnosis. This includes all the possible research and studies being done on it.

Offer to help your loved one with that research. Look up places like tetoncancer.com or other institutes that treat different types of cancers and see what methods they have for different types of treatments. You can also look at the major cancer research sites such as the American Cancer Society or the National Cancer Institute.

Be their research buddy and they will be happy to have another set of eyes to help them process and battle through.

Be there

Your loved one will likely have to sit through a lot of doctors’ appointments. They will be meetings with oncologists, radiation treatments, and chemotherapy.

Since everyone else’s lives don’t seem to be halted in the same way as theirs, they might feel guilty asking someone to accompany them to all of these.

When you can, be that support person for them through all the crazy appointments. Offer to bring games, books, food, or their favorite movies to pass the time. They will be grateful to have support through it all. Plus, you will get to spend time with someone you love at a difficult time in their life.

The Truth About Appearances

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It’s a topic you’ve been hearing about your whole life, and yet it’s still alive and kicking like we haven’t talked it to death. People put a lot of stock in appearances and how they define a person. But, there has been a huge push against this with the growth of our feminist and LGBT movements.

Everyone has an opinion on this topic. This is because they each have at least one story about how appearances and judgments have hurt or helped them.  Or its affected someone they know in the regular ebb and flow of life. As much as we try to avoid it or ignore it, how you present yourself (and how you see others present themselves) has an impact on our communities.

Judging What You See

It’s easy to pass judgment on someone due to their disheveled hair or dirty nails, but we put more stock in those observations when we don’t know someone. What we see with a stranger is literally all we have to go off of, until we take a chance to speak to them. But our first impressions may prevent us from doing just that.

Whether it’s due to social constraints or personal safety, these cautious choices are still judgments of appearance.

We see it with political campaigns and celebrities, too. Because of the way someone is dressed or perceived, you may be more likely to interact with them, believing that they have admirable qualities because of that appearance. Often our interpretation of subliminal signs is correct, but this doesn’t justify our accepting them without further exploration.

Why Fit a Mold?

We are continually urged to “be ourselves”, yet any slight differences from the mainstream can have vast consequences. In the United States, where dental care is so important, anyone with slightly crooked teeth might suffer in social or career situations because of their smile.

So instead, they may seek to conquer the system. They’ll suffer through braces for the sake of fitting in–but it’s also an opportunity to beat the system. By conforming completely, they can master the system and use it to their advantage.

These characteristics honed over time, mainstream or not, can affect your success and your self-confidence. When its over–you’ve got the charisma, the suit, and the job–are you being the person you want to be?

Being Yourself

It can be difficult to be true to yourself while pursuing leadership roles if you don’t have that ideal leadership persona. The key is to learn the necessary leadership skills without rewriting who you are as a person. Your unique self is an important piece of how you move forward and interact with the world.

Let those new qualities function as tools that your personality wields rather than hiding who you are. Think of it this way: you may be held to a certain dress standard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put your own spin on it.

Rewriting the Narrative

For now, it’s about that balance between satisfying the world’s expectations in small ways while exposing them to the wonderful, unique people who don’t conform. We can’t do our part in persuading the world to accept if we don’t practice the same acceptance for others.

In reality, humanity won’t stop making judgments on appearance; they influence what we eat, the media we consume, and how we protect ourselves in precarious situations. But we can seek to make non-invasive judgments that recognize and accept the differences in others rather than condemning them

How to take care of your spine today

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Walking, running, picking up your kids, doing yoga; your spine is an amazing part of your body that has a key responsibility for these activities.

When your spine is out of whack, it can feel like your whole body is out of whack, so it’s important to make sure to take care of it. Without a healthy spine, you can’t do all the things you need to do.

It may be surprising that there are actually many things we do on a day-to-day basis that are not very good for our spines. Over time, these things wear it down and can cause some serious problems.

The good news is there are things we can do every day to reverse some of those effects and take care of our spines.

Here are a few ways you can take care of your spine starting today.

Watch the way you sit

Even something as simple as the way you sit could be irritating your spine, so it’s important to be mindful of your posture or how many hours you spend sitting versus standing.

If you have a job that requires you to sit for long periods of time, make sure you have a chair that offers good support to your spine and even consider a stand-up desk. Even something like switching out your regular chair for an exercise ball for half the day can really help your spine out.

Put on the heat

Heat on your spine not only feels really good but it can also be super soothing and healing to an overworked spine and the muscles that surround it.

Applying a heating pack, heating pad, hot water bottle, or even taking a hot bath are all great options for putting heat on your spine to help the blood flow around it, bringing healing nutrients to the muscles in your spine.

Walk and then walk some more

Walking is good for many parts of your body and especially for your spine.

It helps to work your muscles, get the blood flowing, and get important nutrients to the muscles and bones in your spine.

The good news is you don’t have to walk very far or very fast, and even if you have back problems or other serious injuries, you can take your walks in pools which take the pressure of your ailing bones and joints but still give you all the benefits of walking.

Talk to the doctor

If you are having some serious pain in your spine, make sure you give your doctor a visit before more seriously injuring it.

If, after having it checked by your doctor, you find that the injuries are pretty serious, you might want to talk to your doctor about something such as regenerative medicine, which can help heal and ease the pain of certain spinal issues, and any other treatment options.

Exercise, exercise, exercise

Exercise is a great habit to start for your overall health, but especially for your spinal health.

This doesn’t mean you have to start working out like crazy doing difficult exercises. The best way is to start with a simple exercise routine that involves strengthening exercises and stretching of the muscles.

The Negative Impacts of Alcohol

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Alcohol plays a role in most cultures. Drinking alcohol mostly plays a role during times of celebration or settings that require social interaction; which is why there are laws that regulate the level of consumption.

Although it can be a great way to enjoy special moments in your life, it can result in negative impacts if abused. Consider the negative impacts of alcohol to avoid any unfavorable implications.

Short-Term Effects

Alcohol has been known to decrease anxiety and even assist in an overall mood improvement. This is due to the increase of blood alcohol concentration which causes a temporary euphoria, which is why your confidence, mood, sociability, and anxiety have been improved. Although this can seem nice at the time, consuming too much can increase changes of dangerous consequences. Depending on how much is taken and considering your physicality, you could also be subject to:

  • Upset stomach
  • Speech slur
  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired judgement
  • Physical coordination
  • Memory loss

Be sure to make note that these temporary side effects can have long-term side effects. For instance, your impaired judgement could be the result of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and causing an accident that severely injures yourself, others, or worse; death. Lives are taken every day as a result of alcohol-related crashes.

Long-Term Effects

Not only does alcohol pose major issues with short-term effects, it also can affect you from a long-term point of view as well. Although the temporary effects of a few drinks might seem enjoyable, the long-term impact may have you rethink your binge drinking habit. Consider a few of these long-term repercussions of binge drinking:

  • Liver disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High risk for stroke
  • Heart-related risks
  • Brain damage
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cancer
  • Injuries from a blackout
  • Social and personal issues as a result of alcohol dependency

It is important to consider how binge drinking can negatively impact your life. Although life calls for celebration, be sure to avoid situations that would influence you to consume more alcohol than you should.

Alcohol can be an enjoyable social activity with friends and family as you celebrate precious moments; however, overconsumption can have severely negative consequences. If you find yourself binge drinking or know someone who has a drinking addiction, be sure to discuss it.

There are various unfavorable situations that can follow the use of alcohol. If you plan to enjoy a few drinks, be sure to have your night planned in advance to avoid situations of drinking and driving, blacking out, or over drinking. As mentioned above, one night of drinking can result in some pretty devastating circumstances.

Alcohol is a substance that will cause you to become impaired if you consume enough. It is a substance that has to be respected in any environment. Do your part and drink responsibly. Don’t drive after drinking. Acting responsibly could be the difference in a terrible accident and saving a life.