Adrienne Erin

Adrienne is a freelance writer navigating her first pregnancy. You can read more of her work on her blog Foodie Fitness, or follow her on Twitter as @foodierx.

6 Tips To Support Someone Suffering From Mental Illness

Be mindful of those affected by mental illnesses. Eagerly offer help, it will instil their confidence in you. Listen to them, don't judge or offer untimely advice. Help them seek professional help, it will show them there's nothing to be ashamed of. Treat them the same as before, including them in plans. Show your support right through their recovery. Spread awareness about mental illnesses.

How Your Addiction Is Harming Everyone Around You

Spending late nights drinking or doing drugs will get you late for work. Co-workers will be forced to make up for your lag. Identify your true friends – they’re not the ones who share in your addiction. Addictions aren’t cheap. Your family will be emotionally and financially burdened. Apart from embarrassing your children and family you might end up hurting them physically as well.

10 Psychological Tricks To Lose Weight

If you WANT the food, leave it. If you NEED it, eat it. Its OK to leave some food on your plate. Mentally calculate the calories in the food in front of you. Avoid distractions like TV and pay attention to what you eat, taste and how full your tummy feels. Use a smaller plate and a larger fork, and drink calorie-filled fluids from tall glasses to fool your brain into eating less.

Detecting Breast Cancer Early With Annual Mammograms

After the age of 40, yearly mammograms are key in early detection. Women of all ages should participate in monthly self-exams. There are two types of mammograms: screening and diagnostic. A screening exam is used for women who currently show no signs of cancer. A diagnostic exam is for women who have displayed abnormal results in a screening exam.

How To Sleep Comfortably During Pregnancy?

Firm pillows for additional support can be used for better sleep during pregnancy. It allows you to customize your space with minimum risk. Side-sleeping is often the best option for pregnant women, but it can create pressure spots. Try putting a pillow between your knees to help keep your hips aligned.

How To Motivate Yourself To Stick To A Fitness Program

Make a schedule and stick to it. To ensure that your new fitness fix sticks, start out slow. You can gradually increase intensity and time. You could also try finding a workout buddy who will motivate you to stick to your workout schedule. Switch your workout moves to avoid a burnout. Finally celebrate small changes in your body and keep motivating yourself.

Finding Pain Relief During Pregnancy

Yoga - low-impact exercises decrease pregnancy discomfort and is beneficial for the baby. Massage - prenatal massage can relieve back and leg pain, lower stress and boost sleep. Acquatherapy - pain and weight relief and reduces swelling of feet and legs. Chiropractor - releases discomfort and keeps your hips in proper alignment for easier delivery.

Common Organ Donation Myths Busted

Organ donors are put into a space of volatility by the media, society and even fictional characters. People who plan to become organ donors eventually develop fear of the process, fear that their life will be viewed less valuable and whether their organs will suite a person in need. These are nothing but unwarranted fears and organ donation is a noble and safe cause.

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