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Treatment and Recovery from an Eating Disorder: It Pays to Help Yourself

girl with eating disorderGetting started with a treatment for eating disorder involves helping yourself or working hard to stay well. This is because there is always the risk of returning to your old habits after several months of successful treatment. For those with anorexia, this includes patterns of losing weight. For bulimia and binge eating disorder, it becomes harder to resist purging or compulsive eating habits.

It is best to get in touch with your doctor or healthcare team to continue to stay well. Treatment centersfor eating disorders share a few tips for helping yourself:

Talk to others.

This may seem hard, but talking about your concerns with the people you trust is beneficial in recovery. It is also a good idea to surround yourself with people who love and support you and want to help you succeed.

Join a support a group.

Eating disorder support groups can offer a safe environment where you can talk confidently about your concerns and get support and advice from those who know what you are going through.

Follow your treatment plan.

Even if you feel like you are doing better, there is no reason to neglect or ignore other aspects of your treatment or therapy. Always follow what your healthcare team advises you to do.

Focus on your physical and mental health.

This means exerting more effort to get to ample nutrition that your body and brain need to recover. This is because eating disorders can interfere with your ability to think and understand situations clearly.

Know what triggers your symptoms.

These may be stressful life situations or certain times of the year. Talk to your psychologist in creating a plan for dealing with them or ask more support from friends and family. You can also attend therapy sessions more often at such times.

Engage in fulfilling activities.

Doing something enjoyable or worthwhile can make you think less about food and body appearance. Try an activity that you enjoy or have always wanted to do, like learning a new skill or hobby.

Recovery can be a long process, but it is always possible. You just have to believe in yourself and do everything you can to get better and stay healthy.

December 19, 2017 at 1:00 amHead of Health

Retirement Planning: How to Retire Happy

Old couple enjoying their retirementRetirement should be a glorious time. You have all the time in the world to finally do what you want and spend all that money you’ve been saving without guilt because that’s why you saved it in the first place.

Ironically, surveys suggest that not all retirees retire happy or as happy as they expected to be. Why? Because some retirees forgot to plan what they’re going to do once they’re retired. That said, below are some ideas for enjoying your retirement.

Plan for Major Life Decisions Well in Advance

Consider things like when should you quit working? Will you be staying put or relocating? When should you claim your benefits? And most of all, what are you planning to do with all your time? While you don’t need to have the answers all figured out at once, you should ideally start mulling them once you turn 50 since you will be qualified to make catch-up contributions to your retirement fund at that time.

One of the top financial advisors in CT also suggests that you ensure your investment portfolio is transitioning to an allocation of assets that would leave you less susceptible to a market depression. He adds that you should also start monitoring your expenses and determining how you budget would change when you retire.

Think About your Lifestyle

Essentially, you need to stay as healthy as possible to enjoy your golden years. Getting ample sleep, eating right, and exercising regularly could all help, and while you can’t do anything about genetics and chance, getting regular checkups is a great start.

Maintain relationships with family and friends. Get out and socialize, make new friends, take up a new hobby or revisit an old one, take classes, become a volunteer and travel. Put simply, take care of yourself and have fun!

Develop a Routine

Whether it’s a weekly family dinner, brunch with friends, daily sunset yoga in the park, or bowling with former colleagues on Thursdays, a routine will lend some much-needed structure to your retirement life. You should also know that according to studies, some of the oldest individuals in the world live for routines, so maybe there’s something there.

The Takeaway

All in all, to enjoy your retirement, plan well ahead in advance for all the important stuff and make sure that you’ve got all your financial ducks in a row. Make sure that you have a plan for what you’re going to do and do it.

December 13, 2017 at 10:08 amLifestyle

3 Things That Explain Why Utah Is a Great State to Do Business

Image of Utah skylineUtah consistently ranks as one of the best states for business-minded individuals. In 2017, Forbes placed the Beehive State in second place. What factors could have been influencing this excellent business climate?

Taxes

Unlike some states, Utah levies almost all types of taxes including personal and corporate income tax, as well as property tax. The biggest difference – and something business owners would appreciate – is the simplicity.

Utah now uses a flat rate of 5 percent for personal income tax. There is also a fixed rate of 4.7 percent for state sales tax. Local rates, on the other hand, can vary. Overall, the state’s taxes are near the national average.

Economy

Utah also has one of the most vibrant economies in the country. In a 2016 WalletHub report, it placed third after California and Washington in the overall rankings. Meanwhile, it ranked fifth in economic activity and fourth in innovation potential. It scored the highest, first place, in terms of financial health.

The state bested Florida in the highest GDP growth and California in the most startup activity. It placed first in the highest change of non-farm payrolls.

Business Community

Businesses thrive when the owners receive all the support they need from the government and their community. Utah has a publication called Doing Business in Utah, which provides all the essential information one needs to start and manage an enterprise in the state.

There are business organizations that offer workshops and guidance for starters. For those who are into tech, Utah is the place to be. With its numerous start-ups, others now see it as the next Silicon Valley. Doing business in Utah is easier than in other states as one can easily find funding.

However, out-of-state entrepreneurs can also establish here by opting to buy a business in Utah, which firms such as Utah Business Consultants can help you with. This option is even ideal as a homegrown professional can provide ideas on how to start with the least risks.

Utah is not a perfect state. It does have its own business-related issues including a softer economic outlook or a high labor cost. However, more often than not, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

December 12, 2017 at 1:36 amBusiness Electronica