Vulnerability Can Be Scary, But It Can Also Bring Your Greatest Joy

This is a very interesting topic which funnily enough keeps coming up for me. I spent 20 years of my life ensuring I didn’t show my vulnerability. I was extremely uncomfortable sharing my emotions or letting anyone get too close to me. In my eyes I actually had good reason to be as I had experienced a great deal of loss as a child. I now know that I thought, “Well if I don’t get close to people then there is no chance of the people I love leaving me or dying”. Unfortunately that meant I was very closed, very introverted and unhappy and used food and excessive exercise to control my emotions instead.

Although it can hurt to be vulnerable, ultimately it can lead to love, joy and belonging as well. So if we don’t allow ourselves to show our vulnerability unfortunately we are closing ourselves off to the possibility of the actual joy of life.

It takes courage to open ourselves up and trust our feelings and beliefs with someone else. We fear we will be ridiculed or put down or rejected, however often this is only our perception. We are all worthy of love and joy however for some of us, experiences we have had in the past often lead to us believing that we aren’t. Why would you wear your heart on your sleeve when every time you do it ends in tears?

Funnily enough it is those tears that free us. Giving into the emotion, asking for help and giving to others ensures we feel fulfilled and have a purpose which ultimately brings happiness and joy.

Through my work I know that many people over eat instead of showing their vulnerability. Food is an easy escape, we don’t have to risk anything to eat. However it always ends in guilt, blame and shame which leads to more bingeing and on the cycle goes.

The wonderful thing about eating “naturally” is that it enables you be mindful. So as you’re about to inhale the bag of chips or family block of chocolate if you stop and ask yourself, “What is going on,?” you might find it relates to some sort of emotion that no amount of chocolate will fix.

When I was recovering from depression I was encouraged to sing. This enabled me to get the emotion out of my body instead of keeping it in with food. Trust me I will not be auditioning for X Factor anytime soon but it was so freeing. Since then I now cry if I need to or yell or even try to talk about what is going on for me. We don’t have to face these things on our own. We all have our own insecurities but it’s not weak to show them or express them. It enables you to be authentic and real and live in the now and not the past, creating a positive joyful future.

I am a wife and mother who has recovered from 20 years of food and weight related issues. I used to binge on food uncontrollably and then exercise excessively to get rid of it. After being diagnosed with depression and bulimia in 1996 I was introduced to Natural Eating and personal development.

Carbon Monoxide, The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide is a very dangerous gas that has claimed the lives of many yet the public remains unaware of this serial killer. This is so due to the incognito properties of this horrific gas such as being; tasteless, colorless, and odorless yet very poisonous. It is therefore one of the people’s least suspicion for the possible cause of the mysterious deaths that usually happen. This has therefore rendered most of the people defenseless against it hence its continued silent killings.

Carbon monoxide is formed as a result of incomplete combustion of organic fossil fuels such as charcoal, coal, gas and oil due to limited oxygen. However if there is enough oxygen during the combustion, carbon dioxide will be produced instead.

According to, Aristotle showed more evidence about the toxicity of this gas when he mentioned that in the ancient times, the criminals were executed by shutting them in a bathing room with smoldering coals although the mechanism of death was not yet known by then.

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when one breathes in carbon dioxide gas. When it gets into the blood stream, it prevents the red blood cells from carrying oxygen thereby depriving the heart, brain and vital organs of oxygen hence leading to the death of cells, tissues and the whole organism at last. If someone survives, there are high chances of sustaining a brain damage.

Some of the causes for carbon monoxide poisoning are as follows; poor ventilation of the room, use of faulty or damaged heating appliances, use of charcoal stoves in an enclosed room for cooking and heating purposes, use of engines such as generators inside an enclosed room among others.

In case of any suspicion for carbon monoxide poisoning in one’s house, the following symptoms can be used to confirm this gas’ poisoning; headache, dizziness, nausea, collapse, loss of consciousness, muscular weakness, breathlessness, sickness, diarrhea or stomach pains and general lethargy among others.

If all or most of the above symptoms are found to be present, one should consider taking into action the following treatment measures;

First of all, open the doors and windows to allow fresh air into the room. Afterwards, seek medical attention immediately. Ensure a house inspection from by a registered professional to prevent any further accidental poisoning by carbon monoxide.

Every one of us whether young or old is at risk of being poisoned by this gas therefore safety precautions should be taken;

One should ensure that the room in which he or she is cooking from is properly ventilated. This will enable enough oxygen to circulate in the room for complete combustion of the fuel.

One should ensure that the appliances they are using are in normal condition before using them. This will help to prevent any possible gas poisoning.

One should use appliances only for the purpose for which they were designed for. For example, one should not use a charcoal stove for heating up a room because in the due course, the burning charcoal will use up most of the oxygen in the room thereby giving off carbon monoxide which will poison everyone inside the room.

Ensure that there is no interference with any air vents around the room. This will help the air to circulate freely around the room.

An audio carbon monoxide alarm that can produce sound even when someone is asleep should be installed to prevent instances of carbon monoxide poisoning when someone is dead asleep.

Ensure that all the family members in the house are fully aware of the dangers and causes of carbon monoxide poisoning.

A joint effort to fight the poisoning of this silent killer gas is needed. This can be done by promoting the awareness of this poisonous gas to everyone we know. By doing so we shall be able to mitigate the rate of deaths caused by this horrific gas. Remember, to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

The Role of the Optician

An optician is a technician within the eye care realm that is trained to design, verify, and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other appliances meant to correct eyesight. The optician will use prescriptions that ophthalmologists or optometrists have supplied, but they themselves do not provide vision screening or write prescriptions for eye wear correction.

The optician has sort of a fun job because not only do they prepare the appliances that help you see better, they combine this talent with the fashion industry. Opticians are able to design and help you choose fashionable lenses that fit well on your face and compliment your features. Should you require contact lenses; the technician will adjust how they fit in your eyes.

It may not seem like an important job, but being an optician is a vital part of the world of optometry. Without these professionals, both your new eyeglasses and contact lenses would not fit properly, thus doing you a disservice by even wearing them. Can you imagine wearing contact lenses that feel uncomfortable in your eyes?

Think of an optician as a pharmacist. When a medical doctor writes a prescription for a medication, you take it to the chemist and he or she fills it for you. This is exactly what an optician does but with eye wear. Opticians work with people of all ages including young adults, senior citizens, and children.
Work Environment

In most cases, an optician will work under the direct counsel of an optometrist. This can either be in the doctor’ office or an adjacent shop. In some case, the optician will work behind the scenes of an online eyeglass store. There are many places to obtain eyeglasses and contact lenses such as department stores, specialized shops, and any number of environments.

Did you know that opticians generally work in the evenings and weekends? This is a huge convenience for folks who have busy schedules. You have the option to get your eye exam and drop off your prescription at a later time and pick your eyeglasses up when it suits you best.
Becoming an Optician

In terms of becoming an optician, there are a few requirements. After all, this position requires a great deal of knowledge concerning prescription lenses and how they are made.

• Education – In order to become an optician, you must graduate from high school followed by a formal education at the university. Most opticians will attend a two-year training programme that involves the study of anatomy, eye anatomy, algebra, trigonometry, optical physics, and math.

• Training – If an optician decides to take an apprenticeship 9or is offered one), they will typically undergo a two to four-year period of on-the-job-training under the watchful eye of a licensed supervisor.

• Licensing and/or certification – Depending on where the optician is located, he or she will require special certification or licensure before being permitted to practice.

• Skills – Having great people skills is an important quality for all opticians to have because they work in direct correlation with patients. From helping the patient to choose their frames to aligning the lenses with the proper area of the eyes, these technicians do a lot of direct work with the public.

As a patient, finding a practice that offers high quality and experienced opticians on staff is a something you should look for when choosing an eye doctor. Whether you wear glasses now or have never worn them before, having a technician help you find the right frames, lens size, and contacts is important. Always ask the practice you are considering if they have an optician on staff and if you are able to meet them.

Oakes Opticians is a family owned business that has been providing unbeatable eye care services since 2010. The company is happy to serve the residents of the Huddersfield community and surrounding area. As an indicator of the company’s success, the practise has rapidly expanded over the years, drawing in new patients from near and far whilst maintaining great relationships with existing clients. The practise proudly offers their patients a variety of services, including affordable eyewear and late appointments. Using the latest technology in the industry, Oaks Opticians is known to be one of the area’s best eye care centres for those suffering from cataracts and glaucoma.

Caring For Your Brazilian Hair

Brazilian hair is natural human hair that is top in quality and loved by many. Its specialty is that it does not go through any chemical processing and is lustrous, silky and light in texture making it amongst the most popular of all hair extensions in the market today. The glossy natural look makes it look good on any head and you can select a color that matches the color of your natural tresses for a natural look even with the extension in place.

The best features of Brazilian hair are that it does not tangle, shed or dry and it can also hold those beautiful curls for a long time. The hair extensions come in a wide range of colors and lengths, hence you can choose the perfect one for you. Whichever piece of Brazilian hair you choose, caring for it is necessary to continue enjoying its beautiful look. Brazilian hair can also be very expensive, hence it only makes sense that you find out the best way of taking care of it.

Tip 1 – Make sure that you have a professional fix the hair extension for you. Proper placement is important because it protects your natural hair from damages and breakages that can result from very tight weaving or application. This can also leave you with a painful scalp. It should not be loose either because it could end up damaging it or it will get untidy faster. Let a professional handle the fixing for best results.

Tip 2 – For virgin hair extensions in the Brazilian type, clean the scalp and then the hair extension. Powder shampoos can be great choices to take care of the scalp and the hair as well. Use a mild shampoo on a weekly basis ensuring that you work from the scalp down to the edges to keep tangles at bay.

Tip 3 – To keep your hair extension silky and smooth, use a light conditioner after you have washed it. Deep conditioning can be done on a monthly basis but if the piece is colored or very dry, then deep conditioning is best done every fortnight for a silky smooth look and feel.

Tip 4 – Rinse out the conditioner and shampoo thoroughly to keep buildup of the hair product at bay and minimize scalp issues. Use a thick towel to dry the hair ensuring that you pat it dry instead of rubbing it dry. You can also use a dryer, but minimally because the frequent heat could end up damaging your hair extensions.

Tip 5 – After drying the hair well, apply a moisturizer or light oil and then comb it out. A wide tooth comb is best instead of a brush because a brush can pull out the hairs leaving the hair extension looking untidy.

Tip 6 – Use Argan oil on the attachment for fast absorption and root penetration to improve the elasticity of the hair. The oil has Vitamin E that strengthens the hair minimizing damages on the Brazilian hair.

Your Brazilian hair is as good as the care you give it. After choosing the extension you love the most, find out from your stylist what you can do to maintain the beautiful look and feel of hair extensions.