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Racial Discrimination

Dealing With the Mental Health Effects of Racial Discrimination

Unfortunately, racial discrimination is a major issue throughout Australia and the rest of the world. Although many people don’t realise it, racism is still a very major problem in workplaces and social settings across our country, and it can have serious and far-reaching consequences.

One of the major consequences of racial discrimination in the workplace is deteriorated mental health. Illnesses such as anxiety and depression are common, and many sufferers also experience lower self-confidence and belief in themselves.

Because of this, we’ve put together the following list of ways to improve your mental health. Maintain a positive state of mind and don’t let racial discrimination by taking advantage of the following:

*Remember, racial discrimination is illegal and should be reported to the relevant authorities and seek legal advice if necessary. Never ignore it, especially if it’s having a negative impact on your life.

  1. Consider Meditation

Meditation is a well-known strategy for relieving stress and anxiety. When completed properly, meditating can help you forget about all the nasty things going on in your life, allowing you to focus instead on your long-term goals and aims.

  1. Use Relaxation Techniques

Many psychologists recommend some sort of relaxation techniques for those suffering from low self-esteem and damaged confidence. Things like deep breathing, meditating, and even just sitting and concentrating on something for a while can help you relax, relieving the symptoms of numerous mental health problems.

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Thumb Sucking

The Negative Impact of Thumb Sucking on Speech

Thumb sucking and the use of a dummy/pacifier doesn’t mean your child is destined for kids’ speech therapy sessions. In most cases, it’s a short-term practice that young children rely on for self-calming and will grow out of by the time they are three or four years old.

However, children that don’t grow out of thumb sucking are shown to be more at risk of speech problems, according to a 2009 study by US and Chile researchers.

Thumb sucking can seem harmless enough, but long-term, it may result in a myofunctional condition. This condition is when the muscles at the front of the mouth, particularly around the lips, are used, but others, such as the masseter muscles, are not.

This condition, as well as a forward carriage of the tongue, can lead to a detrimental impact on teeth alignment, occlusion, and oral muscle development, not to mention persistent tongue thrust.

What is Tongue Thrust?

Tongue thrust is a swallowing pattern that occurs during early childhood. A mature swallowing pattern gradually replaces that tongue thrust around the age of nine. However, children who suck their thumb are at risk of this swallowing pattern continuing, which can lead to distortion in speech, particularly with tongue tip sounds.

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Laser Eye Surgery

What Are My Laser Eye Surgery Options?

In general, laser eye surgery from eye specialists such as Insight Eye Clinic is used to correct poor vision and eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. In most cases, laser surgery is simple, relatively non-invasive and comes with quite a short recovery time.

In fact, in many cases you will notice an improvement in your vision immediately after the procedure.

However, there are three different types of laser eye surgery, each of which is suited to different people in different situations. You should always speak with your local specialist to determine the best choice for your needs.

But, we’ve outlined them below to give you an idea of what each procedure involves and why it is done.

F-LASIK Laser Eye Surgery

LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is one of the most common types of laser eye surgery in the world. It has been performed for almost 30 years, and is generally used to correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness, and astigmatism.

In general, LASIK surgery involves using a special laser to create a small flap on the cornea of your eye. This exposes the tissue underneath, which can then be treated with a different type of laser. Basically, the treatment will reshape your cornea, correcting your vision and allowing you to perform simple everyday activities within hours following the procedure.

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Lower Back Pain

Exercises That Could Cause Lower Back Pain

Anywhere between 70 and 90 percent of Australians will suffer from lower back pain at least some part of their life. Around four million Australians, or 16 percent of the population, have back problems in general.

When your back causes grief, you can often feel like fitness and exercise is out of the question. How are you supposed to move around when you’re in so much pain? The truth is, some exercises are better than others for alleviating or not agitating injuries and painful areas. Some, you should avoid altogether. Here are a few activities that could cause lower back pain.

The Superman Exercise

A popular stretching and strengthening exercise is the superman position, which involves lying on your stomach and reaching your hands and feet upward. While you might think this position is strengthening your body, it’s actually hyperextending your spine. You may not see any repercussions from this position, but it’s not worth risking if you already have problems with back pain.

Incorrect Plank

Most people know how beneficial the planking position is for them. It strengthens your core and can help with pain in your back from the resultant additional strength. However, if you do it wrong, you are doing more harm than good for your lower back.

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Dental Implants

Implants – The Right Dental Implants for You

When you see your dentist about a possible dental implant, you may think there’s only one option. Believe it or not, there is a vast range of dental implants to suit various patients. Just like other dental procedures, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach.

However, before you see your dentist, it’s helpful to understand what’s available to you. You can then be more aware of why a dentist made the choice they did, and what comes next. Read on to discover what main dental implants are available and which one might be right for you.

Endosteal Dental Implants
Endosteal dental implants are the most commonly used by dentists around the globe. They are made from titanium and are shaped like a screw. Your dentist inserts these into the jawbone below the gumline, then attaches a natural-looking tooth on top.

Subperiosteal Dental Implants
You may not see the need for another type of implant, considering endosteal implants work so well. However, they won’t work for everyone. They sit under the gum like an endosteal implant but can be above or on the jawbone.

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Exercise Help Addiction

Can Exercise Help Addiction?

Addiction is something that many people struggle to combat on their own. Publicly-funded drug and alcohol treatment services in Australia treated over 130,000 people in 2017-18, and drug rehab facilities welcome many thousands of new people every year. Those figures don’t include the many thousands of people who are addicts and don’t seek help.

Drug rehab professionals use a range of techniques to combat drug use, such as counselling, psychotherapy, medication, and help groups, but what about exercise? Studies are looking promising for physical activity to be beneficial for those on the road to addiction recovery as well.

Exercise will most likely never become the primary treatment method for drug rehabilitation. It can take more than that to put someone on the straight and narrow and keep them on it. As the figures currently stand, there is a 40 to 60 percent chance of relapse for substance use, according to American Addiction Centre studies.

However, if you pair conventional treatment methods, such as psychotherapy and medication with exercise, you may find it can be rewarding and beneficial for addicts. Studies involving cocaine-dependent rats showed that regular swimming reduced self-administration of cocaine.

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Porcelain Veneers

The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers

Many people are not happy with their teeth. Some people think the gap between their two front teeth is too big, or they don’t like a small chip or crack. Others don’t believe they’re white enough, don’t like the shape, or they have a permanent stain that not even teeth whitening services from their dentist can fix.

If you have imperfections in your teeth that you don’t like, you might think you have to put up with them. While you can, your self-esteem and confidence can plummet as a result. Why not fix the dental problem, or at least weigh up the options of trying something like porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are tooth-coloured porcelain shells that adhere to your natural teeth. They are a permanent addition, with your dentist removing your teeth’s enamel to fit them. Once you have them, there’s no going back to your original teeth.

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Drug Rehab

Signs You May Need to Go to Rehab

Many people think of drug rehab as a place to admit defeat, but it’s not that at all. It’s the middle ground between medical care and outpatient treatment, providing tools and support for those who possibly need a helping hand to break free from the grasp of drugs and alcohol.

However, it’s not always easy to know whether you need drug rehab or not. You may feel like your problem isn’t severe enough, or that you can help yourself without professional assistance. Here are a few tell-tale signs that drug rehab, in fact, could be the right move for you.

You Put Drugs Before Anything Else

If you are beginning to make drugs your primary focus and priority, then rehab could be a sensible solution for you. You might be starting to do everything for your next drink, smoke, or hit, and your favourite hobbies and activities could also be taking a backseat. Even loved ones may end up coming off second-best to your drugs. At this point, drug rehab is not only an option but a necessity to get you back on track and in the driver’s seat.

Your Physical and Mental Health is Suffering

Drugs can affect both your body and mind – in the short term and long term. If you identify unwanted behaviour or body changes that are a direct result of drug use, then rehab facilities can help. There are trained medical staff at drug rehab centres that focus on both aspects of your health.

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