Bearing The Brunt: Supporting Your Partner Through A Life-Threatening Illness

Emotional and medical effects for your partner and you

Research your partner’s medical condition but don’t fall into a trap of over-Googling it. Do what you are able to find out about treatment options from verified specialists. Pexels, CC0 License.

It’s never the best news if somebody you love is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition and it can have a major effect on, not just your partner, but the both of you as a couple. There are many instances of people who have been placed under so much pressure due to a disease or general health issues that they have been torn apart, which can have a devastating effect on the families too. So if you are in that position where someone you care deeply about has been diagnosed with a major health condition there are things to do so you look after your partner but also, you need to make sure that you look after yourself, and here is how. Continue reading

Help! What Support Can Your College Offer You?

Starting college can be a pretty daunting experience. Whether you’re fresh out of high school or you’re going back to school as an older learner, stepping into any new environment is often scary. However, one of the great things about college is that you can find support when you need it. Of course, some colleges are better at delivering the support you need than others, which is why you need to choose your school carefully. If you’re not sure about what support might be available to you or what to look for, have a look at the following ways you can make your college experience go a little smoother.

Looking online for campus assistance

Check out campus solutions online for dealing with day-to-day issues. Pexels, CC0 License.

Tech to Manage Your Own Information

Although you want support from your college, you also want them to give you the tools to be self-sufficient. This is one way they can offer support, by making sure you don’t always need to seek out someone to ask a question or complete an action. Systems like mobile campus solutions make it much easier for you to take care of your day-to-day issues. If you need to change some personal information on your student record or deal with a financial issue, it’s much more convenient if you can do it from your phone. It removes the need to make an appointment with the right office, and maybe get passed around between different people.

Emotional Support from Campus Counseling

College tests how much you can handle academically, but it can also have an effect on you emotionally. You might find yourself dealing with personal problems or feeling super stressed during exam time. Most colleges will offer some sort of support for students who might need someone to listen to them. As well as counseling services if you want to talk to someone in person, you can also sometimes use phone lines if you want to talk to someone anonymously. Plus, you can usually ask for more practical support if something is happening in your life, such as an illness or a bereavement. Continue reading

What Suffering an Addiction Really Teaches Us

Life is a series of lessons, and you never learn more about yourself than when you have an addiction. It tears families apart, encourages dishonesty, and is the tipping point in many relationships. If you or a loved one has ever suffered from an addiction and beaten it, you will realize how much has been accomplished. But for those reading this who has a loved one going through this right now, it is the responsibility of the afflicted to ask for help, which is never an easy task. If this is you, asking for help is the first step on a long road, but you will learn so much about yourself. Here’s what you may learn on the other side.

Breaking the Chains of Addiction

Releasing yourself from the chains of addiction is difficult. Photo via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

It’s Difficult

Let’s start here, and it’s stating the obvious, but asking for help when you’re suffering is the hardest part of all. Take solace in the fact that in asking for help, you’ve done the hardest task. The whole journey to recovery means you will experience every single type of emotion, from anxiety to anger, to desperation, and so much more.

Giving up an addiction to a substance is breaking ties with something you have a dependence on, and that will never be easy. Yes, this is blatantly obvious, but it will be one of the most difficult things you will have to go through.

There is a Lot More Support than You Think

If someone is going through a hard time, it is incredibly isolating. You may avoid asking for help because you don’t feel there is a support network out there for you, but there is always help out there.

It’s a common feeling to think that you are burdening your loved ones by asking for help, but don’t forget that they want to help and they will help however they can. It doesn’t feel like it sometimes, but there is help out there.

Even in a professional capacity, from telephone helplines for people feeling mental health problems or AA meetings for those suffering from substance dependency, help is around the corner. It’s the asking for help that’s the task in this, and it’s something that is being pushed a lot more now than ever before because mental health issues or addictions are being spoken about much more than before. Continue reading