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4 Tools to help Anyone with Heart Problems

4 Tools to help Anyone with Heart Problems

Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in America. More than 600,000 people die each year from heart-related issues. Unfortunately a lot of the problems associated with heart disease come from a lack of education. The world is pushing medical and healthcare breakthroughs at an extremely fast rate, but many people are unaware of how to prevent heart disease, and how to live with it once it occurs in their family. Here are five tricks and tools that everyone with a heart problem should know about.

Heart360

Heart360 is a program that was launched by the American Heart Association. It is designed to be an all-in-one solution for people with heart issues. The best part about the tool is its tracking capabilities.

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One of the hardest parts about living with heart problems is keeping track of a lot of important metrics that your body is putting out. These include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, and much more. Heart360 was designed to keep track of all of these for you and to alert you if there are ever any issues with any of these metrics. Heart360 can help eliminate the stress of not knowing what is happening with your heart and body. You can read more about Heart360 here.

Insurance

One of the scariest parts of finding out that you have a heart problem is worrying about what your family would do in the event of your death. Many life insurance providers will not insure someone who has a pre-existing condition. This means that many people are out of luck when it comes to obtaining life insurance.

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Fortunately, innovative companies have created solutions for people in this predicament. These companies specialize in connecting people with heart issues to life insurance options that work for them. They often require certain lifestyle changes be made (such as using Heart360) but they are able to find a way to relieve the worry that comes with the idea of leaving one’s family alone and penniless. You can find a few of the life insurance options for heart patients here.

UpWell

UpWell is a fairly recent entry to the heart market and is becoming more popular by the day. It aims to be an all-in-one solution to people with chronic heart problems.  One of the most helpful features is its prescription management software. The software aims to make managing your prescriptions a breeze by doing everything for you. This includes alerting you when you are low, then automatically ordering new prescriptions. This helps alleviate one of the hardest parts about having a heart condition- medication management.

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EatThisNotThat

Besides poor genetics, dietary habits are the next biggest cause of heart problems. There are dozens of foods that most people eat every day that increase the risk of heart disease. These foods combined with bad genetics and advanced age are the reason that America has so many people with heart problems.

As hard and annoying as it may be, changing one’s diet is probably one of the easiest ways to help cope with heart problems and diseases. One of the best websites to assist in that is a site called EatThisNotThat. The site is built around the premise that there is almost always a healthier alternative to foods that people commonly eat. The user simply tells the tool the foods that he or she would like to eat, and it recommends healthier alternatives that taste similar.

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These tools and tricks will not make heart problems go away. They will, however, help simplify life and help in coping with the hardships that come with most heart conditions.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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