Why Do People Avoid Going to the Doctor?

Whether you are the type of person who is casual about their health or the type who is hyper vigilant, the vast majority of us see our general practitioner at least once a year for a physical. Sometimes we have to go more often than that because of an illness or unexplained health condition. However, you will occasionally run into people who brag about the fact that they never go to their doctor. Sometimes there is a legit reason for that; there are people who rarely ever get sick. But there are also others who do not go simply because they do not want to or they are afraid to. Here are some reasons why some folks do not go to the doctor:

Cost

Depending on which area where you live, and whether your job offers health insurance, you may have to pay out-of-pocket for a visit to the doctor. As sad as it sounds, and as important as a person’s health is, some people just do not have the money to spare for even one appointment.

Fear

Even if they can afford the appointment, some people fear that seeing the doctor will reveal they have a significant health problem. Some people would rather just not know, even though early detection of some problems can solve them. Of the two sexes, men are less likely to go to the doctor, even though they are historically known to be the braver gender. Also, people with vices that tend to cause health issues, such as smoking and alcoholism, are less likely to see a physician.

A different relationship with physicians

In years past, many people had a family doctor that they went to for generations. That sort of relationship is rare nowadays, and as a result, the same level of trust is no longer there.

 

Do You Have Anxiety Problems?

Anxiety is a normal part of life and tends to pass without causing many difficulties. However, for some people, anxiety can create major issues that lower their quality of life. This problem can be so severe that it causes them great mental and physical strain that can lead to breakdowns and sometimes even suicide.

Here are some things that you can try if you are dealing with anxiety problems. However, first and foremost, consider seeing a therapist. They will speak with you about the problems you are experiencing and come up with ways that can specifically address this situation. Professionals are also in a position to determine whether medication might be a good fit for you.

Exercise

We all know how important exercise is when it comes to our physical health, but did you know that physical activity is also a good way to boost your mental health? Exercise creates endorphins, which act as “feel-good” chemicals for your brain, giving you a natural high and improving your mood. This helps to take your mind off of whatever is making you anxious.

Cut back on your alcohol consumption

Alcohol may seem to calm you down in the present moment, but it acts as a depressant so the relief you get is not good for you and does not last very long. In fact, for some people, alcohol can actually heighten anxiety.

Avoid caffeine

Caffeine may help to get your brain going in the morning, but in doing so, it also heightens your anxiety. Try to get a good night’s sleep and find other ways to increase your mental alertness that do not involve caffeine consumption.

Avoid people and situations that make you anxious

As the title of this section says, prevention is sometimes the best cure. While not always possible, avoiding the triggers that boost your anxiety can make a major positive difference.

How to Make Productive Use of Spare Time

 

Many of us do not have a lot of spare time in our lives, but there always seem to be things that need our attention. Since science has not figured out a way to clone people, we will have to figure out how we can do everything that needs doing, despite being only one person.

We don’t have a full answer for that question, but you can always try to make better use of the time you do have available. Here are some suggestions on how to do this:

Make a List and Check It Twice

Always having trouble keeping track of what you want to be doing? Use some of your downtime to create a comprehensive list and also make note of when you think you might be free to work on these issues.

Clean Up Your Desktop

This can be your computer desktop or your actual desktop. Either way, life is simpler and more productive when things are neatly organized and easily accessed.

Turn Off Your Phone

This can be your cellphone or a landline. Sometimes we need time to ourselves with no interruptions. Unless the building is burning down, everything else can wait for a bit.

Update Your LinkedIn Profile

Even if you are not currently looking for a new job, it never hurts to keep your LinkedIn profile updated. That goes double for your résumé and list of references.

Clear Out Those Emails

We all have messy email inboxes that never seem to get cleaned up. It ain’t glamorous, but here is your chance to bring a little order to electronic chaos.

Go for a Walk

Most people don’t get enough exercise in their lives and going for a walk at least 30 minutes per day can make a major difference in your health, especially if you have a sedentary job.

Beware of the Hot Water Challenge

The internet has been responsible for starting all manner of trends, some very positive and some not so. Among the most troubling in the latter category is the Hot Water Challenge, where people are dared to drink boiling water. While any reasonably intelligent adult would recognize that this is a very bad idea, children do not yet have such reasoning powers and that has already led to tragedy.

Eight year-old Florida native Ki’ari Pope accepted a challenge to drink boiling water through a straw. This dare was inspired by a social media video that Pope and a cousin had just watched. The child drank a large gulp of the scalding liquid, burning her mouth and throat, and losing the ability to talk. Pope suffered complications for months afterward before developing problems breathing two weeks ago. She lapsed into unconsciousness and died shortly after on July 31st.

This leads to the inevitable question of access: should children be kept off of the internet until they have reached a certain age? Parents know that it is largely impossible to police what children do online, so education seems to be the only other alternative. That means talking to your kids about what they are doing online, discussing the latest “challenges” that are appearing, and trying to stay ahead of the game.

Most would not find that advice to be very encouraging, but there appears to be little else to do at the moment. Many parents will say that they are already busy enough, but tragedy, such as the one that hit the Pope family, will leave you scarred forever. Take the time to make sure your children understand that just because they see something online or on TV or in a movie, that doesn’t mean it is safe for them to do in real life.

Benefits of Prefabricated Homes

Building a home is a monumental time in anyone’s life—especially if it just so happens to be your first home after renting for a long time. Building your own home provides a lot of choice, opportunity, and personalization, which can not only become overwhelming emotionally, but also costly to your wallet. This is often where beautiful prefabricated homes come into play. Lets review some of their significant benefits now:

Impact on the Environment

When you have a prefabricated home, both during construction as well as after, you can reap the rewards from a lessened impact on the environment. The fact that they are prefabricated means there is far less material waste, which means less strain on landfills and the overall environment. In addition, you can actually have prefabricated green homes in some cases, which means you can reap the rewards long after the home is finished and you are living in it.

Reliable Construction Schedule

Royal Homes are Ontario home builders, and with their expertise comes the significant benefit of a reliable construction schedule for all prefabricated homes. Since their homes are constructed in a facility rather than on the land, they are able to avoid delays from inclement weather, season changes, et cetera. Thus, workers can continue building even with a thunderstorm raging on outside. Not only will this provide a far more accurate idea of when the house will be ready to live in, but it also leads into the third benefit in this article.

Affordable Construction Costs

Building a home can get very expensive when you consider delays in construction, unforeseen material costs, et cetera. This is not the case with prefabricated homes. As you know from the previous benefit, prefabricated homes come with a reliable construction schedule free from the common delays due to weather and seasonal changes. Thus, you know you won’t have to wait and pay for things during a delay: there won’t be one in the first place.

You will also know all of the material needed for each prefabricated home, since they are based on templates. This means a dramatic reduction in unforeseen material requirements.

How Can I Invest a Small Amount of Money?

There are a lot of people out there who let their money sit in a low interest savings account because they think they just don’t have enough to get involved in investments. Banks count on that, which is one reason they get away with offering such criminally low interest rates.

However, you don’t actually need a huge sum to test the waters. Here are few ways to invest small amounts of cash and still possibly have them pay off handsomely for you:

Keep a Handle on Your Debt

This may not sound like investing, but it is making you money, so that is essentially the same thing. People would drop dead from shame and horror to learn how much money they waste in interest over the course of a lifetime due to outstanding debt. Don’t be one of them.

Loan to Friends

Have a friend in need? Well, be a friend indeed by loaning them some money. Offer a better interest rate than the banks. You can also take advantage of peer-to-peer lending services that handle all of the particulars for you.

Robo-Advisors

Don’t feel confident about your ability to pick stocks? Some companies offer what are known as robo-advisors. These programs automatically select investment opportunities for you based on information users provide when signing up (e.g. the degree of risk you are comfortable with).

Invest in Your Children’s Education

By starting to put money away early for your child’s college funds, you can earn a great amount of interest over the years. Of course, if your kid goes on to have a great career, they will also likely pay you back in generous ways.

Diversify

Even though you are not betting the farm, it is still not wise to put all of your eggs in one basket. Make a series of small investments, rather than putting everything into just one.

Canadians’ Debt Levels Still a Concern

Debt levels in Canada have been of great concern to officials for some time now. The general perception is that people in financial trouble are wildly irresponsible with their money, deadbeats, or both. While there are certainly people like that out there, the truth of the matter is that a large percentage of honest, hardworking folks are carrying around debt levels that far exceed comfortable levels. Increasingly, people are relying on such sources of easy cash as payday loans, credit cards, and lines of credits just to get by from month-to-month, with no tangible source of financial relief on the horizon to wipe away those debts.

According to Statistics Canada, for every dollar of disposable income they have, Canadians owe about $1.67. That is a substantial amount and leaves many living their lives with very little margin for error. Unfortunately, life constantly throws unexpected things our ways, like repairs, replacements, even lawsuits. Not having money on-hand to deal with such issues can lead to even bigger problems. Those may not only result in financial ruin, but declines in both a person’s health and mental health.

The main takeaway is that we need to return to the days when people’s lives were funded only by their cash flow and credit was something you used solely in times of emergency. Of course, in our consumer culture, we are constantly bombarded with advertising stating how much we need certain things, almost none of which are absolutely necessary for leading a comfortable and successful existence.

One thing that has saved some consumers is the increasing willingness of companies to negotiate proposals where the debtor would only have to pay back a portion of what they owe. This has helped reduce the number of personal bankruptcies from what they might be, though these also remain distressingly high.