Existing With Pain

Pain is a fact of life: unless all of the nerve endings in your body are dead, you will feel pain at one point or another. For some unfortunate souls, however, pain is not a fleeting problem, but something they live with at all times. Such discomfort can be quite debilitating, preventing some from being able to work or even enjoy basic pleasures.

Is pain ruling your life to the point where you find it difficult to function? The following suggestions won’t get rid of pain, but can help you better manage this unfortunate time in your life.

Battle Depression

When you suffer from depression, it can be very tempting to just succumb and stop fighting it. Chronic pain often leads to depression, but this is not something you should just accept. While trying to find a cure or balance for your discomfort, work with a therapist to help you regain mental well-being. Feeling happy and optimistic can be an excellent ally in the fight against chronic pain. There are also support groups for people who are in a similar situation. These are great places to make new friends, and share tips and encouragement.

Be Open to Help and New Ideas

As mentioned above, prolonged discomfort can cause people to retreat from the world and otherwise close down. However, it is important to remain open to friends and family, as well as medical practitioners and their new ideas for treatment. If help is being offered, accept it.

Accept That There Will Be Bad Days

Even the happiest people have bad days, so accept there will be times when you feel even more uncomfortable than usual. Keep in mind that not everyday will be this bad, and it will pass eventually.

Advocate for Yourself

Sometimes there can be long waiting times for treatment or acceptance into groups. The best way to achieve positive results is to make some noise; let them know you are out there and seek results. The old adage “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” is just as relevant now as when your grandmother used to say it.

Don’t Forget to Buy Travel Insurance for Your Holiday Trip!

Are you planning to take a holiday trip this year? You have probably already thought about the essentials, bought your traveler’s cheques, and booked a kennel for your dog. However, have you thought about what you might do if you experience a medical emergency while on vacation?

If you are in Canada and a Canadian citizen, this is likely not a concern because you know you will be covered under your provincial health plan. But what if you are going to another country? You have no doubt heard the horror stories about average Canadians on holiday in America who required hospitalization and ended up being bankrupted as a result. Travel insurance is the best way to avoid this nightmare and here are some reasons why you need to get it:

Medical Costs

As mentioned above, these can be horrendous if you need any kind of involved treatment and a stay in hospital. Also, travel insurance can cover the cost of your getting yourself back home, if your condition leaves you in a state requiring a special form of transportation.

Trip Cancellation

When you travel, there is usually more than just plane or train tickets involved. You also need to book accommodations, rent a car, arrange to join a tour group, etc. Very few of these options offer refunds if you cannot live up to your obligations. Some forms of travel insurance take care of such issues if you are unable to go or must come back home to Canada early because of an emergency.

Accidental Death

Travel insurance can also help with expenses should you or a traveling companion die while on vacation in a foreign country. Depending on the specifics of the policy, it may also cover some of the working income the person would have made for a certain period.

Hate Giving Speeches? These Tips Can Help

On the average person’s scale of Likes and Dislikes, giving a speech ranks somewhere down with going to the dentist and cleaning of the cat litter box. Very few people feel comfortable standing in front of a group of others giving a speech. It is just something that lands well outside many individuals’ comfort zones.

Fortunately, like most things in life, you can learn to be more at ease with the idea of giving a speech. Here are two steps that you can try that will help to overcome your Glossophobia (fear of public speaking):

Do your homework

Some people can stand in front of a crowd and just wing it, but that is not the case for the majority of us. In fact, one of the biggest fears for most is standing in front of an audience and not knowing what to say. You can avoid that scenario by learning your speech backwards and forwards. Also know the subject well enough to answer any questions that might come up at the end.

Pretend you are speaking to an empty room

Would you be as nervous about giving a speech if there was no one in the room? When the time comes to give your talk, imagine exactly that scenario. However, that does not mean you can stand completely still and stare off into space. It is important to still make eye contact every once in a while, but beyond that, you do not need to acknowledge the presence of anyone else until you are finished.

If you are standing on a stage under a spotlight, chances are that you will not even be able to see the audience anyway. That can be a godsend for some people, but it is still important to be able to learn the art of giving a speech when others are in plain view. Keep practicing!

Don’t Let Frustration Get the Better of You

Do you get mad? Truly red-faced frustrated angry? We will bet that you do because it is a very common human emotion that affects everyone at one time or another. However, it is not a desirable and some people find that they become so frustrated, it even negatively impacts their physical and mental health. Do you fall under that heading? If so, here are some things that you can do that should help:

Seriously think about your options

When people are frustrated, they are in a state of high emotion. You are not at your logical best during these periods, so it is a good idea to step back from any situation that makes you frustrated. Put some time and distance between yourself and the incident, then sit down and think about your options. Chances are, with a clearer head, you will be able to find a solution that makes sense and will diffuse your frustration.

Take action

When you come up with a solution, it is time to take action. Following through on your solution, and definitively getting rid of the problem, will do wonders in eliminating your frustration.

Avoid people and situations that make you frustrated

Sometimes the best way to get rid of a problem is to never create it in the first place. If there are people and situations that have consistently made you frustrated in the past, do your best to avoid stumbling into them again. This can sometimes require some complicated manoeuvring, but it is well worth the effort nine times out of ten.

Remember the times when things worked out

When faced with what seems like an insurmountable situation, it can be very helpful to remember the times when you faced similar obstacles, but triumphed anyway. Things will almost certainly work again for you.

Make the Most of Your Spare Time

Many of us complain that there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. And yet, when we do have some spare time, we don’t make productive use of it. Sitting around can be useful sometimes to help us wind down, but doing it more than occasionally that is counterproductive.

OK, let’s say you have some spare time coming up and you are determined not to waste it. Here are some things you can do with that extra time:

Clean Up Your Computer

We’ll wager that you have not cleaned up your desktop in a while. All of those extra icons actually slow your machine down! Delete some or put them into folders organized around a central subject.

E-mail is another area where it is very easy to fall behind. Answer some that you have been meaning to get to, send out ones that you have not gotten around to, and get rid of others that are just taking up space.


If you are like us, you plan to exercise, but don’t often get around to it. Well, don’t be us: get out there and move around! Even if you are just going for a walk around the block, you are helping your body and aiding your longevity.

Experience Some Relaxing Silence

We spend so much of our day running around meeting deadlines, we can easily forget to get some needed peace and quiet. Silence can be very good for the soul, so turn off your phone for awhile, close you eyes, take some deep breaths, and enjoy a little quiet time.

Deal With Those Household Chores

All homes have things that need doing, but get put off thanks to business or just plain apathy. Here is your chance to get them done and out of the way, once and for all.

Need Help Dealing With Depression? Try Therapy

Depression can be very difficult to endure. I won’t go into detail, but a couple members of the spicyrumours.com team have struggled with chronic depression and have agreed to share some insights for this post.

The main message they want to convey is hope. No matter how bleak things may seem, you should never give up. There is always another avenue you can take; it just hasn’t presented itself yet. In order to find that new direction, the best course of action is therapy.

Finding a therapist can seem daunting. It is often quite expensive or, if you are trying to seek help through an agency like CMHA, you might face a long wait.

One of the main things to remember on your journey is to keep trying until you find a therapist who feels right for you. Just because a therapist has certain qualifications, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the right fit for you.

You can test drive a therapist just like you would a car. Try a session or two and see how comfortable you feel. Don’t worry about moving on to someone else; therapists are professionals and know that not everyone will wish to see them. This is all about you and your needs.

Therapy only really works if you are in an atmosphere and with a therapist who allows you to feel open and relaxed. The only way for them to help you is to know the situation(s) in detail. That allows the therapist to then recommend the proper course of action. Without all of the required knowledge, it becomes a guessing game and that can lead you down roads that ultimately go not help.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions! You need to know your therapist and their approach. That knowledge will help you decide whether you have found the person that could help to change your life.

Emergency Repair For Your Cooling Or Heating System

acrepairChange of weather can be harsh for your cooling or heating system. Affects the system parts that may cause breakdown. Taking time to assess your cooling or heating system if it needed maintenance is a huge help for you to prevent inconvenience when the change of season occurs. You don’t want to be exhausted and irritable during this period. With proper maintenance on your cooling or heating system will make you and your love one comfortable at home. If you suspect that your cooling or heating system has a problem, you need to call some professionals who are able to fix your device.

In some cases, even you have a proper maintenance for your device it still breaks. What if the incident happened during the cold season? What if you don’t know what to do? What if you cannot predict what is wrong with the device? Worry no more because there is a local emergency furnace repair company. They will attend to your need as soon as they can. They are available 24/7 with live customer service to assist you, guaranteed repairs. It will be done by licensed, professional, trustworthy technicians that is capable whether it is residential and commercial emergency services for your ventilating, air conditioning, furnace, and other heating, air conditioning (HVAC) equipment.

There are reasons why the system fail. It might be for improper preventive maintenance which means neglecting some parts to maintain on your system especially the filters and fluid levels. Second is inexperienced service. Hiring an inexperience personal can damage more your unit and the ending part it will not be fix at all. It will make your unit much worst when you let non-professional do the for you. Always keep in mind that you only hire professionals to make sure your system will be okay and function well. Lastly, having an outdated system. Not all system last long. It will come to a certain point it will totally breakdown that even repair is no use. It is not practical anymore if you spend again and again for the emergency repair for air conditioning that cost you a lot of money. To have a reliable system, replace it with a new one and choose more efficient model.