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When You Need to Take a Visit to an Emergency Room

In life, accidents and illness happen regularly. Usually these things can be remedied with time and rest, both of which can happen at home. But in those times, when an accident or an illness is very serious, they call for a visit to an emergency room.

How can you tell when an accident or illness is of the seriousness that requires a visit to the emergency room? There is no hard-and-fast set of rules, but there are some things that fit under the heading of most likely needing emergency room care.

Injuries causing heavy bleeding

If there is an injury that causes heavy bleeding that will not slow within a three to five minutes, this is the type of injury that needs to be seen by a medical professional. The injury can be anywhere on the body, but the key is that it’s a large wound, or a wound that will not stop bleeding, meaning that it is very deep. Quite often we cannot tell the severity of a wound by looking at it, but if it does not stop bleeding that’s an indication that the wound is very serious. You should call 911 immediately.

Seizures

Seizures indicate that there is something wrong with a person’s brain or brain activity. There are a myriad of reasons why someone might be having seizures. It could be anything from an allergic reaction to food, epilepsy, or even brain damage. When someone is having a seizure, it is not a good idea to try to diagnose the reasons why at home. Call 911 and be prepared to see a doctor.

 Difficulty breathing

Difficulty breathing is another symptom that could mean several different things, many of them very serious. If this happens for a prolonged period of time, the person needs to see a doctor immediately. The person could be suffering an asthma attack, a heart attack, a serious lung or throat infection, or symptoms related to a number of other serious ailments. Again, call 911 and have the operator take you through a series of questions related to the person’s breathing difficulties.

A weak rapid pulse

If someone is showing signs of a weak rapid pulse, it could indicate serious health issues. The problem could be a serious circulation problem, the beginnings of a heart attack, or issues with the person’s internal organs. A 911 operator is the best person to contact to advise you how to handle a person in this situation. It will undoubtedly end with a visit to an emergency room.

Any injury involving the neck head or back

Injuries involving the neck, head, and back, can be very severe and sometimes life-threatening. If someone sustains a significant injury to one of these areas of the body, it is imperative that a medical professional examine this person. Quite often the seriousness of an injury to one of these areas of the body is not apparent on site. A full medical examination including an x-ray, ultrasound, and/or MRI is needed. A 911 operator is trained to give you great advice on what you should do for someone who has sustained an injury to one of these areas of the body. So your first call should be to 911.

The emergency room is often looked at as a last resort, but it should be looked at as a first option depending upon the injury or illness. If you or someone around you has one of these injuries or illnesses do not hesitate to call 911, and be prepared to get the person to an emergency room immediately.

How to Use Poker as a Mindfulness Practice

Most common mindfulness practices are fundamentally simple. Things like deep breathing, counted breaths, and short breaks and walks can help to calm us, clear our minds, and generate simultaneous states of relaxation and awareness. As much purpose as these small, simple practices have though, there are also some more involved activities that can assist with the development of greater mindfulness. And it may surprise some to learn that the game of poker is among them.

Gaming and Meditation

It is first important to understand that a link has been established between gaming and meditation in general. For a long time there were a lot of misconceptions about gaming as an active, almost violent practice meant solely for young people. But perceptions have changed over time. We now understand that people in all age groups play games of all kinds, and we further accept that a lot of these games have meditative qualities. Gamer testaments and a few scientific studies alike have indicated that the right game can have a soothing effect on one’s mental state.

This is the case with poker as well. A passion for many around the world, it’s a unique game that doesn’t necessarily fall under the umbrella of traditional “gaming” as we tend to think of the term. It is nonetheless similar with regard to mindfulness, however. Approached with intention, it can be a calming, almost meditative hobby for players.

Mental and Emotional Calm

When considering the game of poker specifically, one tends to think first of strategy, luck, and mathematics. In some sense, these are the building blocks of any given game of poker, and it will of course be important for any aspiring player to learn how they all factor in. However, what really helps successful players to win at poker is a sound mindset. The manifestation of a sound overall poker game requires that players learn to accept defeat and to avoid getting too high from a win. It demands reasonable approaches to betting and competition, clear-eyed social interaction, and the ability to operate without ego.

Add those factors up, and what success in poker really demands is mental and emotional calm. Players need skill and strategy to be sure, but above all else they need to be able to clear their minds of various pressures and shut out hasty impulses. This in and of itself is nearly a form of meditation, and certainly serves as a sort of training for mindfulness practice.

Focused Meditation

Beyond helping players to establish a general sense of mental and emotional calm, poker also leads to an ability to focus that, in its own way, is meditative. Generally, a focused meditation is described as the practice of focusing on something intently as a way of staying in the present moment and slowing down inner dialogue. It more or less means zeroing in on one subject to the exclusion of all else for the purpose of clearing one’s head — which is pretty much exactly what one has to do in poker! Even the slightest distraction can be a problem, and while the game demands a lot of attention it still makes for such narrow focus that one can clear one’s mind in a useful and soothing way.

Even given all of these benefits, poker does not comprise an entire mindfulness or meditation routine. For those interested in working on these aspects of personal wellness though, it’s always good to have one more option! Some will find this simple, popular card game to be legitimately beneficial.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our piece on how to boost your energy, especially useful as we enter a new year and search for fresh motivations!

Earfree Nitebuds: For Better Sleep

Earfree Nitebuds, the two-in-one speaker and pillow that plays calming music, improving the quality of your sleep, is launching on Indiegogo.

The idea for the Nitebuds sleep pillow came from people who used to sleep with earphones in. Many of us who have trouble sleeping at night use earphones to listen to calming sleep music, but sleeping with earphones in is just too uncomfortable. Using earphones while you sleep can cause pain and inflammation in the ear; plus, earphones tend to fall out in the middle of the night. But the adverse effects of earphones on ear health is undoubtedly the most critical of these issues.

Nitebuds puts music IN the pillow to solve the problems caused by conventional earbuds. All you have to do is lay your head down on the pillow to be serenated with lovely music. There’s no earbuds involved – so you can roll around in bed all you like without having to worry about damage to your ears or earbuds falling out.

Nitebuds are simple to use. Just place the speakers in the special sleep-aid pillow, then use Bluetooth to pair your smartphone and begin your music therapy. Once your music is playing, Nitebuds’ crater-shaped design enhances the acoustics, making you feel like you’re listening in on a concert hall performance. This design also prevents the sound from leaking out, giving you the same quality of sound at a 30% lower volume, so as not to bother whoever’s sleeping next to you.

The Nitebuds app also provides free ASMR music and ambience, soothing the brain and easing any anxiety. This white noise works has great benefits on mental health and attentiveness, making the sleep music from the Nitebuds app particularly effective at inducing a natural sleep.

Nitebuds uses 3D mesh material for full, fluffy comfort. The mesh also helps the music play through the pillow without getting muffled, plus high-quality microfiber cotton is also used to give the perfect amount of depth and coziness. The microfiber cotton is also a renewable, biodegradable material, which means Nitebuds is eco-friendly, too.

Even though Nitebuds is electronic, the speaker and pillow are fully separable, meaning the pillow can be washed without issue. If you want, you can even use the pillow by itself without the speakers, or even place other items inside the pillow to help you sleep.

For instance, if you find yourself sweating a lot in those hot summer nights, you can place ice-packs in the pillow to help cool off. Or, when you’re stressed out and in the mood for aromatherapy, the CYPRESS insert can be used for some phytoncide healing.

Also, if you have a preference for a specific pillow height, just use the COTTON insert to adjust the pillow’s height to your preference.

You can back Earfree Nitebuds – the high-tech pillow that serenades you to sleep – by finding their campaign on Indiegogo.