Warning Signs of Suicide: How to Spot the Symptoms and Get Help


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****I am not a mental health professional.  I am a mom who has walked this road and can offer support****

Suicide is a problem that is often misunderstood. Many people do not know how to spot the warning signs of someone who may be suicidal. This can lead to tragic consequences. In this blog post, we will discuss the warning signs of suicide and what you can do to get help for someone who is in danger.

One of the most important things to remember is that suicidal individuals often give warning signs before they attempt to take their own lives. If you know what to look for, you can spot these signs and get help for the person before it is too late. 

Some common warning signs of suicide include talking about wanting to die or hurt oneself is giving away possessions.  Calling and telling someone goodbye, expressing feelings of hopelessness, showing signs of depression such as withdrawing from friends and activities, changes in eating or sleeping habits, or sudden mood swings. One sign that is so hard to spot is an unusual mood change for the better.  A child that has been seriously depressed and then all of a sudden happy can be a huge red flag.  Usually it means that they are at peace with their decision to die by suicide.  The only way to know if they are planning to attempt suicide is to ask.  It is not an easy question but the one question that can save their life.  

“Are you thinking of suicide?” 
“Do you have a plan?” 

If you see any of these warning signs in someone you know, do not leave them alone. Remove any firearms, knives, or other items that could be used to harm oneself. Get the person to seek professional help, whether that means making an appointment with a therapist or going to the emergency room. You can also call a suicide hotline in your area. Remember, you are not alone in this and there is help available.  
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How to create a calm relaxing bedroom to promote better sleep.



A Calm & Relaxing Bedroom Promotes Better Sleep 

 
An often-overlooked aspect to creating more calm in your life is your physical health. When your body feels better, you're bound to have an improved mental outlook. A key component to better health is getting a good night's rest. It is amazing how different your mood is when you aren't getting adequate sleep. This can be difficult for many of us when our lives are jam-packed and our minds are constantly on overload. Follow these tips for creating a calm and relaxing bedroom, and you'll be getting better sleep in no time. 

Get Your Best Mattress
First and foremost, the best mattress you can afford is recommended, if at all possible. Go to the store so that you can test out each mattress and find the one that feels best for you. It's a good idea to try to find a store that allows for a trial period to make sure you love it and that you'll sleep well night after night.  

Keep it Cool
Temperature matters when it comes to getting a good night's rest. You want to sleep in a room that is cool in order to promote sleep. Cooler temperatures alert your body that it's time to sleep. I keep my thermostat at about 65 at night time.  Brrrr!

Make it Dark
Waking up to see light filtering in through the curtains can truly disturb your rest and make it harder to fall back asleep. That's why it's smart to add light-blocking drapes to your bedroom. Keeping things nice and dark will add to your nighttime routine. In addition, avoid adding night lights if at all possible. 

Add Soothing Colors
Calming, cool colors are best for the bedroom. A nice pastel will promote rest and relaxation far better than a brighter hue. Save the brights for more energetic spaces like the kitchen or living room. Color matters when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. 

Make it Neat
This one goes without saying. Be sure to clear the physical clutter in your bedroom as much as possible. Seeing piles of laundry to be put away or the paperwork that's waiting for you in the morning will not put you in the right frame of mind for rest. Get rid of other types of distractions like television, computers, and excessive décor also. 

Reconsider Your Alarm Clock
Not only do you want to sleep well through the night, how you wake up can also have an effect on how you feel. A harsh, high-pitched, buzzing alarm clock will jar you awake. This can cause you to feel agitated, rather than rested and rejuvenated. Look for one that wakes you gradually, with music that increases slowly in volume or that adds increments of light to help you to adjust to the waking hours.  The hatch alarm clock is amazing for a nice gentle wake-up in the morning.  

Add soothing scents
Adding aromatherapy into your nighttime routine can create a calm and soothing space.  A good diffuser with some lavender and cedarwood helps promote peaceful sleep and a calm environment.  

Hopefully, these tips will help you to create the bedroom of your dreams. Your surroundings make a difference in your sleep quality. Make your room as pleasant to all of your senses as possible in order to enhance your rest.  

 
 






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