Lifestyle

Coping with Grief and Loss

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by Dr. Minerva King

Life is dynamic and the only constant is change. During the course of our lifetime, we normally form relationships and strong bonds of love and friendship. However, those relationships and attachments can be broken or disrupted for various reasons, including a chronic or terminal illness, natural disasters, divorce or separation, the loss of a job or income, drug addiction, incarceration or death, to name a few. Each of the foregoing can be a serious source of grief to those affected.

Most people will grieve at some point in their life. How the individual deals with that grief will depend on their level of maturity and the support systems that are available to them, including family, friends, a counsellor or psychologist.

In her 1969 book ‘On Death and Dying,’ Swiss-American psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross proposes that there are five stages of grief that we normally go through during times of loss or bereavement. Not everyone goes through all the five stages of the grieving process. Most will go through at least two or more and each person spends different lengths of time working through the various stages of grief. Moreover, many people do not experience the stages in the order listed below.

There is no clear demarcation between each of the five stages. Some people alternate by reverting to one or more stages before finally arriving at a peaceful acceptance of the loss or tragedy.

Knowing those five stages of grief can help you cope with the ordeal. There is no way of knowing how long someone’s grief may last. It may take days, weeks, months or even years; it can’t be rushed.  Whatever the cause of your grief, just know that, like everything else, this too shall pass.

Let’s look at the five stages of grief and consider how people go through each stage. Continue reading

Get Rid of Ingrown Hair the Natural Way

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by Alana M.I. Morgan

Oh, how ingrown hair is so absolutely awful!  

Who doesn’t want silky smooth skin?  However, this could prove to be quite a challenge if you have to contend with ingrown hair.

Ingrown hair is hair that curls back under your skin instead of growing out from it. Sometimes your pores (or hair follicles) can become clogged by dead skin cells. This causes the hair inside them to grow sideways and under the skin instead of up and outward. Shaving can also cause ingrown hair. In this case the condition is more commonly known as razor bumps.

Try out this cool natural lotion to help eliminate them. It smells good and does the trick!

  1.  1 cup sugar
  2. ½ tbs extra virgin olive or jojoba oil (more if using on face)
  3. 10 drops tea tree oil
  4. 5 drops thyme essential oil
  5. 5 drops lavender essential oil

Add all the ingredients together and mix well.  Use it every day for one week for the best results and one ounce every week thereafter to prevent the emergence of new ones. Enjoy your smooth new look!

The Healing Power of Soursop

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Soursop is a long, prickly green fruit, generally oval shaped and it comes from the graviola tree. It is an evergreen plant which is commonly grown in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America. It is also called custard apple and in Brazil it is known as paw paw.

The tree is grown for domestic use and commercially. It emits a white flower which exudes a very pleasant smell in the early morning.

When the fruit is mature the skin is yellowish-green and it can be picked and left to ripe in a dark corner. When ripened, it should be handled with care as it could be easily bruised or punctured. It can be eaten raw.  The soursop has a white edible pulp which is often sweet. Sometimes it can be subacid or acid. It also has an indigestible core and black seeds and a distinctive flavour. Continue reading

Eyelash Extensions – How to Make Them Look Great!

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If the eyes are truly the windows to the soul, it isn’t surprising that people usually make so much fuss about the ‘window dressing’ – Eyelashes!

Eyelash enhancement is the fastest growing sector of the beauty industry. Even during the recent US recession, this segment was the only one that registered growth. Take a closer look at celebrities Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Naomi Campbell – they have been wearing extensions since the early 2000’s.

Eyelash extensions are still new to Saint Lucia, and unfortunately they are often confused with “tabbing.” Tabbing is a way to cheaply add false eyelashes in little chunks, or ‘tabs’ that contain 2-4 eyelashes per tab. These are usually applied using hair glue in nail-and-hair salons. In most cases they cause extreme discomfort during and after the application. The end result is that it often damages your natural lashes, leaving gaps on your lashline for as long as three months.

img_eyelashWe asked Saint Lucia’s first certified Novalash Eyelash Extensionist, Andra Allen-Joseph to explain exactly, what eyelash extensions are.

She explained: “Eyelash extensions are applied by certified extensionists using medical grade adhesive. One single lash is applied to each one of your own natural lashes, resulting in the appearance of beautiful, fuller, longer, darker eyelashes, which reduce the need for makeup, brighten your eyes and add instant glamour. While eyelash extensions do cost more than eyelash tabs, they cause no damage to your natural eyelas, there is no discomfort and most importantly, they last 3 to 4 weeks!”

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Buying or Building Your Home: a step-by-step guide

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The advent of the Construction Stimulus Package has resulted in increased opportunities for potential homeowners looking to buy or build a house, and for existing homeowners seeking to extend their house or purchase another one.  One of the most important decisions that you will have to make in your life is whether to buy or build a home.

The process of buying or building a home involves several stages.  When building, one must first find the plot of land that fits within one’s budget and that can accommodate the house you want to build.  Usually this involves a real estate agent and a lawyer.  Your agent will help you find the plot of land which suits your needs. Your lawyer will ensure that the land is conveyed (sold) to you properly and all the requisite fees are paid to the government. Continue reading

REPTS – The Ultimate in Physical Fitness

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All over the world these days, ‘keeping fit’ are the latest buzz words and more and more people are joining in the physical fitness craze, and demonstrating keen interest in developing their physical and mental prowess.

Here, on the home front, REPTS (Registered Exercise Professionals & Therapists) is all set to provide the ultimate fitness training experience for avid enthusiasts and people interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading

The Sumptuous Health Benefits of Jackfruit!

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Driving past Fond Estate in Micoud recently, my curiosity was peaked to the highest level as my eyes fell upon some gigantic, prickly looking fruits. I later learned that they are known as jackfruits. At first glance they seemed to be breadfruits or even breadnuts. The jackfruit is an exotic fruit whose mystery and intrigue constantly attract the attention of both locals and tourists daily.

jackfruit3The potassium content in jackfruit helps in lowering high blood pressure. Jackfruit is also known for its anti-ulcer properties and it helps cure digestion-related problems. It is also known to alleviate asthma.

The glossy leaves of the jackfruit, as well as its roots, are believed to be useful for curing fever, boils and skin diseases.

The ripe fruit is usually eaten fresh but it can be processed to create jam, jelly, and chutney. Consuming too much of the pulp may cause diarrhoea. The seeds are boiled or roasted and eaten as a snack.

jackfruit2Just the thought of using one of the world’s largest fruits to prepare a meal may seem daunting, but here’s a simple preparation guide to try out with your family; When preparing a jackfruit, you should wear gloves or oil your hands and the knife as the skin contains a sticky sap that can make the process quite messy. First, cut the fruit in half and then remove the core. Separate the bulbs and then remove the seeds. The bulbs are fleshy and sweet when ripe. When it is unripe (green), it is similar in texture to chicken, making jackfruit an excellent vegetarian substitute for meat!

Prenatal or Antenatal Care – Counselling Part 2

pregnant-black-womanA rather alarming percentage of  women of child-bearing age do not disclose their pregnancies or seek the necessary medical attention until after the first trimester (first 12 weeks of pregnancy) has passed – unless they have some type of complication. Undoubtedly the first trimester is the most crucial part of the development of the unborn child as it is in this period there is complete differentiation of cells and formation of organs of the body as we know it.

It is during this period that abnormalities may occur due to the use of medications, drugs, alcohol and even smoking.

If you are pregnant or become pregnant, your health care provider should be informed at the earliest to guide you, ensuring that you have an optimal pregnancy and the desired outcome.

On your first visit you will be asked the date of the first day of your last period. This date is used to calculate your gestational age (GA), expected date of delivery (EDD) and it will also be used to estimate if the fundal height of your abdomen is adequate. Continue reading

King of the fruits – Mango!

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It’s the season of the delicious and succulent mango. Get the most out of mango season before it ends. We’ve all waited in line for our ‘mango-in-sauce’ with or without pepper, a famous St Lucian delicacy.

Mango is rich in all vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6, and C), minerals, proteins, carbohydrates (including sugar) and fibre. It restores elasticity to the skin and is great for providing moisture to dry skin. It helps relieve clogged pores and the rich vitamin C content helps treat pimples and acne. Although it’s safe to use mango pulp on the skin, it is not advisable to use the mango peel, as it contains Urushiol which is toxic and may cause allergic reactions in sensitive skin. There are so many merits that go along with not only ingesting this delightful fruit, but also applying it to various parts of the body.

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How to Apply Eye Shadow like a Pro

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The Festive Season is approaching and most of us still wonder what’s the best way to follow through with a longwearing, wicked eyeshadow look.  Here are a few tips.

Prime your eyelids: Use eyeshadow primer or a dab of liquid foundation, or concealer. This step will help keep your eyeshadow vibrant on your eyelids, Continue reading

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