Why Can’t I Get Over My Dislike of Tattoos?

One of the most important qualities for anyone is to be open-minded. I think of myself as falling into that category with one nagging exception: I hate tattoos.

Some beliefs are generational and as someone in middle age, I can trace my dislike of skin art to childhood. Back then, tattoos were almost solely found on criminals, sailors, and people I was taught to avoid. Of course, age reveals many of your childhood beliefs to be illogical and/or downright prejudicial. And yet, something in my brain still cannot reconcile tattoos. I absolutely believe in an individual’s right to choose, but I cannot look at any tattoos without thinking, “That’s incredibly ugly and you are incredibly stupid for having done that to yourself.”

Of course, not everyone gets tattooed voluntarily, while others who did regret that decision later in life. Tattoo removal via laser treatments is an option in both cases. It was announced this week that a Hamilton tattoo studio will offer free laser removal of tattoos that were the result of racism, gang life, and/or forced branding. This is very admirable of them as these procedures typically cost $80-200 per session, and require several attempts.

Tattoos were often seen as signs of rebellion, but that is hardly the case anymore when so many people sport one. If you go to a beach in the summertime, spotting someone under 40 who is not inked almost becomes a case of “Where’s Waldo?”

Of course, it’s always easy to criticize, but more difficult to consider the reasons behind why people do things. Some feel that their tattoos allow them to tell a story or help make them feel more comfortable in their own skin. They can also be used to cover disfigurement, promote causes, express your love for something or somebody, or be reminders of spiritual or cultural connections.

For some, getting a tattoo is a frivolous act, but for others it can be very significant. Going forward, I will try to keep the latter in mind before passing judgment.

Quality Equipment is Always Key

Quality Equipment is Always Key

One of the most basic pieces of equipment you will find in any dental practice is a high-speed handpiece. These are generally quite reliable, though there are some things to watch out for, including:

  • A loose backcap. This can cause the drill to drop out of its holder and potentially cause a serious injury to the client. These should never be tightened by hand; a tool curator is needed for repairs.
  • Loose spray cap. This is another component that can come off during regular use and cause upset for both the user and the client.
  • Loose bur. You cannot even get the main piece to stay inside the holder if this is not in working order.
  • Loose handle sleeve. This can come off, negatively affecting the grip of the user and leading to possible mistakes. The tool curator is again needed to fix this issue.
  • Loose head. This can cause unwanted movement during a procedure, marring the ability of the dentist to perform accurate work.
  • Worn bearings. These cause the handpiece to overheat, malfunction, and die an early death. They can also lead the drill to wobble, reducing the accuracy of the hole and causing healthy tooth to be removed unnecessarily.

Should any of these problems occur, it is time to contact an appropriate supplier. High speed hand tools are potentially dangerous, if not properly maintained, so it is the responsibility of each worker in the practice to double check that the tool is functioning correctly with each use.

Any practice looking to order parts for a dental handpiece online has several options when it comes to suppliers they can work with. However, only a select few, such as Sable Industries, boast the degree of personnel with the knowledge and experience that really counts. Contact them today to learn more about dental handpiece turbines and other equipment for your practice.

Dealing With Your Parents’ Divorce as an Adult

Parents splitting up can be tough on children of any age, though many people figure that the issue is less dramatic when the kids in question are 19 and up. While they may possess a greater level of maturity than children, it can still be rough for this demographic to deal with such a change in the family dynamic.

Are you in this situation and struggling with how things have turned out? Here is some advice on how to navigate those tricky waters.

Support Both Parents

Depending on the circumstances of the breakup, this may not always be possible. The actions of one parent may have been so alienating to you that it is not desirable to stay in touch.

Ideally, it is beneficial to be supportive of both parents. That involves listening, but also means that you will likely have to hear a lot of disparaging remarks. That can be quite awkward; if you find this too unpleasant, ask them to refrain from it. You can lend a sympathetic ear, but it should not also leave you in an uncomfortable position.

Stay Out of the Legal Aspects

In the end, it should be your parents who make the decisions regarding the legal aspects of their breakup. They may solicit your advice, but be advised that this could end up being used against you by one party, if the other makes out better as a result. The best plan is to remain neutral and say something like, “I’ve never been in this situation, so I don’t feel qualified to offer legal advice.”

Lend a Hand in Other Ways

Chances are your parents are not used to having to do everything by themselves. If they are elderly, and one partner has physical or mental health challenges, this can be quite daunting. Do your best to help them or assist in making arrangements for someone else to perform this duty. Offer this courtesy to both parents.

Remember Fire Safety Over the Christmas Holidays

Tip: Christmas fires are lovely, but should not be left unattended. Also, do not pile logs close to an open fireplace as they could ignite and start the room on fire.

Everyone loves to get together over the holidays! People especially enjoy bringing out their Christmas decorations, trimming the tree, and putting up Christmas lights.

The holidays are meant to be a fun and carefree time, but it is important not to forget home fire safety during this period.

Christmas Lights

Be sure to invest in quality lights and make sure that any cords are not frayed. Do not overload electrical outlets or place lights near something that could ignite (eg. a dried-out Christmas tree). Most lights are cool enough that this will not happen, but some cheaper kinds can overheat and lead to a fire. Never leave your tree lights on overnight. Avoid the use of candles as decorations.

Fireplace Safety

Make sure that your chimney is not blocked up before starting a fire. Also, do not leave any fires unattended and do not pile logs close to an open fireplace. They could ignite and start the room on fire.

Smoke Alarms

Make sure to have smoke alarms installed on every floor of the home, including the basement and attic. Test them monthly to ensure that the batteries are still working.

Kitchen Safety

There is usually quite a bit of cooking going on in the kitchen over the holidays, including much use of the oven. Do not leave stove top cooking unattended, even for a brief time. If you must leave the room for more than a few seconds, turn off the heating element.

Create a Fire Escape Plan

You may already have made and shared a fire escape plan with the family. However, you will have a lot of other people visiting over the holidays, so make sure that you take that into account. It may seem odd and awkward, but discuss a fire escape plan with everyone so that they all know how to safely exit.

Happy Holidays!

Savor the Quiet Times in Life

Can you believe that it is already November? 2017 has flown by, just like the previous few years. We spend so much of our day running around trying to keep commitments, meet deadlines, and deal with new crises that simply making it from sunrise to sunset can seem like an accomplishment at times.

But is it really? Yes, it is good to be on top of things and fulfilling a role in society, but are we being true to ourselves? We are meant to enjoy at least part of our life, a time when all of those other things don’t matter…at least for a few hours every once in a while.

The worst aspect of this situation is that a busy life becomes so ingrained in our psyche that we rush even when it is not necessary. For example, when was the last time that you took your time in a restaurant? Yes, they want you to finish and get out so the table will be free for someone else, but you are under no obligation to do that.  Why not savor your food and the conversation instead of rushing home to do…what? Watch TV? Go to bed?

It is important to periodically slow down. If that means saying “no” or taking longer than planned to do something, then so be it. Sometimes it is good to be healthy and put ourselves first. We only have this one life and there is no prize for reaching the finish line first. In fact, if we don’t live our life well, we could well die years earlier than necessary.

Make a point of stepping off life’s tread mill for a few minutes at least once a day.  You don’t have to do anything. In fact, you shouldn’t be doing anything. That way you know you are doing this right.

Dealing With Those Gloomy Days

As I sit here writing this, it is Friday the 13th, it is cold, it is raining, and it is supremely dreary. It is definitely not the sort of day that makes you want to jump out of bed and say, “Hello world, here I come!” No, it is the type of day where you want to crawl back into bed with the electric blanket and the shades drawn. But, bad weather or not, the world goes on whether we want it to or not. So what do you do on those days when you just do not feel motivated to do anything? You cannot change the weather, but can you effectively change your mood?

The answer is yes. Try the following suggestions:

Give your best friend a call

Even if they are too busy to do anything at the moment, sometimes talking to your best friend can help to raise your mood. If you are actually able to get together, chances are you will forget the weather and your past gloominess and have a really nice time.

Do one of your favourite things

Is there something that always brightens your mood, no matter what the circumstances? Go ahead and do that.

Put on some of your favourite music

Many of us have a significant emotional connection to the music we love. Think about the songs that never fail to increase your energy and make you happy. Put them together on a playlist that you can have handy and access at any time you feel down.

Have some of your favourite food

Do you like to cook? Do you find it creatively satisfying? If so, why not indulge in creating some of your favourite dishes? Or, if you do not feel motivated to spend time in the kitchen, book a table at your favourite restaurant.

Do You Avoid Seeing the Doctor?

On the scale of Fun and Not Fun, most people would put a trip to the doctor solely into the latter category with no hesitation whatsoever. However, it is tough to argue the notion that we have to care for our health. If you do not have your health, your quality of life is very poor, or you may end up having no life at all. We all do things that we do not want to do, but not everyone makes an exception when it comes to seeing a physician. It would seem to have no basis in logic, but happens commonly anyway.

Here are some reasons why:

Cannot Afford It

For people in countries that have socialized medicine, the thought of not being able to go to the doctor because it costs too much is hard to fathom. Unfortunately, not every nation has this option and some people simply cannot come up with the necessary money to pay for a doctor’s visit.

Afraid of what they might find out

Some people are hypochondriacs and go to the doctor too often. Others are in the opposite camp because they fear what the doctor might say. This is more likely to happen with people who live lifestyles that they know are not healthy, such as alcoholics and people who smoke.

Lack of trust in doctors

Either because of personal experience or being taught so during their upbringing, some people simply do not trust physicians. An alternative scenario is that someone has been going to a specific doctor for a long time, only to find that they can no longer see that person. This makes them nervous about other physicians they really do not know and have not earned their level of trust yet. If there is no way to allay that fear, the person simply avoids the appointment.

Worried About That Next Speech? These Tips Can Help

Have you ever asked anyone about what they fear most? In surveys where people are asked just that question, some of the things you would expect came up, such as being murdered, being bankrupt, or being betrayed by a lover. But surprisingly enough, one of the highest-ranking answers was having to give a speech.

During the course of a typical workday, many of us speak to quite a few people. However, that is usually not an intimidating prospect. What does give people anxiety is the thought of standing up in front of a large crowd and having to hold the floor.

Do you have a speech coming up? Is it keeping you awake at night worrying? These tips can help!

Be prepared

One of the best ways to beat Glossophobia (fear of public speaking) is to know your subject inside and out, so do your research. Also think about possible questions that you might be asked and prepare answers in advance.

Do not think about the audience

Depending on where you are speaking, the lighting situation may mean that you cannot see the people you are speaking to. Some may consider that to be an advantage because then they will not be a distraction. If you are able to see the crowd, make periodic eye contact, but otherwise do not pay attention to them. Just think about your speech and your delivery.

Think about what it is that makes you so uncomfortable

Is it a fear of embarrassment in public? Is it a fear of forgetting things? One way to come to the answer and find possible conclusions is to see a therapist. Fear of public speaking is very common, so the therapist already has a very good idea of what works to overcome it. Learning more about you and your hangups will allow them to direct you to the right course of action.