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For families:How to encourage a person with mental illness to seek help

posted Jul 5, 2017, 5:47 AM by Ines Cano Uribe

Mental illness is still a delicate subject to bring up. Unlike a physical disease, mental illnesses often trigger the additional burden of admitting the condition.

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This can become challenging for family members or friends who want to help their loved one. Psychologists and addiction treatment specialists typically hear of stories of mentally ill patients acting out when they are told to seek help. Listed below are a few suggestions families can take note of:

Use positive language: For the most part, mentally ill patients become more receptive to the idea of seeking help when the conversation is started positively. This means using proactive and leading questions such as, “I’ve been worried about you. Can we talk about what you are feeling?” or “What can I do to help you to talk about your issues?” or even “Who has helped you deal with similar issues in the past?” This may or may not elicit a response, but over time can make the person feel more comfortable talking about the issue. Remember that a level of trust needs to be reached between the patient and the person speaking. Even among close families, mental health can be a taboo so these steps should be taken slowly.

Connect with other people: If the first suggestion does not seem to work, it is suggested to seek and connect with other families who share the same issue. This serves two purposes. The first is that families can find their own support group and learn from other people’s lives. Secondly, these families can connect two mentally ill patients together. Take note that in general, mentally ill people often feel alone or burdened by voices only they can hear. Meeting another person can alleviate some fears and prove useful for them in seeking help -- especially if one of them is already in therapy.


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Emphasize normalcy: This is a delicate balance that must be struck, but one that is extremely useful. Families should stress that seeking help is not a sign of weakness or failure, but there is a problem that needs to be addressed. In some cases, it can be helpful to make comparisons to a physical illness. For example, people often get sick with the cold or the flu, but only a handful experience something like pneumonia. Similarly, everyone can get sad or anxious from time to time, but depression or other illnesses require medical attention.

Families are recommended to seek immediate assistance if they have a member who is in danger of harming themselves.

Ines Cano Uribe is currently studying to be a clinical psychologist. Learn more when you subscribe to this blog.

Mistakes To Avoid When Learning a Foreign Language

posted Jun 1, 2017, 2:17 AM by Ines Cano Uribe   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 2:17 AM ]

Learning a new language is an indispensable skill. While others are content with having knowledge or expertise in one language, those who are into learning different tongues are doing themselves a favor. It opens up windows of opportunities, and it stimulates brain functions.

A lot of skills people develop in learning a new language are based on habits. Those who are learning a new language should avoid the following mistakes:

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Fear of making mistakes

A lot of language learners give up before they can even start developing certain skills because of their fear of making mistakes. There are some who refuse to use the language until they feel they have mastered pronunciation and grammar rules. However, making a mistake is essential in studying new languages. If these learners waited until they were perfect, they’d end up not using the language at all.

Relying too much on memorization

There are language learners who memorize words and their meaning, but fail to contextualize. While memorizing words and grammar structures can be a good start, relying too much on memorization is not that important, especially during conversations. Sometimes, these words are not that useful or relevant.

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Not talking to native speakers

A lot of second language learners become frustrated when they need to communicate with a native speaker. However, one of the best ways to practice a new language is by talking to native speakers. Not only can they help out with contextualizing vocabulary, they can also help with intonation and other conversational fillers.

Ines Cano Uribe is a language teacher and employment professional based in Madrid and London. She is well-versed in both English and Spanish. Learn more about language education and similar articles by visiting this page.

Understanding The Different Types Of Eczema

posted May 15, 2017, 2:41 AM by Ines Cano Uribe   [ updated May 15, 2017, 2:41 AM ]

Eczema, which is also known as dermatitis, is characterized by patches of dry, scaly skin that are usually red in appearance, irritating, and itchy. A little known fact, though, is that there are different types of eczema, the most common of which are the following:

Atopic dermatitis

This is the most common form of eczema, and it comprises what medical professionals call the atopic triad, along with asthma and allergic rhinitis. Atopic dermatitis is chronic, triggered by many kinds of irritants, and affects different areas of the skin, including the face, hands, feet, and the joints of the arms and legs.

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Contact dermatitis

If eczema was triggered by a reaction to a foreign substance that has touched the skin, it is probably contact dermatitis. The two types of contact dermatitis are allergic contact dermatitis, which is a reaction to solid allergens, such as metal or latex, and irritant contact dermatitis, which is caused by exposure to chemicals.

Hand eczema

As the name suggests, this type of dermatitis primarily affects the hands. It is quite common that ten percent of the population suffers from hand eczema. It can be a genetic disease or caused by touching allergens or irritants.

Ines Cano Uribe obtained her BSC Psychology degree in U.K. and her license to practice in Spain. Right now, she is studying to become a clinical psychologist, while being preoccupied with her passion project, Moonky. It is a clothing line designed for children who are suffering from eczema. For more details about her work, visit this website.

Why Learn a Second Language?

posted Mar 3, 2017, 12:56 AM by Ines Cano Uribe   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 1:01 AM ]

Many people, including young children, experience eczema. It is a medical condition where the skin becomes inflamed, cracked, rough, or blistered. There are different types of eczema, including atopic dermatitis or infantile eczema, which happens in children.

Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema caused by the skin’s sensitivities to allergens in the environment like mold, pollen, dust, animal hair, and foods. Children with eczema may have family members who experience asthma, hay fever, and other allergic reactions. While eczema is not an allergy, it can be triggered by allergies. Emotional stress and extreme weather conditions can also trigger its development.


Most children develop eczema before they turn five years old. Children who have atopic dermatitis are likely to carry the condition well into adulthood.

Even with advanced medical technologies, there is no single, uniform test that can diagnose the condition. Doctors will have to check on a patient several times before landing an appropriate diagnosis, since people with eczema experience different symptoms. While doctors take symptoms into account, they also check the patient’s medical history as it can give hints as to how the eczema formed.

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There is no cure for eczema yet, and treatments (e.g. antibiotics, fungal medications, antihistamines) are usually aimed at healing skin sores and irritation. A lot of patients suffer from eczema even as they grow older, but for some, it goes away as they become adults.

Ines Cano Uribe is committed to search for solutions that can help people, especially children, who suffer from eczema. Visit this blog for more information about this skin condition.

Me, Myself, And I: Developing Self-Awareness

posted Feb 13, 2017, 3:23 AM by Ines Cano Uribe   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 3:24 AM ]

A lot of people claim to know who they are, yet they do not understand their own feelings, dreams, and goals. Self-awareness is not just another dramatic concept; it is important to be freed from problems and issues.

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Self-awareness is about understanding one’s self and needs, including strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, motivation, feelings, and thoughts. Aside from understanding the self, it also helps individuals understand how others see them and how to properly respond to different situations.

As people develop self-awareness, they become empowered to make changes in their ways. It also allows control over their emotions. The more people pay attention to how they act or feel, the better they understand their surroundings. People who are self-aware take criticisms in a positive way, as these can contribute to their improvement. Self-awareness is an attribute of emotional intelligence, which is important in achieving success.

Here are a few things that can help individuals get in touch with their own mind and emotions.

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Keep a journal

Journaling can give a glimpse of past events. It makes people aware of their own problems, as they keep records of what happened during a long, hard day. It is also a great way for people to reminisce about the good things that happened to them.

Write a manifesto

Writing down goals and dreams can help individuals push themselves into getting what they want. It can serve as a motivation and a reminder of future accomplishments.

Learn more about self-awareness and similar topics by visiting this Ines Cano Uribe blog.

Why Learn a Second Language?

posted Jan 19, 2017, 6:50 AM by Ines Cano Uribe   [ updated Jan 19, 2017, 6:51 AM ]

Many people, especially those who speak one language, think that learning a second language hinders their mastery of their mother tongue. Others think it will mess up their brain functions and cause confusion between the two languages. However, learning a second language will not impair one’s brain; and it offers a lot of benefits.

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Boosts brain functions and memory

Learning a foreign language will expose a person to a whole new system of structures, lexis, and grammar rules. The brains of language learners will have to work double to absorb information. Brain functions are improved as critical thinking skills are employed. The memory is also boosted in the retention of vocabulary, grammatical rules, and new cultural information.

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Improves first language knowledge

When people learn a new language, they become more conscious of how they have been using their first language. Most people believe that they have already mastered their first language, when in fact, they might be overlooking grammatical rules for having learned the language intuitively. A second language also adds a new layer of interpretation or meaning to words in the mother tongue that are similar to those in the second language, called cognates.

Elevates the learner into global citizenship

Knowledge in several languages is a great way to meet new people and be exposed to different cultures. It also motivates people to go around and travel while practicing their language skills.

Great for job hunting

In today’s competitive world, knowledge of another language is an indicator that someone is interculturally competent in a globalized economy. Multilingual people are favored by employers, as they can easily be deployed to new markets where they speak the language.

Ines Cano Uribeis a UK-based language professional. Learn more about her work by visiting this blog.

How To Make Egg, Dairy, And Nut-Free Pancakes

posted Dec 5, 2016, 4:30 AM by Ines Cano Uribe   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 4:31 AM ]

Food allergies and chronic skin conditions shouldn’t hinder a person from enjoying meals. By knowing the right substitute ingredients, people can enjoy certain foods without harming their health.

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Pancakes, an all-day favorite, can be done without these three ingredients. To make the recipe healthier, use a cup of whole wheat or gluten-free flour. To bind the mixture without the use of eggs, use a mixture of ground flax seed, unsweetened applesauce, honey or syrup, and baking powder. To make the batter tastier, almond or coconut milk can be used.

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After attaining the desired consistency for the batter, the pancakes are ready to be cooked. Unlike the traditional pancakes, the healthy variety can be chewier and more fibrous. Because of this, some add more honey to the batter.

Just like the usual, the pancakes also work well with blueberries and strawberries. Some also add cinnamon or cinnamon sugar. There’s no need to worry about the softness because the pancakes will come out just right. With healthier ingredients, people can enjoy the old favorite without worries.

Ines Cano Uribe is currently finishing her studies at the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) to become a clinical psychologist. Based in the UK, she is into discovering lifestyle improvements that help people with skin conditions such as eczema. For more information, visit this Twitter page.

Sensible Fashion: The Best Fabrics for Delicate Skin

posted Oct 20, 2016, 5:46 AM by Ines Cano Uribe   [ updated Nov 25, 2016, 2:41 AM ]

People who are suffering from skin conditions such as eczema are recommended to be watchful not just of the foods they eat but also of the clothes they wear. Climate, stress, and chemical pollutants are key triggers to a reaction. To prevent further discomfort, clothing should be friendly to sensitive skin, in order to prevent flare-ups that cause itchy and flaking rashes, signs that the condition has been triggered.

To avoid irritation and damage to the skin, natural fibers such as cotton or silk are recommended. Fabrics made of wool or linen should be avoided, because they feel rough on the skin. However, those who are suffering from eczema should also be cautious about how they wash their cotton garments. The soft and absorbent material could be a breeding ground for bacteria and other irritants like dust and residue from detergents.

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Antibacterial silk is material friendly to eczematic skin. In the past few years, hospitals have been using this fabric in their operating room curtains to prevent further contamination. Silk is also lightweight, absorbent, and hypoallergenic.

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Individuals who are suffering from eczema and other skin conditions must make it a point to wear loose-fitting clothes to prevent sweat and dust from clinging to their skin. The feel of the fabric should also be taken into account to prevent scratches and sores. These days, there are clothing lines dedicated to people with sensitive skin. People who have sensitive skin will be able to enjoy fashionable pieces without having to compromise their comfort.

Ines Cano Uribe from the UK is currently developing Moonky, a clothing line friendly for eczematic skin conditions. She is also into discovering diets and other lifestyle improvements that help people with sensitive skin. For more updates on taking care of eczematic skin, visit this page.

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