Monday, December 31, 2018

Enjoy a Safe New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is the biggest party of the year, with celebrations often involving a few adult beverages. Everyone gathered to ring in 2019 will want to have a memorable night and having a few drinks is a great way to unwind, relax, and enjoy the company of friends. There’s nothing wrong with drinking responsibly - as long as you don’t get behind the wheel of a car. That’s why it’s important to have a plan in place before you go out so that you never have to drink and then drive. Here are some tips for celebrating New Year’s Eve while staying safe.

Stay Sober - It sounds obvious, but skipping alcohol altogether is the best way to ensure you don't drink and drive.
Designated Driver - Choose someone to take on the responsibility of designated driver for the evening. At the next party, switch off, so everyone has a chance to enjoy themselves safely.
Bring the Party Home - Invite friends to your house to celebrate with you. Offer to let them spend the night, this way they'll stay off of the roads and can drink as much as they want without worrying about how to get home.
Limit Your Drinking - If you do decide to have a glass or two of bubbly, consume only one beverage per hour and drink plenty of water. If you get carried away, find an alternative ride home. The most important thing is to avoid getting behind the wheel when you’re impaired. You can worry about getting your car back the next day. Have you been ordered by a judge to enroll in a DWI education program online? Visit AmericanIntegrityCourses.com today to enroll in one of our court certified courses.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Reducing Anger in the New Year

In the New Year, why not resolve to work on becoming a better you through controlling your anger issues? By incorporating these simple anger management techniques into your daily life, you can take control of your anger and rage, allowing you to express your feelings better.  

·         Recognize the Signs: Often when we start feeling angry, there are physical symptoms like a racing heart, shaking, and quickening breath.
·         Remove Yourself:  When you are aware that you are getting angry, take yourself out of the situation, whether that be for 10 seconds or 10 minutes.
·         Get Physical: Channel your anger by doing something physical, such as a quick walk, running up a flight of stairs, or hitting a punching bag. Brisk exercise will help to take the edge off of your anger, enabling you to express yourself in a more controlled manner.
·         Talk to a Friend: Confide in a friend what you're feeling. Express your feelings to a person you trust, in writing, or by calling a helpline to let out your frustrations.
·         Breathe: When you're stressed, part of the 'fight or flight' response is to take short, shallow breaths, so focusing on your breathing helps.
·         Anger Management Courses: AIC. American Integrity Courses is your source for court-ordered courses online. When a judge orders you to enroll in an anger management class, you can take your course online at AmericanIntegrityCourses.com.


The next time you feel your anger rise and you want to stay in control, try these simple anger management tips. Rather than lashing out, give yourself the time and space you need to take stock of your emotions and in turn, express your anger in a healthier way.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tips for Making Good Decisions

Life is full of decision-making. The big ones, made at crucial times in your life, they can decide the person you become and affect your future, while others can be more trivial.

Making good decisions requires forethought and effort. Deciding which cereal to eat for breakfast isn't a significant decision that involves real consequences, but choosing the right job, starting your own business, or figuring out how much you need to save for retirement can be life-changing.
                          
The daily decisions we make create our reality and shape who we are as individuals. Do you want to start making successful choices that will continually move you in the direction of your dreams?

For those decisions that are complex and difficult to make, these are a few points to consider to help come up with a good solution.
Use your brain: It's important to find the balance between emotion (the right side) and reason (the left side).
Visualize your future: Take a moment to think about what success means to you. When you have a positive mental image, you can see yourself as a successful person.
Recognize the power behind each decision:  Before you make a decision, you need to understand the effects of your choice. Any decision that you make causes a chain of events to happen.
Listen to your gut: When you find yourself wavering between multiple options, your intuition is one of your most powerful decision-making tools.
Align your core values and decisions: Make your choices based on whether or not they align with your values, passions, and priorities.


If you have been ordered by a judge to complete a decision-making course to help you to achieve your goals, visit AmericanIntegrityCourses.com today.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse


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The abuse of prescription medication, particularly opioid painkillers, has become a public health crisis in the United States. Understandably, this has many people worried about their own safety when being prescribed these potentially addicting medications. The truth is, most non-drug abusing patients who are prescribed painkillers do not become addicted. If you are worried that you have addictive tendencies, here is how you can prevent prescription drug abuse.
Give Accurate Medical History – When you visit the doctor, give them a detailed and accurate medical history. You should also described the reason for the visit as accurately as you can. This ensures that you will be given the appropriate medication for your condition.
Follow All Directions Carefully – Read all labels carefully and take all prescription drugs exactly as prescribed. Make sure you take note of the side effects and any potential interactions with other medications that you take. Be sure to tell your doctor about all of the side-effects you experience.
Keep Dose Steady – Do not change your dose and do not stop taking a medication without consulting your doctor first. Beginning and coming off of prescription medication should be directed and monitored by your doctor.
Do Not Use Medication Not Prescribed to You – This one is obvious: if your name is not on the prescription, do not take it. People who do abuse prescription drugs often become addicted because they took a medication that was not prescribed to them.
AIC. American Integrity Courses offers online substance abuse courses that you can complete on your own schedule. Enroll in a court-ordered course today at AmericanIntegrityCourses.com for as little as $10.

Teaching Children to Manage Anger


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One of the things that children need to learn is how to manage their emotions. Anger is a healthy, normal emotion to feel, but many kids have problems coping with their anger in productive ways. Here are three things you can do to help them learn anger management skills.
Differentiate Feelings and Behavior
It can be hard for kids to experience feelings of anger without acting out. It’s important to teach kids to label their emotions so that they can express their anger verbally without using aggressive behaviors. Teach your child to control their actions by saying things like, “It is okay to be angry, but it is not okay to hit people.”
Set a Good Example
Our children look up to us, so they model our behaviors. For your child to develop good anger management skills, they need you to model good behavior for them. They will not learn to manage their anger productively if they see you losing your temper.
If you do lose your temper in front of them, explain why that was wrong. “I am sorry that I was yelling when I was mad. I should have taken a walk to calm down instead of raising my voice,” is an excellent way to explain anger to children.
Teach Healthy Coping Skills
When your kids express anger in aggressive ways, teach them a healthier way to cope with their anger. Say things like:
·         “Next time, use your words.”
·         “Walk away when you feel angry instead of hitting.”
·         “Is there a better way to deal with this?”
AIC. American Integrity Courses offers online anger management courses that you can complete at your own pace. Visit AmericanIntegrityCourses.com to enroll in a court-ordered course for as little as $10.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism


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Alcoholism is a very serious condition that can destroy your life. Here are some signs that you may be developing this disorder:
·         You typically drink more alcohol than you intend or drink over a longer period of time.
·         You attempt and fail to cut back on your alcohol use.
·         You spend more and more time acquiring alcohol, drinking, and recovering from the effects.
·         You start experiencing cravings for alcohol.
·         Your use of alcohol starts to affect your daily life at school, work, or home.
·         You continue to drink despite the problems it is causing in your life.
·         You pull away from social, occupational, or recreational activities that you used to enjoy because you are drinking instead.
·         You drink even though you have a health issue that is worsened by alcohol.
·         You use alcohol in hazardous situations, like driving.
·         You experience withdrawal symptoms when you do not drink.
·         You begin developing a tolerance for alcohol, requiring more and more to experience the same effects.
Excessive use of alcohol can have serious effects on your life, including physical symptoms like bad breath, weight loss, dry skin and hair, premature aging, broken capillaries in your nose and face, jaundice, and bad hygiene.
There are many treatments available for those who wish to be free from alcoholism, including taking an online drug and alcohol course from AIC. American Integrity Courses. If you have been ordered by a judge to complete an educational course because of your drinking or substance abuse issues, visit AmericanIntegrityCourses.com today.

AIC. American Integrity Courses Offers New “John School” Course


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AIC. American Integrity Courses offers court-ordered courses conveniently online from as low as $10. We are continually looking to add classes that meet the needs of our customers, so that everyone has the opportunity to take a necessary education course from the comfort of their own homes, at their own pace, for an affordable price. Our most recent addition to our extensive selection of courses is a “john” education course.
What is John School?
Our John school course is aimed at the clients of prostitutes, who are referred to as “johns” in the United States. This is a diversion program designed for people who have been arrested for soliciting the services of a prostitute, or a related offense.
A judge may order an offender to complete an educational course like this one in place of jail time. They may also offer a lighter sentence if the course is completed.
Our courses are 99.9% guaranteed to be approved in court, and completion certificates are instantly emailed to you once you complete the course. All of our courses are professionally designed. Whether you have been ordered to take a decision making course, a john school course, or even a domestic violence course, you can enroll online at AmericanIntegrityCourses.com.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

How Anger Problems Can Affect Your Health – Pt. 2


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In our last post, we discussed three ways that uncontrolled anger can impact your overall health, both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, those aren’t the only ways that anger can severely mess with your health. Here are two more things that untreated anger can do to your mind and body:
Breathing Problems
The Harvard School of Public Health performed a study on hostility in men and recorded that men with higher rates of anger exhibited breathing problems. Not only that, but their pulmonary functions also declined more rapidly as they aged than their non-hostile counterparts.
Developmental Problems
Anger management is potentially more important to early childhood development. Children and adolescents with poor anger management skills have issues developing healthy interpersonal relationships. They are also at a much greater risk for mental and general health problems as they get older. It is essential for children to learn to cope with anger early on in life so that they do not suffer as adults.
Seeking Treatment
Unchecked anger can wreak havoc on your life and the lives of those around you. Seeking treatment can help you learn to cope with anger in healthy ways so that you can turn your life around.
If you have been ordered by a judge to take anger management classes, consider taking court-ordered courses online from AIC. American Integrity Courses. We offer affordable courses that you can take on your own time. Learn more and enroll in a course today at AmericanIntegrityCourses.com.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

How Anger Problems Can Affect Your Health – Pt. 1

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Anger is insidious, seeping into your life in ways you aren’t even aware of. If you deal with anger management problems, it can affect your overall health in a big way. While anger can be healthy when we deal with it appropriately, unchecked anger can have a negative impact on your health.
Stress
Stress can make you more prone to anger, which can make it more difficult to cope with. Your emotions can escalate quickly, and trigger a fight or flight response. Also, anger and stress can feed each other, creating an endless loop of anger and stress.
Major Causes of Death
Just like stress, uncontrolled anger is linked to major cased of death like heart problems and depression. If you fail to seek treatment for your anger management problems, it can shorten your life and can severely affect your mental health.
Healing
A study from Ohio State University revealed that test subjects who could not control their anger were likely to heal from wounds more slowly. The subjects also had higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in their bodies during testing, which suggested that they were more stressed out during the experiment that the subjects who could manage their anger.
Many people who deal with anger are ordered by a judge to take anger management classes. AIC. American Integrity Courses enables you to take online anger management courses at an affordable price. Learn more at AmericanIntegrityCourses.com. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Benefits of Taking Our Court-Ordered Courses


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For a first-time offense, a judge will often order you to complete an education course instead of ordering jail time or hefty fines. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn something and to change your behavior in a positive way. A court-ordered course, like our decision-making course, can give you a new lease on life.
You are More than a Number
We are dedicated to providing friendly and compassionate customer service, and our testimonials show that. We are professional, courteous, and welcoming every time you speak with us. Our goal is to be patient and understanding so that you can achieve your goals.
Our Programs are User-Friendly
We know that not everyone who takes our courses is tech-savvy, so we do our best to make sure that our program is intuitive and user-friendly. If you have any difficulties taking your course, you can always reach out to us for help.
No Hidden Fees
We are much more affordable than our competition, and there are no hidden fees. Almost all of our courses start as low as $25, and some are even as low as $10. Court fees and fines are expensive and can leave you in an unstable financial position. That’s why we do everything we can to ensure that our courses are affordable.
Your Documents are Accepted in Court
Our courses are 99.9% guaranteed to be accepted in court in all 50 states. Our courses are designed to fill all court requirements so that you can get everything you need to succeed.
But don’t take our word for it – check out our testimonials and see what our customers are saying.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Our New Weapons Safety Course

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If you are found in possession of an illegal weapon, a judge may order you to take a weapons safety course. Here at AIC. American Integrity Courses, we are now proud to say that we offer such a course! Starting at just $25, you can complete your course and instantly receive the documents you need for court all from the comfort of your home, or anywhere you can access the internet.
Receive a Better Sentence
When you are ordered by a judge to complete a course, it is often done in exchange for a lighter sentence or a dismissal of a case. Completing an educational course shows the judge that you are willing to correct your behavior. If you are a first-time offender, it is always better to opt for the class instead of fines or jail time.
User-Friendly Courses Designed for You
Our court-ordered courses are user-friendly and affordable. No matter how tech-savvy you are (or aren’t!) you can complete this weapons safety course with ease. Our course applies to illegal weapons charges in any state, so you can be sure that your documents will be accepted in court.
We Want You to Succeed
We design our courses to meet your needs. At AIC. American Integrity Courses we want you to succeed. That’s why we create courses that will be accepted in 99.9% of courts. Contact us today for more information. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Demonstrating Your Willingness to Change


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Drug use and alcoholism ruins the lives of your loved ones. Even if your spouse or partner chooses not to leave, you simply owe it to your family to do better. By taking the initiative to prove your willingness to change, you’ll have a happier future to look forward to.
Enroll in Classes
Completing an online drug and alcohol course will show your commitment to making a change - and since you can take the classes online, you won’t have to worry about missing work or rearranging your schedule. By the end of the course, you’ll have a personalized certificate of completion to prove you’re taking the steps to get better.
Sign Up for Therapy
Therapists who specialize in addiction recovery can often help people set empowering short-term goals as they work to overcome their addiction. Your loved one may prove more forgiving when she hears you’ve been attending sessions to save your relationship.
Evaluate Your Inner Circle
If you have friends or other family members who partake in drugs and alcohol, the pressure to join can be troubling. However, if your friends never called you out when your behavior became dangerous (or even pushed you to use more), they are likely contributing to your addiction. Real friends will support your decision to create a healthy, productive and sober lifestyle - even if it isn’t a choice they are ready to make for themselves right now.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Children and Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence does not only affect the partner being abused; it can also pose serious effects on any children living in the home. As you already know, exposure to domestic violence poses a serious threat to a child’s psychological and physical well-being. Whether a child is exposed to the act of domestic violence through physical abuse or by observation, they can become emotionally traumatized – and eventually, desensitized to the abuse.
Research has proven that many perpetrators of domestic abuse have either been abused as children or witnessed abuse at home. While domestic violence can affect children in different ways, the exposure is typically traumatic.
Domestic violence can have the following effects on a child:

·         Constant fear and anxiety
·         Nightmares and sleeplessness
·         Aggression
·         Difficulty concentrating
·         Depression
·         PTSD
Both long and short-term effects of domestic violence can be prevented when there is intervention from resources such as social workers and educational programs. However, these resources will be less than helpful if the violence continues. Domestic abuse counseling or anger management courses will be required for the perpetrator. To lead you and your child on the right path to a healthy, fulfilled life, learn more about our online anger management course today at AmericanIntegrityCourses.com.

Recognizing the Signs of Domestic Violence


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Domestic violence is not always “in your face.” Whenever you hear of a woman who was killed or severely injured by an abusive partner, you probably ask, “Why didn’t she just leave?” The answer isn’t that simple. If you think you may be in an abusive relationship, here are some identifiable characteristics you can use:
Your Behavior
The first question you need to ask is if you are afraid of your partner. No healthy relationship involves fear. If you walk on eggshells to avoid provoking them, then that is a clear sign that your relationship is abusive. If you feel like you can’t do anything right in their eyes, if you feel numb and helpless, or if you are starting to wonder if maybe you’re crazy and making the whole thing up, you are most likely being abused.
Their Behavior
If your partner is abusive, they will fall into a few familiar behavioral patterns. Do they go out of their way to humiliate or criticize you? Do they ignore or belittle your accomplishments or opinions? Do they blame you for the way they treat you? These are all signs of an abusive partner. They may also:
·         Have an unpredictable temper.
·         Hurt you, or threaten to hurt you.
·         Threaten to hurt themselves if you leave.
·         Destroy your belongings.
·         Act excessively jealous or possessive.
·         Control where you go or what you do.
·         Check up on you constantly.
·         Isolate you from your friends and family.
Abuse is not always physical. Some abusers rely on psychological abuse to torment their victims. Know the signs, and know when to get out. If you can talk to a family member or close friend about what is happening, they can arrange to get you out while your partner is not home.
AIC. American Integrity Courses offers a court-ordered domestic violence online course for abusers who need to end their abusive behavior. Contact us today at AmericanIntegrityCourses.com to get started and break the cycle of abuse.

Four Ways to Fight Addiction

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Addiction is a dangerous thing, and it is challenging to break free. Here are some things that you can do to help you break the vicious cycle of addiction.
Get Some Friends
One of the worst things you can do as a recovering addict is isolate yourself. Being alone with your thoughts for too long can make fighting addiction almost impossible. Make an effort to spend more time with sober friends or family members. Surround yourself with positive people who care about you. They will remind you every day that things will get better if you keep fighting.
Get a Sponsor
Being held accountable to someone can motivate you to make positive changes in your life. Many twelve-step programs provide addicts with a sponsor who mentors them and helps guide them towards a better life.
Predict Weak Spots
If you pay attention, you can find the things that trigger you to use drugs or alcohol. Are there specific times of day, certain places, or even specific people that trigger you? Try to avoid those places, people, or activities and replace them with something else. If you want to quit smoking and find that you always crave a cigarette when you have your morning coffee, it’s time to find a different morning routine.  Sometimes shifting around your everyday routine is enough to shake off an addiction. Focus on breaking negative patterns in your life.
Put Effort into Your Court Ordered Course
Many people who get into trouble with substance abuse are ordered to take courses by a judge. Take this opportunity to put as much effort into the courses as possible and make a positive change. You can find online substance abuse courses at AmericanIntegrityCourses.com. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Could Your Impulsive Decision-Making Be Related to Anxiety?


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If you have been ordered by a judge to take a decision-making course, you may be wondering how you got to this point. What is it inside of you that causes you to make poor decisions? Your impulsive decision-making could actually stem from deeply rooted anxiety.
Overthinking Leads to Desperation
Anxiety disorders are often characterized by overthinking. You may think that this means you think longer and harder about each decision you make, but this can actually have the opposite effect. As your anxiety mounts, it can create desperation. When you are desperate, you may make the wrong decision in the heat of the moment just to try and get relief from the anxiety.
Controlling Impulsivity with Anxiety Treatment
If you constantly make impulsive decisions due to anxiety, you may be able to improve your decision-making skills by first treating your anxiety disorder. Sometimes this requires medication, but there are other ways to keep anxiety down:
  • Exercise – Burning off energy can help you tone down anxiety which can lead to making better decisions. The endorphins released by exercise can help you feel happier overall as well.
  • Stay Busy – Keep your schedule full of mentally distracting things, channeling your energy into areas other than anxiety. Pick up a new hobby like puzzles, crochet, reading, or hiking.

If you feel like anxiety is running your life and leading you to make impulsive decisions, you should consult a psychologist. They can help you create healthy coping mechanisms for your anxiety, and provide medication if necessary.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

How to Help Your Loved One Get through Substance Abuse

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If a loved one has been ordered by a judge to take online substance abuse courses, you are probably experiencing a dizzying array of emotions. Your first instinct may be to get angry with them for letting themselves get to this point – but this is not what they need. They do need some tough love, yes, but you need to understand that lecturing them or lashing out in anger will not solve the problem. Here are a few things you can do to help them through their addiction recovery:
Help Them See their Addiction from an Outside Perspective
Sometimes the only way to get someone to see their addiction for what it really is is to force them to see it from your perspective. Outline exactly how their addiction is hurting you and everyone they love – how much it hurts to see them like this. They may not be aware of just how dire their situation is, and hearing how it is destroying their relationships may change that.
Do Not Enable Their Behaviors
One thing many loved ones of addicts fall into is enabling. Do not lend them money, and do not be lenient with them when it comes to their addictive behaviors. They may say they need the money for gas and food, but in the throes of addiction, you know in your heart that the money will not go towards necessities. You need to show them tough love in these situations, and not allow them easy access to the substances that are ruining their life.
Provide Encouragement
When you see them doing well in their recovery, make sure you let them know how proud you are of what they accomplished. Sometimes just hearing that from someone they care about deeply can push them on to success. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Anger Management Tips

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Managing anger can be a difficult task. Luckily, there are a plethora of resources out there that can help you cope with your anger issues and find healthier ways to deal with your emotions.
Stop and Think
When you feel yourself beginning to act in anger, stop and think. Instead of exploding, think about why you are angry and how you can resolve that anger.
Express Your Feelings Later
Once you have take the time to think about your feelings and have calmed down, you can begin to talk about the situation. Sit down with the person you are angry with or find someone you trust to speak with about a situation that made you angry and put your feelings into words. Calmly let the person know how you feel.
Take Time Out
Your mind is like a rubber band – if you stretch it too far, it will eventually snap. If you are under a lot of stress, do not allow yourself to reach your breaking point. Take a time out and do some breathing exercises. You can even take a day or two off to focus on your mental health. Find time to relax in your daily routine so that you do not crack under pressure.
Seek Help When You Need It

It is important to know when it is time to seek help. AIC. American Integrity Courses offers online anger management courses that can help you learn healthy coping mechanisms for your anger. Enroll today at AmericanIntegrityCourses.com. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

How to Get the Most out of Your Court Ordered Substance Abuse Course

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Confronting addiction is never easy. When you have been ordered by a judge to take a substance abuse course, it is easy to dismiss it. You may think that if you did have a problem, you would be facing jail time. This is not the case. The judge has given you a chance to turn your life around before it is too late. When you are given an opportunity like this, you need to make the most of it.
Admitting You Have a Problem is the First Step
You won’t get anything out of a substance abuse course if you cannot acknowledge that you have an issue with substance abuse. Take some time to self-examine. Withhold judgment – just focus on the facts. Once you can admit that you have a problem, you can accept help.
Pay Attention
Once you begin your course, give it your full attention. Absorb and retain all of the information the course gives you so that you can apply it to your life. It is imperative that you don’t forget everything you learned in your course.
Focus on the Future
As you work through your substance abuse course, take the time to think about how you will apply the information you are learning to your life in the future. Plan out how you want your life to go from this point. When you have hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up.
Sign Up for Courses Through AIC. American Integrity Courses
When you have been ordered by a judge to take a substance abuse course, enroll in an online course through AIC. American Integrity Courses. Our online substance abuse courses are affordable and can be taken anywhere you have an internet connection. Sign up today at AmericanIntegrityCourses.com. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Thinks Before You Act – Simple Decision-Making Skills

Does it sometimes feel like every decision you make is the wrong one? Do you often make impulsive decisions and regret them later? When you take a decision-making course from AIC. American Integrity Courses, you will learn how to make the right choices every time. Here are a few simple steps you can use in the meantime to help you make better decisions.
Consider How the Decision Affects You in the Long Run
One of the biggest dangers in decision making is the impulsive decision. It’s the decision you make with no prior thought or the decision you make with only your short-term goals in mind. An impulsive decision may make things easier for your in the short-term, but it can also negatively impact your future.
Before you make a decision, think carefully about what the outcomes will be, particularly in the long-term.
Consider How the Decision Impacts Others
It is very easy to fall into the mindset that your decisions affect you and you only. The truth is that every decision you make can affect those around you as well. When you are about to make a decision, take a step back and imagine what the outcome will be for other people. Does the decision impact them negatively? If it does, you will want to reconsider what you are planning to do.
Weigh the Pros and Cons

The best way to ensure that you make the best decision is to weigh out the pros and cons. You won’t always be in a situation where you can physically write up a list, but a few mental calculations can give you a good idea of the good and bad points of any potential decision. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Importance of Taking a Weapons Safety Course

Each year, thousands of Americans are injured or killed due to improper use of weapons – especially firearms. That is why weapons safety courses are so important to take before purchasing or using any weapon.
Learn Proper Use
If you are using a weapon for self-defense, whether it be a gun, knife, or another form, you need to know how to use it. It is not enough to just have a weapon on your person. In the event of an emergency, you will need to be able to operate your weapon while under stress. Learning safe handling of your weapon will ensure that it is used properly during an emergency.
Prevent Self-Injury
When it comes to handling dangerous weapons, particularly firearms, there is always the risk that you will accidentally injure yourself. A weapons safety course will decrease your risk of being injured while using a weapon.
Prevent Injuring Others
Weapons are serious business. If you are untrained, you risk injuring not only yourself but others as well. It is vital to learn how to handle weapons correctly, so you do not cause injury or death to those around you.
Affordable Courses in English and Spanish

AIC. American Integrity Courses now offers an online basic weapons safety course in their range of court-ordered education programs. For just $25, you can take this course in either English.This course satisfies court requirements for a Texas basic weapons education course. It covers guns, knives, and miscellaneous weapons. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

How to Get the Most out of a Domestic Violence Course

One of the hardest things to admit is that you have abused someone you love. If you have been ordered by a judge to take a domestic violence online course, something has gone seriously wrong in your relationship and your life. Do not let your anger and need for control ruin your intimate relationships. Use this guide to get the most out of your courses.
Do Not Minimize the Abuse
The only way to change for the better is to admit fault. You abused your partner. Period. Trying to minimize the abuse is just a way to make yourself feel better about what you did. It does not help you, and it definitely does not help your victim. In fact, many abusers who try to minimize the abuse wind up back in the cycle of abuse because they wind up manipulating their partner to return.
If you truly want to change, you must take ownership of your actions.
Learn to Let Go
In cases of domestic violence, it is not uncommon for the victim to leave. It is very important that you let them. Depending on the situation, it is unlikely that you will be able to save the relationship. To have successful relationships in the future, you need to learn to let go and put your full effort into the courses.
Make a Genuine Apology – but Don’t Expect Anything in Return

Apologizing to your partner will help you gain closure. Even if they do not respond kindly, or at all, taking that step will help you move on from the situation. Make your sincere apology with no expectation except that this action will clear the way towards a better future for you. 

How to Get the Most out of a Mental Health Day

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Mental health days are extremely important for managing chronic stress and preventing burnout. If you are going through online anger management courses, it is even more essential to schedule mental health days. This guide is designed to help you get the most out of your mental health days.
Plan Ahead
In an ideal situation, you would schedule your mental health day ahead of time. This gives you time to find someone to cover your shift or rearrange your workload. When you plan your mental health days, you will be less stressed and will be able to take your mind away from work.
An unplanned mental health day is perfectly fine as well. If you wake up and feel completely overwhelmed, like you can’t face the stress of another work day, like you’re a worn out rubber band ready to snap – take the day off. Your mental health is just as important as physical health.
Figure Out Your Needs
Do a little meditating, and reflect n your stress. Are you exhausted? Do you need to have fun? Do you need to make some changes in your work or personal life? Once you figure that out, you can decide how best to spend your mental health day.
·         A relaxing day: If your body is screaming for a break, take the time to relax; whether this means staying at home in front of the TV, going to a spa, attending a yoga class, spending the day outside in nature, or reading.
·         A fun day: If you need something fun to get out of a rut, plan a fun event. Whether you want to try something new, go out with friends, or spend time on your hobbies, choose activities that excite you.
·         Making changes: If it seems like stressors are continuing to pile up, take the time to restructure your days. What can you do to avoid specific stressors and avoid an epic burnout?
Make Stress Relief a Priority

If stress is always getting the better of you, try and make managing stress a priority. Start your day with meditation, sign up for a regular yoga class, practice breathing exercises, or plan a recurring mental health day. 

Types of Anger Disorders – Pt. 2

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In our last post, we discussed three different types of anger that can manifest in an individual with anger management issues – including its sneakier form, passive anger. While many experts have published contradicting lists, we have compiled some of the most widely accepted anger types. Here are three more types of anger that you can manifest:
Self-Inflicted Anger – Feelings of guilt can lead an individual to self-inflicted anger. An individual who manifests this form of anger experiences self-loathing and may engage in self-destructive behaviors as a way to punish themselves.
Judgmental Anger – This type of anger is directed towards others. This individual experiences feelings of resentment or contempt towards others around them.
Volatile Anger – This type of anger is excessive or violent anger than comes on spontaneously. An individual with a volatile anger disorder may explode over seemingly trivial things. When we think of anger management problems, this is the type of anger we picture in our heads.

This two-part blog series can help you determine the way or ways in which your anger manifests. If you know which type or types of anger you experience, you can make the most of your online anger management courses and subsequent treatment. 

Types of Anger Disorders – Pt. 1

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There are many things that can trigger a person to become angry, from stress to financial issues, to family issues and more – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have anger management issues. If you have been ordered by a judge to take online anger management courses, you likely have trends in your behavior and emotional and physical symptoms that indicate an anger disorder. An anger disorder can be categorized in the following ways:
Chronic Anger – This type of anger is prolonged. Left untreated, chronic anger can actually damage your immune system. In addition, it can lead to a variety of other mental disorders that will affect your quality of life as a whole.
Passive Anger – This type of anger is difficult to identify because it does not always read as anger – even to the person experiencing it. The symptoms of passive anger include sarcasm, apathy, and meanness. It can also lead to self-destructive behaviors like intentionally performing poorly in social and professional settings, alienating those close to you, or skipping school and work. This type of self-sabotage can sneak up on your more quickly than you think.
Overwhelmed Anger – This type of anger is caused when the demands of work or life become too great for you to cope. The stress of not being able to meet these demands boils into anger that is difficult to control.

These are just three types of anger that you can experience when you have anger management problems. In our next post, we will discuss three additional types of anger.